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Damon Albarn "unreservedly" apologies to Taylor Swift for songwriting comment

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After Blur and Gorillaz front man Damon Albarn told the Los Angeles Times that Taylor Swift "doesn't write her own songs," Swift immediately responded on Twitter, "I write ALL of my own songs. Your hot take is completely false and SO damaging."  Now Albarn is apologizing...or trying to, at least.

In response to Taylor's tweet, Albarn wrote, "I totally agree with you. i had a conversation about songwriting and sadly it was reduced to clickbait. I apologize unreservedly and unconditionally. The last thing I would want to do is discredit your songwriting. I hope you understand."

Some are asking, however, how Albarn could claim that his comments were reduced to "clickbait" when he specifically said of Taylor, "She doesn't write her own songs."

When the interviewer insisted that Taylor did, and added that she "co-writes some of them," Albarn responded, "That doesn’t count. 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. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great."

And then, bizarrely, Albarn then went on to praise Billie Eilish, who co-writes all of her songs with her brother FINNEAS.

Meanwhile, some of Taylor's collaborators, including Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner of The National and John Paul White, jumped to her defense. 

Antonoff tweeted, "i’ve never met damon albarn and he’s never been to my studio but apparently he knows more than the rest of us about all those songs taylor writes and brings in. herb." 

Dessner, who worked with Swift and Antonoff on her albums folklore and evermore, noted, "Your statements couldn't be further from the're obviously completely clueless as to her actual writing and work process."

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Would you pay $2500 for limited-edition vinyl from Billie Eilish or Lady Gaga?

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Earlier this month, an art exhibit inspired by the iconic artwork used by music acts such as U2 was announced for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Now you'll be able to buy your own version of those artworks -- for a hefty price.

The exhibit, Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, marks the 30th anniversary of Interscope Records and features over 50 original works by visual artists relating to a particular album or song from the Interscope catalog. Other musicians featured include Lady GagaBillie EilishOlivia RodrigoGwen Stefani and Selena Gomez.

The exhibit also includes artists Juice WRLDMachine Gun KellyEminemSnoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar.

Starting January 27, you'll be able to buy limited-edition vinyl albums featuring the artwork from the exhibit. There will be 100 copies of each album available, and each will come with a numbered archival quality print of the artwork on the cover. On top of that, each album will be delivered in a custom Gucci box. The price? $2500 each.

The albums will be released in groups, with the first group being available to purchase from January 27 through January 31, exclusively via the app for the livestream shopping platform NTWRK. All profits will go to a charity foundation which is building a school in L.A.

The first group up for grabs includes Billie's debut EP don't smile at me, as well as iconic albums from Eminem, Dr. Dre and Kendrick. The release dates for the other albums haven't yet been announced.

Meanwhile, the actual art exhibit will be on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from January 30 to February 13. For more info, visit


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Report: Artist accuses Lil Nas X of ripping off her album to promote 'Montero'

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Lil Nas X made headlines by faking a pregnancy to announce the arrival of his debut studio album, Montero, which he later gave "birth" to when it dropped in September.  One artist is reportedly claiming he ripped her off to create his "Lil Nas X gives birth" video and is taking him to court.

The Blast reports that Dana Dentata, an artist who blends rap and metal music, says the video heavily borrowed imagery from her Pantychrist album and the music video for the title track.  According to the legal docs, she states Lil Nas X stole "copyrighted material" to use in his video, which she says is "essentially identical to the ‘Pantychrist’ music video and clearly used the work as its basis."

Dentata furthered in the cease-and-desist, "I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all infringing works derived from the works... or destroy such copies immediately and that you desist from this or any other infringement of her rights in the future."

Lil Nas X, nor his legal team, have reacted to the pending lawsuit.  It is unknown if or when Dentata plans to elevate her complaint. 

This isn't the first time the "Panini" singer was accused of copying elements to use in his work.  Upon releasing the "Montero (Call Me By You Name)" music video, he was accused of ripping off FKA Twigs' "Cellophane" music video, which had come out a year earlier.  The Grammy winner apologized for the similarities and the matter was marked resolved.

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Damon Albarn says Taylor Swift "doesn't write her own songs;" she responds, "Completely false and SO damaging"

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Damon Albarn must have a social media death wish: In a new interview, he claimed that Taylor Swift "doesn't write her own songs" -- and Taylor came for him immediately.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the Blur and Gorillaz front man insinuated that "modern music" is relying solely on "the sound and the attitude." He then challenged the interviewer, "Name me someone who's not."

"Taylor Swift is an excellent songwriter," responded the interviewer. "She doesn’t write her own songs," Albarn shot back. "Of course she does. Co-writes some of them," the interviewer said.

