Centric TV released new music from the 90s R&B sensation, Adina Howard, on Monday September 23, set to be featured on her forthcoming album "The Switch Up." The new single, "Switch," carries a tune that is more upbeat, dance-worthy and a lot less provocative than her previously released 1995 chart topper, "Freak Like Me."
It was the song that set Howard's career in motion almost a decade ago off of her debut album, "Do You Wanna Ride." "Freak Like Me," which sampled the rhythm of the hook to Bootsy Collins' "I'd Rather Be With You," reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
The single, along with the look of Adina Howard, stamped the seal approval for women who were not intimidated by their own sex appeal, and were willing to push the envelope with their lyrics and their music.
Howard was featured on a couple of soundtracks and released three additional albums, "Welcome to Fantasy Island (1997)" "The Second Coming (2004)" and "Private Show (2007)," which collectively were not as successful as the album and single that jump started her career.
"Private Show" sold a mere 4,000 plus copies and was the last album that Adina released until now. Maybe the lack of success from her previous albums is the reason she has decided to "Switch" up her style and title the album as such, "The Switch Up."
Can we expect more raunchy and seductive images and songs from Howard with this album? Well, if the album is anything like the first single, "Switch" then we are probably in store for a little sexy but a brand new Adina Howard.
Her lyrics even suggest that there is a "brand new" thing going on with her these days.
"I'm talking brand new hair/even my skin has got a brand new flare/hope we make use of what we got right here/ninety nine flavors in this cup right here."
Welcome Back to Adina Howard. Listen below to the first single. "Switch"