New York, NY -- Playoffs got nothin’ on this grand slam that the street is going crazy for – as Disturbing Tha Peace/Island Def Jam recording artist Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges scores this week’s #1 debut on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with his fifth album, RELEASE THERAPY (in stores now), selling 309,000 copies. Its first single, “
” featuring Pharrell (and produced by the Neptunes) is # 1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Mainstream Songs and the # 1 Rhythmic/Top 40 single in its third month out – the fastest-growing single at pop radio in Luda’s career to date, and a massive Urban hit with an audience of over 100 million and rising.
"Money Maker" has been ruling the digital space as well. In addition to the just-launched Cingular Sounds program consisting of unique, live mobile content for sale on over 50 million Cingular handsets, the song has been consistently selling over 100,000 ringtones a week. It's also a top 5 song at AOL Music and has culminated into one of the most successful "Leak" promotions that MTV.com has run this year.
“Chris has begun to explore the most intimate experiences of his life on RELEASE THERAPY, and is expressing them musically in ways that are reaching the widest possible audience,” commented Antonio “LA” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. “Please join us as we celebrate Ludacris today.”
"Chris is a vital member of the Island Def Jam family. Not only is he a phenomenal artist, he is a visionary businessman as CEO of his Disturbing Tha Peace label. He is one of today’s most talented lyricists and a very important piece to why we are successful at IDJ," stated Shawn Carter, President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings.
Ludacris comes to grips with life’s trials and tribulations on RELEASE THERAPY as never before. The ‘release’ portion of the album shows a maturing artist dealing with topics ranging from politics to child abuse, and the ‘therapy’ songs include cut loose tracks such as “Girls Gone Wild”.
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In addition to Pharrell and Chad, RELEASE THERAPY boasts a number of collaborators from Luda’s DTP artist roster, namely hip-hop duo Field Mob on “Ultimate Satisfaction” (produced by Rich Skillz) and smooth R&B platinum selling singer
on “End of the Night” (produced by Happy Perez). Notable guests also include megastars R. Kelly on “Woozy” (produced by Ken Jo) and Mary J. Blige on “Runaway Love” (produced by Polow Da Don). There are also appearances by Def Jam’s own Young Jeezy on “Grew Up A Screw Up” (produced by DJ Nasty & LVM), and Beanie Sigel (with Pimp C and C-Murder) on “Do Your Time” (produced by Trak Starz).
Ludacris said, “To me, part of being a complex person is a balance of many things. On this record I talk about striving, silliness, sadness, sex, and salvation amongst other things. I’m not knocking anybody’s hustle, but many rappers only talk about one side of their lives. Personally, I’m trying to be a more three-dimensional storyteller, and I hope that comes through on the record.”
2006 is truly becoming the year of Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges. In addition to completing RELEASE THERAPY – the follow-up to 2004’s double-platinum The Red Light District. Ludacris scored rave reviews for his star appearance in the highest rated Law & Order: Special Victims Unit tv broadcast ever. Starting in January, he received a SAG Award for Best Ensemble, a 2006 Critics Choice Awards for Best Ensemble, and an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporter Actor in A Motion Picture – all for his role in the critically acclaimed film, Crash (which opened May 2005). (He teamed up again with Terrence Howard for the critically acclaimed Sundance discovery Hustle and Flow.) Ludacris also began hosting his own XM satellite radio show, Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Ludacris’ Open Mic.
In the midst of all this, The Ludacris Foundation is still the cause closest to his heart. Additional information regarding The Ludacris Foundation’s efforts and their causes which include Cerebral Palsy and providing food and shelter to Hurricane Katrina victims can be found at
RELEASE THERAPY and The Red Light District follow-up 2003’s double-platinum Chicken-N-Beer, the #1 Pop/#1 R&B, success that gave Ludacris his first across-the-board #1 Rap/#1 R&B/ #1 Pop crossover smash hit single with “Stand Up.” Ludacris’ mega-selling streak began with his debut, 2000’s triple-platinum Incognegro (aka Back For the First Time, with “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Southern Hospitality”); followed by 2001’s triple-platinum Word Of Mouf (with “Area Codes,” “Move B***h,” and “Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)”).