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Hoodie Allen's 'Americoustic' tops iTunes hip-hop chart

Local rapper Hoodie Allen plans to release a

Local rapper Hoodie Allen plans to release a new mixtape “Crew Cuts” in February, before embarking on his “Cruisin' USA Tour” in March. (2011) (Credit: Diana Levine)

It’s time to marvel at the power of Hoodie Allen.

The Long Island rapper’s new “Americoustic” (Hoodie Allen) EP was released today and is currently topping iTunes hip-hop charts and sitting at No. 4 on the retailer’s overall chart, behind the new album from Luke Bryan, the pre-order of Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope) and the buzzed-about debut from singer K. Michelle.

What makes Allen’s accomplishment all the more impressive, though, is that he has released and promoted “Americoustic” himself, without the help of a major label. Also, Allen is making the EP available for free through his website. His sales mainly come from fans – known as the Hoodie Mob – wanting to show support for him.

“We are the little engine that could,” Allen tweeted this morning, adding later, “I haven't been able to sleep because the good news seems endless. My first UK #1 makes me even more excited for the European Tour!”

His American tour starts Oct. 19 in Buffalo and wraps up Nov. 29 at Roseland Ballroom.

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