Chiddy Bang Announce EP and Album for Virgin
Their first single, "Opposite of Adults," an infectious dance anthem which samples MGMT's breakout hit "Kids," will be available at iTunes on April 20th. Chiddy Bang will release the single while continuing to ready their EP, for release on June 1, 2010, and their forthcoming full-length debut album, due out in August 2010.
Originally released in the United Kingdom, via Parlaphone/EMI UK, "Opposite of Adults" quickly became a sensation, debuting #11 on the UK charts and selling over 100,000 copies with an average of 20,000 copies a week. The single, which earned the coveted Radio One "Record of the Week" tag, was described by venerable music journal NME as "brilliant" while Clash Magazine and Dazed Magazine both named Chiddy Bang as ones to watch.
The accompanying video for "Opposite of Adults" has proven to be a fan favorite right out the gate. Kanye West was one of the first to give an early co-sign to the group and post the video to his much-read blog. Directed by Ben Dickinson, the entertaining video has over 1 million views on YouTube alone. It also garnered the group attention from MTVU, where they were a Winning Freshman Video in the "Best Freshmen Video" series and MTV.com, who called them a "Buzzworthy Obsession." The video is currently in rotation on MTV, MTV2 and MTVU.
The Philly based duo, comprised of Nigerian born emcee Chidera "Chiddy" Anamege and DJ/producer, Xaphoon Jones, met while enrolled as students at Drexel University. Audiences became acquainted with Chiddy's freestyles over Xaphoon's electronic and indie rock hybrid beats, which ultimately has become their calling card, through their well received first mixtape, Swelly Express, released in November 2009. Loopy and full of swagger, Swelly Express which has been downloaded over 100,000 times, sampled Passion Pit, MGMT, Tom Waits, Radiohead and even Mary Poppins and featured a guest appearance by Black Thought of The Roots. Blackbook Magazine named Swelly Express as one of "Three 2009 Mixtapes You Must Own" alongside Drake's So Far Gone and Donnis's Diary of an Atlanta Brave.
"We could make a million soul sampling records everyday but that's not what Chiddy Bang is about. It's about making great music, great hip hop and pop. Virgin Records/EMI gives us the ability to do that", says Chiddy. "It's been a wild year, from hustling those dorm room parties with Swelly Express to hearing our single on London radio. Being signed to EMI, the home of Snoop Dogg, Depeche Mode, everyone we admire is the dopest thing we could ask for."
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