All-around performer Todrick Hall is the latest artist to drop new music in the middle of a quarantine period with his coronavirus-themed album, according to his Instagram post-Monday, April 27.
He announced the surprise on his IG account, saying that he "decided to write and create an entire album to lift your spirits during this quarantine hopefully!" Hall then quoted multi-genre music legend Nina Simone who said, "It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live."
Hall's upcoming album, set to be released Wednesday, April 29, is a different work apart from his much-awaited "Haus Party 3." This surprise album is an all-new set of tracks inspired by the global coronavirus pandemic.
The "Dripeesha" singer then hoped that his new work will inspire everyone to stay healthy, creative, and safe and "stay home while continuing to stay fabulous" before promising his HP3, which is still down the road.
Todrick Hall's statement accompanied a promotional art saying, "New Album 4.29.20". It showed the RuPaul's Drag Race resident choreographer in a glittery facemask, a tiara, and a pink latex glove ending in his forearm filled with gold watches.
As the pink and white background beats and swirls, Hall teased with a timely and funny take on the opening of Destiny Child's2002 hit "Bootylicious," noting school events canceled due to the outbreak.
"Prom, did they cancel this? Field trip, did they cancel this? Graduation, did they cancel this? I didn't think they can cancel this," Hall raps in his sample.
After the "Bootylicious"-spoof, the teaser transitions with a second voice singing and cheering him om, "You better dance, Miss Todrick!" Hall, in his caption, asked fans if they recognize the voice who might be a featured artist on the surprise album. In the middle of this transition, however, Hall could be heard cheering back, saying "Go Jerry," leading fans to speculate that Miss Todrick's cheerer is none other than cheerleader Jerry Harris, Navarro College alum and TV personality. Harris gained widespread recognition after appearing in the Netflix six-part documentary "Cheer."
The 30-second teaser enters third act with a full cheerleading rally, with Hall at the helm against everyone's opponent right now- coronavirus. "Corona, she on a spree/ She wanna stop everything/ So dance if you're on our team/ The class of COVID-19," Todrick Hall cheers.
Todrick Hall first gained attention as a contestant on the ninth season of singing competition "American Idol," where he finished up to the semi-finals. He then became a popular YouTuber with more than 3 million subscribers, with his variety of contents ranging from his original compositions to his parody of famous artists.
In 2016, Hall started appearing as the resident choreographer and occasional judge on reality contest show "RuPaul's Drag Race" and starred as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots until 2017.
As a musician, the Plainview, Texas native, has released three studio albums, starting with "Somebody's Christmas" in 2018, followed by a visual album and musical "Straight Outta Oz" in 2016. His highly anticipated HP3 is expected to complete his trilogy of EPs preceded by HP 1 in May 2019 and HP2 in September of the same year.