R&B super group Jagged Edge sets Sept. 25 for “Baby Making Project,” the highly anticipated album produced by Jermaine Dipri via their new label So So Def/Island (Def Jam). "The album is bedroom music; It's freakier, risque, but not raunchy or expletive," group member Brandon Casey tells Billboard.com. "There were so many records like that growing up with Keith Sweat and R. Kelly. Today, everything is fast, so we wanted to reintroduce ourselves and still represent." Dupri produced the first single, "Put a Little Umph in It," featuring Ashanti. "The song is seductive and Ashanti is sexy to death, so it made perfect sense," explains group member Richard Wingo. "Put a Little Umph in It” is also featured on Singersroom with high feedback from listeners. In contention for the second single are "Me That's Who" and "Whole Town Laughing," both produced by the group. Other tracks include "Get This," ("We ain't known for the suggestive, freaky ballads, but this one is one of the few of that nature," says Brandon), and "The Way To Say I Love You." Jagged Edge recorded so much material for “Project” that they have saved eight of the tracks for another album, a release date for which has not been announced. In the meantime, JE will launch a 30-city tour of House of Blues venues to promote “Project” this fall. In addition, Jagged Edge recently launched its own label, 581 Records, under So So Def/Island Urban, to which they signed the girl group Bad Girl and Atlanta rapper Jimmy Two Time.
New York, N.Y., September 26, 2007 – Singersroom.com, The Web’s most popular magazine for R&B, launches the exclusive Jagged Edge Listening Party and Dinner Contest in conjunction with Island Records to promote Jagged Edge’s latest album “Baby Makin Project.” Starting September 26th, users can log onto Singersroom.com and listen to the “Baby Makin’ Project” and chat with other users about the album. Provided by Meebo, the chat feature will allow fans to communication with each other and preview the album whether there at home, on campus, at work, or traveling foreign lands. While enjoying the hits from the “Baby Makin’ Project,” users can enter the Dinner Contest for a chance to win dinner with Jagged Edge. The grand-prize winner and a friend will get to chop it up with Jagged Edge over dinner, while the runner-up will receive an autograph copy of the Baby Makin’ Project. Jermaine Dupri re-signed Jagged Edge to So So Def through Island Records/Def Jam. Together they have produced a plethora of hits establishing Jagged Edge as a major brand in R&B. “We represent men who don't know how to represent themselves. Females have pronouns, verbs and adjectives and they can tear you down real fast, if you are not quick on the draw! So, we are telling all of our homeboys out there, if you believe in love, put on that new JE record and tell your woman” says Wingo Be sure to pick up the NEW Album BABY MAKIN' PROJECT In Stores 9/25! Visit www.Singersroom.com/releaseparty/je/ to listen, chat and enter the “Dinner with JE" contest.
New Island Urban Music president Jermaine Dupri has made Jagged Edge the first signing of his administration, Billboard.com has reported. Dupri previously worked with Jagged Edge when the group was signed to his So So Def label. A new Jagged Edge album is expected this year; it will be the follow-up to last year`s self-titled album for Sony Urban/Columbia, which has sold 268,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, sources say an Island deal with rapper Hot Dolla, which the artist already announced on his MySpace, is still being finalized. Dupri stepped down as president of urban music at Virgin in October 2006. At Virgin he was responsible for signing Dem Franchize Boyz and OutKast member Big Boi`s Purple Ribbon imprint.