Wednesday, September 20, 2006

INXS & MisFortune

This entry was originally published at Techstickle

J.D. Fortune INXS

The man who dares to walk in the shoes of Michael Hutchence — J.D. Fortune, the latest lead singer of INXS who won the spot on last season’s edition of Rock Star — has not lived up to his last name.

After poor sales of the band’s most recent album, Switch, the band has been dropped by their U.S. label.

Even sales in Australia have been pretty poor. I’d love to believe this is karma for J.D. being such an asshole, but I’ll leave it instead as a cautionary warning to you all: no matter how much lipstick you put on the pig, an 80’s dance band will always be an 80’s dance band.

1 comment:

INXSPrexy said...

So far JD Fortune has done a fantastic amazing job of being INXS' new frontman. He has surpassed all the expectations in him... Michael was great, no one could ever replace him but JD is also an amazing performer who can sing with an unbelievable charisma!

I copied the following information in Sept 2006 from Moggio at Metalsludge detailing all the success INXS has had this year:

Switch (apart from the US, where it will hit 400,000 by the end of the year) has sold double platinum in Canada (200,000+), Australia (140,000) & New Zealand (30,000+). Worldwide sales are nearly at one million copies and it will reach that figure by the end of the year.

In terms of their concert drawing power, INXS have averaged nearly 3,000 per night in theaters in the US and after 17 shows, 6,000 fans per night in Canada in mainly arenas (including selling over 20,000 tickets to three Toronto shows and 14,000 tickets for two Vancouver shows) at an average of around $50 per ticket. After the first two North American legs of the Switched On tour, INXS sold over 270,000 tickets and grossed $13.9 million USD. Once they finish the third North American leg in November, the tour will have sold over 300,000 tickets on this continent and will have grossed over $15 million USD. Worldwide, by the end of the year, they will have sold over 400,000 tickets and will have grossed well over $20 million USD.