Katy Perry’s management team denies that the “Dark Horse” singer has registered a new song titled “1984," a rumored retalitation to Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" single, with music licensing group BMI. The 31-year-old’s team at Direct Management Group called the story “false” after it made headlines on Monday.
"Katy Perry’s managers at Direct Management Group confirm that this story is completely false," one of Perry’s reps told Billboard on Tuesday. "Katy Perry was not involved in writing, singing, recording or registering this song."
The song was believed to be a revenge anthem to Swift’s “Bad Blood" from her "1989" album. The “Teenage Dream” pop artist and Swift, 25, allegedly aren’t on speaking terms after a feud that may have involved Perry stealing several of Swift's backup dancers.
The music video for “Bad Blood," which premiered at the Billboard Awards in May, was full of celebrity appearances. The video starred Swift and a number of other famous females, including Gigi Hadid, Cindy Crawford, Jessica Alba, Karlie Kloss, Selena Gomez and Lena Dunham. “Spring Breakers” actress Gomez played “Arsyn,” the partner who betrays Swift’s character. Gomez even dons a wig similar to Katy Perry’s -- a short, black bob.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift said in an interview with Rolling Stone on Sept. 8, 2014, though she didn’t confirm she was talking about Perry. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’”
The “Blank Space” singer said she and the mystery female weren’t on friendly terms, and that it had nothing to do with a failed romance. It was a business deal gone bad.
“Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies. And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me ... I don’t think there would be any personal problem if she weren’t competitive,” she said.
Arena tours are not the only thing Swift and Perry have to feud about. Swift dated singer John Mayer, Perry's current boyfriend, in 2010, and penned “Dear John” about him. Perry began her on-again, off-again romance with Mayer two years later. A number of backup dancers also left Swift’s tour to return to Perry’s, according to TMZ, though they reportedly worked for Perry first.