For fans of R. Kelly at his more traditional, the first track (“Share My Love”) released from the legendary crooner’s approaching album, Write Me Back, was somewhat confusing. Not bad, just a strange direction for Kelly to have chosen, particularly following his closest foray into old school R&B in years, Love Letter. Not to mention that he’d assured his fans this album would be ‘the new 12 Play‘, at which point it was titled Black Panties, leading some to grumble over potential label tampering (insert Prince’s Black Album references here).
They should be more easily acclimated to this latest track, “Feelin’ Single”, which boasts a vibe more akin to Kelly’s preferred smooth dance hits. No precise date for the album as of yet, stay tuned.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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