Taylor Swift entered the SiriusXM fishbowl mid-afternoon Friday (Nov. 10) to play an intimate, short set for a select few fans. To celebrate the release of her sixth studio album, Reputation, the singer played stripped down versions of the final two tracks and one cover in the glass-walled NYC studio.
Rocking the coolest dark plaid trousers and button-adorned heels, Swift first sat toward the front of the fishbowl, pointing out that she was basically on the set of her “…Ready for It?” music video, ready to break through the glass. Then, in a single sentence she confirmed many fan theories, and explained that the album was representative of her life, beginning at the first track with where she was and how she felt when starting the album, and following the drama through to the present time with track 15.
“Call It What You Want” became all-the-more endearing as Swift plucked at her acoustic guitar, backed up by a small group of vocalists, another guita, and cello. At the close of the song, Swift joked about making a smooth transition and made her way to the grand piano at the center of the fishbowl.
Ivory candles sat on platters covered in flower petals of the same hue on top of the grand piano, a detail which Swift complimented SiriusXM for. Before playing “New Year’s Day,” Swift explained she had a few lyrics rattling around in a notebook that she’d wanted to put into a song: “Please don’t ever become a stranger/ Whose laugh I could recognize anywhere.” She explained that she was enamored with people’s obsession with who they’d kiss on New Year’s Eve, when in reality the person that matters is the one who will give you the Advil the next day.
Rather than play another Reputation track after “New Year’s Day,” Swift played a beautiful rendition of Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” opting to take it slower and remain seated at the piano.
After the performance, Swift left the fishbowl to take photographs with the lucky concertgoers, who were able to briefly hang out in the lounge at SiriusXM and eat Magnolia cupcakes adorned with the album title in its classic gothic font. Swift’s parents, Andrea and Scott, were both in attendance and hung out until the meet and greet ended, along with publicist-pal Tree Paine.
The intimate performance will air tonight at 7 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Hits 1, as well as on the SiriusXM app and at siriusxm.com.
Listen to a preview of her “Call It What You Want” and “American Girl” performances below.