In fact, Swift has written or co-written every one of her songs; she wrote her third album, the Grammy-nominated Speak Now, entirely by herself.

But Albarn then went on to insist, "That doesn’t count. 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. Doesn’t mean that the outcome can’t be really great."

He continued, "I suppose I’m a traditionalist in that sense. 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."

But Swift, of course, wasn't going to let Albarn's comments stand. On Twitter, she wrote, "@DamonAlbarn 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**ked up to try and discredit my writing. WOW."

She then snarked, "PS I wrote this tweet all by myself in case you were wondering."

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Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, BTS and more named among 'Rolling Stone' 25 most stylish musicians

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Rolling Stone is out with a list naming the 25 most stylish artists, as chosen by a select group of journalists, designers and fashion industry insiders.  Making this year's cut are Lady GagaLil Nas XHarry StylesDoja CatBTS and several others.

Topping the roundup is Lil Nas X, with the outlet praising his cutting-edge style and fearless self-expression.  Among the several looks the outlet highlighted were the leather outfit he rocked on Saturday Night Live, wearing rococo-style gowns on the red carpet and, of course, his infamous Satan shoes.

In second place is Lady Gaga, with Rolling Stone praising her interest in reviving styles that are reminiscent of "Old Hollywood glamour."

Cardi B is third on the list with the publication saluting the dramatic styles she wears in her music videos.  In fourth is the Korean K-pop sensation BTS, who scored an ambassadorship with luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton and have "moved menswear so far forward" with their fashion choices.

Harry rounds out the top five and is praised for his appreciation of gender-fluidity, which icons Prince and David Bowie previously flaunted. Also making the cut this year is Rihanna in seventh place for her Savage X Fenty brand and Dua Lipa, who is in ninth, for her collaborations with Puma and Versace.

Beyoncé landed in 12th place thanks to her new campaign with Tiffany and jaw-dropping red carpet looks, while Lizzo claims 14th place for promoting high-end fashion for plus-sized women.

Machine Gun Kelly comes in at number 16 after launching a gender-neutral nail polish and coordinating outfits with fiancée Megan Fox and, right after him is Doja Cat at number 18, who was highlighted for her "otherworldly fashion sense."

Italian rock-band Måneskin came in at number 22, with Rolling Stone praising their edgy rock-vibe, which boasts tons of leather and even more skin.

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Is Taylor Swift releasing a super-secret album she recorded in 2016?

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Taylor Swift's fans are back with the wild theories and believe she's about to release a secret album.

According to Buzzfeed, it's believed Taylor recorded an album in 2016 called Karma, but her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian derailed its release.  Taylor emerged a year later with 2017's Reputation.  Fans believe the timing between Tay's last album, 1989, and Reputation did not mesh with the meticulous release schedule she had going -- releasing albums every two years. 

The standing theory is Karma was meant to go out in 2016, exactly two years after 1989.  Fans also note the singer is known to embrace a look that matches her music era and feel her "bleachella" phase in 2016 -- when she suddenly rocked the grunge look -- was promoting Karma

Theorists also look to the 2017 track "Look What You Made Me Do," which contains the lyric, "All I think about is karma."  The music video may also have a clue when 14 Taylors appear at the end, with one standing on a plane that had TS6 on it and sawing off its wings.  

In addition, in the music video for "The Man," Taylor's character is seen urinating on a subway wall with all her album's names on it -- with Karma written between 1989 and Reputation.

Also raising eyebrows is an answer Taylor gave to Vogue for their 73 Questions bit, which she said, "Karma is real" with the 'K' capitalized in the captions.  Also, fans believe Taylor further hinted to the album at the 2019 American Music Awards by dancing with eight girls, instead of 7, who supposedly represented the seven albums sold along with her master recordings.

So, is Karma real?  Only time will tell. Keep your eyes peeled in case Taylor starts leaving out more Easter eggs!

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Adele's "Easy on Me" joins "Hello" as her longest-running number-one

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Adele is celebrating her latest milestone after "Easy on Me:" It's remained the top song on the Billboard Hot 100 for a 10th week. The song now ties Adele's "Hello," which previously held the record as her longest-running number one.  

"Easy On Me's" longevity now boosts Adele into the top 10 of artists with the most cumulative weeks spent at number one in their careers: She's tied with Elton John and Bruno Mars in ninth place with 34 weeks each.

Adele also set a record thanks to her successful new album 30, which extended its reign atop the Billboard 200 for a 10th week -- making her the only artist to have two number one songs and two albums top the charts for 10 weeks or more.  The last time she simultaneously topped both charts was in 2015 and 2016 with "Hello" and the 25 album.

