Singer Frankie J will on Oct. 17 issue his third solo album "Priceless," via Columbia. The set features guest appearances from Chamillionaire, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Slim of 112.
Singer Frankie J will on Oct. 17 issue his third solo album "Priceless," via Columbia. The set features guest appearances from Chamillionaire, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Slim of 112, and production by Mannie Fresh, Bryan Michael Cox and StarGate, among others.
Frankie J wrote or co-wrote every track on the album, including lead single "That Girl," which was produced by Mannie Fresh and features Chamillionaire. The song is currently No. 54 on the Billboard Pop 100.
"With this album there's more of an edgy, urban feel," Frankie J tells Billboard.com. "I've wanted to work on something like this for a long time but we never really gave it that approach. This time around we finally came through."
The artist adds that the label granted him more songwriting and creative liberty than with his previous efforts. His favorite cut is the title track, which was produced by Cox. "It's a beautiful song, talking about love being priceless and being with the person you want to be with," he says. "That's where I got the [album] title from."
Another track he penned, "Still," is based on a friend's experience. "The song is basically talking about this girl from his past who comes back and tells him that she still loves him and wants to be with him but he's moved on with his life," says Frankie J. "[My friend] is married and has a family and all of a sudden one night he gets a call from an unknown number. The moment he picks up the phone he hears this girl and he recognizes her voice right away."
Tracks under consideration for the second single are "Never Let You Down" featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony and "If He Can't Be," which samples Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face."
"Priceless" will be the follow-up to 2005's "The One," which peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 875,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The singer's Spanish language album, "Un Nuevo Dia," bowed at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 in June; the second single from it will be "Por Favor," a duet with Sin Bandera.
In support of the album, Frankie J will kick off the 12-city outing Lo Maximo de la Musica Aug. 30 in Phoenix. The trek wraps up Sept. 24 in Washington, D.C. The singer is also planning a tour in support of "Priceless." "We're trying to balance touring in the States with touring in Mexico and the Latin countries," he says. "It's difficult because I'm trying to get in as much as I can."