The singer recently called the label’s refusal to release her from her contract “slavery” and a rep for label CEO Breyon Prescott responded to the allegations, telling TMZ that they’re a desperate ploy to drum up publicity since her career is basically a wash. The rep also said that Brandy using the term “slavery” to define her relationship with the label wasn’t cool, given racial tensions across the country.
TMZ reports the rep says Breyon took a risk “signing an artist that hasn’t had a chart single success since the early 2000’s.” The rep also said that Brandy and her manager looked over the contract before she signed, so she shouldn’t have any issues.
One has to question why, if she’s such a risk and is so washed up, the label won’t simply release her. Brandy posed the same question following the rep’s comments. Last night (July 20), a rep for Brandy responded, telling TMZ that if Chameleon believes its own statement, it should have no issue letting her go.
“Release her from the contract,” the rep said.
Brandy has been signed to the record label since 2011, and claims in a $1 million lawsuit they promised her hundreds of thousands of dollars in production costs to make her albums. which the 37 year-old says never happened after the first album. TMZ reports that according to the lawsuit, the record label tried to pressure her into giving up her non-recording avenues of including concerts and Broadway shows.
“Brandy Norwood’s story is ‘Kesha Redux, but without the sex,” the singer’s lawyers reportedly said in the suit.
Hopefully, for Brandy’s sake, this ends sooner rather than later so that she can focus on making great music again.