Kelis Readies New Album For June
March 09, 2006, 4:00 PM ET
Clover Hope, N.Y.
R&B singer Kelis has changed the title of her upcoming fourth album from "The Puppeteer" to "Kelis Was Here." Due June 13 through Jive, the set features rapper Nas (Kelis' husband) as well as production by will.i.am and Linda Perry.
Producers Scott Storch, Raphael Saadiq and Max Martin are also said to be contributing. First single "Bossy" featuring Too Short will be released April 4 as a 12-inch vinyl single. The new album title signals Kelis "tagging up the world" and refers to the popular graffiti tag often etched to mark someone's presence, according to a label spokesperson.
In January, Kelis wrote in her blog, "My album is almost done even though I swear up [and] down to my label I've been done for months. I just can't let it go yet for some reason. There's something I've got to add ... It must be fabulous!"
The singer's most recent effort, 2003's "Tasty," was released through the Neptunes' Star Trak/Arista imprint. The disc peaked at No. 27 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 522,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It spawned the single "Milkshake," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.
will.i.am + Kelis = HOTNESS, Max Martin did WONDERS for Kelly Clarkson! Scott Storch = DA BANGA! I can't WAIT!!!