Friday 22 November 2019

Taylor Swift disqualified from 'Hottest 100' after Buzzfeed 'directly influence' vote

Taylor Swift has been catching up with her girlfriends in New York
Taylor Swift has been catching up with her girlfriends in New York

Clare Cullen

Australian music station Triple J have 'disqualified' Taylor Swift from appearing in their annual 'Hottest 100' following a campaign by Buzzfeed to vote her in.

The annual chart is somewhat of a tradition in Australia, and compiles the favourite songs of 2014, as voted for by listeners of the radio station.

The vote, which Triple J call "world’s biggest music poll", was hijacked by the campaign #Tay4Hottest100,  which was started by Buzzfeed as "a joke".

Triple J created a website modelled on the Buzzfeed website to announce the reasons for disqualifying Swift from the list - the first of which was Buzzfeed itself.

They reminded listeners that "Buzzfeed is an international media company worth approx. $850 million" and accused them of attempting to "shake their #hashtag weight around to directly influence a publicly voted music poll".

The radio station also maintained that the campaign was primarily backed by those who wanted to “teach those music snobs a lesson” and "prod some ‘hipsters’ for the lulz", referencing several negative Reddit threads as evidence.

The radio station added that the list is supposed to feature alternative artists, not global superstars - following on in the station's footsteps. They revealed that an 18-year-old Adelaide rapper made the #100 spot but would have been bumped if Swift had been allowed in, saying that would have been "a travesty".

Triple J stressed that they had "no beef" with Swift, but could not justify the #12 spot on the 'Hottest 100' considering the fact the radio station has never played Swift once since it's inception in 1975.

The website, triplejfeed.com, also featured fake article links titled '14 artists you could have voted for instead of Taylor Swift' and '7 times Mark Ronson dropped by triple j that one time and it was awesome'.

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