Matthew Knowles’ Music World: The Crumbling Woes of a New Age Gospel Label
There’s good news in the air, folks. It’s like a dream come true for those of us who never liked the idea of Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles of Music World coming onto the gospel scene and trying to take it over with his secular roots. Excuse us for being so excited but we felt this would happen sooner or later.
Big news has come our way that the label is crumbling to its knees as we speak. Let’s go over some of the downfalls for the Music World label and what’s going on now.
According to reports, the trouble for Matthew Knowles’ Music World recording label, regarding the gospel artists, started back when they had a dispute with Cathy Hughes’ Radio One.
1) In December 2011, reports were flying everywhere about how Cathy Hughes’ Radio One had banned all Music World artists and songs from appearing on their stations across the country. Consequently, the ban followed a lawsuit filed by Radio One’s sister company, TV One against Music World. The suit alleged Music World illegally re-issued content from the Essence Music Festival to BET, MTV and BET’s Centric Network despite TV One’s four-year exclusivity agreement to broadcast the festival.
2) Since Music World has shifted its focus to gospel, many of its mainstream acts: Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Solange Knowles have left the company.
3) Radio One has literally handicapped his record label since Radio One has a control over the market involving gospel stations in the U.S. and syndicates several successful gospel based shows like “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” and “CoCo Brother Live.”
4) Recording gospel artist, Micah Stampley left the label in May after less than two years and released two albums with Music World.
5) The gospel-duo Trin-I-tee 5:7 announced their departure from Music World recently. They have one album with the label and was planning another additional CD before they made their announcement. Coincidentally, sources say an incident at the BET Awards caused the change in plans for the next CD to be released, says AlwaysAList. The source stated though the gospel duo were nominated the Best Gospel Artist, they were left outside the auditorium of the awards show because Matthew Knowles alleged used their tickets for someone else until help came along.
6) Now, Music World’s best artist on its label LeAndria Johnson is planning to leave as well. As we know, LeAndria Johnson won the third season of BET’s “Sunday Best,” and as part of the show’s prize package, she was signed to Music World. According to AlwaysAList, the label recorded three albums with Johnson and is planning another before she gives birth to her next child. It should be released on Sept. 18 called “Le’Andria Johnson: The Experience Deluxe Edition”. Though this may all seem like hearsay, she has taken to her Twitter page to express her desire to leave the recording label, Music World shown below, courtesy of AlwaysAList.
Also, according to AlwaysAList, it has been said that Matthew Knowles may be trying to get other labels to acquire his label, most likely because its doing so terribly. Apparently, Knowles later contacted them and refutes this statement.
The roster for Music World for now only includes:
- Juanita Bynum
- Brian Courtney Wilson
- Vanessa Bell Armstrong
The “Sunday Best” stars:
- Amber Bullock
- Andrea Helms
- Elder Goldwire McLendon
- and Pastor Rudy Rasmus.
Apparently, BET Sunday Best still has a contract with Music World to sign their winning artists to the label and this would include the upcoming winning contestant for season 5 of Sunday Best.
We are absolutely stoked that the label is because exposed for what it really is, in our opinion: no good. We have not been fans of how gospel artists allow these labels to take the anointing from their voices and turn it into the world’s music and make money from it. Obviously, this is not paying off for many of the artists who have signed with Music World. We know that many artists were probably thrilled to be on Matthew Knowles’ label mainly for reasons that are obvious: He’s Beyonce’s father and if he can make her a billionaire, he may have done it for them. But woe is to the unknowing souls, who put their trust in man and a man who apparently is losing the support of his own artists.
We pray that all of the artists see that the label is not of God, in our opinion and need to steer clear of it by running as fast as they can from it. We are looking forward to the day Juanita Bynum and Vanessa Bell Armstrong part ways with the label. Especially, Vanessa Bell Armstrong. She’s too anointed to be involved with this recording label.
Thanks to AlwaysAList.com for update!!