Tony Blackburn: 'Rihanna Is Better Than The Beatles'

Famous radio DJ praises star for doing more than standing with a guitar.

Tony Blackburn: 'Rihanna Is Better Than The Beatles'
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Former Radio One DJ, Tony Blackburn has recently been quoted saying that he believes Rihanna is better than The Beatles. He claims, "I actually think today's artists are better than those of yesteryear", when asked if he thought the 1960s were a golden age in music, adding: "The Beatles and the Stones just stood there with guitars and sang." Blackburn, who is now 69, launched his radio presenting career back in 1967. Nowadays Blackburn feels artists make more of an effort to perform. "People like Rihanna can sing and dance and do everything," he says. Rihanna isn't the only modern star to be compared to the Fab Four, with boyband One Direction recently likened to the famous four. Sir Paul McCartney didn't agree with the comparison however, stating that, "It's a pressure, because suddenly you've got to live up to all the things that we did, and it was a different time. So let's just call them "the next terrific band". Rihanna has recently been lined up to play a villain in the sixth Fast & Furious movie sequel. Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

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    cyanide02
    "People like Rihanna can sing and dance and do everything,"
    She just can't perform whilst playing a guitar or write her own songs without a bunch of highly paid songwriters and producers. Seriously this guy is senile and we should disregard his opinion entirely.
    Lightning_Ray
    The Beatles and the Stones just stood there with guitars and sang.
    I stopped reading after this, there's no point in proving a troll wrong, as if proof was needed in this case anyway...
    D4CE
    I'm sure Paul can dance and lipsync at the same time too..
    Minivirus2
    There's a difference between showmanship and musicianship. The difference being, you can put a Beatles record on and enjoy the music whenever, wherever, but if you put on the Rhianna record, you get a load of crap. Sure, you have a point. Watching a half naked, attracive woman, dancing around a stage for an hour, probably does have a heightened appeal compared to four dudes behind instuments, but this is just ignorant.
    sciacallo010
    When you're talking about music...you should talk about music! Rihanna can sing and dance together? good for her, but talking about music, and only about music there is no comparison (and if we're here still talking about the Beatles after 50 years, there should be a reason )
    mradubz33
    This guy is a radio DJ...why does his opinion matter? Also, shirts are most definitely better than pants.
    fastlanestoner
    this is just so far off it's hilarious. This guy obviously said this only for ratings. What a joke. In fact, when people refer to how terrible music is today Rihanna is the go-to example.
    Minivirus2
    Pan-Tallica wrote: Alright, the claim being made here is more along the lines of "today's musicians are more entertaining because they also dance while they sing." There's no explicit claim that Rihanna is better than the Beatles. And even if that WERE the claim being made, how valid could it be? We're talking about two totally different types of music. It's like me saying shirts are better than pants. Makes no sense.
    Dude, the headline...
    Paddy McK
    "The Beatles and the Stones just stood there with guitars and sang." Interesting. Anyone ever seen any live footage of the Stones (or The Beatles in their early days). To say they 'just stood there' is just incorrect, the energy and showmanship is phenomenal.
    fugazi001
    Well done Tony, time for your pills now and a lovely nap....try not to wake the other residents
    FN77
    Wow, the Beatles only stood there and sang while playing guitar. If I'm counting correctly, that is still two more things than Rhianna does. She lip-syncs and doesn't play an instrument and doesn't even write her own songs. Clearly she's the type of artist everyone should aspire to be....and who is Tony Blackburn?
    jm911
    "The Beatles and the Stones just stood there with guitars and sang."
    I don't think rihanna could do that lol
    OxMxGxTACOS
    stef123 wrote: If she can do everything, how come she couldn't dodge Chris Brown's fist?
    This
    alestorm666
    Tony Blackburn is a ****ing brainless ****, as are most people associated with radio 1.
    SlipknotZ
    Im a firm believer that todays pop artists are talentless hacks who pay some fat ass white guy living in his moms basment, to come up with overused, overproduced beats on a computer. They then sing over it about money or some shit then proceed to do a dirty downtown bar strip scene. Please tell me how that trumps 4 guys trying to play 4 different instruments together in unison, and writing songs about things that ACTUALLY MATTER?
    FenderMaster
    Only an idiot would think that a dance routine is a more important trait in a musical performer than the ability to actually write and play music. He's just some sexually frustrated old guy who prefers to watch popstars dance around in bikinis than actual musical performances. Can't really blame him for that, but he's still a fool.
    robo37
    News just in: Tony Blackburn is an idiot. Now let's talk some more about holograms...
    mojo-risin
    lets be honest here..what is the point of posting this article..no rational human being would ever agree with those statements
    guitar7masta
    "People like Rihanna can sing and dance and do everything" Whenever someone ends a sentence with "everything", it usually means they have no idea what they are talking about. The truck was red and everything. The boat, like, had a stern and everything
    centermass
    like i said in my previous post i am speechless. but i am so glad you were not! that is the funniest thing i have read all day!!!
    Reverend-Me wrote: On a more serious note, he should be hanged by his balls
    Sethis
    Let's see if I can get the most disliked comment ever. RIHANNA IS SO FUCKING BETTER THAN THOSE IDIOTS!
    fede01_8
    Pan-Tallica wrote: Alright, the claim being made here is more along the lines of "today's musicians are more entertaining because they also dance while they sing." There's no explicit claim that Rihanna is better than the Beatles . And even if that WERE the claim being made, how valid could it be? We're talking about two totally different types of music. It's like me saying shirts are better than pants. Makes no sense.
    Headline: Rihanna is better than the Beatles" MOD FAiL!
    iommi600
    Also...
    "People like Rihanna can sing and dance and do everything,"
    Seriously? She might be able to jump and make poses around like a retarded panda bear showing himself in the zoo, but raping an autotune isn't actually singing...
    Shread_6009
    Rihanna can do it all.... besides sing in Key. Or write any of her songs. Yep. Do it all....
    pailoong
    The Rolling Stones just stood there with guitars and sang? He must be talking about a different band than the one I'm thinking of. The Rolling Stones I'm thinking of had a frontman that moved around on stage like he was fighting off an invisible swarm of angry bees.
    cptcomet
    Where did he say that she's better than The Beatles? The fab four wrote incredible songs.
    WelshKes
    Rhianna better than the Beatles, here is some thoughts Beatles wrote their own songs Beatles play their own instruments Beatles sing as God intended them to be Rhianna has others to write her songs Rhianna has others to play their instruments(?) for her Rhianna sings as the autotuner intends her to sing Yes Tony Blackburn, taken my points into account, Rhianna is a lot better than the Beatles, (twat!)
    RJDfan666
    This guy has to be a troll. I mean come on! nobody can be THAT stupid!....Can they?
    HumanitysDeath
    The most depressing thing about this article is finding out that they're making another Fast and Furious.
    DexterF
    Riwho? We like the Beatles and the Stones *becuase* they stood there and sang and played guitar. If I want some chic waving her ass about to some cheesy music I watch *porn*. And "the sixth Fast&Furious movie" is exactly where pop fads belong.