The song has been generating a lot of chatter on account of its lyrical content, its timing, and its writer. “Ole” was penned by Harris, its lyrics drill into a relationship breakdown and infidelity, and many observers suggested its intended target was the Scottish EDM star’s ex Taylor Swift and her new boyfriend Tom Hiddleston.
Various outlets downplay the connection, though the lyrics certainly are rich with drama.
“My heart speaks/I ain’t seen you or been with you for weeks/But I see online that you’ve begun to be/A good girl and take trips with your boyfriend/Being attentive, continue to pretend,” Newman sings.
Newman’s debut album Tribute hit No. 1 in his native U.K. in 2013, and its followup Revolve reached No. 3. Newman and Harris teamed up on the song “Blame,” which was released as a single in 2014 taken from Harris’ fourth album, Motion. Stream “Ole” below.