N-Dubz dumped by US record label (but Dappy insists it was his choice)

Tulisa Contostavlos

It's a good thing Tulisa took the job as a judge on The X Factor, because her group N-Dubz have been dropped by US record label Def Jam, it has been revealed. Speaking to The Sun however, band member Dappy insisted it was the band's choice to quit.

And in an X Factor twist, the deal fell through after Def Jam boss L.A. Reid quit the label to take part on The X Factor USA alongside Simon Cowell.

"They might say they've dropped us but we were never going to co-operate with them when they decided to change what we are," Dappy claimed.

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He continued: "If we had co-operated we would still be signed. But I stuck my finger up at them when they wanted us to make another Being N-Dubz TV show. Tulisa thought we should do it because we could make some money out of it, but I said no.

"They should've stuck with the band they came to see at the Shepherd's Bush Empire.

"For them to say they dropped us makes me angry because we just didn't want to change who we are or what we do. We're not just a silly bunch of pop tarts."

A label spokesman confirmed: "N-Dubz have left the Def Jam imprint in the USA due to creative differences over musical direction.

"This was 100 per cent the band's decision and they remain signed to Universal worldwide."

Meanwhile things are looking up for Tulisa, who has signed her own solo music deal with Island Records.

Won't be long until the group announce their one-year break to focus on solo projects...

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