However, he says he would consider it again
Andrew Trendell

15:38 31st December 2014

The Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan has revealed that he recently turned down the chance to work with Miley Cyrus - but that he wouldn't rule it out in the future. 

The alt-rock icon, who just released the brilliant album Monuments To An Elegy, was speaking to French radio station Oui FM when asked about the 'Wrecking Ball' star. 

"We quickly forget that she was once a Disney kid, and part of what makes Miley seem dangerous in the culture is because of where she came from," said Corgan. "If she was just some nobody who appeared like she is now, I don’t think people would have the same emotional response.

"The way I look at it is she’s very talented. As long as somebody’s talented, you can argue all day about should they do this should they not. But she’s very talented. She’s a very good singer. So at least I can stand back and say qualitatively that she’s a better pop star than 99.99% of them, even if I don’t like the music…"

He then spoke out about being invited to collaborate with her.

"Actually, I was asked recently to get involved. But the problem is — and this is nothing against her — but that whole world in LA is they want you to write a bunch of songs, then the pop people pick through: “I want that one, I want that one.” I don’t do that.

"If she called me and said, “Would you write a song with me?,” I would consider it. Because again, she is very talented, and it would be a cool thing to explore. But I’m not going to write a song and sit by the fire, hoping that Miley will pick my song over the next stupid song.

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The Smashing Pumpkins will be releading another new album, Day For Night, in 2015. A wider world tour and festival dates are expected to be announced in the coming months. 

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