Omarion Celebrates 2007 With the Year's First #1 Album
R&B Superstar's '21' Enters Billboard Top 200 at #1
The chart-topping R&B superstar Omarion is ringing in 2007 with the year's first #1 album, 21. The performer's second solo album (and first on Columbia Records) is entering the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart at #1, with release-to-date sales of 120,463, according to SoundScan. 21 also debuts at #1 this week on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
With 21, Omarion's second solo album, entering both the Top 200 and the R&B sales charts at #1 simultaneously, the contemporary R&B powerhouse becomes one of a select group of artists to have achieved back-to-back #1 debuts on both charts with two consecutive albums.
When his debut album, O, debuted at #1 on both charts in February 2005, Omarion (who'd risen to stardom while still in his teens as a frontman for the groundbreaking urban "boy band" B2K) became recognized as an important new voice in contemporary R&B and hip-hop. The music on 21 was created by Omarion to celebrate, and reflect on, turning 21 late last year.
Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Omarion rose to fame while still a teen as a member of the groundbreaking urban "boy band" B2K. His soulful vocals, riveting stage presence, and undeniable charisma helped B2K score a hit with the group's very first single, "Uh Huh," in 2001; achieve gold status with the group's self-titled debut album in 2002; and go RIAA platinum with the group's best-selling sophomore outing, Pandemonium! in 2003.
Omarion's undeniable mediageniality has led to numerous television guest appearances including "Punk'd," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Regis & Kelly" and "Soul Train." In addition to his musical performances, Omarion has acted on the big screen with key roles in "You Got Served" and "Fat Albert." Omarion stars in "Somebody Help Me," an innovative horror film directed by Chris Stokes and may be seen in the upcoming films "Reggaeton" and Tyger Williams' ("Menace II Society") "Street Soldier."
SOURCE: Columbia Records
CONTACT: Yvette Noel-Schure, Sony Urban Music, New York,