“That doesn’t count. I know what cowriting is. Cowriting is very different to writing,” he said. “I’m not hating on anybody, I’m just saying there’s a big difference between a songwriter and a songwriter who cowrites. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great.”
He continued, “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.” Quick follow-up question for Albarn: If Eilish writes her music with her brother, wouldn’t that be considered cowriting? Anyway….
Unfortunately for the Blur frontman, who currently has 327.9K followers on Twitter, Swift caught wind of his statements—and so did her 89.8M Twitter fans. “@DamonAlbarn I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this,” Swift replied to a tweet by the L.A. Times. “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.”
Her response didn’t end there. In a second tweet, she added, “PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering.”
Of course, Swift fans were quick to swarm to their favorite artist’s defense, many pointing out that she wrote her third album Speak Now without any collaborators because she was sick of comments like the one from Albarn.
“I’ve had several upheavals in my career. When I was 18, they were like, ‘She doesn’t really write those songs.’ So my third album I wrote by myself as a reaction to that,” Swift told Rolling Stone in 2019.
Some fans even joked that this exchange is some sort of elaborate plan to kick off promotion for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).
All jokes aside, this is probably a good time to remind Swifties that while it’s totally okay to defend your faves online, harassment, abuse, and threats are never acceptable behavior. Either way, Albarn may want to turn off his notifications for a while.