Kelly Rowland ‘Frustrated’ With Universal Republic, Asked For Exit, Plus New Music Confirmed

It was widely reported that Kelly Rowland was dropped by Universal Republic earlier this week, but it appears those reports are false. In fact, Rowland asked to be released due to a reason fans have been discussing for many months — promotion of her album, "Talk A Good Game."

According to trusted source Jawn Murray (, Rowland became frustrated with the label after they refused to push a new single during her tenure on "The X Factor USA" last Fall.

"Apparently, when the 33-year-old vocalist signed on to be a judge for the third season of “The X-Factor,” her team asked the label to release a new single to capitalize off the eight million viewers the show averaged each week. The label chose not to capitalize off of Rowland’s involvement on the show and the singer asked to be released from her contract," reports Always A List. "Universal Republic quietly allowed Rowland to become a free agent in December 2013. Unbeknownst to fans, the singer has already been recording new tracks for a fifth studio album and has been entertaining new offers from record companies interested in signing her."

Sources also say Rowland was frustrated with the label before the release of "Talk A Good Game," due to the same situation with her "Motivation" led album, "Here I Am." All of that said, Rowland is now a free agent and is entertaining other offers. She is also happy about working on new music, which she talked about briefly during an appearance at Jazz In The Gardens, the annual Miami Gardens music festival.

Sitting down with The Grio, Rowland said "I’m back in the studio. I’m extremely excited about being back in the studio. The ideas and everything that I have on my think board is just really amazing."

All of this said, let's hope Kelly Rowland gets what she truly deserves with her next project.

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