Keri Hilson, Title TBD (Mosley/Zone 4/Interscope)
Release Date: 2nd Quarter 2010
The singer/songwriter capped 2009 with two Grammy nominations: best new artist and best rap/sung collaboration for "Knock You Down," featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo. Now Hilson is getting busy in the studio recording the still-untitled follow-up to her gold-certified solo debut, "In a Perfect World." Aiming for the Memorial Day holiday as a target release date, Interscope urban music head DJ Mormile promises that the three guiding lights behind Hilson's first album-Timbaland, Polow Da Don and Danjahandz-are back onboard. "They're the cornerstones," says Mormile, who also notes that West, Will.i.am and emerging songwriter/producer Jeff Bhasker will also be involved. And signs are pointing to fellow newcomer Drake being a featured guest as well. "We're just getting into this," says Mormile, who hopes to have a first single out in March, if not sooner. "But we already have an idea of what we want to do. This album will continue the evolution of Keri, building off the hits 'Knock You Down' and 'Turning Me On,' which helped define her. This new album will be 'Turning You On' times 10."