Peter Gabriel
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"Peter Brian Gabriel" is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis (band)/Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, So (album)/So, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the US. The album's biggest hit, "Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel song)/Sledgehammer", won a record nine MTV Video Music Award/MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. "Sledgehammer" remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.

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As the band got more successful, it was increasingly difficult to get people to take a risk with something that might jeopardize their livelihood. [On Genesis].

One thing that really appeals to me is this idea of music being a living thing that has an evolution that, in a way, enables the artist to sell a process rather than a piece of product.

More and more people are going to download their music, and if it all stays free and there is no control over the payments, then it will be difficult for younger artists to make a livelihood.

I think FIFA just want (to say), 'Anything the Olympics can do, we can do better.' It's a pretty big audience.

It looks different now, but we've had lots of discussions about how much to refer to that.

I think one of the things about writing in the studio is that the song hasn't matured, if you like, so quite often the vocals are early attempts. Whereas once you've taken it out on the road a bit, you learn more about a song.

When they had (Nelson) Mandela shows in London the bill was really mixed and I don't think we lost any viewers as a result. African artists are strong, charismatic and compelling, and I think they hold people's attention.

I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment - to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off.

Mass Vehicular Carnage.