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16 October 2013, 10:09 | Updated: 16 October 2013, 10:10
The Beatles star says he likes the band and sees some things in common between them.
Sir Paul McCartney has given his approval to UK boy band One Direction and says the five-piece make "good records".
The Beatles star opened up about his views on the 'Best Song Ever' singers this week, and said he understands why the group have become so popular.
"I like One Direction," Sir Paul revealed to Sky News this week. "They're young, beautiful boys and that's the big attraction.
"But they can sing, they can make good records, so I think that's what I would see in common," he explained, when asked about comparisons between One Direction and The Beatles.
"I always think it's a little bit unfortunate when you call [bands] the new Beatles," he added. "It can be the kiss of death because people expect you to live up to what we did."
One Direction are currently preparing for the release of their third album 'Midnight Memories' next month, but have already reportedly starting planning and getting ready to work on their next record as well.
One Direction release 'Midnight Memories' on 25th November with new single 'Story Of My Life' out on 28th October.