‘I Like It’ is the first international single from the forthcoming album, produced by Red One, it features a vocal cameo from Lionel Richie, reprising the chorus of his timeless hit ‘All Night Long’. The track is an upbeat floor-filler and comes backed with a crazy hot remix from #1 selling US rapper Pitbull (‘I Know You Want Me’). Enrique was thrilled to work with his friend Lionel Richie, but it was Pitbull who really took it out of him. “Man, working with Pitbull, it’s like he’s got everybody in the world’s mojo, his energy is so intense. And shooting the video together was just insane… ”
T.I. has scored another major hit with “Dead and Gone (Feat. Justin Timberlake),” the latest single from his RIAA platinum certified #1 album, “PAPER TRAIL.” The track has exploded in the past week, rising to #3 on SoundScan’s “Digital Songs” chart with total one week sales of nearly 250,000. What’s more, “Dead and Gone” is now #2 on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” where it was named the week’s “Greatest Gainer” and “Airplay Gainer.”
The success of “Dead and Gone” follows T.I.’s stunning live performance of the song alongside Timberlake at the 51st Grammy Awards, held earlier this month. The event saw the ATL-based superstar adding yet another statue to his Grammy shelf, taking home the “Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group” trophy for his blockbuster collaboration with Jay-Z, “Swagga Like Us (Feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne).” T.I. – who was also among last year’s big Grammy winners – teamed up onstage with his fellow MCs to perform the award-winning track at the February 8th ceremonies.
“Dead and Gone (Feat. Justin Timberlake)” is literally exploding at Rhythmic radio outlets nationwide, having bulleted its way to #2 on this week’s chart. The single is also lighting up the airplay charts at Urban, Urban AC, and CHR/Top 40, where it received the week’s “Most Increased Plays.” A companion video had its world premiere on MTV earlier this week and can now be viewed at T.I.’s official MySpace page, located at www.myspace.com/trapmuzik.
The rising popularity of “Dead and Gone,” in tandem with T.I.’s recent #1 singles, “Live Your Life (Feat. Rihanna)” and “Whatever You Like,” gives the multiple Grammy winning rapper a cumulative Top 40 audience exceeding 90 million. All three singles – as well as “Swagga Like Us” – are featured on the enormously successful “PAPER TRAIL.”
“Live Your Life (Feat. Rihanna)” has been a #1 sensation on an array of radio charts, including CHR/Top 40 and Rhythmic. The single made history last October by climbing to #1 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” from the previous week’s ranking at #80 – the biggest-ever one-week leap to the top. The success of “Live Your Life” shattered the previous record for largest ascent to #1 – a feat set just six weeks prior by “Whatever You Like,” the 2x platinum first single from “PAPER TRAIL,” which rocketed to #1 from #71 the week of September 6th and remained there until being replaced by “Live Your Life.” This remarkable achievement established T.I. as the first artist to replace himself at #1 since Usher in 2004.
“Whatever You Like” remains T.I.’s biggest selling digital single to date, with over 3 million downloads and counting. Not to be outdone, “Live Your Life” – still standing strong among the top 10 on the “Hot 100” – logged T.I.’s biggest-ever first-week digital singles sales, with sales in excess of 335, 000. The platinum certified single’s total digital sales are now quickly approaching the 3 million mark.
In other news, T.I. is currently headlining a provocative new MTV documentary series. T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go made its eagerly anticipated debut earlier this month, with new episodes set to premiere every Tuesday at 9:00 PM ET/PT (check local listings). The inspirational docu-series follows T.I. as he counts down the days to his impending March 2009 sentencing for weapons charges. T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go will not only show T.I. as he attempts to help change the lives of desperate teenagers across the country, but will also offer a behind-the-scenes peek at the most private and personal moments of one of today’s hottest most sought-after artists on the verge of leaving his glittering career for time behind bars.
