LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 04: D'Angelo performs at Brixton Academy on February 4, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by
Nick Pickles

Back in January, elusive R&B crooner D’Angelo crawled out of—I dunno, his home? The studio? Wherever D'Angelo hangs out these days?—to do a few European shows the singer called his "D-Tour." It was his first proper performance in 11 years, but the singer sounded just as soulful as a decade ago. U.S. fans, though, no longer have to curse their cooler European counterparts, as Billboard reports that the singer will give his first U.S. performance in 10 years July 6 at New Orleans' Essence Music Fest. This is excellent news.

A U.S. performance means, in theory, that the singer's eternally delayed follow-up to 2000's Voodoo should be finished this year. Late last year, Questlove told Pitchfork that D'Angelo's new album is "97% done," meaning it has to be done by the time July comes around, right? Right?

D'Angelo, "Sugar Daddy" [Live in Stockholm]