NOTORIOUS “Wrestles” Its Way To The Top Of The DVD Charts

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The legacy of Big lives on triumphantly as Notorious took the top spot in Nielsen’s DVD sales chart in its debut week, beating out the likes of critically acclaimed The Wrestler and tween favorite Twilight, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Executive produced by Diddy, Biggie’s mother Violetta Wallace and former manager Mark Pitts, the biopic has grossed about $36 million at the box office and an additional $6 million overseas to date.

Notorious tells the story of the legendary Brooklyn rap star’s rise to fame. Starring Jamal Woolard, better known as Gravy, as the lead, the film also features Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, and Anthony Mackie in prominent roles.

Notorious Soundtrack Makes BIG Debut on Charts

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Matching the success of the film from which it spawned, Notorious: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture has landed atop several Billboard charts, scoring the week’s biggest debut at #4 on the Billboard 200.

The Bad Boy Records release, which was in stores three days before Notorious hit theaters, sold 43,000 copies in it’s first week of release.notorious_soundtrack

The album also made it to No. 1 on the “Top Rap Albums” chart, and No. 2 on both the “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” and “Top Digital Albums” list as well.

A musical companion to the film capturing the rise of Brooklyn’s favorite son, the album combines Notorious B.I.G. chart toppers like “Juicy” with new music by Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Faith Evans, and even Biggie’s son CJ Wallace.

A two-disc special edition is currently on sale at Target stores nationwide, pairing the CD with a new documentary, Remembering Christopher Wallace.

The DVD features exclusive interviews with slain rap great’s family including Mrs. Voletta Wallace and the two children he left behind.

Jamal “Gravy” Woolard puts Hip Hop on Backburner, Pursues Fulltime Acting Career

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JamalGravyWoolard has begun shaping his Hollywood career by signing with mega entertainment company It Girl Public Relations.

Starring in the film Notorious has inspired the rapper to pursue a career change.

“I was pretty lost… Not understanding which way to go,” he said. “I think that God wanted me to do the acting thing. That’s why acting is my newfound love. I’ll get to music later. It’s not important to me now. Some big things is comin’.” (Associated Press)

Woolard and It Girl executives have reacted to the signing.

“I want to be the guy that is a chameleon with performances, known for a diverse body of work and hopefully fortunate to be working in this business for a long time,” Woolard said in a statement.

“Jamal is dedicated and talented and like the man he portrays in Notorious, Jamal is a young legend in the making,” It Girl CEO Juliette Harris said in a statement. “He has the “it” factor to make people warm to him with his charm, and audiences and filmmakers will see that right away.” (Hip Hop Press Release)

The company will help guide his career as an actor.

It Girl Public Relations will be assisting Jamal in expanding his visibility as an actor and positioning him as a break out artist and “one to watch”. It Girl will broaden Jamal’s target audience and introduce him to the main stream media, propelling him into becoming a house hold name. (Press Release)

It Girl is renowned for its popular clients and history within the industry.

Twelve years industry experience ables us to develop communication programs which build client image/brand, initiate media coverage and drive action. Clients include Nick Carter, Vida Guerra and Rashad Evans. (It Girl Public Relations)