Friday, 11 April 2008
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Monday, 31 March 2008
I had to post this song when I found out it had leaked in full, it is Break of Dawn, the first single from Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams' third solo album. The album is entitled Unexpected and is her first mainstream R&B album, after the success of the gospel albums, Heart To Yours and Do You Know. Although I am not a fan of gospel albums, I am a fan of Michelle's and have copies of both her previous albums, Do You Know in particular being an older (2004) album that I still listen to regularly.
The album is due for release in August 2008 via Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records, preceded by 2 singles, Break The Dawn in April and the Stargate produced Stop This Car nearer the time. It is interesting that the release schedule has changed, as Stop This Car originally leaked first and was the planned lead single but I can kind of see why it has been changed. Stop This Car is much more mellow sounding than Break The Dawn which will grab attention much more, as to many people Michelle is pretty much a new artist as far as solo success goes.
Listening to the two singles and the clip of the title track, Unexpected that has also leaked, it sounds like Michelle could have a successful album on her hands, providing her management and record label give her the opportunity to show what she can do. Following Kelly Rowland's success in Europe with her 2 most recent singles, Like This and Work, plus the upcoming Daylight, is Michelle also going to give Beyonce a run for her money as DC's most successful solo artist? See what you think.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
This is the first single from Wild Energy and features a guest appearance from US rapper T-Pain, which seems to be a conscious effort to try and launch Ruslana to a wider audience, a la Kylie's reworking of All I See with MIMS for the US release of X. Although working with US stars can help your career, it doesn't always work as planned, for example Alsou's 2005 collaboration with Nelly on Wish I Didn't Know and her duet with Bon Jovi on Livin' On A Prayer for the Russian release of the latter's album, This Left Feels Right, neither of which were ever officially released.
If the eventual plan for Wild Energy is for a release in the US, would it be successful? To continue with the Kylie comparison, at least she has already had some, albeit limited, success with her previous albums Fever and to a lesser extent Body Language both charting well in the US. Whatever the reason for the collaboration with T-Pain, Moon Of Dreams is another catchy single from Ruslana which deserves to be a hit, at least in Europe. I still love Wild Dances, the album, and am looking forward to more English language songs from Ruslana, especially after hearing this song and am particularly intrigued by the rumoured Missy Elliott collaboration entitled The Girl That Rules.