Travie McCoy Arises With “LAZARUS”; Gym Class Heroes Frontman Unveils Solo Debut; First Single, “Billionaire” (Featuring Bruno Mars) Premieres at MTV.com; “Too Fast For Love” Tour With Cobra Starship & 3OH!3 Kicks Off in April; “LAZARUS” Arrives Everywhere on June 8th
NEW YORK, New York –(Marketwire) – Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy has announced details of his upcoming new album. “LAZARUS” arrives in stores and at all online retailers on June 8th. Album pre-order details, track listing, and other information will be announced shortly via Travie’s newly-launched, official website, www.traviemccoy.com.
Known far and wide as the frontman of alternative hip-hop superstars Gym Class Heroes, McCoy’s solo debut sees him teaming up with a diverse array of studio superstars for a genre-busting, groundbreaking new collection. Among the contributing producers, writers, and artists are T-Pain, Bruno Mars and the Smeezingtons (B.o.B, Cobra Starship, Flo Rida), Detail (Akon, Lady Gaga), The Stereotypes (Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige), Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Adam Lambert, Beyonce), and Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, 30 Seconds To Mars) & Oligee (Flo Rida, Leighton Meester).
“LAZARUS” is heralded by the first single, “Billionaire” (featuring Bruno Mars), which debuts today at MTV.com. A companion video is currently in pre-production, with a premiere date to be announced shortly. The digital single for “Billionaire” (featuring Bruno Mars) will be available for purchase at all online retailers starting tomorrow, March 9.
McCoy is currently poised for his first-ever solo tour, joining Photo Finish recording duo 3OH!3 and Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen labelmates Cobra Starship on the hugely anticipated “Too Fast For Love” tour, presented by MTV. The trek will take off at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom on April 28th and then travel North America through mid-June (see itinerary below). Kicking off all dates will be Photo Finish/Atlantic’s own I Fight Dragons.
A select number of the “Too Fast For Love” dates will be part of the second annual “mtvU Movies & Music Festival,” a groundbreaking new tour which features the hottest performers and most buzzed-about movies leading up to June’s 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Furthermore, McCoy — along with 3OH!3 and Cobra Starship — will be among the star-studded lineup featured at the upcoming Bamboozle Chicago, slated to rock the Windy City on Saturday, May 15th.
As if all that weren’t enough, McCoy will hit the annual South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas for a handful of special appearances, including a performance at The Dirty Dog on Friday, March 19th as part of the Crush Management showcase, whose lineup includes Hole, Patrick Stump and others. McCoy is also scheduled for a late-night DJ set at Taco Bell’s PureVolume house on Thursday, March 18th, beginning at 1 AM.
McCoy achieved international stardom in 2006 with Gym Class Heroes’ RIAA gold certified “AS CRUEL AS SCHOOL CHILDREN,” which featured the multi-format #1 hit, “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast In America.” The following year saw them named both “Best Group” and Best New Artist” at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. “THE QUILT,” released in 2008, earned critical praise for its unique collaborations with such diverse stars as Busta Rhymes, Estelle, The-Dream, and Daryl Hall. McCoy and Gym Class Heroes are currently writing a new album, due out next year.
Moreover, McCoy recently took a break from his busy recording schedule to visit India, South Africa, and the Philippines as the official ambassador of MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, an international mass media campaign working to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
For up-to-the-minute news and information, see www.traviemccoy.com, www.myspace.com/traviemccoy, and http://twitter.com/travismtv.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW) Tickets available here
TRAVIE MCCOY On Tour 2010
All Dates w/Too Fast For Love Tour Featuring Cobra Starship, 3OH!3, and I Fight Dragons
28 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
2 Niagara Falls, NY Rapid Theatre
4 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
5 Detroit, MI Fillmore
7 Rochester, NY Rochester Institute of Technology
8 Danbury, CT Western Connecticut State University
9 Boston, MA House of Blues
11 Washington, DC 930 Club
12 New York City, NY Roseland Ballroom
15 Chicago, IL Bamboozle
16 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Mainroom
19 Kansas City, MO Uptown
21 Denver, CO Fillmore
22 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue
23 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort
25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
26 Seattle, WA Showbox
28 San Francisco, CA Warfield
29 San Diego, CA Soma
30 Anaheim, CA The Grove
1 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
2 Phoenix, AZ Bamboozle Roadshow
4 Dallas, TX Palladium
5 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
7 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
8 West Palm Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater
9 Orlando, FL House of Blues
11 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier
SOURCE: Atlantic Records