In an interview with ShortList magazine, singer/songwriter Jake Bugg had some not-so-friendly comments to say about 1D, stating: “Oh, I’m pretty sure they have a good laugh. But it’s easy to, isn’t it? When you don’t have to write any songs. People [call them the new Beatles] because they broke America, but that don’t mean a thing. I mean, [One Direction] must know that they’re terrible. They must know… Calling them the new rock stars is a ridiculous statement. And people should stop making it.” Ouch.
Not ones to take criticism lying down (hello, the One Direction war with The Wanted is still raging), some of the boys have already fired back at the lesser-known English musician, tweeting:
Really buggs me that artists we’re fans of ,flip on us in the press !
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) February 22, 2013
Hi @jakebugg do you think slagging off boy bands makes you more indie ?
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) February 22, 2013
This isn’t the only music-fueled feud we’ve heard of in recent weeks. After the 2013 Grammy Awards, the drummer from The Black Keys, Patrick Carney, took a jab at Justin Bieber, saying the 18-year-old superstar shouldn’t feel snubbed for his lack of nominations: “[Justin's] rich, right? [...] Grammys are for, like, music; not for money… and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy.” Just like 1D, Justin took to Twitter to give it right back to the artist:
the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 12, 2013
What do you think of Jake Bugg’s comments? Were Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson right to fire back? Tell us in the comments below, or on our One Direction message board!