Album Previews

Sep
23
Tracklisting: Keyshia Cole – ‘Point of No Return’

Point of No Return

Keyshia Cole is not looking back. On October 7, the R&B songstress will release her sixth album Point of No Return.

The standard edition includes 11 tracks, while the deluxe adds the songs “Do That For (B.A.B.)” and “On Demand” featuring Wale and August Alsina. Other featured guests include 2 Chainz, Future, Juicy J, and Gavyn Rhone, with production from Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, Mario Winans, and RedOne.

“There’s definitely more sexy songs on this album than I’ve ever done,” said Cole, who will star in a new docuseries for BET. “I think it’s a great album and I feel like it’s one of my best albums to date.”

Check out the tracklisting below and pre-order the album on iTunes.

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Sep
23
Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘The London Sessions’ Cover, Tracklisting

The London Sessions

The Queen comes to London on her new album The London Sessions. The R&B diva spent the summer in the studio with the U.K.’s biggest hitmakers including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, and SAM ROMANS.

The result is 12 tracks including the vulnerable “Whole Damn Year” and Amy Winehouse-inspired “Therapy,” co-written by Smith.

“It’s all about the London music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” Blige said of the follow-up to 2011’s My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I). “The songs are fun, therapeutic, and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”

The album arrives December 2 via Capitol Records and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. See the tracklisting below.

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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.”

See the lineup below.

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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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