The singer, 26, who has dropped new music every two years since she released her self-titled debut album 10 years ago, was true to tradition when she debuted her and Zayn Malik‘s new song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” on Thursday evening.
The single, which will be featured on the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, was written by Swift, Jack Antonoff (who also produced the track) and Sam Dew specifically for the film.
It’s been over a couple of years since the singer, 26, released the record-shattering 1989 album in October 2014. The 1989 World Tour was announced subsequent to her fifth studio album.
Out of nowhere late Thursday night, Taylor Swift and ex-One Directioner Zayn dropped a single called “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.” Written by the pop megastar herself, along with Jack Antonoff and Sam Dew, the song is from the soundtrack of “Fifty Shades Darker,” the upcoming sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Within hours, the pop-dance track was the No. 1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter and No. 1 on iTunes. (“Well that escalated quickly,” Swift wrote on Instagram, as if she didn’t know that would happen.)
As Swift has become one of the most powerful celebrities in the world, she’s famously methodical about her multi-million dollar brand, and meticulously chooses her collaborators and projects. So why did the calculatedly prim star decide to contribute to a movie based on a best-selling erotica series that delves into the finer points of sadomasochism? And with Zayn, of all people?
Even a supposed "break" couldn't keep Taylor Swift off the charts for too long. After more than a year away from the Hot 100 elite, Taylor has begun her inevitable ascent back to reclaim her throne. Her new song with Zayn, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack, has debuted this week at No. 6.
But even a mid-range start for the potential earworm — it'll continue to climb now that it's opened up to Spotify and has a video reportedly on the way — is a hit for Taylor. Her only song of the year (not counting the ones she ghostwrote) is now her 20th Top 10 song, making her the sixth woman in Billboard chart history to reach such a career milestone and 16th artist overall. It also extends her lead for the most Top 10 debuts to 13 songs; if it goes No. 1, it'll be her fifth. (Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" has been No. 1 for six weeks and counting.)