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Plan B’s reversion to rap rejected

Time to start a label.

Plan B’s transformation from extremely angry rapper to smooth soul singer is probably the surprise of the year (well, unless Lady Gaga releases a death metal album). He even managed to get a song about killing someone in prison played repeatedly on daytime radio, which might come as a shock to seven year old Billy as he listens along. His record label is rather pleased as well as he’s sold half a million records, but there’s a slight problem: it’s not a permanent transformation and Plan B has recorded a new rap record. He explained to the BBC was happened next: "The label said, 'Look, we love your soul record. We know what to do with that. With the hip-hop it's not going to get play on radio, we don't know how to market it and we're not feeling it.' "

So what to do? Put it out yourself: "I was offended but I said, 'Alright, cool'. This is the compromise - I take that hip-hop record, I put it out on my own label and you own none of it. I'll promote it off the back of my soul record and that's what I'm doing." Now, if you’re in an unsigned indie band with dreams of fame, the next part is going to make you cry: "I know 'The Ballad of Belmarsh' is not going to work commercially, I know radio ain't going to play it but I'm still going to put it out there because I love it. It's a piece of art. It's probably going to sell about 100,000 copies - no more. But I'm cool with that." Yeah, cool with 100,000 copies. Every unsigned indie band now hates you Plan B.

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