Common & Jennifer Hudson collaborate on new album

Common and Jennifer Hudson are taking their relationship to the next level with a musical collaboration. On Tuesday, according to a report by, Common announced his forthcoming album, “The Auditorium, Vol. 1,” created with acclaimed producer DJ Pete Rock. The album, set to release on July 12, features an array of notable guest artistes, including Bilal, Posdnuos of De La Soul and Hudson herself on the track “A God (There Is).”

Common and Hudson were spotted together at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks game on January 17, fueling public interest in their relationship. The couple has been increasingly public about their romance, with Hudson recently expressing her happiness during an interview at the 2024 Daytime Emmy Awards. “Everything is wonderful,” she told People, though she remained tight-lipped on specifics.

Common, known for his Grammy-winning career, released the album’s second single, “Dreamin,'” on Tuesday, following the initial single “Wise Up” last month. On Instagram, he reflected on his journey: “For me, this all started with A Dream… It’s been a dream of mine to work with the LEGENDARY @realpeterock.”

This album marks Common’s first studio project since 2021’s A Beautiful Revolution (Pt. 2). Pete Rock’s involvement adds significant clout, given his legendary status in hip-hop.

In a previous appearance on Hudson’s talk show, Common spoke fondly of her, hinting at their relationship. “She’s talented,” he said, alluding to Hudson’s EGOT status. While both remain private about their personal lives, their professional collaboration on “The Auditorium, Vol. 1” speaks volumes about their strong bond.

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