Joe‘s career continues to be a symbol of the longevity that can be achieved in R&B music.
The Grammy-nominated singer’s 12th studio album, #MyNameisJoeThomas debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Dec. 3), selling 17,000 copies in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Nielsen Music. It marks his 16th career entry and 11th top five-placing set on the 51-year-old chart.
Joe arrived on the Billboard charts in 1993 when his first album, Everything, reached No. 16 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It’s his only studio effort to miss the top five of the chart. He earned his first Billboard Hot 100 hit that year with “I’m In Love,” from the debut set, peaking at No. 64.
His subsequent 11 studio albums have all debuted in the top five on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, beginning with his sophomore set, All That I Am (No. 4 debut and peak on the Aug. 16, 1997-dated chart). Since that first week in the top five, he has earned the most top-five debuts of any R&B act in that span of time (R. Kelly follows with nine top-five debuts since Aug. 16, 1997).