Kander and Ebb wrote “New York, New York”; Billy Joel crooned “New York State of Mind”; Jay Z dropped “Empire State of Mind.” Now, Taylor Swift is adding her take to the canon of songs about the city that never sleeps.
On Monday morning, Swift previewed “Welcome to New York,” the first song off her album 1989, which is, yes, about moving to New York.
“The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life,” Swift explains in a video. “It’s like an electric city.”
Swift is going for the “wide-eyed,” optimistic take on New York, so it’s not exactly like she’s treading any new ground here. (FYI: Taylor Swift’s New York is a Tribeca penthouse.) The song that results, which she did with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, is a thumping anthem. It will become available at 12 a.m. on Tuesday on iTunes, according to Good Morning America.