Is Brandy… freed?
Brandy filed a lawsuit against New York-based Chameleon Entertainment and its owner-CEO Breyon Prescott in Superior Court for $1 million earlier this year for compensatory and punitive damages for intentional interference with contract, interference with business relations and business law violations. She claimed Prescott was bullying her into signing a bogus contract that would allow him to “double dip.” Prescott, who also works for Epic Records, wanted her to sign with Epic and release her records through Chameleon, so he can profit twice, claimed a report from Courthouse News.
[Brandy] claims that Chameleon is contractually obligated to record and release her albums but refuses to do so unless she signs a “terrible deal.”
She adds Prescott is doing this in “a blatantly unlawful attempt to bully Norwood into signing a new recording and distribution agreement containing terms far worse than her current agreement. Defendants have made clear through their actions and words that, unless Norwood capitulates and signs this terrible deal, she will remain ‘trapped’ with a label that won’t let her record or release music.”
She claims his “outrageous actions are based on nothing more than greed.”
Because of his “despicable conduct,” she writes in the complaint, she has “every right to terminate, and has now terminated, her recording contract with defendants.”
It appears Brandy was victorious.
At one point during her medley performance at the Soul Train Awards Sunday night (Nov. 27), Brandy, who was honored with the Lady of Soul award, had her backup dancers hold up mock newspapers that read “BRANDY FREED.”
Fans believe it was her attempt to clear the air without making a formal announcement, possibly because she legally can’t comment on it. That, or she’s looking forward to the day of such an announcement.
Her performance included “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Talk About Our Love,” and others, as well as a surprise appearance from Ma$e (The video autoplays).
Brandy signed with Chameleon in 2011 and during that time, released her album Two Eleven in 2012. The deal Brandy is supposedly “freed” from would have given Chameleon the right to release four more Brandy records, but she claimed the label refused to allow her to record a new album. In addition to the million dollars, Brandy was asking a judge to confirm the contract is void.