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7/08/2005

 
Viacom & Kaiser's KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiative Supports 2005 Black August Hip Hop Concert As Tickets Go On Sale Today At Ticket Master

Viacom and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundations KNOW HIV/AIDS INITIATIVE sponsors the major upcoming hip hop concert highlighting HIV/AIDS awareness to be headlined by artist Mos Def.

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 8, 2005 -- Known for its major youth targeted HIV/AIDS media campaign using PSAs featuring Grammy award winning artist Common, Viacom and the Henry J. Kaiser Foundations KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiative has signed on to support the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert as a media sponsor. This years concert highlights HIV/AIDS prevention awareness as its theme for its shows in NYC and Tanzania, East Africa. Avid Hip Hop fans and Black August devotees can head to Ticket Master starting today to purchase tickets to see headliner and Emmy nominated actor/Hip Hop artist Mos Def along with Smif N Wessun, Black Moon and a growing roster of major Hip Hop artists take the stage as they help to further spread the message of HIV/AIDS prevention to young adults of the Hip Hop community here and abroad.

Concert attendees will receive effective HIV/AIDS resource materials as well as view the KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiatives customized PSAs throughout the show.

With the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the US recently hitting the one million mark for the first time since the 1980s and the overwhelmingly rapid spread of HIV/AIDS related deaths among youth in Africa, its imperative that we assist in reaching out to as many young people as possible, especially in the Hip Hop community to make them aware of HIV/AIDS and the necessity of prevention, says Black August concert co-coordinator Meron Wondwosen. We are happy to have the KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiative on board with our efforts this year.

Black August, whose annual Hip Hop benefit concerts highlight human and civil rights issues dear to the Hip Hop Community such as political prisoners in the U.S., education reform, the voting rights of parolees and police brutality is one of the largest annual benefit concerts in Hip Hop where artists and personalities such as Fat Joe, Talib Kweli, David Banner, Dave Chappelle, Grammy award winning artists Erykah Badu, The Roots and Common have taken the stage in recent years to move the crowd nationally and internationally at no cost for a good cause. In addition to its New York show this year to be held on Sunday, August 7, 2005 at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, the show will also be held in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania in East Africa on August 18th and the 20th.

Tickets for the August 7th show in NYC are on sale and may be purchased by going to www.ticketmaster.com.

For all press related inquiries and media interview requests regarding the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert, please contact Jennifer Williams or Loren Hearst of J Sharpe Agency Public Relations at 718.774.6264.

About Black August:

Black August, is an annual Hip Hop benefit concert that utilizes Hip Hop to highlight human and civil rights issues dear to the Hip Hop community such as education reform and political prisoners in the U.S. as well as connecting members of this community throughout the Diaspora.

About KNOW HIV/AIDS:

Viacom, one of the largest media companies in the world, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health information and research, have created an unprecedented media campaign to eradicate ignorance about HIV/AIDS. Launched on January 6, 2003, the KNOW HIV/AIDS initiative runs public service messages across the full range of Viacom's TV, radio, and outdoor properties. The initiative also encompasses AIDS-related themes woven into Viacom-produced entertainment series, a free educational guide and other resources. In the United States, the campaign is aimed at the public-at-large as well as those groups that are most at-risk for the disease, including youth, people of color, women, and men who have sex with men.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Jennifer Williams
J SHARPE AGENCY PR
http://www.jsharpeagency.com/
718.774.6264


 
NAMM Member, Core One Creative, Announces Midwest Music Summit Ride Sponsorship for 2005 Attendees

Los Angeles based music accessories company, Core One Creative, will host special ride sponsorship for the fifth annual Midwest Music Summit July 21-23 in Indianapolis, IN. Free ride to venues, including NAMM convention, will include free waters by Glaceau and over $8000 in on-the-spot product give-aways.

(PRWEB) July 8, 2005 -- Core One Creative will sponsor free rides, specialty waters by Glaceau (smartwater, vitaminwater), and on-the-spot giveaways of more than $8000.00 in quality instrument coil cables by Bullet Cable, on a luxury motor coach for attendees at the 2005 Midwest Music Summit (MMS) to be held in Indianapolis, IN on July 21-23, 2005. One of three buses provided as the MMS Express, the Core One Tour Bus will provide service between the Indianapolis Convention Center where Summer NAMM will be held and the various venues where more than 500 independent bands will provide entertainment for this years fifth event. Ride hours will be between 12 PM-3 AM.

For more information about the event, bands, venues and map: www.midwestmusicsummit.com

Core One Creative, based in Los Angeles, California is the maker of the Bullet Cable, Kpur Strap, Core Equipment Cases, Wirething Picks, Trench Straps, and the Core X2 Cable. Products of the three-year-old company are sold through distributors, such as Fender and MBT, and dealers around the world. Their accessories are featured in special promotions with record companies and major magazines such as Revolver and Guitar World. Artists such as Prince, Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age), Slipknot, The Donnas, and Shadows Fall use their products.

Core One Creative will have a booth at Summer NAMM: Booth 2607. To view products made by Core One Creative, Inc., visit www.coreoneproduct.com

CONTACT INFORMATION
Kimmy Mccann
CORE ONE CREATIVE, INC.
http://www.coreoneproduct.com/
213-413-9381


 
Rap Fest 2005

A Free, all day, outdoor, Christian rap event in the Bronx.

Bronx, NY(PRWEB) July 8, 2005 -- - On August 13, 2005, from 1:00 PM 9:00 PM, Salem Temple Assemblies of God Church, located at 1408 Bryant Avenue in the Bronx, hosts their eleventh annual Rap Fest.

This event features 26 Rap Ministries (groups) from various cities, states and countries. This years confirmed artists include - 3D Remedy (NY), Abdi' L (PR), Beyond Skillz (FL), Bobby Bishop (MA), Carriers of the Cross (FL/NJ), C. R. U.(FL), Eternal Praise (NC), Ethicz (NY), Frontlynaz (DE), J-Squad (PR), K-Drama (OH), King CYZ (DE), Messenger 777 (NJ),- M.O.C. aka Jersey Chica (NJ), Pablo Escobar (WNY,NJ), Quest the Wordsmith (NY), R-Swift (PA), Runaway (NJ), Shai Linne (PA), Solomon Starr (NY), Timothy Brindle (PA), Underground Gospel (VA), Zion (GA), and more.

There will be a host of DeeJays, such as DJ NuMan [Salem Coffee House], DJ Vaungh [DC], Half Man Half DJ [Vic from C.R.U. (FL)], DJ Lady Grace, Day Star Tribe Graffiti Artists and more. All participants will be displaying, not only their talents and passion for the hip hop origins, but their love for God and desire to worship Him with their talents and abilities.

Last year, approximately thousands of people, throughout the course of the day, visited Rap Fest 2004. Due to heavy promotion via the Internet, radio (via WFDU), television (past BET show)and great news spreading by word of mouth, we anticipate an equal attendance this year. This is a free outdoor event for everyone. Press passes are available on site for the media personnel attending.

For additional information or historical information regarding Rap Fest events, contact: Rap Fest 2004 c/o Bert Bocachica, 2555 Mickle Avenue, Bronx, NY 10459 Tel: (917)687-2580; Web Site: http://www.rapfest2000.com.

Rap Fest 2005 features 30,000 Watts of sound, 26 Rap Ministries, 8 Hours of music, all for 1 God, Jesus Christ. Rap Fests goal is to evangelize the community through hip hop music and offer them an opportunity to trust in God as a solution to their everyday problems and help in their times of trouble.

Worldwide attention, by way of the Internet, has helped this event grow from 50 people (who attended the 1st one 10 years ago) to over 3,000-4,500 people in most recent events. We strive to make an impact in lives and pray that peoples lives will change for the best through our combined efforts.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Humberto Bocachica
RAP FEST
http://www.rapfest2000.com/
917-687-2580


 
Connexion International Music Festival November 10-13, 2005

Connexion International Music Festival is the top music festival in its area and through its strategic relationships and stable funding and high profile sponsors is looking to become the premiere music festival internationally

(PRWEB) July 8, 2005 -- The ConneXion International Music Festival will be held in Jacksonville Florida at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL. 32207

There will be four (4) days of musical performances, speaker panels, parties and one hell of a pool party. Musicians from all over the world and from all genres will showcase their talents in front of influential members from the entertainment industry. Live performances will take place at the Radisson Riverwalk out doors stage.

The Festival will host a KICK OFF opening night networking party to welcome participating artist and Industry November 10th, 2005. Some past performers of the CIMF are going to grace us with their music that are guaranteed to ROCK YOUR WORLD..

The panels are designed to help participants gain knowledge about the many facets of the music business and will include representatives from major and independent record labels as well as music critics, publishers, marketing specialists, publicists managers and entertainment attorneys.

Industry, Press/Media and accepted Artists get complimentary passes to all events. The Festival is designed to help artist grow both personally and professionally. The Festival is very affordable and prides itself on developing new artists with honesty and integrity.

Press and Industry can get all-access VIP complimentary passes by registering on our web site http://connexionfestival.com/press.php once registered we will add your name and company to our web site as Confirmed Featured Guest. Industry and Press can pick up their respective passes Thursday, November 10th from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel or at the time of arrival. Please bring your credentials to prove who you are.

About CIMF:
The ConneXion International Music Festival (CIMF) was founded in 2003 by Leslie Rovero. Rovero attended several festivals with artists that she managed only to discover that the organizers paid more attention to making money than to artist development. Soon after, the CIMF became a reality. Last years inaugural festival in Jacksonville, Florida featured more than 100 artists and industry representatives from all over the world. CIMF was so successful that they were approached by several different sponsors in different cities all offering to host this years festival. But our focus has always been on the artists and the overwhelming feedback that we received was for two annual festivals. CIMF East in Florida and CIMF West in Las Vegas.

The festival provides a platform to discover and develop new talent and promises to give exposure to a diverse range of promising performers. Artists from all over the world have the chance to showcase their talents and network with invited A&R executives, producers, publishers, music journalists, talent scouts, casting agents and filmmakers. Musical genres include Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Latin, Folk, Country, Gospel ..all genres.

