Tony Blackburn: 'Rihanna Is Better Than The Beatles'

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

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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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    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...
    RNFR95
    Superperfex wrote: Tony Blackburn suffers from a disease called stupidity.
    If stupidity is a disease, then we have an epidemic on this planet.
    Obie
    I don't even care for the Beatles and I disagree with this.
    Pan-Tallica
    BigSpence wrote: So...you're defending a misleading headline?
    No, of course not. I said the title doesn't accurately portray the content of the article. The title makes it sounds worse than it really is. This guy seems to be making a statement about the quality of music THEN versus NOW (i.e., less versus more "performing", respectively). The title makes it sounds like he has explicitly stated that Rihanna is better than the Beatles, which is wrong and misleading.
    chiefmegadeth
    JustinRTime wrote: Okay. Listen. Rihanna has never written anything. In her entire life. Yes. She can sing. Anyone can go to school, take a few classes when young and sing. People can go to a class and learn to dance. No one. I am telling you right now. No one. Will ever be able to go to a class and be able to write what the Beatles and the Rolling Stones wrote. Rihanna has accomplished nothing in her career. She has not made a mark. She could be replaced with Katty Perry, Lady Gaga, some hot girl with a voice and who can dance. Someone who took a class. The writers of the songs that Rihanna sings are not written just for her. They are made. Like a bottle of coke. There is a generic recipe that tastes good. So Rihanna is not better than the beatles. Will never be. No one will ever be better than them. P.S. Rihanna can be said to be better than Elvis. People forget he never wrote a song. Lol just kidding. He actually did something in his life.
    lady gaga is hot wtf...she looks like a witch or a dude.shes a ugbo
    guetaminute
    JustinRTime wrote: Okay. Listen. Rihanna has never written anything. In her entire life. Yes. She can sing. Anyone can go to school, take a few classes when young and sing. People can go to a class and learn to dance. No one. I am telling you right now. No one. Will ever be able to go to a class and be able to write what the Beatles and the Rolling Stones wrote. Rihanna has accomplished nothing in her career. She has not made a mark. She could be replaced with Katty Perry, Lady Gaga, some hot girl with a voice and who can dance. Someone who took a class. The writers of the songs that Rihanna sings are not written just for her. They are made. Like a bottle of coke. There is a generic recipe that tastes good. So Rihanna is not better than the beatles. Will never be. No one will ever be better than them. P.S. Rihanna can be said to be better than Elvis. People forget he never wrote a song. Lol just kidding. He actually did something in his life.
    You took this way too seriously. You're preaching to the choir. etc. etc.
    Reynolds666
    I don't enjoy the beatles at all and I still think Rhianna is a piece of shit on the floor compared to them/anyone else
    stickman31
    ----- Troll lines, everybody above or below these lines have been trolled -----
    False_God
    Thank god he's opinion doesn't mean shit and never did. Nothing to see here, move along folks.
    losing battle
    Well yes it is true, it is more entertaining to watch a glorified stripper than a bunch of white males from the 60's perforn quality music.
    SullyNinetyTwo
    Im sorry I didnt know Rhianna was the most successful musician ever, I always thought it was the Beatles...
    WM121
    Also are you elitist snobs really going to lose faith in humanity because one guy thought Rihanna is better than the Beatles?... Get a life, seriously
    aknutal
    what about hendrix, he was in the 60s and certainly did more than just stand there :p
    WM121
    At least the Beatles didn't sing: "I want you to love me like I'm a hot guy"
    guetaminute
    Whilst I do agree that dancing and singing is hard, dancing is hard enough as it is and requires a lot of dedication effort and practice, playing guitar takes all that tenfold. So, yeah, Rihanna's obviously not better than Beatles. But what am I saying? Any sort of opinion that barely goes somewhat out of the stereotypical (unfortunately the stereotype applies to a lot of idiots here on UG) biased long-haired GUITAR-ONLY MUSIC FUCK ANYTHING ELSE individual's opinion is automatically and quickly downvoted, not to mention the hostile quotes of HOW DARE YOU NOT AGREE WITH US YOU ASSHOLE FUCK YOU RAUURRRR. UG's community is pretty embarrassingly awful.
