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.biz, the Birmingham-born artist declined to discuss the subject, but refuted a press report which stated that her long term contract expired today.
"It's not true that my record deal with EMI finishes today," she told Billboard.biz. "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. "After working together for nearly 10 years," says EMI in a statement, "Jamelia and Parlophone Records have made the amicable decision to part company."
The statement adds, "The label is proud to have worked with Jamelia on some truly great records and wishes her all the best for the future."
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 debut 200 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 third album and latest, "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" (Parlophone), which samples extensively from Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." However, the third single "No More," which features a sample of the Stranglers' "Golden Brown," failed to break the U.K. top 40.
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."