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Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need To Calm Down’ boosts LBGTQ fans on new single

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Ten years after blasting ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Taylor Swift talks the “teenage stuff there.”
USA TODAY

Taylor Swift’s return is imminent, promising a busy summer for listeners and patient Swifties alike.

The star announced her new album, “Lover,” on social mediaThursday, as well as a new single titled “You Need To Calm Down.”

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Set for release Aug. 23, the 18-track record will also feature the Brendon Urie-featuring “Me!“It’s her first full-length album since 2017’s “Reputation.”

The album art, credited to “artistic genius” Valheria Rocha, features Swift in glittery rainbow technicolor — a different color scheme than the icy melodrama of her 2017 album“Reputation.”

“Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?” Swift sings on the new song, releasing an accompanying lyric video that makes it clear she’s name-dropping GLAAD, short for the powerful Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization.

“Thank you @taylorswift13” the organization wrote to Swift on Twitter, postingscreenshots of GLAAD’s mention in the lyric video.

In many ways, Swift’s new album’s artwork matches the visual aesthetic of the bright, fantasy-filled music video for lead single “Me,” with “You Need To Calm Down” advancing the trap-infused pop sound she sought on “Reputation” with a simplistic, booming beat, offering lyrics like “shade never made anybody less gay” that nod to her LGBTQ fans while centering the song as an anti-hate anthem.

Swift encouraged her fans’Easter egg huntupon the “Me!” music video release by promising that the album’s title was hidden somewhere in her next video, with eagle-eyed fans noticing the word “lover” emerge at one point in the clip.

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