Courtney Love says Taylor Swift is “not important” and “not interesting as an artist”

Courtney Love has shared her thoughts on Taylor Swift – see what she had to say below.

Speaking to The Standard in an interview recently the Hole singer to promote her new BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Sounds series called Courtney Love’s Women, Love spoke about Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Madonna.

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Though she uses the Women show to uplift and celebrate women in music, Courtney Love slammed Swift in her interview with The Standard. Love told the outlet: “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.”

Courtney Love attends The NME Awards 2020 at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 12, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Love has also grown tired of recent Coachella 2024 headliner Lana Del Rey, saying she stopped liking the singer-songwriter in December last year: “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.”

Courtney Love then spoke on Madonna, with whom she has had a rocky relationship for decades. In 2007, Love questioned Madonna’s validity as an artist, writing in her blog at the time: “Madonna is a great business woman but come on, she’s weak as an arists and we all know it. I like Madge but as a relevant musician it’s a joke.”

Courtney Love performs with Hole in 1990. CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images
Now, Love has said to The Standard: “I don’t like her and she doesn’t like me. I loved Desperately Seeking Susan, but for the city of New York as much as her.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Love spoke about Beyoncé and ‘Cowboy Carter’: “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.”

Back in February, Love joined Billie Joe Armstrong‘s covers band The Coverups onstage in London where she delivered a joint performance of Hole‘s ‘Celebrity Skin’. She also made a surprise appearance at the first show, assisting Armstrong and co. on covers of Tom Petty‘s ‘Even The Losers’, and Cheap Trick’s ‘He’s A Whore’ and ‘Surrender’, as well as teasing a Hole reunion.

Armstrong subsequently told NME about his longtime friendship with Love at the BRIT Awards 2024, sharing: “We’ve known her since ’94, she’s always great! She’s a wild woman, she has a lot of great stories and I love Courtney… She’s definitely like a rock n’ roll-er in herself. She’s got her sea legs back so we’ll maybe be hearing more from her.”
Courtney Love performing on ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ in 2010 (CREDIT: Andre Csillag)

Back in 2020, Courtney Love spoke with NME after picking up the Icon Award at the 2020 NME Awards and opened up about why she chose to settle down in London.

“When I arrived in London from Liverpool aged 16 in the early ’80s, I ended up staying at the Columbia in Bayswater – the scene of so much decadent rock and roll activity. My knowledge of London literally became the tube from Bayswater to Oxford Street – that’s literally all I knew,” she explained.

“You haven’t got nearly the Thought Police you think you do compared to in Portland or parts of LA. I’m allowed to dissent here, which I haven’t felt comfortable doing recently elsewhere. Being able to have a real dialogue and read all sorts of opinions… it made me fall in love with the UK even more.”

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