As Tom Petty once sang, the waiting is the hardest part. And if you've been anxiously awaiting an upcoming R&B release only to find that it keeps getting delayed and pushed back with no explanation, your Guide to R&B feels your pain. And to keep track of album delays, record deal cancellations, etc., every quarter yours truly keeps you up to speed by compiling a list of the top upcoming albums that have been delayed, pushed back or rescheduled. So if you're wondering about the long-delayed new albums by Ciara, Joe, Erykah Badu, Pretty Ricky and others, check out the Spring 2009 list of delayed albums below.
1. Fantasy Ride, Ciara
Fantasy Ride, Ciara's third studio album, which was supposed to be drop in January 2009, but was pushed back due to the weak response to the album's first single, "Go Girl." However, the follow-up single, "Love Sex Magic," featuring Justin Timberlake, was a hit, receiving heavy radio airplay in the U.S. And as of early spring, the album's expected to come out May 5, 2009.
2. Signature, Joe Thomas
Joe's second album for Kedar Entertainment was originally slated to drop on Feb. 10, 2009, just in time for Valentine's Day. But the album, which is all love ballads, has now been pushed back to June 2009.
3. Physical Education, Brooke Valentine
The first two singles from Brooke's second album, "D-Girl" and "Pimped Out," went nowhere on the charts when they were released in late 2006 and 2007, and the album's release was canceled during the Capitol & Virgin Records merger in 2007. However, a nine-song Brooke Valentine Physical Education mixtape was released to amazon.com and a couple of other online outlets on March 17, 2009.
4. Eighties Babies, Pretty Ricky
Pretty Ricky's third album, and their first without founding member Pleasure P, was originally scheduled for release Aug. 26, 2008. But after the lukewarm reaction to the album's first single, "Cuddle Up," plus the leaking of some of the songs, the album was pushed back to late 2008. Currently, the album's due sometime during the first half of 2009.
5. New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh), Erykah Badu
Ms. Badu's fifth studio album, which is the sequel to her February 2008 release, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) was originally due to drop in the third or fourth quarter of 2008. Currently, according to Motown Records, Return of the Ankh, is scheduled for release sometime in 2009, but no official, definitive date has been announced yet.
6. Untitled, R. Kelly
Kellz's next album was originally supposed to be 12 Play: Fourth Quarter, and was due to come out in the summer of 2008. But a few things threw that plan off track. First was the cool reaction to potential singles "Hair Braider" and "Body Body." Second was his child pornography trial in May-June of '08, which took him away from promoting the album. Then, in July 2008, the entire album was leaked to the Internet before it even had an official release date. The latest news: Kellz reportedly told a group of clubgoers that he's putting out an album called Untitled. But the question that remains: will Untitled be 12 Play: Fourth Quarter with different songs from the ones that leaked, or will it be a new album entirely?
7. Love Tweet, Tweet
Love, Tweet was scheduled to be the third studio album by R&B singer Tweet and was originally due out in early 2008 on her new home record label, Umbrella Recordings, run by music industry veterans Jheryl Busby and Mike City. The album was later pushed back to December 2008, then March 2009, but still never came out. Anticipated release date: the second half of 2009, if ever.
8. One Chance, One Chance
One Chance, a four-man vocal group who are proteges of Usher, released their first single, "Look at Her," back in July 2006, then promptly dropped off the map. Originally their album was set for release in November 2006, then pushed back to July 2007, but still didn't get released. Finally, a new single, "U Can't," featuring the rapper Yung Joc, was released in April 2008, almost two years after the first track. Their upcoming debut album, which was originally called Private but is now self-titled, was pushed back to September 2008, then to the first quarter of 2009.
9. Live in Washington D.C., Tamia
From Wikipedia: On her 2008 Summer Soul Concert Series tour, Tamia recorded her Aug. 10, 2008 performance at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the show will be released as a live album and DVD. Both were slated for release on Dec. 2 2008, then pushed back to March 3, 2009. The album, Live in Washington D.C., is expected to contain three new tracks if/when it's actually released before the end of 2009.
10. Love, Sex & Religion (formerly titled Ocean Drive), Johnta Austin
The debut album by singer-songwriter Johnta Austin was originally title Ocean Drive and was first set to come out in 2006. But after a long, rough road that included failed singles, label changes and industry politics, the album has been pushed back repeatedly for more than two years. As of right now, there's no confirmed release date for Love, Sex & Religion.