Fantasia Enters the Billboard R&B Album Chart at #3

Loyal supporters and new fans of award- winning J Records/19 Recordings artist Fantasia bought up 132,964 copies of her self-titled second album in its first week of release, sending FANTASIA to a #3 debut on the Billboard R&B Album chart and #19 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Fantasia will also hit the road opening select dates for Jamie Foxx, beginning December 29th in Sacramento at the Arco Arena. Fantasia’s debut on the Billboard R&B Album Chart at #3 makes this her second Top 5 R&B Album Chart debut. At the same time, “Hood Boy” featuring Big Boi from OutKast, the new album’s opening track and first single pick, takes a sizable 15-point jump up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week to #38. “Hood Boy” was written by Johnta Austin and produced by Tone Mason. BET premiered the video on 106 & Park and already has the video in heavy rotation on BET and BETJ. FANTASIA (which arrived in stores December 12th) follows-up Free Yourself, her RIAA platinum debut of November 2004, which contained “I Believe” — the first time in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 that an artist debuted at #1 with her first solo record (which stayed on top for 11 weeks) — solidifying the former American Idol champion’s career. 22-year old Fantasia — who was the subject of a Lifetime original movie this past summer, The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not A Fairy Tale, the most viewed basic cable program on television, and Lifetime’s second most viewed program of all time — enlisted an impressive A-list collaborators for her new album, including Missy Elliott, Dre & Vidal, Midi Mafia, Diane Warran, Babyface, Swizz Beatz and Kwame. FANTASIA TOUR DATES OPENING FOR JAMIE FOXX Fri/Dec-29 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena Sun/Dec-31 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena Sat/Jan-6 Chicago, IL All State Arena Fri/Jan-19 Hartford, CT Hartford Civic Center Sun/Jan-21 Washington, DC Verizon Center Mon/Jan-22 New York, NY MSG Thu/Jan-25 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Sun/Jan-28 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Arena Thu/Feb-1 Orlando, FL TD Waterhouse Fri/Feb-2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center


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