Taylor Swift calls out Damon Albarn for his claim that she doesn’t write her own songs

Virgin Radio

25 Jan 2022, 11:56

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The US artist took to Twitter to respond to comments that the Blur and Gorillaz singer gave in an interview.

Albarn told the LA Times that Swift “doesn’t write her own songs”, comparing her unfavourably with Billie Eilish, who he described as “exceptional” and a “really interesting songwriter”. 

When the interviewer said that Taylor Swift writes or co-writes her songs, Albarn replied: “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing. I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes.”

Incidentally, Billie Eilish co-writes her songs with her brother, Finneas. 

Last night (January 24th) Taylor Swift responded to Albarn’s claims, saying on Twitter: “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really f****d up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”

She then added a second tweet, pointedly saying: “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”

Her first tweet received over 550,000 Likes and has been retweeted nearly 100,000 times, with thousands of fans replying with messages of support.

The National’s Aaron Dessner, who has collaborated with Swift on a number of occasions, wrote to Albarn on Twitter, saying: “Your statements couldn’t be further from the truth… you’re obviously completely clueless as to her actual writing and work process”.

Producer Jack Antonoff, who has worked with Swift for several years, tweeted: “i’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in.”

Hoping to shake off any bad blood, Damon Albarn offered a swift apology to the artist. He replied directly to her Twitter post, saying: “I totally agree with you. I had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologise unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand.”

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has been named Record Store Day’s 2022 global ambassador to mark 15 years of the celebrated music event. 

The artist helped independent record stores around the world when the coronavirus pandemic first started, by sending out signed editions for Evermore and Folklore to help boost their sales.