R&B singer Brandy Norwood is in search of a new record deal.
BV Buzz has learned exclusively that the 30-year-old singer was just dropped by her label Epic Records because of the lackluster sales from her comeback CD, 'Human.'
Released on Dec. 8, 2008, the CD has only sold 196,509 units to date according to SoundScan.
"Her friend Brandon Creed that works as an A&R representative at Epic Records has been making calls to see if other labels would be interested in signing her," a record company source told me.
In addition, Brandy has also parted ways with her management.
The former 'Moesha' star had been represented in recent months by Jay-Z's Roc Nation Management.
The McComb, Miss.-bred singer's relationship with Roc Nation supposedly dissolved because of "creative differences."
11/20/08: The Notorious B.I.G.
January will mark a celebration in memory of slain rap icon The Notorious B.I.G. Not only will Biggie's life and death story hit the silver screen on January 16 with the FOX feature film 'Notorious,' the late rapper also has his first official full length documentary hitting stores around the same time. Produced by Biggie's close friend Damion Butler (aka D-Roc) and his production company, RocDarling Films, the DVD captures scenes from Biggie's personal and private life, performing in different cities, with adoring fans screaming his name and his lyrics. The documentary is uncut and uncensored featuring appearances by Diddy, Lil' Kim, Lil Cease, Jay-Z, and The LOX among others. Titled, 'Biggie Smalls: Rap Phenomenon,' the project will hit stores January 27.
11/20/08: Beyoncé / Raphael Saadiq
With the debut of the highly-anticipated film, 'Cadillac Records,' set to hit theaters December 5, the film's soundtrack is sure to feature a star studded lineup. The soundtrack, which will be made available as a single or double set, features Q-Tip, Mos Def, Nas, Raphael Saadiq, Solange, and Beyonce's version of Etta James' classic hit 'At Last' among others. 'Cadillac Records - Music From The Motion Picture' will be available December 2.
11/20/08: Mary J. Blige, Ghostface Killah, Amy Winehouse
Grammy Award-winning singer's Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse are among the many guests featured on Ghostface Killah's upcoming remix album, 'GhostDeini the Great.' The December 16 Def Jam release features a slew of remix tracks as well as unreleased songs including, 'Ghostface Christmas,' 'Be Easy' remix featuring Ice Cube and 'Slept on Tony.' Not to mention the Wu-Tang Clansman's 2000 hit single 'Cherchez LaGhost'. Kanye West and Ne-Yo also make an appearance on the remix version of 'Back Like That.'
11/20/08: John Legend
In promotion of his recently released third album 'Evolver,' John Legend has recently kicked off his new tour featuring UK's very own Estelle. Not only are the pair wrapping up their current trek in North Carolina on December 13, Legend also confirmed that he has added additional dates from January 12 through February 7. The tour picks up in Oakland, California and ends in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 7.
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You can now add 50 Cent's name alongside Big Boi and Keri Hilson for artist who have delayed their albums in 2009. Fifty, whose forthcoming album 'Before I Self Destruct' was originally scheduled for a December 6 release before being pushed back to December 16, is now tentatively set for February 3. "I'm trying to leave the same way I came in," he revealed to MTV. "February 4 , 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' came out. I drop this album February 3. The time frame. It used to take six to eight weeks for us to position a hip-hop record. Now, it's taking 12 to 14 weeks." Although the rap mogul expressed his satisfaction with the album's current single 'Get Up,' he did mention that he's "just looking for the opportunity to present more of my material [prior to the album's release]. It's not the strongest effort on my album; it's just a great start for me."
11/20/08: Montell Jordan
Grammy Award-nominated singer Montell Jordan returns to the music scene with his new studio album 'Let It Rain.' The new project reflects a more grown and sexy side of the R&B singer, which is a huge difference from Jordan's earlier days as he describes. "Those people that understand that the time frame that my music was originally created are now a more grown and sexy group of people," he told Eurweb.com. "We went from the college era, and the party style to becoming adults, and so that's where my music is now." And to keep in touch with the adult side of partying, Jordan reached out to the "World's Greatest Entertainer" Doug E. Fresh for the album cut entitled, 'Left Alone.' 'Let It Rain' is in stores now.
11/20/08: Lupe Fiasco
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Brandy NorwoodA rep for Roc Nation did confirm the split to BV Buzz.
"Roc Nation no longer reps Brandy," the publicist Jana Fleishman said in an e-mail yesterday.
A source tells me that Brandy's business relationship with Roc Nation "is what kept Epic Records from dropping her months ago." Since the singer is no longer repped by the firm, the label "didn't see the benefit in giving her another album."
"She was signed to Epic when Charlie Walk was president of the label. Now that Amanda Ghost is president, she is the one who decided to let Brandy go," the source explained.
Coincidentally, Roc Nation had also represented Ghost, who in addition to being president of Epic Records is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who has written for Beyoncé, Jordin Sparks and Shakira.
Brandy's last CD 'Human' was her first release in more than four years and her debut album for Epic Records.
Prior to signing with Epic, the singer had recorded exclusively for Atlantic Records, where she released four CDs before parting ways with that label in 2005.
A rep for Brandy denied that the singer has been dropped from the label.
"They have not dropped her. We are trying to get a release from them. We're in waiting," her rep told me, before adding: "And Brandy and Roc Nation parted amicably."
BV Buzz's call to Ghost's office was forwarded to Elisa Goldman in the publicity department. That call has gone unreturned.
A message was left for Creed as well, though he has yet to respond.