Taylor Swift's Reputation album era already has plenty of drama
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Taylor Swift in August dropped the scathing instant-hit “Look What You Made Me Do,” and the internet initially had some questions: Katy Perry? Kimye? Calvin Harris? Tom Hiddleston? Arya Stark? But that was just the beginning. After the initial shock of her Easter egg-laced kiss-off anthem wore off, Swift faced even more drama — some petty, some not so petty, but all a little scandalous. To catch up on the developments, read on for a definitive list of everything that’s happened since Swift first told us that the Old Taylor was dead.
1. Nicki Minaj tweets “be humble” — Aug. 25
Following the release of Swift’s new lead single, rapper Nicki Minaj posted the below tweet, which the internet immediately speculated was about “LWYMMD” and Swift in general:
The two famously feuded on Twitter back in 2015 but seemingly moved past it, performing together at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. On the other side of “LWYMMD” opinions, Right Said Fred — whom Swift samples — also tweeted immediately after the song was released. They thought it was great.
2. Label denies cruel theory about Reputation‘s release and the death of Donda West — Aug. 25
Some fans noticed that Reputation drops on Nov. 10, the 10th anniversary of the death of Kanye West’s mother, Donda, who tragically died in 2007 of heart disease while suffering from multiple factors following plastic surgery. Though Swift and West have had a notably complicated relationship, Swift’s label denied the claims. “It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” a rep told PEOPLE. “There is no correlation.” West did not comment.
3. Did Taylor Swift copy Beyoncé? — Aug. 25
After Swift first dropped “LWYMMD,” she gave fans a teaser for the upcoming music video, which premiered the following Sunday at the 2017 MTV VMAs. The Beyhive was quick to notice some things, specifically some alleged similarities between her dance sequence and Beyoncé’s “Formation” video. “LWYMMD” video director Joseph Kahn was quick to shut down those claims, claiming Swift’s video was not in the same “art space.” It’s not the last time we’re going to hear from Kahn on this timeline, so sit tight.
4. The video drops and Swift is nowhere to be found — Aug. 27
Swift debuted her video during the Katy Perry-hosted 2017 MTV VMAs. There were snakes, old Taylors of yore, and not-so-subtle hints throughout the visually-stunning four minutes. There were “I Heart T.S.” shirts! Some eagle-eyed fans also noticed that Swift had revamped her “Junior Jewels” shirt from the “You Belong With Me” video featuring all the names of current squad members like Selena Gomez and Gigi Hadid. One name missing? Karlie Kloss. Fans couldn’t help but wonder, is she out of the squad? To top it all off, Swift skipped the show.
5. Kahn slams gender “double standards” — Aug. 30
In his second (but definitely not last) appearance on this list, video director Kahn called out the double standards Swift and women are forced to face.
The tweet was written in response to the many think pieces that painted both Swift and the polarizing song in what he believed to be an unfairly critical light.
6. In a 2009 video, Kim Kardashian said she is Swift’s biggest fan — Aug. 30
Remember 2009, before Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were Kimye? And before Swift wanted to be excluded from certain narratives? Well, this unearthed video of someone gushing about how much she loves Fearless-era Swift wouldn’t be scandalous, save for the fact that it’s Kim Kardashian and we all know the West-Kardashian-Swift saga. Cue the snake emojis. But 2009 Kardashian is so right — “Love Story” is truly a classic.
7. Kardashian and West’s alleged political views: Kahn 3.0 — Aug. 31
And Kahn is back with the drama, this time claiming that Kardashian and West were “pro-Trump” on Twitter:
Swift’s frequent video collaborator called out the famous couple after Kardashian claimed that their daughter North would be a better president than Donald Trump. He also responded with this photo of West meeting then-President-elect Trump:
8. Todrick Hall defends Swift — Sept. 2
Hall, who appeared in the “LWYMMD” music video, came to the defense of the pop star after months of accusations that she voted for President Trump in the 2016 election. “Taylor has never to my knowledge come out and said anything about her being pro-Trump,” said Hall in an interview. “But people would still rather believe that she is the one who is pushing Trump’s agenda.”
Swift has never publicly announced support for any candidate or political party in any election, but did urge her fans to go out and vote in an Instagram post on Election Day last November. Many people have criticized Swift for not using her platform to speak out against President Trump and his administration.
9. Fans boo Swift — Sept. 2
Everyone knows Swift’s best friend from high school, Abigail Anderson, from her many appearances at awards shows with the singer and the hit coming-of-age song “Fifteen.” Well, Anderson got married and Swift was by her side on the big day. After the ceremony, fans started to actually boo as she allegedly ignored them. In a video obtained by TMZ, you can hear one fan yelling, “Taylor, we thought you loved your fans!”
10. “Ready For It…?” drops — Sept. 3
In the middle of the night Early in the morning, Swift dropped her second single from Reputation, and it’s hot. The jam came out of left field, and some fans spent Labor Day weekend speculating its lyrics are about her current boyfriend, actor Joe Alwyn.
11. Did Beyoncé copy Taylor Swift? — Sept. 7
Yikes. In his fourth and final appearance on this list, Kahn went after Beyoncé. In response to Twitter users thinking “LWYMMD” copied the “Formation” video (see No. 3 on this list), Kahn said, “[Beyoncé fans] try to say she’s wearing a black crop top and Beyoncé wore a black crop top. But they don’t realize in 2015 in ‘Bad Blood,’ Taylor Swift was wearing a black crop top. I really do think, by the way, that Beyoncé copied ‘Bad Blood.'”
We’ll just leave this tweet here and you can assume what happened next:
12. Maggie Gyllenhaal has no idea where that “All Too Well” scarf is — Sept. 12
2012’s “All Too Well” is arguably one of Swift’s best songs. Off of Red, it’s widely believed to be about Jake Gyllenhaal and/or maple lattes. At the beginning of the song, Swift sings the lyrics “I left my scarf there at your sister’s house.” That sister being Maggie Gyllenhaal, who went on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to set the record straight about said scarf, the likes of which she knows nothing about.
Wait, so where is the scarf? Does it still smell like her? What’s going on!?
13. Swift denies any truth to latest “Shake It Off” lawsuit — Sept. 19
Songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler are suing Swift, claiming that the singer ripped off their 2001 3LW song “Playas Gon’ Play” in her massive 2014 hit (seems like forever ago since we first heard Swift say “this sick beat,” doesn’t it?). Swift’s rep told PEOPLE, “This is a ridiculous claim and nothing more than a money grab. The law is simple and clear. They do not have a case.” Haters gonna hate?
14. Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” knocks “LWYMMD” from No. 1 — Sept. 25
We rightfully finish this list with the end of Swift’s latest reign on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. By knocking “Look What You Made Me Do” off the top spot, Cardi B has officially become the first female rapper in nearly a decade to lead the chart with a solo song and only the second ever to do so after Lauryn Hill in 1998. She’s also the first female rapper of color to appear on a No. 1 song since Lil’ Kim worked with Christina Aguilera, Mya, and P!nk on 2001’s remake of “Lady Marmalade.” Swift, however, didn’t fall too far and sits comfortably at No. 3. Like a class act, Swift congratulated Cardi B by sending her flowers.
And there you have it — for now.
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