The smooth and sexy ways of Bobby Valentino, the first R&B artist signed to Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace Records, are bringing him back to the top of the charts – as his brand new single “Anonymous” (featuring Timbaland) comes in as the #1 Most-Added record in its impact week at Urban radio. “Anonymous” sets the stage for the May 8th arrival in-stores of Bobby’s long-awaited second album, SPECIAL OCCASION. Bobby has co-written more than three-fourths of the new album, which also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Delite, Bryan Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins . One of SPECIAL OCCASION’s earlier advance tracks, “Turn The Page” (described as “a heartfelt and emotional ballad about trust, love and taking chances in a relationship”) – which was also the #1 Most-Added single at Urban Mainstream radio upon its release. SPECIAL OCCASION is the follow-up to Disturbing Tha Peace Presents: Bobby Valentino, his self-titled debut album of April 2005. His premiere single, the RIAA gold “Slow Down,” rocketed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart and bulleted inside the Top 10 on the Hot 100. Bobby’s debut album shot rose to #1 R&B/#3 pop and was also certified RIAA gold, making him the R&B success story of the year. Channeling the sounds of Babyface, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince and other classic R&B greats in his music, Bobby Valentino tapped into a soul-starved marketplace that can’t seem to get enough of him. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, and raised in Atlanta, the 25-year old first tasted stardom in the teen vocal group Mista (produced by Organized Noize), who delivered a classic hit with 1996’s “Blackberry Molasses.” Bobby eventually returned to school, receiving a degree from Clark Atlanta University in 2003. He was later ‘discovered’ by multi-platinum award-winning rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and his business partner, Chaka Zulu, President, Disturbing Tha Peace, who signed Valentino to DTP. After completing a 32-city promotional tour of major and secondary markets in early 2005, he appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Live with Regis & Kelly. Bobby then earned the headlining spot on the year’s hottest package tour, the 7-week “Scream Tour IV: The Heart Throbs,” also starring Bow Wow, Omarion, and Marques Houston, which ran from July through September, presented by BET in conjunction with ACG (Artistic Control Group, Inc.), AWT (Atlanta Worldwide Touring), and So So Def. Bobby’s success was measured with nominations from the 37th Annual Image Awards as Outstanding New Artist, and “Soul Train” Music Awards nominations for Best R&B/Soul Single, Male and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.
Bobby Valentino, Who was rumored to be dumped from Def Jam's roster, recently caught up with DJBooth.net to talk about his transition to become an independent artist. He told the website that he is no longer signed to Disturbing Tha Peace or Def Jam and that the split was amicable. Valentino separated from his label three weeks before releasing his new EP "Come With Me" and several months before the planned release of his third studio album "Underground Love." "The decision to leave was totally mine," said Valentino. "I sat down with Ludacris and Chaka Zulu, and I explained to them that it was time for me to venture out on my own. They had no problem with it; they are cool with it, no beef at all." Furthermore Valentino said that it was time to move on because the years of being under the labels have given him the much-required experience that can propel him to go independent. "I learned a lot, but everybody at DTP and Def Jam gave me the opportunity to kinda step out on faith and do my own thing,” Brown tells the site. “So that's my goal right now, is kinda trying to do my own thing. I went to college, I have a college degree, so I'm really tryin' to put all of that into effect. I'm really tryin' to be a businessman as well as an artist." With hits like "Slow Down," "Tell Me," and "Anonymous," singer Bobby Valentino became a household name over the past three years. His soon-to-be-released EP "Come With Me" is produced by Valentino himself with the assistance of Bill Jabar. The EP will be followed by his full-length album entitled "Underground Love," which will be dropped "probably August or early September, at the end of the summer." The first single from the album would be "Your Smile" that features Lil Wayne and has been garnering airplays.
In celebration of this holiday season, Disturbing Tha Peace Records R&B Superstar, Bobby Valentino has adopted 15 senior citizens and their families in his hometown of Atlanta, GA. On Friday, December 1st, Valentino will personally deliver vegetable baskets and a truckload of turkeys to the select families at the Harriet E. Darnell Multi-Purpose Center, located at 677 Fairburn Rd, Atlanta, GA 30331. The 15 families chosen are senior community gardeners from the Atlanta Urban Gardening Program (AUGP), led by Valentino?s father, Bobby Wilson in partnership with the University of Georgia Extension Service. As a young kid, Valentino volunteered his time to the AUGP where he taught the youth and senior citizens how grow fresh vegetables, clean vacant lots for garden sites and help build self-esteem. Valentino has often related in interviews his continuous efforts as a young man to donate his time to senior citizens as a result of the difference the program makes in so many families? lives. Singing professionally since the age of 13, the world was first introduced to the sound of Bobby Valentino when he was the lead singer in Organized Noize?s teen vocal group Mista who?s debut single, ?Blackberry Molasses? remains a classic to this day. After a highly successful debut album ?Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Bobby Valentino? in 2004, Valentino is currently putting the finishing touches on his sophomore album, ?Special Occasion?, due in stores on February 13th. With Valentino co-writing more than three quarters of ?Special Occasion,? the new album also boasts songwriting and production credits from award winning hit makers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Bryan Michael Cox and Dre & Vidal. Valentino?s evolution as one of the most respected songwriters and artists today will be undeniable once listeners get a glimpse of ?Special Occasion,? arguably his best body of work to date.
