Taylor Swift‘s most recent single returned her to the center of the public eye, where fellow artists would train their eyes on Taylor for all of the wrong reasons. Several artists, including A-Trak, have chastised Swift for her use of music as a medium of retribution following the release of her first single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”
Swift was undaunted by the accurate and scathing reaction to the single, and has now released a second “…Ready For It?” German rap artist Casper certainly was, as he is alleging that Swift plagiarized his track “Lang lebe der Tod.”
“Lang lebe der Tod” dropped three-days ago on September 1. The track does bear striking similarities to Taylor’s single in its use of a three note/break song pattern, especially at the 1:09 minute mark, a key point of comparison between the two songs, as Casper noted on Twitter. While not exact copies, the pattern and the use of distorted basses and growling percussion elements do seem to line up in parallel.
The Swift camp is unlikely to concede to any allegation of plagiarism — the proximity of both releases is curious and would seemingly work in Swift’s favor, though the similarities between the two are jarring and hard to deny — leaving you to decide whether Taylor Swift’s latest single might be “something borrowed” at best.