Love, the irresistible obsessively painful addiction in which Taylor Swift has by experience become quite familiar with. Swift is the embodiment of cupid; flawless, experienced, confident that her spellbinding siren will enhance the quality of your love life. Her recently released “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” off her fourth album, “Red,” is an upbeat lesson on one the consequences that can follow the end of a relationship.
The 22-year-old love guru has been dating Conor Kennedy, son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy. As a result of her desire to be close to Kennedy, the songstress has purchased an oceanfront mansion in the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod.
The 4,400-square-foot home in Hyannis Port has reportedly been on the market for some time before Swift snatched it up for $.4.9 million.
Most girls simply move their lockers in order to be closer to their 18-year-old boyfriends, but the country darling has plunked down $4.9 million in cash for a vacation home in Hyannis Port, Mass., a mere stone’s throw from the Kennedy compound.
In spite of Swift’s tendency to date the wrong man, she remains a formidable artist who knows her audience.
The single from the album, “Red,” due out Oct. 22, is charting on Billboard’s top 100 as I’m penning this review. Her new track is far less country than the country star normally produces. It features an electronic heavy production and “pop-ier” vocal styling. Even with this new change, Swift’s track is undeniably girly and lovable.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” definitely suggests that Swift is going to cling to that wide-eyed innocence as long as she can; and if recent rumors of her dating a 18-year-old Kennedy heir is any indication, she’s not growing up anytime soon. She debuted the song in a live web chat with fans in which she played it over her computer speakers and danced in her chair. If this song doesn’t grab you right away, just wait until you listen to it seven times in a row. Wait and tell me if you don’t start singing along in your head. It’s country pop sorcery I tell you. “I say/ I hate you/ We break up/ You call me/ I love you.”
The song is the ultimate kiss off to the boyfriend that you don’t see anymore because he said he needed space, but then he comes sniffing back around again when he wants something, promising to change. Swift has experienced that emotion and she encapsulated that universal feeling in an upbeat, empowering song.
The hook, when she declares, “We are never, ever, ever getting back together,” is a handicapping, foot-stopping, fist-in-the-air sing-along bolstered by the acoustic riff. Who knew that breaking up could feel so good? At most, it’s a sonic celebration of strength.
Swift uses the word “like” dozens of times, and has a monologue with herself and then a dialogue with her loser ex-boyfriend in the space of the song.
She even includes a couple of conversational bits; it sounds like an authentic recorded chat between her and a friend was used, too.
It’s her confessional nature, that accessible BFF-next-door vibe that makes this song one that will connect with the 15-and-under set experiencing their first kiss (and unknowingly getting set up for their first heartbreak.)
This song is exactly why Taylor Swift is the poet laureate of the teen and pre-teen set. No ifs, ands or buts.
It’s also Swift at her most poppy, with her “ooh oohs” and harmonizing sprinkled throughout. When she sings, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” you can envision an arena full of her disciples shrieking the lyrics until their lungs are raw.
The song may not gather in by droves new country fans but is will appeal to the adolescent girls that can’t wait to get home from school to listen to swift.
The industry outlet reported on Tuesday that Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” had been heard by approximately 30 million people in less than 24 hours since its Monday release. The size of that audience makes the infectious break-up tune among the 40 most-played songs in any genre in the past seven days.
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” reached the top spot on iTunes in the United States less than an hour after it was released and since then has reached the No. 1 position on iTunes in 24 other countries.
Billboard said the single could sell between 450,000 and 500,000 downloads in its first week. If Swift achieves that goal, she would be poised to earn the biggest sales debut for a digital song by a woman and mark a career high sales week for herself.
Since her arrival in 2006, Swift has sold 17.8 million albums in the U.S. and 47.6 million digital tracks, according to SoundScan. In its 2011 year-end report, Nielsen named Swift the No. 5-best-selling digital songs artist, and the top such country act, of the digital era.
The response from radio personalities so far is positive, in fact, program directors are all saying the same thing. That is that is looks like the pop-star is over-delivering again.
But that’s Swift’s work ethic. For years she has studied the industry and has only become better with each of her previous album releases.
When it comes to love and heartbreak, no one sings about it like she does.
Heartbreak is never fun, even if you’re a celebrity. No one knows this better than Swift. In fact, she was so affected by a break-up with a boyfriend that she decided to write the not-so-subtly titled “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” about the experience.
In an interview with “ABC Nightline” that is set to air this fall, Swift explained that she was in the studio working on her upcoming disc “Red” with producers Max Martin and Johan Shellbeck when a friend of an unnamed ex stopped by. “[My friend] starts talking about how he’s heard [my ex and I] were getting back together and that was not the case,” she explains.
“When he leaves, Max and Johan are like, ‘So what’s the story behind that?’ And so I start telling them the story of ‘break up, get back together, break up, get back together,’ just, ugh, the worst.” However instead of getting depressed Swift decided to turn this experience into something positive.
“Max says, ‘This is what we’re writing; we’re writing this song,’ Swift summarizes, “and I picked up the guitar and just started singing ‘we are never.’ It just happened so fast.” So what do you think of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and are you excited to hear the rest of “Red?”
The artist’s upcoming album, “Red,” should be equally as successful as previous recordings, and we commend Taylor on her adventurous step outside the world of sugary country music.