Duffy’s debut album Rockferry arrived in 2008. It was the same year as Adele, Leona Lewis, Gabriella Cilmi, and Estelle reigned in a post-Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black world. All of these women achieved international success. On the surface, it looked like it was a really exciting time for women in UK music.
Duffy’s breakout hit, Mercy, went to number 1 in 12 countries and won the singer a Grammy. After her sophomore effort Endlessly dropped in 2010, industry commentators blamed a muted reception to the project on the singer’s disappearance from the music scene.
However, there was always something off about what had happened here. Small bits of information did leak; an alleged break-in and arson attack at the singers High Street Kensington apartment just around the corner from Universal records headquarters being a big example.
Yesterday, Duffy took a big step in telling her story by uploading a 4 thousand word transcript of events that took place in 2010. In the document, uploaded onto a new site duffywords.com, the singer has begun to explain what happened to her, finishing off the piece with the words, “now you know … and I am free”.
It is unclear if Duffy currently has management or a recording contract in place. In 2015 Music Business Worldwide reported that Arnaud de Puyfontaine – CEO of French media giant Vivendi’s, or as he’s also known… Lucian Grainge’s boss, had specifically name-dropped Duffy’s name while on an investors call. The same article also claimed Peter Mensch at Q Prime would begin managing the singer’s affairs. However, nothing has been reported on this since.
It is vital Duffy must be safe and protected while the media has a responsibility to not invade the singer’s privacy while investigations continue. From the sounds of things, the tip of the iceberg has yet to come to light.