Sabrina Carpenter Drops Easter Eggs Like Taylor Swift as She Announces Single 'Please Please Please'

This is not the first time the singer-songwriter has left clues for future releases

Sabrina Carpenter is following in the footsteps of tourmate Taylor Swift.

On Wednesday, June 4, the 25-year-old singer announced her newest single, “Please Please Please” — but fans had spotted those words before.

Devotees of the singer were quick to remember that social media star Emma Chamberlain and Theater Camp’s Owen Thiele had held a sign reading “PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLAY ESPRESSO!” at Carpenter's Coachella set in April. The sign had caught the attention of Carpenter onstage, who read it out to the audience, seen in a video posted to TikTok with over 2 million views.

And she’s learned from the best. Swift — who invited Carpenter to open for several legs of her global smash “Eras Tour” — has been known to leave clues for her forthcoming projects for years, sending fans combing through her music videos and even puzzling the code of her website.

“I love to communicate through Easter eggs,” Swift told Entertainment Weekly in 2019. “I think the best messages are cryptic ones.”

<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Sabrina Carpenter on stage at Coachella in Indio in April 2024

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Sabrina Carpenter on stage at Coachella in Indio in April 2024

But this is not the first time Carpenter has dropped hints for future releases. For instance, Carpenter told The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon in 2022 that she had hidden the name of her then-forthcoming fifth album, Emails I Can’t Send, in work she had already released.

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But some overzealous fans have read a bit too far into the singer’s every move. In a February 2021 interview with podcaster Zach Sang, the “Feather” singer admitted that she had “dropped a couple of Easter eggs” in her music video for her song “Skin” — though she noted some were “on purpose” and some were not.

"That's what's fun," Carpenter told Sang. "It's like a game of Blue's Clues — you keep 'em speculating."

<p>Sabrina Carpenter/Instagram</p> Sabrina Carpenter in "Please Please Please" Teaser

Sabrina Carpenter/Instagram

Sabrina Carpenter in "Please Please Please" Teaser

Even Carpenter was surprised when fans theorized a digital cover of Cosmopolitan from March, an image of the singer that featured three numbers on pool balls (8, 2 and 3), was hinting at the yet-to-be-announced Aug. 23 release date for her upcoming album Short n’ Sweet. In a video posted to the magazine’s Instagram, Cosmopolitan said the Easter egg was “totally unplanned” and that “Sabrina was just as shook as we are” because the album release date “was not locked at the time of shoot.”

As Carpenter gears up to release her latest LP, fans are eagerly watching her every move — including a comment she left on a recent post by singer Tyla on Instagram.

“would love to take you to dinner,” Carpenter wrote, to which the “Water” singer responded, “pick me up at 4:11💋.”

<p>Arturo Holmes/Getty</p> Sabrina Carpenter at Coachella in Indio in April 2024

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Sabrina Carpenter at Coachella in Indio in April 2024

Will there be a collab on the album? We’ll have to wait until Aug. 23 to find out.

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