The stars are aligning for Kelly Rowland. The R&B diva, who just signed on as a judge for “The X Factor” and will tour with The-Dream this summer, has released the tracklisting for her fourth solo album Talk a Good Game.
The 12-track standard edition includes the Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Kisses Down Low” and the confessional follow-up “Dirty Laundry,” with appearances from Wiz Khalifa (“Gone”), Pusha T (“Street Life”), and fellow Destiny’s Child divas Beyoncé and Michelle Williams (“You Changed”). The deluxe comes with three more tracks including a duet with The-Dream (“Sky Walker”).
On the production tip, Kelly has enlisted hitmakers including Pharrell, The Runners, Harmony, Danja, Rico Love, Boi-1da, and more.
The music was inspired by classic R&B including New Edition, Pebbles, and Babyface. “[It] feels like everything I wanted to make as far as music and R&B,” Rowland told Billboard. “I wanted to make sure my roots were really pronounced on this album.”
Ludacris has been dropping a free track each week as part of his #IDGAFFridays series. These songs and more can be found on his mixtape DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck, the prelude to his upcoming album Ludaversal.
The Atlanta MC assembles 10 tracks, with appearances from Chris Brown, Mac Miller, Young Jeezy, French Montana, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and more, plus production from Da Internz, Bangladesh, Mike WiLL Made It, and Metro Boomin.
The free project drops May 24, the same day his film Fast & Furious 6 opens in theaters.
The-Dream assembles a dream team of collaborators for his fifth album IV Play, arriving May 28. The standard edition includes 14 tracks, while the deluxe adds four.
The follow-up to 2012′s Terius Nash: 1977 includes collaborations with Jay-Z (“High Art”), Beyoncé and 2 Chainz (“Turnt”), Big Sean and Pusha T (“Pussy”), Kelly Rowland (“Where Have You Been”), Gary Clark Jr. (“Too Early”), and Fabolous (“Slow It Down”).
In support of the album, The-Dream will hit the road with Kelly Rowland on the “Lights Out” tour, beginning May 23 in Minneapolis.
Chrisette Michele is adding some soul to your summer with the release of her fourth album Better on June 11. The R&B songbird crafts 16 tracks, with contributions from 2 Chainz, Wale, Bilal, Dunson, and Shea Taylor (“Be in Love”). The deluxe edition includes four additional cuts.
“Better is me heeled, me happy, me strong, and the music is out of control,” she told Rap-Up.com of the follow-up to 2010’s Let Freedom Reign. “I’m outsinging every song on all of my previous albums.”
Chrisette wrapped the “Woman to Woman” tour with Keyshia Cole last month and will launch her own “Better” tour later this year.
On May 21, French Montana will unleash his debut Excuse My French. The Bad Boy rapper has been heating up radio (and strip clubs) with his hit singles “Pop That” and “Freaks,” and now he rolls out the official tracklisting.
In addition to executive producers Diddy and Rick Ross, the 13 tracks include appearances from Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne, Scarface, Raekwon, and Ne-Yo, plus production from Harry Fraud, Young Chop, Mike WiLL Made It, and Rico Love.
“I feel like it’s going to be a classic,” French told Rap-Up TV. “I feel like it’s going to be the best album to come out in a decade.”
Ciara assembles the troops on her self-titled fifth album (previously titled One Woman Army). The R&B diva has been teasing with track titles and lyrics, but she reveals the full tracklisting today on Instagram.
The 10 tracks feature the single “Body Party,” with production from Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, and Soundz. She grabs a verse from Nicki Minaj on the opening track “I’m Out” and duets with her beau Future on “Where You Go.” CiCi channels her inner rapper on “Super Turnt Up” and toasts to the good life on “Livin’ It Up,” penned by Wynter Gordon.
“She overcame a lot and through time you will tell when she puts this album out, it’s gonna be one of those albums that you look back on,” said Future. “Today, I’m already calling it a classic before it even come out.”
Ciara arrives June 4 July 9. See the tracklisting below.
will.i.am teams with the biggest names in pop for his new solo album #willpower. The Black Eyed Peas frontman calls in the favors, enlisting Chris Brown, Juicy J, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Skylar Grey, and more for the 18 tracks.
The follow-up to his 2007 album Songs About Girls also features the hit singles “Scream & Shout” with Britney Spears and “#thatPOWER” with Justin Bieber.
#willpower arrives April 23. See the tracklisting below.
It’s been over 10 years since Eve released her last album. But the Philly rapper makes her long-awaited return on May 14 with her fourth album Lip Lock.
The follow-up to 2002′s Eve-Olution features 12 tracks, with appearances from Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Snoop Dogg, Chrisette Michele, Pusha T, and Juicy J, plus the singles “She Bad Bad” and “Make It Out This Town” featuring Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta.
“2013 is a year you will see more sides of me than ever before, this is just the start!” said Eve. “And I have a lot in store for you all on Lip Lock to make you think, dance, and smile.”