Posted by: rowenawilcox | July 5, 2010

Tom Jones’ album branded ‘sick joke’

Voice from the Valleys, Tom Jones, is the subject of controversy following a leaked email rant from record bosses rubbishing his latest album.

Island Records’ Vice President, David Sharpe allegedly damned the Sex Bomb singer’s album of hymns, Praise & Blame, as a “sick joke” to colleagues in an email published by The Sunday Times (hidden behind a Paywall).

An excerpt from the email reads: “Imagine my surprise when I walked into the office this morning to hear hymns – it could have been Sunday morning.

“My initial pleasure came to an abrupt halt when I realised that Tom Jones was singing the hymns! I have just listened to the album in its entirety and want to know if this is some sick joke????”

Remarkably, when asked for a comment from the newspaper, Sharpe replied: “Parts of this record company wanted to deliver an album for the typical Tom Jones fan and I don’t know if that’s what we’ve got. Shall we say we’ve paid for a Mercedes – we’ve got the hearse that’s arrived.”

Jones switched to Island from EMI last year as part of a reported £1.5m deal and with the album’s launch this month, an endless publicity tirade has begun with scheduled BBC documentaries and the ritual interviews undoubtedly on the horizon too.

The email was sent on May 19, yet only came to the foreground yesterday.

Coincidence or strategically planned publicity?….I’ll let you decide.

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