Taylor Swift pays tribute to NYC in new single ‘Welcome To New York’

The song follows on from Swift's recent single 'Shake It Off' and precedes her new album '1989'

Taylor Swift‘s new single ‘Welcome To New York’ is now streaming online.

As the title suggests, the electropop-inspired track pays homage to the Big Apple. “I wanted to start the album with this song because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life for the last couple of years,” Swift says of her upcoming album’s opening track in an introductory video posted online.

“The inspiration that I found in that city is kind of hard to describe and hard to compare to any other force of inspiration I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s like an electric city. I approached moving there with such wide-eyed optimism and sort of saw it as a place of endless potential and possibilities and you can kind of hear that reflected in this music and this first song especially.”


‘Welcome To New York’ follows on from Swift’s recent single ‘Shake It Off’ and precedes her new record ‘1989’, which will be released on Monday (October 27). You can listen to a radio rip of the song below, which is available now via iTunes.

Taylor Swift recently spoke out about the “sexist” speculation regarding her love life. “You’re gonna have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh, she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends’, and I think frankly that’s a very sexist angle to take. No-one says that about Ed Sheeran, no-one says that about Bruno Mars – they’re all writing songs about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life… and no-one raises a red flag there,” she told Australia’s 2Day FM.

Meanwhile, the video for her previous single ‘Shake It Off’ was recently criticised by Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt for “perpetuating black stereotypes”, a claim the clip’s director strongly denied.

Listen to ‘Welcome To New York’ beneath. It was co-produced and co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder.