Before Kelis…My Whole Life Was Acapella


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    I LOVE Kelis. The video for her new David Guetta-produced single “Acapella” officially premiered on Monday and it’s a stunner. I LOVE all of the tribal influences and Kelis looks absolutely fabulous throughout.

    “Acapella” is the first single off of Kelis’ forthcoming 5th studio album (her first with Interscope Records). Flesh Tone is due out May 17th in the UK and sometime in June in the U.S. The single was co-written by Kelis, Makeba Riddick and Jean Baptiste and features remixes by Dave Audé, David Guetta and Bimbo Jones. It’s available on iTunes now in the U.S. and will be released April 26th in the UK. For Flesh Tone, in addition to David Guetta, Kelis roped in talent like Benny Benassi, Diplo, Boyz Noize, Switch and Now THAT’s a solid club record right there. Lookout for Kelis performing “Acapella” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on April 6th.

    I have high hopes for this single and album. I’ve been following Kelis since her Kaleidoscope days and really think she’s a force to be reckoned with in the industry. I really thought she shined on the Richard X collaboration “Finest Dreams” and other such dabs in electronic music. While I definitely appreciated her R&B/Hip-Hop leanings, that’s not where I normally gravitate (although Tasty is undoubtedly one of her best albums to date).

    Flesh Tone seems like the logical NEXT STEP after Kelis Was Here failed to impact the charts (aside from “Bossy” which managed to crack the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100). While she achieved a little more success in Europe, electro is where it’s at these days – especially if you’ve got David Guetta guiding you along the path. After topping the Billboard Dance Club charts with “Acapella,” it looks like she made the right call! While I would love to see the single do well in other U.S. radio formats, I’m not certain it will. it’ll do really well overseas but I’m still holding out hope for U.S. success. We are in the era of Lady Gaga so anything is possible.

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