K. Michelle‘s relationship with radio seems to have taken a turn for the worst.
Bad news for the ‘Maybe I Should Call’ singer below…
Following her decision to confront music industry power player Angela Yee during an interview on her ‘Breakfast Club’ platform Michelle has learned of a report which claims she has been blacklisted by the U.S. media company Radio One.
Not to be mistaken for the British radio platform of the same name, One is said to have cut all ties with the singer after she allegedly failed to turn up to several promotional spots they’d lined up for her to fulfill.
Radio One owner Cathy Hughes issued a company-wide command to have her music removed from all affiliated radio station’s playlists. Radio One executives told the site that K. Michelle songs, old or new, as well as tunes from artists that feature her on collaboration confirmed the action, will not be played.
The ban stems from Michelle not showing up to several appearances scheduled earlier this month in the DMV area, one being a breakfast for fifty K. Michelle fans. Hosted by Radio One’s WKYS 93.9 FM’s new morning show hosts Lil’ Mo and DJ QuickSilva, the show was supposed to be broadcast on air, but K. Michelle never showed up.
However, a rep from the star’s label, Atlantic Records, has stepped forward to claim that the story is untrue citing reported spins of the singer’s music on the platform in several states as proof of this.
K.Michelle allegedly did not want to wake up early and make the hour-long commute to Silver Spring, Maryland where the WKYS studios are based “because she wanted to sleep,” her rep also told the Radio One team.
One fan in attendance revealed that she had decided to skip her chemotherapy treatment that morning for a chance to meet the singer. She was devastated the booty-enhanced belter was so dismissive of her supporters.
As a result of the decision, Radio One’s top brass made the call to pull all of K.Michelle’s music on all of their 55 broadcast stations in 16 markets across the country.
AlwaysAList.com checked out the playlists for Radio One stations across the country through MediaBase and K.Michelle is not listed on most of them. The only Radio One station we could find still playing K.Michelle’s latest single “Not A Little Bit” was Detroit’s Hot 107.5 FM. But as one Radio One executive told us: “someone is going to be in trouble if they are playing it!”
This is serious.
For one reason or another Michelle is yet to be embraced by Top 40 radio formats seeing her become extremely dependant on Urban platforms to push her music to the masses.
With this in mind let’s hope that the singer finds a way to reconcile with One and reclaim the access to its audience she seems to have lost.
Unfortunately, a number of R&B-leaning artists still take an unhealthy approach to Urban platforms, seemingly unaware or uninterested in how supportive these platforms are to them as they set their sights on what some might call “mainstream relevance.”
As one of her genre’s leading ladies, it’d be a shame if Michelle saw her relationship with one of these influential platforms crash and crumble before she reaches her full potential commercially.