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Bad Blood Taylor Swift Song
2015 single by Taylor Swift featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Bad Blood" is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, from her fifth studio album 1989 (2014). Swift wrote the song with its producers Max Martin and Shellback, with a remixed version featuring additional writing and guest vocals from American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The remix version was released by Big Machine Records on May 17, 2015, as the fourth single from 1989. "Bad Blood" is a pop and hip hop song with lyrics that describe betrayal by a close friend. The album version is the eighth track on 1989.
"That was about losing a friend... But then people cryptically tweet about what you meant. I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn't want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship."
--Swift, behind the meaning of the song and the media's varying perception of the undisclosed person in the song.
Swift co-wrote "Bad Blood" about an undisclosed female musician. Swift says the artist attempted to sabotage one of her concert tours by hiring people who worked for her. Publications such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, Time, and The Washington Post have speculated that Katy Perry is the subject of the song. Daniel D'Addario for Time and Emily Yahr for The Washington Post noted parallels between "Bad Blood"'s lyric "If you live like that, you live with ghosts" and "Ghost", a song from Perry's 2013 album Prism.
Kendrick Lamar's appearance on the single version was praised by critics
The album version received mixed reviews from critics. Some described the song as "clichéd" while also criticizing its writing, chorus, and production, while others, including Entertainment Weekly, listed it as one of the best songs on the album.
In contrast, the remixed version of the song featuring guest vocals from Kendrick Lamar received acclaim from critics, with praise from music critics directed at Lamar's guest verses and the reworked instrumental. George Seabrook of The Edge awarded the song four and half stars out of five, and called it "glorious" and "intoxicating". He praised the song for "Lamar's simple, brutally effective verses" and acknowledged the collaboration as "not just one more meaningless stunt collaboration, but a powerful new duo". Alexis Petridis of The Guardian listed it as Swift's twenty-first best single, dubbing it "a masterstroke" with "potent and effective" verses from Lamar and an "even more anthemic" chorus compared to the album version.
However, some critics considered it one of Swift's worst songs and singles in her discography. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone placed the song at the bottom of his ranking of all 153 Taylor Swift songs, describing it as "melodically parched, lyrically unfinished, rhythmically clunky".Vulture writer Nate Jones placed "Bad Blood" at number 132 on a similar ranking, writing "The lyric here indulges the worst habits of late-period Swift - an eagerness to play the victim, a slight lack of resemblance to anything approaching real life - attached to a schoolyard-chant melody that will never leave your head, even when you may want it to", also criticizing the remix for "hollow[ing] out the production". In another ranking of Swift's singles, Emma Dibdin of Digital Spy called the track's lyrics "trite" and a "mess", also noting the presence of a "hook so grating that it barely feels like [Swift's] work at all".
"Bad Blood" first charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in November 2014 and January 2015 as an album cut from 1989, peaking at number 78.
Following the music video premiere at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, the remixed version of the song featuring Kendrick Lamar re-entered the chart at number 53 and number 26 on the Digital Songs Chart, selling 47,000 digital copies. The following week, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending May 24, 2015, selling 385,000 copies and jumping 52 positions, one of the largest jumps to the top spot in Billboard history. It became her fourth number one single and the third number one from 1989 (following "Shake It Off" and "Blank Space"), making Swift the first artist since Adele to yield three Hot 100 chart toppers from the same album; it is also her fourth consecutive top-10 single from 1989. It also became her 18th top 10 single and Lamar's second (also his first number-one single in the United States). It dropped to number two the week after, being replaced by Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again", where it stayed for five consecutive weeks. It spent another five consecutive weeks at number four, before leaving the top ten of the chart after thirteen consecutive weeks in it on September 5, 2015. By the end of 2015, the song had sold 2,584,000 digital copies in the US, becoming the tenth best selling single of the year. On March 13, 2020, "Bad Blood" was certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA, indicating six million copies moved.
The song also topped the charts in Australia and Canada becoming the third number one single from the album in the countries. It also peaked at number one in New Zealand becoming the second number one single from the album there. In the UK the song peaked at number four becoming the third number one single from the album.
The music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, and produced by Swift. Kahn previously directed the music video for the second single from 1989, "Blank Space". The video was filmed in Los Angeles on April 12, 2015, but is set in London. The music video was premiered on May 17, 2015, at the start of the Billboard Music Awards. Each actress chose her character's name. Swift began teasing the video in May on Instagram by posting photos of each character.
The music video starts with Catastrophe (Swift) and her partner, Arsyn (Selena Gomez), fighting off a group of men wearing suits in an office in London, for a mysterious briefcase. When all of the men are defeated, Arsyn double crosses Catastrophe by stealing the briefcase in Catastrophe's hand and kicking her out of a window. The song begins with Catastrophe lying on a broken car, as Welvin da Great (Kendrick Lamar) begins to rap his verse and Lucky Fiori (Lena Dunham) smokes a cigar. Catastrophe is shown being nursed back to health by a trio of girls called The Trinity (all played by Hailee Steinfeld), and after some time, she is ready to start training for her revenge. The other characters in the video are shown in succession, some in training with Catastrophe. They are (in order of appearance):
When her training is complete, Catastrophe and her friends strike out to exact their revenge on Arsyn and her masked henchwomen. The two teams approach each other in what seems to be slow motion while an enormous explosion goes off in the background, blotting out the London skyline, including The Gherkin, and the video ends with both of the women simultaneously striking each other in the face.
Rolling Stone described it as a "futuristic neo-noir" video. Daniel D'Addario of Time called it Swift's "most elaborate" music video yet, and compared its visuals to those of Sin City.Slate agreed and found other film inspirations: "Along the way, they pay homage to countless films. Besides the video's Robocop premise, there's its Sin City aesthetic, its nod toTron's light cycles, and its Kill Bill-like fight in the snow."Billboard drew parallels between the video and the music videos for the Britney Spears songs "Toxic" and "Womanizer", which were both directed by Kahn. The video broke Vevo's 24-hour viewing record by accumulating 20.1 million views in its first day of release, beating the 19.6 million 24-hour record previously held by Nicki Minaj for the music video of her song "Anaconda" in 2014. It was later broken by Adele's "Hello" in October 2015, with 27.7 million views in the first 24 hours. As of January 2020, the video has amassed over 1.3 billion views and was Swift's third video to achieve this milestone. It is in the top 100 most viewed videos on YouTube.
Michael Ilbert - recording engineer, studio personnel
Sam Holland - recording engineer, studio personnel
Ben Sedano - assistant recording engineer, studio personnel
Cory Bice - assistant recording engineer, studio personnel
Peter Carlsson: Pro Tools engineer, studio personnel
Serban Ghenea - mixing engineer, studio personnel
John Hanes - mixer, studio personnel
Tom Coyne - mastering engineer, studio personnel
Usage in media
In 2016, the song was used in an Apple commercial which Drake starred in.
For their tenth anniversary, How It Should Have Ended released a cover parody video based on "Bad Blood", titled "Bat Blood". Performed by Batman, voiced by show creator Daniel Baxter, the video parodies the marketing of the then-upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and uses characters from HISHE's entire history. The lyrics were re-written by Baxter, and the music composed by Bryan English.
The song is also used in both trailers of the 2017 film, The Lego Ninjago Movie. It was also used in a promo for Teen Titans Go! in November of that year. The episode "Demon Prom" of that show has the demon referencing Taylor Swift saying "Your 'Squad'? This is not a Taylor Swift video, this is DEMON PROM!"