“READY,” the new album from Songbook Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Trey Songz, has made a phenomenal chart debut, entering Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” tally at #2. The album – which includes the hits “I Need A Girl,” “LOL :-) (Feat. Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em),” and “Successful (Drake & Trey Songz)” – also exploded into the #3 spot on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200.
What’s more, “READY” is proving a digital blockbuster, debuting at #2 on this week’s SoundScan “Digital Albums” chart. The “Deluxe Version” and the standard edition of “READY” are currently standing tall at #1 and #2 respectively on iTunes’ “Top R&B/Soul Albums” chart. In addition, the album’s “Deluxe Version” is ranked at #11 on iTunes’ comprehensive “Top Albums” tally.
Hailed by the late, great Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun as “among the most promising R&B artists we have had on Atlantic since we started the company 60 years ago,” “READY” officially establishes Trey Songz among the pantheon of R&B greats. The album – which follows 2007’s breakthrough sophomore set, “TREY DAY” – sees the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter teaming with an array of accomplished collaborators, including Eric Hudson, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Carlos “Los DaMystro” McKinney, and Trey’s longtime producer, Songbook Entertainment founder Troy Taylor. From the player’s anthem, “Neighbors Know My Name,” to the Mary J. Blige-inspired “One Love,” Trey draws on a range of styles to craft an extraordinary album guaranteed to thrill his already fervent fanbase while happily surprising all newcomers.
“READY” is highlighted by Trey’s top 5 rap smash, “Successful (Drake & Trey Songz).” Originally found on Drake’s hit mixtape, “SO FAR GONE,” the track now includes a brand new verse from Trey and is first available for purchase on “READY.” A companion video is currently in rotation at BET, FUSE, and all MTV properties, including MTV, MTV2, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, MTV Tr3s, and VH1 Soul.
“LOL :-),” the album’s most recent single, is blowing up now at Urban Mainstream radio outlets nationwide. The track follows Trey’s recent smash single, “I Need A Girl.” Produced by the Grammy Award-winning team, Stargate (Flo Rida, Ne-Yo, Beyoncé), the track was a top 5 Urban Mainstream hit earlier this year. The “I Need A Girl” companion video was recently added at MTV, while remaining in major rotation at MTV2, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and MTV Tr3s. The clip is also a top 5 video at VH1 Soul, where it is currently in “Power” rotation.
Recently named the “Hottest R&B Singer In The Game Right Now” by BallerStatus.com, Trey celebrated last week’s arrival of “READY” with an intimate performance at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. “Trey Songz transfixes like no other R&B singer of the day,” declared the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica in his rave review of the show, further praising Trey as “dapper, charming and utterly confident.” The superstar singer is now poised to hit the road as headliner on the upcoming “BET Live! 106 & Park Tour.” The coast-to-coast trek – which also features Mario, Day26, and Sean Garrett – will launch on September 29th at Los Angeles’ House of Blues and then travel the country through mid-November (see attached itinerary).
As if all that weren’t enough, Trey will be among the luminaries performing at the upcoming VH1 Hip-Hop Honors 2009, slated to tape later this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. The star-studded event – which this year commemorates the 25th anniversary of Def Jam Records – will then premiere on VH1 on Tuesday, October 13 at 9PM ET/PT (check local listings).
Trey is also becoming a major online superstar, with his www.TreySongz.com currently ranked as Atlantic Records’ #2 most trafficked artist page. Furthermore, Trey’s loyal army of Twitter followers at @songzyuuup is now in excess of 300,000 and growing.
Trey Songz first burst to the forefront of modern urban music in 2005 with his critically acclaimed debut, “I GOTTA MAKE IT.” “TREY DAY” followed in 2007, entering Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” tally at #2, while also exploding onto the Billboard 200 at #11. The album found the Virginia-based Songz teaming up with a stunning selection of studio superstars, resulting in a number of hit singles, including “Missin You,” “Last Time,” and the #1 Urban Mainstream smash, “Can’t Help But Wait.” The latter track established Trey as a true sensation, earning him his first-ever Grammy Award nomination, for “Best Male R&B Performance.”
Songz – a 2008 BET Award nominee for “Best Male R&B Artist” – celebrated “TREY DAY” with a long list of TV appearances, including live performances on BET’s 106 & Park and It’s Showtime At The Apollo, not to mention a featured spot on BET’s annual Rip The Runway extravaganza, modeling fashion created by some of today’s hottest designers. Trey – aka “the Prince of Virginia” – was also among the VA-based artists showcased on MTV2’s My Block, alongside such like-minded musicians as Timbaland, Pharell, and the Clipse.
In December 2008, Gap enlisted Trey and Flo Rida to write and produce a street-smart rendition of a Christmas classic for its annual holiday promotion. The unique “Jingle Bells” spot proved a marketing sensation throughout the holiday season.
What’s more, Songz has been profiled in a variety of national publications, highlighted by cover features in Right On!, Floss, and Black Beat. Other magazine appearances include King, Sister 2 Sister, WordUp!, SBH, Blackmen, XXL Presents Hip-Hop Soul, Giant, Hype Hair, and Rap Fanatic.