Kid Rock Offers Views on Music Industry, Politics ... and Oprah

He Tells 'CMT Insider', "Celebrity Endorsements Hurt Politicians"

Editor's note: More of the Kid Rock interview is featured on the new episode of CMT Insider premiering Saturday (Aug. 23) at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT.

At a time when record companies are continuing to bemoan the decline of CD sales, Kid Rock observes, "If people had good albums, they'd be buying albums. But people are buying singles because they only have good songs."

As evidenced by his latest album, Rock N Roll Jesus, it's clear he's not having a problem sustaining his success at retail. Still in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, the title has sold more than 1.6 million copies and is currently selling more than 100,000 copies per week after being released almost a year ago. He's also enjoying a major country hit with "All Summer Long."

In an interview with CMT Insider, Kid Rock said the music industry is failing in its efforts to create superstar acts.

"The program director at a radio station, by the way, is not the superstar," he said. "If he was a superstar, he'd be out creating songs, but he's not. But he wants to act like he has control and power."

During his visit to CMT's offices earlier this week, Kid Rock offered his opinions on a variety of topics, including the concept of keeping his thoughts to himself when it comes to politics.

"I truly believe that people like myself, who are in a position of entertainers in the limelight, should keep their mouth shut on politics," he noted. "Because at the end of the day, let me tell you what I 'm good at: I'm good at writing songs and singing. What I'm not educated in is the field of political science. And so for me to be sharing my views and influencing people of who I think they should be voting for ... I think would be very irresponsible on my part. So I'll just keep my mouth shut on that."

He further suggests that political candidates might be better off to avoid close connections to those in the entertainment business.

"I think celebrity endorsements hurt politicians," he said. "Because as soon as somebody comes out for a politician, especially in Hollywood, when they all go, 'I'm voting for this guy!' -- I go, 'That's not who I'm voting for!' ... As soon as Oprah Winfrey pops up and goes 'Ha-la-la-la-la,' I'm like, 'I love Barrack Obama. I hate Oprah Winfrey.'" He adds, "I don't hate her. I just don't believe in her, so I don't want any part of any of that. I think celebrities hurt politicians."

As a celebrity who has gotten plenty of media attention -- both good and bad -- Kid Rock also had some words to say about the proliferation of Internet blogs.

"There's a real problem with this Internet thing and everyone thinking they have a voice," he said. "This is where freedom can get out of hand. Everybody should not have a voice is what we've just proven by the Internet. Because I'm convinced that Jesus Christ could come back onto this earth and forgive everybody's sins, and it'd be the greatest day in mankind ever. Somebody would take a picture of him. They'd put him on a Web site like TMZ, and the first comment would be 'Jesus is a douche bag.' You know what I'm sayin'?

"This is what the Internet and bloggers are all about. They're all little haters. It's like, 'Welcome to Haterville. Population: You!'"

CMT Insider producer Tim Hardiman conducted this interview.

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