RYAN LESLIE ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE “UPS & DOWNS”

Ryan Leslie announces “Ups & Downs” as the second single off of his top-notch rap album Les Is More, released via NextSelection Lifestyle Group distributed by BDG (BDG is distributed by RED, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). Described by the Associated Press to “surely send you up,” the feel-good record is being serviced to radio this week.

In conjunction with the launch of Les is More, Leslie was selected as a brand ambassador for the Sony X Headphones (#SonyX) and their “Love To Give” (#SonyLove) campaign this holiday season. “Ups & Downs” is featured in a video vignette for the Sony X’s where Leslie discusses the importance of having headphones that don’t dilute the honesty of the recording. The “Love To Give” theme is a sentiment that celebrates the spirit of giving through the eyes of Ryan Leslie, and various other artists including country pop singer Taylor Swift and renowned photographer Nigel Barker.

The first rap album from Ryan Leslie, Les Is More debuted at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts simultaneously in 8 countries including the U.S., Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland. Leslie, “a marvel of multitasking” according to the NY Times wrote, arranged, produced and performed on Les Is More, along with directing and editing a series of music videos to accompany each record.

Leslie recently wrapped his first domestic headlining tour to rave reviews including one from XXLMag.com, “last night (October 4) the musical dynamo Ryan Leslie tore down a sold out Gramercy Theatre in NYC like a rock star.” He is currently on tour in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, and Austria for the European leg of the Les Is More Tour.

RYAN LESLIE’S NEW ALBUM LES IS MORE

Ryan Leslie released his third studio album, Les Is More this week via NextSelection Lifestyle Group/BDG (BDG is distributed by RED Distribution, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). Les Is More is currently #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Charts in 8 countries including U.S., Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, and Switzerland.

The album is also #1 for the day at Newbury Comics, a top independent retailer in Boston, MA. Dave Bluestein, buyer at Newbury Comics says “Ryan was kind enough to sign booklets, and on the strength of that, he was #1 for the day beating out Taylor Swift.”

The very first rap album from the Harvard-educated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and recording artist, Les Is More is “a fine demonstration of the singer’s skills – his rap skills.” [Associated Press] Ryan Leslie, “a marvel of multitasking,” [NY Times] wrote, arranged, produced and performed on Les Is More, and also directed and edited a series of music videos to accompany each record.

Leslie recently wrapped his first domestic headline tour to rave reviews including one from XXLMag.com, “last night (October 4) the musical dynamo Ryan Leslie tore down a sold out Gramercy Theatre in NYC like a rock star.” Leslie is preparing to kick off the European leg of the Les Is More world tour next week.

Les Is More Tour Dates
Oct 31 Taksim Bochum, Germany
Nov 02 Skatepalace Hanau, Germany
Nov 03 Prime Bielefeld, Germany
Nov 04 Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, Germany
Nov 05 Uebel & Gefährlich Hamburg, Germany
Nov 07 Uebel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Germany
Nov 08 Nachtresidenz Düsseldorf, Germany
Nov 09 Index Schuttorf, Germany
Nov 10 Halle O2 Heidelberg, Germany
Nov 11 Capitol Hannover, Germany
Nov 14 Gibson Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Nov 15 Backstage Munich, Germany
Nov 16 Q Zurich Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 17 Grand Casino Basel, Switzerland
Nov 18 Löwensaal Nuremberg, Germany
Nov 20 Le Cabaret Sauvage Paris, France
Nov 21 Cabaret Sauvage Paris, France
Nov 23 Pratergalerien Vienna, Austria
Nov 24 Zapata Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 26 The Forum, Hertfordshire Hatfield, United Kingdom
Nov 27 HMV Institute Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
Nov 28 Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, United Kingdom
Nov 29 Proud 2 London, United Kingdom

Special Edition Mini-Mag Featuring DJ Khaled Cover & Two Free Bonus CD Samplers Inside

XXL & RED Distribution is excited to announce the XXL Special Edition mini-mag available exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide starting October 9. As part of Best Buy’s first partnership with XXL & RED Distribution, the $5.99 limited edition mini-mag will be positioned in the music section of all Best Buy locations.

The XXL mini-mag features DJ Khaled on the cover, and inside readers will find exclusive interviews from DJ Khaled, Eve, RZA, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, T.I., Joey Bada$$, and more. Each mini-mag comes with two free bonus CDs, including a times, rhymes & beats sampler with new music from Future, Method Man, Ryan Leslie, and Ca$h Out, and a Mizay Entertainment sampler featuring music from Waka Flocka Flame, OJ Da Juiceman, Tarvoria and Reema Major.

“XXL was more than happy to join forces with Sony RED and Best Buy for this project. It helps us reach a wider audience and showcase RED’s roster while also offering a special edition of the mag to our dedicated readers.” – Vanessa Satten, XXL Editor-in-Chief

“I am pleased and excited about the RED, XXL and Best Buy partnership on the XXL mini mag. I’m confident that the Best Buy customer will thoroughly enjoy the content as well as the 2 CDs included. Hopefully the fans will enjoy reading as much as I did about Eve getting back into the hip hop game, she has truly been missed.” – Sonya Askew, Senior Buyer, Anderson Merchandiser

Cricket is running a contest in conjunction with times, rhymes & beats. Contestants can enter to win 1 year of service to Cricket with Muve Music® included plus an Android Smart phone signed by RZA. Additional rules contest details can be found in the XXL mini-mag, and at Facebook.com/timesrhymesbeats.

