It's been five years since CeeLo Green exploded into pop single megastardom with his smash single "F*ck You," and since then, the R&B crooner and former The Voice judge has not released a new studio album. But soon, that is set to change. According to Green's label Atlantic Records, a follow-up to 2010's The Lady Killer, an album entitled Heart Blanche, is due by the end of the year.
The last year has been a rollercoaster for Green, who kicked off last August by posting a string of offensive and seriously misguided tweets about rape on his Twitter page after he pled no contest to a charge of drugging a woman by slipping Ecstasy into her drink. Since then, the once superstar has laid uncharacteristically low. However, in a new interview with Billboard, Atlantic Records CEO/co-chairman Craig Kallman revealed a new Green album will be out in the fall.
"We're actually in the final stages of completing his album. He's really been hard at work," Kallman said. "We've got a big, big list of songs that we've been going through, and we're kind of mixing the final songs now. We're going to be imminently figuring out his marketing plan and single release schedule, and we're looking at the fourth quarter [for release]."
Green's manager Larry Mestel described the new album as more than a collection of songs. And while he remained mum, Mestel did reveal that the LP will have one, big unifying theme. "It's arguably the best piece of work he's ever done," he said.
Further details on Heart Blanche, including a concrete release date, remain tightly under wraps. The new untitled album will be Green's first studio effort since 2010's The Last Killer, though Green did release the holiday album CeeLo's Magic Moment in October 2012.