During a recent tour-stop in her home-state of Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift revealed that ‘Cruel Summer’ will be her next radio single, despite the track having been released four years ago.
The fan-favourite song originally appeared on Taylor's widely celebrated Lover album, which dropped in 2019 and also spawned hits such as ‘You Need To Calm Down’ and ‘ME!’ with Brendon Urie.
The country-pop superstar shared the reasons behind the decision to give the infectious, ethereal track its chance on the radio at long last, “‘Cruel Summer’, that song was my pride and joy on that album. That was my favourite song. You have conversations before the album comes out and everyone around weighs in on what they think should be singles, and I was finally about to have my favourite song become the single off of ‘Lover'.”
Taylor Swift went on the explain why that didn't end up being the case in 2020, “And I’m not trying to blame the global pandemic that we had, but that is something that happened that stopped ‘Cruel Summer’ from ever being a single”.
Also being factored into the equation is the fact that ‘Cruel Summer’ has enjoyed a resurgence in streams of late, partly as a result of its appearance in Amazon Prime's hit series, The Summer I Turned Pretty.
In addition, ‘Cruel Summer’’s unmoved position at the heart of Taylor Swift's The Eras setlist has contributed towards its reignited popularity. The track is due to be shipped to radio on June 20.
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