Bill Withers: ‘I’m a big fan of Taylor Swift’

Veteran singer-songwriter also praises Katy Perry

Bill Withers has admitted he is a big fan of Taylor Swift.

The veteran singer-songwriter, who is set to be inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame next month, also said he likes Katy Perry‘s music.

He told Rolling Stone: “I can actually deal with Taylor Swift because she’s clever. Being a songwriter, I can appreciate her wit. She deserves all of her success.

“But I do like Katy Perry? Look, I don’t think there’s a lot of 76-year-old people hanging on Katy Perry’s every word. I’m not against it, but it doesn’t come and get me.

“Asking me about today’s pop music would be like asking me who the national marbles champion is. I just don’t care. If music gets me, I’ll come and listen to it.”

Swift has been listed amongst the world’s most powerful people.

The singer came sixth in Fortune‘s World’s Greatest Leaders poll behind Apple CEO Tim Cook at number one, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, Xi Jinping, the Chinese President and two places behind Pope Francis.

She is the highest placed woman in the list which ranks “extraordinary” people who are “transforming business, government and philanthropy”.

Explaining the reasoning behind her position, the publication stated: “Taylor Swift didn’t become the highest-paid woman in the music business by accident.

“Pop’s savviest star has crossed swords with Spotify, embraced corporate sponsorship, and moved to secure dozens of trademarks (including phrases like “This sick beat”)—plus she has proved shrewder at honing a brand in the social media age than virtually any other person or company.”