John Mayer isn't afraid to talk about Taylor Swift.
The musicians dated briefly in 2010, and it didn't end well. Swift penned the song "Dear John" for her 2010 album Speak Now, and Mayer responded with "Paper Dolls" on his 2013 album Paradise Valley. Rather than ignore his ex's influence on pop culture, however, Mayer gave the singer-songwriter credit during an interview for MSNBC's 7 Days of Genius special. "How's technology changing? When you look at Taylor Swift—I want to talk about Taylor Swift, professionally here!" Ronan Farrow told Mayer, 37.
"You have to talk about Taylor Swift!" Mayer said. "We have to be able to talk about Taylor Swift!"
Mayer said it's "really cool" to have someone of Swift's stature take a stand against Spotify. "Artists need the person with the loudest voice to speak for them," the "Half of My Heart" rocker explained.