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9/23/2005

 
Baltimore Hip Hop Show Features Top Independent Artists Worldwide

The Indie Planet TV is seeking videos and feature interviews from the top independent artists worldwide. Producers are currently developing tv pilot at this time and gathering advertisers and sponsors.

Spetember 22, 2005 --

Veteran television producer and videographer Chris Crocetti is partnering with independent promoter Shadeed Eleazer to produce Indie Planet TV, an hour long hip-hop show featuring the latest international releases from independent artists, vintage "old school" videos, and feature interviews from the top indie artists on tour and more.

Viewers of the show will also witness exclusive freestyle battles around the country, live concert footage of artists and a special segment high-lighting new production equipment aimed at aspiring hip-hop producer.

Indie Planet TV will air any video from interested hip-hop artists and labels worldwide.
Videos must be sent in mini-DV format or DVD-r format. Sponsorship and Commercial opportunities are still available for interested parties. For more info email: indieplanet@hotmail.com.

About our companies:
Crogmanum Productions currently produces Rock and Roll Television, a rock based show based in Baltimore that airs videos from over 30 major and indie labels. Currently in its 57th episode, it is currently in negotiations to be picked up in the Nevada cable market and various sponsorship opportunites are on the horizon.
Shadeed Eleazer currently operates A.R.C. Music Videos, a full one-stop shop for an independent artist to receive promotion, press kit, cd review, and professional camera work.
A.R.C. is currently preparing the treatment for the Kevil Vageda video. Vageda is an artist formerly signed to Roy Jones' Body Head imprint.
He also is an accomplished newswriter for undergroundhiphop.com, the world's #1 indie hip-hop website, a featured columnist in DV8 Magazine (Atlanta), and a feature writer of "Blowing Up From the Basement" a column aimed at indie artists and producers on www.illmuzik.com .
He is currently working on documentaries of Go-Go Music and The History of the Carnivale respectively.

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Contact Info:
Shadeed
(443)928-6299
indieplanet@hotmail.com


 
Barrio 305 Launches a Broadband Reggeaton Video Channel

Barrio 305 is proud to announce the launch of a Broadband Reggaeton Video channel that focuses on Urban Latino lifestyles and reggaeton music.

/24-7PressRelease/ - MIAMI, FL, September 23, 2005 - With its eyes set on the future, Barrio 305 stands at the vanguard of two emerging trends: broadband video and the exploding musical genre of reggaeton.

The producers have already obtained exclusive interviews with all the major hitters in the reggaeton and Urban Latino music scene. Hip hop mogul Fat Joe, MTV sensation Pitbull, reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam and urban legend Tony Touch are some of the big names that have participated in making Barrio 305 the sole authority when it comes to coverage of reggaeton and Urban Latino music.

Barrio 305's high editorial standards have quickly made it a favorite among artists, fans and music industry executives. Upon consideration, Barrio 305 will lend its services for syndication and editorial contributions to other media outlets that are interested in covering the reggaeton/ Latino hip-hop music scene.

The programming streams compact video segments designed for broadband that reflect the lifestyles and musical tastes of the 14-34 U.S. bi-cultural Latino demographic. Coverage includes the latest music videos, backstage concert footage, music reviews, street culture, exotic models / dancers and aftermarket import auto shows.

A Miami based outfit, Barrio 305 has the advantage of developing content for the Latino market in the trend setting hub for Latinos living in the U.S.. After all, Miami has often been referred to as the capital of Latin America and remains the hotspot for Latino styles.

Unlike traditional TV, which must cater to a general community, a broadband channel creates the opportunity to enjoy reggaeton / Urban Latino programming where it otherwise would not be available.

The name Barrio 305 is a Spanglish term that describes the emerging Latino youth culture in the U.S.. Barrio is Spanish for neighborhood and 305 is the area code for the city of Miami; the name captures the bi-cultural nature of English dominant Latinos living in urban areas through out the U.S.. With Latinos representing the fastest growing portion of the population, Barrio 305 hopes to expand reggaeton's audience outside the major U.S. cities.

