“I was such a big fan of you until I saw this,” Taylor Swift calls out Damon Albarn for criticizing her writing
Eleven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift has slammed musician Damon Albarn for saying she doesn’t write his songs. Taking to her Twitter account, Swift wrote, “I was such a huge fan of you until I saw this. I write ALL my own songs. Your hot take is completely wrong and SO damaging. You don’t have to like my songs. But it’s really shit to try and discredit my songwriting. WOW.”
“PS I wrote this tweet by myself in case you were wondering,” the ‘Red’ star wrote after the Blur frontman discredited her writing. The 32-year-old singer’s response came after Damon’s statement was published in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Sunday evening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in this interview, the 53-year-old British musician explained how difficult it is to play a gig behind a piano rather than as part of a band. “You can’t hide behind anything. You learn if the songs are good or if they were popular at the time because of the sound and the attitude,” the musician who fronted rock band Blur and co-founded and performed as part of the band Gorillaz, said.
“It’s a day of judgment — and a day, to be honest, that not much modern music could resist,” he added, recounting his January 24 Walt Disney Concert Hall performance. Damon also challenged the interviewer to name a musician who doesn’t rely on sound and attitude, to whom he offered the name Taylor Swift as an “excellent songwriter”.
Denying this, Damon alleged that Swift “doesn’t write her own songs,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He also claimed that the ‘Folklore’ artist co-writes his music, that doesn’t count.
“Co-writing is very different from writing. I’m not hating anyone, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. … A songwriter- really interesting composer is Billie Eilish and her I’m more drawn to that than Taylor Swift. It’s just darker – less endlessly optimistic. Much more minor and weird. I think she’s exceptional,” Damon said in this interview. The 53-year-old musician’s statements have gone viral and drawn heavy criticism from Swift’s fans and other music industry celebrities.
Swift’s close friend and longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff also slammed Damon on Twitter, writing, “I’ve never met Damon Albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than us on all these songs that Taylor writes and brings in. If you were here…cool…go away. else…maybe…shut the fuck up?” After realizing his statement given in the interview had earned him some serious backlash, Damon walked back his statement and apologized to Swift, tweeting, “I had a conversation about writing songs and unfortunately it was reduced to a clickbait. I apologize wholeheartedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your writing. I hope you understand.
For the uninitiated, music icon Taylor Swift has won 11 Grammy Awards out of 41 nominations, including three for album of the year and several for her songwriting skills. The 32-year-old singer is the only credited songwriter on her 2010 album, “Speak Now,” her third studio album. (ANI)
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