Wednesday, June 29, 2005

HOW RECORD LABELS & MANAGEMENT GROUPS CARE FOR THEIR ARTISTS

One of the reasons we're not meant to download music without paying over the odds for it is, were it not for the money we pay record companies, they might not be in a position to help young artists develop. Then you hear Alanis Morissette describing how her label helped her develop between the ages of 14 and 18, and you start to wonder why, exactly, that would be a bad thing:

Between the ages of 14 and 18 she battled low self-esteem that sparked a major struggle with anorexia and bulimia.

Morissette says her battle was prompted by "hardcore" pressure from those steering her career.

"I recall being called to a meeting at the recording studio, and the person said, 'I know I called you to redo vocals, but I actually wanted to talk to you about your weight. You can't be successful if you're fat,' " she remembers.

Morissette said at the time her weight jumped up and down between 15 and 20 pounds. She would barely eat for months at a time, subsisting on Melba toast, carrots and black coffee.

"Constantly dizzy," she recounts about once having nothing to eat one day while a person working on one of her videos put back a large pizza.

"He was like, 'You can't eat. And don't even put milk in (the coffee,)" the singer told US.


There are too many people working in the music industry who shouldn't be allowed to keep finches, never mind have control over the lives of children.