*The New York Daily News is reporting that Sunday’s scheduled release of Usher’s new CD “Raymond Vs. Raymond” has been delayed until March 30 because his label refuses to move forward until he finds a new manager.
Ursh’s situation at Jive Records has reportedly been chaotic ever since he and his mother – and former manager – Jonetta Patton, severed their professional ties in late November 2009.
“She walked away from the project because Usher had his girlfriend [and former Def Jam executive] Grace Miguel was all in the mix,” a source told the paper’s Gatecrasher column. “She felt as though if she didn’t end things when she did, it would permanently affect their personal relationship.”
Usher had apparently declared that he would manage himself, with the help of Miguel, but the label felt that “there was chaos in the camp.”
Jive has already released three singles in an attempt to launch “Raymond vs. Raymond.” The first single, “Papers,” which was released last September, only reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100, so the label began working two more new singles, “Hey Daddy (Daddy’s Home)” and “More.”
In the meantime, Usher has reportedly made moves to sign with AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, who manages Lionel Richie, Toni Braxton, and was serving as Michael Jackson’s manager at the time of his death in June.
“In fact, Usher was spotted sitting at Phillip’s table at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy bash,” Gatecrasher reported, adding that Grace Miguel was also with the R&B star at L.A. Reid’s post-Grammy party at the L.A. restaurant Cecconi’s.