LATE NIGHT SPECIAL, the new album from Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic recording group Pretty Ricky, has made a triumphant debut in the #1 spot on both the Billboard 200 and “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” charts. With total sales of over 132,000, the album’s explosive first week in stores gives the Florida-based foursome the biggest-selling chart debut of 2007 thus far. “On The Hotline,” the first single/video from “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL,” leaps to #6 at Urban radio and to #8 at Rhythmic Top 40, where it enjoys the most increased airplay this week. In addition, the album’s second single, “Push It Baby,” is set to impact at multi-format outlets in February. Pretty Ricky – rappers Slick ‘Em, Baby Blue, and Spectacular, and singer Pleasure – kicked off the release of “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” last week with a stellar performance on BET’s 106 & Park, where the “On The Hotline” companion video spent several days at #1 on the daily countdown. Now in “Heavy” rotation, the clip was BET’s most-played video of the week. What’s more, Pretty Ricky closed out the week with an additional pair of BET appearances, guesting on the January 27th installments of the network’s Hosted Saturday and Top 25 Countdown. Pretty Ricky has also been highly visible on MTV, including a visit to MTV’s Total Request Live, where the “On The Hotline” video quickly entered the countdown’s top 10. The clip has just been added to the MTV playlist, while also blowing up in “Simmerin'” rotation at MTV Jams. Pretty Ricky will also make their late night television debut February 20th when the group will perform “On The Hotline” and “Push It” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “On The Hotline” is a massive ringtone hit, currently standing at #5 on Nielsen Ringscan’s “Top 200 Mastertones” chart. Pretty Ricky is also hugely popular online, with nearly 400,000 friends registered on their MySpace page, placing them in the top 3 of MySpace’s “Top Artists.” At YouTube, the group’s recently launched “Pretty Ricky TV” – which features a variety of exclusive videos – has already hit the top of the site’s rankings as the month’s #1 Most Subscribed Channel, as well as reaching the top 10 of YouTube’s all-time Most Viewed Musicians pages. Over at their own www.prettyricky.com, Pretty Ricky has just begun an exclusive sweepstakes where fans can win a trip for two to New York City to see the superstar quartet perform live in concert. Concert winners will also get to travel to the show in a limo, and meet the members of Pretty Ricky backstage. Pretty Ricky will reveal tour plans for 2007 shortly. In late-2006, Pretty Ricky introduced fans to “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” with show-stealing performances on the “Scream Tour 5: Ruff & Ready, Young & Sexy.” The BET-sponsored trek saw Pretty Ricky commanding arena stages across America with some of R&B and hip-hop’s hottest new stars, including Omarion, Ne-Yo, Mario, and Yung Joc. In other news, Pretty Ricky will be featured on the March cover of Black Beat magazine, which hits newsstands on February 13th.
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