All of the references in Taylor Swift’s Me! video


The outdated Taylor can come to the cellphone proper now, as a result of she’s been raised from the lifeless.

Taylor Swift’s new single, Me! shrugs off the icy, vengeful character of her final album, and resurrects the sugary euphoria of her earlier, dorky pop hits.

The track, which options Brendon Urie of Panic At The Disco, sees Taylor declaring that, regardless of all her unhealthy qualities, her accomplice will “by no means discover one other like me”.

“It is a track about embracing your individuality and proudly owning it,” the star mentioned.

The video has been watched greater than 15 million occasions because it launched 5am BST; and have become the quickest music video in historical past to succeed in greater than 10 million views – reaching the milestone in simply 2 hours.

As regular, the video is filled with easter eggs and callbacks to her earlier data. Listed here are all those we may discover… For those who spot any others, drop us a line on @BBCNewsEnts, or

The Snake!

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Snakes had been a motif on Taylor’s final album – because the singer took possession of the “Taylor Swift Is a Snake” meme that pursued her after her break-up with Calvin Harris and her (unrelated) feud with Kanye West.

Symbolically, the snake explodes right into a cloud of butterflies initially of the ME! video, whereas Taylor survives a snake-bite in a while, placing a full-stop on that period.

The melodrama!

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The motion begins in an condominium, the place Brendan and Taylor are having a serious home (in French, for some motive).

The scene is a call-back to Panic At The Disco’s However It is Higher If You Do video, which opens in a really comparable means.

Oh, if you happen to’re questioning in regards to the tree – Taylor grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.

Olivia and Meredith!

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Taylor’s Scottish fold cats, Olivia Benson and Meredith Gray, are virtually as well-known as she is… they usually get their very own cameo within the video, enjoying the star’s “younger daughters”.

“Probably the most influential consider my life is cats,” the star not too long ago advised Time journal. “I’ve cats, I am obsessive about them. They’re only a actual pleasure to reside with.”

The (Dixie) Chicks!

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When Taylor sings “You are the form of man the women need – and there is plenty of cool chicks on the market,” the video cuts to a wall of framed photos of, properly, chicks.

With one exception… In the midst of shot, we see a portrait of nation legends The Dixie Chicks.

Taylor, who invited Natalie Maines to sing Goodbye Earl on her 1989 Tour, has been hinting the band will seem on her forthcoming album.

The pastels!

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Taylor emerges from her condominium constructing right into a candy-coloured fantasy world. The pastel palette is a part of the branding of her new period (there’s even an Instagram filter) signifying how she’s emerged from a spot of darkness.

The seven suitcases signify her earlier albums, and the one which’s on the best way.

And a few followers have additionally interpreted the color scheme, and the track’s references to rainbows, as an additional message of assist for the star’s LGBT followers; after she donated $113,000 (£86,000) to an LGBT advocacy group in Tennessee, USA.

Sesame Avenue!

On her final album, Taylor interpolated Proper Mentioned Fred’s I am Too Attractive.

This time round, she quotes the Sesame Avenue track “one in all these items shouldn’t be just like the others”.

We’re hoping she does the pinball track subsequent.

A chrysalis!

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Eagle-eyed followers have noticed that your entire video takes place inside a chrysalis – persevering with the butterfly theme and hinting at a metamorphosis from the sound and lyrics of her earlier albums.

Arthouse movie references!

The pastel color scheme and elaborate dance sequence may very well be a reference to Jacques Demy’s infectious 1967 musical, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Younger Women of Rochefort) – which starred Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac as two sisters who depart their seaside city in quest of romance.

Come to think about it, that may clarify Taylor’s tres mal French accent initially of the clip.

Brendan Poppins!

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Subsequent up, we have now Brendan Urie leaping out of a window, grabbing an umbrella and floating to the bottom, like a floral-suited Mary Poppins.

After all, this is also a reference to Jacques Demy’s different well-known musical, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. It is all so multi-layered.

A track title tease?

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As we arrive on the second verse, Taylor sits astride a unicorn carrying a costume that turns right into a waterfall. Your guess is nearly as good as mine on that one – though the outfit recollects Vilanelle’s surprising pink Molly Goddard costume from the primary sequence of Killing Eve.

Look past that, although, and you may see a pink neon signal spelling the phrase “Lover”.

Followers have speculated this would be the title of Taylor’s subsequent track – because the star has a behavior of teasing new materials within the background of her movies.

An engagement ring!

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Within the video for Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor included a shot of an empty engagement ring field and the phrase “no” spelled in jewelry on the ground.

The message is much more specific right here, as Taylor haughtily rejects the ring that Brandon proffers on bended knee.

Followers have theorised that it is a response to tabloid hypothesis that the star and her boyfriend Joe Alwyn are getting engaged.

A brand new cat!

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Earlier than the video premiered, the star advised followers, “there is a secret within the video I have been maintaining in for months – let’s have a look at who can guess it”. Might it’s that she received a brand new cat?

The center motif!

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The second refrain takes place on a set that recollects the 60s pop exhibits like Soul Practice and Prepared, Regular, Go – festooned with hearts.

Taylor’s costume, her earrings, the piano and even the guitarist’s guitar are heart-shaped; whereas the band are all pink-winged Cupids.

Look carefully all through the remainder of the video, and you may see hearts embroidered into the costumes and scattered throughout the flowery units.

It appears to verify the speculation that the star’s new album will decide up the place the Repute album left off – on the love-struck piano ballad New Yr’s Day.

A, B, C…

“Hey children, spelling is enjoyable!” declares Taylor as she launches into the center eight; a throwback to the time she gained her elementary college spelling bee.

The star’s first ever put up on MySpace was an image of her carrying the winner’s t-shirt, truth followers.

A Tremendous Bowl trace?

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Taylor unveiled the ME! video on ABC throughout the NFL Draft (primarily a televised model of the UK’s soccer switch deadline day); and the clip options her being hoisted within the air by a marching band whereas carrying a majorette uniform.

That is prompted hypothesis that the singer will carry out the half time present at subsequent yr’s Tremendous Bowl.

Cowboy boots!

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ME! would possibly sound like an off-cut from The Biggest Showman, however Taylor’s lead singles have not at all times been consultant of the songs that comply with.

The reappearance of the star’s cowboy boots after the electro-pop experimentation of the 1989 and Repute albums suggests she may very well be returning to her Nashville roots.

We’ll know for positive when the star’s album comes out later this yr. When precisely, we do not know… however this fleeting glimpse of a clock set to eight:30 has followers satisfied it will be 30 August.

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