via the press release
Warner/Chappell recently signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with up-and-coming Pittsburgh rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Khalifa blew up in early 2010 when, after releasing a steady stream of mixtapes, he unleashed the critically-acclaimed, Kush and Orange Juice. The mixtape proved to be an online phenomenon, quickly becoming the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter with the hashtag #kushandorangejuice. Since then, Khalifa’s online presence has skyrocketed, with more than 470,000 fans following him on Twitter, more than one million “Likes” on his Facebook page, and nearly 9 million profile views and 33 million plays at his official MySpace page.
Khalifa has had a breakthrough 2010: he signed with Atlantic Records in June, he was named MTV’s “Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010,” and he recently wrapped up a massive North American tour dubbed the “Waken Baken Tour.” Khalifa’s current single, “Black & Yellow,” produced by super-production duo Stargate, is quickly racing up the charts, as its currently No. 29 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Khalifa’s 2009 full-length mixtape, Deal or No Deal, peaked at No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums chart, No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and No. 10 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart.
Wiz Khalifa is one of those true, internet-success stories you always hear about. He released his music through the Web, it spread like wildfire, and his fans rallied around him until he broke through to the next level. He has worked extremely hard to get where he is and Warner/Chappell is a great place to ensure that that momentum keeps going.
- Scott Francis, President, Warner/Chappell Music, and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.