Taylor Swift has released her new song ‘Carolina’. She wrote the song for Where the crayfish sing, an upcoming adaptation of Delia Owens’ 2018 novel of the same name, which was previously teased in a trailer for the film. Aaron Dessner produced the song. Listen to it below.
“Carolina” Follows Swift’s 2020 Studio Albums forever and Folklore in 2020. Since sharing those records, Swift has been working hard on the extensive rollout campaigns for her re-recorded “Taylor’s Version” editions of fearless and Red† The latter album features a 10-minute version of the favorite song “All Too Well,” which set a Billboard record as the longest No. 1 song. Last February, Swift joined Ed Sheeran for a new remix of his † song “The Joker and the Queen.”
On May 18, Swift received a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from New York University with her 2022 graduating class. She also delivered an opening address to NYU students and guests at the school’s graduation ceremony. In it, Swift discussed how to deal with backlash, learn to accept that they are “cringe”, and the challenges students may face after graduation. “I’m…90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called ’22’,” she joked at one point.
NYU’s Clive Davis Institute recently completed its first-ever class on Swift, taught by rolling stone staff writer Brittany Spanos (who also contributed to Pitchfork). The class traced the evolution of Swift’s career as a songwriter and entrepreneur, discussed the exploitation of youth and girls within the entertainment industry in general, explored the politics of race in contemporary pop music, and considered the legacy of country and pop music topics, among others. The course was chaired by music writer and recording artist Jason King (who also contributed to Pitchfork).
Swift has not formally announced her next album in the “Taylor’s Version” series, but she has re-recorded two 1989 songs: “This Love (Taylor’s Version)” and “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version).” The former song was previously teased in the trailer for the new Prime Video series The summer I became beautiful† Meanwhile, the latest issue was previewed in a teaser trailer for the children’s film Spirit untamed†
Early this year, Swift was in the running for Album of the Year at the 2022 Grammys, but ultimately lost to Jon Batiste’s We are† She also made headlines through a Damon Albarn interview in which the Blur and Gorillaz frontman claimed she “don’t write her own songs.” Swift pushed back on Twitter with a short statement, writing: “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO harmful. You don’t have my songs don’t like it but it really sucks trying to discredit my writing WOW PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering 😑.”