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audio ‘stache: Les Is More With RYAN LESLIE

Hear the new track from Ryan Leslie’s Les Is More, out on October 22nd

Ryan LeslieHarvard-educated producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and recording artist Ryan Leslie will release his third studio album, Les Is More on October 22 via NextSelection Lifestyle Group/BDG (BDG is distributed by RED Distribution, a division of SONY Music Entertainment). The first single from the album “Beautiful Lie” featuring Fabolous is being serviced to mixshow radio this week.

Les Is More is the very first rap album from Ryan Leslie, and is the follow up to the Grammy-nominated R&B album Transitionreleased in late 2009. Les Is More is influenced by Leslie’s collaborations with top rap artists such as Fabolous and Kanye West, both of whom appear in the video for the autobiographical track “Glory.” Leslie was further inspired when he sat in for the recording sessions of the Grammy award-winning album Watch the Throne. “Watching Jay and Ye’s creative process further inspired me that rap was the right direction for this album. However, I also knew that a departure from my previous critically acclaimed R&B work would require an even more robust artistic contribution.”

Fueled by that challenge, Ryan Leslie created an unprecedented body of work. Along with the music which was written, arranged, produced and performed by Leslie, he also directed and edited a series of music videos to accompany each record. The result, Les Is More is a ground-breaking visual album shot in Paris, Milan, Switzerland, Miami, Las Vegas, and Manhattan that provides a unique and intimate window into Ryan Leslie’s life.

Leslie recently sat down with Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning Show to discuss his inspiration for creating a rap album, and performed at the 3-day J&R Musicfest in New York City on August 24.Ryan Leslie will also kick off his world Les Is More Tour in San Francisco on September 18, an electrifying show with live instrumentation and sweeping keyboard solos. Below is a current listing of tour dates and more shows will be announced on LesIsMoreTour.com.

Les Is More Tour Dates

Sep 18                   Ruby Skye                                           San Francisco, CA

Sep 19                   Roxy Theatre                                     West Hollywood, CA

Sep 20                   The Cosmopolitan of LV               Las Vegas, NV

Sep 21                   Club Red                                             Tempe, AZ

Sep 29                   Showcase Live                                   Foxborough, MA

Oct 02                   Howard Theatre                                Washington, DC

Oct 04                   Gramercy Theatre                            New York, NY

Oct 05                   Theatre of Living Arts                     Philadelphia, PA

Oct 11                   Virgin Mobile Mod Club                Toronto, Canada

Oct 14                   Pavilion (UC Davis)                         Davis, CA

Oct 31                   Taksim                                                  Bochum, Germany

Nov 03                  Prime                                                    Bielefeld, Germany

Nov 04                  Astra Kulturhaus                              Berlin, Germany

Nov 07                  Uebel & Gefaehrlich                      Hamburg, Germany

Nov 08                  Nachtresidenz                                   Düsseldorf, Germany

Nov 09                  Index                                                    Schuttorf, Germany

Nov 10                  Halle O2                                               Heidelberg, Germany

Nov 14                  Gibson                                                  Frankfurt Am Main, Germany

Nov 15                  Backstage                                            Munich, Germany

Nov 16                  Q Zurich                                               Zurich, Switzerland

Nov 17                  Grand Casino                                     Basel, Switzerland

Nov 20                  Le Cabaret Sauvage                        Paris, France

Nov 24                  Zapata                                                  Stuttgart, Germany

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