Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5 are clearly products of the big label, big media system. But that did stop him from having some harsh words for record labels and the machinery that made his career possible.
“Record labels are – our business is the worst right now,” The Voice judge and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine told Howard Stern this week. “No one knows what they’re doing.”
Levine saved his worst criticism for the jobs that labels were doing for recent Voice contestants.
When the baton is passed post-‘Voice,’ there’s some problems. People take over after we do this great job of building these people up on the show. There’s some real issues there,” he said.
“The rollout of all that is still such a mess,” Levine said. “And by the way, just to clarify, this has nothing to do with what happens on NBC or with the people. In that time, we do so much great s— for these singers, and then they go to a record label that I won’t mention. But they go to a record label that f—s it up.”
“I don’t understand why they don’t care. That’s what drives me absolutely bonkers. And then it makes me feel defeated on my end because there’s really not much I can do,” Levine continued. “…. And I’m glad I’m saying this on air so maybe the label will get angry and f— off, so we can get somebody else to do it.”