Taylor Swift's 'You Need To Calm Down' is an anti-hate anthem

 eu.usatoday.com  06/14/2019 12:26:54   Maeve McDermott and Joshua Bote

Taylor Swift's return is imminent, promising a busy�summer for listeners and patient Swifties alike.

The star announced her new album, "Lover," on social media�Thursday, as well as a new single titled "You Need To Calm Down."

An improvement on Swift's enjoyable yet overly earnest lead single "Me," "You Need to Calm Down" is cheekier and more understated, a more promising example of what fans can expect from her new record.

Set for release Aug. 23, the 18-track record�will also feature�the Brendon Urie-featuring "Me!"It's her first full-length album since 2017's "Reputation."

The album art, credited to "artistic genius" Valheria Rocha, features Swift in glittery rainbow technicolor  a different color scheme than the icy melodrama of her 2017 album�"Reputation."�

"Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?" Swift sings on the new song, releasing an accompanying lyric video that makes it clear she's name-dropping�GLAAD, short for the powerful�Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization.

"Thank you @taylorswift13" the organization wrote to Swift on Twitter, posting�screenshots of GLAAD's mention in the lyric video.

Swift's new album's�artwork�matches the visual aesthetic of the bright, fantasy-filled music video for lead single "Me," as "You Need To Calm Down" advances�the trap-infused pop sound she sought on "Reputation" with a simplistic, booming beat, offering lyrics�like "shade never made anybody less gay" that nod to her LGBTQ fans while centering the song as an anti-hate anthem.

Released during Pride month in June,�"You Need To Calm Down" suggests that Swift is being more intentional in recognizing her�LGBTQ listeners.

Swift encouraged her fans'�Easter egg hunt�upon the "Me!" music video release by promising that the album's title was hidden somewhere in her next�video, with�eagle-eyed fans noticing the word "lover" emerge at one point in the clip.

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