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- Posted on Jul 12th 2010 7:30AM by Julian Marszalek
Sir Tom was signed by Island Records for £1.5 million ($2.25 million US) and his new album -- scheduled for release on July 26 -- finds Sir Tom returning to the spiritual, blues and country roots of his childhood. His new direction, however, was not to the taste of Mr Sharpe, who claimed in a leaked e-mail that, "We did not invest a fortune in an established artist for him to deliver 12 tracks from the common book of prayer."
The label has subsequently apologised to Sir Tom, but the star, whose hits include 'It's Not Unusual' and 'Sex Bomb,' remains far from happy. "They've apologised, they can't apologise enough," he said.
Speculation has mounted that the whole furore is an elaborate PR stunt, but if that's the case, then it's news to Sir Tom. "The record company said, 'You don't understand he loves the record.' Then I said, 'Then what the f--- is this all about? What's going on here?' I read it and I was pissed off. And I'm supposed to know what's going on!"