SOURCE: Atlantic Records

February 03, 2011 14:59 ET

Lupe Fiasco Launches "LASERS" Album Pre-Sale; Hugely Anticipated New Album to Be Available via LupeFiasco.com and Special QR Code Powered by RedLaser Beginning Today, February 3rd; Grammy-Winning Superstar Heralds Release With New Controversial Track "Words I Never Said"; "LASERS" Arrives in Stores and Online on March 8th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) -  Atlantic recording artist Lupe Fiasco has announced the pre-sale for his hugely anticipated new album, "LASERS." The Grammy Award-winning superstar's third full-length collection will arrive in stores and at all online retailers on March 8th, 2011.

In the meantime, pre-orders officially launch today via www.LupeFiasco.com. In collaboration with RedLaser, Lupe is making an album pre-order available using leading mobile barcode scanning application RedLaser and a special QR Code featured on Lupe's website and official Twitter feed (@LupeFiasco). Fans can download RedLaser to their smartphone and then scan the QR Code to order "LASERS" and each Friday leading up to March 8th, will receive exclusive music and bonus content only available when pre-ordering the album with a mobile device.

"LASERS" is preceded by the arrival of the politically charged "Words I Never Said" track, produced by GRAMMY-nominated Alex da Kid (B.o.B, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, T.I.) and featuring additional vocals from singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. "Words" created an online frenzy after its viral release on February 1st, and will be available for purchase at all DSPs and iTunes on February 8th. A teaser for the controversial cut recently debuted online via YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3fEsVyXJGY) and almost instantly became the site's #1 video.

"Words I Never Said" follows hot on the heels of the first single from "LASERS": "The Show Goes On." The track -- produced by Kane Beatz (Trey Songz, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross) -- is available now at iTunes and all leading DSPs. In addition, the companion video clip for "The Show Goes On" -- directed by Hiro Murai (B.o.B, Usher, Bloc Party) -- is currently featured on BET's 106 & Park countdown, with fans invited to vote now at www.bet.com/OnTV/BETShows/106andpark/106_Vote_Poll.htm.

Long hailed as one of hip-hop's most electrifying and active live performers, Lupe is currently wrapping up the sold-out Australia/New Zealand leg of his worldwide "Generation Lasers" tour. Lupe will return to the U.S. in time for a celebratory album release concert presented by HOT 97 on March 7th at Webster Hall. A full-scale North American headline tour in support of "LASERS" will be announced shortly.

"LASERS" is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Lupe's blockbuster second album, "LUPE FIASCO'S THE COOL," which debuted on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" chart at #1 upon its December 2007 release, and remained in the peak position for nine weeks. Fueled by the platinum certified hit single, "Superstar (Feat. Matthew Santos)," the highly praised collection went on to receive gold certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000. 

For up-to-the-minute news and additional information, please visit www.lupefiasco.com.

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