Album Previews

Sep
19
Tracklisting: T.I. – ‘Paperwork’

Paperwork

On October 21, T.I. returns. The King holds court with some of the biggest names in music on his ninth album Paperwork: The Motion Picture.

Executive produced by Pharrell Williams, the follow-up to 2012′s Trouble Man features the Iggy Azalea-assisted hit “No Mediocre” and “About the Money” with Young Thug.

Other guests populating the 18-track deluxe edition include Usher, Chris Brown, Jeezy, Boosie Badazz, The-Dream, and Rick Ross. Tip pays tribute to his late friend Doe B on “Light ‘Em Up” and addresses the Michael Brown shooting on the powerful “New National Anthem” featuring Skylar Grey.

Paperwork marks the first album in a trilogy. “The sound sonically of this one is soulful, musical, kinda like [OutKast's] Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik or Aquemini or [Jay Z's] Blueprint,” T.I. told MTV News. “It just has an incredible amount of soul and a perfect hybrid between the ahead-of-the-curve, new-school sound and the classic, nostalgic, soulful sound of yesteryear.”

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Sep
16
Nicole Scherzinger Announces New Album ‘Big Fat Lie’

Big Fat Lie

Nicole Scherzinger has revealed the cover art and tracklisting for her second solo album Big Fat Lie.

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Sep
16
Whitney Houston Live Album Due in November

Whitney Houston Live

Whitney Houston’s legacy lives on. Nearly three years after her death, Legacy Recordings will release her first-ever live album.

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Sep
10
Rap-Up TV: Elijah Blake Talks ‘Drift’ EP, J. Cole, & Writing for Rihanna

Elijah Blake has penned records for everyone from Britney Spears to Mary J. Blige, but on September 30 he will step into the spotlight with his own EP Drift. The majority of the eight tracks were produced by No I.D., with contributions from J. Cole, Pop & Oak, and Illangelo.

Rap-Up TV recently caught up with the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, who is managed by Roc Nation, to discuss the project.

“You can expect No I.D. at his finest. He’s pushing it,” said Blake, who is signed to No I.D.’s ARTium imprint on Def Jam. “I think everybody’s heard him do stuff for Common and Kanye, like the edgy hip-hop stuff, but this time they’ll really get a glimpse of No I.D. doing some cool, progressive R&B, soulful production.”

Cole produced and is featured on “Vendetta,” which leaked last year. “[Cole] felt like the song didn’t get the proper treatment, so this is our way of putting it back out there into the universe and letting people hear it in the best way possible,” said Blake.

When he’s not working on his own music, he’s been in the studio with Usher, Keyshia Cole, and Rihanna.

“She’s always on some new stuff. She never even stopped recording,” he said of the “Diamonds” singer. “I think right after the last album dropped, she was in the studio two weeks later. They ain’t even know what album they was gonna put it on, but that’s why she’s probably one of the best of our generation.”

Check out the Drift cover art and tracklisting below.

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Sep
9
Tracklisting: Estelle – ‘True Romance’

True Romance

Estelle follows her journey back to love on her fourth album True Romance. Due November 4, the follow-up to 2012′s All of Me features 12 tracks including the triumphant anthem “Conqueror” and the sex jam “Make Her Say (Beat It Up).”

The album, which took her nearly three years to complete, is divided into four themes—courage, passion, true romance, and bullshit.

“I had to figure out who I was again. I had ask to myself questions like, ‘What kinds of things do I like?’” Estelle told USA Today. “This album is about the time in between breaking up with someone and becoming happy again. That time that you’re just existing. No one goes straight to happiness after a breakup.”

True Romance is now available for pre-order on iTunes. See the tracklisting below.

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Sep
3
Tracklisting: The Game – ‘Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf’

The Game

Two years after the release of his last album Jesus Piece, The Game will release his first independent project Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf via Fifth Amendment Entertainment/eOne Music. Due October 14, the 20-track compilation includes the singles “Bigger Than Me” and “Or Nah” featuring Too $hort, Problem, AV, and Eric Bellinger.

The star-studded guest list also boasts appearances from 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Yo Gotti, Soulja Boy, T.I., Ty Dolla $ign, French Montana, Tyga, and Bobby Shmurda.

Production on the album comes courtesy of Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Jordan Mosley, SAP, Nottz, Amadeus, League of Starz, The Mekanics, and more.

“I can promise my fans this #BloodMoney album will be better than anything else dropping this year,” said Game, who has called upon his fans to design the cover art.

See the tracklisting below.

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Aug
28
Luke James Unveils Album Cover Art, Tracklisting

Luke James

After touring with Beyoncé and starring in the 2013 Christmas musical Black Nativity, Luke James will release his self-titled debut on September 23 via N.A.R.S./Island Records. The New Orleans crooner, who now resides in Harlem, has revealed the two covers (deluxe above) along with the tracklisting.

The 12-track standard edition features the Rick Ross-assisted single “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark,” with production from Danja, Salaam Remi, The Alliance, Kadis & Sean, and Luke himself.

The deluxe adds three songs including James’ soulful cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me.”

Luke James will be available for iTunes pre-order on September 9.

See the standard cover and tracklisting below.

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