While last month’s power ballad “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” continues to place on the Spotify Global and US Viral Charts (#3 and #2, respectively) with 31 million streams and counting, Joji, the multi-talented visionary with a cult following from every corner of the internet, returns today to share another track from BALLADS 1, due out October 26th via 88rising. “TEST DRIVE” is a pop hit in the making and features production by RL Grime.
After releasing “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” and having the song go to #27 on Spotify’s US Top 50, #2 on YouTube Trending, #2 on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, #2 on iTunes R&B as well as racking up 28 million Spotify streams in a little over a month, Joji followed that up a few weeks later with “CAN’T GET OVER YOU,” produced in tandem by legendary beat maker Clams Casino, Grammy-winning producer/bassist Thundercat and Roget (of Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode” and DRAM’s “Broccoli” fame). Today, Joji shares “TEST DRIVE,” his ballad that explores the complexity of commitment. Both lyrically and sonically, the song conveys the pain of not being on the same page with a potential partner. The track is being released together with a James Defina-directed (Post Malone, Rich Brian) music video that shows Joji alone in the desert locked in the proverbial chains of a relationship that could have been.
A master of multiple mediums, Joji is the Osaka, Japan-born singer and producer capturing a following from every corner of the Internet. The multi-talented visionary defies convention — his songs are characterized by down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush grimy textures, blending elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. Featured everywhere from Nylon to Billboard to VICE News (HBO) to Hypebeast and beyond, Joji is one of the most interesting and promising new artists in the digital age.
BALLADS 1 is a collection of ballads and songs dedicated to the theme of change. Each song deals with the struggle of change — leaving toxic environments, grappling with temptations, or refusing to change. The album is told from multiple perspectives, based on both people in Joji’s life and imagined. BALLADS 1 also reflects Joji’s evolution as an artist since the release of his debut EP In Tongues in November 2017. Through the recording process, Joji has unlocked an ambitious new sound and style that’s uniquely his own. The album is predominantly self- produced, yet features notable collaborations with producers Shlohmo, Clams Casino, RL Grime, Patrick Wimberly, and Jam City. BALLADS 1 also sees Joji and Trippie Redd follow up on their “18” collaboration from earlier this year with a highly anticipated new song called “R.I.P.”
“YEAH RIGHT,” the first track off the forthcoming project, has already been streamed over 60 million times, offering an auspicious glimpse of what’s to come with BALLADS 1. BALLADS 1 is now available to pre-order.
Joji – BALLADS 1
(October 26th – 88rising)
2. SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK
3. TEST DRIVE
4. WANTED U
5. CAN’T GET OVER YOU (ft. Clams Casino)
6. YEAH RIGHT
7. WHY AM I STILL IN LA (ft. Shlohmo & D33J)
8. NO FUN
9. COME THRU
10. R.I.P. (ft. Trippie Redd)
12. I’LL SEE YOU IN 40
With Joji’s European tour selling out within minutes, he is happy to announce that he will be adding 3 additional shows in Amsterdam, London and Paris. Please find the tour admat below. Tickets for the Joji European tour can be purchased at http://88rising.com/joji