Taylor Swift vs. Damon Albarn: What to know about their songwriting dispute


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Following the prosperous re-release of her album Pink and the subsequent drama around Jake Gyllenhaal and the scarf, Taylor Swift has strike the headlines yet again. This time she’s defending herself versus a odd accusation from fellow singer Damon Albarn. 

This is every little thing you need to know. 

What happened?

Damon Albarn, Blur frontman and co-creator of Gorillaz, did an job interview with the Los Angeles Times that published on Sunday. In it, he talked about almost everything from the 25th anniversary of Blur’s self-titled album to his hottest solo release. 

For the duration of the Q&A, he gave his views on a quantity of present-day pop stars. He’s a significant lover of Billie Eilish, but Taylor Swift? Not so a great deal.

“She doesn’t produce her possess tunes,” he said, which kickstarted the drama.

Right after currently being corrected by the interviewer — Swift writes all her own songs — Albarn expanded.

“That won’t rely. I know what co-producing is. Co-creating is quite distinct to writing. I am not hating on anybody, I am just expressing there is a massive change among a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes. Isn’t going to necessarily mean that the result cannot be seriously good.

“A truly exciting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. I’m additional attracted to that than to Taylor Swift,” Albarn continued. “It can be just darker, much less endlessly upbeat. Way a lot more insignificant and odd. I feel she’s outstanding.”

Looking at Eilish famously co-writes all her music with her brother — Albarn even mentions this in his personal quotation — it’s a odd comparison to make. 

Taylor Swift expressed her disappointment in the comment on Twitter.

“I was these types of a large admirer of yours right until I noticed this,” she wrote. “I write ALL of my personal songs. Your sizzling acquire is totally phony and SO detrimental. You do not have to like my tunes but it’s actually fucked up to test and discredit my writing. WOW.”

Then afterwards, Swift followed up in a tweet: “PS I wrote this tweet myself in situation you had been pondering.”

Albarn responded to the tweet with an apology.

“I absolutely agree with you,” he wrote. “I experienced a conversation about songwriting and regrettably it was lowered to clickbait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The last point I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you comprehend.”

Who is Damon Albarn?

If you are in excess of 35, Damon Albarn is the frontman of Blur, a band which, alongside Oasis, brought “Britpop” to a world-wide audience in the mid ’90s.

If you might be less than 30 you happen to be almost certainly more common with Gorillaz, the cartoon band/project Albarn co-created together with artist Jamie Hewlett. 

This is just not the first time Albarn has gotten in hot h2o for talking about woman singers. He also experienced a community back and forth with Adele back in 2015, contacting her “insecure.” The pair had labored alongside one another on songs for her 25 album. 

Adele responded in an job interview afterwards, stating working with Albarn was a “do not meet your idols” predicament.

The reaction

Most have responded in help of Taylor Swift. 

My personalized beloved: The mighty Jedward entering the fray:

But many others questioned the sincerity of the apology. Albarn talked about the story was the result of clickbait, in a immediately transcribed Q&A job interview with not substantially editorializing.