Will.i.am Signs Kelis To His Label

Kelis has had one crazy year. First, she got pregnant with then-husband Nas’ baby. Then, she filed for divorce and had to fight him for spousal support. After that, she gave birth with her mother and sister by her side. We’re pretty sure she’s looking forward to the new possibilities that come with a new year. “2010 is around the corner and I can’t wait to put out new music and spend time with real music fans on tour again,” she said in a released statement. And the stars are already lining up for her. A few weeks ago, Kelis released a dance single, “Acapella,” which had Amelia and me grooving. Now she’s announced that she’s signed to Will.i.am’s Music Group, which also counts Fergie and Macy Gray as artists on the roster. Her new album, which is slated for release early next year, will have tracks produced by Will.i.am, of course, but also DJ Ammo and Boyz Noize, who I’m assuming must be really great producers because Kelis is too “Bossy” to work with just anybody. Their electro-pop style means Kelis is sticking to her off-the-wall sound, which is so refreshing in this era of cookie-cutter music. [Essence]