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Taylor Swift's new music video for 'Me!' breaks YouTube record

Taylor Swift's Me! video attracted 65.2 million YouTube views within the first 24 hours of its release. 

The music video has therefore entered the record books, making Swift the first solo and female artist with the biggest 24-hour debut on YouTube.

She has leapfrogged fellow US pop star Ariana Grande, whose video for Thank U, Next drew over 55 million views in the 24 hours after its release. 

By comparison, another of Swift's best-known songs in recent years, Look What You Made Me Do, attracted 43.2 million views following its release.

The music star is already one of the most popular on the video-sharing platform, with her channel boasting as many as 33 million subscribers. 

Meanwhile, during an interview this week, she named cats as her number one influencer, adding that her own two feline pets, Olivia and Meredith, are a: "real joy to live with." 

She also named British music legend Sir Paul McCartney, as her role model, praising The Beatles icon for creating "unparalleled art" and his great performances. She said: "I look at Paul McCartney and I see how he's had just this amazing career. He's created just unparalleled art and probably been faced with more pressure than most people. And he's always been known to be kind to people, respectful, and also really selfless as a performer. 

"I really like it when you go and see a show and you want to see those songs that you loved like you want to hear all that old, iconic classic stuff, and I like it when a performer knows that and will give that to their fans... He's still got it!"

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