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Press Release Contact Information:
Antonio Otalvaro
Barrio 305
Marketing
5201 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL
USA 33126
Voice: 305-6698741
E-Mail: a.otalvaro@barrio305.com
Website: http://www.barrio305.com/


 
DAZ DILLINGER FLAUNTS HIS LIFESTYLE

Although still in the studio recording their debut album, Lubrication, the rap duo Lifestyle, comprised of Snoop Doggs younger brother, Bing (Bing Worthington) and his partner, DJ Quiks cousin, H.I.T., (Michael Anthony Tyler), are announcing they have just completed filming their first music video in support of their upcoming radio-driven single, All I Need, which was produced by the legendary rapper and producer, and former Dogg Pound member, Daz Dillinger. Daz says he wants the fans to know Theyre my little cousins, so I grew up with them. When it comes to working with with the highly popular rap duo that hails from Long Beach, California, Daz says, I like helping them out because I know theyre going to help their cousin, and vice versa. In addition to having produced the single, Daz also appears in the video.

The former Death Row Records artist says he is heavily involved with the Lifestyle single and its accompanying music video because he very much wants to support the groups record label, the Houston and Los Angeles based Lethal Entertainment. I like the way Lifestyle is doing it, says the ex-Dogg Pound member. Theyre on Tommy Bruno and Greedy Gregs label, Lethal Entertainment, plus theyre independent.

Daz says Lifestyle will make an important contribution to the roster of West Coast rap legends. Giving them a Dillinger-style endorsement, he says, Theyll add more flame, more weed to the game!

Its a beautiful thing, says Bing. To actually get to work together with Daz and do positive things. Hit comments, Its a privilege to work with Daz, a real honor. He adds his trademark sound to our album with the song he produced for us.

The video was directed by Christian Strickland, who has lensed music videos for artists including Three 6 Mafia, Juvenile, Rosco and Webbie.

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


 
H3's Operation RE-JUVE-NATION Re-Port!

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. announced last Friday that it has teamed with New Orleans' favorite son, Juvenile, to produce the RE-JUVE-NATION "Home-Aid" HipHop tour, to raise money for the folks who lost everything in the wake of Katrina. Since the announcement was made, the Company has made significant progress in signing up sponsors and finalizing many details regarding the tour.

Troy Hudson's "Operation Right Now" will be hosting a multi-media relief effort this Saturday September 24 at the Quest Club in Minneapolis and will be making several pertinent announcements and introductions regarding "Operation Right Now" and the RE-JUVE-NATION tour and relief efforts. Many of the stars and companies committed to the relief efforts will be introduced, and details will be released about RE-JUVE-NATION's "Adopt-a Family" program, along with tour dates, venues and celebrity participation. Many members of the Timberwolves will be attending their teammate's Press Party as well as participating in RE-JUVE-NATION and its "Adopt-a-Family" program. It is expected that Troy Hudson will continue to play a major role in H3 & Juve's overall relief efforts. Dallas Maverick star Jason Terry's Tha reason Records is one of the first corporate sponsors of RE-JUVE-NATION.

Pop N Go, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: POPN) has announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with H3 to place America's favorite fresh popped Popcorn Machine into all HipHopSodaShop (http://hiphopsodashop.com/) locations. Pop N Go also announced that it has become a major corporate sponsor of the RE-JUVE-NATION tour and its "Adopt-a-Family" program and that it will begin the testing of plasma promo screens from ODBN, Inc. (http://odbn.net/) as an addition to its stand-up Popcorn Machines within the SodaShops.

ODBN, Inc., (odbn.net) a leader and innovator in digital narrowcasting networks, announced today the signing of an Agreement with H3 to produce and install all of the plasma screens and HD monitors they have designed specifically for H3's HipHopSodaShop locations. ODBN will also play the lead role in developing "Channel H3" which will be seen in every HipHopSodaShop as well as online at http://hiphopsodashop.com/. ODBN has officially become a corporate sponsor of "Adopt-a-Family", the program through which more than 100 families from Hattiesburg, Mississippi have already been "adopted" through the efforts of OneNJ and Emily Deriso of Mac-Melius Agency.

For H3Enterprises, Inc., New York
Mac-Melius Agency, Inc.
Shana Mac, 917-734-9896

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

CONTACT: Shana Mac of Mac-Melius Agency, Inc., +1-917-734-9896, for
H3Enterprises, Inc., New York

Web site: http://hiphopsodashop.com/
http://odbn.net/


 
H3's HDTV: H3Enterprises Bringing High Definition to the HipHopSodaShops

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2005--H3Enterprises, Inc. (Pink Sheets:HTRE) announced today that they have signed an agreement with ODBN, Inc., a leader and innovator in digital narrowcasting networks, to implement all of the plasma screens and HD monitors ODBN has designed specifically for H3's HipHopSodaShop locations. ODBN will also play the lead role in developing the HipHopSodaShop Channel which will be seen in every restaurant as well as online at hiphopsodashop.com.
"We see the channel as a great entertainment and promotional tool as well as being utilized as an information center for job opportunities, scholarship programs, and our ongoing RE-JUVE-NATION relief efforts," said Brian "H3" Peters, President and founder of HTRE.

