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Taylor Swift calls out homophobes on new song, announces 7th album

Updated : 2019-06-15 20:12:07

Coinciding with the announcement of her seventh album, "Lover," the pop star released a new tune called "You Need to Calm Down," where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community.

Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift performs at Wango Tango on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Taylor Swift released a new tune called
Taylor Swift released a new tune called "You Need to Calm Down," where she addresses her own haters but also calls out those who attack the LGBTQ community. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
At one point on the beat-laden track, Swift sings:
At one point on the beat-laden track, Swift sings: "And control your urges to scream about all the people you hate/ 'Cause shade never made anybody less gay." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
"You Need to Calm Down" is the second single from "Lover," to be released on August 23. The song is the follow-up to "ME!," which featured Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Swift also released a colourful lyric video to match the new song on YouTube late Thursday — appropriately during Pride Month. A music video will be released Monday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Swift also released a colourful lyric video to match the new song on YouTube late Thursday — appropriately during Pride Month. A music video will be released Monday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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On "You Need to Calm Down," Swift even references the gay rights organization GLAAD when she sings, "Why are you mad when you could be GLAAD?/ Sunshine on the street at the parade/ But you would rather be in the dark ages/ Making that sign must've taken all night." (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Earlier this month Swift posted a letter on social media asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. Swift lives in Tennessee and said she supported the House's recent passage of the act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Earlier this month Swift posted a letter on social media asking Tennessee's Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander to protect LGBTQ rights and support the Equality Act. Swift lives in Tennessee and said she supported the House's recent passage of the act, which would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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