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Rocketta
Apr 7th, 2005, 10:23 PM
also preview his first single from his solo cd.

http://music.yahoo.com/promos/robthomas/

Rocketta
Apr 7th, 2005, 10:24 PM
which the up tempo-ness of it shocked me....not bad. ;)

alexusjonesfan
Apr 8th, 2005, 12:25 AM
The song is no.1 on the CHUMchart I think (god, like that means anything :rolls: ). It's nice though, it's withstood my relentless repeats on my ipod so far :p

¤CharlDa¤
Apr 8th, 2005, 02:15 AM
Great song, i really like it, getting pretty big now in Quebec city! Already pretty high in the charts!

Rocketta
Apr 8th, 2005, 03:02 AM
It was a very good departure from the norm for people who only know his hits...:)

Bacardi
Apr 8th, 2005, 03:37 AM
Yeah and CC did you ever find that song I was tellin ya about?

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 12th, 2005, 12:33 PM
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Rob Thomas Reveals His Solo Side

By Melinda Newman

Rob Thomas jokes that his label, Melisma/Atlantic, is seeing a different side of him as it prepares for the launch of his solo debut, "...Something to Be."

In the multiplatinum group Matchbox Twenty, drummer Paul Doucette was the "bad cop. I was good cop," Thomas says. "Now I'm good cop and bad cop. A lot of people who thought I was easygoing, pot-smoking Rob don't think that anymore. Now they see I'm not so easy."

Fans of Matchbox Twenty will also hear a different side of Thomas on the eclectic album, which hits U.S. stores April 19.

"...Something to Be" veers from familiar Matchbox Twenty sounds ("Ever the Same") and dance-oriented pop (first single "Lonely No More") to elegant, sweeping prog-drama ("All That I Am") and propulsive rock ("This Is How a Heart Breaks").

That ability to stretch a bit propelled Thomas' desire to record a solo album, although he stresses that there will be more Matchbox Twenty projects. "There are a lot of things I wanted to say that I couldn't say in Matchbox Twenty," Thomas explains. "The guys didn't like the song, or I couldn't finish the song. These were songs I wanted to see out."

Thomas wrote much of the album with longtime Matchbox Twenty producer Matt Serletic. The Virgin Records chairman was also at the helm for the solo project.

For material, Thomas often turned to what he affectionately refers to as "the scrap yard."

"When it comes time for a project, I look at the scrap yard and find what's good or bad. There could be a great verse you love so much, and you go to the scrap yard and find a chorus you love."

The "scrap yard" resides in two digital recorders and a stack of notebooks Thomas has accumulated during the last 10 years.

In addition to Thomas' readily identifiable vocals, the solo tunes share another bond with Matchbox Twenty songs: most deal with love gone wrong. "I have the hardest time writing about being happy," Thomas says. "To me, that's not interesting. That's why I try to spend so much time writing with other people."

"...Something to Be" will be available only as a DualDisc, priced at the regular CD price of $17.98. The disc will feature the new recording in 5.1 surround sound, as well as a 20-minute excerpt of a documentary about the recording of the album by filmmaker Gillian Grisman, Thomas' 2004 holiday tune "Christmas in New York," information about his charity Sidewalk Angels and a photo gallery.

While the members of Matchbox Twenty have never shown their faces on their album covers, Atlantic hopes to have Thomas' mug everywhere.

As part of an imaging campaign, Thomas will appear in a stylized black-and-white Target TV commercial performing "Lonely No More." The approach is similar to the performance spot Lenny Kravitz did for Target last year. In return for the ad support, the retailer will get an exclusive EP.

Thomas admits he wrestled with the arrangement. "Really, a lot of it is borne out of the fact that record companies have made a lot of bad decisions that the artists have to pay for," he says. "Now labels are coming to you and saying, 'Because of [illegal] downloading, we can't afford this,' etc... Here I get the free advertising, and Target gets the EP."

He stresses that he sees the Target deal as pushing his music, not shilling for the retailer. "I didn't get paid to do this," Thomas says. "But I really did stay awake at night, and at the end of the day, Target is using its resources to help artists. The record company isn't going to spend [that money]. This is advertising the record and where people can go and buy it."

Thomas remains firm in his resolve not to allow his music to be used to sell products. "I still turn down all the credit card and Gap ads," he says. "My publishing guy [Evan Lamberg at EMI Music Publishing] is not happy that I turn down all this money, but at the end [of the day], I'm doing fine with my day job."

Thomas is also paying heed to Internet opportunities. He is recording an AOL Sessions episode and is Yahoo Launch's April artist of the month. Along with streaming the album for a week before its release, VH1.com will Webcast an exclusive live performance by the artist.

Thomas is taping VH1's Save the Music benefit concert April 11 alongside such artists as Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Joss Stone. The show will air April 17. He will appear on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" (April 19-20), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (April 25) and "Today" (May 20). Potential second single "This Is How a Heart Breaks" will be featured in commercials for the NBA playoffs, which start in June.

Thomas kicks off an 11-date solo tour April 15 in San Francisco. The club tour, which will be followed by a larger venue outing later this year, marks the first time Thomas has played clubs in more than eight years.

Regardless of how the album sells, for Thomas, victory is already assured. "The album not doing well wasn't my fear; I was scared I would get so far into recording and it wouldn't be what I wanted. But that wasn't the case. I'm so proud. Ten years after making music, I've made a different noise."

CC
Apr 12th, 2005, 10:11 PM
At first I thought it was the same thread you started before Rocketta, but I couldn't seem to find my comments ... and then I was like ohhh.

I saw the Lonely No More video and I have to say, he can't dance at all. :p But his moves were always quirky endearing.

