SOURCE: Atlantic Records

March 21, 2013 12:37 ET

Award Winning and Grammy Nominated Artist, Wale, Announces His Highly-Anticipated New Album "THE GIFTED"

Debut Performance of Official Single "BAD" Featuring Tiara Thomas Monday, March 25th on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 21, 2013) - On June 25, 2013, GRAMMY-nominated and award winning artist, Wale, will release his highly anticipated new album, "THE GIFTED".

Leading off Wale's third solo album is "BAD" featuring Tiara Thomas now available on iTunes. While the lyrical video garnered over 6 million views, the official visual for "BAD," directed by Alexandre Moors, premiered March 21st on BET's 106th & Park Already a top ten hit at urban radio, Wale will perform "BAD" on Monday, March 25th on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". Starting today "BAD" t-shirts are available at

"THE GIFTED" follows up Wale's #1 debuting sophomore album "Ambition", which produced the Grammy nominated, award winning, certified Gold single "Lotus Flower Bomb" featuring Miguel. A trailer for the album can be seen at:

Wale has released a series of critically acclaimed mix tapes and received praise for his debut album, "Attention Deficit". "Ambition", which charted high on Billboard, (#1 on the Rap charts and #2 overall) is just steps away from Gold plaque status, with almost 500k units sold. Critics had this to say: "More than any of the other young rappers who emerged at the same time... Wale has seemed resistant to being boxed into a single style." - Billboard

"At his core, he is still the same artist that became a leader of the early run of Internet baby boomers late last decade -- standing on slick and nimble wordplay complemented by honesty, conscience and perspective. But now Wale seems freer, both musically and mentally." - XXL

In addition, mega music hardware brand Skullcandy, has enlisted the likes of Wale, along with "Gifted" NBA star, Kevin Durant, as the brand ambassadors their new Skullcandy Crusher brand. This product will be seen nationally starting this spring and offers the most complete music experience and delivers bass you can feel!

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