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Damon Albarn addresses Taylor Swift comments at concert and dedicates song to LA Times reporter he said published 'clickbait'

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 2022-01-25

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Damon Albarn.
  • Damon Albarn addressed his comments about Taylor Swift at an LA concert, Spin magazine reported.
  • Albarn told LA Times reporter Mikael Wood in an interview that Swift doesn't write her own songs.
  • Albarn dedicated his final song to Wood after saying the reporter cast him "into the social media abyss."

Damon Albarn addressed his comments about Taylor Swift's songwriting and dedicated a song to the Los Angeles Times reporter who published his quotes about Swift in a concert just hours after drawing controversy.

Albarn, best known as the lead vocalist of Blur and Gorillaz, came under fire yesterday for saying that Swift "doesn't write her own songs" in an interview with the Times' pop music critic Mikael Wood.

Later that day, according to Spin magazine's review of Albarn's gig at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA , Albarn made reference to his comments before his final song, mentioning Wood.

Spin reported that Albarn said Wood requested the Blur song "Song 2" during the interview "before he cast me into the social media abyss." Albarn then dedicated the song to Wood, Spin reported. Referring to the article, Albarn also reportedly said "you can judge for yourself," "I think I'm becoming old fashioned."

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Taylor Swift performs at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

In the Times interview, the English singer had said: "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."

Swift wrote the entirety of her 2010 album "Speak Now" alone and has written many more songs herself. Swift, her fans and her collaborators criticized Albarn's comments.

"I was such a big fan of yours until I saw this," Swift wrote on Twitter. "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."

Musicians Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff who have produced Swift's songs in the past also tweeted that Albarn's claims were not true. Albarn apologized in a reply to Swift's tweet saying that his comments were "reduced to clickbait."

The Times later encouraged readers to read the full exchange between Wood and Albarn themselves after Albarn called it "clickbait." Insider has reached out to representatives for the LA Times for comment.

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