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LL Cool J's Latest Album AUTHENTIC Debuts at #4 on Billboard Rap Chart

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Two-time Grammy-winning recording artist LL COOL J's new album AUTHENTIC debuted at #4 on Billboard's Rap Chart, and also landed at #7 on the R&B Chart and #23 on the Top 200 Album Chart. With the release of his 14th studio Album, on 429 Records/The Savoy Label Group, the multi-platinum artist returned to the studio and kicked the volume up to create a powerful new album that came from his true passion for music and would speak to his fans. AUTHENTIC is currently available at Amazon.com, iTunes, Target and other select retailers.

Of AUTHENTIC, the Associated Press says the Album, "hit[s] all the right notes from romantic to raucous to punk," and PEOPLE magazine gives the Album 3 out of 4 stars, saying of LL, "On his14th album, he mixes old-school hip-hop ("New Love") with rave-ready beats ("Not Leaving You Tonight")...[with] guest spots by Seal, Chuck D and Eddie Van Halen make the rest of Authentic feel like a rowdy A-List house party."

Celebrating his 30 th year in music, LL's Album AUTHENTIC features a diverse and wide array of legendary and new artists that underscore the Album's roots of being born out of the true love for music, including, Brad Paisley, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Charlie Wilson, Eddie Van Halen, Earth, Wind & Fire, Monica, Snoop Dogg, Seal, Travis Barker and many more. Collectively these artists have achieved tremendous success in music, including many Grammy Awards, multi-platinum albums, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and nominations, NAACP Awards, and Country Music Awards, among many other accolades.

LL is promoting AUTHENTIC with upcoming performance on LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON on May 10 and an appearance on THE VIEW on May 13.

On the heels of the release of LL's new album, LL will tour this summer all across the country in support of AUTHENTIC. As a part of performing this summer, LL featuring DJ Z-Trip, will headline "The Kings Of The Mic" Tour, joined by legendary Hip-Hop artists Ice Cube, Public Enemy and De La Soul. LL will kick-off touring May 23, 2003 in Tucson, AZ and wrap-up in Los Angeles, CA on July 7, 2013. For a full list of LL's dates and cities, and to purchase tickets, visit here.

AUTHENTIC was recorded in Los Angeles and is Executive Produced by LL COOL J and will be released as a joint venture by LL COOL J, Inc. and 429 Records. For more information, details and updates, visit ­­­­www.LLCOOLJ.com, Facebook.com/LLCOOLJ, Twitter.com/LLCOOLJ and Twitter.com/TeamLLGoat.

LL COOL J TOUR DATES

5/23

Tucson, AZ

Ava Amphitheater

5/24

Las Vegas, NV

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - The Joint

5/25

San Francisco, CA

Shoreline Amphitheatre

5/26

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Bowl

5/30

Minneapolis, MN

Target Center

5/31

Council Bluffs, IA

Harrah's Hotel & Casino - Stir Cove

6/1

Saint Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

6/4

Atlanta, GA

Fox Theatre

6/6

St Petersburg, FL

Mahaffey Theater

6/7

St Augustine, FL

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

6/8

Orlando, FL

94.5 Block party

6/12

Baltimore, MD

Lyric Opera House

6/14

Simpsonville, SC

Charter Amphitheater at Heritage Park

6/15

Portsmouth, VA

nTELOS Wireless Pavilion

6/16

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts Center

6/18

Newark, NJ

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

6/19

Boston, MA

Bank of America Pavilion

6/20

New York, NY

Roseland Ballroom

6/22

Canandaigua, NY

Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

6/23

Mount Pleasant, MI

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort - Outdoor

6/25

Cleveland, OH

Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

6/26

Clarkston, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

6/27

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

6/28

Milwaukee, WI

Summerfest

7/1

Grand Prairie, TX

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

7/2

Austin, TX

Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater

7/3

Houston, TX

Bayou Music Center

7/5

New Orleans, LA

Essence Festival

7/7

Los Angeles, CA

The Greek Theatre

LL COOL J is an entertainment icon who has found great success crossing into multiple mediums. A two-time Grammy Award winner, recording artist, talented actor, New York Times best-selling author, NAACP Image Award winner, entrepreneur and philanthropist, LL continues to display his wide range of talents with every project. LL currently stars on one of the consistently highest rated shows on television, the CBS hit primetime drama series, "NCIS: LOS ANGELES." His performance on the show has garnered him a NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series" three years in a row (2011 - 2013) for his role as 'Special Agent Sam Hanna,' which can now be seen in more than 200 countries.

429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA. For more information visit: www.429records.com

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