Blake Shelton had no problem showing his true feelings about Universal Music Group, after the singer on his team, Sundance Head, was named the newest winner of “The Voice” on Tuesday.
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) December 15, 2016
As Yahoo! Music reports, Shelton kept his coaching duties going during a press conference after the show, calling out the singer’s new record label, UMG, for the lack of support they’ve shown past winners.
Shelton implied that the contract will not do much to further Sundance Head’s career now that the show has wrapped, despite Sundance Head having already proven he can sing and write chart-topping numbers with his original song, “Darlin’ Don’t Go.”
“I want to say one more thing here, because it’s important. I want to personally issue a challenge to Universal Records, This is Season 11 of The Voice, and I’m sitting here right now next to a guy who has won over America’s hearts. He’s so popular. … He has proven that he sells tons of music. His biggest-selling song, arguably, is going to be the song he wrote by himself.”
“The Voice” coach didn’t stop there. He also pledged to put extra work in on his end to make sure his winning contestant is successful:
“I hope that we can all come together — meaning us and Universal Records. This is the guy that I think can break the mold and become a star out of this show. And I give my word that I’ll put my work in, and I know [Sundance] will. This guy deserves to be a star, and there’s no excuses anymore. We need to make the record and put the work behind it that he deserves, to have this success that he deserves. And that has to start with Universal Records getting involved and behind him.”
This is not the first time the record label has taken a hit from a coach on “The Voice.” In a Washington Post article reporting on a discussion coach Adam Levine had with Howard Stern, the singer describes a messy transition from the show to the record label in 2015:
“The rollout of all that is still such a mess, and by the way, just to clarify, this has nothing to do with what happens on NBC or with the people. In that time, we do so much great s— for these singers, and then they go to a record label that I won’t mention. But they go to a record label that f—s it up.”
Hopefully, for Sundance Head, this won’t be the case.
Watch Shelton take a stand for Sundance Head here…