Paul McCartney has been speaking out about the pop music scene today in particular One Direction and Miley Cyrus.

In an interview with Sky News, Paul was asked about the comparisons between the Beatles and One Direction. The former Beatle did reveal a bit of a soft spot for the boys and said he got why the band have become a huge hit around the globe. 'I like One Direction.They're young, beautiful boys and that's the big attraction.' He added, 'But they can sing, they make good records. That's what I can see in common.' Well, Niall Horan and the lads will be happy with that 'praise'. McCartney went onto say, 'When you call someone the new Beatles, it can be the kiss of death, because people expect you to live up to what we did, and we did what we did in a particular period of time that is very different to now.'

The Beatles frontman went on to defend Miley Cyrus and that performance on the VMAs. McCartney said the controversy which ensued was blown out of proportion and reckons he has seen a lot worse. 'I don’t think it was explicit at all. You couldn't see anything. I watched it just as an experiment to check, but you look at it and you say 'what's everyone shouting about? She's a young girl, she's only 20 or something, she's just having a go. Someone said to me that the world a lot of those people like Miley live in is noise - it's all noise - and they've got to get above the noise, so they've got to do something. I think it was only mildly shocking. She's dancing with Robin Thicke on the awards. So what. Come on, we've seen worse than that,' he said.

McCartney is currently promoting his first solo album in six years. Speaking about the album 'New' Macca said, 'It's not difficult to come up with something new.To come up with something new which is good is difficult, because you're stacking them against the stuff you've done - but you've got to just forget that.'