Billboard’s Top Industry Quotes from 2013

Here’s a sampling of what was said in 2013:

“I don’t talk to old people. That’s because even as things are quickly changing, they try to find ways to stay static. Young folks are the ones with the ideas.”


“We’re no longer in the music business — it doesn’t exist anymore. We’re in the multimedia business.”

-Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager

“The last desperate fart of a dying corpse.”

-Thom Yorke on Spotify

“In 2014, brands are going to begin using music more as an overall marketing platform 365 days a year, and not just big promotional windows.”

-Russell Wallach, president of media and sponsorships at Live Nation

“The TV has replaced the family stereo as the nexus of music entertainment in the home. So it’s right to think about the future of music as being TV-centric.”

-Tom Conrad, chief technology officer/senior VP of product at Pandora

“I don’t think that the real enemy of the music industry is illegal downloading; I think the real enemy of the music industry is radio.”

-Perez Hilton

“This is still a young man’s game, so we have to stay young. Music allows you to do that, especially rock’n’roll.”

-Eddie Vedder, from October 2013 Pearl Jam cover story

Billboard has many more quotes here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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