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Joe’s voice is practically a national treasure. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing him in concert, you know he sounds just like the records he recorded in the early nineties. A career over twenty years is bound to attract some controversy. And so we asked Joe about the domestic violence Kiely Williams (formerly of 3LW) lodged against the singer, saying he beat her mother, Joe’s former manager, when they were in a relationship, and the rumors that fellow R&B singer R Kelly was trying to sabotage his career.
And most importantly, he spoke about the music. This is what he said fans can expect from the new album.
What they’re going to get from this record is just pure, pure R&B at its core. We kinda got to go back a little bit to move R&B forward. Take some pages from the old school, like the Marvin Gayes, the Stevie Wonders, the Michael Jackson’s, which was R&B music. That’s the essence of it, going back a little bit.
Well, what is this? Seems like R Kelly can’t live free of scandal. There’s always another piece of the puzzle, revealing some type of shady nature. Typically, it has something to do with his sexual perversions but today, it’s an all out man war…ok I exaggerate.
In an interview with Vlad Tv, Joe spoke about R Kelly refusing to work with people who played his music. See what he had to say.
“It’s funny because I was getting credible information from [program directors] and friends of mine as well. This guy has no idea these were my friends as well that you’re talking to. And, as if they’re really going to stop playing my record because you said ‘if you don’t stop playing his record I’m never going to come back to the show…’ It was really one of those things like you can’t really be serious.”
And while Joe says he heard this from several people, he’s still willing to give Kellz the benefit of the doubt.
“To me though it’s still alleged because I don’t have facts on it, But… naw there’s no possible way I would allow that to happen because of the relationships I’ve built in the industry as well. No one man has all that power. Trust me when I tell you.”
So what caused this tension then? Obviously, Joe doesn’t know but he says he thinks it was a bit of jealousy and perhaps R Kelly feeling threatened that Joe was going to come and take his spot.
Never any altercation. I think sometimes when you feel a little bit of that threat, someone in your lane. When you got that lane wide open you’re able drive how you want. Almost like you’re the only on that lane and the only car allowed to drive on that lane. And now here I am on that bumper kind of tapping you a little bit like, ‘Move, man.’ Like, ‘You ain’t the only one here. You’re hogging he lane up.’ I think that was what it was. It was a little bit of a threat not that side. Because he don’t even know how much I respect him as far as his music goes. I think he’s an incredible talent but I got a nice whip too.
DJ Vlad suggested maybe it was the similar steez, the shaved head, fit frame and smooth vocals that made R feel like Joe was coming for his position. Joe says his decision to get rid of his hair had nothing to do with trying to look like R Kelly.
I don’t know but I had to get rid of mine. My dad messed my hair line up, like years ago. It was time to get rid of that. And I think a few of your listeners they should take that into consideration. get rid of it man let that thing go. You’ll look different, you’re still you, it’s alright.
What do you think about these accusations? A part of me wonders why R Kelly would ever be jealous of Joe. I mean, while I would argue that Joe has a nicer voice, with more range, R Kelly has been far more successful. The man has hits for days, and not just the ones he’s written for himself either. His career writing and producing for some of the biggest artists in the game has been just as lucrative. But we’ve heard weirder things said about the man and insecurity is a terrible thing.
Do you believe R Kelly really had it out for Joe?
Joe and Kelly Rowland have teamed up to send a message the world certainly needs to hear. “There’s a difference between love and sex.” Y’all know some people have the game twisted. But in this new-ish song, Joe and Kelly sing about the fact that while sex can be quite lovely and feels amazing, it pales in comparison to really loving someone. And when you find the right person you can have the both of them simultaneously. Amen!
This message was so important that Joe had to share it twice. The reason there’s a part 2 at the end of this title is because it’s actually of a remake of a record he recorded with Fantasia for his under appreciated 2013 effort, Doubleback: Evolution of R&B. Take a listen to the original with he and Fantasia below.
In case you ain’t know, Fantasia is awesome!
Though the lyrics are exactly the same, this time around there’s a video and Joe sped up the tempo for this duet with a tune that reminds us a whole lot of Surface’s “Happy” with more percussion. Watch the video of Joe turning down other women as he makes his way to Kelly Rowland. Maybe it’s just me but am I the only one that thinks Joe bears a resemblance to Kelly’s real life man Tim Witherspoon?
We have to admit it’s songs like these that are greatly missed in today’s R&B scene. More of this please! We love how their voices blend together. Take a listen.
If you had a chance to listen to both versions, which one do you prefer the slowed down one with Fantasia or the more poppy uptempo joint with Kelly?
The song will be featured on Joe’s upcoming album Bridges which is set to drop July, 2014.
There’s nothing like a man with a deep husky voice whispering sweet nothings in your ear. When it comes to these 15 famous men, they have voices that could melt butter and do a few other things we can’t talk about on MadameNoire.
Ladies fell in love with Idris Elba on HBO’s “The Wire.” Playing the second-in-command Stringer Bell, Elba’s character was killed off at the end of the third season of the hit show, much to the dismay of women everywhere. Already popular across the pond, the English actor saw his stock rise in the US thanks to HBO and he soon found work here on television and in film. Elba can currently be seen in Thor: Dark World and will play the iconic Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is expected to hit theaters at the end of November.
