After intense promotion of her Geffen debut “Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams,” Solange Knowles has reportedly lost her deal with Geffen for a second album ! Seen at seemingly every event under-the-sun since August, including both Fashion Rocks and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, Solange Knowles has been busy doing all she can to promote what ended up being her biggest album in terms of attention from mainstream media. Unfortunately for the Lil Wayne dubbed “Solo,” Geffen Records says it is no longer interested in working with her business-wise due to abysmal sales of her debut which has sold nearly 139,000 copies since its release last August ! While news of Solange’s fate at Geffen is concerning, the way in which her management allegedly tried prevent the split from becoming major news is astonishing. According to BV Buzz, Destiny’s Child songbird Kelly Rowland was seemingly thrown up as the sacrificial lamb last week when news broke that she had parted ways with Columbia as a solo artist in order to skirt by Solange’s exit from Geffen. Contrary to early reports, Kelly Rowland and Columbia executive Robert Stringer amicably split due to Rowland’s decision to move forward with her solo career apart from longtime manager Matthew Knowles (Beyonce and Solange’s father/manager). “The decision for Kelly to seek other opportunities for her solo career was agreed upon mutually, and any reports to the contrary are false,” Stringer pointed out in a release last week. According to a record label source, “Geffen did a one-off deal with Music World Entertainment for Solange and wasn’t interested in doing a new contract with her…. In the end, the CD didn’t sell despite Solange’s countless high profile appearances”. For more on Rowland and Knowles’ story, possible sabotage on the part of management and potential deals on the horizon check out BV Buzz HERE.
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