In a candid conversation with Rolling Stone, Dua Lipa shared insights into her new album, drawing inspiration from iconic Britpop bands like Oasis and Blur, as well as embracing influences from ’90s rock and electronic music, citing Moby and Gorillaz as key influences.
Despite her admiration for the musical genius of that era, Lipa didn’t shy away from addressing the less admirable side of certain Britpop figures, notably Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn. She pointed out their sometimes dismissive attitude towards women in the industry. Lipa clarified her stance, emphasizing that while she hasn’t personally interacted with these artists, she believes in distinguishing an artist’s personal demeanor from their artistic contributions. She acknowledged the undeniable talent in Britpop but also recognized the problematic aspects of some artists’ behavior.
Lipa also touched on the broader cultural context of the time, lamenting the toxic expectations placed on artists, which often glorified controversial behavior and demeaned those who didn’t conform to these sensationalist standards.
The narrative of controversy extends beyond mere anecdotes. For instance, in 2020, Noel Gallagher openly criticized the American music industry’s portrayal of female artists, specifically targeting Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. His comments sparked a discussion about the industry’s approach to female artists and their representation in the media.
Furthermore, in 2022, Albarn faced backlash from Taylor Swift when he dismissed her songwriting abilities, suggesting she wasn’t the sole author of her work. Swift swiftly responded, defending her creative process and emphasizing the authenticity of her music.
The list of contentious remarks doesn’t end there. Gallagher’s blunt opinions surfaced again during a podcast, where he unfavorably compared Adele’s music to Cilla Black’s, not holding back his harsh critique.
Through these incidents, the ongoing conversation about artistic integrity, representation, and respect in the music industry continues, reflecting a broader dialogue about culture and values in the public sphere.