Rob Thomas has announced the forthcoming release of his second solo album, entitled Cradlesong. Due on June 30th, the album features the first single, “Her Diamonds,” which will hit radio and video outlets in mid-April.
Sneak Preview: "Her Diamonds" by Rob Thomas
Once again produced by Matt Serletic, Cradlesong is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Thomas’ 2005 solo debut – the #1, RIAA platinum …Something To Be.
“I like musical hybrids,” says Thomas about the musical direction of the new album. “Like, 'What would it sound like if we took Prince's drummer and mixed him with really amazing Nashville players?’ I like to take everyone just left of their comfort zone and record it."
In other Rob Thomas news, he has been announced as a keynote speaker at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! conference to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 31st.
…Something To Be made chart history upon its release in April 2005. The collection entered the Billboard 200 album chart at #1, marking the first time that a male artist from a rock or pop group had debuted at #1 with their first solo album since Billboard introduced the chart 50 years earlier. The album – which earned Thomas a pair of Grammy nominations – included a string of hit singles, including the #1 global smash, “Lonely No More,” “This Is How A Heart Breaks,” “Ever The Same,” and “Streetcorner Symphony.”
Alongside the #1 U.S. success of …Something To Be Thomas topped charts in 15 countries, among them Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Singapore, and Thailand. He supported the release of …Something To Be with a major, sold-out world tour during 2005 and 2006. Thomas also appeared at the historic Live 8 multi-concert event in July 2005, performing both as a solo artist and joining Stevie Wonder for a duet version of the Wonder classic “Higher Ground.”
In 2007, Thomas reunited with his bandmates in Matchbox Twenty for the release of Exile On Mainstream. The group’s first album in five years, the set combined a retrospective of their greatest hits with a six-track EP of new songs produced by Steve Lillywhite – including the RIAA gold single, “How Far We’ve Come.” Debuting at #3 on the Billboard 200, the RIAA gold Exile On Mainstream. scored the biggest first week of the year for a greatest hits collection.