Taylor Swift Has Released A Brand New Video, And Her Followers Can’t Get Enough Of Her Fresh Phase

Throughout the years, there have been a number of influential stars in the music industry. Indeed, regardless of their respective genres, these artists have managed to build massive fan bases thanks to their content and overall personas. In more recent times, Taylor Swift could certainly count herself among that group.

From country to pop, Swift’s varying styles have proved to be incredibly successful over the last decade, having made her debut back in 2006. The music superstar has released six albums since then and picked up several accolades along the way. In addition to that, her output has also earned her a number of Guinness World Records.

Swift’s most recent album, Reputation, hit the shelves at the back-end of 2017, marking some noticeable changes. The star had embraced embrace a more electronic sound on that release, while altering her overall look as well. Indeed, her aesthetic was much darker, with snakes playing a big role in the marketing of the record.

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Reputation proved to be another big success for Swift, as the album sold over four million units across the world that year. The artist’s fans would have to wait until April 2019, however, for her newest single to drop. Alongside that, a music video was also released for the song, featuring plenty of interesting imagery.

Born in December 1989, Swift grew up in the Pennsylvania town of Reading, alongside her parents, Andrea and Scott. The latter plied his trade as a stockbroker, while the former tended to the family home. During that period, her father went on to buy a farm that specialized in growing Christmas trees.

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As a result, Swift stayed on that property for much of her childhood, with the surroundings having a real effect on her. Indeed, from a young age, the future superstar began to “obsess” over the holiday season. “I grew up on a farm,” she told Big Machine Label Group in December 2013.

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“It was a Christmas tree farm, though, so that’s why I’m sort of obsessed with Christmas,” Swift continued. “Yeah, I really love Christmas, I wish it was all year round, just for the feeling that everybody has. Everybody’s buying gifts for each other and there’s sort of a feeling about it.”

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Swift, however, started to develop another passion during that period, taking an interest in music and stagework. With that in mind, she featured in a number of shows at the Berks Youth Theater Academy as a youngster. And in an attempt to hone her skills, the Reading native also traveled to New York to take part in performance classes at that time.

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A couple of years on from that, Swift’s appreciation for country music then came to the fore. With artists such as Shania Twain fueling her desire, the future star began to showcase her talents at several events, before making a big decision. Accompanied by her mom, she took a trip to Nashville, Tennessee.

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Swift wanted to kick-start a career in the music industry at that stage, despite her relatively young age. So on that note, she recorded herself singing some covers prior to leaving for Nashville, hoping to get noticed by one of the city’s music labels. Unfortunately for the aspiring musician, though, her plan didn’t work.

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“I went back home after that trip [to Nashville],” Swift recalled to American Songwriter magazine in May 2011. “And I realized that everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be different. I need to have something to really bring to that town.”

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As a result of that disappointment, Swift started to broaden her range as a potential performer. Indeed, after enlisting the assistance of a musician named Ronnie Cremer, the youngster tried her hand at songwriting and playing the guitar. With those skills now under her belt, she continued to pursue her goal.

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During Swift’s teenage years, she then hired a manager to help her out, which led to a temporary modeling job. Off the back of that, one of the Reading native’s songs featured in a CD release from the cosmetics giant Maybelline. The excitement didn’t end there, though.

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Thanks to Swift’s manager, she also met with a number of companies within the music industry, eager to sell her talents. On that note, the teenager bagged an excellent opportunity at RCA Records, sharing some of her tracks with the label. Impressed by what they heard, the higher-ups subsequently offered her a contract.

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Meanwhile, Swift still had plenty of support back at home, with her dad making a life-changing decision during that period. Indeed, Scott decided to move the family to Hendersonville, Tennessee, to assist his daughter’s dream. However, there were some hardships on the horizon for the future superstar, as she continued to write her own material.

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Some 12 months after signing the development contract, Swift shared her new music with RCA Records. “Basically, there were three things that were going to happen,” she recalled to U.K newspaper The Telegraph in April 2009. “Either they were going to drop me, shelve me ? that’s kind of like putting me in cold storage ? or give me a record deal.”

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Swift continued, “Of course, the only one of those that you want is the record deal. But [RCA] announced they were going to shelve me and ‘monitor my progress’ until I was 18.” In the future star’s mind, though, she was ready to strike while the iron was hot, claiming time wasn’t on her side at that point.

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“I mean, I was 14,” Swift added. “I genuinely felt that I was running out of time. I’d written all these songs and I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through.” On that note, the aspiring singer made a bold move – she quit RCA.

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Off the back of that big decision, Swift eventually shared her talents in 2005 at The Bluebird Café. The teenager played some of her material at the famous music venue in Nashville, leading to another significant moment. During her performance, she got noticed by Scott Borchetta, a higher-up at DreamWorks Records.

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Borchetta was, at the time, in the midst of starting a label himself, known as Big Machine Records. On that note, Swift was soon named as the company’s first signing, kick-starting the next stage of her career. By the summer of 2006, in fact, the Reading native was ready to release a single from her debut album.

