Jive recording artist and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Joe debuts at #1 this week on Billboard's R&B Albums chart with his new album, Ain't Nothin' Like Me. The album also debuted in the #2 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart selling 98,090 units. The album features collaborations with Nas, Yung Joc and label mate Papoose; with top- notch production by StarGate, Tim & Bob, Sean Garrett, Cool & Dre and others. Ain't Nothin' Like Me, is the R&B balladeer's sixth album. Joe's single "If I Was Your Man" is currently a Top 5 staple on Billboard's Urban AC chart and is in rotation at BET and BET J. The album has received glowing reviews: AP raves, "Joe is still on his A-Game;" and The Dallas Morning News says the album "should reinforce his status as a certified soul crooner for the grown and sexy set ... " Throughout his 14-year career, Joe has collaborated with a broad range of talented artists including: Mariah Carey, G-Unit and the late Big Pun. The Columbus, Georgia native has sold over 5 million albums to date. Joe recently performed his smash hit "If I Was Your Man" on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Additional television appearances include BET's Mother's Day Special, and the new season of MTV's Making The Band. Joe recently embarked on a national tour with fellow R&B singer Brian McKnight that kicked off in Oakland, CA on April 27 and will stop in most major markets including Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
Joe prepares for his new album by featuring Hip Hop heavyweights such as Nas, Fabolous and Papoose. I got a lot of collaborations on the hip-hop side, [because] I'm a huge fan of hip-hop," Joe said. " "I really went out and did everything on my part that I could do to make the best album that I can," Joe said of his new LP, which is due September 12. "I would say it's my best album so far. I expect it to do big things.? He plans to help it along with a tour, although dates have yet to be confirmed. "I tour pretty much every year." he said. "I love touring because that's the biggest appreciation that you can get, when you're performing and someone sings it back to you." Joe said he's also developing an upscale men's clothing line called J Thomas and a liquor called Sojo. "It's part of the tequila family," he said with a smile.
R&B singer Joe Thomas, also know as Joe has revealed a slate of new tour dates in support of his forthcoming album "New Man" this week. The "Why Just Be Friends" singer has also kicked off an online video contest for fans.Joe is going to have a busy fall, with an album release set for September 23rd, the R&B crooner has lined up at least ten promotional tour dates, album signings and appearances in the United States through the end of September. Already in full swing, Joe performed over the weekend at New York's J&R Music Festival with plans to stop at Tom Joyner's Family Reunion in Orlando, V103's For Sisters Only in Atlanta and Steve Harvey's Hoody Awards in Las Vegas by the end of September.In addition to his stateside dates, the "New Man" singer has plans to head overseas in October. With stops planned in Tokyo, Osaka, Berlin, London and Leicester before heading back to the states in November. (Tour Dates Below)In related news, Joe has kicked off a contest in association with Youtube for his next video "Emergency Room." The contest which ends on September 16th, asks for an original fan created video. Fans are encouraged to visit Joe's Myspace (myspace.com/officialjoemusic) page to download the "Emergency Room" track and for more information. The winning video prize is $1,500 !Joe's new album "New Man" is due in stores September 23rd.Tour Dates (Subject to change)8.29 - Orlando, Florida - Tom Joyner Family Reunion9.14 - Atlanta, GA - V103 For Sisters Only9.20 - Las Vegas, NV - Hoodie Awards (hosted by Steve Harvey)9.22 - Las Vegas, NV - Steve Harvey Hosted Concert Series9.23 - New York, NY - Best Buy/WBLS In Store10.5 - London - Performance at Faces10.6 - Hatfield - Performance at Batchwood10.7 - Manchester - Performance at M210.9 - Leicester - Performance at Zanzibar10.10 - Berlin - Performance at S&K10.16 - Tokyo - Billboard Live10.17 - Tokyo - Billboard Live10.18 - Tokyo - Billboard Live10.21 - Tokyo - Billboard Live10.23 - Fukuoka - Billboard Live10.24 - Fukuoka - Billboard Live10.25 - Fukuoka - Billboard Live10.28 - Osaka, Japan - Billboard Live10.30 - Osaka, Japan - Billboard Live
