Matt Cardle has said he is fearful that One Direction’s popularity will affect his sales, ahead of the release of his debut single, Run For Your Life.
In an interview with The Mirror, The X Factor champion admitted he was gutted that Simon Cowell had given so much attention to the boyband and had released their No 1 single, What Makes You Beautiful, before he had a chance to release any tracks.
His anger wasn’t just focused on 1D, who came third in last year’s competition, but also Cher Lloyd, whose single Swagger Jagger also topped the charts.
“They’re competition and it is s**t they got to release before the winner of the actual show,” Matt told the tabloid, adding that he’s concerned One Direction may steal his fans.
“It’s also worrying me that if One Direction decide to get slicker and go for more of an older market, then I’m stuffed too,” he said. “It shouldn’t have happened really. Simon’s naughty.”
“I just hope I’ll be able to cement myself into the charts before that happens,” Matt continued. “Otherwise I’ll be fuming. I can’t win unless I have an album that does the talking, and I think it does.”
Matt’s debut LP, Letters, is out on 17 October.