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January 24, 2011 11:34 ET

Travie McCoy Sets First Solo North American Headline Tour; "Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour" to Kick Off March 17th in Toronto, Ontario; Special Guests on All Dates to Include Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits; "We'll Be Alright" Rocking CHR/Pop Radio Nationwide, as Gym Class Heroes Get Ready to Record New Album

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 24, 2011) - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy has announced details of his first-ever solo North American headline tour. Presented by Arenarap.com, the "Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour" will hit the road beginning March 17th at the Opera House in Toronto, Ontario, and then travel through early April (see below itinerary).

Pre-sale tickets for the much anticipated trek will be available starting Tuesday, January 25th along with VIP packages which include a pre-sale ticket, meet & greet with Travie, a VIP meet & greet laminate, and a Travie piggy-bank (for all the future Billionaires). For more information about the pre-sale tickets and VIP packages, please visit http://tixx1.artistarena.com/traviemccoy. All remaining tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 28th and Saturday, January 29th. Joining McCoy on all dates will be a star-studded multi-artist line-up including Donnis, XV, Bad Rabbits, and on their first full-scale tour schedule, Black Cards, featuring Decaydance co-founder Pete Wentz.

Travie -- who is currently poised to enter the studio to begin recording Gym Class Heroes' hugely anticipated fifth album due for release later this year -- earned widespread acclaim and massive popular success with last year's groundbreaking solo debut, "LAZARUS." The album's latest single, "We'll Be Alright," is looking like yet another major CHR/Pop smash for the multi-talented McCoy, who recently rang in 2011 by performing the track on Fox's nationally televised New Year's Eve Live. "We'll Be Alright" -- co-produced by two of the world's hottest production teams in The Smeezingtons and Stereotypes -- has also drawn critical acclaim, with USA Today hailing it as "summery... almost Beach Boy-ish," and Spin declaring it an "ultra-catchy pop-rap jam... which hits the same mass-market pleasure center as B.o.B's mash-note smash, 'Nothin' On You.'"

"We'll Be Alright" follows two prior smash singles featured on "LAZARUS," including "Need You" and the 2x RIAA platinum, top 5 blockbuster, "Billionaire (Feat. Bruno Mars)." In addition to performing both tracks on the aforementioned New Year's Eve Live, Travie has made an array of high-profile television appearances, including the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, VH1's Do Something Awards, ABC's The View, TBS' Lopez Tonight, Fox's 2010 Teen Choice Awards, and Fuse's A Different Spin with Mark Hoppus. What's more, "Billionaire" was among the featured songs performed on the highly rated second season premiere of Fox's Glee.

In related news, Travie is also climbing the charts as the featured guest on Taio Cruz's latest single, "Higher." The track is currently top 20 on the CHR/Pop charts while the companion video, which also features Travie, has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube.

A charismatic, crowd-pleasing live performer, Travie spent much of 2010 on the road, sharing stages with Photo Finish recording duo 3OH!3 and Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen labelmates Cobra Starship on MTV's epic "Too Fast For Love" tour, and supporting Rihanna and Ke$ha at such massive venues as New York's Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles' Staples Center, and Miami's American Airlines Center.

McCoy, of course, first achieved international stardom as the frontman of alternative hip-hop superstars Gym Class Heroes. The band exploded in 2006 with their RIAA gold certified second album, "AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN," highlighted by the #1 multi-format worldwide hit, "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast In America." The following year saw GCH named "Best New Artist" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. "THE QUILT," released in 2008, earned acclaim for its unique collaborations with such diverse stars as Busta Rhymes, Estelle, The-Dream, and Daryl Hall. "Its most eclectic by far," declared the New York Times. "Here, (GCH) has built upon its roots in emo and hip-hop with an album that grazes over rhythm and blues, reggae and ska, as well as 1980s soft-rock."

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(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

TRAVIE MCCOY  
Arenarap.com presents  
"Sgt. Schlepper's Who Needs Hearts Club Band Tour"
w/Special Guests Donnis, Black Cards, XV, and Bad Rabbits
 
MARCH        
17   Toronto, ON   Opera House
18   Montreal, QC   Le National
19   Philadelphia, PA   TLA
20   Towson, MD   Recher Theatre
22   Boston, MA   Paradise
23   New York, NY   Gramercy
24   Cleveland, OH   Peabody's
25   Chicago, IL   Metro
26   Minneapolis, MN   Station Four
27   Lawrence, KS   Granada Theater
28   Denver, CO   Summit Theatre
30   Los Angeles, CA   El Rey
31   San Francisco, CA   Slims
         
APRIL        
1   Sacramento, CA   Ace of Spades
2   Portland, OR   Hawthorne Theater
3   Seattle, WA   El Corazon

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