Multi-platinum selling singer, Joe is anticipating two milestones during the month of July by celebrating his 40th birthday and the release of his tenth album in 20 years, “DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B.”
In an effort to recreate a nostalgic soul album, the R&B crooner decided to record with live instrumentation mixed with heartfelt lyrics on various songs including histop 10 Urban AC radio hit, “I’d Rather Have A Love.”
During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, the singer-songwriter opened up on recording his 12-track independent opus, and shared his thoughts on today’s R&B scene.
How does it feel to release your tenth album in 20 years?
Man, it’s pretty amazing. I’d never imagine any moments in my life as time periods where it would be 10 albums 20 years in. It’s just pretty remarkable. So I feel very fortunate and very blessed, to be honest with you.
What inspired the album’s title?
It’s that evolution of trying to evolve but also trying to go back at the same time. Doubling back, but I feel like to go forward at this point in R&B you have to go back just a little bit. Because the old music back then, it was sweet. It was beautiful. The Marvin Gayes, the Stevie Wonders, Michael [Jackson], Whitney [Houston], everybody. It was just beautiful music. So I want to take it back and sort of evolve it and hopefully inspire a new generation to want to do that sound of music where it’s more live and organic.
Among the 12 tracks featured on the album is your duet with Fantasia, entitled, “Love & Sex.” What’s the meaning behind the song?
Well, I think it’s going to get a lot of people’s attention, especially those who are in a relationship dealing with love and the emotional side of it. There’s a lot of times when you get to that point, especially women, I don’t think a lot of men get that way, but when you get there you really want to find the value and meaning between the two. So I think it’s a real touchy subject, but it’s executed very well. Fantasia’s a phenomenal singer and she’s bringing so much soul into this record it’s pretty much undeniable.
Read the entire interview and listen to Joe’s new song at BlackVoices.com
We love to complain about the state of today’s music. And while it’s true that today’s lyrics are a bit more graphic, it doesn’t mean the music of the past wasn’t graphic in its own way. As a child who was born on the cusp of the ’90’s, I know from experience that things were a little risque back in the day. The older I got, the more I realized just how dirty those songs I used to love really were. If you don’t know what I mean, check out the songs I eventually realized were a bit on the raunch side.
If he were younger, Joe Jackson would tear Jermaine’s behind up over this foolishness.
According to TMZ, a Los Angeles judge granted Jermaine Jackson’s petition to change the spelling of his last name to “Jacksun” on Saturday.
The former Jackson first submitted his petition for the change back in November and only cited “artistic reasons” as the need for this. He wasn’t in court as the announcement was made; instead, he was overseas on tour with his brothers, The Jacksons.
This still seems so weird, doesn’t it? First of all, Jermaine is 58 years old; if you’re just trying to do something to up your entertainment value, it is absolutely too late. You missed the boat and no one cares. Second, while we all know the Jackson family has had their fair share of scandal, if people like Janet and the late Michael never felt the need to change their last name, why does Jermaine?
He couldn’t just start performing and making sure that everything for his stage name was listed as “Jacksun?” What about his children? Apparently, he doesn’t even realize that they now have a different but “still the same” last name.
Perhaps when he’s off tour and back in Los Angeles, Jermaine will reveal what his plans are with this new name.
After years of being confused about it, I’ve found that clearly, not everyone is supposed to be or going to be as big as an Usher, a Beyoncé, and most probably won’t get anywhere near MJ status on a global scale. But when highly talented individuals, especially good looking male singers with great pipes, don’t get or don’t get to sustain the popularity they once had, I always wonder why. Such is the case with the following 10 fellas, who throughout my pre-teens and adulthood, I’ve been a fan of. So what are they doing now and what went wrong on the road to stardom? Shall we find out?
And be ready to click (you’ve been warned, so save the complaints).
“And don’t you forget iiiiiit!” That was my jam! For those who don’t remember Glenn Lewis, the neo-soul singer with his funky curls and smooth voice garnered many a female fan after dropping songs like “Don’t You Forget It” off of his debut disk, World Outside My Window in 2002. The Canadian crooner was doing fairly well sales wise as his debut album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, but as he prepared to release his second album with the single, “Back For More,” his release date got pushed back, and his album just wound up being shelved. Things haven’t been the same since…
After leaving and joining different labels, you’ll be happy to know that Lewis signed with EMI Music in 2011 and is said to be working on a new project. However, we’ll believe it when we see it. He still looks good though!
Where are these 90’s R&B male singers, you ask? Your guess may be as good as ours, but as a contrast to the popular TVOne hit reality series, R&B Divas, we would love to cast these men as our R&B Fellas.
After releasing a new single this year, a duet with KeKe Wyatt called “You & I,” this gave us a reminder of the R&B singer, who sung the hits “Don’t Take Your Love Away” and “My First Love.
With gas prices continuing to soar, traveling for this Summer may be at an all time low. Planning some quality time with you and your boo at home for these upcoming hot summer months may not be such a bad idea. Therefore we’ve compiled 7 steamy and romantic movies we recommend for those hot summer nights that are sure to raise the heat while you both cuddle on the couch. Here we go!