A representative for Taylor Swift’s record label is denying any correlation between the release date of her new album and the death anniversary of Kanye West’s mother.
The Shake It Off singer is preparing to release her new record, Reputation, on 10 November (17), the 10th anniversary of Donda West’s death, and some gossips have suggested the date was chosen as a jab at Kanye, who she has been feuding with since the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when the rapper stormed the stage to protest Taylor’s Best Female Video win over Beyonce.
However, a representative for Universal Music Group insists any connection between the two dates is purely a coincidence.
“It is standard practice that releases come out on Fridays and we locked in this release date based on other Universal Music Group releases,” the publicist tells People.com. “There is no correlation.”
Although there is no meaningful link to West as far as the release date is concerned, Taylor doesn’t seem to be letting go of her feud with the hip-hop star. She premiered the lead single, Look What You Made Me Do, late on Thursday (24Aug17), and in it, she appears to take aim at West by singing about a “tilted stage” – a prop he used during his Saint Pablo Tour last year (16).
“I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage/The role you made me play/Of the fool, no, I don’t like you,” Taylor sings.
Later in the tune, the singer takes part in a phone call in which she declares the “old Taylor is dead”, which fans also took to be a reference to her fall-out with Kanye.
In 2016, the rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian shared video footage of a call between Kanye and Taylor, in which the pop star appeared to be agreeing to him using the lyric, “I made that b**ch famous”, in reference to the singer on his track Famous. Kim used the video to imply Taylor had not been telling the truth when she previously insisted she had no knowledge of the offensive line being used in the song.