It Was Great While It Lasted: 6 Memorable R&B Musical Divorces

December 12, 2012 ‐ By Jasmine Berry

As an artist, finding a producer who can bring out the best in your voice and arrange hit records is hard. And for those lucky few who do, staying together can be even harder. For the artists on this list, we loved the music they made with their producers, but just like divorces in real life—some we hated to see separate, while others were clearly for the best.


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Brandy and Rodney Jerkins

Although Rodney Jerkins didn’t begin working with Brandy until her second album “Never Say Never,” the musical match helped boost her into super-stardom. Together they made a unique sound and we all loved it. With hits like “The Boy is Mine,” “What About Us?” and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” the duo was on a roll. So, we were all surprised when the two went their separate ways after the success of the “Full Moon” album.

On Brandy’s fourth studio album, “Aphrodisiac,” Jerkins did not produce one song; instead she turned to producer Timberland to create the majority of the CD. The album had little success, and she returned to Jerkins and the Darkchild crew to produce her fifth studio album “Human,” but it was too late, the musical magic was long gone between the two. The reason they parted ways in the first place is still a bit unclear, but tension remains high between the two judging by the brief run of Brandy’s family reality show when they had dinner together.

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  • olivia

    On her “reality” show, I could of sworn that Rodney said one of the reasons why he stopped working with Brandy was because of the involvement of obnoxious momma.

  • Peaches

    Ciara and Jazzy Pha…

  • Musical Divorces ppl not real.marriage lol. Anyhoo, Brandy like Mary felt that their producers were giving their signature looks and sounds to other artist. Also Rodney was upset Brandy lied about her relationship with his cousin who is now Brandy “ex husband”

  • sabrina

    OMG! I really thought these people were really married to eachother until I got to Toni Braxton and Babyface and was like HOLD UP! This can’t be right.

    Smh at me.

  • taquarius

    Janet Jackson should never been a singer – dancer maybe – singer not. She sounds like a chipmunk.

    • TRUTH IS

      I cannpt understand a word she says when she sings!!

      • TRUTH IS


      • taquarius

        music there to drown her noise – she made it by (Jackson) name only . . .

    • britchick91

      agrees she just whispers

    • Sassy K

      Haters never prosper, a least Janet’s better then you’re favorite artist hell half of these Artist of this generations music sing or rap about garbage anyway without bringing any musical substance, to the matter of what they sing or rap about anyways and also there’s the I’m unoriginal factor none of these new artist of today are original. That’s why music is heavily failing today. Before you hate on a very successful artist like Janet atleast her music brought creativity and substance to the table. And another thing taquarius she didn’t get in by her last name YOU BIG DUMMY! if that was the Jermaine, Tito, Marlon, Rebbie, Jackie, Randy, And Latoya would’ve all have been famous besides Just Michael & Janet. So you and you’re dumb comment can go somewhere and have several seats.