John Mayer Has Nothing But Love for Taylor Swift — When It Comes to Spotify [VIDEO]
Interviewer Ronan Farrow cut straight to the point, addressing John's ex-girlfriend, "How's technology changing? When you look at Taylor Swift coming out and saying — I want to talk about Taylor Swift, professionally here!"
However, John was totally game, responding, "We have to talk about Taylor Swift professionally! We have to be able to talk about Taylor Swift!"
The singer had nothing but nice things to say about Taylor, even commending her for speaking out against Spotify.
"I think that's really cool," John said. "Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them."
And, yes, John does think that Taylor is using her voice for good.
"When you go to the Met Ball, that's great. It's a great way to use your voice and go, 'I'm wearing Valentino,' or you could use your voice to give things," he explained. "Now, some people who are cynical could say, 'You're helping yourself.' But it's trickle down. You're not saying, 'I want this just for me.' I think that's a really cool thing for a musician to do. Like 2 percent of the music industry has 80 percent of all the media about it. There's like four people ... who get all the press, and if any of those four people say, 'I want to speak for those people who would just never make this a story' — The only reason we're talking about Taylor Swift taking Spotify on is because she's Taylor Swift, and that's great!"
Of course, fans also remember that Taylor reportedly wrote "Dear John" about the singer and in response, he allegedly wrote "Paper Doll" about her. John addressed that period in his life, noting that the world focused on the story behind the track, rather than the song itself.
"All we're talking about is being honest with yourself and what to ask for in this life," he said. "I put out a song called 'Paper Doll.' The song never got listened to as a song. It became a news story because of the lyrics."
John added, "I'm not in the business of telling people what the song is about. I never said anything about it. And now I just go, 'Look, I can say the name 'Taylor Swift.' She's an artist. I'm an artist. Let's just, everybody stop. Nobody's got an incurable cancer. We're rich people who get to live out our dreams. Let's just stop it. I'm a musician who's bigger than one song or one record. It's really about the longevity of all the work that goes together, and I'm just not interested in the things that won't last forever."
You can watch John's full interview over at MSNBC.
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