Shirley Manson accuses the music industry of exploiting artists

Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson has accused the music industry of corporate greed and the exploitation of artists.

Stockbridge-raised Shirley, who is heading to the Festival Theatre in September with Garbage, says in the current issue of Hot Press: “It’s an exploitative industry that feeds off talent. I read today in Billboard that only 12 per cent of the $48 billion made last year by the music industry went to artists – and most of that 12 per cent was from touring. It’s utterly obscene.”

Thinking back to Garbage’s early days, she adds: “The music industry in the 90s was this hot air balloon that got so big and bloated it exploded. Ridiculous amounts of money were being spent on any band that sounded remotely like another band that was selling really well.

“It was the height of record company corporate greed and absolutely their own fault that it blew up in their faces.”

Garbage recently released a 20th anniversary of Version 2.0 ahead of a tour that sees them visit the Capital on September 4.

Garbage’s full upcoming UK and Ireland tour dates are below.

Tuesday, September 4 – EDINBURGH Festival Theatre
Wednesday, September 5 – GLASGOW Barrowlands
Friday, September 7 – BRISTOL St Phillips Gate Arena
Saturday, September 8 – BIRMINGHAM Digbeth Arena
Sunday, September 9 – MANCHESTER Academy
Tuesday, September 11 – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Wednesday, September 12 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Northumbria SU Institute
Friday, September 14 – LONDON Brixton Academy
Saturday, September 15 – LONDON Brixton Academy

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