Obviously, this is the first bit you cut out when you start writing the story. And this is also why artists constantly whinge that the media mis-represents them - because they GENUINELY BELIEVE THIS STUFF MATTERS.
Luckily the internet has cut out the middle-man, and now artists can share these sorts of insights with their fans, at nauseating length.
Nelly Furtado has a new album out this year (yay!) and the recording process is being catalogued in detail on Nelly's YouTube channel. Here are the first three instalments - they are in black and white to emphasise how "real" and "important" everything is.
If you sit through those videos, what you discover is that Nelly is recording with Salaam Remi (yay!) Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (yay!) and DJ Genius (who's that?)