News that Rihanna doesn’t write her own material isn’t, well, shocking, but the ethical and moral grounds behind having a team of writers has rubbed The Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan in a very wrong way.
In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Cowan has named and shamed the songstress for carrying on with such practices, explaining that “Rihanna isn’t an artist – she has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums and she’s the face of it. I have nothing against it, but I don’t want to be associated with it.”
Cowan was quick to turn his crosshairs on Coldplay, who recently collaborated with Rihanna for their single Princess of China. He stated: “I’ve never heard that song, but it’s Coldplay – they’ll do whatever they can to be the biggest band on earth, to be bigger than U2,” confessing that he has nothing against the track itself, but more so having beef with those who composed it, “I don’t think I’ll ever be involved in something like that. It needs artistic merit.”
The band has been in the news a fair bit lately on account of their public rants. Vocalist Justin Young very recently slammed the Russian public as being ‘apathetic’ towards the plight of jailed protesters Pussy Riot. Young was baffled that the west had taken more interest in the situation and believed the whole debacle has “pulled down the façade” that Russia is a Western civilisation, according to NME.