D’Angelo announces new album ‘Black Messiah’

The record is rumoured to be released next week

D’Angelo has announced his first record in nearly 15 years.

After releasing two landmark albums – ‘Brown Sugar’ in 1995 and ‘Voodoo’ in 2000 – the R&B singer looks set to release his long-awaited third album ‘Black Messiah’ next week.

A Youtube video hinting at the release was uploaded to Youtube earlier today and shared via D’Angelo’s management website. Meanwhile, a Twitter post showing the supposed artwork also claims that the record will drop next Tuesday (December 16). Check those out below.

https://twitter.com/margielask/status/543504699555864576

Earlier this year, Kevin Liles of KWL Management said: “There’ll be an album this year: there’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back,” he said. Liles added there is a “rock influence” on the record. “…it’s very melodic and there’s an influence of all the things he loves: there’s James Brown, there’s Prince, and everything people grew up loving D’Angelo for, from ‘Brown Sugar’ to ‘Voodoo.’ It’s a mixture and an evolution of where he is right now.”

Earlier this year footage of D’Angelo in the studio appeared online. Producer Russell Elevado, who worked on the singer’s 2000 album ‘Voodoo’, posted three videos from Los Angeles’ Henson Recording Studio onto YouTube, previewing new tracks called ‘Sugah Daddy’ and ‘The Charade’.

D’Angelo has also announced plans for ‘The Second Coming Tour’, which will see him playing Birmingham Academy (February 17), Manchester Apollo (18) and London Apollo (20) alongside his band The Vanguard, which is made up of bassist Pino Palladino, guitarists Jesse Johnson and Isaiah Sharkey, keyboardist Cleo ‘Pookie’ Sample and John Blackwell on drums.

D’Angelo will play:

Birmingham Academy (February 17, 2015)
Manchester Apollo (18)
London Apollo (20)

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