Late Grammy-winning singer Amy Winehouse, T-Pain, The Roots and Robin Thicke are all expected to have their new albums debut on the Top 50 chart next week based on one-day estimates.
Their newest releases are all expected to sell no less than 25,000 copies.
Universal Republic’s posthumous Amy Winehouse album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, should do around 90-100k. The album is expected to debut at #1 in the U.K. next week. Columbia’s Glee Vol. 7 is on target for a debut of between 50-55k, followed by Roadrunner’s Korn album The Path of Totality (45-50k), Def Jam/IDJ rap group The Roots’ Undun (35-40k), Star Trakin/Interscope’s Robin Thicke (30-35k) and Nappy Boy/RCA’s T-Pain album RevolveR (25-28k). (HITS Daily Double)
In early November, Winehouse and rap veteran Nas‘ “Like Smoke” posthumous duet emerged online.
A bittersweet treat. My Hot 97 family got the scoop on this new Amy Winehouse x Nas song, “Like Smoke” which posthumously fulfills the late singer’s wish to collaborate with her friend “Mr. Jones”. It’s a gorgeous retro-soul track, in typical Winehouse style and produced by Salaam Remi back in 2008. “Like Smoke” is the lead single off Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a collection of songs Amy recorded before her death this past July. “…like a polygamist with a twist, will I marry again, maybe, I guess….I be out in London, Camden, hunting for the answers why the God take away the homie. I can’t say that I’m a firm believer that we all meet up in eternity. Just hope the big man, show me some courtesy….” (Miss Info TV)
Some of the project’s music reportedly dates back nearly an entire decade.
“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” consists of a dozen tracks spanning some of the five-time Grammy-winning singer’s earliest recording sessions in 2002 through her final studio session earlier this year with Tony Bennett, when the singers dueted on the pop classic “Body and Soul.” It will also feature “Between the Cheats,” a new song she recorded in 2008 with Salaam Remi for possible inclusion on what would have been her third album. During the same sessions she recorded a duet with rapper Nas, “Like Smoke,” that will be on the new collection. The tracks on “Hidden Treasures” are produced by Remi and the producer of her “Back to Black” breakthrough album and hit single “Rehab,” Mark Ronson. (Los Angeles Times)
Recently, T-Pain opened up about his long-awaited rEVOLVEr album finally hitting stores this week.
With his new album rEVOLVEr in stores today, an overjoyed T-Pain sat down with Rap-Up TV in Beverly Hills. The Auto-Tune master was all laughs as he discussed how the project stacks up to his previous works. “I really took my time on this album,” he explained. “Usually it takes me four or five months to make an album. This one took two-and-a-half years. I think I’m this close to perfecting my craft. I haven’t reached my peak yet at all.” (Rap-Up)
Check out Amy Winehouse & Nas’ “Like Smoke” below: