Quincy Jones Calls Taylor Swift's Music "Hooks" and Not Songs

by Music-News.com Newsdesk

Quincy Jones has slammed Taylor Swift's music, describing her tracks as "hooks" rather than songs.

The legendary producer is responsible for crafting iconic records such as Michael Jackson's trio of albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad, earning him numerous Grammy Awards over the years.

In a new interview with American GQ magazine, Quincy heaped praise on artists including Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Drake, Mary J. Blige, and Jennifer Hudson when asked about his thoughts on the state of the music industry today - but also revealed that he isn't a fan of Taylor's tunes.

"We need more songs, man. F**king songs, not hooks," he told the publication.

The 84-year-old went on to explain that he believes the Shake It Off hitmaker needs to work harder on her songwriting.

"It takes work, man. The only place you find success before work is the dictionary, and that's alphabetical. (If I was producing her record, I'd) figure something out," he continued. "Man, the song is the s**t - that's what people don't realise.

"A great song can make the worst singer in the world a star. A bad song can't be saved by the three best singers in the world. I learned that 50 years ago."

Quincy, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013, also claimed that fans of Taylor, who has sold 31.4 million albums in the United States, "don't know" great songs, and also went on to describe his similar lack of admiration for Elvis Presley.

"Yeah, motherf**ker couldn't sing," he added.

2 comments

Guillermo said...

The problem with being a name dropper, once you reach your last years, is that invariably, you are going to end up with a tart on your face. Mr. Jones says one of the Dorsey brothers told him Elvis couldnt sing, that Elvis was 17 when in fact he was already 21 when Jones was at the back, way back in the CBS TV NY orchestra section when Elvis sang, with the orchestra. Four lies in a row. Now, add two and two, and what follows are the comments made, by four of the greatest LIVING singers of classical music, about the singer he and supposedly Dorsey said could NOT sing. Kindly note that they are from three countries, two continents, and that they are both male and female. And I quote i) “His was the voice I would wish to have had if I had been a singer of popular songs” Placido Domingo, the world’s top tenor. ii) “No one in popular music could have “impressed” a classical music audience, perhaps only him” Jose Carreras, the world’s second top tenor, iii) “He was very classically orientated with his voice, and diction, and very sincere and wanting to get everything perfect” Bryn Terfel, the world’s top bass baritone and iv) ” His, without a doubt and especially when young, was the greatest voice I have ever heard” Kiri Te Kanawa, one of the world’s top lyric sopranos. Unquote So, it is obvious that I, nor anyone, should take Mr. Jones seriously, at least insofar as Elvis vocals are concerned. LOL

Guillermo said...

Actually he had many nice things to say about Elvis Presley and Paul Mc Cartney BEFORE the mother of two of his children, his former wife actress Peggy Lipton released her autobiography in 2005, where she stated she had had two affairs with what are, to this day, arguably the two most celebrated men in the 20th century's music world, Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney.

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