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D’Angelo’s third studio, the follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo, is an album now 14-years-in-the-making. Yet despite making a return to the stage a couple years back and promising, on several occasions, that’s the album’s release was imminent, nothing has come about. However, D’Angelo’s manager, Kevin Liles, promises that’ll soon change, as he tells Billboard that the album will “definitely” be released by year’s end.
“We’re trying to finish the album,” Liles explained. “Right now we have 13 songs done, trying to think about the sequence of the album, mastering and mixing within the next two weeks, and release the thing. Ain’t no question it’s coming…”
Liles reasserted that claim several more during the interview while also expounding on the album’s lengthy recording process and D’Angelo’s desire for perfection:
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 [with ?uestlove]. I said, “We have to get motivated around what people want to hear from you, and what does it mean to come back to that space?” 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.”…
There’ll be an album this year: there’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back.
Liles also noted that D’Angelo plans to embark on an international tour starting in October that’ll run through 2015.