Blur’s Alex James says Taylor Swift is ‘bigger than The Beatles’

Frontman Damon Albarn previously stated that he'd be open to working with the pop singer

Blur bassist Alex James has discussed the dominance of solo artists in the current musical climate, claiming that Taylor Swift is “bigger than The Beatles“.

The Britpop band supported their first album in 12 years, ‘The Magic Whip’, with a show at London’s Hyde Park last week. Speaking backstage at the event, James pondered whether the group would be as big if they were starting their career now.

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“A big one’s still a big one in the world, like Taylor Swift is bigger than The Beatles, but it tends to be singers and backing musicians [who are big],” James told Digital Spy.

Several Blur members recently spoke of their admiration for Taylor Swift, with guitarist Graham Coxon describing the singer as “a wholesome person with some classy opinions”. James added: “She’s bigger than anyone ever and if you’ve got little girls you can’t resist The Swift. They’re great tunes, she’s smoking hot, what’s not to like?”

Asked whether he would be open to collaborating with Swift, Damon Albarn answered positively but claimed “very few people I write for use my songs and it’s a bit of a mystery to me”. The singer also reportedly laughed when imagining Taylor Swift covering Blur’s 1995 UK Number One single ‘Country House’.

Blur have the following live dates upcoming:

Sesimbra Super Bock Super Rock (July 17)
Benicassim Festival (18)
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Wan Chai (22)
Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena (25)
Byron Bay Splendour in the Grass (26)
Melbourne Rod Laver Arena (28)
Perth Arena (30)
Laois Electric Picnic (September 5)
Santiago Movistar Arena (October 7)
Mexico City Sports Palace (15)
Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl (20)
New York Madison Square Garden (23)