We’re just two days away from the day Taylor Swift and her legion of fans have been waiting with baited snake breath for: the release of her sixth studio album, Reputation. Except there’s already album drama. Drama? With Taylor? Shocking.
Some fans got a little too excited for the release of Reputation and decided to start post pieces of it online, like the track list and album art. Album leaks are pretty common these days. But when the album belongs to a certain girl-woman who lives for attention, doing anything that might ruin the big reveal is going to cause a 5-alarm legal meltdown at Castle Cakepop. So Taylor did what Taylor likes to do best: lawyer up!
Uproxx says that Taylor had her team send cease and desist letters to anyone posting or retweeting images of her album and the leaked track list. Popular leak information site Has It Leaked tweeted the alleged copyright notice they received from Taylor’s people.
One of the most insane copyright notices I've received. pic.twitter.com/GwnA5iX5h6
— Has it Leaked? (@hasitleaked) November 8, 2017
Tweeting album art and track lists have even gotten some people suspended from Twitter.
On another planet, in another dimension, Taylor has enough robot lawyers who can work all day and night to punish everyone who dare to spoil her super special party. But this is Earth, where human lawyers have to sleep. Taylor must have accepted that she couldn’t shut everyone up, so yesterday she released her track list.
There’s at least one good thing she has to look forward to, and that’s drying her tears with money. Sources tell Bloomberg that anyone who wants to listen to Reputation on Friday will have to pay for the album. Reputation won’t be made available to streaming services until a week after its initial release. There is a chance Taylor could change her mind and let Reputation stream on Friday, but that’s unlikely.
I know Taylor Swift loves to sic her lawyers on people, but this is getting ridiculous. All this drama with legal notices over the cover and chapter list of Taylor’s latest audible burn book? We already knew what the album art looked like and the track list was no surprise. We had the names of four songs, and the rest are pretty much what you’d expect. That Girl Is Mean, Woe Is Me ft. Someone With Street Cred, I Hate My Old Boyfriend, I Love My New Boyfriend. I should probably delete all of those before Dlisted receives a cease and desist informing us to immediately delete the track list from Taylor’s seventh album.