Since November, Taylor Swift has been in the process of re-recording her first five albums, including her 2006 self-titled debut, 2008’s Fearless (which marked her first No.1 album), and her Grammy Award-winning 1989 (2014).
Today, she’s sharing a snippet of her updated take on “Love Story,” which appears in a hilarious new ad helmed by Ryan Reynolds’ Maximum Effort production house. The clip, which promotes the dating app Match, finds Satan hooking up with 2020 (in the form of a brunette). It’s a veritable match made in hell.
Okay so while my new re-records are NOT done, my friend @VancityReynolds asked me if he could use a snippet of one for a LOLsome commercial he wrote so…here’s a sneak peak of Love Story! Working hard to get the music to you soon!! https://t.co/0vBFXxaRXR
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 2, 2020
Originally released in 2008, “Love Story” was a massive success for the young country artist – peaking at No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming one of the best-selling singles ever in the US.
Inspired by her own love life, Swift wrote the song about a doomed romance with a man who her friends and family didn’t approve of. The singer-songwriter also found herself drawing from one of the most famous love stories: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
In other Taylor Swift news, the artist gave fans an early holiday gift with her new concert film, folklore: the long pond studio sessions. Released exclusively on Disney+, the film found Swift and her Folklore collaborators – The National’s Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff (Bleachers), and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) – performing the album’s 17 tracks at Long Pond Studio in upstate New York.
Secretly recorded earlier this year, Folklore found all three artists working remotely, amid the pandemic. The Long Pond set marked their first time together, as well as Swift’s debut performance of her Grammy-nominated album.
The stripped-down set garnered high praise from the critics, including from the New York Times, who declared that “Swift heightens the songs’ sense of pristine contemplation.” The NME simply called it “a perfect (if unexpected) early Christmas present.”