R&B sensation Bobby Valentino will hit Apple stores across America offering up the sexy and heart-felt sounds from his sophomore album "Special Occasion," recently released on DTP/Island Def Jam. As part of June's Black Music Month, Bobby will treat fans with his live soulful renditions of the hit single "Anonymous" (feat. Timbaland) and other tracks. The crooner of the #1 gold single "Slow Down," will perform at Apple stores in seven cities, starting on June 1st in his native Atlanta (see itinerary following). As a co-executive producer on "Special Occasion" and with co-writing credits on more than three quarters of the album, Bobby Valentino showcases his vocal talents and musical influences on 14 tracks, working alongside award-winning hitmakers such as Rodney Jerkins, Sean Garrett, Tim & Bob, Delite, Bryan Michael Cox, and Dre & Vidal. Channeling artists like Babyface with his remake of the classic song "Soon As I Get Home" and other influences like Marvin Gaye, Jodeci, and Boyz II Men, Valentino creates a signature sound of lush ballads and club-ready songs with support from artists like DTP co-founder and executive producer Ludacris, Fabolous, and Timbaland. The Timbaland-produced "Anonymous" already looks to bring another hit for Valentino, heating up the charts, currently standing at #35 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and steadily rising. Inspired by music from a very young age, first tasting stardom in the teen vocal group Mista (produced by Organized Noize) with the 1996 hit "Blackberry Molasses," and striking gold as a solo artist with DTP with the 2005 self-titled debut album "Disturbing Tha Peace Presents: Bobby Valentino," which rose to #1 R&B/#3 pop, was certified RIAA gold, and spawned the #1 gold hit "Slow Down," Bobby Valentino's star continues to rise, and "Special Occasion" shows his talent to make him an artist to watch for many years to come. Valentino's smooth voice and passionate delivery on "Special Occasion" has already drawn some rave reviews, with the Associated Press comparing him to Keith Sweat and Jodeci, calling "Soon As I Get Home" a "must-have rendition of Babyface's classic" and USA Today saying "Whether he's expressing the deepest passion or just playfully wooing, Valentino always does it with gusto." Explains Valentino, "Every song on this album is for a Special Occasion, whether you're by yourself, going to the club or with that special somebody you love," and Valentino is excited to perform live again and create a "Special Occasion" for fans in each city. Fans can check out www.dtprecords.com for updates on their city.
R&B crooner Bobby Valentino has blasted label execs for favoring label mate Ne-Yo. The singer has accused Def Jam records of unfairly putting the interests of the “Because of You” hitmaker before his. He says, "I think Ne-Yo's the face of the label and, of course, by him being the face of the label, he gets a little bit more. I see he gets a lot of extra support, a lot of bells and whistles. Sometimes, people need those things to put them over the top. "My album, you know what it is. When you see me at the shows, you know what it's about. There's nothing sugar-coated about me. Not saying that there's something sugar-coated about Ne-Yo, but, it's all good." Keep A Child Alive, a charitable organization that gets anti-retroviral treatment to children infected with AIDS in Africa, received a record-breaking $100,000 bid for its charity auction package, including: the first iPhone (purchased by Spike Lee), 2 Jawbone Bluetooth headsets, 2 round-trip domestic plane tickets and 2 VIP passes to the Black Ball. The iPhone will be personalized with a voice mail greeting from Alicia Keys and presented by the R&B star at the organization's Black Ball honoring Bono on October 25th in New York City. Donations can be made directly to: http://www.keepachildalive.org/donate.php.Singer John Legend is taking his Live Earth appearance on Saturday seriously - he's learning how to tour in a more environmental friendly way. The crooner is playing at the U.K. leg of Al Gore's Live Earth concerts - and he has vowed to change his touring ways. The R&B star says, "Flying across the world and driving across America in a bus is not good for the environment. I'm totally aware of that and am looking into a better way of doing things. We still want to bring the music to people but there has got to be a solution which doesn't harm the Earth so much." Pop/R&B star Avril Lavigne faces a lawsuit by the members of a 1970s rock band who claim her hit song "Girlfriend" rips off one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that Lavigne and her co-writers lifted their 1979 song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," which was originally performed by new wave band The Rubinoos. The first court date has been set for Aug. 28 in Oakland. Avril Lavigne's Statement Regarding the Lawsuit Against Her, Currently Posted on Avrillavigne.Com and Myspace.Com: You may have heard some news that two guys who wrote for some band from the 1970s I have never in my life heard of called the "Rubinoos" are trying to sue me. They have a song called "I Want To Be Your Boyfriend" that has no musical similarities to the song "Girlfriend" that Luke Gottwald and I wrote together. They claim that a small part of the lyrics are the same and are saying that I took these from them. I had never heard this song in my life and their claim is based on 5 words! All songs share similar lyrics and emotions. As humans we speak one language. Off the top of my head, two other songs that I can immediately think of with this type of lyric are "Hey, hey, you, you get off of my cloud" by the Rolling Stones and "Hey little girl I want to be your boyfriend" by the Ramones. Simply put, I have been falsely accused of ripping their song off. Luke and I have done nothing wrong and there is no merit to their claim.