Thursday, July 31, 2008

Debbie Harry: 'Madonna hurt Blondie comeback'

from -By Simon Reynolds, Entertainment Reporter
Debbie Harry has claimed that Madonna's pop success prevented the Blondie comeback from taking off.

The 63-year-old admitted that she was "kind of shocked and not very happy" about Madonna's dominance of the pop scene.

Harry quit touring in the mid-'80s to help bandmate and then-boyfriend Chris Stein fight the genetic disease Pemphigus. When Blondie reunited in 1997, Madonna was firmly established as a best-selling artist.

WENN quoted Harry as saying: "I had been performing all along, with one or two solo albums. But we could not get back with Blondie because of legal problems. We had publishing issues, messy record company deals, management problems.

"But I think that is one of the things that Madonna was very smart about. That is something she can be commended for."

However, the 'Atomic' singer added that she had no problems with Madonna, noting that she "listens to me for inspiration and I have to take that as a compliment".

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