British POP IDOL star Gareth Gates has been sensationally dropped by his record label.

The reality TV talent show runner-up, 19, has been "let go" by music label BMG - a decision spurred on by a disappointing performance at London's Royal Albert Hall last month (19APR04).

Record bosses have been unimpressed with the singer's album sales. Gates's last effort GO YOUR OWN WAY dropped out of the British album charts soon after its release last year (03).

09/05/2004 10:26