What artists that you have liked (or didn't) were dropped by their record labels before having the chance to release their debut album?
Some of my examples:
Gia Farrell : signed to Atlantic, released a song 'Hit Me Up' which was a hit in Australia, Germany and other countries but she was dropped in 2007. Such a shame as she has such an amazing voice and deserved more of a chance.
Lolene : Signed to Capitol, released a couple of singles that did nothing. Then her whole album leaked months before it was released and she was dropped. Somehow she has bagged a new record deal with Def Jam.
MPHO : Great quirky electro-pop singer that was signed to Polydor. Released a single (Box N Locks) that made the UK top 75. Again her album leaked months before its release and she was dropped.
Livvi Franc : Barbadian singer/songwriter who released a single 'Now I'm That Bitch' which made #1 in the US club charts and top 40 in the UK. Released a 2nd single, 'Automatik' which flopped. She's signed a new deal with Beluga Heights/Warner Brothers now.
VV Brown : Was signed to Geffen US as Vanessa Brown, and recorded an album. She released a single, 'Whipped' which flopped. Was dropped by her label after it. Now signed to Island/Capitol as VV Brown and has a moderately successful career.
What other examples do you know?