Taylor Swift is the “Margaret Thatcher of pop music” says Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant

The 1989 singer “seems to be about economics”, says Tennant.

Pet Shop Boys‘ Neil Tennant has called Taylor Swift the “Margaret Thatcher of pop music” in a new interview.

Asked about the current state of chart music, the 61-year-old told Noisey: “I think the current pop landscape is pretty good actually. Last year we arrived at a place where mainstream pop music started to, for the first time in ages, take in influences from what would be underground if it wasn’t underground, if it hadn’t gone mainstream.” He then name-checks The Weeknd and Skrillex working with Justin Bieber before asking: “even now Zayn Malik’s record, ‘It’s You’ – have you heard it? It’s the most beautiful record.”

“I think Lady Gaga’s been interesting. Taylor Swift is a sort of Mrs Thatcher of pop music in that she seems to be about economics… There’s a problem in pop music which is subject matter of pop music. There’s currently only one subject matter and that is the singer, and possibly their emotional life, or their issues with fame.”

Watch the full interview below.