Singer/songwriter Kelly Price's Mirror Mirror may be the fairest of the new releases this week, but Somethin' for the People might have Issues with that.
Mirror Mirror, the long-awaited follow-up to her 1998 debut, Soul of a Woman, includes the single "Love Sets You Free," produced by Teddy Riley and featuring Montell Jordan, Sisqó and other members of Dru Hill. Price donated the profits from the single, released earlier this year, to breast-cancer research.
The album also features the Queens, N.Y., native's cover of former Zapp singer Shirley Murdock's 1986 hit "As We Lay" (RealAudio excerpt).
"['As We Lay'] was one of the most memorable songs from the '80s," Price said backstage at the Soul Train Awards on March 4 in Los Angeles. One reason she recorded the song, Price said, was that she thought Murdock didn't get the recognition she deserved.
"It was giving me the opportunity to do two things: take a great song and make it my own and give homage to Shirley Murdock," said Price, who first gained notice singing backup for Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey. She also appeared on rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s 1997 hit "Mo Money, Mo Problems."
Mirror Mirror (RealAudio excerpt of title track) also includes "The Lullaby," which features Price's children singing, and "All I Want Is You," which includes vocals by former Jodeci member K-Ci and soul singer Gerald Levert.
Somethin' for the People's Issues includes the single "Bitch With No Man" (RealAudio excerpt), a song that disses a woman for meddling in her girlfriend's relationship.
The group began performing the song live during a brief concert tour in April, and singer Fuzzy (born Jeff Young) said, "[People are] slightly shocked at first," when they hear the song's chorus "How's a bitch with no man/ Gon' tell you what to do with your man?"
"But then they listen to it and it sounds so familiar to them," he said. "I saw one girl pointing to her friend next to her, yelling 'That's her!' "
Issues also includes the song "Now U Wanna" (RealAudio excerpt), an answer to TLC's "No Scrubs" and Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills." "Now U Wanna" takes a woman to task for being interested only in guys with money.
"We're not dissin' [the woman in the song] because she doesn't have money, or because she's not fine," Somethin' for the People's Cat Daddy (born Rochad Holiday) said. "We're dissin' her because she's superficial. If you take the time to get to know a person, it wouldn't matter what monetary value they have."
Singer Eric Benét guests on "Can We Make Love," and rappers Diablo and Luke also appear on the album.
Somethin' for the People released their self-titled debut in 1995. They've produced tracks for En Vogue, Will Smith and Brandy, among others.
Also out this week is Diana Ross' The Millennium Collection, which brings together some of her biggest-selling solo hits, such as "Touch Me in the Morning" and "Endless Love," a duet with Lionel Richie.
(Staff Writer Teri vanHorn contributed to this report.)