On January 23, the Los Angeles Times released a story on Gorillaz and Blur frontman Damon Albarn. In the interview, Albarn commented that music superstar Taylor Swift “doesn’t write her own songs.” He explained that he prefers Ocean Eyes crooner Billie Eilish because he found her “a really interesting songwriter.”
The 32-year old Swift took offense to his harsh words by calling him out on Twitter, saying “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 fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”
She also clarified that she was the one who wrote her reaction to the interview. Albarn quickly fired back, saying his statement was reduced to clickbait. “I totally agree with you and 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,” he replied to Taylor Swift response.
If you’re wondering if his statement was simply misinterpreted, the interviewer did mention that Swift co-writes her music. To this, Albarn said, “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.”
Apparently, Adele found out about this comment. She told Rolling Stones magazine, “It ended up being one of those ‘don’t meet your idol’ moments.” She also disclosed that she was saddened by this because she was a huge Blur fan growing up. She ended up regretting hanging out with him because of his scathing remark.
In case you’re wondering who he is, Damon Albarn is an English musician and singer. He’s best known as the frontman and primary lyricist of the rock band Blur. He’s also the co-founder, lead vocalist, instrumentalist, and primary songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz.
Given Albarn’s choice of words in the article, it seems that Swift did have a reason to be upset. Whether you believe Albarn’s defensive reply on Twitter is entirely up to you.
Art Daniella Sison