The HipHopSodaShopChannel will play high definition, dynamic signage, music videos, the latest advertisements targeting the Hip Hop community, and real time information on plasma and LCD displays hung in the restaurants. "It's an innovative way to create invaluable impressions to a customer base which many sponsors will jump at to communicate their messages," commented Steve Fecske, President of ODBN, Inc. H3Enterprises, through ODBN, will offer time on the screens for supporting sponsors and the community first, as well as to third party advertisers.

The HipHopSoda Shop Channel will show the restaurant's menu items, concert information including RE-JUVE-NATION events, as well as information about sponsors' products and brands. It will offer a high definition music video jukebox that plays the latest in Hip Hop music and videos. The network can also run real time information that ranges from what's playing on H3's selected satellite radio network, up-to-the-minute information on H3 events including SodaShop openings and related job opportunities, as well as RE-JUVE-NATION and emergency information.
The channel will bring together an audience of hundreds of thousands of young adults between the ages of 15 to 25. The company is now setting up the media package it will be offering for the HHSS Channel. For more information please call Steve Fecske at ODBN, Inc. 1-661-222-9588 or Shana Mac at H3 Enterprises, Inc.

Contacts
ODBN, Inc.
Steve Fecske, 1-661-222-9588


 
PassAlong Networks Adds The Orchard Catalog to Its Digital Music Network

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- PassAlong Networks, developer of innovative technologies for digital music, today announced an agreement with independent music distributor The Orchard to provide digital music to all stores powered by the B2B2C software platform p2pREVOLUTION(TM). The Orchard's catalog is the latest addition to PassAlong's expanding digital music library, including Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, EMI and many independent labels.

"Our objective is to provide all artists with the most effective tools for earning revenues with their music and this arrangement will add a lot of new talent to the PassAlong system to do just that," said Jozef Nuyens, Co-founder and SVP International Label Relations for PassAlong Networks. "We are pleased to provide our digital music store network with the large and diverse roster distributed by The Orchard."

The agreement with The Orchard will add over 200,000 tracks from 72 countries; every genre of music, and include independent artists Bright Eyes, Sufjan Stevens, Paul Oakenfold and Motorhead -- all accessible from http://www.passalong.com/ eBay (http://pulse.ebay.com/), and Microsoft Windows Media Player.

"PassAlong Networks presents an arsenal of practical, innovative technologies to transform the digital music space," said Greg Scholl, Chief Executive of The Orchard and Managing Director of Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity fund that owns The Orchard, eMusic, eMusicLive and Dimensional Music Publishing. "PassAlong will help take 'the long tail' from a possibility to a reality. Innovative companies like PassAlong Networks, by encouraging sharing, community and music discovery, are transforming independent music."

p2pREVOLUTION(TM) is a multi-faceted B2B2C software platform designed to provide fans, artists and the music industry with a mutually beneficial resolution to the issues affecting the P2P landscape. Current components of this inventive platform include: Passing-and-Points(TM) which allows music fans to earn points that can be used toward future purchases by passing songs to friends via instant messenger or email, Freedom(TM) Security software that distinguishes between licensed and unlicensed files, Crowfly(TM) Live Music content made available through partnerships with concert promoters and artists, OnTour(TM), a service that utilizes its DiscoverMyMusic(TM) feature to notify users of concerts and events, and Web Services that aid partners in developing uniquely branded music stores.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks is the industry-leading developer of technologies that provide music fans, artists and the industry with a mutually beneficial resolution to the evolving P2P landscape. Its innovative B2B2C software platform -- named p2pREVOLUTION -- is based on three core elements: community, convenience and empowerment. The p2pREVOLUTION platform can be branded and customized by clients to build community, promote products and services, and generate revenues. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is based in Franklin, Tenn. For more information visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com/

About The Orchard

The Orchard is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 72 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 600,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music stores and services throughout the world. Headquartered in New York, The Orchard maintains operations in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv and Melbourne.

