Celebrity gossip bloggers aren't typically the best source for unbiased 411. But Atlanta blogger Gyant's rant about the mistreatment of Atlanta's tastemakers (think he means us, too) pretty much summed up last night's listening party for the Dream's new album Love King. The R&B singer/songwriter entered the album preview session at Stankonia Studios almost two hours late with five bodyguards in tow. He barely spoke to the specially invited crowd of DJs, critics and radio personalities in the building, offering only a mere: "Thanks for coming out."
Yeah, it was weird like that first-date weird.
Album cuts "Love King," "Love Again," and "Sex Intelligent" (redundant much?) have already been released and/or leaked and the reception has been pretty positive. Terius "The Dream" Nash is known for his instrumental extensions at the end of songs and he definitely keeps that concept going with this album. But there's also an abundance of pop tracks on the album this time around. And not pop like commercial or mainstream, pop like Nsync's "Dirty Pop." Other tracks, including "FU" and "Waterfall" have a bubbly upbeat sound with guitars and basic drums. Those songs will probably take the Dream's fans beyond the realm of radio-killer R&B they've come to expect from him. The Prince-inspired cut "Yamaha" is a little corny, but I'm sure it will catch on with the bikers and high-school kids if properly promoted over the summer.
I'm not sure how the Dream will fare with this album overall. It's highly unlikely that his fan base will be willing to explore new musical terrain with him, even if it that terrain is candy-coated to death. Maybe the Dream is being pressured by his label Def Jam to release this record right now. At least that might begin to explain his sourpuss attitude and last night's overzealous security force (one of them actually fainted). Or maybe it's us tastemakers who are being unrealistic for expecting the artists we push into pop's orbit to remain human at the same time. Yeah, right.
But if at first you don't succeed, blame the label. Apparently, the Dream realized the err of his ways post-listening party and took to Twitter for damage control. Only to make matters worse:
And trully sorry about allllll the body guards cant control what the label does but i must admit that was a little over the top and
whoever thought that it was a bright idea to make it so anti social will be jobless come 8am! if you know me like that you would know
im not that guy just a case of insensitive people over doing there jobs! All i do is walk in and play my shit i cant control everything!
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(Photo by Maurice Garland)
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