Courtney Love Has Thoughts on Taylor Swift, Beyonce

'Taylor is not important,' and she doesn't like Beyonce's music
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2024 11:40 AM CDT
Courtney Love Is Definitely Not a Swiftie
Courtney Love attends a Dior menswear collection presentation in Paris on Jan. 20, 2023.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Courtney Love, never known for holding back her controversial opinions, is opining again, this time in a lengthy interview in the Standard. She's got a new eight-part series out on BBC Radio, Courtney Love's Women, and boy, does she get into the girls. While the former Hole frontwoman says she thinks "it's great that there are so many successful women in the music industry, but lots of them are becoming a cliche. Now, every successful woman is cloned. ... If you play something on Spotify, you get bombarded with a lot of stuff that's exactly the same." She has lots of big-name disses, including some of the biggest female stars on the planet:

  • Taylor Swift: "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." Deadline notes this is a shift from as recently as a few years ago when Love wished Swift a happy birthday on Facebook and called her an "aspirational huge role model for many young women."

  • Beyonce: "I like the idea of Beyonce 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."
  • Madonna: No punches pulled: "I don't like her and she doesn't like me."
  • Lana Del Rey: "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."
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: "Five old white guys, right, who have apparently never heard of Kate Bush. I mean, really? Jann Wenner should be put out to pasture. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. You know, some guy takes a girl out and tries to kiss her and she doesn't feel like it, and he gets his whole career ruined. But Jann Wenner is allowed to say that Black people and women weren't intellectual enough to be included in his book of rock 'n' roll masters? Eat me, you f---!"
The full interview, including some female artists Love does applaud, here. Meanwhile, CNN has some previously unseen photos of Love with husband Kurt Cobain and infant daughter Frances Bean from 1992. (More Courtney Love stories.)

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