Originally released in 2005, when it stalled at number 20 on the UK top 40 singles chart, Mint Royale’s Singin’ In The Rain remix is on course to reach number 1 on Sunday. The track provided the soundtrack to 14-year old George Sampson’s series-winning dance performance on Britain’s Got Talent, which aired last Saturday.
Formed in 1997, Mint Royale originally featured Neil Claxton and Chris Baker, but Claxton has been the sole member since 2004. The band previously broke into the mainstream with their remix of Terrorvision’s Tequila, which made it to number 2 in 1999.
If Mint Royale do top the charts, it’ll represent another success for Simon Cowell. Although the band are on Claxton’s own label, Faith & Hope, the single version of Singin’ In The Rain has been released under exclusive license to Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the label that all Cowell’s musical acts are signed to. So even though a dancer won his latest talent show, he’s still selling records.
Damn it, that man thinks of everything.
By Ben Rogerson