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Taylor Swift: “Out of the Woods” is Not My Next Single

Somehow unaware of the fact that many high-profile artists–including Taylor Swift herself–release promotional, “instant gratification” tracks in advance of their album releases, numerous media outlets assumed that “Out of the Woods,” which Swift will launch next week, is the second official single from new album “1989.”

Those outlets were wrong–or at least premature in their declaration.

In a Twitter post Thursday, Swift clarified that the upcoming release is not presentlly slated as the official follow-up to smash single “Shake it Off.”

“To clarify, what is coming in the next few days is a new song that I think best represents #1989. It is NOT my next single. #ShakeItOff,” wrote Swift.

Earlier Thursday morning, Swift teased the impending release by posting an Instagram photo featuring the number 5 (as in, 5 days until release) and the word “Woods.”

Insofar as “1989” album track “Out of the Woods” has received ample hype–both for the raves it received from singer-songwriter-guitarist Jack Antonoff and for its supposed lyrical focus on Swift’s ex-boyfriend Harry Styles–Sherlock Holmes was not needed to determine that it was the subject of Swift’s Instagram “clue.”

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

Contact Brian at brian.cantor[at]


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