via press release:
LIL WAYNE TO RELEASE ONE OF THE MOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUMS OF THE YEAR, THA CARTER IV, AT MIDNIGHT AFTER THE “2011 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS” AIRS SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH
FIRST ARTIST EVER TO RELEASE ENTIRE ALBUM DIGITALLY AFTER AWARD SHOW
The 28 th Annual Awards Show Airing Live From Nokia Theater
In Los Angeles On Sunday, August 28 at 9:00PM (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT)
New York, NY (August 22, 2011) – In a music industry first, Hip-Hop megastar and super mogul, Lil Wayne will release his highly-anticipated album, Tha Carter IV, in its entirety online via retail sites including Itunes, Amazon and more when the clock strikes midnight following the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” this Sunday, August 28th. The physical CD will be available at all major retail stores on August 29th. This innovative album release designates Lil Wayne as the first artist ever to release an album digitally after an award show and is the culmination of what is already a huge night for him with his performance and nominations for “Best Hip-Hop Video” and “Best Collaboration.”
"I am extremely excited to be the first artist to utilize such an amazing idea. I hope that I can open the door for others," stated Lil Wayne.
Ronald "Slim" Williams, CEO, Cash Money Records said, "The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the most watched and respected shows in the industry. Wayne is one of the most respected and prolific artists in the industry. By pairing the release of Tha Carter IV with the VMAs, it will certainly add to the overall anticipation and excitement for fans everywhere for what will surely be an unforgettable evening.”
“Lil Wayne continues to change the game, this time with a new release strategy that demonstrates the power of the VMAs to grab the attention of music fans,” said Stephen Friedman, President, MTV. “After our millions of viewers experience the VMAs, they can go online at midnight and download the album they’ve all been waiting for.”
With well over ten million in sales, unquestionable street credibility, critical acclaim, industry accolades, eight Grammy nominations, and four Grammy wins for his multi-platinum selling album Tha Carter III, which sold a million copies its first week, and his recent critically acclaimed performance as part of MTV’s Grammy® and Emmy® award winning Unplugged music series, Cash Money Records recording artist Lil Wayne is looking to lay to rest any doubt that he is anything less than the best with his upcoming 9th studio album release, Tha Carter IV.
Featuring appearances from Cory Gunz, Drake, T-Pain, Tech N9ne, Rick Ross, John Legend, Jadakiss, Bun B, Nas, Shyne, and Busta Rhymes, Tha Carter IV track list is as follows:
• “Blunt Blowin'”
• “6 Foot 7 Foot” f/ Cory Gunz
• “Nightmares of the Bottom”
• “She Will” f/ Drake
• “How to Hate” f/ T-Pain
• “Interlude” f/ Tech N9ne
• “John” f/ Rick Ross
• ” So Special” f/ John Legend
• “How to Love”
• “President Carter”
• “Its Good” f/ Drake & Jadakiss
• “Outro” f/ Bun B, Nas, Shyne & Busta Rhymes
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
• “I Like the View”*
• “Two Shots”*
* features TBA
Previously announced 2011 VMA performers include Adele, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Young The Giant and Bruno Mars. Additionally, the first round of 2011 VMA presenters have been announced including: Jonah Hill, Rick Ross, Seth Rogen, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Odd Future. The “2011 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.)
Viewers voted for all general VMA categories by visiting vma.mtv.com online or m.mtv.com on their mobile phone through August 16th. Best New Artist text voting is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 66333 through the show, live on August 28th. Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories via SMS by texting VMA to 66333 (standard message rates apply.)
The 2011 “MTV Video Music Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching more than 640 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming and content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s nearly 200 digital media properties around the world.
The 2010 VMAs averaged a 10.0 P12-34 rating and 11.4 million total viewers, marking the network’s best deliveries for any MTV telecast since the 2002 VMAs (8/29/02) as well as making it the third most watched telecast in MTV’s history.
To watch video of last year’s biggest moments, get the full list of last year’s show winners and can check out fashion, celebrity and music commentary from the shows’ red carpets, please go to vma.mtv.com.
Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the “2011 MTV Video Music Awards.” Amy Doyle, Garrett English and Dave Sirulnick are Executive Producers. Jen Jones is co-Executive Producer. Joanna Bomberg is Executive in Charge of Music and Talent. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive.
Official sponsors of the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are 5® Gum, COVERGIRL, Dove® go fresh Deodorant, Kia Motors America, PacSun, Sharpie®, State Farm®, Taco Bell® and Verizon.
MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV’s sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online hub MTV.com is the leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information, go to www.mtvpress.com.