A spokesperson of Chameleon Entertainment CEO Breyon Prescott says that Brandy’s allegations that her contract with the company is like slavery are nothing more than a desperate ploy to drum up publicity instead of accepting that her singing career is pretty much over.
The rep says Breyon took a risk “signing an artist that hasn’t had a chart single success since the early 2000’s.”
Brandy is suing Chameleon, saying it jeopardized her career when it tried to prevent her from recording and releasing new music. She and her lawyer reviewed the contract before signing, so Chameleon finds it odd she’s seeking legal action now.
Prescott rep says, “Her reckless words and accusations that she entered into a contract that is comparable to slavery, given the current state of the country, are irresponsible and a flat out lies.”
The rep also notes that at “no point was Brandy blocked or controlled from recording or releasing new music.”
“Brandy has sat on a great offer for 2 years and refuses sign,” said the spokesperson. “She was offered a 600k album budget with a 75k advance. A distribution deal asking for rights to revenue generated from other artist works is not uncommon given the history of failed projects and millions of dollars lost on unsuccessful projects.”
In January of 2016, Brandy released a video and single for Begging and Pleading today. If Prescott wanted to, he could pull the song from iTunes. “Beggin & Pleadin” didn’t even secure chart significance.
“In early 2015, Prescott joined Epic Records — under the same Sony umbrella. Prescott managed to get Brandy a new contract at Epic, the label asked for a 360 deal– one in which they would get a cut of her other businesses like tours and merchandise. That way, if a new album bombed, they’d be protected,” said the source close to the situation.
The deal was worth $600,000 with a $75,000 advance. Brandy stalled, and never signed the contract. There were no other offers. No other label wanted her, and so she did not make a new record. She went from selling over 1 million copies in 2002 with “Full Moon” to just 400,000 in 2004 for “Afrodisiac.”
Brandy left Atlantic for Epic Records, but the label would eventually drop her. “Without a record deal, Brandy signed a production deal (not a management deal) in 2011 with Chameleon, run by Breyon Prescott.” He got Brandy signed to RCA, where her 2012 album “Two Eleven,” only sold 180,000 copies.
“She was more interested in doing TV, movies and Broadway than in touring for the album; which resulted in low sales. RCA cut their losses and dropped her,” said the rep.
Breyon and Brandy haven’t spoken more than 3 words to each other in 2 years.
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