TAYLOR Swift has worked with Ed Sheeran, Haim and Zayn Malik on her hits over the years.
But I can reveal she is now gearing up for a far more surprising collaboration with rap superstar دريك.
I have learned they recorded a secret song together during sessions for her 2017 album Reputation, although it didn’t make the cut because it was deemed to be too direct about their foes at the time, كاني ويست و كيم كارداشيان.
She is in the process of re-recording her old albums, in a snub to music manager Scooter Braun, who bought the rights to her back catalogue, which she claims was done without her knowledge or permission.
As such she is meticulously recreating the albums and including tracks from her “vault” — such as this one with Drake — which were never heard the first time.
A music insider said: “Taylor has pivoted her focus to re-recording Reputation and she has come across this song she made with Drake, which never saw the light of day.
“She knows that everyone is going to think it is about Kimye because it was her row with them which inspired a lot of Reputation.
“But this one is far more direct than the other songs, which was why they didn’t decide to release it in the first place.
“It’s no secret that both Taylor and Drake have had tumultuous relationships with Kanye, so they didn’t hold back when it came to recording.
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“Obviously she is totally over the whole thing now but this is one which fans will want to hear.”
Taylor fell out with Kanye when he claimed “I made that bitch famous” on his 2016 song Famous.
After Tay expressed her outrage, his then-wife Kim later leaked a recording of them discussing it, although it was later revealed that Taylor hadn’t been told what he was actually going to be rapping about her.
Away from the drama of that situation, the Shake It Off singer has a brand new album, Midnights, to think about.
That one is expected to become her ninth consecutive No1 when it is out in three weeks’ time, and then Reputation (نسخة تايلور) is expected to follow next year.
She doesn’t make things easy for herself.
ROMAN HAS CAPITALISED WITH £3M
DRINKS are on Roman Kemp, as the Capital Breakfast host has pocketed a whopping £3million in three years.
The latest accounts for the firm he set up to handle his income, RHK Limited, show he raked in the fortune and paid a total of £535,764 to the taxman.
As well as his regular job on the radio, he has made plenty of deals since finishing third on I’m A Celebrity back in December 2019.
He has done a series of endorsement campaigns with everything from Volkswagen to HelloFresh food deliveries.
I think he’s one of the most entertaining blokes on the airwaves, and given there are so many brands keen to work with him, clearly plenty of people agree.
JOANNA’S SO FABULOUS TO HER CO-STARS
JOANNA LUMLEY is returning to the big screen in the role of a cancer patient.
The Absolutely Fabulous actress will star as Mrs Foster in the short film My Week With Maisy, which is out in January.
Director Mika Simmons said at the BFI Luminous Fund-raising Gala: “She is just very graceful, never frustrated and incredibly professional.
“Everybody on set loved her.
“She spoke to everyone and she made sure she got to know all of their names – a very old-school way of behaving.”
The film tells of the unlikely friendship between a narrow-minded retired woman and a “know-it-all” nine-year-old girl who meet in a treatment room on the chemotherapy ward.
Mika added: “Joanna made us all cry. She’s so good.”
CLOONS ARE THE TROPHY COUPLE
GEORGE CLOONEY and wife Amal led the A-listers at their inaugural Albie Awards for people who have devoted their lives to defending justice.
Bridgerton beauty Phoebe Dynevor thrilled in a backless cream number.
Former supermodel Cindy Crawford was joined by her husband Rande Gerber.
Other guests included Mamma Mia’s Dominic Cooper and his Eternals star girlfriend Gemma Chan.
The awards are named for South African lawyer Justice Albie Sachs who worked to end apartheid, and Ocean’s Eleven actor George said of Amal: “It’s exciting for me when she’s able to get people who are wrongly accused out [of prison]. I couldn’t be more proud of my wife.”
SIZZLING CHRIS IS RED-DY
BEAUTIFUL is the name of one of Christina Aguilera’s big hits – and with her looking this good, it’s hard to believe the track was released two decades ago.
المغني wowed in a red outfit at the Latin Billboard Music Awards in Florida, where she was presented with the Spirit of Hope Award.
And three hours after the ceremony on Thursday night, she released an EP called La Luz, which is part of her Spanish language album Aguilera.
With a record in English tipped to come from her next year, I am excited to hear what else she has up her sleeve.
COPYCAT? YOU’RE OFF YOUR ED, PAL
WHETHER you love every second of Ed Sheeran’s output or not, you’d have to have lived on Mars for a decade not to realise he’s the most prolifically talented pop songwriter of his generation.
So can we lay off the endless claims he “copied this” or “borrowed that”?
Yesterday a US judge agreed إد will have to defend a claim from an investment banker who owns part of Marvin Gaye’s back catalogue – saying his mega hit Thinking Out Loud is too similar to Let’s Get It On.
I’ve heard both tracks, بطبيعة الحال, and I’m not struggling to spot the difference.
And neither is anybody else. It’s plainly absurd.
But the problem here is that this is becoming an almost weekly occurrence in the music biz – and only a handful of superstars like Ed have the financial clout to keep fighting them off.
Many others are forced to settle out of court and hand over a chunk of cash to make the problem go away.
The new copyright suit was first filed in 2018, and it’s only six months since Ed was rightly cleared of copying parts of another chart-topper, Shape Of You, from a little-known rapper.
The latest claim is for the equally ludicrous sum of £90million and suggests Ed and his co-writer Amy Wadge “copied and exploited, without authorisation or credit” from legendary soul star Marvin.
They’re both marvellous songs but are plainly different – and chasing someone with a track record of original hits as long and proven as Ed’s makes a total mockery of the legal system.
As the Brit superstar said after the last court case: “I hope that this ruling means in the future baseless claims like this can be avoided.
“It’s really damaging to the songwriting industry. There’s only so many notes and very few chords used in pop music.
“Coincidence is bound to happen if 60,000 songs are being released every day on Spotify.
“That’s 22 million songs a year, and there’s only 12 notes that are available.”