    GeekInThePink
    Just ask yourselves this, guys: Is that someone having a different opinion on music than I do really worth getting worked up about? If your answer is yes and you have a good explanation for why, please share.
    mysfarbror
    Oh no, a guy has an opinion that differs from the 14 year old dadrock loving hivemind that is ultimate-guitar, stop the presses. Don't worry kids, they'll go back to reporting the next time slash eats a sandwich, gene simmons says something ****ing retarded and dave grohl does just about anything
    swave75
    Maybe if the article said "Cannibal Corpse is better than the Beatles" I might agree.
    STABxYOU
    shonen wrote: Beatles were pure musical talent and genius. Pop stars today are cookie cutter, plastic manufactured, over commercialised product with no soul. You listenin tony?
    How many cookie-cutter British Invasion bands were there? You're naive if you think poor clones of successful bands is a trend that's recent. Artistic innovation comes in spurts, with long, stagnant periods with a lot of mediocre, derivative work in between.
    bmarlatt1685
    Tomorrow's statement from Mr. Blackburn: "Nick and Kevin Jonas are better guitarists than Van Halen, Satriani, Hendrix, and Angus Young combined 'cause they can like dance and sing while they play and stuff, and like those other guitarists... uh - can't."
    ihavenoname93
    sick of these sensationalist articles on UG. I'm completely convinced now that the UG news team doesnt look for newsworthy articles, but rather random statements that promise to arise the biggest reaction from the community. im sick of hearing about irrelevant people making controversial statements about the music industry. that really does not constitute news, guys.
    TheHawkdaddy
    He thinks singing and dancing is impressive? Somebody should show him a KISS concert, hes gonna be blown away.
    shonen
    Beatles were pure musical talent and genius. Pop stars today are cookie cutter, plastic manufactured, over commercialised product with no soul. You listenin tony?
    420Tool
    UG why even post this nonsense? You know it's only going to generate spam and flaming...jesus.
    vaca11
    so he says "dancing" is most important aspect of music and if he thinks a stage show is most important thing (definitely when you are listening a mp3!) he should checks bands like Rammstein or RHCP
    samloeffer_17
    As soon as I read the title I knew the article was going to be a troll fest. Come on, UG, give us stuff worth reading.
    guitar.freak14
    I dont even have words for this. One of the most unintelligent, false, bs statements ever made
    qrEE
    Let's see... Rihanna doesn't write her own songs, she doesn't sing the songs (autotune)... and we have holograms now for the dancing... and she's better than the Beatles?
    MisterMushroom
    I'm from Liverpool. My city is filled with stuff to do with The Beatles. I constantly have people online asking/telling me stuff about The Beatles when they discover my location. I'm SICK of The ****ing Beatles. HOWEVER, to say that Rihanna is better...to say that they just "stood there with guitars" is disgusting. :|
    SOAD_SoG
    So Mr.Nobody gives his ****ing opinion. Who gives a flying **** about this ignorant dipshit?! Ever heard of PLAYBACK?! Cause thats what she does.
    Attack&Release
    tl;dr this whole article, but I can assume by the title it's gotten one-hundred replies from a bunch of butt-devastated babies who kick and scream when someone states an opinion different from their own. I've finally figured it out about UG. This website is the Lil' B of the internet: an elaborate game made by massive trolls, but its fans are just too ****ing stupid to figure it out.
    MegadethFan18
    Says she can do everything, lists two things. I've been kind to Blackburn, The Rapture won't bestow the same mercy.
    ProgFripp74
    cbabb7 wrote: *facepalm
    *Facepalm mute... insiders will get this To the point, firstly the stones and beatles can play an instrument, write their own music, perform their own music and have merit because of it. Rihanna sings with autotune, wow well done, and is probably as famous for the way she looks as the music other people write for her. Hmmmmm...
    powachord
    ne14t wrote: Never heard a Rhianna song, I think she is looks like a man to so can ditch the sleeping with her idea. If anything wouldn't it have been the Shock rockers like KISS and Alice Cooper with the crazy ass stage shows that gave birth to concept used by pop stars? I can't believe this guy can say he works or worked in the music industry.
    Really? Do u live in a cave? Pants are WAY cooler than shirts!