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The song, titled “Tim McGraw,” hit the airwaves back in June 2006, with Swift’s early effort reaching the top ten of Billboard’s country music charts. As for the album itself, that came out around four months later. A self-titled record, the country release was a big hit at that time, eventually going multi-platinum.

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Alongside that commercial success, Swift was recognized within the industry for her debut album as well. In 2008, the rising star bagged the Top New Female Vocalist gong at the Academy of Country Music Awards. The teenager also picked up a nomination at that year’s Grammy Awards for Best New Artist.

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In the winter of 2008, Swift’s sophomore album, titled Fearless, then hit the shelves. That release was a massive hit for the Reading native, reaching the top of the American charts. Combining both country and pop, it also became the best-selling record of the year in the States, with her career hitting new heights.

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Swift went on to earn a number of accolades for Fearless, taking home two gongs at the CMT Music Awards in 2009. In addition to that, she also grabbed the Best Female Video prize at the MTV Video Music Awards. However, that latter triumph was remembered for a very different reason.

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Indeed, while Swift was giving her acceptance speech, Kanye West stormed the stage and cut her off. He believed that the award should’ve gone to Beyonce instead, marking one of the most talked about moments of the year. Despite that unusual setback, though, the Reading native’s status in the industry continued to grow.

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Indeed, with each new release, Swift further established herself as one of the most popular performers in modern music. As for her style, she veered away from her country roots on her fifth album in 2014. Titled 1989, that record was dubbed the superstar’s “first documented, official pop album.”

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Meanwhile, away from the music, Swift was engaged in a high-profile feud with fellow superstar Katy Perry during that time. Although the pair didn’t name each other while airing their grievances, they both made it somewhat clear via broad suggestions. On that note, the Reading native spoke about the row to Rolling Stone magazine in September 2014.

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“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift explained. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away. And I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’” However, the situation took a negative turn in 2013.

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Swift added, “[Perry] did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies.’ And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward and I don’t like it.”

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On that note, Swift was engaged in another war of words back in 2016. It all began when Kim Kardashian dubbed her a “snake” on social media. This came about after the former claimed that she didn’t give Kanye West the go-ahead to include her in one of his tracks. No one could’ve predicted what happened next, though.

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The following year, Swift announced the release date of her sixth album, titled Reputation, via a snake graphic. In turn, that record seemed to embrace a darker aesthetic, with the singer herself dressing in snakeskin outfits during the Reputation Stadium Tour. Off the back of that, fans were then made to wait until April 2019 for any new material.

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However, Swift kept her fan base guessing in a very creative way. In her official 2019 calendar, a “wax seal stamp” bearing the number 13 was placed on the date April 13. With that in mind, one Reddit user on the star’s subreddit page speculated as to what that could mean.

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“Do you ever think, just maybe, that there will be something that happens [on April 13]?” the user wrote on the discussion website in April 2019. “Like, maybe, Taylor will announce her lead single of [her seventh album]? Or maybe she’ll surprise us all with it, because she wants [it to] debut at number one on [Billboard’s Hot 100].”

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Ultimately the user was slightly incorrect, as the wax seal actually served as the start of a countdown. Indeed, 13 days on from April 13, 2019, Swift released her latest single, titled “ME!” Working in collaboration with Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco, a video for the song also dropped at that time.

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As fans quickly discovered, “ME!” marked a return to the bright and colorful aesthetic of Swift’s previous work prior to Reputation. The music video itself is certainly proof of that, with a snake bursting into a number of butterflies at the start. Meanwhile, the clip also boasts several different Easter Eggs relating to the superstar.

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During the opening moments of the video, a Christmas tree can be seen in the corner of the room that Swift and Urie are in. Alongside that, a pair of cats are sat down on a sofa, marking the former’s adoration for the animals. The references to the star don’t end there, though.

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A little further into the music video, a framed photograph of the Dixie Chicks can be seen on the wall. Back when Swift was recording covers ahead of her first trip to Nashville, the country band was one of her selections. Meanwhile, the video’s color palette perfectly matches the overall tone of the song.

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Since the music video dropped on YouTube via Swift’s official channel, it’s generated a big response from online users. Indeed, the post has earned over 160 million views and more than four million likes in that time. Alongside that, “ME!” has also garnered over 400,000 comments, with fans loving the song.

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In among all of those comments, though, one user gave their view of the video’s meaning, picking up on some of the imagery. “Very catchy song and also the video, I have to say, is interesting,” they wrote. “This idea of [a] journey into the heart is really a good [one]. Brava Taylor, I like this song and you, too. You are nice and [lovely].”

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While “ME!” continues to catch on with fans, Swift’s seventh record doesn’t have a release date, or title, as of yet. Away from her music, though, 2019 is still set to be a busy year for the Reading native. In fact, in December, she’ll take on the role of Bombalurina in the movie adaptation of Cats. In the flick, the star will feature alongside the likes of Idris Elba and Rebel Wilson.

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