Chanel — who in 2022 gave Spain its best result at Eurovision since 1995 — is having a year to remember. Since she revolutionised dance performance in Turin with her hit “SloMo,” Chanel has gone on to open Madrid Pride, seen her “SloMo” performance become the most-watched Eurovision 2022 performance on YouTube and voiced of one of Disney’s most iconic songs: “When You Wish Upon a Star” (“La Estrella Azul”) for the Spanish version of the Pinocchio remake, set to be released this month.
But fans are still wondering when Chanel will release her highly-anticipated new music, especially since several Eurovision 2022 alums have already done so.
Well on Saturday Spanish outlet Bluper reported that Chanel’s music is on hold, partly because of issues between Chanel and her label BMG.
Chanel: An international star in the making
Ever since Eurovision ended, many fans noticed that Chanel has appeared only in a few events — and all of them on massive stages. From Madrid’s pride to the Coca Cola Music Experience (CCME) Festival, the “SloMo” sensation only drops her fire at megawatt venues. Bluper reports that Chanel has signed with an American artist agency, under the guidance of her beloved choreographer Kyle Hanagami, whose goal is to turn Chanel into a true international star.
As a result of that partnership, Chanel has not had any other performances this summer, besides CCME. That’s because her agency takes maximum care for each of her performances, and the event and venue must be up to the standards of great international artists.
Additionally, Bluper reports that Chanel’s agency now asks for a fee of €30,000 plus management fees for each performance of “SloMo”. That’s obviously a lot of money for broadcasters, TV shows and Festivals, who have been unable to bring Chanel to their platforms because of contractual differences.
Just last week, Chanel withdrew from UPA Next, a new TV series that continues the format of “Un paso adelante,” a successful phenomenon in Spain that introduced the country to musical fiction. AtresMedia, the company behind this series, explained that the main reason for the cancellation is Chanel’s busy schedule. However, Bluper reports that the main reason is they can’t come to terms over money.
Chanel was also meant to appear in Nacho Cano’s musical “Malinche.” While her participation was already settled before Eurovision 2022 took place, Chanel is no longer in the cast. The reason — according to Bluper — is that this musical does not coincide with the vision Chanel’s agency has for her.
Issues with BMG
Chanel’s situation with her record label (BMG) is also said to be a source of tension. Chanel dropped her Eurovision hit “SloMo” with BMG and has delivered historic results ever since Benidorm Fest 2022. Bluper reports that their relationship started decaying around the time of Eurovision 2022 despite the expectation among both parties that they’d stick together. Chanel was not inclined to continue working with BMG, and their disagreement led a general manager at the company to resign, since losing Chanel was deemed a major failure.
BMG and Chanel have failed to sign a new contract, despite numerous attempts and there’s a potential that the parties will need to resolve their issues in court. As a result, her new music hasn’t come to light because, according to Bluper, it’s being held hostage by the company.
Sony has also approached Chanel, but it seems they can’t reach a financial arrangement either…
In the midst of this storm, BMG published an Insta post celebrating Chanel’s success just yesterday. The post also says that “now it’s the time to enjoy what’s about to come.” Fans have deemed this a bit ironic.
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Last week Chanel teased that new music is landing soon, so watch this space.
What do you think? Are you excited to hear new music from Chanel? What kind of sounds would you like to hear from her? Let us know in the comment section below.