Taylor Swift Unveils "Valentine's Day" Song "Today Was a Fairytale"

January 20, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Taylor Swift will make her big-screen acting debut in the upcoming rom-com Valentine's Day, but since this is Taylor Swift we're talking about — one of the few artists who's ever been asked juggle hosting and musical guest duties on Saturday Night Live — she'll also contribute a pair of songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack. The first is "Today Was a Fairytale," which was released through iTunes yesterday. You can preview "Today Was a Fairytale" and Swift's other Valentine's contribution "Jump Then Fall" on the film's official Website.

Check out photos from Taylor Swift's family album.

A portion of "Today Was a Fairytale" was previewed in commercials for Valentine's Day, and judging by those ads, Swift and her (reported) ex-boyfriend Taylor Lautner, also a recent Rolling Stone cover star, will portray a high school couple in one of the film's many vignettes. The film also stars Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Jamie Foxx.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Swift made her acting debut in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and then successfully showcased her comedic chops as guest host of SNL. For more on this renaissance gal — who gives an exclusive Q&A in the new issue of Rolling Stone that's on sale now — click below:

The New Issue: Taylor Swift's Secrets of a Good Girl
Taylor Swift: The Story Behind Rolling Stone's Cover Story
Taylor Swift In Her Own Words: The World's New Pop Superstar on Boys and Breaking Into the Bigtime

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