Contact:
Leslie Rovero
Executive Producer
LR Productions & Management, Inc.
136 7th Ave. South
Jacksonville Beach, Fl. 32250
904) 242-4630
www.connexionfestival.com

www.myspace.com/connexion

"It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late."

CONTACT INFORMATION
Leslie Rovero
LR PRODUCTIONS & MANAGEMENT, INC
http://www.connexionfestival.com/
904-242-4630


 
Follow The Tracks to Songs From The Underground: NYC Subway

A Compilation Featuring the Best NYC Subway Performers

New York(PRWEB) July 8, 2005 --Headset Productions, a New York based artist development company, is set to release "Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway" late this summer.

The album, which will be distributed nationally through traditional and alternative outlets, is a compilation disc of musicians and artists who share their talents with commuters and hone their craft in the subways of New York City.

"Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway" is a full length CD that features eleven of the most impressive subway performers, represented in a raw, striped down context with the intent of bringing the vibrant live music from the underground to the mainstream surface. Mixed by Grammy Award winning Engineer Joe Blaney (The Clash, Prince, Soul Asylum), the album features an eclectic variety of music including acoustic hip-hop, Finnish a cappella, Haitian folk music, and much more, all of which is presented in a cohesive live context.

Spokinn Movement, a hip-hop collective reminiscent of the Native Tongue's sound, brings lyrical freshness combined with driving melodies to two tracks on the album. "Central Park", performed by singer-songwriter Krystle Warren is a romantic folk song that showcases her earthy, soulful voice, also heard on the song "Sparkle and Fade." Another highlight is Theo Eastwind, whose raw, emotive material has led him to sell over ten thousand self-released albums to commuters and earned him comparisons to Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake. These artists, combined with the many other genres heard on the album, deftly reflect the diversity of New York City.

Taylor Davis and Federico Evangelista, founding partners of Headset, spent six months listening and talking to over fifty subway performers. They also attended MUNY (Music Under New York) auditions and developed criteria for selections such as the need for original material and the desire for musicians to present their music in a professional light. "Busking performers have a passion and drive to present their music, on their terms, at all costs. That passion and drive deserves to be recognized," says Davis. A percentage of the profits from Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway will be donated to New York Cares, a non-profit organization, which provides hands-on volunteer service to NYC residents.

Headset Productions will host a series of live concerts in support of the album during the months of July and August at Union Square NYC. An official release party is planned at Joe's Pub at the end of the summer. Releases from solo artists featured on Songs from the Underground: NYC Subway are coming within in the next two years. Headset also hosts monthly music showcases at the Living Room in Manhattan, three of which will be aired by BBC radio in mid-June.

Partners Taylor Davis and Federico Evangelista formed Headset Productions in August 2004. Their primary objective is artist development and longevity in the marketplace. For more information please visit: www.songsfromtheunderground.com, www.headsetproductions.com

For more information please contact:
Michelle Mayumi McDevitt
Audible Treats, Ltd.
718.768.7275

CONTACT INFORMATION
Gavin Rhodes
Audible Treats
http://www.songsfromtheunderground.com/
718-768-7275


 
PSYCHOLOGY OF HIP HOP AUTHOR ATTENDING NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA, July 8, 2005
Author of the highly controversial tome about the psychological impact of Hip Hop, Mental Health Therapist, and Personal Advisor to the stars Terence McPhaul, is signing his latest book, The Psychology of Hip Hop, at National Black Arts Festival July 15 through the 24th, one of the nations largest events of this kind. McPhaul states, the Atlanta community has done a fantastic job of blending the aesthetic, entertaining and educational, creating a brand that favors diversity and fosters movement towards cultural competence.

The former Hazardous Materials Chemist and red carpet regular wrote the best-selling treatise The Celebrity Psyche, which provided a treasure map into the minds of numerous celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Sean P.Diddy Combs, Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez and Martha Stewart. McPhauls latest release, The Psychology of Hip Hop, has received global attention because of its candid assessment of Hip Hop music, and Hip Hops impact on human behavior.

Known for his unapologetic delivery of the facts, The Psychology of Hip Hop features chapters such as Pop Diva Takes a Dive, No White Lady I Dont Want Your Purse, R. Kelly: Prodigy or Pedophile and The Exploitation of B2K.

The book is not just about the negativity surrounding Hip Hop, but is more an assessment of how someone can take a valid art form and turn it into something negative, says McPhaul. Also being released this summer is McPhauls book Psycho The Unauthorized Biography of Sean P.Diddy Combs

McPhaul is regularly sought by program directors of TV talk shows and national media as an expert in the field of Mental Health, to deliver perspective or respond to programming regarding social and behavioral issues. McPhaul has appeared as a Mental Health expert for Court TV, and Bill OReillys The OReilly Factor for FOX News.

Media Contact:
Eliza Bedenko
Personal Publicist to Terence McPhaul, M.A., N.C.S.C.
Author of The Psychology of Hip Hop and The Celebrity Psyche
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
ph2: (404) 584-5205
email: pr@mcphaulconsultants.com


7/07/2005

 
Prime Multimedia To Release First Two Singles in July

FALL RIVER, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 7, 2005--RomenMpire Records, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prime Multimedia Inc., is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the first two singles off of DMC's much anticipated solo album this month.

In July, DMC will release two singles ("Machine Gun" and "Watchtower") from his much-anticipated solo album Checks, Thugs and Rock 'n Roll on RomenMpire Records/Rags 2 Riches Records to be distributed domestically by WEA later this year. The album features: Sarah McLachlan, Run, Doug E. Fresh, Gary Dourdan (CSI), Romeo Antonio, Kid Rock, Fieldy (Korn), DJ Lethal, Ms. Jade, Sonny Black and Napoleon (Outlawz). The forthcoming album pays homage to the musical influences of DMC's youth, offering a tribute to the likes of Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin and Jimi Hendrix.

DMC performed his first single "Machine Gun" from his forthcoming solo album as well as a smashing remake of Dylan's classic "Watchtower" at Live 8 in Canada. DMC was joined by Aerosmith's Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton and the Car's Elliot Easton and Josh Todd of Buckcherry to perform "Walk this Way," the seminal rock anthem credited with breaking down the cultural barriers between rock and hip-hop and paving the way for artists such as Kid Rock, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park.

Portions of this release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Prime Multimedia, Inc. wishes to caution you that there are some factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: Prime Multimedia, Inc.'s ability to perform under existing contracts and obtain additional contracts, Prime Multimedia, Inc.'s ability to develop new products that gain market acceptance, changes in product supply, pricing and customer demand, changes in relationships with, or the financial condition of, key customers or suppliers, changes in government regulations, changes in economic conditions globally and in the communications markets in particular, increased competition, potential product liability, infringement and other claims, and other factors affecting the communications industry generally. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.

Contacts
Prime Multimedia Inc.
Arastou Mahjoory, 508-679-5071


 
MTV & VH1 Score Historic Ratings Win with Live 8 Coverage

NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In one of the highest rated music events in the networks' history, MTV & VH1 today announced that their coverage of the Live 8 concerts, which took place in 10 cities around the world on July 2, reached more than 18 million total viewers combined over the course of the 12-8 pm ET broadcast. The two nets shared a feed for the first time in their history to cover the concerts, aimed to raise awareness of extreme poverty in Africa.

Live 8 on MTV and VH1 combined was the most watched show in its time period (12-8pm) among total viewers (P2+) across all cable networks. The telecast also ranked #1 for 6 of the 8 hours among total viewers across all of cable. Further, the broadcast maintained a consistent audience, with ratings primarily holding steady throughout the 8 hours.

MTV:
* MTV's Live 8 coverage ranked #1 in its time period (12-8pm) among its
core demo of 12 - 34-year-olds vs. all cable networks, on average.
* MTV also ranked #1 for total day (6a-6a) among P12-34, with one-third of
the total day hours comprised of Live 8 programming.
* The week that Live 8 aired, June 27-July 3, was MTV's highest rated week
EVER (excluding weeks with MTV Video Music Awards or MTV Movie Awards
premieres).
* The broadcast also delivered nearly 2.2 million viewers on average, per
quarter hour, on both nets.

VH1:
* VH1, for P18-49 average, posted ratings that were +84% above the prior
4-week benchmark and +100% for total viewers (P2+).
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Source: MTV


 
Jermaine Dupri Expands His Media Empire With Grand Opening of Cafe Dupri on July 12th in Atlanta

Diverse Menu Features Healthy Choices With a Southern Flavor

ATLANTA, GA -- (Market Wire - Jul 07, 2005) - Jermaine Dupri, best known for producing and writing chart-topping songs, announces the grand opening of his first restaurant, Cafe Dupri, in Atlanta, GA. Located at 3133 Piedmont Avenue in the Buckhead section of town, Cafe Dupri officially opened for business on Monday, June 6. The hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 7:00am-2:00am and Friday and Saturday from 7:00am-4:00am.

Recently named as ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year for the 5th time, as well as receiving their prestigious "Golden Note Award," Jermaine Dupri has shown his commitment to the Atlanta community and continues to prove with his many successes in music, production and business that he has the Midas touch. Cafe Dupri should be no different. "I am proud to be a part of the Atlanta community and am excited to be opening Cafe Dupri in the place I call home," says Dupri. "Cafe Dupri has innovative, high-quality menu items that are also healthy, and of course, have a little So So Def flair." Dupri hopes to expand Cafe Dupri into a franchise with locations in New York, Japan and elsewhere.

The newly built Cafe is 2200 square feet and opened with 39 employees. It seats 105 guests and will serve a diverse menu of nutritious choices including low carb options with a southern flavor. General Manager, Gail Matney, will oversee the location and renowned Atlanta-area Chef, Christopher B. Banks, adds his culinary expertise.

Cafe Dupri offers a complete casual dining menu with high-quality recipes. A full breakfast menu includes So So Def specials like Eggs Oscar, Eggs Portobello and Applewood Smoked Salmon. Lunch includes Turkey Burgers, Chicken Kabob's, Veggini's and the signature dish, Tomatoes Dupri (Fried Green Tomatoes w/ Blackened Crawfish). For dinner, guests can dine on Chicken Napoleon, Tuna Carpaccio and Eggplant Roulade, among other dishes. On Sunday, Cafe Dupri offers a Sunday brunch complete with complimentary mimosas.

