Neil Tennant: Taylor Swift is the Mrs Thatcher of pop music

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has praised Taylor Swift for taking an interest in the economics of the pop industry.


Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant has called Taylor Swift the « Mrs Thatcher of pop music ».

The 61-year-old musician – who is joined by Chris Lowe in the electronic duo – has praised a whole host of modern artists including the ‘Shake It Off’ hitmaker, who he admires for taking an interest in the business side of the music industry.

He said: « I think Lady Gaga has been interesting and Taylor Swift is a sort of Mrs Thatcher of pop music in that she seems to be about economics but you know what at least somebody is interested in that. »

The BRIT award-winner is also a fan of Justin Bieber and even former One Direction star Zayn Malik and believes pop music as a whole is in « good » shape at the moment.

He told website Noisey: « I think the current pop landscape is pretty good. I thought last year we arrived at a place where mainstream pop music started for the first time in ages, to take in influences from what would be underground if it wasn’t underground, if it hadn’t gone mainstream. I basically mean The Weeknd and Skrillex working with Justin Bieber. Zayn Malik’s single ‘It’s You’ is the most beautiful record [too]. »