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From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-29 20:51:20
The first artists to get the "boot" in 2004:

This article appeared in The Sun (UK newspaper) today:

Ex-Spice Girl Mel C is to be axed from her record label Virgin — after a string of pop flops.

Insiders said her last three releases have sold nowhere near enough to cover the huge marketing costs.

Her departure is part of a New Year clearout of fading stars by record companies — which also includes Irish singer Samantha Mumba and boyband Triple 8.

Sporty Spice Mel (29) is recognised as the most successful solo artist of the former Spice Girls. Her album Reason sold millions.

But her last single Melt / Yeh Yeh Yeh only crawled into the charts at No 27 last month.

Samantha Mumba (20) is also set to lose her deal with Polydor.

Her single Gotta Tell You reached No1 in the US in 2000 but she has struggled to match that success since.

The company is also axing Triple 8 after just one hit single — Give Me A Reason, which reached No. 9 in July.

A pop insider said: “These acts have talent but record companies don’t have bottomless funds to back them.”

The Sun, Monday 29th

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-30 08:28:17
HELLO...! Don't know where "The Sun" thinks it gets its information, but that article is FILLED WITH FALSE INFORMATION!!

Let's start at the beginning: Sure - Mel C's last few singles were flops, but her album "Reason" did NOT sell millions! It entered the UK chart at #5 in its first week, and QUICKLY dropped out of the Top 75 a few weeks later (they must mean her debut album!)

Samantha Mumba's Gotta Tell You did NOT reach No. 1 in the US... it DID make the Top 5 if I remember correctly, but definitely not No. 1...
Since her first album's successful singles? She's had ONE single - I'm Right Here - which charted at #5 in the UK... not a flop, right? And nothing released since... so on what basis exactly did they drop her?!

Triple 8 had TWO hit singles, not one... what about Knockout?

I don't care about any of these acts except for Samantha Mumba who deserves another try...
but 'The Sun'?... they should try getting their facts straight! (Next they'll try telling us the new Ronan Keating album has sold millions!)

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-30 09:25:09

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-30 09:31:36
Oh, the embarrassment! Dotmusic reports this:

Her debut solo album, 'Northern Star', was a big seller in numerous territories, with the single 'Gotta Tell You' reaching the summit of the US singles chart in 2000. However, LP follow-up 'Reason' stalled in the charts.

So now 'Gotta Tell You' was Mel C's hit? C'mon guys!


From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-29 18:54:27
UK Top 10 this week:

(Not updated on Dotmusic due to "technical problems", but found this in their News section).

01 (01) Gary HJUles - Mad World
02 (03) Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne - Changes
03 (02) The Darkness - Christmas Time
04 (04) Bo selecta - Proper Crimbo
05 (06) Will Young - Leave Right Now
06 (07) BEP - Shut Up
07 (05) Idols - Happy Xmas
08 (09) Shane Richie - I'm Your Man
09 (08) Atomic Kitten - Ladies Night
10 (10) Sugababes - Too Lost In You

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-29 21:01:58
And, here's the Top 20:

(Gary Jules, again, sold an impressive 70 000+, which puts him on track for a possible third week. for Mrs. Beckham who'd never had a solo-No. 1).

(01) 01 Michael Andrews ft. Gary Jules – Mad World
(03) 02 Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne - Changes
(02) 03 The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
(04) 04 Avid Merrion - Proper Crim-bo
(06) 05 Will Young – Leave right now
(07) 06 The Black Eyed Peas – Shut Up
(05) 07 Idols – Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
(09) 08 Shane Richie – I’m your man
(08) 09 Atomic Kitten ft. Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night
(10) 10 Sugababes – Too Lost In You
(11) 11 Blue ft Stevie Wonder & Angie Stone – Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours
(12) 12 Ultrabeat – Feelin’ Fine
(16) 13 Outkast – Hey ya
(15) 14 The Cheeky Girls – Have A Cheeky Christmas
(19) 15 UB.40 ft. United Colours of Sound – Swing Low
(14) 16 Westlife – Mandy
(17) 17 Katie Melua – The Closest thing to crazy / Call off the search
(21) 18 Christina Aguilera – The Voice Within
(18) 19 Evanescence – My Immortal
(20) 20 Girls Aloud – Jump


From Rohan
post time 2003-12-27 14:37:50
Congrats to Delta Goodrem! This week she makes her FIFTH consecutive #1 single in her native Australia!
"Predictable" moves up from 2 to 1 this week, following the #1 positions of its predecessors - Born To Try, Lost Without You, Innocent Eyes and Not Me, Not I.

