While Honoring Monte And Avery Lipman, John Mellencamp Has Some Harsh Words For The Music Biz
June 26, 2015 at 4:27 AM (PT)
JOHN MELLENCAMP was on hand WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th at a UJA-FEDERATION OF NEW YORK event to help honor REPUBLIC RECORDS Co-Founders MONTE and AVERY LIPMAN, but it was his blunt assessment of the music business that got tongues wagging.
THE NEW YORK POST reports MELLENCAMP, "slammed the music business -- with the exception of TAYLOR SWIFT -- during a 25-minute rant," adding, "attendees at the event told Page Six that MELLENCAMP slammed the whole industry for its lack of artist support."
MELLENCAMP was referencing the now resolved riff between TAYLOR SWIFT and APPLE MUSIC. As ALL ACCESS reported MONDAY (NET NEWS 6/22), SWIFT wrote an open letter to APPLE late last week, complaining that the music giant wasn't planning on paying artists during the three-month free trial it was offering listeners of its new APPLE MUSIC service, and holding back music from her "1989" album from airplay.
“He was basically saying, ‘You people in the music industry suck',” a source told THE POST, which noted, "MELLENCAMP, who’s sold over 40 million albums, was saying, ‘I’ve already made my money. I make my money on the road'.”
Another source told the paper, “He was saying that SWIFT’s the only one doing anything to save the business, and, ‘I applaud that young lady, she stands up for our rights. A bunch of us stand on the sidelines'.”
MELLENCAMP did have some positive vibes for the LIPMANS, saying, “I’ve been through thousands of label Presidents in my career, and these are the only two guys I’ve loved.”
MONTE LIPMAN explained to THE POST, “JOHN is the epitome of rock ’n’ roll -- brash, outspoken and politically incorrect, one of the many reasons we love him. I was honored he was there to support us.”