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