CeeLo Plots Comeback With New Album Heart Blanche

Last year, CeeLo Green allegedly did and definitely said some truly heinous shit. After pleading no contest to supplying ecstasy to a woman — who alleged that she woke up naked in his bed with no memory of anything that had happened since dinner — he then went on an “I’m a total piece of shit” rant of epic proportions on Twitter, saying some really, really, really not okay stuff about rape and consent. Rightfully, his career has suffered immensely for this; after a couple of bullshit non-apologies, TBS cancelled his reality show, and he started getting dropped from festival lineups left and right.

He’s more or less laid low since then, but now he’s coming back into the public eye in a big way: Atlantic Records CEO/co-chairman Craig Kallman told Billboard that work on a new album is almost complete. Entitled Heart Blanche and slated for a fourth-quarter 2015 release, the album will feature collaborations with Mark Ronson, Charlie Puth, and Wallpaper, among others. “It’s arguably the best piece of work he’s ever done,” says Green’s manager Larry Mestel. “It’s very rare to find artists these days that focus on an album as a body of work — most albums these days are just collections of songs, but that’s not the case here.”

When asked how Green’s career can come back from the damage done by his Twitter explosion, both Kallman and Mestel said, “We’re going to let the music do the talking.” According to Billboard, “a source close to the situation” told them that “It was very unfortunate that the tweet occurred, but that’s not the person [Green] is and not what he stands for. [Hopefully] his new music will recapture the imagination of who people thought he was and who he really is.”