Sudden 'Switch': INXS Parts Ways With Epic
The reconstituted INXS has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.com.The reconstituted INXS has parted ways with Epic Records in North America, a source confirms to Billboard.com. The group roared back onto the charts last year with the album "Switch," which featured new frontman JD Fortune. The artist was selected to replace the late Michael Hutchence on the first season of the CBS reality series "Rock Star."
"Switch" has sold a respectable 375,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single "Pretty Vegas" opened at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest debut of the band's career.
INXS remains signed to Sony BMG in its home country of Australia, where "Switch" was a massive hit. The group is presently on tour in Australia and has dates scheduled worldwide through Nov. 21 in Orlando, Fla. A handful of European shows have been postponed to allow guitarist Tim Farriss to undergo surgery for torn knee ligaments.
As previously reported, the second season of "Rock Star" wrapped last week amid a lawsuit over the proposed name of the band, Supernova. The group's debut album is due Nov. 21 via Epic.