Taylor Swift offered up a show stopping performance and gave new meaning to the term "roaring twenties" on the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night where she performed her new single, "Shake It Off", for the first time. You can view the performance in its entirety here.
The number was "The Great Gatsby" themed, with Swift and her troop of dancers all dressed in outfits inspired by the 1920s -- tuxes and flapper fringe included. Swift, who is known for her elaborately staged concert tours, didn't disappoint. The performance was a visual spectacle that included a plethora of shaking, shimmying, and of course, a little pyro. Tonight's performance kept in line with the retro style that has inspired her upcoming record.
Swift premiered "Shake It Off", the lead single from her highly anticipated fifth studio album, 1989, last Monday during an exclusive livestream with Yahoo. The platinum selling songstress has declared 1989 her "first official pop album", and based off tonight's performance, she is making no apologies for that statement.
Upon its release, "Shake It Off" shot immediately to the No. 1 position on the all-genres iTunes chart, and at the time of this article's publication, has yet to drop from that position. The song is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week and will likely log the biggest first week sales debut of the year. It should be noted that chart positions on the Hot 100 are determined by a combination of sales, airplay, and streams.
Swift's previous No. 1 on the Hot 100 was her 2012 smash, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". "Never Ever" set a new record for the largest first week sales debut by a female artist with 623,000 downloads sold in its first week of release.