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8/27/2005

 
Lil Jon, R. Kelly, Kanye West and EMI Music Publishing Take Top Honors at BMI Urban Awards; 'Yeah!' Named Most Performed Song

Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band Honored as BMI Icons

MIAMI, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. performing rights organization BMI saluted the premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers at its 2005 BMI Urban Awards, staged tonight in the Grand Ballroom of the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.

Lil Jon and R. Kelly were named Songwriters of the Year, each receiving four "most performed song" awards. "Yeah!," written by Sean Garrett, Lil Jon and Patrick "j.Que" Smith, was named Song of the Year, Kanye West received Producer of the Year honors, and EMI Music Publishing was awarded the BMI Crystal for Urban Publisher of the Year. The first Urban Ringtone Award went to Lil Jon and Craig D. Love for "Freek-A-Leek." A highlight of the gala was a tribute to urban funk legends Charlie Wilson and The GAP Band, who were named BMI Icons for their "enduring influence on generations of music makers."

The ceremony was hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton, who presented awards to the 70 songwriters of the 35 most performed songs of 2004 in the urban music format.

Lil Jon, who was honored with three major BMI awards -- Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Urban Ringtone of the Year -- was also named one of BMI's top songwriter/producers of the year. Lil Jon was also named Songwriter of the Year at BMI's Pop Awards held in May, marking the first time that a songwriter earned both Pop and Urban Songwriter of the Year honors in the same year.

R. Kelly received his second BMI Crystal as Urban Songwriter of the Year (he also won in 2002) with four songs on the most-performed list -- "Gigolo," "Hotel," "Step In The Name of Love" and "Thoia Thoing" -- and was also named one of BMI's top songwriter/producers. His latest CD, TP.3 Reloaded, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 the week of its release, instantly becoming his fifth #1 album.

"Yeah!," recorded by Usher featuring Ludacris and Lil Jon, was named Urban Song of the Year for tallying the most U.S. broadcast performances in 2004. The #1 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop song earned awards for songwriters Sean Garrett, Lil Jon and Patrick "j.Que" Smith, and music publishers Christopher Matthew Music, Hitco Music and White Rhino Music, Inc.

BMI Producer of the Year honors went to Kanye West for logging the most producer credits on charting songs. The BMI Top Urban Producers list also included Cool & Dre, Eminem, Fat Joe, Jazze Pha, R. Kelly, John Legend, Lil Jon, Mannie Fresh and The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo).

On the list of BMI's 35 most-performed urban songs, four songwriters contributed three songs each: Eminem, Sean Garrett, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

EMI Music Publishing was named BMI Urban Publisher of the Year by accumulating the highest percentage of copyright ownership in award songs. Big Jon Platt, Executive Vice President, Urban Music, U.S., accepted on behalf of the publisher.

The evening culminated with The GAP Band being honored as BMI Icons. Four of the band's nine albums were certified Platinum plus (The GAP Band II, The GAP Band III, The GAP Band IV and GAP Band V - Jammin') and featured 15 Top Ten and four #1 r&b hits, including "You Dropped a Bomb On Me," "Party Train," "Burn Rubber," "Outstanding," "Oops Upside Your Head," "Early in the Morning," and the smooth love song, "Yearning for Your Love." "Outstanding" alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has, astonishingly, been used by over 150 artists.

In addition to the BMI performance awards, music trade magazine Billboard recognized the BMI-affiliated writers who had #1 songs on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Hot 100 charts during the past year.

Now marking its 65th year in business, BMI is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

For a complete list of 2005 BMI Urban Awards winners, please visit bmi.com/urban.

Source: BMI

CONTACT: Hanna Pantle of BMI, +1-310-289-6328, hpantle@bmi.com

Web site: http://bmi.com/urban


 
Local Artists Tony da Skitzo and DJ Buddha Performs with Living Legends

Size Twelve Incorporated announces an evening of legendary hip-hop and R&B when Tony da Sktizo and DJ Buddha perform with the underground group Living Legends at 'Canes in Mission Beach. A great evening of live performances by 2005 San Diego Music Award Nominee Tony da Skitzo, and DJ Buddha awaits fans of hip-hop, R&B, funk and soul.

(PRWEB) August 27, 2005 -- San Diego's very own Tony da Skitzo and DJ Buddha are to perform live on stage with the legends of underground hip-hop Living Legends. Tony da Skitzo will perform the tracks from his latest SDMA nominated full length release "The Good, The Bad, The Skitzo" such as Talkin' 2 U, We Ride, and Brown Bag. His dance hall energy will be sure to get the crowd hyped up.

DJ Buddha is just returning from a recent performance with The Digital Underground, where he wrecked the turntables with his style of funky mixing and scratching. People will remember that performance.

These talented local artists will show their stuff as they set the tone for the Living Legends. It should be a great evening for lovers of urban music and the growing hip-hop music scene in San Diego.

Join us on Sunday, September 4th at 9:00 pm at 'Canes Bar and Grill. General admission tickets are available for $22. To purchase your tickets, please call (858) 488-1780, or log onto www.canesbarandgrill.com. Tickets are almost as legendary as this show! You must be 21 to attend.

About Size Twelve Incorporated
Size Twelve Incorporated is a diversified San Diego-based, entertainment company that is the parent organization of Size Twelve Entertainment and Size Twelve Records. The creative musical community of Size Twelve Incorporated includes local performing musicians in Hip-Hop, Latin, Rock, Rap, Blues, and Jazz. We have twenty plus years of diverse experience in the music industry at all levels, from production to performing and are a totally independent entity backed and funded by ourselves. Our goal is to contribute a positive creativity to the local music and art community.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Brian Moore
SIZE TWELVE INCORPORATED
http://www.sizetwelve.com/
619-517-2481


 
Mr. Del: The Future (#15) and Canton Jones: Love Jones (#23) on Billboard Top Gospel Chart (8/24/05)

Mr. Del: The Future, in-stores 8/2/05 (third week), has attained a #15 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart. Simultaneously, Canton Jones: Love Jones, in-stores 8/16/05 (first week), has attained a #23 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart.

Memphis, TN/Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) August 26, 2005 -- Mr. Del: The Future, in-stores 8/2/05 (third week), has attained a #15 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart. Simultaneously, Canton Jones: Love Jones, in-stores 8/16/05 (first week), has attained a #23 ranking on BillBoard Magazine's Top Gospel Chart.

Specials thanks to the entire Global Holy Hip Hop and Gospel community for your support of the August 2, 2005 album release titled: Mr. Del: The Future and the August 16, 2005 album release titled: Canton Jones: Love Jones, as these milestones for Ministers of the Gospel are not attainable and impossible without each and everyone of you telling your families and friends, playing tracks, purchasing albums and sharing the good news worldwide within and throughout your respective communities, one-at-a-time. James 5:20.

Global Media Acknowledgments: The Gospel Zone, Gospel Flava, Gospel City, Taba Music Media, IMAGE, Ephraim Productions, Cross Rhythms, Urban Gospel Alliance, ManHunt, EMI CMG, Christian Examiner, Christianity Today, Nuthin But Gospel, Altared Lives, CBN, Neworld Music, Hip Hop For The Soul, Da South, Sonicbids, Cumulus, Cox, ClearChannel, RadioOne, CBS Radio and All Independent Land, Satellite and Web-based Radio Stations, AM/FM, Program Directors, DJ's and worldwide for your support of Mr. Del: The Future and Canton Jones: Love Jones, distributed worldwide by EMI Gospel.

About BillBoard.Com:
Billboard.com is the Internet home of Billboard magazine, the leading international newsweekly of music, video and home entertainment. Billboard magazine has served the information needs of the entertainment business since 1894. Headquartered in New York, Billboard has offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, Washington, D.C., London, and Tokyo, and has editorial correspondents in major cities around the globe.

Billboard.com draws off the vast experience and expertise of the Billboard magazine staff to offer daily news and weekly features and reviews that provide fans and professionals alike with the Internet's most-trusted update on music happenings and new releases. The magazine's famous charts of U.S. sales, airplay and box-office grosses are previewed in the public area of the site -- and provide a reliable guidepost for anyone seeking to discover the globe's hottest musical acts.

The Billboard.com Premium Services area includes complete versions of all of Billboard's weekly album, singles, and video charts, plus international music charts and concert grosses, in addition to all of the articles printed in each week's magazine. Search our chart and article archive databases for all Billboard articles, reviews, features and special reports dating back to 1991, weekly album, singles and video charts dating back to 1984, and year-end charts dating back to 1946. You can also access Billboard sister publications, such as Billboard Bulletin (a daily business news report) and Airplay Monitor (which covers the business of radio). To subscribe to Billboard Magazine for the latest in Music News, go to: http://www.billboard.com

EMI Gospel, a division of EMI CMG, is a global leader in the production, marketing and distribution of the best in Gospel music (including but not limited to: Kierra Sheard, Smokie Norful, Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop T.D. Jakes and more). For more information, log on to: EMIGospel.com.

About EMI CMG: Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Awards given to EMI CMG Distribution include CBA Supplier of the Year 1998, 1999 & 2002, CBA Customer Service & Distribution Award 1998-2002 and CBA Impact Award 1998 & 1999. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, which is a unit of EMI Music. EMI Music is the third largest recorded music company in the world operating directly in 50 countries. EMI Music represents more than 1,000 artists spanning all musical tastes and genres.

Holy Hip Hop Music, distributed world-wide by EMI Gospel, committed to consistently adhere to the following three (3) principles: (1) Provide Affordable Music; (2) Provide Music of Sound Production Quality; and (3) Provide Music that is Inspiring and Enlightening to the Heart, grounded in Christian Ministry First, and devoid of obscenities and innuendo harmful to children, youth, adults, the community and interests of mass media, in general. Holy Hip Hop Music, in strategic alliance with EMI Gospel, serves as the exclusive distribution partner for Arrow Records' Recording Artist: Canton Jones, Holy South Recording Artist: Mr. Del and SGR Music Recording Artist: Tragegy.

To Order Canton Jones: Love Jones- Click Here: http://holyhiphop.com/Press/cantonjonesretailpage.htm

For more information on Canton Jones, log on to: http://www.sonicbids.com/cantonjones, http://www.cajointernational.com or http://www.arrow-records.com

To Order Mr. Del: The Future - Click Here: http://www.holyhiphop.com/Press/mrdelretailpage.htm

For more information on Mr. Del, log on to: http://www.sonicbids.com/mrdel, http://www.everybodycalmdown.com or http://www.holysouth.com

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Holy Hip Hop Breaking News
http://www.holyhiphop.com/
404-893-5752


 
Snoop's Brother Bing Creates Snoop Dogg Skate Board

Snoop Doggs younger brother, Bing, who is currently completing the recording of the debut album with his rap duo, Lifestyle, is also bringing his new line of Snoop Skateboards into the fold. Bings Lifestyle CD is slated for release this fall, a highly anticipated work that also features his partner in the rap duo, DJ Quiks cousin, Hit (Michael Anthony Tyler).

In addition to the upcoming album, titled Lubrication, Bing also has a line of skateboards that will be available.

Shortly after the release of his Lifestyle album, which will be titled "Lubrication," his new line of Snoop Skateboards, which he is launching with his brother Snoop Dogg, will be available through Pentagon Distribution (the distributor for Academy Snowboards, Kampus Wakeskates and shoes, and CD Wakeboard Bindings).

Snoop and Bings new company is called the Snoop Dogg Board Company. They will debut a complete line of skateboarding products, including long and short skateboards, accessories, and backpacks. The decks will be manufactured with a standard of high quality, but will have competitive prices.

Bing Worthington, Snoop Doggs brother, came to us with a vision of bridging these two industries together because there is already so much crossover between skateboarding and the rap/hiphop market, says Duane Pacha, President of Pentagon Distribution.

Bing says, We are excited to work with the Pentagon group. These guys are definite hustlers in this business. We are down with skateboarding and want to get more music fans into skateboarding. Both of these should be part of everyones lifestyle.

Snoop will be heard on the Lifestyles album, Lubrication, on the track titled Bottoms Up.

The album will be released by Lethal Entertainment, headed by Greedy Greg Jessie and Thomas Bruno.

Media Contact:
Phyllis Pollack
Def Press Public Relations
18907 Vincennes St.
Northridge, CA 91324
818-349-2282
Route66@socal.rr.com


 
New Rap Artist breaking out of Michigan

Spitzer is Rapper coming out of Saginaw, Michigan, also known as "Sag-Nasty" and turning heads. His style is unique and his flow is out of this world. Spitzer has been accepted to perform at the New York International Music Festival in November. The Festival is a week long from November 9th through the 17th. Spitzer will perform tow songs in front of the Music Industry.

It was hard growing up in "Sag-Nasty" and Spitzer knew music was his only way out. He built up his name through freestyle battles. Performed with B.G from Chopper City Records only to catch the eye of Eniq, a well known producer from Michgan. As well as the CEO from Billy Bad Azz Productions out of Detroit City.

Look for Spitzer's cd, Welcome To Spitzerland, coming out in December 2005.

Contact Info: Spitzer Entertainment
Nicole Rodriguez
1403 Cooper Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
989.482.0191

New York International Music Festival
Analisa San Juan
3753 Howard Hughes pkwy, Suite 200
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Director: Frankie Munoz


 
J-Live Announces Remix Contest For New Album

To celebrate the release of his third album, The Hear After, in stores August 30th on Penalty Records, J-Live has announceda remix contest, allowing up and coming producers to take a shot at producing for the legendary Brooklyn lyricist. Teaming up with online retailer HipHopSite.Com, J is offering an exclusive bonus CD featuring acapellas for the entire album, free with purchase of The Hear After, exclusively at the website.

Up and coming producers can remix any songfrom the album and submit it to the contest. J-Live will pick three winners himself, with thefirst prize winner's remix appearing on the b-side of J's next 12' inch single. Second and third place winners' remixes will appear on a volume of HipHopSite's Preemptive Hype compilation series. In addition, all three winners will receive autographed copies of the limited edition J-Live 7' inch vinyl single "School's In", of which only 500 copies were pressed. For full contest details and ordering information go here: http://www.hiphopsite.com/?p=/SEARCH/?ITEM=0275F35A-EA55-4418-B815-8723D7C97FFA

Matt Conaway
Movement Marketing
Alternate E-Mail Address: mattyc@tmo.blackberry.net
C-410-903-7568
AOL IM- Matthewbrn


 
Legendary DJ Kool Herc Appears In Jin (The Emcee) Music Video

August 26, 2005
New York, NY - The year was 1973. The place was 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, The Bronx. Thats where it all began. On a defining August 11th evening, DJ Kool Herc rocked a party outside a recreation center down the street from his house. But this wasnt just any party. On that evening, Hip Hop was born.

Flash forward some 30 years later. Same DJ. Different Time. Same Spirit. Different Place.

A video shoot is underway at Fat Beats record store in NYCs Lower West Side. DJ Kool Herc is behind the turntables. But in front, is a fresh face. He is Jin Au-Yeung, known nowadays as The Emcee. This is the same emcee who dominated BETs 106th and Park Freestyle Fridays competition. Its the same emcee who took home $50,000 and a new car at the 2004 Mixshow Power Summit in Puerto Rico.

The video being shot is for The Emcees first single, Top 5 (Dead or Alive). We had to get Herc in this video. There was no choice., says The Emcee. He birthed this thing we all know as Hip Hop. Everything we know about it leads right back to him.

Top 5 (Dead or Alive) is a homage to the emcees of past and present who have defined a culture which has found its way into just about every nook and cranny on the face of The Earth. The song is an important lesson to those who arent familiar with Hip Hops lineage. Emcees from Kurtis Blow to Jadakiss, Slick Rick to Scarface, Rakim to Nas. If its on your personal Top 5 list, you can bet that artist is mentioned on the record.

Kool Herc agreed to appear in the video after hearing The Emcees take on the subject matter. Herc, whos credited with founding Hip Hop admits that being in the industry hasnt been as lucrative for him as others. Take into account the multi-million dollar endorsement deals a few select artists are receiving. The Emcee even rocks a T-shirt in the video that gets right to the point. It reads: Hip HopWheres Kool Hercs Royalty Check? The shirt comes courtesy of Kool Hercs clothing line, Sedgwick and Cedar.

The video has quite a few surprises and was made possible by the people of New York who have a starring role in the video. The independent music video was produced by Kamel Pratt of Crafty Plugz in association with Draft Records, a new label founded by Howie McDuffie, formerly of Rawkus Records. Up and coming music video director, Todd Angkasuwan helmed the production. To see the video, visit www.theemcee.com or www.myspace.com/imtodd.

For more information please contact:
tnt digital media
623-451-5416
info@tntdigitalmedia.com


8/26/2005

 
Snoop Dogg Skateboards Launches

OCEANSIDE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 23, 2005--Pentagon Distribution, the distributor for Academy Snowboards, Kampus Wakeskates and shoes, and CD Wakeboard Bindings, has joined forces with Snoop Dogg to launch Snoop Dogg Board Company (SDBC).

The company will debut with a complete line of skateboarding products, including long and short skateboards, accessories, and backpacks. The decks will be manufactured with a high standard of quality, yet will have competitive pricing to reach the general public. The agreement also includes a complete line of lifestyle/high-end Snoop Dogg luggage and travel bags, which will launch in January 2006.

"Bing Worthington, Jr., Snoop Dogg's brother, came to us with a vision of bridging these two industries together because there is already so much crossover between skateboarding and the Rap/hip hop market. These guys work as hard as us, so it was a perfect fit," stated Duane Pacha, President of Pentagon Distribution.

"We are excited to work with the Pentagon group. These guys are definite hustlers in this business. With our music industry connections and concerts, we know this project is going to get big. We are down with skateboarding and want to get more music fans into skateboarding," commented Worthington.

Pentagon is currently interviewing qualified international distributors to represent Snoop Dogg Board Co. Any questions, please contact sales@snoopdoggboardco.com or view the website, www.snoopdoggboardco.com

Pentagon Distribution and its brands Academy Snowboards, Kampus Wakeskates, CD Wakeboard Bindings, and Snoop Dogg Board Company, are the property of Pacific Sports Group Inc.
Any investment questions, please contact investorrelations@pacificsportgroupinc.com

Contacts
Pacific Sports Group Inc.
Jeff Baughn, 760-721-7604, x223
jb@snoopdoggboardco.com


 
Duman & Fiero Set To Debut Independent A&R Clinic

(PRWEB) August 25, 2005 -- Duman & Fiero, the newly formed San Francisco Bay Area based entertainment consulting firm, is set to debut their pioneering Independent A&R Clinic: "Utilizing A&R Resources," the first of a three part series, beginning on September 27th in Oakland, California.

The Indpendent A&R Clinics, which are the first of their kind, will help music artists get an honest commercial evaluation of their songs, and provide them with a chance to connect with traditional record label A&R, third party licensing companies, television/film music supervisors, and advertising agency reps who are responsible for the placement of music in commercials.

