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The Darkness Refute Rumors About Being Dropped By Atlantic Records

THE DARKNESS have, in fact, not been dropped by their US label, Atlantic Records, after only two albums. Despite their 2005 effort, "One Way Ticket To Hell...And Back," failing to garner the same success as their debut "Permission To Land," which went gold in the States and double-platinum in the UK, the band are looking to release their third album in early 2007.

A message from the band regarding frontman Justin Hawkins entering rehab reads as follows:

"After Justin saw a doctor last week and was recommended to “cancel all professional commitments or work-related activities”, we had little choice but to cancel the band’s appearance at the Skanderborg Festival in Denmark, something that the band hate to do, but having been out on the road constantly for such a long time and having not had any time off over the past three years, that’s what Justin has decided to do and we are all agreed that his health must come first."

"As everybody found out today, Justin has been admitted to a rehabilitation clinic. We would however like to make it clear that this emphatically does not signal the end for The Darkness, nor are their label Atlantic Records considering ‘dropping’ them. On the contrary they have taken up their option with the band and are looking forward to releasing The Darkness' third album in early 2007."

"We are not here to comment on Justin’s private life – or anyone else’s for that matter – but he is feeling better already and as soon as he is ready we will be going straight into the studio to begin recording album number 3."

"We hope you would join us in wishing Justin well – and it is for you to judge if a platinum album, headlining and co-headlining sold out shows across the UK, Continental Europe and Australia, etc. to an audience of tens of thousands of adoring fans can ever be considered a failure!"

"Dan, Ed and Richie"

Source: sIN's Metal News

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9 Comments on "The Darkness Refute Rumors About Being Dropped"

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Anonymous Reader
1. no one writes:

that sucks for them, maybe they should write some better music...or not

# Aug 20, 2006 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. warlockzero writes:

good im glad they got dropped, they were one of the worst bands ever. the fact that their first record even went gold astounds me. guess people are stupid enough to listen to these fags. hope this is the end for the darkness.

# Aug 20, 2006 @ 1:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. han writes:

look you lot are talking a load of bull.
You see if they had been droppred me and fellow darklings will have found by now.
Also try and get your facts right before annocing such rubbish.
I also hope you get sued or shut down for good.

# Aug 20, 2006 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Caroline writes:

This is absolute crap, how dare they take this away from us, and leave us empty handed. Now Americans who are fans have to spend loads of money to go overseas to see their their favorite band, because of this stupid label.

# Aug 20, 2006 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. deathbringer writes:

Atlantic has been known to have dropped a number of good metal bands in the past, but these two don't qualify :-)

# Aug 20, 2006 @ 11:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Robert Shaw writes:

Seeing as Sin's Metal News, your source for this story, has since published a correction confirming that The Darkness have not, in fact, been dropped by Atlantic, is there any likelihood of that noted paragon of journalistic integrity Metal Underground doing the same?

Many thanks

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 6:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. ole writes:

thanks god that this story is absolutely untrue .....great journalism

ole

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 7:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. zMETALlica writes:

actually if anyone looked, i made this post inactive a few hours after it was posted, so how you all saw it/still see it is beyond me?
i have no problem copying that statement, but i figured it be unnecessary as it doesn't even appear on the site anymore.

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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Senior News Correspondent

9. zMETALlica writes:

also keep in mind i posted a comment on SMN telling them the correction

# Aug 21, 2006 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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