Blur's Damon Albarn apologises to Taylor Swift after claiming she doesn't write her songs
The musician apologised and said the last thing he wants to do is "discredit" Taylor's songwriting.
Blur frontman Damon Albran has issued a public apology to Taylor Swift after he claimed that she didn't write any of her songs.
During a recent interview with the LA Times, Albarn said that Swift "doesn't write her own songs" and said that he prefers Billie Eilish, who he said is a "really interesting songwriter.
He said: "I'm more attracted to that than to Taylor Swift. It's just darker - less endlessly upbeat. Way more minor and odd. I think she's exceptional."
The interviewer reminded Albarn that Taylor co-writes a lot of her music, to which he responded: "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."
Taking to Twitter, Taylor rebuffed his claims, and called his remarks "completely false".
She wrote:"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."
@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 fucked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW. https://t.co/t6GyXBU2Jd
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) January 24, 2022
She then added: "PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering."
Albarn subsequently issued an apology to the popstar on Twitter, saying: "I 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."
As Albarn's comments made headlines, a number of people jumped to Taylor's defence.
Her long-term producer Jack Antonoff wrote: "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."