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I'm competitive, so I don't like to feel marginalized by the people who sell a lot of records.
I write in a very melodic way, so that will never leave. I think my records will always tend to be approachable.
I think we have very steady records of President Putin, who inherited the country with democratic values.
Rhythm and blues started even before phonograph records were being produced because black people entertained themselves. It wasn't done for money. It was done for entertainment. Most white people didn't know anything about this because prejudice kept them from ever seeing what was going on.
What made me want to become a recording artist; I was the first artist that was repeatedly asked by a label to record with them. That label was Def Jam Records.
I don't care if it's rap, metal, whatever. You still should play Beatles records mixed with Limp Bizkit mixed with Foghat mixed with Creedence Clearwater Revival, stuff like that.
One of my first favorite records was the debut Garbage album, which I heard when I was very young. Shirley Manson is a great female vocalist and performer and I admire her for that.
I guess I've been making records since I was 16, and even when 50 people bought them, I thought that was amazing.
I'm content with making records, but I don't want to be doing the same thing all the time.
I'm always most comfortable in the studio. It's my comfort zone. I love being there, and I love making records.
Child actors don't have great track records.
I've been there and done all that, sold millions of records, and that doesn't bring you peace.
Michael W. Smith
At one time they've been the most important thing to me. So I can't hear our records on the radio, I can't stand it, because they sound so out of what everyone else is doing.
No, if it was up to me every record would be brand new studio material but Atlantic records asked me to put out a full live record because my tour really did do well last year.
I am not that thrilled about the way our records sound anyway. Don't get me wrong, I work hard on them and I want them to sound fantastic but I'm happy to have another interpretation of them anyway.
Unless I've got Katy Perry on the cover of my CD, it's going to be tough to sell a lot of records.
Every generation of rock musician will understand that we wouldn't be anywhere without the support of teenagers buying the records.
Though, since the first record, I've dramatically changed my expectations for our records.
For a long time, I thought when you do a box set, you're giving up; you're saying, 'OK, I don't have anything left.' But now I've listened to some of the old stuff I haven't heard in 20 to 40 years with fresh ears. It's like, 'Oh yeah, I can see where people might want to to hear some of this stuff that didn't make it onto the records.'
I never thought I'd be doing records a year after I started - I had no idea it would last as long as it did.
When you write a song you have an idea of how it should be sung but it doesn't work out that way if someone else records it.
In the beginning, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to make and have hit records.
In the beginning, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to make and have hit records. And I wanted everything that went along with it.
For eight or 10 years, I got wrapped up in chasing records. Everything was a number. Didn't matter what I won, it was a number. Every horse I rode was a number.
Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It's something I will always do.
John F. Kennedy
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