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Cee Lo Green Ascends to the Top; "Fool For You (Feat. Melanie Fiona)" Hits #1 at Urban AC, More Than 9 Months After Impacting at the Format; Grammy-Winning Superstar Celebrates With Wide Range of TV Appearances, Capping Off a Truly Triumphant 2011(October 28, 2011)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/28/11 -- Elektra recording artist Cee Lo Green has reached to the top with his hit single, "Fool For You (Feat. Melanie Fiona)." The track -- featured on Green's blockbuster solo album, "THE LADY KILLER" -- is currently #1 at Urban AC radio outlets nationwide. Remarkably, the ascension of "Fool For You" comes more than 9 months after its arrival at the format.
The single's stunning success marks the latest accomplishment in what is shaping up as a truly triumphant year for Green. The Grammy Award-winning superstar will celebrate with an array of high-profile TV appearances, kicking off with a performance at the 85th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Thursday, November 24th on NBC from 9 am to 12 pm EST (check local listings). Tuesday, November 29th will see Green joining the star-studded musical line-up performing on CBS's 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, slated for broadcast at 10 pm ET. The following evening, Cee Lo will be among the revelers at the 2011 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, scheduled to air Wednesday, November 30th as part of NBC's annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center festivities (check local listings). Last, but very certainly not least, Season 2 of NBC's smash vocal competition series, The Voice, will premiere on February 5th, immediately following Super Bowl XLVI.
In addition to his many TV appearances, Cee Lo will light up the big screen in one of 2012's most anticipated films, Sparkle. The film -- a remake of the 1976 classic -- co-stars Green alongside a star-studded cast that also features Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, and Derek Luke. The Sony Pictures Entertainment film is currently in production with release information to be announced shortly.
The upcoming slate of TV appearances comes hot on the heels of Green's recent guest roles on both NBC's Parenthood and the Season 7 premiere of the Fox animated series, American Dad. Green has also performed on a wide range of TV series and specials in the months following the release of "THE LADY KILLER," including NBC's Saturday Night Live, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, ABC's Good Morning America, WWE's SummerSlam, the nationally syndicated Oprah Winfrey Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, E's Chelsea Lately, MTV's The Seven, and VH1's Jump Start Live, among others. In addition, Cee Lo was among the performers on such awards spectaculars as the 2010 Soul Train Awards, the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, and of course, the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, where he received the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" Grammy honoring his groundbreaking hit single, "F**k You." What's more, Green also stole the show with his multi-colored performance of the Grammy-winning song, featuring special guests Gwyneth Paltrow and the Jim Henson Company Puppets.
Known far and wide as one half of Grammy Award-winning superstar duo Gnarls Barkley, Cee Lo Green is a true 21st Century renaissance man. Having first made his bones as a member of southern hip-hop pioneers, Goodie Mob, Green soon struck out on his own with 2002's "CEE LO GREEN AND HIS PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS," highlighted by the Timbaland-produced hit single, "Closet Freak." The acclaimed "CEE LO GREEN...IS THE SOUL MACHINE" followed two years later, again featuring a Timbaland-produced hit single in "I'll Be Around."
As if that weren't enough, Cee Lo also became one of R&B/hip-hop's most in-demand collaborators, penning and producing tracks for such like-minded artists as Jennifer Hudson, Brandy, Amerie, and Solange. His greatest success as songwriter/producer came in 2005 with the RIAA platinum-certified, international #1, "Don't Cha," by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes.
In 2006, Green teamed with producer/DJ Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley and quickly made history with the international #1 smash, "Crazy" (later named as "Song of the Decade" by Rolling Stone). The duo's kaleidoscopic debut, "ST. ELSEWHERE," proved a critical triumph and chart-topping blockbuster, ultimately earning RIAA platinum certification in the US for sales exceeding 1 million. At 2007's 49th Annual Grammy Awards, Gnarls received seven nominations and snagged two of the event's most coveted trophies -- "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Urban Alternative Performance." "THE ODD COUPLE" followed in 2008, earning further praise along with an additional trio of Grammy nods.
"THE LADY KILLER" -- Green's first solo work in more than six years -- sees the endlessly inventive singer/writer/rapper/producer continuing to push hip-hop and soul's creative envelope, this time working with a star-studded cast of producers that includes Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse), Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, Jamie Foxx), Paul Epworth (Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party, The Big Pink), and Fraser T. Smith (Nelly Furtado, James Morrison, Ellie Goulding).
The album was heralded by the historic hit single, "F**k You," which created a global viral commotion upon its release via Green's official YouTube channel, drawing more than 2 million plays in its first five days online. The song's official companion video followed and has since logged almost 63 million YouTube views at www.youtube.com/user/CeeLoGreen.
The amended "Forget You" proved a massive mainstream success, scoring Top 40 airplay at multi-format radio outlets nationwide. In addition, Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow famously performed her own version of "Forget You" on a highly rated episode of Fox's hit series, Glee.
Co-written and produced by the multi-platinum certified production trio, The Smeezingtons, featuring Green's Elektra labelmate, Bruno Mars, "F**k You" eventually went on to become one of 2010's defining singles, with Time declaring it the #1 song of the year. Moreover, the track received Grammy Award nominations in the categories of "Record of the Year," "Song of the Year," and "Best Urban/Alternative Performance," winning the latter. In addition, the "F**k You" companion video was also nominated for "Best Short Form Music Video." As if all that weren't enough, Green also lit up the airplay charts at CHR/Top 40 and Hot AC radio outlets nationwide with "Bright Lights, Bigger City," another of the many highlights found on "THE LADY KILLER."
In April 2011, Green added yet another credit to his extraordinary resume with his role as judge/singing coach on NBC's vocal competition series, The Voice. The series proved an unqualified sensation, earning record-breaking ratings and a fervent fan following.
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