SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

September 17, 2010 11:08 ET

B.o.B to Join President Barack Obama for National Gen44 Summit Kick Off Concert; Event Slated for September 30th in Washington, DC; "Shootin' For Stars" Headline Tour Continues, as ATL-Based Phenom Steals the Show With Star-Studded MTV Video Music Awards Performance; "Magic (Feat. Rivers Cuomo)" Now Scoring at Multi-Format Radio Outlets Across the Country

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 17, 2010) -  Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B will be the featured musical guest at the upcoming "National Gen44 Summit Kick Off Concert with President Barack Obama," slated for September 30th at Washington, DC's historic DAR Constitution Hall. The event celebrates the inaugural Gen44 Summit, a three day gathering created by the Democratic National Committee to cultivate and empower a rising generation of leaders. For full details and ticket information, please visit www.genfortyfour.com or http://my.barackobama.com/Gen44KickOff.

The news comes in the midst of a jam-packed week for B.o.B, which began Saturday, September 11th with a stellar live set at the 2010 BMI Urban Music Awards at Hollywood's famed Pantages Theatre. The next night saw history made with an extraordinary performance alongside his chart-topping collaborators Bruno Mars and Paramore's Hayley Williams at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards extravaganza. The ATL-based sensation then quickly crossed the continent for a pair of acclaimed opening sets at the Jay-Z and Eminem "Home & Home" blockbuster double-bill at New York's Yankee Stadium on September 13th and 14th. B.o.B also served as special guest at Eminem and Jay-Z's prior stadium spectacular, held earlier this month at Detroit's Comerica Park.

Meanwhile, B.o.B remains on the road with his first-ever North American headline tour. Dubbed "The Shootin' For Stars Tour," the trek has been drawing capacity crowds since getting underway last month and is set to continue through late October (see below itinerary). Upon the tour's conclusion, B.o.B will jet over to England, where he will join Paramore on their eagerly anticipated November arena tour. For complete details and ticket information, please see www.bobatl.com/tour.

In other news, B.o.B has just unleashed a new single from his acclaimed debut album, "B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY." Already a Top 10 smash on Billboard's "Hot 100," "Magic (Feat. Rivers Cuomo)" is currently blowing up at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, while its companion video clip has just entered rotation at MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and MTV Hits. "Magic" has also exploded onto the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, where it is now poised to enter the tally's top 10. 

What's more, B.o.B's installment of MTV's hit series, When I Was 17, began airing this past weekend, and is set to re-air September 15, September 17th and September 18th (check local listings for air times). In addition, his acclaimed MTV Unplugged episode -- featuring special guests Janelle Monáe, Robin Thicke, and Melanie Fiona -- can be viewed online at www.mtv.com/music/unplugged.

No stranger to accolades, it was recently announced that B.o.B received an astonishing seven nominations at the upcoming 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards, including "Track Of The Year," "MVP Of The Year," and "CD Of The Year," which sees the Atlanta native up against Jay-Z, Eminem, Drake, and Rick Ross. The 2010 BET Hip Hop Awards will be announced on October 12th (check local listings).

"B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY" has proven one of 2010's most popular and significant releases. The album -- which debuted atop the Billboard 200 upon its April arrival -- features a pair of multi-platinum certified singles in the #1 hit, "Nothin' On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)" and the #2 smash, "Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore)." The latter track has also proven an international phenomenon, having recently debuted at #1 in the UK. As of this writing, the combined singles sales from both tracks is currently approaching 6 million with no sign of slowing down. Furthermore, "Magic" is rapidly approaching the 1 million sales mark, with RIAA platinum certification to follow. Riding on the wave of all this success, B.o.B's webstore is offering a sale now until September 19th, all t-shirts are 25% off. Fans can pick up exclusive B.o.B items including "Past My Shades" sunglasses, posters and more at http://store.bobatl.com.

"B.o.B PRESENTS: THE ADVENTURES OF BOBBY RAY" sees the resourceful rapper producing the majority of the album by himself, while also playing multiple musical instruments, including piano, trumpet and French horn. In addition, B.o.B is joined by a star-studded line-up of surprising special guests, including Hayley Williams of Paramore, T.I., Eminem, Janelle Monáe, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Playboy Tre, and Lupe Fiasco. Endlessly inventive tracks such as "5th Dimension" and "Magic" offer a funky and fascinating journey into a gifted new talent's far-reaching imagination.

"I just want to show people that there are endless possibilities of what you can do," B.o.B says. "You don't just have to be a rapper, you don't just have to be a trapper; you can be anything you want to be and whatever you do, just love it and it will show."

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.bobatl.com, www.facebook.com/bobatl, www.myspace.com/bobatl, or www.twitter.com/bobatl

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

B.o.B  
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2010  
All Dates "The Shootin' For Stars Tour" Except *  
         
SEPTEMBER        
17   Detroit, MI   Grey Goose Event - Venue TBA
18   Utica, NY   Utica College
30   Washington, DC   National Gen44 Summit Kick Off Concert *
         
OCTOBER        
3   Bowling Green, OH   Bowling Green State University
6   Columbia, MO   University of Missouri, Columbia
7   Lawrence, KS   University of Kansas - Liberty Hall
12   Salt Lake City, UT   McKay Events Center
14   Fresno, CA   Big Fresno Fairgrounds
15   Las Vegas, NV   House of Blues
17   Albuquerque, NM   Sunshine Theater
19   Houston, TX   House of Blues
21   Lexington, KY   University of Kentucky
24   Towson, MD   Towson University
26   Blacksburg, VA   Burress Hall Auditorium
28   Harrisonburg, VA   James Madison University - Wilson Hall
29   Lewisburg, PA   Sojka Pavilion
30   Washington, DC   Grey Goose Event - Venue TBA

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