As we close the 2011, the amount of new album releases decreased but the excitement for 2012 builds with early release dates set for Mario, Melanie Fiona, Monica and Robert Glasper Experiment.
Crooner Mario will return with a new sound for his upcoming fifth studio album ‘Restoration.’ The LP will be released via RCA Records, and led by “The Walls” as the official first single from the Baltimore native and features rapper Fabolous and written by Rico Love.
Mario’s labelmate Monica’s upcoming 7th studio album, ‘New Life,’ has been delayed a few times but we’re sure it will be worth the wait. On ‘New Life,’ which has already issued the singles “Anything (to Find You),” produced by Missy Elliot and “Until It’s Gone,” Monica plans to re-visit the early part of her career, including 1995 single, “Why I Love You So Much,” to capture the feeling and sincerity for her new music.
Probably one of the most underrated R&B artists, Melanie Fiona will unleash her sophomore LP in 2012. For Fiona, returning with her sophomore album ‘The MF Life’ has been a huge challenge. She tells Singersroom, “It is a very serious process to go through being a first time artist now working on a second album.” Confident about overcoming the sophomore slump Fiona says, “I am in a good place with being more sure of who I am and where I see myself headed and reflecting that through my music.”
Serving as the follow-up to her 2008 U.S. debut ‘Shine,’ Grammy winner Estelle will release ‘All Of Me,’ led by the Rick Ross-assisted single “Break My Heart,” as well as Estelle’s newest single “Thank You.”
Check out all the other upcoming releases:
12.27.11 Seal Soul 2
02.07.12 Mario – Restoration
02.07.12 Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
02.21.12 Monica – New Life
02.28.12 Estelle – All Of Me
02.28.12 Robert Glasper – Experiment Black Radio
02.28.12 Take 6 – One
03.13.12 Ruben Studdard – Letters From Birmingham
03.26.12 K’Jon – Moving On
04.03.11 Willow Smith – Knees And Elbows