Marc Mysterio V Brandy On Dancing With The Stars: What Really Happened
MARC Mysterio, currently embroiled win a dispute with Dancing On The Stars pro/celebrity hoofer Brandy, recently inked an exclusive deal with Universal Canada via his company World Class Records (WCR). Each artist signing to WCR/UMC will be produced or executive produced by Marc Mysterio, whom will also run A&R.
“Universal’s backing in giving us the ability to sign and release any act we want. This speaks to DJ culture having arrived in North America,” says Marc Mysterio. “If we can sum up this partnership’s personality in one word, that would be ‘pro-active’”.
Of course, we can’t help but to mention Brandy – whom Anorak Pal Marc Mysterio is suing for alleged breach of contract for failing to provide the vocals she was paid $10,000 as per written contract as a side artist fee.
She could win the bozo the clown of the month award, but this time not for her dancing skills (or lack thereof) on Dancing With The Stars . The song in which she was originally set to appear in “Shout It Out” by Marc Mysterio, was just sent to radio last Monday and in its first week, bested Eminem to slot #2 on the New Airplay Chart for Top 40 Radio this past week across Canada.
“The success of the song without the star power of a Brandy being featured on it shows not only how strong a record it is, but that her not being on the record is a loss that is tough to swallow. There is a lot of, what if she hadn’t screwed us over, where would this song be. I hope she thinks that this Dancing With The Stars fiasco was worth it. Past experience from reality shows (i.e. Samantha Fox on I’m A Celeb) tells me otherwise.
Unless you have a solid product that is already working, most of the post-reality show records underperform so if this was her hope to ditch us and use this bounce to re-launch her career solo, instead of doing it the right way as Kelly Rowland did with David Guetta, karma can be a bitch. But, let’s see. I’m focused on working with Universal and my other international partners on making ‘Shout It Out’ the biggest success possible as is, and let everything else take care of itself.”
As previously reported, Marc Mysterio claims he paid Brandy $10,000 upfront to sing on his track upfront but the singer backed out, stating her record label did not want her on the track.
“Not sure whom in the industry will really work with Brandy Norwood after this, but it’s kind of ironic that 1 month after her people use as an excuse to back out of our contract and deal that ‘Universal didn’t want her on my track” that Universal solicits me and my company to be a partner of theirs leading with the very release she was to be on,” Mysterio tells Singersroom.
Mysterio also says he will use footage from Brandy’s VH1 TV show to prove he is in the right.
“The videotapes from VH1 TV of us talking will be in court and out in the public soon enough, so it will be very clear how far along that project was,” Mysterio tells Singersroom. “A reasonable person might conclude that she was more interested in Dancing With the Stars and not having a project that would compete for press space. Things that make you go hmmm…”
“We did try to file an Emergency Restraining Order to get the tapes lodged with the court at an early stage, included transcripts of the conversation, and the judge denied it without prejudice — meaning we can bring the issue back up later and via normal subpoena process which is being done — but warned the defendants ‘nothing had better happen that this videotape for some reason becomes unavailable in the future’.”
Anorak has additionally learned that Brandy Norwood has been ordered by the court to respond to the law suit before October 11th.