You’re never going to believe this, but Morrissey is not in love with the music business. Moz has lately been feuding with Harvest, the label that released his World Peace Is None Of Your Business album. But his animosity doesn’t just extend to one label. With a European tour coming up, Morrissey has been giving some interviews to Spanish newspapers. And while talking with Madrid’s El País, Morrissey recently offered up “seven secrets” of the music industry. Some of them are essentially true, and some of them veer into conspiracy-theory territory. (The industry doesn’t really have that much money to play around with these days.) Since his words have been translated into Spanish and then back into English, they aren’t as sharp as his usual words, but you can still get the basic point. Read the seven secrets below.
1. The number one position on the charts is normally bought.
2. A label can sign an artist to bury him.
3. A company issues a press release saying their new discovery has sold 30 million records, when the actual figure is 30,000, but the media make it official truth.
4. The label strives to pay nothing and move all expenses to the artist, so that its income is clean profit.
5. Before listening to a record, the executives have already decided if it will triumph or not in the market.
6. The bosses are all men; the women who work in the industry are eternally girls, even if they are 52 years old.
7. Grammy Awards are previously divided between the labels, so that its executives can boast that they are au courant.
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