A few weeks ago, Taylor Swift began teasing what many suspected was a forthcoming release. The “Delicate” singer had been relatively silent on social media since her Reputation Tour had concluded last November. She had unexpectedly launched a countdown clock on her Instagram story and changed the icons of her various social media accounts from the austere black and white Reputation motif to pink and purple pastels. The ticker was counting down to midnight April 26. On Thursday, just a few hours before the big date, Swift revealed what she has in store for us.
Speaking to ABC’s Robin Roberts outside the NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, the 29-year-old singer announced that her countdown was leading up to “ME!” — a brand new song with Panic! at the Disco’s Brandon Urie called. The song will also be accompanied by a new video. “‘ME!’ is a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it,” Swift said of the new song.
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WELL GUYS 4.26 is gonna be here in a few hours and my new song “ME!” featuring the extraordinarily talented and awesome @brendonurie of @panicatthedisco will be out tonight at midnight eastern. In other exciting news, the VIDEO will be out then too and I can’t wait to watch live with you (and answer some questions) as it premieres on @YouTube 🎥Click the link in my bio and I’ll meet you there a little later!! 😺
The announcement comes at the tail end of what has been an eventful last few weeks for the singer. Earlier this month, Swift dawned the cover of Time‘s annual 100 most influential people issue. Many suspect the new song is the first single off what will be Swift’s seventh studio album.