Taylor Swift slams musician Damon Albarn who accused her of not writing her own songs
Taylor Swift responded on Twitter to “Blur” frontman and “Gorillaz” co-creator Damon Albarn who claimed in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times that Swift doesn’t write her own music. Swift, who is officially credited with writing or co-writing all of her music, called Albarn’s accusation “completely false and so damaging.”
“I was such a huge fan of you until I saw this,” Swift posted. on Twitter. “I write all my own songs. Your mentality is completely wrong and so damaging. You don’t have to like my songs, but it’s really shit to try to discredit my songwriting. Wow.”
Swift added, “PS I wrote this tweet by myself in case you were wondering.”
Albarn claimed that Swift “doesn’t write her own songs” after the Los Angeles Times interviewer noted that Swift was a talented songwriter. When the interviewer mentioned that Swift also co-wrote, Albarn replied, “That doesn’t count. I know what co-writing is. 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. That’s not to say the result can’t be really awesome.
“A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother,” Albarn continued, “I’m more drawn to that than Taylor Swift. It’s just darker — less endlessly upbeat. Much more minor and weird. I think that she is exceptional.
After Swift fired back on Twitter, Albarn responded with an apology. “I totally agree with you”, Albarn tweeted. “I had a songwriting conversation and unfortunately it boiled down to a clickbait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope that you understand.”
Jack Antonoff, who has produced several Swift songs and albums, also took to social media to criticize Albarn’s claim. The ‘Bleachers’ frontman tweeted, “I’ve never met Damon Albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than us about all these songs that Taylor writes and brings…if you were there, cool go ahead. If not, maybe shut the fuck up?”
Country music star Maren Morris also took to Twitter to defend Swift, writing, “Writing songs with songwriters means you’re a songwriter.”
Swift hadn’t posted on Twitter since December 2021 before responding directly to Albarn, tagging her account in her response.
This story first appeared on Variety.com.