Everything We’ve Learned About Taylor Swift on ‘Reputation’

Taylor Swift had no choice but to reference the infamous Kimye Feud

Though team Kimye said they’re too busy raising their children to address Swift’s digs, it would be impossible for Swift to have taken the high road given the massive hit her brand took for that feud. Though we know “Look What You Made Me Do” is about Kanye given the “tilted stage,” “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” takes some more jabs.

It was so nice being friends again
There I was, giving you a second chance
But then you stabbed in the back while shaking my hand
And therein lies the issue
Friends don’t try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you
And so I took an axe to a mended fence

It goes without saying that this verse is enraging. Let me get this straight, Taylor Swift gave Kanye West a second chance? Did Swift call actress Camilla Belle for lyric approval over a song that basically called her a whore in reference to her romance with Swift’s ex at the time, Joe Jonas (She’s an actress, whoa/She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa)? Also, explain to me how she was mind-twisted? Oh right, because Kanye asked for permission to say he made her famous but neglected to declare he’d use the word “bitch.” Fine distinction, Taylor. Let’s not relive it.

Taylor Swift Thinks Calvin Harris is a Narcissist

On “I Did Something Bad,” Swift says “never trust a narcissist,” and “If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing. I don’t regret it one bit, ’cause he had it coming.” As for why she’s so angry, it’s unclear, but it might have something to do with the song Harris wrote with Swift for which he later took sole credit. But it doesn’t stop there. There’s reference to flying “playboys” around the world, who “drop her name.” This is not a pretty picture, folks, but it’s also not surprising given their ugly breakup.To be fair, that might also be a Hiddleston dig given that the press leaks at the time said Swift questioned Hiddleston’s intentions. I’m also guessing the song title, “I Did Something Bad,” refers to the fact that her relationship with Tom Hiddleston overlapped with her Harris romance.

She Met Her Current Boyfriend While Still With Calvin Harris

Swift’s song, “Gorgeous,” makes it clear that she crushed on her current man from afar. In fact, she says that when they met she had an older boyfriend. The reason that’s likely Harris is because on another song, “Dress,” Swift says, “Nights back when you met me, your buzzcut and my bleached hair.” Swift had bleached hair at the Met Gala in 2016 and her new beau had a buzz cut around the same time for a movie role.

Swift’s Relationship With Tom Hiddleston Was “Cursed” From the Start

Swift suggests that Hiddleston was a rebound who broke her out of prison from her relationship with Harris, which she desperately wanted to leave. Hiddleston also somehow “poisoned the well” with one mysterious action referenced by the lyric “X marks the spot” and a “switch to the other side.”

She’s Happy, and She Wants to Keep Her Romance a Secret

“King of My Heart” calls her new boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, “the one she has been waiting for,” saying she’ll “never let [him] go.” This song also has another subtle jab at her exes, referencing the cars they drive while saying, “they never took me quite where you do.”

So is the album good? Yes. Taylor Swift is always good. She’s got a team of people who work extremely hard on making a great album, and the tone is always consistent. I slightly object to some of the hip hop elements, as it feels a little try-hard given that Swift is simply far too uncool for it. It’s also slightly over-produced, which is to be expected. The added elements often distract from the melody, and given that this record is less about heartbreak and more about reinvention, I found myself far less invested in the lyrics. When someone’s “reputation” is impacted by hard truths about their character, my listening experience is slightly dented. But as I said. It’s good. It’s always good.

Calvin Harris Release “My Way” — Is it About Taylor Swift?

It always blows my mind how one massive celebrity can launch/solidify careers of every hanger on imaginable. In the case of Calvin Harris, for example, nearly every woman he dates post-Taylor Swift will receive a nugget of fame, because the world wants to know who the potentially broken-hearted man will find as a rebound. As for Tom Hiddleston, it will have the opposite effect. The man was Loki, a serious actor with an impressive resume, and for a brief moment in time, he was that guy wearing a I <3 Taylor Swift shirt at her July 4th party.

Calvin Harris might be talented in his own right, but his new song, “My Way” is grabbing attention for another reason, and it’s that the public wants to know if Taylor Swift is its subject. In fact, he repeats, “You were the one thing in my way,” A LOT, which isn’t exactly a Sunday New York Times crossword. It is worth nothing that man might need a lyricist. When Taylor Swift does this type of thing, there’s many, many more words. Listen below.


