Rapper Missy Elliott is gearing up to release her first album in three years.
Tentatively titled Block Party and due in August, the oft-delayed Atlantic release is the follow-up to 2005’s The Cookbook, which sold a relatively disappointing 645,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her best-seller is 2002’s Under Construction which sold 2.1 million copies.
Tracks on the new album, Elliott’s seventh, include the drum-heavy Hip-Hop Don’t Die; the sensual Milk & Cookies, on which Elliott lightheartedly harmonizes about her capabilities in the bedroom; and first single Best Best.
To help reintroduce Elliott to the marketplace, Atlantic included two new songs, Ching-a-Ling and Shake Your Pom Pom, on the Step Up 2 the Streets soundtrack in March. The tracks, which will be reprised on Block Party, have already sold a combined 296,000 copies digitally.
Elliott will also release a promotional album in mid-summer, Fanomenal, which was titled by fans in an online vote and will include exclusive tracks and videos. And, in keeping with the new album title’s theme, Elliott will host a couple of block parties around the July 4 and Labour Day weekends.