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10/10/2005

 
Cash Money's Lil Wayne Scores Big With #1 Most Added New Single 'Fireman'

It Tops the Urban and Rhythm Crossover Radio Formats

tha CARTER II

In Stores Soon

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cash Money superstar rapper Lil Wayne's new single "Fireman," (featuring Cash Money co-founder/signature artist Baby) has literally caught fire at urban radio, scoring the coveted #1 position at both the Urban and Rhythm Crossover formats, with a combined total of nearly 100 radio stations adding the hip hop anthem to their play lists at first asking. The new single is the debut effort from Lil Wayne's much-anticipated fifth album, tha Carter II, follow up to his acclaimed 2004 platinum-plus release, tha Carter.

For Lil Wayne, who has been busy with relief efforts in his native New Orleans (he hails from the now-devastated 17th ward) getting back to business is a bit of a respite from his ongoing work to help alleviate the suffering experienced by friends and loved ones victimized by Hurricane Katrina. He purposely shot his new video for "Fireman" in both New Orleans and Houston, where many of the displaced survivors of Katrina have relocated. "It's been a very tough month," says Lil Wayne. "I put everything I had into this song, and now the video, hopefully as an inspiration to everyone who wants to see New Orleans come back bigger and badder than ever."

It was an eventful year for Lil Wayne even before the calamitous Gulf Coast disaster, re-signing with longtime mentors/Cash Money founders Ronald 'Slim' Williams and Bryan 'Baby' Williams in February, and being appointed President of Cash Money in the process. The busy rapper also guested on a host of hit projects including Destiny Child's comeback album and single, "Soldier," Bobby Valentino's "Tell Me," Baby's hit song "Get Your Shine On," among other songs.

Recruited in the streets of N.O. by the Williams Brothers when he was only 11 years old, tha Carter marked his fourth solo effort, (a worthy follow-up to the 2002 gold-plus 500 Degreez) and his first release under the Young Money entertainment Banner. Lil Wayne is currently preparing to tour the U.S., embarking on a multi-city tour that kicks off in November, and also features hip hop artists Young Jeezy and T.I.

Source: Cash Money Records

CONTACT: Sindy Gilbert, +1-323-467-7274, sindy.gilbert@sbcglobal.net; or
Vickie Charles, +1-212-373-0783, vickie.charles@umusic.com; or Kia Selby,
+1-770-786-6658, kiaselby@aol.com

Web site: http://www.universalrecords.com/




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