By Dahlia Tennyson
Not since the Big Bang gave birth to the universe has an event had as great an impact on the world as the release of Taylor Swift’s new album “1989.”
Available for two weeks now, the album—called an “instant cosmic classic” by Hits Magazine—has already become NOT JUST THE BEST-SELLING MUSIC TITLE OF ALL TIME, BUT THE BEST-SELLING PRODUCT OR OBJECT OF ANY KIND, EVER! This includes chewing gum, soap, thread, flour, shoes, bread, meat, and bottled water.
But more important than mere sales is the fact that Ms. Swift, a crossover sensation—having crossed over from country phenom to pop megastar—has now crossed over from human appeal to animal appeal as well. One of the new album’s singles, “Blank Space,” when played in reverse, is sung at ultrasonic frequencies and so cannot be heard by people but only by certain animals. As a result, the song is currently at the top of Billboard’s latest chart for dogs and other small mammals capable of hearing extremely high-pitched sounds.
“This was all Taylor’s idea,” said Swift’s New York publicist Allison Winegarden. “She adores animals and wanted to sing something only they could hear. Of course, those of us around her were skeptical: Could Taylor really vocalize in ultrasonic ranges, above 8,000 hertz? No way, we thought. Then she sang for us, and we heard nothing, but dogs out on the street began yelping; mice and other rodents squeaked. Taylor just smiled. She’s so, so, so, so, so amazing, so amazy-mazing.”
Encouraged by the popularity of “Blank Space” in reverse, Swift says her next album will be exclusively for animals. “I’m experimenting now with sound frequencies below what people can hear. I’m hoping these new songs will appeal to larger animals such as giraffes and elephants and possibly even hippopotamuses.”