Chart-topping new Taylor Swift song is literally just 8 seconds of static

An accidentally released "Track 3" topped Canadian iTunes

By Sarah Gray
October 22, 2014 6:43PM (UTC)
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In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. (Photo by Andrew Estey/Invision/AP, File)

Eight seconds of white noise comprising Taylor Swift's "Track 3" topped the charts of Canadian iTunes, according to CBC News.

The static blip of a "song" bested two other Swift releases from her upcoming album, "1989." "Welcome to New York" sat at No. 2 and "Shake It Off" was at No. 3.


It is unclear how or why "Track 3" was released; neither Apple nor Swift has commented on the apparent glitch.

Regardless, the track, which was released sometime on Tuesday morning, shot straight to the top of Canadian iTunes, according to the National Post. Though it is no longer available for download, CBC News is reporting that as of Tuesday evening "Track 3" was still No. 1.

The eight seconds of static, which cost fans $1.29 to download, can be heard below.


Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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