Source: PassAlong Networks

CONTACT: Alyssa Greiner of Connors Communications, +1-212-798-1420,
Agreiner@Connors.com; Andy Morris of Andy Morris & Company, +1-212-561-7465,
andy@amc-pr.com, both for PassAlong Networks

Web site: http://www.passalong.com/
http://pulse.ebay.com/


9/22/2005

 
Seventh Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nominees Announced

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - The seventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards today announced its nominations for 23 categories. Among the nominees are some of the most talented Aboriginal artists and music industry professionals in all aspects of Aboriginal music.

Each year the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards celebrates the musical contributions of Aboriginal people by honouring the premier musicians, groups and industry members across Canada. To qualify for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, nominees must be Canadian Aboriginal - status, non-status, Metis or Inuit - by birth, adoption or community acceptance.

Topping the nominations, with five each, are Nunavut artist Tagaq for her album Sinaa (Best Female Artist, Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots Album, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Album Cover Design and Best Inuit Cultural Album) and Manitoba's Burnt Project 1, for Hometown (Best Rock Album, Best Producer/Engineer, Best Group or Duo, Best Album Cover Design and Best Album of the Year). Asani's Rattle & Drum, Little Hawk's 1492-1975 and Forever's Something to Dream Of all received three nominations.

Here is the list of Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominees:

Best Female Artist:
Donna Kay, Full Circle, Alberta
Gillian Thompson, Intellifunk, British Columbia
Tagaq, Sinaa, Nunavut

Best Female Traditional/Cultural Roots Album
Asani, Rattle & Drum, Alberta
Elizabeth Hill, Peacemakers Lullaby, Ontario
Tagaq, Sinaa, Nunavut

Best Male Artist
Diga, Earth Is Crying, Northwest Territories
Little Hawk, 1492-1975, Manitoba
Nadjiwan, Begin, Ontario

Best Songwriter
Asani, Rattle & Drum, "Bill C31 Blues" written by Sarah Pocklington and
"Iskewesis" written by Sherryl Sewepagaham", Alberta
Carl Quinn, Ni Ototem, "Ni Ototem" and "Otapihkes", Alberta
Donna Kay, Full Circle, "Beat Goes On" and "Dream Dancer", Alberta

Best Rock Album
Burnt Project 1, Hometown, Manitoba
Carl Quinn, Ni Ototem, Alberta
Forever, Something to Dream Of, Nova Scotia

Best Song Single
Eagle & Hawk, "Indian Summer," Manitoba
Edward Gamblin, "Survivor's Voice," Manitoba
Kimberly Dawn, "Spirit of Our People," Manitoba

Best Producer/Engineer
Burnt Project 1, Hometown, producers: Danny Schur and Dave Boulanger
engineer: Morgan Whitwell, Manitoba
Donny Parenteau, The Greatest Unknown, producer/engineer: Donny
Parenteau, Saskatchewan
Tagaq, Sinaa, producer: Juan Hernandez, engineer: Jose "Triki" Trincado,
Nunavut

Best Group or Duo
Burnt Project 1, Hometown, Manitoba
Forever, Something to Dream Of, Nova Scotia
South Thunderbird, Tough Go, Manitoba

Best Instrumental Album
Jason Burnstick & the Rhythm, Burn, British Columbia
Jeari Czapla, Dolce, Alberta
Kelly Kiyoshk, Manido, Ontario

Best Folk Album
J.C. Campbell, Life up till Now, Manitoba
Diga, Earth Is Crying, Northwest Territories
Little Hawk, 1492-1975, Manitoba

Best Album Cover Design
Dave Boulanger & Angela Quadraccia, Hometown, Manitoba
Oscar Poza & Montse, Sinaa, Nunavut
Pamela Whitecalf, Whitefish Jrs-Round Dance, on the Trail I 94,
Saskatchewan

Best Inuit Cultural Album
Beatrice Deer, Just Bea, Quebec
Tagaq, Sinaa, Nunavut

Best Fiddle Album
John Arcand, Thru the Years, Saskatchewan
Ryan D'aoust, Southside of the Strings, Manitoba

Best Blues Album
Jeari Czapla, Dolce, Alberta
South Thunderbird, Tough Go, Manitoba
The Wolfpack, Family Thang, Ontario

Best Pow Wow Album Contemporary
Blackstone, Back in the Day, Arizona
Grey Buffalo, Live at Long Plains, Manitoba
Perfect Storm, Kipehten, Saskatchewan

