Taylor Swift Unveils A Country-Tinged Cover Of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”

Taylor Swift partnering with Spotify is proof that anything is possible in 2018. The 28-year-old has long had a tenuous relationship with the popular streaming service. In 2014 she famously pulled her discography from the platform and raised some (justified) questions about how streaming benefits artists. That all changed recently. Last year she re-uploaded her collection to celebrate an impressive sales milestone for her opus, 1989. Since then she has rolled out a second video in support of her current single “Delicate” on the platform, and today (April 13) she unveiled a pair of live audio performances as part of their Spotify Singles franchise.

Performing at the iconic The Tracking Room studio in Nashville, Taylor put a fresh spin on Earth, Wind & Fire’s timeless “September.” Stripping back the exuberant disco production in favor of twangy acoustic strings, she returned to her country roots. In her hands, the cut feels a little more confessional and resonates with a sense of longing. It was refreshing to hear the country darling turned pop princess remind us of her earliest days, and her live rendition of “Delicate” was similarly evocative. Delivering strong vocals and a lush arrangement, she showcased her skills ahead of the start of her Reputation Stadium Tour this May.

Although the partnership was surprising, the new recording will only give Tay a boost on the charts. The promotional push behind “Delicate” is really starting to pay off. In just a few weeks, the superstar has amassed more than 100 million views on her endearing video, and the track is racking up serious streams online and at radio. It is currently sitting just outside the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it is showing some signs of longevity. With her previous Reputation singles failing to leave much of a lasting impact, she may have struck on the biggest hit of the era. Listen to the cover and a live rendition of “Delicate” below!

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