Original story: Weeks after Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds participated in the Instagram Live "Versuz" series and soared past the 1 million followers mark, the hitmaker has announced he'll return — but this time, it won't be for a battle with fellow producer Teddy Riley.
Instead, Edmonds plans to go live on the social media platform Sunday night to celebrate Mother’s Day.
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“It’s been 25 years since ‘Waiting to Exhale’ was first released — I can’t even believe it,” he said in a Tuesday Instagram video. “So to celebrate, this Sunday, on Mother’s Day... I wanna play you the music of ‘Waiting to Exhale,’ tell you the story about the songs and all of the incredible women that were part of the journey.
“And, I don’t know, maybe we’ll have a special guest or two. Just saying,” he added.
The singer told Variety that during his music battle with Riley last month "(t)here were a lot of people asking for stuff" from the Billboard 200 chart-topping "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack. Because of that, Edmonds decided to discuss it in a livestream on Mother's Day.
“I thought that would be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day. And I’ll premiere the new single, — ‘When I Get to Heaven,’ then, too,” he said of his first release in half a decade.
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It seems Babyface is getting comfortable with the livestream platform.
Although the “Versuz” battle proved popular — more than 500,000 viewers tuned in live — Edmonds wasn’t initially eager to join the music producer battle launched by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz as people have remained at home amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“It wasn’t something I was dying to do but now that it’s happened I realize that there are people out there that wanna reach out and connect and this is a new way of connecting,” he told Variety. “That’s why I’ll do this IG Live and do some other things in the future as well. … Until we get out on the road again.”