Superstar Taylor Swift has just surprised released her new single “Shake It Off” from her forthcoming album 1989 and it seems the country songwriter has ditched the genre altogether in the new somewhat catchy tune.
Today, Swift performed a Yahoo! Live Stream concert and the lead up to that announcement was a series a clues as to what she had planned. Over the weekend, she also appeared on late night TV leaving fans wondering what else she has up her sleeve.
The new song goes full out pop where even many of her previous pop hits had a some country influence (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” marked her first real departure from the genre however). “Shake It Out” sounds almost autobiographical as she sings about going on too many dates and not being able to keep a guy “at least that’s what people say” she sings. For this track, she’s ditched the guitars associated with hits like “22” for a saxophone driven rhythm while picking up on some of today’s trending music.
Swift has found a better maturity in the ludicrous business, fending off naysayers that hate and cause heartbreak and she’s just doing what she loves to do at any rate--making music while shaking off all the negative press. That’s the sign of a true spotlight songwriter.
The new music video is playful, with Swift and the team dressing up in break dancing clothes, ballet scenes and rhythmic gymnastics all while having a blast on set. The video is simple yet to the point of the message of the song.
It’s a bold step for any singer-songwriter to leave behind one genre for another but with Swift’s track record of breaking out into mainstream, that won’t pose a problem for her as she’s already at No. 1 on Billboard’s Trending 140.
Check out Taylor's brand new song "Shake It Off" on YouTube.