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Ryan Leslie Leaves Universal, Taking Jab at the Label in Concert

June 24, 2010 (8:30 am) GMT
When performing at Bowery Ballroom, Ryan Leslie talked about Universal which didn't allow him play a certain song despite the fact that he thinks the track should be a single.

It is official, has parted ways with Universal Motown since last month. Although he didn't make formal announcement about the departure, the singer took a subtle jab at the label during a recent concert at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.

Before singing "Guardian Angel", one of the songs in his second album "Transition", at the June 23 gig, Ryan told the crowd, "I've always wanted to play these songs but I couldn't before." He added, "I always felt like this song should be a single."

Now that he is no longer in Universal, Ryan wants to release his next studio album "Less Is More" independently. "I saw that as a window to potentially branch off and try something that was going to be new and dynamic," he told Billboard.

In addition to focusing on his own record, Ryan Leslie admitted that he has also been in studio, producing songs for the likes of , , , , and many more.

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