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Return Of R&B Legends To UK
R&B legends Ashanti and Joe are returning to stage in the UK with concerts in Birmingham and London.

Ashanti and Joe Live, concerts, Birmingham, London, O2 Academy
R&B legends Joe and Ashanti are doing live shows in the UK in 2017

As two major R&B stars of the 1990's, Joe and Ashanti are coming together for the first time in history. TCO - The Concert Organisation - is presenting the gigs that are set to include R&B classic songs from both of the artists plus new material.

The pair will be live in concert at O2 Academy in Birmingham on February 25 followed by a gig at Eventim Apollo London on February 26.

Grammy award winning singer Ashanti is back in the UK for the first time in three years ahead of the release of her upcoming sixth studio album in 2017.

Ashanti and Joe Live, concerts, Birmingham, London, O2 Academy
Joe and Ashanti both dominated the charts in the 1990's and are returning to stage

Ashanti is one of the most successful female US artists. Her hits range from collaborations with Hip Hop heavyweights like Fat Joe for 'What's Luv?' and Ja Rule for 'Always on Time' to solo tracks including 'Foolish' and 'Happy'.

She has a triple platinum album, self-titled Ashanti; the first lady of Murder Inc, to her name and became the second artist of all time after The Beatles to have ever had their first three chart entries simultaneously in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Meanwhile, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Joe is a favourite of New Jack Swing fans of the '90's. He released debut album 'Everything' and hit song 'I'm In Luv' to great success and followed them up with second album, 'All That I Am' in 1997.

Joe, Ashanti, UK concerts, London, Birmingham, R&B
Birmingham and London are the only UK gigs for the famous R&B pair

Over 14 years, he has sold more than 15 million records, including groundbreaking and heartfelt ballads and 12 albums.

He will be performing some of the biggest songs of his career including 'Don't Wanna Be a Player', 'Stutter,' 'If I Was Your Man' and 'Thank God I Found You', which featured Mariah Carey and Nas.

Joe also released a 12th studio album in 2016 titled '#MyNameIsJoeThomas' which included his rendition of Adele's diamond selling single 'Hello' and track 'So I Can Have You Back'.

Tickets for the shows start from 32 and are available from the Ticketmaster website or Ticketweb website from December 16.
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Why? See R&B legends live in Birmingham and London
When: February 25 - 26, 2017
Phone: 0121 622 8250
Where: O2 Academy Birmingham
Cost: 32
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