July 3 [7:55 EDT] — Hollywood Records may have created a monster when it pulled the Insane Clown Posse’s new album from record stores the very day it was released.
The Disney-owned record label paid a reported $1 million to buy the group’s contract from Jive Records, then released the Detroit duo’s “The Great Milenko,” and finally followed Disney’s directive to recall the album. Disney claimed it had just discovered the record wasn’t exactly filled with family fun, but then, neither are such movies as “Pulp Fiction” and “Kids,” released by another Disney subsidiary, Miramax.
While Disney refused to discuss the matter with MTV News, the Insane Clown Posse had plenty to say about the matter.
“Don’t let Disney say that it slipped through their fingers because I handed in this album six months ago! Six months ago! You know what I’m talking about, Mickey!,” [800k QuickTime] Violent J told MTV News.
“(Disney) got the
lyric sheets. Looked at ‘em. Approved ‘em. Took the record out. Took it off the shelves,” Shaggy 2 Dope added.
“Hollywood Records is not at fault here. The entire staff was down with the problem,” Violent J pointed out.
Given the considerable amount of publicity the Insane Clown Posse has reaped as a result of Disney’s decision to pull their record, and the fact that numerous label are courting the group, you might think that this is the greatest thing to ever happen to this midwest band. But the band members themselves say they are hurt and angered by Disney’s decision.
“We will sell more records,” Violent J said, “but to sit in the studio for a year and a half and honestly give everything you have inside to make the greatest record you ever did and to have it yanked off the store after six hours is a pretty emotional damaging thing.”
Disney has also canceled a proposed 25-city U.S. tour by the Posse, and the group’s lawyer says Disney also wants “a
substantial sum of money” to turn over the recalled album’s master tapes.
Meanwhile, “The Great Milenko” sold over 18,000 copies last week at stores that did not return the album. It’ll enter next week’s pop chart at number 63, not bad for an album that’s been recalled.