Kelis Calls New Label Deal ‘Good Marriage’

Kelis and will.i.am

Kelis is unpredictable. While many fans would love to hear a musical reunion between her and The Neptunes, the eclectic songstress surprised the masses when she chose to make her new label home at Interscope Records with the will.i.am Music Group.

Though she won’t mention any names, Kelis admits that a slew of record labels were bidding for the right to release her fifth effort, Fleshtones. “There were definitely people that were interested in signing me before [choosing will.i.am's label],” she discloses to Rap-Up.com. “I played it for a few of the key labels that I liked that I thought would understand a record like this.”

The 30-year-old mother of one is no stranger to creating records with the Black Eyed Peas frontman. Back in 2006, will.i.am produced several tracks on her fourth album, Kelis Was Here, including “What’s That Right There” and “Till the Wheels Fall Off.” “I’ve worked with will before and I love him,” shares Kelis. “I love [Interscope chairman] Jimmy [Iovine]. It was a good marriage.”

There is one question that remains: Why choose will.i.am when other labels were fighting to make her their newest signee? “I think that he’s brilliant,” Kelis says of the producer who’s worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Rihanna. “As far as this generation goes, there’s not a single song that you can bring up to him or a reference or an artist or an era of music that he is not privy to or that he doesn’t understand.”

While she’s confidant in will.i.am’s vast knowledge, Kelis enjoys the fact that he’s not a bore. “He’s like a musical encyclopedia,” she reveals. “It makes it fun. He’s not afraid to push the limits and kinda go further than everyone else and that’s exciting. He still seems to be having fun doing it and that’s what it’s all about.”

–Georgette Cline



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38 Comments

  1. MyNailsStayDoneBitch

    Oh I just love it!!!

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  2. KELDRICK

    Theres a big difference in being stylisi and creative like rihanna and lady gaga but kelis just looks tacky reminds me of a bird.But i love will.i.am’s production he is one of the best

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    Acapella Reply:

    @KELDRICK,
    Apparently you dont know what tacky is because thats something Kelis is not.
    And Rihanna is not creative, get that out of your delusional brain please. If it wasn’t for Kelis, Rihanna would still be biting Beyonce.

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    KELDRICK Reply:

    @Acapella, Where were you when all of her albums were coming out and floping sense you are such a big fan kelis aka nas baby mama bka nas ex wife is now looking like a tacky bird i guess she’s been hanging with ugly ass keri bilton

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    Acapella Reply:

    @KELDRICK,
    I dont care about sells sweetie, as long as the music is great. Rihanna can sell 100 zillion records and her music will still be garbage. Kelis’s debut album shits on Rihanna’s whole music catalog and thats #FACT!
    Also, stop with the “baby mama” comments because its extra lame. Is that supposed to b offensive? Try again, hater haha!

    Rihanna is nothing but a STD having, high school drop-out, who got her head pounded on the ground haha!

    Kelis laughing at her haters because yall waste so much time thinking about her… all the way to the bank!

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    KELDRICK Reply:

    @Acapella, unless you are rihanna’s doctor please don’t mention shit about a std.and i heard that kelis was sleeping with other rappers that part of the reason nas came to his senses and divorced her ain’t selling 2 hit wonder tacky looking ass now when her new flop hits store make sure you go and get one because no on e else will and by the way that rihanna reign ain’t gone let up

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    Acapella Reply:

    @KELDRICK,
    Kelis divorced Nas, so try again lameo. As for Rihanna’s “reign” it did let up. Too bad that 20/20 interview, lying to the public and getting beat up is not helping her sell any records. Cant even sell her album for regular price..99 cents much?! Rihanna is finished.

    ChicagoHustler Reply:

    @KELDRICK, whoaaaaaa….Keri Hilson is NOT ugly.get it right..

