August 18th: Taylor Swift Shakes It Off With Mark Romanek
With "Shake It Off," the brand new pop-centric Taylor Swift was revealed. Alongside the dance-y, breezy tune, Swift also unveiled 1989's title, album cover, release date and Eighties inspiration. The song came with a clip directed by the legendary Mark Romanek who had stepped away from the music video world for nine years (though he did collaborate with Jay Z on the performance-art film "Picasso Baby" in 2013). In the video, an awkward Swift, portraying the everywoman, finds herself surrounded by a variety of much better dancers, including ballerinas and breakdancers — though the twerking portions raised questions of black appropriation, and Earl Sweatshirt responded on Twitter.