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Taylor Swift Says New Single, "Shake It Off," Addresses Our "Take-Down Culture"

Image courtesy of ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua (via ABC News Radio)

Not only is Taylor Swift out with a new single, "Shake It Off," she also has a new music video for it and a new album, 1989 , to be released Oct. 27. Taylor said the single, which had its debut Monday night during her global Yahoo! live stream, encourages people to shake off negativity in their lives .

"The message in the song is a problem I think we all deal with, and an issue we deal with on a daily basis. We don't live just in a celebrity take-down culture, we live in a take-down culture," Taylor said on Tuesday's Good Morning America. "People will find anything about you and twist it to where it's weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don't understand you, you have to have more fun than they do."

Taylor added that when she first envisioned "Shake It Off," she saw it being played during wedding receptions "I just said, 'We need drums that make even the person who's having a terrible night at a wedding, and she's like "I am not in the mood to dance" and then like its comes on and she's like "This is my song! This is my song!"' That's the dream!" Taylor said, laughing.

Taylor also showed off her music video, which features her and a series of different dance crews showing off various dance styles, with Taylor executing most of them clumsily. The singer joked that they shot the video in three days, which is how long it took "to get that exquisite dance performance from me."

You can pre-order 1989 now at Taylorswift.com .  You can also pre-order the Target deluxe edition of the album, which features three additional songs, plus three voice memos from Taylor's phone which, according to Target, "offer a unique insight into Taylor's songwriting process and document the early creation of three songs on 1989 .” 

The artwork on the deluxe edition is slightly different: it's the same Polaroid of Taylor with the top of her face cut off, but it has 1989 scrawled across it, and the letters D.L.X. written along the bottom.


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