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    UserQQQQ Reply:

    @KELDRICK, heres a big difference in being stylisi and creative like

    I’m gonna stop you right there and say no.. there isn’t. I’ve heard of lady Gaga and by all account she looks ridiculous. I actually saw her with some tv personality once and from what i remember it was ridiculous. If Rihanna and Kelis are doing the same thing (which from what I read and based on this picture theyare) then they too look idiotic. I’m all for originality but just because you look different doesn’t mean you’re edgy and creative. it usually means you looks like an idiot.

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  3. DrOCKa

    Kelis is the best! These other girls try to emulate her, but come off short. They will never be as amazing and as innovative like Ms. Kelis Rogers…#FACT!

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  4. trillafood

    I dont know about this, but I hope everything works out for her because she definitely deserves the success. Kelis a great artist that is very underrated. It’s sad that she doesnt get the recognition that she deserve.

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  5. javonscott

    iLove Kelis!

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  6. KELDRICK

    Oh this is where her ten fans are.

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  7. Huny

    @ Keldrick. If you dislike her why click on her posts related to her? It’s fucking stupid. Rihanna doesn’t give a shit about you, nor does Kelis. Cut it out.

    Anyway, I think her and Will are a great match. Jimmy Iovine also has a great understanding of pop music. This should be interesting.

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  8. KELDRICK

    kELIS IS CREATIVE BUT WHEN IT COMES TO NUMBERS SHE HAVE NONE SO STOP COMPARING TO RIHANNA BECAUSE RIHANNA HAS NUMBERS BUT IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HER AND WILL.I.AM WILL COME UP WITH BUT SHE STILL NO MATCH FOR RIHANNA FACE IT THANKS

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    Acapella Reply:

    @KELDRICK, Numbers don’t prove anything and like I said earlier, Rihanna can sell, but at the end of the day, none of Rihanna’s albums are classic. Kelis have released 4 critical acclaim, MASTERPIECE albums. Just because the album sales don’t mean the album is great. Are you too stupid to realize that? When Rihanna release 1 classic album, then you can talk ish. Until then, all you can do is bring up sales. Can’t even defend her music lol. Pathetic!

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    KELDRICK Reply:

    @Acapella, MEN LIE WOMAN LIE NUMBERS DON’T YOU REALIZE THAT DUMB ASS BITCH

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    Acapella Reply:

    @KELDRICK,
    Oooh you heated!! AHAHA!
    #s dont mean shit. IF they did, then Rihanna wouldn’t be struggling now after all the press, promo and hype she got with her beatdown and lies. After releasing GGGB 25 times it only sold 2x platinum in the U.S. RIhanna is a joke. A talentless joke at that.

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    trillafood Reply:

    @KELDRICK,
    Rihanna is a nobody compared to Kelis. RIhanna doesnt even have her own identity, shes a puppet with no thoughts for herself.

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  9. chris86

    When will she understand that without the neptunes
    guiding her project productively will she reach
    her height of milkshake. I would like to know the bad blood between them because milkshake was her highest selling album and without their production she is not as strong musically. She is like Amerie where only one producer can showcase her style.
    Kelis-The Neptunes
    Amerie-Rich Harrison

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    trillafood Reply:

    @chris86,
    That is a BIG lie. 1st of all, theres no album name Milkshake to begin with and Tasty is her biggest selling album, but not just for Milkshake.
    Trick Me, Millionaire and In Public were all hits as well overseas and none of them were produced by The Neptunes.Bossy went 2x platinum in the U.S. doing better than Milkshake and it was NOT produced by the Neptunes. Kelis made The Neptunes hot, see without her their music sucks. Kelis can work with any and EVERY producer and create masterpieces. Kelis Was Here is a flawless album from top to bottom. She was so ahead of the game with that. R&B girls still biting from that album, but never be as amazing as the ish Kelis did.

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  10. Kyle

    I am so ready for that “Fleshtones” album and I also agree that her and Will.I.Am are a great pairing. I liked all the stuff he did on her 06′ album that I still blast on a regular basis. I am hoping we get this album in the first quarter of 2010.

