Record boss' outburst over Tom Jones' album of hymns

Monday July 5, 2010

Tom Jones' new album features a change in direction for the It's Not Unusual singer – but not everyone is impressed.

A record company boss has branded the new record – a collection of gospel-inspired songs – as a "joke" in a leaked email.

David Sharpe, of Island Records – the firm which paid £1.5 million to lure Welsh singer from EMI – wrote the memo to a colleague.

"Imagine my surprise when I walked into the office this morning to hear hymns coming from your office - it could have been Sunday morning," he wrote.

"My initial pleasure came to an abrupt halt when I realised that Tom Jones was singing the hymns! I have just listened to the album in its entirety and want to know if this is some sick joke?"

Mr Sharpe said he had expected something featuring more upbeat tracks, "along the lines of Sex Bomb."

He finished the email asking the colleague to get his money back, saying: "We did not invest a fortune in an established artist for him to deliver 12 tracks from the Common Book of Prayer."

The new album, Praise and Blame is out on July 26.

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