Free At Last! Brandy Reportedly Settles Legal Dispute With Former Label

Published: Saturday 30th Dec 2017 by Sam

Brandy is finally free! Well, almost.

The R&B belle has been locked in litigation with her former label and the battle has ultimately blocked her from releasing new material.

That hold-up looks to be over, though.

Find out why below…

TJB reports that both Brandy and Chameleon Entertainment have reached a settlement in their legal wrangle over rights to release music.

Said agreement will see her initial suit and their countersuit dismissed upon sign-off from a judge.

To refresh on the drama…

Brandy signed a deal with the Breyon Presscott imprint and, after partnering up with RCA for distribution, released ‘Two Eleven’ in 2012.

Issues abound though come the time to release a second project under the partnership.

Both parties agreed that a different distributor ought to be sought out for the follow-up to ‘Two Eleven’. However, problems surfaced when – according to Brandy – Chameleon bailed on funding the said project (in the way they funded the first).

She also took issue with the alleged pressure they put on her to focus on non musical ventures such as Broadway (as a means to recoup on their 360 deal).

Ultimately, she sued for release from her contract and to be awarded the coins promised per the agreement.

Chameleon denied everything and downed the singer, claiming she was angling for publicity and that it was they who took a risk signing her – citing a lack of major commercial success in the years prior to their deal.

They went on to counter-sue her for releasing a new song without their approval, 2016’s ‘Beggin & Pleadin”, demanded she stop selling the song, and reminded that all music she records while under contract to them belongs to them. Additionally, they lobbied for her case to be dismissed and damages awarded…to them.

Still following?

Well, things took an interesting turn in June last year when B-Rocka filled (another) counter-suit stating that Chameleon isn’t in a position to sue her because the company:

“…was legally dissolved by proclamation or annulment of authority by the New York Secretary of State for failure to file and/or pay franchise tax returns for two or more years.”

Now, it appears the issue is indeed going soon away and Ms. Norwood will finally be able to release music without the cloud of uncertainty over her.

Bring on the new album already!

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  1. Coolio December 30, 2017

    Damn Brandy. I hope she can now release quality music and be happy.

  2. Honesty December 30, 2017

    She’s gonna name the album Torch.

  3. Lake Erie December 30, 2017

    Yes! Bring it B!!

  4. Sweetnothings@78 December 30, 2017

    Before the haters hate. Remember if she was really doing this for promotion and attention she would of charged for ‘Edible high’ (song with Ray j) but she didn’t.
    Might be a case in point she wasn’t charging so released it (i.e begging and pleading).

    People can say what they want about her but she’s talented and doesn’t sell s** to promote her passion. Her music is timeless and no one can deny her voice is nothing short of amazing!

  5. The Wig Snatcher December 30, 2017

    Come thru, Brandy!!!

  6. Antincia foster December 30, 2017

    Yes come on brandy I am ready

  7. Chocolatebox777 December 30, 2017

    I’ve been watching Moesha and just saw her movie ‘Cinderella’ on BET with the late Whitney Houston. Brandy was a triple threat. No other female artist was doing what she did at a young age.

    Whitney has put Devine intervention in to clear her protege for more success.

    • Jasmine December 30, 2017

      I disagree with your claim that “No other female artist was doing what she did at a young age.” Technically, Brandy had stopped recording and releasing music while she was on Moesha. I’m pretty sure Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were already doing acting when they were younger than Brandy on the Micky Mouse club. Before them, Whitney Houston was doing modeling, commercials, and was a triple threat throughout her career by juggling both singing and acting at the same time. On top of that, everyone knows all of the Jackson kids were triple threats with acting and singing. Michael was the lead singer of the Jacksons at age 8 and they had their own TV show and Vegas show. Janet was acting on Good Times, Fame, and a few other tv shows and tv movies and also releasing albums on A&M records at the age of 15. I like Brandy but I cannot concur with you pretending that “no other female artists” have accomplished what she has because the truth is many have and they exceeded Brandy’s level of fame and money.

      • MUSICHEAD December 30, 2017

        @Jasmine Brandy recorded and released Sittin Up In My Room , Rock With You and Missing You while on Moesha. She then recorded, released and toured the Never Say Never album while on Moesha. She also recorded the international smash Another Day In Paradise while on Moesha. Not to mention the numerous endorsement deals (Cover Girl, DKNY, Candies, Unicef, etc) and hosting jobs ie American Music Awards, Image Awards, Soul Train Awards etc. She also filmed Cinderella, I Still Know, Osmosis Jones and Double Platinum while on Moesha. Once again you don’t know what you’re talking about. Go sit down.

