*Aloe Blacc is putting a bit more weight into his third album, “Lift Your Spirit,” later this year.
The singer, riding high this year on the success of singles such as “The Man” and “Wake Me Up,” tells Billboard that he and his label, Interscope, “are going to repackage the album” this summer for a uniform collection comprised of all the songs he released globally during the campaign.
“I recorded about 40 songs, and you can only release 10 or 12 of them at a time,” Blacc explains. “The European version of the album had a different set of songs than the (American) version, a couple of songs that were different, so we’re going to get them all together and release all of the songs from across the world so that everybody gets every song and no territory is complaining about not having any particular song.”
Blacc adds that, “It was never my intention to release so many songs. I wanted to just have 10, but we had way more material than we expected that we considered worthy. But I think that’s OK. I think it’s OK to give people more than they expected.”
Blacc expects to have the set ready “by the end of the summer or, probably, the beginning of the fall.” Meanwhile, he says he’d like to release a follow-up to “Lift Your Spirit” “hopefully early next year” but acknowledges “maybe that’s too soon. It depends on what the label says. I’m definitely ready to release more music, because I’ve just got so much stuff recorded and so many other songs that I’m eager to record.”