As a recent participant in the Barbados Jazz Festival, Erykah Badu's revealed some interesting developments she has in store to a Jamaican newspaper. First off, Erykah has plans to launch a magazine, Freaq, an obvious nod to her Control FreaQ record label. Aside from the eagerly anticipated New AmErykah album that's set to be released on her birthday of February 26th, Erykah also has plans for two other albums. Return of the Ankh is slated for a July release, and New AmErykah II which Erykah plans to be released via USB sticks that allow fans to have access to new material as soon as it's released. This last development gives more meaning to her claim that she is truly an "analog girl in a digital world." Additionally, you stans out there will be happy to know that she manages her own MySpace page, instead of it being managed by someone else not worthy of your digital love and adulation. It's great to hear that this will be a prolific year for Ms. Badu, after way too long of a hiatus.
"Being the new Badu" [TJO]