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  11. chris86

    @trillafood
    1. Obviously you must be a stan and not a fan of music by your tone and false facts so I will help you to gain true understanding:
    a. Obviously if you know about milkshake then you know the album I was referring to is tasty; the fact that I forgot the true title name and remembered the monster single produced by neptunes shows how big that single was and still is, which is the song people who arent stans remember her by.
    b. You said it yourself Tasty was her biggest album to date; why? Because of her true chemistry with the neptunes; they know her sound. Plus Kelis was Here NEVER WENT 2X PLATINUM!!!!!!!! In fact as of 2008 it had only SOLD 160,000 COPIES IN THE UNITED STATES!!! BIG DIFFERENCE! OBVIOUSLY YOUR FOOD IS JUNK AND YOU NEED TO OBTAIN HEALTHIER ITEMS.
    c. Also about her last album, it only sold 60,000 copies in the UK and had fallen off the same week, her third album Tasty re-entered the UK charts after three years from its release! This is why she was dropped from her label; kelis was here did not sell!
    d. This you need to understand; the artist does NOT MAKE THE PRODUCER! Neptunes have been around since 1998 and in fact around even earlier when they did rumpshaker. The Neptunes first got hot with superthug rapped by Noriega, then Mystikal; Nelly, Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Total, and many others before Tasty came out. Kelis had Kaleidoscope when they were just coming out and stepping into the light and only fans of hers know about that cd so she DIDNT MAKE THE NEPTUNES!! HOW STUPID OF YOU TO SAY SHE MADE THE NEPTUNES HOT WHEN NOBODY EVEN KNEW ABOUT THEIR COLLOBORATIONS TOGETHER UNTIL HER SONG MILKSHAKE!!
    d. That fact that Kelis was here didn’t sell, shows she cant produce with just anybody! The neptunes built her style and when she began to try and get away from it is when people stopped buying.
    e. Again I will say it, until she steps back in with Neptunes, she will not reach the height of Milkshake aka Tasty, because the neptunes not only know her true sound but BUILT her sound. Get along with you is a classic; one of the best songs ever!
    f. Just to let you know Kaleidoscope is her BEST ALBUM TO DATE. why? Her true sound was shown throughout the entire album.

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    trillafood Reply:

    @chris86, Save the essay for someone who cares.

    Anyways, Bossy went 2x platinum in the U.S. dummy, RIAA dont lie.

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    dan Reply:

    @trillafood, yes, bossy as a single…not the album

    kelis was here was a flop, otherwise her label wouldnt have dropped her

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  12. BlackNLatin

    KELIS!! About tear the game up!

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  13. HerBabyIsAPaycheck

    Gold-digging slut! Stop using Nas’s baby to pay for your makeup and hair. Child-support my ass, more like beauty salon support.

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    Acapella Reply:

    @HerBabyIsAPaycheck,
    Why are you so worried about money that has nothing to do with you? As a matter of fact, why are people are worrying about a situation that doesn’t pertain to you at all? Its Kelis’ personal life, stay out of it. Even if she was getting a million a month, you’re not paying for it nor are you getting any of it either. So why do you care? Kelis is an artist, appreciate her art and shut up. Its annoying how people keep mentioning the money shes receiving.

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    HerBabyIsAPaycheck Reply:

    @Acapella, I care because equality and justice matters to me. Sexism, regardless of which gender is victimised, should never be tolerated. But in nearly every courtroom, the man is discriminated against. If you see a homeless man and woman on the same street, begging for food, who do you think will be eating that day? In a divorce, such as this, who always comes out on top regardless of who was in the wrong? Do you not also find it immoral that she is using Nas’s child to pay for her stylist?

