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Erykah Badu Claims Universal Motown Folded, Then Takes It Back

In another case of “They Should Have Never Gave You Artists Twitter,” singer Erykah Badu sent the music biz into somewhat of a frenzy when she tweeted yesterday that her home label Universal Motown went under.

“Motown folded,” Badu tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Due to label executive Slyvia Rhone’s recent departure as Universal Motown President, there seemed to be validity to Badu’s tweet, but label reps have since responded.

“They are searching for someone to bring in a senior creative role,” a label rep told Billboard. “If it’s someone that’s really creative-oriented, then it might be a different title, but if they find someone creative with business qualifications, then it could be president.”

Badu responded to the statement released to Billboard by taking her comments back, saying, “There must have been a better verb I could have used. ‘folded’ seems a little …I don’t know, cowardly, huh? honest mistake.”

Or maybe Badu was being sarcastic?

Universal Motown announced they would be looking for Rhone’s replace in a previous statement stating, We will soon announce important additions to the staff and will further invest in building its artist roster so Motown can continue to bring to market the highest quality music that is best positioned to succeed artistically and commercially.”

Erykah Badu has been with Universal Motown since her debut album Baduizm was released in 1997.

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