Whether or not "Easy on Me" will hang on for another week at number one remains to be seen.  Gaining new ground on the Hot 100 is the viral "We Don't Talk About Bruno" song from Disney's Encanto, which jumped two spaces to second place.  It's the second song in Disney history to go to number two on the chart.

Speaking of Encanto, the movie created another hit song after "Surface Pressure" rose to number 10 on the Hot 100, making Encanto the first and only Disney film to generate two songs that reached the Hot 100's top 10.

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Glass Animals' "Heat Waves" takes over 'Billboard' Pop Airplay chart

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It was a slow burn to the top, but Glass Animals finally have the number one song on Billboard's Pop Airplay chart with their summertime smash "Heat Waves."

The song, released in June 2020, first heated up the alternative charts before crossing over into pop territory around February 2021.  From there, the track began its climb to the top -- a feat that almost lasted a year.  For those who need concrete numbers, it took Glass Animals precisely 11 months and one week to go to number one.

Despite the amazing journey, that is not the song that spent the most time climbing the Pop Airplay chart -- the honor actually goes to Lewis Capaldi, who spent 37 weeks watching "Before You Go" rise to the top.  For Glass Animals, their wait lasted 32 weeks.

But, Glass Animals had a much bumpier ride after the song seemingly sputtered in June and fell off the chart in July.  "Heat Waves" re-emerged in November, thanks to the power of TikTok and its love of the "all I think about is you" lyric, and then spent the next 10 weeks racing to the top of the pile.

The song also has the rare honor of becoming the first number one track in four years to have been written and produced by one person -- which is the band's frontman, Dave Bayley.  The last time a song went to number one with only one person behind the wheel was when Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" took the crown in January 2018.

To date, "Heat Waves" has been streamed an eye-boggling 737 million times and has been downloaded almost 175,000 times in the U.S.  It is currently in third place on the Billboard Hot 100.

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FINNEAS fesses up to awkward moment with Taylor Swift

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FINNEAS may appear calm, cool and collected -- but he's just as awkward as the rest of us.  Over the weekend, the singer took to Instagram to share a cringeworthy moment he had with Taylor Swift -- at her own birthday party.

While conducting a question and answer session on Stories, a fan asked FINNEAS to recount his most embarrassing moment.  He revealed that it was that time he walked up to greet Taylor at her own party, and got a little flustered.

"I said 'thanks for coming' to Taylor Swift," he shared, according to screenshots taken by Buzzfeed. "Meant to say 'thanks for inviting me' or whatever obviously."

Sadly, FINNEAS did not reveal how Taylor reacted to the faux pas or whether or not his sister, Billie Eilish, has teased him about it -- as siblings should.

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The Weeknd surpasses Justin Bieber as Spotify's most-streamed artist

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The Weeknd is celebrating another a major music victory -- he is officially the biggest artist on Spotify.  

Entertainment Weekly reports that the "Take My Breath" singer surpassed Justin Bieber as the streaming service's most listened-to artist after amassing over 85.6 million monthly, global listeners on Saturday.  That number of followers has continued to rise.

The Weeknd's accomplishment comes shortly after he released his fifth studio album, Dawn FM, on digital platforms only with a physical release arriving at a later time.  The studio effort, which is also number one on Spotify, contains collaborations with Lil WayneTyler the Creator and comedian Jim Carrey.

The album follows his 2020 work, After Hours.

Justin previously broke the record for most listens on Spotify back in August after 83.3 million global users tuned into his music -- he had held the title ever since.

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Charlie Puth teams with Megan Thee Stallion for her Flamin’ Hot Super Bowl commercial

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The Big Game is just weeks away and we are learning more about Megan Thee Stallion's hotly anticipated Super Bowl commercial about Frito-Lay's Flamin’ Hot snacks.  It was revealed on Monday that the advertisement will also feature Charlie Puth.

While the full commercial has yet to drop, Frito-Lay has shared several sneak peeks of the upcoming commercial.  For Charlie's teaser, he's seen scrolling through his phone and beatboxing as he walks over to his trailer.  He quickly notices something is amiss when he looks up to see the door open and evidence that someone has been in his space.

The commercial ends with Charlie discovering two open bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and Doritos on the table, as well as incriminating bright orange animal paw-prints all over the furniture.  He also picks up a bright orange feather and begins saying, "What the--" before the screen turns black.

As for Megan's teaser, the "Body" rapper finds that she is locked out of her respective trailer.  After she knocks on the door, a sloth's arm slowly emerges and knocks her nameplate off the trailer.  "Ah," she cries out as the trailer door locks again, "Excuse me?!"

The full commercial goes live on February 13, which is Super Bowl Sunday.


