Today, The-Dream was supposed to release his CrownJewel album, which would combine his Crown EP with the currently unreleased Jewel set. Promotion was quiet and most forgot that it was coming. There's a big reason why The-Dream's album hasn't had much buzz, and that's because he's left Capitol Records.
The songwriter explained the departure on IG. You can read that below.
Out of Respect for Steve Barnett I will not point any blame at Capitol records although I am reserved in my feeling about certain things. A 3 month long negotiation has ended and I am no longer being distributed by Capitol Records. My team tho in spite worked hard to retrieve masters in time to put them back up directly from Contra Paris , what happened; Because of the time the date has been pushed back as it took till yesterday to Get masters Back in order to have to even Put out at a Later Date. This is business so even though personally I am responsible for my music , the other parts sometimes you can’t control and when something’s not right I’d rather have the Time to make it the best vs just throwing things out. The album as you see was completely done April 21st and fortunately I own them , however when you take a product back and then want to distribute yourself after Codes are in systems at various Outlets, Tidal,iTunes exit. It has to be recoded and unfortunately the date changes based on all proceeds coming direct to Contra Paris rather than being split between a Major. Basically even tho I have the record I could not put it up either. Doesn’t change the fact that I have a lot of music and would love for it to be out but Things happen when you are fighting for what’s right, we all will get over. Legally that’s all I can say , “wink like a motherfucker”What do you think of Dream leaving? His words sort of put his recent comment about urban artists being treated like "slaves" in perspective.