Will the Love and Hip Hop Franchise Hurt or Help Keyshia Cole’s Career?

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When playing the Reality TV Roulette Wheel for renewed fame and exposure very few celebs win. For every success story like a K. Michelle or Cardi B there are a hundred more failures, i.e. Teairra Marie, Lil Fizz, Ray J, Lil Scrappy, Rasheeda, and Omarion just to name a few. But this doesn’t stop the once hot now can’t chart artists from jumping to sign on the dotted line to open up their homes, relationships and lives to Mona Scott Young, her awaiting cameras and the public audience. July 24th the newest season of “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” will premiere with two new artists willing to roll the dice with reality tv: Keyshia Cole & Brooke Valentine.

Brooke Valentine is best known for her 2005 hit “Girl Fight” featuring Lil John and Big Boi. The series will follow her upcoming music and current relationship with rapper Marcus Black. While Cole’s storyline will cover her music as well and co-parenting relationship with ex NBA player Daniel Gibson.

This will be Keyshia Cole’s 4th reality show appearance formally starring in BET self-entitled shows “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” (2008), “Keyshia and Daniel: Family First” (2012), and “Keyshia Cole: All In” (2015).

Cole’s relationship with Reality TV has had its share of highs and lows in connection with her music. Her initial show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” is still one of BET’s top rated original series drawing in at the time over 2 million viewers an episode. The popularity of the show pushed her 3rd studio album “A Different Me” to the singer’s highest career debut at #2 on Billboard 200 with first weeks’ sale at an astounding 322,000 copies!

Since then she has not been able to reach such popularity in television or music with her last album “Point of No Return” only selling a meager 26,000 copies in its first week. Love and Hip Hop” as well as most reality TV tends to thrive off of dysfunction, fighting and drama often negatively branding its stars and pigeon holing their careers. With new music on the horizon do you think she can present a positive image on “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood” and gain back her core fan base or will the show further hinder her career as just another reality TV personality?

Let us know in the comments below!



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