J. Holiday Lays In His "Bed" Atop Billboard For Third Week In A Row - DJBooth

J. Holiday Lays In His "Bed" Atop Billboard For Third Week In A Row

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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. With three weeks and counting on top of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, it’s clear that one of the classic songs of the year is emerging -- and that America is determined to stay in “Bed.” The track is Holiday’s first # 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and he is the first artist in a year to top that list with his debut charting song.

On its way to the Billboard summit (first achieved on the September 22 chart), “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 will be back on the road for a major year-end tour with superstar R Kelly, introducing the follow-up single to “Bed,” the album track “Suffocate.”

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 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, signed to the Music Line Group/Capitol Records roster, 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.

“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 autobio­graphic 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.

J. Holiday Tour Dates with R Kelly:

Nov 14 Columbus, GA – Columbus Civic Center

Nov 15 Atlanta – Phillips Arena

Nov 16 Greensboro – Greensboro Coliseum

Nov 17 Birmingham – BJCC

Nov 18 Charlotte – Bobcat Arena

Nov 21 Philadelphia – Wachovia Center

Nov 22 Newark – Prudential Center

Nov 23 New York – Nassau Center

Nov 24 Baltimore – 1st Mariner

Nov 25 Washington DC – Verizon Center

Nov 29 Little Rock – Alltel Arena

Nov 30 New Orleans – New Orleans Arena

Dec 1 Dallas – American Airlines Arena

Dec 2 Houston – Toyota Center

Dec 6 Minneapolis – Target Center

Dec 7 Kansas City – Sprint Center

Dec 8 Indianapolis – Conseco Fieldhouse

Dec 9 Memphis – Fed Ex Forum

Dec 13 Las Vegas – Mandalay Bay

Dec 14 Los Angeles – Staples Center

Dec 15 Oakland – Oakland Arena

Dec 16 Sacramento – ARCO Arena

Dec 19 Denver – Pepsi Center

Dec 21 St Louis – Scottrade

Dec 22 Chicago – United Center

Dec 23 Detroit - Joe Louis Arena

Dec 27 Charleston – North Charleston Coliseum

Dec 28 Orlando – TD Waterhouse Arena

Dec 29 Columbia – Colonial Center

Dec 30 Jacksonville – Veteran Memorial

Dec 31 Miami – American Airlines Arena

Jan 3 Louisville – Kentucky Expo Center

Jan 4 Cleveland – Wolstein Center

Jan 5 Buffalo – HSBC Arena

Jan 6 Dayton – Nutter Center

Jan 9 Savannah - Civic Center

Jan 10 Greenville – Bi-Lo Center

Jan 11 Richmond – Richmond Coliseum

Jan 12 Hampton – Hampton Coliseum

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