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.