New York, NY -- Wyclef Jean -- the Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, hip-hop pioneer, and humanitarian who founded the Fugees, the top-selling hip-hop ensemble of all-time -- is on a roll this week as "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," the lead-in single from his critically-acclaimed new album, Carnival Vol. II - Memoirs of an Immigrant, jumps into the Top 10 while simultaneously achieving RIAA Platinum Digital Single status.
Featuring Akon, Lil' Wayne and introducing Nia, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" has just jumped from #12 to #10 on the CHR/Top 40 chart, marking Wyclef's first Top 10 single as a solo artist. "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" has reached #8 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, #10 on the Billboard Pop 100 and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was certified RIAA Gold on January 11, 2008.
Released initially in August 2007 through iTunes and Verizon's V Cast, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" rapidly entered the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at #3 the same day it debuted on the Canadian Hot 100 chart at #42. A bona fide international smash, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" has charted in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK as well as hitting #24 on the United World Chart.
A provocative video for "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," directed by Chris Robinson (Monica, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z) has been viewed more than 8 million times on www.youtube.com while more than 2 million fans have played the song on Wyclef's MySpace page.
Wyclef is currently celebrating the release of his critically-lauded new album, Carnival Vol. II - Memoirs of an Immigrant, with his "Carnival House Tour," an eagerly-anticipated major tour of North American clubs and theaters which launched January 14 in Providence, Rhode Island and winds up February 26 in Ohio (please see itinerary following). Wyclef's "Carnival House Tour" features sets by special guest artist and Columbia Records labelmate Lyfe Jennings.
Carnival Vol. II - Memoirs of an Immigrant is Wyclef's first full-length album for Columbia Records since his third solo album, "Masquerade," entered the Billboard Top 200 at #6 in June 2002 and is the artist's first album on any label since 2006, when he struck a major chord in mass pop consciousness with "Hips Don't Lie," the #1 chart-topping Grammy-nominated international smash hit duet with Shakira.