January 18th, 2011
Fully finished albums being held back by record labels seem to happen to even the best artists. This year we finally got Fefe Dobson, one of our best in pop and songwriting, back on the radio after her 2008 album Sunday Love was held up and eventually canned by her label. Mixtapes are now becoming increasingly common among artists that are signed to major labels and have a few records under their belt. The online medium is not longer just a spot for newcomers to get their music out, but is also being used by the pro’s as a way to get more music to their fans and avoid the label altogether.
Lets look at the some of the albums we hope *fingerscrossed* are finally going to see the fluorescent light of record stores this year.
Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
What the deal? Lupe’s third studio album looked like it may never feel the needle of a turntable. When Atlantic Records made no efforts to release the Chicago rappers completed album, Lupe’s fans took action. Putting together a petition that gained over 5,000 signatures in the first day alone, fans didn’t stop there. Along with the rapper, fans gathered outside of the NYC headquarters of Atlantic Records on October 15, 2010 to demand that Lasers be given a release date. The record company relented, and Lasers will be in stores on March 8, 2011.
Is it jinxed? Judging by The Show Goes On, the first single off Lasers, Lupe’s confidence and ability to make socially conscious hip hop with mainstream appeal hasn’t faded.
Conclusion: Power to the people.
Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby
What the deal? Though the album had been done for over a year, Avril told Maxim Magazine that her fourth studio album was being held up by her label. Like Fiasco’s album, Goodbye Lullaby has finally been given the release date of March 8, 2011.
Is it jinxed? For the most part Lavigne has been out of the music scene for a few years as a result of the album delays. Still, her work on Alice in Wonderland and her first single, What the Hell, show a matured singer-songwriter. Goodbye Lullaby is a return to Avril’s past with personal and thoughtful writing, unlike The Best Damn thing, an album the singer says she has no attachment towards.
Conclusion: Fan bases like Avril’s don’t disappear overnight.
Nicole Sherzinger – Untitled
What the deal? Though the Pussycat Dolls front woman maintains that it was her decision, not her labels, to hold back the release of her album Her Name Is Nicole, it seems a bit odd that a debut solo album would be ixnayed by the artist, especially after releasing singles and videos.
Is it jinxed? The controversy surrounding Her Name Is Nicole has definitely drawn a lot of skepticism as to whether Sherzinger can pull off a solo career without the rest of the Dolls. Nicole has been working with famed music producer Red One. If anyone can help her create hits, it’s the man that helped make Gaga, well, Gaga.
Conclusion: Sometimes talent just isn’t enough. Let’s hope this isn’t the case.
Jojo – Untitled
What the deal? Jojo became one of the most promising pop singers in 2004 with a pop and hip hop sound that drew comparisons to Pink. With career on the rise the young singer seemed to disappear unexpectedly in 2008. Conflict with her label eventually forced Jojo to switch management. In September 2010 Jojo began her comeback with a mix tape on RapUp.com. Titled They Can’t Take That Away From Me, most likely as a nod to her former label Da Family Entertainment, Jojo used the mixtape as a warm up to her album, now fully finished.
Is it jinxed? Jojo has stated that her third studio album is fully complete, though no release date has been given by Interscope Records. It doesn’t look good, folks.
Conclusion: The mixtape was slammin. Label or no label, Jojo will keep making music beyond her years.Tweet