On its way to the top, Bed hits rare radio triple play: most increased plays at rhythmic, urban, and urban AC charts – only 3rd time this decade!
Bed video in top rotations on BET, MTV Hits. MTV Jams and VH1 Soul; Video is an EIGHT-WEEK Top 10 Entry on BET’s Top 10 Countdown; now added to MTV!
Stage is set for release of debut album Back Of My ‘Lac, in stores October 2nd
Washington, DC-based singer-songwriter wraps up 18-city tour with Keyshia Cole
“Wanna put my fingers through your hair, my knee up in your leg
And love you til your eyes roll back
I’m trying to put you in bed, in bed, in bed
I’m-a put you to bed, to bed, to bed…”
New York, NY – Not too hard, not too soft…but just right: this is the unanimous verdict of listeners and aficionados everywhere on Bed, the smashingly successful single by Washington, DC’s own J. Holiday. The track becomes Holiday’s first #1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and makes him the first artist in a year to top that list with his debut charting song.
On its way to the Billboard chart summit (in the September 22, 2007 issue), Bed made history as only the third track of the decade to win the rare trifecta of Most Increased Plays in the same week on the Rhythmic chart (#1 Most-increased plays, up 934), Urban chart (#1 Most-increased plays, up 582), and Urban AC chart (#1 Most-increased plays, up 298).
With its evocative and downright sexy video (directed by Jonathan Mannion) now added to MTV, and in its eighth week in the BET Top 10 countdown — as well as in rotation on BETJ and BET’s 106 & Park (where it premiered just four weeks ago as “New Joint Of the Day”), Mun2 (where it has been named “One Nation Under Hip-Hop” Artist of the month for October and in high rotation at MTV Hits, MTV Jams and VH1 Soul – the Bed could not be made more comfortably in preparation for the October 2nd release of J’s eagerly awaited debut album, Back Of My ‘Lac. Later in the fall, Music Choice will feature J in its “Fresh Crops” program. “It would be cliché to say that the ladies love cool J,” observed Allhiphop.com after a recent show on the Keyshia Cole tour, “but they really do! Showing off his vocal chords on unknown songs off his upcoming album plus a tribute to a classic Jodeci hit – and his latest single Bed – made more than a few ladies fall victim to uncontrollable screaming.”
J. Holiday is the featured artist in Yahoo! Music’s “The New Now,” a website segment that highlights emerging artists on the brink of widespread success. The program launches this week and runs for a month as part of Yahoo! Music’s multi-level “Who’s Next?” initiative for discovering and highlighting new talent.
Also online, J’s MySpace website, www.myspace.com/jholiday is previewing four songs from the album – Bed, Be With Me (an earlier single, whose video is also up at the site), Don’t Wanna Lose, and the title tune, Back Of My ‘Lac. The four songs, averaging over 70,000 plays per day, have accumulated over 4 million total plays at the site, which is filled with everything-you-always-wanted-to-know about J. Holiday. It has become a blogger’s delight with more than 1,100 comments and photos from fans posted to date.
J. Holiday, newest signing to the Music Line Group/Capitol Records roster (currently on his first major tour, opening for Keyshia Cole), joins prestigious company with his chart milestones. Janet Jackson was the first to log MIP’s on all three charts in the same week with All For You in March 2001, followed five months later by her brother Michael’s You Rock My World. Bed also entered the Urban AC chart at #24, the highest debut by a new act since 1995, when Pure Soul entered at #24 with We Must Be In Love. On the Rhythmic Airplay chart, it is again the top Airplay Gainer, moving #12 to #10; and on the Billboard Hot 100, it jumps to #11-bullet (from #15) on a 56% sales spike, and is Airplay Gainer of the week for the second week running.
22-year-old singer/songwriter J. Holiday’s fate took a turn when he hooked up with Corey Green and A&R veteran Anthony “T.A” Tate of Music Line Group (Ciara, Teairra Marie) which led straight to a deal at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. A preachers’ son, raised up in the church by a hardworking mother, J. is a classic rhythm and blues storyteller in the tradition of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, and Al Green. They were the foundations of J’s soul when he was a teenager negotiating the mean streets of DC.
But he was also caught up in the hip-hop rhymes of Jay-Z and OutKast. Add to that his fascination with ’90s R&B vocal groups Boyz II Men, H-Town, and Jodeci, and a portrait emerges of the artist as a young man. “I can say that I’ve lived that street life,” he testifies. “The streets are not anything to glamorize. I’m trying to let my people back home know that I’m with them. DC has a lot of talent and I’m just trying to show people that we are here.”
Bed was written by The Dream (credit: Rihanna’s Umbrella) and was produced by Los Da Mystro (aka Carlos ‘L.O.S.’ McKinney, whose credits include Faith, Chris Brown, Whitney Houston, Usher). J’s talents as a singer and songwriter and the autobio¬graphic flav of his tunes found sympathetic support from the producers on Back Of My ‘Lac, who include hitmaker Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, McKinney, and Music Line’s Ciara and Teairra Mari.
Singersroom.com sums up: “This gifted and ambitious DC vocalist’s only purpose is to bring good music back to R&B. His music is more than just a face or a name, his music is about passion, loyalty and real struggles. Not only is this preacher’s son true to himself, his music is sure to touch those who are looking for a fresh start, an honest voice and real R&B music. The J. Holiday movement has just begun and fans of all ages can expect positive messages, real love songs and real issues.”