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Here’s why Courtney Love can’t stand Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, or Lana Del Rey

Courtney Love has never been one to bite her tongue — even when it means incurring the wrath of Taylor Swift’s fanbase.

In a new interview with The Standard, the Hole frontwoman talked about her new radio show Courtney Love’s Women. The eight-part series is about the history of women in music — so Love promoted it by dragging a bunch of women in music, starting with Swift.

“Taylor is not important,” Love said. “She might be a safe space for girls, and she’s probably the Madonna of now, but she’s not interesting as an artist.”

Where does the vitriol come from? It’s unclear, as Love has had virtually no interactions with Swift (apart from wishing her a happy birthday and calling her an “aspirational huge role model for many young women” in a Facebook post).

Perhaps it’s just that Love is an equal-opportunity hater. She also used the interview to hit Beyoncé with a seriously backhanded compliment.

“It’s great that there are so many successful women in the music industry, but lots of them are becoming a cliché,” Love said. “Now, every successful woman is cloned, so there is just too much music. They’re all the same. If you play something on Spotify, you get bombarded with a lot of stuff that’s exactly the same.”

That’s already generally pretty disparaging, but then comes the shade on Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter: “I mean, I like the idea of Beyoncé doing a country record because it’s about Black women going into spaces where previously only white women have been allowed, not that I like it much,” Love said. “As a concept, I love it. I just don’t like her music.”

Love also came for Lana Del Rey, saying, “I haven’t liked Lana since she covered a John Denver song, and I think she should really take seven years off. Up until ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ I thought she was great.”

And finally, Love took shots at Madonna. “I don’t like her and she doesn’t like me,” she said. “I loved Desperately Seeking Susan, but for the city of New York as much as her.”

If Love was looking to drum up attention, she got her wish: all of those artists’ fan bases are upset, and understandably so. One commenter called her the new Azealia Banks, and another suggested she change her name to “Courtney Hate.”

On the bright side, all episodes of Courtney Love’s Women are now available to stream on BBC Sounds. For Love’s sake, let’s hope she can at least get some listens along with the backlash.

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