Billie-Eve (album)

Ayo.s third album named after her daughter Billie-Eve will be released on 7th March 2011 in France and on 14th March everywhere.

The album was recorded in New York with the cooperation of exceptional musicians among whom notably Craig Ross (guitarist of Lenny Kravitz), the rapper Saul Williams, inevitable Matthieu Chedid and panther Gail-Ann Dorsey, bass player of David Bowie.

From Breath of Life by Kalamu ya Salaam
Billie-Eve is Ayo’s third studio album. This one sounds like pages from a young woman’s deeply intimate diary; someone who has strong beliefs and is being tested by a trough of hard-ass unproductive relationships and social conditions. She manages to moan about heart hurt without sounding maudlin or pitiful, perhaps because in the midst of a sea of troubles she secures islands of defiance and resistance. And even as she admits she has fallen, the downpression notwithstanding she is pushing herself back up.

In a French interview she explains how the album came about, how she wanted something basic in terms of instrumentation and engineering, how she preferred first takes and laying down material in a five day New York recording sprint—but then getting a few more ideas and taking three more days in Paris to record additional music.

Ayo was in the maternity ward during a long delivery of her daughter, writing music in her head, and it wasn’t all lollipops and roses. Her post-partum blues came hard and early. Relationship break-ups just before a baby is born can be devastating, make you want to run and hide.

Ayo’s trials propelled her into the studio. Emotionally naked, she put it all out there. There is a sincere rawness that might be characterized as a modern day blues. Sometimes the songs are literal duets with only one instrument, there are no elaborate arrangements, indeed some of it verges on off the cuff albeit riveting and revealing letting-go sessions. Let the pain and the pity go, admit the fuck-ups and fucked-overs. Woman up: suck it up and spit it out.

Ayo’s sincerity is stronger than the bullshit with which she is dealing. She encourages us to identify with and embrace the process of salvaging the torn apart shards of her heart. Plus, she made a couple of wise decisions in including some material that on paper might not make much sense. Like, what is spoken word artist Saul Williams doing dropping an inspirational verse and where did that stylistically out of place Jackson 5 “I Want You Back” song come from?

Significant chunks of Ayo’s personality are presented. Clips from performances featuring music from Billie-Eve show Ayo literally bouncing off the walls doing the Michael Jackson—and by the way while most of her steps are clearly just imitations of Jacko, Ayo does have a mean moonwalk. Not only that, she can actually sound like Michael, really.

Background info in German from Pop24

Album Charts (positions)

week/country ch be fr fr (download) pl
1 33 31 8 2 32
2 25 11 11 5 30
3 39 16 22 14 39
4 69 32 45 28 -
5 79 46 54 45 -
6 67 42 66 - -
7 - 62 77 - -
8 - 52 77 - -
9 - 72 55 - -
10 - 75 69 - -
11 - - 83 - -
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Art work for album by Rene and Radka

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Julia See also video of song 'Julia'!

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CD Limited edition CD Standard edition MP3 Vinyl (2 discs) 15,95 € 21,99 € 14,95 € 19,99 €
- 17,95 €

The first single from this album is called I'm gonna dance.


The song 'How many people' from the album