1. When Lady Gaga started defending Kesha Rose against Dr. Luke, she admitted she and other artists are afraid of the industry.
“Nobody wants to say anything implicitly against anyone. Number one, because none of us are vindictive people. We don’t want to hurt anybody. But number two, I think everyone’s really afraid of somebody coming after them. And that’s just the way that this business works … I’m trying to be standing by her, but I’m also trying to protect myself and my family, and it’s a very complicated thing.”
2. Neon Hitch couldn’t release an album for two years due to money, even though she had enough songs to release one everyday for a year.
“Everybody’s got their minds on this typical format of ‘You gotta pay $50,000 a track, and the release goes like this, and you can only put one album out per six months,’ and the structure is bollox. People need to wake up and start the revolution, because the revolution is happening whether you want to admit it or not.”
3. A year before his death, Prince gave this warning to new artists.
“Record contracts are just like — I’m gonna say the word – slavery. I would tell any young artist… don’t sign.”
Some major media outlets who reported on this interview, including Rolling Stone, were persuaded to take it down.
4. Beck took a stand against the business side of the industry.
“We’re in a business created specifically for business people and marketing. And that’s how the world works, because music is like any other product they have to sell: they need to think about how to deliver it to people… If all the musicians left their creative sides to create a ‘business of music,’ it would be totally different than what it is now.”
5. Then he admitted what the future of music looks like with streaming services.
“If I tried to make my albums with what Spotify pays me, I wouldn’t make them. I couldn’t hire other musicians or someone to master it; I’d have to do everything myself.”
6. After this year’s Billboard Music Awards, Justin Bieber wrote on Instagram that the show isn’t always what it seems.
“When I’m doing a regular show I feel they are there for the right reasons and to strictly have a good time! But these award shows seem so hollow. I get the premise is to award people for their accomplishments, but is it really? Because when I look in the audience I see a bunch of fake smiles so that when the camera hits them they look happy.
7. Lauryn Hill discovered that the industry doesn’t want artists to know their strength.
“I’ve seen people promote addiction, use sabotage, black listing, media bullying and any other coercion technique they could, to prevent artists from knowing their true value, or exercising their full power.”
8. Shortly before his death, Michael Jackson started exposing malicious behavior in the industry, from phone-tapping to falsifying album sales to ruin artists and help others rise.
“The tradition of great performers from Sammy Davis Jr. to James Brown to Jackie Wilson to Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly… These guys work really hard at their craft, but the story ends the same. They usually are broken and torn, usually just sad. The story is very sad in the end because the companies take advantage of them. They really do.”
Was Michael predicting his own death, and did the music industry have something to do with it?
9. Lady Gaga was convinced the only way to succeed as a female in this industry is to use your body.
“I tried for so long, I just really wanted to be taken seriously as a musician for my intelligence more than my body ever in this business. When you’re working, you don’t always feel like people believe that you have musical background, that you understand what you’re doing, because you’re a female.”
10. Katy Perry admitted after the release of her first album that she never wanted to be a pop princess or sex icon.
“I swear, I wanted to be like the Amy Grant of music. But it didn’t work out, so I sold my soul to the devil.”Published in