"For me personally, this is a natural and logical evolution considering the reputation that I've developed as an authority on commercial music through my work at Muse's Muse.com as a reviewer." COO, Gian Fiero says. "I have always wanted to actively instigate economic and creative opportunities for music artists and their songs. With the creation of this workshop, Duman & Fiero can facilitate those endeavors and business transactions while helping many deserving artists in the process."

The Independent A&R Clinics are scheduled as follows:

Title: Duman & Fiero's Independent A&R Clinic: Utilizing A&R Resources
Date: September 27th (Tuesday)
Time: 5 - 7 pm
Place: SBA Office, 519 17th St., Suite 200, Oakland, California
Admission: Free!

Title: Duman & Fiero's Independent A&R Clinic Part I: The Song
Date: November 1st (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Place: 519 17th St., Suite 200, Oakland, EastBay Entrepreneur Cntr
Admission: Free!

Title: Duman & Fiero's Independent A&R Clinic Part II: The Production & The Recording
Date: November 15th (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Place: 519 17th St., Suite 200, Oakland, EastBay Entrepreneur Cntr
Admission: Free!

*Space is limited! Those who forward their material in advance will be given priority.

Send Packages to:

Independent A&R Clinic
c/o Duman & Fiero
1714 Franklin St. Suite 100-119
Oakland, CA 94612

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Gian Fiero
DUMAN & FIERO
510.886.3394


 
FAT MAN SCOOP AND OTHERS COLLABORATE WITH NEW MARKETING MANAGEMENT GROUP

New York, NY August 24, 2005 UA Marketing & Management, New York, is launching a "Marketing Management" group that will work with major music talent (Artists, Producers, DJs) to help align them with brands in varied capacities. UA will also work with brands and agencies seeking relevant and recognizable music talent for their mixed marketing needs. The group intends to help increase the value of its talent (though not limited to its talent) in the commercial marketplace, and help companies reach target demographics with relevance and ultimately add marketing value to their brand.

With several artists already aligned with UA Marketing & Management, including the very energized and unique Fat Man Scoop whos currently riding high with Missy Elliott, Terror Squad's deepest lyricist Armageddon - also a talented writer and producer, and LV (Fat Joe and Terror Squads Producer/DJ) whos producing records for some of the industrys biggest artists the new division has quickly paired its artists with a collection of brands for everything from mobile content to events to scores to contests/promotions to integrated marketing campaigns.

"This is a great opportunity for both artists and brands, as the possibilities of working together are endless. UA Marketing & Management is in the business of synergy -- relationships that make sense. We are looking forward to creating new and exciting relationships for artists and conversely for the brands. We have on numerous occasions helped brands find recognizable music talent for their advertising/marketing/promotions, so this was a natural progression for us" says Bernard Smith, head of UA Marketing & Management.

Fat Man Scoop added UA Marketing & Management has given me the opportunity to do more than just reach my audience through music. [With the company] I have created original music for brands; Ive done voiceovers, commercials, promotions and print campaigns. Currently, were developing a regional and national co-branded effort, created and handled by Bernard and the UA Marketing & Management team.

In addition to handling the marketing of notable music talent, UA Marketing & Management also conceptualizes, develops and executes marketing programs that reach niche demographics, with a strong hand in the urban segment working with a range of clients, from fashion and entertainment to corporate America and even educational institutions.

UA Marketing has recently developed projects for Phat Farm/Baby Phat, FILA, Request Jeans, NewYork.com and Parsons School of Design to name a few, while the Marketing Management group has already worked with a collection of leading brands in the media, fashion/lifestyle, beverage, internet and wireless industries.

For more information visit: www.uamarketing-ny.com

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Press Contact:

Bernard Smith
917-492-7716
bernard@uamarketing-ny.com


 
Producers Bless and K-Mack of Soul Diggaz Productions to Appear as Guest Judges on 106th and Park's Freestyle Fridays

Segment Airdate Scheduled for August 26 at 6:00 PM

Hit-making Production Team Duo Discography Includes Select Tracks for Beyonce, Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige

New York, NY August 24, 2005 Producer/Brother team Bless and K-Mack of Soul Diggaz Productions will serve as this weeks guest judges on BETs daily video music show 106th and Park, during their Freestyle Friday segment. Known for its gritty competition in pursuit of the hottest unsigned artist, this show will tape on Thursday, August 25 and air the following day, Friday, August 26, at 6:00 PM in New York (check local stations for other airtimes and complete channel listings).

Starting their business in the basement of their parents home in 1995, Soul Diggaz became fully operational after Bless and his brother K-Mack decided to start their own production company. Their hard work and dedication lead to their first significant placement on Pras solo album debut, Ghetto Superstar, entitled For the Love of This. Acquiring other projects, Soul Diggaz Productions began working with Grammy-winning artist Mary J. Blige, Loon, Cheri Dennis and Jimmy Cozier. In 2003, Missy Elliot signed them to a production deal and ever since, they have been one of hip hops most sought after production teams, working on various projects, including the Gap commercial series featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott, Beyonces LOreal commercial as well as the Eve theme song for her self-titled sitcom on UPN.

Having an ear for music at an early age, Bless and K-Mack were influenced by many genres of music, including R&B, Hip-Hop and Rock, citing Run DMC, Erik B and Rakim and New Edition as major influences in the way they listened to music. We would sit and wonder what instrument was being used, and would simply begin to dissect the music, says Bless. Carefully tracing the steps of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, their essential goal was to be identified by sound , and their handcrafted infusion of sound, sometimes using samples and at other times using synthesizers, is described by K-Mack as very street, yet soulful, but all feel-good music with a positive vibe that can inspire many.

Along with their production deal with Missy Elliot, they additionally hold a publishing deal with Warner Chappell. They also have expanded their production company, signing a female group (currently unnamed) on Atlantic Records and Young Kuntry under Universal, amongst a host of other talented artists. Their offices are located in West Orange, NJ. For more information, please visit http://www.souldiggaz.com.

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Contact Info:
Jessica Taylor Publicist 917-783-6073
Cinque Mcketty (Que) Publicist 917-676-3790


 
Kanye West and Pepsi Take a Trip Around the Globe

Grammy Award-Winning Artist Stars in New Commercial Directed by Spike Lee

Premieres During MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28

PURCHASE, N.Y., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kanye West not only will be featured as a performer and nominee at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28, he also will appear in a new Pepsi commercial, which debuts during the telecast.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050825/LATH083)

The commercial, titled "Timeline," follows Kanye as he walks by iconic backdrops of various cities, including Paris, Cairo, Tokyo, and Chicago, via state-of-the-art computer graphics and special effects. Set to the song "Heard 'Em Say" (featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 5) from his new album "Late Registration," Kanye and his "aura" (fueled by Pepsi) have a major influence on every city he visits. The 30-second spot was directed by Spike Lee and created by Spike DDB.

"From concept, to execution, to post-production and effects, to revisions -- a lot of work went into this creative process," said Kanye West, who is managed by Gee Roberson of Hip Hop Since 1978 Management and is signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Rec record label. "I want to thank Pepsi for working overtime to see this through."

The "Timeline" commercial is a part of Kanye's new partnership with Pepsi. On August 13, the artist headlined an exclusive Pepsi Smash concert in Miami. Performance footage of Kanye from the concert is currently featured on Pepsi's music microsite on Yahoo! (www.smash.yahoo.com), which launched in June and includes original video programming from a variety of musical artists. Las Vegas-based MEGA, INC., Pepsi's music marketing agency, facilitated the partnership with Kanye.

Pepsi has a long history in music and has featured the biggest recording artists and a diverse range of chart-topping music in marketing campaigns. Recent campaigns have featured superstars Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and P. Diddy. The commercial starring Stefani helped launch the Pepsi iTunes promotion in which 200 million free songs were made available to consumers.

About Pepsi

Purchase, N.Y.-based Pepsi-Cola North America (www.pepsi.com) is the refreshment beverage unit of PepsiCo Inc. in the United States and Canada. Its U.S. brands include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Edge, Pepsi ONE, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Pepsi Twist, Pepsi Vanilla, Mountain Dew, Diet Mountain Dew, Mountain Dew Code Red, Mountain Dew LiveWire, Sierra Mist, Sierra Mist Free, Mug, Slice, Aquafina, Aquafina FlavorSplash, Aquafina Sparkling, Dole single-serve juices, Tropicana Juice Drinks and SoBe. The company also makes and markets North America's best-selling ready-to-drink iced teas and coffees, respectively, via joint ventures with Lipton and Starbucks.
Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050825/LATH083
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: Pepsi-Cola North America

CONTACT: Nicole Bradley of Pepsi-Cola North America, +1-914-253-2964,
nicole.bradley@pepsi.com; or Gabe Tesoriero of Island Def Jam,
+1-212-445-3632, gabriel.tesoriero@umusic.com

Web site: http://www.pepsi.com/
http://www.smash.yahoo.com/


 
VH1 and Starbucks Launch 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors' Sweepstakes

Winners Fly To NYC for The 2006 Hip Hop Honors and Hang Out Backstage

Contest Entry Forms Available Exclusively At All Magic Johnson Starbucks Locations Across The Country

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 and Starbucks have partnered to launch the VH1 HIP HOP HONORS SWEEPSTAKES, a new contest created to give one lucky hip hop fan the total celebrity experience at next year's 2006 VH1 Hip Hop Honors. The contest kicks off on August 26, 2005 and will run for a month, concluding on September 26, the same date that this year's 2005 VH1 Hip Hop Honors airs (9PM ET/PT.) All entrants must fill out an official sweepstakes entry form at any Magic Johnson Starbucks location in order to be eligible.

The winner will receive a trip for two to New York, a pair of VIP all access passes to the 2006 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, limousine transportation to the event and luxury hotel accommodations. The winner will also be invited to hang out on the red carpet as hip hop icons arrive before the show begins, attend the closed-door rehearsals, and meet the performers, honorees and hosts backstage throughout the night. Although the prize package will be awarded at next year's VH1 Hip Hop Honors, the winner will be given a special gift right away to coincide with this year's event. A special collection of CDs featuring all 2005 honorees will be immediately dispatched to the winner's home upon notification.

Entry forms are available at all Magic Johnson Starbucks locations throughout the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit. In all, there are 83 locations nationwide. The contest will begin on August 26th and run through September 26th. The winner will be selected randomly from the entries, and notified by (date). The sweepstakes was developed and is being coordinated through UMCA (Urban Marketing Corporation of America), a minority-owned firm specializing in entertainment and sport product marketing.

"As the #1 urban brand in America, it is nice to be recognized by VH1 as a source to connect their programming, their viewers and my Starbucks customers across the country," says Magic Johnson. "I am happy that VH1 is again honoring Hip Hop legends by hosting 'Hip Hop Honors' and I invite everyone into any one of my Starbucks to participate."

The second annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors," broadcast on September 26 at 9PM (ET/PT.) 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. 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.

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 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.

Starbucks Corporation is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 8,000 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(R) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products. Tazo Tea's line of innovative premium teas and Hear Music's exceptional compact discs enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products. The Seattle's Best Coffee(R) and Torrefazione Italia(R) Coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles.

The Urban Marketing Corporation of America is one of the leading urban marketing agencies in the country, with a long list of best in class clients that include Nike, VH1, Nickelodeon and HBO. Recent projects include HBO's original film Lackawanna Blues, USA Network's Kojak, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Based in Los Angeles, UMCA designs and executes fully integrated marketing campaigns to reach minority audiences through traditional and non-traditional approaches.

Contact: Brett Henne/VH1

212/846-6752

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Brett Henne of VH1, +1-212-846-6752

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


 
MTV Video Music Awards Merge With On-Demand Access to Offer Audience the Ultimate Experience With 'My VMAs'

MTV Offers the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards Plus Exclusive, Original Broadband Content for Viewers to Create Their Own Customized VMA Experience On MTV Overdrive

NEW YORK, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- What do you get when you merge one of the biggest music events on television with on-demand access to bonus performances and original content available no where else? MTV today announced "My VMAs," where users can customize their own VMA experience on MTV's new broadband video channel, MTV Overdrive (overdrive.mtv.com.)

Officially launching on August 29th following the live VMA broadcast, "My VMAs," a dedicated channel within MTV Overdrive, will allow viewers to re-live and re-mix their VMA experience by combining their favorite moments from the star-studded night with exclusive, bonus segments, all available in an a la carte, on-demand menu. The expanded VMA footage will include in-depth "white" carpet fashion coverage; arrivals by tricked out cars; backstage artist interviews; as well as more music performances produced especially for Overdrive. "My VMAs" puts control in the hands of music fans and allows them to experience the VMAs the way they want.

"My VMAs will be a true hybrid viewer experience where the audience can either lean back and watch the show as it unfolds or lean forward and create their own unique version of the show on demand," said Van Toffler, MTV Networks Music Group President. "We know our viewers enjoy watching the show live with their friends, but we also know they are looking for the added experience of being able to customize their own VMA -- re-watching their favorite moments and performances or creating their own director's cut with highlights from their favorite artists -- and that's exactly why we created MTV Overdrive."

In addition to "My VMAs," MTV Overdrive will feature a live VMA "After Show." Once the main show ends, MTV News' Kurt Loder, John Norris, Sway Calloway, SuChin Pak, and Gideon Yago will provide a recap of the evening in the televised "Post Show" and then throw to an extended "After Show" available exclusively on MTV Overdrive. During the "After Show," users will have more access to a live continuation of the Post-Show, complete with highlights and color commentary. Following in the footsteps of the highly successful "After Shows" for hit series such as "Laguna Beach" and "Real World/Road Rules Challenge," MTV Overdrive will satisfy the audience's voracious appetite for more access to all things VMA, complete with backstage reactions from the biggest performers, the hottest celebrity interviews, fashion observations and much more.

Christina Norman, President of MTV added, "We're excited about the multi- platform combination of the VMAs on MTV and on MTV Overdrive to provide a full sensory music experience for our audience." She added, "Not only are we looking to blow viewers away on TV, but on broadband, they'll also be able to re-live the thrill of the show over and over again by customizing their very own VMAs with original bonus content, as well as show-stopping performances."

As soon as the "After Show" concludes, VMA elements will begin to be made available on Overdrive at MTV.com. And as of August 29 and for a full 30 days thereafter, the entire VMA pre-show, main show and post-show will be available on MTV Overdrive. In addition to the entire VMAs, the following is a list of more exclusive and original programming created for and available only on Overdrive as part of "My VMAs" -- leading up to and following the big night itself:

VMA to Z Nominee Special (already live)

MTV VJ Damien Fahey gives you the lowdown on all the 2005 nominees. Every single video, every category. Your ultimate crib sheet to the 2005 VMA nominees--the only way to prep for the big show.

VMA Virgins: My Chemical Romance (already live)

MTV's Overdrive spotlights rising stars, My Chemical Romance, who are first-time nominees in this year's VMAs. Overdrive probes their feelings on their virgin nomination, as well as multiple other music-related "firsts". And we get the lowdown on the scoop behind their nominated video, "Helena."

The Bling Report (8/28)

MTV.com and Minya Oh (author of Bling, Bling: Hip Hop's Crown Jewels) get access to the "bling suites" that jewelers set up in South Beach for artists to browse custom pieces to wear the big show.

VMA Fashion Attack (8/29)

MTV Overdrive storms the 2005 VMAs with Coltrane. Yes, the style king is back with the same take-no-prisoners eye for fashion that will show the only thing hotter than the weather in Miami are the stars' outfits.

Hotel MTV (8/26)

Kicking off 8/24 with a BBQ hosted by Diddy himself, the Hotel MTV will serve as base camp for a slew of events leading up to the VMAs. Overdrive will allow viewers to catch the action coming from Hotel MTV, as well as a very special performance by The Bravery as part of the MTV2 sponsored Lifebeat benefit.

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for both the "2005 MTV Video Music Awards" and "My VMAs" on MTV Overdrive. Ben White is the Executive Producer for "My VMAs." Suejin Yang is the Supervising Producer. Colin Helms is the Editorial Director. Ocean MacAdams and Michael Alex are Executive Producers for MTV News on Overdrive. Graham Johnson is the Executive Producer of MTV Overdrive. Jason Marks is the Interactive Director. Steve Azueta is the Technical Director.

Hosted by Diddy, the 2005 VMAs will broadcast live from AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL on Sunday, August 28, 2005 at 8:00PM (LIVE ET/Tape Delayed PT). Performers include 50 Cent, Coldplay, Shakira, Ludacris, Mariah Carey, the Killers, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Green Day and R Kelly. The star-list of presenters include Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, and Snoop Dogg.

Recently, Overdrive exclusively premiered "MTV News And Direct Effect Present: Inside Em & 50's Anger Management" on August 3rd. Since its recent launch in April, MTV Overdrive has received critical acclaim and widespread popularity for its unique ability to entertain viewers with both a linear viewing experience and video on demand capabilities, all in one web-based application. With exclusive updates from MTV News four times daily, an expansive music selection of videos and live performances, along with original programs and exclusive footage that compliments on-air programming from MTV and MTV2, MTV Overdrive's success continues build each week.

For more information about THE 2005 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS and to experience MTV Overdrive, visit www.MTV.com.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Marnie Black, +1-212-846-7004, Marnie.black@mtvn.com, Jeannie
Kedas, +1-212-846-4629, jeannie.kedas@mtvn.com, or David French,
+1-212-846-6698, david.french@mtvstaff.com, all of MTV

Web site: http://www.mtv.com/
http://overdrive.mtv.com/


 
PADRES Contra El Cancer Hosts 20th Anniversary Picnic and Carnival Presented by the Southern California Chevrolet Dealers Association

Nearly 5,000 People Expected to Attend Event That Celebrates 'Hope'
for Latino Children With Cancer and Their Families

WHAT: PADRES Contra El Cancer's 20th Anniversary Picnic and Carnival
presented by the Southern California Chevrolet Dealers
Association is a free event open to all children with cancer
and their families. The day-long celebration will feature food
and entertainment, celebrity autograph signings, carnival games
and rides, arts and craft activities, and raffle prize
drawings. A special 20th Anniversary cake-cutting ceremony
will occur at 2:30 PM, when doves will be released and a
special Mariachi performance will celebrate the organization's
20-year history of community service.

WHO: Spanish Television Personality RAUL BUENFIL and LATV "Mex 2 The
Max" Host PATRICIA LOPEZ will emcee. Performers include: Urban
Regional Rappers FLAKKIS and JAE-P, Hip Hop Artists MEXICLAN,
Norteno Band INESPERADO and Mariachi Sensations MARIACHI SOL Y
MAR WITH LA TRIGUENITA. Visiting dignitaries include SENATOR
LIZ FIGUEROA, ASSEMBLYMEMBER JUDY CHU and ASSEMBLYMEMBER CINDY
MONTANEZ. Radio Personality RENAN ALMENDAREZ COELLO ("EL
CUCUY"), THE LAKER GIRLS, LOS ANGELES AVENGERS, TONY THE TIGER
and Dora the Explorer's DIEGO will also be on hand to visit
with guests and sign autographs for the children.

