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Taylor Swift’s New Music Video for ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ Is Filled With So Many Adorable Home Videos

Taylor Swift surprised fans this week by releasing a brand new song and music video—and a Christmas-themed one, at that.

On Thursday, Swift posted about the new music with a video asking her cats—Olivia, Meredith, and Benjamin—if she should drop the single she’d just written, instead of waiting a whole year for Christmas 2020. “When in doubt, ask the itty bitty pretty kitty committee. When they shun you with silence, ambivalence, and judgmental brush offs… just put the song out anyway. NEW XMAS SONG AND VIDEO (made from home videos 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦) OUT TONIGHT #ChristmasTreeFarm 🌲🎄🌲🎄🌲🎄🌲🎄🌲🎄🌲🎄🌲,” she wrote.

The singer also dropped a brand new music video for the song “Christmas Tree Farm,” which features a ton of adorable home video footage of Swift as a little girl with her parents and little brother, Austin. As her fans know, she did grow up on actual Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania before moving to Nashville to begin her music career, and you can see the magical spot in the video. “I actually did grow up on a Christmas tree farm. In a gingerbread house, deep within the yummy gummy gumdrop forest,” she tweeted. “Where, funnily enough, this song is their national anthem. #ChristmasTreeFarm song and video out now .”

How cute is she? I love seeing her open up what might just be her first guitar, knowing what we know now about where that gift led. The song is lovely, too though not Swift’s first foray into holiday music. In 2007, she released the album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, which included covers of songs like “Last Christmas” and “Santa Baby.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift release if her fans didn’t go deep diving for Easter eggs and clues about future projects. One fan drew attention to one of the home video’s dates. “Uhm… guys. Look at the date. November 23 1989. Taylor wasn’t born yet. 8 days until the end of the month and then 13 days later she was born… 8… 13. TS8 is coming #ChristmasTreeFarm @taylorswift13 @taylornation13,” they wrote.

Admittedly, that’s a bit of a stretch—but we do know Swift likes to hide clues in her songs and videos, so nothing is totally off the table.

Lea Michele’s Christmas Movie Has Left Me With Many Questions

Warning: Light spoilers ahead.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Lea Michele’s holiday-themed romantic comedy, Same Time, Next Christmas, since I watched it last night. It’s your typical, delightful rom-com: An architect, Olivia Anderson (Lea Michele), heads to Hawaii for the holidays, where her family and another family, the Williamses, travel every year for Christmas. For context: Over the years she’s formed a friendship with the Williams’s son, Jeff. But after the Williams matriarch passed away, they stopped going to Hawaii with the Andersons.

Cut to the present day: Olivia is back in Hawaii, and so is the Williams family—including a very hot, very grown-up Jeff (played by Charles Michael Davis). Sparks fly, naturally, but there’s an issue: Olivia has a boyfriend back at home, Gregg (Bryan Greenberg), who surprises her on the trip. A love triangle of sorts unfolds with—spoiler alert—Jeff winning out in the end. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out how this specifically unfolds, but, in my opinion, there was no contest. Jeff is beefy and goofy and was down to go cliff-diving with Olivia. Gregg, meanwhile, would rather run laps than lay on the beach and didn’t want to pack a picnic for his hike with Olivia because he had protein bars. He was hilariously, dramatically un-fun.

“On paper Gregg and Olivia are a great match, but in reality there’s something missing,” Greenberg tells Glamour. “He conflates business with love. He’s looking more for a business partner than a mate. He doesn’t really understand the difference between the two, which in a romantic comedy doesn’t go over well, as you might guess.”

Part of the reason why I couldn’t get enough of Same Time, Next Christmas was that the right choices were just so obvious. Watching Olivia toggle back and forth between Jeff and Gregg felt a lot like watching a scream queen make poor decisions in a horror movie. I shouted at my screen many times while watching Same Time, Next Christmas. It was an absolute blast.

Liam Payne’s Debut Solo Album Is All Moody Ballads And Bedroom Bops: Listen

The wait is over, Liam Payne fans! More than two years after launching his solo career with “Strip That Down,” Payne-o has released his hotly anticipated debut solo album.

The succinctly titled LP1 arrived on Friday (December 6), filled with a mix of vulnerable ballads and bedroom bops. Most of the singles he’s released since 2017 are accounted for, including “Bedroom Floor,” “Familiar” featuring J Balvin, “Stack It Up” featuring A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, the wintry ballad “All I Want (For Christmas),” and his 50 Shades Freed collab with Rita Ora, “For You.” All in all, about half of the tracks are ones he’s already dropped, but it’s the brand spankin’ new ones that demand your fullest attention.

Of the previously unreleased tracks, highlights include the Ryan Tedder-produced “Say It All” and the super sexual “Rude Hours.” The Cheat Codes-featuring “Live Forever” is another highlight, and appears to be Payne’s next single; he’ll be releasing a video for the track later today.

