Vocalist Jamelia Parts Ways With Parlophone
British R&B singer Jamelia has severed ties with EMI label Parlophone, her record label for the best part of a decade.British R&B singer Jamelia has severed ties with EMI label Parlophone, her record label for the best part of a decade. In a conversation with Billboard.com, the Birmingham-born artist declined to discuss the subject, but refuted a press report that stated that her long-term contract expired today (April 23).
"It's not true that my record deal with EMI finishes today," she told Billboard.com. "I'm not really allowed to speak about it because I'm still under contract with EMI." But, later in the day, her record company confirmed the split.
A multiple MOBO Award winner, Jamelia has enjoyed a string of top 40 entries on the Official U.K. Charts Co.'s singles chart since the release of her 2000 debut album, "Drama."
In 2004, her second album "Thank You" produced three U.K. top 5 hits -- "Superstar" (No. 3), "Thank You" (No. 2) and her co-write with Coldplay's Chris Martin, "See It in a Boy's Eyes" (No. 5).
Her latest project, "Walk With Me," which was released on Sept. 25, 2006, scored U.K. top 10s with the first two tracks, "Something about You" and "Beware of the Dog" which samples extensively from Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus."
Regardless of her current label situation, Jamelia is confident a fourth solo album will be ready "hopefully toward the end of the year." She adds, "There are so many artists that I would love to work with and are in the process of hopefully set up collaborations with, and vice versa."