It feels like just yesterday when “Fergalicious” was on the lips of every Juicy Couture-loving club rat, but, in reality, it’s been 11 years since Fergie dropped her solo debut The Dutchess. Now, just as all things aughts are making a comeback, Fergie has announced her long-awaited return. Dubbed Double Dutchess, the album will become available to pre-order on August 25. While there’s not yet a release date, there is plenty of visuals to tide over fans.
“THE COVER BITCHEZ!!!! PREORDER 8/25!! ?? #DOUBLEDUTCHESS,” Fergie tweeted, alongside a thirty-second visual teaser which fully warrants the use of the fire emoji. In it, Fergie sings things like “Let yourself soar” and “Let yourself fly” while sporting a handful of different looks—ranging from bodysuits and camouflage to her birthday suit so to speak—as if 11 years haven’t passed at all. Oh, but they have. Over the past decade, Fergie has gotten married to Josh Duhamel, had a son (Axl Jack Duhamel), and even sang about life as a mom.
Of course, she did so in her own Fergalicious way. Recall “M.I.L.F. $,” the track she released as the lead single for her new album last year. The cheeky video which depicted Fergie as a you-know-what had a star-packed cast, featuring the likes of fellow celebrity mothers Ciara, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Kim Kardashian West, Gemma Ward, Tara Lynn, Devon Aoki, Angela Lindvall, Isabeli Fontana, Amber Valletta, and Natasha Poly. “Changing the acronym to Moms I’d Like To Follow is about empowering women who do it all,” she told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “They have a career, a family, and still find the time to take care of themselves and feel sexy. With a wink of course :).”
Fergie has been taking her time crafting her second solo album, as she reportedly began working on Double Dutchess three years ago. Though, she hasn’t exactly been quiet throughout the process. When Fergie announced she would be leaving her old label Interscope to sign to BMG and create her own offshoot named Dutchess Music, she issued a statement defending her decision. “It’s an opportunity to release my solo music as well as develop and nurture new artists,” she said as The Los Angeles Times reported. “This next chapter in my career will allow me the independence to evolve both as an artist and as a businesswoman.” Now, it seems like we won’t have to wait long to watch both.
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