Yahoo Prematurely Premieres Taylor Swift’s Wild “Blank Space” Video
‘Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed as a daydream...
UPDATE 11/10/14: Tay-Tay's gone ahead and released the video in official form now—watch it above.
Last night—without so much as a super-secret fan listening session or cryptic Tweet—Yahoo prematurely premiered a doozy of a video for Taylor Swift's "Blank Space." A clever bit of media criticism, the 1989 single gleefully takes on Swift's reputation as a dating disaster. I can't wait to see how this one ends, she sings as she spends a day on her estate with some tall, dark, and handsome man. It's all daydream-y—that is, until a crazy-faced Tay-Tay drops his iPhone 6 into the fountain, rips up his portrait, feeds him poisoned apples, and takes a golf club to his antique car. No sad sweaters here, just a big kitchen knife in her hand and a loyal partner in crime (her cat Olivia Benson) by her side.
The video's director Joseph Kahn confirmed on Twitter this morning that the video was released in error. "Yup. Yahoo Effed up. Wait to see the Blank Space video. Let Taylor introduce it herself. It'll be worth it :)" he wrote. The leaked video includes a lengthy outro advertising what seems to be a tablet-bound interactive exclusive, which was originally scheduled to launch Tuesday. For now, the original Yahoo post redirects to a blank space (sorry), but bootlegs of the video can be found floating around on Vimeo and Tumblr.
In other Taylor Swift news, her Big Machine label continues to apply questionable logic in defense of her recent flight from Spotify. "We never wanted to embarrass a fan," label CEO Scott Borchetta explained last Friday during an interview on Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx. "If this fan went and purchased the record, CD, iTunes, wherever, and then their friends go, 'Why did you pay for it? It's free on Spotify.' We're being completely disrespectful to that superfan who wants to invest." Adele's manager, meanwhile, offered a more pragmatic take while speaking at a web summit over the weekend: "Streaming's the future, whether people like it or not."