Taylor Swift controversy casts a shadow over Australia Day

Taylor Swift controversy casts a shadow over Australia Day

Australia Day is celebrated each year on the 26 January - to commemorate the day the first fleet of British ships arrived on the continent. This year it may as well be called Taylor Swift Day.

To mark the occasion each year Triple J, Australia's hippest radio station, holds its Hottest 100 list - touted as the "world's biggest music poll". Fans can vote for their favourite song of the year that was played on the station from a list of 2,000 songs or nominate their own.

This year has seen a guerrilla internet campaign from Taylor Swift fans to have her Shake it Off single placed at number one via the #Tay4Hottest100 hashtag - even though Triple J hadn't actually played it.

The campaign was driven in large part by BuzzFeed's Mark di Stefano in a supposed attempt to "teach those music snobs a lesson".

In retaliation, the station disqualified the song from its poll and created a parody BuzzFeed site called TripleJFeed to explain why.

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