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Remember that Billboard R&B/Pop hit "Me & U" back in 2006? Remember who sang it? That’s right, Cassie! Well, I bet you thought she was long gone into the world of One Hit Wonders never to be seen or heard from anymore.

Wrong! She is back: a beautiful woman at 25.

At 18-years old, Cassie (Casandra Elizabeth Ventura) was the talented model, singer and dancer that signed to Ryan Leslie’s label NextSelection, managed by Tommy Motola. She was introduced to the world by P. Diddy with her first album "Cassie" on Bad Boy Records, which hit Billboards Top 200 Top Ten. Her first single "Me & U" took Europe and the U.S. by storm, but when three singles: "Official Girl," "Must Be Love," and Let’s Get Crazy" (that featured big hit makers like Lil Wayne, P. Diddy, with whom she is romantically linked; and Akon respectively) didn’t chart in the U.S., her second album (planned for 2009) was scratched.

Today Cassie is back. She signed with a new label, Interscope Records and is ready to earn the respect she so seeks from her industry peers. With the release of her steamy rhythmic new single "King of Hearts" in February, and an album of the same name planned for release in September of 2012, the "new" Cassie is more mature with a product that shows her commitment to the craft of record making.

I visited with Cassie and talked about why she has taken so long to hit the airwaves, what she was doing during the past six years, what makes her different now than in 2006, and will the "new" Cassie gain the recording industry’s respect?


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