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Noel Gallagher: 'I was fucking heartbroken when I found out Jake Bugg uses a co-writer'

Oasis man says singers should 'join a fucking band' if they need help with writing

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Noel Gallagher has revealed that he was "heartbroken" when he found out that Jake Bugg uses a professional co-writer and suggested the singer should "join a fucking band" if he needs help with writing.

Speaking about musicians such as Bugg and James Bay who need help to write music, Gallagher told Shortlist: "I've heard it said, in interviews, by these characters who use songwriters that, 'Well, you need help to write songs.' And what I would say to people like that is, 'Well, if you need help to write songs, join a fucking band.' Right? That's why music is dying."

He added: "They're singers, they're performers, they're not singer-songwriters. There should be a new term, because if they're singer-songwriters, what am I, then? What's Paul Weller? What's Paul McCartney? What's Neil Young or Bob Dylan?

"I remember when Jake came on tour with me, it was great, and he was like 'The Great White Hope', to coin a phrase. He gave me his album backstage, middle of Europe. I was flicking through it, and was like, 'Who's this other fucking guy in the credits?' I was heartbroken in a way, fucking heartbroken."

Noel Gallagher's new album 'Chasing Yesterday' will be released March 2. The singer was recently announced as one of the headliners of this year's T In The Park Festival.

Yesterday, it was also reported that Gallagher had jumped to Ed Sheeran's defence after previously criticising the singer in an interview with NME earlier this year, in which he remarked that he couldn't live in a world where Ed Sheeran headlines Wembley. "He's a good lad and I won't have a word said against him," Gallagher said.

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