We finally know Taylor Swift’s big surprise – her new single “ME!”, which became available shortly after midnight along with the video. The song is off her upcoming seventh studio album.
Swift appeared with ABC’s Robin Roberts during the NFL draft’s first round, which was a clue she left her followers on Instagram. “Next clue: I’ll be joining the magnificent @robinrobertsgma for a chat tonight on ABC live from Nashville,” she said.
The singer confirmed yesterday that her new track features Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie.
[“It’s going to be a new song and music video. The song is called “ME!” . . . and it’s featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco.”]
Swift said “ME!” highlights individuality and empowering people to be themselves:
[“‘ME!’ is a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it. I think that, with a pop song, we have the ability to get a melody stuck in people’s heads, and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves.”]
The star praised her fans for also making her feel better about herself and caring so much that it inspires her to have fun with music. Speaking of her fans, she said:
[“The fans are amazing. I cannot believe how dedicated they are, how thoughtful, I can’t believe how much they care.”]
Swift explained that is why she goes to so much effort to create Easter eggs and other fun secret things for fans to discover:
[“You have no idea how fun it is to make stuff for people who care about it that much.”]
Earlier Thursday, Swift did just that when she popped by the Gulch area to take photos at a mural in Nashville painted by artist Kelsey Montague and and give fans yet another clue.
Fans began gathering at the colorful mural of angel wings – which has been rumored to be somehow Swift-related for weeks – in the morning and watched Montague add a “ME!” to the center of her artwork.
Signing autographs and posing for selfies with her fans after her arrival, Swift commended her Swifties for realizing she was going to be making a visit.
“You guys are amazing for figuring this out because no one knew we were coming. No one knew this was a part of the campaign and what we’re doing, so you figured out the clue,” she said. “You’re the best. I love you so much.”
Swift has been teasing fresh music for weeks. She set tongues wagging on April 13th when she shared an Instagram Story photo of a countdown clock set to April 26th. Fans theorized in February she would soon release her new project. The most devoted found clues in Swift’s Instagram posts, which signaled that her seventh studio album was on the horizon. One such hint included an Instagram post of six palm trees, along with a caption that featured seven palm tree emojis.
Taylor also added pastel accents to her wardrobe recently. Swift was even spotted wearing a sweatshirt with her name printed on the sleeve on April 22nd, which some believed could be merchandise to accompany the album.
Brendon Urie took to Instagram to share his thoughts about Swift following the release of their new song. “Wait. This really happened?!” he wrote along with a photo of the duo. “Like for real?!?!”
“Well I can’t begin to describe how incredible it has been to work on this song and video,” he continued. “So I will simply say: Thank you @taylorswift for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful story.”
Swift released her last album, Reputation, in 2017.