Taylor Swift has released her new single, Look What You Made Me Do.
The 27-year-old singer dropped the upbeat song — which uses an interpolation from Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy — late Thursday to streaming platforms and iTunes.
The song, featuring elements of pop, dance and house, includes lyrics like: “Honey, I rose up from the dead I do it all the time/I got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined I check it once/Then I check it twice.”
The song ends with a voice message of Swift saying, “I’m sorry, but the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.”
After Swift released the single, she had the internet captivated. Many people took to Twitter to share their reactions.
— Chri$tine (@Lil_Vil) August 25, 2017
— Tiffany Love (@talesoftlove) August 25, 2017
— m (@florsuave) August 25, 2017
— Courtney Daye (@courtneydaye_) August 25, 2017
log me off pic.twitter.com/cF9E0kPb4X
— darcie (@333333333433333) August 25, 2017
— Nash Nashy (@NASHterpiece) August 25, 2017
Some felt the song was a diss toward Kanye West, whom Swift has had issues with in the past. Last year their feud hit a new height when West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, released audio recordings that she said proved Swift gave West the go ahead for a Swift reference in the song Famous.
Swift’s voice message on her new song could be a reference to the audio Kardashian leaked. Others felt the opening lines of Look What You Made Me Do — “I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage” — was a reference to West’s recent tour, which featured a floating stage.
— spooK(ace)y (@supercutcamila) August 25, 2017
Taylor Swift: "Don't like your tilted stage."
— ShaneOh (@Cpt_InShaneOh) August 25, 2017
— MC (@MileyDyrus) August 25, 2017
She came for the tilted stage. How embarrassing. To maintain my integrity this is my last tweet about 🐍
— Jo (@_mooreplease) August 25, 2017
— Alicia (@amherder) August 25, 2017
i just realized ере the line "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now." is reference to that kanye call omg
— v (@comicsswift) August 25, 2017
— krystal webb (@KrystalwebbT) August 25, 2017
"I hate your tilted stage" was really the best Taylor Swift could come up with to diss Kanye? pic.twitter.com/3um9ti7XZt
— diana ❁ (@dianaxvargas) August 25, 2017
Other people were focused on how similar the song sounds to Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy.
— Chase Holfelder (@chaseholfelder) August 25, 2017
i cant believe taylor swift remixed the "im too sexy for my shirt" song
— Mira Gonzalez (@miragonz) August 25, 2017
taylor swift might have listened to the "im too sexy" song before one too many times before she crafted this here comeback https://t.co/Dw0HwqW7DH
— Bernard Ferguson (@ProjectNard) August 25, 2017
Taylor Swift's new song is indeed garbage and I couldn't help but hear "Im too sexy for my shirt" in the chorus
— d i a n n e (@dyanlugo) August 25, 2017
taylor swift's chorus is the same chorus as, im too sexy for my shirt. hear it & realize that youve wasted 3 1/2 min youll never get back
— Daniela Calixto (@danielacalixto_) August 25, 2017
Some people pointed out that the song was actually co-written by Right Said Fred.
— Dan Morrissey (@DanOffTheRadio) August 25, 2017
RIGHT SAID FRED HAVE SONGWRITING CREDITS ON THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT SONG
YOU CAN'T MAKE UP 2017
— Michael O'Neill (@factsforwhatevr) August 25, 2017
Of all of the things I was expecting from the new taylor swift, a right said fred writing credit wasn't one pic.twitter.com/XYslBnv52T
— Caro (@socarolinesays) August 25, 2017
The indie band tweeted about Swift’s song too.
“Thank you @taylorswift13 what a marvelous reinvention #imtoosexy #lookwhatyoumademedo.”
— Right Said Fred (@TheFreds) August 25, 2017
The band gave their permission for the song to be used and they’ve received an acknowledgment from Swift as a result.
The track’s credits list three members of Right Said Fred — Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli — as songwriters alongside Swift and Jack Antonoff.
Some Swift fans were unimpressed with the new single after waiting three years for new music.
— My-A (@LILIANDIGOLI) August 25, 2017
Imagine being a fan of Taylor Swift and waiting 3 years for that……yikes…… pic.twitter.com/EDLiscZUkT
— hannah (@hannahsowders) August 25, 2017
Taylor Swift waited almost 3 years to release new music and then randomly drops a horrible single? Yikes
— B. (@Bailye_Hannum) August 25, 2017
Offended Taylor Swift made us all wait 3 years for that 🚮
— Samantha Sarno (@sarnooo) August 25, 2017
Waits 3(ish) years for a new taylor swift song… & I don't even like it. Hoping the next one will be better 🤞🏻 #LookWhatYouMadeMeDi
— Briony Jae (@briony_jae) August 25, 2017
Wasnt a fan of Taylor Swift before.
But hearing her new single #LookWhatYouMadeMeDo just now……..
Yeah still not a fan.
— Katrina Dickinson (@BombRussian) August 25, 2017
Other Swift fans couldn’t contain their excitement about the new single.
— aureum 🐝 (@__Nins) August 25, 2017
LOOK WHAT YOU MADE HER DO pic.twitter.com/GR297tdkey
— Lindsay Zoladz (@lindsayzoladz) August 25, 2017
— Maria (@Jessicasdg) August 25, 2017
— A deep heart ! C.H (@chikane_hipster) August 25, 2017
The anticipation of Look What You Made Me Do helped Swift trend heavily on social media. The song is the first single from her sixth album, Reputation, to be released on Nov. 10. A clip of the song’s video will premiere Friday on Good Morning America.
Swift wiped her social media pages clean last week and caused a frenzy online with video snippets of slithery snake parts. Fans dissected the clues in hopes it would reveal details about her new music, and the pop star finally announced Wednesday that a new song would come this week followed by an album three months later.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 21, 2017
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 22, 2017
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) August 23, 2017
The music video for Look What You Made Me Do will premiere Sunday night on the MTV Video Music Awards.
Reputation is the followup to 2014’s 1989, Swift’s first official pop album after years of dominating in country music. 1989 launched seven hit singles, from Shake It Off to Bad Blood, and won three Grammys, including album of the year. The album helped her produce a star-studded world tour, featuring guest appearances from musicians such as Justin Timberlake and John Legend to A-List celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and Chris Rock.
—With files from the Associated Press