Via: RCA Records Press Release
[New York, NY – January 23, 2013] – Rising international hip-hop star A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records debut album LONG.LIVE.A$AP enters at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200, Hip-Hop Albums, R&B Albums and Digital Albums charts with over 138,000 units sold during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A$AP Rockycontinues to make his presence felt internationally as LONG.LIVE.A$AP debuts at #1 on Canada’s Top Albums chart and #7 on the UK Top Albums chart. In addition to claiming the #1 spot on the iTunes US Albums chart, LONG.LIVE.A$AP peaks at # 1 on iTunes in Canada, France, Australia, Denmark and New Zealand, #2 in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Poland and Luxembourg, collectively achieving Top 10 positions in 24 markets globally.
LONG.LIVE.A$AP includes the Noah “40” Shebib produced and recently RIAA-certified Gold hit, “F**kin’ Problems,” featuring hip-hop giants Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, as well as the new energetic single “Wild For The Night” featuring Skrillex andBirdy Nam Nam, which Rocky recently performed along with the album title track on the Late Show with David Letterman, with assistance by DJ A-Trak, AraabMuzik and DJ Clark Kent. The #1 album also includes guest appearances by ScHoolboy Q,Santigold, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Big K.R.I.T. and is executive produced by A$AP Rocky, A$AP Yams, Bryan Leach, Chace Johnson and Geno Sims. The hands-on A$AP Rocky also serves as producer and co-producer on several tracks along with Danger Mouse, Jim Jonsin, Rico Love, Clams Casino, Skrillex, Hit-Boy and others.
With an album that stretches geographic and sonic boundaries, LONG.LIVE.A$AP has amassed fans – Lebron James amongst many – and critical acclaim including a “XL” rating from XXL magazine and an “A” rating from Entertainment Weekly. Pitchfork.comproclaims “…the album is a triumph of craft and curation, preserving Rocky’s immaculate taste while smartly upgrading his sound…. He is undeniably a hit-maker and major new rap star for a city that sorely needs one…” HipHopDX.com states “One spin of ‘Long.Live.A$AP,’ and it’s clear why A$AP Rocky didn’t break a sweat when the album leaked. Debuts this good just don’t come along very often.” Rolling Stone cites “the album ups the ante without losing what made the original [LIVE.LOVE.A$AP] compelling.”
On the strength of his 2011 self-released mixtape, LIVE.LOVE.A$AP, and his Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records debut single “Goldie,” the ambitious and charismatic A$AP Rocky, dubbed by MTV as one of 2012’s “Artists To Watch,” made a global impact with multiple award nominations from MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) and BET Hip Hop Awards, all enhanced with recognition by national press. With his sold out headlining “LONG.LIVE.A$AP” tour under his list of 2012 accomplishments, Rocky is now prepping to trail blaze the world as a special guest on global superstar Rihanna’s “DIAMONDS WORLD TOUR.” The tour kicks off at Buffalo, NY’s First Niagara Center on March 8th and will conclude on May 8th at Brooklyn, NY’s new complex, Barclays Center. Tickets for the tour are currently on sale at www.livenation.com.
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