Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B will be the featured musical guest at the upcoming â€œNational Gen44 Summit Kick Off Concert with President Barack Obama,â€ slated for September 30th at Washington, DCâ€™s historic DAR Constitution Hall. The event celebrates the inaugural Gen44 Summit, a three day gathering created by the Democratic National Committee to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders. For full details and ticket information, go to www.genfortyfour.com or http://mybarackobama.com/Gen44KickOff.
The news comes in the midst of a jam-packed week for B.o.B, which began Saturday, September 11th with a stellar live set at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at Hollywoodâ€™s famed Pantages Theatre. The next night saw history made with an extraordinary performance alongside his chart-topping collaborators Bruno Mars and Paramoreâ€™s Hayley Williams at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards extravaganza. The ATL-based sensation then quickly crossed the continent for a pair of acclaimed opening sets at the Jay-Z and Eminem â€œHome & Homeâ€ blockbuster double-bill at New Yorkâ€™s Yankee Stadium on September 13th and 14th. B.o.B also served as special guest at Eminem and Jay-Zâ€™s prior stadium spectacular, held earlier this month at Detroitâ€™s Comerica Park.
Meanwhile, B.o.B remains on the road with his first-ever North American headline tour. Dubbed â€œThe Shootinâ€™ For Stars Tour,â€ the trek has been drawing capacity crowds since getting underway last month and is set to continue through late October (see dates below). Upon the tourâ€™s conclusion, B.o.B will jet over to England, where he will join Paramore on their eagerly anticipated November arena tour. For complete details and ticket information, check out www.bobatl.com/tour.
In other news, B.o.B has just unleashed a new single from his acclaimed debut album, â€œB.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY.â€ Already a Top 10 smash on Billboardâ€™s â€œHot 100,â€ â€œMagic (Feat. Rivers Cuomo)â€ is currently blowing up at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, while its companion video clip has just entered rotation at MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and MTV Hits. â€œMagicâ€ has also exploded onto the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, where it is now poised to enter the tallyâ€™s top 10.
Whatâ€™s more, B.o.Bâ€™s installment of MTVâ€™s hit series, When I Was 17, began airing this past weekend, and is set to re-air September 15, September 17th and September 18th (check local listings for air times). In addition, his acclaimed MTV Unplugged episode â€“ featuring special guests Janelle MonÃ¡e, Robin Thicke, and Melanie Fiona â€“ can be viewed online at www.mtv.com/music/unplugged.
No stranger to accolades, it was recently announced that B.o.B received an astonishing seven nominations at the upcoming 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards, including â€œTrack Of The Year,â€ â€œMVP Of The Year,â€ and â€œCD OF The Year,â€ which sees the Atlanta native up against Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, and Rick Ross. The 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards will be announced on October 12th (check local listings.)
â€œB.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAYâ€ has proven one of 2010â€™s most popular and significant releases. The album â€“ which debuted atop the Billboard 200 upon its April arrival â€“ features a pair of multi-platinum certified singles in the #1 hit, â€œNothinâ€™ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)â€ and the #2 smash, â€œAirplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore).â€ The latter track has also proven an international phenomenon, having recently debuted at #1 in the UK. As of this writing, the combined singles sales from both tracks is currently approaching 6 million with no sign of slowing down. Furthermore, â€œMagicâ€ is rapidly approaching the 1 million sales mark, with RIAA platinum certification to follow. Riding on the wave of all this success, B.o.B’s webstore is offering a sale now until September 19th, all t-shirts are 25% off. Fans can pick up exclusive B.o.B items including “Past My Shades” sunglasses, posters and more at http://store.bobatl.com.
â€œB.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAYâ€ sees the resourceful rapper producing the majority of the album by himself, while also playing multiple musical instruments, including piano, trumpet and French horn. In addition, B.o.B is joined by a star-studded line-up of surprising special guests, including Hayley Williams of Paramore, T.I., Eminem, Janelle MonÃ¡e, Weezerâ€™s Rivers Cuomo, Playboy Tre, and Lupe Fiasco. Endlessly inventive tracks such as â€œ5th Dimensionâ€ and â€œMagicâ€ offer a funky and fascinating journey into a gifted new talentâ€™s far-reaching imagination.
â€œI just want to show people that there are endless possibilities of what you can do,â€ B.o.B says.
â€œYou donâ€™t just have to be a rapper, you donâ€™t just have to be a trapper; you can be anything you want to be and whatever you do, just love it and it will show.â€
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2010
All Dates â€œThe Shootinâ€™ For Stars Tourâ€ Except *
17 Detroit, MI Grey Goose Event â€“ Venue TBA
18 Utica, NY Utica College
30 Washington, DC National Gen44 Summit Kick Off Concert *
3 Bowling Green, OH Bowling Green State University
6 Columbia, MO University of Missouri, Columbia
7 Lawrence, KS University of Kansas â€“ Liberty Hall
12 Salt Lake City, UT McKay Events Center
14 Fresno, CA Big Fresno Fairgrounds
15 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
17 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
19 Houston, TX House of Blues
21 Lexington, KY University of Kentucky
24 Towson, MD Towson University
26 Blacksburg, VA Burress Hall Auditorium
28 Harrisonburg, VA James Madison University â€“ Wilson Hall
29 Lewisburg, PA Sojka Pavilion
30 Washington, DC Grey Goose Event â€“ Venue TBA