CANNES, France (Variety) — British pop star Robbie Williams shocked attendees Sunday at music industry confab Midem by declaring piracy a good idea.

“I think it’s great, really I do,” Williams, who recently signed a reported $120 million deal with EMI/Capitol, said at a press conference. “There’s nothing anyone can do about it. I’m sure my record label would hate me saying it, and my management and accountants.”

rance’s LiveJournal Hereby decreed:

“Western Massachusetts” shall replace “a witch’s tit” in all future estimations of coldness.

the public wants what the public gets:

“what happens with both national and commercial radio is that public taste becomes curated by the playlisters and even when ‘specialist’ shows are put on, this just further curates things into ‘genres’ and so when musicians go to make music they have to bow to these genres and slot in to them and in the end the material means of communication determines what the music sounds like to a greater extent than the artists.”

Michel Foucault