Birmingham soul artist Laura Mvula has revealed she had been dropped by Sony, her record label, via a forwarded email, in what has been described as a callous and cold move by the entertainment mogul.
Mvula was signed by Sony subsidiary RCA shortly before the release of her debut EP ‘She’ in 2012. She released her first album, ‘Sing to the Moon’ in 2013, which became one of the most successful British debuts of the year, landing in the top ten of the UK albums chart, and receiving a nomination for the prestigious Mercury prize, which she lost to James Blake’s, ‘Overgrown’.
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Mvula followed with sophomore album ‘The Dreaming Room’ in June 2016, which also received positive reviews. The success was short-lived, however – whilst Mvula had signed with RCA victor for a five album deal, her former manager was told in January that her contract would not be renewed. This information was forwarded to Mvula in a ‘seven line email’.
Discussing the incident, Mvula stated; “I didn’t see anyone, I didn’t hear anybody’s voice. I just read words. It felt so cold and cruel. Not even the fact that I was dropped, the way that the whole thing happened. To be treated like that doesn’t feel quite just.”
Sony declined to comment on the matter.
Mvula has yet to state if she will be continuing her career under a new label, but has revealed she is currently working on the music for a new Royal Shakespeare Company production of ‘Antony and Cleopatra’, which will open in Stratford Upon Avon later this month.