Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jennifer Hudson May Have Pharrell’s Next Big Hit on Her New Album


Attention Pharrell fans: you liked “Happy,” “Blurred Lines,” and “Get Lucky.” Now Mr. Williams with the hat– the Cat in the Hat–has written and produced a new hit for Jennifer Hudson. “Just That Type of Girl” is one of 10 tracks on “JHUD,” Hudson’s new, succinct, and excellent R&B offering on RCA.

“JHUD” drops September 23rd. Pharrell worked on three tracks, but “Girl” seems so radio and dance friendly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes off on its own. It’s original, too, with a little bass line nod to Stevie Wonder’s “Do I Do” added for good measure.

“JHUD” also contains three contributions from Kourtney J. Pollard including the final track, “Moan,” a six minute gospel tinged ballad that’s a bit of a tour de force.

Ten tracks, forty minutes? Yup. But no filler, so that’s cool. And absent of its dreadful video, “Dangerous” turns out to be a pretty great song.

Hudson is young, and wants to record young music. But she’s also an Oscar winner. And she may just be the great voice of her generation. Next time, it would be great to hear some covers of amazing classics, some off beat choices. When she’s done Neil Diamond’s “Holly Holy” and Michael Jackson’s “Will You Be There,” live, roofs have exploded. Next time perhaps.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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