It’ll be a hit, but will it be iconic? Taylor Swift is previewing a new single off her album 1989 dubbed ‘Welcome to New York’. Here’s a thought experiment. Think of songs about New York. What’s coming to your mind? Immediately Billy Joel’s ‘New York State of Mind’. For those of us not close to punching the AARP membership ticket, Jay-Z’s ‘Empire State of Mind’.

Before you go Internet crazy on me, Empire State of Mind is iconic for this generation. Hit play and everyone knows who and what song it is. So, what can Taylor Swift bring to the table? Well, she’s not calling out an ex-boyfriend so we have progress on that front. I’m sure this will be played on country stations just because, but the song is decidedly pop.

Those hoping for something a little more gritty, you better check expectations at the door. The song is an optimistic sort of pop anthem. Taylor explained the inspiration behind the song in a video.

“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.”

Translation? She just likes to hear the cash printing press whir. The song releases at 12 A.M. Tuesday on iTunes. So, parents? Prepare for charges to your credit card. Oh, and those wondering how Taylor views New York? It’s through a Tribeca penthouse.

Check out the preview of the song below. Prepare to hear this on an endless loop by the weekend.


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