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]. »