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Cassie Biography

Last updated: 01/24/2010 11:00:00 AM

MTV News reported in June 2007 that contrary to rumors, Cassie had not been dropped from Bad Boy Records after releasing two singles from her self-titled debut album. Diddy said that she was in the studio working with producers Kanye West and Pharrell Williams on her sophomore album.[5] The singer also collaborated with Ryan Leslie, Swizz Beatz, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Rodney Jerkins.[6] Throughout 2008, enough songs from Cassie's studio sessions were leaked to make up a whole album. Two songs were also officially released in that year, "Official Girl", the album's first single, and "Is It You", a single from the soundtrack, Step Up 2: The Streets.[7] By 2009, at least 20 tracks had leaked. It was also reported that Cassie was no longer collaborating with Ryan Leslie, who had produced the majority of her debut album.[8]

In July 2009, Cassie announced that the album's title would be Electro Love. The idea was given to her by DJ Cassidy; Casssie explained by saying that "it's basically the sound of the album. It's not supposed to be taken so literal. 'Electro' could be like house and techno, but that's not what it is, but it's definitely a dance album. I just wanted it to be a reflection of that and the vibe of the music. It has that love song feel to it, but accompanied by that specific beat." Cassie said that she had also collaborated with Akon, The Neptunes, Danja, Eric Hudson, The Surf Club and Rob Holiday, although she was not sure which tracks were going to be included on the album.[9] Three singles have been released from the album; "Official Girl" featuring Lil Wayne in August 2008, "Must Be Love" featuring Diddy in April 2009, and "Lets Get Crazy" featuring Akon in August 2009. Thus far, all singles have failed to succeed commercially.[8] Electro Love is scheduled to be released in 2010.

Cassie began modeling at the age of 14, and by the time she was 16, appeared in print ads for Seventeen and the catalog for popular teen line, Delia's,[2] represented by Wilhelmina Models.[citation needed] Cassie has collaborated with popular female street wear line, Dimepiece Clothing, to promote her album, Electro Love.[11] Cassie is the model for the Fall/Winter Dimepiece Lookbook, and her "Cassie x Dimepiece" tanks were released in September.

In April 2009, Cassie revealed that she had shaved all of the hair on the right side of her head. Cassie responded to questions regarding her decision to shave her head by saying that "Sometimes in life you need a change... Something that displays the 'I don't give a fuck' attitude that was always present, but never showcased".[12] While the haircut received positive attention from several artists—including Estelle, Keri Hilson, Questlove and Lauren London—rapper Fabolous remarked that her hairstyle was "a publicity stunt/internet buzz thing", and looked "like one of the haircuts from Edward Scissorhands." Others have speculated that she wanted a new edgier look, as it worked for other artists.[13]

As an artist, Cassie often voiced that she is musically influenced and inspired by a number of performers. These include Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Nine Inch Nails and Queen of Latin Soul singer La Lupe.

Thanks to Jessie for submitting the biography.