Michelle Williams Prepping Fourth Album, Due This Summer

The Destiny's Child singer's first album since 2008 is largely produced by Harmony Samuels (Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia).

After a nearly five-year wait, Michelle Williams is ready to release her fourth album, due out this summer. The Destiny's Child singer's latest, which she calls an "urban inspirational record," will be her first independent release since departing Music World/Columbia Records after the 2008 album "Unexpected." The new album will be issued on her own imprint and distributed by eOne Music.

At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony this past week, Williams talked about how the forthcoming album (title to be announced) came together -- thanks in part to a chance meeting with producer Harmony Samuels.

Samuels was producing a song on Kelly Rowland's new album, "Talk a Good Game," which happens to feature Rowland's Destiny Child sisters Williams and Beyonce. Williams said "they were like 'Michelle, you gotta work with Harmony!'" Initially hesitant, Williams went to his studio and thought, "Ah ha! I see what the fuss is all about."

Samuels ended up doing nine or 10 songs on Williams' album, which might have about 12 tracks in total. Samuels has been very busy as of late, producing Ariana Grande's recent Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit "The Way" (featuring Mac Miller) in addition to the Rowland tune and the entirety of Fantasia's new album, "Side Effects of You."

Williams' last album, 2008's "Unexpected," debuted and peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 and No. 11 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It's lead single, "We Break the Dawn," reached No. 4 on the Dance/Club Songs chart, while its follow-up, "The Greatest," went to No. 1. The album has sold 34,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. It followed her two gospel albums, 2004's "Do You Know" and 2002's "Heart to Yours" (No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums chart).