T.I.’s Road To Redemption: 45 Days To Go has quickly begun drawing widespread critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times hailed the series for offering “a compelling glimpse into a world too often fetishized on television,” praising T.I. as “Charismatic and confident, he has no trouble acknowledging both his mistakes and the very real societal forces working on him in and out of jail.” “I’ve never ever – ever – seen anything quite like T.I.’s Road To Redemption,” declared Newsday. “(The show) has a raw authenticity that will chill you to the bone.”
T.I. is currently headlining a major US arena tour, with dates running through mid-March (see attached itinerary). An additional slate of concert dates will be announced later.
Furthermore, T.I. is set for high-profile features in a number of major national publications, including cover stories in upcoming issues of both Blender and Vibe. This follows recent cover profiles in Giant, Rap Up, Murder Dog, and Ozone, as well as additional features in XXL, Vibe, Blender, Rolling Stone, People, and King (where he served as “Guest Editor”).
Finally, an exclusive live performance from T.I. recently launched as part of the “Rhapsody Originals” series on Rhapsody.com. The session is streaming now at www.rhapsody.com/originals. T.I. made online history late last year by passing the 2 million friend mark on his MySpace page, a new record by a hip-hop artist. The page – located at www.myspace.com/trapmuzik – has continued to see record-breaking traffic in recent months, with nearly 100 million page views and counting.
20 DeKalb, IL Northern Illinois University Convocation Center
25 Fayetteville, AR Barnhill Arena
26 Charlotte, NC Cricket Arena
27 Miami, FL American Airlines Arena
28 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
5 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
7 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena
8 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall
12 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
13 San Antonio, TX Alamodome
14 Houston, TX Houston Arena Theatre
15 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
T.I. teams up with Justin Timberlake and we’ve got the video for “Dead and Gone” to prove it.
“PAPER TRAIL,” the new album from Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I., has made a phenomenal arrival atop the Billboard 200, marking the multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar’s third consecutive #1 chart entry (following 2006’s platinum-certified “KING” and 2007’s platinum-certified “T.I. VS. T.I.P.”). With total first-week sales in excess of 568,000, “PAPER TRAIL” also enters at #1 on a number of additional Billboard charts, including “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,” “Top Rap Albums,” and “Top Digital Albums.” The album’s unparalleled first-week sales success represents a personal best for T.I., as well as Atlantic Records’ biggest-ever one-week scan since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
As if all that weren’t enough, T.I. has literally exploded into the top spot on Billboard’s “Hot 100” with “Live Your Life (Feat. Rihanna),” the second single from “PAPER TRAIL.” In only its second week on the chart, the single has ascended into the pole position from last week’s ranking at #80 – the biggest-ever one-week leap to the top. The #1 success of “Live Your Life” shatters the previous record for largest ascent to #1 – a feat set just six weeks ago by T.I.’s own “Whatever You Like,” the RIAA platinum certified first single from “PAPER TRAIL.” That track rocketed to #1 from #71 the week of September 6th and has remained there until this week. This remarkable achievement establishes T.I. as the first artist to replace himself at #1 since Usher in 2004.
With sales of nearly 335,000, “Live Your Life” has logged the biggest-ever first-week digital singles sales in history. “Live Your Life” is now rocketing up the airplay charts at Urban and Rhythmic, where it earned the week’s “Most Increased Plays.” What’s more, the single received this week’s “Most Increased Plays” at Urban Mainstream – T.I.’s biggest increase to date at this format. A companion video clip for “Live Your Life” is now in post-production and will premiere sometime in the coming weeks.
The first solo chart-topper of T.I.’s remarkable career – and second overall following “My Love,” his Grammy-winning collaboration with Justin Timberlake – “Whatever You Like” is currently dominating multi-format radio outlets nationwide. The single is now in its fifth week atop the Urban airplay ranking, as well as its fourth week at #1 on the Rhythmic airplay chart. “Whatever You Like” is also blowing up at CHR/Top 40, where it is poised to enter the top 10 after only four weeks on the chart. In total, the single’s combined national radio audience is nearly 140 million, with a cumulative audience for all tracks from “PAPER TRAIL’ exceeding 200 million.
