October 29, 2007 02:39:44 GMT
Poor sales of 'Kelis Was Here' drove Jive Records to drop the decision.
Kelis is dropped from Jive Records, Entertainment Weekly reported. The R 'n' B singer who was confirmed working on a new album is said to part ways from the label due to poor sales of her last effort, 'Kelis Was Here'.
"It was a case of being in the ever-shrinking world of the record industry and finding herself on a label she wasn't signed to and without a champion," said Kelis' manager, Jeff Rabhan. "She's a different kind of artist - very image and style-driven. It's either something you get or you don't."
Despite debuting at #10 on Billboard Hot 200 and backed up buy renown producers such as Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, Cee-Lo and Cool n Dre, 'Kelis Was Here' was deemed the least successful record among her discography upon its release.
The first single 'Bossy' started off slow but eventually went multi platinum in December 2006, according to the RIAA. Still, three months post its release in August 2006, the album only sold 150,000 copies in U.S. based on counting from Nielsen SoundScan.
Kelis is now looking for a new label to release her fifth studio album that is tentatively titled 'Nebula'. "We're not opposed to another major label deal, but it would have to be non-traditional," Rabhan said. She has been working with Cee-Lo again on an indie dance record and will release a pop album anytime soon.