“Lady Love”, LeToya’s long awaited sophomore album was released ONE YEAR AGO TODAY! Featuring collaborations with Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Tank, Estelle and more, it became her second #1 album to top Billboard’s R&B/ Hip-Hop Albums Chart!
The lead single, “Not Anymore” became her third Top 20 single, and was followed by the pop-inspired “She Ain’t Got…”, and her second #1 Urban radio single, “Regret” (featuring Ludacris) which also became her second Top 5 single, and one of “The Best R&B Singles of 2009″ according to AOL Music.
“LeToya Loves No. 1″ – Billboard.com
“The new R&B and Pop album delivered from LeToya Luckett Lady Love is golden, a R&B classic!!!” – MTV
Make sure you go and pick up LeToya Luckett’s album it is such a really good 1 trust me my wife said it was lol!!!!! – Steve Harvey
R&B singer, songwriter, producer Tank, who recently signed with Atlantic Records and co-starred with LeToya in Preacher’s Kid, spoke with AllHipHop.com about he and LeToya met and created the hits “Over”, “Good To Me”, and of course “Regret” from her #1 album ” Lady Love!
AllHipHop.com: Thank you for giving me inside perspective on those tracks. I really appreciate it. You have also contributed several tracks to LeToya Luckett‘s latest album, Lady Love, in addition to co-starring with her in the film Preacher’s Kid. What kind of special bond do the two of you share behind-the-scenes, because the chemistry on Lady Love was incredible? Besides, “Regret” and “Good to Me,” which were singles, I fell madly in love with “Over”.
Tank: You know what’s crazy? It all started with “Over,” while we were on the set of Preacher’s Kid. She and I had run into each other a few times, but nothing really sparked off, as far as us getting anything done. And so, one day I said: We’ve gotta work together.” And she said: “Okay, well, let’s work together, because we really can’t avoid each other!” [laughing] So she wanted to hear something, and I started playing records for her, including that record. When she heard it, she told me to play it again. And we played the record like three or four times in a row, and she’s said: “That’s it! That’s it!” I mean, she was just going crazy about the “Over” record. And then there was another record, too, that she was going crazy about that we didn’t actually get around to. That started the process and – from there – she just started listening to more records. I was listening to the stuff she had, and she would come to the house or whatever, and we’d just hang out – all of us. There was a nice bunch of us that would just hang out. And then once it came time to come back to L.A. and get the record done, it was almost towards the end of the record. They were looking at it, and trying to figure it out over the holidays, and I was like, “Hell, no, let’s work.” And we ended up creating like three super, super great records that came at the end of the album, at the end of the budget, and all of that stuff. But we just figured out a way to work it out and we ended up with some of the biggest records on the album.
LeToya Luckett: ‘If I Didn’t Have My Faith, I Wouldn’t Be Anywhere!’
LeToya Luckett is a founding member of Destiny’s Child who saw her life change when she and group member LaTavia Roberson were ousted from the group in 1999 while promoting their chart-topping CD ‘The Writing’s on the Wall.’ Destiny’s Child continued with Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, and the group’s manager, Matthew Knowles, replaced Luckett and Roberson with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin (who only lasted five months).
Things weren’t easy following the fallout from Destiny’s Child – there was a media firestorm, lawsuits and a whole lot of backlash – but the 28-year-old singer said it was her faith that helped her overcome the tumultuous time in her life. After a failed attempt at launching a new group called Angel, Luckett landed a solo deal of her own in 2003 and released her debut CD, ‘LeToya,’ on Capitol Records in 2006. With one platinum-certified CD under her belt, the Houston-based singer is back with her recently released sophomore opus, ‘Lady Love.’
I had dinner with Luckett recently at Carolina Kitchen in Hyattsville, Md., and the singer candidly discussed life after Destiny’s Child, whether she would reunite with her former group and having high-profile relationships.
You’ve become a poster child for second chances and overcoming adversity. Is that a lot of pressure?
I don’t mind it. There are so many people out here in this world with that type of story who we never hear about because they are in different corners of the Earth. I am pretty sure that they have probably been through worse than I’ve been through and achieved it. They’ve been able to cross that bridge and get through the fire without being negative, stepping on somebody’s neck or bad-mouthing somebody. I love when people come up to me and say things like that. Continue reading…
LeToya has found herself in familiar territory on the Billboard charts – at #1! “Lady Love” topped the Billboard Top Hip-Hop/ R&B Charts this week and came in at #12 on the Billboard Top 200! Keep spreading the word about “Lady Love” and the HOT new single, “Regret” featuring Ludacris!