No need to shake this off!
Taylor Swift surprised fans during a much anticipated Yahoo livestream in New York City on Monday by debuting not only her new single, “Shake It Off,” but also the accompanying video.
In the video, Swift breaks into different types of dance — from hip-hop to ballet — while telling her haters (and all those players) to “Shake it Off.”
Swift said the song was inspired by some tough lessons she’s learned over the past couple of years.
“People can say what they want about us, at any time … and we cannot control that. The only thing we can control is our reaction to it,” said Swift during the livestream. “I figure we have two options: we can let it change you … option two, is you just shake it off.”
In addition to professional dancers, the video for “Shake It Off” also features some select fans who were chosen through social media, fan letters, and more.
The single and the video weren’t the only big surprises to come out of the livestream. The “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer also shared some other major news: The name and cover of her upcoming fifth studio album, 1989.
Swift described 1989 (which is also the year she was born) as her “first documented, official pop album” and said it’s inspired especially by ’80s pop.
“I really loved the chances they were taking. I loved how bold it was,” said Swift, who also unveiled a special 1989 SwiftStakes for fans. “It was, apparently, a time of limitless potential. … The idea of endless possibility was kind of a theme in the last year of my life.”
1989 will be available on Oct. 27. You can also catch Swift on the big screen in the Giver, which is in theaters now.