Summer 2011: 5 Albums To Look Out For

Guest contributor Tedisha Mitchell gives us her pick of 5 albums to keep an eye out for throughout the summer.

Ahhh summer…my favorite time of year.  When the ballers ride around with their tops down … and the not so balling (myself included) ride with their windows down bumping the latest summer bangers.  So allow me to keep you in the know with some albums to look out for this summer.


beyonce 4 200 Summer 2011: 5 Albums To Look Out ForIf you are a true [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyonce[/lastfm] fan then you know her favorite number is four. She was born on September 4th; her husband [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jay-Z[/lastfm] was born December 4th; they got married on April 4th (4/4/2008);  and it is also her number of solo projects. Accordingly, she titled this album 4.

In an interview with Billboard, Beyonce discussed her creative process stating:

I recorded more than 60 songs: everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it.

With the album’s first single, Run the World (Girls), receiving very mixed reviews, she wasted no time releasing 1+1 and Best Thing I Never Had. Plus, the blogs got their hands on Party,  which features Mr. 3 Stacks himself ([lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]André 3000[/lastfm]). So it shouldn’t have been too much of a shocker when 4 was leaked in its entirety on June 8th, 3 weeks before its official release date!

Bey took to her Facebook page to address the leak stating:

My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans. When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs.

Some folks over at Rolling Stone got to listen to the leaked album and this is what they had to say:

4 is a more relaxed, personal set that emphasizes ballads over bangers and showcases the singer’s nuances; it’s very much the sort of album a pop star makes when she doesn’t feel like she has anything to prove.

With super fans vowing not to listen to the album until they have purchased it, I pray the leak won’t impact her album sales much.

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