Those bangers aside, the 26-year-old gets confessional on cuts like the moody “Weekend,” which he recently told USA Today is “the most personal” song on the album. On it, he wonders whether he’ll “die on the weekend” after some crazy nights out. “It kind of outlines my struggle with mental health and different things that I had [experienced] living my life the way I used to,” he explained. “It’s probably something I’ll never talk about fully, but there are a couple situations for me that I highlight in that.”

One person who’s definitely got LP1 on repeat today is Payne’s former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson, who sent a “MASSIVE” shout-out to his bud on Thursday. “Congrats mate,” he tweeted. “Cant wait to hear!” Gotta love a supportive friendship.

Stream LP1 in its entirety below, and check out Payne’s recent VOL.UME cover story for MTV News, in which he discusses mental health, fatherhood, and much more.

Camila Cabello’s Romance Features Shawn References, A Wedding Song, And DaBaby

Welcome to Camila Cabello‘s world of Romance. After months of anticipation, several steamy live performances, and one very high-profile relationship gone public, the singer’s second solo album is here. And Camilizers are definitely feeling the love tonight.

Romance is an album fueled by passion, which you probably already knew from the half-dozen advance singles. “Shameless” opens the album with a red-hot intensity, “Living Proof” flaunts Cabello’s falsetto, and “Cry For Me” stands out as a dramatic breakup banger on an album packed with heartfelt love songs. Of the new tunes, the DaBaby-featuring “My Oh My,” on which Cabello falls for a bad boy, is a definite highlight. Then, of course, there’s everyone’s favorite smash summer duet, “Señorita,” featuring the singer’s real-life boyfriend, Shawn Mendes.

Mendes’s presence can certainly be felt all over Romance, especially on some of the previously unheard tracks. “Used To This,” produced by Billie Eilish’s brother and collaborator, FINNEAS, is perhaps the most overt nod to Cabello’s beau. “Oh, I’ve known you forever / Now I know you better,” she sings, adding, “Seventeen when we started to fall, but we lost it all.” The couple, of course, had been friends since they were teenagers before taking their relationship to the next level this past summer. In July, the two were spotted kissing in San Francisco, a city that Cabello not-so-subtly mentions in the new song: “No, I never liked San Francisco … Till you kissed me there.”

Immediately following “Used To This” is the album closer “First Man,” which may be Cabello’s biggest and weepiest love song. On it, she calls her father “the first man that really loved me” and sings to him about how her new man just might be “the one.” It finishes with her envisioning her dad walking down the aisle, so yep, this one’s a major tearjerker. (And maybe a sign of rings — er, things — to come in Camila and Shawn’s future?!)

Stream Romance in its entirety below, and soak up all those lovey-dovey vibes.

Halsey Falls For A ‘Beautiful Stranger’ And Reunites With Suga On Her Two New Songs

As promised, Halsey has shared two new songs from her upcoming third album, Manic, and they could not be more different. Don’t say she didn’t warn ya.

The first, “Finally // beautiful stranger,” is a country-tinged, guitar-led love song that starts off sounding a bit like Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” It arrived alongside a video that stars Halsey performing onstage in two very opposite settings. In one, she’s singing in a dark, empty bar, and in the other, she’s all done up and bedazzled in a brightly lit room, putting on what could be seen as a forced smile. As with most of Halsey’s videos, you can bet there’s a hidden meaning behind the juxtaposition. Press play below to interpret it for yourself.

Halsey’s other new release, “Suga’s Interlude,” features BTS member Suga, and is two minutes of musically minimalist introspection. Halsey seems torn between two worlds as she sings, “I wonder what’s in store / If I don’t love it anymore / Stuck between the having it all and giving it up.” Her collaboration with the South Korean rapper comes after she guested on the BTS bop “Boy With Luv” earlier this year.

Halsey first announced the two new songs on Wednesday, warning fans that they are “two very different songs. Two very dreamy stories.” The 25-year-old also generously unveiled the full Manic tracklist, which spans 16 songs, including the previously released “Without Me,” “Graveyard,” and “Clementine.” Along with Suga, the album appears to include features from singer Dominic Fike (“Dominic’s Interlude”) and living legend Alanis Morissette (“Alanis’ Interlude”).

Manic, the follow-up to 2017’s hopeless fountain kingdom, arrives on January 17, 2020. See the tracklist in the post below, and check out Halsey’s two new songs up top.

Niall Horan Is In Total Post-Breakup Mourning On ‘Put A Little Love On Me’

After reintroducing himself with “Nice To Meet Ya,” Niall Horan is back with the second taste of his upcoming sophomore album.

