Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R.’s “Always” debuts at #6 on Billboard’s U.S. Hot R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart

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The lead single from the album This Herre City ranked #81 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Charts

Hassle Life Entertainment announced today that rap artist Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R.’s lead single “Always”, from his upcoming album This Herre City, has debuted at # 6 on Billboard’s U.S. Hot R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart and #81 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart that measure airplay and sales of singles throughout the country. The chart was released January 7th .

The number one selling R&B/Hip-Hop single in the U.S. is Chris Brown’s “Run It”, followed by Dem Franchise Boyz’ remix to “I Think They Like Me” featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow. Ray J’s “One Wish” is number three.

On the airplay charts, Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You” is the country’s most played R&B/Hip Hop song followed by Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” and Nelly’s “Grillz” featuring Paul Wall and Kinfolk and Franchise’s “I Think They Like Me.”

The “Always” single was officially released in stores December 13th, and its sales position is based on data provided by Nielsen’s Soundscan from retail outlets across the country. The airplay position is determined by data from Nielsen’s Broadcast Data Systems.

“We’re definitely proud of Spaide and all that he has accomplished so far with (“Always”),” says Hassle Life CEO BooO. “However, this is just a start for us. We plan on making some major moves in the ’06 and we look forward to dropping hit single after hit single.”

Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R’s spot on the Soundscan chart shouldn’t come as a surprise to rap fans, as “Always” has been burning up the airwaves on radio stations in and around the Midwest and Dirty South for the last few months. The independently released single has also had dance clubs and adult gentlemen’s clubs throughout those regions going hard as well.

“Timing is everything,” says BooO, “and right now we feel as if it’s Spaide’s time to shine and show music fans across the country how talented a performer he really is.”

Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R, dubbed the People's Champ of St. Louis, is the dread-locked emcee known for his profanity free lyrics. Recently voted the St. Louis Hip-Hop Artist of the Year by both the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Evening Whirl, Spaide continues the independent grind that has lead to overtures from major labels. His album This Herre City will drop in early 2006. For more info, please visit


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