Taylor Swift took to Twitter to address Damon Albarn after he claimed that Swift doesn’t write her own songs.
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“@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift tweeted.
“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.”
“PS,” Swift added in a follow up, “I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Albarn claimed that Swift doesn’t write her own songs. After the interviewer pressed Albarn by saying “of course she does” and that she co-writes some of her music, Albarn responded, “That doesn’t count.”
“I know what co-writing is. Co-writing is very different to writing,” he said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”
Albarn went on to call Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS interesting songwriters. “I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift,” he said. “It’s just darker — less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she’s exceptional.”
Longtime Swift collaborator and producer Jack Antonoff took to Twitter to respond to Albarn’s comments. “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. herb,” Antonoff wrote.
“If you were there… cool… go off. If not… maybe… shut the f*** up?” He added in a follow up tweet.
Shortly after Swift called out Albarn, he responded to her tweet and issued an apology.
“I totally agree with you,” Albarn began. “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.”