Jermaine Dupri's commitment to providing the best he has to offer has also been adopted by the restaurant and its employees. Cafe Dupri is dedicated to providing unparalleled food quality and incomparable customer service.

About Jermaine Dupri

Jermaine "JD" Dupri knows about diversity. As an executive producer, the Atlanta-based music mogul oversaw Usher's blockbuster Confessions album, which has sold nearly 9 million copies and in 2005 earned the Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B album. As CEO of So So Def Recordings, he's helmed the release of dozens of platinum and gold albums. As a producer and songwriter, Dupri has helped shape hits for Usher, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and others. He's also crafted platinum albums for himself. In 1992, when he was just 19, an age when most people are trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Dupri founded So So Def. He struck multi-platinum with Kris Kross and soon established himself as a premier R&B, rap and pop hitmaker and launching the careers of Da Brat, Bow Wow, Jagged Edge, Anthony Hamilton, J-Kwon and many more through the label and his direction. In April 2005, Dupri assumed the position of President of Black Music at Virgin Records.

With all these accomplishments, it is no wonder that other entities want to be in business with Jermaine Dupri. One such company is 3 Vodka Distilling Co., a Chicago-based business that named him a partner and owner in May 2004. 3 Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from soy and Dupri has been using his knowledge of hip-hop culture and the music industry to help increase 3 Vodka's international profile.

Even with his position at Virgin, his work with 3 Vodka and the opening of Cafe Dupri, Jermaine is not slowing down as a producer. He co-wrote and produced the smash hits "We Belong Together," and "It's Like That," which have helped catapult songbird Mariah Carey back to the top of the charts. With tens of millions of albums sold to his credit, scores of awards and a list of music industry accomplishments that are as distinguished as they are remarkable, Dupri is anxious to continue making history. He hopes to make So So Def a billion dollar company, establish 3 Vodka as the world's premier vodka and expand Cafe Dupri into a franchise that has restaurants in New York, Japan and elsewhere. Dupri's body of work represents a multi-layered approach that illustrates his visionary business acumen. This year ASCAP honored him with the R&B Songwriter of the Year Award and the Golden Note Award, for his groundbreaking achievements influencing the direction of American popular music and impacting the heart, soul and sound of pop music worldwide.

W&W Public Relations, Inc.
Patti Webster
Email Contact
Jacinda Chen
Email Contact
732-469-5955

[Note from Hip Hop Press: Cafe should have an accent over the e. I can't render it correctly at the moment without using the coded "gremlin" that would appear here as some odd letters. Sorry.]


 
VH1 And VH1.com Announce FREESTYLE 59

The Ultimate Search for The Next Great Rap Lyricist

2005 Freestyle 59 King to Be Crowned at 2nd Annual 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors,' Premiering September 26 at 9PM*

Panel Of Judges Includes Chuck D, XXL Magazine Editor-In-Chief Elliot Wilson, Capitol Records Executive Vice President of A&R Wendy Goldstein, Radio Station DJs From New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and VH1.com Viewers

NEW YORK, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1.com, in association with the second annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" announces the launch of FREESTYLE 59, an online contest to seek out the best undiscovered hip hop artist in the country. Five finalists will be selected by a celebrity panel of judges and flown to New York to record a video. One winner will be chosen by online and wireless voting, awarded $10,000 and announced during the second annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," broadcast on September 26 at 9PM*. This year's honorees include Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt -N- Pepa, and the film: Boyz N The Hood.

FREESTYLE 59 will challenge MC's across the nation to show off their best rhymes in 59 seconds or less. Beginning on July 12th and running through August 8th, contestants will be able to post their videos on VH1.com, where viewers can then watch and vote for who they think should be crowned the 2005 Freestyle 59 King.

A panel of celebrity and music industry judges will be assembled to select five finalists to be flown to NYC for a taping of their performances. Four weeks leading up to the show, viewers will then vote for their favorite via text message and VH1.com, and each week, the MC with the least amount of votes will be cut from the competition until there is only one left. Judges on the panel include hip hop icon Chuck D, Executive Vice President of Artists and Repertoire (A&R) for Capitol Records Wendy Goldstein, Editor-In-Chief of XXL Magazine Elliot Wilson, and DJs from top radio stations across the country including Cipha Sounds (Hot 97 in New York City), DJ Felli Fel (Power 106 in Los Angeles), Poetess (KKBT in Los Angeles), DJ Vaughn Woods (WGCI in Chicago).

*all times ET/PT

The 2005 "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will be executive produced by "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blackjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab Five Freddie are Consulting Producers.

Sponsors of FREESTYLE 59 include T-Mobile and Paramount Pictures' "Hustle and Flow."

VH1.com offers music and pop culture lovers a wealth of content including world premiere videos, album releases, artist news and bios, movie trailers, new series previews and exclusive features from VH1's marquee events such as the annual "Save The Music Concert," "Hip Hop Honors" and "Big in '05."

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Tracy McGraw/VH1, +1-212-846-7879, or Vanessa Reyes/MTVN,
+1-310-752-8081, or Tina Wynn and Toni Brown/T&T, +1-201-886-8770

Web site: http://www.vh1.com/


 
CRUNK MAGAZINE PUBLISHER LAUNCHES DV8, A NEW URBAN LIFESTYLE AND ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE

Crunk Magazine Falls Under New Management;
Desmick Perkins Deviates From the Norm

ATLANTA, Ga., July 7, 2005 -- Desmick Perkins, former publisher of CRUNK?
Magazine will launch a new urban lifestyle and entertainment magazine, DV8. The premiere issue of DV8 Magazine will be available October 2005, as CRUNK Magazine will continue to publish under new management.

The word crunk is suffering from overuse, and in an effort to give our readers new subjects of interest, we are reinventing our format and our brand, says Desmick Perkins, who published the Atlanta based Crunk Magazine in 2002. I want to bring you a new concept that veers from the straight and narrowAdventures only begin when you go off road.

The transition comes after a glamorized (and highly successful) commercial use of the word crunk, a term used to describe a form or lifestyle that originated in Atlanta, Ga., and popularized by Atlanta artist Lil Jon.

According to Perkins, the new publication will feature the diversity that exists in the urban hip-hop genre with feature articles, exclusive interviews with todays hottest entertainers, music and movie reviews, and fashion and technology columns.

DV8 will also quench its subscribers thirst for Hollywood happenings and celebrity reports from West Coast Editor, Eugenia Wright and feature sizzling photos from West Coast photojournalist Lydia Alexis. The accompanying newsletter sent out every week via e-mail will reflect the new name immediately.

DV8 Magazine will be distributed nationwide and will have a circulation of 50,000.

For more information, questions or comments, please contact Desmick Perkins at KNURCENT@gmail.com. For more information about DV8 Magazine contact info@deve8magazine.com.


 
GHETTONOMICS KEEPS IT STREET WITH NEW STREETBALL DVD

Pharmacist says, Inner City streetball is hot.
Shane The Dribbling Machine says, Inner City streetball is crazy!
High Octane says, ya Gotta Add it to your mixtape collection.

(New York City, NY- July 7, 2005) Just when you thought it was safe, Entertainment Unlimited LLC presents Inner City Streetball Vol. 1. This DVD takes you into the world of streetball. The DVD is hosted by Hannibal and Black of GhettoNomics. Inner City Streetball Vol. 1, Features streetballers such as Shane the Dribbling Machine, High Octane, Headache, Helicopter, AO and the Pharmacist, just to name a few. Inner City Streetball showcases fast and furious footage from celebrity and inner city tournament games played in predominately in NYC but also in CT, NJ, CA, FL & NC.

Inner City Streetball Vol. 1 blends what you come to expect from a streetball DVD with exclusive freestyles and madd interviews from lyrical wordsmiths such as Jay Z, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Black Thought of The Roots, and Rahzel doin da beatbox. As if that isnt enough must see minutes include one of The Legendary Wu Tang Clans original members Ol Dirty Bastard (RIP) just being Ol Dirty, talkin about how hes all for the children. GhettoNomics is an underground hip-hop show that has been airing in New York City for over ten years.

Pharmacist gives fans a ghetto pass through his hood, talks about his childhood, how he got his nickname and how he comes up with some of the moves he created like the Y2K and The Headbanger. Ya know they had to include madd footage of The Pharmacist straight embarrassing fools on the court. High Octane is also a big part of this tape. It features many of his sick dunks and highlights in addition to an interview with him talking about how And1 changed his life. The DVD also features Shane The Dribbling Machine as well as small appearances from Headache, AO and Helicopter.

Ya better have ya kicks laced up tight cause this DVD is about breakin ankles. If youre feeling sick dunks, crazy crossovers, mad tricks and fly dribbling moves with hip-hop flava, this DVD makes a great addition to any collection. The tape is approxiamately 45 minutes or so and definitely leaves you wanting more. But have no fear, Ghettonomics not one to rest, they are already shooting Volume II which promises to be twice as nice and will feature footage from Hot Sauce doin his thing in North Carolina. Created by the streets for da streets!!!

To purchase Inner City Streetball Vol. 1 online go to www.innercitystreetball.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR INTERVIEW REQUEST CONTACT:
AJ WOODSON/BIG MOUTH NTERTAINMENT 678-468-6119 OR AJWOODSON@TMAIL.COM


 
Live 8 Technology Outreach Enables 26.4 Million to Petition G8 Leaders

Worldwide Live 8 Concert Initiative Becomes Most Successful Political Call to Action Ever

LOS ANGELES, CA; LONDON; and GLENEAGLES, SCOTLAND -- (Market Wire - Jul 07, 2005) - The simultaneous outpouring of support, text messaging and Web signups sent to Live 8 headquarters in London, as announced at Live 8 Philadelphia Saturday, represents the largest real-time petition ever, according to Live 8's US mobile and wireless producer Ralph Simon, CEO of mobile advisory firm, Mobilium. (www.mobilium.com) The tally of 26.4 million messages sent to the G8 is a tapestry of text messages, mobile and traditional email messages and Web signups, with further breakdowns by category and country still being aggregated and compiled.

