Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has teamed up with in-demand Virginia production duo the Neptunes for the up-tempo party track "There She Goes," the lead single from the artist/mogul's as-yet-untitled album, due to hit stores July 17.
"There She Goes" marks a musical departure for the acclaimed balladeer, who writes and produces most of his own music. On the song, 'Face sings about going crazy chasing the girl of his dreams, while the Neptunes' more flamboyant half, Pharrell Williams, chimes in with ad-libs.
The release will be the first new collection of pop material from Babyface in five years. Since the 1996 release of The Day, Babyface has released a live album in 1997, a holiday effort in 1998 and a greatest hits collection last year.
The LP also will be the first release on the Grammy winner's NuAmerica label, the mogul's new imprint at Arista Records. NuAmerica is the second label venture between Edmonds and Arista president Antonio "L.A." Reid. The two founded LaFace Records in 1989 and spawned such acts as Usher, TLC, Outkast and most recently, Pink. Edmonds bolted his former label, Epic Records, for Arista late last year (see "Babyface Gets 'Greatest Hits,' Inks New Deal With Arista").
Epic Records still has an Edmonds in its fold, however. Tracey Edmonds, Babyface's wife, recently formed the Edmonds Entertainment Group, through a joint venture with Epic. The group dropped Jon B.'s Pleasures You Like last week. The couple also pick up production credits on the upcoming "Josie and Pussycats" film (see "Babyface May Join 'Josie And The Pussycats' ").
Babyface's spokespersons could offer no word yet on who else he will be working with on his new album.