Omarion Dropped From Record Label

Published: Sunday 20th Apr 2008 by Sam
Omarion Dropped From Record Label According to our good friend Jawn Murray over at AOL Black Voices, R&B singer has been unceremoniously dropped by his label Columbia Records. Check out the report below:

A source at the label confirmed to the BV Buzz that the Sony imprint decided to drop the former B2K lead singer.

Omarion (real name: Omari Ishmael Grandberry) signed as a solo artist to Columbia Records after B2K broke up in December 2003. His boy band was actually signed to Sony’s Epic division.

The 23-year-old singer released two solo CDs for the record company, including 2005’s ‘O’ and 2006’s ’21.’ Both albums were certified gold.

In December of 2007, Omarion partnered with rapper Bow Wow on the CD, ‘Face Off.’ To date, the set has sold 341,137 units according to SoundScan.

No word on what the singer’s plans are for life after Columbia Records.

My source speculated that if former Sony executive David McPherson fills the late Ronnie Johnson’s job as Executive Vice President and head of Urban Music at Capitol Records, its likely Omarion could end up there. McPherson was influential in B2K’s success at Epic.

Another option could be Motown Records.

Omarion’s management and production company, The Ultimate Group (TUG) has a deal with that label and released Omarion’s good friend and business partner Marques Houston’s last two CDs through Motown.

Ouch. Having noted the poor performance of his solo albums as well as the atrocity of a joint album he dropped with Bow Wow, I can’t say this is surprising. IMO it was always a case of ‘when’. Not to be fatalistic, but finding success elsewhere is still going to be a tough feat for Omarion; after all, unlike some (*cough* Kelly Rowland *cough*) Columbia did a great job promoting Omarion’s releases as well as footing the bill for the top-notch producers enlisted on his albums. Yet, all of this, and he still flops. I’m thinking it has more to do with the domination of ‘that’ market by the likes of Chris Brown and Usher, leaving the pretty indistinctive Omarion without much of a chance. Anyway, good luck to him – he’s going to need it.


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  1. THINK2WICE April 20, 2008

    I thought that BW & Omarion would sell big!!!

  2. lola April 20, 2008

    He looks gay as hell in that pic! Oh well, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a B2K or Omarion album…but I did buy Face Off…lmao! Hey, it was only $7.99!

  3. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    that’s a shame… didn’t both of his albums hit #1 on the billboard charts? i’m surprised by label’s decision.

  4. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    Shame, cuz his first album was amazing!

  5. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    They should have dropped Kelly, she’s never had a #1 album. And Omarion has made more money solo for Comlumbia Records than Kelly’s colo career. Kelly, you are next!

  6. Jason April 20, 2008

    man this sucks. both his solo albums were great so i cant see where he went wrong.. face off was ok, but i was hoping to hear somethin new from omarion soon, i guess not

  7. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    he penned another deal with another label, but he said he wasn’t allowd to talk about it…(this was in germany 2 days ago)

  8. k April 20, 2008

    LMBAO Lola should be ashamed for even admitting that you bought that Face Off album. Ughhhh!!!!

  9. Brian Tobar April 20, 2008

    Not surprised. Both his albums were flops, “Face Off” was a disappointment, and he only had one hit by himself “Ice Box”. B2K only had one mainstream hit w/ P. Diddy “Bump, Bump, Bump”. So I guess Mr. 106 & Park is now Mr. Has Been.

  10. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    kelly wont get dropped because of Mr. knowles

  11. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    i always saw this cumin. its a shame, i bet hes hatin on chris brown now. lil boy came up right from under o’s nose and reach a level of succes in a month dat omarion was tryna reach in 3 yers.
    no pun intended but ohhhhh! lol

  12. ND April 20, 2008

    Leave Kelly Rowland alone.. She has had a no.1 solo album btw just not in the US!! lol

    Shame about Omarion, I think he needs to leave TUG and start a fresh.

