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After once calling her a “genius”, Courtney Love says Lana Del Rey “should really take seven years off”

Courtney Love has said that Lana Del Rey “should really take seven years off” after previously calling her a genius.

“I haven’t liked Lana since she covered a John Denver song, and I think she should really take seven years off,” said Love. “Up until ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ I thought she was great. When I was recording my new album, I had to stop listening to her as she was influencing me too much.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Love also slammed Taylor Swift, telling the outlet: “Taylor is not important. She might be a safe space for girls, and she’s probably the Madonna of now, but she’s not interesting as an artist.”

Armstrong spoke to NME about his longtime friendship with the ‘Celebrity Skin’ singer at the BRIT Awards 2024, sharing: “We’ve known her since ’94, she’s always great! She’s a wild woman, she has a lot of great stories and I love Courtney… She’s definitely like a rock n’ roll-er in herself. She’s got her sea legs back so we’ll maybe be hearing more from her.”

Courtney Love performs on her 43rd birthday at Bush Hall July 9, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Kent/WireImage)

Back in 2020, Courtney Love spoke with NME after picking up the Icon Award at the 2020 NME Awards and opened up about why she chose to settle down in London.

“When I arrived in London from Liverpool aged 16 in the early ’80s, I ended up staying at the Columbia in Bayswater – the scene of so much decadent rock and roll activity. My knowledge of London literally became the tube from Bayswater to Oxford Street – that’s literally all I knew,” she explained.

“You haven’t got nearly the Thought Police you think you do compared to in Portland or parts of LA. I’m allowed to dissent here, which I haven’t felt comfortable doing recently elsewhere. Being able to have a real dialogue and read all sorts of opinions… it made me fall in love with the UK even more.”

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