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I'm surprised Interscope was ok with this


The character of Rez is supposed to be a representative of Interscope Records, right? And yet, if this movie had a villain, it would be him. He's the one who gave that awful "pep talk" to Jack, telling him what a failure he is, ultimately leading to his suicide. Not to mention, all his meddling with Ally to make her into a "product", rather than just celebrating her talent as it is. So I'm wondering why the real life Interscope was ok with this portrayal. They even produced the soundtrack for this movie.

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It's because this is the way it's done in the real major-label music business. So probably they didn't realize how abhorrent it would be to regular people who buy into all the glitz and glamour that the entertainment industry sells. Record labels and managers never just celebrate somebody's talent as-is (if that were the case Lizzy Borden would be a megastar), they meddle and take control and do everything they can to make the act into a commercially viable product at every level. John Kalodner is an example of somebody who did this with bands like Whitesnake. Very sad but that's the way the music business works. Miley Cyrus is another major example where even the public saw in real time how the A&R and management people were taking control and molding her to create controversy and sell more records and concert tickets. Taylor Swift is yet another example whose own career trajectory kinda aligns with that of Lady Gaga's character.

Interscope was also the first (and I guess last because I've never heard of this since) record company to openly pay radio stations to play songs when they paid a Portland, Oregon station to play Limp Bizkit's first single in the late 90s. They paid for 50 airings of the song and each airing was preceded by a brief disclaimer that the song was "brought to you by" Interscope Records. Of course that was not the first ever "payola" as that's how the radio/singles market works by and large but it was the first time a major label openly flaunted it.

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Oh, I don't doubt that the portrayal is at least somewhat realistic. What amazes me is more that Interscope was involved with this movie, lent their name to it, produced the soundtrack, saw the way the character who works for them was being portrayed and said, "Yeah, that's fine". Unless what you're saying is that Interscope just doesn't shy away from those business practices and is happy to even openly flaunt it?

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They got a #1 record out of the deal, so I'm sure they felt it was worth it.

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Yep I agree. One word: tone deaf. Two words actually. But basically the reason is that Interscope are epically tone deaf.

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The Rez character is incredibly horrible! He all but abuses Ally, harassing her into ditching who she really is and becoming this random pop star. Then, he destroys Ally's husband. Add to that, there are no consequences for him.

It is interesting that Interscope would be okay with it. But, the entertainment business being the way it is, they could have been oblivious, and it could have gone right over their heads.

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I wouldn't call him horrible until his conversation with Jackson. Before that he was trying to turn Ally into a star, and guess what, he did. She chose to go down that path even though she had alternatives. It was Jackson that was trying to keep her from changing, but she seemed to have no problem with it.

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