Update: Monday morning, Republic’s radio promotions team revealed that Taylor Swift’s next single will be a remix of “Bad Blood.” The team’s website confirmed a May 19 pop radio impact date.
In the wake of Headline Planet’s related story, which fueled a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, Republic has removed “Bad Blood” from the aforementioned website.
Such a removal is neither an uncommon gesture nor a sign that “Bad Blood” is no longer slated as the next single.
Last year, as an example, Interscope’s radio website temporarily removed listings for new Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Carly Rae Jepsen singles before ultimately confirming all three to be valid.
And given the specificity of Republic’s listing, which identified the next single as a “Bad Blood” remix and confirmed a pop impact date, there is every reason to believe the song is still eyed as the next single from “1989.” Headline Planet sources have long been under that same impression.
That noted, Republic has evidently decided it is not yet ready to broadcast official confirmation regarding the follow-up to “Style.”
Taylor Swift’s “Style” has only just begun to fade at pop radio, but Republic already has its sights set on her fourth “1989” single.
According to the label’s radio promotions website, focus is about to shift to a remix of album track “Bad Blood.” The song formally impacts pop radio on May 19.
Additional details, including the identities of any collaborators involved in the remix, have not yet been revealed.
This past February, Swift personally shot down rumors of a “Bad Blood” remix featuring vocals from Kanye West and production from Ariel Rechtshaid.
It is presently unclear whether Swift was simply trying to preserve the surprise or whether the forthcoming “Bad Blood” remix actually involves different collaborators than those rumored.
What is clear, however, is that “Bad Blood” is slated as the follow-up to “Style.”