THE BAD BOYS OF R&B ARE BACK THIS SUMMER: PRETTY RICKY RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM; CHART-TOPPING FLORIDA FOURSOME TO UNVEIL NEW MEMBER AND FIRST SINGLE, “CUDDLE UP,” DURING LIVE WEBCAST MONDAY, MAY 19TH; “80s BABIES” ARRIVES EVERYWHERE AUGUST 26TH
Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic recording group Pretty Ricky has revealed early details of their hugely anticipated new album,“80s BABIES.” The collection – which follows last year’s RIAA gold-certified, chart-topping blockbuster, “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” – arrives in stores and at all online retailers on August 26th.
Pretty Ricky will host a live webcast Monday, May 19th from their hometown of Miami, where the group will not only introduce their new singer, 4Play, but will also premiere their new single, “Cuddle Up (Feat. Butta Crèame).” Fans can log onto Pretty Ricky’s official website, located at www.prettyricky.com, at 7 p.m. ET.
“Cuddle Up” can then be heard beginning Tuesday, May 20th at select radio outlets in the quartet’s home state of Florida. A national impact date will follow shortly thereafter. “Cuddle Up” will also be available for digital sale beginning May 20th.
“I’ve been working towards this moment my whole life,” says 4Play. “To see the success finally happen, to actually be making music and to be a part of the Pretty Ricky family, is like watching my dreams come true. I feel truly blessed.”
“Pretty Ricky is more than just a group; it’s a lifestyle, a state of mind,” says co-founder Diamond Blue. “4Play is the perfect addition to the Pretty Ricky family.”
In addition to Monday’s live webcast, a series of exclusive webisodes, entitled “21 Days of 4Play,” began steaming earlier this week at www.prettyricky.com. The clips – which answer the question on everybody’s lips: “Who is 4Play?” – feature never-before-seen footage of the group both at work and at play – recording in the studio, chilling in Miami, kicking it at home, and relaxing on the beach. What’s more, Pretty Ricky’s MySpace page, located at www.myspace.com/prettyricky, offers fans their first taste of “80s BABIES” with a just-added stream of “Cuddle Up.”
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Pretty Ricky first made waves with 2005’s smash debut album, “BLUESTARS.” In 2007, the Bad Boys of R&B took the world by storm with their blockbuster second release, “LATE NIGHT SPECIAL.” Fueled by the hit singles “On The Hotline,” “Push It Baby,” and “Love Like Honey,” the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” charts on its way to gold certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000.
“LATE NIGHT SPECIAL” was among the year’s most honored releases, scoring a “Best R&B Album” nomination at the 2nd Annual Ozone Magazine Awards, part of the 2007 TJ’s DJ’s Tastemaker DJ/Music Conference in Miami. Among its many other accolades, the album earned Pretty Ricky a BET Award for “Best Costume in a Video,” as well as an award nomination for “Best Group.” The group’s live performance on the BET Awards Pre-Show was among the highlights of the annual extravaganza.
Pretty Ricky has made a name for themselves as an electrifying stage act, lighting up stages nationwide on a sold-out BET-sponsored cross-country headline tour. The group showed off their skills with an acclaimed appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and was profiled in a wide array of national publications, including a cover feature in Black Beat, and major pieces in People, USA Today, Hip Hop Weekly, Blender, Sister 2 Sister, Word Up!, Vibe, MIA, and The Source.