He’s had No. 1 singles, platinum and gold albums, has toured the world and has appeared on songs with Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj, R Kelly, 50 Cents among many others. Eight years into a remarkable solo career, Bobby V (formerly Bobby Valentino) has experienced the best the music industry has to offer while working with some of the game’s elite. From virtually any angle, Bobby V’s career seems to be heaven sent. Bobby scored a hit when he was only 15 years old as a member of the 90s R&B group Mista, with “Blackberry Molasses,” a tune produced by Organized Noize (OutKast, TLC) that became a Top 10 R&B hit. Even with this success, Mista dissolved. Bobby V then enrolled at Clark Atlanta University, where he graduated with a communications degree and developed a keen business sense. Reintroduced in 2005 with “Slow Down,” Bobby V quickly reignited his career. His debut solo album, 2005’s Disturbing Tha Peace Presents Bobby Valentino, earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He then sang the chorus on Ludacris’ hit “Pimpin’ All over the World” and toured in 2005 on the blockbuster Scream tour. In 2007, Bobby V returned with Special Occasion, which featured the Timbaland produced hit “Anonymous,” and Rodney Jerkins produced “Turn the Page” His third album, 2009’s The Rebirth, featured the hit single “Beep” and was the first album released on his own Blu Kolla Dreams imprint, which debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Hip Hop and R&B chart. Since then Bobby V has released a total of 5 albums & has continued to have huge mainstream success. But success hasn’t stopped Bobby from giving back to those who are less fortunate. Through his Bobby V Foundation, the singer encourages people to value and to pursue higher education. “I had the opportunity to attend college and graduate. That accomplishment is something I am very proud of and one nobody can take away from me. Through my foundation I want to give kids the same opportunity.” With a new feature film and music soundtrack entitled “Hollywood Hearts” in the works, Bobby V has decided to step outside the box to create some of his best work. The lead single also titled “Hollywood Hearts” has quickly become a fan favorite and is impacting at radio stations across the country. With a string of hit singles and albums, a burgeoning record label and a charitable foundation inspiring the youth, Bobby V continues to grind like it’s his last day.
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With 10 years in the game as a solo artist, it’s safe to say that Bobby V has established himself. And, despite no longer being signed with a major label, the R&B crooner is still set to make major moves with his return. We’ve already heard his last single, “Unbelievable.” Now comes word that he’s readying a mini-movie, Hollywood Hearts, which will also star fellow singers Asia Sparks and Lyfe Jennings as well as mark the singer’s formal acting debut.