Just to give a brief back-story, Kelly ended her management relationship with Matthew Knowles and subsequently left Columbia Records (See January 28th post). Kelly fans are hoping that she’ll be in good hands with this management team. Because I’m one of those “hoping” fans, I did a little bit of homework on Mr. Rabhan.
Rabhan recently formed TRP with music biz vets Stuart Dill and Cal Turner III, after reportedly having his contract terminated by “The Firm” management team with Arthur Spivak (See “Associated Links” tab on the left for the associated news article). Although I’m not a big fan of The Firm because of the trouble they caused Kelly Clarkson and Fantasia Barrino, this still looks pretty bad. TRP also doesn’t have a website yet; only a purchased domain. Fishy, if not unprofessional. To Rabhan’s credit, he’s worked with Michelle Branch (a pretty notable artist) and fought to defend Kelis when she was dropped by Jive, which is a sign of respecting artist integrity. We all know that Kelly could use some respect as an artist. Also, Kelly posted on Twitter that Jeff brought her a care package when she was sick in bed. Awww. Despite some of the more negative tidbits I mentioned about Rabhan, Kelly is already showing signs of progress and success. French house artist David Guetta’s hit single “When Love Takes Over” features Kelly, and is burning up the chart in Europe. The single has already gone Gold (RIAA) by itself. The accompanying album, One Love, has two other tracks featuring my girl; “It’s the Way You Love Me” and “Choose”, which also features Ne-Yo. Rowland also just wrapped a season of hosting Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.” It hasn’t been confirmed if the series will return for another season.
In other Kelly-related news, Rowland is sharing more about leaving Matthew Knowles. According to CYInterview, Kelly was quoted as saying "I just felt like I wasn't growing anymore (with Music World Ent.). It took a long time to actually come up with the final decision because it was something that you think about before when you feel like you're almost hitting a ceiling. I wanted a change. I needed a change. So that's what happened".