Ryan Adams Shares ‘Bad Blood’ From Taylor Swift Covers Album
Ryan Adams is making good on his promise to cover Taylor Swift's 1989 in its entirety, and he shared the full-length version of his "Bad Blood" rendition today (September 17) with Apple Music's Zane Lowe as a lead-up to the album's official release next week.
It’s hard to improve upon something so many people already consider nearly perfect (bye, “Welcome to New York,” you terrible blight on an otherwise great album), and if we're being completely honest, Taylor Swift doesn't exactly need any more promo than she already has. Adams attempted to reinterpret 1989 anyway, and so far, so good.
Adams has been posting frustratingly short snippets of his 1989 renditions to both Twitter and Instagram over the past few weeks, but today finally saw the premiere of one full-length track -- Swift’s alleged mean-girl ode to Katy Perry. While Adams' "Bad Blood" retains Swift’s original vocal melody, his version feels less like a song about the rude awakening that not everyone wants to be your friend, and more like a longing look at lost love.
Thankfully for Adams, Swift gave her blessing for the covers project, brokering a deal behind the scenes and ensuring it’ll be available to download via iTunes upon its September 21 release date.
The "Blank Space" singer even posted a countdown to the album’s release on Twitter, writing, “Ryan’s music helped shape my songwriting. This is surreal and dreamlike.”
You can listen to Ryan Adams' version of "Bad Blood" above.
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