With his genre-blending, authority-challenging, Bible-tearing, establishment-baiting ways, Marilyn Manson is nothing if not a born villain. The frontman of the band that bears his name has courted controversy throughout his career and found plenty of success -- including two Billboard 200 chart-toppers, 1998's "Mechanical Animals" and 2003's "The Golden Age of Grotesque" -- on his way to more than 8.8 million albums sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On May 1, Cooking Vinyl will release Manson's eighth studio album and first through his own imprint Hell Inc., "Born Villain." The 14-song set is as diverse as Manson has ever been, from the glam of "Slo-Mo-Tion" to a thumping cover of Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" with Johnny Depp.
Billboard: "Born Villain" is your first album not affiliated with Interscope and released on your own Hell Inc. Liberating?
Manson: Yeah. I've always had control over what I created, and in the past once I turned it over to the record label, what happened wasn't always to my liking. A lot of it was more their stupidity, trying to fit me into a hole I didn't belong in, and that would of course make you confused about what you're supposed to be as an artist, not even just as a person. So getting off Interscope gave me the ability to think exactly how you would when you're starting out.