Iggy Pop Self-Releasing Solo Album Online
While some established artists, like Morrissey, have difficulty finding a label to distribute their solo albums, Iggy Pop is opting to put out his solo record on his own. In a recent press conference for his upcoming solo album, the rocker once at the forefront of punk revealed that he bypassed his label, Virgin EMI, to release a solo disc of cover songs. While this strategy may mean less promotion for an album, he knew – and was even told by the label – that the album will be a flop in the commercial sense.
At the press conference held in Paris, he said: "They would have preferred that I do a rock album with popular punks, sort of like 'Hi Dad!' I was not going to do that!"
He then added: "What has a record company ever done for me but humiliate and torment and drag me down? […] They didn't want it. They didn't think they would make any money, they didn't think my fans would like it - very sensible attitudes for a sensible sort of person - but that's a different sort of person than I am."
The album, titled Apres, features covers of songs by French songwriters, including Edith Piaf and Georges Brasseus. Apres, however, is not the singer’s first French-influenced solo album. He did a similar concept in 2009 with Preliminaires. As far as creating this album was concerned, he was contractually obligated to create one. About this, he said: "I've always had a very rough time in the big time music business. I got kicked off every label."
This doesn’t mean that all future albums from Iggy Pop will be relegated to online self releases. Instead, he finds that he’s had an easier time putting out releases from the Stooges, who have since reformed, on major labels.
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