Disc One Track Listing:
1. Eve “She Bad Bad”
2. Ryan Reslie “Beautiful Lie”
3. Future “Turn On The Lights”
4. The Revelations “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”
5. Ca$h Out “Big Booty”
6. Deon Young “Party Life”
7. King L “Val Venis”
8. Mad Child “Monster”
9. Method Man “Built For This”
10. Joey Bada$$ “Waves”
11. Casey Veggies “Toe Tag”
12. RZA “Just Blowin In The Wind”

Disc Two Track Listing:
1. Waka Flaka Flame Ft. Sony “24 hours”
2. Dbo Montana “Dbo Montana”
3. OJ DA Juiceman “Wea Ya Been”
4. Dirt Gang Ft. Waka Flocka “Rambo”
5. Young Joey Ft. Waka Flocka & Fred Da Godson “I Fuk Wit Em”
6. Reema Major “Major moves”
7. Tarvoria “Be Quiet”
8. Joses Moses “Ratchets Dirty”
9. Fetti Gang “Jaw”
10. Woo Da Kid “What’s Brackin”
11. One Thurd “Stop & Go”
12. Shuga Shane “Ring Bells”
13. Cartier Kitten “Bring It Back”
14. YG Hottie “West Hanin”
15. Cartier Kitten “Guala Guala”
16. Bo Deal “Wow”
17. Fetti Gang “Good Morning”
18. Bo Deal “Clap”
19. Joe Moses Ft. Ty S & DJ Mustard “Bitch”
20. OJ Da Juiceman Ft. Gunplay “I Sell”
21. Reema Major “I Am Legend”

RYAN LESLIE REVEALS COVER ART & TRACK LISTING FOR NEW ALBUM

Embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

1. Glory 2. Beautiful Lie 3. Good Girl 4. 5 Minute Freshen Up 5. Dress You to Undress You
6. Maybachs & Diamonds 7. Swiss Francs 8. Ups & Downs (Prelude) 9. Ups & Downs
10. Ready or Not 11. Lovers & Mountains 12. The Black Flag 13. Joan of Arc
14. Beautiful Lie (Remix) feat. Fabolous + 7 Music Videos + 3 Live Performance Videos

Ryan Leslie To Release Les Is More on October 22

Harvard-educated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and recording artist Ryan Leslie will release his third studio album, Les Is More on October 22 via NextSelection Lifestyle Group/BDG (BDG is distributed by RED Distribution, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). The first single from the album “Beautiful Lie” featuring Fabolous is being serviced to mixshow radio this week.
Listen here to “Beautiful Lie” f/ Fabolous

Les Is More is the very first rap album from Ryan Leslie, and is the follow up to the Grammy-nominated R&B album Transition released in late 2009. Les Is More is influenced by Leslie’s collaborations with top rap artists such as Fabolous and Kanye West, both of whom appear in the video for the autobiographical track “Glory.” Leslie was further inspired when he sat in for the recording sessions of the Grammy award-winning album Watch the Throne. “Watching Jay and Ye’s creative process further inspired me that rap was the right direction for this album. However, I also knew that a departure from my previous critically acclaimed R&B work would require an even more robust artistic contribution.”

Fueled by that challenge, Ryan Leslie created an unprecedented body of work. Along with the music which was written, arranged, produced and performed by Leslie, he also directed and edited a series of music videos to accompany each record. The result, Les Is More is a ground-breaking visual album shot in Paris, Milan, Switzerland, Miami, Las Vegas, and Manhattan that provides a unique and intimate window into Ryan Leslie’s life.

Leslie recently sat down with Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning Show to discuss his inspiration for creating a rap album, and performed at the 3-day J&R Musicfest in New York City on August 24. Ryan Leslie will also kick off his world Les Is More Tour in San Francisco on September 18, an electrifying show with live instrumentation and sweeping keyboard solos. Below is a current listing of tour dates and more shows will be announced on LesIsMoreTour.com.

Les Is More Tour Dates
Sep 18 Ruby Skye San Francisco, CA
Sep 19 Roxy Theatre West Hollywood, CA
Sep 20 The Cosmopolitan of LV Las Vegas, NV
Sep 21 Club Red Tempe, AZ
Sep 29 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
Oct 02 Howard Theatre Washington, DC
Oct 04 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
Oct 05 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Oct 11 Virgin Mobile Mod Club Toronto, Canada
Oct 14 Pavilion (UC Davis) Davis, CA
Oct 31 Taksim Bochum, Germany
Nov 03 Prime Bielefeld, Germany
Nov 04 Astra Kulturhaus Berlin, Germany
Nov 07 Uebel & Gefaehrlich Hamburg, Germany
Nov 08 Nachtresidenz Düsseldorf, Germany
Nov 09 Index Schuttorf, Germany
Nov 10 Halle O2 Heidelberg, Germany
Nov 14 Gibson Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Nov 15 Backstage Munich, Germany
Nov 16 Q Zurich Zurich, Switzerland
Nov 17 Grand Casino Basel, Switzerland
Nov 20 Le Cabaret Sauvage Paris, France
Nov 24 Zapata Stuttgart, Germany