'FACE OFF,' The Eagerly-Awaited Collaborative Album From Multi-Platinum Hip-Hop Icons Bow Wow & Omarion, Available Tuesday, December 11
Bow Wow & Omarion Mount Media Blitz With Multiple National Television Appearances & Exclusive In-Store Autograph Party at Circuit City in Mid-Town Manhattan on December 11
Bow Wow Currently On the Road With Chris Brown On The 'Up Close & Personal' Holiday Tour
Face Off, the highly-anticipated collaborative album from the multi-platinum selling hip-hop icons Bow Wow and Omarion, will be available online and in stores on Tuesday, December 11.
Bow Wow and Omarion will celebrate the release of Face Off with the duo's New York fans during an exclusive in-store appearance and autograph signing event at Circuit City in midtown Manhattan (521 Fifth Avenue at 43rd Street) beginning at 5pm (EST) on Tuesday, December 11.
Bow Wow and Omarion are psyched and prepped for a full-on media blitz surrounding the release of Face Off, one of the most avidly-awaited albums of the year. Bow Wow and Omarion are slated for numerous television appearances including: BET's "Access Granted," "Top 25 Countdown" and "Beyond" (on Saturday, December 8); MTV's "TRL" (Tuesday, December 11), BET's "106th & Park" (Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12); and BET's "Black Carpet Special Holiday Edition" (airing Thursday, December 13). In addition, Bow Wow and Omarion are scheduled for appearances on "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" and "The Tyra Banks Show" (check your local listings).
Face Off marks the culmination of a joint collaborative process dating back to 2005, when Omarion's vocal contributions to "Let Me Hold You," the first single from Bow Wow's fourth album, Wanted, peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Bow Wow his first-ever Top 10 single and Omarion his first Top 10 as a solo artist.
* * * * *
Bow Wow has been keeping extra busy this holiday season as co-headliner, with Chris Brown, on the national 22-date "Up Close & Personal" tour as well as an appearance on the hit television comedy, "Ugly Betty" on Thursday, December 13. Brown appears with Bow Wow on the smash single, "Shortie Like Mine."
Bow Wow - Chris Brown "Up Close & Personal" Tour Dates December 6 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena December 7 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena December 8 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena December 9 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena December 13 Memphis, TN Fed Ex Forum December 14 Houston, TX Toyota Center December 16 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena December 19 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum December 20 Philadelphia , PA Wachovia Center December 21 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden December 22 Washington DC Verizon Arena December 23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum December 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center December 29 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena December 30 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater December 31 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater January 4 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay January 5 Anaheim, CA Honda Center January 6 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Arena Scott Trade Center January 8 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum January 10 Nashville, TN Sommet Center January 11 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center January 12 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena January 13 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena * * * * *
It's been a year since Bow Wow witnessed the success of his last Top 10 album, The Price Of Fame, which reached #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart the week of its release in December 2006. The Price Of Fame kicked out a string of hit singles including the #1 Hot Rap Tracks chartbuster "Shortie Like Mine" as well as "I'm A Flirt" and "Outta My System." The Price of Fame was the first new studio album from Bow Wow since July 2005 when his RIAA platinum-certified Wanted debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and generated the smash singles "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) (#1 Rap, #2 R&B/Hip-Hop, #4 Hot 100) and "Like You" (featuring Ciara) (#1 Rap, #1 R&B Hip-Hop, #3 Hot 100).
Bow Wow's film credits include "Like Mike" (one of the 50 Top Grossing films of 2002), "All About The Benjamins" (2003), "Johnson Family Vacation" (2004), "Roll Bounce" and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006). This past year, he also starred in the CW hit television series, "Smallville."
Bow Wow first burst on the scene back in 2000--under the wing of super producer Jermaine Dupri--with his debut album, Beware of Dog, which went on to sell more than three million copies while solidifying his status as an authentic hip-hop heartthrob.
Bow Wow took his brand of rap to the next level with 2001's Doggy Bag, hitting the road in support of his multi-platinum sophomore CD with the sold-out "SCREAM Tour II," wowing fans all over the country with hits like "Take Ya Home" and "Thank You."
With his third album, 2003's Unleashed, Bow Wow became more directly involved with writing and producing his music, creating a collection directly from the heart, conveying a more personal overview of life from Bow Wow's perspective.
He is the youngest musician to open the Grammy Awards, is the first "kid" to be included in Vanity Fair's prestigious annual music issue (October 2001), and entered "The Guinness Book of World Records" as the youngest solo rapper to hit #1 on the U.S. charts.
Bow Wow is launching his own media company, LBW Entertainment, which handles emerging artists including Young Jinsu and Clee-O.
With numerous hit singles, platinum-plus albums, sold-out tours, starring roles in hit films, and a place in "The Guinness Book of World Records" already on his resume, Bow Wow continues to prove that he's the 100% real deal with the indisputable goods: a bona fide superstar blessed with talent, tenacity, and a deep connection to his audience.
* * * * *
R&B superstar Omarion rang in 2007 with 21, the year's first #1 album. The performer's second solo album (and first on Columbia Records) entered the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums and the R&B sales charts at #1, mirroring the achievement of his debut solo album, O, which entered both those charts at #1 in February 2005. An important new voice in contemporary R&B and hip-hop, Omarion is one of a select group of artists to have achieved back-to- back #1 debuts on both the Hot 100 and the R&B charts with two consecutive albums. His debut, O earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album and took home the BET Viewer's Choice Award as 2005's Best Album. That same year Omarion was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards and Favorite R&B Male Artist at the American Music Awards.
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 media-geniality has led to numerous television guest appearances including "Punk'd," "The Sharon Osbourne Show," "Regis & Kelly," "Soul Train," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 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 the Reggaeton-inspired drama "Feel The Noise" from TriStar Pictures.
SOURCE: Columbia Records
CONTACT: Edwin Banacia of Columbia Records, New York, +1-212-833-5072,
Edwin.Banacia@sonybmg.com; or Patti Webster of W&W Public Relations,
+1-732-469-5955, Patti@w-wpr.com, for Columbia Records
Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/