Thursday, May 26, 2022

Taylor Swift slams Damon Albarn for saying she’s not a songwriter

Taylor Alison Swift, one of the most decorated singers, songwriters, and best-selling musicians of all time, would like to make a correction.

On Monday, the artist came out in her own defense after the Los Angeles Times quoted fellow musician Damon Albarn as criticizing Swift in what anyone who has followed her nearly 20-year career probably knows is flatly false: She doesn’t writes her own songs,” the 53-year-old British singer joked when a Times music critic praised Swift’s songwriting prowess.

The 32-year-old Swift responded on Twitter by identifying herself as a former fan of Albarn’s before kicking ass worthy of one of her best diss tracks.

“Your hot point is completely false and SO destructive. You don’t have to like my songs, but trying to discredit what I write is a real fuck-up,” wrote Swift, who has a songwriting credit list equal to a CVS receipt and accolades to back it up.

In 2004, at the age of 14, Swift signed a songwriting contract and became the youngest person ever to be signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Then, in 2007, teenager Swift became the youngest person ever to be honored as Songwriter/Performer of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association. In 2010, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented her with the Hal David Starlight Award for young songwriters. In 2015, she became the youngest person ever to be included in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time.

She is “smart at songwriting,” as Rolling Stone acknowledged a few years ago in 2008.

Swift is credited as a songwriter or co-writer on all of his 11 albums. She famously wrote her third studio album Speak Now without any collaborators as a direct response to people who denied that she could have done it.

“There have been several upheavals in my career. When I was 18, they said, “She doesn’t actually write these songs.” So I wrote my third album myself as a reaction to that,” Swift told Rolling Stone magazine in 2019.

“Your hot look is completely fake and SO mischievous,” Swift told fellow musician Damon Albarn.

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An hour after Swift answered the interview, Albarn posted a tweet I’m sorry. But he accused The Times of rigging it, saying that he and pop music critic Mikael Wood “had a talk about songwriting and, unfortunately, it turned into clickbait.”

The interview, which was published in a question and answer format, does not lend much credence to Albarn’s claim. Here’s how he reacted when Wood corrected him about Swift’s songwriting.

Wood: Of course. Co-author of some of them.

Albarn: That doesn’t count. I know what co-authorship is. Co-writing is very different from writing. I’m not hating anyone, I’m just saying that there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who co-writes songs. This does not mean that the result cannot 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 there. I guess I’m a traditionalist in that sense. A really interesting songwriter is Billie Eilish and her brother. It attracts me more than Taylor Swift. It’s just darker – less infinitely optimistic. Much more insignificant and strange. I think she is exceptional.

Swift probably wouldn’t call her tear-inducing 10-minute version of “All Too Well (Taylor’s version)” an “endlessly upbeat” song, but haters will hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.

And there is one more thing she would like to add to the report.

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