Kim Kardashian Talks Taylor Swift on KUWTK

Kim Kardashian almost had me in the clip below, but she took an unfortunate left turn when she once again defended Kanye’s infamous Taylor Swift stage-crash. In reference to Swift “playing the victim,” Kim explains that she felt it was time to defend Kanye over a lyric in ‘The Life of Pablo’ in which Kanye claims that he “made that bitch famous.” According to Swift, she did not approve the line, but team Kardashian-West insists otherwise. It’s still unclear whether Kim personally witnessed Swift’s approval or simply heard a second-hand version from Kanye. I agree that Swift is humorless, takes herself too seriously, and is a bit of a hypocrite, but Kim should have simply stopped at “Kanye should not continue to be punished.”
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Kim Kardashian Takes Aim at Taylor Swift

There are two takes on Taylor Swift. One is that she’s a sweet, shrewd ingenue with a sincere heart, and the other is that she’s a calculated mastermind that has carefully choreographed every stage of her career, even the ones that seemed unplanned. She fought Apple on behalf of indie music artists, for example, and she was praised for her brazen letter to the behemoth. KIM KARDASHIAN GQ NAKED Apple “folded,” and she signed an exclusive deal with the company shortly thereafter. But the timing was a little too close for comfort, and music industry insiders whispered that perhaps the entire event was staged, because these contracts usually take far more time than a few days. As for her Calvin Harris breakup, just when I thought his team might have trumped young Taylor with carefully placed leaks about how the DJ got “bored” with the star and she was some weepy woman begging for a ring, Swift was spotted kissing Tom Hiddleston on a public beach. It goes without saying that she won, and it also goes without saying that if you go up against the Swift machine, you don’t stand a chance. Harris learned that the hard way. But what happens when your war is with Kim Kardashian, whose ass can “break the internet,” and whose image is far different from Swift’s? It’s as if a Kangaroo and an eagle are fighting. It just feels . . . odd.

When Kanye West took a swipe at Swift in a lyric for his new album, ‘The Life of Pablo,’ claiming to have “made that b-ch famous,” Swift hit back during her Grammy speech. Kim wasn’t pleased, and both her and Kanye have long held that he requested permission for the line, and it was granted. See below:


Kim says Taylor’s deep emotional wound is nonsense — okay, she says it’s a lie — and that there’s video proof, because a videographer was actually filming their phone call. Why? Because Kim’s husband commissions videographers to film everything when he’s recording an album, for posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary). And this is where it gets sticky.

“She totally approved that,” Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”

… Swift, Kim insists, “totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he’s called me a bitch in his songs. That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think,[gasping] ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”

Swift’s team responded, saying:

“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West. However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place. It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that bitch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware of being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”

So who’s telling the truth? That’s up for you to decide, but perhaps it lies somewhere in the middle. My guess? Taylor knew more than she let on, but perhaps not the entirety of the song. That being said, she’s humorless, and the line in question is pretty tame. I also take issue with the implication that Kim Kardashian is under her husband’s spell and therefore forced to take his side. It’s anti-woman, and I expect more from Team Swift.



Taylor Swift Spotted Kissing Tom Hiddleston — Calvin Who?


Taylor Swift once said that she “went out on a normal amount of dates in my early 20s,” and “got absolutely slaughtered for it.” As a result, she chose not to date for two and a half years. Things changed when she met Calvin Harris, who she publicly dated for over a year only to recently end their relationship because “Calvin got bored,” according to strategically placed sources on his team. And while you might have thought Swift would once again be unfairly painted as the heartbroken girl in need of a hug . . . think again. Swift was recently pictured kissing Tom Hiddleston, which is not surprising considering their adorkable dance-off at the Met Gala. Translation? You go, girl. As for Harris and his low-blow leaks, YOU LOST.

Team Harris v. Team Swift: Let the Battle Begin


Somewhere in the celebrity stratosphere is a team of tattlers that leak information to sustain the image of their precious money machines. And while Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might have sung each other’s praises during their rather long courtship, the bad blood and disrespect was unfortunately bound to happen. If you would like to argue with me about whether their teams are behind the leaks, save your energy. From what I can gather, Harris started it. Here’s a list of leaks for your viewing pleasure.


