Taylor Swift’s single, Bad Blood is nothing like you have heard from her before. It has been referred to as the hater’s anthem remix and is at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100, she has earned the right to kick some hateful lyrics out. Her look, style, sound, all will make listeners check the album twice to be sure it is really Swift. Even her walk is different. All that combined with rapper Kendrick Lamar, regarded as the current most talented rapper and the song is a hot hit.
When Swift’s Bad Blood was first released, it spent some time at number 53. There was a heavily promoted May release date for the single that included Sin City-inspired posters, plus the star-studded cast in the music video, which premiered at the Billboard Music Awards, then the song was officially released as a single last week shooting Bad Blood straight to the top. The music video for Bad Blood starred Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba, Lena Dunham, Zendaya, Hailee Steinfeld, Ellie Goulding, Haley Williams, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge and Gigi Hadid.
The single has been remixed from the 1989 album version of the song. Ilya Salmanzadeh deepened the bass and amplified the “Hey!” in the song, as well as, shortened the verses to highlights and the refrain. Then Kendrick was added to the remix. As they are both fans of each other’s work, they came together well for this single.
No one denies that Swift’s Bad Blood involved heavy promotion, a large crew, and an action-studded music video to get the song to number one, but critics are calling her out anyway. She has been accused of becoming a prefabricated commodity. However, the song concentrates specifically on defying haters.
According to Slate, Swift’s single, Bad Blood is directed specifically at Katy Perry. Perry herself has even agreed with Slate and the rest of the pop world. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift stated that Bad Blood was inspired by another pop star and frenemy who had attempted to “sabotage an entire arena tour.” In 2013, the press told the story of Perry luring a group of Swift’s backup dancers to dance for her Prismatic tour. This prompted the song Bad Blood, which is meant to sound like an annoying two-note, schoolyard taunt to Perry.
The pop rumors state that there has been some serious bad blood between Perry and Swift, although Swift is either too much of a politician or too kind to call Perry out. According to tabloids and speculation, Music.Mic names Perry has the fuel for Bad Blood’s rage due to Perry’s multiple back stabbings. In famous tabloid fashion, there are talks that Perry will respond to Swift’s Bad Blood.
In famous tabloid fashion, there are talks that Perry will respond to Swift’s Bad Blood. That being said, the rivalry makes for great music historically. This has been the case since Mozart and Beethoven. Besides, Music.Mic reminds the nation that it has been awhile since there has been an enjoyable pop rivalry.
The Bad Blood single held its number one spot for a week before rapper Wiz Khalifa’s See You Again returned to the top, leaving Swift at number two. Wiz Khalifa’s return to the number one slot gives See You Again its seventh non-consecutive week as Billboard’s Hot 100 number one. It is possible that Bad Blood and See You Again will toggle back and forth for awhile between the top two spots.
Bad Blood has moved 1.1 million copies as opposed to See You Again’s 2.3 million copies. Shake It Off and Blank Spaces also topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart of the 1989 album. The third single, Style peaked at number six.
1989 is Swift’s fifth studio album and was released October 27, 2014. Shake It Off, the lead single to her crossover received Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Her follow-up single Blank Space was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
USA Today named Swift’s 1989 Album of the Year, and her as Musician of the Year. 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in its first week and Swift is the only artist to have gone platinum in 2014.
The rivalry between Swift and Perry will keep them both in the public eye and keep their music on the cutting edge. It will do them both well publically and monetarily. The general public loves gossip and cattiness in pop culture. It will be something to watch if the rivalry continues.
By Jeanette Smith
Edited by Maurice Cassidy
Slate: Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar No. 1
Daily Mail: Wz Khalifa’s See You Again Dethrones Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood as it Soars to the Top of the Billboard 100 Chart
Music.Mic: Why Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s Rivalry is Actually Amazing for Music
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