February 17, 2010

Break Your Heart ft Ludacris makes top 40 debut

TAIO CRUZ’s FIRST U.S. SINGLE, “BREAK YOUR HEART” FEATURING LUDACRIS EXPLODES WITH TOP 40 DEBUT AT RHYTHM RADIO – AND ‘BREAKOUT’ ON DANCE CHART !

UK PRODUCER, WRITER, PERFORMER NOMINATED FOR 2010 BRIT AWARD AS BEST BRITISH SINGLE FOR “BREAK YOUR HEART,” #1 UK CHART SMASH
 
SINGLE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY EVERYWHERE MARCH 2nd

(Feb. 16, 2010 - New York, NY) Breaking news - as “Break Your Heart,” the first single in the U.S. by BRIT Award-winning UK star Taio Cruz debuts at #38 on the Top 40 Rhythm Airplay chart, and is also a Breakout entry on the Billboard Dance Club chart.  “Break Your Heart” featuring Ludacris, which goes up for sale March 2nd at all digital retailers, has amassed airplay on over 50 radio stations with San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Green Bay, Kansas City and Greensboro leading the pack.
 
            Newly signed to Mercury Records in the U.S., Taio Cruz is established as a major UK artist with two Top 20 albums and a string of top-charted singles culminating in the #1 “Break Your Heart.”  He earned his second BRIT Award nomination in the category of Best British Single, as announced last month in London.  “Break Your Heart” was the lead single from Taio’s second album, Rokstarr, released late-2009 in the UK – news of a U.S. release date for the album will be announced in the weeks ahead.
 
            In less than two years, Taio Cruz has become the go-to producer and songwriter for an A-list of American and UK performers.  In the wake of success of his debut album Departure (2008), which spun off a quintet of UK chart hits (“I Just Wanna Know,” “Moving On,” “Come On Girl,” “I Can Be,” “She's Like a Star”), Taio was tapped to work in the studio with X Factor champs Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, and Shayne Ward.  Sessions followed in Philadelphia with writing for Britney Spears, Brandy, and Justin Timberlake. The year climaxed at the MOBO Awards with a Best Single nomination for “She's Like a Star,” which Taio performed with Sugababes.
 
            With the completion of Rokstarr in 2009, overlapping the success of “Break Your Heart,” Taio kept himself busy writing and producing for Cheryl Cole’s double-platinum UK debut album 3 Words.  Taio also scored his second #1 UK single as writer of the Tinchy Stryder/Amelle smash “Never Leave You”; Taio previously wrote and performed on Tinchy’s Top 3 hit “Take Me Back.”
 
            In addition to writing and producing, 25-year old Taio Cruz is an accomplished multi-instrumental musician.  The son of a Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, Taio is the founder and CEO of his own Recording Label Rokstarr Entertainment Division (R.E.D.), formerly known as Rokstarr Music London, established in 2006.

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