WHEN: Sunday, August 28, 2005 (Noon - 6:00 PM)

WHERE: Whittier Narrows Park - Meadows Area
751 South Santa Anita Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733

ABOUT PADRES:

PADRES Contra El Cancer (PADRES) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. PADRES programs, activities and services, while primarily oriented to the Latino community, serve childhood cancer patients from ALL races and ethnic origins. No family is turned away. Celebrating 20 years of service, PADRES brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders as well as effective methods for treatment. Since 2004, actress Eva Longoria has served as PADRES' National Spokesperson. For more information about PADRES, visit IamHope.org.

- www.IamHope.org -

PRNewswire -- Aug. 25

Source: PADRES Contra El Cancer

CONTACT: Brenda Alcazar of PADRES Contra El Cancer, +1-323-850-7901,
ext. 225, or mobile, +1-626-841-2203, balcazar@IamHope.org

Web site: http://www.iamhope.org/


 
Women In Communications of Detroit Hosts Program on Peace Communications

DETROIT, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Brenda Naomi Rosenberg, the executive director of the nationally acclaimed Children of Abraham Project leads a panel discussion called "Give Peace a Shout," sponsored by Women In Communications (WIC) of Detroit to remember the fourth anniversary of the September 11th American tragedy.

The event occurs at 6 p.m., September 14 at the Arab American National Museum (http://www.theaanm.org/ ), 13624 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. Panelists include Rosenberg (http://www.nccj.org/ ), recipient of Women in Communication's most recent Vanguard award for communication excellence, along with Lisa Lapides-Sawicki, co-director of Youth Under Construction (http://www.youngpop.com/ ), a positive hip-hop movement, and Jackie Perreca. She directs marketing at Blue Moon Partners, and led publicity efforts for a Michigan fundraiser for Seeds of Peace (http://www.seedsofpeace.org/ ), the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering young people from conflict regions, primarily the Middle East, with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.

Women In Communications highlights three communicators who use their consummate time and talents to bring conversations for peace that bridge political, geographic, religious and social lines. Together they help southeast Michigan journalists, publicists and marketing coordinators to discuss the concept: "Give Peace a Shout."

The Children of Abraham Project, under the auspices of the National Conference for Community and Justice and the University of Michigan Arts and Citizenship Program is currently producing a documentary for international distribution. The poignant discussions that take the form of improv theater and audience participation have propelled the group to appear in a CBS special and productions in schools, religious centers and community theaters. Its goal is to foster peace and dialog.

The cost is $30 for members and $40 for guests, including light appetizers and a tour of the museum. Call the WIC reservation line at (248) 652-1420, for more information.

Source: Women In Communications of Detroit

CONTACT: RoseAnn Nicolai of Women In Communications of Detroit,
+1-248-582-8465

Web site: http://www.theaanm.org/
http://www.nccj.org/
http://www.youngpop.com/
http://www.seedsofpeace.org/

Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/800900.html


 
Platinum-Selling Recording Artists Eve and Fat Joe Poke Fun at Past in New Boost Mobile Ad Campaign

Hip-Hop Heavyweights Revisit '80s for Hilarious Spin on Life's Pivotal Moments

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 24, 2005--Once again, lifestyle telecommunications leader Boost Mobile and its advertising agency Berlin Cameron/Red Cell have raised the bar on creativity with a cutting-edge, comedic concept for its new "Pivotal Moments" ad campaign featuring chart-topping hip-hop artists Eve and Fat Joe. The campaign showcases the two visible icons, who are at the top of their respective games, and applies some creative license and irreverence to make the Boost "Chirp" a pivotal moment in their lives and their successes in a positive and substantive way.

Boost's Pivotal Moments campaign launched with a nationwide push in select print media in mid-July. The broadcast component, highlighted by acclaimed director Chris Robinson and co-director Randy Krallman, began with the national debut of "Pivotal Moments" TV and radio commercials this month. Boost Mobile expects to continue and expand the campaign with new talent in 2006.

The campaign, designed to showcase pivotal moments when the Boost Mobile "Chirp" is the only tool to take young people to a higher level in life, was created in response to a nationwide study commissioned by Boost Mobile to identify the most common positive "pivotal moments" in the lives of 14- to 24-year-olds based on a phone call they received.

According to the study conducted by MRSI (Marketing Research Services Inc.), many "pivotal moment" calls have centered on news that would forever change the lives of young people, such as being accepted to a particular college, winning a large prize, moving to another city or securing a job. Those who participated in the study were also asked who they were with when they received their "pivotal" news and who the first person was that they shared the news with.

"According to our research, eight out of ten 14- to 24-year-olds have personally received a phone call that changed their life, and for many the call impacted their lives by changing their attitude in a positive way, increasing self esteem and confidence," said Darryl Cobbin, vice president of marketing, Boost Mobile. "Boost's aim with this campaign is to highlight those specific occasions in young people's lives. Those once-in-a-lifetime moments when you need instant information so you don't miss that golden opportunity to elevate your life."

"Pivotal Moments" goes back in time (the 1980s) when Eve and Fat Joe had yet to be discovered or realized their potential of being the celebrities that we know and love today. Boost tells the story of that pivotal moment when they got the "Chirp" that changed their lives forever and how "good things happen to people who Chirp."

Eve's commercial takes you back in the day when her friend "chirped" her to invite her to a block party. She pulls out her Boost Mobile phone and tells her she's on her way. There she sees a local MC in a heated rap battle. At this moment, she is inspired to become a rapper and the rest is history. The comedic twist in the commercial shows that had she not gotten the "chirp" and continued to dance, she would have placed second in a nationally televised talent show competition while in her teens and ultimately succumbing to a position as an assistant ballet instructor in eastern Ukraine before become the dean at a prestigious ballet academy in Russia.

Fat Joe's commercial shows him standing on his neighborhood corner back in the day when he receives a "chirp" and one of his friends invites him to a rap performance. He goes and becomes obsessed with hip-hop from this moment on. Had he not gotten that pivotal "chirp" he would have continued to discover his hidden talent of communicating with animals and become a respected NYC pet psychiatrist. Without Boost, the world would never have known this lyrical legend.

"Boost Mobile is about being connected and staying ahead of the pack in terms of being 'where it's at,' both in terms of the lives of the audience and in youth culture in general," said Berlin Cameron/Red Cell CEO and Creative Director Ewen Cameron. "So we took a tongue-in-cheek approach of showing how a call on Boost could make a profound difference in someone's life, in this case lives whose stories our audience knows and relates to. To succeed in the youth branding game you have to come across as fresh and authentic every time. Last year we did it with music video style Anthem campaign and this year we took a narrative approach."

About Berlin Cameron/Red Cell

Berlin Cameron/Red Cell is part of WPP and is the New York office of the Red Cell Network. Clients include The Coca-Cola Company (Coca-Cola Classic, C2, Mello Yello, Cool from Nestea, Pibb Xtra, Minute Maid Sodas); Samsung; Pfizer (Zyrtec, corporate); Boost Mobile; New York Life Insurance; Nestle Purina; White Wave (Silk); The Wall Street Journal; Newell Rubbermaid and Pernod-Ricard (The Glenlivet, Wyborowa Vodka).

About Boost Mobile

Based in Irvine, Calif., Boost Mobile LLC, a subsidiary of Sprint Nextel Corp. (NASDAQ:S - News), is a lifestyle-based telecommunications brand focused on offering premium Pay-As-You-Go wireless phones and services to the youth market. Boost is one of the fastest-growing wireless services in the U.S. and now has more than 1.7 million customers - the majority of which are under the age of 25. Boost-branded wireless phones with its exclusive Boost(TM) Walkie-Talkie service and Re-Boost(TM) cards are available nationwide at locations where youth prefer to shop, including national retailers and convenience stores, and merchants that focus on fashion, music, and action sports-related activities. Experience Boost on the Web at www.boostmobile.com.
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Contact:

Miles Ahead Entertainment for Boost Mobile
Dana Hill, 201-722-1500
Dana@milesaheadentertainment.com
or
Sheila Eldridge, 201-722-1500
Sheila@MilesAheadEntertainment.com

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Source: Boost Mobile


 
Rap Star Lil' Zane Joins Panel For Hip Hop Summit At Black Press All Star Awards

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) - Rap star Zane, formerly known as Lil Zane, has joined the growing list of celebrity panelists at the upcoming Hip Hop Journalism Summit Panel at Black Press All Star Awards which takes place in Chicago, IL on September 16-17, 2005. The event also boasts a Mix Tape Competition and Poetry Slam.

By age 17, he had already contributed a song to the soundtrack for Ice Cube's hit movie "Next Friday," and started his own acting career in "Finding Forrester" with former James Bond actor, Sean Connerly, appeared with Eddie Murphy on "Dr. Dolittle 2" and stole his scenes on the blockbuster movie, "Fighting Temptations" with Beyoncé' and Cuba Gooding. For the past year or so, Zane took a much needed break from the big screen to work on other projects.

Now Zane is back in a big way. Seen recently on the 2005 BET Awards, Zane will participate in the panel discussion on the hip hop industry and its effects on Urban radio. Plus, Zane will judge the Mix Tape Competition and Hip Hop Poetry Slam with other industry executives, professionals and fans.

Zane's hit single, "Tonight I'm Yours," featuring Tank, which he dedicated to his female fans showed the depth of his talents. It's no wonder he's dropped the Lil moniker from his name can be seen on his Web site at www.lilzane.com

The Hip Hop Journalism Summit if one of three tracks at the upcoming Black Press All Star Awards in Chicago, IL. Other tracks include the Gospel Media Explosion (www.blackpress.org/allstars/gospelmedia.htm) and Media Management track for media owners, publishers and executives.

Online registration is ongoing and student registration is $59.00; Publisher registration is $75.00; Media registration is $30.00. Online registration is available at www.blackpress.org/allstars/registration.htm

PRESS CONTACT:
Quan Lynch, 812-604-0811, quan.lynch@wku.edu
Lenore D. Bruce, 847-331-1452, lenorebrucepr@aol.com
DC Livers, 646-322-3047, blackpressmagazine@yahoo.com

Lil Zane: www.lilzane.com
Hip Hop: www.hiphopjournalists.com
General: www.blackpress.org/allstars


 
Aaliyah's anniversary commemorated by Chocolate Magazine

London, 25th August 2005, 2pm
ChocolateMagazine.co.uk has published an illustrated 'Urban Legends' special edition to coincide with the 4th anniversary of R&B star Aaliyah's tragic death.

The issue features new articles on Aaliyah and five other legendary hip hop and R&B stars,includingLisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Tupac Shakur, TheNotorious B.I.G., Jam Master Jay and ODB. There will also be new reviews of many of the artists' key albums added soon.

Editor Danielle Boobyer said, "Aaliyah was such an influential artist, as well as being a special person, so we wanted to do something to help keep hermemory alive. So much as been written about her over the years that we knew it would be hard for us to say anything original, but we hope her fans will be able to get something out of the special edition and the illustrations. Maybe we can even help introduce her to a few of our younger readers."

The issue features exclusive illustrations of Aaliyah and the five other stars by UK-based artist Julian Johnson.

Chocolate Magazine publisher Richard Quick said: "We're delighted with the illustrations. There are hundreds of images of all these artists available so we knew if this issue was going to be worth doing we'd need some really original artwork. Julian's done a great job of capturing all six stars, so much so that we've decided to produce some limited-edition t-shirts based on his illustrations."

As well as the limited edition t-shirts, fans will soon be able todownload the illustrations as wallpapers, banners and avatars for personal use.

Aaliyah died aged 22 in a plane crash in the Bahamas on 25th August 2005 along with the pilot and eight of her friends and crew.

Chocolate Magazine is a UK-based online urban music magazine.All the articles can be found on the site's homepage at: www.chocolatemagazine.co.uk


 
DJ Muggs and DJ Warrior Mash Up Radio Vol. 2 out now on www.hiphopwest.com

L.A.'s Mixtape King DJ Warrior (Cali Untouchable DJs/HipHopWest.com) and the Soul Assassin DJ Muggs are back. You may remember their first Mixtape together, Mash Up Radio, well now they're back with the second installment to the Mash Up franchise.

(PRWEB) August 25, 2005 -- Mash Up Radio 2 features the top of the top in Hip Hop. To name a few: The Game, Nas, G-Unit, Eminem, Dr. Dre and Gang Starr. As far as Rock goes, you get legends like Pink Floyd, The Clash, Rage Against The Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Sublime
and a host of others.

Thanks to Dubcnn/Raptalk/HipHopWest, we got 7 Snippets from the Mixtape for your listening pleasure. If you heard the first one, you know the concept, if you haven't (you're sleeping!) then here's your chance to get a taste of what Muggs and Warrior have instore for you.

In the tracklist below you can hear Mannie Fresh's "Real Big" over Weezer's "Beverly Hills," QB's Nas with "Bridgin' The Gap" over the Korn classic "Freak On A Leash." Also, you'll find Eminem and Dre blended with AudioSlave, Biggie and Pink Floyd, Cassidy and Weezer and more. Click or copy and paste the links below in your web browser to hear.

Tracklisting:
01. MashUpRadio.Com & HipHopWest.Com – Intro
02. Big Timers vs. Weezer
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Big%20Timers%20Vs%20Weezer%20Snip.mp3
03. Eminem/Dr. Dre vs. Audio Slave
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Eminem%20Dr%20Dre%20Vs%20Audio%20Slave%20Snip.mp3
04. Game vs. Kasabien
05. G-Unit vs. Citizen Cope
06. Nas vs. Korn
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Nas%20Vs%20Korn%20Snip.mp3
07. Biggie Smalls vs. Pink Floyd
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Biggie%20Vs%20Pink%20Floyd%20snips.mp3
08. Kanye West vs. Black Diamonds
09. 50 Cent vs. Rage Against The Machine
10. G-Unit vs. Louis The XVI
11. D-12 vs. Tool
12. Nas vs. 311
13. G-Unit vs. Nine Inch Nails
14. Gza vs. Sneaker Pimps
15. Common vs. Sublime
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Common%20Vs%20Sublime%20snip.mp3
16. Gang Starr vs. The Clash
17. Lil' Flip vs. Perfect Circle
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Lil%20Flip%20Vs%20Perfect%20Circle%20snip.mp3
18. Cassidy vs. weezer
http://www.raptalk.net/audio/warsnips/Cassidy%20%20Vs%20Weezer%20Snip.mp3
Get this and more at: http://www.hiphopwest.com
http://www.mashupradio.com
http://www.djmuggs.com

ALL CLUB/HOSTING BOOKINGS CONTACT:
http://www.stronghouserecords.com (866)754-6580
DJ Strong/DJ Warrior/Kurupt -Cali Untouchable Radio Pt. 5 in This Month's Source Magazine!...coming soon
DJ Warrior in This Month's Tight Magazine Japan...coming soon

CONTACT INFORMATION
Stronghouse Marketing
STRONGHOUSE RECORDS LLC
http://www.hiphopwest.com/
8667546580


 
Soul Hood Entertainment, LLC has made the "Stylefornia 2: The Movement" Mixtape available to purchase online through CD Baby

The site address is http://www.cdbaby.com/soulhoodfamily.

August 24, 2005 -- LA / Long Beach, Ca
The CD includes songs from Soul Hood Artists LIFESTYLE (H.I.T & P.T aka BadaBing-Snoop's Lil Bro) , P.S.C (FRATT HOUSE- G.B & E MONEY), MECCA DAWN, PRIME & TATIANA CHANEL. The album also features exclusive songs from Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, Fiend, Daz, Bun B. of UGK, K-Ci & JoJo, Spit Fiya, and many others.

This is one of the hottest mixtapes of 2004 to drop on the WEST so if you don't have your copy yet...then get it today! Stylefornia 2 is the follow-up to "STYLEFORNIA", the groups first release collectively that hit underground and will be re-released for sale on CDBABY very soon. Coming Mid-September 2005 is the highly anticipated 3rd installment to the collection, "STYLEFORNIA 3", sure to bring more hard-hitting lyrics and fiya that'll have the streets talkin' once again.

"Stylefornia 2: The Movement" features hot songs like "California", "Speaker wire", "With You", "I Don't", "Chuuch", "Don't Mind", & "My Life" just to name a few! The list goes on with favorites that the family has performed @ their shows.

If you love good music, from hood classics, to party anthems, to hot R&B, then you don't want to sleep on "STYLEFORNIA 2: The Movement"! It's worth every penny to check out why the streets are buzzing about The Soul Hood Family!

If you want to check out a few songs off of the album you can go to www.myspace.com/soulhoodfamily or before you purchase the album on Cd Baby, there are some snippits on the page you can hear @ www.cdbaby.com/soulhoodfamily.

Contact soulhood@soulhoodentertainment.com for further info or visit us at www.soulhoodentertainment.com.


 
Introducing the new voice in hip hop - Young Maylay aka CJ

(lead character and voice in "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas")

Young Maylay, born on the West Coast raised in Los Angeles amidst the turbulence of riots and gang violence has been cultivating his lyrical skills since a teenage G. Young Maylay is emerging into the Hip Hop scene with the whole West Coast behind him pushing. The message is certified authentic experiences of inner city life which led to Young Maylay being featured on popular compilations and underground mixtapes such as Killa Tay's "Thug Thizzle" (2000), and Rodney O & Joe Cooley's "Summer Heat" (2002).

The showcase of Young Maylay's talents has gained him the respect and acknowledgement within LA's Hip Hop establishment. Maylay will release his mix tape this summer and is currently featured on King T's Latest album "Ruthless Chronicals" (out now) & DJ Warrior's "Coast Control" (out now). Maylay is well on his way to leaving an indelible mark on Hip Hop.
BUCKLE YOUR SEAT BELTS!!

Currently Young Maylay has expanded his presence beyond the realm of
music with the lead role of Carl "CJ" Johnson in Rockstar Games "Grand Theft
Auto: San Andreas".

Young Maylay also features on Deeyah's forthcoming single 'What Will It
Be?'

For more on Young Maylay visit:
http://youngmaylay.net/
http://www.myspace.com/youngmaylay


8/25/2005

 
NUMARK INTRODUCES iDJ, FIRST EVER iPod DJ MIXER

Numark and Apple Team Up to Bring DJ Mixing to the Masses

Cumberland, RI (August 16, 2005) Numark Industries, a global leader in Disc Jockey (DJ) technology, proudly announces the first-ever iDJ Mixer for iPod portable music players. The iDJ enables users to seamlessly integrate two iPods into a portable and user-friendly DJ system. With its sleek and cutting-edge design, Numarks iDJ is the perfect iPod companion that will transform any music lover into the life of the party.

Numarks ground-breaking iDJ is specifically designed to provide a simple and inviting plug and play approach to becoming a DJ. In addition to being an easy to use DJ Mixer, the iDJ also works as a basic playback device and dual charging/docking station.

Technical specifications include large navigation controls, lighted console, 3-band equalizer, and phono, line and USB inputs for maximum external connectivity. This full-featured mixer with dual iPod docking stations incorporates a microphone input and a headphone output to complete the mixing experience also a perfect tool for creating Podcasts on the fly.

Consumer electronics retailers can now order this new technology, and it will be available to the public in October of 2005. According to Numarks CEO, Jack ODonnell, We couldnt be more excited to bring the art of DJing to the consumer market. Since almost everyone carries an iPod in their pocket, the new iDJ makes it easy to use their iPod as professional DJ gear.

