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Geri Halliwell on comeback single selling just 393 copies: ‘Deep down I was gutted’

Geri Halliwell has admitted she is “gutted” after her comeback single sold just 393 copies in its first week on sale.
‘Half Of Me’ was released in Australia, where Halliwell is currently appearing as a judge on the Australia’s Got Talent reality TV show. Despite her exposure down under, the song could only make number 94 on the country’s singles chart.
Recalling the evening she found out her chart position, the former Spice Girl wrote on her blog:

“I saw online around 11pm that my new single (just released in Australia) had come in at number #94… I laughed nervously, god that’s really bad! (Deep down I was gutted).”

Continuing, Halliwell explained she felt conflicted about whether to perform the track on the final of Australia’s Got Talent tomorrow (Sunday 19) as originally planned, but has ultimately decided not to do so. Admitting ‘Half Of Me’ “just hasn’t connected”, she said:

“What I do know is this… I need to look back… Remember who I am – where I’ve come from and dust myself off… As much as I’m afraid to look like a quitter, (because we all want to look like winners right?), I’m not afraid to say – I lost! – Maybe I need to learn how to lose well in order to be a good winner?”

Halliwell said she is instead “going to sing something that feels honest, just like home, for you and I, for all of us” on the Australia’s Got Talent final tomorrow. ‘Half Of Me’ was her first solo single since 2005, when ‘Desire’ stalled at Number 22 on the UK’s Official Singles Chart. Halliwell began her solo career with four UK Number Ones in five attempts.


Alanis Morissette’s ‘Jagged Little Pill’ to become Broadway musical

Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is set to become a Broadway musical.

The singer is currently developing the album for the stage, with a workshop version of the musical set to debut in New York next year. Variety reports that the composer Tom Kitt, who worked on the stage version of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’, will be working on the project with Morissette, whilst Vivek J. Tiwary will produce with Arvind Ethan David.

In a statement, Morissette said:

“I look forward to taking the heart of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit, and fabulism… I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

The musical will feature all 12 songs from Morissette’s debut as well as tracks from other albums by the artist, in addition to numbers written specifically for the project.


Eminem’s childhood home damaged by fire

The Detroit Fire Department – via The Detroit News – has said that firefighters were called out to the two-story home in the east side of town at 19946 Dresden at 6:30pm yesterday, but were at the time unaware that it was the rapper’s former residence, owned by his mother Deborah Mathers from 1989 until 2003.

The property features on the cover of Eminem’s new album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2’ which was released earlier this week. It also features on 2000’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, where the rapper is pictured sitting on the steps of the house. The new record features production credits from the likes of Rick Rubin, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, while recent tracks ‘Bezerk’ and ‘Survival’ are also included.

The house is currently owned by the Michigan Land Bank, but recently went up for auction. A fan from Tennessee called Shelly Hazlett has submitted a $100 bid for the property and has said that she will turn the house into an Eminem museum if her offer is approved by the state. The house – one of many abandoned houses in the neighborhood – had a starting bid of $1.


Lorde: ‘There is a lot of stupid shit that comes with being lucky enough to do what I do’

Lorde has written a blog about turning 17 on her Tumblr.
In the post she discusses the “stupid shit” that comes along with working in the music industry, but said that a show she recently played in New York made up for it. She wrote:

“Last night, i played to a room of people whose names i worship, breathe like fine gold smoke, reverent. There is a lot of stupid shit that comes with being lucky enough to do what i do – a lot of stuff i’d rather skip, if i could – but i wouldn’t have traded last night for anything.”

She also paid tribute to her fans in the piece, adding:

“I felt so warm in the arms of these legends who are good enough to have faith in me, weird little screwball that i am. I realize over and over every day just how lucky i am to be here. And that’s down to all of you, as well – regular people in dumb towns who make me feel so loved and strong, and whose hunger i can’t wait to satisfy with more music.”

The singer, who celebrated her 17th birthday yesterday (November 7), said that she would be spending her day in New York walking around the city “listening to stevie nicks and broken social scene”. She also wrote about turning 17, saying that “this time last year i was making a soundcloud, and a twitter, and a tumblr, all in the name lorde. i had no clue what was going to happen with the music. i hoped it’d be alright.”