On Friday (December 6), Horan released “Put A Little Love On Me,” which is a far cry from his rock-fueled, Arctic Monkeys-esque lead single. Notably, the wintry gem reunites Horan with producer Greg Kurstin, who worked on the Flicker ballads “This Town” and “Too Much to Ask.” Like those two tracks, “Put A Little” finds the Irishman going full-on balladeer as he reflects on the remnants of a shattering relationship. “When the lights come up and there’s no shadows dancing / I look around as my heart is collapsing,” he sings over a gentle piano medley. “Because you’re the only one I need / So put a little love on me.” In the accompanying video, he sings at the piano while a woman in a red dress (who, it must be said, bears a strong resemblance to his ex Hailee Steinfeld) dances around him.

Horan announced “Put A Little Love On Me” earlier this week by sharing a phone number that, when called, lets fans hear a voice memo of him writing the song. He added that the ballad is “one of my favorite songs I’ve written and a song very special to me.”

The 26-year-old further said in an interview with The Sun, “It wouldn’t be my album if it didn’t have a sad, sad, sad ballad on it. … I’d just gone through a breakup and it was all very real. It was very easy to sit down at the piano and speak and see what happens.”

Horan also revealed that he had only one request when approaching Kurstin, who previously worked with Adele on the breakup hits “Hello” and “Water Under the Bridge.” Horan recalled, “When I gave him this song and asked him to produce it, I said, ‘Adele the shit out of this.'”

Mission accomplished, Niall — you’ve managed to completely tug at our heartstrings with this one.

Harry Styles Just Wants To ‘Adore You’ On His Passionate New Song

With just a week to go until Harry Styles‘s sophomore album arrives, everyone’s favorite kindness-preaching Brit has shared the third taste of what’s to come. His new single “Adore You” arrived on Friday (December 6), and rest assured it is not a cover of Miley Cyrus’s Bangerz ballad of the same name.

Similar to “Watermelon Sugar,” Styles’s new tune is a tale of lust and devotion, as he pleads, “Honey, I’d walk through fire for you / Just let me adore you.” It must also be noted that, after giving us songs about kiwi and watermelon, Styles continues his apparent fruit fetish by mentioning strawberries and lemons in this latest release. The man just loves his fruit.

In more exciting news, “Adore You” will get the visual treatment very, very soon. Earlier this week, Styles shared a high-concept teaser for the Dave Meyers-directed vid, which drops later on Friday. In it, the singer takes us to the mysterious island of Eroda (it’s “Adore” spelled backwards, get it?!), where the whole population sugars from “Resting Fish Face.” That is, until a special boy with a mega-watt smile — Harry, duh — enters the world.

“Adore You” follows “Lights Up” and “Watermelon Sugar” as the latest release from Fine Line, the follow-up to Styles’s 2017 self-titled debut solo album. The 25-year-old will tour behind the new project with a worldwide trek that kicks off in April 2020 — which should leave you plenty of time to memorize the 12-track album in its entirety after it arrives next week. The countdown is on!

Baby Taylor Swift Unwraps Her First Guitar In ‘Christmas Tree Farm’ Video

It’s the stuff of yuletide destiny: Taylor Swift, who grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania, has released a new holiday song dedicated to her childhood home. And it’s called… wait for it… “Christmas Tree Farm.”

On the jingling, upbeat song, Swift daydreams about that Midwest abode, singing to a special someone who reminds her of home. “Just being in your arms / Takes me back to that little farm / Where every wish comes true,” she sings over jangly bells and guitars. To really up the cuteness factor, the song was released alongside a nostalgic music video comprised of Swift’s own home vids. Press play below to see baby Tay nuzzling in her mom’s arms, sledding down a snowy hill, unwrapping her first guitar, and playing with a lot of dogs (just don’t tell Meredith, Olivia, and Benjamin about that last part).

The arrival of “Christmas Tree Farm” comes mere hours after Swift announced the song in a video on Twitter, which, naturally, co-stars her cats. The clip first aired on Good Morning America on Thursday, with the GMA hosts revealing that Swift wrote the song “over the weekend” and turned it around in less than a week. Call it a Christmas miracle.

“Christmas Tree Farm” marks Swift’s first holiday music since 2007’s The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection. With the new track, she joins an already-stacked lineup of new original holiday music released this year — but none of those other songs centered around a tree farm, so once again, Swift has proved herself a true original.

The Lover singer certainly has a lot to celebrate this season, including her 30th birthday next week, the upcoming release of Cats, and yesterday’s news that her Netflix documentary, Taylor Swift: Miss Americana, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January. She first mentioned the doc amid her ongoing battle with Scooter Braun and Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta, but that feud clearly isn’t stopping her from releasing new music and spreading some holiday cheer. Merry Swiftmas to all!

How Frozen 2’s Outtake Songs Would Have Changed The Movie

Spoilers Ahead! If you have yet to see Frozen II, freeze where you’re reading and come back after you’ve checked it out!

