Taylor Swift pulled out some surprises during her recent BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance in New York.
Swift’s six-song set, which premiered Monday (Sept. 2), included four songs from her new album, Lover (“London Boy,” “Lover,” “The Archer” and “You Need To Calm Down”), the Red track “Holy Ground,” and a cover of Phil Collins’ 2002 song “Can’t Stop Loving You.”
“I really love exploring all different types of love, especially on this album. And the type of love that is addressed in this song is unconditional love,” Swift said of her decision to cover Collins’ song, according to Stereogum.
“People say ‘unconditional love’ all the time, but I don’t think they really know that unconditional love truly is still loving someone even if they don’t love you anymore. That’s like the saddest thing ever, but would you love someone even if they said, ‘I don’t want to be with you anymore, I don’t love you anymore’? Would you still have that love for them?”
Swift’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance follows news of Lover debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Lover marks her sixth No. 1 album. It has sold 679,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 29, making it the biggest week for any album since Swift’s 2017 release, reputation.
Watch Swift’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance in the video below.
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