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There's A New Taylor Swift In Town On Her Feisty Single 'Look What You Made Me Do'

"The old Taylor can't come to the phone right now."

Taylor Swift is back. We've been without a new solo single from the star since the releases from her 2014 album 1989, but Thursday night Swift released the new song "Look What You Made Me Do" to the world, and revealed a reinvented sound that's likely to surprise both fans and casual listeners alike.

Swift certainly did the most to tease the new music, as she wiped all her social media accounts completely clean last week before releasing a series of cryptic videos that left fans obsessed. Then on Wednesday, Swift revealed the cover of her new album Reputation, to be released November 10.

On Thursday night, the internet waited for its chance to listen to the album's first single, "Look What You Made Me Do." Swift is known for her successful reinvention from a country singer to a bona fide pop star, and it looks (and sounds) like she's in the mood for another transformation.

"I'm sorry, but the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now," Swift declares at one point in the revenge-tinged track, co-written with Jack Antonoff. (She also added this lyric to her social media bios.) "Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead."

The song's credits include Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass, and Rob Manzoli of Right Said Fred, which might explain why some on social media noticed a resemblance with the British group's early '90s song "I'm Too Sexy." Indeed, according to NME, Swift used "an interpolation of a melody" from the song on the new release. 

Right Said Fred actually thanked Swift on Twitter upon the song's debut, calling it a "marvellous reinvention." Not everyone on social media was quite so impressed with the song, but for a number of Swifties, it's the perfect new jam — and represents a fierce transformation from their favorite star.

While some may be speculating about the song's subject, we're happy to just let that catchy chorus plant itself in our heads for the rest of the summer. How does she always manage to do it?

Listen to the full song in the lyric video below:

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