Marilyn Manson and Interscope Go Their Separate Ways
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has released all seven of his full-length studio offerings through longtime label home Interscope Records, including 2009's poorly-received 'The High End of Low.' Now, it seems Manson's 15-year relationship with Interscope has run its course. For the release of album numero ocho, Manson's going to have to team with a new label. It was announced Thursday that Manson and Interscope have parted company, but Manson doesn't seem to mind so much.
"We've just been released from our record contract with Interscope so I think a lot of the creative control on which my hands were tied on a lot of choices -- the music videos -- things like that [will change]," Manson explainedin a recent interview. "And the first example is the newest video, they clearly wouldn't have allowed me to make that video. So we started writing new songs on the road -- a bit like [David Bowie's album] 'Aladdin Sane' -- I think people can expect a new record a lot sooner than we [expected]."
Manson, who also revealed he's mended things with on-again, off-again lady friend Evan Rachel Wood, elaborated, saying Interscope put limits on what he was allowed to do.
"You'd be surprised how much restraint my creativity had, which ended up, often times, in my life, and I did not want to make music because I was so restrained from the music that I wanted to make -- what they would allow, they would put out, what ideas they would allow to be conveyed in these videos," he says. "At least half of my creative output has been squashed, so now I think people can expect a whole lot more."
Manson's last record scanned just 49,000 copies during its first week in stores, debuting at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 sales chart.