Representatives from America Online (a sponsor and Internet broadcaster of Live 8, which itself set a record of 5 million video downloads for the event), Nokia (another major sponsor) and Sun Microsystems (which provided some of the technology infrastructure for the mobile messaging component) joined Simon at a packed Live 8 backstage press conference where the preliminary tallies were announced. Simon today reiterated the importance of this development, calling on G8 leaders to take note of the significant number of constituents who messaged their support. Three other companies that played a vital role in facilitating the global messaging campaign were USA Wireless, Minick Group in London and Europe and Starcut of Finland.

"The original Live Aid in 1985 raised more than $100 million from tens of thousands of individuals and sponsors," said Simon, "whereas twenty years later, Live 8 has raised the awareness of as many as 2 to 3 billion viewers around the globe on the urgent issue of world hunger and poverty, and in doing so has mobilized more than 25 million messagers to demand their leaders increase aid by some $25 billion. This high-volume response would not have been able to take place twenty years ago without the combination of mobile and Internet technologies."

Simon, who currently serves as chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) Americas, was drafted in to provide the global mobile layer to the Live 8 events that took place in ten cities on July 2nd. Popularly known as one of the founders of the modern ring tone business, Simon has a close working relationship with Sir Bob Geldof and Bono of U2, as well as Live 8 USA executive producers Tim Sexton and Kevin Wall. This unparalleled cooperation between the music, entertainment and technology industries in itself sends a powerful, unified message to the G8, now underway.

Simon is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on mobile entertainment and has been active in the mobile entertainment space for the past seven years. Prior to that he had a successful career in the entertainment industry, co-founding the pioneering Zomba group of companies and Jive Records, as well as YourMobile/Moviso (now InfoSpace Mobile). He currently advises on mobile strategy for major entertainment and content companies. He is credited with coining the new science of "mociology" (the sociology of mobile lifestyles) and "mocio-economics" (the underlying economics that drives the fast emergence of mobile entertainment revenues and economics).

For more information on Live 8, please visit www.live8live.com. For more information on the Mobilium Group, please visit www.mobilium.com.

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Media Contact for Mobilium Group:
Jackie Lacambra
Terpin Communications Group
+1 310-821-6100 x108
Email Contact
US Media Contact for Live 8:
Elizabeth Freund
Live 8/The Sexton Company
+1 718-858-3550
+1 917-545-0003 (mobile)
Email Contact


 
Business of Live 8 Managed by Greenberg Traurig's L.A. Entertainment Practice

Firm Responsible for Negotiating Worldwide Media Coverage, U.S. Talent Contracts, Merchandising, Licensing Deals and More

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 24, 2005--Jay Cooper, a highly respected music industry veteran and chair of Greenberg Traurig's Los Angeles entertainment practice, is leading a team of firm shareholders who are negotiating every aspect of Live 8, from critical agreements with U.S. networks worldwide, to talent and merchandising contracts. Also involved is Diane Blagman, Senior Director of Government Affairs out of the firm's Washington D.C. office.

Steve Katleman is responsible for negotiating contracts and licensing agreements with all media covering the concerts worldwide including U.S. networks, ABC, MTV and VH1, an AOL Webcast, radio broadcasts by XM Satellite Radio and Premiere Radio and any global sales of concert footage. Katleman is well known for representing production entities that supply programming to broadcasters and distributors as well as talent in the motion picture and television industries.

Kenneth Burry is responsible for negotiating all agreements with U.S. artists who are donating their time and talent to making the Philadelphia concert a memorable event and to further the goals of the Live 8 cause. Burry has extensive experience in contract negotiations for recording artists, producers and composers as well as publishing, soundtrack album and management agreements.

Mario Gonzalez is responsible for all production and merchandising deals including licensing of the Live 8 logo. He also negotiated all contracts with the City of Philadelphia and the liability insurance associated with the concert there on July 2.

Concerts such as Live 8 are not new to Cooper who was involved in all the talent deals, agreements with record companies, television shows and online, as well as licensing, merchandising and more for We Are The World, Hands Across America, the Olympics, the World Cup and NetAid. Blagman is working with Bob Geldof and promoter Harvey Goldsmith to create greater awareness and promote the goals of Live 8 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Blagman assisted in the creation of the U.S. office of the Band Aid Trust.

To schedule an interview: Call Jay Cooper directly at 310-586-7888, or contact Anne Sage at 310-396-2400 to arrange.

Contacts
Casey Sayre & Williams
Anne Sage, 310-396-2400
asage@cswpr.com


 
UnAuthorized Entertainment and GigUrban are launching a nationwide search for America's hottest undiscovered rap, hip-hop and R&B talent

GigUrban will produce the 10-city showcase event series in markets throughout the U.S. in 2005 with one artist receiving a record deal from the Warner-distributed UnAuthorized Entertainment

The showcases will be co-produced by local hip-hop or event promoters in each market. Invited participants will be screened and selected through a music submission process administered by UnAuthorized/Asylum/Warner label reps and showcase production partner GigUrban. Aspiring artists are encouraged to visit www.GigUrban .com for submission guidelines and other details. The submission period will vary according to the Showcase schedule. Showcase dates and locations will be announced as they become available on the GigUrban Web site and various news sites later this month. The entire Showcase Series will run through May 2006.

"GigAmerica/GigUrban has been one of the premier independent music resources in the country," said UnAuthorized president and A&R executive Selim Bouab. "There are plenty of worthy artists."

"Unlike last years showcase series, this year we will have a clear winner. Someone is getting a record deal out of all this", said Prodigy the Houston-based national showcase coordinator for GigUrban. He added, "Last year we promised to put a major label A&R representative in rooms across the US and we did that. This year an artist will actually be signed at the Las Vegas finale."

Roughly 20 acts per night will be heard by UnAuthorized/Asylum/Warner A&R reps, who will fly from New York City to attend each of the 10 showcases. Announced cities that will host Warner Bros. Urban showcases include Boston, Virginia Beach, Charlotte, Birmingham, Montgomery, Jackson, Louisville, New Orleans, Orlando, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Memphis, San Antonio, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbus, Detroit, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles. More cities may be announced later.

Email: trackmanfunkhop@yahoo.com
Url: http://www.FunkHop-Inc.com
Sound: http://onlinerock.com/services/trackman//let_it_burn.mp3


 
Answers to Death of Rapper Notorious B.I.G. Presented in Hit Film, 'Chronicles of the Junior M.A.F.I.A.' From Hannover House

DVD now available at Wal-Mart and other key retailers

LOS ANGELES, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. District Court Judge Florence Marie Cooper declared a mistrial yesterday in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death lawsuit after expressing concern that the Los Angeles Police Department had deliberately withheld evidence from the court. But much of the missing evidence has been publicly accessible through the hit video, Chronicles Of The Junior M.A.F.I.A. from Hannover House and Ground Zero Entertainment.

The latest court ruling adds new fuel to the national debate over the circumstances and conspiracy that led to the murder of Christopher Wallace, aka "Notorious B.I.G." in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997. Family members and close associates claim that former LAPD Officer David Mack arranged to have Wallace killed at the request of Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight and that LAPD officials covered up Mack's involvement. Judge Cooper's declaration of a mistrial supports the family's position that the LAPD has been uncooperative in releasing evidence which implicates former and current officers.

"This is a profound development," said April Maiya, director of the film, Chronicles of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. "We had been among the first to present evidence of the conspiracy and cover-up, but it's taken the spotlight of this lawsuit to bring this truth to the public's attention. For the LAPD to withhold evidence from a Federal Court proceeding is inexcusable, but it's completely consistent with the information and interviews presented in our film," she concluded.

Chronicles of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. investigates the circumstances leading up to the murder of Notorious B.I.G., including the subsequent breakup between Lil' Kim and the hip-hop group, Junior M.A.F.I.A. The film also features rare footage of rap music superstars and exclusive music tracks on both the DVD and a companion audio CD. The film was originally released in 2004, but has enjoyed a powerful surge in sales in recent months in the wake of publicity surrounding the wrongful death lawsuit. The film was produced by Anthony J. Perez, with Executive Producers April Maiya and James "Lil Cease" Lloyd.

"This film is entertaining on many levels," said Eric Parkinson, President of Hannover House, one of the film's principal distributors. "It presents an insightful look into the world of rap music, while uncovering evidence of a major conspiracy of historic significance. On an entertainment level, the abundant music and rap-stars featured in the film set a lively pace that balances the otherwise intense nature of the material," Parkinson continued.

Chronicles of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. is available on DVD from Hannover House and Ground Zero Entertainment. The DVD package features a bonus music CD from the Junior M.A.F.I.A. The film is unrated, but censored for language and suitable for viewing by mainstream audiences. Major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Best Buys, are carrying the program, which has a suggested retail price of $14.95. The DVD is also available through a variety of on-line retailers, including Wal-Mart.com and Amazon.com. The UPC Item number is 6- 9479570702-4.

Source: Hannover House

CONTACT: Eric Parkinson of Hannover House, +1-818-481-5277,
HannoverHouse@aol.com

Web site: http://www.hannoverhouse.com/


 
H3 Expands To AC!; Company Signs HipHopSodaShop Development Deal for Atlantic City

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2005--H3Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: HTRE.PK) has announced the signing of a 12-store HipHopSodaShop Area Development Agreement for Atlantic City and vicinity with Forlenza & Associates, one of America's leading restaurant and hospitality industry specialists. Forlenza currently services many of the major hotel/casino chains in Atlantic City, and intends to utilize those connections for the immediate development of HipHopSodaShops within the hotels.

H3Enterprises recently signed a 30-store Area Development Deal for Las Vegas with Jackie Robinson, who also intends to utilize his wealth of contacts throughout the casino world to open units inside Vegas' biggest and most popular venues. H3Enterprises is the first publicly traded company dedicated to the Hip Hop lifestyle and community and is the owner, creator, licensor, and franchiser of HipHopSodaShops, H3D Apparel, H3Raps, H3WhiteTeaBeverages, H3CyberSports, H3's WorldSeries of CyberSports, Halls of HipHop, and H30 (hthreeonline.com).

Joseph Manzi of Forlenza said, "The HipHopSodaShops are a perfect fit for AC and Vegas, because it's the only fast food chain in existence where parents can leave their kids for hours on end, knowing the kids will be thoroughly entertained. We believe the SodaShops will do amazing sales on the Boardwalk as well. H3's CyberGaming, Merchandising, and Hip Hop related entertainment, along with a healthy and delicious selection of affordable foods and drinks, makes the SodaShops a dream come true for the casinos and a dream deal for our company.

