R&B Star Joe Signs New Manager, New Deal With BMG Chrysalis

11:53 AM PST 03/25/2014 by Gail Mitchell, Billboard.biz
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From left: Wendy Washington (RED), Richard Blackstone (BMG), Joe, Gerald "Plaid" Isaac, Bob Morelli (RED), Richard Nash (RED), and Fred Casimir (BMG)

The new pact marks the end of the seven-time Grammy winner's partnership with Kedar Massenburg.

R&B singer/songwriter Joe and new manager/business partner Gerald "Plaid" Isaac have signed with BMG Chrysalis North America. Plaid Take-Over, the duo's new label, will release Joe's next album, Bridges, through BMG Artist Services with distribution from RED.

The move to BMG Chrysalis marks Joe's split from Kedar Massenburg, his longtime manager and label chief at both Kedar Entertainment and Massenburg Media. Prior to that, Joe recorded for Mercury and Jive.

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In announcing the signing, BMG Chrysalis North America exec. VP creative & business development Richard Blackstone said: "Joe's silky vocals continue to set him apart from the pack. We are very happy to support Joe and offer him this individualized approach for releasing his music."

Bridges is the follow-up to Joe's 2013 Massenburg Media album, DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B, which debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Set for release this summer, Bridges includes the first single, "Love & Sex Part 2," featuring Kelly Rowland.

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"Working with Gerald has been a well-thought-out process and a much-needed move for me in moving forward as an artist and a businessman," said Joe in a statement. "He is a razor in this game with unique business savvy. I am confident the teams will leave no stone unturned in helping us to continue building my model."

Added Isaac, "With an artist of Joe's caliber, we have the opportunity to affect the total landscape of how R&B music is defined going forward."

Joe, a seven-time Grammy Award nominee, will perform songs from Bridges during his upcoming spring tour with stops in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Dates and cities will be announced shortly.

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