Charlie Wilson: ‘Some Writers Are Time-Locked And Don’t Continue to Reinvent’

R&B singer Charlie Wilson, who will release his third solo album, ‘Just Charlie,’ on December 7, says some artists don’t know how to write music outside their time. “Some writers are time-locked and don’t continue to reinvent,” Wilson tells Billboard of his approach in selecting songs for the album, whose theme he describes as “men appreciating women.” “And I’m trying to cut records where people can at least remember the melody. At the same time, I’m not going to cut a record where I’m trying to be something that I’m not.” ‘Just Charlie’ is led by the first single “You Are,” which gave Wilson his biggest career debut on both the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Singles chart and the R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart. The set also feature a duet with American Idol alum Fantasia on a cover of Zapp & Roger’s “I Want to be Your Man.” “To be a winner in so many ways is great, even though I was derailed by Maxwell at the Grammys (who won best male R&B vocal performance),” Wilson tells Billboard with a hearty laugh. “And I’m thankful for my loyal urban (adult contemporary) fans. I just wish more people would take a page out of country. They don’t care about age…it’s about the song and the performance.”

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