Rihanna Previews “Kiss It Better” From Upcoming R8 Album
Rihanna continues to drop breadcrumbs leading up to her anticipated album, R8. The 26-year-old Elle cover girl uploaded a clip from a studio session with guitarist Nuno Bettencourt as they worked on a song reportedly called “Kiss It Better.” The super-short snippet sounds like a mellow, midtempo track; songwriter Glass John revealed that he co-produced the record with Jeff Bhasker. It’s Rih Rih’s second IG preview in less than a month’s time. Hopefully next time she decides to throw us a bone, it’s a full song (or an Instagram flick that’s revealing in… other ways).
Ledisi Announces Acoustic The Intimate Truth EP and Tour
Golden-voiced singer Ledisi is taking it all off—but she’s not thirst trapping on Instagram. The New Orleans native has announced she’s releasing an acoustic EP called The Intimate Truth, which will feature live, stripped-down recordings of songs from her latest album, The Truth. The 2015 Grammy nominee, who bodied her performance with Kem at the Soul Train Awards last month, also plans to hit the road with Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James for her 23-city Intimate Truth Tour, which runs from February 27 to March 29. The Intimate Truth EP drops January 20, 2015.
Future and Mike WiLL Made It Plan Joint Mixtape
Future and Mike WiLL Made It are becoming one of hip-hop’s most clutch duos. The Georgia brethren plan to showcase their chemistry on an upcoming joint mixtape called Ape Sh*t. The hit-making producer told XXL it’s “just something to just feed the streets right quick, ’cause at the end of the day me and Future do so many different types of music… People love when me and him come together anyway. So people would love a full project of that.” Mike WiLL has had a quietly effective year, executive producing Future’s Honest, plus laying the beats for his artists Rae Sremmurd’s two undeniable turn-ups, “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.” He didn’t say when Ape Sh*t is coming, but likely our mood will reflect the title once it drops.