H3's President and award-winning founder, Brian "H3" Peters, stated, "I am extremely pleased to welcome a company like Forlenza onto the H3 Team and feel supremely confident that they will not only do a great job with the HipHopSodaShops in Atlantic City, but will help our Company and our franchisees in many other ways. Their overall expertise and connections throughout the restaurant and hospitality industries should prove to be an invaluable asset for our operations. Atlantic City has become a real hot spot for Hip Hop with the planned opening of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club and the recent tremendous success of the Funkmaster Flex Car Show."

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. H3 Enterprises, Inc. assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this press release. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities as well as operating costs, capital spending, financial sources and the effects of competition. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results. Accordingly, such results may differ from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Company.

Contacts
For H3Enterprises, Inc.:
Lisker Gedney Stover
Tom Lisker, 914-376-6767
or
For Forlenza & Associates:
Joseph Manzi, 347-239-2888


7/06/2005

 
Waxploitation to Launch 2nd Sudan Charity Auction; Items donated by Angelina Jolie, Radiohead, BAM Margera, OutKast and More

Waxploitation, Inc. will soon launch a Sudan charity auction with items from Angelina Jolie, OutKast, Eminem, Radiohead and more.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 6, 2005 -- Waxploitation, Inc. announced today it will launch its second online auction to assist victims of the 'ethnic cleansing' taking place in the African country of Sudan, a dire situation that the UN has called one of the worst humanitarian crises the world faces right now.

The auction will launch on eBay on July 12th at www.eBay.com/the_wax_trust and will include rare and signed items donated by Angelina Jolie, OutKast, Eminem, Radiohead, BAM Margera, Bjork, Kanye West, Serena Williams, Trent Reznor (NIN), Beastie Boys, System of a Down, Shepherd Ferry, Nelly, REM, Phish, Ciara, Atmosphere, (Grateful) Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Banner, Chad Muska, Sum41, Sage Francis, Will Oldham, Foo Fighters, Dropkick Murphys, Nappy Roots, Paulina Rubio, Rob Zombie, They Might Be Giants, John Legend, Prince and Metallica amongst many others. Over 100 items will be auctioned.

In May, a number of major news organizations estimated that up to 400,000 people have been murdered and more than 2 million people have been displaced from their homes by Sudanese government backed militias called the Janjaweed. The genocide is a massive campiagn to rid the Dafur region of its African population. It has been a widespread and systematic campaign of rape, murder, looting and displacement of villagers.

"We've learned a lot since our auction earlier this year," says Jeff Antebi, founder and creative director of Waxploitation. "This time, we are working towards not just raising money for relief organizations, but also putting together a nationwide petition demanding that the Senate and White House take definitive action against the Sudanese government. It seems like every time there's a moment for this horror to finally be addressed, something overshadows it in the news media. So we're going to shake the trees ourselves and create a way for people to take real action."

Earlier this year, Waxploitation released a CD titled Genocide in Sudan with featured artists including Gorillaz, System of a Down, Jurassic 5, Danger Mouse & Murs, Yoko Ono, Thievery Corporation and Jill Scott to name a few. Proceeds from the sales of CD and the first Sudan auction raised over $10,000 which was donated towards relief efforts in Sudan and Chad.

Please check out www.ebay.com/the_wax_trust and www.waxploitation.com

Waxploitation, Inc. was founded in 1995 as a record company and management company for groundbreaking artists. It is the home to distinctive artists including Danger Mouse, Tha Alkaholiks, the Cee-Lo & Danger Mouse collab project called Gnarls Barkley, Teargas & Plateglass, DangerDoom (the MF Doom / Danger Mouse collab album) and Tweaker. Waxploitation's past artists helped establish the company's legacy for being at the tipping point of great music, artists including Jimmy Tamborello (Postal Service), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Josh Wink, King Britt, Dave Dederer (President of the United States of America) and Matt Dike (the Dust Brothers) to name a few.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Waxploitation Media Dept
WAXPLOITATION
http://www.waxploitation.com/
2136879563


 
RuffNation Music Enters Agreement with Universal Music's Independent Distribution Company, Fontana Distribution, LLC

PHILADELPHIA, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: TMEG) ("TriMedia"), a developer, producer and distributor of youth-oriented content for music and film entertainment products, announced today that its subsidiary; RuffNation Music, Inc. entered an agreement with Fontana Distribution, Universal Music's independent distribution company.

RuffNation's first release for distribution through Fontana is The Spin Doctors album "Nice Talking To Me" that is scheduled for release in September. The Spin Doctors are currently on a North American tour in support of the album's radio single "Can't Kick The Habit." The Spin Doctors album will also include a live performance DVD that will be included in the CD album packaging.

Other RuffNation artists expected to be released under this deal include Hip-Hop Reggae artist Kulcha Don, Pop artist Kristy Frank, R&B artist Chanj and Modern Rock artist Dave Reilly (formerly of God Lives Under Water).

Chris Schwartz, CEO of TriMedia, stated, "We believe the relationship with Universal will provide an excellent independent network for our new roster of recording artists. This agreement for independent music distribution in conjunction with our existing co-venture with Sony for distribution of DVD/Home Videos provides TriMedia a full complement of distribution services with two of the world's leading entertainment companies."

About TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. is a multimedia entertainment company. The Company develops, produces and distributes a broad range of music, motion picture and other filmed entertainment content through its following operating subsidiaries: RuffNation Music, Inc., Metropolitan Recording Inc. and RuffNation Films LLC.

Chris Schwartz, TriMedia's chief executive officer, is one of the pioneers of the Hip-Hop music industry. As a co-founder of RuffHouse Records, he achieved success and fame with groups such as Cypress Hill, Kris Kross, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and the Fugees.

TriMedia plans to release a full slate of music and film projects through its RuffNation Music and RuffNation Films subsidiaries.

TriMedia is a Delaware corporation whose common stock is traded on the Over-The-Counter Bulletin Board Trading System under the symbol "TMEG." The company has offices in Philadelphia.

This press release may include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We have based these forward- looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions about TriMedia that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any other future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "would," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "continue," or the negative of such terms or similar expressions. Factors that might cause or contribute to such a discrepancy include, but are not limited to, risks associated with TriMedia's future growth and operating results, the uncertainty associated with obtaining sufficient financing, the uncertainty of market acceptance of TriMedia's products, technological change, competitive factors and general economic conditions, along with those issues identified from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other public documents. Except as otherwise required to be disclosed in current and periodic reports required to be filed by companies registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and by the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, TriMedia has no duty and undertakes no obligation to update such statements after the date hereof.

Source: TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

CONTACT: Chris Schwartz, CEO, TriMedia Entertainment Group,
+1-215-426-5536

Web site: http://www.trimediaent.com/


 
Debut albums from Hall of Justus Music Group/ 6 Hole Records artists L.E.G.A.C.Y. and THE AWAY TEAM to be released worldwide on July 12th 2005.

After being included in the hugely popular limited edition box set
NATIONAL MAYHEM, L.E.G.A.C.Y.'s Project Mayhem, and The Away Team's
National Anthem will finally be released for individual sale.

L.E.G.A.C.Y.'s stellar debut, backed by the sure-shot production of 9th
Wonder (of Little Brother) and Khrysis (of The Away Team) has earned
critical acclaim for it's sonic boom, and LEG's introspective, dark
lyrics. Project Mayhem features cameos from Phonte (of Little Brother),
and Justus League members Chaundon, Median, Joe Scudda and more.

In the tradition of Gang Starr and Reflection Eternal, The Away Team pairs
the tried-and-true tandem of the producer and MC tag-team. SEAN BOOG (the
MC) and KHRYSIS (the producer) craft hard-hitting hip- hop that reflects
both their East Coast roots, and their days in North Carolina. The Away
Team, who will be profiled in August issue of The Source Magazine, feature
guest spots from Boot Camp vets Smif- n-Wessun, Rapper Big Pooh and Phonte
of Little Brother, and League members Joe Scudda, Chaundon and Percy
Miracles.

6 Hole Records is owned and operated by Desi Relaford of the Colorado
Rockies. The Hall of Justus Music Group is comprised of members from
Little Brother (Atlantic Records), Yazarah, The Away Team, L.E.G.A.C.Y.,
Chaundon, O-Dash, Khrysis, Joe Scudda and others.

Look for LEG and The Away Team on tour this summer and fall with Little
Brother!

MetroConcepts Corp 6 Hole Records
1415 Hyde Park Ave, Suite 303
Hyde Park MA 02136
[web] www.metroconcepts.com
[office] 617.361.9320
[fax] 617.361.9381


 
HIP HOP'S MOST RESPECTED, AZ, IS BACK & STRONGER THEN EVER

HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM A.W.O.L
TO BE RELEASED AUGUST 23, 2005
ON HIS OWN QUIET MONEY RECORDS

(July 6, 2005) New York, NYQuiet Money / Fastlife Music announces the release of A.W.O.L., the new full-length album by AZ. A.W.O.L., his first album since his 2002 release Aziatic (Motown), is this millenniums blueprint to real Hip Hop.

AZs vision and lyrical power to paint pictures have long been celebrated by critics. His skill has put him on the level above most, alongside his peers NAS and Jay-Z.

A.W.O.L. showcases AZ at his best. His descriptive and impressive lyrical flow is at the forefront of his new album.

The 10-year veteran began his career by debuting on Nas track Lifes A Bitch.? He released classic bangers like 1995s Doe or Die, 1998s Pieces Of A Man, 2001s 9 Lives and 2002s Aziatic. AZ was also a member of rap super group The Firm with NAS, Foxy Brown and Nature, recording with some of todays greatest producers such as Dr. Dre, Trackmasters and Pete Rock.

Expanding his horizons, AZ also starred in and Executive Produced the 2003 feature film Envy.

Since the 1997 release of the platinum-selling album The Firm,? AZs solo albums have sold over 700,000 units combined.

A.W.O.L. is a rock-solid collection of 16 hot, brand new joints. The first single & video is The Come Up,? produced by the legendary DJ Premier. The buzz tracks AZs Chillin? and Never Change,? are already heating up New York airwaves. Funkmaster Flex, Absolut, Enuff and Kay Slay are a few of the DJs who are spinning the record every chance they get.

