The Swedish popsters axe their May dates amidst rumours of a split with their record company...

THE WANNADIES have cancelled their entire UK tour, scheduled to run throughout May, amid rumours of an imminent split with their label RCA.

The band are understood to be unhappy with the backing the label put behind March's release of 'Yeah', their first studio album since 1997's 'Bagsy Me' ,and they have labelled their current situation a "pile of shit". A source close to the Swedish power popsters told that "everything was not as harmonious with the record company as the band would probably like". The Wannadies have been with RCA for over four-and-a-half years.

The decision to cancel the nine dates, due to have kicked off in Brighton's Concorde on Monday (May 1), was taken over the weekend. also understands that ticket sales for the tour were not completely healthy.

Christine from the band posted an apology on the Wannadies official website yesterday (May 2).

"Sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry," it read, "As you all know we're not doing the UK tour. The smell of the pile of shit we're sitting in right now is not too great."

The posting confirmed that the Irish leg of the tour and the band's festival dates - including Glastonbury, T In The Park and the Reading/Leeds double header - would still go ahead. "Hopefully we'll be doing a big fuck off tour this autumn," it concluded.

However, a spokesperson at The Wannadies management office was keen to dispel rumours of a split with label.

"They didn't take the decision to cancel the tour lightly," she said, "and all the dates arranged for the summer will go ahead. I can't comment on anything else. You will find out more next week."

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