sales of her albums

The sales of your albums have gone down, as your records have got better. How do you feel about that and about record sales generally ?

It’s interesting because in certain areas, they’ve gone up, like when they were down in England they went up in France, so it’s really different between countries. Maybe it’s because my albums are so different from each other. I quite like that actually. Like the French love Vespertine, for example. And the classical world in New York totally fell for it too. I’m so flattered ! When I sat at home, was I aiming for the classical market ? No ! [chuckling] It’s just quite coincidental what things come out - I do an all-vocal album [Medulla]. What market am I aiming at ? I don’t know. Medulla was the same as the other albums ; in the States all my albums have done the same. When I lived in England I was sort of an A list celebrity and I was selling a lot here. And when I moved it kind of went down a bit. But this [the UK] is the only country where that’s happened. Everywhere else I was never an A-lister, which I liked because, I can walk the streets. It’s one of the reasons why I moved here [New York] because I just couldn’t handle it and it’s not something I’m good at dealing with. So... do I worry about record sales ? I’m happy if I sell a lot. I’d be lying to say that I don’t give a fuck. But it would never influence how I do stuff. I could only be run by what’s going on inside me. At 27 I thought, “l’m just going to do whatever l’m going te do. If people like it, great, if they don’t..." so that’s more why I do what I do.

Attitude - 12.05.2007