Tesco Value Tulisa may sit judging the talent of others on The X Factor, yet it seems record-buying public aren’t too convinced by hers. For, despite topping the charts with ‘Young’ earlier this year, the singer’s second solo single ‘Live It Up’ has tanked.
Not one to hold her tongue (…), the NDubz star has spoken out in defence of the song’s #11 charting on last week’s Official UK Top 40 Singles tally.
See what she had to say after the jump…
Speaking with BBC Newsbeat this week, the 24 year old said of the song’s performance:
“I said I don’t know if it will even get in to the top ten. With that single it was strategic to sell the album. I’m not trying to get a number one with this one.
I know it’s urban. I know that it’s probably not going to chart high. I want to show a different side to the album. For me it’s a bigger picture.”
Surely we’re not alone is feeling utterly jarred by artists who claim they don’t care about chart positions? Because if they don’t, their labels sure do. Worse still, Tulisa panders to an audience primarily consisting of teens and the casual listener – hence strong album sales were unlikely to begin with.
Being the fair and unbias site we are, it’s important to stress that #11 isn’t terrible. However, success is relative. Hence, if an artist who wasn’t promoted to the nines or touted the nation’s darling reached such a figure, it’d likely and rightly be a hailed a “good” thing. Yet, when TV ads, billboards, and a weekly spot on UK’s biggest primetime show are in your corner – as they were for Tulisa – the song’s performance is an unavoidable flop.
Better luck next time?