Mr. ODonnell continued, For college students and other iPod enthusiasts, this compact mixing system is a natural extension of the iPod platform that makes enjoying music with others that much easier.

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About Numark Industries
Numark Industries is the global leader of professional DJ and audio equipment, and is recognized for providing progressive breakthrough technology. Since 1971, Numark has designed and delivered innovative products and numerous music industry firsts. For more information, visit www.numark.com.

iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer.

For a hi-res image of the iDJ Mixing Console for iPod go to:
http://numark.vwh.net/numark/numark2/images/mixers/scratch/iDJ.zip

Username: numarkftp
Password: fusion

Brian Metcalf
Account Executive
Max Borges Marketing Solutions, Inc
www.MaxBorges.com
3510 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 208
Miami, Florida 33137
T: 305-576-1171 Ext 5
F: 305-402-6373


 
Reebok and Hip-Hop Violinist Miri Ben-Ari Make Beautiful Music Together with First-of-its Kind Partnership

Grammy Award Winning Musician, Producer, and Composer becomes the Newest Member of the Rbk Family

CANTON, Mass., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- World renowned Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and Reebok make noise today with the announcement of a multi-faceted partnership that includes a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the brand and Universal Motown Universal Records to produce a music video for "We Gonna Win," the first new single on Ben-Ari's debut album. Marking Reebok's first foray into overseeing the creation of a music video, the partnership will highlight Israeli superstar, Ben-Ari as the newest face of the brand's global "I Am What I Am" advertising campaign, featuring print, online and retail components.

An iconic name in the Hip-Hop community, Ben Ari will launch her highly anticipated new video in September 2005 on major music networks, including Fuse, MTV and BET and online at http://www.rbk.com/. Directed by Paul Schneider, the unique video will feature Ben-Ari and rap artist Styles P. wearing customized Rbk branded apparel, footwear and accessories.

"Partnering with Reebok is a natural fit for me because they truly value artists who are not afraid to be different and stand out from the crowd," said Ben-Ari. "I am excited to work with Reebok on my new music video and thrilled to be part of their 'I Am What I Am' campaign."

As the latest celebrity endorsee to be featured in Reebok's "I Am What I Am" global advertising campaign, Ben-Ari will join contemporary heroes of today's global youth including Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, Yao Ming, Nelly, Curt Schilling, 50 Cent, Nicole Vaidisova, Donovan McNabb, Christina Ricci, Stevie Williams, and many more. Created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen, the campaign links the entire brand's marketing and advertising efforts under the "I Am What I Am" umbrella, and is supported by the company's largest advertising spend in nearly a decade.

"Reebok is excited to partner with Miri because she is such a creative force in the evolution of Hip-Hop," said Dennis Baldwin, Reebok's chief marketing officer. "As a true pioneer in the music world, Miri perfectly embodies our brand's 'I Am What I Am' platform of authenticity and individuality."

Ben-Ari grew up in a small town near Tel-Aviv, Israel, and began her classical music education at a very young age. Coming from humble roots, Ben- Ari's violin lessons became too expensive for her family. Fortunately, legendary violinist Isaac Stern recommended Ben-Ari for a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation that gave the young prodigy her most treasured possession -- her first violin.

After establishing herself as an accomplished and respected jazz musician, Ben-Ari's interest evolved to R&B and Hip-Hop. Her love for the music led her to develop an original style of playing that blends Hip-Hop, urban and classical music. Ben-Ari has written, performed and produced for Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Patti LaBelle, Mya, Britney Spears, Thalia, Joe, Wyclef Jean, 3LW, Dallas Austin, Rahzal, Allure, The X-ecutioners, Twista, Brandy, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez among others.

Lately, Ben-Ari has been hard at work in the studio creating her debut Hip Hop/R&B album, a groundbreaking fusion of her crisp, soulful strings with hard-edged hip-hop production, slotted as a major release by Universal Records for the fall 2005. Kanye West has lent production and rhyming work to several tracks on her album, which also features collaborations with an all-star cast of artists, including Akon, John Legend, Twista, Scarface, Fabolous, Lil' Mo, Mya, Baby, Lil' Wayne, Pharoahe Monch and Anthony Hamilton.

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE:RBK) , headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, Jofa, Koho and Greg Norman brands. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion. Reebok can be accessed at http://www.reebok.com/.

Contact:
Reebok Public Relations -
Diane Pelkey (781) 401-7790
Jenny Shanley (781) 401-4548

Laforce+Stevens -
Aja Bradley (212) 242-9353

Source: Reebok International Ltd.

CONTACT: Diane Pelkey, +1-781-401-7790, or Jenny Shanley,
+1-781-401-4548, both of Reebok Public Relations; or Aja Bradley of
Laforce+Stevens, +1-212-242-9353

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


 
DR. BILL RELEFORD CONTINUES TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

WILL DEBUT AFRICAN-MADE APPAREL LINES, MIA and BUTTA AT MAGIC SHOW IN VEGAS

AUGUST 2005
Dr. Bill Releford, CEO of Butta, Inc. intends to ignite the fashion industry when he debuts his urban apparel lines, MIA - Made In Africa and Butta (Bringing U The Treasures of Africa) from August 28th- 30th at the MAGIC Convention at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Both lines carry the significant distinction of being clothing lines made in Africa by Africans.

The Butta Collection will include high quality t-shirts, baby-ts, wife-beaters, fleece hoodies, boxers and boxer briefs. Grown, sexy and in control is the overall theme. Butta is already generating interest from around the world.
Releford has been tireless in his mission to expand peoples image and world view about conducting business with Africa. An essential part of this mission is to manufacture and import high-quality mens and womens undergarments from across Sub-Sahara Africa and to promote them aggressively within the United States and international urban clothing markets.

Releford is determined to heighten a sense of belonging, pride and roots renewal for Africa, specifically among the hip hop generation with the line. Reducing Africa's dependence on aid requires entrepreneurial leadership, cites Releford. With the launch and promotion of the Made In Africa and Butta lines we hope to begin to shape our youths beliefs about Africa. Once we do this, the possibilities for future business transactions become endless, he expounds.

Dr. Releford is already manufacturing for several major U.S. retailers in Sub Sahara Africa. His usage of the African Growth and Opportunities Act is a case study of how American businessmen and women can benefit from this historic U.S. trade legislation.

With his company, Butta Inc., Releford is already doing the unheard of: providing private label manufacturing for companies such as Robinsons Outdoor, Whitewater, Wal Mart, Dilla Golf, The Uniform Maker and others. In addition, Butta Inc. has developed a Sub Sahara Africa manufacturing alliance that includes plants in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger, Mali, South Africa and even Madagascar!

To preview the MIA-Made In Africa and Butta apparel lines, go to www.MadeInAfrica.us To learn more about opportunities in various African countries, visit www.Global-Africa-Us.com

Note to Media: Dr. Releford is available for interview. Send requests to makeda@jazzmynepr.com or makeda1313@aol.com
If you will be in Las Vegas for MAGIC, and would like to attend the MIA/ Butta private receptions please email us as well!

CONTACT: MAKEDA SMITH
TEL: (661) 718-8843


 
BET Kicks Off Senior Year With One of the Hottest Tours to Ever Hit Black College Campuses

On-Campus Event Exclusively for College Students Launches September 8 at Tennessee State University with Stops Planned at 14 Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- HBCUs get ready, because college campuses will never be the same again! This fall, BET is hitting the road for the Black College Tour, and with three successful years under its belt, "Senior Fever" is definitely in the air! Alongside some of its key marketing partners, BET will provide a day of entertainment, games, contests, and product samples/information, for current students at 14 historically Black colleges and universities. Starting at Tennessee State University in Nashville on September 8, the events will be on campus and targeted towards college students presently enrolled in the host institutions. Festivities will be hosted by BET's on-air talent and feature exciting live performances from Universal/Motown recording artists.

Procter and Gamble is once again the Tour's presenting sponsor. Pontiac, Pepsi, Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Air Force, Verizon Wireless, and Universal/Motown, are all associate sponsors, many for a third or fourth year. McDonald's(R) joins the Tour this year and will provide students with an "i'm lovin' it(TM)" experience.

"While we continue to bring campuses all of the exciting elements that have become student favorites, we are constantly working with sponsors each year to develop new and innovative outlets to reach students and provide a day of positive interaction," said Michelle Garner, BET's Advertising Sales Vice President of Special Projects and Event Marketing.

"Southwest Airlines is proud to be a part of such an exciting HBCU event as it continues to grow in popularity every year," said Rob Brown director of multicultural marketing for the Dallas-based airline. "Our sponsorship simply underscores the communities we can reach by partnering with the BET Black College Tour."

After a highly successful freshman year on the Tour, Rap City Top Ten will once again tape from the schools each Friday with the show's new host, J- Nicks. As in previous years, the Black College Tour will also include basketball tournaments, freestyle rap, and singing contests, video game competitions, music performances, product sampling and a career center. The endeavor is part of BET's continual effort to support historically Black colleges and universities.

The overwhelming success of the BET Black College Tour can be attributed to the support and generosity of the Tour sponsors who provide relevant, engaging and informative entertainment and professional networking opportunities for minority students. Previous Black College Tours have included free roundtrip airline tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines; new product samples from Procter & Gamble; a Verizon Wireless 3-point basketball shoot-out contest; a Pepsi Flow freestyle rap competition; as well as free concerts from Universal/Motown hit artists including Akon (SRC), Granddaddy Souf (SRC), and new up & coming artists.

The following are the dates and schools BET is scheduled to visit during the 2005 BET Black College Tour:

2005 BET Black College Tour Schedule

September 8 Tennessee State University Nashville, TN
September 16 Jackson State University Jackson, MS
September 23 Clark Atlanta University Atlanta, GA
September 30 Bethune-Cookman College Daytona, FL
October 7 Grambling University Grambling, LA
October 13 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL
October 14 Alabama State University Montgomery, AL
October 19 Florida A&M University Tallahassee, FL
October 26 Virginia Union University Richmond, VA
October 28 North Carolina A&T State University Greensboro, NC
November 3 Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX
November 4 Texas Southern University Houston, TX
November 9 Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC
November 11 South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Anne Williams of BET, +1-202-608-2063, or
anne.williams@bet.net

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Interview and nominees photo opportunities with BET executives, on-air talent, and guest performers are available at each tour date. BET Black College Tour photography is also available by contacting BET Corporate Communications at (202) 608-2063. For more details, please contact Anne Williams at 202-608-2063 or anne.williams@bet.net


 
Tower Records Welcomes Grammy Winner Kanye West to NYC Lincoln Center Store

Hip-Hop Superstar Kanye West to Autograph his Latest and Much Anticipated CD 'Late Registration' at Exclusive In-Store Appearance on Tuesday, August 30

NEW YORK and SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Tower Records, America's leading independent music and movie retailer, today announced that it will welcome Hip-Hop Superstar, Grammy(R) winning producer and recording artist Kanye West to its NYC Lincoln Center store on Tuesday, August 30th, at 5:00 p.m. for an exclusive in-store appearance and autograph session, occurring on the same day that Kanye releases his much anticipated sophomore CD Late Registration.

WHO: Grammy winning producer and artist Kanye West

WHAT: Exclusive in-store signing for sophomore CD Late Registration
(released in stores nationwide on the same day)

WHEN: Tuesday, August 30th at 5 p.m. ET

WHERE: Tower Records Lincoln Center - 1961 Broadway, NYC - Event details
hotline: 212-799-2500

MORE: A chance to meet Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording artist and producer (Jay-Z, Alicia Keys) Kanye West, who will autograph copies of his much anticipated 2nd CD, Late Registration, featuring the groundbreaking new singles, "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" and "Gold Digger" featuring Jamie Foxx.

Late Registration features a line-up of guest artists that includes: Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Adam Levine of Maroon Five, Paul Wall, and Kanye's longtime friend and collaborator John Legend.

It's a huge week for Kanye! In tandem with the release of his second CD and this exclusive in-store event at Tower Records Lincoln Center, Kanye managed to make it on the front cover of the August 29th issue of TIME Magazine.

HOW: Fans are able to secure their place in line to meet Kanye West by purchasing his new CD, Late Registration, on the nationwide release date Tuesday, August 30th beginning at 9 a.m. at Tower Records Lincoln Center. Due to artist scheduling, a place in line does not guarantee meeting the artist. Fans must show proof of purchase from Tower Records Lincoln Center to guarantee place in line.

Official websites: kanyewest.com, rocafella.com, tower.com

About Tower Records

Since 1960, Tower Records has been recognized and respected throughout the world for its unique brand of retailing. Founded in Sacramento, California, with the singular vision to have a music store with unparalleled selection and fair prices, Tower forges ahead with the development of exciting shopping environments, espousing diverse product ranges, artist performances, and technological advances in merchandising. Tower maintains its commitment to providing the deepest selection of entertainment merchandise in stores that celebrate the unique interests and needs of the local community.

Tower owns and operates 89 stores in the U.S. with a further 144 stores run by licensees in nine different countries. The company opened one of the first Internet music stores on America Online in June 1995 and followed a year later with the launch of Tower.com.

NOTE: Tower, Tower Records, Tower Records Videos Books, and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of MTS, Incorporated in the United States and other countries.

Source: Tower Records

CONTACT: Lisa Amore, +1-206-322-4658, or lisa@amorepr.com, for
Tower Records

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

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

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


 
MVP, Spanish Kid and UnF8abo Breaking Down Industry Walls with Nu'Vol Gospel Rap

U'Expres'Sion LLC, a book and music publishing, promotion and distribution company announces the newest and hottest Gospel Rap Artists breaking down walls with innovative beats, music, and breakthrough words of deliverance. MVP, Spanish Kid, and UnF8abo, like their names, their new CD releases cannot be duplicated or matched. It is a Fo'Sho' triple, power-pack release of "true" ministry to the churched and the unchurched. We are looking for these releases to be in stores nationwide by the end of 2005. Until then you can find them on-line in several gospel stores (i.e. HolyHipHop.com, UExpresSion, Divine Flava Records). Knock on those retailers doors and let them know "you need to stock" MVP, Spanish Kid, and UnF8abo here.

Fountain Springs, Colorado (PRWEB) August 22, 2005 -- UExpresSion LLC announces the new CD power trio MVP, "Triple Impact" Spanish Kid, "Tha Dog is Out" and UnF8abo, "Stream Of Reflections". These gospel rap artsists are reaching beyond the norm for Gospel and Holy Hip Hop. They are part of an innovative record label, Divine Flava Records, where gospel rap is designed and produced to break down industry walls.

All these artists have unique approaches to the issues facing youth, young adults, adults, parents, children, and the church. MVP, Spanish Kid, and UnF8abo all have their own progressive and unique style of music, beats and messages.

Although their backgrounds read like, "How did you make it?" their messages sound like warrior calls for change in the lives of those that need to know, "They are royal, chosen, and pre-destined for greatness".

When you listen to MVP, Triple Impact, you hear the KRUNK message of true soldier that knows the beat of the street, the heart of the community and the needs of his audience. You hear the heart of artist and minister that is passionate about success and deliverance.

On the other hand, Spanish Kid, "Tha Dog is Out" is as RADICAL as his CD title. The title eludes to the times but the beats and the words speak of a timeless message of known power and warrior victory in Christ Jesus.

Then we have, "Speak the Word, UnF8abo", who reaches back into the original, "back in the day" scene, and brings you a new wave of breakthrough power that you just have to stand still to listen to.

All of this style can only be called, "NU'Vol". What's that? The new sound of gospel rap where beats are not borrowed, copied or duplicated. It is the place, time, and purpose of gospel artists who are turning up the volume in the rap industry and breaking down the walls of rap tradition. It is moving, it is reaching and it is an excellent work.

You will see these artists traveling the country to demonstrate the breakthrough power of their music, beats and words of deliverance. We are looking forward to seeing MVP, Spanish Kid and UnF8abo at the next Gospel Music and Holy Hip Hop Awards in 2006.

U'Expres'Sion is a book and music publishing company always looking for way to engage radical artists in the book and music publishing industry. We are a company that sets standards of excellence, strategies that increase marketability, and service that is designed for success.

Join us in celebrating the CD releases of MVP, "Triple Impact," Spanish Kid, "Tha Dog is Out", and UnF8abo, "Stream Of Reflections" and remember when you hear "Nu'Vol", it means MVP, Spanish Kid and UnF8abo are on the scene.

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Valerie Smith
U'EXPRES'SION LLC
http://www.uexpression.com/
1.888.776.7956


 
New HipHip/RnB Drum Sounds for Akai MPC Samplers

For the producer searching for new and unique drum sounds, Syntaur Productions has released three sizzling new drum sets for the Akai MPC-series samplers. Syntaurs "Drum Mania" (available on Zip Disk or CD-ROM) is packed full of current HipHop and RnB drum sounds that will kick those tracks up a notch. Drum Mania is a compilation of three different floppy-disk sets: Manic Drumz, Phreaky Drumz, and Phreaky Perkussion.

(PRWEB) August 24, 2005 -- For the producer searching for new and unique drum sounds, Syntaur Productions has released three sizzling new drum sets for the Akai MPC-series samplers. Syntaurs "Drum Mania" (available on Zip Disk or CD-ROM) is packed full of current HipHop and RnB drum sounds that will kick those tracks up a notch. Drum Mania is a compilation of three different floppy-disk sets: Manic Drumz, Phreaky Drumz, and Phreaky Perkussion.

"Manic Drums" contains HipHop/RnB drum sounds ranging from kicks and snares created on analog synths to individual hits snipped from wicked drum loops. Each of the three floppy disks loads an MPC with 6 kicks, 5 snares, and 5 hi-hat and percussion sounds per Bank, with all four Banks fully programmed.

"Phreaky Drumz" were created using less conventional methods. Some hot HipHop and dance club drums were sampled and then combined with other crazy noises, such as the sound of a live mic smacking against the wall, or with human vocal sounds. Finally, these layered sounds were tweaked out and hyped up to create unique new drum kits. As in Manic Drumz, each disk in this set contains a kit with four fully-programmed Banks of sounds (6 kicks, 5 snares, and 5 hi-hat and percussion sounds) per Bank. Phreaky Drumz also contains five additional programs (Phreak Noizes 1-5) that will add all sorts of unique elements to HipHop tracks.

"Phreaky Perkussion" is jam-packed full of perkussion sounds of a new flava! Created using the same layering methods as the "Phreaky Drumz" set, "Phreaky Perkussion" contains dozens of unique samples designed to give tracks some extra spice.

The "Manic Drums", "Phreaky Drums", and "Phreaky Perkussion" floppy-disk sets are available for $29.95 each, or bundled together on the Drum Mania CD-ROM or Zip Disk for $79.95 (compatible with the Akai MPC2000, 2000xl, 3000, and 4000). Drum Mania is also offered in WAV format (CD-ROM) for $59.95.

Hear audio demos and order online at www.syntaur.com/mpc_sounds.html, or call Syntaur Productions at 800-334-1288. Orders are shipped the same day they are placed (or by the next business day, for evening or weekend orders).

