One of our favorite Clizbeats featured artists, Keri Hilson has been keeping busy, staying active with various projects while she is prepping us for her scecond album as a solo artist. While her debut album, In A Perfect World was certified Gold in the US thanks to the Grammy nominated track featured on it, “Knock You Down” featuring Ne-Yo and Kanye West, she continued to do what she does best singing as a featured artist. Since the end of 2009 on to now, Keri has had the opportunity to appear on a collection of hit singles from other artists. Some of these singles include, “Million Dollar Girl” by Trina featuring Diddy & Keri Hilson, “Medecine” by Plies featuring Keri Hilson, “She Don’t Wanna Man” by Asher Roth featuring Keri Hilson among others.
Recently Keri appeared as a guest on the single “I Got Your Back” from T.I.’s forthcoming new album, King Uncaged, set for release on September 28th. The song discusses his strong relationship with his fiance, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle from R&B group, Xscape. The context of the record comes from how their relationship was tested during T.I,’s recent incarceration for most of last year. Keri’s vocals serve as the supportive female perspective in the song, while T.I. serves as his own perspective talking back to his fiance. Keri’s up beat mealody combined with DJ Troomp’s production that is similar to Keri’s Rhythmic, “Knock You Down”, allows Keri to put her stamp on a song that clearly is marked as a mile stone in T.I.’s life and career.
It is clear that Keri has become the go to girl for a featured hook for a song. Timbaland possibly gave her the opportunity to sing on the song that is still arguably the biggest worldwide hit of her career, “The Way I Are” by Timbaland featuring Keri Hilson and D.O.E. from 2007. However one of her biggest hits is one of her own that was not even released in The US. This hit is a single of hers is one from the end of last year, called “I Like.” It was originally released in Germany as part of the soundtrack to the German film, Zweiohrküken. and was later added to the deluxe edition of Keri’s In A Perfect World album in Europe. This obvious Electro Pop/Euro Pop smash writtten and produced by German song writers, David Jost and Robin Grubert was new territoryf or Keri, but the gamble payed off.. It helped further certify her as an international sensation by charting highly on various charts around Europe. It debuted at number one on the German Pop charts, eventually going Platinum in Germany.
“I Like” was recently brought over to the states, American fans may remember the song being used in promo ads for the CW’s second season for 90210. While Keri’s sound and influences continue to evolve ome can only wonder what her next album sounds like. Her second album is set for release in November 2010, the first single from that project is due for promo release this month. (August 2010).
From Zweiohrküken Soundtrack
90210 Promo Featuring Keri Hilson’s “I Like”
T.I. Featuring Keri Hilson
“Got Your Back”
From King Uncaged
Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records