Cathy Hughes: Dionne Warwick More A Lobbyist Than An Artist
July 29, 2010 at 2:26 PM (PT)
RADIO ONE Founder/Chairperson CATHY HUGHES has fired back at supporters of the radio performance royalty bill with both barrels in the AUG. 4th issue of the weekly N'DIGO. The HUFFINGTON POST reports HUGHES being quoted as saying that DIONNE WARWICK is more a paid lobbyist for the record industry than she is a relevant artist.
She's responding to WARWICK's assertion that RADIO ONE and radio has to stop "ripping off black artists" and pay up. (According to the story, RADIO ONE stations may have to pay over about $14 million a year in royalties -- and that the bill's passage could cause the demos of a bevy of minority-owned radio stations.)
They're saying, 'Oh, I'm an artist,' and that is true, but you're also getting a paycheck from the record companies. I'm not mad because this girl doesn't have any other way to make this type of money, other than doing this. So I understand what's causin
"You wouldn't even know DIONNE WARWICK existed if we did not play her," HUGHES said. "DIONNE hasn't had a record in 30 years. You wouldn't even know she was alive. She's raising so much hell, talking about me like a dog -- I've paid her rent. I've helped her out, she's been in trouble several times."
HUGHES then tempers her fire at WARWICK and aims at a bigger party. "But let me say this, I ain't mad at her, and the reason why is because the record industry, SOUNDEXCHANGE and MUSICFIRST -- according to a source at THE WHITE HOUSE -- they have already spent about $28 million to get this legislation passed. DIONNE and them are on the payroll. They are getting like, $200,000-$300,000 paychecks, flying on corporate jets, being put up in suites at the hotel. They are getting paid, they are professional lobbyists on this issue.
"They're saying, 'Oh, I'm an artist,' and that is true, but you're also getting a paycheck from the record companies to come out here and say this s**t. I'm not mad because this girl doesn't have any other way to make this type of money, other than doing this. So I understand what's causing this and she ain't the problem."