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Released: 18th August 2014.

Taylor Swift - Shake It OffThe first single from the country-pop mega-star's upcoming fifth studio album, '1989', "Shake It Off" is an uptempo pop anthem that just teems with positivity. An exceptionally catchy tune, "Shake It Off" shows just how aware Taylor Swift is of the criticism she receives in the media for her high-profile relationships, a number of which have seen a similar duration as Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage.

The lyrics, delivered with Taylor's inimitable style, speak of rising above what detractors say and dancing to the individual tempo of the music in one's mind. Taylor croons in the chorus about players, haters, heartbreakers, and fakers, lamenting that each group is going to do just what their name suggests, but Swift affirms that she'll just shake off their attempts to derail her.

Although previous lead-off tunes "Mine" and "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" have been even more impressive, either sonically or lyrically, "Shake It Off" is easily the most universal first single Taylor's put out and its immediate success on the charts - it currently sits at #1 in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand - proves that the message is having a very visible, very positive reaction from audiences. Its pure pop sound is sure to find a place in the highest radio ranks and its massive success is setting the stage for another grand opening week for her upcoming album.

* * * * (JSparksFan)

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