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March 21st, 2013
Robbie Williams has renounced his recent statements that blasted Suede’s Brett Anderson in a new blog posted on his official website today. The 39-year-old British singer wrote a rant on Wednesday in response to Anderson’s alleged interview with The Sun, where Anderson criticized modern pop stars.
“It would appear that I’ve gone off on a tangent not entirely created by Mr. Brett Anderson of pop combo Suede,” said Williams in his latest blog. “It won’t be the last time that happens and it felt good to get it off my chest.”
In the supposed interview with the British tabloid, Anderson spoke about his frustration with record labels that he says produce manufactured artists. Although he never mentioned any specific names, The Sun alleges he was referring to current teen idols, Justin Bieber and One Direction.
Anderson is quoted by The Sun as saying, “There has always been crap pop music. I remember when we had all the crap boy bands in the 90s – stuff like that has always been around.”
In his original response to Anderson, Williams defended mainstream pop. “There were a few special indie bands then just as there are in every generation,” he said. “And just as some pop bands are useless, some are magnificent in every generation.”
Williams went on to single out One Direction. “The world’s a lot more exciting with One Direction in it,” he said. “More hearts will genuinely race at a new 1D album than they ever have or will at any Suede album in any time period.”
If Anderson’s interview was in fact legitimate, then he is just latest British artist to blast One Direction. Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg and Kasbian front man Tom Meighan have previously publicly questioned the boy band’s credibility as artists.
The conflict between independent and mainstream will unfortunately always exist. One Direction entered the music industry through a popular singing reality show, but that alone doesn’t guarantee success. They didn’t even win The X Factor UK and are undeniably more successful than anyone who has.
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