Maino Takes Home the Gold With "All The Above"; Brooklyn-Based M.C.'s Hit Single Is Certified by the RIAA as New Track,
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NEW YORK, NY, May 27 (MARKET WIRE) -- "All The Above (Feat. T-Pain)," the breakthrough single from Hustle Hard Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Maino, has been certified gold by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. The track -- which remains a Top 10 favorite on iTunes "Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs" chart -- is featured on the Brooklyn-based M.C.'s upcoming debut album, "IF TOMORROW COMES...," due in stores and online on June 30th. Produced by Just Blaze (T.I., Jamie Foxx, Saigon) and Nard & B (T.I., Plies, Ludacris), "All The Above" is at Top 40 smash at Urban outlets nationwide, having impacted as the #1 most added single at the format earlier this year. In addition, the track is bulleting into the Top 20 at Rhythmic radio outlets coast-to-coast. What's more, the "All The Above" companion video is blowing up all over. The clip -- which had its multi-platform premiere across the MTV networks including MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV HITS, MTV JAMS and MTV.COM, was also featured as MTV Jams' "Jam of the Week." In addition, the video has just been added to BET's "The Deal" after a Top 10 run on the "106 & Park" countdown. "All The Above" is also a Top 40 success on this week's "Top Mastertones" chart. "All The Above" -- which had the highest first week single sales for a new rap artist since Flo Rida's "Low" -- will be followed by Maino's new smash, "Million Bucks (Feat. Swizz Beatz)." The track has already begun to receive major radio support in such markets as New York, Raleigh, Richmond, and Boston, with incredible feedback coming in from influential DJs across the country. Stacked with a broad spectrum of bangers, "IF TOMORROW COMES..." makes an indelible first impression of a serious new hip-hop star. The album sees Maino showing off his unadulterated candor and staccato flow on such tracks as the recent singles, "Be Me" and "Hood Love (Feat. Trey Songz)." In total, the four singles released in advance of "IF TOMORROW COMES..." have logged sales in excess of 650,000 -- an extraordinary tally for a new artist. Maino -- who was a recent guest on "The Gayle King Show" on Sirius Radio's Oprah Station 3.11 -- exploded onto the scene last summer with his blockbuster street anthem, "Hi Hater." The track drew extensive airplay at Urban radio outlets nationwide, while the "Hi Hater" remix video (featuring guest appearances from T.I., Plies, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, and Fabolous) was a Heavy rotation blockbuster on BET's "Rap City" and "106 & Park." The clip also scored at MTV Jams, where Maino was named among the featured artists in the network's "Fab 5 of Summer 2008" programming. Nominated as "Rookie of the Year" at 2008's BET Hip-Hop Awards, the MC became an instant hip-hop sensation with his surprise performance of "Hi Hater" at the 2008 Hot 97 Summer Jam in East Rutherford, NJ. Maino was brought to the Giants Stadium stage by none other than multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Alicia Keys. Already notorious in the hip-hop underground for a number of buzzworthy mixtape joints, Maino has been hailed for his blend of gritty lyricism and riveting street flair. His appearance on "Getaway Driver," a featured track on Rockstar Games' blockbuster Grand Theft Auto IV, brought him to a wide new audience and now he's set to take things even further with "IF TOMORROW COMES..." Maino has been profiled in a wide range of national publications, including a cover feature in a recent issue of Don Diva. Other press appearances include Black Men, Complex, Rap Up, Vibe, Hip Hop Weekly, Murder Dog, King, XXL, Giant, and the New York Times. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit Maino's official site, www.mainohustlehard.com, or his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/maino. Contact: Sydney Margetson Sydney.Margetson@atlanticrecords.com 212.707.2262 Copyright 2009, Market Wire, All rights reserved. -0-
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