Preview: The Final Album from Teena Marie, “Beautiful” — In Stores Tuesday

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Teena Marie was working on her 14th and latest album for Universal Music Enterprises, Beautiful, at the time of her passing, the follow-up to 2009?s Congo Square, which peaked at #4 on the R&B chart and went to #20 on the album chart, producing the Top 12 Urban AC hit, “Can’t Last a Day.”

Recorded at her own Pasadena home studio and finished except for final mixes, Beautiful was seen through to its conclusion by Teena’s 20-year-old daughter Alia Rose, who sings on three of the tracks (joining her mom on “Rare Breed” and “Sweet Tooth,” both of which she co-wrote-along with “Beautiful”-as well as a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love”). The first single, “Luv Letter,” is just that, an homage to Tee’s Motown roots, with nods to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and a dedication to Alia’s father, who just happened to be a postman, like in the Marvelettes’ song of the same name.

“Beautiful” is In Stores Tuesday — Preview The Album Now!

  1. OMG I absolutely loved every song!!!!!! RIP Teena I will continue to play your music and add this to my collection on tues.

  2. Already pre-oredered a few weeks back. I got my email that it has been shipped today! I will be playing this all day on Tues. Thanx Urbanbridgez for announcing the release date last year, giving us Luv Letter before it was out and the cover and songs before anyone else. You guys rock! Teena’s estate obviously knows this blog is where it’s at for real rnb music lovers!

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