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05/06/01
Branson Backs Popstars Losers
- Virgin boss signs rejected finalists for a record UKP2.5 million

RICHARD BRANSON has signed a new band to his record label V2 for a lucrative UKP2.5 million deal, reputed to be one of the biggest in history for an unknown band.

But the group, who will be label-mates with the Stereophonics, have already made a reputation for themselves. They are in fact the five hopefuls who didn't make it into the final line-up of TVs Popstars band Hear'Say.

Branson reckons the Popstars losers, who call themselves Liberty, are bigger, better and more beautiful than Hear'Say. "They are absolutely brilliant. And the big difference is they will be around in five years," trumpets the Virgin boss.

Liberty comprise Kelli Young, Tony Lundon, Jessica Taylor, Michelle Heaton and Kevin Simm. Millions of viewers looked on as Nasty Nigel Lythgoe informed them that they hadn't made it into the final line-up. "My heart went out to them and I wanted to sign them straight away," admits the wealthy tycoon.

Liberty's debut single will hit the shelves in September



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