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Brandy Disses Euro-Pop, Talks New Album

Steven Lawton, FilmMagic

It seems like everyone is jumping on the Euro-pop train these days. With one turn of your radio dial you can hear everyone from Usher (‘DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love Again’) and Chris Brown (‘Yeah 3x’) to Rihanna (‘S&M’) latching on the synth-heavy global dance craze that is currently dominating the charts. But one act who won’t be going that route is Grammy-winning singer Brandy.

The R&B veteran, who has sold more than 25 million albums since the release of her 1994 self-titled debut, is in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2008 release ‘Human.’ According to Brandy, she promises a much more grittier urban sound. “I’m not going for the Euro pop [sound] on this album,” she told The BoomBox. “I like different styles of music, and that pop style is fine. It’s the type of music that makes me move. But I just don’t want to forget about my core audience. Just look at Usher. He did all his R&B in the beginning. Now he is playing around with the pop sound. And there’s nothing wrong with that because for years he gave us what we wanted.”

Brandy, who turns 32 years old today, admits that she went the wrong musical direction with her last studio project ‘Human.’ “I think my mistake on ‘Human’ was that it was too pop,” she candidly says. “I want to go back to the fans that want the feel and sound of ‘Never Say Never,’ ‘Full Moon,’ and the vibe of my first album.”

While Brandy won’t give any full-details on a date for her new release, she says the set will drop this year. Having parted ways with her longtime label Atlantic Records in 2004, the acclaimed vocalist says that she is in discussions with a high profile label.

“It’s happening,” she says. “I can’t talk about it, but I’m very excited.”

Watch Brandy’s ‘Right Here (Departed)’
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