Keyshia Cole Fires Manager in Wake of Declining Sales
In the wake of disappointing first-week sales for her latest album, "Calling All Hearts," singer and former reality show star Keyshia Cole announced she has fired her longtime manager, Manny Halley.
On the afternoon of Jan. 17, Cole, 29, wrote on Twitter: "Would like for u guys to know that Manny Halley is no longer my management." Half a day later, she followed up: "Someone said if the people around u won't change, change the people around you."
Cole's latest album, released Dec. 21 on Geffen/Interscope, debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and subsequently slips 23-26 this week. Entering at No. 5 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Hearts" moves 9-8 on the chart. Her two previous albums, 2007's "Just Like You" (which received a Grammy Award nod for best contemporary R&B album) and 2008's "A Different Me," both debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
In the four weeks since its release, "Calling All Hearts" has sold 194,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. By comparison, "A Different Me" sold 539,000 during its first four weeks.