Look What You Made Me Do

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"Look What You Made Me Do"
Cover art of "Look What You Made Me Do", a black-and-white photo of Taylor Swift covering her face with her hands, leaving the eyes staring
Single by Taylor Swift
from the album Reputation
ReleasedAugust 24, 2017 (2017-08-24)
StudioRough Customers (Brooklyn)
Genre
Length3:31
LabelBig Machine
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jack Antonoff
Taylor Swift singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever"
(2016)
"Look What You Made Me Do"
(2017)
"...Ready for It?"
(2017)
Music video
"Look What You Made Me Do" on YouTube

"Look What You Made Me Do" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift and the lead single from her sixth studio album, Reputation (2017). Big Machine Records released the song on August 24, 2017, after approximately one year of Swift's hiatus due to the controversies that affected her "America's sweetheart" public image throughout 2016. While secluding from public appearances, she wrote and produced the track with Jack Antonoff.

"Look What You Made Me Do" has an electronic production combining electropop, dance-pop, and progressive pop with elements of electroclash, industrial, and electro. It contains an interpolation of "I'm Too Sexy" (1991) by the English pop group Right Said Fred, whose members received songwriting credits as a result. The melody incorporates strings, plinking piano, and synthesizers, and the refrain consists of drumbeats and rhythmic chants. The lyrics are about a narrator's contempt for somebody who had wronged them; many media publications interpreted the track to be a reference to the controversies that Swift faced. The accompanying music video premiered at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and contains various implications of Swift's celebrity that received widespread media speculation. Both the song and the video broke streaming records on Spotify and YouTube upon release.

"Look What You Made Me Do" polarized music critics: some deemed it a fierce return and an interesting direction but others criticized the sound and theme as harsh and vindictive that strayed away from Swift's singer-songwriter artistry. In the United States, the single peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 with the highest sales week of 2017 and was certified four-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The single also peaked atop the singles charts of countries including Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom, and it received multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Poland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Critics have considered "Look What You Made Me Do" a career-defining single for Swift, who included the song in the set lists of her Reputation Stadium Tour (2018) and Eras Tour (2023–2024).

Background and release[edit]

Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album, 1989, on October 27, 2014,[1] it sold 10 million copies worldwide,[2] and three of the album's singles reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[3] The album propelled Swift to pop stardom;[1] Billboard wrote that it bought forth "a kind of cultural omnipresence that's rare for a 2010s album".[3] Swift's popularity turned her into a media fixation,[4] and her once-wholesome "America's Sweetheart" reputation was tarnished by short-lived romantic relationships and public celebrity controversies, including a feud with rapper Kanye West and media personality Kim Kardashian over West's song "Famous" (2016), in which he claims he made Swift a success ("I made that bitch famous").[5][6][7] Although Swift said she never consented to the said lyric, Kardashian released a phone recording between Swift and West, in which the former seemingly consented to another portion of the song.[8] After the West–Kardashian controversy, Swift became a subject of an online "#IsOverParty" hashtag, where online audiences used the "snake" emoji to describe her.[7][9] Detractors regarded Swift as fake and calculating, a conclusion that surmounted after years of what they saw as a deliberate maneuver to carefully cultivate her public image.[10][11] Swift became increasingly reticent on social media despite a large following and avoided the press amidst the commotion and ultimately withdrew from public appearances.[12][13] She went through a hiatus mid-2016 and felt "people might need a break from [her]".[14]

On August 18, 2017, Swift blanked out all of her social media accounts,[15] which prompted media speculation on new music.[16] In the following days, she uploaded silent, black-and-white short videos of CGI snakes onto social media, which attracted widespread press attention.[16][17][18] Imagery of snakes was inspired by the West–Kardashian controversy and featured prominently in Swift's social-media posts.[19] On August 23, she announced on Instagram a new album, titled Reputation.[20] The following day, she unveiled the lead single from the album, "Look What You Made Me Do",[21][22] which was released for streaming and download on digital platforms by Big Machine Records.[23] A lyric video was released simultaneously; it was produced by Swift and Joseph Kahn and directed by ODD.[24] The lyric video features prominent snake imagery, depicting the chorus with an ouroboros,[25] and its graphics were influenced by the aesthetics of Saul Bass in the 1958 film Vertigo.[26] It was viewed over 19 million times within the first 24 hours on YouTube, setting a record for the most-viewed lyric video in that time frame.[27] "Look What You Made Me Do" impacted US contemporary hit radio on August 29, 2017.[28] In Germany, the track was released as a CD single by Universal Music on October 27, 2017.[29] Media publications regarded "Look What You Made Me Do" as Swift's "comeback" after a year of her hiatus from the public spotlight.[30][31]

