That Grape Juice can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that R&B star LeToya Luckett has parted ways with Capitol Records – the label she’s called home since her solo debut in 2005.
Full story after the jump…
According to a source close to the situation, Luckett and the label (a subsidiary of EMI) have been at logerheads since the release of her ill-fated sophomore LP ‘Lady Love’. The album, which has sold just 120,000 copies to-date, was marred by a series of release date delays, minimal promotion, and confusing single choices.
With its predecessor (2006′s ‘LeToya’) having been certified Platinum, Luckett is said to have been disappointed with the label’s handling of ‘Lady Love’ - particularly the lack of priority and marketing dollars invested into its production and promotion.
While little is known about Luckett’s next move, the Destiny’s Child alumni is set to make an announcement via her her official website shortly. In the meanwhile, work continues on the 29 year old’s 3rd studio album.
Needless to say, this has been a long time coming. I vividly remember feeling as though the label were not maximising her potential as far back as her debut album, speak less of the atrocity that was the handling of ‘Lady Love’.
That said, in being honest, ‘Lady Love’ served up little-nothing in the form of hit (single) material, hence it’s fate – label drama or otherwise – was pretty much a done deal from the outset. One can only hope that Luckett’s new label ensure that her future efforts are ‘sellable’, as LeToya is very much the poster-child for what the industry would thrive on. Not only is she stunning (ticking the industry’s ” image-over everything” quota), she actually has talent. Here’s wishing her the best of luck…