Taylor Swift released a new single, “Red (Taylor’s Version),” on Monday afternoon. The song, which chronicles Swift’s painful break-up with Tom Hiddleston, is a stripped-down re-recording of Swift’s hit track from her previous album, 2012’s Red.
The BTS video was announced on Friday with many fans, including Swift herself, speculating that the single and video would not be released until after a grand performance of “Look What You Made Me Do” at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday.
Despite speculation surrounding the event, Swift did play the song, including a snippet of the video, at the awards show on Sunday night and it promptly became one of the most-watched videos of the night.
Just in time for #BBMAs, The #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo music video premieres on May 25th… Hours later, fans will be able to learn an all-new story when TAYLOR streams #Red (Taylor’s Version) from 7:30-9:30pm EST on @TIDALHiFi. #RedIsTaylorFlashback 👄 pic.twitter.com/TcFpISN30v — Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) May 27, 2018
In addition to releasing the song and the video, Swift released a statement on Instagram, describing the “fresh perspective” and emotion behind the song and the video.
“The original version of this song is absolutely one of my favorite records of all time and I wanted to revisit it. But this version feels new, it feels like I’m giving you my not-so-veiled homage, but also giving you the perfect surprise. So in other words – don’t be mad if it’s a little longer than the original, as it’s about to be. I promise you’ll love it. So very excited, you guys.”
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