Ayla Brown was a the 17 year old daughter of a Massachusetts state senator when she competed on American Idol Season 5. She was cut at the Top 16, but shortly after the season ended, she released an album on Double Deal Brand Records. The owner of the label posted a bizarre video of Ayla’s dad, Scott Brown, now a US senator running for re-election, revealing that he’d like to stalk the Pussycat Dolls. It appears to be an attempt to embarrass Senator Brown as payback for parting with the label. Via Mother Jones
Wayne Laakko, a co-owner of Double Deal Brand Records, says losing Ayla Brown “nearly bankrupted” his company. He says she agreed to make at least two more albums and that the Browns owe the label a “substantial amount of money” for merchandise, production, and public relations work. (Brown’s attorney denies the allegations.) Now, Laakko says, he’s “disgruntled” and is “having a little fun.” On Sunday, Laakko posted a bizarre video to Double Deal’s YouTube page in which Brown, egged on by an interviewer, answers a question about whom he might like to “stalk.”
According to Laakko, relations between the Browns and Double Deal crumbled after Scott Brown was elected to the Senate in a January 2010 special election. “My company was the one that worked for Ayla right after she got off [American] Idol” in 2006, Laakko says. “Once [Scott Brown] entered the national stage he told us to get lost.”
Double Deal has since removed the video from their You Tube channel.
Scott Brown’s attorney responds:
These unfounded allegations related to events that are many years old, and involve Senator Brown’s daughter Ayla’s music career. They do not involve the Senator. The fact that they surface now, less than a month away from the election, make it clear that they are politically motivated. Other than to assure the public that these claims have no merit, we do not intend to discuss these issues in public, and will respond to them in due course in the appropriate venue.
Scott tells FOX news that he fired Double Deal because they did a terrible job promoting Ayla. “It failed miserably” he said.
For the record, I don’t see anything particularly embarrassing about this video, or what he says about stalking the Pussycat Dolls. He replied in a joking manner to a stupid question. And I say that as someone who doesn’t plan to vote for him.
Here’s Ayla Brown’s last single for Double Deal, “Pick it Up”: