Katy Perry Is Releasing A New Song Called ‘1984,’ Because She’s Not One For Subtlety

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2011 American Music Awards - Backstage And Audience

Looks like that diss track Katy Perry was rumored to be writing about Taylor Swift could be released soon. Katy has registered a new song with her music publisher BMI titled “1984.” If you don't spend your life steeped in pop culture, you might think this is a literary reference to George Orwell's dystopian novel. And I'd say you only have about a 0.00001% chance of that assumption being correct. The embarrassing amount of time it took me to even remember that 1984 is a book shows just how obvious Katy's being.

In case you need a refresher, Taylor Swift's most recent album was titled 1989, after the year she was born. Katy Perry was born in 1984. Katy and Taylor also happen to be embroiled in a feud, and Taylor's song “Bad Blood” is believed to be about her falling out with Katy. So it's about time Katy responded. I didn't think she'd be this shameless about it, but come to think of it she's not generally the most subtle person (see: whipped cream bra).

There were whisperings that John Mayer was helping Katy with the song, giving her dirt on Taylor from his relationship with her. He's not listed on the songwriting credits, but then again neither is Katy. Doesn't mean they weren't involved, although I'm having a hard time imagining what kind of dirt John “Sexual Napalm” Mayer could possibly have on Taylor “I Miss My Cats When I'm On Tour” Swift.

I love that Katy is pretty much declaring how immature she's being about all this right there in the song title. “1984” translates to “I'm five years older than the woman I'm feuding with, yet I'm stooping to her level and being way more obnoxious about it.” I can already see the blatant Swift parody Katy's video will be teeming with. For once people will stop accusing her of cultural appropriation and start accusing her of frenemy appropriation.

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