NEW YORK, NY -- The multi-platinum hip-hop icon Bow Wow is back on the charts as "Shortie Like Mine," the first single from his eagerly-awaited fifth studio album, The Price of Fame, hits the #1 slot on the Billboard Monitor Rap Chart.
Bow Wow's new album, The Price of Fame, is slated for release on Tuesday, December 19.
Produced by Bow Wow's long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri and featuring the American R&B superstar Chris Brown, "Shortie Like Mine" is blowing up nationwide hitting millions of radio listeners in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Boston, Denver, Chicago, Sacramento, Portland, Orlando, Fresno, Knoxville, Washington DC and more.
"Shortie Like Mine" has been played more than 4 million times on Bow Wow's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/bowwow). A video for "Shortie Like Mine" has been lensed in Los Angeles by acclaimed video and film director Bryan Barber (OutKast, "Idlewild") and addresses the burgeoning phenomenon of online social networking.
The Price of Fame is the first new studio album from Bow Wow since July 2005 when his RIAA platinum-certified Wanted debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and generated the smash singles "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) (#1 Rap, #2 R&B/Hip-Hop, #4 Hot 100) and "Like You" (featuring Ciara) (#1 Rap, #1 R&B Hip-Hop, #3 Hot 100).
Bow Wow -- whose film credits include "Like Mike" (one of the 50 Top Grossing films of 2002), "All About The Benjamins" (2003), "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004) and "Roll Bounce" -- may be seen in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" as well as in an upcoming episode of "Smallville."
Bow Wow first burst on the scene back in 2000 -- under the wing of super producer Jermaine Dupri -- with his debut album, Beware of Dog, which went on to sell more than three million copies while solidifying his status as an authentic hip-hop heartthrob.
Bow Wow took his brand of rap to the next level with 2001's Doggy Bag, hitting the road in support of his multi-platinum sophomore CD with the sold- out "SCREAM Tour II," wowing fans all over the country with hits like "Take Ya Home" and "Thank You."
With his third album, 2003's Unleashed, Bow Wow became more directly involved with writing and producing his music, creating a collection directly from the heart, conveying a more personal overview of life from Bow Wow's perspective.
He is the youngest musician to open the Grammy Awards, is the first "kid" to be included in Vanity Fair's prestigious annual music issue (October 2001), and entered "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1 on the U.S. charts.
With numerous hit singles, platinum-plus albums, sold-out tours, starring roles in hit films, and a place in "The Guinness Book of World Records" already on his resume, Bow Wow continues to prove that he's the 100% real deal with the indisputable goods: a bona fide superstar blessed with talent, tenacity, and a deep connection to his audience.
Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records