The complete track listing for A.W.O.L. is as follows (subject to change):

1. Intro (Produced by Heatmakerz)
2. Omega (Produced by Tone Mason)
3. The Come Up (Produced by DJ Premier)
4. Magic Hour feat. CL Smooth (Produced by Tone Mason)
5. No Strings (Produced by Baby Paul/BpZy)
6. Never Change (Produced by Heatmakerz)
7. A.W.O.L. (Produced by Vinny Idol)
8. AZs Chillin (Produced by Fizzy Womack)
9. Envious feat. Bounty Killer (Produced by MoSS)
10. Cant Stop Wont Stop (Produced by Frado)
11. Live Wire (Produced by Buckwild)
12. New York feat. Ghostface (Produced by Emile)
13. The Truth (Produced by DJ Absolut & Young Calvin)
14. Bedtime Story feat. Slick Rick (Produced by Jimmy Kendrixx & Baby Paul/BpZy)
15. So Sincere (Produced by Heatmakerz)
16. City Of Gods (Produced by Disco D)

For more information, contact Giovanna Melchiorre at 212-353-8800x257 / gio@kochent.com
OR
Matt Conaway at Movement Marketing 410-903-7568 / matthewbrn@aol.com


 
VH1 Launches Broadband Entertainment Network 'VSPOT' With Exclusive World Premiere of First Episode of VH1 Series 'The Surreal Life 5' Thur, July 7

VH1 Marks the VSPOT With a Hybrid Network Offering VH1 Viewers Three Distinct Channels of Original and Exclusive Content On Demand On Their Computers

NEW YORK, July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 is launching its content-rich broadband entertainment network VSPOT, on Thursday, July 7 with the exclusive world premiere of the first episode of the new season of "The Surreal Life 5" -- three days before the series premieres on VH1.

Accessible through VH1's web site (http://www.vh1.com/), VSPOT is VH1's new hybrid network offering three distinct channels of original and exclusive music and pop culture programming.

VH1's newest screen offers both a linear viewing experience and video-on-demand capabilities in one web-based application. VSPOT also heightens visitors' broadband experience by delivering companion programming to the VH1 linear network as well as high-quality original video content right to viewers' computers.

"VH1's newest platform has a life of its own, allowing viewers to deepen their connection with VH1 by accessing original and exclusive music and pop culture content in their own time and space. We want our upscale adult audience to take VH1 with them whenever and wherever they go," said Tom Calderone, VH1 General Manager.

"VSPOT expands on VH1's current position as the pre-eminent music and pop culture brand on-air, online and wireless. This new network elevates and enhances the VH1 brand through VSPOT's own original franchises as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes extensions off of viewer favorites from the linear VH1 network," said Tina Imm, Vice President, VH1 Digital Media.

VSPOT is the latest step in VH1's multiplatform strategy which includes VH1.com, VH1 Mobile, digital music channels VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Country and VH Uno.

"VSPOT also strengthens the VH1 roundtrip experiences which allow us to thread our tune-in info and overall branding throughout all of our screens," added Calderone.

Top Music Artists and Celebrities Help Kick Off Original Content on VSPOT

Alanis Morissette, Hulk Hogan, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Coldplay, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rob Thomas, Moby, Jerry Hall as well as the cast of "The Surreal Life 5" are just some of the bold-face names who are part of the launch of VSPOT.

VSPOT launches with three distinct channels of exclusive music and pop culture programming, including "Shows," "Music" and "Movies." Some program highlights follow:

"SHOWS" -- Exclusive content, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from viewers' favorite VH1 programs

"Surreal Life 5"

In addition to the world premiere of the first episode of "The Surreal Life 5," VSPOT will unveil exclusive one-on-one interviews with the upcoming season's cast on the set about what really went on. The eclectic group includes: the world's first supermodel Janice Dickinson; power slugger Jose Canseco; one of the first ladies of hip hop Sandi Denton (Pepa of Salt-n- Pepa); Bronson Pinchot ("Beverly Hills Cop"); Omarosa ("The Apprentice"); UK glamour model Caprice; and motorcross racer Carey Hart.

"Hogan Knows Best"

VSPOT serves up an exclusive online sneak peek at VH1's new "celebreality" series that captures the real-life world of Hulk Hogan and his family. The 10- minute sneak premieres on VSPOT on July 7, three days before the show airs on VH1 network on Sunday, July 10. In other VSPOT exclusives, Hulk Hogan and his family give VSPOT inside scoop on making the series while Hulk also talks about hilarious footage from each Hogan family member's personal digital video cameras during the series shoot.

"Celebrity Fit Club 2"

VSPOT goes behind the scenes to get the real skinny on the second season of the grueling fitness journey undertaken by Gary Busey, Jackee Harry ("227"), Willie Aames ("Eight is Enough"), Tocarra Jones ("America's Next Top Model"), Phil Margera ("Viva La Bam"), Jani Lane (lead singer of rock group Warrant), Victoria Jackson ("Saturday Night Live") and returning hero Wendy Kaufman (The Snapple Lady). VSPOT-only interviews reveal their anxieties and challenges about getting in shape.

"Storytellers: Green Day"

VSPOT showcases an extensive series of interviews and five Green Day performances - two of them EXCLUSIVE - from the band's stellar appearance on VH1's intimate performance series "Storytellers." The exclusive cuts include "Give Me Novacaine/She's a Rebel" and "Letterbomb."

"I Love The ... "

Donal Logue is one of the many reasons that VH1's successful "I Love The ... " series keeps viewers coming back again and again. But Logue's funniest commentary didn't make it to the TV screen, so VSPOT has gathered those clips to share with the world. Coming up next: Michael Ian Black.

"MUSIC" - World premiere music performances and videos and new exclusive artist franchises

"Live @ VH1.com" - Alanis Morissette

This popular performance franchise both online and on-air expands on VSPOT with "Live @ VH1.com" with Alanis Morissette. This segment features two songs that won't be seen anywhere else: "21 Things I Want in a Lover," and "Hands Clean." VSPOT also showcases exclusive footage from an intimate interview.

"Artist 2 Artist"

Another VSPOT exclusive, two music artists interview one another about their influences and experiences. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and indie artist Jesse Malin kick off the first installment chatting it up in a number of spots around New York City.

"Take 2"

Today's top artists give you the 411 on specific songs and their accompanying music videos by commenting on their performances, the video concepts -- and their outfits. Rob Thomas and Moby make up the first installment of this online-only exclusive VSPOT franchise.

VH1 Soul - "Soul Sisters"

This popular digital music channel takes it to the next level on broadband with videos from today's best R&B female artists, including Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Amerie and Faith Evans. VH1 "You Oughta Know" artist Leela James hosts this first installment.

"Box Set" Coldplay

Coldplay jump starts this in-depth feature that celebrates everything about a specific artist from A to Z, including performances from their "VH1 Storytellers" taping exclusive to VSPOT and classic and current music videos. Introduced by VH1's Rachel Perry.

"MOVIES" - Celebrity interviews, exclusive movie clips and trailers

"On the Red Carpet"

A VSPOT exclusive, VH1 News covers the entertainment world's biggest events and brings the stars on the red carpet to your computer screen. The first installment includes exclusive footage and interviews from the "War of the Worlds" premiere.

"Sidewalk Cinema"

In another VSPOT exclusive franchise, we'll see if new movies ring true with potential moviegoers via man-on-the-street interviews about a film's premise and its cast. First up, "Wedding Crashers."

"VSPOT-light: "Hustle & Flow"

Indie buzz film "Hustle & Flow" gets the VSPOT-light treatment with exclusive clips from the movie and interviews with cast members.

"VSPOT Q&A"

Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Jane Seymour from the film "Wedding Crashers" kick off this VSPOT franchise of exclusive interviews with top-name cast members of upcoming films.

"VSPOT Close-Up: Tom Cruise"

Mr. Cruise is the first star on VSPOT Close-Up featuring movie clips and interviews from his most recent projects including "War of the Worlds" and "Collateral."

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

Contact:

Brett Henne/VH1 Maura Wozniak/VH1 Vanessa Reyes/MTVN
212/846-6752 212/846-7325 310/752-8081

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Brett Henne, VH1, +1-212-846-6752, or Maura Wozniak, VH1,
+1-212-846-7325, or Vanessa Reyes, MTVN, +1-310-752-8081

Web site: http://www.vh1.com/


 
Best of 'LIVE 8' to Air on XM Satellite Radio Beginning July 9

WASHINGTON, July 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company with more than 4.4 million subscribers, will encore the best performances and interviews from XM's comprehensive LIVE 8 coverage with "LIVE 8 Replay Weekends."

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/XMSATLOGO )

Beginning on Saturday, July 9, XM will air all-star performances from LIVE 8 concerts around the world and exclusive, backstage interviews (including some previously unaired interviews) along with commentary from the XM on-air personalities who covered this historic musical event. The LIVE 8 Replay Weekends will devote 48 hours every weekend in July, from 12 midnight ET on Saturday through 12 midnight ET on Monday, on XM LIVE (XM Channel 200).

"The LIVE 8 Replay Weekends will provide XM subscribers with plenty of opportunities to experience anything they might have missed the first time around from XM's comprehensive radio broadcast coverage of more than 55 hours of live performances across seven channels," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio. "We're happy to be sharing again all of these amazing live performances with XM subscribers, especially since the initial response to our LIVE 8 coverage has been so overwhelmingly positive."

XM's LIVE 8 Replay Weekends will feature performances and backstage interviews from Barenaked Ladies, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Geldof, Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Crosby Stills and Nash, The Cure, Dave Matthews Band, Destiny's Child, Dido, Elton John, Green Day, Jay-Z, Joss Stone, Kaiser Chiefs, Keane, Keith Urban, The Killers, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5, Paul McCartney, P Diddy, Pink Floyd, R.E.M., Rob Thomas, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Teegan & Sara, U2 and Velvet Revolver, among others.

Also during July, XM channels across the platform will feature "LIVE 8 Artist Takeovers." Broadcast uncut and in-sequence, listeners will be able to hear LIVE 8 performances from their favorite artists on their favorite XM channels.

