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Hip-Hop News: Hip Hop's LeToya Blazes Red Hot On The Billboard
Her solo debut album made #1 on the Billboard 200 with over 160,000 units sold in the first week.
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Posted by Dave
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8/3/2006 8:45:16 AM

Tags and topics realted to this article include LeToya, Scott Storch, Walter Millsap, Teddy Bishop, Jermaine Dupri, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug. Hip Hop, Rap, New Releases, Billboard and R&B.

Capitol recording artist LeToya's solo career is off to a blazing start, with her self-titled solo debut bowing at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling almost 165,000 copies in its first week of release. Early reviews of LeToya -- which features hip hop production from Scott Storch, Walter Millsap, Teddy Bishop and Jermaine Dupri and guest appearances by Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug -- have been extraordinary, with Entertainment Weekly hailing it as a "solid bid for solo stardom." "Songs like the soulful hit ballad 'Torn' and the bouncy hip-hop track 'Gangsta Grillz' will have R&B fans saying her name," predicted People while the Los Angeles Times observed "she stands firm on the same strong-woman ground occupied by DC and Beyonce. And that never gets old."

Now she's poised to follow the success of lead single "Torn" -- which was #1 on R&R's Urban Top 50 chart two weeks in a row while the accompanying video topped BET's "106th & Park" countdown for 25 consecutive days and was added at MTV, VH1 Soul, MTV Hits MTV Jams, BETJ, Yahoo! Music and AOL Music -- with the sexy second single, "She Don't."

BET and AOL Music recently premiered the video for "She Don't" (her second in a row with director Chris Robinson) and BET's "Access Granted" gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video, which has also been added by VH1 Soul, BET and MTV Jams. To check out the video for "She Don't," which features Slim Thug, click on one of the links below:

LeToya, an original member of Destiny's Child who co-wrote and sang on the group's gold-certified singles "Bills Bills Bills" and "Say My Name," from their 8-times Platinum album The Writing's On The Wall, is the subject of the new BET reality series "LeToya: The H-Town Chick." To view a trailer for the series, click below:

Last week LeToya appeared on "Live with Regis and Kelly" and BET's "106th & Park" and stopped by AT&T's Blue Room for an exclusive interview and performance. She was Cingular Sounds' featured artist on the day of her album's release and her recent show in Atlanta was taped for the new Cingular Sounds Live concert series, which generates exclusive content specifically for the mobile environment. Using their 3G-compatible wireless phones, Cingular customers could catch highlights of LeToya's show just days after the event. She has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Female Artist Breakout" category. And look for LeToya this fall in an episode of MTV's new reality series "24/7."

Below is the remaining itinerary for "Mary J. Blige: The Breakthrough Experience" tour featuring opening acts Jaheim and LeToya:

Wed. 8/2 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
Fri. 8/4 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Casino and Hotel
Sat. 8/5 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion
Sun. 8/6 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Wed. 8/9 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri. 8/11 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
Sat. 8/12 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum
Sun. 8/13 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theater
Fri. 8/18 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
Sat. 8/19 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Sun. 8/20 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Tues. 8/22 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
Fri. 8/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
Sat. 8/26 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
Sun. 8/27 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Fri. 9/1 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat. 9/2 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand
Sun. 9/3 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Wed. 9/6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Fri. 9/8 Oakland, CA Chronical Pavilion
Sat. 9/9 Reno, NV Reno Events Center

For more information on LeToya, visit
http://www.letoya.net/
http://www.myspace.com/letoya

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