Now that she's left Hollywood Records, singer/actress Raven-Symone is looking forward to being an independent artist for her next album.

Now that she's left Hollywood Records, singer/actress Raven-Symone is looking forward to being an independent artist for her next album.

"I did it on my second album [1999's "Undeniable"] and like it," the 22-year-old former "Cosby Show" kid tells Billboard.com. "When you're an independent you really do get full control. You get to do it how you want to do it and promote it how I want to promote it and sell it how I want to sell it."

Symone says she has nothing bad to say about Hollywood, her home for two albums, but she was disappointed in weak sales for this year's "Raven-Symone," which bowed at No. 159 on the Billboard 200. "No one really dropped the ball," she says. "I just think it didn't get enough publicity so people would know it's coming out."

Symone already has ideas in her head about what she wants to do with her next release. "It'll be R&B, most definitely," she says, "with an alternative base for the lyrics."

She's also eyeballing collaborators, though after working with such big names as Sean Garrett, the Clutch and the J.A.M., Symone is hoping to find some fresh talent as well.

"It's good to go out there and spread your wings and find new talent and work with people you haven't worked with before. I'd love to find the next Pharrell or the next someone who's coming up and no one really knows yet," she says. "At the same time, I'd love to work with the Clutch and the J.A.M. again."

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