Taylor Swift posted a video to Instagram on Monday with the following caption: "So, here's your first clue ..."
Many, many people took the inscrutable social media post to mean that Swift was releasing new music, perhaps on Aug. 18.
OMG I THINK THIS MEANS TAYLOR SWIFT’S NEW SINGLE IS DROPPING ON THE 18TH. SOUND THE ALARM!!! http://t.co/DzxTME7MnS
— Ashley Perez (@itsashleyperez) August 4, 2014
Taylor Swift's new single comes out August 18th.
— Steven Zambito (@StevenZambito) August 4, 2014
New Taylor Swift single just in time for the MTV VMAs? http://t.co/c1xVP29Yvy
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) August 4, 2014
Album info in 9 days. New single in 13. VMAs in 20. IM NOT OK @taylorswift13
— christina (@caa1317) August 4, 2014
— Taylor Swift Podcast (@SWIFTCAST13) August 4, 2014
HuffPost Entertainment contacted a representative for Swift to see if they had comment on the speculation, and this post will be updated if and when they respond. Until then: ¯\(ツ)/¯