Label snubs Stewart's country music dreams

Rod Stewart is enraged with music label bosses - after they refused to let him record a country-inspired album.

The singer is desperate to record country classics for a new LP, but his decision was reportedly blocked by executives at his label J Records after music fans panned the idea.

He says: "Everybody there (at J Records) is against that, which makes me want to do it even more. Apparently, the idea didn't test well, whatever that means."

But the rocker, who is set to release the final LP in his Great American Songbook series later in the year, insists he will try and release a country record - so he can say he has tried everything in his music career.

He explains: "I want to do records for my own peace of mind. So when I do kick the bucket (die), I can say, 'I did that.'"

However, legendary music mogul Clive Davis - who is the CEO of J Records - intends on a more festive direction for the British musician.

He says: "Clive Davis wanted a Christmas album but I'm not into that so much."

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