Record companies are not unique. Artists are. Period!
The great artists of music have always innovated and boldly changed the game, but the industry itself has not.
Labels need to work with artists to help them achieve their best work, not to jam records out that are half-baked or three-quarters baked.
I'm really interested in the record industry and the artists and the problems they're having.
A chart that weighs some ad-supported streams the same as a pay stream... encourages artists to promote free tiers to have a No. 1 record. That's great for the tech companies, but not for artists.
Apple, of all the global tech companies, was the one that understood why artists make things.
Artists have to be represented properly and paid properly.
There are still artists that do a great job with a song, and they care about the lyrics, and it's not just mindless drivel.
There are still great artists in the country format.
I don't think a lot of bands and artists work as hard as we do on the creation, on the writing, the arrangements and the recording in our format.
You can tell all our songs come from us and from our artists, the people we write with and travel with.
You're only dealing with whatever you know, which is a very small part of it and later on it'll look like it has something to do with the period. Obviously, the artists have something to do with one another. They tend to set up certain common qualities among themselves.
I think that there should be more artists that want to be the escape for people, for the fans, for the public.
The purpose of VEVO is to continue the tradition of corporations preventing artists from making money on their art.
I seldom have my stuff up unless I'm testing it. If I'm worrying about a painting, I put it up and see if I detest it quickly or slowly. Otherwise I have things by other artists.
The art world can be very intimidating because it's just so vast. You talk to people who are really clued in to all the young artists and coming into it you're never going to be able to catch up immediately, even though there's pressure to.
The Civil Rights for Musicians Act is about economic justice for African American artists. It's about what's right. And it's about time.
I'm always in awe of people who are artists in their fields - people who understand that simply by taking ideas and translating them into reality, they've created value in the world.
My parents divorced. There was the usual awkward business of going between them, but I was mostly with my mother. She remarried to a Greek painter Nico Ghika, so we were always around artists and intellectuals.
I think that there will always be artists out there who think they need to sign a major label deal in order to be successful. And that machine is what is going to work for them - there's tons of examples of pop stars who need that machine.