On Monday, Taylor Swift premiered her new single "Shake It Off" during her Yahoo! Worldwide Live Stream event. Much like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the lead single from her last studio album, Red, "Shake It Off" takes Swift in a totally unexpected but totally awesome musical direction. The song, which is a collaboration with musicians Max Martin and Shellback, was inspired by a "tough lesson" that Swift learned over the past couple of years. Swift told fans that people can say whatever they want about you at any time — you can't control it. The only thing you can control is your reaction. So, just shake it off! "Shake It Off" is the lead single taken from Swift's new album, 1989, in stores Oct. 27. Woo!
I've been wondering what Swift's lead single would sound like for a long time now, so, now that the track is finally here, does it live up to my expectations? YES! "Shake It Off" is a brilliant slice of up-tempo pop with a slammin' beat, lively horns, and a sing-along chorus.
On "Shake It Off's" infectious refrain, Swift sings:
I keep crusin', can't stop, won't stop groovin'
players gonna play, haters gonna hate
I'm just gonna shake it off, shake it off
Though the pop sound of "Shake It Off" may divide some Swift fans, it sounds like another No. 1 smash to me! Check out the full music video below.