Island Records Label Apologizes to Tom Jones
Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:40:38
Singer Tom Jones received an apology after an email from someone at his UK label Island Records leaked. The email was scathing and not something the author would want made public, as he was ridiculing Jones' comeback effort. The exec who wrote the email probably has tons of egg on his face and is probably collecting a severance check. Don't you know you never, ever put that type of shit in print?
The May 19 email from SVP David Sharpe said the label should "pull back this project immediately or get my money back." The album is dubbed Praise & Blame and is a record of blues and spiritual music. Some folks speculate that the leaked email was a publicity stunt designed by the label to amp up interest in the album, which is due out July 26. That's a pretty devious move, if it is indeed the truth.
Jones was, on the surface, unhappy about the email, which could disprove the "publicity stunt" theory. The crooner told Welsh paper Western Mail that he was angry about the comments and had received an apology from Island. "People are going to read this and think the record company doesn't like [my album], or that I've made a mistake," he said. "It's not coming from the creative people in the record company, because they're backing [the album] up all the way, I mean they're thrilled with it, so I don't understand it. When I questioned them and said, 'What the hell is this all about? Who is this fella? I don't even know who he is,' I found out that he's some fella who signs checks or something. But he's not in the creative side of it and they're 100% behind it, but people don't know that." Is this backpeddling and spin? Could be anything. But if it is a sick PR stunt by the label, it is in poor taste.
Jones also said that "people tell me that all publicity is good publicity, that's what I've been told. People say to me, 'Well it's being talked about,' but to me it's being talked about in a negative way. Hopefully, if there's any good that comes out of it, it's that people will wonder about [the new album]. But it isn't the way I would handle it by going and making a stupid statement. That's not going to help it. They've apologized, they can't apologize enough - and they've said, 'We'll make good on this.'"
I feel embarrassed for Jones, who seems stuck in the middle of all this.
Does the label comment make you more apt to check out the record or more apt to skip over it?