In addition, the “Whatever You Like” companion video – directed by Dave Meyers (Missy Elliot, Kid Rock) – is in major rotation on BET, FUSE, and all MTV channels. Furthermore, “Whatever You Like” continues its #1 reign over Nielsen Ringscan’s “Top 200 Mastertones” ranking, with sales now approaching three-quarters of a million. The chart success marks Warner Music Group’s second-ever #1 ringtone, following Flo Rida’s record- breaking “Low.”
T.I. made a number of TV appearances celebrating last week’s release of “PAPER TRAIL,” including NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, MTV’s TRL, and BET’s 106 & Park. The ATL-based MC is now set to take the stage at the upcoming BET Hip-Hop Awards, which has nominated him in three categories, including “Best Live Performer,” “Lyricist of the Year,” and “MVP of the Year.” The third annual ceremony will be held at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, October 18th and then air on BET, Thursday, October 23rd at 8:00pm (check local listings).
Last Friday night, T.I. played to a sold-out crowd for his “MySpace Release Show” at the Key Club in Hollywood. Surprise guests included Rihanna, who joined him for “Live Your Life,” and Kanye West, who performed on “Swagga Like Us.” T.I. also received a special plaque, celebrating his historic passing of the 2 million friend mark on his official MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/trapmuzik) – a new record by a hip hop artist.
T.I.’s MySpace page has seen record-breaking traffic in recent weeks, with “Whatever You Like” having now earned over 26 million streams and counting. In addition, the page is among MySpace’s top five viewed pages daily. Earlier this year, T.I. found additional success in cyberspace, with the launch of the social networking website, www.streetcred.com.
Currently starring on the cover of Giant, T.I. has been featured in a stunning array of recent national publications, spanning XXL, Vibe, Blender, Rolling Stone, People, and King (where he will serve as “Guest Editor” on the upcoming November issue). In addition, “PAPER TRAIL” has drawn some of the most rapturous praise of T.I.’s already acclaimed career. “His best album since 2003’s ‘TRAP MUSIK,” declared the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica, “largely because it’s so serious.” “T.I. has managed to craft an album that gives listeners the standout moments they expect,” wrote Allhiphop.com. “(The album’s) achievements are enough to remind fans why they fell in love with T.I. back in 2003, and keep his tenuous title as ‘King of the South’ in place for the immediate future.” “(‘PAPER TRAIL’) shows a willingness to do something other than coast from hook to hook,” noted Pitchfork.com. “The album manages to be a more detailed manuscript of Tip’s complexity: An impending incarceration has lit a fire under him, triggering an impulse to challenge himself.” “’PAPER TRAIL’ starts and finishes strong,” hailed USA Today’s Steve Jones. “T.I. may be going away for a while, but his music won’t.”
T.I. has grown to truly be one of his generation’s most captivating speakers. Whether he’s conversing frankly with a room full of youth about the positive side of staying in school and following their dreams, or moving tens of thousands at one of his concerts, the audiences are immediately engrossed by the King of the South’s words. T.I., here delivers his most potent and important LP to date; “Paper Trail.” The title is a direct reference to T.I.’s return to literally writing down his lyrics- a practice he hasn’t engaged in since his debut. By going back to the basics T.I. has evolved into a better MC. The album features guest appearances and production by Lil Wayne. Rihanna, Usher, The Dream, Fall Out Boy, Kanye West, B.O.B, John Legend, DJ Toomp, Swizz Beatz, Drumma Boy, & Danja.
“I’m Illy” – When T.I. burns he’s hot as an inferno. This is the way we’d like him all the time.
“Whatever You Like” – It’s made for radio–it doesn’t matter when its good.
