Fantasia Announces First-Ever Holiday Album

Fantasia will spread holiday cheer this season. The singer has announced her plans to release her first-ever holiday album, Christmas After Midnight.

Due on October 6, the album features some of Fantasia’s holiday favorites including “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with guest vocals from CeeLo Green.

Fantasia says the album was inspired by her grandmother. “I’m so excited for my first Christmas album. My grandmother Addie Collins’ birthday was on Christmas Day,” she said in a statement.

She continued, “She was a loving woman who helped all her grandchildren understand the true meaning of the holiday, its impact on our spirituality and character as well as the importance of recognizing the value of family and significant relationships. This album is dedicated to her.”

Fantasia will release the album independently. She reportedly has parted ways from her label RCA Records. Although a formal announcement hasn’t been made, Fantasia’s name no longer appears on the label’s roster on its website.

Last summer, Fantasia released her fifth album, The Definition Of. In an interview with Rated R&B, she talked about her fight for creative freedom.

“[Ron Fair and I] wanted the album to represent the definition of music — the definition of the strength of a fighter,” she said. “He and I both fought for this record. We don’t have timeless records like we did back then. You can still put in a Luther Vandross CD or Anita Baker or Elton John or Queen or Stevie Wonder, and those were timeless records. It seems like they were just recorded yesterday. That’s what we wanted.”

Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight Track List

1. This Christmas
2. Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
3. The Snow Is Falling
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Cee-Lo Green)
5. Jingle Bell Rock
6. The Christmas Song
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8. Merry Christmas, Baby
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Silent Night
11. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
12. Hallelujah

Fans can pre-order Christmas After Midnight here.

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Tinashe Sets Release Date for New Album ‘Joyride’

Let us rejoice! Tinashe’s oft-delayed sophomore album, Joyride, will finally see the light next month.

The singer has announced her new project will release on April 13 via RCA Records. She also unveiled the official artwork, which shows her in a dress with a jetpack attached. “The wait is over,” she captioned on Twitter.

Joyride will include previous singles “No Drama” featuring Offset and “Faded Love” featuring Future.

The LP is the follow-up to Tinashe’s debut album, Aquarius, which released in 2014.


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Mya Announces New Album ‘TKO’ + Previews New Single ‘Damage’

Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since Mya released her self-titled debut album? The R&B veteran will celebrate this milestone with a brand new album. Titled TKO (The Knock Out), Mya’s eighth studio album is set to release on April 20, just one day before the 20th anniversary of Mya. 

The album will feature her previous singles “Ready for Whatever,“Ready, Pt. II” and “You Got Me.” Before TKO drops, Mya will release another single called “Damage” on March 23. The sultry song is available for pre-order now.

TKO will follow Mya’s 2016 album, Smoove Jones, which was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Listen to a snippet of the record on Amazon.

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Kali Uchis Announces Debut Album ‘Isolation’

Rising soul artist Kali Uchis will release her debut album, Isolation, on April 6 via Interscope Records.

The Colombian-American singer shared the news moments before making her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where she performed “After the Storm” with Tyler, The Creator.

“Wow you just dunno how amazed I was to finally announce my FIRST ALBUM!!! & to perform my song for the first time on TV!! thank you so much everyone who has been supportive & open to growing with me,” Uchis wrote on Instagram.

Isolation will go on presale on March 23.

Uchis was nominated for a Grammy this year for her guest vocals on Daniel Caesar’s hit single “Get You.”

Watch Kali Uchis perform “After the Storm” below.

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