Catapulted to widespread popularity through his television and movie presence, Cannon was quickly able to gain access and work his way into the music industry. After releasing an eponymous album in 2003 under Jive Records, his freshman release peaked at number 15 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums while spawning a smash hit single entitled "Gigolo" which was included in the top 30 of The Billboard Hot 100. In the meantime, his film career also ran smoothly on the track as he effortlessly nabbed the major parts in movies like "Shall We Dance?" (2004), "Underclassman" (2005), plus "Roll Bounce" (2005), "Even Money", "Bobby", and "Monster House." 2008, in the meantime, found him enacting in contrasting movie genre of thriller "The Killing Room", sports drama "Goal II: Living the Dream", and drama "Ball Don't Lie", which cast fellow music artist Ludacris as well. The year supposedly would also mark the launch of his second studio album "Stages" before he appears as prominent tennis player Arthur Ashe in a biopic of the late athlete set to come up in 2009.