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FULL STORY OF HOW KOOPA GOT A TOP 40 HIT HERE
it IS koopa. bellend.
Bis weren't signed. It was a licensing deal for one single via C.U.
The Beatles were never going to hit the top forty as they have no digital distrubtion agreements in place.
is the art of proof-reading dead?
alongside the art of FIGHTING.
it's always looked like that.
won't actually load for me past the first page at the moment, mind.
that was my 10,000th post. wot an anticlimax. :-(
"many industry insiders suggesting New Order were never truly signed to Factory"
seriously. do some research beyond what one person has said on the 'record of the day' messageboard. i'm pretty sure bands on factory records were on water-tight recording contracts.
"Music producer Jon King added "Many bands and artistes first "charted" on their own imprint. Once you press up vinyl or CD's or make downloads available for purchase, you're "signed"."
haha. this is the WORST. ARTICLE. EVER.
So, on this basis, by offering bands the chance to sell downloads via Myspace, Tom has just "signed" the entire world?!?!?!
no one at the pr company ever said that they were the first unsigned band to get break the top 40! they're just the first since the chart rules changed. and that it what it says on the press release.
Apparently Koopa did a single called "Three In A Bed With Bobby George"! Now that's what I call an exclusive.
someone who bombards people with press releases for utter shite world cup 'anthems' day in day out might know what signed actually means.
Is 'Jon King' 'sick pervert'(tm) Jonathon King?
Your attempting to dissect what is essentially a piece of nonsense news, put about by a desperate pr company.
The press release I received:
The band have just heard on the Radio 1 JK + Joel Chart Show that their single Blag, Steal & Borrow has just charted at no. 31, making them the FIRST ever unsigned band to make the Official Top 40 Chart taking advantage of the new chart rules.
Koopa beat the like of Jarvis Cocker and Evanescence in sales for a new release and the band have written their own rags to riches story in an emotional few weeks which has also seen the sad passing of drummer Ollie's Dad.
Koopa are English to the core and they’re not afraid to sing in their own unique Essex accents and throw English landmarks, phrases and icons into their songs such as Hackney, blagging and the infamous Essex girl!
The band have built up a huge fan base through constant gigs and hard work and celebrated in style at the recording studio where the single was produced. "
I draw your attention to the sentance ending: "in an emotional few weeks which has also seen the sad passing of drummer Ollie's Dad."
to Quite GRATE's credit, they're probably right here. Koopa are the first unsigned band since the new chart roolz were in place...
But they were ramping it up last week, before they charted. Hence all the publicity, which can't have harmed their final position.
and only 31 !
The bastards didn't all buy three copies then...
PR companies are a double-edged sword. yes, they can boost an act's profile, perhaps with spectacular "sandi thom" results. BUT if this is done without a genuine foundation, the backlash is instant (from sites like this, from "the industry", and worst of all for the acts concerned, from the credible press, who don't appreciate having been hoodwinked by "misleading" press releases).
sure, lazy journalism will continue and continue to be capitalised on by clever PR, but will this build a career of more than one record for the acts concerned, or just a reputation for the PR company?
cetainly, if i was a journalist, i'd take future press releases from Quite Great PR with a large pinch of salt...
I get sent quite a bit of stuff from Quite Great and don't really think it's any more or less bullshitty/manipulative than any other PR company's style of writing press releases or biographies. I tend to take them ALL with a large pinch of salt and aim for the utopian 'judge on the music alone' approach...