Taylor Swift Angers Billie Eilish's Fans for Releasing Digital Album on Same Day as Billie's New LP
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Taylor Swift's unexpected release of new album variants has sparked fury among Billie Eilish's loyal devotees since it coincides with the launch of the younger star's highly anticipated new album.

AceShowbiz - Taylor Swift has sparked backlash from fans of Billie Eilish by surprise dropping three new digital versions of her latest album, "The Tortured Poets Department", on the same day as the younger singer's third studio album release.

The "Cruel Summer" singer, 34, announced on Thursday, May 16, that she would be releasing three new variants of the standard digital version of TTPD, each featuring a "first draft phone memo" of a song from the album, which was originally released on April 19.

The three voice memo songs are "The Black Dog," "Cassandra," and "Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?" Fans must purchase all three album variants in order to collect the three voice memos. Taylor set the release day as Friday, May 17 - the same day that Billie, 22, released her highly anticipated album "Hit Me Hard and Soft".

Many fans of the "What Was I Made For?" singer were outraged at the older pop star for seemingly attempting to overshadow the new album release.

"Doing this on her album release day is so nasty," one fan of Eilish wrote on X (formerly Twitter). Another wrote, "Just last year @taylorswift dropped new digital versions of her then 3 month old album to block sza from the #1 spot on the albums chart, and here she is doing the exact same thing except that billie eilish hasn't even dropped her new album."

Some users speculated that Taylor's move was a response to Billie seemingly throwing shade at her earlier this year when she called out the wastefulness of releasing several vinyl album variants - something the "Lover" singer has done for years.

In a March 28 interview with Billboard, Billie spoke out against the practice of releasing multiple vinyl album variants because of the effects it has on the environment. "I can't even express to you how wasteful it is," she said. Billie later clarified via her Instagram Stories that she wasn't singling anyone out and that the issue was industry-wide.

Despite the backlash, some fans tried to see the situation more reasonably. One user commented, "@taylorswift and @billieeilish are not beefing through F***ING VINYL VARIANTS - y'all are INSUFFERABLE. stop putting women against each other to defend your fav?? it's embarrassing." Another added, "i think it's very unnecessary to turn these 2 women simply promoting their freshly new albums into an imaginary beef."

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Taylor has been accused of overshadowing other female artists. Back in 2017, she released her entire catalog on Spotify on the same day her then-enemy Katy Perry dropped her new album "Witness". Perry, however, took steps towards ending their feud, stating, "All I need to say to [Taylor Swift] is I love her and God bless her on her journey."

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