December 16, 2013 07:11:59 GMT
A source says that the boyband, whose 'Word of Mouth' album only debuted with 40,000 copies, has failed to reach the same success as One Direction.
Universal Music is reportedly considering to part ways with the boys from British boyband The Wanted. A source told U.K.'s Daily Star that Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Nathan Sykes, Jay McGuiness and Tom Parker may be dropped from their record label due to the low sales of their latest album, "Word of Mouth".
Released earlier this year, the album debuted at No. 9 in U.K. chart with no more than 40,000 copies sold. It's nearly impossible for George and co. to be compared to fellow British boyband One Direction, whose "Midnight Memories" album hit No. 1 in both U.K. and U.S. charts.
"Despite high hopes that The Wanted would rival One Direction as worldwide stars, it just hasn't happened," the source told the paper. " 'Word Of Mouth' has proved a monumental flop which has just about sealed their fate."
"The album was a disaster from start to finish. It had no direction and was delayed for over a year due to problems," the source added. "No final decision has been made, but all promo for the album has been scrapped and no more singles are planned."
"There are also no plans to reschedule the canceled European tour dates," the source added, referring to the scrapped European leg of the band's ongoing tour.
"We're really sorry guys and totally gutted the European dates had to be canceled. UK, Ireland & US are still on. It is out of our hands x," the boys announced the cancellation via Twitter last week.