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 dont have bottomless funds to back them.
By SEAN HAMILTON
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 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!