Grammy-nominated R&B superstar Sunshine Anderson debuts at #4 this week on the Record Label Independent Current Albums chart with her sophomore album, Sunshine At Midnight (out 1/23 on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Music). With close to 10,000 units sold, the debut also boasts a Top 20 debut on the Current R&B Albums Core Store chart, Top 30 on the Current R&B Album Overall Charts and puts Sunshine in the position of being the #8 R&B female on the R&B Album chart. “We at Music World Music are very proud of Sunshine Anderson’s current success with the new album rapidly moving up the music charts,” said Mathew Knowles, President & CEO, Music World Music. “She has always had the qualities of a star and with her soulful voice, strong determination and the Music World family behind her. we anticipate that her new album will continue its path to number one.” Sunshine celebrated her release week with a slew of high profile activities including appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Day Atlanta, and Fox New Rising in her Charlotte, NC hometown, and a jam-packed in-store at Circuit City in Washington, DC. Up next? Sunshine will perform 2 songs at the 6th Annual Hoop Magic Celebrity All Star Weekend on 2/16 at the Red Rock Casino Resort during the NBA All Star Weekend in Las Vegas, NV. The event will honor Donnie Simpson (the first video host on BET Networks) and Dr. Sheila Johnson (managing partner, WNBA Washington Mystics and co-founder of BET Networks), and will air on TV One Network in over 40 million homes nationwide and on Comcast CN 8. Sunshine will also appear to an audience of 60,000 in the Sophisticate’s Black Hair booth at the Bronner Brothers International Hair & Beauty Show on 2/18 at The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. “Sunshine’s debut is a milestone for Music World Music,” said Max Gousse, EVP Music World Music. “In addition to being our highest ranking debut through Fontana, Sunshine At Midnight is our first release to be made available via iTunes. With her new album, Sunshine has proven that ‘real soul’ is timeless.” Sunshine At Midnight is Anderson’s first offering since taking the world of music by storm in 2001 with her Soul Life/Atlantic debut Your Woman, which exploded onto the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #5, spawned the runaway smash #1 hit “Heard It All Before,” and went on to sell 750,000 units and garner a Grammy nomination. With Your Woman, Anderson was embraced industry wide and enjoyed genre-busting mainstream successes that included appearances on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as heavy video rotation on MTV and VH1, in addition to BET. Anderson has been touted for her rich vocals, no-nonsense lyrics and classic soul sensibilities, drawing comparisons to Mary J. Blige. Supporter and friend Macy Gray has heralded Anderson as “a star through and though,” adding that the vocalist/ songwriter “has a fabulous way of being every girl and completely unique at the same time.”
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