2015 was the undisputed year of Taylor Swift. Whether it was ringing in number 1 on Maxim's Hot 100 List, or producing record-shattering singles, she unequivocally dominated the music charts, broke the glass ceiling of public opinion, and conquered dinner table conversation. So naturally, other characters orbiting her stratosphere would try and benefit from her notoriety. Both Calvin Harris and Katy Perry rode Tswift's wave of success, having very public falling outs with the T-Swizz. Yet still, in 2017 these two artists are gnawing at the crumbs left over from their low-octane fuels, collaborating on a safe summer tune.

"Feels" is the name of their subliminal game. Pharrell Williams, a co-feature, capitalized on a similarly light-hearted tune back in 2013, "Happy." Other songs that come to mind evoking summer-hot optimism include Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" and (paradoxically) Lana del Ray's "Summertime Sadness." Calvin Harris is only adding to the ever-growing collection, but to go out of his way to include the untrained vocals of Katy Perry reeks suspiciously.

When the initial list of guest singers for Funk Wave Bounces Vol. 1 was released, concerned fans went into a flurry questioning Ms. Perry's inclusion. In honor of this curiosity, we have provided some context that might explain this eyebrow-raising move.

Calvin the Conspirator

Calvin Harris is a talented DJ and songwriter. Sure, he smashed his car not too late after their break-up. So what? He knew some followers would jettison when his tethered line to Taylor was cut. Some speculated that Taylor ghostwrote parts of his hit with Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For." And Rihanna has been spotted getting her nails done with Katy before, so chances are this was a product of organic networking.

Still, Harris' explosive comments post-Tayvin (shoot me)'s dissolution, would lead a random observer to conclude that this is more than pure serendipity.

Exhibit A: Katy Perry

Katy Perry has always sustained mediocrity. Her music is banal yet occasionally catchy, her live performances are bleh, but somehow or another she still climbs her way to our morning-side radio channel.

The most incriminating part of Calvin's collaboration with Perry is her own released (and flopping) album. Before the album dropped, she held a 96-hour fan live stream addressing the Swift beef. Clearly, the lyrics to her antagonistic song, Swish Swish, is an homage to Roar, her Twitter remark about Taylor's sheepiness and Bad Blood. Unfortunately, not even Nicki Minaj could save the beat; Bad Blood is crushing Swish Swish's numbers. It is nice of Katy to respond to Taylor's songs though. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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