Composition and production[edit]

Swift wrote and produced "Look What You Made Me Do" with Jack Antonoff, who also programmed the track and played its instruments, recorded at Rough Customer Studio in Brooklyn.[32] Other musicians on the track included Evan Smith (saxophone), Victoria Parker (violin), and Phillip A. Peterson (cello). Laura Sisk engineered the song, and Serban Ghenea mixed it at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The track was mastered by Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound in New York.[33]

"Look What You Made Me Do" is 3 minutes and 31 seconds long.[23] It is written in the key of A minor and has a tempo of 128 beats per minute.[34] The track begins with string swell and plinking piano keys and progresses into an electronic production; The New York Times wrote that the opening strings and piano were melodramatic and evoked a "dark, fantasy-film" atmosphere,[17] whereas The Daily Telegraph's Sarah Carson described the strings as "Hollywood"-inspired.[35] The verses and chorus are built on electronic tones and hip-hop-inspired beats and vocal cadences.[17][36]

The pre-chorus incorporates piano and synth-simulated brass, and the bridge incorporates strings. The chorus consists of drumbeats and rhythmic chants of the title, which is repeated eight times with different tones of delivery.[17][37] Jon Pareles commented that the piano and strings in the pre-chorus and bridge gave them a "melodramatic, emotional" feel, whereas Swift's repeating the title in the chorus sounded "vindictive, mocking, dismissive, even a little playful".[17] Music critics mostly described the track as electropop.[26][38][39][40] NPR's Lars Gotrich said that the beats and vocals evoked electroclash,[40] Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos said it was a dance-pop song,[41] and Fact's Chal Ravens deemed it progressive pop.[42] The production incorporates elements of mid-1980s and 1990s industrial and electro.[17][32] Some critics commented that the track showcased a "darker" soundscape compared to Swift's previous releases;[17][32] Spanos attributed this effect partly to the "dark techno" of Britney Spears's 2007 album Blackout.[43]

Lyrical interpretations[edit]

The song emphasizes the blame that is placed on an enemy, in particular the line "I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined", which was inspired by Arya Stark's kill list in the television series Game of Thrones.[44] The middle eight of the song features Swift saying, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now / Why? / Oh, 'cause she's dead!" Spanos noted a "nightmarish aesthetic" present in the song, and believed it to be a continuation of the "antagonistic persona" from "Bad Blood".[41] Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass, and Rob Manzoli, the members of the British dance-pop group Right Said Fred, are credited as songwriters because the song interpolates the melody of their song "I'm Too Sexy".[45][46] According to Fred Fairbrass, he and his brother were contacted one week before the release of "Look What You Made Me Do" and were asked whether a "big, contemporary female artist who hasn't released anything for a while" – whose identity they were not told – would be able to use a portion of their song for her latest single.[47] Although the brothers agreed to a deal, they did not officially find out that the artist in question was Swift until the morning after the song was released but had deduced that it was her based on the description they were given.[47] Both of the Fairbrass brothers said that they enjoyed "Look What You Made Me Do"; Fred Fairbrass told Rolling Stone, "I like the cynical aspect of the lyric, because 'I'm Too Sexy' is a cynical song, and I think she channeled that quite well."[47] A representative for Swift confirmed that the song interpolated the melody from "I'm Too Sexy", but did not include sampled audio from the earlier song.[48]

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, "Look What You Made Me Do" polarized music critics.[49][50][51] Some considered the single a fierce return and an interesting move for Swift to reclaim her public narrative, whereas others found the production and themes vindictive, harsh, and off-putting.[52] USA Today said that the polarized reaction to the song illustrated Swift's position as a "ubiquitous cultural force".[53] The Telegraph's Sarah Carson praised the song, deeming Swift and Antonoff's work as "blowing past the production clichés of clap tracks and hiccuped syllabic hooks that have proliferated across Top 40 fare in recent years with boldly inventive textures and fresh melodic, rhythmic and sonic accents". She also added how the track musically and sonically shifted alongside the lyrics.[35]

Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times wrote a positive review of the song, saying: "The reverberating crescendo builds and ever more delicious is the wickedness of Swift's menacing protagonist", praising Swift for her successful embrace of the villain character the media has portrayed her as previous to the song's release.[37] Variety's Chris Willman also praised Swift's embrace of darker-styled pop music and the stylistic conflict between the song's pre-chorus and chorus.[54] Mark Harris, writing for Vulture, thought of Swift's song as a pop art anthem for the Trump era in how she reappropriates her public feuds as empowering badges of honor without acknowledging her responsibility or blame.[55]

