September 26, 2005
Kanye West on top of the
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NEW YORK, NY - Kanye West is on top of
the world. Last week, his brilliant new album Late Registration
debuted at #1 to the tune of 860,000 copies sold. This week,
Late's second single, "Gold Digger," sits atop the
Billboard Hot 100, Kanye's first #1 since last year's
Now, on the crest of this unprecedented success, Kanye is
gearing up to head out on the road this fall for a extensive
headlining tour of arenas and theaters nationwide. Presented by
Verizon and featuring special guests Fantasia, Keyshia Cole and
Common, the "Touch The Sky" Tour will kick off on
Tuesday, October 11 in Miami, Florida. The tour will then wind
its way up and down the East Coast through October, head through
the Midwest and Southwest in November, and wrap up on the West
Coast in early December.
2004 saw Kanye anointed as one of hip-hop's elite:
Nominated for an astounding 10 Grammys for his groundbreaking,
multi-platinum Roc-A-Fella debut, The College Dropout, West took
home three - including Best Rap Song for his anthem "Jesus
Walks" - and stole the show with an incredible
In 2005, West's star has truly risen: With unanimous,
deafening critical acclaim - including the coveted 5 Stars in
Rolling Stone - Late Registration arrived just a week after Time
Magazine dubbed him "the smartest man in pop music" on
its historic cover. "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx,
became an instant smash, rocketing to the top of the radio, video
and digital charts. A show-stopping performance at the 2005 VMAs
was followed by performances on Good Morning America, Oprah,
Ellen and the NFL 2005 Kickoff special. Late Registration became
the biggest first-week debut in Def Jam Recordings'
"Performing live is the reason why we make this music,
spend so much time and thought and craft on it," says Kanye.
"It's never been about the critics or the album sales.
It's about the fans, and I love having the opportunity to
bring this music - that I've poured my heart and soul into -
to them. I think about how audiences are going to respond to
hooks and intros and certain lines when I'm in the studio
recording. Bringing these songs to the stage is the ultimate
fulfillment of the creative process."
Kanye is joined on the Touch The Sky Tour by longtime friend
and collaborator Common, who turned to West to produce his
acclaimed and best-selling album to date, Be. The two will be
supported by former American Idol winner and platinum recording
artist Fantasia along with hot, young R&B siren Keyshia
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