Today's Music News
Mike Oldfield vs Mail on Sunday
Tubular Bells creator not happy13 May 07 - The Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright has hit back at Mike Oldfield after the musician complained that giving away his Tubular Bells album as a freebie in the paper was devaluing his music.
Mr Wright says sales of Tubular Bells have actually increased now and that the musician should be glad they gave him the extra publicity.
He told 6 Music: "The week before we gave it away, it sold 600 copies, the week after, it sold 900 copies, so sales of the disc have actually gone up since we gave it away, not down."
We reported yesterday that Oldfield was furious with his record label EMI when he discovered the MoS had given away his classic 1973 album without having consulted him.
However, the paper doesn't legally have to consult him over this sort of thing. Oldfield said when the contract was drawn up in 1973, for 35 years, no one thought that people would be giving away cds with newspapers.
He said he could understand them giving away a CD featuring a few live tracks, but he could not agree with a whole album given away to 2.2million people.
He told 6 Music: "I feel the same as if I had lent something to somebody, and it had come back trashed".
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