Co-written by Swift and its producers Max Martin and Shellback , "Shake It Off" is an uptempo dance-pop track considered to be a departure from Swift's earlier country pop music style. It is the sixth track on the album and serves as the lead single. The song premiered during a Yahoo! Several hours later, the song was made available for digital download. According to Billboard , it is Swift's biggest Hot hit to date, staying on the chart for 50 consecutive weeks.
Swift began teasing about an announcement in August On August 4, she posted a video on Instagram in which she pushes the number 18 in an elevator. During the live stream, Swift announced her upcoming fifth album and premiered its lead single. Lyrically, the song is dedicated to Swift's detractors. The only thing we can control is our reaction to that. 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. In an October NPR interview, Swift spoke about the lyrical message of the song in relation to her previous work and a desire to reclaim the "narrative":. There's a song that I wrote a couple years ago called " Mean ," where I addressed the same issue but I addressed it very differently. I said, "Why you gotta be so mean? But in the last few years I've gotten better at just kind of laughing off things that absolutely have no bearing on my real life.
I think it's important to be self-aware about what people are saying about you, but even more so, be very aware of who you actually are, and to have that be the main priority.
Lipshutz wrote that Swift "proves why she belongs among pop's queen bees: As you may have guessed, the song sounds like a surefire hit". The Los Angeles Times 's critic Randall Roberts called the song "a perfect pop confection" however noting it "presents an artist gunning for sly transgression but instead landing on tone-deaf, self-absorbed teen regression, with music to match the vibe. On its sixth week, the song became her second No.
During that week, "Shake It Off" additionally garnered The song's eight-week gap in reclaiming number one was the third longest in the chart's history, after Chubby Checker 's " The Twist " roughly two years in between and Miley Cyrus ' " Wrecking Ball " nine weeks. In total, "Shake It Off" spent four non-consecutive weeks at number one,  and 24 non-consecutive weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot , thus becoming Swift's longest-running single in the top 10; overall, "Shake It Off" spent 50 weeks on the chart, leaving on the issue dated August 15, The song was replaced at number one by " Blank Space ", the second single from , thus making Swift the first female artist to replace herself at the top spot in the year history of the Hot The song became the eighth best-selling song of in the United States with 3.
In Canada, "Shake It Off" became Swift's third number one in Canadian Hot selling 48, copies in its first week, following "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", after debuting at number one; it is her third song to do so, tying her with Eminem and Katy Perry for the most songs to debut at number one on the chart. The song had also seen success in Europe.
In Australia, it debuted at number five on the Australian Singles Chart , the highest debut of the week, and on its second week it rose to the number-one spot, making it Swift's second single to top the chart after her hit "Love Story". The music video , directed by Mark Romanek , was released on August 18, the same day as the song's release. 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. 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. 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 video received mixed reviews from music critics. Brian Mansfield of the Chicago Sun-Times called the video "chirpy". HitFix deemed the video "ill-timed" due to the race relations debate around the Ferguson unrest. He also stated: "If you look at it carefully, it's a massively inclusive piece, it's very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And—let's remember—it's a satirical piece. It's playing with a whole range of music video tropes and cliches and stereotypes".
As of April , the video has received over 2. At one point, it was the most viewed video by a female artist until it was surpassed by Katy Perry 's " Roar ".
Swift performed "Shake It Off" for the first time live at the MTV Video Music Awards on August 24, ,  wearing a shimmering silver two-piece with a crew of male dancers in suits and female dancers in matching charcoal-colored outfits. The song was a regular on the setlist of Swift's World Tour and always ended each night. Halsey and Camila Cabello joined Swift onstage during the song.
The campaign led to a significant amount of media coverage as Australian music fans debated the merits of Swift's inclusion in the poll, including the potential for a number-one ranking. According to those critical of the campaign, the Hottest is reserved for non-mainstream artists who were "discovered or fostered by Triple J.
Station manager Chris Scaddan told the media that the Swift campaign is within the rules of the poll, later instructing Triple J employees not to comment to "media, friends, family" about the campaign, as "it will all become clear when we get to the countdown next Monday. It draws attention to them and may influence the results of the poll. After journalist Peter Vincent reported that the Swift campaign had "swallowed" the Hottest for , citing research from the University of Queensland that showed that over 7, Hottest posts in a day period leading up to the poll results related to Swift, "Shake It Off" was eventually disqualified by the radio station in an announcement on January 26, The official announcement read: "it became pretty clear, pretty quick that a lot of people just wanted to prod some 'hipsters' for the lulz", acknowledging that the station "had a heap of fun", while Swift is "smart", "cool" and "successful".
The song would have placed in the number 12 position if it had been allowed to compete. At present, the Court is not saying that Braham can never, ever, ever get his case back in court. But, for now, we have got problems, and the Court is not sure Braham can solve them.
As currently drafted, the Complaint has a blank space -- one that requires Braham to do more than write his name. And, upon consideration of the Court's explanation Braham may discover that mere pleading BandAids will not fix the bullet holes in his case. At least for the moment, Defendants have shaken off this lawsuit. Standish ruled that Braham did not have enough factual evidence but could file a new complaint "if his lawsuit deficiencies are corrected.
Fitzgerald dismissed the case, asserting that the lyrics in question were too 'banal' to be copyrighted. Owens , Andrew D. Hurwitz , and Kenneth K. Lee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the ruling, holding that the district court had "constituted itself as the final judge of the worth of an expressive work", sending the case back to the district court.
The song was used in the series The Middle during a dance routine. The song was covered by Reese Witherspoon and Nick Kroll for the animated film Sing and is listed in its soundtrack. The song is also featured in the film True Memoirs of an International Assassin. The episode also features a fictionalized version of Swift. The song is referenced in an episode of the third season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine titled "Terry Kitties". The song is featured in the film Little Monsters , performed by Lupita Nyong'o.
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