Tweet Preps New Album ‘Charlene’ For January 2016; Working With Missy Elliott

It's been a decade since Tweet released her last full-length album, and over the years there have been talks of a new project, but nothing really came to fruition. We say "really" because it 2013, she released the Simply Tweet EP, but not much noise or promotion accompanied the project.

Well, it looks like the Southern Hummingbird will finally release her third studio album. During a recent interview with our friends over at YouKnowIGotSoul, Tweet confirmed the upcoming project, currently titled Charlene (Her first name), insisting it will arrive in January 2016.

"I'm happy to announce that my new album 'Charlene' is dropping January 22nd, 2016, and I'm just excited about the whole process. I can't wait for you guys to hear the new music," Tweet confirmed about the opus, which will come via a new partnership with eOne.

Tweet continued about the project's sound: "It will be church, Marvin Gaye, quartet and "Southern Hummingbird." You'll get to hear "Southern Hummingbird" times two plus a little bit. That's what "Charlene" is.

Tweet will also cut a record with long-time collaborator Missy Elliott, who was instrumental in the launch of her career. She adds, "Yeah, Missy and I are doing a record together. I'm excited!"

A new single should arrive by late July or early August.

"I think it's time. I hate to say that music is really struggling, but I think it's time for timeless music to come back. We need good R&B music and who else better to do it than my crew?" says Tweet about the return of her clique (Missy, Timbaland, and Ginuwine).

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