“Ready For Whatever” – “Can’t afford the price of fame/ ’cause it cost to much.” Perhaps T.I. finally realizes that being a hip-hop artist puts a big target on your back and he was hit in the bullseye. The best songs are written when depressed, under stress or in some sort of pain. And T.I. has some serious worries with jail on the horizon.
“On Top of the World” f/Ludacris – T.I. and Ludacris are hot duo. Ludacris hasn’t sounded this fresh in awhile.
“No Matter What” – A different flavor keeps the album fresh. Good to see T.I. mixing it up and doing it in a way that shows his multiple skills.
“Swing Ya Rag” – T.I. again has some new flavor thanks to Swizz Beatz. Then again its got some serious southern fried hip-hop and you know that’s all T.I.
“Swagga Like Us f/Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil’ Wayne – An all-star party. The digital vocals are the only thing that keeps the song down.
“Live Your Life” f/Rihanna – T.I. never gets off the ground and Rihanna does what she can with what she’s given–which isn’t much. Please someone stop with the digital effects to vocals–its beyond cliche at this point.
“My Life Your Entertainment” f/Usher
“Porn Star” – T.I. couldn’t have believed this was a good song–he probably fell in love with the title and just couldn’t let it go.
T.I. has outdone himself. “Paper Trail” is his best release to date. The good news is T.I. shows that he can get better.
Watch the video for “Whatever You Like”
Watch the video for “No Matter What”
T.I. has unveiled further details of his much-anticipated new album, “PAPER TRAIL.” The multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar will release the follow-up to 2007’s RIAA platinum-certified “T.I. vs T.I.P.” on September 9th.
“I just want everyone to know that it’s coming out and that I’m going to answer a lot of questions in the music,” the ATL-based rapper says of “PAPER TRAIL.” “It’s intense and insightful; it’s gonna shake up the game and it’s me at my best.”
“PAPER TRAIL” has been heralded by the street track, “No Matter What,” on which T.I. directly addresses his current life situation. The track – produced by Danjahandz (Timbaland, 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Danity Kane) – has been building momentum organically, scoring major airplay at Urban and Rhythmic radio outlets nationwide. The song’s companion video is now in “Medium” rotation at BET and in “Heavy” rotation on the network’s Rap City. At MTV, “No Matter What” is in rotation across the spectrum, including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, and MTV Jams (where it was recently “Jam of the Week”).
The album’s first official single, “Whatever You Like,” has just hit radio outlets nationwide. The song was produced by Jim Jonsin, whose many credits include Lil Wayne’s current #1 smash, “Lollipop.” In addition, “Swing Your Rag,” a brand-new Swizz Beatz-produced track from “PAPER TRAIL,” has just been added to the player on T.I.’s MySpace page, located at www.trapmuzik.com.
T.I. has unveiled details of his upcoming new album, “PAPER TRAIL.”
Today, May 7th, BET News will present an exclusive half-hour special, entitled T.I. Speaks. In his first televised interview since a plea bargain on weapon charges, T.I directly answers tough questions from host Toure and a group of at-risk students about his life and future after being sentenced to a year in prison. The ATL-based hip-hop icon details how the ordeal has changed his life and delivers a strong message about decision-making.
“I must be a man and stand up and accept responsibility,” T.I. says. “I exercised extremely poor judgment, and for that, I must be willing to pay whatever price that comes before me.”
“PAPER TRAIL” follows T.I.’s two previous #1 albums, 2007’s “T.I. vs T.I.P.” and 2006’s RIAA platinum-certified “KING.” With an unparalleled track record of hit singles – including “Top Back,” “Big Things Poppin’ (Do It),” “Why You Wanna,” and the Grammy Award-winning “What You Know” – T.I. is without question one of hip-hop’s greatest stars. In addition to his multiple Grammy Awards, T.I. has been the recipient of a wide variety of honors, including BET Awards, BET Hip-Hop Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.
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