New R&B albums from Miguel and Usher are drawing closer. During a recent sit down with Billboard, RCA’s president of Urban Music, Mark Pitts, gave some insight on the pending releases from both veterans, citing that both projects are almost complete.
Miguel’s upcoming opus will serve as his third, and will follow 2012’s Kaleidoscope Dream.
“We’re 90 percent done,” Pitts says about Miguel’s LP. “Its working title is Wild Heart and we’re talking second quarter. He’s more confident, and it’s going to show in the music, his look and in the videos.”
He continued, “Miguel is ready to push the button. His first album was about trials and tribulations. The second was OK, we’re here; I wasn’t bugging. And now it’s here we go. He wants people to understand who he is. He’s tired of people asking who are you, what’s that, do you like girls?” He tells me, “I want everyone to know I am wild, funny, edgy and love women. I need this album to connect.”
Miguel recently surprised fans with a 3-song EP.
Usher as near completion as well, after going back to the drawing board.
“It was just a matter of the direction in which we wanted to go,” says Pitts. “We started back up a couple of weeks ago, cutting a few more records. Now it’s about putting the album together. We’re 85 percent there.”
Usher received several Grammy nominations for single “Good Kisser,” and his song, “I Don’t Mind,” featuring rapper Juicy J, continue to climb the charts.
It’s going to be a great year for R&B!