Taylor Swift is back and as colourful as ever after dropping her new single “ME!” featuring Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie on Friday.
Along with the arrival of the fun pop anthem came the corresponding music video, which was filled with rainbows, cats, crazy animations, and, of course, a whole lot of Easter eggs and hidden messages.
Two easter eggs Swift’s legion of fans have seemingly yet to discover is the title of her next album and the name of her second single. “The new album title is actually revealed somewhere in the video AND so is the title of the second single,” she tweeted on Friday. “I haven’t seen people finding them yet.”
Here are all the must-see moments you may have missed while watching Swift’s enchanting new music video.
Waving Goodbye To The ‘Reputation’ Era
“‘ME!’ is a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it,” Swift told Robin Roberts during an interview on Thursday. “With a pop song, we have an ability to get a melody stuck in people’s heads and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves.”
Well, Swift is seemingly waving goodbye to her last album Reputation and all the darkness that came along with it.
At the beginning of the video, the iconic snake from that era, named Karyn, slithers across the screen and bursts into a swarm of colourful butterflies, playing into the metamorphosis metaphor that the 29-year-old has recently displayed all over her Instagram.
A Possible Dixie Chicks Collaboration?
While premiering the new track and video, Swift chatted live with her fans, revealing that there are a lot of Easter eggs to be found in the video.
Well, the Swifties picked up on a major one that may have something to do with the Grammy Award-winning artist’s seventh studio album.
While singing the line, “And there’s a lot of cool chicks out there,” a wall of literal cool chicks is featured and one of them is not like the others.
Fans noticed that a photo of the Dixie Chicks was placed in the middle of the wall. Does this mean that there could be potential collaboration? Well, according to a tweet from the country girl group, something may be on the horizon.
New Member Of The Family
Of course, the music video has no shortage of feline friends and Swift’s beloved “daughters” Meredith and Olivia got their chance in the spotlight.
But, at the 2:12 mark, Urie presents her with an adorable kitten, which many fans believe is the newest member of the singer’s family — the “secret” she’s alluded to recently.
A New Song Called ‘Lover’
In another magical scene, Taylor sits poised in her Rapunzel-esque tutu over a unicorn-gargoyle, and some eagle-eyed fans noticed a neon sign that reads “Lover”, in the background.
Could this be a potential new track on Swift’s upcoming album? Thanks to Just Jared, it may be coming sooner than we think. In a very brief moment, the clock behind Urie in the music video is set to “8:30”, which may mean that her album could drop on August 30.
It looks like Swifties will just have to wait and find out!