Have I ever mentioned that I hate self-named albums? It’s lazy, it’s boring and it makes the titles of my articles particularly awkward. It’s not on. Especially when it’s such a crap name for a band, anyway. Scala is a very good name, and I’m not without sympathy that they had to let it go, but as coincidences have it, I have been a big fan of the “obscure Belgian choir” (as a tabloid described them, hey, they have only released seven albums!) that had first dibs on the name for a few years, and so I’m siding with the choir on this one (have you heard their rendition of ‘Teenage Spirit’? It’s bloody creepily fantastic, check it out here).
So, after changing their name from Scala, to eScala and then finally to Escala, they finally released their debut album. It kept being delayed but common sense tells me they wanted to release the album on the week of the Britain’s Got Talent live shows for maximum impact on sales, which has worked tremendously. After their live performance on the show, they ranked number one on the Amazon charts the next day above Eminem. I was expecting a modest but respectable top 30 album if I’m honest. I knew such an album would sell but not that well. It demonstrated the impact that Cowell’s shows have on the music industry. Continue reading