Missy Busy With New Album, TV Show, Film
Missy Elliott is eyeing a May release for her as-yet-untitled next studio album, which she will release via her the Gold Mind imprint. "I really do think this is my best album," she tells Billboard. "Missy Elliott is eyeing a May release for her as-yet-untitled next studio album, which she will release via her the Gold Mind imprint. "I really do think this is my best album," she tells Billboard. "I was in a really great space with this album. I wasn't in a great space with some of the other albums I've done."
Although it won't be out for a few months, the set is already meeting with approval from Elliott's musical colleagues. "I played Lil' Kim the album the other day, and she told me it was incredible and that there was not one song on it that she didn't like," Elliott says.
The new album will be the follow-up to 2003's "This Is Not a Test!," which debuted at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 683,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Elliott is presently immersed in her UPN reality show, "The Road to Stardom With Missy Elliott," in which she stars and serves as a judge and co-executive producer.
"The biggest surprises were how emotional it got," she admits. "I'm an artist and I know everyone is human, but once you're on TV, to everyone else you look like this superstar and it's almost like you can never cry or have problems. Just looking at [the contestants] made me remember problems with my family and financial issues."
In addition, Elliott is developing the all-female group Wicked and will soon be heard guesting on protege Tweet's new album, "It's Me Again," due March 22 via Violator/Atlantic. She also executive produced the set.
Last but not least, Elliott reveals she is working on a film about her life. "Paramount is interested in doing the movie, and right now I'm looking at writers for it," she says. "I don't want to star in the movie. People see only famous artists as having superstar status."
"But people want to know about the struggles," she continues. I'm sure that's what made Eminem's '8 Mile' a success, because people wanted to know what his house and mom were like before he started in the music business. People can't even imagine what I've been through."