Taylor Swift's label says her album's release date has nothing to do with Kanye West
As you have probably already heard, Taylor Swift dropped her new single the other day, on August 24th. It was the first single she’s released in three years, and Taylor promised a new album, too. Titled
Reputation, it’s set to be released on November 10th. But some fans were quick to note that date — and that it is the 10 year anniversary of Kanye West’s mom’s death. Fans eagerly awaited hearing from Taylor and debated among themselves the significance of that decision. Now, according to Teen Vogue, Taylor Swift’s label is speaking out — and claiming the release date has nothing to do with Kanye West.
You may recall that Swift and West have had an on again/off again feud ever since the 2009 VMAs.
Hint: If you don’t remember, Swift won the “Best Female Video” award for “You Belong With Me.” While she was giving her acceptance speech, West intercepted the microphone and gave a shout-out about Beyoncé.
The feud continued for years until Kanye and Taylor put things to rest. But last year, it was reignited when Kanye’s song, “Famous,” name-dropped Taylor. There was a dispute between the two — and Kim Kardashian-West, Kanye’s wife — about what exactly Taylor had been given notice of ahead of time and whether or not she approved of it. And just like that, the feud was reignited. Many even suspect that her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is a direct reaction to that.
However, of Reputation dropping on November 10th, Swift’s label, Big Machine Records, told People it is NOT about West.
But many think, in addition to her single, that her album is also a reaction to West and his wife.
So when they saw the November 10th album release date, some fans assumed it was another jab at West.
On again/off again feud or not, however, purposely and knowingly releasing an album on a date so sentimental to one’s peers would be beyond a normal industry rivalry.
And fans have other theories about why Taylor picked the November 10th date.
Meanwhile, we like to think back to happier times between Swift and West, like this picture of them at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, when West accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from Swift.
Some fans cannot pick a side.
As ~big~ Taylor Swift fans, we’re hoping the November 10th Reputation drop date is just a coincidence. We’re sure there were plenty of business considerations that went into picking it — but it’s certainly unfortunate that it falls on the same date. For now, we’re more than willing to give Taylor the benefit of the doubt — and hope that Kanye will, too.