updated 12:30 pm EST, Sat December 22, 2007
X-Factor Suing iTunes
Co-host of the British talent show X-Factor Simon Cowell is considering suing Apple for a failure to cope with demand after posting the music from winning contestant Leon Jackson, according to a claim from The Sun. The newspaper claims to have contacts within Jackson's representing label Sony BMG who say that iTunes UK effectively collapsed moments after the artist's "When You Believe" single went on sale, preventing visitors from buying the music until the issue was resolved 15 hours later. The overload may have cost Jackson and Sony BMG valuable sales in the immediate wake of the show's ending despite indications the single will still be a strong seller.
"Everybody is really upset for Leon and don't want technical malfunctions to mar his big week," says the alleged record label source.
The failure is said to be less than justifiable given Apple's previous ability to maintain demand. Previous X-Factor winner Leona Lewis tracked 50,000 song downloads within an hour and without any accompanying downtime, The Sun says, though the paper does not say whether the figure is attributable solely to Apple's online service.
An Apple spokesperson has reportedly declined comment, though the company is regularly connected to promoting music from talent shows associated with Cowell, such as American Idol.