Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Gordon in the morning: A favour we could do without

Eminem is, it appears, helping us out:

EMINEM is doing the British music industry another favour 13 years after boosting DIDO’s career by sampling her track Thank You on his controversial single Stan.
That was a favour? We're still picking up the pieces from that one.
The American rapper has now sampled young Bristolian singer JAMIE N COMMONS for the chorus of an upcoming new single of his.
The blues-influenced singer will be hoping that his career goes the same way as Dido’s did.
Heh heh, very funny, Gordon.

Oh, hang on, you're not joking, are you?

The way Dido's career went, in case anyone's forgotten, was a drop in 15 million sales between first and third albums. Her last release, Safe Trip Home, didn't even make Gold in the UK, and that's despite a tie-in with Nectar Cards.

But, hey, if Jamie Commons wants a career that goes the same way, who are we to argue? Maybe he's got plans to open a DIY store or something in 2016.

Elsewhere in Gordon's section, Jennifer Lawrence appears to have been running around with her tits out:
Jennifer Lawrence flashes her ‘wonky boobs’ at Oscar nominees’ bash
Really, Alison Maloney? Jennifer Lawrence was flashing her breasts at an Oscars party? Are you sure?
The Silver Linings Playbook star – who recently stunned docs with worries about her wonky boobs – flashed her cleavage in the plunging floral gown at the Hollywood Reporter Nominees’ Night at Spago.
Ah, so when you say "flashes her boobs", you mean "wears a dress with a V-shaped neck". That's not really the same thing, is it?


Frank said...

Dido has done THREE albums?!

simon hayes budgen said...

It's worse than that. There's a new one out later this year.

johnlyons121 said...

It's a bit strange to downplay the enormous leg-up Eminem gave to sales of Dido's first album and the momentum it gave for her second. Dido then fumbled the ball thanks to five years without new material, but that was hardly Eminem's doing.

simon hayes budgen said...

That's the point, johnlyons121 - really, Dido's career *was* being sampled by Eminem. He gave her a good shove to start with, but it was all downhill from there.

johnlyons121 said...

Hello, Simon. I don't dispute the facts you marshall (boom boom), but I don't think we're going to agree on whether the sales spike that Eminem's patronage was worthwhile. I think if I were Dido, comparing my sales before "Stan", what I could expect to sell now and the huge quantities I was selling in 2002/3, I'd be ruddy grateful. And that's swearing.

simon hayes budgen said...

Oh, absolutely - I think we're actually saying the same thing; what I'm taking issue with is the idea that Eminem gifted Dido a *career*, rather than just one huge-selling record.

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