Game's The R.E.D. Album Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2011 -- With 97,879 copies sold since it was released on August 23rd, Game's fourth studio project The R.E.D. Album dethroned Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne as the #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The R.E.D. Album (short for REDedication) is Game's third chart topping debut following 2005's The Documentary and 2007's Doctor's Advocate which both went on to sell millions of copies worldwide. Game's last album, LAX, started at #2 in 2008 and went on to gold certification.
"It feels amazing to be back on top," exclaims Game. "My fans are incredibly loyal. I was able to step away from music for some much needed personal time with my family and now that I've returned with a new album, they've come out strong to support me. I wouldn't be where I am today without my fans. Period."
The official lead single "Pot of Gold," featuring Chris Brown, charted on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and soared at urban radio. The music video, shot on location in downtown Los Angeles, reached more than 2 million views just days after its VEVO debut.
The Associated Press states: "In all, R.E.D. is one of Game's most balanced albums since his debut in 2005. After four albums, he continues to prove that he is a dominate force on the West Coast." USA Today adds: "Game invigorates West Coast rap with grit, ferocity, vivid rhymes [and] crushing beats."
The album is executive produced by Pharrell Williams and co-executive produced by Game and producer extraordinaire Mars of 1500 or Nothin'. The album also features legendary producers Dr. Dre and DJ Premier and also guest appearances from established South region stunners Big Boi, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, complimenting Game's West Coast collaborations with Snoop Dogg, E-40 and newcomers Kendrick Lamar and Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator. Drake and Nelly Furtado round out the heavy hitting features. The Compton-bred MC delivers the type of Hip-Hop unification album we have come to expect in a classic.
Fans have eagerly waited for a Game and Dr. Dre reunion in the studio. "Drug Test" showcases Game straight west coastin' alongside his gangsta rap mentors Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, over a speaker rattling DJ Khalil production that reminds listeners of the three G's collective California chemistry.
Game created a viral buzz for The R.E.D. Album with "Red Nation" which featured long time collaborator Lil Wayne. The "Red Nation" music video, debuted on VEVO debut and went on to garner more than 9.4 million views.
SOURCE Interscope Records