SOURCE: Atlantic Records

December 07, 2007 14:30 ET

Plies Wraps 2007 With Series of Honors, Including MTV Studio Shades and "Dirty Award"; FLA-Based Rap Sensation Unveils New Video Online as "Hypnotized (Feat. Akon)" Climbs the Charts

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 7, 2007) - Big Gates/Slip-N-Slide/Atlantic recording artist Plies continues to earn accolades and honors for his explosive debut album, "THE REAL TESTAMENT." The collection -- which features the hit singles, "Shawty (Feat. T-Pain)" and "Hypnotized (Feat. Akon)" -- entered the Billboard 200 at #2 upon its release last summer.

The Ft. Myers, Florida-bred rapper was named "Best New Artist" at last month's 2007 Dirty Awards, beating out such names as Soulja Boy, Hurricane Chris, and Gorilla Zoe. Plies was the unquestionable star of the annual ATL event, stealing the show with three crowd pleasing live performances. What's more, as part of being named a MTV "Discover & Download" artist, the channel currently has exclusive photos of Plies shading the windows at MTV's Times Square studios -- the first hip-hop artist to be so honored.

Plies has just wrapped production on three new videos, the first of which -- "Runnin' My Mama Crazy" -- has just premiered at the rapper's official MySpace page, The site is also hosting a special holiday campaign where Plies will send seasonal greetings to his fans' loved ones who are currently incarcerated. Earlier this fall, the rapper launched, an online community blog that expresses his concerns regarding the prison system in this country. The site not only features updates from Plies himself, but it will also be a forum for fans to express their own feelings about incarceration and personal stories.

"Hypnotized (Feat. Akon)" is proving to be another blockbuster for Plies, exploding into the top 5 at Rhythmic outlets nationwide with the week's #2 Most Increased Plays. The single -- which is now in a competitive race to the top of the Rhythmic chart -- has also begun blowing up at CHR/Top 40, with adds coming at a number of hugely influential stations, including Los Angeles' renowned 102.7 KIIS-FM.

In addition, "Hypnotized" now joins Plies' #1 smash, "Shawty (Feat. T-Pain)," on a variety of other charts, including "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay," "Latin Rhythmic Airplay," "Hot Digital Songs," "Hot Rap Tracks," "Hot Digital Tracks," and "Pop 100."

In other news, Plies is currently featured as a Clear Channel NEW! artist. This month, NEW! is highlighting some of the Best Featured Artists of 2007.

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