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The young lady was none too pleased at the treatment she received from XL Records head Richard Russell… the first volley comes from Self-Titled:


And the second from the BBC:

The youngster believed that XL president Richard Russell – “he was this really cool guy” – could turn her into a “superstar”, much as he had done with MIA and Adele, but things quickly turned sour.

“It was almost the day I signed to XL that they started checking out,” she recalls.

“There were a good seven to eight months where I was just sending them texts and no-one would say anything or pick up the phone or respond to my emails. Nothing. And it started to ruin me.

“So I started harassing Richard. Like, ‘Dude, I’m going to chop your neck off. Answer my emails!’”

When Russell finally got in touch, Banks says, it was to give a lukewarm response to a track she had just written – and that track was 212.

“So I was like, this is not what I worked so hard my entire life to do – to be rejected by some English guy in West Bumblefrickin’ nowhere London, telling me I’m amateur or something like that.

“So I just said, ‘Screw you!’”




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