These LIVE 8 specials are part of XM's month-long celebration of live music. "JULIVE" runs throughout July across the XM platform with exclusive live performances from XM's massive live music archives. Complete information on XM's exclusive encore broadcasts of LIVE 8 and JULIVE is available at http://www.xmradio.com/.

XM is the leader in live music broadcasting. From the start, XM has brought live performances from thousands of artists in the state-of-the-art XM studios to its passionate subscribers. XM also continues to bring the best live performances from the nation's top concert venues and music festivals to its subscribers, including Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, South by Southwest (SxSW), Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, Merlefest, the Shortlist Awards, Phish's Coventry show, the CMA Music Festival, Quincy Jones' We are the Future Concert, the Tsunami Aid benefit and Vote for Change.

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ:XMSR) , is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 4.4 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 67 commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; 65 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. XM Satellite Radio is the satellite radio leader in sports programming, offering thousands of live sporting events every year. XM is the official satellite radio network for Major League Baseball, NASCAR, the Indy Racing League, the PGA TOUR, and the college sports conferences ACC, Pac-10, and Big Ten. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 120 different vehicle models for 2005. XM also is available in Avis, National, and Alamo rental cars. XM is the exclusive in-flight entertainment service for AirTran Airways, and will soon be available on JetBlue flights. Consumers can experience XM over the Internet through XM Radio Online at http://listen.xmradio.com/. Soon, XM and America Online will launch the world's largest combined digital radio network to be promoted to an audience of 100 million consumers online. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 3-4-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.
Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/XMSATLOGO
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: XM Satellite Radio

CONTACT: Anne-Taylor Griffith of XM Satellite Radio, +1-202-380-4151,
annetaylor.griffith@xmradio.com

Web site: http://www.xmradio.com/
http://listen.xmradio.com/


7/05/2005

 
Dvd: New Release - Inner City Streetball Vol. 1

Entertainment Unlimited LLC presents Inner City Streetball Vol. 1. This dvd takes you into the world of streetball. The dvd is hosted by Hannibal and Black of GhettoNomics. GhettoNomics is an underground hip hop show that has been airing in New York City for over ten years.

Inner City Streetball show cases streetball footage from celebrity and tournament games played in NYC, CT, NJ, CA, FL & NC. The dvd features ballers such as Shane the Dribbling Machine, High Octane, Headache, Helicopter, AO and the Pharmacist too name a few. If you're a Pharmacist fan you'll love this tape. It gives you an insight into his background as well as a lot of crazy highlights of him just straight out embarrassing people.

The GhettoNomics crew also caught up with High Octane after a tournament game in the Bronx, New York. In this segment you are shown highlights of High Octane doing what he does best, attacking the rim with an assortment of slam dunks. The dvd also brings you fast moving segments like tournament time where various inner city tournament clips are shown, block party where sticks and monster blocks are shown and lay up line where dunks of all kinds are displayed.

This is not your regular streetball mixtape though mainly because it features a lot of interviews and freestyles by well known Hip Hop artists like Jay Z, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan members Rza / ODB and Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Bonus feature includes a video montage featuring Big Pun. The Jay Z segment is a must see for hip hop heads as a young Hov is profiled dropping jewels about the industry. However ODB steals the show proclaiming his love for the kids in the Wu Tang segment.

For more information , www.innercitystreetball.com or 917 658 0223 ask for Larry Puma.


 
Synthesis.net Jumps from Web to Print

CHICO, Calif., July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Synthesis.net, the largest independent music and entertainment site on the Net, announces the launch of its first national magazine with the premier issue hitting stands on July 5th. Synthesis will be distributed at Tower Records, Barnes & Noble, Borders, FYE and newsstands across the country.

Whereas many publications focus on just one facet of entertainment or genre of music, Synthesis is a magazine version of your iPod Shuffle. The content is catered towards the consumers' need for variety by covering everything from hip-hop to indie rock, groundbreaking technology to international photography, with multiple levels of humor strewn throughout the pages. The first issue contains interviews with Common, Lamb of God, Ravi Shankar, Seether, and Fall Out Boy, while also featuring the E3 video game conference, the new David LaChapelle film Rize and numerous other articles of interest.

As early issues of the magazine have started making their way into the hands of industry tastemakers, advertisers and consumers, the buzz surrounding the upcoming debut has kicked the publication's launch into full speed. And this is just the beginning. As the word has spread, advertisers are already jumping on board for Synthesis Issue #2.

For more information on Synthesis, go to http://store.synthesis.net/, http://www.synthesis.net/ or http://www.synthesismagazine.net/. Why? Because you can read.

Contacts:

Editorial Directors - Synthesis Network Inc.
Maurice Spencer Teilmann - Daniel Taylor - James Barone
editorial@synthesis.net

CEO - Synthesis Network Inc.
Bill Fishkin
business@synthesis.net
210 W. 6th St. - Chico, CA 95928
Office: 530.899.7708 - Fax: 530.897.3882

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/.

Source: Synthesis Network Inc.

CONTACT: Maurice Spencer Teilmann, Daniel Taylor or James Barone,
Editorial Directors - Synthesis Network Inc., editorial@synthesis.net; or Bill
Fishkin, CEO of Synthesis Network, +1-530-899-7708, or fax, +1-530-897-3882,
business@synthesis.net

Web site: http://store.synthesis.net/
http://www.synthesismagazine.net/
http://www.synthesis.net/


 
BMG Direct Acquires The Columbia House Company

NEW YORK, July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- BMG Direct, one of the world's largest direct-to-customer distributors of music, closed the previously announced acquisition with The Blackstone Group, a private investment and advisory firm, of The Columbia House Company, the largest direct marketer of DVDs. BMG Direct has acquired 100 percent of The Columbia House Company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About BMG Direct:

Based in New York City, BMG Music Service and online music retailer CDNow form BMG Direct, which is a unit of DirectGroup Bertelsmann. BMG Music Service is one of the world's largest direct-to-customer distributors of music. In addition to the BMG Music Service brand, the company operates four different specialty clubs -- the BMG Classical Music Club, the BMG Jazz Club, Sound & Spirit (Christian and Gospel music), and Ritmo y Pasion (Latin music) -- and offers a wide variety of listening choices including pop, rock, R&B, adult alternative, easy listening, jazz, blues, classical, Latin, hip-hop, country, Christian and many more. Customers are offered a selection of over 14,000 titles provided by the four major music groups and over 100 independent record labels and can shop for music directly from catalogues or online at http://www.bmgmusic.com/.

About The Columbia House Company:

Headquartered in New York City, The Columbia House Company is the world's largest direct marketer of music, videos and DVD home entertainment product. With approximately 8 million offline and online club members in the United States and Canada, the company provides direct-to-consumer marketing of over 8,700 DVD titles and 8,000 music titles through its entertainment clubs. The company's Website, http://www.columbiahouse.com/, is one of the premier e-commerce brands and consistently ranks among the Web's top 25 shopping destinations. Since its inception in 1955, Columbia House Company has a proven record of excellence in database marketing, market segmentation, credit screening and niche market merchandising.

About DirectGroup Bertelsmann:

DirectGroup Bertelsmann integrates Bertelsmann's global media direct-to-customer businesses. Roughly 32 million customer relationships secure DirectGroup's position among the largest enterprises in media commerce. The cornerstone of this success are the book and music clubs in 22 countries incorporating strong brands like France Loisirs, Book-of-the-Month, Der Club, Circulo de Lectores and BMG Music Service. Members have access to the clubs' product range via catalogs, internet or one of the more than 600 worldwide club shops. Since August 2002, Ewald Walgenbach has headed the unit. DirectGroup Bertelsmann is a division of German-based Bertelsmann AG. In fiscal year 2004, DirectGroup made 2.2 billion euros in revenues with more than 12,000 employees.

About The Blackstone Group

The Blackstone Group, a private investment and advisory firm with offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, Mumbai, and Paris, was founded in 1985. The firm has raised a total of approximately $34 billion for alternative asset investing since its formation. The Blackstone Group's six core businesses are Private Equity Investing, Private Real Estate Investing, Corporate Debt Investing, Marketable Alternative Asset Management, Corporate Advisory, and Restructuring and Reorganization Advisory. http://www.blackstone.com/

Source: BMG Direct

CONTACT: Paula Batson of BMG Direct, +1-212-930-4531,
Paula.batson@bmgdirect.com; or Andrea S. Hirsch of The Columbia House Company,
+1-212-596-2700, Andrea_Hirsch@chcmail.com; or John Ford of The Blackstone
Group, +1-212-583-5559, ford@blackstone.com

Web site: http://www.bmgmusic.com/
http://www.columbiahouse.com/
http://www.blackstone.com/


 
It"s a wrap for Rappin Granny at The Indie Film Gathering!!

Rappin Granny wins another film festival award

Hollywood, Calif. (PRWEB) July 3, 2005 -- 68-year-old Rappin Granny wrapped up the top spot at the recent Indie Gathering held in Ohio. Granny"s parody film "Ya Grandma"s A Gangsta" took home first place honors.

Granny recently won first place at a New York film festival and was elated when she heard the news of another festival win.

"I jumped out of my wheel chair (with spinning platinum rims) and said Go Granny, cause at my age it"s great to be alive and banging out some music beats for the kid"s," says Granny. The parody was written and produced by Hip Hop feature film writer, producer, director and editor Tim Greene Of Tim Greene Films. Tim recently spoke at the Uplifting Minds Tour"s Los Angeles stop and at The Los Angeles Film Festival (Directors Guild Of America Building).

For the month of July you can catch Tim Greene speaking on filmmaking in Houston Texas, Canada, and in New York City the 3rd week of July 2005.
To see more Indie Film Gathering Winners log onto:
http://theindiegathering.com/2005_winners.htm
For more info on Rappin Granny Log onto:
http://www.timgreenefilms.com/PressPhotos1.html

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TIM GREENE FILMS.COM
Tim Greene
2133688100


 
"BOYZ N DA HOOD" Debuts With #5 Entry on Billboard 200; Also Ranks as #1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album in the Country

NEW YORK, NY--(MARKET WIRE)--Jul 1, 2005 -- "BOYZ N DA HOOD," the debut album from Bad Boy/Block Entertainment recording artists Boyz N Da Hood, has made an explosive premiere on the Billboard 200 -- entering the chart at an impressive #5 with-a-bullet, and ranking as this week's highest debut. With more than 101,000 units sold in its first week, "BOYZ N DA HOOD" is also the #1 album on both Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Rap Albums" charts. The collection -- which features the hit single "Dem Boyz" -- is the first release from the new joint venture between Bad Boy Entertainment and Warner Music Group.