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Sam Mims
SYNTAUR PRODUCTIONS
http://www.Syntaur.com/
1-800-334-1288


 
PBS to Offer Special Programming for Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 - October 15, 2005

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- PBS features year-round programming both created by and about Hispanic Americans. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, PBS offers a variety of new and encore presentations that celebrate the diversity of the Latino community and explore its history and culture. The topics range from a teacher who uses Shakespeare to teach Latin-American immigrant children to the new adventures of twins Maya and Miguel to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to an exploration of New York's hip-hop culture. Reflecting the diversity of ethnicities, experiences and regions with a breadth and depth that can't be found anywhere else, these compelling programs examine the rich history, cultural contributions and distinguished heritage of Hispanic Americans.

September 2005

P.O.V. "The Hobart Shakespeareans" (New)
Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)

Teacher Rafe Esquith has a point of view -- a very strong one -- about educating children of immigrants. Teaching in Los Angeles at one of the nation's largest inner-city grade schools, Hobart Elementary, Esquith leads his class of mostly Latin-American and Korean fifth graders through an uncompromising curriculum of English, mathematics, geography and literature. He inspires them with cross-country trips to learn history firsthand. And at the end of the semester, every student performs in a full-length Shakespeare play: in this case Hamlet, with advice from actors Ian McKellen and Michael York. Despite language barriers and poverty, these "Hobart Shakespeareans" move on to attend outstanding colleges, motivated by a teacher honored with a National Medal of Arts.

VISIONES: LATINO ART AND CULTURE (Encore)
Sundays, 9/4-25/05, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET;
rpt. Wednesdays, 9/7-21/05, 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET
(check local listings)

Latino artists across the United States take center stage in this series. Viewers experience the world of Latino artistic expression as the series journeys throughout the country, capturing rich stories about theater, music, dance, spoken word and the visual arts. From New York City's hip hop culture to mural painters in Los Angeles and Chicago to theater in Texas, the series offers a unique cross section of Latino artists working today.

Episode Three -- The third episode features Luis Valdez and the legendary Teatro Campesino, a segment on San Antonio, the Texas Day of the Dead Celebration, the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe as a Latina icon, experimental border filmmaker Willie Varela and a profile of Chicago's soapbox artist Carlos Cortez.

Episode Four -- This episode begins with New York's Latino hip-hop dance and culture, then travels to Miami and its unique Afro-Cuban sound, and ends in Los Angeles with modern dance pioneer Rudy Perez. The first segment documents the movement, history and culture of hip-hop and looks at the new wave of Latinos who took hip-hop and created a culture that revolutionized the genre. New York hip-hop dancing couple Rokafella and Kwikstep are featured. The second segment highlights the Miami Sound, music that is a blend of traditional Cuban music, explosive jazz and American pop. The featured artist is Willie Chirino. Rudy Perez, whose story is uncovered in the third segment, is a pioneer of the post-modern dance movement. Though legally blind, he continues to create and inspire as teacher. Perez also choreographs for his Los Angeles-based modern dance Company. The episode also highlights El Paso- based experimental filmmaker Willie Varela, whose independent personal films explore themes of urban and border life.

Episode Five -- The fifth episode highlights the Taco Shop Poets of Southern California, early tent theater of the Southwest called Carpas and performance art in San Francisco. Featured performance artists include Guillermo Gomez-Pena, performance troupe ASCO, and the performance art pioneers Royal Chicano Airforce. The San Diego-based Taco Shop Poets, Chicano poets who blend the spoken word with lively beats, strive to take their social and political poetry to where people are likely to congregate -- the taco shops.

Episode Six -- The final episode features the history of salsa music and dance in Philadelphia, the first Mexican-American prima ballerina Evelyn Cisneros, Tejana music pioneer Lydia Mendoza and the father of Chicano music and National Medal of Arts recipient Lalo Guerrero. The salsa segment includes commentary on renowned performers Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. Lydia Mendoza was part of the early emerging recording industry in the United States. At a time when Spanish language music was exclusively imported from Mexico and Latin America, she began recording the original music in Texas. She along with Lalo Guerrero made a mark in American music. Guerrero is best known for his musical parodies.

BEYOND THE BORDER (Encore)
Monday, September 12, 2005 (check local listings)

This program traces the transition made by four sons in the Ayala family as they leave behind their parents and sisters in Michoacan, Mexico, and struggle to overcome cultural, class and language barriers in Kentucky.

COME AND TAKE IT DAY (Encore)
Monday, September 12, 2005 (check local listings)

The century-old legend of the lost treasure of Tejano folk hero Gregorio Cortez changes the lives of four present-day Texans, each working in a tourist trap restaurant on the San Antonio Riverwalk, in Jim Mendiola's one-hour feature. The program stars Jesse Borrego (Follow Me Home, Lone Star), Jacob Vargas (Traffic, Mi Familia, Selena), Maria Candelaria and Rick Delgado in a witty, stylish Tejano noir that explores the class structure of San Antonio's multi-layered Latino community while telling a fascinating story of obsession, betrayal and death.

INDEPENDENT LENS

"Foto-Novelas 2: 'Junkyard Saints' and 'Broken Sky'" (Encore)
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 (check local listings)

In a continuation of the series that explores the Latino experience through the prism of dreams, memories and reality, "Foto-Novelas 2" consists of two half-hour dramas: "Broken Sky," a fictionalized account based on the real-life 1948 plane crash that killed 28 Mexicans in Fresno, California, and "Junkyard Saints," a spiritual thriller set in a South Texas automotive graveyard.

"Los Angeles Now" (Encore)
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 (check local listings)
Presented in HD: Friday, September 23, 2005, 9 p.m. ET (where available)

Once an empty, bucolic space, Los Angeles is now a disorienting megalopolis. Once the whitest city in America, Los Angeles is now the most multicultural city in the world. What is the future of this rapidly changing area? "Los Angeles Now" looks beyond "Baywatch" and Blade Runner to create a fresh, candid portrait of America's second-largest city.

"Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story" (Encore)
Tuesday, September 13, 2005 (check local listings)

Narrated by Cheech Marin and scored by Ry Cooder, this film shows how a community was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy and good intentions gone astray. Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO (Encore)
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 (check local listings)

Never before has the extraordinary life of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo been framed in relation to the full spectrum of the historical and cultural influences that created her. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FRIDA KAHLO explores the 20th-century icon who became an international sensation in the worlds of modern art and radical politics. Among those interviewed in the documentary are Carlos Fuentes and Carlos Monsivais. The film is narrated by Rita Moreno; Mexican singer Lila Downs is the voice of Frida Kahlo.

MAYA AND MIGUEL
PBS KIDS GO!(SM)
Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)

MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship, family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures.

October 2005

MAYA AND MIGUEL
PBS KIDS GO!(SM)
Monday-Friday, continuing series (check local listings)

MAYA & MIGUEL presents culture and language learning as fun, relevant and rewarding for all children, with a special emphasis on the Latino population. Lively and colorful, MAYA & MIGUEL chronicles the adventures, and sometimes misadventures, of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos and features their family, friends and a richly diverse neighborhood. This never-a-dull-moment situation comedy revolves around Maya's well-intended meddling in her family's and friend's lives, ultimately creating new quandaries to fix. While every episode takes humorous twists and turns, the underlying message is the importance of doing good for the family and community, and the philosophy that shared happiness is greater than personal gain. Sprinkled throughout the series are values of friendship, family and a positive, culturally rich portrayal of Latino family, language and cultures.

DO YOU SPEAK AMERICAN? (Encore)
Fridays, October 14-28, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)

Why is the English spoken by Maine lobstermen so different from that spoken by cowboys in Texas? Does Spanish pose a threat to English as the dominant language in America? And what on earth do yins, wickety wack, ayuh, catty whompus and stomping it clean mean? Celebrated journalist and writer Robert MacNeil travels cross-country to answer these questions and examine the dynamic state of American English -- a language rich with regional variety, strong global impact and cultural controversy. DO YOU SPEAK AMERICAN? is a celebration of Americans as seen -- and heard -- through the way we speak.

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the accomplishments of Hispanic- American citizens (currently more than 37 million) and was first created by the U.S. government as a weeklong celebration in 1968. September 15th was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of independence for five Latin-American countries -- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise that serves the nation's 348 public noncommercial television stations, reaching nearly 90 million people each week through on-air and online content. Bringing diverse viewpoints to television and the Internet, PBS provides high-quality documentary and dramatic entertainment, and consistently dominates the most prestigious award competitions. PBS is the leading provider of educational materials for K-12 teachers, and offers a broad array of educational services for adult learners. PBS' premier kids' TV programming and Web site, PBS KIDS Online (pbskids.org), continue to be parents' and teachers' most trusted learning environments for children. More information about PBS is available at pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org Web sites on the Internet, averaging more than 30 million unique visits and 380 million page views per month in 2004. PBS is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia.

Source: PBS

CONTACT: Cara White, +1-843-881-1480, or carapub@aol.com, for PBS

Web site: http://www.pbs.org/

NOTE TO EDITORS: Press Preview Copies of Programs Available Upon Request


 
San Antonio's own MOJOE performing live At Sunset Station Courtyard during Labor Day Weekend

Concepts After Dark Presents
MoJoE Live in concert

featuring music from their highly anticipated sophomore album Dirty Genes and their latest record Classic.Ghetto.Soul.

September 4th @ the Sunset Station, San Antonio, TX.
1174 East Commerce St.
Doors open at 10pm

Houston, TX - MOJOE, voted #1 hip-hop act three years in a row (2003-2005) by the San Antonio Current, will be rocking the house Saturday, September 4th at San Antonios Sunset Station Courtyard. Presented by Concepts After Dark, this music showcase and experience will be an evening of fun and excitement! Though MOJOE is still considered underground status, they have opened shows for legendary poet Nikki Giovanni, Sony recording artist Saul Williams, Virgin Recording artist Dwele, Hidden Beach recording artist Kindred, Urban Fashion Designer Karl Kani, comedians Mike Epps, Arnez J, Ricky Smiley, and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh at the 2004 BET Awards Afterparty. Steadily climbing the ladder and making way for themselves, this classic soul duo is one step away from the top. So.. if you havent heard MOJOE live, come prepared to be entertained! They will definitely leave a strong impression.


About MoJoE

In an industry filled with clones, MOJOE has created a sound that is unique and rare. Their music is jazzy, full of live instrumentation, and their lyrics are poetic yet worldly. Sharp and confident with their delivery, the band is exceptionally talented and their stage show is mind-blowing. MOJOE is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of southern hip-hop, and soul music is the type of ambition that legends are made of. Representing what hip-hop/soul looks like, sounds like, and feels like, their music will be played for the next 20 years. Sure, that's a bold statement, considering the trendy nature of hip-hop and R&B these days, but MOJOE is on a mission to prove that good music does not only chart, it lives, and in the process attracts loyal and supportive fans.

For more information visit www.mojoefamily.com and www.focus2def.net

About Dirty Genes

With classic.ghetto.soul, MOJOE introduced their vision. With Dirty Genes, they assume their
roles as kings on the Texas hip-hop/soul scene. Dirty Genes theme revolves around the fight weall have with our flesh. MOJOE successfully paints a stunning portrait of imperfection, reflection,confession, and resolve. Throughout Dirty Genes, they showcase the stellar songwriting they've come to be known for, while delivering a colorful soundtrack that includes blues, funk, hip-hop, and classic soul. The album boasts production by Roger Blevins (Mingo Fishtrap), BRISS (Nappy Roots, Tupac), S1 (Strange Fruit, BBE), Domo (Devin the Dude), and Donnie Singleton. The album also features guest appearances by Bavu Blakes and Mingo Fishtrap.

About Classic. Ghetto.
Soul

classic.ghetto.soul. is a collection of songs that MOJOE has created to introduce their mission. Co-Produced by Roger Blevins Jr., leader of the nine piece band Mingo Fishtrap (voted Austin's #1 R&B/funk band three years running), classic.ghetto.soul. is a fresh and unapologetical display of originality and brilliance. From the clubs, to the streets, to the underground poetry and jazz sets that have begun to define urban America, classic.ghetto.soul. takes you there, but the ride is not confusing or disjointed. Each song evokes a mood and adds to the album's overall theme, which is MOJOE's declaration that soul music is all they have, know, and live (period).
Classic.Ghetto.Soul can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com

Attention Media:

Please place this date in your events calendar of your publications. MOJOE will be available for interviews after the show @ Sunset Station. If you would like to schedule an interview for any other time, please contact Charlondra Glover at 832.647.6535 or email at VIP_Management@yahoo.com.


 
Reggaeton's Newest Superstar BIMBO Takes His Message to the Pumps with Radical Protests Against Gasoline Price Gouging

August 24th in New York City

August 26th in Washington, D.C.!

***** New York time moved to 12:00PM****

NEW YORK, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Bimbo, the Latin hip-hop legend and latest superstar in the Reggaeton movement, who has worked with Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, and even Carlos Santana is staging major political protests against the highly controversial issue of gasoline prices. He's doing it all as loudly and visibly as he can at prominent gas stations in the heart of the two American cities most central to the issue. Bimbo asks you to come raise your voice against political and corporate corruption on August 24th in New York City at the Mobil Gas Station on East Houston & Ave C (Manhattan's Lower East Side) at 12:00PM and on August 26th in Washington, D.C. at the Exxon Gas Station on Columbia Rd. & 18th St. NW at 2:00 PM.

Bimbo will be joined by armies of demonstrators as he satirizes and skewers prominent world leaders -- cleverly implicating them the same way he does in his daring new music video, Fuleteame El Tanque ("Fill Up My Gas Tank"). In the video he stuffs money into the garters of strippers wearing masks of George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, "paying them off" for their roles in keeping world oil prices high. Bimbo will then address his views to the rallying crowds before making himself available for interviews and photos concerning the protests.

When Bimbo was in his homeland of Puerto Rico filming the video for Fuleteame El Tanque, his forthcoming CD's sizzling single, the economy was all but halted due to a major gasoline crisis. Radio and television stations throughout Puerto Rico played the new song and video on heavy rotation as an anthem for their own demonstrations and these upcoming protests are directly tied to that unfortunate casualty of economic charades. Bimbo continues to build on that momentum as he draws American attention to this global emergency in the best way he possibly can -- through entertainment. With these demonstrations, Bimbo wants America to be warned that if gas prices continue to rise, Puerto Rico's tragedy could be our future.

The entire campaign surrounding Bimbo's upcoming CD, Bimbo Presenta: Reggaeton 100 x 35, has been redesigned around his passion for this cause. What was once going to be his international "Tailgate Party Tour" has become the "Fill Up Your Tank Tour." Bimbo will even give away free gas cards to fans attending his in-store appearances.

Please join Bimbo on August 24th and 26th to speak out against the political and corporate forces behind gasoline price gouging that threaten to bring the world to its knees.

About Urban Box Office [UBO]

Urban Box Office (UBO), a subsidiary of Contemporary Holdings and Equities Inc., is an innovative entertainment marketing and distribution company that directly supplies media products to its core target consumers through its proprietary FREEDOM MODEL. Through this business format, artists keep as much revenue as possible from each recording, while consumers purchase music when, where, and how they want it, at a value price. The company is headquartered in New York City. For more information about UBO products, visit http://www.ubo.com/.

Publicity Contact: Versa Manos/Gorgeous PR: (323) 658 9146 or versa@gorgeouspr.com

Source: Urban Box Office

CONTACT: Versa Manos of Gorgeous PR: +1-323-658-9146 or
versa@gorgeouspr.com

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


8/24/2005

 
FLOETRY Set to Release 3rd CD, Flo'Ology on November 8th

First Single 'SupaStar' Features Common

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- It's more than the passionate vocals of Marsha Ambrosius (the Songstress) and elegant spoken word of Natalie Stewart (the Floacist) that has fans captivated everywhere since FLOETRY first stepped on stage. The dynamic duo's incredible success is deeply rooted in their ability to appeal to all ages, races and genres of music lovers. The proof is in their long list of accolades and demand for appearances: six Grammy nods, six Soul Train awards perched on their mantle, a NAACP nomination for Outstanding New Artist, a standing ovation at BET's Walk of Fame: Tribute to Smokey Robinson, impressionable performances at the Essence Music Festival & Def Poetry Jam (HBO). FLOETRY known to make music that speaks to listeners' mind, body, and soul are now ready to release a masterpiece to stand the test of time and raise the bar in music with their third CD Flo'Ology on Geffen Records. Plus, they've enlisted super producer Scott Storch and Hip-Hop's savior Common on their 1st single, "SupaStar".

Fresh off the Kool Philosophy Tour with The Roots and the Sugar Water Festival Tour alongside Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, FLOETRY are quick to point out the differences between Flo'Ology and the topics covered on their 6X Grammy-nominated debut Floetic and its follow-up, Floacism (Live). This time, the duo's lyrics more specifically span the spectrum of romantic relationships. On up-tempo grooves like "My Apology" and "Let Me In," Ambrosius and Stewart offer a sophisticated look at the often-confusing aspects of matters of the heart. On "Lay Down" and "Imagination," they each delve into the sensual side of love. Finally, "Waiting In Vain" -- a remake of the classic Bob Marley song -- and the heart-wrenching ballad "Feelings" explore the effects of unrequited love. "Flo'Ology is about women taking more responsibility for what goes on in our lives," explains Stewart. "Now that Marsha and I are more mature, we've come to a better understanding of ourselves, and naturally that's reflected on the album."

Still working with some of the same producers that were part of the musical force behind the first album, FLOETRY also enlisted the musical talents of beat genius Scott Storch on "My Apology" and the 1st single "SupaStar" featuring Common. Other featured producers include Rafael Saadiq ("Imagination") and Whiteleaf Productions ("I'll Die," "Closer").

Stewart and Ambrosius' undeniable chemistry is at the root of their eargasmic blend of rhythm and rhyme. Having met for the first time as rivals on the basketball court in South London, the pair became fast friends, it was during this time that the two women decided to join together to form FLOETRY. Receiving praise in London for their live performances, FLOETRY journeyed to Philly to concur there passion for music and this is where they met their manager Julius Erving III, the son of hoop legend Dr. J., and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Floetic followed in 2002 and the ladies went on to pen songs for Michael Jackson ("Butterflies"), Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis, Bilal and most recently, the chorus for the Styles P hit "I'm Black." Ambrosius is credited for the background vocals on Justin Timberlake's hit "Cry Me a River" and is featured on The Game's "Start from Scratch."

FLOETRY has performed 160 live shows each year since the release of Floetic, and they are scheduled to hit the road once again for a FLOETRY Flo'Ology lounge tour across the country.