  13. T April 20, 2008

    as stated, Kelly had less, a lot less promo than Omarion and he has Ice Box, so come on now, i mean they both might have people checking for them, maybe not, but i saw it coming, she at least is out there in london and in the us somewhere singing, him, doing a wack collabo album, good luck to him!

  14. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    I. remember when entoruge(sp) was realised mid 2006 andit never sold so they re realised it after ice box

  15. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Good riddance talentless freak boy. never got a good vibe from that wannabe mj/usher. icebox was wack and that wasn’t even a smash, it was average and forgettable, he should be embarrassed C.brown knocked him down further even when he wasn’t even close to the top LMAO. @ least he won’t b makin them annoyin 106&park appearances.

  16. Zway April 20, 2008

    I thought he was on epic when did he switch to columbia

  17. Anonymous April 20, 2008

    AS MUCH AS YOU PEOPLE HATE ON KELLY ROWLAND SHE WILL NEVER BE DROPPED BECAUSE SHE IS IN THE BIGGEST SELLING GROUP WITH ONE OF THE HOTTEST ARTIST(BEYONCE)
    AND KELLY HAS A GRAMMY(HERSELF) AND A STAR IN THE WALK OF FAME WITH DESTINY’S CHILD SO
    FOR SURE SHE WONT BE DROPPED OR COLUMBIA IS GONNA DO WRONG IF THEY DROP KELLY CAUSE IF THEY DO THERE WONT BE NO DESTINY’S CHILD EVER AGAIN!!!
    AND BY THE WAY BEYONCE WOULD BE PIST OFF AND SHE WOULD DROP HER SELF OUT COLUMBIA AND SIGN HER SELF WITH JAY-Z NEW LABEL
    F*** COLUMBIA!!!!
    OMARION WAS THE BOMB BUT KELLY IS BETTER AND PEOPLE KNOW HER MORE EVEN THOUGH SHE HASNT HAS A #1 ALBUM
    😀

  18. Anonymous April 21, 2008

    that suit is just too funny….. i just had to comment on that

  19. Anonymous April 21, 2008

    I saw this coming, dancing can only get you so far.

  20. Anonymous April 21, 2008

    Omarion’s 2 solo albums were mature & solid. I hope he gets picked up by another label.

  21. Anonymous April 22, 2008

    HE SHOULDA STAYED WITH B2K
    THEY HAD A GOOD THING GOIN

  22. Anonymous April 22, 2008

    ANOTHER ONE HIT WONDER, HE NEED’S TO SIT HIS PUNK P**** ASS DOWN!!!

  23. Anonymous May 18, 2008

    yall b**** ass muthafuckaz dat are hatin on Omarion leave him da f*** alone…
    ypur no good ass suckers that aint got nuttin betta to do dan to hate..
    leave omarion da f*** alone..
    he aint done nuttin to yall.. so wot if you dun lyk his music… put a sock in it…
    yes he is gettin fropt columbia is real stupid coz omarion made dem money too.. and he got a great deal of fans all ova da world..

  24. Anonymous June 12, 2008

    no matter where you go or what you do people are going to hate. let’s see you get out there and do what he does. the thing is most of chris brown’s fans are where omarion’s fans came from. they’re mostly teenagers. all of the fans omarion had when he came out with b2k have grown up now and with all the pointless junk that’s being played on the radio now it’s hard to hear something good or make something good, because people won’t listen to it. mostly teenagers buy cds now.

    all he needs to do is get with the right producers and have the right people behind him and he’ll do fine. O was a really hot album and it did go number 1 as well as the song O and Touch. he’s sold out every tour he’s ever been on so to say he has no talent is a bunch of bull. i bet now that he’s working with timbaland on his new album it’s going to be hot. i think he needs to break away from tug and chris stokes as well. everything he does has to involve them. i think if he was able to do things on his own he’d be big again.

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