"Dem Boyz" continues to blow up at Urban radio, coming in this week at #15 with-a-bullet, while also ranking among the format's top 5 Most Increased Plays. The single has also bulleted into the top 20 on Billboard's "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs" listing and is climbing the charts at CHR/Rhythmic outlets nationwide.

The video clip for "Dem Boyz" is the #2 Most Played video this week on BET. Boyz N Da Hood recently gave an exclusive performance on the BET Awards pre-show and have hosted the "Rap City Top 10 Countdown" and performed on "106 & Park."

At MTV, "Dem Boyz" is the week's #15 most-played video. Over at MTV2, "Dem Boyz" is featured on the "Hip Hop Show," and MTV Jams has the clip in Sizzlin' rotation.

Boyz N Da Hood are also featured on Grand Hustle/Atlantic's upcoming soundtrack to the film "Hustle & Flow" (due in stores on July 12th).

Comprised of Duke, Big Gee, Jeezy, and Jody Breeze, Boyz N Da Hood is a collaboration of four of the grimiest, truest rappers to ever come from the ATL. Inspired by the legendary gangsta supergroup NWA, their debut album displays the quartet's undeniable chemistry, with each member offering his own unique style and streetwise perspective. The 16-track set explicitly conveys the harsh realities of their Dirty South 'hood on such electrifying tracks as "Gangstas," featuring Eazy E, "Felonies," and "Don't Put Your Hands On Me."

Executive produced by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Russell "Block" Spencer, and featuring production by Jazze Pha (T.I., Nelly, Twista), Frank Nitti, DJ Toomp (Ludacris, T.I., Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz), and Erik Sermon, "BOYZ N DA HOOD" packs the summer's hardest-hitting hip-hop punch.

Also look out for the "Dem Boyz Got Rims" national promotion, where one lucky fan will win a set of Sean John rims. Go to Boyzndahood.com for more details.

Contact:
Sydney Margetson
Atlantic Records
212-707-2262

Donna Torrence
MediaSavvy PR
201-854-7082
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Source: Atlantic Records


7/03/2005

 
BE LITERATE 'Jackie Brown' Actor, 'Blade' Actress Among 'Rap Literacy' Supporters

July 3rd, 2005
Toronto -- Hollywood heavyweights Robert Forster,
N'Bushe Wright and Leon have collaborated with
Canadian music personality Raoul S. Juneja (a.k.a.
Deejay Ra) for the highly anticipated debut audio PSAs
of Lyrical Knockout Entertainment's 'Hip-Hop Literacy'
high school and college radio campaign.

Juneja, considered "One of the entertainment
industry's most vocal and effective campaigners"
(FilmInk), launched the 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign
February 2004 with support from "America's greatest
crime writer" Elmore Leonard (Newsweek), also teaming
up with Leonard's publisher HarperCollins for "Get
Shorty" and "Be Cool" book giveaways across Canada and
Southern California campuses.

Featuring their catch phrase "Put down the gangsta rap
CD and pick up the gangster fiction novel," Juneja
even encouraged music biographies along with Leonard's
movie adaptations through his 'Hip-Hop Literacy'
campaign to youth otherwise uninterested in reading,
soon receiving the support of MTV Books and Adidas
Canada to launch North America's largest giveaway
tribute to rap icon Jam Master Jay in September 2004.

An April 2005 'VerveGirl' Canadian youth magazine
profile of the 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign later took
Juneja's reading list and writing workshop elements
into classrooms for the first time, with VerveGirl's
180,000 bilingual student readers taking part in a
'Rap Literacy' themed poetry contest across 1,600
Canadian schools, sponsored by Canada's
Indigo-Chapters bookstores and Juneja's award-winning
Lyrical Knockout Entertainment label.

"Good move Deejay Ra, I'm pleased to join my pal
Elmore Leonard in supporting your campaign," wrote
actor Robert Forster in an initial 'Hip-Hop Literacy'
endorsement letter. Forster's former co-stars in over
100 productions since 1962 have included Marlon
Brando, Christopher Reeve, Vince Vaughn, Naomi Watts,
Bill Duke, and most memorably Pam Grier in Quentin
Tarantino's "Rum Punch/Jackie Brown," which gave
Forster his 1998 Oscar nomination.

"Reading is important and fun, whether it's 'Blade' or
any book from your favorite movie," explains actress
N'Bushe Wright in her PSA recording with Juneja. Ms.
Wright's former co-stars in over 25 productions since
1992 have included Michael Rapaport, Chris Tucker,
Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez, Roger Guenveur Smith, and
most recently Lisa Raye in Neema Barnette's "Civil
Brand," which was featured in the 2003 Sundance Film
Festival.

"Whether it's Tupac or any book of your favourite
musician," adds actor Leon in his 'Hip-Hop Literacy'
college radio PSA. In addition to his role opposite
Adewale Agbaje and Eamonn Walker in the first season
of HBO's "Oz," Leon also co-starred in "Above The Rim"
with rap icon Tupac Amaru Shakur, whose official
"Makaveli-Branded" education fundraising clothing line
recently featured Juneja in a Tupac Scholarship Fund
print PSA advertisement.

More details about Robert Forster or Leon available
via RobertForster.com and JustLeon.com respectively.
And be sure to visit GodsForgottenHouse.com to view an
advance trailer for N'Bushe Wright's next film from
"Rhyme And Reason" producer Daniel Sollinger.


 
BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD presents A MusicBiz Wrap Session

Are you the next American Idol?
Trying to get your CD to an A&R executive?
Want inside tips from top music professionals?
Looking for a job at a record label or studio?

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS, YOU MUST ATTEND THIS PANEL!

Please email your contact info to rsvp@BreakingIntoHollywood.org. RSVP deadline is Noon on Friday, July 8. You will receive a confirmation. Class size is limited, so setting will be intimate. Upscale casual attire. If you have any questions, call (310) 712-3459.

Note: Breaking Into Hollywood is a non-profit organization that encourages aspiring professionals
in the entertainment industry to pursue their careers with creativity, enthusiasm and integrity!

MODERATOR
Grammy Award-Winner, Tony Mercedes
(A&R/Platinum Record Producer with TLC, Babyface)

PANELIST: *
Universal/Capitol Records/Independent A&R
President of NARIP
Signed rap artist
Hit songwriter & producer
Top music video director

*This is an exclusive event. Panelists names and bios will be released upon Confirmed RSVP.

BREAKING INTO HOLLYWOOD
325 N. Maple Dr. #1222; Beverly Hills, CA 91212
P: 310.712.3459
E: info@BreakingIntoHollywood.org


 
ProDance Showcase 2005 is open to the public

For the first time ever, the public can be a part of the amazing ProDance Showcase, Live August 3, 2005 at the James L. Knight Center, Miami, Florida.

(PRWEB) July 3, 2005 -- Come to the only place where you can experience the rush and excitement where sports and dance collide. The ProDance Showcase is the exciting culmination of the exclusive ProDance convention where professional sports cheerleaders/dancers come for pre season training.

For the very first time were opening our doors so that everyone can get in on the excitement says Rosalyn Jones Founder/CEO ProDance. See the moves that will be performed on professional football fields and basketball courts around the world for the 2005-2006 season. Its three hours of the absolute best in dance and choreography.

Hundreds of cheerleaders and dancers representing the NBA, NFL, and other professional sports will converge on the James L. Knight center in Miami to put on a dazzling display of hip-hop, jazz, funk, pom, and other dance styles. The worlds hottest and most influential dance chorographers working in the entertainment industry will join forces to teach over 30 fully choreographed routines to these athletic, talented and gorgeous dancers.

If you watch MTV and BET then you know their work. These brilliant and amazing choreographers include Tina Landon (Janet Jackson, Anastacia etc.), Brian Friedman (Britney Spears, etc.), Cris Judd and Eddie Garcia (Dance Like We Do DVD) as well as Kim Baum, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, John Peters, Lee Martino, Mina and Marina Ortega, and others who will have their creative visions come to liferight before your eyes!.

The ProDance Showcase tickets are only $23 and include both the ProDance Showcase and exclusive access to the ProDance Expo where you can purchase products from some of the worlds premier dance suppliers.

The Prodance Expo will be open to ProDance Showcase ticket holders on Monday and Tuesday, Aug 1 & 2 from 3-5pm at the Hyatt Regency 400 S.E Second Ave. Miami, FL 33131.

This is an awesome event for everyone. Bring your entire family. Bring your Students. We promise youll be on your feet and have an unforgettable time, says Cheryl Lawson, CEO The Perfect Date, Inc, ProDance event coordinator. Get to the James L. Knight Center as fast as you can on Wednesday, August 3 from 9am-12pm.

Tickets are available through www.ticketmaster.com or through the James L. Knight Center box office located at 400 S.E Second Ave. Miami, FL 33131.

About ProDance:
ProDance is a powerhouse weekend of dance for high-profile choreographers, directors, and dancers representing the NBA, NFL, WNBA, CFL, AFL and other professional sports leagues. Founded in August 2000 by Rosalyn Jones, ProDances mission is to positively impact each participant by offering effective strategies to improve the overall entertainment value to their respective franchises. Rosalyn is a former NCA instructor, choreographer for the San Antonio Spurs Silver Dancers (1992-2003), and has owned and operated her own cheer/tumbling/dance studio for many years.

For more information, please visit http://www.prodance.net.

About The Perfect Date, Inc.
The Perfect Date, an event-planning and marketing firm, provides planning services for events like corporate meetings, race events and party planning. Since 1992, The Perfect Dates CEO & President, Cheryl Lawson, has planned some of the most exciting meetings, events and parties in the country. After working for 16 years with Fortune 500 companies like General Motors and Fleetwood RV, Lawson founded The Perfect Date in 2000. For more information, please visit http://www.theperfect-date.com.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Cheryl Lawson
THE PERFECT DATE, INC - ProDance
http://www.prodance.net/
888-873-7789