Originally expected this summer then before the end of the year, Keri Hilson’s long-in-the-works solo debut, “In a Perfect World,” has now been pushed to early 2009. The set will be released by Zone 4/Mosley Music Group/Interscope.
“World” features production from Polow Da Don, Roy Hamilton, Timbaland, Royal Court and Danja Handz, as well as co-production from R&B artist/producer Tank. Guest features include Timbaland and Lil Wayne.
Beyond the singles “Energy” and “Return the Favor” featuring Timbaland, the album includes the seductive “Turning Me On,” the stern “Intuition” (“Dudes think they’re slick / got a lot of girls on they’re d*cks / but I’m not the silly girl I used to be”) and the LL Cool J-sampling “Do It To Me Radio.”
Justin Timberlake co-wrote the acoustic guitar-flecked “Slow Dance,” while Danja produced “Love Ya.” The album is rounded out by the piano-based “Hurts Me,” the dance track “Shake It Like a Dog” and the revenge tale “How Does It Feel?”
Hilson rose to prominence in recent years after penning tracks like Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” and Usher’s “Love in This Club.” She has also been featured on hit songs by Timbaland, Nas and Chris Brown, among many others.
Describing the album as “a bit more R&B” than what folks may know from her songwriting, Hilson told Billboard in September that “In a Perfect World” relates to everyone who has something incomplete or something they’d like to change about themselves. “I didn’t want to do an album that painted me perfect,” she said. “What’s missing in music is just that: showing the vulnerable side of women, the real. Showing women you can be yourself. You don’t have to walk around like your sh*t doesn’t stink.”