Marcus Canty, who came in fourth place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011, now has a release date and title for his EP: “This … Is Marcus Canty” is set for a U.S. release on October 30, 2012, according to an interview that he did on MySpace. Meanwhile, the music video for Canty’s second single, ‘In & Out” (featuring Wale), premiered on August 29, 2012.
R&B singer Canty, 21, is signed to Epic Records. “The X Factor” U.S. judge Antonio “L.A.” Reid, who is also chairman/CEO of Epic Records, was Canty’s mentor on the show.
In the MySpace interview, Canty said: “I feel like I’m what R&B is missing. I feel like there are a lot of artists that cater to the ladies but on a smaller stream. I feel like with Epic Records behind me and the platform that I came from and the music that I’m doing I can bring back the good sort of R&B that was missing from a long time ago. Well, not really a long time ago but from the ’90s going into the new millennium. That’s a little bit of what R&B is missing.
“Like I said, I feel like there are a lot of people that do it on a lower stream but with having Epic behind me I feel like I can do it on a bigger stream and make a bigger impact on the industry by this music. It’s timeless music and geared towards the ladies. Not to make you feel like, ‘Hey I want to take you to the bed,’ but make the ladies feel special again.”
Canty’s first single, “Won’t Make a Fool Out of You,” was released in April 2012. “In & Out” (featuring Wale) was released in July 2012.
Unfortunately, Canty and all the other “X Factor” U.S. contestants signed to Sony Music labels who have released songs so far have failed to make it on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the most important song chart in the United States. Canty, Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro (all signed to Epic Records) have had songs released for sale in 2012, and so far none of their songs have been on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rachel Crow (who is on Syco Music/Columbia Records) has a self-titled EP that was released in June 2012, and that EP has also bombed, by failing to make it on to the Billboard 200 chart.
On August 23, 2012, Canty briefly appeared with Reid during Reid’s “Access Hollywood Live” interview, in which they plugged “In and Out,” but that national TV appearance did little to help sales for the song, which has not made an impact on the iTunes (U.S.) Top 100 Songs chart.
Based on this terrible track record (which clearly shows that not enough people are interested in buying Canty’s music to make it a hit), his EP will likely be another bomb. At the rate these “X Factor” U.S. contestants are flopping, making it onto the Billboard Hot 100 or Billboard 200, even if it’s in the lower half of those charts, would be an improvement over this dire situation.