‘Pop Idol’ runner-up Gareth Gates posted an message to fans on his official website on Tuesday (May 11). Gates writes, “Hey Guys, Gareth here. Just wantt to say thank you so much for your support. As ever you have allbeen really brilliant and it makes such a difference so thank you. I haven’t been dropped as rumors have suggested – in fact I’m actually working on new material and I’m really, really happy so don’t worry. Take care and I’ll see you very, very soon. Love you all, Gareth.”
Gareth Gates Not Dropped
May 11, 2004 – A message on Gareth’s official website posted Monday says that despite reports in the paper over the weekend, they can confirm that Gareth has not been dropped. Tim Bowen, Chairman of BMG Records said: “This is ridiculous. We have not dropped Gareth Gates. He is currently in the studio recording new material.” 19 Entertainment added “Gareth is an extremely talented musician and 19 Entertainment are committed to him. His performance at the Royal Hall was fantastic and, everyone attending fully enjoyed it – particular his acoustic version of ‘Sunshine’ which went down a storm!”
Gareth Gates To Split From Major Record Label
May 8, 2004 – More details on Gareth’s label troubles with BMG from The Mirror, who claim the ‘Pop Idol’ runner-up’s career is in trouble. “The fact is he’s just not selling – and it’s not only his records. There were far too many empty seats on his tour,” a label insider revealed. A spokeswoman for Gareth claimed, “Whatever happens with BMG he’ll remain with 19 Management.” A source added, “He’ll have a deal in effect. But it’s not the same as being with one of the big hitters.”
BMG Drops Gareth Gates
May 7, 2004 – The Sun reports Gareth has been dropped by recording label BMG. “It has finally happened. Gareth’s time at BMG records has come to an end,” a BMG insider revealed. “He’s a lovely chap with great resilience but he simply doesn’t sell records any more. There were initial meetings two months ago saying he was to be canned but the final decision didn’t come until very recently. To be honest, there were a few big players who saw Gareth at the Royal Albert Hall a few weeks ago and they weren’t very impressed. It’s the end of an era in pop. There’s no doubt that just a couple of years ago Gareth was the biggest pop star in Britain.”
Michael Jackson To Pen Track For Gareth Gates?
March 31, 2004 – Sky News reports Gareth may be getting help in reviving his failing pop career by the King of Pop himself. They hear Michael Jackson wants to write a song for the stuttering singer’s third album.