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TOBYMAC’S “TONIGHT” TAKES OVER WITH
NO. 1 CHRISTIAN SOUNDCAN DEBUT


ARTISTS’ HIGHEST SOLO DEBUT EVER SELLS OVER 78,000 UNITS
AND LANDS AT NO. 6 ON BILLBOARD TOP 200




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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
February 16, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN...2/18/10....With three consecutive RIAA Gold records, multiple GRAMMY® and Dove Award wins, sell out tours and non-stop radio hits, TobyMac has hit yet another career milestone with his fourth solo effort, TONIGHT, giving the Christian music industry icon his highest solo career debut ever. Selling over 78,000 units, TONIGHT took over the Christian SoundScan charts’ No. 1 position, and amongst acts like Lady GaGa and the Black Eyed Peas, entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 6 as well as No.3 on overall Current Digital Albums chart.

“Every time I give birth to a new record, it is an intense labor of love,” said TobyMac. “From the creation of the music, to the production, and then to the promotion, it takes a great team and a huge amount of effort on everybody’s part. I’m truly thankful for the people around me, as well as my fans who seem to show up and represent every time. For these reasons, I’ll always give it all I’ve got.”

Already critically acclaimed and having garnered the GRAMMY® nominated No. 1 Billboard single “City On Our Knees,” (the fastest charting and selling track in his career with over 225,000 downloads), TobyMac’s digital sales were equally significant, with TONIGHT peaking at No. 2 on the iTunes® overall sales chart, and No. 1 its Christian/Gospel chart.

“We could not be more pleased with the excitement we are seeing surrounding TobyMac’s “Tonight” release,” remarked Peter York, Label Group President, EMI Christian Music Group. ”From radio to retail to the fans at street week events and on line, the enthusiasm for this project is overwhelming. Toby has cultivated a loyal fan base who look to him for current production values on songs that impact their lives. Once again he has delivered an extraordinary record filled with diverse styles, hooks, beats and messages. The sales numbers we are seeing on release week indicate he has truly given the consumers what they are looking for. We are very grateful to partner with such a gifted artist.”

TobyMac recently donated 100% of his artist royalties from iTunes® week long preview of “Get Back Up,” his new single debuting March 5th, to the devastation in Haiti. Proceeds will be divided up amongst the Hands and Feet Organization, Restore Haiti, and Compassion International. He will hit the road on March 4th with Skillet for the AWAKE TONIGHT tour.

For all things TobyMac, go to http://www.tobymac.com.

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With over 10 million in career sales, his first three solo projects receiving GRAMMY® nominations, and TobyMac’s live CD/DVD taking home a GRAMMY® award, the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist recently celebrated his fifth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination with his new single, “City On Our Knees” receiving a nod for Best Gospel song. The track is the first single from TobyMac’s latest release, “TONIGHT," and topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at #1 on the Christian Audience Chart. Each of TobyMac’s studio releases, "Momentum" (2001),"Welcome to Diverse City" (2004), and “Portable Sounds (2007),” were awarded RIAA Gold Certification. Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits, being named the GMA Dove Award’s 2008 Artist of the Year, and R&R’s Christian CHR Artist of the Year in 2007, TobyMac was nominated for a 2007 American Music Award as Favorite Inspirational Artist. TobyMac’s music has been featured in major motion pictures such as “hancock,” “BATMAN BEGINS,”“TRANSPORTER 2,” “FANTASTIC 4,”and on fox sports, The NFL network, 2009 SUPERBOWL and more. For more information on TobyMac, go to: http://www.tobymac.com

For more info on TobyMac, visit the JFH Artists Database.

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