Taylor Swift drops new single, 'Look What You Made Me Do'; hints at Tampa tour date
Taylor Swift's got drama on her mind. Revenge, too. And maybe, just maybe, a tour stop in Tampa.
The pop megastar dropped her long-awaited first single from her new album Reputation late Thursday night. It's called Look What You Made Me Do, and if you have beef with anyone in your life -- and heaven knows Swift's got her share of high-profile feuds and haters -- the song's icy lyrics might resonate.
"I'm sorry, but the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now," Swift hisses in a spoken-word aside midway through. "Why? Oh... Because she's dead."
If that seems a little on-the-nose for a songwriter who generally knows how to wield a pen with nuance, well, get used to it. Here, she's using that pen with a purpose in a seething revenge fantasy against those who've commited the "perfect crime" against her: "I got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined / I check it once and then I check it twice."
Whether she's talking about Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry or any of the other haters who claim she isn't who she says she is ("I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me"), she's tired of being dragged into the thick of it: "The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama / but not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma."
Musically, the song leans even further from Swift's country roots. There are some quasi-emo, almost theatrical builds in the instrumentation and bridges, but the thrusty, lusty, minimalist beat of the chorus is basically Miami bass.
Reputation comes out Nov. 10. Listen to Look What You Made Me Do below.
The new song wasn't the only Swift bombshell on Thursday night. As soon as the single dropped, her website featured a graphic labeled "Taylor Swift Tix," powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan and designed "to create an exclusive program to help YOU get the best access to tickets in North America, in a really fun way."
If you logged in with your Ticketmaster account, you were taken to a map of North America with 27 highlighted cities, including Tampa and Miami. Clicking Tampa took you to ANOTHER site, where you could apply to receive updates via text or email.
"Once you register, improve your place in line by participating in boost activities until initial registration closes on Nov. 28," the site reads.
What does it all mean? It sure looks like Taylor Swift is coming to Tampa in 2018. And if you want to see her, you might want to jump through all those hoops for tickets, just like she's asking.
Look what you made us do, Taylor. It's like 1989 all over again.
-- Jay Cridlin