Sunday, February 20, 2011

Duffy has had enough-fy

The frankly rotten sales of her second album have sent Duffy to a dark place, reckons the Sunday Mirror, which claims a friend says she's thinking of giving it all up:

A pal of the Welsh warbler reveals: “She’s really down about the last ­album, Endlessly.

“It didn’t sell well and charted terribly and she isn’t trying again and making a comeback.

“She wants to have a quiet life and start over. Duffy made a truckload of cash with the first album and through her endorsements with Diet Coke, so she’s ­comfortable and able to enjoy some down-time. She’s not got management right now and has met a few people about taking over. But she’s just not interested."
It's surprising quite how badly the second coming of Duffy went - Well Well Well, the first single off Endlessly, stalled outside the top 40; Endlessly did make it to the top ten - just - but doesn't even appear to have gone Gold yet in the UK.

The suspicion has to be that she was a highly-weaponised delivery system for Bernard Butler's work, and once she struck out on her own, she has found the world a colder place. To be fair to her, she was always going to struggle to find something that was going to outrun Mercy - still the number one choice for cereal adverts and unthreatening faux-edgy restaurant dining room music.


Mark Kardwell said...

So she should realise that maybe all she ever was was the non-threatening alternative to David McAlmont and rebuild from there?

D said...

But really, her comeback sing was awful which certainly didn't inspire me to buy her album. Plus the diet coke advert must've been tuned by a two year old.

Anonymous said...

"The suspicion has to be that she was a highly-weaponised delivery system for Bernard Butler's work"

...that and that getting rid of jeanette lee as manager was one of the worst decisions in music in recent memory

James said...

Wish I could find the brilliantly snarktastic tweet from @BBCEntsTeam, which said something along the lines of "Duffy unveils shock new look for second album", and linked to a promo photo in which Duffy was, erm, wearing a 60s-style black-and-white striped top, sporting a 60s-style Dusty Springfield hairdo and leaning against a 60s-style moped.

I do wonder if that was part of the problem; Maybe she's in the same territory as The Darkness (not literally, I'm fairly sure Wales isn't in Norfolk) - Releasing a hugely successful debut album that sounds like it was recorded in a different era, then struggling with the follow-up which tries to do the same.

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