A bold proclamation given that her last album, "Human," was in 2008. Although the release — her debut on Epic after leaving longtime home Atlantic — garnered mostly positive reviews, it opened at No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 after logging fewer than 100,000 copies, becoming the singer's lowest-charting opening since her debut nearly 16 years ago.
Her nervousness may be warranted: The current crop of female R&B singers, including
And she might be on the path to victory. The 31-year-old singer recently reintroduced herself to fans with a new
As an added bonus, "
The singer admitted that she was apprehensive about
jumping on the reality show train with "Brandy and Ray J," which she
co-executive produces (though she made appearances on both seasons of
her brother's "For the Love of Ray J" and even chronicled her pregnancy
"I was very hesitant. (People) can tell if you're 'putting on' or if you are being very real or fake. This show was more polished," she said.
In the show, which airs its season finale on
There was also the aforementioned commercial failure
of "Human." On the show, it appears she placed the blame on frequent
"It was lacking my belief in it. It lacked my vision. Pretty much bottom line, if you don't believe in something it's not going to go," she said. "Do I believe that 'Human' was as creative as 'Never Say Never' and 'Full Moon' (previous albums largely produced by Jerkins)? No, I do not."
She's not afraid to discuss industry politics, either. Fans of the singer cried foul when
"There are things that happen that I don't even know about. But a lot of things are political. That's why it's so important for me to find the right home for my music and surround myself with people who understand that. I haven't found that place. I have a few deals on the table, and I'm leaning toward one," Brandy said.
With Season 2 of the reality show officially
confirmed, Brandy hopes to show the process of recording and prepping
her next album, and as evidenced by Monica's recent No. 2 debut on the
Billboard 200 charts (impressive given that her last album was in
2006), no doubt a major thanks to her own hit
"At this stage in my career ... I want to go all around the world and share my music with everybody but I can't do that without the right team. I think at this point, where the music industry is, you get afraid to spend more money (on promotion)," she said. "I just feel like for me, I just really wanted to win. I still want to win, but that's just not the way the universe works sometime."
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