SOURCE: Atlantic Records

August 19, 2005 11:53 ET

Trey Songz Hits Road on Cingular College Tour in Wake of Top 20 Billboard 200 Debut; Singer Makes It With "I GOTTA MAKE IT"

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 19, 2005 -- Songbook Entertainment/Atlantic recording artist Trey Songz hits the concert trail today as he embarks on the Cingular Wireless Historic Black Colleges and Universities "Back to School" tour. The 22-campus tour kicks off at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, and makes stops at schools across the South. Students at each university will have the exclusive opportunity to attend Trey's concerts for free.

The tour's announcement follows the recent impressive premiere of Trey Songz's debut album, "I GOTTA MAKE IT," which entered the Billboard 200 at #20, selling more than 40,000 units. "I GOTTA MAKE IT" also entered the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #6. "I GOTTA MAKE IT" features the current hit single, "Gotta Make It."

To celebrate his album's release, Songz made a special in-store appearance at his local Circuit City in Colonial Heights, Virginia. "I GOTTA MAKE IT" made history by selling more units than any previous in-store event held at the store. Within hours of the store's opening, more than 600 CDs were sold, representing nearly 20 percent of Circuit City's nationwide first-day sales.

In addition, AOL Music named Songz to their prestigious developing artist Breakers program in early May. His AOL Sessions performance and video have received over 500,000 plays to date, and his single, "Gotta Make It," is being spun over 110 times a week on AOL Radio, where it has a user rating of 9 out of 10.

Songz has received acclaim from critics, industry insiders, and fellow musicians alike. Atlantic Records Founding Chairman Ahmet Ertegun stated that "Trey is among the most promising R&B artists we have had on Atlantic since we started the company nearly 60 years ago. I believe he is poised to be the heir of our great R&B legacy."

Cingular Wireless HBCU
"Back to School" Tour

19        Grambling, LA       Grambling State
22        Petersburg, VA      Virginia State
24        Tallahassee, FL     Florida A&M
26        Durham, NC          North Carolina Central
27        Greensboro, NC      North Carolina A&T
31        Atlanta, GA         Morehouse/Spelman
1         Nashville, TN       Tennessee State
5         Hampton, VA         Hampton
7         Normal, AL          Alabama A&M
8         Orangeburg, SC      South Carolina State
9         Baltimore, MD       Morgan State
10        Atlanta, GA         Clark Atlanta
11        Washington, DC      Howard
13        New Orleans, LA     Xavier
14        Jackson, MS         Jackson State
15        Houston, TX         Texas Southern
19        Baton Rouge, LA     Southern
21        Prairie View, TX    Prairie View A&M
23        Fayetteville, NC    Fayetteville State
24        Winston-Salem, NC   Winston-Salem State

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