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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 14:56 GMT
Will's label rejects TOTP offer
Will Young
Young's single sold more than a million copies in its first week
Will Young's record company has rejected a compromise offered by Top Of The Pops bosses to allow the chart-topper to perform live on the show.

BMG pulled him from the BBC One chart show after producers refused to let him perform both Anything Is Possible and Evergreen on Friday.

In an attempt to find a solution, the show's bosses said he could sing both if they were in the form of a medley but his label rejected the latest plan.

Will Young
Young is now in the Guinness Book of Records
If a deal is not reached Young will become the first number one artist available to appear on the show to be missing in the programme's 38-year history.

A spokeswoman for the show said the new offer had been made "in the spirit of compromise".

"We extended an olive branch suggesting that Will performs a medley of both songs to fit into a two-and-a-half minute time slot which is standard for the show," she said.

"But BMG will not entertain the idea, which means millions of his fans will miss out on the chance to see him perform in the studio."

The video of Evergreen will be played on the programme instead.

A BMG spokeswoman for Young declined to comment on the offer.

The company argues that other bands have been allowed to perform two songs over the years, including The Jam and Travis.

Special event

It says that, after having had such a successful chart entry, people want to see Young perform both songs.

"This is the fastest selling debut single of all time and we feel that that achievement should be marked by a special event on a major TV show like Top Of The Pops," said a spokesman.

Young won ITV1's talent search show Pop Idol after he beat 10,000 hopefuls in the nationwide search, and attracted more than 4.6 million votes in the show's final.

His double A-side single sold 1,108,269 copies in its first week - smashing the record for the fastest-selling single ever.

Anything is Possible
"Hear a clip from the single"
"Hear a clip from the single"
Hear a clip from I Will Always Love You
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