Jessie James Named An MTV Discover & Download

(Island) With her Mercury Records debut single "Wanted" approaching Top 20 on the Pop Song chart, Jessie James takes another giant step into the spotlight this week as she is named an MTV Discover & Download Artist, giving millions of fans totally free, no-strings-attached access to the song for the first time.

"Wanted" has sold more than 200,000 copies since its release 8 weeks ago and sets the stage for the August 11th arrival of her self-titled debut album, Jessie James.

Jessie James was seen by tens of thousands of Jonas Brothers concert-goers last month, when she was chosen to host six shows on the road, introducing each artist on the bill including support acts Honor Society and Jordin Sparks. Jessie also performed "Wanted" at every show, and met with fans at pre-show meet and greets. After being named AOL's Video Of The Day on May 20th, iTunes picked up "Wanted" as Video Of The Week in early June, and over 200,000 fans downloaded the clip.

Jessie's two-month high-profile Steve Madden Music campaign, which began June 1st, is in its final weeks, as the fashion giant's retail network of 97 stores continues to promote Jessie through in-store signage and video play. Steve Madden's impressive online presence across www.stevemadden.com and www.stevemaddenmusic.com is also being utilized to showcase photos and video content with Jessie and allow fans to purchase the single at the site. Previous artists featured in this promotion include Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

Recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and London, the JESSIE JAMES album takes off with "Wanted," the full-throttle dance-rock scorcher that Jessie co-wrote with American Idol judge and hit??? songwriter Kara DioGuardi (along with Mitch Allen and David Hodges). "I Look So Good" showcases Jessie's artistic depth, with its vulnerable lyrics and soulful sound. "Bullet" is a catchy rock gem co-written with pal Katy Perry. The sassy "Blue Jeans," with its hip-hop swagger and tribal percussion, was first heard in the hit Touchstone film and Hollywood Records soundtrack album of Confessions of A Shopaholic, and was featured in this week's July 19th premiere episode of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva.

"My Cowboy," a twangy rocker, will be featured in promos for the Country Music Festival, beginning in August on ABC and CMT. The song will also promote the upcoming CMA Awards show airing in November (TBC); and will be heard in Sorority Wars, a Lifetime cable tv-movie set to air in October.

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