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SHE'S BAAACK (UPDATE)

Following a highly cloak-and-dagger campaign that included NDAs, chloroform and pinky swears, "ME!" featuring Panic's Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift's first release since her new deal with UMG via Republic, arrived precisely at midnight, as promised. Tay places a high value on punctuality.

The track, penned by Taylor, Urie and Joel Little, went wide to all DSPs, as well as radio, reaching #1 at iTunes, um, Swiftly, and has also moved to #2 at Apple Music and Amazon's download store. The video earned 65.2m views in 24 hours, a new record for a video debut by a solo artist (or any female artist), and the second-biggest 24-hour debut for any video.

Monte Lipman has his game face on. So, of course, does Spanky.

Ready? Click away—preferably on an audio-streaming service.

Be sure to check out the opening dialogue in a popular Romance language, the pink snake morphing into butterflies and those puffy clouds, all of which are clearly metaphors for something.

NEAR TRUTHS:
PIVOT POINTS
Breaking down the nuances of a transformational moment (2/26a)
LIVE WIRE:
MICHAEL RAPINO
He's putting asses in seats on an unprecedented scale. (2/26a)
HITS LIST:
CHANGE IS NOW
Is a seismic shift occurring? (2/26a)
ON THE COVER:
TOP DAWG
Evidence that miracles can happen. (2/26a)
NOTHING MATTERS DOES MATTER
Give 'em hell, KG. (2/26a)
OUR TOP 10 LIST FOR 2024
Just kidding. But we'll get there.
STRUM AND DRANG
How guitar music got big again.
GRAMMY GRAMMY GRAMMY
Start digging out your formal wear and let's do this.
THE NEXT BIG MONEY PLAY
it's not what you think.
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