The Taylor Swift/Katy Perry feud intensifies! Oh Em Gee. Wouldn’t ya know. Taylor Swift just happens to release her entire catalog, with less than 24 hours notice, on all streaming services on the eve of Katy Perry releasing her latest album Witness.
Of course Swift claims that she’s finally streaming her catalog after steadfastly refusing to do so for 2 1/2 years because she wants to thank her fans. Also, right before Swift’s announcement, the RIAA just happened to congratulate the singer on the certification of the album 1989 selling 10 million albums worldwide, plus the RIAA’s 100 million song certification.
Well, if the streaming release happens to coincide with Perry’s drop date, there’s no connection whatsoever. (Cue Tay Tay innocently batting her eyes).
It’s not an accident that Taylor Swift has become the most powerful female singer on earth. She’s talented. But also smart. And ruthless. And also hmm…a little vindictive.
Swift’s “surprise” release comes on the heels of Perry clapping back at her nemesis. You may remember that it all started back in 2014 when Swift released the song “Bad Blood,” telling Rolling Stone the song was about a female singer who tried to sabotage an arena tour. Fans pretty quickly put two and two together and figured out the subject of Swift’s jab was Perry.
Swift is likely steamed that Perry has been talking up the feud on her current media tour. She told James Cordon during their Carpool Karaoke segment on Late Late Show, “She’s the one who started it. And it’s time for her to finish it.” She also claimed that she tried to reach out to Swift, and got no response.
In an interview with NME, Perry said:
“I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her fans]. That’s so messed up!”
And lastly, it’s rumored that the Perry single, Swish Swish is her diva-esque reaction to the feud.
Emily Yahr from the Washington Post summed it up quite nicely:
…it’s completely petty and unbelievably savvy. Will it affect Perry’s album? That seems unlikely, although impossible to prove. It’s just another way for Swift to prove you should not mess with her, the most powerful pop star on the planet. Perry, we can imagine, will not be pleased.
Actually, I think Swift’s move will ultimately help Perry–who is set to be a judge on American Idol when it returns to ABC in March–rather than hurt her. The press attention to the “feud” is more publicity for both artists.