Anthony Ryan Leslie (born on September 25, 1978, in Washington, D.C.) is an American music producer and singer. Founder of the marketing and media company NextSelection, Leslie is best known for his production work with NextSelection/Bad Boy/Atlantic Records recording artist Cassie and her single "Me & U".
Leslie's production history spans several contemporary music genres, including hip hop, R&B, pop, gospel, and dancehall. Production credits include Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Cassie, JoJo, Nina Sky, Danity Kane, Loon, Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Donell Jones, Katharine McPhee, New Edition, One Chance, B5, Cheri Dennis, Latif, Megan Rochell M. Pokora and LL Cool J.
He is currently writing songs for singer/songwriter Usher.
Leslie returned to the studio in 2007, to begin recording his sophomore album. He recorded the song "Diamond Girl" which will be released as his first mainstream single on May 2008. The video became available on April 16, 2008 on the Universal Music Group Youtube Channel. His self-titled debut album will be released in August 2008, the date has been shifted to create some buzz over his new single Addiction (featuring Cassie). In February 2008, G-Unit released the song "Bottom Girl" a remix of the original. In November 2007, he released a video for a song named "I-R-I-N-A". Whether the song will appear on the album cannot be confirmed.
In October 2006, YouTube user boh3m3 posted a video questioning the legitimacy of Leslie's YouTube popularity. In the video, boh3m3 alleged Leslie had created fake YouTube accounts to inflate the number of people subscribed to his channel, RyanLeslieTV.
The ensuing controversy resulted in YouTube temporarily removing Leslie from their "Most Subscribed" rankings. Leslie later released a statement via YouTube's community news channels denying any wrongdoing.
After completing an investigation, YouTube fully reinstated Leslie's account. As of August 2008, Leslie ranks as the 38th-most subscribed YouTube channel.
|U.S. Hot 100||US R&B||U.S. Pop 100|
|2005||"The Way That U Move Girl!"||—||—||—||Just Right|
|"Used 2 Be" (featuring Fabolous)||—||—||—|
|2007||"Diamond Girl"||95||35||—||Ryan Leslie|
|2008||"Addiction" (featuring Cassie & Fabolous)||115||35||—|
|2009||"How It Was Supposed To Be"||—||—||—|
The perfect score; SATs: 1600. Harvard graduate: age 19 Ryan Leslie: hip-hop's unlikely new star-maker.(Biography)
Nov 20, 2006; "Hey, hey, superstar!" L.A. Reid, chairman of the Island Def Jam Music Group, shouts to Ryan Leslie, as a man with a video camera...