Wale and Atlantic Records have gone their separate ways!
Say it isn’t so. Seems like Wale has undergone what he himself might call an “All Star Break Up” with former record label Atlantic. The relationship once proved fruitful for both parties, with the releases of The Gifted, The Album About Nothing, and recent effort SHINE. However, it seems as if things were simply not meant to be. A report from DJ Booth has confirmed that the Seinfeld aficionado has cut ties with Atlantic, citing a spokesperson from the label. Their statement is brief but effective – “”Wale is no longer with us.” A reason has yet to be officially put on record.“All Star Break Up” comes about a month after Folarin teased a forthcoming collaboration with J. Cole. The two were recently in the studio working on new music, though it’s unclear where that may land.“All Star Break Up” also hints at Wale’s current label situation. The song was released through Maybach Music Group/Every Blue Moon, with no mention of Atlantic Records, prompting speculation that he is off the label and possibly going independent.
As of now, Wale is a free agent. Still, his likeness still remains on Atlantic’s “Artists” roster page, so perhaps they have yet to engage in a full internet cleanse. Since Wale himself has yet to speak on his departure, it’s little more than speculation at this point. Perhaps sales were the crux of the matter; Wale’s Shine managed first-week sales of twenty-eight thousand, with a Billboard peak of 16. A quick gander at Atlantic’s roster does seem to highlight a preference for commercial juggernauts. Until one or both parties issue a more conclusive statement, all we can do is theorize.Is this good or bad for Wale? If he was “dropped,” it might sound bad, but in reality it might be for the best. After all, if Atlantic weren’t willing to invest in his career, he might find himself feeling stifled by a neglectful label. Now, he’s the maker of his own destiny – a prospect as terrifying as it is exhilarating.