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Albarn slams pop selfie generation

Pop music no longer challenges the establishment or discusses politics because performers are part of "the selfie generation", Blur frontman Damon Albarn has said.

The outspoken 47-year-old decried the narcissism in modern music during an interview with The Sunday Times' Culture magazine.

He said: "But look at music now. Does it say anything?

"Young artists talk about themselves, not what's happening out there. It's the selfie generation. They're talking platitudes.

"What are any of them saying? I don't hear anything other than: 'This is how I feel.' Which is an important part of song-writing , but we're talking in the context of the election - and they don't have anything to do with it."

Albarn said his "ideal scenario" in government would be "Green and Labour, with a serious move to reduce Trident and the armed forces".

The born-again Britpop rockers are due to release their eighth studio album, The Magic Whip - and the first since 2003's Think Tank - on April 27. They are scheduled to play Barclaycard British Summer Time, Hyde park, on June 20.

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