Badu Goes 'Underground' With New CD
R&B singer/songwriter Erykah Badu will release her third studio album, "Worldwide Underground," Sept. 16 through Motown Records. The set will be the follow-up to 2000's "Mama's Gun," which debutedR&B singer/songwriter Erykah Badu will release her third studio album, "Worldwide Underground," Sept. 16 through Motown Records. The set will be the follow-up to 2000's "Mama's Gun," which debuted at No. 11 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Worldwide Underground" will be preceded by the lead single "Danger," which will officially ship to radio in early August. The track was produced by Badu and co-written with R.C. Williams. Also set for the new disc is a collaboration with Lenny Kravitz titled "Back in the Day" and a remake of the girl rap trio Sequence's classic hip-hop tune "Funk You Up." The latter features Badu rapping with Queen Latifah, Angie Stone and Bahmadia.
Badu is a finalist for the 2003 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Award for top R&B/hip-hop single for "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)" featuring Common. As previously reported, the artist also earned three nominations for the 2003 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, where she will be presented with the Aretha Franklin Award for entertainer of the year.
Badu's 1997 debut "Baduizm" remains her biggest-selling U.S. album, with 2.5 million copies sold to date. Her live album "Erykah Badu -- Live," which followed her debut by only a few months, has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S.