*In a recent interview, R&B singer Usher told UK news outlet The Guardian that he believes reality television talent shows like “American Idol” are keeping the music industry from progressing.

Ursh says many of the yet talented performers are thrown into the industry without knowledge of the business of music.

“The true art form of music is being lost, because it seems so easy that everyone can do it, and that it can happen overnight,” he told reporters “Television is a lie. It can’t happen overnight. The artist who thinks that it can just comes and goes. The reason why great singers cannot exist in this time is maybe because they’re not properly managed, and maybe they don’t understand the full gamut of what being an entertainer is.”

Interestingly, the singer has mentored an “AI” winner, helping Justin Bieber launch his career. Critics may have a few words to say about Usher’s comments, but he also blames irresponsible record companies.

“We’re dealing with an industry that is slowly but surely dying, every day,” he continued. “Then there’s the record companies that are mass-producing these versions of these people; version of this broken art. While it works, because it sells records, it damages the business.”