SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

April 24, 2012 13:36 ET

Wiz Khalifa Is Back With "Work Hard, Play Hard;" Acclaimed MC Returns With Stargate & Benny Blanco-Produced Lead Single From Upcoming Sophomore Album, "O.N.I.F.C;" Pittsburgh Rapper Recently Nominated for 2 Awards at 2012 Billboard Music Awards; Khalifa and Mac Miller to Hit the Road on the "Under The Influence Of Music Tour" Kicking Off July 26th in Cincinnatti, OH; "Work Hard, Play Hard" Available at All Digital Retailers Today

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - Rostrum/Atlantic Records artist, Wiz Khalifa has released "Work Hard, Play Hard," the lead single from his upcoming, sophomore album, "O.N.I.F.C." The track, produced by Stargate and Benny Blanco, is available at all digital retailers today. Listen to "Work Hard, Play Hard" here: What's more, the companion video for "Work Hard, Play Hard," was shot earlier this month in Khalifa's hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Last week, Wiz was nominated for "Best New Artist" and "Best Rap Artist," at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards airing Sunday, May 20th from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (check local listings.) These new nominations follow the rapper's two recent nominations at this year's Grammy Awards for "Best Rap Song" and "Best Rap Performance" for his 3X-Platinum hit, "Black And Yellow."

Adding to this excitement, Wiz is heralding the release of his new single with a summer amphitheater tour, dubbed the "Under The Influence Of Music Tour," with Mac Miller, and special guests Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Chevy Woods. The tour kicks off in Cincinnati, OH on July 26th and wraps on August 5th at Detroit's DTE Energy Music Theatre.

The acclaimed rapper recently took the stage at the 2012 Coachella Festival, where he joined rap veterans Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre for a performance of his 2x-Platinum, top 10 smash hit, "Young, Wild & Free." Adding to this, Wiz recently lent his rhymes to Maroon 5's new single "Payphone," which they performed together on NBC's The Voice last week. "Payphone" is currently #1 on the overall iTunes singles chart.

"O.N.I.F.C." is the follow-up to Wiz Khalifa's gold-certified major label debut "ROLLING PAPERS," which was released in March 2011, and spawned the multi-platinum hits "Black And Yellow," "Roll Up" and "No Sleep." Wiz earned himself two nominations at this year's Grammy Awards thanks to his breakout hit "Black And Yellow," in both the "Best Rap Song" and "Best Rap Performance" categories. Khalifa then joined forces with Snoop Dogg for "Mac And Devin Go To High School Soundtrack," the collaborative soundtrack album for the film "Mac And Devin Go To High School." The album featured the hit single "Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars)," which has gone on to become 2x-certified Platinum, and has peaked at #7 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. Wiz kicked off 2012 with a high-profile campaign with Bing, where he was featured in the search engine's nationwide commercials.

Khalifa is in the studio putting the final touches on his sophomore album "O.N.I.F.C." due later this year.

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