MISSY ELLIOTT CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF “SUPA DUPA FLY” WITH LONG OVERDUE VINYL REISSUE
MILESTONE SOLO DEBUT ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON STANDARD BLACK VINYL,
WITH EXCLUSIVE YELLOW VINYL AVAILABLE VIA VINYL ME, PLEASE
GROUNDBREAKING CLASSIC INCLUDES HITS LIKE “THE RAIN (SUPA DUPA FLY),”
“SOCK IT 2 ME,””HIT EM WIT DA HEE,” AND “BEEP ME 911”
RELEASE MARKS FIRST IN ATLANTIC’S EPIC MISSY ELLIOTT VINYL REISSUE SERIES,
CULMINATING IN NOVEMBER WITH 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF “UNDER CONSTRUCTION”
“SUPA DUPA FLY” 20TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, JULY 14TH
Atlantic recording artist Missy Elliott will commemorate the 20th anniversary of her milestone solo debut, “SUPA DUPA FLY,” with a special vinyl reissue, set to arrive on Friday, July 14th.
The “SUPA DUPA FLY” 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on standard black vinyl at select music retailers that carry vinyl records; Vinyl Me, Please – the premiere record club – will press an exclusive yellow vinyl edition, available within the Vinyl Me, Please store. In addition, Vinyl Me, Please will celebrate “SUPA DUPA FLY” with an exclusive feature interview with Elliott, premiering Friday, July 14th. Learn more at vinylmeplease.com.
“SUPA DUPA FLY” marks the first of Atlantic’s upcoming vinyl reissue campaign spanning Missy Elliott’s extraordinary three decade, six studio album career. The campaign will culminate this November with a 15th Anniversary Vinyl edition of 2002’s “UNDER CONSTRUCTION,” slated to arrive on Friday, November 10th.
Released July 15th, 1997, “SUPA DUPA FLY” is an undisputed creative achievement and a landmark work in both pop and hip-hop history. Recorded and produced by Timbaland, the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 – the highest charting debut for a female rapper at the time. The album – which sees featured appearances from Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Kim, Da Brat, 702, Timbaland, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, and Space & Nicole – also reached #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” tally on its way to platinum certification by the RIAA. Immediately acclaimed upon release as a boundary-shattering masterpiece, “SUPA DUPA FLY” spawned a string of blockbuster hit singles and companion videos, including “Sock It 2 Me,” “Hit Em Wit Da Hee,” “Beep Me 911,” and of course “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).” The latter single was accompanied by a pioneering companion video, the first in a series of classic visuals directed by Elliott’s frequent collaborator Hype Williams. “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” is streaming now – alongside Elliott’s other legendary videos – at the official Warner Music Group YouTube channel.
Missy Elliott is of course a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer/songwriter, and across-the-board cultural icon. The five-time GRAMMY® Award winner – with nominations spanning three decades – has attained unprecedented success, including U.S. sales in excess of 30 million. Missy’s six studio albums (including 2001’s “MISS E… SO ADDICTIVE” and 2002’s “UNDER CONSTRUCTION”) have each been RIAA platinum certified or better, marking her as the only female rapper to achieve that remarkable accomplishment.
One of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history, Elliott has once again taken her rightful place in the spotlight in recent years. Missy lit up 2014 with a series of surprise event appearances, joining Pharrell Williams to open the BET Awards with a “Come Get It Bae/Pass That Dutch” mash-up, reuniting with Da Brat and Lil Kim at the Soul Train Music Awards for their 1997 breakthrough, “Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)” – the trio’s first live performance together in more than 16 years – and of course her unforgettable performance at 2015’s Super Bowl XLIX. Missy joined Katy Perry for the historic happening, wowing 118.5 million viewers – the largest ever audience in Super Bowl history – with a medley of “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control.” Digital sales skyrocketed in the following days, with both “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It” returning to the top 40 on Billboard’s “Top Singles” chart more than 10 years after their initial successes. Missy is returning to the festival stage this summer with a headlining performance at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest. More information here.
Elliott officially returned to the music scene with 2015’s “WTF (Where They From) (Feat. Pharrell Williams),” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced by Williams (Adele, Kendrick Lamar), the track was first unveiled as the official theme to ESPN’s kickoff coverage of the 2015/2016 NBA season and had its official world premiere with hourly plays across all iHeartRadio Urban Mainstream outlets. In addition, the “WTF (Where They From) (Feat. Pharrell Williams)” companion video – directed by Elliott and Dave Meyers – premiered high above New York City’s Times Square via Apple Music’s massive Beats 1 billboard and has earned over 48 million individual views thus far via YouTube alone.
In 2016, Elliott united with former First Lady Michelle Obama for “This Is For My Girls,” an all-star anthem to female empowerment executive produced by AOL’s MAKERS and performed by Kelly Clarkson, Chloe x Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, & Zendaya. Elliott also joined the First Lady for a number of public appearances, including her 2016 keynote address at Austin, TX’s South By Southwest (SXSW) as well as a surprise drop-in on CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden’s classic “Carpool Karaoke.” “This Is For My Girls” is available now exclusively on the iTunes Store, with all proceeds going to support the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
January 2017 saw the debut of Elliott’s latest single, “I’m Better (Feat. Lamb),” available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced by Lamb (Beyoncé, SWV, Monica) and written by Elliott, the track – hailed by The Guardian as “a salty, wry, and relevant banger” – is accompanied by kaleidoscopic companion video, co-directed by Elliott and her longtime GRAMMY® Award-winning collaborator Dave Meyers (“Lose Control,” “Work It,” “We Run This”). “I’m Better (Feat. Lamb)” has proven yet another smash, earning over 19 million individual views at YouTube alone.
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