Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter-actress Erykah Badu will kick off a run of TV appearances tonight, March 3, on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a performance of “Window Seat,” the lead single from her forthcoming album NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH, which will be released by Universal Motown Records on March 30.
Badu has also announced upcoming television appearances on The Wendy Williams Show (March 25), Good Day New York (March 26), Jimmy Kimmel Live (March 30), The Wanda Sykes Show (April 3), Chelsea Lately (April 5), and The Mo’Nique Show (TBA).
Now available at and Amazon.com, “Window Seat” has already been heating up airwaves. The single is the No. 1 most-added track at Urban AC Mediabase and Urban AC R&R, and the No. 1 Greatest Gainer on the BDS Urban AC chart.
“Window Seat” was co-produced by Erykah Badu and James Poyser on keys with Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from The Roots on drums. With lyrics like, “Can I get a window seat? / Don’t want nobody next to me / I just wanna take it out of town / A look around / And a safe touch down,” Okayplayer.com hails it as a “mellowed out anthem” for frequent flyers. Rolling Stone magazine says it’s “a smoothly schizophrenic quiet-stormer.” And Vibe.com describes the infectious single as “a throwback soul groove that’s driven by a live jazz bassline (a theme throughout NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO) that could have been plucked straight off [1997’s] Baduizm.”
NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH features contributions from some of the most talented, groundbreaking, underground producers and engineers in the hip-hop game, including 9th Wonder, Madlib, James Poyser, Sa-Ra’s Shafiq Husayn, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jah Born, R.C. Williams, Ta’Raach, Karriem Riggins, and the late J Dilla. “We used a lot of analog instruments—harps, strings, drums, piano, and even a Theremin—to give the album that sonic feel,” said Badu. “There’s a strong undercurrent of bottom, a rumbling to these songs that feels good to me. It feels like a hug.”