Does Taylor Swift write her own songs? What Damon Albarn from Blur said about the singer – and how she reacted

Taylor Swift responds on Twitter after Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn made some big claims about her songwriting prowess

Damon Albarn has sparked outrage online after claiming that Taylor Swift “doesn’t write her own songs” in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

His comments have been deemed “completely ignorant” by fellow musicians online, following a direct appeal on Twitter by his Everything is so good singer.

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Who is Damon Albarn?

Albarn is an English singer and songwriter who is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the band Blur, as well as co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter. main band Gorillaz.

Blur released his first single in 1990 with the song She’s too tall, which peaked at number 48 on the UK Singles Chart.

Their first album, Free time, released in 1991, peaked at number seven on the UK Albums Chart, however it was greeted with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. Their second album, Modern life is trash, released in 1993, peaked below their debut at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.

Damon Albarn is best known for his involvement with the groups Blur and Gorillaz (Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It was their third studio album, 1994 Parklife, which really brought success to Blur. It entered the UK chart at number one and remained in the UK Albums Chart for 90 weeks. The following year, Blur won four awards at the 1995 Brit Awards, namely Best British Group and British Album of the Year for Park life.

Other albums released by Blur over the years include Vague in 1997, 13 in 1999, Think Tank 2003 and The Magic Whip in 2015.

In 1998, Albarn co-founded the group Gorillaz with cartoonist Jamie Hewlett. They released their first album, Gorillaz, in 2001 to positive reviews, and in 2005 it was released Devil’s Day including singles Feel Good Inc and Dirty Harry.

What does he say about Taylor Swift?

In an interview with LA timeAlbarn insists Swift doesn’t write her own songs.

The interviewer, Mikael Wood, said “She may not be to your taste, but Taylor Swift is an excellent songwriter”, to which Albarn replied, “She doesn’t write her own songs.”

Wood later said that “of course” Swift writes her own songs, and that she also co-wrote some of them.

Albarn later said: “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. General 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 co-composer.

Albarn says Taylor Swift didn’t write her own songs – a claim he’ll be back soon (Image: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

“That’s not to say the results can’t be really great. And some of the greatest singers – I mean, Ella Fitzgerald has never written a song in her life.

“When I sing, I have to close my eyes and just be in it. I consider myself a traditionalist in that sense.

“A really interesting musician is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than Taylor Swift. It’s just darker – less upbeat. Smaller and quirky way. I think she is special. ”

How did Taylor Swift respond?

Swift’s quote tweeted the article from the Los Angeles Times on Twitter, which said: “Albarn also speaks his mind about some of today’s chart-topping musical artists. Billie Eilish? “I think she’s special.” Taylor Swift? “She doesn’t write her own songs.”

In her tweet, she addressed Albarn directly by tagging him and writing: “@DamonAlbarn I was a huge fan of yours until I saw this. I write ALL my own songs. Your hotness is completely wrong and damaging. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really hard to try and discredit my writing. OH.”

She followed up her tweet with another tweet, stating, “P.S., I wrote this tweet alone in case you’re wondering.”

Some of Swift’s fellow musicians have also supported her online.

Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Joel Little tweeted: “Just to confirm what 99% of people already know, @taylorswift13 is a force of nature in the studio and one of the good ones. most ever done. Anyone who has made music with her knows they were lucky to be in the room. “

“Not sure why you @DamonAlbarn are trying to discredit Taylor’s amazing writing, but as someone who has been well documented around her… your statement couldn’t be further from the truth. … you are clearly completely oblivious to her actual writing and working process,” said Aaron Dessner, who has collaborated with Swift, having collaborated with Swift on several of her albums, including Grammy Award Winner Album of the Year 2021, tweeted Folklore.

Several of Taylor Swift’s fellow musicians have spoken out in her defense on Twitter (Image: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

John Paul White, one half of the award-winning duo The Civil Wars, who worked with Swift on the 2011 song Peaceful, tweeted: “I can personally vouch that she was a major part of the songwriting process on Safe and Sound. She has proven to be one of the best I have ever worked with. Selfless, generous, insightful, nuanced – with a CLEAR understanding of the task at hand. ”

The official Twitter account of Tidal, a music streaming service, tweeted, “Taylor’s pen game is strong,” adding two screenshots of Taylor Swift being credited as lyricist. for her songs.

Has Damon Albarn apologized yet?

After causing outrage by his comments claiming that Swift didn’t write her own songs, Albarn was quick to apologize “gratuitously and unconditionally”.

Responding to Swift on Twitter, Albarn wrote: “I totally agree with you.

“I had a conversation about composing the song and sadly it was reduced to clickbait.

“I sincerely and unconditionally apologize. The last thing I want to do is discredit your work.

“I hope you understand – Damon.”

However, Albarn’s apology did not go well with fans online, with many pointing out the incorrect usage of the term “clickbait” and refusing to take responsibility for what he said.

Taylor Swift became the winner of the Album of the Year and Best Pop Album awards at the 58th GRAMMY Awards (Image: Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

One person tweeted: “”clickbait” is when a quote is taken out of context to get a reader to click on a story. The context here is Albarn saying that Taylor Swift didn’t write her own song, which was CORRECTED by REPORTER and doubled lmao”.

Another wrote, “we can literally read what you say,” accompanying a screenshot of the interview.

Another tweeted: “” She doesn’t write her own songs. ” That could mean ANYTHING other than discrediting her work? Admit you’re wrong or go with @latimes. You should have corrected yourself when this first article was published. fairy fell.”

“What part of this has been reduced to clickbait? You say her work doesn’t count as composition and then compare her to another female artist whose style is completely different. Don’t refuel and throw someone else under the bus because you never thought she would call you out,” another wrote.

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