Tinie Tempah: Artists ‘Aren’T Selling Lots Of Records Any More’
As the director of his clothing line ‘Disturbing London’, Tinie Tempah is no stranger to fashion. A musician first and foremost, the ‘Wonderman’ rapper recently admitted that he doesn’t agree with artists branching out into different fields if they are just doing it for money…
Tinie said to The Sun: “I feel like lots of artists aren’t selling lots of records any more. They’re not touring as much and are always looking for avenues to branch off into.
“If it’s something that’s natural to you and you genuinely have a passion for, that’s one thing. But if it’s just for business that’s another. I can’t speak for those guys individually but in this day and age – music has changed.”
Despite his apparent comments on the consequences of declining record sales since the rise of the online download, the 23-year-old said he thinks London is in a good place at the moment.
According to The Metro, the Londoner said: “London's definitely taking a turn for the better… I love London at the minute. I hope it continues to get better and better. I hope it's inspiring for everybody.”
He also spoke of his appearance on the X Factor this weekend and its benefits: “I think the fact X Factor now has artists that write their own music shows that they are leaning more towards that urban, independent, DIY sort of artist as opposed to someone who's going to be a big mega poster. And I think that's good, you know?’
“It's giving urban music out in dribs and drabs and that's perfect.”
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)