Dwele set for Grammys, preps album

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DETROIT -- R&B singer Dwele says he's "on schedule, pretty much" for his third album, the follow-up to 2005's "Some Kinda ...," which he hopes to release in late March on Koch.

The Detroit vocalist, born Andwele Gardner, said he has been working on the album in Detroit, Los Angeles and Virginia. Knox and G-One are among the set's producers, with the latter guesting on the track "I'm Cheating." The Detroit rap group Slum Village will appear on the album, and Dwele said he also has reached out to Kanye West after appearing on "Flashing Lights" from West's latest album, "Graduation."

Dwele describes the as-yet-untitled album as "kind of a mixture. I have a couple songs that are more radio-friendly, but I'm actually trying to take my time and elevate. It's all about going with the music and trying to follow that."

Lyrically, he says he'll "stick primarily to relationships. That's what people tend to buy. ... Everything from the usual living life and learning about love. This album is moreso talking about relationships and what we have to do to make them work."

Dwele, who also has recorded guest spots for new albums by labelmates AZ and Foxy Brown, said he still feels like "Some Kinda ..." "just came out," but fans have made him aware of the gap between his albums. "When I check MySpace, I see people's comments -- 'Y'know, it's been such-and-such years. When's another album? It's time.' I have to sit back and think, 'Yeah, it has been a minute ...,' " he said.

One other stop Dwele is planning for 2008 is at the Grammy Awards ceremony Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. His version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's the Way of the World" from the tribute album "Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire" is nominated in the best urban/alternative performance category.

"Oh, man, when I first got the information on it I was driving and had to pull the car over. I almost crashed," Dwele said. "It's very exciting. I'm looking forward to being there and experiencing it in person. And hopefully it's the first of many."
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