American recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood has filed a lawsuit against her label Chameleon Entertainment and the President Breyon Prescott.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Norwood is claiming that the label ”will not pay for her to record new albums or allow her to otherwise release music to her fans.” The file also states that this is a blatantly ”unlawful attempt to bully Norwood into signing a new recording and distribution agreement containing terms far worse than her current agreement.”
Disagreements reportedly started a while ago, as the initial contract signed by Brandy was a 5 album deal. But after Two Eleven (the first album of the five), production on the second album was allegedly halted, a frustrating development for Brandy. According to the filing, Chameleon was meant to pay $600,000 for recording costs, but due to certain ‘events’ that occurred Chameleon opted to delay Norwood from working on her second album.
Prescott also works at Epic Records (part of Sony Music Entertainment) as Head of A&R, and Brandy is alleging that he is ‘double-dipping’ as the new contract presented to her by Prescott is for Epic Records. This means that Prescott will profit not only from being the owner of Chameleon Entertainment, but also through bonuses he would gain from Epic.
As a result, Brandy has refused to sign the contract and is preparing to battle Prescott and his label in court.
Brandy is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages.
In a statement, Brandy proclaims that she has “every right to terminate, and has now terminated, her recording contract with defendants.”
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