“Beautiful Ghosts” is Swift’s contribution to the upcoming film version of Cats, in which she also stars as the singing, dancing, catnip-sprinkling Bombalurina. She collaborated with lauded composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on the quietly devastating ballad, which will be sung by Francesca Hayward’s character, Victoria. “All that I wanted / Was to be wanted,” Swift yearns, dreaming of “dazzling rooms I’ll never get let into” and settling for “beautiful ghosts” instead of real memories. The Jellicle-approved song ends with a high note that’s more powerful than anyone we’ve heard from T. Swift in recent memory — prepare to be wowed.
Meanwhile, Swifties have started a Change.org petition to get Scooter Braun et al. to quit being (alleged) assholes and let Taylor play her pre-Lover songs at the American Music Awards and in her Netflix documentary. Gigi Hadid and Tinashe leant their support on Twitter, and Halsey sang “Mean” in her Instagram stories as well as providing a statement decrying the actions of Big Machine and the Carlyle Group. Whether or not Taylor Swift’s considerable fanbase can vanquish private equity remains to be seen.
The Tom Hooper-directed Cats, of course, is the cinematic event of this holiday season. Along with Swift, the feline-filled flick stars Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, and Jason Derulo, among others.
Meanwhile, Swifties have started a change.org petition to get Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta to let the embattled pop star play her pre-Lover songs at the American Music Awards and in her Netflix documentary. Hopefully this will all clear up by the time Cats hits the big screen on December 20.