Taylor Swift debuts new song, ‘1989’ album via livestream

Taylor Swift has been keeping secrets lately (and dousing herself with ice water), building up anticipation for… something. Everyone wanted to know: Could she drop a Beyoncé?

On Monday afternoon, ABC News and Yahoo livestreamed her big announcement, as she met us at the top of the Empire State building. She asked if we wanted to go inside (yes, I’m afraid of heights), then the 24-year-old singer sat down in her Oprah-esque set to give us three surprises, like a beautiful genie. 

The first was a new song, “Shake It Off,” which she explained is a song of positivity in the face of haters. She then danced around with audience members, and fans across the country joined in.


GIF by Greg Seals

Next up, she revealed she’s been working on a new album for two years, and it’s given her time to change and evolve. She was listening to a lot of late ’80s pop and getting inspired. She was born in 1989, and the new album is called 1989!

It’s her first “documented, official pop album,” and all the album art is Polaroids, because ’80s! It will be in stores Oct. 27. Bonus tracks were recorded as voice memos on her phone. So mod! She then told a fan on Skype: “You have the shiniest hair!”

Surprise No. 3: Swift collaborated with Mark Romanek for the music video for “Shake It Off.” Then my livestream crashed. 

Twitter weighed in:

Just give Tay her own talk show; she is clearly ready. 

Screengrab via Taylor Swift VEVO/YouTube 

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.