Brandy signs new deal with Epic Records


NEW YORK -- Brandy has inked a new deal with Epic Records, a label spokesperson confirms to, declining further comment. The artist, who was most recently signed to Atlantic, is prepping her Epic debut for release this year.

Brandy's final Atlantic album, 2004's "Afrodisiac," has sold 416,000 copies to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Last December, Brandy, born Brandy Norwood, was cleared of all charges stemming from a fatal car crash the year before, including a recommended misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge, which carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.

The artist had rear-ended another car while traveling on an L.A. freeway. The driver of the car, a 38-year-old mother of two, died the following day from injuries she had sustained.

Just last month, Brandy was hit with a lawsuit by a landscaping company, which alleged the singer owed her gardener $3,576 in expenses for work carried out at her property between July 2007 and February 2008. Brandy's publicist claimed the bills were sent to the wrong address. A trial date has been set for April 22.