Best Music Video
Forever, "Something to Dream Of," Nova Scotia
Eric Voice, "Find a Way," Ontario
War Party, "The Resistance," Alberta

Best Rap or Hip Hop Album
Chickadee MC, Fly, Alberta
Eekwol, Apprentice to the Mistery, Saskatchewan
War Party, The Resistance, Alberta

Best Country Album
J.C. Campbell, Life up till Now, Manitoba
Hank Horton, Honky Tonk Heartache Blues, Manitoba
Just the Boyz, Shotgun Rider, Saskatchewan

Best Pow Wow Album Traditional
High Noon, The Way It All Began, Alberta
Painted Horse, Blackfoot Songs, Saskatchewan
Walking Spirit, Walking Spirit, Saskatchewan

Best Hand Drum Album
Asani, Rattle & Drum, Alberta
Big River Cree, Together Again, Saskatchewan
Northern Cree Singers, Sweethearts Shuffle, Alberta

Best International Album
Jason Burnstick, Burn, British Columbia/Central & South America
Joanne Shenandoah, Skywoman, New York
Wabanag, Ulodi, Finland

Best Album of the Year
Burnt Project 1, Hometown, Manitoba
Little Hawk, 1492-1975, Manitoba
Elizabeth Hill, Peacemakers Lullaby, Ontario

Best Television Program or Special
Lisa Meeches & Kyle Irving, "First Nation Invasion," Manitoba
Lisa Meeches & Kyle Irving, "Ray St. Germaine," Manitoba
Lisa Meeches & Kyle Irving, "Red Man's Blues," Manitoba

The winners will be announced at the 2005 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards on Friday, November 25 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's John Bassett Theatre (255 Front Street West). Tickets for the awards are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available at TicketMaster (www.ticketmaster.ca, 416-872-1111). The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are a part of Canadian Aboriginal Week which launches in Toronto on November 21 and culminates with the 12th annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival and Pow Wow November 25-27.

Media Contact: Heather Kelly Communications - Amber Authier, amber@heatherk.ca, (416) 760-7323; Heather Kelly, heather@heatherk.ca, (416) 364-5701; www.heatherk.ca


 
Nelly Featured Entrepreneur in Black Business Magazine

Turning Point Magazine Publishes September/October 2005 Diversity Themed Issue
Featuring Top Story - New Breed of Celebrity Entrepreneurs

You may have read us before
but you've never read stories like this!


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA September 21, 2005 Turning Point Magazine, the most widely read small business magazine for African Americans in the United States, releases its diversity themed September/October 2005 issue.

Led by its special advertorial section, Corporate Champions of Diversity, this issue is primed to be one of the most valuable magazines this year for information and resources directed specifically toward the African American small business entrepreneur.

Featuring the comprehensive cover story Celebrity Entrepreneurs? written by Sibylla Nash, this focuses on the new breed of well-known entrepreneurs such as Hip Hop musician Nelly, actress Camille Winbush of The Bernie Mac Show, Judge Mablean Ephriam of TVs Divorce Court fame, and 70s singing group Switch member Greg Williams; these are illuminating stories of those who are literally rolling up their sleeves and launching lucrative businesses.

Special sections in this issue include:

Corporate Champions of Diversity an exceptional advertorial section featuring diversity stories nationwide set from the corporate perspective; a Diversity Honor Roll; the latest census information regarding the Black Business Boom?, and Supplier Diversity 101?.

The application for the coveted Living History Makers Award 2006 This is the 13th year for residents of California to nominate the unsung community heroes in the areas of: Advocacy, Education, Arts & Entertainment, Science and Technology and Emerging History Maker (Individuals UP TO 21 years old). Winners will be honored at a reception in California - February 2006. All Applications must be received by October 28, 2005. For more information or to register online go to: www.tpcfoundation.org.

Behind the Scenes in Hollywood Insiders takes on how entrepreneurs can do business in Hollywood written by Darryl James and Turning Point Editor Shante Morgan.

A special tribute from Turning Point Magazine publisher Pat Means to the late John H. Johnson, African American magazine pioneer.

