Blurred lines: why Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran are paying homage to pop’s past

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After Swift’s Right Said Fred reference, we look into the world of artists interpolating previously released music

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While images of Right Said Fred drum up feelings of muscular guys in Lycra, Taylor Swift found the chorus to their 1991 hit I’m Too Sexy to be the real treasure, using it for current single Look What You Made Me Do. In recent years, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and Miguel have all taken to interpolating previously released music – whether recreating the rhythm of a chorus, a melody, or even word-for-word re-singing of a hook. While sampling has been commonplace in music for decades, the popularity of interpolations, or replays as they’re also known, has grown significantly.

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