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Ludacris "Jingalin" DTP/Def Jam Records/IDJMG

Ludacris "Jingalin" DTP/Def Jam Records/IDJMG

(May 22, 2012 – New York, NY)  Three-time Grammy Award®-winner Ludacris returns with, “Jingalin,” set for a May 22nd release to Urban and Rhythm radio formats on DTP/Def Jam Recordings, a division of the Island Def Jam Music Group.

Jingalin,” which samples LL Cool J’s classic “Jingling Baby” (from his 1989 Def Jam album, Walking With A Panther). “Jingalin” goes up for sale at iTunes on May 29th, and officially impacts at Urban and Rhythm radio across the country one week later on June 4th. “Jingalin” is the first buzz track from the new album titled LUDAVERSAL, more details (and release date) to be announced in the weeks ahead.

2010 was a banner year for Disturbing Tha Peace CEO and DTP/Def Jam artist Ludacris, who released his seventh solo studio album in March, the RIAA gold The Battle Of The Sexes.  Luda’s fifth #1 Billboard career album and third #1 Soundscan debut, Battle spun off a pair of massive pop/R&B/Rap crossover hits: “How Low,” the #1 Urban Radio smash (#6 pop/ #2 R&B/ #1 Rap) and its follow-up, “My Chick Bad” featuring Nicki Minaj (#11 pop/ #2 R&B/ #2 Rap), both certified RIAA platinum for U.S. sales in excess of one million units.

The Battle Of The Sexes was the follow-up to Luda’s RIAA gold concept album, Theater Of The Mind (November 2008), which spun off a pair of singles that both hit Top 20 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and the Top 40 stretch of the Hot 100: “What Them Girls Like” (featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett), and “One More Drink” (featuring T-Pain).

Theater Of The Mind followed-up Luda’s RIAA platinum Release Therapy of 2006, which debuted at #1 – the same week that its first single, the RIAA platinum “Money Maker” (featuring Pharrell Williams) hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.  Luda’s next #1 single was “Runaway Love” with Mary J. Blige, which they performed with special guests Earth, Wind & Fire at the 49th annual Grammy Awards® worldwide telecast.  Release Therapy won the Grammy® for Best Rap Album, and “Runaway Love” won Best Collaboration at the BET Awards ’07.

Ludacris’ mega-selling streak began with his debut, 2000’s RIAA triple-platinum Incognegro (aka Back For the First Time, with “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Southern Hospitality”); followed by 2001’s triple-platinum Word Of Mouf (with “Area Codes,” “Move B***h,” and “Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)”).  2003’s double-platinum Chicken-N-Beer, Luda’s first #1 Pop/#1 R&B crossover album, contained his first across-the-board #1 Rap/#1 R&B/ #1 Pop crossover smash hit single, “Stand Up.”  The double-platinum The Red Light District followed in 2004, featuring the hits “Get Back,” “Number One Spot” and “Pimpin’ All Over the World.”

Ludacris (Chris Bridges) has been pursuing a career as an actor in films and television for a decade.  In 2011, he co-starred in no less than three major motion pictures: Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached (Paramount, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher); Justin Lin’s Fast Five (Universal, latest entry in the franchise starring Vin Diesel); and Garry Marshall’s all-star New Year’s Eve (New Line Cinema, starring Halle Berry, Hillary Swank, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, and many others). This summer, Luda will begin filming for Justin Lin’s Fast and the Furious 6 in Europe.

Ludacris first achieved major recognition for his role in the critically acclaimed, Oscar winning Crash (2005), for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporter Actor in A Motion Picture, and shared the SAG Award for Best Ensemble, and the Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble

In March 2006, Ludacris scored rave reviews for his starring turn in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one of the show’s highest rated episodes.  (His character was reprised in a 2007 episode.)  In November 2006, he appeared as both guest host and performer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.  In October 2008, Ludacris co-starred in a pair of major motion pictures that opened within two weeks of each other: Max Payne (based on the popular video game), and Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla.  The Lionsgate action thriller Gamer followed in 2009.

In addition to Ludacris’ music and acting endeavors, he is an accomplished entrepreneur with interests in electronics (“Soul By Ludacris <> ” headphones), restaurants, and wine & spirits (“Conjure Cognac <> ”) to name a few. Furthermore, Ludacris is notably involved in philanthropy and his commitment to give back, with his charity The Ludacris Foundation <> .

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