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.com 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 releases 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 couple of 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), Guion isn’t sure yet if it will also be featured on D’Angelo’s new album via J Records/RCA Music Group.
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.
D’Angelo has largely fallen off the musical map since 2000’s “Voodoo,” which has sold 1.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its single “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart and No. 25 on the Hot 100.