October 30, 2013 11:13

Jake Bugg slams Britney Spears' entourage

But Mercury Music Prize nominee admits 'Toxic' singer was 'nice' to him

Jake Bugg slams Britney Spears' entourage

Photo: Matt Salacuse/NME

Jake Bugg has criticised Britney Spears' entourage after being around the pop star while filming a TV show recently.

The outspoken singer said he was shocked when he saw how people were treating her when they both recently appeared on Alan Carr's Channel 4 chat show Chatty Man.

Bugg told the Daily Star: ''Britney was nice and said hello to me, but those stars have such a massive number of people it's daft. Staff on the show were saying to her entourage, 'I'm just going to stick a bit of tape on this microphone, is that OK?' when I was setting up. I was going: 'Just fucking stick it on there.' They should let people be who they want to be, not turn them into some superstar.''

Bugg is among a host of stars who have enjoyed album sales spikes ahead of the Mercury Music Prize nominations.

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Bugg is currently a 33/1 outsider to take home the £20,000 prize money. Disclosure are 5/2 favourites followed by Laura Mvula (3/1) and David Bowie (6/1). Bugg is set to release his second album, 'Shangri La', on November 18. The follow-up to last year's self-titled debut is named after Rick Rubin's Malibu studio, where the 19 year old singer-songwriter recorded the album. Rubin produced the album, and it features Jason Lader on bass, Matt Sweeney on guitar and Pete Thomas (The Attractions) on drums.

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