Damon Albarn apologizes to Taylor Swift after saying ‘she doesn’t write her own songs’

Damon Albarn, the musician who fronted Blur and later co-founded the virtual band the Gorillaz, apologized Monday to Taylor Swift after saying in an interview that the 32-year-old pop star doesn’t write her own music.

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“She doesn’t write her own songs,” Albarn said of Swift in an interview published Sunday by the Los Angeles Times.

Swift is credited as a songwriter or co-songwriter on all of her 11 albums released since 2006.

“I know what co-writing is,” Albarn told the Times. “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.”

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In an expletive-laced tweet on Monday, Swift denounced Albarn’s comments, calling them “completely false and SO damaging.”

“You don’t have to like my songs but … to try and discredit my writing. WOW,” she wrote.

In a response posted on Twitter, Albarn apologized “unreservedly and unconditionally,” saying that he “had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait.”

“The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting,” he wrote. “I hope you understand.”

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Swift was 14 years old when she signed a songwriting contract with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, making her the youngest artist ever signed to the publishing house, according to The New York Times and Variety. In 2007, a 17-year-old Swift became the youngest person to receive the songwriter/artist of the year award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Three years later, she became the youngest person to win the BMI country songwriter of the year award, Reuters reported.

It’s not the first time Swift has faced accusations that she doesn’t write her own music. In 2019, she told Rolling Stone magazine that she wrote all the songs on her third studio album, 2010′s “Speak Now,” in response to critics.

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“When I was 18, they were like, ‘She doesn’t really write those songs,’” she said. “So my third album I wrote by myself as a reaction to that.”

The album was nominated for best country album at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in 2011. One of its singles, “Mean,” won Grammys that year for best country song and best country solo performance.