Taylor Swift sparked an online frenzy Friday as she returned to her country roots by releasing a collaboration with Sugarland, titled “Babe”.
Swift, 28, previously wrote the song for her 2012 album Red, but it didn’t end up making the cut… and fans are not happy about it.
Social media users took to Twitter in droves after the song with Sugarland duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush emerged online.
Many people questioned what else Swift has been hiding off her previous LP, while others loved the fact she was going back to her roots.
See some of the responses below:
“Babe” was co-written by Swift and Train’s Patrick Monahan; the latter previously spoke about the track in a 2013 interview with ABC News Radio.
Monahan said of the collaboration at the time, “It’s a song called ‘Babe’. So it’s her song; I was just lucky enough to be a part of it with her, and I’m gonna ask the same of her in the future.
“She’s very talented, she’s a no-nonsense young kid. I’m not going through different relationships and breakups and all the stuff that young people do, so her perspective is very fresh. And I think that’s what I admire the most [about her].”
Sugarland then opened up about the song at the ACMs on Sunday, with them sharing their excitement about the whole thing with reporters backstage.
They gushed, according to People: “She was excited that we were getting back together. She said ‘Hey, I have a song…’ and we said ‘Yep!’
“We’ve obviously known each other for many years when she was just getting started. We just had our first EP out called Premium Quality Tunes. She still has a copy of it that we signed for her.”