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Triple J Claims Taylor Swift Was Never Banned From The Hottest 100

31 January 2023 | 8:53 am | Mary Varvaris

The national youth broadcaster has faced the 2014 controversy again.

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Triple j has faced the 2014 Hottest 100 controversy yet again - when Taylor Swift fans accused the national youth broadcaster of "banning" the Shake It Off hitmaker from being eligible for votes and kicking off the "Tay4Hottest100" campaign.

A few days after this year's Hottest 100, which saw Flume and MAY-A take the top spot with Say Nothing, triple j has told The Daily Mail that Swift was never actually banned from the 2014 countdown.

"Any song released in the eligibility period can be voted for regardless of whether it's in the Hottest 100 shortlist, as it can be added manually," triple j said in a statement.

The spokesperson added, "There has never been a ban on Taylor Swift as an artist appearing in triple j's Hottest 100, however we were forced to disqualify one of her tracks in the Hottest 100 of 2014 because voting guidelines were breached."

Because at the time Swift's Shake It Off received an endorsement campaign from KFC, the vouchers offered to Swift fans for voting for their favourite songs of hers breached triple j's endorsement policy to "remove artists from the list who have benefited from competitions or commercial campaigns that incentivise fans to vote for them."

On Saturday, Flume and MAY-A topped the 2022 triple j Hottest 100.

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Following weeks of speculation, Say Nothing has soared to #1. Gang Of Youths were predicted to win with in the wake of your leave but landed at #9.

Hilltop Hoods broke the most entries across Hottest 100 history, grabbing the title previously held between Powderfinger and Foo Fighters at 22 entries each. The Aussie favourites have nabbed their 23rd entry after two songs featured on this year's countdown.

Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal's smash hit, B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All), landed at #2.

Perth favourites Spacey Jane also had a fantastic showing, with Hardlight, It's Been A Long Day, and Sitting Up featuring in the top 10.