Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist T.I. has made history with his new single, â€œWhatever You Like.â€ The record-setting track has rocketed into the #1 spot on this weekâ€™s Billboard â€œHot 100,â€ marking the biggest-ever one-week leap to the top of the chart. Now in its third week on the chart, the single has ascended into the pole position from last weekâ€™s ranking at #71. â€œWhatever You Likeâ€ is the first single from the Grammy Award-winning rapperâ€™s much-anticipated new album, â€œPAPER TRAIL,â€ due in stores and at all online retailers on September 30th.
The singleâ€™s #1 success represents the first solo chart-topper of T.I.â€™s remarkable career, and second overall following â€œMy Love,â€ his Grammy-winning collaboration with Justin Timberlake. â€œWhatever You Likeâ€ â€“ produced by Jim Jonsin, whose many credits include Lil Wayneâ€™s #1 smash, â€œLollipopâ€ â€“ is also #1 on the weekâ€™s â€œHot Digital Songsâ€ chart, with stunning first-week sales exceeding 205,000 downloads.
â€œWhatever You Likeâ€ is currently exploding at radio, scoring the weekâ€™s â€œMost Increased Playsâ€ at both Rhythmic and Urban outlets outlets nationwide. The track is already a bulleted top 10 smash at Urban and is climbing the top 25 at Rhythmic. In addition, the â€œWhatever You Likeâ€ companion video â€“ directed by Dave Meyers (Missy Elliot, Kid Rock) â€“ is in large rotation on BET and Rap City and maximum rotation of all MTV channels.
â€œNo Matter What,â€ the first street track and video from â€œPAPER TRAIL,â€ has proven an online blockbuster, earning over one million views at T.I.â€™s official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/TIvsTIP. In addition, the clip has earned the ATL-based artist a nod for â€œBest Male Videoâ€ â€“ directed by Self and James Lopez – at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards. The multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar will be among the live performers at the annual extravaganza, set to air on Sunday, September 7th on MTV (check local listings).
The coming weeks will see T.I. featured in a stunning array of national publications, XXL, Vibe, Blender, Rolling Stone, and King. The rapper will also be making a number of TV appearances in the days surrounding the release of â€œPAPER TRAIL,â€ including MTVâ€™s TRL and BETâ€™s 106 & Park â€“ full details will be announced shortly.
T.I., has also recently passed the 2 million friend mark on his official MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/trapmuzik), setting a new record by a hip hop artist. In addition, T.I.â€™s MySpace page is among the top five viewed pages daily. Earlier this year, Tip found additional success in cyberspace, with the launch of the social networking website, www.streetcred.com.
â€œPAPER TRAILâ€ is T.I. at his best â€“ melding emotive moments like the harrowing â€œMy Life, Your Entertainmentâ€ with celebratory anthems such as the cocky â€What Up, Whatâ€™s Haapnin.â€ In addition to the aforementioned Swizz Beatz, the production roster includes such studio stars as Danja (Timbaland, Madonna, Usher), DJ Toomp (Kanye West, Missy Elliot, Young Jeezy) and Drumma Boy (Paul Wall, Rick Ross, Yung Joc). The result is T.I.â€™s most potent and important LP to date.
â€œPAPER TRAILâ€ follows T.I.â€™s two previous #1 blockbusters, 2007â€™s â€œT.I. vs T.I.P.â€ and 2006â€™s RIAA platinum-certified â€œKING.â€ With an unparalleled track record of hit singles â€“ including â€œTop Back,â€ â€œBig Things Poppinâ€™ (Do It),â€ â€œWhy You Wanna,â€ and the Grammy Award-winning â€œWhat You Knowâ€ â€“ T.I. is without question one of hip-hopâ€™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.
An accomplished actor as well as a gifted rapper and live performer, T.I. has played acclaimed roles in the major motion pictures ATL and American Gangster. He will be starring in the upcoming Screen Gems film entitled Bone Deep. He will also make a cameo appearance on the new season of HBOâ€™s Entourage.
In 2009, T.I. will be tackling television with an inspirational documentary series airing on MTV. The yet-to-be-titled series will center on the rapperâ€™s life on probation in the year leading up to his impending year-long jail sentence. Added to these endeavors is his much-anticipated clothing line Akoo, which will be in stores this fall.
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