Shirley Manson: 'The Music Industry Has Imploded'

Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has labelled the music industry a "dinosaur".

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Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has labelled the music industry a "dinosaur".

The singer believes the system has fallen apart because it's failed to keep up with how young people consume music.

She told Metro: "It's a shell of what it once was and the industry hasn't got it's head around the fact a lot of young people don't listen to the radio or buy records - the industry has been slow to adapt and become a dinosaur."

Manson added: "When corporations become dinosaurs they get desperate and greedy and become involved in ugly practices. The good thing about the collapse is it's got rid of characters who have no interest in music. The workers left at the companies are passionate and care about bands."

Garbage recently released their new album "Not Your Kind Of People," their first since 2005's "Bleed Like Me."

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    100% correct, and what she means by "ugly practices" is for one, suing fans for "illegally download" (whilst the record company doesn't pay the artist any royalties), and by cutting staff, bands etc so their profit margin is greater. This same deal is going on with many other companies in other industries that are being beaten by the internet. All these companies should either adapt or disappear, but because of the immense amounts of capital they own. They are able to buy politicians to have the government use their money (the people's money, YOUR money) to support these failing companies in the attempt to save jobs. The only issue with this is that it has caused a culture of securing industry rather than creating it. Companies would rather secure their revenue within an established market rather than try to get ahead of other companies by modernizing or creating new products.
    I disagree. There's plenty of people still in the industry who aren't there for the music. After all, look at the damage caused by Simon Cowell.
    I take it Garbage have some new material due out soon or something? Haven't heard from Shirley Manson so much in ages...
    Young people don't listen to the radio because the radio's shit nowadays. No DJ's, crammed with commercials, they play the same songs over and over again in a never ending loop, and they're not willing to play full albums. I gave up on the radio a while ago.
    What people dont realize is that the puppy is a dog but the music industry is a dinosaur.