British pop star Jessie J came close to losing her record deal after her second album flopped.
The Bang Bang singer has revealed her music bosses came close to ditching her after 2013 record Alive failed to emulate the success of her 2011 debut Who You Are.
Jessie J admits she felt hurt by criticism of the record, and she was lucky to be given another chance by label executives.
She tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "(My label bosses said) 'Statistically we should let you go, but we know you are a star'."
The singer goes on to compare her music to the work of designers at French fashion house Chanel, adding, "People go, 'It was a flop.' Well, (fashion house) Chanel make beautiful garments, but sometimes there's a collection that doesn't work."
Alive was pulled from release in the US, but hit number three in the UK album charts.
She later made a storming comeback with the release of her third album Sweet Talker last year (14), which reached number five in the US, becoming a bigger success Stateside than her debut disc.