SOURCE: Atlantic Records

January 17, 2006 14:50 ET

"NOTORIOUS B.I.G. DUETS" Continues Huge Chart Presence: Holds #1 Rap Spot, Notches 3rd Week in Top 10 on Billboard 200

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 2006 -- In its third week on the national charts, "THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. DUETS: THE FINAL CHAPTER" (Bad Boy Records) continues its huge presence on the national charts. The most eagerly anticipated album in hip-hop history, it has reigned at #1 on Billboard's Top Rap Albums chart since its release. The collection, which has sold nearly 700,000 copies to date, made its debut on the Billboard 200 at #3, and ranks this week at #7. The collection also earned the magazine's "Hot Shot Debut" crown for its bow on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the #3 spot, where it remains this week.

"Nasty Girl," the first single from the album, was produced by Jazze Pha and features Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge, and Avery Storm. The companion video clip, directed by Chris Robinson, is in Heavy rotation on BET's "Rap City," is the channel's #3 most-played video this week, and is in "Big Ten" rotation on MTV.

"THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. DUETS" is also being embraced around the world. With over 200,000 units already sold outside the U.S., the album has thus far been certified gold in Canada and silver in the UK.

Over two years in the making, the 22-track collection, released on December 20th, features rhymes recorded by B.I.G. throughout his career, melded with newly recorded performances by some of contemporary music's greatest vocalists and MCs. Dozens of superstars have come together to perform with and pay homage to the legendary rapper on this unprecedented, history-making release. In addition, "THE FINAL CHAPTER" incorporates posthumous appearances by 2Pac, Bob Marley, and Big Pun.

Featured with the Notorious B.I.G. on "THE FINAL CHAPTER" are, in order of appearance: Diddy, Eminem, Obie Trice, Twista, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Jay-Z, Nate Dogg, Redman, Big Pun, Fat Joe, Freeway, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Faith Evans, Cheri Dennis, Bobby Valentino, The Game, Nelly, Jagged Edge, Avery Storm, 2Pac, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Mobb Deep, Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Scarface, Akon, Big Gee, T.I., Slim Thug, Missy Elliott, R. Kelly, Charlie Wilson, Bob Marley, and KoRn.

The music tracks are all brand-new, created by many of the industry's top producers, including: Eminem, Swizz Beatz, Danja, Timbaland, Jazze Pha, Sean C "Sean Cane," Sean "Diddy" Combs, LV, Coptic, Lesette Wilson, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Just Blaze, Havoc, Stevie J, D. Dot, Reefa, Mike "Suga Mike" Allen, Mario Winans, J-Dub, Scott Storch, DJ Green Lantern, Clinton Sparks, Jonathan Davis, and Atticus Roff.

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