Surprise! Miguel Releases 3 New Songs

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Miguel during his landmark performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. 

December continues to be popular month for unexpected releases from R&B singers. After D'Angelo dropped Black Messiah with little warning on Monday, three new songs popped up on Miguel's SoundCloud page today. Listen below.

This is the first sign that Miguel is working on a cohesive new project of his own. (Before 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream and after his debut, the singer released three free EPs, which helped build buzz while showing the new direction his music was taking.) Of the three songs, "Coffee" is the strongest, full of Miguel's trademark mixture of big, fuzzy guitars and sweet romance.

Since Kaleidoscope Dream, Miguel has been staying busy mostly by working for others. He added some hooks to rap songs, contributed to the soundtrack for the TV show Girls, and dueted with both Janelle Monae and Mariah Carey. He also helped write "Rocket" for Beyonce -- an explicit D'Angelo homage -- and "Kind Of… Sometimes…. Maybe…" for Jessie Ware, which Billboard recently named one of the Top Ten R&B Tracks of the year.

Oh, and he teamed with Lorde and Chemical Brothers on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 soundtrack. So yeah, he's been busy. 


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