Everything Has Changed

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"Everything Has Changed"
Single by Taylor Swift featuring Ed Sheeran
from the album Red
Released July 16, 2013
Format Digital download
Genre Folk pop[1]
Length 4:04
Label
Writer(s)
  • Taylor Swift
  • Ed Sheeran
Producer(s) Butch Walker
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"Red"
(2013)
"Everything Has Changed"
(2013)
"Sweeter Than Fiction"
(2013)
Ed Sheeran singles chronology
"Give Me Love"
(2012)
"Everything Has Changed"
(2013)
"Old School Love"
(2013)

"Everything Has Changed" is a song by American recording artist Taylor Swift featuring British singer Ed Sheeran, taken from Swift's fourth studio album Red (2012). Written by Swift and Sheeran and produced by Butch Walker, the track was released as the sixth single from the album on July 16, 2013. "Everything Has Changed" is a guitar ballad combining folk and pop genres about "wanting to get to know a new lover better".[2]

The single gained mixed reviews from music critics, who were ambivalent towards its composition. "Everything Has Changed" peaked at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and entered the top ten charts of countries including Belgium, Ireland, Scotland and United Kingdom. A music video for "Everything Has Changed" was released of Swift's VEVO channel on June 6, 2013. Swift performed "Everything Has Changed" with Sheeran on Britain's Got Talent on June 8, 2013. Swift also performed the track on her Red Tour (2013).

Background and composition[edit]

It was reported that British singer Ed Sheeran would appear as a guest artist on American recording artist Taylor Swift's then-upcoming album Red. On October 18, 2012, "Everything Has Changed" by Swift featuring Sheeran was leaked online.[3] The song was written by Swift and Sheeran in Swift's backyard.[3] "Everything Has Changed" is a guitar ballad,[2] blending folk-pop genres.[1] Written in the key of G-flat major, it has a moderate tempo of 84 beats per minute.[4] The duo's vocal range spans from G♭3 to D♭5.[4] Lyrically, the track talks about "wanting to get to know a new lover better".[2] Swift further explained the song's theme, "Everything looks different to you because of this one person, because one new person came into your life. It’s really cool".[3]

Reception[edit]

A 24-second sample of "Everything Has Changed"

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"Everything Has Changed" received mixed reviews from music critics. A writer from Billboard gave the song a mixed review, criticizing its composition yet complimenting Sheeran's appearance.[5] Robert Cospey of Digital Spy gave the song a three stars out of five rating, praising the song's musical style as "cutesy" but felt that "their exchanges leave us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that is all too rare these days".[1] Sian Rowe, a writer from NME provided "Everything Has Changed" a negative review, writing that the track is "disappointing in every way".[2]

In the United States, "Everything Has Changed" peaked at number 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart; it eventually charted at number eight on the Adult Pop Songs, number 11 on the Adult Contemporary and number 14 on the Mainstream Top 40.[6] On the Canadian Hot 100, the single peaked at number 28.[6] "Everything Has Changed" was more commercially successful in several European territories, peaking at number five in Ireland,[7] number seven in Scotland[8] and the United Kingdom,[9] and number eight in Belgium (Flanders region).[10] It was certified gold by the Recorded Music NZ,[11] and Recording Industry Association of America,[12] and double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[13]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Everything Has Changed" was released on Swift's VEVO channel on YouTube on June 6, 2013.[14] It was directed by Philip Andelman and filmed in Los Angeles and San Antonio.[15] The video begins with two children who initially appear to be Swift and Sheeran when they were much younger, meeting each other on a bus to elementary school.[16] Young Taylor is played by Ava Ames.[17] Throughout the video, the two children have their "youthful play" including painting their faces with crayons, pretending to be a princess and knight, and dancing with each other in the empty school gym.[18] At the end, Swift and Sheeran appear and we realize that they are actually two different parents, arriving at the school to pick up their kids and take each of the children back to their respective homes.[18] Jason Lipshutz from Billboard labelled the video as "impossibly adorable",[19] while Ray Rahman from Entertainment Weekly compared the video's synopsis to Forrest Gump, but "much more gentle than that".[16] To date, it has over 86 million views on YouTube.

Live performances[edit]

On June 8, 2013, Swift and Sheeran performed "Everything Has Changed" together on season finale of the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent.[20] Swift also sang the song on her Red Tour (2013).[21]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[22]
  1. "Everything Has Changed (Remix)" – 4:06

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[33] July 16, 2013 Contemporary hit radio
United States[22] July 23, 2013 Digital download remix single Big Machine
United Kingdom[34] July 30, 2013 Digital download remix single Big Machine

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Copsey, Robert (2013-06-11). "Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran: 'Everything Has Changed' – Single review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-02-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d Rowe, Sian (2013-07-12). "Everything Has Changed: Review". NME. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran Everything Has Changed duet leaks". Metro. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Taylor Swift "Everything Has Changed" Sheet Music". Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift, 'Red': Track-By-Track Review". Billboard. 2012-10-19. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  6. ^ a b c "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  7. ^ a b "Chart Track: Week 25, 2013". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  8. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2013-06-22". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  9. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2013-06-22" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  10. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  11. ^ a b "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  12. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum" (Enter keyword "Everything Has Changed" in the search box). Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  14. ^ Cospey, Robert (2013-06-06). "Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran debut 'Everything Has Changed' video". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  15. ^ Ellwood, Pip (June 10, 2013). "Taylor Swift to release Ed Sheeran duet". Entertainment-focus.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Rahman, Ray (2013-06-06). "Tiny versions of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran flirt in their new video for 'Everything Has Changed': Watch it here". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  17. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5557588/?ref_=nmmd_md_nm
  18. ^ a b Rivera, Zayda (2013-06-06). "Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran go back to elementary school in new music video ‘Everything Has Changed’". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  19. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (2013-06-06). "Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Return To Childhood in 'Everything Has Changed' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  20. ^ Dodge, Shyam (2013-06-09). "Young love! Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran perform flirty duet about childhood romance on Britain's Got Talent season finale". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  21. ^ Ford, Rebecca (2013-08-20). "Taylor Swift Finds Love in Los Angeles: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  22. ^ a b "Everything Has Changed (Remix)". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  23. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  24. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  25. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada AC for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  26. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  27. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Hot AC for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  28. ^ Euro Digital Songs : Jun 29, 2013. Billboard biz. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  29. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Taylor Swift feat. Ed Sheeran – Everything Has Changed". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  30. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  31. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  32. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Taylor Swift. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
  33. ^ "Airplay Archive". FMQB. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  34. ^ "Everything Has Changed (Remix)". Amazon.com (UK). Retrieved 2014-02-03. 

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