"Acapella," the first single from GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Kelis' forthcoming album, Flesh Tone, will be available beginning today on the iTunes Music Store. The track, which has jumped to No. 3* on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, can also be purchased at Kelis' website (http://www.iamkelis.com/), where fans can stream it first, and at http://www.masterbeat.com/. Kelis shot the video for "Acapella" in Los Angeles last week with the director team of Rankin and Chris Cottam. Rankin also photographed her for the album's artwork.
"The â€˜Milkshake' temptress returns with another tall glass of delicious - and this disco-tipped track from her upcoming album is a feathery dance-floor delight," said Entertainment Weekly, placing the single on "The MustList." Billboard singled out Flesh Tone as one of 2010's "Best Bets," noting that with "Acapella," "the New York-raised singer/songwriter takes her hip-hop-driven style in a more electronic /dance direction."
"I wrote it with love and life in mind," says Kelis, who recorded the shimmering track with producer David Guetta (Black Eyed Peas). Kelis also worked with several other influential producers, including will.i.am, Free School, Boys Noize, Burnz, DJ Ammo and Benny Benassi, on Flesh Tone, her first album for will.i.am Music Group/Interscope Records. Kelis will launch the album, which is due out this spring, with a promotional tour that kicks off at the Winter Music Conference in Miami, FL in late March. Additional details will be announced shortly.
Nearly four years have passed since the release of the Top 10, GRAMMY-nominated Kelis Was Here. "Will you ever put another album out?" she recalls fans asking her repeatedly last summer as she walked along the streets of New York, pregnant.
"You know us New Yorkers don't ever keep anything to ourselves," jokes Kelis on a blog posted to her fans on her official website. "I suppose people assumed after the baby and divorce and culinary school that it would be on to motherhood for me. And while that's true, my answer was always the same: â€˜Soon come guys.'"
Kelis debuted in 1999 with Kaleidoscope, which featured the ubiquitous MTV/BET hit "Caught Out There." The track entered the U.K. Singles Chart at No. 4 and Kelis went on to win a BRIT award ("International Breakthrough Act"), an NME award ("Best R&B/Soul Act") and a Q award ("Best Music Video" for "Caught Out There"). Over the past 10 years, she has worked with a wide variety of artists, including The Neptunes, Andre 3000, BjÃ¶rk, Enrique Iglesias and Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps best-known for her GRAMMY-nominated, Top 5 smash "Milkshake," and the million-selling ringtone "Bossy," the fashion icon is also a certified chef and a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. Kelis is featured in the February/March issue of COMPLEX Magazine, offering up frank comments about relationships, kids and more: http://i.imgur.com/FviRj.jpg