12 Play: Fourth Quarter, R. Kelly
Kellz's next album was originally supposed to be 12 Play: Fourth Quarter, and was due to come out in the summer of 2008. But a few things threw that plan off track. First was the cool reaction to potential singles "Hair Braider" and "Body Body." Second was his child pornography trial in May-June of '08, which took him away from promoting the album. Then, in July 2008, before it even had an official release date, the entire album was leaked to the Internet. Kelly's due to release a new album in '09 but the question that remains is will it be 12 Play: Fourth Quarter with different songs from the ones that leaked, or will it be an entirely new album with a different title?
New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh), Erykah Badu
Ms. Badu's fisth studio album, which is the sequel to her February 2008 release, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) was originally due to drop in the third or fourth quarter of 2008. Now, according to Motown Records, Return of the Ankh, is scheduled for a Feb. 17, 2009 release.
Signature, Joe Thomas
Joe's second album for Kedar Entertainment was originally slated to drop on Feb. 10, 2009, just in time for Valentine's Day. But the album, which is all love ballads, has now been pushed back to June 2009.
In a Perfect World, Keri Hilson
The debut album by singer-songwriter Keri Hilson was originally due out in mid-2008, and the first single, "Energy," dropped in May of that year. But for unexplained reasons (rumored to be budget cuts at her label, Interscope) the album has been pushed back to Feb. 9, 2009.
Eighties Babies, Pretty Ricky
Pretty Ricky's third album, and their first without founding member Pleasure P, was originally scheduled for release Aug. 26, 2008. But after the lukewarm reaction to the album's first single, "Cuddle Up," plus the leaking of some of the songs, the album was pushed back to late 2008. Currently, the album's due sometime during the first quarter of 2009.
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Love Tweet, Tweet
Love, Tweet is the upcoming third studio album by R&B singer Tweet. It was originally due out in early 2008 on her new home record label, Jheryl Busby and Mike City's Umbrella Recordings. The album was later pushed back to December 2008, but still never came out. The latest word from Umbrella Recordings is that the album will drop in March 2009.
Liberation AND Sugar & Spice, Mya
Liberation, Mya's fourth studio album, was tied up in legal and label problems during most of the about three years she was recording it. Eventually, Liberation was released in October 2007 - but only in Japan, and only as a digital download. In 2008, Mya left Motown Records and signed with a Japanese label - Manhattan Records. Her fifth album, Sugar & Spice was released in Japan on Dec. 3, 2008. No word yet on if the album might be released in the U.S. or worldwide.