Does Katy Perry's new album clap back at Taylor Swift?

'Don't come for me.'

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'Don't come for me.'

It’s been a while since Taylor Swift dropped her Katy Perry takedown anthem Bad Blood and Katy has been biding her time. After four years of radio silence, the Roar singer will be releasing her new untitled album and there’s been a lot of speculation about whether it will include her own clapback track.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Katy was asked if she had her own musical response and said, ‘I think [my new album is] a very empowered record. There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person.’

She then issued a challenge to anybody looking to tear her down, ‘One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one person and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story. But, let me say this: Everything has a reaction or a consequence so don’t forget about that, okay, honey. [Laughs] We got to keep it real, honey.’

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The alleged feud has been an ongoing one, with both singers making sly jabs at one another in interviews and on Twitter over the past few years. In a cover story with Rolling Stone, Swift revealed that Bad Blood was about an unnamed singer who ‘basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.’

The internet being what it is, fans put two and two together when they saw that three of Taylor’s back-up dancers had left to join Katy Perry’s tour. Taylor’s thinly veiled comments also clearly reached Katy Perry, who posted a shady tweet in response.

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Regardless of any bearing her relationship with Taylor may have on her music, the new fifteen track album is one that she called ‘really quite brave’ and ‘fun and dance-y and dark and light’. Two of her singles, Chained to the Rhythm and Bon Appetit, have already been released online in the lead-up to the album release. In the same interview, Katy also revealed that the track list would include an homage to to Hillary Clinton named Bigger Than Me as well as a dance track called Swish Swish.

Speaking of the album, she said, ‘This record is not about anyone else! This record is about me being seen and heard so that I can see and hear everyone else! It’s not even about me! It’s about everything that I see out there that I digest. I think there’s a healing in it for me and vulnerability. If people want to connect and be healed and feel vulnerable and feel empowered and strong, God bless and here it is.’

Megan C. Hills

Megan is a freelance journalist who covers entertainment and all things lifestyle, with a particular passion for fashion, beauty, travel and Keanu Reeves stories. She has previously worked on staff for titles including Marie Claire UK, CNN Style and The Evening Standard and has written for titles such as Bustle UK, Wallpaper*, Forbes and Hong Kong Tatler. She splits her time between London and her hometown Hong Kong, where she currently lives with the love of her life - an elderly dog named Poppy - and her husband.