Taylor Swift is back with her first new solo material in three years, and it sounds like a clear dig at her old enemy/friend/enemy Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.
It’s clear that Swift is in no mood to make nice. “I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage,” she says, in what is most likely a reference to the innovative tilted stage that West showcased on his “Saint Pablo” world tour.
“It’s been in the cards since Kanye released “The Life of Pablo” in 2016. The album included the track “Famous,” which featured the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b – – – h famous.”
Swift slammed the lyrics shortly after the song’s release, but in July 2016, Kardashian released Snapchat videos of West in the studio during the recording of the track, reading the “sex” lyrics to Swift over the phone. Swift apparently gave her blessing, although the reference to her as a “b – – – h” was not discussed in the clips.
Even that incident gets a nod in the song, with a spoken-word sequence that features Swift coldly stating into a phone, “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now … ’cause she’s dead.”
Shania Twain On Brad Pitt’s Naked Photos
For the first time since releasing the confidently twangy “That Don’t Impress Me Much” two decades ago, Shania Twain has finally come clean about incorporating actor Brad Pitt’s name in the lyrics. The No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit from 1997’s Come On Over, still the second best-selling album of the Nielsen era (1991-present), sarcastically pokes fun at a narcissistic suitor’s penchant for caring too much about his looks in the second verse before Twain memorably sings, “OK, so you’re Brad Pitt? That don’t impress me much.”
But what left Twain, who was 32 when the album came out, so unimpressed with Pitt, who was 33? Apparently, his nudes. When Billboard mentioned Pitt’s career longevity during a recent interview with Twain at Spotify HQ in New York City this month, she revealed the true inspiration for the Pitt lyric.
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“You want to know the truth about this story? I’ve never told this before. I’m going to say it now,” said Twain, 51, building suspense. “I remember I had a girl friend visiting me and it was near Christmas and we were baking cookies. I was writing this album and there was a scandal of [Pitt] and Gwyneth [Paltrow] where there was naked photos of him [in Playgirl magazine, which Pitt later successfully sued for publishing the paparazzi photos]. And this was like all the rage. I just thought ‘I don’t know what all the fuss is about.’ I’m like, well that don’t impress me much, I mean what is all the fuss. We see people naked every day. That’s really what I thought. I wasn’t picking on Brad Pitt. But that was just the association in that moment and things we make fusses about and whatever. Of course, it could have been any gorgeous guy.”