Brandy is fighting for her right to record or release new music.
Brandy is suing New York-based Chameleon Entertainment and its owner-CEO Breyon Prescott in Superior Court for $1 million for compensatory and punitive damages for intentional interference with contract, interference with business relations and business law violations. She claims Prescott is bullying her into signing a bogus contract that would allow him to “double dip.” Prescott, who also works for Epic Records, wants her to sign with Epic and release her records through Chameleon, so he can profit twice, reports Courthouse News.
[Brandy] claims that Chameleon is contractually obligated to record and release her albums but refuses to do so unless she signs a “terrible deal.”
She adds Prescott is doing this in “a blatantly unlawful attempt to bully Norwood into signing a new recording and distribution agreement containing terms far worse than her current agreement. Defendants have made clear through their actions and words that, unless Norwood capitulates and signs this terrible deal, she will remain ‘trapped’ with a label that won’t let her record or release music.”
She claims his “outrageous actions are based on nothing more than greed.”
“Prescott owns and operates defendant Chameleon and is employed full time by Epic Records and head of urban A&R,” the complaint states. “The new recording and distribution deal that he is trying to force Norwood to sign is with Epic, which allows him to ‘double dip’: if Prescott can force Norwood to sign the new deal, he will profit both as an owner of Chameleon and through bonuses and other benefits he will get from Epic.”
Because of his “despicable conduct,” she writes in the complaint, she has “every right to terminate, and has now terminated, her recording contract with defendants.”
Brandy signed with Chameleon in 2011 and during that time, released her album Two Eleven in 2012. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal gives Chameleon the right to release four more Brandy records, but she claims the label refused to allow her to record a new album. In addition to the million dollars, Brandy is asking a judge to confirm the contract is void.