According to a recent article posted on Kelly’s official website, the singer is basically financing the release of her ‘Year of the Woman’ album after having her budget slashed by her record label.
After doing a bit of research, I discovered Kelly’s former label, Universal Motown, was shut down by Universal Music Group, effectively pushing Kelly over to the newly formed Universal Republic Records, which was also shut down before being re-activated as Republic Records.
Kelly has reportedly already dug into her pockets to finance the video for her single ‘ICE,’ as well as the album’s photo shoot. “I’m investing in myself,” Kelly writes. “There used to be a time when record labels would shoot so many different videos and have more of a budget, but that’s all been stripped down now.”
This probably explains why there has actually been little to no promo for ‘ICE’ and ‘Year of the Woman,’ which is reportedly still being recorded.