Taylor Swift's new single, 'Mine,' was scheduled to be released on August 16, but after the MP3 leaked online on Wednesday, Tay's label rushed to release the song 12 days early.
Big Machine Records issued a statement saying the leak was "low-quality," and fans should hear the true version of single on iTunes or country radio. We downloaded 'Mine' and the label is right -- it sounds worlds better than the leak.
On the same day of its release, the single, which Taylor says is about her tendency to run away from love, shot up to No. 1 on iTunes' real-time chart. The 20-year-old star was overwhelmed by the response. "I landed in Japan and got 20 texts and looked at iTunes and got tears in my eyes," she tweeted. "And so, we begin again."
Taylor's new album, 'Speak Now,' will be released on October 25, and the country singer will be performing 'Mine' on the pre-taped televised special 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock.' The show will air on ABC on September 1, and feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and more.