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5/07/2005

 
Mario Storms European Singles Charts With 'Let Me Love You' - First #1 Ever for J Records in Germany!

RIAA platinum TURNING POINT album yields second single, 'How Could You'

18-year old star will escort lucky BET contest winner to her prom - Spring Bling appearance in Daytona Beach scheduled to air this weekend

NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 3rd Street/J Records teen sensation Mario's RIAA gold #1 Pop/R&B single "Let Me Love You" takes it overseas to conquer the Euro charts this month, as the song holds #1 for the 6th week in a row on the European radio airplay chart and 5th week in a row on the European Hot 100 (single sales charts). "Let Me Love You" also hits #1 on the radio airplay chart in the U.K., where it stays inside the top 10 on the national singles chart for a 6th week. Topping it off, the song has reached #1 on the German single and radio airplay charts -- the first #1 record in Germany for J Records in the label's 5-year history.

Back home, after setting the all-time BDS audience record of 185 million - and hitting #1 across-the-board at Urban, Crossover, Rhythm, Top 40 and Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts - "Let Me Love You" now stands as the longest-running hit single inside the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (at 28 weeks) and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart (31 weeks).

"Let Me Love You" is the first single from Mario's RIAA platinum second album, TURNING POINT, which also includes a bonus remix of "Let Me Love You" featuring Jadakiss and T.I. The hit single, which spent 7 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Urban Mainstream Airplay monitor chart, is currently the longest-running song inside the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 (at 28 weeks) and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart (31 weeks). "How Could You," the follow-up single, is #14 this week on the Urban Mainstream Airplay monitor chart.

The most-played video at BET, "Let Me Love You" peaked at #1 this month and has spent more than 3 weeks on the Countdown. Mario's performance at BET's "Spring Bling" from Daytona Beach aired on Saturday, April 30th at noon and again at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Meanwhile, tens of thousands of BET's female viewers have been feverishly submitting 100-word essays explaining why Mario should escort them to their prom -- the winning entrant will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Source: J Records

CONTACT: Chrissy Murray, CPR Media, cprmedia2@aol.com; or Melissa
Victor, Melissa.Victor@sonybmg.com, or Chris Chambers,
Chris.Chambers@sonybmg.com, both of Sony BMG Publicity, +1-212-930-1604




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