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Monday 19 March 2018

Manson: Tough times for new stars

Shirley Manson is back with a new Garbage album
Shirley Manson is back with a new Garbage album

Shirley Manson has criticised record companies for putting too much pressure on new artists.

The Garbage frontwoman, who is releasing the band's first album in seven years after a hiatus, said record companies had become impatient with new acts.

"With Lana Del Rey, who is a perfect example, she was doing out-of-the-box fantastically well. She ignited people's imaginations," the rocker said.

"The record company put her in a position that they never should have put her in. They put her on Saturday Night Live."

Shirley dubbed the decision "absolute insanity", adding: "For a seasoned performer like myself, that would be stressful.

"To put a young artist out there who is the figure of the moment is putting her under unnecessary pressure, at a time when she is already doing good enough."

The Garbage frontwoman says she still follows Bono's advice about keeping a band intact for the long haul.

"Split the money. You have to split the songwriting so everyone is equal. (And) don't buy houses, so that you don't get consumed with decorating," he told her.

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