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TobyMac Tops Overall iTunes® Album Chart in First Hours of EYE ON IT's Release

5-Time Grammy® winner celebrates No. 1 single "Me Without You" at Billboard along with media appearances on ABC's Good Morning America, FOX & FRIENDS and more

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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
August 29, 2012

Nashville, Tenn. (August 29, 2012) - Five-time Grammy® Award winner and multi-platinum selling artist TobyMac released his highly anticipated album, EYE ON IT, yesterday, August 28 to an overwhelming response, with the album topping the Overall iTunes® Chart just hours after its release. EYE ON IT continues to reign in at the top of the album chart as the amazing debut comes hot on the heels of his single, "Me Without You," reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs and CHR charts and the AC Indicator chart.

TobyMac's street week schedule includes radio visits across the country, and last week he visited the Big Apple for media appearances on FOX & FRIENDS and FOX & FRIENDS' After the Show Show, Fox 411, FOX News Edge, and Glenn Beck TV's Liberty Treehouse. In celebration of "Me Without You" reaching No. 1 on this week's chart, he stopped by the Billboard offices to perform the song for the outlet's Chart Beat section. On Monday, August 27, Toby made a special guest appearance with Grammy®-nominated artist Mandisa on ABC's "Good Morning America" to perform her song "Good Morning."

Already a hit with fans, the album is also receiving raves reviews and high praise from critics and peers, too. Here's just a sampling of what people are saying about EYE ON IT:

"A pulsating, relentlessly positive set of tunes that toggle between the dance floor, the bedroom window, and the open road, the 12-track Eye On It represents TobyMac's most accessible collection of songs to date." - All Music

"Eye On It also features some of TobyMac's most boldly beautiful moments of his lengthy career … the message and beats come out loud and clear, speaking to both body and soul." - Christianity Today

"Me Without You," is the perfect summer pop song and a multi-format smash hit straight out of the box -Houston Chronicle

"Eye On It carries on tobyMac's longstanding record of producing uplifting, catchy songs that strike a nice balance between high-energy and heartfelt emotion." - Examiner

"…Eye On It once again proves why he is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. This is without a doubt one of my top albums of the year and one of the "cant miss" CCM projects of 2012…Eye On It has taken shape not only as one of Toby's most musically whimsical projects, but one of his most passionate." - New Release Tuesday

"With Eye On It, TobyMac continues to raise the bar of artistry…. Eye On It is as cool as anything Toby's ever done." - GMCtv

"…Toby continues to hold his own with Eye On It, and those continually enamored with his work won't be disappointed with his latest tinkerings; Eye On It maintains the fun and Jesus-centered atmosphere that his fans have come to know and love."
- Jesus Freak Hideout

"…this is a top notch production that should prove to be one of the more favorable albums of the year. After all these years, he's still cooler than you or me." - Christian Music Zine

The 12 tracks comprising Eye On It pull from TobyMac's personal influences ("Made For You" and "Family"), as well as a nod to his ascension into music ("Thankful For You"). Eye On Itfeatures musical guests including reigning GMA Dove Awards New Artist of the Year, Jamie Grace ("Favorite Song"), Group1Crew's Blanca Reyes ("UnStoppable") and Christian rap heavyweight Lecrae ("Forgiveness"). Along with TobyMac's first three solo projects, his 2009 release, TONIGHT, was recently certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. Written by TobyMac and David Garcia, "Me Without You" was the first track from Eye On It to be released to radio, where it claimed the No. 1 spot this week on the Billboard Christian Songs, CHR and Christian AC Indicator charts. It's currently at No. 2 on the National Audience Chart and Christian AC-Monitored chart.

About TobyMac:
With over 11 million units in career sales, TobyMac's first four solo projects are RIAA certified gold. His live DVD, Alive & Transported, is certified platinum by the RIAA and also received a GRAMMY® award. In 2012 the much-celebrated and acclaimed artist celebrated his eighth consecutive GRAMMY® nomination, this time for his songwriting contribution to rising star (and recording artist on his label, Gotee Records) Jamie Grace's No. 1 hit "Hold Me." His album Tonight received GRAMMY nods for "Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album" and "Best Contemporary Christian Song" with "City On Our Knees" the RIAA Gold-certified track that topped the sales and radio charts faster than any of his previous singles, spending 8 weeks at No. 1 on the Christian Audience Chart. Tonight also garnered him the highest sales debut of his solo career with over 78,000 units and a No. 6 Billboard Top 200 debut. The album was also named as iTunes® Best Christian Album of 2010 and recently took home the Dove Award for "Best Rock Contemporary Album of the Year."

Along with sold out tour dates, back-to-back radio hits and being named the GMA Dove Award's 2008 "Artist of the Year," he was also nominated for "Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist" at the 2010 American Music Awards and was up for three Billboard Music Awards in 2011 including "Top Christian Artist." The hit song "Tonight" was also chosen as the theme song for MLB's 30 Clubs in 30 Days Spring Training Series and featured on the Golf Channel. Additionally, his music has been heard in major motion pictures such as "Hancock," "TRANSPORTER 2," while also being featured on Fox sports, The NFL network, being selected as the theme song for Fox College Football and WWE's Fatal 4-Way Pay-Per-View. "Showstopper," from the chart-topping album Tonight, was featured in ESPN's ESPY Award Show and used to launch the last season of CBS hit television show CSI: NY.

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