September 28, 2013 - 10:28am
BY ADAM DEPOLLO
R&B is looking good this week, still riding on the waves made by The Weeknd and Janelle Monaé earlier this month.
The Weeknd, by the way, IS COMING TO DETROIT. He’ll be performing at the Fox Theater on October 15th, so get those tickets while you can.
In the meantime, we’ve got new music from R. Kelly and a preview of the forthcoming Marvin Gaye biopic to keep you entertained.
The first single from R.Kelly’s upcoming album Black Panties is available for purchase on iTunes this week and, as you might expect, the singer returns to his favorite topic, sex, on “Genius.” The title, of course, refers to Kelly’s coital prowess, which he claims has divine origin as he sings “Sounds like a miracle up in this room/ While I’m pleasing you.” “Genius” sounds like a throwback to Kelly’s early career (with better production values), and like the object of his erotic advances, we can look forward to having him “...make good love to [us]” on the November 11 release date, “promise.”
British singer Daley released the lead track from his soon-to-be-released debut album Days and Nights on Wednesday. The Pharrell-produced single “Look Up” features the ’70s Motown touch found on the producer’s recent collaborations with Daft Punk while Daley’s falsetto sounds strong and crisp over the string-heavy backing track. Definitely worth a listen.
The first footage from the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing, starring Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”) as the R&B great, was released last week. The film has already generated some controversy as Martin was brought in to replace Lenny Kravitz (“The Hunger Games”) after Marvin Gaye III, the late singer’s son, threatened legal action if Kravitz did not drop out of the project. Production is back on track, however, and the film has a tentative April 1st release date.
Justin Timberlake also discussed the prospects of a future collaboration between himself and super-producers Timbaland and Pharrell. Timberlake and Pharrell haven’t worked together since JT’s first solo album Justified, but as you’re probably aware the Timbaland-Timberlake partnership has worked out pretty well. Speaking of that collaboration, the second part of Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience is streaming in its entirety for a short time before the October 1st release on iTunes. If you’d like to check it out, get it before it’s gone.