Wednesday, September 6, 2006

'A sweet, little, fragile flower'
Chantal Kreviazuk, speaking to The Globe, on her new record and the state of women in pop music:

What she doesn't want to be is a fame-chasing pop star, a sentiment perhaps not shared by her record company (Sony BMG). Not that Kreviazuk doesn't want to sell albums, it's just that she's not willing to compromise herself to do it.

"My mother was asking me about the album," Kreviazuk recalls. "I said, 'Mom, have you seen MTV? Do you know what's going on?' It's like, to get ahead in the entertainment business on a musical level, women are strippers now."

From 2002 through 2005, according to Billboard, the following female artists were responsible for records that finished among the five best selling for a given year: Pink, Norah Jones (twice), Shania Twain, the Dixie Chicks, Avril Lavigne, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson. It'd be interesting to know which of those fellow female artists (two of whom she has written for and prospered from) Kreviazuk would consider akin to strippers.

(The ten best selling artists at the midway point of 2006 included Mary J. Blige, Carrie Underwood and the Dixie Chicks.)

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