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Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings

G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings artist Big Sean captures the first #1 album of his career as DARK SKY PARADISE (released February 24th) enters Soundscan in the top spot on first week sales of over 172,000 copies.
Critics have hailed DARK SKY PARADISE as Sean’s best album to date. “By many lengths his best album,” said Pitchfork. The New York Times agreed “…on his third and best album, he is more human than ever before.” Billboard raved “with sterling wordplay and a consistent melancholy vibe, the Detroit native took all the tension, the highs and lows, and laid it out on wax, compiling the strongest project of his career.”
“It’s a great day for all of us at Def Jam and G.O.O.D. Music to be able to share in Big Sean’s first  #1 album achievement,” said Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings. “Hard work, great artistry and an incredible all-around team effort melded together to bring ‘Dark Sky Paradise’ to the top. Congratulations to the team on all their effort and a special thank you to Big Sean for delivering a great body of work.”
Kanye West forecasted the achievement with a tweet from London to his 10+ million followers as news travelled overseas: “So proud of my family Big Sean for his first number 1 album!!!! #Goodmusic!!!!”

DARK SKY PARADISE achieved maximum thrust in the week leading up to the album release, as Big Sean held an unprecedented four of the Top 10 songs on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart: “One Man Can Change The World” (featuring Kanye West and John Legend) and “Win Some, Lose Some”at #1 and #2 respectively, which joined the RIAA platinum certified “I Don’t F**k With You” featuring E-40 (#1 Rap, #1 R&B, Top 10 pop, with over 2.2 million Spotify streams), and “Blessings (Extended)” featuring Drake and Kanye West.
Big Sean celebrated his new album’s arrival with a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a panel discussion appearance on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Last week, Sean and his team chartered a private jet for a whirlwind 24-hour run through New York, Atlanta, his hometown Detroit, and Los Angeles, bringing MTV News and Complex along for the ride:
The highly-anticipated video for “Blessings” made its premiere yesterday with VEVO:

Later this month, Sean will begin touring in support of DARK SKY PARADISE:
3/22: Tampa, FL/ Firestone
4/3: Providence, RI / Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
4/19: Columbus OH/ Newport Music Hall
4/22: Sayerville, NJ/ Starland
4/30: Richmond, VA: The National
5/6: Clifton Park, NY/ Upstate Concert Hall
5/15: Salt Lake City, UT
5/16: Las Vegas, NV Rock in Rio
5/21: Kansas City, MO
5/23: Milwaukee, WI/ The Eagle Ballroom

Forest Hills Drive Tour with J. Cole:
7/12 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheatre
7/14 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/17 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
7/21 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
7/24 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/26 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
7/28 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/30 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/31 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
8/3 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8/6 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
8/7 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
8/8 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
8/9 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live
8/11 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
8/12 – Charlotte, NC  – PNC Music Pavilion
8/13 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/15 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/16 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/18 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/21 -Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/22 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
8/23 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/25 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/29 – Fayetteville, NC – Crown Complex