The Times podcast: The Blur guy insulted a pop star. The reaction? Swift

A split image of Taylor Swift, left, and Damon Albarn
Singer-songwriters Taylor Swift, left, and Damon Albarn recently exchanged tweets about a Los Angeles Times article.
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It was the Taylor Swift diss heard around the world. “She doesn’t write her own songs.” That’s what Damon Albarn, the lead singer for the British bands Blur and Gorillaz said to L.A. Times pop music critic Mikael Wood.


The drama between Taylor and Damon got real. But it also hit on something really interesting — songwriting, and who gets the credit for it, is a thing … now more than ever.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times music writers Mikael Wood and Suzy Exposito

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