D’Angelo has prefaced the spring 2009 release of his third album with a new buzz single. “I Found My Smile Again,” a remake of the tune D’Angelo originally recorded for the 1996 “Space Jam” soundtrack, became available exclusively via iTunes today (Sept. 30).
“The song is something that’s very close to him,” manager Lindsay Guion
tells Billboard exclusively. Alluding to D’Angelo’s problems stemming
from a 2005 arrest for drunk driving and drug possession, Guion adds, “He’s able to smile again and he’s ready to connect [with fans]. He’s coming back. And he looks great, by the way.”
The iTunes release follows news of a Q-Tip song featuring D’Angelo, “I
Believe,” that was leaked online today. D’Angelo went into the studio with Q-Tip a few years ago to record the track.
While the song is slated to appear on Q-Tip’s own upcoming album, “The Renaissance” (Universal Motown, Nov. 4), it won't be featured on D’Angelo’s new album via J Records/RCA Music Group.
The track appears on "Ultimate D'Angelo/The Best So Far," which was released under Virgin on June 2008.
Guion did confirm that D’Angelo is in a Los Angeles studio working on his album, collaborating with Raphael Saadiq, ?uestlove and Roy Hargrove, among others whose names he’s not ready to reveal.