Human League star Phil Oakey has said that while he is a fan of Rihanna’s music, it is the result of a "huge" behind- the-scenes team.
Speaking to the Metro, the Human League star said: "We could have been eclipsed by new waves of acts who had established their own huge back catalogues but the music industry doesn't make popstars any more.
"Especially popstars from Britain."
He added of the current pop scene: "A lot of the people making it now aren't super brilliant singers. It seems to be a big corporate thing.
"I like Rihanna, a lot of her records are pretty exciting, but it's a result of a huge team - songwriters, producers, publicists - and the act is sort of a figurehead."
Oakey added: "I'm old enough to have been thrilled when The Beatles and Bob Dylan came through and could explain what they meant by certain lyrics.
"There's no point asking some new acts because they haven't written their songs."