Brandy Is Suing To Be Released From Her Record Deal
Wondering why Brandy hasn’t dropped a new banger of late? Well, it turns out the R&B diva is desperately trying to get out of an unfavorable and allegedly illegal contract. She initiated legal proceedings against Chameleon Entertainment Group today (March 30), claiming the label tried to bully her into signing with Epic Records by refusing to release new music via other majors. The 37-year-old is asking for $1 million in compensatory damages.
This is where it gets a little confusing. The “Put It Down” diva asserts that Chameleon CEO Breyon Prescott has a conflict of interest. “Prescott owns and operates defendant Chameleon and is employed full time by Epic Records and head of urban A&R,” the complaint reads. “The new recording and distribution deal that he is trying to force Norwood to sign is with Epic, which allows him to ‘double dip’: if Prescott can force Norwood to sign the new deal, he will profit both as an owner of Chameleon and through bonuses and other benefits he will get from Epic.”
According to Brandy’s lawyers, that amounts to “a blatantly unlawful attempt to bully Norwood into signing a new recording and distribution agreement containing terms far worse than her current agreement.” But, it gets worse. “[The] defendants have made clear through their actions and words that, unless Norwood capitulates and signs this terrible deal, she will remain ‘trapped’ with a label that won’t let her record or release music.” Hopefully, she will have more luck with the courts than Kesha.