Her sophomore album saw Chrisette Michele having an ‘Epiphany’, but with her third offering, she’s ready to ‘Let Freedom Reign’. The Grammy-winning songstress is prepping for a November 30 release with the follow-up to her 2009 chart-topping album.
The bulk of the new material was comprised by Chuck Harmony and Chrisette, and boasts songs of triumph over love, loss, and freedom to love again. It has already spawned the first single “I’m A Star,” written by Ne-Yo and produced by Harmony—the same team behind her hit “Epiphany (I’m Leaving).”
Fans can add to their Chrisette collection when the feel-good track hits iTunes on October 5. Also look for her in Rick Ross’ video for “Aston Martin Music,” filmed last week in Miami with Drake.
Take a listen to both tracks below. The tracks are DOPE!!… LISTEN: Chrisette Michele – “I’m A Star” LISTEN: Rick Ross feat. Drake & Chrisette Michele – “Aston Martin Music”
It’s been a while since we’ve mentioned, Chris Louis. While he is currently in Denmark promoting his new album ‘Diamond’, which is also currently available for purchase on iTunes. We’ve taken the time out to show you one of his first internationally recorded tracks. Switching it up a bit, he is taking it back to his remix days back in NY. This one is an exclusive track off an upcoming mixtape. It features the likes of Nas, T.Knibbs and Chris Louis himself.
Last week, Def Jam Records released two iTunes-exclusive compilations called Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, in honor of their 25th anniversary. Now, with the second annual Record Store Day approaching, Def Jam has decided to release a physical double-disc set in support for the day.
L.A. Reid, chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, explained the significance of Def Jam’s success throughout the late 20th century, saying, “25 years as a thriving, successful Hip Hop and R&B label-a company that has always put its artists first and maintained deep roots in the urban community-is a giant accomplishment in anyone’s book.”
Continuing, Reid adamantly described his perspective of the urban powerhouse label. “From a personal standpoint, I can say that Def Jam had tremendous meaning and significance in my own career as a musician, producer and independent label head, long before I actually arrived at these offices five years ago.”
As a theme, the double-disc compilation features 25 different records, with a different artist for each track. Each record is also represented by a different year, from T La Rock’s 1984 single “It’s Yours,” to Rihanna’s 2008 smash hit “Disturbia.” Also included on the compilation will be Hip Hop legends LL Cool J, Jay-Z, and Public Enemy, just to name a few.
Def Jam 25: DJ Bring That Back Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 are tentatively scheduled for release during the week of Record Store Day, which occurs on Saturday, April 18.