4 years ago, Keri Hilson was being blasted in every car stereo, night club and iPod as she boldy stated what turned her off and turned her on with the Lil Wayne assisted single, “Turnin’ Me On”. Her debut album, In A Perfect World…. also went on to spawn the hits “Slow Dance” and “Knock You Down” with Kanye West & Neyo. Production wise, she couldn’t have been set up more favorably. With Timbaland and Polow Da Don on board for majority of In A Perfect World…, it couldn’t help but be amazing. Ironically, some of the best songs on the CD (“Intuition”, “Tell Him The Truth” and “How Does It Feel”) weren’t lifted as singles. Overnight she was the “it” girl of R & B and quickly released her second album, No Boys Allowed in 2011. That CD featured the platinum prissy anthem “Pretty Girl Rock”. No Boys Allowed was a very solid CD in my opinion and even better than its predecessor. But, somehow Keri Hilson’s overall presence in the music industry just doesn’t seem as big as it should be to me (especially considering her stellar music).
But if you think she’s just a singer, then think again. Many people don’t know that she’s actually been writing songs for years. That’s where the real money is at, and with a net worth of over $25 million, she’s definitely not hurting for anything. But there have been rumors of her working on a new CD for a few months now. She has confirmed through various tweets that she is hard at work on a new CD that will be released later this year. Timbaland and Polow Da Don will handle the majority of production again and she’s probably in the studio now as I’m typing this. Then there’s the Beyonce drama she’s been involved in lately. Though things are just now coming to a head, as far back as the 2008 remix of “Turnin Me On”, she sang, “She can sing, but need to move it ‘to the (left)’ / She need to go have some babies / She needs to sit down, she fadin’… / Go ‘head and tell them folks how long I been writing your songs / I been puttin you on, just check the credits.” She denies this was ever about Beyonce, but come on now. This seems to be too big of a coincidence. Nevertheless, it looks like Beyonce has at least taken Keri’s advice on having babies.
Are you a fan of Keri Hilson? Will she finally get the recognition she deserves with her 3rd album? Will you be buying when her album drops this year?
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