"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a song recorded by American recording artist Taylor Swift. It was written by Swift with Max Martin and Shellback. Production was handled by Martin and Shellback, with Scott Borchetta serving as executive producer.
It was released as the lead single from Swift's fourth studio album Red (2012) on August 13, 2012 by Big Machine Records."We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a pop and bubblegum pop song while the lyrics depict Swift's frustration at an ex-lover who wants to re-kindle their relationship.
The songwriters wrote the song after Swift's ex-boyfriend's friend spoke of rumors he heard that Swift and her former boyfriend were reuniting. The song received mixed reviews from music critics; some praised the catchy, radio-friendly hook while others felt the song lacked the thoughtfulness of Swift's previous, more guitar-based work. The song was an instant commercial success.
It is the first song in Swift's career to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first song to hold the top spot for more than one week after a huge leap, since Kelly Clarkson's two-week run of "My Life Would Suck Without You" after the song rocketed from number 97 to the top spot.
A music video for the song was released in August 2012. It was the first music video to be presented in 4K resolution and received positive reviews from critics. A CD single was released in September 2012 by Swift's official store, Amazon.com and US Walmart stores.