“The X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow has decided to close Future Records, the Universal Music-distributed record company that he founded in 2009.
According to The Sun, Barlow had this explanation for why he shut down Future Records: “It’s been a very difficult decision but it came down to time. I’ve had a lot going on recently and I want to spend more time with my family.”
The acts signed to Future Records were A*M*E, Aggro Santos, Camilla Kerslake, Delta Maid, Emma’s Imagination, Lonsdale Boys Club and The Struts. Future Records’ acts will be relocated to other Universal Music labels. Aggro Santos was the most commercially successful act on Future Records: Santos has had three Top 40 hits in the U.K., including “Candy” (featuring Kimberley Wyatt), which peaked at No. 5 and was certified silver.
According to the Daily Mirror, Future Records was shut down because it was losing money: The losses were reportedly £4 million by the end of 2011. A source told the Daily Mirror that Future Records’ financial losses for 2012 were even higher than £4 million.
Barlow, a founding member of Take That, joined ITV’s “The X Factor” U.K. in May 2011. There has been rampant speculation that he will not return to the show in 2013. Barlow has hinted in interviews that he might quit “The X Factor” in 2013. He has openly admitted to the media that he is feuding with “The X Factor” executive producer Simon Cowell, who reportedly has wanted to fire Barlow since late 2011, but Cowell has met with resistance from ITV executives who want Barlow to continue to be an “X Factor” judge.
Barlow may also quit “The X Factor” because of work commitments to Take That. He has announced that there will be a new Take That album that is being planned for release in the last quarter of 2013, followed by a Take That tour in 2014.
In 2012, “The X Factor” U.K. judges were Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh. Contostavlos is rumored to be leaving the show by getting fired, and Sharon Osbourne has allegedly been in talks to replace her. Representatives for “The X Factor” U.K. have declined to comment on who may or may not be on the show’s judging panel in 2013. The judges on the panel for the show’s 10th season in 2013 should be announced by May 2013.
The Barlow family suffered a tragic loss on August 4, 2012, when Gary and his wife Dawn’s fourth child, a daughter named Poppy, died as a stillborn. Eight days after the baby’s death, he bravely carried on with his commitment to perform with Take That at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London.
Gary, 41, and Dawn, 42, have been married for 12 years. Their three other children are 12-year-old Daniel, 10-year-old Emily and 3-year-old Daisy.