From an interview with Joni Mitchell in the September 29, 1998 USA Today:
Q: You’ve also decried the ongoing musical chairs at the corporate level.
A: The chair at the top kept getting occupied and fired. When they fire these guys, they
pay them millions to go away, more than an artist is ever paid, more than Janet Jackson
was paid to be signed. There’s tremendous inequity. "You failed! Here’s $60 million!"
What is that? So the money artists made was wasted paying these jerks who didn’t
know what they were doing to go away. That fed my resentment....I consider it a civil
liberties issue that record companies basically abandon artists once they’re established.
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