D’Angelo‘s manager has confirmed that the singer’s new album will be released this year.
After releasing two landmark soul albums – ‘Brown Sugar’ in 1995 and ‘Voodoo’ in 2000 – D’Angelo, real name Michael Archer, has kept a low profile. However, Kevin Liles of KWL Management has now said to Billboard that the singer’s long-awaited third LP will be out by the end of 2014. “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.” Liles also promised an international tour, which would start in October of this year.
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’.
In March 2013, D’Angelo performed a rare live show in New York alongside ?uestlove of The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl. The pair played a set comprising new material, old hits and cover versions of Prince, Sly & The Family Stone and The SOS Band. However, in August last year, he was forced to pull a string of dates in the US after he was admitted to hospital.