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Last week, Courtney Love sat down with Marc Maron on his WTF Podcast and revealed who she believes are "the only two true musical geniuses."

The singer first named her late husband and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

Love also gushed about her "actual true, great friend" and second "genius" Lana Del Rey, whom Love claims shares similar work ethic and music as Cobain.

She professed:

"Lana and Kurt are the only two true musical geniuses I've ever known, and by that, I mean they can Spielberg anything."

Of Del Rey, Love said:

"She's a genius, too. She's got the integrity that Kurt had."
"The only two people I know that I can say [that about]."

The Hole frontwoman continued:

"By the way, [R.E.M.'s Michael] Stipe? Bono? Yes, these are people that I know and love."
"Billie Joe [Armstrong], sure. But Lana?"
"She's got a magic thing. And she's not even f**ked up!"

Love elaborated on the similarities between Del Rey and Cobain, noting that Del Rey's performance of "Howl" reminded her of Nirvana's 1993 MTV Unplugged performance of Meat Puppet's "Plateau," "Oh, Me," and "Lake of Fire."

She also shared how she opened Del Rey up to the world of Joni Mitchell.

"[Del Rey] described a record she wanted to make to me, and I'm like, 'Oh, you mean 'Hissing of Summer Lawns,'' which, I don't even like that record."
"She's like, 'What's that?' I'm like, 'It's a Joni Mitchell record.' She's like, 'Who's that?'"

Love, as a result, bought all of Joni Mitchell's albums for Del Rey, which love claimed had a role in changing the "Summertime Sadness" singer's sound.

Some listeners of Love's interview agreed with her, on at least one if not both "musical geniuses."






Some, however, disagreed completely.





On the podcast, Love also revealed that she is working on a new album - her first in 12 years.

Love released the song "Mother" in 2019 for The Turning soundtrack. Her last album Nobody's Daughter, however, was released in 2010.