R. Kelly is taking it back to the bedroom on his next album. The Pied Piper has renamed the sequel to 12 Play.
During an interview with WGCI Chicago’s “Tony Sculfield & The Morning Riot” radio show, Kellz announced that Black Panties would be the title of his 11th studio album.
“I’m on Mission Benjamin Button right now, I’m a turn back time,” he said. “I just did the whole Love Letter joint and everybody thinking, ‘Well, that’s the direction he going now.’ No, that was a moment in time. Now this Black Panties album…”
He went on to call the album “the new 12 Play” and revealed that the first single will be titled “10 Minutes.”
The project has gone through two different name changes, including Zodiac and most recently The Return of 12 Play: Night of the Living Dead.
“I think it’ll be an R&B-like thriller album, if you will,” he previously told Interview magazine.
Kellz also spoke about his recent trip to Africa and which young R&B stars he sees as his successors.
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Leading up to his TM101 six-year anniversary concert in NYC next week, Young Jeezy made a visit to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez show this afternoon. The two along with DJ Enuff talk his new Thug Motivation 103 album, the reasons for the various pushbacks, the upcoming anniversary concert, his relationship status, Rick Ross, and drops off his new single “Shake Life”.
Stay tuned to synamatiq.com for the official links to the Angie Martinez/Young Jeezy interview, the “Shake Life” single and forthcoming information on Thug Motivation 103.
The hottest music venue in Europe opened its doors on Thursday morning to a select group in the United States.
Spotify, which makes Internet music-streaming software, launched the much-hyped U.S. version of its service after delays and years of negotiation.
At first, Spotify will only accept new members to its free service who receive invitations from the company, one of its sponsors or a current user.
“This is the biggest market in the world,” Kenneth Parks, Spotify’s content chief, said in an interview late Wednesday. “We haven’t done a launch this large.”
Google+, the new social network, also launched recently using an invite-only scheme. Spotify plans to welcome everyone for free after “several weeks,” Parks said.
The Spotify computer program will let people choose from any of 15 million songs to hear for free — up to 10 hours per month, with each track listenable up to five times. For the first six months, however, people who enter during the invitation period are exempt from the monthly limit, Parks said.
After that, users can lift the restrictions by paying $5 a month or buying songs individually, like iTunes. The smartphone apps can be accessed for $10 a month, which includes unlimited streaming and the ability to save copy-protected music for listening offline.
The ability to create and share playlists with Facebook friends has formed a beehive mix-tape culture among the more than 10 million users in Europe.
From a small office in Stockholm, Sweden, Spotify quickly spread its tentacles across Europe. But during the past couple of years, the company has been caught in a web of bureaucracy. Record-label executives have expressed concern that Spotify’s free offering devalues music and doesn’t drum up significant revenue.
“They wanted to be careful,” Parks said. “Spotify has always had a view that the free experience was core to what Spotify was all about and key to get users to invest in the service.”
Spotify CEO Daniel Ek echoed that belief at a technology conference in December, as he has in several public appearances before that and likely will again at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference next week.
“We really believe in our model,” Ek said at the D: Dive into Mobile conference last year. “We would not just launch a subscription model, because we don’t think that’s going to work.”
Now, the four major labels and Spotify have finally settled their disputes. In the time since, the record companies have given the go-ahead to competing digital music initiatives such as Rdio, MOG and, most recently, Apple’s iTunes Match.
“We think there’s definitely room and appetite for a service like Spotify,” Parks said. “There really is nothing like it in the market.”
To request an invite visit, http://www.spotify.com/us/hello-america/. Don’t want to wait for an invitation? Jump the queue by signing up for Spotify Premium or Unlimited, starting at just $4.99/month.