Friday, August 19, 2011

Cash Money Records Primed to Dominate 2011

Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Republic artists are primed to dominate the music industry through the end of the year as the label prepares to drop a flurry of chart-topping releases. The momentum builds after Lil Wayne's new single "She Will" featuring Drake debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Single Chart the first day it was available for download. "She Will" is #1 on both iTunes Main and Hip-Hop/Rap charts, with 67,260 total singles sold in the first two days.

Across the board, Cash Money recording artists are on top. DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj held the #1, #2, and #4 spots at Urban Radio for the third consecutive week. Drake's "Headlines" is the #1 Most Added Song at Rhythm Mediabase. "She Will," the third single from Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV was also the #1 most added song at Urban Radio Mediabase.

Tha Carter IV is Lil Wayne's tenth studio album and will be available for purchase on iTunes immediately after the MTV VMAs on August 28th and in stores August 29th. The first single "6'7" featuring Cory Gunz is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video. His second single, "How To Love," is an RIAA certified-platinum digital track and is a Top 10 Greatest Gainer at Billboard Top 40, advancing 10 positions, and garnering 578 spins at Mediabase. "How To Love" is also a Top 5 Greatest Gainer at Pop, moving from 14 to 10 with 1089 spins and has soared from 2 to 1 at Rhythm as the #2 Greatest Gainer with 440 spins. "She Will" has been added to Power 106 Los Angeles.

Next in line to seize the spotlight is Young Money/Cash Money's Drake, whose sophomore album Take Care, the follow up to his blockbuster and critically acclaimed debut "Thank Me Later" is in stores on October 24th. Young Money Cash Money's super woman Nicki Minaj continues her reign, receiving MTV VMA nominations for Best Female Video for "Super Bass" and Best Collaboration for "Moment 4 Life." "Super Bass" is in rotation on over 150 Top 40 radio stations. She is winding down the Britney "Femme Fatale" Tour and preparing to return to the studio. Tyga's debut "Carless World" is a slated for winter release, followed by a new album in the works from Lil Twist rounding out Young Money Cash Money's promising showing.

"We are proud of the hard work the artists put in and how it's paying off," says Ronald "Slim" Williams, Co-CEO of Cash Money Records Group. "That's the Cash Money way."

About Cash Money Records

Emerged as a regional hip-hop force in the mid-'90s, Cash Money excelled throughout the next decade as one of hip-hop's most successful entrepreneurial urban empires. The influential label reigned as one of the top selling imprints again in 2008-2009 as the home base and strategic arsenal for best selling artist of the year - Lil Wayne. Originally forged in the Magnolia housing projects of New Orleans where brothers' and Cash Money founders/Co-CEOs Bryan Williams and Ronald 'Slim' Williams first earned their street reps, the multi-platform imprint (which includes hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment) has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide. One of hip-hop's most enduring global street brands, Cash Money/Young Money has been responsible for more than a dozen gold/platinum artists; more than two dozen gold and/or platinum records, rolling out award winning albums, videos, and digital content by a diverse range of artists including Juvenile, B.G., Turk, Hot Boys, Big Tymers (featuring, among others, Bryan "Birdman" Williams himself,) Jay Sean, Kevin Rudolf. Nicki Minaj, Drake and much-heralded franchise star Lil Wayne.

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