Bacardi, I went in search of that song the same day. I was doing some research into Rob's projects and got distracted somewhat. If you have it, it might be easier to get it from you rather than to go searching again. :tape:

CC
Apr 12th, 2005, 10:17 PM
I looooove Back 2 Good (looking at the yahoo link Rocketta posted). In fact I really love that whole album. The other stuff is good too, but maybe because that was my first introduction to them and so many things in my life were new and strange. I just feel a special connection to that album.

Scotso
Apr 13th, 2005, 04:06 AM
I think he moves well. He was making fun of it I think. I loved his little ass shake :D

he would be the hottest man alive :hearts: if he wasn't a smoker :( that knocks him out of first place.

still, I want to win!

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 18th, 2005, 11:41 AM
'Something' New

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Fans of Matchbox Twenty will hear a different side of group frontman Rob Thomas on his eclectic Melisma/Atlantic solo debut, "...Something To Be," which arrives this week. The set veers from familiar Matchbox Twenty sounds ("Ever the Same") and dance-oriented pop (first single "Lonely No More") to elegant, sweeping prog-drama ("All That I Am") and propulsive rock ("This Is How a Heart Breaks").

Thomas wrote much of the album with longtime Matchbox Twenty producer Matt Serletic. The Virgin Records chairman was also at the helm for the solo project. For material, Thomas often turned to what he affectionately refers to as "the scrap yard."

"When it comes time for a project, I look at the scrap yard and find what's good or bad. There could be a great verse you love so much, and you go to the scrap yard and find a chorus you love."

In addition to Thomas' readily identifiable vocals, the solo tunes share another bond with Matchbox Twenty songs: most deal with love gone wrong. "I have the hardest time writing about being happy," Thomas says. "To me, that's not interesting. That's why I try to spend so much time writing with other people."

Thomas kicked off an 11-date solo tour April 15 in San Francisco. The outing, which will be followed by a larger venue tour later this year, marks the first time Thomas has played clubs in more than eight years.

Rocketta
Apr 18th, 2005, 03:03 PM
At first I thought it was the same thread you started before Rocketta, but I couldn't seem to find my comments ... and then I was like ohhh.



That's what you get for not paying closer attention. :o

Scotso
Apr 19th, 2005, 03:18 AM
I saw him at the Save The Music concert :hearts: so sexy.

VeeReeDavJCap81
Apr 19th, 2005, 03:20 AM
I saw his video the other day. And MAN he looks young. The things a new hair do can do for you.

Rocketta
Apr 19th, 2005, 04:38 AM
He was Jay Leno tonight....He sounded great.....his body twitches while singing reminded me of Joe Cocker though. :o

Scotso
Apr 20th, 2005, 01:52 AM
Well I could watch that ass twitch all night :drool:

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 28th, 2005, 01:44 PM
Thomas Really "Something" on Chart By David Jenison
Wed Apr 27, 6:12 PM ET

It seems Rob Thomas doesn't need the whole matchbox to light things up.


In his first solo outing, Rob Thomas accomplished something his band Matchbox Twenty never did: topping the Billboard 200. His Something To Be sold nearly 252,000 copies for the week ended Sunday to open at number one, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers released today.

The spinmeisters at Atlantic Records pored over the data and quickly unearth this Trivial Pursuit-worthy nugget: Thomas is the first male artist from a pop/rock band to debut at number one with his first solo album in the 50 years that Billboard has been keeping tabs on such things.

This isn't Thomas' first trip to the top. The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter spent several weeks at number one as a key contributor on Santana's Supernatural. That disc sold record numbers thanks to the massive radio hit "Smooth," featuring Thomas on vocals.

Even though Matchbox Twenty never topped the charts, the band did outsell its frontman's solo effort. The 2000 disc Mad Season moved 364,000 first-week copies at number three. More recently, 2002's More Than You Think You Are and 2003's EP opened at six and 43, respectively.

With Thomas taking the top slot, Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi slipped to number two, selling another 226,000 discs.

The week featured four Top 10 bows. Mike Jones landed at three with Who Is Mike Jones? selling 181,000 copies. The album title says it all--this Houston rapper is an underground sensation virtually unknown to the mainstream. This release should change that.

American Idol judge Simon Cowell's new find, Il Divo, followed at four as their self-titled disc sold 147,000 copies. This operatic pop quartet--featuring young vocalists from America, France, Spain and Switzerland--performs covers in different languages.

Memphis crunksters Three 6 Mafia wrapped up the Top 10 bows with Choices II checking in at 10. This movie/soundtrack combo sold 56,000 copies. The original Choices soundtrack debuted at 19 in late 2001.

The rest of the Top 10 were repeat offenders: 50 Cent's The Massacre at five, Gwen Stefani's Love, Angel, Music, Baby at six, the Killers' Hot Fuss at seven, Green Day's American Idiot at eight and Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 18 at nine.

Several other new releases made big splashes. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman soundtrack and Anna Nalick's Wreck of the Day opened at 19 and 20, respectively; meanwhile, Patrulla 81's Divinas entered at 54, Jim Brickman's Grace debuted at 88, Z-Trip's Shifting Gears charted at 90 and Slightly Stoopid's Closer to the Sun broke at 121.

Over on the singles chart, the country's favorite talent show did it again. The American Idol season four finalists' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" sold nearly 27,000 copies to take over the number one spot. Sales of the single benefit the American Red Cross.

1. Something To Be, Rob Thomas
2. The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey
3. Who Is Mike Jones?, Mike Jones
4. Il Divo, Il Divo
5. The Massacre, 50 Cent
6. Love, Angel, Music, Baby, Gwen Stefani
7. Hot Fuss, The Killers
8. American Idiot, Green Day
9. Now That's What I Call Music! 18, various
10. Choices II, Three 6 Mafia