Australian artists have taken to Twitter to add to the #Tay4Hottest100 debate. The Preatures were first to comment, stating that they don’t believe Swift‘s ‘Shake It Off’ should be eligible for the countdown due to it never being played on the station. They then went on to say, “Whether or not Taylor should be played on triple j is a different debate. There’s no doubt she is loved by listeners, but she wasn’t discovered or fostered by triple j like most of the major acts they play are.” Flight Facilities went on to say that it would be a shame if the votes for Taylor Swift knocked an up-and-coming talent such as Japanese Wallpaper out of the top 100. The defenders of the unearthed artists further explained, “The Hottest 100 could do with one more triple-j nurtured indie songs, and not a sleekly designed 5 X platinum single, voted in (mostly) for the purpose of trying to piss people off”.
While this view is common, artists such as Peking Duk and Washington have had seemingly no problem with the pop star getting such support. Peking Duk, being avid Swift fans themselves, have gone on to say that they almost hope Taylor Swift does take the number one spot. The part Peking Duk do seem to have a problem with is the “trolls” voting Swift in for a laugh because they think it will be funny. Megan Washington on the other hand, seems rather impartial about the whole debate merely saying, “everybody needs to chill out.”
Paddy Cornwall of Sticky Fingers added his opinion to the debate claiming that if Swift did claim the top spot, it would be “a cringeworthy moment” but “far from the first time a crappy song would have won the hottest 100.”
And then there’s the fact that Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ winning would be no different from when in 2012 Macklemore‘s ‘Thrift Shop’ took out the number 1 spot on the countdown. But this is different. Apparently.
In the midst of the KFC endorsement controversy in the #Tay4Hottest100 conflict, is it just commercial involvement that should be knocking Swift out of the running or did The Preatures make a valid point when they argued that to be in Triple J’s Hottest 100, a track or artist should have to be played on Triple J? Whichever side of the debate you sit on, at least we know the outcome will be better than 2012’s ‘Thrift Shop’.