Taylor Swift releases new song 'ME!' featuring Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco

New song is the first music from Swift since her 'Reputation' album

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Friday 26 April 2019 07:06
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Taylor Swift has released a brand new song and video titled “ME!”, featuring Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie.

The track comes after weeks of clues posted on the pop star’s social media and marks a new style and sound after her Reputation era.

The video was directed by Swift and Dave Meyers, while the song was produced by Swift and Joel Little, and written by Swift, Little and Urie.

Swift’s musical transition is marked in the video with a snake – which was a major theme for her last album – bursting into butterflies before the music kicks in.

Premiering on YouTube, “ME!” opens with Swift and Urie as a couple having a row in French at their home, before Swift storms off and bursts into song.

Lyrics include Swift singing the line: “I know that I’m a handful baby/ I know I never think before I jump/ and you’re the kind of guy the ladies want/ and there’s a lot of cool chicks out there.”

Watch the video, below:

As well as being Swift’s first new music since Reputation, it is also her first release since she signed a new record deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group.

The news was announced earlier this year after Swift’s longtime deal with Big Machine Records expired.

“It’s really important to me to see eye to eye with a label regarding the future of our industry,” Swift said in a statement. “I feel so motived by using new opportunities created by the streaming world and the ever changing landscape of our industry... I also feel strongly that streaming was founded on and continues to thrive based on the magic created by artists, writers and producers.”

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Swift explained that there was “one condition that meant more to me than any other deal point”.

As part of her new contract with UMG, she has asked that any sale of their Spotify shares result in a distribution of money to the label’s artists, non-recoupable, which the label has “generously agreed to”.

“I see this as a sign that we are headed towards positive change for creators – a goal I’m never going to stop trying to help achieve, in whatever ways I can” Swift said.

“ME!” is widely believed to be the first track from Swift’s forthcoming seventh album, expected for release later this year.

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