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“Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

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    “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift (official video) is a pop song.

    Song Title: Shake It Off (official video)
    Artist: Taylor Swift
    Album: 1989
    Genre: pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, dance, rhythmic
    Composer: Copyright © 2014 Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback
    Lead Vocals: Taylor Swift
    Director: Mark Romanek
    Producer: Max Martin, Shellback
    Released: 18 August 2014
    Format: digital download
    Label: Big Machine
    Number of listens: 28416
    Current rank: 7 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 6 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Shake It Off” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fifth studio album 1989 (2014), marking a rapid departure from her signature country pop musical style in favor of a more “radio-friendly” format. The song was released as the lead single from the album on August 18, 2014, by Big Machine Records. An accompanying music video directed by Mark Romanek was released on the same day as the song’s release.

Background

    Swift began teasing about an announcement in August 2014. On August 4, she posted a video on Instagram in which she pushes the number 18 in an elevator. On August 6, she tweeted an image of the time 5:00 and the next day a screenshot from a Yahoo! homepage. She later confirmed on August 13, 2014 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that a Yahoo! live stream session would take place on August 18, 2014 at 5pm. During the live stream, Swift announced her upcoming fifth album and premiered its lead single.

Composition

    “Shake It Off” was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. Produced by Martin and Shellback, it lasts for a duration of three minutes and thirty nine seconds. Musically, “Shake It Off” is an uptempo pop song that scrapped Swift’s traditional country pop musical style in her previous releases. It is instrumented by saxophone; Jason Lipshutz from Billboard compared the song’s melody to that of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song “Thrift Shop” (2013). A writer from Music Times, meanwhile, likened the song to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (2013). Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Shirley Halperin labelled “Shake It Off” “an uptempo version” of Idina Menzel’s version of the Disney song “Let It Go” (2013).

    Lyrically, the song is dedicated to Swift’s detractors. Swift explained that, “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 only thing we can control is our reaction to that.” In an interview for Rolling Stone, Swift further elaborated, “I’ve had every part of my life dissected — my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music. When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off.”

Critical reception

    Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote that via this song Swift “proves why she belongs among pop’s queen bees: As you may have guessed, the song sounds like a surefire hit”. Tarynn Law from The 405 praised the track and characterized the song’s hook as “poppy” and “catchy”. Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter gave the song a positive review, describing it as “pop-tastic.” Alice Vincent from The Daily Telegraph also positively reviewed the song, noting it as “a catchy, upbeat track.” The Guardian’s Molly Fitzpatrick also found that the song is catchy but doesn’t show off Swift’s writing talent.

    Writing for The Daily Beast, Kevin Fallon found “this new direction of her career is woefully depressing.” While he admitted “Shake It Off” is “a great pop song”, he said it is “the least musically interesting song that Swift has done” and “it’s not personal, at least not in the ways we expect from a Taylor Swift song.” Fallon deplored Swift’s transition to pop in which he felt she “abandoned her sound” in the process.

Chart performance

    Billboard predicted that the song could sell over 500,000 copies during its first week of release and become Swift’s second number-one single in the US since “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” (2012).

Music video

Conception

    The music video directed by Mark Romanek was released on August 18, 2014, the same day as the song’s release. It was shot in June 2014 over three days in Los Angeles. Swift talked about the making of the video,

    “It was so much fun. I woke up every day of that shoot and couldn’t wait to get to set. We had twerking, which was so funny. Those girls were trying to teach me how, and it’s just never gonna happen. I tried really hard. They were teaching me what they do, and there’s like a science to it they’re like digging their heels into the floor without you seeing their legs move, but their butts’ moving. It’s mind-blowing to me. They were explaining it all to me, and it’s so above my comprehension of how to understand your body.”
    The music video for “Shake It Off” features several references to multiple celebrities, including Swift dressing as Lady Gaga.

    According to Music Times, the video features Swift “embracing her inner dorky dancer by submerging herself with some of the world’s best dancers in the styles of hip hop, lyrical, ballet, jazz and even cheerleader.” The Guardian’s Sean Michaels also noted the accompaniment of “twerkers” in the clip. “Shake It Off” music video also features Swift’s fan works and letters on Twitter and Instagram. Critics also noted references to Lady Gaga and Skrillex in the clip. Hugh McIntyre from Forbes noted the references to Gaga, Skrillex, Fergie and Gwen Stefani in “Shake It Off” video, further writing that it is “quirky and hard to dislike.”

Reception

    The video received mixed reviews. Brian Mansfield of the Chicago Sun-Times called the video “chirpy”. Direct Lyrics provided a positive review saying the video is “certainly a fun one and it catches rather well the rebellious and care-free spirit of the new Taylor single.” Molly Fitzpatrick of The Guardian wrote: “The incongruent blend of modern dance, ballet, and breakdancing is fun, but the conceit falls flat.” HitFix deemed the video “ill-timed” due to the current race relations debate around the Ferguson riots while Jezebel described it as a “cringe-worthy mess”.

Live performances

    Swift is scheduled to perform “Shake It Off” for the first time live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, 2014.

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music news

    Taylor Swift’s album Red sold 1.21 million copies in a single week, the biggest sales week for an album since 2002. (October 30, 2012)

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