In support of this week’s September 18th release of ‘Playlist’ by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, featuring the Top 10 new version of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain,” Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds climaxed a whirlwind week of television appearances on NBC’s The Today Show (live outside performance on the Plaza) and ABC’s Live with Regis & Kelly – with the announcement of a select group of tour dates starting next month in southeast Asia, and on the U.S. west coast.
Shows begin in Manila on October 13th, before moving to Japan for multiple dates at the Billboard Live venues in Tokyo and Osaka. The Japanese leg wraps up in Fukuoka on October 29th. Subsequent dates are scheduled for The Paramount Theater in Oakland on November 23rd, and the next night at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada.
With over 8 million audience at Hot 100 radio airplay this week, “Fire & Rain” moves up to #7-bullet on the BDS Smooth Jazz chart, up to #21-bullet at AC, and up to #19-bullet at Mediabase AC.
At the same time, the album’s second single pick, Kenny’s original “Not Going Nowhere” debuts at #43-bullet on the Mediabase Urban AC/New & Active list, and moves up to #39-bullet at Urban AC.
Two singles deep – and building! – ‘Playlist’ is the first Kenny “Babyface” Edmond’s album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of some of his favorite songs. The album also includes Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer,” and others from James Taylor (“Shower The People”), Eric Clapton (“Wonderful Tonight”), Bread (“Diary”), Jim Croce (“Time In A Bottle”), and Dave Loggins (“Please Come To Boston”), plus two new compositions by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, “Not Going Nowhere” and “The Soldier Song”.
In addition to his appearances on The Today Show and Live with Regis & Kelly, both of which were timed for the morning after the album release day, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds also spent Friday morning on the syndicated “Wake Up with Whoopi” [Goldberg] radio show.
That same night, Kenny shared the stage with Country music star Trisha Yearwood, as they perform together on CMT Crossroads Concert Special in Nashville.
Upcoming for Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds over the next week are appearances on the The Tyra Banks Show (October 2nd), and on Thursday, October 11th, Kenny will be Oprah Winfrey’s special guest for an interview and live performance of “Not Going Nowhere”.
‘Playlist’ is the third album in the new millennium by 10-time Grammy-winning megastar Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the follow-up to ‘Grown & Sexy’ (July 2005) and ‘Face2Face’ (released on the fateful Tuesday of September 11, 2001). Over the past two decades, his albums and singles have amassed millions in U.S. sales: ‘Lovers By Babyface’ (1987); ‘Tender Lover’ (1989, double-platinum), a #1 R&B album in Billboard for 11 weeks, including the #1 R&B singles “It’s No Crime” and “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal” (#2), and “My Kinda Girl” (#3); ‘For the Cool In You’ (1993, triple-platinum), on the R&B album chart for 87 weeks, with the top 10 R&B singles “For the Cool In You,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “And Our Feelings,” and “When Can I See You”; The Day (1996, double-platinum), with the top 5 R&B/pop crossover hits “This Is For the Lover In You” (platinum) and “Every Time I Close My Eyes” (gold); ‘MTV Unplugged NYC 1997’ (gold); and ‘Christmas With Babyface’ (1998).
Babyface tour dates include:
Date City Venue
Oct. 13 Manila, Philippines Araneta Coliseum
Oct. 15-16 Tokyo, Japan Billboard Live
Oct. 22-23 Osaka, Japan Billboard Live
Oct. 29 Fukuoka, Japan Billboard Live
Nov. 23 Oakland, CA The Paramount Theater
24 Sparks, NV Rose Ballroom at the
John Ascuaga’s Nugget