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FAITH EVANS Last update: February 2005
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04/13/2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FAITH EVANS' THE FIRST LADY DEBUTS AT #2 ON
BILLBOARD 200, MARKING HER HIGHEST-SELLING DEBUT
AND HIGHEST-CHARTING ALBUM YET

Multiple Grammy winning recording artist Faith Evans has scored her highest-selling chart debut and highest-charting album ever with The First Lady, her first for Capitol Records. Evans' first album since the 2001 platinum-selling Faithfully, The First Lady debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with sales of over 157,000 copies. It is the week's
highest-charting new release and is also #1 on the R&B Core Chart, which ranks sales at the country's top urban music retailers.

"One of contemporary R&B's vital voices makes a triumphant return," said Billboard in a review of the first single, "Again," and early album reviews have also been glowing. "Channeling pleasure and pain, authority and vulnerability, old-school spirit and up-to-date sass, Evans is one woman who doesn't have to roar to be heard," said USA Today and Newsweek observed "The songs on The First Lady live somewhere between hip-hop and R&B, with a '70s bump, and her vocals are soulful, uninhibited and seem to shimmer with light."

Evans is confirmed for a May 12 performance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." "Again" is a Top 10 hit at Urban Adult radio and in the Top 20 at Urban Mainstream. Chris Robinson (Alicia Keyes, Jay-Z, DMX, Nas) lensed the
accompanying video. Yahoo! Music gave the video its world premiere and reported that it was viewed over one million times in the first week. The video has just been added by VH1 and is already in rotation at BET, MTV, MTV Jams and VH1 Soul.

Featuring 12 songs co-written by Evans (plus "Hope," the hit track by Twista featuring Evans from the Coach Carter soundtrack), The First Lady showcases the powerhouse vocalist's versatility and depicts a woman looking back unflinchingly on the chaos of her life, yet emerging stronger on the other side. It features production from the Neptunes, Chucky Thompson, Mario Winans, Brian Cox, Jermaine Dupri, and Carvin and Ivan and guest appearances by Pharrell Williams and Pusha T from the Clipse and Mario Winans.


 

03/01/2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Faith Evan's `Again` Added at BET and MTV As It Climbs Radio Charts

In her critically acclaimed 10-year career, Platinum recording artist Faith Evans' life has been scrutinized perhaps as closely as her music. With "Again," the first single from her upcoming Capitol debut, The First Lady, Evans has her say, reminding us "everything ain't what it seems, justbecause it's on tv" yet finding insight and even strength through the well-publicized adversities she's faced.

Billboard has hailed "Again" as a "pick-yourself-up-dust-yourself-off-and-start-all-over-again anthem," both BET and MTV have added the video and, in the past three weeks, over 100 radio stations have jumped on the single. It's currently 23* at Urban Adult radio. The video, directed by Chris Robinson (Alicia Keyes, Jay-Z, DMX, Nas), debuted on "BET 106 & Park" last Wednesday and goes into rotation this week at BET, MTV and the digital channels MTV Jams and VH1 Soul.

Evans will preview material from The First Lady in a West Coast showcase on March 15th at the Roxy in Los Angeles and on April 4th at the Supper Club in New York City. The First Lady, which will be released April 5th, features a dozen songs co-written by the Grammy-winning R&B vocalist plus "Hope," the hit track by Twista featuring Evans, from the Coach Carter soundtrack. Production from the Neptunes, Chucky Thompson, Mario Winans, Brian Cox, Jermaine Dupri, and Carvin and Ivan showcases Evans' versatility - from the retro-infused mid-tempo groove of "Again," to the buoyantly funky "Goin'Out," which features Pharrell Williams and Pusha T from the Clipse, to the lush romanticism of "Ever Wonder," her duet with Mario Winans.

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