Noughties boy band Blue and Sony Music have gone their separate ways following the disappointing sales performance of the group’s recent album ‘Colours’. The four piece inked a two-album deal with the label in November but, as reported by Digital Spy, will instead be releasing all future music independently.
Upon reports of their parting with Sony, Blue posted an impassioned message via their Facebook page to assure fans they won’t be going quitting music. They also addressed the perceived negative coverage they’ve been receiving in the press.
“Sadly there are still those ‘journalists’ that find it fun and amusing to preach their negativity and vitriol towards us,” wrote the group. “Those that don’t listen to the fans who buy our music and come and see us live. Those that smile to our face and stab us in the back. They have always been around and perhaps just like us – they are not going anywhere either.
“So let the haters hate and in the meantime we are going to keep on doing what we love for everyone that enjoys Blue and what we stand for, our music. We don’t need to prove who we are, or ask permission to be here. We love Sony Music who have supported us and licensed the album for the UK and supported us on tour and we look forward to the rest of this year and the next as we move into ‘Fifteen Years of Blue’.”
The group – which consists of Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe – reformed in 2011 after a six year hiatus. They’ve since gone on to release two albums, ‘Roulette’ in 2013 and ‘Colours’ last March. Both peaked at Number 13 in the UK Album Chart.