Taylor Swift drops single with Brendon Urie—and fans are losing it

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Taylor Swift surprised fans Friday with a new single, in collaboration with Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie.

The 10-time Grammy-winner has been teasing the release for weeks. She gave fans hints about the upcoming song, as well as the album, though a butterfly mural painted in the Gulch neighboorhood in Nashville, Tennessee. Swift’s new single “Me!” dropped at Midnight on Friday and is streaming on the major giants like Spotify.

Fans were caught between rabid excitement at the newest Swift single, and confusion over the collab with Urie. For hours leading up to the announcement, people posted their theories online.

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Once Swift broke the news about her single, she showed up in Nashville to meet with fans.

Fans were delighted at the chance to come face-to-face with Swift. Many of them took to social media immediately after to express their joy. “How can one person be so perfect,” one Twitter user gleefully wrote.

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Despite confusion over the collab, there was plenty of Urie love to be found online, as well.

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Some people teased at Swift’s transformation from the darker tones of 2017’s Reputation to the bright and bubbly energy surrounding her new single.

Swift spoke with ABC News Friday about the single’s release. “‘Me!’ is a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it,” she said. “With a pop song, we have the ability to get a melody really stuck in people’s heads and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves.”

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Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio

Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.