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  14. chris86

    @trillafood,
    wow so just what I thought,
    you’re exactly some low life illiterate person
    who likes to call people the very essence of your own
    existence: a dummy. You call someone a dummy
    because you get scolded by their response and get proved wrong by the facts they bring? Plus at the same time you dont care for facts and real truth? You are a just a dumb ass person with nothing to do in life but yell at the top of the mouth and make katty arguments while being immature by trying to ignore the consequences of speaking too soon. Dont reply to people ever again because you are intellectually stupid, immature, and can’t take responsibility for being wrong about things you thought you were right about. Like Dan tried to tell you what I told you, she flopped, and she was dropped because of her bossy album.
    But if you werent so ignorant and allowed yourself to learn how to read, interpret words, and understand when you are wrong and have a weak argument, Dan wouldn’t have to tell you what somebody already tried to tell you. You know your probably some ebonic talking kid who dropped out of school and thinks lil wayne is his dad because that is who he looks up to because if you were an adult you would have never responded like that. So child, I will tell you refrain from replying because you not grown up enough to know when you are in a discussion or a food fight because to you it is all the same and that is also incorrect for you. R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental)

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    trillafood Reply:

    @chris86,
    Like I said before, save the essays for someone who cares because I don’t give 2 fucks what you ranting about. Why should I care what a pathetic, bitter, unhappy hater has to say with inaccurate info? Give it up! Your opinion is irrelevant to us! You’re mad so you’re punching keys lol! Get it together son!!

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  15. kelis is no innovator

    Sorry to say but Kelis will flop again!

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  16. chris86

    @trillafood
    us? so now your more than one?
    Crazy, ignorant, immature, and stupid which equals the foundations of your being: a kid and a dumb one at that. Obviously if you didnt care you wouldnt have responded to a reply that stopped your immature feud of nothingness. But I just wanted to let you know that your choice of words again show the truth of my words about who you are and honestly if you passed English class instead of dropping out to focus on ebonics you would have known about researching your points about something or researching the other person’s points if you dont agree. But again your just a kid because only immature brats call everyone who they’re mad at for not agreeing with them or striking down their statements with true facts, a hater. Punching keys sounds more as to what you are doing as to why you have exclamation points everywhere. So this is the last of dealing with a person who cannot take the fact they are wrong about their favorite idol. Again learn english and the structure of the language instead of just wrapping yourself in ebonics, grow up so you can fit the shirt sizes you try to wear, pull up pants so you dont appear to be what you truly are, an asshole, and google the difference between discussion and food fight. Also instead of getting hooked on stupidity and ignorance, try getting hooked on phonics because obviously its big for little kids before they reach higher level classes called English where they learn to read, write, spell, and engage in discussions where points are based upon fact and not emotions or fictions which is what you like to do. One more thing: R.I.F.S
    Reading Is Fundamental Son The fact that I added son, does that help you understand my message better because I just remembered you are illiterate and ignorant of higher learning.
    You are an idiot and idiots are always insusceptible to intellectual thought.
    Now try to read this and claim to the world you don’t care.
    Peace to you for your blood has shed too much from the stupidity of your mouth.
    Adios

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  17. Brownz

    Lmfao at the fights!

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    drtash Reply:

    @Brownz, I KNOW….this is HILARIOUS!!!!

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  18. corbin

    You guys are fighting like high schoolers. Wait, you probably are. Let’s act our age, not our color!

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  19. mdot

    chris86 = win
    trillafood = lose

    Tasty (Neptunes) = 2,000,000 worldwide sales
    Kelis Was Here (Non-Neptunes) = 600,000 worldwide sales

    she was moving more units with the neptunes, for sure. and how could anyone say SHE made the neptunes and their music sucks without her?! their list of hit singles/albums without kelis goes on for pages! she has only one single to claim! hahahha trillafood needs to check reality…

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    Electric Colors Reply:

    @mdot,
    1 single to claim?
    Hmmmmm….
    Caught Out There
    Milkshake
    Bossy
    Lil’ Star
    Trick Me
    Millionaire
    I Don’t Think So
    Good Stuff

    All HIT SONGS.

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