Maura Johnston of The Guardian wrote a negative review of the song, faulting the "sloppy" lyrics and blaming Swift for not giving a clear context in the lyrics.[26] Lindsay Zoladz of The Ringer said, "Unleashed on a deeply confused public late Thursday night, the song is a strange collage of retro reference points: mid-aughts Gossip Girl placement pop, the soundtrack to Disney's live-action Maleficent, and — yes, really — Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy", except devoid of the self-effacing humor and wit. Yes, the new Taylor Swift song just made me compliment Right Said Fred." Brittany Spanos of Rolling Stone believed that the song marked a continuation of the feud between Swift and rapper Kanye West; the latter had previously name-dropped Swift in his song "Famous" by using the line, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? / I made that bitch famous". The single was noted as being darker and angrier than what Swift had done before.[41][56] Meaghan Garvey from Pitchfork referred to it in a review as "a hardcore self-own" track.[57]

Retrospective reviews considered "Look What You Made Me Do" a career-defining song for Swift. In 2019, Slant listed "Look What You Made Me Do" as one of the 100 singles that defined the 2010s decade.[58] In 2023, Zoya Raza-Sheikh of The Independent opined that the single portrayed Swift as a "beleaguered" pop star, and functioned as a "clap back at the critics, media, and celebrity rivals who had celebrated her public "downfall" in 2016".[59]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Look What You Made Me Do" broke several streaming records upon release.[60][61] In the United States, "Look What You Made Me Do" debuted at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100, with that week's chart capturing its first three days of airplay.[62] It also sold slightly under 200,000 digital copies within its first day of sales in the country, where it became the fastest-selling download since Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You".[63] One week later, the song ascended from number 77 to number one on the Hot 100 after its first full week of tracking, becoming the fifth-largest rise to the top position and Swift's fifth number-one single in the United States. Ending the record-tying 16-week reign of Luis Fonsi's "Despacito", "Look What You Made Me Do" became one of the most dominant number-one hits of all time, leading ahead of "Despacito" with more than double the Hot 100 points.[64]

The song also topped the nation's Streaming Songs chart with 84.4 million streams, becoming its most streamed song within a week by a female artist at the time and second overall behind the 103 million that Baauer's "Harlem Shake" gained in 2013. The track also had more weekly streams in the US than any other song in 2017. The song stayed atop the charts for three consecutive weeks, tying with American rapper Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" as the longest-running female at the number one spot on the charts in 2017.[64]

With 353,000 copies sold in its first week, "Look What You Made Me Do" opened atop the US Digital Songs chart and had the country's biggest sales opening since Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" in 2016 as well as the best weekly sales for a song by a female artist since Adele's "Hello" in 2015. The track also became the country's first number-one song by a female artist since Sia's "Cheap Thrills" (both in 2016). It additionally was the first solo song by a female to top the US charts since "Hello".[64] It remained atop the Hot 100 and Streaming Songs charts for a second week with 114,000 copies sold and 61.2 million streams. That week, it was bumped to number two on the Digital Songs chart by Swift's track "...Ready for It?", which debuted at number one with 135,000 digital copies sold. As a result, Swift became the first artist to have two tracks sell over 100,000 digital copies in the nation within a week since Sheeran did so with "Shape of You" and "Castle on the Hill". It also became the first time a female had two songs within the top five of the Hot 100 since 2015 when Swift's songs "Blank Space" and "Shake It Off" respectively were at numbers four and five on the chart.[65] The single also topped the Mainstream Top 40 chart, becoming Swift's eighth single to do so.[66]

In the United Kingdom, "Look What You Made Me Do" sold 20,000 copies and was streamed 2.4 million times in less than a week.[67] The song debuted at the top of the UK Singles Chart on September 1, 2017 – for the week ending date September 7, 2017, with opening sales of 30,000 copies and 5.3 million streams within the week and becoming Swift's first chart-topping song in Britain.[68] It spent two weeks at the top spot.[69] As of December 2022, "Look What You Made Me Do" has sold over one million combined units in the UK.[70]

"Look What You Made Me Do" also debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart on September 1, 2017, and became Swift's first song to top the chart in Ireland. "Look What You Made Me Do" opened at number one in Australia on September 2, 2017, becoming her fifth track to top the ARIA Charts.[71] It spent another week at the summit.[72] The song has been certified seven-times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[73] After debuting at number one on the Canadian Hot 100,[74] "Look What You Made Me Do" was also certified Platinum by Music Canada for shipments of 80,000 units on September 14, 2017.[75] In New Zealand, "Look What You Made Me Do" entered the number one spot on September 4, 2017, becoming Swift's fourth chart-topping single there.[76] In the Philippines, "Look What You Made Me Do" debuted at number seven on the Philippine Hot 100 in its first week. A week later, it ascended to the number one spot, ending the ten-week reign of "Despacito".[77]

Music video[edit]

Production and release[edit]

Preparation for the music video began in January 2017, while the shooting took place in May.[78][79] The dance was choreographed by Tyce Diorio, who had previously worked with Swift on the video for her 2014 single "Shake It Off".[78] Swift's makeup as a zombie was done by Bill Corso.[79] Post-production of the video lasted until the morning of its release date.[79] A 20-second music video teaser was released on Good Morning America on August 25.[80]

The song's music video premiered on August 27, 2017, at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.[81] The video broke the record for the most-watched video within 24 hours by achieving 43.2 million views on YouTube on its first day.[82] It topped the 27.7 million Vevo views Adele's "Hello" attracted in that timeframe, as well as the 36 million YouTube views of Psy's "Gentleman" video.[83][84][85] It was viewed at an average 30,000 times per minute in its first 24 hours, with views reaching over three million views per hour.[82] The video was named the fifth-best music video of 2017 by Rolling Stone[86] and the seventh-best music video of 2017 by Billboard.[87] In 2020, Parade ranked the video 20th on the list of 71 Best Music Videos of All Time.[88]

Synopsis[edit]

The bathtub scene in the music video. The diamonds used were said to be authentic and worth over $10 million, and a lone dollar bill can be seen.

Swift has said that part of the premise of the video is rooted in the idea that, "If everything you write about me was true, this is how ridiculous it would look."[89] It is a satirical send-up of media theories about her true intentions that have little validity. The video begins with an overhead shot of a cemetery before the camera zooms in on a grave with a headstone that reads "Here lies Taylor Swift's reputation." After that, a zombie Swift, wearing the dress from her "Out of the Woods" music video, crawls out of the grave before proceeding to dig another grave for her Met Gala 2014 self. The next scene shows Swift in a bathtub filled with diamonds, with a necklace spelling out "No" next to a ring, supposedly sending up tabloid press rumors of her past romantic relationships. She is then seen seated on a throne while snakes surround her and serve tea. Swift later crashes her golden Bugatti Veyron on a post and sings the song's chorus holding a Grammy as the paparazzi take photos. She is also seen swinging inside a golden cage, robbing a streaming company in a cat mask, and leading a motorcycle gang. Afterward, she gathers a group of women at "Squad U" and dances with a group of men in another room. Then, she is seen standing on top of the wing of a plane in an airport hangar, sawing off the wing in half and spray-painting "reputation" in pink on the side of the plane. At the video's climax, Swift is seen standing on a T-shaped throne mountain while clones of herself (from her past music videos, stage performances, and red-carpet appearances) struggle and fight against each other trying to reach her. The Swift at the top of the mountain stretches out her arms, and all the other Swifts fall off the mountain, while Swift from another scene picks up a phone and says "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's dead!" The video concludes with a scene of a line-up of surviving Swift clones bowing in the hangar while Swift stands and watches on the wing of the plane. The clones bicker with one another, describing each other as "so fake" and "playing the victim". The 2009 VMA Swift clone then says "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative", resulting in the other Swifts yelling at her to "shut up!" in unison.[90][91]

Several scenes from the music video were compared to the works of Croatian singer Severina, particularly the scene with the group of women at "Squad U" and the scene with the T-shaped throne. The former was compared to her 2016 music video for "Silikoni", and the latter was compared to the performances from her 2013 Dobrodošao u Klub Tour.[92][93][94]

Analysis[edit]

The video contains numerous hidden meanings and references. In the opening scene, there is a subtle "Nils Sjöberg" tombstone shown when Swift is digging up a grave, referencing the pseudonym she used for a songwriting credit on Calvin Harris' 2016 single "This Is What You Came For".[95] Similarly, Swift—masked as a cadaveric version of herself in the "Out of the Woods" music video—was shown digging a grave for herself in the gown worn to the 2014 Met Gala.[96] The zombie Swift rising from her supposed "grave" is also speculated to be a subtle reference to Michael Jackson’s Thriller music video, which showcases a zombie rising from their grave very similarly to the position Swift was in.[97][98] A single dollar bill in the bathtub full of diamonds that she bathes in was also speculated to symbolize the dollar she was awarded for winning a sexual assault trial earlier in 2017.[95] Interpretations for the bathtub scene were contrasting. Some believe that it is a response to media statements teasing that she "cries in a marble bathtub surrounded by pearls" with the necklace spelling "no" next to a ring sending up tabloid media rumors of her relationships.[99] Others speculate that the bathtub scene is a jibe at Kim Kardashian, the then-wife of Swift's long-time feuding partner, Kanye West. Some viewers took the scene as a reference to Kardashian's 2016 robbery, in which she was robbed of jewelry worth over $10 million while held at gunpoint at a hotel in Paris, France.[100][101]

In a separate scene, Swift is shown sitting atop a golden throne, where a carving of the phrase "Et tu, Brute?" could be seen on the armrest, a reference to William Shakespeare's drama Julius Caesar.[95] Swift's infamous title as a "snake" during her hiatus[102] was also represented when a snake slithers onto the throne to serve Swift some tea. The scene where Swift's car crashes and is surrounded by paparazzi was speculated by some to be a jab at Katy Perry, as Swift's hairstyle is similar to Perry's in the scene and the car crash itself is reminiscent of the one in Perry's music video for "Unconditionally" (2013). The sports car was also suspected to be a reminder of a car in Perry's "Waking Up in Vegas" (2009) video, which Kahn also directed. However, given the video's theme of mocking the media, the car crash scene likely makes fun of the theory that Swift's real fallout with Perry was a dramatized act for publicity and album material. Swift is ridiculing the idea that she would damage her friendships for business gains, with the car crash being a metaphor for her feud with Perry and the Grammy Award in her hands in the wreckage symbolizing the awards won from the songs "inspired" by the aforementioned feud. Swift's withdrawal of her entire music catalog from streaming services and the media's claims that she was doing this for greed and to start her streaming company was hinted at when Swift and her crew robbed a streaming company's money vault in the video.[103]

Swift leading an army of tall, skinny, and robotic women at a "Squad U" gathering poked fun at the media's accusations that her close group of friends were artificial and had unrealistic body shapes.[95] During the second chorus, Swift is seen with eight men, each of whom revealed an "I Heart TS" crop top after unbuttoning a jacket at her command. This scene mocks the idea that Swift forced her then-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston to wear an "I Heart TS" tank top. During the bridge, Swift stands on a mountain of clones of her past selves, which reiterates that she is leaving behind her "America's Sweetheart" image and embracing her newfound role as an evil "snake". The clones are wearing various noteworthy outfits that Swift herself previously wore. The shirt that her "You Belong with Me" music video clone wears, however, is slightly different from the original one: this time, the names of her current close friends are scribbled on it.[103]

The video's ending features an assembly of "old Taylors" in front of a private jet who are talking amongst one another and making snide references to the many false and exaggerated media portrayals of her throughout her career. These include claims that Swift fakes her classic surprised face at award shows; that her "nice girl" façade masks a truly mean, manipulative personality; accusations that Swift always plays the victim instead of taking responsibility for her actions and decisions; and numerous mentions of her 2016 feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, ignited by the release of his 2016 song "Famous". Examples include the "that bitch" line in "Famous" which Swift had disapproved of, and Kardashian illegally recording and editing Swift's phone call with West.[104] In June 2016, discussing the relationship between her and West after the release of "Famous", Swift wrote on Instagram, "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative."[105] The same line is spoken by the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Taylor clone just before the video ends.[106][107] She is wearing the same outfit Swift had worn during the actual 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when West infamously interrupted her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award and ignited tensions between the two for the first time.[108]

Live performances and other uses[edit]

Taylor Swift singing on a microphone, dressed in a black suit with golden accents
Swift singing on a microphone dressed in an asymmetrical bodysuit with snake embroidery
Swift performing "Look What You Made Me Do" on her Reputation Stadium Tour in 2018 (left) and The Eras Tour in 2023 (right)

Swift performed "Look What You Made Me Do" live for the first time as part of the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball 2017 on December 1, 2017, in Inglewood, California.[109] Two days later, Swift returned onstage to perform the song again as part of 99.7 Now!'s Poptopia in San Jose, California with the same setlist.[110] The next week Swift sang the song on three other occasions; the B96 Chicago and Pepsi Jingle Bash 2017 in Chicago, the Z100 Jingle Ball 2017 in New York City, and the Jingle Bell Ball 2017 in London.[111][112][113]

The song was also a regular part of her set list for the Reputation Stadium Tour, with a tilted throne and golden snakes; while there are snakes on the high screen in the back during the part where she sings, "I don't trust nobody and nobody trust me, I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams", a large floating cobra appears onstage with the line from the bridge announcing the death of the "Old Taylor" spoken by comedian Tiffany Haddish.[114][115] Swift included "Look What You Made Me Do" on the set list of the Eras Tour (2023–2024).[116]

ABC used "Look What You Made Me Do" in a promotional video for its Shonda Rhimes' Thursday line-up an hour after its release.[117] ESPN used the song in Saturday Night Football advertisements for the season-opening game between Alabama and Florida State, which was aired on ABC on September 2 along with her other song "...Ready for It?".[118] In the South Park episode "Moss Piglets", the water bears in Timmy and Jimmy's experiment for the science fair dance to the song in response to Swift's singing. The song was used in the trailer for the 2019 comedy film Murder Mystery.[119] American actress Reese Witherspoon performs the song for the jukebox musical film, Sing 2, in the role of Rosita.[120]

Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club cover[edit]

A cover version of "Look What You Made Me Do" was recorded by the band Jack Leopards & the Dolphin Club, and produced by Antonoff and Nils Sjöberg, the latter being a pseudonym that Swift first used as a co-writer for the song "This Is What You Came For" by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna. The cover was featured in the opening credits of "Beautiful Monster", an episode of the television show Killing Eve that aired on May 24, 2020, and subsequently released on digital music platforms. There is no documentation of the band's existence before the release of the cover,[121] and it was speculated the person singing was Swift's brother Austin Swift.[122][123] Fans also interpreted the cover to be Swift's way of bypassing potential licensing issues with her former label Big Machine Records and its owner Scooter Braun, with whom Swift is involved in a dispute regarding Braun's acquisition of the label and, subsequently, the master recordings of her back catalogue.[124]

"Taylor's Version" re-recording[edit]

On August 23, 2023, "Look What You Made Me Do (Taylor's Version)," from the unreleased Reputation (Taylor's Version) was teased in a trailer for the Amazon Prime Video series Wilderness, released on September 15, 2023.[125]

Accolades[edit]

Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated [126]
NRJ Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated [127]
2018 MTV Millennial Awards Brazil Best International Hit Nominated [128]
NME Awards Best Music Video Nominated [129]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated [130]
Best Lyrics Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated [131]
Myx Music Award Favourite International Video Nominated [132]
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated [133]
Best Song To Lip-Sync To Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Song by a Female Artist Nominated [134]
Hito Music Awards Best Western Song Won [135]
MTV Video Music Awards Best Art Direction Nominated [136]
Best Editing Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
BMI London Awards Pop Award Won [137]
Guinness World Records Most Streamed Track in One Week (Female) Won [138]
Most Watched Video Online in 24 Hours Won
Most Streamed Track on Spotify in the First 24 Hours Won
Most Watched Video on VEVO in 24 Hours Won
2019 BMI Awards Award Winning Song Won [139]
Publisher of the Year Won
TEC Awards Best Record Production / Single or Track Nominated [140]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of Reputation.[33]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Look What You Made Me Do"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[73] 7× Platinum 490,000
Austria (IFPI Austria)[222] Platinum 30,000
Belgium (BEA)[223] Gold 10,000
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[224] Diamond 160,000
Canada (Music Canada)[75] 3× Platinum 240,000
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[225] Gold 45,000
France (SNEP)[226] Gold 66,666
Germany (BVMI)[227] Gold 200,000
Italy (FIMI)[228] Platinum 50,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[229] Gold 15,000
Norway (IFPI Norway)[230] Platinum 60,000
Poland (ZPAV)[231] 2× Platinum 40,000
Portugal (AFP)[232] Platinum 10,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[233] Platinum 60,000
Sweden (GLF)[234] 2× Platinum 80,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[235] 2× Platinum 1,200,000
United States (RIAA)[236] 4× Platinum 4,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "Look What You Made Me Do"
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various August 24, 2017 Streaming Big Machine [21]
August 25, 2017 Digital download [23]
Italy Radio airplay Universal [237]
United States August 29, 2017 Contemporary hit radio Big Machine [28]
Germany October 27, 2017 CD single Universal [29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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