SOLO STEPHEN STAYS PUT

The Boyzone singer-turned-solo-star's spokespeople have issued a vehement denial that Polydor have ditched the singer...

Stephen Gately‘s spokespeople have issued a vehement denial of reports that he has been dropped by his record label, POLYDOR.

After the story appeared in UK tabloid The Sun this morning (October 26), the label issued the following statement today: “Contrary to a report in a national newspaper, Stephen Gately has not been

dropped by Polydor Records and in fact has a new single planned for release early next year. The label is mystified as to why anyone should have drawn this conclusion and in fact is very much looking forward to being part of his future success.”

The Sun story said: “The singer is expected to get the push within the next six months after failing to match the success of Boyzone pal Ronan Keating.”

But NME.COM‘s Pop Editor Peter Robinson commented: “Obviously with what’s happened to acts like Glamma Kid and Scooch recently there are a lot of rumours about who will be next. The thing is that even though Boyzone by their own admission are winding up they have definite plans for

activity as a group next year. Obviously if Polydor – who are also Boyzone‘s label – were to drop Stephen Gately you’d think that would effectively be kicking him out of the band, which wouldn’t make much sense. To start rumours about acts being dropped after one single doesn’t quite make the Top Ten is typical of current attitudes – Stephen‘s last single ‘I Believe’, which featured on the soundtrack to the movie ‘Billy Elliott’, was only just outside the Top 10. As far as I can see the band

have a future, together in the short term and through their own careers in the long-term.”

In other Boyzone activity, tickets are on sale for Mikey Graham‘s solo tour – which kicks off on January 25 at Motherwell Civic Centre – through his website, [url=]www.mikeygraham.co.uk.