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L~>1<~NKS
08-08-2007, 01:18 PM
PRESS REALEASE - FINDING FOREVER IS #1!Body: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN: RAP ARTIST COMMON ACHIEVES FIRST CAREER #1 ON BILLBOARD ALBUM CHART WITH FINDING FOREVER

Santa Monica, CA August 8, 2007 – On his 7th album, Finding Forever, Grammy winning rap superstar Common hits the jackpot, scoring his first career #1 on the Billboard Album Chart.

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The G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen Records album scanned 155,329 in its first week, 32,187 more than the next best selling title. Common’s previous best ranking on the chart was #2 for 2005’s BE. Like BE, Finding Forever has fellow Chicagoan Kanye West in the role as executive producer. Guest artists on the album include West, Lily Allen, will.i.am, D’Angelo, and Gang Starr’s DJ Premier. Along with production by West; will.i.am and the late Detroit legend J. Dilla (So Far To Go) produce tracks.

What’s extraordinary about the best selling Finding Forever is that it was truly the people who made Common #1. With songs and an album that have received critical acclaim and consumer interest, Common’s music has not yet penetrated mainstream commercial radio. Those who bought the album bought it for the artist and his brand, not a particular song. Very few artists make the connection with the public as Common does. As his hometown paper Chicago Tribune wrote, “Common has become the rarest of pop success stories: a mainstream hip-hop artist who projects a mature, compassionate image and thrives on thoughtful, soul-fired albums designed for repeated listening rather than short-lived singles.

Common is an anomaly, who thrives with the multi-impressions he gets outside the traditional hip hop avenues from his Gap television commercial a few months back to him being the face of Converse’s (Product) Red campaign to his album being carried at Starbucks as well as him playing and doing a very successful album signing at a Starbucks in Santa Monica, which according to the Fire Marshal drew over 1,500 people. On-line Common has been everywhere. Finding Forever and Common have been the main featured title at iTunes, and was featured with Verizon, to currently being Artist of the Month at Microsoft Windows Media, to performing for Live Sets on Yahoo! and AOL’s “Sixteen Bars” and the album previewed with MTV.com’s The Leak.

In the press, which has always been with Common from his 1992 debut Can I Borrow a Dollar? through 2000’s acclaimed Like Water for Chocolate and 2005’s multi-Grammy-nominated BE, Common is often cited as one of the best observers and masters of wordplay in rap history and critics believe that Finding Forever continues that legacy. In a stellar review XXL wrote: “Common makes timeless hip-hop seem easy.” Both People and USA Today bestowed their highest rankings on the album. Rolling Stone wrote, “…his ear grabbing command stands up to almost any MC out there.” And for the first time in his career Common graces the cover of the Source in their August 2007 issue. In the last few months Billboard, Ebony, and Uptown magazine have put him on their cover.

On top of his music success Common has recently launched a burgeoning acting career with roles in Smokin’ Aces with Jeremy Piven as well as the soon-to-be released American Gangster with Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington as well as filming both Wanted with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman and The Night Watchman with Keanu Reaves and Forest Whitaker

There are very few artists who consistently deliver such thought provoking cutting edge material who are accepted by the mainstream as Common. The chart topping may have signaled a new era in not just hip hop but in credible music overall, and Common and his fans have led the charge to this era.


CONGRATS, C. WELL DESERVED MU'FUCKA.

mofo
08-08-2007, 01:23 PM
That's good.

BTW, in what position did Keith Murray chart?

DR. NICK RIVIERA
08-08-2007, 01:24 PM
alleluyah

finally


so he found his forever.... I'm hoping his next album will top this one!!!

DJMethods
08-08-2007, 01:33 PM
FUCK YES! Real hip-hop at number 1.

Longbongcilvaringz
08-08-2007, 01:34 PM
i cant remember the last time an album i liked was no. 1.

good news for common.

L~>1<~NKS
08-08-2007, 01:49 PM
^^^ And Hip Hop.

11th Chamber
08-08-2007, 02:15 PM
Good for Common. He deserves it

DR. NICK RIVIERA
08-08-2007, 02:27 PM
next one...8 Diagrams! .....hopefully

THE W
08-08-2007, 02:30 PM
cool,

not the usual gourmet doodoo topping the charts. we'll see how long it stays up there.

THE W
08-08-2007, 02:31 PM
next one...8 Diagrams! .....hopefully
highly unlikely

neo soul and crunk are the current fad. wu-tang clan's music is neither.

11th Chamber
08-08-2007, 02:32 PM
next one...8 Diagrams! .....hopefully

keep dreaming. Top 5 is a possibility tho.

Fishscale came in at #4 the first week. Who Knows

It depends on who else comes out that week

NY_Mami
08-08-2007, 03:12 PM
Bout time a Real Hip-Hop album does well....

J-Ronin
08-08-2007, 03:48 PM
Common is the shit yo. I told a lot of people his album was fiya . The People and The Game alone , those 2 videos just killed it. Thats that real shit!

HarlemDiplomat
08-08-2007, 04:42 PM
Thats what the fuck I'm talkin about!!!!

My brother bought it too....

Damn man, its coming off life support now ya'll gonna say!!!... next is Graduation, and 8 Diagrams.

GOT GET THAT SHIT NOW FAGS!!!!!

Razorsharp
08-08-2007, 04:45 PM
nice nice... good stuff... im feelin the album... i guess alot of people are as well...

TAURO
08-08-2007, 07:26 PM
It's a fucking miracle if you ask me, or maybe it's because theres nothing else that was even remotely competion.

baritone
08-08-2007, 09:17 PM
Com is like the rose that grew from the concrete with this shit

DrUnK-N-MuNkY
08-08-2007, 11:12 PM
He had no competition

Hayabusa
08-09-2007, 12:01 AM
WOOOOOOH!!! this is the best news i've heard all month. I for one went out and bought his album last Tuesday and tried to help make it possiable. I will do the same thing when Kanye and Lupe Album's come out later on this year. :-)

LORD ZERO
08-09-2007, 12:35 AM
bout fuckin time some REAL shit hit da top of the charts

GhettoGnom
08-09-2007, 03:14 AM
YES!!

Hopefully people will continue the support so he stays in the top 10 for some weeks more =)

Erquel
08-09-2007, 03:48 AM
That's great!!!
Album is perfect

Jay Dee rest in peace

infamousWu
08-09-2007, 03:57 AM
good news

cap
08-09-2007, 06:48 AM
great news,im glad i copped a copy,and i think if you like common you should do the same.
real hip hop

CharlesJones
08-09-2007, 03:44 PM
I'm happy that Common's latest album is doing well but i won't buy his album because i stopped liking him after Resurrection. His music started to get soft and wack after Resurrection and he started wearing gay clothes. He's still a lyrical dude but i don't like his beats anymore and the different music he does. The Game and The People songs from his latest album i like though.

Buzk
08-09-2007, 06:30 PM
good news, havent heard the whole album yet. grats to common