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Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 25th, 2005, 11:23 AM
-- RIAA Platinum Free Yourself Album Scans More Than 1.3 Million

-- Urban Radio supporting 3 tracks - #1 "Truth Is," "Baby Mama," and brand new third single, #1 Most-Added "Free Yourself," produced and co-written by Missy Elliott

NEW YORK, April 25, 2005-- -- Recent TV appearances include co-hosting Soul Train Awards in March and performances on American Idol and Tonight Show with Jay Leno this month; Good Morning America live summer concert series set for July 22nd

J/19 recording artist Fantasia - the American Idol 3 champion whose RIAA platinum debut album, FREE YOURSELF, unleashed its title-tune second single "Free Yourself" as last week's #1 Most-Added song at Urban Mainstream radio (with 45 huge adds) - is about to embark on her first major U.S. tour since the album's release in November. As the special guest of Motown artist Kem, Fantasia will open 3 weeks of dates on June 8th at the Pageant Theatre in St. Louis, wrapping up in Atlanta's Fox Theatre on July 1st.

"Free Yourself," produced and co-written by Missy Elliott (one of three tracks she contributed to the album), was also this week's #2 Most Added at the Urban Adult format, where it picked up 107 adds and jumped 5 points to #19-bullet. The song got a strong boost when Fantasia performed it last week on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"Free Yourself" is the follow-up to "Truth Is" (the first single from the album) which shows no signs of letting go at radio after more than 5 months out. The Soulshock & Karlin-produced hit "Truth Is" has held the #1 spot on the Urban Adult chart for 11 consecutive weeks. It also has the most one-week airplay totals ever on an adult record in Billboard and Billboard Monitor history with 1558 spins in the issues dated April 15. The video (directed by Diane Martel) stays in Power rotation at BET and in medium rotation on VH1's Soul Digital Channel.

American Idol audiences are still reeling from Fantasia's triumphant guest return to the show on April 6th, when she performed "I Believe" and "Truth Is" to a standing ovation. (On July 22nd, Fantasia will perform "Free Yourself" and two other songs live, on ABC's Good Morning America summer concert series.) Meanwhile, Urban Mainstream radio is also playing a third track, "Baby Mama" (co-written and produced by Harold Lilly). As a result of all this exposure, FREE YOURSELF rose 5 points to #25 bullet on the Billboard 200 albums chart and jumped 2 points to #7-bullet on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

With Nielsen Soundscan reporting sales of more than 1.3 million copies of FREE YOURSELF, 2005 has been a resoundingly successful year for Fantasia - "the first American Idol to count as a discovery" (San Francisco Chronicle) and "the American Idol champ most likely to become a genuine pop idol" (People). After performing "Truth Is" on BET's Celebration Of Gospel special and on Soul Train both in February, she co-hosted the 19th annual Soul Train Awards gala in March, and performed a medley of "Baby Mama" and "Free Yourself" on the big night. Later that month, Fantasia was named Outstanding New Artist at the 36th annual NAACP Image Awards.

The High Point, North Carolina native and single mother had her name carved into chart record books as the first artist in the history of Billboard's Hot 100 to debut at #1 with her first single, "I Believe" - which went on to become the best selling single of 2004, according to Nielsen Soundscan charts.

KEM WITH SPECIAL GUEST FANTASIA U.S. TOUR DATES

Date City Venue
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June 8 St Louis, MO Pageant Theatre
June 9 Nashville, TN TN Performing Arts Center
June 10 Birmingham, AL BJCC
June 11 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
June 12 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
June 16 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
June 17 Cleveland, OH Palace Theatre
June 18 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
June 19 Baltimore, MD Pier 6
June 22-24 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
June 25 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
June 26 Newark, NJ NJ Performing Arts Center
June 29 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
June 30 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
July 1 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre

http://www.fantasiabarrinoofficial.com

SelesFan70
Apr 25th, 2005, 03:34 PM
I never "got" the whole Fantasia thing. She's a good performer, but not much of a singer to me. If I want to hear good screeching, I'll go see Patti LaBelle! :p

Knizzle
Apr 25th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Fantasia is the only AI winner that is certain to last. She's fit right in with her peers in the R&B game.

Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:07 PM
I always wonder why people feel the need to say how they don't get something that others clearly do? :confused:

Anyway, I wonder how much the tickets will be since she's going to be in Greensboro? :bounce:

Knizzle
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:10 PM
I always wonder why people feel the need to say how they don't get something that others clearly do? :confused:

Anyway, I wonder how much the tickets will be since she's going to be in Greensboro? :bounce:

Some people (Selesfan70 included) don't know what real singing is. All they want to hear is the same voice come out of every mouth and be crystal clear and boring.

SelesFan70
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:12 PM
I always wonder why people feel the need to say how they don't get something that others clearly do? :confused:

Anyway, I wonder how much the tickets will be since she's going to be in Greensboro? :bounce:

Have you been talking to my roommate?!? :eek: He said the exact same thing to me about not getting what everyone else does! :tape:

Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:15 PM
Some people (Selesfan70 included) don't know what real singing is. All they want to hear is the same voice come out of every mouth and be crystal clear and boring.

everybody has a right to their own tastes I just don't get the need to express negative feelings about other's when no one is being negative. :shrug:

Shenay La Soul
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:35 PM
It’s really sad that some people are so color-stricken. The only reason they dislike Fantasia Barrino is because she’s dark-complected.

badunka
Apr 25th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Fantasia is the only AI winner that is certain to last. She's fit right in with her peers in the R&B game.

There's no way she's going to last longer than Kelly Clarkson or even Clay Aiken. Kelly has been a resounding success and Clay has as well. I'm not saying Fantasia hasn't been successful but Kelly and Clay have much more staying power.

harloo
Apr 25th, 2005, 05:21 PM
Fantasia is the truth. She can sing circles around the AI winners. Did anyone catch her on Jay leno singing Free Yourself? She was amazing and that's why after that performance Free Yourself gained new listeners.

When people want to degrade Fantasia's amazing stage presence and vocal ability the first thing they criticize is her singing style and the squeaky part of her voice. If not that they talk about how she had a baby out of wedlock.

Fantasia even encountered the negativity herself when a white person came up to her and asked for an autograph they told her,"I really didn't want another black person to win AI this time". Unbelievable! I read this interview in Vibe and I was shocked that someone would say that in her face. :rolleyes:

Knizzle
Apr 25th, 2005, 05:26 PM
There's no way she's going to last longer than Kelly Clarkson or even Clay Aiken. Kelly has been a resounding success and Clay has as well. I'm not saying Fantasia hasn't been successful but Kelly and Clay have much more staying power.

Clay isn't a AI winner now is he??

lizchris
Apr 25th, 2005, 06:13 PM
There's no way she's going to last longer than Kelly Clarkson or even Clay Aiken. Kelly has been a resounding success and Clay has as well. I'm not saying Fantasia hasn't been successful but Kelly and Clay have much more staying power.


Knizzle is right and you are wrong.

For starters, Fantasia started out as a teenager and her style of R&B will stand the test of time and has the ability to have crossover sucess. Right now, you are correct that Kelly and Clay have sold more albums, but they don't have Clive Davis in their corner and you know what he has done for the artists in his stable.

Shenay La Soul
Apr 25th, 2005, 06:42 PM
I never "got" the whole Fantasia thing. She's a good performer, but not much of a singer to me. If I want to hear good screeching, I'll go see Patti LaBelle! :p

But how fair can you be in judging Fantasia if you don’t care for soulful singing? That’s what it sounds like to me.

badunka
Apr 25th, 2005, 06:50 PM
Knizzle is right and you are wrong.

For starters, Fantasia started out as a teenager and her style of R&B will stand the test of time and has the ability to have crossover sucess. Right now, you are correct that Kelly and Clay have sold more albums, but they don't have Clive Davis in their corner and you know what he has done for the artists in his stable.

If anything starting as a teenager is a negative is largely a precursor to a shorter career aka Tiffany, Brandy, possibly Britney etc. WHat it ultimately comes down to is demographics and Fantasia doesn't appeal to the same wide audience in the United States and globally as Kelly Clarkson or Clay.

lizchris
Apr 25th, 2005, 07:19 PM
If anything starting as a teenager is a negative is largely a precursor to a shorter career aka Tiffany, Brandy, possibly Britney etc. WHat it ultimately comes down to is demographics and Fantasia doesn't appeal to the same wide audience in the United States and globally as Kelly Clarkson or Clay.


That's not the point.

