There does not should be drama. There can simply be bops.

Posted on April 8, 2021, at 10:34 a.m. ET

In a transfer we must always in all probability be used to by now, however evidently will not be, Taylor Swift stunned us all on Wednesday by dropping yet one more tune fully out of the blue.

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In February, Taylor confirmed the rerecorded model of the album would come with six tracks ~from the vault~ that she’d written through the making of Fearless, however that hadn’t initially made it onto the document.

“I’ve determined I would like you to have the entire story,” Taylor wrote in her announcement. “See all the vivid image, and allow you to into all the dreamscape that’s my Fearless album.”

The tune itself is each a licensed bop and likewise very typical of Fearless-era Taylor Swift’s most savage facet, stuffed with tremendous private slights in opposition to a boy that broke her 18-year-old coronary heart.

And naturally, in true 2008 style, as quickly because the tune dropped, followers scrambled to determine which well-known face or public relationship could also be referenced in its lyrics.

The overall consensus shortly turned that “Mr Completely Advantageous” refers to none apart from Joe Jonas, with whom Taylor had a reasonably public breakup again in 2008 — and, in fact, the decade-old drama made headlines.

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It seems “Mr Completely Advantageous” accommodates some fairly fascinating lyrical parallels with “Endlessly & At all times,” in addition to making reference to a person who shortly moved on to a brand new relationship, which was a degree of competition within the Jaylor breakup.

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Throughout an notorious look on The Ellen Present on 11 November 2008, a then 18-year-old Taylor talked concerning the latest demise of her relationship with Joe, alleging he had damaged up along with her throughout a telephone name that lasted 27 seconds.

She additionally revealed in the identical interview that “Endlessly & At all times,” which appeared on Fearless, was about him.

In fact, that is all hypothesis, and it may very effectively be that “Mr Completely Advantageous” is not about Joe Jonas in any respect. We do not know when precisely the tune was written, however Taylor and Joe solely dated for 3 months earlier than breaking apart that October — lower than a month earlier than Fearless was launched. In accordance with a 2008 interview with the Los Angeles Occasions, “Endlessly & At all times” was written so late within the album-making course of that Taylor needed to plead for it to be included on the document the day earlier than it was finalized.

In the end, although, it does not actually matter who the tune is ~truly~ about. That Ellen interview was the closest we ever got here to affirmation of the inspiration behind any of the songs on Fearless, and consequently, 13 years later, Joe Jonas continues to be being affiliated with the music Taylor Swift made when she was 18.

“Mr Completely Advantageous” could be about Joe Jonas. It may not. However what issues is that individuals consider it’s.

It is no secret that over the course of her previous few albums — and previously yr particularly — Taylor Swift has taken a aware step again from the drama that plagued the start of her profession.

Whether or not it was merely a results of rising up, or falling in long-term love, and even all the world turning in opposition to her and her persona, Taylor Swift has rebranded.

In some ways, 2017’s Fame was the start of the entire upheaval of Taylor’s persona, and it is solely continued since then. Her 2020 albums, Folklore and Evermore, have been her least autobiographical ever, with Taylor selecting to attract from the experiences of fictional characters or fabricate new ones completely in her songwriting somewhat than placing her personal most private moments on a platter for public consumption.

“There was a degree I bought to as a author who solely wrote very diaristic songs, that I felt it was unsustainable for my future transferring ahead,” she advised Zane Lowe in an Apple Music interview across the launch of Evermore. “It felt like too scorching of a microscope. On my dangerous days, I might really feel like I used to be loading a cannon of clickbait, when that is not what I would like for my life.”

It stands to motive, then, that revisiting previous eras whereas rerecording and releasing her first 5 albums may pose a conundrum for the New Taylor™.

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By now, everyone knows Taylor’s dispute with Massive Machine Data over her grasp recordings is the explanation she’s going by this rerecording course of. From the start, she’s made it clear that proudly owning her work has taken precedence over leaving her music and its related drama previously.

The intensely private nature of her music was one thing Taylor explicitly referenced in her Tumblr submit after Massive Machine bought her masters to Scooter Braun, writing: “I needed to make the excruciating selection to depart behind my previous. Music I wrote on my bed room ground and movies I dreamed up and paid for from the cash I earned enjoying in bars, then golf equipment, then arenas, then stadiums.”

So, as a way to reclaim her life’s work, Taylor is rerecording and rereleasing all that intensely private music, and to maintain issues contemporary and thrilling for followers who’ve been greater than accustomed to Fearless since 2008, she’s together with songs she by no means beforehand launched.

In doing so, nonetheless, she runs the danger of recentering all that non-public drama that she made the aware choice to let go of, and welcoming her critics to rehash their oldest, most unoriginal complaints about her music: She solely writes songs about breakups. She dates too many males. It is all concerning the drama.

These complaints could also be outdated, however Taylor continues to be going through them in 2021: Simply final month, she publicly condemned Netflix present Ginny and Georgia for making what she described as a “lazy and deeply sexist joke” about her courting life.

This time, although, Taylor bought forward of the criticism. She launched what might transform her most drama-filled tune from the vault early — probably foreseeing that it could make headlines, and giving it its personal second to shine — and as a substitute of being bothered by what individuals may say, she simply… stated it herself.

Me in 2020: life is chill, writing songs based mostly in fiction to keep away from drama, feeling fairly grown up

My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: “REELEEEEEEASE MR PERFECTLY FIIIIIIINE”

“Life is chill, writing songs based mostly in fiction to keep away from drama, feeling fairly grown up,” Taylor wrote of her 2020 self in her tweet asserting the observe’s launch.

After which she acknowledged — in a goblin voice — that her 2008 music goes in opposition to that new, chill outlook completely.

And if Taylor’s personal acknowledgment wasn’t sufficient to quell accusations of petty drama, Sophie Turner (Recreation of Thrones star and spouse of the exact same Joe Jonas who apparently impressed “Mr Completely Advantageous”) stepped as much as the rostrum.

Posting a hyperlink to the tune on her Instagram story just some hours after it was launched, Sophie made certain to tag Taylor immediately, and wrote: “It isn’t NOT a bop.”

“Endlessly bending the knee for the 👑of the north,” Taylor wrote in response.

(Joe has been silent on the matter, however his blessing issues much less. If the “Drivers License” debacle taught us something, it needs to be that even when a woman writes a tune a few boy, individuals will discover a method to flip it right into a feud with one other woman.)

And so nice tweets have been born, beef was preemptively squashed, and classes have been imparted: There does not all the time should be drama. There can simply be bops.

By releasing “Mr Completely Advantageous” simply a few days forward of Fearless (Taylor’s Model), Taylor Swift anticipated and shut down any over-used and outdated criticism that will come about because of her revisiting her older eras.

She’s telling the world that she’s each conscious of and laughing at the opportunity of tabloids making an attempt to stoke decade-old drama; that not solely does she personal her music, however she’s in on any of the deprecating jokes you could wish to make about it. And what that’s? Development.