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Much like Dr. Dre’s Detox, a new album from D’Angelo has been promised to us almost every year since the release of his classic Voodoo sophomore release in 2000. He’s made appearances here and there, performed at Bonarroo, was the key component of a 90-minute lecture at the Brooklyn Museum for the Red Bull Music Academy with Nelson George and more. In that interview, the thought of a new album seemed taboo as he deflected questions away from it, even when long-time friend and collaborator Questlove came on stage to join him.

D’Angelo’s manager Kevin Liles, the former Def Jam/Warner exec says that the wait is just about over.

“Here’s the thing: with D’Angelo it was a process. He didn’t perform for 10 years and he’s been working on an album for the past 12 years. I actually got him to go out and do 30 shows [in 2011-2012], and then we did some ‘Brothers in Arms’ shows,” Lies told Billboard in an exclusive interview. “He very bluntly put it, ‘Kev, the studio and the stage: that’s my lifeblood. Now that I’ve touched it again, now that I see it again, I wanna be sure that the baby I’m about to have — the album — that I take it to the point where it’s all it can be.'”

The current plan for D’Angelo according to Liles? To release the album this year and have him tour the world beginning in October. “There’ll be an album this year: there’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records,” Liles said. “But all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back.”

Is there an album title? A potential one according to Liles but he continually insisted that the LP would indeed arrive this year. We’ve been down this road before with false starts and promises regarding the most sought after R&B album of a generation. Hopefully now things are legit.

[Billboard]

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