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Kelly Clarkson concedes five percent of Montana ranch to ex Brandon Blackstock

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Kelly Clarkson's ex-husband Brandon Blackstock scored a minor legal victory over their hotly contested ranch in Montana. The two have been locked in a months-long battle over the Warren Peak Ranch property.

According to legal documents obtained by People, the "Piece by Piece" singer agreed to give Blackstock 5.12 percent of the $17.7 million property -- roughly translating to $908,000. The documents also made it clear that Kelly retains sole ownership of the property adjoining the ranch and that Brandon is not entitled to any property ownership interest.

This comes after Kelly was awarded the spacious ranch in October, but Brandon refused to vacate the property and continued living there under the claim it was "marital property."  A judge rejected his argument that he was entitled to 50 percent of the ranch and referenced the pair's prenuptial agreement.  But, the singer failed to evict her husband in December following another legal battle.

Kelly and Brandon ended their seven-year marriage in June 2020.  The former couple share two children, River Rose and Remington Alexander.

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Ahead of new album, Oliver Tree admits the "annoying" success of "Life Goes On" is "a good problem to have"

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Oliver Tree's new album Cowboy Tears drops February 18, and he just released the first single, "Cowboys Don't Cry." However, people are still focused on his previous single, "Life Goes On," which came out in May of 2021. So, while he's grateful for the song's success, Oliver admits that, timing-wise, it's not ideal.

"I think it's a good problem to have, first and foremost," he tells ABC Audio. "That anyone cares at all, y'know? I've been doing this for 10 years professionally and I've been waiting for a moment like that for 10 years. So I have to say I'm thankful anything's connecting at all."

"But yeah, in the same breath, it is a little bit annoying," he adds. "I was hoping to roll out my album around the time that this started taking off."

As for why "Life Goes On," from the deluxe version of his album Ugly Is Beautiful, has become his breakthrough hit, Oliver says, "I think it's probably the simplest chorus by a long shot....I think people that don't speak English at all can sing along with the chorus, [which] is essentially no words at all."

He laughs, "A lot of people don't even know what it says. They think it says 'onion' or "nahnee nahnee nah.' It's like, is that my greatest lyricism? No. But is it great that finally, there's something that can be a connection with what's happening right now? Yes." 

Especially since, as Oliver notes, he wrote the song seven years ago.

"I think a song like that, it was ahead of its time when I made it, and if I had released it then, I don't think anyone would have cared," he muses. "So it's just a timing thing. And luckily, the timing was right with that."

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After Vegas show postponement, Adele thrills super-unlucky fan with video call

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Adele disappointed thousands of fans when she postponed her Las Vegas residency, Weekends with Adele, the day before it was set to begin at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace due to COVID-related production difficulties.  But one extremely unlucky fan who'd tried and failed multiple times to see Adele got a special consolation prize: a FaceTime call from the super singer.

Billboard reports that the fan, Eleni Sabracos, shared her sad story to TikTok, explaining that she was a three time loser when it came to Adele. First, she bought tickets off Craigslist that turned out to be fake. Then, she flew to London, only to have Adele cancel the show. And then she arrived in Las Vegas and got the bad news.

But there's a happy ending to the story: Some fans who went to the Weekends with Adele merchandise store at Caesars Palace were selected by members of the singer's team to receive video calls with Adele herself -- and Eleni was one of them.

She posted the moment to TikTok with the caption, "Update: I talked to Adele," and she's seen chatting with the star. "I love you! I'm sorry," she says, to which Adele responds, "Why are you sorry?"  "Because I feel for you," Eleni explains. "I know you're doing everything you can." Eleni also told Adele she wanted to get drunk with her.

Adele promised that when Eleni finally does make it to the show, she'd pose for a photo with her. 

USA Today reports that any fan who showed up at the merch store and showed their ticket was given a free tote bag filled with Adele merch. And on Friday night, fans gathered at the Colosseum and started a singalong of "Rolling in the Deep."

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Halsey teases cover of tATu's "All The Things She Said"

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Halsey revealed they did a little more than sample a tATu song when creating their 2019 song "Nightmare" -- they apparently went ahead and recorded their own cover, as well.

Taking to TikTok on Friday, Halsey shared that the chorus from "Nightmare" contains elements from tATu's 2002 hit "All The Things She Said," and then proved it by playing "Nightmare" and their own version of "All the Things She Said" together.

Halsey then teased their full-length cover of the Russian duo's song, writing, "should I leak this version?"  A quick look at the comments section shows that people are dying to hear the whole thing, with some saying the song needs to come out "immediately."

"All The Things She Said" ignited worldwide controversy for referencing a same-sex relationship and the music video caused further controversy because it featured the two artists kissing.  Several conservative organizations attempted to ban the song outright for promoting lesbianism.

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