SOURCE: Atlantic Records

August 11, 2008 13:47 ET

Gym Class Heroes Announce North American Tour; Co-Headline Trek Pairs Alt-Hip-Hop Stars With The Roots and R&B Sensation Estelle; New Singles/Videos Exploding Everywhere, Including Radio, TV, and Online; "THE QUILT" Drops September 9th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Gym Class Heroes have announced details of their upcoming co-headline tour with The Roots. The North American schedule -- which features support from Homeschool/Atlantic Records R&B sensation Estelle -- will begin on October 3rd at Baltimore's Rams Head Live! and then traverse the continent through a November 1st finale at Albany, New York's Washington Avenue Armory (see below itinerary).

Pre-sale tickets will be available tomorrow, August 12th, for all members of Gym Class Heroes' official fan club, The Varsity Club (http://thevarsityclub.net). In addition to tickets, members receive a chance to gain early entry to the venue as well as a meet-and-greet with the band. All remaining tickets for the tour will then go on sale to the general public on August 15th and 16th. Furthermore, one dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to The Boys & Girls Club of Geneva (www.GenevaBGC.com) and The Triple Threat Foundation (www.triplethreatphilly.com).

The tour celebrates the release of Gym Class Heroes' hugely anticipated fourth album, "THE QUILT." The collection -- which follows 2006's RIAA gold-certified breakthrough, "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" -- arrives in stores and at online retailers on September 9th. "THE QUILT" is available now for pre-order via the Fueled By Ramen webstore, http://store.fueledbyramen.com.

"THE QUILT" is highlighted by the first single, "Cookie Jar." Produced by The-Dream (Rihanna, Usher, Chris Brown), the track is currently ascending the charts at multi-format radio outlets nationwide, including CHR/Top 40, Urban, and Rhythmic. "Cookie Jar" is available now at all digital retailers. The track's companion video -- directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Lil Wayne, Jim Jones, The Game) -- will have its television premiere on MTV's new "FNMTV" on August 15th at 8 PM.

Furthermore, "Cookie Jar" is featured on the iTunes Store's exclusive EP, "PATCHES FROM THE QUILT." The EP includes a trio of tunes from "THE QUILT," including "Peace Sign/Index Down (Feat. Busta Rhymes)." That track is looking like another major hit for Gym Class Heroes -- the "Peace Sign/Index Down" companion video is currently the #1 Most Streamed clip at MTV2.com, having just been added into rotation at mtvU and MTV Hits. The video -- also directed by Resteghini -- has also just entered rotation at BET's "Rap City" and can be viewed online at the Official Fueled By Ramen YouTube Channel, located at http://www.youtube.com/user/FueledByRamen.

Gym Class Heroes -- currently spending their summer as headliners on the Vans Warped Tour -- will be featured on the cover of Alternative Press and profiled in a wide array of upcoming national publications, including Spin, Vibe, Blender, Complex, Giant, CosmoGirl, King, Maxim, Rolling Stone, and Playboy.

"THE QUILT" sees Gym Class Heroes teaming up with a number of extraordinary collaborators. In addition to The-Dream, producers include Cool & Dre (Yung Joc, Young Jeezy, The Game) and the Geneva, NY-based band's longtime friend and collaborator, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. What's more, "THE QUILT" features special guest contributions from the one-and-only Busta Rhymes, UK soul sensation Estelle, and the legendary Daryl Hall.

Acclaimed for their unique approach to alternative hip-hop, Gym Class Heroes became an international sensation in 2007 with their #1 blockbuster hit, "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast In America." The track was a multiple chart-topping crossover smash and catapulted "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN" to RIAA gold certification for sales exceeding 500,000.

The band was named "Best New Artist" at 2007's MTV Video Music Awards, beating out such stars as Amy Winehouse and Carrie Underwood. GCH were all over music television, with live performances and videos for such tracks as the anthemic "Clothes Off!" appearing on MTV, its affiliated networks, and FUSE. Additional Gym Class Heroes TV appearances included performances on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

A remarkably dedicated live act, Gym Class Heroes have toured nearly non-stop in recent years. In addition to headlining a number of packed-out tours, the band played at countless festivals and radio-sponsored shows, and shared stages with Fall Out Boy and Gwen Stefani.

Gym Class Heroes are: Travis McCoy (lead vocalist), Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo (guitarist), Eric Roberts (bassist), and Matt McGinley (drummer).

For up-to-the-minute news and tour information, see the official Gym Class Heroes website, www.gymclassheroes.com, or the band's MySpace page, www.myspace.com/gymclassheroes.

Homeschool/Atlantic recording artist Estelle is shaping up as one of 2008's brightest new stars via her worldwide blockbuster hit single, "American Boy (Feat. Kanye West)." The track is featured on the British hip-hop/soul sensation's critically acclaimed U.S. debut album, "SHINE," which was released earlier this year.

Already certified gold by the RIAA for its digital sales success, "American Boy" is currently the #1 track on the iTunes Store's "Top R&B/Soul Songs" chart, as well as a top 10 success on the overall "Top Songs" ranking. The single is #12 on this week's Billboard "Hot 100," while also ascending the top 40 at Rhythmic and CHR/Pop radio outlets nationwide. The "American Boy" companion video -- directed by Syndrome (Danity Kane, Lupe Fiasco) -- is now in rotation at MTV, BET, VH1, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, mtvU, MTV Tr3s, BET J, FUSE, The N, and VH1 Soul, where Estelle has been named a "You Oughtta Know" new artist.

"SHINE" is among the nominees for the UK's prestigious Nationwide Mercury Prize, scheduled to be presented on September 9th. Estelle was recently honored as a "Best New Artist" nominee from the annual BET Awards. What's more, the Los Angeles Times recently declared Estelle to be among the top candidates for a "Best New Artist" nomination at next year's Grammy Awards. "(Estelle is) the type of artist Grammy voters love," wrote music reporter Todd Martens in his "Extended Play" column. "Her fresh take on R&B spans genres, from the reggae bump of 'Come Over' to the jazzy inflections of 'Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)' to the retro timelessness of 'No Substitute Love.' Estelle's more inventive than 2006 'Best New Artist' nominee Chris Brown, and just as elegant as 2005 'Best New Artist' winner John Legend, who also, by the way, guests on 'SHINE.'"

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                  GYM CLASS HEROES
                     Tour 2008
       All Dates w/The Roots and Estelle except *

OCTOBER
3       Baltimore, MD             Rams Head Live!
4       Norfolk, VA               The Norva
5       N. Myrtle Beach, SC       House of Blues
6       Atlanta, GA               The Tabernacle
7       Lake Buena Vista, FL      House of Blues
8       Miami, FL                 The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason
10      Houston, TX               Meridian* (w/ Estelle only)
11      Dallas, TX                The Palladium Ballroom
12      Austin, TX                The Backyard
14      Phoenix, AZ               The Marquee
19      Las Vegas, NV             House of Blues
21      Denver, CO                The Fillmore Auditorium
23      Milwaukee, WI             Eagles Ballroom
24      Chicago, IL               Congress Theatre
25      Detroit, MI               The Fillmore Detroit
26      Toronto, ONT              Sound Academy
28      New York, NY              Roseland Ballroom
30      Worcester, MA             The Palladium Downstairs
31      Asbury Park, NJ           Asbury Park Convention Hall

NOVEMBER
1       Albany, NY                Washington Avenue Armory

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