Iggy Pop: Labels Humiliate Me

The original punk has been forced to self-release his new album, but says all they ever did to him was "torment and drag me down."

Iggy Pop: Labels Humiliate Me
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Iggy Pop has struck out at major record labels, after deciding to self-release his new album "Apres". At a press conference for the French-inspired album last night, he said: "What has a record company ever done for me but humiliate and torment and drag me down?" Iggy produced the album without help from a label, but was contractually obliged to offer it to Virgin EMI. "They didn't want it. They didn't think they would make any money, they didn't think my fans would like it - very sensible attitudes for a sensible sort of person - but that's a different sort of person than I am," he said. "They would have preferred that I do a rock album with popular punks, sort of like "Hi Dad!" I was not going to do that!" As a result, Iggy self-released the album online and posted the CD for sale on French website. "Apres" is his second French-inspired release, after 2009's "Preliminaires". It includes covers of Frank Sinatra's "Only The Lonely", The Beatles' "Michelle", and Yoko Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling". Iggy Pop, now aged 65, was last seen in the studio with Ke$ha to collaborate on a song for her new album, which she claims will "resurrect rock." Yesterday we reported on a rant by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe, who talked about Marilyn Manson's poor sales after self-releasing his new album "Born Villain" - much like Iggy has now been forced to do. Do major acts really need record labels, or is it too hard to find promotion without an international marketing machine like those at the major labels? Share your view in the comments.

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    Reagar
    XtractionProces wrote: He made a clown out of himself. There's nobody else he CAN blame
    Not a clown. A stooge
    gkex
    Kesha come close to me so you can hear ... ... ROCK IS NOT FREAKING DEAD AND YOU ARE NOT BRINGING IT BACK That is all
    CommanderMeaty
    I will probably get slammed but I do like buying albums on Itunes, soooo I would buy it if it's in there I don't care if he goes different style.
    SISO
    Do major acts really need record labels, or is it too hard to find promotion without an international marketing machine like those at the major labels?
    Marillion and Richie Kotzen seems to be doing it fine.
    Pit_
    Nothing can resurect rock! Unless it's a hologram of Kurt Cobain. ROFFL Zoinks!
    Weezerrocks
    like a bau5
    Reagar wrote: XtractionProces wrote: He made a clown out of himself. There's nobody else he CAN blame Not a clown. A stooge
    intheshadowplay
    Oh Iggy, I love you man, but goddamned KESHA?! What were you thinking? How much wine had you drunk? Seriously.
    Shiookami
    Hey, i like a LOT of music so don't even give me shit about saying it. but A7x has done very well on their last three albums and are among the biggest metal bands in the world right now. the problem with Manson is people are all just *mocking* "This is the new shit! stand up and admit" great song? Yes. overplayed? But of course, people don't like "opening up to new horizons in music" they want basic, standard, and dumb. they want singles, not albums. they want repetitive, not complicated. they want new artists, and old songs. it makes no sense to me, but honestly i love everything Iggy has done, and I loved Manson's new album.