As the world awaits the grand debut of Nixon Knowles on big sister Beyonce’s Tumblr, the industry is quietly buzzing that Mathew Knowles‘ Music World record label is in the middle of a disaster.
This month, duo Trin-I-tee 5:7 joined the growing list of gospel artists who have dissolved their relationship with the company.
Though the reason for their departure has been on the hush, a source tells AlwaysAList.com that group members Chanelle Hayes and Angel Taylor were left outside of this year’s BET Awards ticket-less because “Mathew used their tickets at the last minute without telling them.” Trin-I-tee 5:7 did ultimately get into the show, but only because a BET employee came to rescue them after a “long and embarrassing” ordeal.
Raggedy. Just raggedy.
Now Le’Andria Johnson, one of Music World’s best-selling artists in recent years, is preparing to leave the label. Johnson, who won the third season of BET’s competition series “Sunday Best,” was signed to Music World as a part of the show’s prize package.
In the course of six months, Music World oddly released three CDs on the 29-year-old powerhouse vocalist — “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson” (Sept. 2011), “Le’Andria Johnson Christmas” (Dec. 2011) and “The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson” (Feb. 2012).
Additionally, despite Johnson being seven months pregnant and “with only a little notice and a short time to prepare,” Music World had Johnson do a live session in July to be released as her fourth CD. The original plan was for her to record the live record in October following the birth of her baby. The label’s new publicist just sent out a press release on Thursday about “Le’Andria Johnson: The Experience Deluxe Edition” being released on Sept. 18.
Earlier this week, Johnson took to her official Twitter page @LeAndriaJ to ask fans how they would feel about her leaving Music World. She even retweeted a her fan page’s message about the label not treating their “#1 artist” with “respect.” (read entire story)