Within moments of Taylor Swift’s highly-anticipated new single release on Thursday night — a pop track titled “Look What You Made Me Do,” off her upcoming album “Reputation” — multiple people on Twitter had the same observation.
And they are correct! As it happens, iTunes lists the songwriters as Swift; her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff; and Richard Fairbrass, Fred Fairbrass and Rob Manzoli, all members of the British pop group Right Said Fred who wrote the 1991 hit “I’m Too Sexy.”
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Because the melody of the Swift chorus rings vaguely similar to “I’m Too Sexy,” it makes sense that the Fairbrass brothers and Manzoli get co-writing credits. It’s like how Ed Sheeran credited the writers of TLC’s “No Scrubs” when he released “Shape of You,” because there were similarities in the melodies, and how Sam Smith added Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne to “Stay With Me” when it sounded like “I Won’t Back Down.”
Singers these days have to be careful, particularly in the wake of the “Blurred Lines” lawsuit — in 2015, a jury decided that songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams lifted from Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up” and awarded Gaye’s family $7.4 million.