SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

October 02, 2009 15:28 ET

Maino Earns First Platinum With "All the Above"; Blockbuster Hit Single Receives RIAA Certification; Brooklyn-Based MC Set to Join 50 Cent Onstage at Hugely Anticipated "ThisIs50 Fest" on October 3rd; "Unstoppable" Mixtape With DJ WHOO KID & DJ SCREAM Hitting the Streets Now

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 2, 2009) - "All The Above (Feat. T-Pain)," the breakthrough hit single from Hustle Hard Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Maino has just received RIAA platinum certification, marking digital sales in excess of 1 million.

Produced by Just Blaze (T.I., Jamie Foxx, Saigon) and Nard & B (T.I., Plies, Ludacris), the track was an out-of-the-box sensation upon its June release, scoring the highest first week single sales for a new rap artist since Flo Rida's "Low." The single went on to become one of the summer's biggest hip-hop radio hits, riding high on the Rhythmic Top 20 and Urban Top 40 (having impacted as the #1 most added single at the format).

The "All The Above" companion video has also proven a runaway success. The clip had its multi-platform premiere across the MTV networks (including MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, and MTV.com) and was featured as MTV Jams' "Jam of the Week." At BET, "All The Above" remains in "Heavy" rotation after a Top 10 run on the 106 & Park countdown.

"All The Above" is just one of the many highlights on Maino's debut album, "IF TOMORROW COMES..." Stacked with a broad spectrum of bangers, the album makes an indelible first impression of a serious new hip-hop star. The first major label debut to be released by a new Brooklyn-based rapper since Fabolous' 2001 classic "GHETTO FABOLOUS," "IF TOMORROW COMES..." sees Maino showing off his unadulterated candor and staccato flow on such recent singles as "Hi Hater" and "Million Bucks (Feat. Swizz Beats)." In total, the tracks on "IF TOMORROW COMES..." have logged combined digital sales in excess of 1,000,000 -- an astounding tally for a new hip-hop artist.

In other news, Maino -- who is already hard at work recording the follow-up to "IF TOMORROW COMES..." -- just released his new mixtape, "DJ WHOO KID & DJ SCREAM PRESENT: MAINO -- UNSTOPPABLE." As if that weren't enough, the BK-based MC will be among the hip-hop stars joining 50 Cent at his hugely anticipated "ThisIs50 Fest," a multi-artist festival extravaganza slated for Saturday, October 3rd at The Beach at Governor's Island in New York City. Presented by LiveNDirect, AEG Live, and Hot 97, the first annual installment of what 50 has dubbed "the New Summer Jam" will also see performances from G-Unit, Kid Cudi, Wale and Mike Posner, as well as special guests Jim Jones, D-Block, and other surprise stars. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.thisis50.com.

With over 45 million plays already logged at his official MySpace page, www.myspace.com/maino, Maino has become a true online sensation. A second season of his hugely popular "Up Close and Personal" webisode series recently premiered, with further exclusive videos and webisodes promised for the coming weeks.

Maino -- a past guest on "The Gayle King Show" on Sirius Radio's Oprah Station -- exploded onto the scene during summer 2008 with his blockbuster street anthem, "Hi Hater." The track drew extensive airplay at Urban radio outlets nationwide, while the "Hi Hater" remix video (featuring guest appearances from T.I., Plies, Swizz Beatz, Jadakiss, and Fabolous) was a "Heavy" rotation blockbuster on BET's "Rap City" and "106 & Park." The clip also scored at MTV Jams, where Maino was named among the featured artists in the network's "Fab 5 of Summer 2008" programming.

Nominated as "Rookie of the Year" at 2008's BET Hip-Hop Awards, the MC became an instant hip-hop superstar with his surprise performance of "Hi Hater" at the 2008 Hot 97 Summer Jam in East Rutherford, NJ. Maino was brought to the Giants Stadium stage by none other than multiple Grammy Award-winning superstar Alicia Keys. More recently, he teamed with T-Pain for a live performance of "All The Above" that was among the indelible highlights of this year's star-studded Hot 97 Summer Jam.

Already notorious in the hip-hop underground for a number of buzzworthy mixtape joints, Maino has been hailed for his blend of gritty lyricism and riveting street flair. His appearance on "Getaway Driver," a featured track on Rockstar Games' blockbuster "Grand Theft Auto IV," brought him to a wide new audience and now he's taking things even further with "IF TOMORROW COMES..."

Maino has been profiled in a wide range of national publications, including a cover feature in both Urban Ink and Don Diva. Other press appearances include Black Men, Complex, Rap Up, Vibe, Hip Hop Weekly, Murder Dog, King, XXL, Giant, and the New York Times.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit Maino's official site, www.mainohustlehard.com, or his MySpace page, www.myspace.com/maino.

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