Source: Geffen Records

CONTACT: Junior Suriel, +1-212-841-8272, or fax, +1-212-841-8167,
Junior.Suriel@umusic.com, for Geffen Records


 
PlayStation(R) and House of Blues(R) Announce Return of PlayStation(R) DualPlay Featuring Today's Hottest Talent DJ Z-Trip and lcd soundsystem

Music and Gaming Experience Returns With Expanded Line-Up and More Stops Across America

FOSTER CITY, Calif. and HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America and House of Blues(R) are teaming up once again to bring back PlayStation(R) DualPlay for an expanded, coast-to-coast tour. Produced and promoted by House of Blues, PlayStation DualPlay consists of two legs and ventures into new musical genres integrating rock, hip-hop and live performances with electronic music. DJ Z-Trip will headline the first leg of the tour, which kicks off on Sept. 8 in Boston and wraps up on Oct. 1 in San Francisco. Keeping the beats going, headliner lcd soundsystem will kick off the second leg of the tour on Oct. 11 in Portland and bring down the house with a final show on Nov. 21 in Atlantic City. For tickets and more information, visit: http://www.playstationdualplay.com/ .

"Music is increasingly at the center of today's videogame experience," said Sharon Shapiro, senior director, promotions and sports product marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This year we added dates to the tour and expanded the array of musical talent to include individual DJs and bands making this the most entertaining PlayStation DualPlay tour to date."

Founded in 2002, PlayStation DualPlay is the first-of-its-kind tour created by PlayStation to fuse gaming and music lifestyles and bring world famous talent to intimate club settings across the nation. Similar to past DualPlay tours, PlayStation will have a subtle on-site presence at each venue. Scenes of live club audiences will be projected on screens and blended with footage from a variety of newly released and soon-to-be released PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) and PlayStation(R)2 game titles, including: Jak X: Combat Racing(TM), NBA '06, The Con, SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs, EyeToy: Play 2(TM), Shadow of Colussus(TM), and MediEvil Resurrection(TM).

"I've always been into music and videogames," said Z-Trip. "So teaming up with PlayStation DualPlay made perfect sense."

Both PlayStation DualPlay headliners have collaborated with some of the biggest names in music and made a name for themselves with their revolutionary styles and sounds. DJ Z-Trip brings a mix between oldskool and newskool and is considered one of the best live performance DJs in the world. Lcd soundsystem, whose sound is shaped by its frontman, DFA member, James Murphy, have managed to find themselves underground hit makers as well as bona fide album artists, known for aggressively challenging the lines defining alternative rock and club genres.

In addition to bringing internationally acclaimed artists to venues across the United States, PlayStation is providing a unique sweepstakes, giving fans the chance to win a trip for two to experience PlayStation DualPlay live. Tickets, airfare and hotel will be included along with a PlayStation(R) Prize Pack, including, a PSP system, PlayStation 2, EyeToy(TM) USB camera and a library of software.

Visit http://www.playstationdualplay.com/ for full rules and registration.

Below is a full list of dates and venues for PlayStation DualPlay. All dates are subject to change so please check the PlayStation DualPlay Web site for a current schedule:

DJ Z-Trip with special guest

SEPTEMBER 8
BOSTON: AXIS
13 Lansdowne Street (617-262-2437)

SEPTEMBER 9
NEW YORK: IRVING PLAZA
17 Irving Place (212-777-6900)

SEPTEMBER 10
PHILADELPHIA: TROCADERO
1003 Arch Street (215-922-5483)

SEPTEMBER 11
WASHINGTON, D.C.: 9:30 CLUB
815 V Street N.W. (202-265-0930)

SEPTEMBER 14
ATLANTA: LOFT AT EARTHLINK LIVE (VINYL)
1374 West Peachtree Street (404-885-1365)

SEPTEMBER 15
LAKE BUENA VISTA: HOUSE OF BLUES
1490 East Buena Vista Drive (407-934-2583)

SEPTEMBER 16
ST. PETERSBURG: STATE THEATRE
687 Central Avenue (727-895-3045)

SEPTEMBER 17
Miami Beach: SOHO Lounge
175 N.E. 36th Street (305-576-1988)

SEPTEMBER 18
TALLAHASSEE: Club Down Under
Florida State University
A303 Oglesby Union (850-644-0036)

SEPTEMBER 20
NEW ORLEANS: PARISH
225 Decatur Street (504-310-4999)

SEPTEMBER 21
DALLAS: TREES
2709 Elm Street (214-748-5014)

SEPTEMBER 25
ANAHEIM: HOUSE OF BLUES
1530 South Disneyland Drive (714-778-2583)

SEPTEMBER 28
TEMPE: CLUB HOUSE
1320 East Broadway (480-968-3238)

SEPTEMBER 29
LAS VEGAS: HOUSE OF BLUES
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. (702-632-7600)

SEPTEMBER 30
SAN DIEGO: HOUSE OF BLUES
1055 5th Avenue (619-299-2583)

OCTOBER 1
SAN FRANCISCO: MEZZANINE (1H)
444 Jessie Street (415-625-8880)

lcd soundsystem

OCTOBER 11
PORTLAND: WONDER BALLROOM
128 N.E. Russell St. (503-284-8686)

OCTOBER 12
SAN FRANCISCO: GRAND BALLROOM/FILLMORE
1290 Sutter Street (415-673-5716)

OCTOBER 13
ANAHEIM: HOUSE OF BLUES
1530 South Disneyland Drive (714-778-2583)

OCTOBER 14
SAN DIEGO: HOUSE OF BLUES
1055 5th Avenue (619-299-2583)

OCTOBER 15
LOS ANGELES: AVALON
1735 North Vine St. (323-462-8900)

OCTOBER 17
DENVER/BOULDER: FOX THEATRE
1135 13TH Street (303-447-0095)

OCTOBER 19
MINNEAPOLIS: FIRST AVENUE/QUEST
701 First Avenue North (612-338-8388)

OCTOBER 20
LAWRENCE: GRANADA THEATRE
1020 Massachusetts Street (785-842-1390)

OCTOBER 21
CHICAGO: VIC THEATRE
3145 North Sheffield (773-472-0449

OCTOBER 22
CLEVELAND: HOUSE OF BLUES
308 Euclid Avenue (216-523-2583)

OCTOBER 26
AUSTIN: STUBBS
801 Red River Street (512-480-8341)

OCTOBER 27
DALLAS: GYPSY BALLROOM
2548 Elm Street (214-744-9779)

OCTOBER 28
HOUSTON: MERIDIAN
1503 Chartres Street (713-225-1717)

NOVEMBER 11
NASHVILLE: CITY HALL
405 12th Avenue South (615-256-9008)

NOVEMBER 12
ATLANTA: EARTHLINK LIVE/ROXY
1374 West Peachtree Street NW (404-875-8929)

NOVEMBER 14
CARRBORO: CAT'S CRADLE
300 East Main Street (919-967-9053)

NOVEMBER 15
BALTIMORE: SONAR
407 East Saratoga Street (410-327-8333)

NOVEMBER 16
PHILADELPHIA: TROCADERO
1003 Arch Street (215-922-5483)

NOVEMBER 20
BOSTON/PROVIDENCE: THE ROXY
279 Tremont Street (617-338-7699)

NOVEMBER 21
ATLANTIC CITY: HOUSE OF BLUES
801 Boardwalk (609-236-2583)

ABOUT HOB ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

HOB Entertainment, Inc., a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company, is the definitive live music brand. Founded in 1992, this dynamic company with soul, spirit and vision is comprised of several unique businesses, including:

-- House of Blues Clubs, which operate 1,000 - 2,300 capacity venues
located in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando,
Las Vegas, Anaheim, Cleveland, San Diego and Atlantic City.
-- House of Blues Concerts, Inc., which owns, operates or exclusively
books 20 arena and amphitheatre venues throughout North America,
including Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Seattle (The Gorge),
Atlanta, Cleveland, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.
House of Blues -- IT IS LIVE! (TM) www.hob.com

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation(R) and PS one(TM) game console, the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era. PSP is a new portable entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console, the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system and the PSP system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Visit us on the Web at http://www.us.playstation.com/ .

Source: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

CONTACT: Janette Barrios of Sony Computer Entertainment America,
+1-650-655-5583, or janette_barrios@playstation.sony.com; or Liz Smith of
House of Blues, +1-323-769-6507, or lsmith@hob.com

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

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

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


 
Cingular Sounds(TM) Just Got a Little Bit Hipper and a Whole Lot Bigger with Exclusive Missy Elliott Collection

Cingular Wireless Pumps Up Ringtone Library with an Unprecedented 26 Titles from Hip Hop Diva, Missy Elliott

New Cingular Sounds Tone Club Offers Big Savings for Ringtone Fans

ATLANTA, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless, Warner Music Group and Atlantic Music Group today announced that Missy Elliott has joined the Cingular Sounds(TM) family of artists, providing 26 chart-topping tracks to be available as exclusive 30-second ringtones to Cingular customers. The Missy Elliott collection, coined "Missy Tones," is a perfect addition to the Cingular Sounds program as it represents the latest and greatest titles from one of music's most innovative and influential female superstars.

To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/cingular/22528/

"The addition of Missy Elliott, the best-selling female rap artist of all- time, marks the introduction of the largest collection of music content into the Cingular Sounds program," said John Burbank, vice president of marketing, Cingular Wireless. "Cingular Sounds continues to set the stage for us to introduce and, in this case, re-introduce our wireless customers to some of the hottest music content available today."

"Warner Music Group is committed to making the mobile space an important place for consumers to connect with our artists," said Michael Nash, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development. "With this agreement, Warner Music Group not only extends our great partnership with Cingular, but, for the first time, makes Missy Elliott master ringtones available to her many fans."

"Missy Elliott has always enjoyed a unique bond with her fans, a relationship that will be dramatically enhanced through this exciting new association with Cingular," said Camille Hackney, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Atlantic Records. "With over two dozen masters spanning her entire career now available in the ringtone world, Missy fans will have an unprecedented ability to customize their wireless phones with their own personal Missy favorites. This is the next evolution in Missy's career as a groundbreaking, forward-thinking artist, and Cingular is the perfect partner."

"Mobile technology is quickly becoming a dominant medium for content and it is important to us, at Violator, to keep our clients on the forefront of emerging trends," said Elliott's manager Mona Scott, President of Violator Management. "Cingular presented a very progressive opportunity for us to partner Missy with an industry leader and we are excited to be in business with them."

The Collection

Missy Elliott's extensive music catalog is being launched exclusively as Music Tones through Cingular Sounds. Titles include:

"Lose Control"
"Get Ur Freak On"
"Hot Boyz"
"I'm Really Hot"
"One Minute Man"
"4 My Man"
"Bad Man"
"Gossip Folks"
"Joy"
"Mommy"
"Pump it Up"
"Sock It 2 Me"
"Teary Eyed"
"Time And Again"
"She's A B*tch"
"All N My Grill"
"Beep Me 911"
"Hit 'Em Wit' Da Hee"
"Busa Rhyme"
"Click Clack"
"On and On"
"Remember"
"Slide"
"Take Away"
"The Rain"
"Work It"

To download a Missy Elliott-featured Music Tone from a GSM phone, including her latest smash single "Lose Control (featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop)," which has received an impressive six nominations for the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, Cingular customers should:

- Go to MEdia Mall on their phone's main menu
- Select "Shop Ringtones"
- Select Cingular Sounds
- Follow the onscreen prompt to download the ringtone

After downloading, the ringtone can be set to play on incoming calls from the phone's Main Menu. Cingular customers are charged a one-time download fee of $2.49 for ringtones, plus a charge for the number of kilobytes or minutes used to download the ringtone to a wireless phone. Cingular customers can also go the Cingular Sounds website (http://www.cingularsounds.com/) to preview, purchase and download the Missy Elliott ringtone collection.

Enjoy More Savings with the Cingular Sounds Tone Club

Cingular has launched the Cingular Sounds Tone Club -- a new feature that lets ringtone fans download new Music Tones each month at a significant savings, as compared to buying Music Tones separately. The Tone Club offers two unique packages: 3 Pack and 6 Pack. By paying a monthly fee, customers can choose from any available Music Tones, polyphonic ringtones or graphics from Cingular's vast content catalog.

Tone Club package details include:

3 Pack 6 Pack
Subscription
Price: $5.99/month $9.99/month

Ringtones: 3 Music Tones 6 Music Tones
or polyphonic or polyphonic
ringtones or ringtones or
Graphics Graphics
Savings over
Music Tones
purchased
separately: 20 percent 30 percent


To learn more about the Cingular Sounds Tone Club visit http://www.cingularsounds.com/.

About Missy Elliott

A five-time Grammy Award winner, Missy Elliott has cooked up another hit with her new Goldmind/Atlantic album, "The Cookbook," which debuted in the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album marks Elliott's sixth full- length release since making her solo debut in 1997. The best-selling female hip-hop artist of all time, her many accolades include 17 MTV award nominations, three BET Awards, and five Lady of Soul/Soul Train Awards. Not only a visionary recording artist and performer, Elliott is one of the few women who enjoy an equal amount of success behind the scenes. As a prolific songwriter and producer, she has acquired a star-studded list of production credits that includes Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Destiny's Child, among others. As the head of her own record label, The Goldmind, Inc., she launched the career of R&B star Tweet. Elliott has just wrapped up the first season of her dramality show, UPN's The Road To Stardom with Missy Elliott, and she has created a unique joint venture with adidas for a line of clothing, shoes, and accessories under the moniker, Respect ME. Elliott is a native of Virginia.

The Cingular Sounds Family
- March 2004 - Cingular becomes the first wireless provider to offer
authentic music content from all major record labels, including: EMI
Music (Capitol Records' parent company), Sony BMG Music Entertainment,
Universal Music Group and Warner Music.
- April 2005 - Cingular makes music history when it announced the
Cingular Sounds program and debuts the Coldplay single "Speed of Sound"
as a Music Tone ringtone before it can be heard anywhere else.
- May 2005 - Cingular introduces the first-ever wireless content from
Gwen Stefani including exclusive ringtones from her album "Love, Angel,
Music, Baby" and a video postcard from her latest single "Hollaback
Girl"
- July 2005 - Cingular Sounds introduces its first country music wireless
content, launching "All Jacked Up" by Gretchen Wilson as an exclusive
Music Tone ringtone before its debut on radio.
- August 2005 - Rock group Foo Fighters launch their new single D.O.A.
exclusively on the Cingular Sounds stage prior to its radio debut. Foo
Fighters also launched six more tracks as Music Tones as part of the
Cingular Sounds program.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 51.6 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(SM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at https://www.cingular.com/. Get Cingular Wireless press releases emailed to you automatically. Sign up at https://www.cingular.com/newsroom.

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group (WMG) became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Bad Boy, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

About Atlantic Records

Established in New York City in 1947, Atlantic Records grew from literally a one-room operation into one of the world's preeminent music companies. Atlantic has released a string of recordings which have had a profound impact on the course of modern music, its rich history including such musical icons as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, and Led Zeppelin. The Atlantic roster today includes many of the world's most popular recording artists, among them Bjork, Ryan Cabrera, Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, The Darkness, Craig David, Missy Elliott, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Jet, Jewel, Juvenile, Kid Rock, Lil' Kim, matchbox twenty, Jason Mraz, Sean Paul, P.O.D., Pretty Ricky, Rush, Shinedown, Staind, Sugar Ray, T.I., Trick Daddy, Twista, and many more. Visit http://www.atlanticrecords.com/ for more information.

Source: Cingular Wireless

CONTACT: Jennifer Bowcock of Cingular Wireless, Wireless:
+1-404-213-1204, or Office: +1-404-236-6319, or jennifer.bowcock@cingular.com;
or Will Tanous of Warner Music Group, +1-212-275-2244, or will.tanous@wmg.com;
or Sheila Richman of Atlantic Records, +1-212-707-3063, or
sheila.richman@atlanticrecords.com

Web site: http://www.cingularsounds.com/
https://www.cingular.com/
https://www.cingular.com/newsroom
http://www.atlanticrecords.com/
http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/cingular/22528


 
A Dream Comes True for John Legend

Artist Remixes 'So High' With Hip-Hop Superstar Lauryn Hill

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- R&B/pop singer-songwriter-pianist John Legend realized one of his long-standing dreams recently when the emerging artist recorded a duet remix of his song, "So High," with hip-hop superstar Lauryn Hill. The Cloud 9 remix of "So High" marks Ms. Hill's first recorded appearance since 2002's MTV Unplugged 2.0.

Released to radio over the weekend, the John Legend/Lauryn Hill remix of "So High" is already picking up major airplay in Atlanta, Baltimore, Washington, DC, and New York City, where it may be heard on the sizzling "Hot 97."

"I'm really excited to have Ms. Hill on the track," said John Legend. "She's truly a genius. The first time I ever appeared on a major album was when I played piano on 'Everything Is Everything' from 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.' I have been wanting to work with her again ever since. It's great to see that wish finally come true."

R&B/pop singer-songwriter-pianist John Legend has seen a lot of his dreams come true recently. Released late last year, Legend's very first solo album, Get Lifted, debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has already gone on to achieve RIAA gold and platinum status. He hit the road twice in 2005, first as the heralded opening act for Alicia Keys and then as the star of his very first headline tour winning the hearts and minds of fans and music critics from coast-to-coast.

http://www.johnlegend.com/

http://www.columbiarecords.com/

Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

CONTACT: Yvette Noel-Schure of Sony Urban Media Department,
+1-212-833-4483, or Yvette.Noel-Schure@sonybmg.com

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/
http://www.johnlegend.com/


 
Eminem's Shade 45 Teams up with XXL Magazine

XXL SPECIAL ISSUE SPOTLIGHTS SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO'S SHADE 45 CHANNEL

Features exclusive interviews with Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and many
more
On newsstands Now

NEW YORK (For Immediate Release) - XXL Magazine has produced a special
edition entitled XXL Presents Shade 45. This one-shot magazine places
emphasis on Eminem and his new radio channel, Shade 45 on SIRIUS
Satellite Radio.

In this special issue, XXL explores how and why SIRIUS created Shade 45
in association with Eminem, Shady Records and Interscope Records.
Since its launch last fall, the channel has become known for its uncut,
uncensored, and up-to-the-minute approach to hip-hop music, and for its
renowned DJs and guests.

Only in this issue can Eminem fans read an exclusive interview in which
he states, "I took from all of them: Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, Big Daddy
Kane. Just took a little bit from each one and put 'em all together. And
by the time you're done, you got something that's never been heard
before. And that's what I think about this whole generation of next MCs
coming up."

And from 50 Cent: "People may look at what they see from G-Unit at
this point and feel like it's over-saturation. No. You know what it is?
You still view G-Unit as a group. They not looking at G-Unit as a record
company, as this is Def Jam."

The issue also features a free Eminem poster and a notorious Q&A with
Em, 50 and Dre together. Shade 45 DJ profiles include Whoo Kid, Gomez
Brothers, Lord Sear, Rude Jude, Felli Fel, DJ Muggs, Clinton Sparks and
Cipha Sounds. For fans who want to know about the man "behind" Eminem,
there is an interview with his manager, business partner and friend
Paul Rosenberg, who says about Shade 45, "Em and I were, of course, blown
away by the opportunity to have a radio station. . . the most appealing
aspect is that we could do whatever we wanted."

