Sunday, February 22, 2004

MUST HAVE BEEN GREAT WINE AT THE GRAMMYS: Surely EMI haven't signed Richard Marx purely on the back of his Grammy award this month? Although he's managed to feed himself by writing songs and producing since his singing career stalled, the Grammy victory wasn't so much a vote of faith in his talents as his luck at co-writing with Luther Vandross shortly before Vandross fell life-threateningly ill. It's odd that EMI feels its financial strength is so robust as to be able to take a punt on Marx the singer; although he's sold thirty million albums, most of those were in the late eighties when he was fashionable. It's going to take an awful lot of marketting input to try and convince the public he's as relevant now as he was in the days of Miami Vice.

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