Taylor Swift Says There Are “Political Undertones” in New Music

Taylor Swift is offering more hints on her upcoming album. The singer, who spent years refraining from discussing politics publicly, has now said that there will be some “political undertones” in her new music. 

“I definitely think there are political undertones in the new music I made,” she recently said in an interview. “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”

Swift opened up for the first time about politics in October 2018, shortly before the midterm election. In a lengthy Instagram post Swift wrote, “I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

In the post she endorsed two candidates: Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. 

“As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn,” she continued. “Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values.”

According to Buzzfeed, Swift’s Instagram post caused a spike in voter registration nationwide.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for the nonprofit Vote.org, told the website. 

Fans will have to wait with bated breath to hear just what “political undertones” Swift is talking about when her album finally drops…at some point.

This article first appeared on ELLE.