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May slates flesh-showing artists

Imelda May has criticised some artists for revealing too much in order to boost sales: Photo © May slates flesh-showing artists Photo

Retro rocker Imelda May has criticised female performers for using revealing outfits to sell records.

"I used to judge someone's talent by the amount (of flesh) they reveal. The more they show, the less talent they have to have in order to get attention. But now, you get really talented women showing an awful lot. It doesn't make any sense," she told You magazine.

"I think it's nice to keep a bit of mystery, a bit of dignity. I don't see why women have to get naked to sell an album, it's crazy."

The Irish star famed for her chic, mid-1950s look, also urged young artists to resist the draw of reality TV shows which appear to offer an easy route to fame.

"It makes me sad that some people think the only way to success is via The X Factor or The Voice," she said.

"You have to change your life for yourself and it's about the fun of getting there - sitting in the tour van, breaking down on the side of the road, you know, having a laugh with the guys in the band, making mistakes with nobody watching. I've gigged for 24 years and I will always gig."

She was speaking ahead of the forthcoming launch of her new single, Wild Women, which will be released on April 21 and her new album, Tribal, which launches at the end of the month.

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