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I've been there and done all that, sold millions of records, and that doesn't bring you peace.
Michael W. Smith
Child actors don't have great track records.
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 think my records will always tend to be approachable.
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.
The music that I've had out so far was obviously very pop, but when I signed with Hollywood Records, I was like, 'I know that's the music you're familiar with, but that's not what I want to sing. I want to do country.' They were on board with it!
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.
Atlantic's Jerry Wexler believes first-rate records are made by first-rate voices. He certainly has worked with enough of them: Clyde McPhatter, Joe Turner, La Vern Baker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin.
I have to make rock records occasionally.
I buy records - vinyl. I have a record player at home.
I'm in no hurry to get old. But when I do, I'll be out to enjoy every last minute. I see myself at 90 in some nursing home, waving my walking stick about as I jive to Gene Vincent records.
It really is no different in the way that we make records and shoot music videos. I don't think of the movie as being a great leap out of my current profession.
I listen to all the top 20 songs, and top 20 albums, even the rap albums. But I don't like negative messages. If somebody is putting a lot of ego out there, I don't like it. When I make my records I want it to be sincere.
I don't believe in the philosophy of stumbling across hit records.
Really the only thing holding a lot of records together is the personality of the singer, and the will to write all of these different things.
I didn't grow up with Broadway music. My mother played Perry Como, while I listened to Andy Williams records. Later on it was Cream, Grand Funk Railroad and lots of R&B like the Isley Bros. and Parliament.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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