Canadians might be just a little too eager to buy Taylor Swift’s new album 1989, which isn’t set to be released until Oct. 27.
That’s because yesterday, an 8-second track containing nothing but white noise was accidentally released under the album’s name. But here’s the kicker: Almost instantly, it shot to the top of Canada’s iTunes chart, proving Swift doesn’t even need to sing a single word to be a hot sell.
The release of “Track 3” was reportedly the result of an iTunes glitch, but loads of eager fans still shelled out $1.29 to download the “song”. Naturally, many of them took to social media afterwards completely confused:
— Scott Thiessen (@scottthiessen) October 21, 2014
Why does my iTunes let me play ‘track 3’ of @taylorswift13 #1989 but it’s just static??
— Emily Barrett (@barrettemily4) October 21, 2014
Swift’s haters quickly pounced, capitalizing on the fans’ backlash:
— James Hilton Harrell (@J_Hilton3) October 22, 2014
Track 3 on 1989 is literally the best thing Taylor Swift has ever released http://t.co/m6qiUeSpHw
— David Webb (@iamdavidwebb) October 22, 2014
But once the dust started to settle, people eventually realized what was really going on:
Taylor swift could literally release a song of her farting and it would go to number one. 8 seconds of static of track 3 is no 1 in Canada
— paige (@tayloravampire) October 21, 2014
If you ever feel bad just remember that at least you didn’t have a song out when 8 seconds of static by Taylor Swift got to Number 1
— Katie (@WhatPeopleSayx) October 21, 2014
But nobody seemed to sum up the whole ordeal better than Twitter user @tayblespoons:
a 9 second clip of static called “track 3” is #1 on Canadian iTunes and that, my friends, is why taylor swift is queen
— h&r (@taybIespoons) October 21, 2014