The September/October 2005 issue provides additional examinations on diversity, community and business acumen with its professional, thought-provoking and informative regular columnists:

Insight by Maria Dowd Are You Doing Your Soul Work; The Biz Coach by Dr. Walt Atkins Bring More to the Table to Differentiate Yourself.; Urban Issues by Anthony Asadullah Samad How Do You Avoid Getting the Runaround When in Pursuit of Corporate Diversity Opportunities; Freedom Suite by Wallace Ford At the Risk of Repeating Myself.; Political Watch by Attorney Anita Estell Why Walk When You Can Ride Emerging Contracting Opportunities in the Public transportation Sector; Franchising Options by C. Everett Wallace, Esq. The Best Companies for Diversity: Where Does Franchising Fit in and Speak Up by Norma Thompson Hollis Speak With Confidence.

Turning Point Magazine continues to include the departments entrepreneurs find engaging for their businesses: Turning Point?, Biz Notes?, Biz Tips?, Business Solutions?, Money Smart?, About Our Partners?, Tech News?, Book Review? and more.

Turning Point Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine available through subscription. To subscribe, please send a request via e-mail to: subscriptions@turningpointmagazine.com or sransom@turningpointmagazine.com

IMPORTANT NOTE: Turning Point Magazine subscriptions will be available to fill out online in Fall/Winter 2005 with the launch of Turning Point Magazines new and improved website.

ABOUT TURNING POINT MAGAZINE
Turning Point Magazine fuels the passion, drive and commitment of African American entrepreneurs. Through its pages, Turning Point informs, inspires and influences this vital segment of the American economy by providing real solutions for owners of growing companies.

Each issue of Turning Point Magazine captures the essence of entrepreneurship. In addition to providing information about key business issues, Turning Point Magazine brings resources to an eager audience of business owners, giving them tools to catapult their companies to the next level.

Press and Media Contact:
Adrienne S. Lamm
Marketing, Media and Public Relations
Turning Point Magazine
Telephone: (323) 299-6000 ext. 107
Fax: (323) 299-6006
E-mail: alamm@turningpointmagazine.com


 
UPSET RECORDS WILL CONTINUE TO EXCITE THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY

September 21, 2005

Upset Records wraps up the summer months with more shows, more releases, and more hype around the label than ever before! After four individual record releases, artist debuts, performances, in-store promotions and CD signings, the label presses on seeing no end in sight. Upset Records is being seen and heard all over Denver.

Upset Records threw the biggest party Denver saw all summer, Upset Records Day, where not one act of violence was reported. Four CDs were released from Doe and Ray Ray including Ray Rays debut album, Back On Da Bricks. Doe came out with On the Run Gettin Money, Big City Big Dreams, and Doe and Mac Present: Scars and Tattoos. Fans got a chance to see Yukmouth perform alongside Doe, doing their collaboration track, Denver, Kansas, California and hear DJ Rectangle who was flown in from Vegas to act as resident DJ for the evening. The party attracted over 400 people to Colorados largest nightclub. Since then the labels artists have opened for West Coast legend DJ Quik, and have been performing at local car shows and clubs all over Utah, New Mexico, California, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.

Buzz Magazine has been the most recent publication to expose people to Doe and the rest of the Upset Records family. The September 05 issue displays Upset Records artists Doe, Ray Ray, Collision, Von and Bam on the cover as well as spread throughout the inside pages from front to back. In addition to this press, Upset Records will be running television commercials, radio ads, billboards and print ads in some of the leading magazines representing our culture, from The Source to XXL to Lowrider to Murder Dog.

Upset artists have also been getting radio play all over the country. San Franciscos 106.1 KMEL, Sacramentos 102.5 and Colorado stations KS107.5 out of Denver and Colorado Springs 96.1 are just a few of the stations set to feature Does track Yell It Out off On the Run Gettin Money. The track is also getting played in and around the Pensacola, FL area by Edwin Stokes, a.k.a. DJ2FREAKY, where he has reported that the track is getting quite a good response in the clubs.

With such a wide fan-base, all Upset Records albums are selling out of stores as fast as they are put in. Albums are available through City Hall Records at Hastings, Sam Goody, and local music stores nationwide. This includes the previously released albums from Gloc 9, Thorobread Click and Collision. To further promote the label and its artists, Upset Records will continue performing in their hometown of Denver, CO throughout the Fall months as well as touring cities in Kansas, California (Bay Area), Missouri, Florida and Texas. A highly anticipated CD Release Party is in the works for Collisions Focused And Determined which was released on 3/22/05. The party will be held in his hometown of Kansas in the winter.

Visit the newly renovated official website at www.upsetrecords.com for further information on the artists, label, show dates and times and plenty more. To contact the Upset Records Public Relations department with questions or for further general information please write to bridget@upsetrecords.com or call 303.202.6738. Get up with the hottest Hip-Hop/Rap label comin out of Denver, CO Upset Records.

