Rihanna: ‘Talk That Talk’ â Island Def Jam
Pop superstar Rihanna unleashes her sixth solo studio album ‘Talk That Talk,’ led by the singles “We Found Love” and “You Da One.” On the set, which only features Jay-Z and Calvin Harris, Rihanna says it’s all about the music and that she scaled back the project to pinpoint that goal.
“I kind of just wanted to scale back, instead of having a look,” she told The Ryan Seacrest Show. “I didn’t want to make it such a big deal, like what hair color. I wanted to go back to something simple, something flexible; something a little more natural. It’s more about the music. I don’t want to become a gimmick ever.”
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Mary J. Blige: ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues’ â Matriarch
Everyone’s favorite Hip Hop/Soul Singer Mary J. Blige releases the sequel to her breakout album ‘My Life’ dubbed ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues.’ For the new album, which is led by the singles “25/8” and “Mr. Wrong” featuring Drake, Blige intends to show the world that challenges are a part of life and everyone can prevail.
“What I wanted to do with this album is show how far we’ve come and how much we’ve grown and how much understanding we have of life now,” she told London’s morning show Daybreak. “We didn’t understand why we were suffering so badly, but now we get it, we understand that life is full of challenges and what will we be if we weren’t challenged in life.”
Michael Jackson: ‘Immortal’ â Epic Records
‘Immortal’ is the second posthumous Michael Jackson album since the King of Pop’s passing. The set will be released both as a deluxe double disc version and single disc under the partnership of Epic Records and Michael’s Estate.
‘Immortal,’ produced by Kevin Antunes (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Madonna), takes a “creative approach in redesigning and reimagining more than 40 of Michael Jackson’s greatest original recordings into a compilation that allows listeners to experience his music in an entirely new way,” according to a release.
‘Immortal’ offer listeners a new soundscape to Michael’s artistry while preserving the power and familiarity of his unparalleled voice and his legendary tracks. The album unfolds his musical legacy with redesigned versions of his hits, electrifying mash-ups and newly discovered outtakes fans have never heard before including an alternate take on the Jackson 5’s “ABC” and a choir that Michael recorded for “They Don’t Really Care About Us.”
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