“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album, Red (2012). Swift co-wrote the song with its producers, Max Martin and Shellback. The song was released as the lead single from Red on August 13, 2012, by Big Machine Records. Its lyrics depict Swift’s frustrations at an ex-lover who wants to re-kindle their relationship. Rolling Stone magazine named the song the second best song of 2012 while it took the fourth spot in Time’s end-of-year poll. It has received a Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year. It also received a People’s Choice Awards nomination for Favorite Song of the Year.
The song was an instant commercial success, becoming Swift’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as 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. The single has been certified Quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The song is one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with worldwide sales reaching 7 million copies to date (according to the IFPI).