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Brandon Flowers Says 'Mr. Brightside' Wouldn't Be A Hit If Released Today

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Brandon Flowers says that the Killers might not have had a hit with "Mr. Brightside" if it were released today.

"Record deals have changed. The radio now only looks at the charts. They play a song a few times, see how well it's doing on iTunes and if it's not doing well, they'll stop promoting it. That would have been a disaster for the Killers," he told Shortlist.

"'Mr Brightside' was released twice [in 2003 and 2004]. It didn't go down well first time. It wouldn't have the opportunity in the current climate."

He added of the current rock scene that "it doesn't feel like there's some wave of bands. I don't hear one in particular swinging for the fences."

Flowers' second solo album, The Desired Effect, lands May 18.

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