October 20, 2014


Taylor Swift Previews Uplifting New Single, "Welcome To New York"

Buckle up, Taylor Swift fans! Our pop princess has shared yet another single from her upcoming and highly anticipated full-length, 1989. This time it's "Welcome To New York," the album's opener. The synth-heavy track outlines the joy of discovering New York City for the first time, finding a home in the magic and chaos of it all.

She sings "Searching for a sound we haven't heard before / It said 'Welcome to New York' / It's been waiting for you / Welcome to New York," adding that "It's a new soundtrack / I could dance to this beat forevermore" with the chorus. Swift is happy in her new town, totally embracing the change in scenery. We couldn't be happier for her! Listen to a less-than-a-minute tease above.

The song doesn't have the Harry Styles/relationship-gone-awry focus of "Out of the Woods," or the hater-repellent theme of "Shake It Off." Instead, "Welcome To New York" is all Swift, celebrating her new life in a new place...which makes the "she only writes songs about boys" criticisms of her music even more disheartening.

In an interview with Australia's Jules, Merrick and Sophie, Swift addressed the romantic rumors surrounding her upcoming album. "You're gonna have people who are gonna say, 'Oh, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends', and I think frankly that's a very sexist angle to take," she said. "No one says that about Ed Sheeran, no-one says that about Bruno Mars—they're all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life... and no-one raises a red flag there." Feminist high-five!