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Fantasia Reveals Plans For 'Side Effects' Follow-Up With Harmony Samuels



In an recent interview with Billboard, Fantasia announced that she is prepping her fifth album, the follow up to 2013's Side Effects of You, which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

She told them that she would be heading back to the studio soon with producer Harmony Samuels for the record.

"I feel like I should always do albums with Harmony because he gets me," she said. "He's like my Quincy Jones. We started Side Effects of You from scratch with him going to the keyboard and just playing things. I'd be like, 'I like that. Keep going.' Whenever you can create an album like that, it's amazing. You don't find that anymore. Normally you go into the studio and the producer gives you a track or the song is already written. Harmony allows me to be me."

As far as the sound of the album, she mentioned that she will continue in the rock-soul direction that she introduced on Side Effects.

"This whole rock soul direction has been on my heart. I'll always be soulful: I started singing in the church at the age of five. So that will never go anywhere," she explained. "But there's a certain side of me that wants to tap into that whole rock world. It's hard to come from R&B to that. But it's something I believe in and will fight for. This will be my fifth album and 10 years in the game for me. Musically I've grown, and in my life I've grown. I want all of that reflected in my music for this album."

No news yet on a release date or title for the record. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

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