It’s nearing late August in an even-numbered year, which means it’s time for Taylor Swift to once again hijack pop music as we know it. And just like last time, she premiered new music through an online live stream in the company of some very dedicated fans.
“Shake It Off,” her bouncy ode to brushing off haters, is the first single from the singer’s upcoming album, 1989, which is due Oct. 27 and named after the year of her birth.
“I’ve learned a pretty tough lesson that people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that,” the singer told her fans before premiering the song (produced by Max Martin and Shellback) and the dance-heavy video (twerking included). “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that.”
Though she broke out of her country music roots with 2012’s Red, T-Swift promises that the new record, which she spent two years making, is her “first documented official pop album” as well as her favorite album yet. It’s also inspired by the “limitless potential” of 1980s pop, which is never a bad look for anyone, least of all Swift, who dabbled with the decade’s pop sound on her song “Sweeter Than Fiction” from the movie One Chance.
Relive Swift’s dance party announcement on the Yahoo! live stream here.