Britney does appeal to a wider audience, but her music is only popluar with teenagers and pre-teens. Same wiht Kelly and Clay; they appeal to a wider audience, but are only popular with a segment of it.

BTW, the following started out as teengers:

Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Michael Jackson (actually started out as a pre-teen)

and they had pretty long careers.

BTW, R&B music is more popluar with mainstream (white) audiences outside of North America than in it.

badunka
Apr 25th, 2005, 07:36 PM
Whitney Houston
Mariah Carey
Michael Jackson (actually started out as a pre-teen)

BTW, R&B music is more popluar with mainstream (white) audiences outside of North America than in it.

Ok those three musicians you have mentioned have all had career nosedives. Mariah has been the only one who has recovered.

Your second point is untrue. Look at the Asian marketplace. Pop stars etc and Europe is home to a wide variety of electronic music and techno that is more popular than anything else. I'm not saying no one likes R & B music because millions do. Kelly Clarkson also has the benefit of going on a show such as World Idol which presented her to a new global stage whcih Fantasia was unable to reach. This is very important as her second place finish and performances on the show opened up markets for her all over the globe.

lizchris
Apr 25th, 2005, 09:35 PM
Ok those three musicians you have mentioned have all had career nosedives. Mariah has been the only one who has recovered.

Your second point is untrue. Look at the Asian marketplace. Pop stars etc and Europe is home to a wide variety of electronic music and techno that is more popular than anything else. I'm not saying no one likes R & B music because millions do. Kelly Clarkson also has the benefit of going on a show such as World Idol which presented her to a new global stage whcih Fantasia was unable to reach. This is very important as her second place finish and performances on the show opened up markets for her all over the globe.

They have had longer careers than Kelly and Clay.

I don't classify Asian as white, nor do most people.

If R&B isn't popular in Eurpoe, then why are so many American R&B running over there to do concert tours four times a year? And I am talking about groups that were popluar years ago.

mboyle
Apr 25th, 2005, 11:14 PM
THe only one of those pop farm animals that will definately make it is Kelly. I mean, already four top ten singles (one no. 1,) she's pushing a fifth pretty fast as well. Two hit albums (I can't remember if Breakaway went no. 1, but it is double platinum as is Thankful.) I mean, I don't personally like her, but give her props. Fantasia's music is rarely played on mainstream radio. We'll see. I like her way more than Clay or Reuben, but that's saying exactly nothing.

Rocketta
Apr 25th, 2005, 11:15 PM
THe only one of those pop farm animals that will definately make it is Kelly. I mean, already four top ten singles (one no. 1,) she's pushing a fifth pretty fast as well. Two hit albums (I can't remember if Breakaway went no. 1, but it is double platinum as is Thankful.) I mean, I don't personally like her, but give her props. Fantasia's music is rarely played on mainstream radio. We'll see. I like her way more than Clay or Reuben, but that's saying exactly nothing.

I hear Fantasia on the radio all the time...I guess it depends on your definition of mainstream radio. The radio station I listen to is one of if the not the largest in NC.

harloo
Apr 26th, 2005, 12:02 AM
Fantasia's music is rarely played on mainstream radio.

:rolleyes: not true

spartanfan
Apr 26th, 2005, 12:16 AM
Elton John was right about AI. They're only embraced if they look a certain way and can appeal to the masses in Kansas and Iowa. But fear not America, the next AI will be a white male to restore world order.

LindsayRocks89
Apr 26th, 2005, 12:47 AM
kelly is and will have the most sucess out of the AI winners. She is played on the radio all the time, has one of the most amazing voices(yes fantasia does too) i really don't know how fantasia sold over a million albums. i mean you hardly ever hear about her. she is never played on mainstream radio either. i personally love her c.d, but really she isn't that popular.

Knizzle
Apr 26th, 2005, 01:50 AM
I hear fantasia on our Top 40 radio stations as much as anyone else.

Jakeev
Apr 26th, 2005, 08:21 AM
I frankly cannot believe that you people are friggen arguing about what American Idol winner is gonna be better than the other.

Who the hell really gives a damn but except for at the most, the 3 million people or so who actually buy their records?

And as for Fantasia, why is she opening for KEM? I mean who the hell are they?

