Sandi Thom has Facebook breakdown after BBC Radio 2 refuses her new song.
I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker singer uploaded foul-mouthed tirade last night.
Sandi Thom says she was ‘speaking out for millions of indie artists’ with Radio 2 rant.
Broke down after both the BBC and Bauer Media rejected her new single.
Scottish singer Sandi Thom has defended herself against criticism after she uploaded a video of herself venting frustration at Radio 2 not playlisting her new song. Thom – best known for her 2006 hit ‘I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)’ – posted a tearful video online after finding out the news that her latest single ‘Earthquake’, out November 27, had been rejected by the BBC, saying that she is “done with this industry” following the decision. She also took aim at commercial radio giant Bauer Media after they too chose not to give the song airtime.
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There has been a tremendous amount of punishing laughter after Scottish singer-songwriter Sandi Thom posted, then deleted, a Facebook video in which she tearfully explained that her latest single, Earthquake, was passed over for inclusion on the Radio 2 and Bauer Network playlists.
“I can apparently do no right,” she said, going on to explain that Earthquake is a song that “fits their format” and was “perfect for them” so “there is no reason why they shouldn’t playlist my music”.
Hooting in derision at someone fruitlessly chasing radio formats while the final threads of their career unravel is akin to that vicious Victorian practice of visiting Bedlam to mock the patients. After she posted her video, there were lots of online references to The League of Gentleman’s Les McQueen, the frustrated former member of Crème Brûlée, whose misguided optimism would see him screwed over again and again. “It’s a shit business,” he would say – through gritted teeth, while dusting himself down ahead of the next rejection – of a music industry he still believed he could conquer.
A look at comparemyradio, to track what each UK station is playing, makes for chilling reading for acts like Thom. At the current radio apex is Justin Bieber, who has been played almost 9,500 times in the past month. Much as the music industry loves to chase a hit, it will run at lightning speed in the opposite direction if it perceives a career to be hurtling into the dumper. Thom has, in less than a decade, experienced both extremes. A trawl for her name on comparemyradio delivers a “Your search didn’t return any results” page to freeze the blood.
“I am done with this industry and its bullshit,” says Thom, possibly in denial that failure compounded by overproduction is the default setting of the record business. There is simply too much music out there as the industry tries to throw everything at the wall and hope something sticks. In 2010, Nielsen reported that 75,000 new albums were released that year, a number unlikely to have changed much this year. Spotify and iTunes boast of catalogues of more than 30m songs. We are drowning in music and most of it will go unheard.
This is amplified by the fact that only a faction of hopeful acts ever gets signed. Indeed, the BPI reported last week that only 156 new acts were signed last year by the UK arms of the three major record companies. Yet even signing a deal does not mean you are out of the woods. An estimated 90% of major record signings never recoup their initial investment. That is possibly down to creative accounting or overspending, but they will almost always be dropped quickly if the indications are that it is just not working.
Thom’s career may read as if it was scripted by Aesop but she is not the first singer to experience this, and she won’t be the last. Drawing on Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s five psychological stages of grief, Thom is currently toggling between denial and anger that such a thing could happen to her career. In order to make it to acceptance – the final stage – the least she can ask for is to be able to do so with some dignity and without the shrill laughter of the public ringing in her ears.
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