Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant has called Taylor Swift the "Mrs Thatcher of pop music".

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The 61-year-old musician - who is joined by Chris Lowe in the electronic duo - has praised a whole host of modern artists including the 'Shake It Off' hitmaker, who he admires for taking an interest in the business side of the music industry.

He said: "I think Lady Gaga has been interesting and Taylor Swift is a sort of Mrs Thatcher of pop music in that she seems to be about economics but you know what at least somebody is interested in that."

The BRIT award-winner is also a fan of Justin Bieber and even former One Direction star Zayn Malik and believes pop music as a whole is in "good" shape at the moment.

He told website Noisey: "I think the current pop landscape is pretty good. I thought last year we arrived at a place where mainstream pop music started for the first time in ages, to take in influences from what would be underground if it wasn't underground, if it hadn't gone mainstream. I basically mean The Weeknd and Skrillex working with Justin Bieber. Zayn Malik's single 'It's You' is the most beautiful record [too]."