even Michael Jackson despised the biz bullshit

Jackson: Time for Artists to Stand Against Labels

Although he didn’t know it at the time, one of Michael Jackson’s last acts was to lash out at record labels. In a video interview recorded by director Brett Ratner, when asked about the greatest lesson he’s learned, Jackson replied, “Not to trust everybody in the [record] industry. There’s a lot of sharks and record companies steal. They cheat. I have to audit them. And it’s time for artists to take a stand against them.”

The interview aired on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” and surfaces at a time when record labels are asking members of Congress to levy royalties on radio for local airplay of music aired free to listeners.

The new licensing fee would direct 50 percent of the collected money to the song’s copyright holder, which RIAA Chairman Mitch Bainwol has told a Congressional committee is “typically, but not always, a label.” (09-04-09)

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