Yes, That’s a Dixie Chicks ‘Cameo’ in Taylor Swift and Brendon Urie’s ‘Me!’ Music Video
Taylor Swift may be one of the world's biggest pop superstars these days, but she hasn't forgotten her country roots. The singer's music video for her brand-new single "Me!" includes a nod to country trio the Dixie Chicks.
Swift's "Me!" features Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, and the song's accompanying video is a slightly absurdist pastel dream. In the first verse, Swift sings "There's a lot of cool chicks out there" as the music video shows Urie seated on a sofa in front of a wall covered in paintings. Most of them are baby chickens in sunglasses (aw!), but front and center, there's something different: three women, all clad in black.
Okay, so you can't exactly make out the faces of the three women, but those are clearly the Dixie Chicks (especially because the photo is a painted version of this old press shot of the trio). Natalie Maines is in the middle -- yes, she's shorter than her bandmates -- while Martie Maguire is to viewers' left, and Emily Strayer is to viewers' right. Get a peek for yourself at the 58-second mark, and then again around 1:10.
Swift is a professed Dixie Chicks fan. During her 1989 World Tour, Swift even invited Maines to be her special guest at a show in Los Angeles, Calif. Together, they sang the Chicks' hit "Goodbye Earl."
"If not for this woman and her band, I would not have known that you could be quirky, be fun, be yourself, be outspoken and brave and real," Swift said that night. "I wouldn't have, when I was, you know, 9 years old, gotten my first CD. I wouldn't have dreamed the things that I dreamed, and I wouldn't be standing on this stage today."
After Swift's "Me!" music video dropped, the Dixie Chicks tweeted an eyes emoji at her. "Chicks stans never unstan," she replied. Some fans on Twitter believe a collaboration between the two acts is in the works.
"Me!" is Swift's first single from her forthcoming seventh studio album, the details of which have not yet been revealed. The record will be her first with Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group. She announced that she had signed with the label in November, after her deal with Big Machine Label Group, her label home since the start of her career, ended following the release of 2017's Reputation.
Dixie Chicks fans, meanwhile, are continuing to wait for new music from the trio. They -- Maines, specifically -- have mentioned that something is in the works, though no exact details have been shared just yet. The trio is reportedly working with Jack Antonoff -- who, yes, has also worked with Swift.
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