Is “Vampire” about Taylor Swift? received’t reveal the topic of her sophomore album’s single — or every other track, for that matter.
Talking to , Rodrigo addressed hypothesis that her track “Vampire,” the primary single launched off her sophomore album Guts, out Sept. 8, was about her doubtlessly soured friendship with Taylor Swift.
“How do I reply this?” Rodrigo requested when questioned concerning the track’s potential connection to Swift. “I imply, I by no means need to say who any of my songs are about. I’ve by no means performed that earlier than in my profession and doubtless received’t. I believe it’s higher to not pigeonhole a track to being about this one factor…I used to be very shocked when folks thought that.”
What’s the connection between Olivia Rodrigo and Taylor Swift?
Rodrigo, the 20-year-old former star of Disney+’s Excessive College Musical: The Musical: The Sequence, turned a serious participant within the music world in Jan. 2021 together with her vastly profitable She launched her debut album Bitter later that yr to business and important acclaim, on the 2022 Grammys.
Rodrigo beforehand credited Swift — who’s having an enormous yr with The Eras Tour and simply introduced a film model, in theaters subsequent month — as certainly one of her music idols, in addition to a serious supply of inspiration for her songwriting.
“I don’t need to disclose an excessive amount of as a result of it’s actually candy and private,” Rodrigo stated on the time. “However she talks rather a lot about how, I believe, you make your individual luck on this planet. And once you do sort issues to others, good issues come your approach.”
Although the 2 had been on the Brit Awards in Could 2021, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than followers speculated the Disney Channel alum had some dangerous blood with the famous person. Interactions between Rodrigo and Swift ceased shortly after their assembly, whilst Swift launched re-recordings of her earlier albums Purple and Converse Now (works Rodrigo beforehand professed to like as a longtime Swiftie) and her new album Midnights.
Why do folks assume that “Vampire” may be about Taylor Swift?
The track “Vampire” options strains like “bleeding me dry like a goddamn vampire,” and a few have prompt Rodrigo could have been referring to literal cash — particularly, songwriting royalties.
The idea stems from the truth that — in addition to Swift’s longtime collaborators Jack Antonoff and St. Vincent — to her track “Deja Vu,” which Rodrigo revealed in featured components impressed by Swift’s 2019 monitor “Merciless Summer season,” which she beforehand lined and posted on-line.
“I like ‘Merciless Summer season.’ That’s certainly one of my favourite songs ever,” she stated. “I like the yell-y vocal in it, the harmonized yells she does. I really feel like they’re tremendous electrical and transferring, so I needed to do one thing like that.”
Whereas neither Rodrigo nor Swift have spoken concerning the different publicly, of giving different songwriters credit score on her work, “It was actually irritating to see folks discredit and deny my creativity.”
Along with including Swift to songwriter credit on “Deja Vu,”
Who else would possibly “Vampire” be about?
Rodrigo received’t verify the topics of any of her songs, however that hasn’t stopped folks from digging by means of her romantic historical past to search out potential topics.
One individual folks have pointed to is file govt for across the “seven months” referenced within the monitor. Different folks have speculated that it could possibly be , who she additionally reportedly dated for lower than a yr.
That being stated, it doesn’t appear to be Rodrigo will ever verify the identification of “Vampire” — if there even is just one one who the track is about.
Rodrigo and Swift have that in frequent. The 1989 artist , “I’ve by no means named names, so I really feel like I nonetheless have a way of energy over what folks say — even when that isn’t true, and even when I don’t have any energy over what folks say about me…The truth that I’ve by no means confirmed who these songs are about makes me really feel like there may be nonetheless one card I’m holding.”