Stunner Music: K.Michelle

Posted by | On December 06, 2013 | Leave a comment | Under: Claude Julian, Columnists, Features, Stunner Music

by Claude Julian | ARCHIVES

Stunner Baby Magazine prides itself on spotlighting the R&B divas that rock the hit charts of musical excellence. ”Love & Hip Hop” may have brought K. Michelle to the table, but the singer is set to start another chapter.  K. Michelle displays the new chill as she embraces her maturity to avoid conflict that catapulted her on season one of VH1’s reality TV show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. K. Michelle star broke orbit from the VH1 reality show that boosted her notoriety as a no-muss, no-fuss personality. So much so that she’s inspired her own forthcoming spin-off, “No New Friends.”

“That show is about my progression as businesswoman, as a brand,” she said, acknowledging her rise as a solo artist this year. Following her appearance on the reality show series, Michelle signed a deal with Atlantic Records. One listen to Rebellious Soul — which debuted at the top spot of Billboard’s R&B’s Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in August — reinforces that sassy, in-your-face vocal punch of branded soul.

In May 2013, she released the lead single from Rebellious Soul called “V.S.O.P.”. The song peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album Rebellious Soul was released on August 13, 2013 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album sold 72,000 copies in its first week. “Can’t Raise a Man”, the second single is scheduled to be released January 8, 2014.

K.Michelle VSOP

K.Michelle VSOP

K. Michelle’s career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles “Self Made” and “Fakin’ It” in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While “Self Made” peaked at number 89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and received hardly any attention, Michelle’s Missy Elliott-assisted “Fakin’ It” went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz singles’ release, Michelle went on to release three follow-up singles: “Fallin”, “I Just Can’t Do This” and “How Many Times”; which respectively charted at numbers 56, 53, and 53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011.

Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly, Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane, Akon and Missy Elliott.  However, only R. Kelly’s contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.

K. Michelle won Best New Artist at the Soul Train Awards, a nod from one part of the music industry that thinks of her as more than a reality star. Moreover, Michelle is “working on a musical with more details to come soon,” her label, Atlantic Records, confirms to




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