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John Newman and Calvin Harris Drop Controversial Breakup Track ‘Olé’

John Newman has shared his new reggae-tinged track called ‘Olé,’ co-written by Calvin Harris – and unsurprisingly it has the internet buzzing.

Upon first listen, ‘Olé’ is nothing short of a summery feel good tune but it’s actually told from the perspective of somebody whose partner is in a public relationship with another man. As TMZ reported yesterday, it’s widely seen as Harris’ call out to ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.

The song’s opening words, “low key,” could be a reference to Tom Hiddleston—apparently Swift’s new beau—which could be interpreted as a winking reference to actor Tom Hiddleston’s Thor character Loki. Newman’s lyrics include call outs like: “I see online that you begun to be a good girl and take trips with your boyfriend/Being attentive, continue to pretend.” Newman continues the track referencing secretive hotel bookings and hidden phone conversations. “You’ve hidden my name on your phone, so you can call me to tell me you’ve been going through hell / Left him alone and you booked in a hotel.”

According to their “Calvin sources,” Harris holds Swift fully accountable for Hiddleston’s attraction to her. Swift’s team, for their part, claim Harris was writing the song before Hiddleston showed up. Listen to ‘Olé’ below via Spotify.

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