SOURCE: SMC Recordings Inc.

April 30, 2010 16:01 ET

SMC Recordings Murs Release Impressive First Week Numbers

#2 on iTunes Hip Hop/Rap Chart & #9 on Billboard Rap & Indie Charts

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) -  SMC Recordings Inc.(PINKSHEETS: SMCE) Hip Hop artist, Murs released his newest project, "ForNever" with producer 9th Wonder, on SMC Recordings/Team Taco April 13th to stellar first week numbers. "ForNever" is making a huge impact on the charts, with first day sales landing the album #2 on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap chart and #5 on Amazon's Hip Hop & and Pop Rap Charts. Great numbers on the Billboard charts as well; #9 on Independent Albums, #9 on Rap Albums, #22 on R&B / Hip-Hop Albums, and #87 on Billboard Top 200. With an aggressive marketing campaign and strong digital push, these early numbers prove success for this much anticipated album.

Murs track "Fornever" will be the iTunes "Single of The Week" on the homepage starting April 27th. As iTunes most coveted retail marketing program, it averages 300,000 downloads and will be a major push for album sales. iTunes got on board in support of the album, featuring the project on the homepage on release date and a continued prominent feature as the "New and Noteworthy" album on the Hip Hop page.

The music video for "ForNever's" first single "The Problem Is" has been added to MTV Jams and will be in rotation on MTVU soon. Murs recently embarked on a headlining 40-city tour, promoting his newest project. Media and fans have given an overwhelming response to the newest project, as another classic album that does not disappoint.

"We are proud of this stellar album that we have put out and know it's going to keep moving steadily in sales. Murs and 9th Wonder are poised well in the digital, claiming almost half of his first week sales," said SMC CEO Ralph Tashjian.

Murs has enjoyed a successful solo career and notoriety as a member of respected hip hop group Living Legends. He has released and appeared on over 30 albums with numerous songs placed in popular video games. Recently having left Warner Brother's Records he is keeping the momentum going, partnering with long time collaborative partner 9th Wonder. The two have achieved acclaim for their work together on their joint album, Murray's Revenge, an independent success and Murs independent release; & Murs 3:16- The 9th Edition.

"ForNever," is the fourth collaborative album with critically acclaimed producer 9th Wonder; who has produced for the who's who list in hip hop and soul from Jay-z and Nas to Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Cold Play and Destiny's Child. The duo's first two collaborations sold a combined 112,000 records.

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About SMC Recordings:

Established in March of 2005, SMC Recordings is home to independent music and artists. Based in San Francisco, CA, the company's prized accomplishment is its unique philosophy of artist development, where artists are encouraged to participate with the label from inception through maintenance of their careers. This innovative structure has garnered industry veterans to join the company and aid in its growth. SMC is distributed by Fontana, the indie distribution subsidiary of Universal. It is SMC's humble regional beginnings and loyalty to their artists and their careers that will guarantee the company to always be on the precipice of creativity and expansion in the music game.

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