Rihanna "not an artist" claim Vaccines

Passing indie fad The Vaccines have hit out at artists who are substantially more successful. Rihanna and Coldplay were among their targets.

Talking to Digital Spy, Vaccines guitarist Freddie Cowan said that Rihanna was not a credible artist because so much of her work relies on collaboration. "Rihanna isn't an artist - she has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums," he said, "and she's the face of it. I have nothing against it, but I don't want to be associated with it."

That would not seem to be an issue, as Rihanna is not exactly clamouring to work with The Vaccines. She has performed a duet with Coldplay, who, coincidentally, also came under fire from Cowan.

"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," he said. "They do it really well and they've never put out a bad album so hats off to them. I have nothing against those collaborations because I don't feel you can judge people, but I don't think I'll ever be involved in something like that. It needs artistic merit."

The comments seem to be a case of grabbing some media attention to coincide with the release of their second album, The Vaccines Come Of Age, on September 3. The Vaccines begin their UK tour in November, taking in such venues as the Plymouth Pavilions and the Doncaster Dome.

Coldplay and Rihanna meanwhile will perform their duet at the Paralympics Closing Ceremony in front of a global audience of tens of millions.

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