Skylar Grey has announced that she will release her next album, Don’t Look Down, on July 9. In the months leading up to its release, the Eminem protege also plans to release four singles (and accompanying videos) to show how she’s experimented with genres. “I believe in hearing more than one song, because there are so many different sides to the album,” Grey said to Rolling Stone.
As of now, even with current single “C’mon Let Me Ride,” Grey’s better known for songs she’s written for others: Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie,” Dr. Dre‘s “I Need a Doctor” and most recently, Cee-Lo‘s “Only You.” With that in mind, Grey says that while Don’t Look Down definitely nods to her rap-informed present, songs like “White Suburban” also give away that she was raised on singer-songwriter tracks. (Her first concert: Alison Krauss.) Don’t Look Down was once called Invinsible and slated for a 2012 release.
That said, Grey has big plans to make herself known in time for Don’t Look Down‘s debut. Her next single (and personal favorite) “Final Warning” is out next Tuesday, April 16, and the following week will.i.am releases #willpower, his collaboration-heavy solo outing featuring Grey herself. Watch Grey talk about their #willpower studio session in our Idolator interview.