The beautiful part of where we were – we had shock value. But what came with shock value was hit after hit after hit. Madonna was outrageous – but she had a catalogue of music that was unbelievable.
Lionel Richie, talking to the Evening Standard, questioning the longevity of new popular acts and comparing them with those from the 80s and the 90s who had “nothing but the most fabulous catalogue”.
At the end of all the theatrics with Michael (Jackson), he had nothing but the most fabulous catalogue. Now, weve got a lot of theatrics – but where’s the song that is going to stick around forever?
Twenty years from now, let’s take anybody – where’s the body of work? Im going to judge you not by your popularity but by your longevity, your staying records. I’m thinking about Miley, Justin Bieber.