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*The copyright for the cover art for the album “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT” by the artist Taylor Swift is believed to belong to the label Republic Records, or the graphic artist(s).

“Down Bad” is the fourth track from Taylor Swift’s eleventh studio album “THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT”which was released in April 2024 through Republic Records.

The synth-pop song sees Swift compare a whirlwind and intense romance to being on another planet with a man who didn’t seem human. The end of the relationship was sudden and unexpected, with Swift comparing the breakup with her being sent back to planet Earth.

Taylor Swift spoke to iHeartRadio about the song and the character she drew inspiration from:

“‘The metaphor in ‘Down Bad’ is that I was comparing sort of the idea of being love bombed. Where someone…rocks your world and dazzles you and then just kind of abandons you […] This girl is abducted by aliens but she wanted to stay with them…And then when they drop her back off in her hometown, she’s like, ‘Wait, no, where are you going? I liked it there! It was weird but it was cool. Come back!’ […] ‘I’ve just been exposed to a whole different galaxy and universe and didn’t know it was possible, how could you just put me back where I was before?’”

“Down Bad” is certified Gold in Australia and Silver in the UK.

The lyric video was released via Taylor Swift’s YouTube channel on the 20th April 2024.

Read the lyrics to “Down Bad” here.

*All information accurate at the time of publishing (18th June 2024).

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Release Date

19th April 2024


Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift


Jack Antonoff & Taylor Swift


Republic Records

Chart Rankings

After the first 2 months of its release, "Down Bad" charted at: - #56 in Argentina - #2 in Australia - #39 in Austria - #18 in Belgium - #45 in Brazil - #2 in Canada - #22 in Croatia - #27 in the Czech Republic - #16 in Denmark - #46 in Finland - #53 in France - #2 on the Billboard Global 200 - #12 in Greece - #11 in Hong Kong - #4 in India - #17 in Indonesia - #11 in Ireland - #79 in Italy - #13 in Latvia - #9 in Luxembourg - #8 in Malaysia - #88 in the Netherlands - #2 in New Zealand - #26 in Norway - #3 in the Philippines - #75 in Poland - #11 in Portugal - #3 in Singapore - #31 in Slovakia - #14 in South Africa - #152 in South Korea - #19 in Sweden - #43 in Switzerland - #4 in the UAE - #4 in the UK - #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 *All information accurate at the time of publishing (18th June 2024).

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