      • Jasmine December 30, 2017

        @MUSICHEAD You essentially just confirmed what I already said but you want to throw petty, nasty, b|tchy insults at me for no reason. You just came at me for no reason when you are the one who “don’t know what you’re talking about”. Moesha was on the TV from 1996–2001 (Check imdb B|tch!). The “Sitting up In My Room” song / video came out in 1995 (before Moesha dumb B|tch)! Brandy’s cover of “Another Day in Paradise” came out in 2002 (After Moesha dumb B|tch)! Rock with you was Quincy Jone’s song featuring Heavy D and Brandy so that does not count stupid b|tch! “Missing You” was recorded in 1995 (before Moesha) and released in 1996 for the Set It Off Soundtrack. Now you go sit down b|tch. Don’t mess with me and don’t speak on Brandy again until you get your facts right! I simply corrected another commentor about Brandy being the “only” artist to multi-task and you tried to convert it to me saying something negative about Brandy. I see right through you evil b|tch. Be gone.

      • Truth teller December 30, 2017

        ? Read his ass Jasmine.

      • Pat December 30, 2017

        Damn @Jasmine, lmao ok. Go head then! Best read ive seen on here in a while! ???

      • Nique December 30, 2017

        @Jasmine….what about “Never Say Never?” That came out in 98.

      • ? + ✈ = ? December 31, 2017

        The Boy is mine came out in 98 ?☕

      • Slicc Loskii December 31, 2017

        Jasmine u going off but u missing the fact that Brandy released “Never Say Never” which was her best selling album to date (quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America), all which was recorded and released during Moesha. They even had a whole episode where Moesha met Brandy and Brandy sung Have You Ever! In Britney Spears’ very first interview in 1998, she referred to Brandy and her album Never Say Never, as one of her influences. Producer of Christina Aguilera’s debut album revealed that the album also inspired Aguilera during her recording sessions for Christina Aguilera. So Don’t ever come for Brandy or someone who is stating facts.

      • Jasmine December 31, 2017

        @Slicc I may have forgotten the release date of Never Say Never (so what if I forgot something lol) but the rest of what I said to MUSICHEAD is certainly true. When you say “So Don’t ever come for Brandy or someone who is stating facts.” you should take your own advice. Also, where exactly did I “come for Brandy”? Furthermore, since everything I said to MUSICHEAD is true, how exactly is he “stating facts”? I disproved him on several claims he made.

    • MUSICHEAD December 31, 2017

      @Jasmine You never know what you’re talking about which is why I continue to come for you. Moesha went into production in 1995 BEFORE it’s premiere in January of 1996. Which means half of the first season was filmed in the late summer and fall of 1995. Brandy recorded Sittin Up In My Room and Rock With You during this time. Missing You was recorded in 1996 and released in August of 1996. Never Say Never was recorded from 1997-1998. And if you cared to do any research you would know that Another Day In Paradise was recorded in the winter of 2000 and released in spring 2001. But since you know every damn thing you probably won’t do the research to find out yet again YOU’RE WRONG!

      • Jasmine December 31, 2017

        @MUSICHEAD Get a life b|tch. I could care less about who is right or wrong. When you nastily b|tch at somebody for no reason (which is exactly what you did) then I want nothing to do with you. Get lost gutter b|tch.

      • MUSICHEAD December 31, 2017

        @Jasmine Get your facts straight and stop trying to discredit others to fit your narrative. Learn from this!

      • Jasmine December 31, 2017

        @MUSICHEAD Get a life b|tch and stop trolling my comments. I know you are a Jasmine fan but the stalking and b|tchiness from you is not something I tolerate. I already disproved most of your comment and I do not have the time nor do i care to fact check your rebuttle so why do you keep bothering me?

      • MUSICHEAD December 31, 2017

        @Jasmine Your delusional a** didn’t “disprove” anything. Disagreeing with something is not the same as disproving something. But then again, you should already know that since you know EVERY DAMN THING! I’m done with you. Now go finish your shift at Burger King. You’re dismissed.

      • Jasmine December 31, 2017

        I disproved most of your little opinions and I disaprove of you trolling me. I do not work at Burger King but obviously that is were you dine regularly fat troll. I am relaxing and getting ready to go to a New Years party with my man. I would suggest you get a life, stop trolling me, and stop eating at Burger King mean b|tch.

      • Shade December 31, 2017

        Typically of a Brandy fan talking about fast food restaurants, considering most of you Brandy fans are ugly fat insecure black gay men? ?

