Tuesday, April 29, 2008


After many attempts, Solange Knowles looks like she’s finally ready to step out of her big sister Beyonce’s shadow. Her album SoL-AngeL & The Hadley Street Dreams has an official release date of August 26th. She has enlisted the services of Cee-Lo, The Neptunes, Marsha Ambrosius, Raphael Saadiq to give her new album the cutting-edge sound that her debut lacked.

Solange’s new single, "I Decided" is produced by The Neptunes and picks up the blue-soul sound that Solange's other leaked songs "Champagne Chronic Nightcap" and "White Picket Dreams" has. "I Decided" seems to target to the contemporary R&B audience which in a way is a departure from the pop friendly sound Solange established on her debut effort, "Solo Star".

“I Decided” just had a video shot for it; her publicists had this to say about it:

The video for “I Decided,” directed by the creative Melina, will offer the viewer a glimpse of who Solange, the visionary, really is: It is the ultimate pop art piece. Its psychedelic, it’s adventurous, it’s colourful and not so colourful, it’s intelligent, and it’s the inner makings of Solange. [Solange states,] “I love pop art; in fact I am a painter myself and have several pieces under my belt that I haven’t put on display but soon plan to.” The “I Decided” video deals with pop culture from the 60s to the future. It displays SoL-AngeL in settings from American Bandstand, to the Civil Rights Movement, to New Wave, and finally a “Cosmic Journey” future.

We’re duly impressed here at Encore with Solange’s bold new sound. Her fresh style of R&B cleverly distinguishes her from other poppy R&B chicks, her sister included.

We’ll put up her new video on Encore at the soonest!

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