I remember telling my wife that I thought Colbie Calliat had a pretty voice and maybe you can break into the recording industry based on talent alone. Then I found out her father is/was an insider.
AI made Phillips (for anybody that doesn’t recognize him, NBC hawked one of his songs constantly during the Olympics last year). He might not like those contract terms now but those terms made him then. He was fine with those terms when they were the difference between being discovered or not.