Adele – Untitled : Word is that the highly anticipated follow-up to ‘21’ will feature the voice of Blur frontman Damon Albarn. There’s been no singles to talk about so far and there’s no official word as to the title of the album, though there’d be no oohs and aahs if it was called ‘26’. Last we heard from the British songstress she was contemplating parting ways with XL and Sony and other labels were queuing up at her front door bearing gifts, hoping to woo her.
Ne-Yo – Non Fiction: The last time this gifted songwriter and equally amazing singer gave us a full project was a little over two years ago. But R.E.D wasn’t the 32 year-old’s last recording. He dropped a three-song EP called ‘3 Simple Rules around Valentine’s Day to keep the ladies swooning while he worked on ‘Non Fiction’ which is expected to be sown up towards the end of January. Ne-Yo warned fans to expect a return to the more classic R&B sound and a departure from the dance-heavy sound he’s dabbled in of late. If this single which features Jeezy is anything to go by, Ne-Yo’s a man of his word.
Lupe Fiasco – Tsetuo & Youth: In between running two fashion labels, offering folks $500 verses and ranting about everything under the sun on Twitter, Chicago MC Lupe Fiasco has been eking out time to piece together a new album. It will be the fifth since he shook us awake with ‘Food & Liquor’ back in ’06. He let us know with ‘Deliver’ that is message and steez haven’t changed and this makes Tsetuo & Youth a must-cop.
Ludacris – Ludaversal: It’s been a darn long minute since we last heard from the ‘Southern Hospitality’ star. Since 2012 we’ve been hearing hype about a new album, hearing stuff like Usher, Ne-Yo and even the great Anita Baker will sing on it. But after hearing ‘Good Lovin’’, which he did with Miguel, we think the ATL rapper will finally come through with that album come March next year.
Bob Dylan – Shadows In The Night: This new Bob Dylan album is no longer mere hearsay; besides the title we have the full playlist and an official release date; February 3rd. You can even pre-order ‘Shadows In The Night’ right now on Amazon. Who would want to miss the chance to own the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s 36th album, even though it’s made up of Frank Sinatra covers? What makes it even more appealing is that, according to Dylan, the album was recorded the old fashioned way.
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