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Keri Hilson’s “Perfect World” Arrives With Kayne, Ne-Yo & Lil Wayne

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Like her many fans, my friends at Yahoo! Music have been anxiously awaiting the release of Keri Hilson's debut album, In A Perfect World..., for months. Those smart guys and gals at Y! Music had Hilson in studio for a performance and interview last summer, back when it seemed as if the album would be released shortly. At the time, they never could have guessed that it would be delayed for several months and that the emerging artists program would be transformed into a blog. But as luck would have it, the album wasn't released until Tuesday (March 24), so now I can write about it and we can show off Hilson's exclusive interview and performance. How's that for perfection? Check out Hilson performing "Energy" and let me know if it gets you going.

In case you didn't know, Hilson is much more than just another pretty singer with a beautiful voice; she's a songwriter, too. In fact, she's penned such hits as Britney Spears' "Gimme More," Usher's "Love In This Club, Part II," Mary J. Blige's "Take Me As I Am," and the Pussycat Dolls' "Wait A Minute." Her big break came working with her mentor, Timbaland, on the track "The Way I Are," a title that enraged the grammar police to no end, but nonetheless became a hit. Keri explains it all in the exclusive interview below.

Unfortunately, Hilson's first single, "Energy," which was featured in the performance above, failed to become a big hit in the U.S., but was a smash in New Zealand. (Can a guest spot on Flight Of The Conchords be in Ms. Hilson's future?). A second track, "Return The Favor," also failed to click, but it was the soundtrack for a pretty stunning video.

If you think Hilson is just another no-hit wonder, think again. Her third single, "Turnin' Me On" (featuring Lil Wayne) became a top 20 pop smash and nearly topped the R&B chart.

For a moment, I thought I might be acting a little self-centered by thinking that Hilson's delayed album release was a good thing, just so I could blog about it, but it turns out that the singer herself is "grateful" for the delays. At least that's what she told MTV. How do you like them apples? It's a perfect world after all. Everybody wins.  What do you think? Was Hilson's In A Perfect World... worth the wait?


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