Indie band The Vaccines have claimed that Rihanna is not an artist.
Speaking to Digital Spy, the rockers claimed the global hitmaker is just 'the face of' a team of writers and producers.
"Rihanna isn't an artist," said Freddie Cowan. "She has 15 writers, 15 songwriters and 15 producers all fighting for space on her albums and she's the face of it.
"I have nothing against it, but I don't want to be associated with it."
The band also questioned the authenticity of her duet with Coldplay, saying her inclusion meant it lacked "artistic merit".
"I've never heard that song, but it's Coldplay - they'll do whatever they can to be the biggest band on earth, to be bigger than U2," Cowan continued.
"They do it really well and they've never put out a bad album so hats off to them. I have nothing against those collaborations because I don't feel you can judge people, but I don't think I'll ever be involved in something like that.
"It needs artistic merit."
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