Monday, March 8, 2010
ews: R&B Singer D'Angelo Reportedly Arrested By Undercover Cop, Offered Sexual Act
According to reports, the arrest took place in New York CIty.
Grammy Award-winning R&B singer D'Angelo was arrested early yesterday after allegedly offering an undercover policewoman $40 for oral sex while cruising alone through the West Village -- with $12,000 stashed in his SUV. D'Angelo, 36, whose real name is Michael Archer, was in his top-of-the-line Range Rover at Greenwich and Horatio streets at about 2:30 a.m. when he spotted a woman he took to be a prostitute, sources said. He was arrested and charged with solicitation after asking the woman for sex, the sources said. His manager declined to comment. (New York Post)
Outside of legal matters, D'Angelo has not released a solo project in nearly ten years.
Finally, the special-guest-laden Voodoo was released in early 2000 and debuted at number one, an indication of just how large -- and devoted -- D'Angelo's fan base was. The extremely Prince-like lead single, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," was a smash on the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won for Best R&B Album. (All Music)
Speculation suggests the singer will make a comeback later this year.
On January 29, 2010, an incomplete song named '1000 Deaths' was leaked on to the internet and uploaded to YouTube, it was said to possibly be from the James River album, however, after four days on February 3 it was deleted due to a copyright claim by D'Angelo. Also his official website went offline in November 2009, but now it links to D'Angelo's official Myspace Page with a banner reading 'Album & Tour Summer 2010' and his manager's Myspace page also states: "D'Angelo's album is slated for release late summer 2010." (Guion Partners)
He is often compared to the late Marvin Gaye and singer Prince.
D'Angelo is known for his production and songwriting talents as much as for his vocal abilities, and often draws comparisons to his influencers, Marvin Gaye, and Prince. D'Angelo was one of the most influential artists during the rise of the neo-soul movement. (Wikipedia)
No further details have been revealed as of now.