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Taylor Swift is ‘not interesting as an artist’, says Courtney Love

As well as branding Swift “not important,” the Hole vocalist suggested Lana Del Rey should “take seven years off”.

By Will Richards

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Courtney Love (Picture: Andre Csillag) and Taylor Swift (Picture: Beth Garrabrant)

Courtney Love has hit out at Taylor Swift in a new interview, branding the superstar “not important” and “not interesting as an artist”.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, Love discussed a number of world famous female songwriters as part of a conversation around her new BBC radio show Courtney Love’s Women.

However, she didn’t share any admiration for Swift, saying: “Taylor is not important. She might be a safe space for girls, and she’s probably the Madonna of now, but she’s not interesting as an artist.”

She then turned her focus onto Lana Del Rey, adding: “I haven’t liked Lana since she covered a John Denver song, and I think she should really take seven years off.

“Up until ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ I thought she was great. When I was recording my new album, I had to stop listening to her as she was influencing me too much.”

Taylor Swift (Picture: Beth Garrabrant)

Elsewhere, she spoke about Beyoncé and her new country turn on Cowboy Carter, saying: “I like the idea of Beyoncé doing a country record because it’s about Black women going into spaces where previously only white women have been allowed, not that I like it much. As a concept, I love it. I just don’t like her music.”

This Friday (April 19), Taylor Swift will release new album Tortured Poets Department. It will feature collaborations with Post Malone and Florence + The Machine, and will pack a total of 17 songs (including bonus track, ‘The Manuscript’).