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Taylor Swift Debuts “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Listen to New Single

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Thanks to her constant presence in the celebrity gossip media and high-profile work on the soundtrack to “The Hunger Games,” it is easy to forget that Taylor Swift has not released a studio album since 2010′s “Speak Now.”

That fact will become false this October.

In keeping with her trend of releasing a new album every two years, Swift confirmed that her new album “Red” will release on October 22. And she did not stop there–in a “web chat and G+ Hangout,” Swift debuted lead single “We Are Never Getting Back Together.” It also premiered for sale on iTunes and instantly shot to number one.

Sarcastically introducing the single as “really romantic,” the country-pop superstar reveals the latest evolution to her sound at about 21:00 of the below video. Though it ventures into Swift’s familiar “disappointing relationship” territory, it is the most pop-driven of her singles, with a soaring chorus and clap-along beat.

What is your take? Has Swift strayed too far from the sound that made her famous, or is this new song befitting her status as one of the top two or three pop stars in the game?