Taylor Swift Wrote A New Song Called ‘Better Man,’ Gave It To Little Big Town
Taylor Swift's team has repeatedly denied rumors claiming the 1989 singer will drop a surprise album this year, but the Pennsylvania native is still writing songs -- as confirmed in September by elite squad member Gigi Hadid -- she's just giving them away to her contemporaries.
Country act Little Big Town revealed today (November 1) that Swift is the songwriter behind their latest single "Better Man," which the group first dropped on October 20. They unveiled the news just ahead of the single's music video release, noting it was the first time the Red singer had ever pitched a song to another artist -- barring the Swift-penned Kellie Pickler track "Best Days of Your Life" -- according to Rolling Stone.
“Some of you have been asking and we told you that there was a young girl in Nashville that wrote it by herself, and it’s Taylor Swift," said member Karen Fairchild via Just Jared. "She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her, and she thought of us because of the harmonies. She’s never pitched the song to anyone before and the moment that we heard it we were like, ‘Man, that is a song that we’re going to cut.'"
Phillip Sweet co-signed the endorsement, saying, “This one just felt special. We’ve known Taylor since she was in high school. She’s a dear friend of ours. The song speaks for itself and that’s what we thought when we heard it, no matter who wrote it. It feels like it was meant for us to go with this emotion. It felt like it belonged to us and we made it our own.”
Swift tweeted about the revelation shortly after, confirming the news.
Considering the highly autobiographical nature of Swift's work, fans will undoubtedly search for clues as to who "Better Man" is about: Could the lines, "And I see the permanent damage you did to me / Never again, I just wish I could forget when it was magic," be about her spurned ex, Calvin Harris?? Summer fling Tom Hiddleston??? Long-ago love Harry Styles???? Is it possible this track is about no one specific, at all?????
Check out the music video for Little Big Town's "Better Man" above and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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