Joe Thomas widely known as R&B singer Joe is a ‘New Man' today. After a ten year stint with Jive Records where he released two platinum albums including 2000s "My Name Is Joe," the R&B singer is now ready take chances with his latest effort entitled "New Man" due September 23rd. Teaming up with his manager of 15 years, Kedar Massenberg, and with a new label home, Joe has come back stronger than ever in what may be called a soulful and creative emancipation. "Of course there is a happiness that comes with independence, but I also felt more confident in the studio" says Joe, who has taken more creative control on his latest effort. "I was able to work at my own pace, choose my collaborators and sing the truth." With the release of two singles this month, including the recently premiered video/single "Why Just Be Friends" Joe believes he is on the right track with his new album which includes contributions from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Mario, Trey Songz, Snoop Dogg and Diddy. The album, which is the first of two new releases from the R&B crooner, also features production from Bryan Michael Cox, Stereotypes, and D'Mile who produced Joe's second single "ER." "All of us know what it's like to be feeling somebody who might not be feeling you" laughs Joe when asked about the new single. He goes on to say "For a lot of guys it's not about what they have, but what they want." Joe continues to dig deep into his own psyche throughout the album with songs like "Man In Your Life," "Sorry" and "Triple Black Room" citing the genius of Marvin Gaye and Donnie Hathaway as inspiration. However, the surprise track on the album is "We Need To Roll," a club ballad where the singer got a chance to make another musical dream come true. "I recorded that song with Trey Songz and Mario, because you almost never hear R&B guys singing together," Joe explains. "I remember how hyped I was when Quincy Jones put out ‘The Secret Garden,' and I wanted that kind of vibe on the record." Once nicknamed "the Casanova crooner" by Hip-Hop Soul magazine, New Man proves that Joe has lost none of his spunk or flavor. If anything, dude has simply gotten better. Joe's "New Man" is due September 23rd on Kedar Entertainment Group/Universal.
After 11 years on Jive Records, R&B singer Joe discovered a pattern of stalled promotions and adjusted radio play all linking to one man – R.Kelly. In a surprising interview with EURweb's Lee Bailey this week, the R&B star talked about his shocking discovery after leaving Jive Records earlier this year, which is also home to R.Kelly. Calling the singer/songwriter out as the man behind stalled records and promotion, Joe says "R. Kelly was very instrumental in making a lot of decisions when it came to my records being played on the radio, He would make a call to the radio station or to the label and say, 'Hey, this Joe record is too hot right now. Ya'll need to pull that back.' And they would oblige." Joe is not the first R&B crooner to address R.Kelly, Ne-Yo who was booted from R.Kelly's tour last year, sued the ‘Pied Piper' in January as a result of a highly publicized "feud" that R.Kelly allegedly had with the "Miss Independent" singer. Kelly was reported to have had a problem with the attention Ne-Yo was receiving as an opening act and promptly removed him from the tour shortly after it started. Since his 1993 debut "Everything," Joe and R.Kelly have released albums and singles under Jive around the same time including 2003's "And Then" and "Chocolate Factory" respectively. Ironically, R.Kelly produced Joe's hit single "More & More" which reached #15 on the R&B charts that year followed by the G-Unit collaboration "Ride Wit You." Despite their work together in 2003, Joe says R.Kelly put pressure on Jive executives and radio stations to pull back on promoting his records when the singles appeared to be getting to much attention. "He did try to make some decisions when it came down to my records being on fire, and climbing up the charts and on the radio stations" says Joe. Now that Joe has a new home with Kedar Entertainment/Universal, where he will release two new albums, he says "It's incredible that now I get the opportunity to, I don't know, maybe pay [R. Kelly] back in some sort of side bar kind of thing." He does stress however, that he did not know what was truly going on until after he left Jive six months ago. Joe's highly anticipated album "New Man," the follow up to his 2007 effort "Ain't Nothin' Like Me" is due for release September 22nd. Another album, currently untitled, is expected to hit stores next year.