From top-level music industry executives to superstar artists, Billboard.biz presents the top quotes of 2013. Read the 28 quotes below, from Radiohead's Thom York calling Spotify "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse," to former AEG Live president/CEO Randy Phillips' thoughts on his sudden exit from the concert promotion company.
"My dream was to not get a day job but to sleep, wake up and do my music. I want to keep that dream forever."
-Bruno Mars, from Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year cover story
"I don't talk to old people. That's because even as things are quickly changing, they try to find ways to stay static. Young folks are the ones with the ideas."
"For Samsung and mobile in general to be a distribution center for music and a platform for music -- that is the future."
-Todd Pendleton, chief marketing officer for North America at Samsung
"People like big hits and we've got big hits. If they spill over into other formats that means we've done our job. We've helped expand the country footprint."
-Scott Borchetta, president/CEO of the Big Machine Label Group
"This time feels less about any particular movement, and more about how young people are discovering music."
-Kevin Weatherly, senior VP of programming at CBS Radio
"A lot of people refer to power as shooting a loaded gun. When you have to shoot the gun, you've lost the power. Other people's knowledge of your gun should be enough."
“We’re no longer in the music business -- it doesn’t exist anymore. We’re in the multimedia business.”
-Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager
"I've given the industry a real viable alternative, and if that's my legacy of this job, it's the greatest legacy I could have."
-Randy Phillips on exiting AEG Live
"The last desperate fart of a dying corpse."
-Thom Yorke on Spotify
"The music business has become about the broader entertainment world. If you want to build an entertainment brand, Los Angeles is where you need to be."
-Lucian Grainge, chairman/CEO of the Universal Music Group
"I see this generation loving to be rich and famous with no work. You've got to work."
"When they told me I was gonna get the Legend of Live Award, we were joking ‘LOL,’ you know. I thought ‘OMG, WTF. And BTW,’ I got a lot of people to thank for this."
-George Strait on being named Legend of Live at the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards
"I'm still old-fashioned. Streaming services aren't suited to me. I still want to own something, even if it's just a download in the cloud."
-Martin Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing
"Don't put all your eggs in one basket."
-Tim Leiweke, president/CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (former president/CEO of AEG)
"Avicii's 'Wake Me Up!' has just enough EDM to make you feel like you're cool without trying too hard."
-Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms at Clear Channel Radio
"Rap Genius is going to be the biggest website in the entire world -- bigger than Facebook, bigger than Twitter."
-Mahbod Moghadam, co-founder of Rap Genius
"People wanted to try to make me the white Nicki Minaj. That's not what I'm trying to do."
-Miley Cyrus, from June 2013 Billboard cover story
"Never get an ego and act like you are too cool for someone. The intern could turn into the CEO tomorrow."
-Matt Galle, president of Photo Finish Records; agent at Paradigm; VP of A&R at Interscope Records
"In 2014, brands are going to begin using music more as an overall marketing platform 365 days a year, and not just big promotional windows."
-Russell Wallach, president of media and sponsorships at Live Nation
"The TV has replaced the family stereo as the nexus of music entertainment in the home. So it's right to think about the future of music as being TV-centric."
-Tom Conrad, chief technology officer/senior VP of product at Pandora
"Industries are fearful of legislation. But if you start in the marketplace and forge a solution, you get a lot less resistance - and often a more flexible approach."
-Cary Sherman, chairman/CEO of the RIAA
"You have to be able to go into the finance guys with the argument of 'this is really fucking cool, we’ve got to do it,’ armed with nothing more than enthusiasm. Enthusiasm usually trumps."
-Don Was, president at Blue Note
"We always lead with hits. If you want to have success, you have to be riding a hit."
-Tom Corson, president/COO of RCA Records
"I don’t think that the real enemy of the music industry is illegal downloading; I think the real enemy of the music industry is radio."
"For turning me from a brat to a hardworking ox."
-P!nk on accepting her touring honor at the Billboard Touring Awards and thanking manager Rodger Davies
"People will buy at the point of inspiration if you make it really easy for them."
-Andrew Fisher, executive chairman of Shazam
"This is still a young man's game, so we have to stay young. Music allows you to do that, especially rock'n'roll."
-Eddie Vedder, from October 2013 Pearl Jam cover story
"Money can't buy time, and patience is probably the most underrated value in the music business."
-Mike Caren, president of worldwide A&R at Warner Music Group