- Taylor Swift released “Bejeweled,” the second music video from her new album “Midnights,” on Monday.
- The star-studded video has a “psychotic amount” of Easter eggs for fans to decipher.
- “There are so many we could not keep track,” she said on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Taylor Swift released “Bejeweled,” the second music video from her new album “Midnights,” on Monday, just four days after the release of the music video for “Anti-Hero,” the album’s lead single.
Starring Oscar-winning actor Laura Dern, burlesque performer Dita von Teese, the Haim sisters, makeup artist Pat McGrath, and Swift’s longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, the music video — directed and written by Swift — is a twist on the classic “Cinderella” story in which she ghosts the prince and takes the castle.
However, in true Swift style, throughout the video, there are many nods to the Taylor Swift Extended Universe, and specifically, two albums that she has yet to rerecord following her departure from her former label, Big Machine Records, which resulted in Scooter Braun acquiring ownership of her back catalog.
Instrumental versions of two of her songs from her third studio album, “Speak Now,” can be heard in the background at the beginning and end of the video, and at one point, she is called a “snake,” one of the motifs from her “Reputation” era.
Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday evening to discuss the star-studded and Easter-egg-laden music video, Swift was asked whether “Bejeweled” has the most Easter eggs of all her videos so far.
In what is sure to send fans wild, Swift responded there are a “psychotic amount” of teases embedded in the almost six-minute-long video, adding: “We have a PDF file for the Easter eggs in this video because there are so many we could not keep track.”
Swift went on to explain why she chose to release the music videos for “Bejeweled” and “Anti-Hero” so closely together. She said that while “Anti-Hero” is the album’s lead single, “Bejeweled” was made for the “fans who like certain things like glitter and Easter eggs and lots of little cameos.”
Posting a series of behind-the-scenes images to Instagram, Swift described the “Bejeweled” music video as a “twist on a fairytale we all know.”
She wrote: “Midnight, what a storied and fabled hour… On this sparkling evening, I’ll be releasing my twist on a fairytale we all know. The one about the girl and her step sisters and the clock striking 12… This video is wild, whimsical, and created SPECIFICALLY for you, my beloved fans who have paved this shimmering path. Look out for some dazzling cameos! Join us later for a very Bejeweled premiere.”
You can watch the video below: