If this was 2013, the thought of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry releasing new albums in the same year would have thrilled people. However, this is 2016, and although Swift and Perry are bonafide superstars, their mega-success is no longer guaranteed.
Perhaps Taylor Swift has faced more resentment than Katy Perry. Swift’s 2014 album 1989 turned her from a megastar into an icon. But with that came resentment. By the time Swift released her video to “Wildest Dreams” in the fall of 2015, she was accused of being a racist.
“Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really,” said Lauren Duca from the Huffington Post. Then, the pile-on started. Salon, Mic, and other similar sites joined in. The Guardian tried to insist that “Wildest Dreams” marked the beginning of the end for Swift.