“He didn’t feel like the relationship was leading anywhere.”

“Adam has been bored for a while and was hoping the spark would come back but it hasn’t

“Taylor is used to being treated a certain way.”

“Friends were even surprised it lasted this long because of the lack of chemistry.”

“It wasn’t an equal relationship. Their age difference might not be significant for many couples, but for them it was part of the problem too. Taylor somewhat lacks real-life experience. They will not be getting back together.”

“Taylor was starting to pressure Calvin into walking down the aisle and he just felt that he wasn’t ready yet.”


“[Harris] said on multiple occasions that he was intimidated by Taylor, which is why he would not attend any events where she was being honored, or any award shows unless he was nominated.”

“The relationship wasn’t progressing the way she wanted it to. She felt like he wasn’t taking it seriously enough and wouldn’t come through for her when she needed him most.”

Why Taylor Swift’s Grammy’s Speech Was Negative and Immature

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There are two things I know for sure. First, Taylor Swift is humorless. And second, Kanye West is a bloated bag of nuts. When combined, you get a can’t-miss car crash of insults on repeat. For those that missed the back-story, Kanye West inserted a song lyric that said he made “that bitch famous” in reference to Taylor Swift, and insisted that Swift blessed the barb before its release and “found it funny.” Swift countered that she found it misogynistic and objected to the idea that Kanye’s infamous on-stage take-down at the MTV Video Music Awards was responsible for her subsequent super-stardom. I need not state the obvious fact that Swift was already hugely successful. When Swift received the Grammy for Album of the Year last night, she used that moment to take a dig at Kanye West and disguised it in an uplifting bow, saying, “As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”

The media is making this out to be some beautiful soliloquy of sweetness, rather than what it actually is. A DIG. Why waste even a millisecond of your great moment taking a hit at West, who doesn’t deserve a breath of your time? If the purpose was really to empower women, as she suggested, she could have clearly accomplished that without the negative zing. This is akin to a yoga-loving person that meditates with motivational quotes on her wall while insisting she’s super happy, only to cry each night in the corner of her room. (Too deep?).

I think Taylor Swift is great, and I have two of her albums. I like her. I like her style, and I’ve heard through numerous insiders that she treats everyone in her circle with the greatest respect. I’ve heard she’s kind, professional, and classy. But I’d encourage her to shrug insults off her back a little more often, especially when it comes from heavy-hitters. It just adds darkness to the light she’s trying to emanate, and it sends a bad message.

Taylor Swift v. Apple: The Jury is Out

taylorswiftToday was a dramatic day for the music industry, as Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple resulted in the behemoth backtracking on a plan not to pay artists during the first three months of their grand, new streaming experiment. Swift made her choice to withhold music clear, saying, “We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Taylor Swift’s untouchable popularity puts her in the perfect position to shine a light on the many ways musicians are currently getting fucked by many streaming services, and it’s about time someone spoke up. But this is just the beginning of a much larger conversation about how we treat our artists, and the royalties they receive. While Apple has agreed to now pay artists for those first three months, we don’t know how much, and to quote The Verge, this feels like more of the Status Quo. We can’t keep pounding our heads against the wall in an attempt to break out of prison. Someone needs  a hammer.

Taylor Swift Releases “Blank Space” Video — WATCH NOW

I generally support the idea of a pop record that is not over-produced bubble gum bull shit, and Taylor Swift reigns supreme with ‘1989.’ Much like Gwen Stefani, I see Taylor Swift as cool, calm, calculated and in complete control of her career. She pens her tunes, she’s perfected her image, and she’s poised and polished in every interview. Plus, people tell me she’s nice, so the girl is easy to get behind. Aside from that little hiccup of hurling public insults at her past lovers, she’s the perfect superstar. And speaking of that hiccup, Swift shrewdly took aim at herself in her new song, “Blank Space,” with lyrics like “Darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream,” and “Got a long list of ex lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane.” Watch her funny video below.

Taylor Swift Performs ‘All Too Well’ — Odd Hair Flips Ensue

Taylor Swift performed her Jake Gyllenhaal love song at the Grammys and somewhere toward the middle of the ‘All Too Well’ performance, the beauty began to melt into anger. The transition started when Swift executed a rather odd hair flip, followed by a boil-your-bunny gaze into the camera. Watch below.