Contact: Bridget O'Brien
Phone: 303.202.6738
Email: bridget@upsetrecords.com


 
DALLAS/ FT. WORTH RAPPERS MR. POOKIE & MR. LUCCI ARE SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUMS

MR. POOKIE’S RETURN OF THA RIPPLA HITS STREETS ON OCTOBER 25TH AND MR. LUCCI’S THE GOLDEN CHILD ON NOVEMBER 22ND

Dallas, TXNew York based-Boss Entertainment has sealed a deal with Mr. Pookie and Mr. Lucci and their Crawl 2 Ball record label. The dangerous Dallas duo has cooked up some new music to lay on hip-hop fans, and will appear on the music scene in a one-two punch.

These two lyrical assassins first made heads spin towards Texas with their solo album debuts. First came Mr. Pookie and Tha Rippla, his debut album a few years back that sold some 100,000 copies around the Dallas area on the strength of the hits Southern Made Playa, Crook-4-Life and the title cut. Then came his associate Mr. Lucci with his debut album, Diabolical, which sold an equally impressive 60,000 units locally, helped by the killer track Lifted and title cut. Pookie and Lucci continued their assault on the region with successive solo and collaborative efforts including their much-talked-about underground double CD release from 2002, My Life.

First up, the laid-back Mr. Pookies RETURN OF THA RIPPLA will pick up where his first album left off five years ago, and go deeper into his flow. Leading off with some sizzling singles, the club song Dont Test Us, featuring Mr. Lucci and Mr. Montis, and the anthemic Heads Up, featuring Lil Yo, the CD will make it clear to all, both inside and outside of Texas, why Mr. Pookie is considered The King of Dallas Rap. Other stand-out tracks on the CD include player song Ride, Roll And Smoke, the R&B -leaning male/female duet Feelin You, and Young Man, a song about Mr. Pookie and his growth, which is his personal favorite. And listeners should also look out for Robbin Tha Game, Texas Niggaz, Hold Down, Playa From Tha Start, Feel Like I Feel and Times Get Tough (Wont Give Up).

Next up, the introspective Mr. Luccis THE GOLDEN CHILD will present his creative new joints, since his last solo project four years ago. War, the hardcore street/club tune, featuring Mr. Pookie, Nitty & D, is the first single. Also notable are the positive-message-laden Stay Committed, the catchy, street-anthemic My Nigga, the story-telling Im Gonna Make It, and Trouble, which contains an interesting Mahalia Jackson sample. And Southside, Chill Wit You, They Shady, Cant Take It, Day By Day, and Have U Eva Loved (a personal dedication) are not to be missed, along with Mr. Luccis song for the ladies, Im Tired. All the tracks lay Mr. Luccis electrifying creativity out in front of the listener.

Tailoring a pattern of Southern success--of previously released, independent records later picked up by major companies, like Master P, Nelly, Three 6 Mafia and The Cash Money Click did, Mr. Pookie and Mr. Lucci are the next up to become a household name.

For more information, contact Mary Moore at So Much Moore 973-675-6992 or mrylinda@aol.com or Brian Gilmore at 212-280-3838 or briangilmore76@aol.com.


 
Chutzpah - the World's First Ever Jewish Hip Hop Supergroup - Will Be Appearing on the Chabad's 'Celebration 25' 25th Anniversary Telethon

Sunday, September 25th on PBS

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Chutzpah will be performing a special song "Home Is Where the Heart Is" written especially to honor the victims and refugees of Hurricane Katrina on Sunday, September 25th at 10:15 PST on the Chabad Telethon on all PBS Broadcast stations nationally.

Brought together by the magisterial Dr. Dreck, a profoundly influential figure in the annals of Hip Hop, the quartet consists of Master Tav -- the lead rapper, MC Meshuggenah -- the slightly unhinged one, and their tag along fourth, Jew Da -- the Jewish/Rastafarian, philosopher.

Appearing along with Chabad guests such as Governor Schwarzenegger and Magic Johnson, and performers such as Perry Farrell and Dick van Dyke. Chutzpah will show why their fans are legion, including Gary Oldman, Debbie Mazur, Deborah Harry, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and even Sharon Osbourne.

