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4/28/2005

 
Bow Wow Puts Finishing Touches on 'Let Me Hold You,' Featuring #1 Chart-Topper Omarion

New Bow Wow Track, Produced by Jermaine Dupri, Slated as First Single From Eagerly-Awaited New Album, Wanted

NEW YORK, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Rap icon Bow Wow has recently finished work on "Let Me Hold You," the first single from Wanted, the eagerly-awaited successor to Bow Wow's 2003 bestselling Unleashed.

Produced by superstar hitmaker Jermaine Dupri, "Let Me Hold You" is a collaboration with Bow Wow's fellow hip-hop heartthrob Omarion, whose first solo album, O (Sony Urban Music / Epic), debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 at the beginning of March 2005.

Fans can check out Bow Wow, Omarion and Jermaine Dupri in the studio cutting the smash hit "Let Me Hold You" via an exclusive online video at http://www.bowwowwanted.com/ .

Bow Wow and Omarion will join forces on the upcoming "Scream Tour IV Presents: The Heart Throb Tour," sure to be yet another arena-packed chapter in the history of the "Scream Tour" series (details TBA).

2005 is shaping up to be a very big year for Bow Wow with his hotly-anticipated new album, Wanted, slated for release in early July.

Come this fall, Bow Wow is scheduled to light up both the big screen and small with a starring role in the feature film, "Roll Bounce," a teenage skater-dramedy set in the late 1970s, and his very own television sitcom, "Bow," scheduled to air on the WB.

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."

Bow Wow's undeniable star power led to starring roles in the box office triumph "Like Mike" (one of the 50 Top-Grossing films of 2002) and the subsequent hits "All About The Benjamins" (2002) and "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004).

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 "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1 on the U.S. charts.

Having recently turned 18, with several 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 teen superstar blessed with burgeoning talent, tenacity, and a deep connection to his audience.

Omarion's career is currently ablaze with a # 1 chart topping album, a radio favorite single, "O," and his latest smoking hot single release, "Touch." The music video for "Touch" has already debuted on BET 106 & Park and is following in the large footsteps of "O."

Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Omarion rose to fame while still a teen as a member of the groundbreaking urban "boy band" B2K. His soulful vocals and undeniable charisma helped B2K score a hit with the group's very first single, "Uh Huh," in 2001; achieve gold status with the group's self- titled debut album in 2002; and go RIAA platinum with the group's best-selling sophomore outing, Pandemonium! in 2003.

Omarion's undeniable mediageniality has led to numerous television guest appearances including "Punk'd," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "Soul Train." In addition to his musical performances, Omarion has acted on the big screen with key roles in "You Got Served" and "Fat Albert." Currently in production, Omarion's latest film venture, "The House," is an innovative horror film directed by Chris Stokes.

A solid collaboration between two bona-fide superstar performers, "Let Me Hold You" is as hip as it is infectious. The music video for "Let Me Hold You," directed by Grammy award winner Bryan Barber, is destined to place Bow back on his throne as the self proclaimed "King of '106 & Park.'" A nicely crafted song that's a great fit for ladies and the fellas who love them, "Let Me Hold You" promises to be the jam of the summer.

http://www.bowwowwanted.com/

http://www.columbiarecords.com/

Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

CONTACT: For more information on Bow Wow: Edwin Banacia, Sony Urban
Music, New York, +1-212-833-5072, Edwin.Banacia@sonybmg.com, or Patti Webster,
W&W Public Relations Inc., +1-732-469-5955, patti@w-wpr.com, For more
information on Omarion: Biff Warren, Sony Urban Music, New York,
+1-212-833-7137, Biff.Warren@sonybmg.com

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/
http://www.bowwowwanted.com/




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