Quotes of the Week: Taylor Swift Defends Her Art, Taylor Hawkins Trashes U2 and More

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"I'd never condone Nazism in my art."
The rapper, apologizing on Twitter after the Anti-Defamation League said that the new lyric video for "Only" "disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda."

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"We got people who were uninterested in U2 to be mad with U2. I would call that an improvement."
The U2 frontman, at the Web Summit in Dublin, defending uploading Songs of Innocence for free to all iTunes users.

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"It just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it."
The Foo Fighters drummer, telling Themusic.com.au what he thinks of U2's Songs of Innocence.

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"Sometimes a frustrated jazz musician winds up in another field and it works out well."
The former president (and sax player), at a Los Angeles concert honoring his love of jazz that featured Pharrell Williams, John Mayer, Herbie Hancock and others.

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"The only thing that guns do is make the gun manufacturers rich and the mortuaries richer."
The music legend, during his Madison Square Garden concert, after announcing that the family of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was in the audience.

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"I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the creators of this music."
The 1989 hitmaker, to Yahoo, after removing her entire catalog from Spotify.

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"Streaming is the future, whether people like it or not."
Adele's manager, at the Web Summit in Dublin.

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"There is no smiling in my head."
The Nine Inch Nails frontman, during the keynote panel at the Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, on his approach to writing film scores.

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This article first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of Billboard.


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