“I was on that record label”
By the early 1980s, aside from Patti Smith and a few others, Arista Records had a large group of artists that were now past their sell-by date. Then in walks Whitney Houston to propel the label back into the limelight. Not only did they sell a lot of records, but a deal with the Medellin cartel supplied enough cocaine to satisfy Houston and husband Bobby Brown at a 300% markup charged back to them and other artists. This carried Arista along for many years while signing new talent, like fraudsters Milli Vanilli, who just signed on for the drugs. This would finally end when Arista got the last of Houston's money earned from movies while still thinking that corporate greed and complete control of bands was still the way record labels should work in the late 1990s.