February 29, 2012

Quote Of The Week: Shirley Manson on Rihanna

Shirley Manson on Rihanna and the music business:
To me, what’s happening with Rihanna is really disturbing. Don’t get me wrong—I love Rihanna—but what’s happening to her is what happened to Britney [Spears]. Record companies are overworking these girls, just pushing them and pushing them. It’s like taking a winning racehorse and stabbing it in the neck over and over with steroids. The companies are preying on these young girls, who are valuing themselves according to how many followers they have on Facebook. There’s press about how Rihanna’s about to collapse from exhaustion, and yet she’s about to put out a new record. It’s madness.
Well said, Shirley. The "album every year/non-stop tour" model is artistically and physically unsustainable for Rihanna. I also I think her recent behavior is a dark outcome of being told what to do, non-stop, for 6 or 7 years. She is rebelling in the most visible way she can think to do it. "Now watch THIS!"

Read more of the Shirley Manson interview in Bullett. And PS, I hate love.


countpopula said...

While I suppose you can sense some of the strain in Rihanna's music (her recent albums are a complete hodgepodge of sights and sounds), that's how they used to do it in the "old" days, and with music sales currently so low, this is the new model once more. Once the 80's ended, artists thought they could lay back and take a few years off between records. With the new model, you cannot relax if you want to stay relevant as so much depends on your ticket sales, and those can dry up instantly.

So Shirley, get ready to work more often. Gwen, you're gonna eventually need a record if you're gonna buy Kingston the latest fashions (Gavin can't do it all). Peter Gabriel, you're grandkids inheritance is slowly drying up...even Kate Bush knows Bertie's gonna need college money!

This being said, Shirley is fantastic!

PhillipR said...

Shirley Manson where have you been for the last decade?