'He was self-serving and...not a nice person' says a detractor as the star takes advantage of an unsigned contract

Self-management isn't for the faint of heart, but Aloe Blacc certainly seems up to the task. The 35-year-old singer, best-known for delivering the soulful vocals to Avicii's worldwide smash "Wake Me Up!," is due to release his major-label debut album, "Lift Your Spirit," on Interscope on March 11, and, hot on the heels of solo success with the song "The Man" (which rises 21-17 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 906,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan), recently inked a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell said to be worth nearly $2 million.

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