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UB40 FORCED TO SELL OFF HITS; As sixth band member goes bankrupt...

Byline: JONNY GREATREX

BANKRUPT Brummie chart toppers UB40 have been forced to sell off their hits to pay their debts, the Sunday Mercury can reveal.

The reggae superstars have quietly sold the rights to their back catalogue recordings to music giant EMI for an undisclosed amount.

The news comes as a sixth member of the band, Robin Campbell, has just been declared bankrupt after a hearing at Birmingham County Court.

Brother Ali Campbell, sax player Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Astro and percussionist Norman Hassan have already been made bankrupt by the courts.

Last night a music business insider said: "It's a bad day for UB40. They wouldn't have got as much for their hits as you might think.

"It may not be enough to clear their debts."

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 4, 2012
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