D’Angelo Returns To The Studio!

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D’Angelo’s long-awaited follow-up to sophomore disc “Voodoo” may come sooner than you think. Brooklyn-based artist/producer Mark Ronson, who is readying the release of his third album “Record Collection,”  is also involved with D’Angelo’s third album.

Speaking with Billboard.com, Ronson said that he was,

“going into the studio… to work a bit on his record, and I have equal parts intimidation and awe and excitement.”

D’Angelo has largely stayed out of the spotlight since the 2000 release of “Voodoo,” which won the singer a 2001 Grammy award for Best R&B Album and has sold 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although Ronson says that he does not know how close the new album is to being completed, the producer adds,

“I know he’s been working nonstop. It’s not like they’ve been sitting on their asses.”

Ronson, who helped produce Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,’ says the rare collaboration came together earlier this year partly because he and D’Angelo once shared the same manager.

“I was pretty much floored when D said that the only two records of the past 5 to 6 years that he really listened to a lot were ‘St. Elsewhere’ by Gnarls Barkley and ‘Back to Black,’” says Ronson. “I was like, ‘I cannot believe I made something that this guy listened to over and over again and looked to for inspiration.’”

Ah, for old times sake:

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