There's only a select few who never fail at breaking the Internet when it comes to releasing new music, and among this elite crop is none other than Taylor Swift. Today, the country-songstress-turned-pop-superstar dropped a major bomb in the form of her newest single titled "Look What You Made Me Do" from her upcoming album Reputation—and, as expected, everyone is talking about it.
Whatever your opinions and speculations are, there's no doubt that Taylor's signature shade is all over this track. She's basically built her intriguing image on calling out people in her lyrics—whether it's a hotshot ex or a celeb she's feuding with. And while everyone's decoding the biting words of her current release and raising comments on the myriad of songs that remind them of it, we're over here crowning T. Swift as the real queen of throwing shade, nonetheless. As proof, here are 10 lines that certify our claim.
1. "Better Than Revenge"
She's not a saint
And she's not what you think
She's an actress, whoa
She's better known
For the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa
Allegedly, this one's for actress Camilla Belle who allegedly stole Taylor's then-boyfie Joe Jonas. In an interview with The Guardian, Taylor admitted that writing these words at age 18 was actually immature. Well, at least she can own up to it.
2. "Forever and Always"
Was I out of line?
Did I say something way too honest?
Made you run and hide
Like a scared little boy?
I looked into your eyes
Thought I knew you for a minute, now I'm not so sure
Fans are saying that these lyrics were also inspired by her relationship with Joe Jonas who broke up with her through a 25-second phone call.
3. "Dear John"
Dear John, I see it all now that you're gone
Don't you think I was too young
To be messed with?
Shading is all about being subtle, but on this one, Taylor actually named her heartbreaker, and it's obviously none other than her ex John Mayer. The singer didn't take it well saying in an interview with Rolling Stone that he was "caught off-guard" and Taylor's 2010 track was "cheap songwriting." Ouch.
You with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again,
Got me feeling like a nothing
This one's not about an ex, but rather a critic who "hated" her. Well, whoever that critic was, look who's on top of her game now?
5. "We Are Never Getting Back Together"
And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that's much cooler than mine
Among her famous exes is Jake Gyllenhaal who is said to be a fan of indie music and is often out of the spotlight much like the person she's referring to in her lyrics. The speculation got stronger when Taylor featured a male actor who looks a lot like Jake in her music video.
6. "Bad Blood"
Did you think we'd be fine? Still got scars on my back from your knife
So don't think it's in the past, these kinda wounds they last and they last
Now did you think it all through? All these things will catch up to you
And time can heal but this won't, so if you're coming my way, just don't
One of the biggest and most talked about celebrity feuds in the industry has definitely got to be Taylor and Katy Perry—and reports claim that this song is for the "Bon Appetit" hitmaker. The music video was a legit showoff of her power play over this issue, which features big Hollywood stars and the 'it' girls who form her girl squad.
You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt
And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt
And when we go crashing down, we come back every time
'Cause we never go out of style
If the title alone can't give you any hints, then we don't know what will. This one is 100% about her whirlwind affair with One Direction casanova Harry Styles, among a bunch of other songs in her album 1989.
8. "Look What You Made Me Do"
I don’t like your little games
Don’t like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don’t like you
I don’t like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn’t cool, no, I don’t like you
Whether she's throwing shade at her recent ex Calvin Harris or the Kardashian-West couple, her latest diss track proves that she's always one to fight. So is the old Taylor really dead after all? Your call.
The Internet is clearly having mixed emotions on Taylor Swift's new music. What's your take? Do you love her or do you love to hate her? Sound off your feelings in the comments below!
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Banner photograph from Taylor Swift.