too bad 5000 copies

Recent story about a talent scout or radio station reviewing Annie Lennox, didn’t know she was famous and said something encouraging about her future. People were a buzz that they missed facts like she sold 75 million records. But the actual message Annie Lennox posted shows it was merely spam, ordinary fishing scheme selling every artist promotion services by flattering them and suggesting they purchase their promotion service. Probably nobody at the station actually listened to Annie Lennox. But what if they did listen and didn’t know who she was and weren’t impressed. If that’s the case shaming them over her sales record doesn’t mean they were wrong.
I tried to convince Canadian record companies to release Ron Sexsmith in 1990 and they all met with me and they all told me they didn’t like him. A couple years later Interscope signed him and in Canada their affiliate, Warner Music was obligated to release it. Some time after the record was released their head of A&R (the talent scout job) took me aside to tell me how wrong I was about Ron because he only sold 5000 copies. For that guy calling me wrong meant if Ron made lots of money I was right. What can one can say to people who think the measurement of artistic accomplishment lies in units sold. His type couldn’t recognize great art if it hit them with a (rhythm) stick…and what sort of scale did he use to insinuate 5000 copies sold wasn’t astonishing? Who starting out wouldn’t be proud of that?


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