â€œDEFINITION OF REAL,â€ the blockbuster second album from Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies, has been certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000. The album â€“ which features the #1 single, â€œBust It Baby Part 2 (Feat. Ne-Yo)â€ â€“ debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its June release, with sales of 214,000 â€“ the highest selling first-week numbers in the history of the Miami-based Slip-N-Slide Records. Pliesâ€™ next album, â€œDa REAList,â€ is slated to hit the streets on December 16th, marking the Ft. Myers, Florida-based rap superstarâ€™s third full-length release in just under 16 months.
â€œDEFINITION OF REALâ€ remains a top 10 success on Billboardâ€™s â€œTop Rap Albumsâ€ chart. The album follows Pliesâ€™ enormously popular 2007 debut, â€œTHE REAL TESTAMENT,â€ which received RIAA gold certification, fueled by the RIAA gold-certified hit singles, â€œShawty (Feat. T-Pain)â€ and â€œHypnotized (Feat. Akon).â€
Fueled by the success of the chart-topping â€œBust It Baby Part 2â€ and the current top 20 hip-hop hit, â€œPlease Excuse My Hands (Feat. Jamie Foxx and The-Dream),â€ the combined digital sales of tracks from â€œDEFINITION OF REALâ€ have now exceeded one million. In addition, â€œBust It Baby Part 2â€ has received RIAA gold certification for both digital singles sales as well as ringtone sales of one million.
Meanwhile, Plies is currently being featured on the cover of Vibeâ€™s December issue. He has also just unleashed the first single from â€œDa REAListâ€ â€“ â€œPut It On Ya,â€ featuring Big Gates recording artist Chris J. As of last weekâ€™s impact at radio, the single was the # 1 most-added at both Urban and Rhythmic formats â€“ with major rotation in such major markets as Dallas, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Washington DC, and many others.
Last month, Plies unveiled â€œPants Hang Low,â€ the first new music from his soon-to-be-released new album. The track â€“ produced by Mannie Fresh â€“ is earning play at both Urban and Rhythmic radio outlets. â€œPants Hang Lowâ€ is currently available at all DSPs and mobile carriers, while a commercial 12â€ is now in stores.
â€œPants Hang Lowâ€ sees Plies addressing the controversial issue of â€œsagging pants.â€ A number of state and local governments are currently considering laws outlawing the practice, setting up fines and potential jail terms for offenders. Plies recently launched www.pantshanglow.com, a blog site devoted to the issue, featuring news, action alerts, and commentary.
The track marks Pliesâ€™ latest involvement in relevant social and political issues. He recently unveiled his very own non-profit organization, Big Gates and Plies Power Of Visions Foundation, Inc., as well as a scholarship program, the â€œSomebody Loves Youâ€ Scholarship Fund.
As if all that werenâ€™t enough, a companion video to another new track from â€œDa REAListâ€ has just debuted on Pliesâ€™ popular YouTube channel. â€œHeard Of Meâ€ is streaming now at www.youtube.com/user/PliesWorld.
In other news, Plies and â€œBust It Baby Part 2â€ recently received three nominations from the annual Online Hip-Hop Awards, including â€œCollabo of the Year,â€ â€œHip-Hop Digital Download of the Year,â€ and â€œHip-Hop Album of the Yearâ€ (for â€œDEFINITION OF REALâ€). Fans can vote now through November 20th at www.onlinehiphopawards.com/index.php?page=nominate.
The new nods follow Pliesâ€™ recent trio of nominations from the BET Hip-Hop Awards, including â€œBest Hip-Hop Collabo,â€ â€œHottest Hip-Hop Ringtone of the Year,â€ and â€œAlltel Wireless Peopleâ€™s Champ.â€ The star-studded ceremonies â€“ which aired last month on BET â€“ saw Plies and Ne-Yo busting out their #1 hit to an ecstatic live audience.
Da REAList is now available to pre-order at www.pliesworld.com. Fans can pick up an exclusive DVD, signed photo and enter for a chance to go to Plies’ album release party in Tampa , Florida on December 16th.