Taylor Swift Blames Blur’s Damon Albarn For Saying She’s Not A Songwriter – The Hollywood Reporter

At the start of a new interview with the Los Angeles Times which was posted on Sunday evening, Damon Albarn, the 53-year-old British musician who fronted the rock band Blur and co-founded and played in the band Gorillaz, explained how difficult it is to play a concert behind a piano rather than as part of a group.

“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,” he told writer Mikael Wood in the Q&A, timed for tonight’s performance. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “It’s a day of judgment – and a day, to be honest, that not much modern music could resist.”

Albarn then challenges Wood to nominate a musician who doesn’t trust sound and attitude to which he offers the name Taylor Swift as an “excellent songwriter”. Albarn disagreed.

“She doesn’t write her own songs,” Albarn claims, going further by saying that even if she co-writes her music, it doesn’t count. “Co-writing is very different from writing. I don’t hate anyone, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. … A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It’s just darker – less endlessly optimistic. Much more minor and weird. I think she is exceptional.

His comments reached Swift who responded on Twitter on Monday afternoon. “I was such a fan of yours 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 is really shitty trying to discredit my writing. WOW,” Swift shared with her 89.8 million followers. “PS I wrote this tweet by myself in case you were wondering.”

The tweet quickly went viral. It drew responses from people like Jack Antonoff, a close friend and longtime collaborator of Swift. “I’ve never met Damon Albarn and he’s never been to my studio, but apparently he knows more about all these songs that Taylor writes and brings than we do,” he posted today. “If you were here… cool… leave. if not… maybe…. shut up ?”

An hour after Swift’s initial tweet, Albarn backtracked on his statement and apologized. “I had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it boiled down to a clickbait. I unreservedly and unconditionally apologize,” he tweeted. is to discredit your writing. I hope you understand.”

Swift has won 11 Grammy Awards out of 41 nominations, including three album of the year awards and several for her songwriting skills. She is the only songwriter credited with her release in 2010 Speak Now, his third studio album. Although she works with collaborators to create some songs, her peers usually leave elated with the experience. “I learn a lot from Taylor because she’s so talented, so hardworking, and so sharp in her ideas, her storytelling, and her sense of melody and rhythm,” said Aaron Dessner, who worked with Swift on Folklore and Always. “The way she reacted to the music I made often left me speechless. She can carve something out in such a powerful and beautiful and incisive way that it kind of gives you… her approach to songwriting structurally, you can’t help but be influenced by her because that’s so masterful.

Albarn also had choice words for other high profile musicians. When asked if he would consider a Blur reunion, Albarn offers an emphatic no and dismisses the Rolling Stones. “I’m not into how you become loved from the smell of your own farts. The biggest exponent of that is the Rolling Stones, who just couldn’t let it go. It’s disappointing. That doesn’t want To say I absolutely disliked the Rolling Stones in their heyday – they were magnificent. But do other things in your life. Sing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” when you’re pushing 80? Come on.”

January 24, 2:17 p.m.: Updated to include Albarn’s apology to Swift.

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