*Keyshia Cole is starting to experience the repercussions of her defiant choice to release her Nicki Minaj collaboration, “I Aint’ Thru,” as the first single for her latest album. She said she should have followed her label’s advice.

“The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew … that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction,” Keisha told Associated Press.

Nevertheless, she insisted she doesn’t regret it, saying:

“I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing.” Chairman of Geffen Records Ron Fair also backs her up, “There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things. It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.”

But in a quick response, she and her people released another song, “Long Way Down” to recover from the lack of response. And so far, things are looking better.

“People are gravitating more toward [the song],” she stated. “I just think that people expect me to be, you know, an artist that sings about just love. But I’m always growing as an artist and I have to feed my artistry.”