August 25, 2017 11:12 am

Taylor Swift’s new song ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ draws mixed reactions

The pop singer returns with the edgy single ‘Look What You Made Me Do’

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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.”

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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.”

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After Swift released the single, she had the internet captivated. Many people took to Twitter to share their reactions.

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.

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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.

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Other people were focused on how similar the song sounds to Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy.

Some people pointed out that the song was actually co-written by Right Said Fred.

The indie band tweeted about Swift’s song too.

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“Thank you @taylorswift13 what a marvelous reinvention #imtoosexy #lookwhatyoumademedo.”

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.

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Some Swift fans were unimpressed with the new single after waiting three years for new music.

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Other Swift fans couldn’t contain their excitement about the new single.

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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.

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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

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