Taylor Swift doesn’t do anything small. This was on display yesterday as the pop-country phenom popped up in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood at a mural she commissioned. For weeks, the internet has been buzzing about the mural, speculating that it was Swift’s. After her selfie-snapping appearance, she hijacked the NFL Draft in true Swift fashion, making sure football fans and non-fans alike tuned in. Appearing alongside Robin Roberts, the superstar announced her new single, “Me,” featuring Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie. The song dropped at midnight and Swifties and music fans were abuzz with excitement.
The song opens with Swift proclaiming, “I know that I’m a handful baby,” over a requisite drumbeat that builds throughout the song. We can already picture this song on awards shows and halftime performances, complete with a colorful pastel marching band, matching the motif of this new Swift Era. Gone is the dark Swift of Reputation, replaced by the magical unicorn version of the pop enigma.
On “ME!”, she trades verses with Urie, and the result is pure pop perfection, her clever lyrics masterfully sculpted over a catchy pop melody. In fact, only Swift could pull off a breakdown that begins with “Hey kids! Spelling is fun!” While it sounds cheesy, somehow it works incredibly well here. “I promise that you’ll never find another like me,” Swift declares here, and while some may call it narcissism, we call it truth.
While some fans speculated that #TS7 would be a return to the singer’s roots due to the Nashville popup mural, it looks like she’ll continue down the same pop path as Reputation and 1989. However, a cryptic tweet from the Dixie Chicks (and a music video Easter Egg) has fans speculating that there may be a collaboration in the future. Pop or country, there’s nothing Taylor Swift can’t do, and frankly, we can’t wait to see what she releases next.
To keep up with all things Taylor Swift, visit TaylorSwift.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. She’ll be premiering this song at next week’s Billboard Music Awards, which also features performances by Dan + Shay and Kelly Clarkson.
“ME!” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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