Solange Quietly Dropped From Label While We Were Distracted By Kelly?

That's the buzz according to BV's Jawn Murray. When the news broke that Kelly Rowland parted ways with Columbia, Solange was being released from Geffen. (UPDATE: The label refutes BV story. Solange is still signed.)

Now my sources tell me that the real reason the story about Rowland leaked the way it did last week was so that no one would realize that Geffen/Interscope Records has opted not to further their relationship with Knowles' daughter Solange Knowles. The eclectic singer's sophomore release 'Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams' has only sold around 138,000 units since its release in August of 2008 and Geffen/Interscope didn't see the value in doing a new CD on her.

"Geffen did a one-off deal with Music World Entertainment for Solange and wasn't interested in doing a new contract with her. People at the label really liked working with her because other than her infamous news outburst in Las Vegas, she was a constant professional. There were challenges dealing with her camp, but Solange was great to work with. In the end, the CD didn't sell despite Solange's countless high profile appearances," the record label source told me.

I don't consider myself a big fan of either of these ladies, but what the labels put into each of them doesn't seem to be in direct proportion to what they were expecting in return. Sure, these labels can rest on their laurels while fan-bloggers do all the heavy lifting, but the real creative and marketing investment happens with the label. Additionally, I'm not entirely certain what either company was expecting given the industry's inability to make money from tangible music products as well as the economic downturn. People already weren't big on buying music to begin with; could millions of them really be expected to drop coin for two artists that are consistently overshadowed by and compared to another that is clearly Daddy's Favorite? F**k outta here.
Music World Moves: Kelly Rowland & Solange Knowles Record Deal Drama [BV]

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7 Responses

  1. We should all expect a remix coming for her track "Fuck the Industry".
    God forbid Geffen waits patiently for Solange to build a bigger fan base with the next album. She's got to start somewhere.

  2. That's sad. I really liked Solange's album. I follow her on twitter and she says she is in the process of recording another album; maybe she should sign with an indie label

  3. Well papa Knowles released a statement saying that Sol wasn't dropped.

  4. Does Beyonce still need Daddy's heavy-handed management at this stage in her career? She has more than established herself and is pretty much on "auto-pilot" career-wise. I'm not saying she needs no management at all, but I don't understand at this point why Daddy continues to neglect the other artists he manages? Is it b/c the other artists will require a different style of management and marketing approach that Mr. Knowles is unable to deliver and he would rather stick with what is "easy"?

  5. I think the indie route will be better for Solange in the long run for what she is trying to do. I hear she also performs well live, some artists have to accept that they are niche oriented, and that's not a bad thing in the least.
    She put out a solid recording and despite this setback, i'm hoping she'll still make records worth buying and touring on.-QH

  6. Update: solange just tweeted that she was not dropped from Geffen

  7. I like Sol. If she could make her image fit her attitude she would be fire! She has to cut the "guud huur" look rock some assymetric sh*t wit a bangin' ass bang-a-bang. Her make-up goes there, hell, her music goes there. Her hair dresser and stylist are comatose at the fashion show. 50 cc's style stat!!!