Macy Gray Wants To Know How Does A 40-Year-Old Get A Song On The Radio… Botox, Hair Dye, Face Lifts???

- By Bossip Staff Categories: ChitChatter, For Discussion, News

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)

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Comments

  • JAZZI247

    FIRST BEEEOOTTCCHHHESSS!!!!

  • http://bossip Mils

    So glad Beyonce is hitting between 32-35 then.

  • Detroit

    SECOND!!!

  • GaGirl

    Sad, but true… You pretty much have to be born in the 80’s now to relevant. 70’s Babies are just holding on for dear life. 60’s, u through…

  • Man, I just don't care™

    I wish she would have turned 40 sooner!

  • zoriansmom

    Macy all you have to do is have a great song Sade is 50 and her latest CD did well,Mary J Blige is near 40 and whatever she comes out with sells.

  • Curious1 aka P r o n e 2 Bossip Induced Hissy Fits/ Red Pill vs Blue Pill

    JMO…BUT….

    In HER case….Have SOME…talent…???

  • 20Pearls

    Make incredible music.

  • http://ibramblebush.com ibramblebush

    The music industry is garbage right now and is crumbling faster than a sinkhole in Guatemala. Radio and labels are becoming sooooo friggin’ irrelevant, they ar shaking in their boot because more and more people are recognizing their uselessness. The internet has killed them! Now an artist can hire a good managment team, do their marekting thru social networks and podcast themselves. You can go directly to your fanbase and build a loyal following and make the music you want instead of catering to these idiots in suits who don’t have 1st clue what the fu(k they are talking about.

  • Nicole The Nympho: Leela James' Album Is Great!

    Also, i’m 21 and i hate the music that my peers listen to today i mean some of it is ok ( i like drake i hate nicki and wayne has his moments i guess ) but i love the music genre of jazz why in the hell isnt jazz popular anymore its a beautiful form of music and do you know how i found out most of the jazz artist in my itunes library? JAPAN! they love the hell out of the black jazz artists which i find ironic because i hear japan is sorta racist i donno if thats true but i think its sad.

  • Pebblebeach

    Sade had no problems….it is all in the music…

  • Sha

    I agree with her. It’s too bad too. Alot of this stuff out is “just add water” music.

    Really think about it. It’s no different than food. The more instant it is, the less nourishment you get.

    I think a factor in the downfall of music is when they cut music programs out of a lot of schools.

  • Macy Gray looks better than Beyonce

    She looks nice hair, not a fan but I like her energy.

  • Voice of Reasons (Nas & Damien Marley Distant Relatives)

    I agree with her. It’s too bad too. Alot of this stuff out is “just add water” music.

    Really think about it. It’s no different than food. The more instant it is, the less nourishment you get.

    I think a factor in the downfall of music is when they cut music programs out of a lot of schools.
    _________________________________________

    Agree except I think the downfall of music became when it became about money and not about the art. No one is original they are all carbon-copies of eachother. VERY PATHETIC

  • HF

    I feel her on the fickle, youth-obsessed music industry, but it can’t help that her voice sounds like Daisy Duck trapped in a backed-up garbage disposal unit.

    I can tell u this, Macy… the answer is definetely NOT try 2 get in2 the whole GaGa wanna-b sweepstakes.

  • Nicole The Nympho: Leela James' Album Is Great!

    i’m just about finished listening to the album and its pretty good if u like for music old school with funky style beats with soulful lyrics you’ll love it, its ipod worthy

  • HF

    Nicole The Nympho: Leela James’ Album Is Great!
    6/11/10, 12:25:pm

    Also, i’m 21 and i hate the music that my peers listen to today i mean some of it is ok ( i like drake i hate nicki and wayne has his moments i guess ) but i love the music genre of jazz why in the hell isnt jazz popular anymore its a beautiful form of music and do you know how i found out most of the jazz artist in my itunes library? JAPAN! they love the hell out of the black jazz artists which i find ironic because i hear japan is sorta racist i donno if thats true but i think its sad.
    ________________________________

    Interesting points. IME, the Japanese, as well as many Europeans have a healthy respect 4 American Jazz and Blues artists. Unfortunately, it seems that these types of artists couldn’t even get arrested in the U.S.

    I found some seriously rare Blue Note vinyl in Japan that I couldn’t find stateside, but I learned the hard way that 25 Yen DON’T mean 25 DOLLARS!

    As far as Macy Gray, novelty only lasts so long in pop music. She might consider going Natalie Cole’s route and embrace some jazz, blues, and R&B roots, and aim at the older audience.

  • Aunt Viv

    I don’t think Macy’s issue is her age. Her problem is mediocre talent.

  • Mochagirl

    NOW WE KNOW WHY BEY BEY IS WORKING SO HARD AS SHE KNOWS HER RELEVANCE IS LIMITED.

  • drenk

    sorry macy your too good and not willing to degrade yourself to be played on the radio

  • Black Skin/White Diamonds

    Too old?! Not true! Beyonce is waaaaay over 40 & she has the music industry by the nutz!

  • Reality

    The other music sells world wide because the best American music is black music period🙂

  • Reality

    My goodness black African skin is the best skin. To all my black people world wide, love your Bronze Jesus skin because made no mistake creating us beautiful🙂

  • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHSHADDAAAP!!!

    Sure, when I hear Macy’s voice I picture somebody’s ancient grandma in a head-wrap sitting in a rockin’ chair on some ol’ rickety porch of a log cabin down thur in the backwoods south, shelling peas and nursing an ol’ jar o’ moonshine. BUT when that laser hits that cd, damn if them tracks ain’t FUNKY.

  • motion sickness

    I’m sorry Macy but you can’t even sing so of course ain’t nobody about to listen to you at 40. And you not all that attractive so I don’t know what to tell you.

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