"Typically, custom publishing projects do not work, since the consumer
gets turned off to the overall advertising message," said XXL executive
Editor Jonathan Rheingold. "The hip-hop consumer is even more
critical. But in the case of XXL Presents Shade 45, since Shade 45 is a truly
authentic and uncensored channel, the marriage with the XXL brand, the
No. 1 hip-hop publication worldwide, made sense and we were able to
create a magazine that the fans will want."

XXL, published monthly by Harris Publications, Inc., one of the
nation's largest special-interest publishers, is the undisputed #1 hip-hop
magazine worldwide. XXL has an ABC Audited Circulation of 315,000 and
outsells Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Source and Spin on the newsstand.

Find out all about it in XXL Presents Shade 45, on newsstands now
worldwide.

For more information: Contact Andrea Ferguson (917) 575-2282

Andrea Ferguson
Senior Account Executive
Dan Klores Communications
386 Park Avenue S. 10th Floor
Phone: 212-981-5242
Fax: 212-981-5442
Email: Andrea_Ferguson@DKCnews.com


 
6th Annual Latin GRAMMY(R) Nominations Spotlight Established Artists and New Breed of Singer/Songwriters

While Recognizing a Host of Music Makers Across Many Genres; First Time Reggaeton and Regional Mexican Music Appear in the General Field

Nominations Led by Spanish Singer/Songwriter Bebe With Five; Marc Anthony, Obie Bermudez, Juanes, and Aleks Syntek With Three Each

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Market Wire - Aug 23, 2005) -- The 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards nominations were announced today at a celebrity-filled press conference attended by international media, as well as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, at The Music Box @ Fonda in Hollywood. In a year that recognized a host of music makers across numerous styles, the nominations feature a new breed of singer/songwriters taking their place alongside established artists. The 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Nov. 3 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, will be broadcast live by the Univision Network from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Spanish singer/songwriter Bebe leads the nominations with five; Marc Anthony, Obie Bermdez, Juanes, and Aleks Syntek earned three apiece; Pepe Aguilar, Cachao, Beto Cuevas, Daddy Yankee, David Lee Garza, Juan Luis Guerra, Intocable, Ivan Lins, Luny Tunes, Molotov, JD Natasha, Fito Paez, Alejandro Sanz, and Carlos Vives were among those who earned two nods each. And a contingent of diverse music makers -- including Bacilos, Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga, Ana Brbara, Elvis Crespo, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Paquito D'Rivera, Andrea Echeverri, Alejandro Fernndez, Vicente Fernndez, Fey, Kevin Johansen, Kinky, Sebastian Krys, Los Amigos Invisibles, Los Tigres Del Norte, Gian Marco, Luis Miguel, Ozomatli, Laura Pausini, Omara Portuondo, A.B. Quintanilla, Reyli, Lupillo Rivera, Gustavo Santaolalla, Marco Antonio Solis, Soraya, Olga Tan, Diego Torres and Bebo Valds -- each earned nominations.

"This year's nominations are a true reflection of the diversity that currently exists in Latin music -- not only across genres but across generations as well," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa. "In our sixth year, the spotlight continues to shine not only on established performers but on emerging singers and songwriters and the creative professionals who usually remain behind the scenes. It's inspiring to see so many albums, songs, and music makers getting due recognition from their peers, as well as such a cross section of genres being recognized. There will be much to celebrate on November 3."

The five nominations earned by singer/songwriter Bebe include: Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Malo," Album Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album for Pafuera Telaraas, and Best New Artist.

Earning three nods each are: Marc Anthony for Best Male Pop Vocal Album (Amar Sin Mentiras), Best Salsa Album (Vali La Pena), and Best Tropical Song ("Vali La Pena"); Obie Bermdez for Album Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for Todo El Ao, and Song Of The Year for the album's title track; Juanes for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album (Mi Sangre), Best Rock Song ("Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor"), and Best Music Video ("Volverte A Ver"); and Aleks Syntek for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Duele El Amor," and Best Music Video for "A Veces Fui."

Among those who earned two nominations are: Cachao (Best Traditional Tropical Album for Ahora S! and Best Tropical Song for the title track); Beto Cuevas (Best Rock Song for "Bienvenido Al Anochecer" and Best Music Video for "Mrate" as a member of La Ley); Daddy Yankee (Record Of The Year for "Gasolina" and Best Urban Music Album for Barrio Fino); Juan Luis Guerra (Best Tropical Song for "Las Avispas" and Best Christian Album [Spanish Language] for Para Ti); Intocable (Album Of The Year and Best Norteo Album for Diez); Luny Tunes (Record Of The Year for "Gasolina" [as producers] and Best Urban Music Album for The Kings Of The Beats); Molotov (Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Con Todo Respeto and Best Music Video for "Amateur"); JD Natasha (Best New Artist and Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for Imperfecta-Imperfect); Alejandro Sanz (Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Tu No Tienes Alma"); and Carlos Vives (Best Contemporary Tropical Album for El Rock De Mi Pueblo and Best Tropical Song for "Como T").

The 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 43 categories and will be held on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles at the historic Shrine Auditorium. The three-hour show will be broadcast by the Univision Network from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT, supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online (the official online partner of the Latin GRAMMY Awards) at latingrammy.univision.com. For more information, a complete list of nominees, and media credentialing instructions, please visit www.grammy.com.

The 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards are produced by Univision Productions. Cisco Suarez is the executive producer; Maria Lopez Alvarez is the arrivals executive producer; Otto Padron is Vice President of Programming; Mario Ruiz is Vice President in Charge of Talent; and Macarena Moreno is senior producer. John Cossette is consulting producer.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, the Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Maureen O'Connor
Rogers & Cowan
for The Latin Recording Academy
310.854.8116
Anita Alban
Axis
for The Latin Recording Academy
310.854.8232
Ron Roecker/Barb Dehgan
The Latin Recording Academy
310.392.3777
Marisara Martin
Univision
305.463.4608


 
MULTI-TALENTED PUERTO RICAN RAPPER- BIG BOY RETURNS WITH HIS NEW MUSICAL MASTERPIECE "EL COMEBACK" ON SALE- AUGUST 30TH

The multi-talented artist, behind the success of smash hits like Mis Ojos Lloran Por Ti, arrives with a full album of surprises - diverse fusions of Reggeton with other sounds, including Mariachi, Merengue and Bachata

Miami, FL- August 23rd, 2005- Big Boy, one of the pioneers of the underground movement- known, today as Reggeton, as well as one of the most successful artists in its genre; returns to his musical realm with the launching of his new album El Comeback- his first for the independent label- The Roof Records.

El Comeback, available August 30th, in the United States and Puerto Rico, is a super production that contains 16 tracks; all written by the talented rapper, himself- each one undeniably touched with the musical magic that is Big Boy.

His unparalleled style of rapping and improvising, combined with the talent of top notch producers, such as Echo, Rafy Mercenario, DJ Blass, DJ Frank, David Durn, Sosa and Kenny Santiago, makes this album one of the most highly anticipated, as a new release.

Fusions of Reggeton with Mariachi, Bachata and Merengue, are sure to secure Big Boys reputation as an innovator in the Reggeton movement. Tracks like Ihaa! and Bailalo- featuring rapper Lenox- stand out as promotional singles. Another superb track is the duet- No Llores Ms, with Vasty, considered by the artist as the second installation to his smash hit Mis Ojos Lloran Por Ti.

El Comeback represents a new stage in the musical evolution of Big Boy, demonstrating why he has maintained himself as a favorite among an entire generation, and one of the most talented artists in Latin urban music.

El Comeback, on sale- August 30th, is a production of The Roof Records, the independent urban music label, distributed by Universal Music Latino.

About The Roof Records:

The independent label The Roof Records is dedicated to the development, marketing and promotion of new musical fusions and rhythms that comprise of Latin urban music. The label is home to new talents; and of artists recognized and established in this musical genre, including the talented rapper- Big Boy; Reggeton trio- Trivales; Puerto Rican female rapper- Jacquie; Panamanian-Canadian artist-Fito Blanko; Dominican rapper- Charlie Valens; Bachata band- Toque DKeda; Panamanian artists Goodfellas and Aldo Ranks; and New York rapper- Don Heightz. The Roof Records is an affiliate record label of the Perfect Image Group, an award-winning media, marketing, and production group of companies, that is credited for defining and giving a voice to Urban Latin youth culture in the United States and Latin America. Perfect Image is also the creator of the highly successful television program The Roof. The company maintains its main offices in Miami, FL; and is distributed by different multi-national companies.

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To request pictures or information, please contact:

--
Danixa Lopez
Director of Marketing
The Roof Records
(O) 305-593-1916 x. 215
(C) 305-467-5592
(E) dlopez@theroofrecords.com
2638 NW 97th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172


 
NY Rap MC Doncarlo Releases 'Welcome 2 Brooklyn'

After many struggles in his life, NY Rap MC Doncarlo releases his CD 'Welcome 2 Brooklyn' . Real spit from someone who lived it.

TLA-PROnline.com Press Release -- (ArriveNet - Aug 23, 2005) --NY rap MC Doncarlo grew up in Brooklyn in New York City. He was introduced to hip-hop and rap music in 1984. Growing up on music from the likes of Run DMC, Fat Boyz, KRS-ONE, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and so many others.

The underground rap artists at that time were amazing to Doncarlo. He found rap music so creative with all the different favors.

1989 found Doncarlo in South Florida visiting his mother. There he heard a group called N.W.A. and he heard F**k the Police and was blown away from the freedom of expression and dont forget he was a young buck at that time.

That was really the start of his motivation to be a rapper. Returning to New York, after his summer vacation, it was back to school for the motivated upcoming rapper. Getting together with his homies in the lunch room, they would make beats by pounding on the lunch room tables and then try to rap to them.

Focused on his dream of being a rapper, Doncarlo carried his rhyme book everywhere, ready to write as his mind moved him. As rap became more popular Doncarlos started becoming distasteful. He was soon kicked out of his high school and was put in a special program.

If that wasnt enough of a struggle for this creative being, Doncarlos father made him leave the house. The hardship of being homeless and not knowing where he was going to sleep and eat was the real street credibility of Doncarlos world.

The reality of his situation brought him to to the point where he was doing his little hustle in the park, making a little money to survive.

The depression of his situation was taking a toll on the once creative young man. Depressed over his life situation and lacking the creative juice he once had, he stopped writing music.

Since Doncarlo is from Haiti and was not a US citizen at that time, he decided, after seeing some of his homiez getting deported, a 9 ta 5 would be the best solution to his situation, and of course there was the little hustle on the side.

Not feeling rap any longer Doncarlo still had the urge to express himself, so he turned to poetry as an outlet for his creativity. As time went on he could not limit his creativity to just chillin and writing poetry. He had to tell his writings in rap. He went out and bought a bunch of instrumentals and dove back into his rhyming. That old feeling was coming back. The writing, the flow and the delivery was being tailored to fit this young upcoming rap artist.

Doncarlo was planning to go to the ATL, and he saw an ad for a Producer looking for rappers. Peaked by the chance to be more creative and be given direction, Doncarlo thought about the ad and when he returned for m the ATL he contacted the producer. Being linked with the tracks the producer gave him, Doncarlo was on his way; and the rest is history.

Having a catalog of over 40 tracks recorded, Doncarlo is just starting and growing everyday.

His Welcome 2 Brooklyn is a reflection of Doncarlos life and others like him. Its real spit from someone who lived it.

Check out samples and order Welcome 2 Brooklyn here - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/doncarlo

Please visit http://www.tla-pronline.com where Independent Rap, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Artist Are Represented.


 
Hip-hop Colony to screen in London - a film about the African Hip Hop Explosion

COMING SOON TO THE 7th BFM International Film Festival

HIP-HOP COLONY: The African Hip-hop Explosion
Produced/Directed by Michael Wanguhu
Written by Russell Kenya

Date: September 12th Time: 6:00 pm
Venue: ICA Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

http://www.hiphopcolony.com/colonypromo/

http://www.hiphopcolony.com/video/teaser.mov

http://www.hiphopcolony.com

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE FILM
Like the classic early-'80s American films Wild Style and Style Wars ,
Hip Hop Colony is a historical document, capturing a fast-developing
culture at a seminal moment in time - Erick K. Arnold - East Bay
express

Hip Hop Colony is an educational well-paced gem which should be
included in high school and college campus curriculum's across the
globe in an effort to dispel stereotypes about our kinship, Kenya, and
about African Diaspora - Vanessa Morman - Houston Black Film Festival

Hip Hop Colony is a film that any person interested in learning about
the global impact of rap must see!! - Adisa Banjoko, author
"Lyrical Swords Vol. 1: Hip Hop and Politics in the Mix"

This piece is Chock-a-block! - GA - freelance writer

Kenya is not just about Lions, giraffes and fast running men, . . . it's
also about Studios and Hip-Hop! - Tedd Josiah - Music Producer

PUBLISHED ARTICLES:
http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2005/07/18/features_top_stories/feat01.prt

http://www.sfbayview.com/060805/hiphopcolony060805.shtml

http://music.eastbayexpress.com/Issues/2005-06-08/music/close2thaedge.html


8/23/2005

 
BUYHIPHOP Media Ventures Targets High-End Design Agencies and Marketing Executives Seeking a Piece of the Hip Hop and Urban Consumer Markets

Hip Hop and Urban Design Studio providing high quality cutting-edge design and production services showcases its core competencies through new brand and web site. BUYHIPHOP Media ventures, LLC is a turn-key design studio targeting urban lifestlye celebrities, professional athletes, and record labels seeking to one up their competition.

(PRWEB) August 23, 2005 -- BUYHIPHOP Media Ventures, LLC today officially announced the launch of a new look following an intensive re-branding effort taking several months study, design, and development work. Featuring a new visual image, and cutting-edge Macromedia Flash design, the firm decided it was time its international award winning team took things another level in hip hop and urban high quality graphic and web design. The company is a full service design agency focused on hip-hop and urban lifestyle while servicing celebrities, professional athletes, and hip hop record labels. The company has its roots in e-business consulting, specializing in electronic commerce for independent record labels and artists. Services of this firm include, but are not limited to, pre and post film & video production, web hosting, web design, traditional visual print design, as well as e-commerce shopping cart development.

According to Melcom Copeland, President and CEO of BUYHIPHOP, “We wanted to make a statement with this new launch which represents our 5th new design in 7 years. A web site needs to stay fresh and we like to demonstrate our demand for high quality through our own presentation as well though our client projects. A professional design team has to showcase what they got if they expect to generate any real sales revenue, and there's no better piece of work to showcase than your own web site as a case study. Our clients come to us by way of word of mouth, therefore, we let our expertise and creativity excite the market and let the 3rd party folks and fans do the talking."

Over the past several months a few Hollywood celebrities, and professional athlete representatives representing Urban Lifestyle have contacted the firm asking for help in the areas of Brand Management and establishing web presence. "It was important our new look really portrayed the image of the company. We have some of the most gifted illustrators and Flash Designers on our squad, and they all know how important it is to really understand our clients needs", says Copeland. "When you start getting big budget clientele knocking on your door, it's gratifying to know these past 7 years are starting to pay off and provide a return on the investments we have made in our high quality service delivery processes and our teams executing them.

The agency will be Sponsoring a web site (06isforSex) for a Youth Summit taking place in 2006 providing custom graphic and web design in support of a not-for-profit group based in Texas that is promoting sex education initiatives in the Houston area.

BUYHIPHOP Media Ventures is also launching a new site for Good Foot Entertainment, the Film & Video production venture run by award winning Film Director, Dean Guiuan based in the San Francisco Bay Area where Copeland is a Management Consultant and Executive Producer.

Corporate headquarters are located in Delaware, USA with offices in Manhattan, NYC and Paris, France and can be reached at 1-800-409-5612, or in France at 33 6 24 74 61 73, or via http://www.buyhiphop.com.

About BUYHIPHOP

Founded in 2003 by former Technical Operations Management Team leader of Silicon Valley's Commerce One Inc., and founder of Riteous Clothz Manufacturing, BUYHIPHOP has partnered with and formed a consortium of advertising, marketing, production, design, development, and entertainment companies dedicated to supplying services to suppliers targeting the urban, sports, and celebrity channels so heavily influenced by the hip hop music generation.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Melcom Copeland
BUYHIPHOP MEDIA VENTURES, LLC
http://www.buyhiphop.com/
1-800-409-5612


 
DJ WILLIE DEBUTS NEW REGGAETON MIXTAPE

Reggaeton's Mixtape KING can be seen and heard thru-out the USA

NEW YORK * August 22, 2005 * DJ Willie is out on the scene with his latest Mixtape, respectively titled "Reggaeton for the Streets".

He is embarking on a Mixtape Tour and signings sponsered by some major players from retail and liquor companies like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Bacardi liquors, NYC, Houston, Orlando, Boston, NJ, Hollywood, CA, San Fran, CA, Tampa, Miami and Chicago are some of the spots that will be use as far as club mixtape release parties and signings - Being on the street urban level, helps me get in tune with what the kids and young urbanites want to hear today, comments DJ Willie -

Latin DJ - DJ Willie (born Willie Concepcion) is one of the biggest names in the mixtape business, and the currently the #1 REGGAETON Mixtape DJ in the market. After starting out as a DJ and, graffiti artist, he rose to become one of the NYC's up-and coming Latin DJ's and is credited with making some of the most influential mixtapes out now and having ground breaking new exclusives with some of the hottest Reggaeton artist's right now . As many describe him as the Hip Hop equivilant to DJ WHOO KID who sell more than 50,000 Mixtapes per month - Current trends show that DJ Willie is at 25-30,000 units per month -

On this next cd you hear blends of Mariah Carey, Tony Yayo and more in Reggaeton alongside exclusive's by Daddy Yankee, Tego, Wisin & Yandel and more including freestyles!!!

DJ Willie's street roots are important to him, and he is currently involved with developing and signing new talent in addition to continuing his role in helping the Latin community expand and grow.

For more info., check out www.DJWILLIE.com

For bookings or hirings you can communicate with:

# # #

CONTACT INFO -

Mark Flores Communications

Latino Mgmt Inc -

latino.mgmt@gmail.com

Phone: 862-452-5958

(bookings / contacts)


 
Reggaeton's Hottest Boys Hook Up With PR's It Girl

It Girl Public Relations Signs Reggaeton Super Stars Luny Tunes

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Expanding public relations firm It Girl Public Relations, finalizes agreement to represent Puerto Rican writers/producers Luny Tunes.

Francisco Saldana (Luny) and Victor Cabrera (Tunes) have been pumping out amazing tunes together since 1999, compiling a catalog with over 400 songs for such respected Reggaeton artists such as Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, and Pitbull. Dubbed the Neptunes of Reggaeton, the pair have America jumping, outfitting their clave with a handful of standby sounds -- synth stabs, spirited group choruses, and hook-girl come-ons -- and a wide range of MCs, making convincing dips into Latin pop and speedy meringue. Besides producing, the duo has co-written many songs, including the hit track "Gasolina" by Daddy Yankee.

Luny Tunes' latest album, a collection of previously unreleased songs called Mas Flow 2 (Mas Flow, Inc.), is currently ranked in the top ten of the Billboard Top Latin albums chart and the number one seller on reggaetonline.net. Luny Tunes represents with tracks like "Rakata" and "Mayor Que Yo" for Latin music's hottest new sound. The production duo just signed their publishing deal with EMI and is currently working with music superstars Ricky Martin and R Kelly. The Latin duos innovative style can be heard on their previous albums Kings of the Beats and La Trayectoria as well.

