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To quickly rewind what went on behind two of modern pop’s biggest names, we’d have to go all the way back to 2013 – 2014 to find the main cause of the feud: Swift accusing Perry of taking three dancers off her Red World tour for Perry’s Prismatic tour. The pettiness escalated to greater heights when Swift unveiled the then unheard of track ‘Bad Blood’ in her cover story with Rolling Stone, addressing a fellow female pop star. She was quoted saying, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” before she brought up something the other star did that was “so horrible” it made them “straight-up enemies.” Swift then specifically mentioned that this unnamed star “… Basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.” The beef lasted for many years without the two mentioning each other’s name until Perry’s recent promo for her latest album Witness.
In an interview with James Corden for his popular Carpool Karaoke series, Perry reignited the drama by answering Corden’s question about Swift. “That’s true, there is a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she started it and it’s time for her to finish it,” she said, even going as far as to say that Swift tried to “assassinate” her character. There’s more to it, but we’re not going to get into detail about what Perry said. Feel free to watch the video down below to get the full story and hear bits of Perry’s singing with Corden:
After being away from the public eye for almost the entirety of 2017, Taylor Swift made a decision to go back to all streaming services, as announced via Instagram to commemorate her 1989 record selling over 10 million in sales worldwide. Coincidentally, Perry – whose latest album will be the first after four years of break – is in the midst of her Witness album promo due out 9 June. Perry’s single out of her newest record ‘Swish Swish’ is a direct blow at Swift, while ‘Bon Appétit (feat. Migos)’ is another attempt at yet another quirky “look-at-me-now” type pop. To make matters worse for Perry, both of those singles didn’t do well in the charts when compared to her 2010 Teenage Dream album, a groundbreaking record with six US number one singles.
Strange coincidence or not, we hope that all goes well between Perry and Swift (c’mon ladies, it’s been too long) for a banging collaboration. There’s been a rise in Perry’s meme-worthy persona after her cringe-worthy SNL performance (unsure if intended or not), we hope that there will be a few tracks off her Witness record that can revive the old Perry we know. It’s a change of a direction this time around for the singer, but we’re still gonna give her new work a chance because being a consistent artiste is easier said than done.
Stream Katy Perry’s latest album Witness on Spotify below:
Or join in the YouTube streaming party to celebrate the release of Witness, where Perry will be spending the weekend in a house filled with cameras to monitor her every move a la Big Brother: