Last week, Grammy Award-winning Jill Scott commemorated her 15-year anniversary in music with the release of her fifth studio album entitled Woman.
Now she’s headed toward her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as her latest release is on track to debut atop the list. The album is Scott’s first studio album since 2011’s The Light of the Sun, which also marked her first No. 1. It moved 135,000 units in its first week.
Woman is expected to move over 55,000 units in the week ending July 30, according to Billboard.
In the weeks leading up to the release of Scott’s latest project, she has been vocal about her thoughts on Bill Cosby. Initially she was quite supportive of Bill, but after testimony from a 2005 civil suit surface, which revealed Cosby confessing to drugging women then having sex with them, Jill retracted her support for the disgraced comic legend.
“About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers proof of terrible deeds, which is all I have ever required to believe the accusations,” Jill tweeted before later adding; “I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It hurts!”
In the wake of Cosby’s rape allegations, networks such as BET and Bounce TV immediately terminated reruns of his beloved series The Cosby Show. In a conversation with The Huffington Post, Scott compared the repercussions for Cosby to those of other renowned public figures who have been accused or convicted of crimes.
“I’ve watched – let’s say for instance, Phil Spector. I don’t know if that was a proclivity or a moment of insanity, or whatever it was. But he killed a woman,” she said. “And he was tried and convicted and is serving time and is still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’m noticing that Bill Cosby — or the legacy — is being pulled apart inch by inch. I’m saying what is fair for some should be fair for all, where if the punishment fits the crime then it should be dealt with for everyone not just some.”
She continued, “I’m just saying being a creator or being an artist that is a Black man – that is beloved – is one of the most dangerous positions you can ever be in. Respected is one thing, but beloved is dangerous. And more importantly than everything else, they’re just people. Fallible and sometimes f*****d up.”
(Photo: Jill Scott Twitter)