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 26th, 2005, 11:58 AM
Fantasia and Kelly have both done well and you do hear them on the radio on a regular basis. It really depends on the type of station you listen to whether you hear Fantasia or Kelly more. Clay has a large fan base but doesn’t get a lot of radio airplay. They all have staying power. Since this thread is about Fantasia, I think her strength is that she can appeal to both the young and old R&B audience. Her two singles, “Truth Is’ and “Free Yourself” can be heard regularly on teen-targetted hip hop stations as well as R&B stations geared towards an older demographic.

And as for Fantasia, why is she opening for KEM? I mean who the hell are they?

Kem is a terrific singer who has just released his second CD. His voice should remind many of you of Al Jarreau.

Jakeev
Apr 26th, 2005, 09:49 PM
Fantasia and Kelly have both done well and you do hear them on the radio on a regualr basis. It really depends on the type of station you listen to whether you hear Fantasia or Kelly more. Clay has a large fan base but doesn’t get a lot of radio airplay. They all have staying power. Since this thread is about Fantasia, I think her strength is that she can appeal to both the young and old R&B audience. Her two singles, “Truth Is’ and “Free Yourself” can be heard regularly on teen-targetted hip hop stations as well as R&B stations geared towards an older demographic.



Kem is a terrific singer who has just released his second CD. His voice should remind many of you Al Jarreau.

Thanks had no idea.:kiss:

spartanfan
Apr 28th, 2005, 02:01 AM
But strangely I think more people have heard of Fantasina than Kem. And I know who Kem is, isn't he currently on the Motown label. Heard his first cd and just one or two songs caught my attention. I'm not a fan of Al Jareau, so naturally I'm not impressed with a sound a like. But Fantasia has some vocal skills. Has anyone else noticed that the main stream media has no problem getting behind Kelly and Clay (and Clay didn't even win the bitch) but have for the most part been indifferent to Reuben and Fantasia??

Hot 92 Jamz
Apr 28th, 2005, 01:30 PM
But strangely I think more people have heard of Fantasina than Kem. And I know who Kem is, isn't he currently on the Motown label. Heard his first cd and just one or two songs caught my attention. I'm not a fan of Al Jareau, so naturally I'm not impressed with a sound a like. But Fantasia has some vocal skills. Has anyone else noticed that the main stream media has no problem getting behind Kelly and Clay (and Clay didn't even win the bitch) but have for the most part been indifferent to Reuben and Fantasia??

I agree with you about the Kem-Fantasia comparison but this is how they worked out this mini-tour. Kem has a lot of depth as a singer though his material, in my opinion, is inconsistent (I don’t like the lead-off single from his new CD).

“AI” is a mainstream show but mainstream radio (KISS-FM in L.A., Z100 in NY) has closed its door on Ruben and Fantasia. It’s nothing personal really because mainstream radio doesn’t embrace R&B as much as it does Hip Hop. Jill Scott and Musiq get the same treatment.

harloo
Apr 28th, 2005, 02:12 PM
But strangely I think more people have heard of Fantasina than Kem. And I know who Kem is, isn't he currently on the Motown label. Heard his first cd and just one or two songs caught my attention. I'm not a fan of Al Jareau, so naturally I'm not impressed with a sound a like. But Fantasia has some vocal skills. Has anyone else noticed that the main stream media has no problem getting behind Kelly and Clay (and Clay didn't even win the bitch) but have for the most part been indifferent to Reuben and Fantasia??

I will have agree with this post. Fantasia should not be opening for Kem. I have his first album and while I loved his story about how he was homeless and all his music is not very good at all. He should be opening for Fantasia and I don't know who negotiated this deal because its not right.

I will also agree with you how indifferent the masses have been to Fantasia and Rueben, but that was expected considering the mainstream did not want either to win. You will see the difference again when the untalented rocker Bo, or the country imitator Carrie wins this year.:o

spartanfan
Apr 28th, 2005, 03:26 PM
I will have agree with this post. Fantasia should not be opening for Kem. I have his first album and while I loved his story about how he was homeless and all his music is not very good at all. He should be opening for Fantasia and I don't know who negotiated this deal because its not right.

I will also agree with you how indifferent the masses have been to Fantasia and Rueben, but that was expected considering the mainstream did not want either to win. You will see the difference again when the untalented rocker Bo, or the country imitator Carrie wins this year.:o



ONCE AGAIN, AMERICA AT ITS FINEST.:rolleyes: