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9/13/2005

 
Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Common, Pussycat Dolls, Young Jeezy, Redman, Method Man to Appear Live

At RPM's 8th Annual Power Summit

Russell Simmons to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Jamie Foxx to Headline the "J Records Extravaganza"; Kanye West to Present His New Record Label at the World's Most Influential Music Conference Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 in the Bahamas

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2005-- RPM Marketing & Promotions announced today that Academy® Award-winning actor and singer Jamie Foxx and Grammy®-winner Kanye West, along with Busta Rhymes, Common, Shaggy, Pussycat Dolls, De La Soul, Q-Tip, Black Sheep, Young Jeezy, Lil' Flip, Sean Paul, Jazze Pha are slated to showcase at the 8th annual Power Summit, the influential hip-hop convention which brings together tastemakers ranging from DJs to recording industry titans and major brands. Additionally, legendary hip-hop industry luminary Russell Simmons will be presented with a lifetime achievement award. Rene McLean, Founder of The Power Summit, made the announcement.

Foxx will headline the "J Records Extravaganza" concert before an audience of DJs, executives, fellow recording artists, business leaders and culture mavens. Kanye West will host a listening session where he will launch his new record label "Good Music." The Power Summit will honor Russell Simmons with the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented by Jay-Z at the Annual Power Summit Awards Dinner. Russell Simmons, Chairman and CEO of Rush Communications, has been instrumental in bringing hip-hop to every facet of business and media since its inception in the late 1970s, from co-founding of the immensely successful original Def Jam Recordings to the red-hot Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Run Athletics, and Def Jam University clothing lines; to producing films, TV series including "The Def Comedy Jam" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry"; on Broadway with the Tony Award winning stage production "Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway"; and many other industries utilizing the internationally recognize Def Jam brand. He is active in the community with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the hip-hop Summit Action Network.

"This is turning out to be the most powerful Power Summit yet, with the biggest lineup of today's most influential and talented performers ever. The Power Summit is the perfect place for artists like Jamie Foxx, Sean Paul and Busta Rhymes to premiere their new material to the DJ community and it is the perfect entertainment branding environment," said McLean. "We are thrilled to showcase artists of such a high caliber at this year's event."

This year's four-day Power Summit takes place September 28 - October 1 at Our Lucaya, on Grand Bahama Island, and provides a rare and intimate opportunity to reach the most influential DJs, artists, trendsetters, tastemakers and brands - the leaders in music and entertainment.

"J Records has been a huge supporter and fan of this event every year since its inception. We have used The Power Summit as a platform to showcase artists like Wyclef, Alicia Keys, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beats and more. This year will be no different as J Records is proud to bring this year's Grand Finale, "The J Records Extravaganza" featuring Jamie Foxx and a host of J Records stars," stated Stephanie Lopez, Senior National Director of J Records.

After having received an Academy Award and critical acclaim for his performance as Ray Charles in Ray, Foxx is now poised to conquer the music industry. The multi-talented actor/singer will perform music from his upcoming solo album at the Power Summit in his first-ever private performance in support of the project. Kanye West will perform songs from his new record, Late Registration, in addition to hosting his "Good Music" listening session.

Al Branch, General Manager of Hip Hop Since 1978, said, "The Power Summit is one of the most important factors in the success of Superstar Kanye West's career period. There's no denying the power of this tremendous Hip Hop movement!"

"If you're not at the Power Summit, you're nothing! Matter of fact, you're even less than nothing because the Power Summit is the biggest and hottest place to be every year! Everyone in the music industry starts salivating in September, this is the place where everything happens; with DJs in place, the execs making it happen, the trends jumping off, it's off the hook!" states Executive Vice President of Interscope Rap Department, Kevin Black.

ABOUT THE RPM GROUP

Headquartered in New York City, The RPM Group was founded by Rene McLean in 1997. McLean observed a vacuum in the multicultural marketing space and decided to promote products that use the youth and lifestyle markets as an entry point for broader market penetration. The RPM Group's unrivaled relationships with the key players in the entertainment community have made it the natural choice for companies looking for an entry into the youth and lifestyle market, establishing RPM as an innovator in these fields.
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Contact:

RPM Marketing & Promotions
Deborah Schonfeld, 212-375-6211 x26
Deborah@therpmgroup.com
or
mPRm Public Relations
323-933-3399
Alan Amman, aamman@mprm.com
Taffy Miller, tmiller@mprm.com

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Source: RPM Marketing & Promotions




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