  8. Jareezy December 30, 2017

    So happy for her I know she’s been wanting to release music for years but just couldn’t. Bring on 2018

  9. Dingell jones December 30, 2017

    Let’s leave brandy and Tamar in twenty-seventeen

  10. RoyalKev December 30, 2017

    I’m so ready! I think 2018 is shaping up to be a wonderful year, musically! I feel like my favs all got something brewing! I certainly need that Brandy brew! There’s nothing like it!

  11. DanYiel Iman December 30, 2017

    As a Brandy stan, I’m glad she’s working on new music ? & those rifts are to die for, I wanna see her WINNING!! ?

  12. Case December 30, 2017

    Wait, is this that girl who was singing on a New York City subway and got ignored?

    • Yoswagowemyswag December 31, 2017

      Same girl with money that ur whole families don’t have hating ass

    • NY December 31, 2017

      ?She was paid absolute dust.

  13. Facts only December 30, 2017

    I haven’t heard about this has-been with a singing voice that sounds like shes gargling rocks, since she killed that women.

  14. truthteller December 30, 2017

    Can’t believe Brandy’s deluded fans are celebrating over this. No other decent label will touch her now. Most of the things her old label said about her were true

    • Jasmine December 30, 2017

      I agree. I don’t think Brandy should be signing to any label in the first place and she was too old to have signed a stupid 360 deal.

  15. Jasmine December 30, 2017

    I thought this lawsuit was already resolved. Brandy is too old to be signing 360 deals in the first place!!!!!!!! She is not some new artist desperate for a deal. She had a long run on Atlantic records and also has a greatest hits CD.

    • MUSICHEAD December 30, 2017

      I know you don’t usually make a lot of sense, but explain to me what age has to do with a 360 deal. And btw, Brandy did not sign the 360 deal. That was the whole problem in the first place.

      • Credits December 30, 2017

        Musichead, what did She sign? I’m curious.

      • Jasmine December 30, 2017

        Go re-read the article. The article clearly says:

        “She also took issue with the alleged pressure they put on her to focus on non musical ventures such as Broadway (as a means to recoup on their 360 deal).”

      • MUSICHEAD December 30, 2017

        @Credits The problem was she didn’t sign with Epic. Epic wanted to sign her to a 360 deal through Chameleon. Brandy refused. Breyon pressured Brandy to sign with Epic because he is the VP of Urban music at Epic. Not only is that not ethical, its also double dipping to profit from one artist from two different labels. Brandy was signed to Chameleon as a production deal under the terms that Breyon would be her business partner and fund her projects to release them through a major like she did on RCA with Two Eleven. Since she refused the deal with Epic, he held her music career hostage. So she had no choice but to focus on tv, film and broadway.

  16. MUSICHEAD December 30, 2017

    I’m pretty sure Brandy will do a joint venture with a label this time like Janet did with Unbreakable. Can’t wait to hear what she releases next. Until then, we can catch her on Star this spring playing Queen Latifah’s sister.

  17. Kim.Kesha& Pam December 30, 2017

    I always felt like Brandy is over rated. People really gas her as if she’s been musically relevant over the past 8-10 years & she hasn’t. The only time people pay her attention is when she’s making psycho videos & shading Monica. I just don’t sss the hype.

    • Truth teller December 30, 2017

      Nothing but facts,..overrated as hell.

    • Bam December 31, 2017

      Considering what all the dumb, repetitive sh*+ that is “musically relevant” I will gladly take someone who is “musically irrelevant” as long as the music is good and Brandy has yet to disappoint musically. But I know it’s all about popularity with some of you people…

    • MUSICHEAD December 31, 2017

      Are you a Total fan talking about somebody’s relevance? That’s funny lol.

  18. Ebony D. December 31, 2017

    Brandy has worked hard for so many years and has managed to keep it real .I am certain her next album will be on point.

  19. NY December 31, 2017

    I forgot about her. Last I heard she was singing in an empty arena, having melt downs on instagram, and looking like a fool singing on a New York City subway. Hot has been mess.

  20. Say December 31, 2017

    She has literally been dropped by 4 or 5 labels. Talk about washed up.

  21. eric December 31, 2017

    That’s not the only dispute that needs to be settled if she’s going to be successful again.

  22. Lisa Broom December 31, 2017

    I just love Brandy. So underrated. I’m happy she got that matter cleared up. I’m looking forward to more jams from my sister. Good for you B.

  23. ARTHUR SMILES February 23, 2018

    We miss new music from Brandy. Thank god they settled.

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