LOS ANGELES After nearly two years of "coming soon" promises by the bandmembers, a new Jodeci album is finally taking shape.
The North Carolina quartet has eight songs in the can and another 40 contenders, members K-Ci and JoJo said Wednesday while attending the Soul Train Music Awards. The follow-up to 1995's The Show, the After Party, the Hotel should be finished by August and on shelves just before the ball drops on 2002, the brothers, born Cedric (K-Ci) and Joel (JoJo) Hailey, said.
Jodeci, who debuted with Forever My Lady in 1991, also includes brothers Dalvin and DeVante DeGrate.
JoJo said in August 1999 that Jodeci would regroup to record their next album as soon as he and K-Ci finished their tour late that year. But the project was delayed, as K-Ci and JoJo focused on X, released last year, and Dalvin recorded and released his solo debut, Met.A.Mor.Phic.
DeVante also has kept busy, recording his solo debut and producing music for other artists, even lending Michael Jackson a hand on his forthcoming album. His solo album is still in the works and no release date has been set.
K-Ci & Jo-Jo are expected to stage a spring tour in support of X. The duo announced one date so far, a May 18 stop at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
K-Ci spoke out Wednesday for the first time about allegations he exposed himself during a Los Angeles concert in December, saying, "If y'all know K-Ci, y'all know K-Ci didn't do it." (See "K-Ci Denies Alleged Indecent Exposure.")