Reggaeton is a Spanish-language fusion of dancehall Reggae, Hip-Hop, Cumbia, and other Caribbean flavors that originated on the streets of Puerto Rico. Complimented by contagious pulsating beats, the lyrics are often about the reality of the streets, misunderstandings, love, cheating, and passion. Reggaeton has captured the attention of youth throughout the USA, prominently in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, mesmerizing not only the 40 million population count of Hispanics, but crossing over to the mainstream with its collaborations in hip-hop.

For photography & talent information please contact "it" girl public relations on (310) 577 1122.

Notes to Editor:
Other "it" girl pr clients include:

Nelly's Pimp Juice, Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Chingy, Mario Winans, Boyz II Men, Juvenile, Shar Jackson, Trishelle Cannatella, Kiley Dean, Susan Hendricks, BD Freeman, N. Kathryn Howard, LG Phones, Dada Footwear, F4nADa clothing, and Epitome Model Management. Please visit www.itgirlpublicrelations.com for more information.

Source: It Girl Public Relations

CONTACT: Juliette Harris of It Girl Public Relations, +1-310-577-1122,
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Celebrity Softball Game Aims to Raise Money and Awareness for the LA's Foster and At-risk Youth

Aug.22, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif., Two celebrity teams will face off at The University of Southern California Dedeaux Field
on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, in an effort to raise money and awareness for a program benefiting the South Bays
foster and at-risk youth.

The Los Angeles Children Youth and Family Collaborative (CYFC) and KDAY 93.5 FM are pleased to announce
their 1st Annual Celebrity Softball Game; a joint effort to benefit CYFCs foster and at-risk youth outreach
programs in Compton and Los Angeles, Calif.

A host of celebrities and local political figures have signed on to show their support for the event. Los Angeles
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be on hand to address the crowd and throw the first pitch. Powerhouse R&B
vocalist Chaka Khan will sing the national anthem. Other celebrities confirmed for the event include: Warren G, MC
Lyte, 2nd II None, Chris Spencer, KDAY 93.5 radio personalities and more.

The softball game is scheduled to take place from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at USCs Dedeaux Field, located at 1021 Childs
Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90089. Spectators can cheer on their favorite team by purchasing tickets in advance from
the CYFC, or at select Warehouse Shoe Sale Stores. Presale tickets are available for $10 and $15 at the door.

All members of the media are invited to meet the celebrity players, the CYFC and KDAY 93.5 staff at the Meet and
Greet Pre-luncheon scheduled at 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. For more information about the game or luncheon, please
contact Cecily Wiggins, via phone at (213) 220-0013, or by email at cecily@avidexposure.com.

ABOUT THE CYFC.
The Children Youth and Family Collaborative, a non-profit organization, is a partnership of several organizations
working jointly to serve at risk youth and youth in foster care between the ages of 12 and 18. The organization was
developed to enhance services to young people who are preparing to emancipate from the foster care system. For
more information about CYFC, please visit their Web site at www.cyfcla.org

Cecily Wiggins, Media Contact
Cecily@avidexposure.com
213-220-0013

Avid Exposure LLC
6400 Kraft Ave, Suite 11
North Hollywood, CA 91606
Office: (818)251-6611
Fax: (818) 769-1300
www.avidexposure.com


 
ZODEAX WEAR Launches New [On-line T-Shirt Designs] on CafePress.com

- New Twist on the Zodiac Signs and Hip Hop T-Shirts Added to Online Retailers Growing Library of Specialty Products.

[BRONX, NEW YORK][ZODEAX WEAR] 8/17/05
Today announces that its new [3-D ART T-SHIRTS] is now available on CafePress.com at [http://www.cafepress.com/zodeaxwear]. Its Slogan WERE NOT JUST SIGNS holds true, for Zodeax Wears Innovated re-interpretation of our 12 astrological signs are Great, but the Hip Hop Shirts Give a nice boost to the mundane Logos of street wear. We are all born under a sign and to express ones astrological lineage, ZODEAX WEAR has designed both men and womens T-shirts, but ZODEAX WEAR is Destin for all ages...

Getting started at CafePress.com was so easy, said [Reginald, 3-D artist At, Zodeax Wear.] My creativity has been turned into an online storefront in just a few clicks of the Mouse.

Adding to the diverse and unique universe of more than eight million customizable products and designs, ZODEAX WEAR is now open for business. Products in [YOUR NEW STORE NAME] include Hip Hop Shirts, or browse the calendar section which hosts your astrological sign in the month you were born under.

About CafePress.com
CafePress.com is an online marketplace that offers sellers complete e-commerce services to independently create and sell a wide variety of personalized products, and offers buyers unique merchandise across virtually every topic. Launched in 1999, CafePress.com is the intersection of entrepreneurship and self-expression enabling consumers to create their own businesses without inventory or investment and empowering them to express their individuality. CafePress.com manages every aspect of doing business online, including storefront development, site hosting, order management, fulfillment, secure payment processing, and quality customer service. Additional information about CafePress.com is available at http://www.cafepress.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Reginald Robinson
ZODEAX WEAR
[regrocone@yahoo.com]


 
MASTERMIND TIMBALAND HELPS CHANGE THE SOUND OF MUSIC ONE ARTIST AT A TIME WITH NEW PRODUCTION PARTNER DANJA

Miami, FL, August 20, 2005 Over the last ten years, Timbaland, Missy Elliott and the Neptunes have proven that musically, Virginia Beach is not a place to be messed with. Timbalands latest production protg hailing from the same town, Nate Danja Hills (pronounced like danger), is making sure this reputation is upheld. Just at the age of 24, Danja is quickly making a name for himself as a producer whose versatile sound will be heard on some of the most anticipated albums of the upcoming year.

I always considered myself somewhat of a problem when I would play musical instruments, says Danja recalling how he came up with his name. I was born with music in my blood and I remember when I was five, I would pick up spoons and pans in the kitchen and bang on them like they were drums. At the age of 12, Danja became skilled at the piano and perfected his skills as a member of his churchs band.

Danjas first official big break came through a childhood friend of Timbaland, Larry Live, who introduced the aspiring producer to the already established hit maker. The first thing that drew me to him wasnt even his music, says manager Larry Live. It was the fact that he said Timbaland was his idol and anybody that idolizes your best friend, you take notice of that. I knew he had talent because hes one of the few producers I know besides Tim who can produce inside the headphones. I convinced Timbaland that he would be a great fit for his production team and it just felt right. Even to this day, Danja still finds it hard to put into words how he felt when he met Timbaland. I was sitting in front of the dude that influenced me the most and he told me how hot I was, he says in disbelief. He told me he wanted me on his team and to me, hes as big as Quincy Jones. So I didnt know how to accept it.

Due to Danjas prior contractual obligations, he was unable to make Timbalands hope a reality. Luckily for Danja, fate was on his side when two years later, Larry reestablished contact with Danja and helped secure a production partnership with Timbaland. What drew me to Nate was that he reminded me of myself when I first started. I think hell be incredible. More incredible than I am, says Timbaland without any hesitation.

In 2003 Danja began working with Timbaland on his hip-hop artist John Doe. Although an album was never released, he later went on to produce several tracks for Japanese recording artist Utada Hikaru on the album Exodus 04, which went on to sell over 4 million records worldwide. Although this was quite remarkable for a novice producer, Danja says he still doesnt know what its like to have a hit record. Recording almost daily at Hit Factory Studios Criteria in Miami, Danja has almost lost touch with the outside world. A lot of records that Ive worked on have sold one or two million plus, but because Im in the studio so much, I dont know what the word in the street is anymore, but Im glad they have sold that much.

This year alone, Danja has shared co-production credits with Timbaland on tracks such as Lloyd Banks single Im So Fly, Black Eyed Peas My Style, J-Los Hell Be Back, and The Games current single Put You On The Game. If its not already evident, Danja is anything but one-dimensional. I feel like you have to change because the rate at which people start to hate you nowadays, its all because of people doing the same thing; not being able to metamorph or recreate something new. What makes Danja such a threat is that while some producers can only sell records by keeping the same generic formula, Danja challenges himself with each artist he works with to create a brand new sound. I try something new every time I throw on my headphones. You have to be very, very versatile because there are a lot of producers that are the hottest thing today, but you wont hear from them tomorrow.

Danja has already logged studio time with Diddy, JC Chasez from NSync, Ricky Martin, and Capitol Records R&B artist C.J. If thats not enough, Danja is currently in the studio working with Timbalands newly signed artist Nelly Furtado and is expected to produce the highly anticipated first single from Keri Hilson the debut artist from Timbalands new imprint via Interscope Records. On tracks like Get It Poppin and Quicksand, Danja and Hilsons relationship on record is reminiscent to that of Timbaland and the late great Aaliyah. Im very excited about Keri Hilson because we have a crazy chemistry. We clicked and made great records together.

Danjas work with the latter artist will find him stepping out on his own for the first time, something he looks forward to in the future. As Danjas production credits continue to expand, Danja is hoping to lend his gift to help establish new artists. I have plans to break a lot of records and to surpass the greatest producers like Timbaland, Dre and Pharrell. They were able to make their own mark and I want to do the same.

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CONTACT: Marcus Washington
(407) 963-5972
Teamtimbaland@aol.com


 
Fat Beats Distribution Signs On as an Official Distributor of "The Connex List"

Premiere Business to Business HipHop Directory Signs Major Distribution Agreement

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Aug 22, 2005) - "The Connex List," the premiere business-to-business HipHop directory and how-to resource, continues to make aggressive moves with a new worldwide distribution deal. The company announced today that they have signed an agreement with Fat Beats Distribution, a leading international independent distribution company specializing in HipHop. This will provide "The Connex List" and its advertisers with a significantly higher level of awareness from, and distribution to, the most influential HipHop Businesspeople and consumers on the planet.

"The Connex List," a division of A.M.P. Entertainment, is a unique force in HipHop, offering independent artists the only legitimate B2B HipHop directory on the planet. "The Connex List is one of the most unique magazines that we have seen in HipHop," said Amore, manager of Fat Beats NYC. "With the tremendous growth and buzz around 'The Connex List' through the years it was only natural that Fat Beats become a premiere distributor and once again remain on the cutting edge of truly great HipHop."

"The Connex List" also provides advertisers with a great way to reach a very influential audience. "The Connex List" remains at the top as one of the most unique HipHop publications within the music industry. "Fat Beats has been the heartbeat of independent HipHop for a long time," added The Wonder TwinZ, Founding Editors-In-Chief of "The Connex List." "We are going to accommodate Fat Beats' long list of retailers around the globe to ensure that every HipHop shop in the world has this invaluable resource at their counter."

About The Connex List:

"The Connex List" was created in 1999 to fill a critical void in HipHop business community that would continue to exist today without its presence -- a legitimate, business-oriented HipHop media property, created by HipHop insiders, that both informs and entertains its readers. With substance and purpose, "The Connex List" entertains and informs a diverse audience of HipHop Heads with humor, information, and HipHop business ethics. "The Connex List" provides the right direction for a stronger and more positive HipHop culture. www.ConnexList.com

About Fat Beats, Inc.:

Fat Beats Distribution has a worldwide clientele for wholesale and mail order selections of various independent releases, HipHop videos, magazines, and graffiti paraphernalia. The Fat Beats Distribution customer is that crucial mom & pop retailer or dj store that every HipHop artist and record company needs to 'break' their record. Fat Beats Distribution only carries exclusive lines and titles that the underground HipHop consumer is dying to have. Fat Beats Distribution boasts a customer base that extends to nearly every corner of the globe and puts product on the shelves of retailers and in front of consumers in every continent.

P.O. Box 2926
Huntington Station, New York 11746
www.ConnexList.com

Media contact:
Mez Media Group
Samara Santiago
Director of Public Relations
212-726-1411


 
The World's Best DJ Headphone Arrives in the United States

Designed with input from some of the worlds top DJs, the ULTRASONE DJ1 PRO includes new features such as standard EMF protection, detachable cables with volume control and a stereo/mono switch, replacement ear pads, and easily replaceable drivers

FRANKLIN, TN August 22nd, 2005 - ULTRASONE of America, LLC, the United States distributor for German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone AG, announces the arrival of the worlds most talked about new DJ headphone, the DJ1 PRO. Created with input from some of the worlds top DJs, the DJ1 PRO includes Ultrasones patented S-Logic technology in a new, sleek design, with standard EMF radiation protection up to 98%, detachable cables (coiled), a replacement pair of speed-switch ear pads, and easily replaceable drivers. As an added feature, one of the detachable cables comes with volume control and a stereo/mono switch for use in the live performance environment, a feature that is essential for the working DJ. In addition, with reduced sound press levels, the DJ1 PRO headphones are the safest in the world for DJs.

DJs around the world have embraced Ultrasones technology, and we have made a strong commitment to this market here in the United States, explains Cathy Kelly, President of ULTRASONE of America, LLC. The new DJ1 PRO features the sound quality and hearing protection that is essential for todays DJ, and provides the flexibility and convenience that professionals require. I believe ULTRASONE has raised the bar for professional-level DJ headphones.

Retailing for $239.00, these new, closed-back headphones use heavy-duty 50mm Mylar drivers for optimal music output and provide the isolation and flexibility necessary for use in the live performance.
Technical specifications:
Foldable, closed professional headphones
S-Logic Natural Surround Sound
Dynamic principle
Frequency range 10-22.000 Hz
Impedance 64 Ohm
Sound pressure level 102 dB
MU Metal bufferboard, reduced field emissions in accordance with ULE standard
Driver 50 mm Mylar
Two detachable cables; one coiled (3m) and one coiled with volume control and stereo/mono switch (3m)
Spare pair of speed-switch ear pads
Weight 295 g (without cord)
Demo CD, instruction manual, and transportation bag

For more information on the new DJ1 PRO and ULTRASONEs new PROline series, go to www.ultrasoneusa.com. To request product for review, please contact PR Specialist Brian Metcalf at (305) 576-1171 x5 or by e-mail at brianmetcalf@maxborges.com.

About Ultrasone
Based near Munich, Germany, Ultrasone AG has been manufacturing headphones for the audio market for over 12 years, during which time the company has developed and applied for more than 60 patents for its innovative technology. The company's unique, patented S-Logic technology creates natural surround sound without the use of additional electronic devices. ULTRASONE headphones represent a safer listening experience, not only by generating a 40 percent lower sensitivity for the same perceived loudness but also by offering shielding up to 98% of EMF radiation through the use of patented PROline (ultra low emission) technology. ULTRASONE headphones are available worldwide and distributed in North America by Franklin, TN-based ULTRASONE of America, LLC


 
Dip Sets Jha Jha Shining Bright In Video Debut, And About To Take The Rap World By Storm

August 18th 2004
Dip Sets 1st lady Jha Jha has made her official video debut in the new Jim Jones video What You Been Drankin On? The lavish promo was shot on location in her home city of Miami and also features Paul Wall and P.Diddy.

Not only does Jha Jha get plenty of shine in the video, she is also credited as being the main writer of this infectious track, and Jim Jones has nothing but praise for his young protg stating, she is destined to go straight to the top. Jha Jha shes one of the most incredible artists that I know, male or female. She just knows music. I really believe in her sound and her music. I follow her lead. She gave me the single, What You Been Drankin On? and Puffy just jumped on the record. So that goes to show you the type of artist she is.

Modest to the very end though, Jha Jha is unfazed by all the positive feed back that she is currently receiving, only describing herself as being diverse, soulful and most importantly a workaholic. So its now back to work, as this young rap vixen prepares to embark on a lengthy promotional tour with Jim Jones to promote his sophomore release, Harlem: Diary of a Summer (KOCH/Diplomat Records).


 
Hip-Hop Rap Icon Tupac May Be Alive: Author Interview (Pt.2)

Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Hard Evidence Research Groups Drah Cenedive, lead author of: 2Pac Lives The Death of Makaveli / The Resurrection of Tupac Amaru (Volume 1) and ThugLifeArmy.com is available now on the ThugLifeArmy web site.

(PRWEB) August 21, 2005 -- Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Hard Evidence Research Groups Drah Cenedive, lead author of: 2Pac Lives The Death of Makaveli / The Resurrection of Tupac Amaru (Volume 1) and ThugLifeArmy.com is available now on the ThugLifeArmy web site.

This interview has caused a lot of fury among fans of the late west coast hip-hop rap icon Tupac Shakur.

Mixed reactions to this book have made it a hot topic in forums and message boards all over the net.

This is the finial part of the interview. Fans questions that were emailed in to ThugLifeArmy.com for Drah Cenedive are asked and answered.

The premise of the book and the interview:

Alive theorist of the late great hip-hop rap icon Tupac Shakur have been adding numbers to get their 7s and have been dissecting every word ever recorded by Tupac Shakur ever since his death in 1996. There are many who feel the late hip-hop rap icon is still with us; in the physical form.

Drah Cenedive, lead author of 2Pac Lives, has given an exclusive interview with ThugLifeArmy.com regarding the Hard Evidence Research Group & Publishing book titled: 2Pac Lives The Death of Makaveli / The Resurrection of Tupac Amaru (Volume 1).

The interview covers the Hard Evidence Group; who they are and their other projects.

This highly anticipated interview has been sought by many sources, but thanks to the Hard Evidence Group and especially Drah Cenedive, ThugLifeArmy.com has acquired exclusive rights to be the first to talk to them about this very controversial book.

By most accounts, Tupac Shakur was murdered in Las Vegas in 1996 while riding in a vehicle with Death Row Records CEO and friend Marion Suge Knight.

Many theories and thoughts have been published about that night and the events surrounding the murder of the legendary Tupac Shakur. This book is not the ordinary theory book on the death of the legendary Tupac Shakur. 2Pac Lives The Death of Makaveli / The Resurrection of Tupac Amaru (Volume 1) is a book, that if read with an open mind, presents things for the reader to think about.

Many have read this book with an open mind and have walked away with their own doubts if the west coast rap legend is truly dead or not.

According to Drah Cenedive There has only been 144,000 of the books printed and when they are gone that will be all there are.

The interview can be seen on the www.ThugLifeArmy.com website.

This is a highly controversial, interesting, and respectful interview. Check out the interview in its entirety 8-20-05 on the ThugLifeArmy web site.

Hard Evidence Research Group is a newspaper crew compiling information, evidence, data, etc and putting it into book form. There are several members nation wide that range from journalists, reporters, law enforcement, researchers, law students, avid Tupac fans, medical and religious personnel.

Please check out their web site TOZ Productions - http://www.2paclives.org

About ThugLifeArmy.com:

ThugLifeArmy.com is a web site first started as a tribute to the great late rap icon Tupac Shakur.

Since it first started in 2003 it has expanded to cover areas of not just Tupac Shakurs life but all things related to the mind set of Tupac and reports on the social and urban climate as it relates to the Hip-Hop Community.

Please visit their site www.ThugLifeArmy.com

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