In the last four years, R&B singer Mya replaced her entire management team, made a label switch and broke up with her boyfriend. So it's no wonder the Washington, D.C. native titled her upcoming M

In the last four years, R&B singer Mya replaced her entire management team, made a label switch and broke up with her boyfriend. So it's no wonder the Washington, D.C. native titled her upcoming Motown debut "Liberation," set for a June 26 release.

The album was originally due last fall but has been bumped from the schedule a number of times since. "Litigations, court, transitioning from label to label, teaching kids and building a studio, that takes a while," the 27-year-old singer tells Billboard.com. "That's why this album is a lot more aggressive, very honest, in your face and cut and dry."

The 12-track album features production from Scott Storch, Bryan-Michael Cox, Tricky Stuart and Kwame. Lil Wayne and Snoop make guest appearances.

The first single, "Lock U Down," featuring Wayne, is "very grown and sexy, very spring time, just an all-around feel-good record," says Mya, while the JR Rotem-produced "Walka Not a Talka," slated to be the second single, is more of a reflective song. "It's basically a conversation with myself reminding me of all the things I have to get rid of in order to get what I want in life," she adds.

Other tracks include the midtempo "Life's Too Short," produced by Cox, and the Kwame-spinned "Nothing At All."

Mya, who teaches dance and sound engineering via the Mya Art & Tech Foundation in her spare time, is on the road with the Seagram's Live Tour alongside Virginia rappers the Clipse and newbie soul singer Jovan Dais. She also just wrapped up a Fox film titled "Cover," based on the AIDS epidemic among African Americans. The movie is set to hit theaters by the end of this year.

Mya's last studio album, 2003's "Moodring" (Interscope), spawned the hit "My Love Is Like... Wo," which peaked at No. 14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 13 on the Hot 100.

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