Blur star Damon Albarn apologises unconditionally to Taylor Swift after songwriting spat
Prince William sings with Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift in 2013
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After former Blur frontman Damon Albarn told an interviewer that Taylor Swift “doesn’t write her own songs”, it sparked a row over social media. The 32-year-old songstress hit back that she does in fact write “all of her own songs”, which then prompted Damon to apologise.
In an interview with the LA Times Damon, 53, was told: “She may not be to your taste, but Taylor Swift is an excellent songwriter.”
In response, he simply said: “She doesn’t write her own songs.”
After the interviewer pressed him on the issue, telling him that she “does” write her own songs and “co-writes” some of them, he gave a surprising retort.
He said: “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. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.
“And some of the greatest singers — I mean, Ella Fitzgerald never wrote a song in her life. When I sing, I have to close my eyes and just be in there. I suppose I’m a traditionalist in that sense.”
He then went on to compare Taylor to pop artist Billie Eilish, whose brother Finneas co-writes her songs with her.
“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. I think she’s exceptional.”
Taylor, who is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, then took to social media to brand his claims “completely false”.
Sharing the LA Times article on Twitter last night in view of her 89.9 million followers, 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.”
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“You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really f***d up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.”
She then added: “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”
The Gorillaz singer then hastily took to Twitter to reply to Taylor’s comments just an hour later.
“I totally agree with you,” he told Taylor. “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.”
Damon’s band Blur released their first single She’s So High in 1990 and the band stayed together until 2002, counting Song 2 as their biggest hit.
Frontman and lyricist Damon went on to create virtual band Gorillaz during that period in 1998, alongside artist Jamie Hewlett.
Clint Eastwood and Feel Good Inc. remain among their most popular songs.
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