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We all knew it would happen eventually, it was just a matter of when. After their highly publicized breakup, someone has finally taken the first shot in the Calvin Harris versus Taylor Swift saga, and it’s not whom everyone thinks.

Calvin Harris earlier this week released a new song, titled “Ole”, accompanied by John Newman for vocals, that many are speculating is a breakup/diss track towards Swift due to certain lyrics within the song. Now this may come as a surprise to people, seeing Harris beat Swift to the punch as she is known for being very honest about failed relationships and calling out ex-boyfriends in her music. A reputation Harris never garnered in his body of work. The main lyrics that are drawing everyone’s attention are “I see online that you begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend. Being attentive continue to pretend” and “You’ve hidden my name in your phone so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell. Left him alone and you booked in a hotel.” Most people speculate that this is in reference to Swifts new, VERY open relationship with British actor Tom Hiddleston and their PDA filled romance dubbed Hiddleswift. Though the song lyrics are very indirect, they do reference the whirlwind traveling escapades of Swift and her new man, who have been seen all over both the US and Europe. Yet with no other specific details other than hints like that, one can only speculate that it’s about her, without any real concrete proof.

Now this all draws upon the power of breakup songs. In the eyes of many it is what made Taylor Swift who she is. It’s the first corner stone of her empire, which she has amassed through a successful transition from country to pop and through great lyrics, all of which still boil down to the content; relationships, and especially the ones that don’t work out. After their 15 month relationship, the first thing a majority of people did when they heard that the musical duo were done was rejoice at the factor that a new “Taylor Swift breakup album” was sure to be on its way. This is a stereotype that Swift has attempted to fight against, saying in many interviews that she should not be defined by who she dates, yet it is the thing that has made her and it is the motif that she always goes towards in her music. There was no song on her hit album 1989 that was not about relationships. Where Harris is concerned, if the lyric is meant to be pointed at Swift, he at least took a more subtle hit. There have been times when Swift has actually used the person’s name in the songs title, like that of John Mayer and the song “Dear John”.  So at what point does it become too much? Should music be used as an emotional weapon, or should breakups be more of an inspiration for the song rather than spilling actual real-life details? Ethically, how much spotlight should you put on someone else just because they hurt you? In the end, breakups and love will always prove to be the greatest form of inspiration for musicians for as long as music continues to be made. Now it’s only a matter of time to see if Swift comes back with her own take on the relationship, so Harris better be ready. Because when Taylor Swift comes swinging, she’s not there to play she’s there to win.

 

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