In what can only be described as a significant breakthrough via social networking technology, last week R&B/neo-soul singer Erykah Badu took to her Twitter account to clear a sample of Paul McCartney and the Wing’s record “Arrow Through Me” for her new album New Amerykah, Pt. II: Return of the Ankh.
Using an interpolation of “Arrow Through Me” for the record “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long,” she explained, “If i can talk to PAUL MCCARTNEY i can get the sample cleared .. have less than 24 hours or song wont make album . help . it will happen!!”
After several hours and tweets later in which she connected with Lenny Kravitz, his daughter Zoe and Paul’s daughter Stella McCartney, she said, “I want 2 officially thank my Twitter fam 4 helping me 2 clear my Paul McCartney sample!”
Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah, Pt. II: Return of the Ankh will be released March 30 on Universal Motown.
In other news, an update on rapper Eve’s upcoming album Lip Lock was documented via Twitter.
The former Interscope recording artist met up with Canadian deejay/production duo MSTRKRFT in Los Angeles last week to create a record for her first album in nearly eight years. JFK, one-half of MSTRKRFT, stated, “In the studio with [Eve] right now. No one is ready for this track.”
Lip Lock is expected to be released later this year.
Finally, a five-piece group based out of Akron, Ohio called Half Mile Home is blending the sounds of Hip Hop, R&B, and Gospel into a product that is both energetic and soulful.
With the recent release of their sophomore album Change My Lyfe, Deaken, Lil’ Bull a.k.a. Buttons, Q, Ty Traxx, and Weezie have taken their music to another level. While the group is aware that their style of music isn’t made for radio shows like Hot 97 or Power 106, they have seen significant success on Gospel charts around the country. “I know that the audience for it may not be as large. But I know that there is an ear out there for it,” Q stated.
With quality of music and inspiration of praise driving their careers, the group explained, “You have Kirk Franklin, you have Mary Mary, you have all these groups and they have their own different styles just trying to reach this new generation. I think everyone’s doing a tremendous job, whether its Shirley Caeser, Fred Adkins, everybody needs to keep doing what they’re doing.”
Change My Lyfe is out March 23, 2010 on God Made Millionairze/IMG/Universal Recordings.