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Taylor Swift releases Eyes Open video, promises to honour Marine

May 23rd, 2012

Taylor Swift has released a lyrical music video for her second contribution to The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 And Beyond soundtrack with Eyes Open. Swifts first single from the soundtrack, which also featured songs from Maroon 5, Arcade Fire, Kid Cudi and Birdy, was a collaboration with The Civil Wars on the track Safe and Sound.

Taylor Swift also made headlines this week when friends of fallen marine Sergeant Wade D. Wilson, who was killed in action on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Afghanistan, made a YouTube video telling Swift about Wilson’s love of the country star. In the video, Cpl Josh Marreel tells Swift that Wilson “worshipped you. He even slept with a poster of you in between our beds in Afghanistan.”

Marreel says in the video that what he really wants is for his friend to be remembered, explaining “This guy was my best friend. I know a lot of people get on here and ask celebrities to go to dances with them … All I’m asking is for you to think about him.”

Texas television station KBTX has posted a picture of a handwritten note Swift sent to Wilson’s family and is also reporting that the singer called the family directly to offer her condolences. Multiple sources are reporting that Swift plans on wearing Wilson’s dog tags in her next music video to honour his memory.

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