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Debuts as the Highest Charting New Release This Week Coming in at # 3 on Billboard Top 200 Chart
(BLACK PR WIRE) (February 18, 2009) NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Grammy winning superstar, India.Arie has once again delivered a new album to the top tier of the music charts its opening week of release, with Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics (Soul bird Music/Universal Republic) vaulting to # 1 on the Billboard Top R&B Chart and locking down the #3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter’s two new singles, Chocolate High featuring Musiq Soul child, was #1 most added at Urban AC radio this week, while Therapy featuring Gramps Morgan, and has become the #1 most downloaded song off the album. Testimony: Vol 2, which is the follow-up to her Grammy nominated 2006 album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, has been receiving worldwide critical acclaim over the past week.
People Magazine makes it their lead review with 3 stars and calls it comfort food for the soul in these unsettling times. The New York Times says, one of the most determinedly virtuous songwriters in R&B or pop, India.Arie strives to make faith, goodness and positive thinking seductive, while USA Today writes, Whether dealing with heartache, reveling in newfound love or pondering the human condition, her songs resound with keen insight and warm passion. It gives her Testimony a ring of truth."
India.Arie also created a buzz with a host of TV appearances this week, kicking it off with a live performance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, February 17. And in a special production with VH1, she appears as the featured artist on the fourth installment of VH1 Soul Stage, presented by Infiniti franchise and showcasing her performing songs from the new album such as Therapy and Pearls, among other past hits. Soul Stage: India.Arie Presented by Infinity debuted on Tuesday, February 17 on VH1 Soul at 9:30 pm EST, with encore broadcasts on the music network on February 22nd at 1:30 pm EST, 9:30 pm EST, and 1:30 AM EST on February 23rd. The show is also being made available on VH1soul.com which will include additional performances not seen on the original broadcast.
India. Arie emerged onto the music scene in 2001 with her double-platinum debut album Acoustic Soul and subsequently has won a host of awards including 2 Grammys, 4 NAACP Awards, as well as being recognized by BET, Billboard Magazine, MTV, VH1 and Essence Magazine, among others.
With nearly eight million albums sold, India.Arie has established herself as an artist and humanitarian of substance, working steadily throughout her career to champion causes close to her heart. As a UN Ambassador for UNICEF, she has traveled to Africa numerous times to address the AIDS crisis, and is featured in the documentary Tracking The Monster: Ashley Judd & India.Arie confront Aids In Africa.