The country-pop star performed her latest single, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” but unlike her usual lovesick routine, Swift’s ditched the fairytale dress — literally! — for a sexy red and black gothic ensemble. Not only did the Red singer look ravishing, but Swift also forwent the teardrops on her guitar and the Avril Lavigne-like chants for her most dynamic pop performance to date, complete with hair-thrashing and choreography.
The song, which Swift has described as “chaotic,” is her first foray into dubstep, and with one of her catchiest hooks, it could definitely pay off for the country crooner. In other words, get used to hearing this one on constant radio rotation.
“I knew you were trouble when you walked in/So shame on me now/Flew me to places I’d never been/Now I’m lying on the cold hard ground,” she sang to a group of devilishly good-looking princes. However, this princess doesn’t need a man to make her happy.
Newly single Swift also has a lot to celebrate: Her fourth studio album Red sold a total of 1.208 million copies in the U.S. in its first week.
The country superstar’s achievement is the biggest the music industry has seen in a decade. “They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week. How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million,” Swift tweeted to her fans back in October.
Swift recently announced her 2013 Red tour, which is set to begin in March 2013. Ed Sheeran, who duets with Swift in “Everything Has Changed,” will open.