Kelly Rowland Leaves Label
It’s official has Kelly Rowland has parted ways with her record label, Universal Republic. Earlier this week rumors were running rampant that Rowland was dropped from the label, but that is completely false. According to CNN correspondent Jawn Murray, Rowland requested to be released from the label.
“The former Destiny’s Child diva signed with Universal Motown back in 2010 while long-time executive Sylvia Rhone was at the helm. Rowland’s first album for Universal Motown, “Here I Am” included the single ‘Motivation,’ which featured Lil’ Wayne and sold two million copies.
A month before Rowland released that CD, Rhone left the label as part of the company’s restructuring. Rowland was re-assigned to Universal Republic, a label division in the Universal system with a history of failed urban music releases.
Our sources admit that Rowland became frustrated with her record company even before she dropped her fourth solo offering, “Talk a Good Game” in June 2013. Despite the CD’s first single ‘Kisses Down Low’ being a radio smash and selling more than a half-million copies—certified gold by RIAA—and follow-up singles ‘Dirty Laundry’ and ‘Ice’ both being Top 10 at radio; “Talk a Good Game” only sold 215,000 units in total.
Apparently, when the 33-year-old vocalist signed on to be a judge for the third season of “The X-Factor,” her team asked the label to release a new single to capitalize off the eight million viewers the show averaged each week. The label chose not to capitalize off of Rowland’s involvement on the show and the singer asked to be released from her contact.”
Wow! I’m glad Kelly decided to leave Universal Republic, because I felt the way they handled the release of her album, Talk a Good Game, was horrible. I could not for the life of me figure out way Rowland was on The X-Factor and never made a push to promote her album. Meanwhile Kelly Rowland quietly left Universal Republic in December 2013. Now that Kelly is a free agent I wish her the best on picking the right label that will be 100% behind her, because with the right people Kelly can be huge! Who knows maybe Kelly will land on Epic Records roster since Sylvia Rhone (my industry hero) has just been named president of the label.