After six years of waiting and anticipating, the sequel to Frozen is finally here! Walt Disney Animation Studio’s latest epic continues the story of the sisters of Arendelle as Elsa answers the call to learn more about her mysterious ice powers that once drew her and Anna apart as children. Given its reception and sweeping box office numbers the past couple of weeks, Frozen II is another certifiable hit for the studio. But, listen – did anyone else feel like there were some missing pieces to Frozen II?

The sequel is breathtakingly beautiful, its songs are impressive, and it’s fun to come back to these iconic characters after a few years have gone by. But, Frozen II is also veiled in a convoluted plot that isn’t easy to see through completely. Sure, there are some big ideas being explored and the main characters’ emotional journeys are nothing short of epic, but it felt like there were some chunks of the movie that were deserted amidst production.

That in mind, it’s interesting to note that there are four outtakes released on the Frozen II Soundtrack that seem to offer some insight into a more complete version of the movie. Each song explains a bit more of the film that may have helped some movie-goers fill in the gaps they may have left the theater questioning as the catchy “Into the Unknown” fogged memories. Let’s talk them through:

“Home”

Frozen II as it is greatly ignores Anna’s character arc until the second half of the film. For much of the movie, the story focuses on Anna being at Elsa’s side as she answers the call “Into the Unknown” and Kristoff tries to figure out how to propose to her. We don’t really know what’s going through her head until we reach the last third of the film. When Anna becomes queen of Arendelle and accepts Kristoff’s proposal at the end of the film, it makes sense. But, “Home” gives the film insight into her own character’s journey and how it is warranted when it’s later fulfilled.

The first outtake on the soundtrack is a solo from Kristen Bell’s Anna called “Home.” The sweet track seems to have been meant for early in Frozen II as the princess thinks over her love for her kingdom and desire to give more back to it. She sings “somewhere in my heart I feel I’ve not done enough” as she expresses how grateful she is for the people in her life and her “home.” The song was likely cut because Anna already has a solo at in the third act with “The Next Right Thing,” but this would have been a great addition to the film.

“I Seek The Truth”

This outtake is an incredible duet between Elsa and Anna (although it was never recorded by Idina Menzel or Kristen Bell). Based on the lyrics, it seems like it would have been performed at the point of the film when the sisters have discovered the ship their parents were on when they died was en route to the Dark Sea. Because Elsa feels responsible for the shipwreck and doesn’t want to see her sister in danger, the ice queen goes off on her own to “seek the truth.” The song touches upon the sisters’ relationship with their mother as they attempt to decipher the secrets they have kept from them.

“I Seek The Truth” would have been absolutely epic to witness on the big screen in Frozen II. It’s a catchy track but it also offers up the kind of intensity a musical such as this can never have enough of. It’s comparable to the “First Time in Forever” reprise in the ice castle that was a pivotal moment in the first Frozen. The song unites the sisters with a common goal of wanting to figure out their places in Arendelle, and the “truth” that’s been hidden from them.

“Unmeltable Me”

Josh Gad’s Olaf has a great song in Frozen II called “When I Am Older” that tracks the adorable snowman maturing as a magical being. The movie already has a lot of attention placed on him from the very beginning to the end. His story is a relatable one about growing up and realizing the strange truths of the world. But, this additional outtake does answer a few questions some audiences may have been left with while watching Frozen II.

“Unmeltable Me” explains the nature of how Olaf cannot melt and no longer needs the “flurry” Elsa rewards him with at the end of Frozen. He talks out his “self-refrigeration” thanks to Elsa’s magic. This information later comes in handy when Olaf briefly dies because Elsa no longer has access to her powers for a moment. It is explained in the movie just as Olaf is about to perish. “Unmeltable Me” is the most understandable cut from these outtakes, but it may have cleared up a couple things!

“Get This Right”

The last major plot point explored in the song outtakes is Kristoff’s struggle to propose to Anna throughout Frozen II. Of course we get the incredible ‘80s ballad “Lost in the Woods” in the final movie, but was anyone else hoping for a duet between these two? It’s the kind of things us Disney fans demand and expect from a cute animated couple. “Get This Right” is a fun love song about Kristoff trying to find the right way to Anna but it never being the right time!

In the song, Jonathan Groff’s character sings about never being in love before meeting Anna and not knowing what he’s doing. He is trying to “be the opposite of me” in order to win her hand but he’s down on himself for not being able to pull the trigger. The song ends with Anna proposing to Kristoff instead, which honestly makes so much sense considering she is the more outgoing of the two. How adorable! Why wasn’t this in the movie?!!

It’s safe to say Frozen II would have been a more complete movie if these songs were kept in… although it would have been a bit longer! What do you think? Would you have liked to see these songs in Frozen II? Comment and participate in our poll below!

If you could only pick one, which Frozen II song do you wish was in the movie?