Kelis dropped from Jive contract


NEW YORK -- Quirky R&B singer Kelis has been dropped from her Jive contract, according to a published report.

The artist released two albums on the label: 2003's "Tasty" spawned the hit "Milkshake" and sold 533,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. But last year's "Kelis Was Here" was the subject of numerous release date changes and has shifted just 157,000 to date.

Kelis' manager told Entertainment Weekly that the singer is working on an independent dance album with Cee-Lo. They're also shopping a pop album helmed by songwriter Guy Chambers, who co-wrote hits like "Angel" for Robbie Williams. In the meantime, Kelis is in talks to host a "Project Runway"-esque show for VH1 and is auditioning for film and TV roles.

Jive was unavailable for comment.