Taylor Swift reappeared after a monthlong Twitter hiatus on Monday to share her thoughts on a Los Angeles Times interview in which Damon Albarn claimed the “Shake It Off” singer doesn’t write her own lyrics, and that co-writing “doesn’t count.”
The Blur and Gorillaz frontman’s comments received instant backlash from Swifties, and the pop queen defended herself: “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. You don’t have to like my songs but it’s really f—ed up to try and discredit my writing. WOW.” He later apologized “unreservedly and unconditionally,” claiming “i had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait.”
Despite the controversy, Taylor Swift does, in fact, have a hand in writing all her songs. Co-writers on her studio albums include Jack Antonoff, Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Aaron Dessner and even her actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn, but she’s written a number of songs — 54 songs, to be exact — all on her own, beginning at age 12 up until now. Her third studio album, Speak Now, is comprised entirely of songs she wrote alone.
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