Zimbabwean RnB superstar Tinashe has parted ways with her record label RCA, according to her longtime manager, Mike Nazzaro.
Though Nazzaro made sure to make it clear that this split was initiated by the singer and not the other way around.
Contrary to reports circulating on the internet, “she wasn’t dropped,” Nazzaro told Rolling Stone.
“We initiated for her to be released. It was a positive split for her. It’s giving her back creative control.” He says the exit “took a little while to figure out,” but has been final for “a month or so.”
According to Rolling Stone Tinashe is no longer listed on the label’s roster page on its website.
Tinashe publicly announced her RCA signing in a YouTube video in 2012. She released her major-label debut, Aquarius, in 2014.
That album included her breakout single “2 On,” which eventually earned
Two years later, Tinashe put out the Nightride mixtape, and two years after that, she released the Joyride album, which included collaborations with both hip-hop stars (Future) and indie darlings (Little Dragon).
However, as noted by Rolling Stone, the two sides have had rifts that have occasionally surfaced to the public over the course of their business connection.
In a 2016 Rolling Stone interview she cited “creative differences” with the company, and then (shortly afterwards) she says that their A&R department pushed her to write a song despite the fact that she couldn’t “get behind the lyrics.”
Despite those hiccups, Nazzaro says that the recent break-up was an amicable one, and that it was “a respectful separation on both sides.”
He added that “it was time to part ways,” and that they’re currently deciding if they need new partners.