This past Sunday at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, Chicago rap darling Lupe Fiasco and West Coast rockers the Foo Fighters performed for the packed Gibson Amphitheatre crowd during the ceremony, and it appears that Lupe’s performance is starting to pay dividends.
Lupe took to the stage with the assistance of R&B singer Trey Songz as the pair performed the rapper’s ladies-friendly single “Out of My Head,” followed by a rocking version of “The Show Goes On” — with both the single and album leaping up the iTunes charts as a result. Lupe’s third studio release, Lasers, went from ranking at #60 to #25 on the albums chart. Lasers also enjoys the distinction of being the #1 rap album for a second time after debuting at the top of the rap charts back in March.
The “Show Goes On” single alos enjoyed a jump, going from #18 to #11, while “Out of My Head” and another Lupe single, “Words I Never Said,” both moved higher up on the hip-hop singles chart. Website traffic for Lupe has also spiked, and the news of Lupe’s latest surge has certainly delighted the brass at Lupe’s label, Atlantic Records.
“This performance came at the perfect time for Lupe. Just as ’The Show Goes On’ hits #1 at radio and we begin the campaign on ’Out of My Head’ with Trey, the Movie Awards comes in with a sledgehammer! Lupe Fiasco is having an incredible summer with his third album, Lasers. Many thanks to MTV,” said David Saslow, senior VP of video content, programming and production for Atlantic Records.
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