Macy Gray says the record industry acts like they’re ready to contract her a*s to a nursing home by basically sending the message that she’s TOO OLD for another album. Check the story out after the jump.
“I don’t know how to get a 40-year-old woman on the radio. If she was 20, 25. This record would be incredible.”
This quote comes from a powerful record label executive, just before she said no to signing me for my fifth album. And who would fault her? Everybody knows that a 40-year-old female recording artist is “geriatric.” While a 46-year-old president is the “new kid on the block,” a singer over 30 is just a few songs away from the nursing home of music.
The obvious remedies: Age defying crème, botox, face lifts, brow lifts, hair dye, Perricone Promises, super foods and denial. Lying about our age was once a quick fix, but Wikipedia has ruined that for everybody. Cosmetic touch-ups and diet discipline may take ten years off, but how do you go ten years back? How do you sing songs that are relevant to teenagers and who are you fooling if you try?
Macy does have a point…is the music industry like a club, where once you hit 30 people are wondering why you’re even in the building???
Macy summarizes the industry:
With very few exceptions, the gatekeepers send these three messages:
1. The younger generation has little substance
2. The music needs of the older crowd don’t matter…
3. Once a female artist turns 40, she should go away – maybe learn how to knit.
DAYYYYUMMMM is it THAT bad Macy??? If this is the case, sounds like Macy is about to go invest in a needle and thread and hop to the knitting for her three kids!
Do you agree that the music industry is harder on older women?
Read the Macy’s blog post (HERE)