Nellie McKay to Columbia: ‘Get Away’

After battling her record label, Columbia, for creative control over her latest project Pretty Little Head, Nellie McKay has reportedly severed ties with the label and its parent company, Sony, says Billboard.com. McKay had written 23 tracks for the upcoming album, but Columbia wanted to release a shorter version of Pretty Little Head with only 16 songs. McKay’s split from Columbia was not a surprise to fans — at recent shows the quirky chanteuse had given out the personal email address of Columbia’s erstwhile chairman Will Botwin and urged fans to email him in protest over the 16-song version. Pretty Little Head was slated for a Jan. 3 release, but with McKay’s rejection of Columbia, the album is being held. Columbia was also set to release a McKay DVD, Live at the Independent, on the 3rd, but the fate of that release is also in limbo.

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