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Katy Perry Was Humiliated by Music Industry

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Pop,

Katy PerryKaty Perry was "humiliated" in "very uncomfortable ways" when she first started in the music industry.

The "Roar" singer had a rough start in music and despite being discovered by super-producer Glen Ballard in 2001, she got a number of knockbacks before finally releasing her major label debut album One of the Boys in 2008, which she says was character building.

"You have to eat dust in the music industry. You'll get humiliated, often in very uncomfortable ways. That period of my life was like a test of my strength. My philosophy is: you get presented with these challenges so you can learn to overcome them," she said.

Katy, 29, has since had the last laugh as her has now become one of the biggest selling pop singers of the last decade with hits including "Teenage Dream" and "California Gurls." The "I Kissed a Girl" star also found her 14-month marriage to British comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2011 tough, but put as much effort into making it work as possible. "When I was married I kept taking breaks in between touring so I could dedicate time to my marriage. It was extremely draining, but my marriage was worth it to me," she added.


Christina Aguilera Forced to Be Thin

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Health & Beauty,

Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera once felt forced to be a tiny size zero.

The "Your Body" singer - who has been criticized for her curvier figure recently - has opened up about the pressure to be thin in the music industry and claims her record company once staged an intervention to get her to lose weight.

The 31-year-old The Voice judge told Billboard magazine, "During the promotion of my album Stripped, I got tired of being a skinny, white girl. I am Ecuadorian but people felt so safe passing me off as a skinny, blue-eyed white girl. The next time my label saw me, I was heavier, darker and full of piercings. Let me tell you, that wasn't an easy pill for them to swallow. I had gained about 15 pounds during promotion and during my Stripped tour. They called this serious emergency meeting about how there was a lot of backlash about my weight. Basically, they told me I would affect a lot of people if I gained weight -- the production, musical directors. [They claimed] people I toured with would also miss out if I gained weight because I would sell no records or tickets for my shows. I was young, so I lost the weight quickly and was toothpick thin during Back to Basics promos and touring."

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Billy Corgan: Music Is Dumbed Down

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Gossip, Industry News, Alternative, Rock,

Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan claims the music industry "operates on a dumbing down principle."

The Smashing Pumpkins singer and guitarist feels only a few bands, such as Radiohead, get to keep their integrity and "intelligence" on the records they make. "It's incredible to me how sophisticated people really are when you give them the opportunity to be sophisticated. The music business essentially operates on a dumbing down principle. How dumb do we have to go to sell this record to the most amount of people? There are very few bands who are able to keep their intelligence on record, Radiohead are a good example. They have a very high message and are still very popular. But for the most part the charts are dominated by music that's essentially dumbed down in melody, style, tone, texture, and message because it reaches the most amount of people," he said.

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Bon Jovi says Steve Jobs personally responsible for killing music industry

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music,

Steve Jobs Bon JoviApple CEO Steve Jobs is to blame for "killing" the music industry, rocker Jon Bon Jovi recently told the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine.

"Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like, and looking at a couple of pictures and still imagining it," he said.

Bon Jovi's music can be found on iTunes, but apparently, he's none too thrilled about it.

"God, it was a magical, magical time," the "Livin' on a Prayer" singer continued. "I hate to sound like an old man now, but I am, and you mark my words, in a generation from now people are going to say: 'What happened?' Steve Jobs is personally responsible for killing the music business."

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FOX’s ‘Nashville’ Moved Off Schedule

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Music, Prime Time, Reality, FOX,

NashvilleWell—we can’t exactly call it a cancellation at this point….so let’s just call it a slow death.

FOX’s new series, , is temporarily being set aside after just two airings.  The reality show (and I use ‘reality’ to describe this show like I would use it to describe Laguna Beach) followed a group of music industry hopefuls trying to make it big in Nashville.  Unfortunately, viewers weren’t following them

Refusing to admit they have the first fall flame-out, the network is simply putting the show on hold until ‘sometime’ in October.  Re-runs of will temporarily fill its time slot until two-hour episodes of take over on October 19th.

Ironically, some critics believe K-Ville may be the first show canceled this year.  If that’s the case—what will backup Nashville then?

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Superfrothco Record Label to Release Solely in USB Flash Drive

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Music, Storage, USB,

Grillo the ClownSuperfrothco appears to be the first independent record label to switch its format to Flash Drive alone. Its debut album will be from Jeffrey Scott Holland in September, who performs a combination of modern jazz, cabaret, dixieland and show tunes. The company will also be releasing the back-catalogued Hasil Adkins “Night Life” and the soon to be released Grillo the Clown, a Kentucky street performer whose thing leans mostly towards the Weird Al variety. We are thinking that if more record companies begin to do the same, they might want to start including a package deal that would include a hub with every few purchases.

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