Singjay Mavado and reggae label VP Records have officially parted ways after a mutual decision was made to end agreements between the two.
Mavado’s manager, Julian Jones-Griffith, yesterday told THE STAR the artiste’s contract with VP Records was terminated on March 1. When contacted, Cristy Barber, vice-president of marketing and promotions for VP Records, confirmed that VP would no longer be working with the singjay but offered no further comment.
Jones-Griffith explained: “The agreement has been terminated so he’s not obligated to deliver any more albums. This is the first time an artiste has managed to get out of a deal wid dem … it’s an eye-opener for the business that anyone could get out of a deal with VP.”
Mavado signed to VP Records late 2006 for a three-album deal. Thus far, Mavado has provided two of the albums: Gangsta For Life: The Symphony of David Brooks in 2007 and Mr Brooks … A Better Tomorrow last March.
Jones-Griffith was reluctant to give reasons behind the termination but said Mavado was happy to be out of the contract and looking forward to positive moves for the future.
“We’re glad to be free agents and explore other options. VP is the number-one reggae label and they can’t keep the number-one reggae artiste on the roster, so you can read into that what you want,” he said.
In the meantime, Mavado and his team will be courting all the major record labels overseas for the release of his forthcoming albums. According to Jones-Griffith, while it might not be an easy road, Mavado is well loved overseas by fans and various A&R (Artists and Repertoire) of major companies. If a record deal doesn’t pan out the way Mavado wants, Jones-Griffith explained that an independent release of his next album is also an option.
“People can expect his next album depending on what happens. It could be early next year if we get a deal. If not, we can release it by ourselves this year if we want,” he said.
In the meantime, Mavado has been busy in the studio with upcoming releases from producers Stephen McGregor and DASECA. He is also looking to shoot a video next month for Come Into My Room, the hit song featuring Stacious. Other collaborations in the works will feature rappers Young Jeezy, Drake and Lil Jon for his new album.