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Brandy signs deal with RCA Records

August 22, 2011|By Gerrick D. Kennedy | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday.

The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008's "Human."

"Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist," Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement. "I am sure that in her next chapter at RCA and in partnership with Breyon Prescott, we will record her most exciting music to date."

Brandy documented her attempts to revive her music career -- including a stint on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" -- during two seasons of her hit VH1 reality show, "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business."

Brandy joins a newly restructured RCA Records, where she'll be on a roster that includes Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Ke$ha, Daughtry, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake.

"This is truly a blessing," Brandy said in a statement. "Breyon Prescott, Peter Edge and Tom Corson [RCA Music Group's president and chief operating officer] believe in me and have introduced me to a home that also believes and knows exactly what to do with the type of music I'm doing. Breyon and the team at RCA/Chameleon are creative and forward-thinking and I am thrilled to be working with them."

She is currently in the studio working on her RCA debut, tentatively slated for an early 2012 release.

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