Noel Gallagher: 'Emeli Sande? That's music for grannies'

Guitarist lays into Paloma Faith and artists not writing their own songs

Noel Gallagher: 'Emeli Sande? That's music for grannies'

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Noel Gallagher has laid into Emeli Sande, saying her music is "for grannies".

In an interview with Shortlist, he singled out the multiple Brit-winner, adding that he doesn't get her music, and had a few words for Paloma Faith too. He said: "You look at the 'best' now. Paloma Faith? Do me a favour. Who’s fucking decided she’s a star? Emeli Sande? That is fucking music for grannies. I don’t get it."

Noel also spoke out about being asked to write songs for younger artists. He said: "Here's another thing. I must have been asked to write songs for people about 20 times. 'Hey man – we should write some songs together'. Fucking write your own songs. I spent 46 years busting my arse to get here, slaving over a line in a song for a month. So no, I won’t write a song with you, you little prick."

Next week sees the start of the shows curated by Gallagher for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall. He's lined up Kasabian, Primal Scream, Ryan Adams, Paul Weller and Rizzle Kicks for the gigs, and will take to the stage himself with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Gruff Rhys.

As reported yesterday, Gallagher said he'd approached "middle class" acts like Ed Sheeran and Mumford and Sons, who had declined. "I got let down a lot. Everybody says yes to your face. And then the agent will call and say, ‘'Ah, they’re going to be in Australia at the time.' Really? Well they never said that to me."

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