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Brandy’s lawsuit against her label Chameleon Entertainment has taken a shady turn, with the label now taking aim at her relevancy.

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Brandy wants Chameleon to release her from the recording contract she signed with them in 2011. In her lawsuit, she claims the label held up her career and failed to provide a proper production budget to record new music. So it’s perhaps no coincidence that her recent single was titled “Beggin and Pleadin.”

In response, Chameleon’s CEO Breyon Prescott relayed a message through his rep, stating that Brandy “hasn’t had a chart single success since the early 2000s.” (You signed her, though?) The label further describes Brandy’s accusation as a weak attempt at publicity. TMZ reports:

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We’re told Brandy and her lawyer reviewed the contract before signing, so Chameleon finds it odd she’s now crying foul.

A rep for Brandy tells TMZ ... if Chameleon believes its own statement, it should have no issue letting her go. The rep said, “Release her from the contract.”

Brandy’s lawyer unnecessarily compared the relationship both to slavery and to Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke, stating in court papers that “Brandy Norwood’s story is ‘Kesha Redux, but without the sex.”

Brandy’s rep told TMZ, “Release her from the contract.”