It looks as though former Oasis star Noel Gallagher is on his way back to the top of the charts. Gallagher split from Oasis in 2009 after years of band in-fighting, often with his brother Liam Gallagher. Since the split, Noel has formed his own band, the High Flying Birds, and according to NME, it seems that Gallagher’s second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, is headed for the number one spot despite only having been released on Monday.
The Official Chart Company has Gallagher’s album at the top of the midweek chart ahead of Brit Award winners Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran. If Gallagher maintains his place when the official chart is revealed on Sunday, it will be interesting to see if the success will put a smile on Gallagher’s face.
In recent weeks, Gallagher has been on a one-man hate campaign seemingly against everything and everyone. In an incredible interview with Rolling Stone, Gallagher has lambasted a whole list of artists including Taylor Swift, One Direction, Kanye West, and Ed Sheeran.
According to E! Online, Gallagher launched into a tirade against Taylor Swift when the magazine suggested that lots of people thought she was a good songwriter. Gallagher suggested that only her parents could rate her songwriting.
“Who says that? Her parents, who’s ‘people’? Name these people,” he said. “You’re lying. She seems like a nice girl, but no one has ever said those words, and you know it.”
When asked about One Direction Gallagher revealed his contempt for people who don’t write their own music.
“I know Harry Styles. We’ve hung out a couple of times. They’re lovely lads. But I’ve got to say, I have difficulties with people who don’t write their own songs, who’ve got a team of songwriters who work for your record label.”
Gallagher reserved a special tirade for Kanye West and his antics at the Grammy’s when he told Beck that he should give his Grammy to Beyonce. Gallagher called West a “dumba**” and suggested that someone needs to buy him a dictionary so that he can look up the word “artistry.”
Gallagher was recently involved in a well-publicized spat with Ed Sheeran on Twitter when he claimed that “he couldn’t live in a world” where Sheeran could sell out three nights at Wembley.
Amazingly, Gallagher was actually nice about Sheeran in the Rolling Stone interview saying that “he’s all right, Ed. He took it with good humor, which is how it was meant. I was bemoaning the fact that the biggest rock bands in England can’t even sell out Wembley, and yet pop music can.”
It seems that Gallagher’s disdain is reserved exclusively for pop music, saying “modern pop music is bland nonsense, there isn’t even a word yet that’s capable of describing it. If it was a color, it would be beige.”
Gallagher did have some kind words to say about artists outside of the pop genre when he professed his admiration for Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and even U2. Gallagher also praised TV program Seinfeld, calling it the “the best thing that has ever been filmed.”
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