Her album Innocent Eyes remain at #2 this week - having already gone 13 times Platinum! (I wonder if this beats the previous record by a female artist - Tina Arena's "Don't Ask"?)

Replied by alex
Post time: 2003-12-28 19:25:57
Good going Delta! She deserves it! Leagues ahead of other Australian female singers Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Valance, Tina Arena, Stacie Orrico, Dannii Minogue and even Kylie! Really hope she recovers soon from the illness, though!


From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-27 09:58:07
May I be the first to congratulate Sophie Zelmani on her three Blue-Box wins, as well as Madonna for two. And, I'm delighted about Sarah Whatmore getting the award for Dance Song of the Year.

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-27 10:45:49
Yes, congrats to Sophie! But Madonna got 4 (not 2)! Also glad for Delta that got two, and Eminem walked away with his first Glove.

Replied by CharlesX
Post time: 2003-12-27 11:09:56
So Madonna actually walked away with the most awards - even though internationally it hasn't been a good year for her! Really glad for her!

Also glad for the Pet Shop Boys who walked away with an award!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-27 11:18:26
Sorry - make that FIVE for Madonna! She was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the end of the evening (receiving a standing ovation after performing a medley of Vogue/Like A Prayer/Love Profusion/Nothing Fails... was so touching seeing her cry!)

(It was known from the beginning she would receive this award, so it wasn't listed as a nomination).

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2003-12-27 12:29:48
Quite interesting! The biggest shock MUST have been that Shania didn't receive ANY!! (Despite having been nominated for 6!)

Replied by DrewL
Post time: 2003-12-27 13:11:24
yay for Eminem!


From Popmaster
post time 2003-12-24 21:59:05
Ultra-Pop greetings! Have a very Merry Christmas - May your Xmas day be special and blessed!

Replied by Fonda Cox
Post time: 2003-12-24 22:09:45
And, from me Fonda! May this Xmas be special, Rohan!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-24 23:14:08
Thanks you guys! To you - and my other friends reading this - a very merry Christmas too!

Replied by McMarvyn
Post time: 2003-12-24 23:34:22
To everyone at Blue-Box - Happy Xmas.
(War Is Over) found this fantastic link just now:

Replied by McMarvyn
Post time: 2003-12-24 23:37:34
OK, the link didn't come up as it's supposed to:
Here it is (The VERY HILARIOUS & official "War Is Over" song):

Replied by CharlesX
Post time: 2003-12-25 08:45:19
Merry Xmas!

Just wondering... what's your current fave Xmas song?

And what do u consider 2b the best Xmas albums?

The current winner for me is The Idol's Merry Xmas (War Is Over) - not into THEM, but what a brilliant version!

Best albums:
Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jewel and Christina Aguilera.

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-25 09:51:51
Hey - thanx McMarvyn! That's hillarious!
Everyone - if you haven't yet - take the time and check out the above link, it's worth it! See Saddam's version of OutKast's "Hey Ya!"

Also, check out for not only a GREAT music site, but also a very nice EASY, FREE download of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas Time 2003!" This download will probably not be there long, so hurry!

Mmm... my fave Xmas song at the moment would be The Darkness... "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" - I love it!

I also like the lyrics of "Santa's List" by Cliff Richard - quite agree with it.

Best albums... Boney M's Christmas albums, Mariah Carey (just after "Music Box" she DID do an excellent Xmas album!), Amy Grant and Celine Dion.

Replied by DrewL
Post time: 2003-12-25 11:12:00
Merry X-mas darlings! May there be a lot of icing on your X-mas cake!

Wonderful link McMarvyn! Had quite a laugh!

Song... The Darkness for me too! (u GOTTA love a man in spandex!)

Album... Destiny's Child or the new Whitney Houston!

Replied by Popmaster
Post time: 2003-12-25 11:45:17
Favorite Xmas song:
Santa Baby - Susanne Manning (the Pop Idol that never will be!)
Santa Baby - Madonna
Santa Baby - Kylie Minogue

Favorite Xmas album:
Not one artist in particular - I just love Xmas compilations!

Replied by Stephen
Post time: 2003-12-25 11:46:54
Have you heard the Delta Goodrem version... "Merry X-Mas (Let The War Be Over)"? It's BRILLIANT! Definitely my favourite at the moment!

Like the new Band Aid version on the Ultrapopmix site!

Album? Actually I think they're all a bit too much to listen to at once!

Replied by Rohan
Post time: 2003-12-25 20:52:54
Hi Stephen - nice to see you in these waters!


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