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NEWS 26 Oct 2007

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Angie Stone's Stax Records Debut "The Art Of Love & War" Launches At #11 On Billboard's Top 200 And #2 On The R&B Chart!

The Single "Baby" Reaches #1 On Billboard, R&R & Mediabase UAC Charts

LOS ANGELES CA, October 24, 2007-Angie Stone is flying high once again as her debut effort for the legendary Stax Records label, The Art of Love & War debuts at #11 on Billboard's Top 200 Pop Album chart selling over 45,000 copies. In addition, the first single, "Baby," topped all Urban AC charts at #1 this week.

The exuberant song "Baby" is fast approaching 20,000 spins to date, reaching an audience of over 150 million listeners, as tracked by Billboard, R&R and Mediabase publications. Produced by Co-T and featuring R&B/soul/ gospel great Betty Wright, "Baby" has an irresistible groove.

Newsweek says of the new CD, "...(Stone is) one of the strongest soul singers to come along in decades...Her leagues-above voice and commercialism-be-damned attitude, coupled with Stone's powerful delivery and raw, emotive songs definitely command some major R-E-S-P-E-C-T." The song, "My People," has become an anthem for the survivors of New Orleans' 9th Ward and was personally selected by Essence Magazine Publisher, Susan Taylor as the theme song for this year's Essence Festival.

"I'm happy and I'm blessed," Angie explains. "Everything in life is a journey, and "The Art of Love and War" defines this time and this place in my life."

Stone was featured on "The Tavis Smiley Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week in celebration of her Stax debut. The new CD is an exuberant statement of Stone's artistry.

Stone's previous work earned her the reputation of a modern-day Aretha, rejuvenating classic R&B with her incomparable soul-baring intensity. She has found that and more with, THE ART OF LOVE & WAR, in many ways a creative rebirth. And Stax, with its legacy of gritty Southern-steeped soul, is her ideal home.

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