NEW MUSIC: BIG RED MACHINE & TAYLOR SWIFT | RENEGADE (POP VERSION)
Big Red Machine, the collaborative project of the National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, has dropped a new pop version of their song, “Renegade,” featuring vocals from Taylor Swift. Swift and Aaron Dessner recorded “Renegade” in Los Angeles at the Kitty Committee studio in March 2021. The song was created by Swift and Dessner the same week they took home the Grammy for Album of the Year for "Folklore." The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album, "How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?" which is set to drop on August 27th via Jagjaguwar/37d03d. The song earned 4.1 million U.S. streams and 3.9 million radio airplay audience impressions and sold 9,000 downloads in its opening week, ending July 8, according to MRC Data, following its July 2 release. Although in different iterations, Dessner and Vernon have reached the Hot 100 before, with Dessner having reigned as a writer and producer. With Dessner as a member, the National hit No. 63 last December as featured on Swift's "Coney Island." Dessner wrote and produced multiple tracks on Swift's 2020 albums "Folklore" and "Evermore," including the Hot 100 No. 1s "Cardigan" and "Willow," each wrote with Swift and produced solo.