Now that weâve covered a few of 2009’s most anticipated comeback albums, especially those from T-Boz, Kelly Price and Silk, itâs time for part 2 of âLike I Never Leftâ. Keeping in mind that weâve got some ways to go, letâs dig right into eight more anticipated releases including the return of entertainment diva Jennifer Lopez and the long-awaited return of Maxwell ! (Click here for Part 1 if you missed it) âOn The 6,â âThis Is Me… Then,â âRebirth,â and âBraveâ are all albums that have been released since Jennifer Lopez hit the scene in 1999 so it seems fitting, 10 years later, that she release a Greatest Hits album right ? According to Jennifer Lopez and Bryan Michael Cox, who spoke with Singersroom in November, Jennifer Lopez is doing just that. Instead of releasing a normal Greatest Hits project, the former âIf You Had My Loveâ singer is coming strong with a few new singles including a Bryan Michael Cox tinged cut, with hopes that sheâll reignite the fire she once had on the charts. While little is known about Lopezâs âGreatest Hitsâ effort, sources believe the effort will allow Lopez to mount a comeback of sorts since her last album âBrave (2007)â was graded less than stellar. The effort, which was led by the single âDo It Well,â was given a C rating at Entertainment Weekly where Jonathan Bernstein wrote âExpensive beats and uplifting material are offset by listless vocalsâ. Jennifer Lopezâs âGreatest Hitsâ is slated to hit stores sometime this Spring. With J. Lo coming back in the spring, her once chart-topping and red carpet rival (sans an attempt at a dress similar to J.Loâs much-talked-about red carpet gown a few years back) Toni Braxton is also readying a serious comeback after having a stellar 2008. Braxton, who is currently on the âDancing With The Starsâ tour, is plotting a ârebirthâ of sorts with a new deal at Atlantic Records after severing ties with Blackground Records. Currently titled âPulse,â Braxtonâs sixth studio album is linked to a ‘whoâs who’ of producers and songwriters including Rodney Jerkins, Claude Kelly, and the Underdogs. Braxton is, in fact, so focused on this effort that sheâs even recruited former label mate Tank (who also made Part 1 of our 2009 list) and Kenneth âBabyfaceâ Edmonds to put their special touch on a record or two. Since 1993, Toni Braxton has released two four multi-platinum selling albums including the eight-time Platinum certified âSecretsâ. Signaling her return, Braxton released âMelt (Like An Iceberg)â late 2008, which was later followed by an official single titled “Get Loose”. With a mostly positive reaction from fans, who on Singersroom rated the song 5 out of 5, itâs safe to say Toni Braxton is going to be received with open arms. With several divas coming strong in 2009 the gentlemen have got to bring it too… two of those gentlemen are Omarion and Sammie ! While both of these young men have been featured on a number of collaborative efforts, including Soulja Boyâs recent single âKiss Me Through The Phone,â it has been at least three years since theyâve released independent projects. Now you may ask why weâre putting the two together. The honest truth is that theyâre both in very similar situations. Both have new record deals (Omarion with Timbalandâs Mosley Music and Sammie on his own label Empire Entertainment), new looks (Omarion cut his long held braids in 2008 while Sammie has matured his look and style) and are working on their third albums. With that said, looking deeper into Omarionâs as-yet-untitled third studio album and first away from the label that launched his career with B2K it is safe to say that O has a whole lot more competition since he rocked the charts with âTouchâ and âOâ in 2005. It seems that Omarion is aware and is stepping up his game. Even though details are sketchy when it comes to those collaborating with the actor/singer, Timbaland and Rodney âDarkchildâ Jerkins have been linked to the album. At this time there is no release date set for Omarionâs album. According to his fansite Ogzone, that keeps track of the singerâs SayNow posts, Omarion is busy gearing up for the release of the effort and solidifying new business ventures. Like Omarion, Sammie has enlisted the help of hit making producers for his third album, rumored to be titled âComing of Ageâ. Slated for release later this year, Sammieâs third studio album has been linked to Bryan Michael Cox, Daron of 112 and The Cornaboyz. For Sammie however, this effort is about transition. When he spoke with Singersroom in August, Sammie said âI just know I want it to kind of coincide with me growing up and becoming a young man.â Like their counterparts, Sammie and Omarion have given credit to those that came before them including Usher, Donny Hathaway and Jodeci. In fact, the latter of the three, Jodeci, has recorded a reunion album. In an exclusive interview with Hot 97 late last year, K-Ci Hailey said âWe just finished it (the album), we did like thirty songs and weâre trying to pick which ones weâre going to put on the album.â Now because this âreunion albumâ has been on tap for sometime now, there is much skepticism about the actual release of the effort. Jodeciâs last album, a greatest hits effort titled âBack to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci, was released in 2005. Just like Jodeci, R&B singer Case, who reveled in the hit single âTouch Me, Tease Meâ in the late 90s, is set to return in 2009. Returning after a roughly eight year break (âOpen Letter (2001)â), Case surprised us with news of a new album in 2008. While the album missed record stores, its first single and video âLovelyâ hit the net to the liking of fans who wondered what happened to the “Missing You” singer. Received by fans on Singersroom, Caseâs âLovelyâ has garnered mostly 4 out of 5 ratings since its debut in late August. Speaking about the effort, titled âThe Rose Experience,â Case says âI havenât really changed too much, I do what I do and stay in my lane.â Staying on course, R&B singers LeToya and Maxwell round out Part II of âLike I Never Left 2009′. After breaking free of Destinyâs Child in the early 2000s, Houston-raised singer LeToya made a well received solo debut in 2006 with âTorn,â a single that propelled her to #2 on the R&B charts. Since âTornâ LeToya has been a busy lady. Touring with the Queen of Hip Hop/Soul Mary J. Blige is one of many things that have occupied the âShe Donâtâ singer over the past three years. Making it clear that sheâs a lady first before anything else, Le Toya has titled her anticipated sophomore effort âLady Loveâ and lead single âNot Anymoreâ. Set for release in April, LeToyaâs âLady Loveâ has been linked to The-Dream & Tricky Stewart, Rodney Jerkins and Kenneth âBabyfaceâ Edmonds. Last but definitely not least, R&B/Soul fans are going crazy over the fact that the man who sung classics like âFortunate,â âLifetime,â âMatrimonyâ and several other soultastic records, Maxwell, is set to return with new music in 2009. While that in itself is great news, especially since Maxwellâs last album was released in 2001, the fact that the singer is releasing a trilogy is almost too much to handle. Luckily for us heâs releasing the trilogy over a three year period. Titled âBlack Summers Night,â Maxwellâs trilogy will be led by the album âBlackâ. Rumored to be hitting stores this summer, Maxwellâs âBlackâ was quasi-previewed to fans in late 2008 â those who went out to his tour can attest to this. According to tour reviews, the âCococureâ singer performed a record titled âPretty Wingsâ and two other cuts titled âHelp Somebodyâ and âColdâ. With so much anticipation itâs safe to say that Maxwell will be a big name in 2009, 2010 and well… letâs just be honest 2012 when the last piece of the trilogy is due for release. …. Stay clicked to Singersroom Monday as we go through the final piece of âLike I Never Left 2009: a review of this yearâs most anticipated comebacks and releasesâ. If you missed Part I, be sure to check it out here. As usual Singersroom will keep you abreast of any changes in release dates via our entertainment news or monthly R&B/Pop release recap. Click Here for Part III which features our final picks for 2009 including Whitney Houston, D’Angelo and Monica.
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