Taylor Swift was forced to defend herself in perfectly sassy tweets after Blur star Damon Albarn claimed she ‘doesn’t write her own songs’.
In a recent interview, Albarn, 53, discussed the state of pop music today and whether modern musicians ‘rely on sound and attitude’.
When Swift, 32, was described as an ‘excellent songwriter’, the Girls & Boys singer told the Los Angeles Times matter-of-factly: ‘She doesn’t write her own songs.’
Reacting to the incorrect statement, Swift tweeted on Monday: ‘@DamonAlbarn 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 f****d up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.’
She then quipped: ‘PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.’
Albarn has since apologised, replying: ‘Totally agree with you. 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.’
Later in the interview, Albarn settled on Swift ‘co-writing some’ of her songs but argued: ‘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.’
He then went on to praise Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas for their Grammy-winning music.
‘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 upbeat. Way more minor and odd,’ Albarn said, adding: ‘I think she’s exceptional.’
Swift is rightfully fuming about the claim she doesn’t put pen to paper as she has been recognised for her songwriting talents since the inception of her career – and is known to use past relationships as the basis for her lyrics.
In December 2020, the Blank Space hitmaker opened up about how her songwriting style impacted her life.
‘There was a point that I got to as a writer who only wrote very diaristic songs that I felt it was unsustainable for my future moving forward,’ she told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe.
‘It felt too hot of a microscope. On my bad days, I would feel like I was loading a canon of clickbait, when that’s not what I want for my life,’ she added.
Credit: Original article published here.