After a long wait, this year, Frank Ocean released his sophomore LP Blonde, which peaked at #1 on Billboard charts. Usher dropped his eighth top five studio LP, and Adele returned with 25, selling 1.49 million copies on the first day of its release in the U.S alone. Each artist had a groundbreaking comeback after taking a long break from making music. Though long hiatuses annoy fans, we must remember creativity comes best when one is at ease, and musicians are not robots. Just like ordinary human beings, they struggle between balancing their personal lives alongside their demanding careers. However, news of an A-list act’s emergence from hiatus is always good news for anticipating fans. Here are a few famous acts expected to resurface in the near future.
Eric B & Rakim
Don’t call it a comeback, but the influential duo who rose to fame at the height of the mid-80s golden-age hip-hop era has reunited and are planning a tour set to kick off in 2017. Interests in solo careers and trust issues within the duo soon led to a split after the release of their fourth studio album “Don’t Sweat The Technique,” in 1992. Eric B went on to release his self-titled LP in 1995, but didn’t achieve much success. Rakim, on the other hand, made his solo debut after overcoming some legal issues with critically acclaimed album, The 18th Letter in 1997, the LP peaked at #4 on Billboard 200 charts, selling 500,000 copies in the U.S. Since then, the “Microphone Fiend” went on to release two more solo albums, one compilation, and made guest appearances alongside a slew of A-lists musicians including Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and Talib Kweli. However, fans and critics would agree both the master lyricist and prolific turntablist possess an undeniable chemistry which shines forth best when combined.
Ms. Lauryn Hill
Waiting for another solo album from the multi Grammy-Award winner is painstaking. However, that doesn’t stop fans from hoping, praying, and wishing for another classic from Ms. Hill. Well, why should they stop? After all, Lauryn Hill is Queen—just ask Nicki Minaj—and queens operate on their own terms. Okay, so it’s been 18 years since the release of her first studio album, but let’s consider the fact she has set aside time to raise her six children and battle legal issues. After her release from prison in 2013, Ms. Hill’s contributed six singles to the soundtrack for What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015), toured around the world, and has promoted the careers of her Son, Zion, and daughter, Selah. In addition, the neo soul icon performed at Tidal’s second annual charity concert alongside Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Common, DNCE on October 15. Now back to that Nicki Minaj reference…Minaj posted a video of herself bowing to Ms. Hill after meeting her for the first time backstage on the night of the Tidal charity concert. “Excuse me while I have an outer body experience,” read the caption.
“Shaking, crying, a MESS!!!! 😩 this lady is the reason.”
” The QUEEN.”
” The epitome!”
” The *faints.*”
“Ms. Lauryn Hill told me to keep “spittin dat fire,” Minaj continued.”
“Is this real life!???? 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏🙏.” Two days later, Ms. Hill posted a pic of herself and the reigning hip-hop queen to her account. So does this all mean these two queens will collaborate in the future? Maybe, Maybe not, either way, fans are still waiting for Ms. Hill to deliver.
It’s been four long years since the release of “The Truth About Love,” P!nk’s biggest selling album to date. With her seventh studio album in the works and social media updates hinting at the release date of the new set, it’s no secret the pop diva will make her official return soon enough. The question is when? Well, though we don’t have an exact date or time, we do know P!nk’s still writing music and has collaborated with Max Martin, Sia, Greg Kurstin, and Beck. With that said, until P!nk feels like it’s time to reveal the full track list, cover art, and release date, we’ll just have to rely on her social media feed and single “Just Like Fire” to tide us over.
Get ready to embrace an all new Katy Perry in 2017. On September 18, the singer responded to a Twitter user who called her career a flop by tweeting “See you at my show 2017.” On October 19, the singer posted another tweet hinting at the release date for her new album saying, “Ok back in the studio for me. 2017 is gonna be tight af.” Reportedly, Perry’s been in the studio with Duke Dellmont, Max Martin, and Shellback and said the only thing on her mind when creating music is being authentic and vulnerable. So far, Perry’s released single “Rise” this summer to bridge the gap between her last album Prizm (2013) and the upcoming project. Registered tracks like “Crocodile Tears,” “She’s So Creepy “—speculated jabs directed at her rival, Taylor Swift—”In Flames,” “Heartache Crusade,” “Last Cry,” “North Star,” and “Victory” is among fresh material completed by the innovative songstress.
Stay tuned for more news on your favorite icons as they make their way back to the musical forefront right here at The Hot Zone USA. See you soon!