Posts Tagged ‘Joe’

Joe Talks New Album ‘Bridges,’ Love for R&B Music, Hip Hop Influence & More

R&B legend Joe is one of the most consistent singers of the past 2 decades. After releasing his acclaimed 2013 album Doubleback: The Evolution of R&B only a year ago, the Grammy nominated artist is coming right back just as strong with his 11th studio album Bridges, due in stores June 23.

While he was hitting up NYC for some promo, our friends at YKIGS caught up with Joe and discussed what fans should expect on the album, his love for R&B, taking his sound back, success with the single “Love & Sex (Part 2)” with Kelly Rowland, the influence hip hop has had on his music, and more.

Additionally he revealed that he is already planning the follow-up LP, due in 12-18 months, which is tentatively titled ‘Date Night.’

Check out the interview above, and to get an advanced preview of his brand new album Bridges, take a listen to the full LP stream here.


Listen: Joe – ‘Bridges’ [Full Album Stream]

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Only a year after the release of his acclaimed 2013 album DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B, Joe is returning with Bridges.

The eleventh studio album from the Grammy nominated crooner hits stores on June 23, and to give his fans an early preview Joe has released a full album stream! The 16-track set, lead by the sexy duet “Love & Sex (Part 2)” featuring Kelly Rowland, has been described as a therapeutic retrospect, taking listeners on a journey over the multi-talented artists outlook on life’s relationships and where they have taken him.

“We build them, cross them, burn them, then soon realize how much we need them. Relationships are bridges and at some point we must take responsibility for where we have allowed those relationships to take us,” Joe says of the album title. “Most important, what relationships or bridges are we currently building, crossing into or burning?”

The LP boasts production and additional writing from Derek “DOA” Allen (Tyrese, Wale), Edrick Miles (Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Gerald Isaac (Mary J. Blige, Mario) and Taj Jackson (Ne-Yo, Monica, Janet Jackson), as well as a feature from 50 Cent on their remake of Rick James’ classic hit “Mary Jane.”

What are you waiting for right? Take a listen to Joe’s new album below!

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List: The Best of May – Top 15 Records

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With summer just around the corner, it’s only right that we bring you some real deal hits with this month’s roundup of tunes!

While we’re always prone to giving you that good good when it comes to R&B music, it’s just something about the month of May’s releases that set everything right in the world. Could it have been the re-arrival of superstar Usher with his hot new single “Good Kisser”? Or was it the posthumous release of Michael Jackson’s album Xscape? Although we really don’t have an answer for just exactly what it was about this month that shifted the world of R&B back on its correct axis, we do know that we like it!

From the seductive sounds of some of today’s hottest artists to the uptempo beats of the next wave of greatness, our “Best of May – Top 15 Records” will have you rushing through June to see what we come up with next.

Soak up the heat after the jump!

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New Music: Joe feat. 50 Cent – Mary Jane (Remix)

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Joe is back again and getting ready for the release of his brand new album Bridges. Following his Top 10 hit single “Love & Sex Part 2″ with Kelly Rowland, the R&B veteran reunites with Hip-Hop titan 50 Cent for the “Mary Jane (Remix).”

The track samples the classic 1978 Rick James hit of the same title, and is just as infectious. Following his critically acclaimed 2013 album Doubleback: The Evolution of R&B, Joe will release his 11th studio album Bridges on June 23, you can pre-order it on iTunes now.

Hear Joe’s fresh take on “Mary Jane” below!

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Joe Announces New Studio Album ‘Bridges’ Hitting Stores June 23

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R&B veteran Joe has remained one of the most consistent male artists of the ’90s/00′s era. Continuing to release solid bodies of work independently every 1 to 2 years, the singer has announced his anticipated 11sth studio album, which is titled ‘Bridges,’ will hit stores on June 23.

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K. Michelle Says Her Musical Will Top ‘Trapped In The Closet,’ Joe Talks Past Issue with R. Kelly

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As we reported earlier this year, K. Michelle is working on a musical inspired by her debut album Rebellious Soul. The R&B songstress has described the project as a “female ‘Trapped in the Closet’” and has now said that it will be better than R. Kelly’s “Trapped in a Closet” itself.

“He might feel some type of way because mine is better than his,” she told HipHollywood before getting on stage at Lexus’ ‘Versus and Flow’ event Tuesday night. Additionally, she revealed that actor/director Idris Elba has signed on to help direct the project.

While K may be coming at R. Kelly’s coveted spot as a “RnB Opera” producer, veteran R&B singer Joe looks like he is mending ties with the Pied Piper.

In a recent radio interview, Joe explained that at one point, Kelly had tried to sabotage his career by telling radio stations and shows that if they supported Joe, he would not make appearances on their shows. Putting water under the bridge, Joe explained that he would consider working with Kellz in the future.

Check out both interviews below:

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Video: Joe feat. Kelly Rowland – ‘Love & Sex (Part 2)’

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Joe catered to the lovers everywhere with his grown and sexy duet “Love & Sex” featuring Fantasia last year. The song, which was a highlight from his underrated album Doubleback: Evolution of R&B, has been given new life as Joe premieres the sequel and official music video featuring Kelly Rowland.

The R&B veteran is already hard at work on his next album entitled Bridges, which is due out this coming July. The new version of “Love & Sex” acts as the first single.

Get your first listen and watch the romantic video below!!

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List: The 13 Best R&B Albums of 2013

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From Love and War to Kisses Down Low it’s been a surprisingly great year for R&B music.  With two of the biggest releases of the year being surprises, and plenty of long overdue projects finally hitting store selves, it seems like unexpected was the trend of the year. Pundits can still argue all they want about the state of R&B in today’s music industry, the numbers don’t lie, it’s still suffering commercially, but musically – quality, substance and entertainment wise – R&B has contributed greatly to the music landscape in 2013, and continues to thrive in the live arena.

Most of the years top urban radio singles were R&B records, or heavily R&B influenced, and a handful of R&B albums topped the Billboard 200 chart this year. Knowing that it’s not going to be an easy task to pick the best albums of the year was a clear sign that the genre is the strongest it’s been in many years. From tremendous blue-eyed soul to classic rhythm & blues, from global superstars opening up like never before, to award winning second chances, from pure baby-making bangers to celebratory anthems, we had it all and more in 2013!

So, without further ado, check out ‘The 13 Best R&B Albums of 2013‘ below!!

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