Why is it that you've never heard of this group before? As is often the case with influential artists, their own road has been a bumpy one. Financial distress (Dr. Dreck's), crises of faith (Master Tav's), and the occasional stay in a psychiatric hospital (MC Meshuggenah's) have kept the group from living up to their promise as of yet. But the now legendary demos they recorded over the years finally reached the ears of David McLees, the President of a new Jewish record label, Jewish Music Group, and Chutzpah was signed!

The wait is over. Chutzpah's worldwide debut CD, "Chutzpah (eponymous)" will be released by Jewish Music Group on Tuesday November 15th, 2005 along with their holiday video "Chanukah's da Bomb" with a 'making of...' DVD "Chutzpah, This Is?" Some of their star fans have made their love known by appearing in their DVD such as George Segal, Gary Oldman, Debbie Mazur among others. The band will be touring in support of the release and are available for television appearances, in-store performances and the occasional Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

For more information contact
Jennifer Gross - Evolutionary Media Group
(323) 658-8700 - Jennifer@emgpr.com

Source: Jewish Music Group

CONTACT: Jennifer Gross of Evolutionary Media Group, +1-323-658-8700,
Jennifer@emgpr.com, for Jewish Music Group


 
Nova 4 Jehovah Headliner for National Leukemia Society Benefit Concert!!

Christian Rock Meets Holy Hip-Hop for Leukemia Society Benefit Concert!!!

Yo Boy Nova 4 Jehovah will be Holdin It Down for G.O.D joined by several amazing Christian Rock bands, including Forgiven5 & Sanctified for the Leukemia Society Benefit concert to help raise money for childhood cancer. The concert will be held This Saturday September 24th at New Community Church, 1200 South Davis Road in LaGrange, GA 4:00 10:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to the Leukemia Society in memory of Bethany Garrett who died from childhood cancer in 2001. Help to give the gift of life to young person suffering with cancer. To purchase advance tickets or to Sponsor Under Privileged Youth to Attend contact Nova 4 Jehovah at (678) 499-5836, n4j@nova4jehovah.com or Doug Garrett at (706) 881-5323.

Get Ready for Nova 4 Jehovah's Hot New CD-Dropping This Christmas Season!!
Pre-Orders Begin Soon

www.Nova4Jehovah.com

The Saints Will Thrive in 2005!!!


 
Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) Partners with Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com

(PRWEB) September 22, 2005 -- Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com), a CosmicBreath.com Partners web property and online shopping mall developed as a means to generate funds for charitable causes while creating new revenue streams for merchant / affiliate partners, today announced that they are partnering with Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com, reggaeton mixtape specialists.

Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) Media Manager, Sarah Jimenez said, "We're excited about partnering with Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com. Through affiliations with innovative partners like Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com who offer hard-to-find niche products and services, we are able to meet the growing needs of the diverse Florida markets. The fact that Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com wants to extend their offerings to Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) members is a testament to the level of dedication to helping customers and a commitment to improving the overall landscape of online customer service and expansion within the industry."

Henry Untherwatte, an affiliated partner of Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) added, "I am proud to be working with Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) and I look forward to reaching new customers with products and services that until now, were virtually impossible to come by. We feel confident that Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com will add to the success we've been able to achieve as a result of our partnership with CosmicBreath.com Partners."

By creating an online marketplace where people can buy the things they would normally buy online anyway and helping charitable causes, Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) introduces loyal ready-to-purchase shoppers with the makers and retailers of common goods as well as hard to find products.

To learn more about Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com go to: http://cgi.tripod.com/reggaetonmixtapes/cgi-bin/index.pl?bu=true&dj=reggaeton&d=QW&dj=mixtapes or http://www.MallCure.com/reggaeton-mixtapes-miami.asp

About Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com)
Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) is an online shopping mall developed as a means to generate funds for charitable causes while creating new revenue streams for merchant and affiliate partners like Marbella Tours, Target, Walmart, Costa Rica Travel Tours, Busted Tees, DecoBride.com and now Minasnet Entertainment / LatinoMusical.com! Plus many more, see for yourself: http://cgi.tripod.com/floridashopping/cgi-bin/index.pl?c=Michigan&Christmas=christmas&Chri=inexpensive&handcrafted=PUevF7g0zNF

About CosmicBreath.com Partners
CosmicBreath.com Partners is a boutique e-business group redefining performance marketing and dedicated to helping businesses prosper on the web. They deliver true performance-based marketing solutions for retailers, service providers, etc. looking to leverage the power of technology and new media to increase revenue through untapped channels. To learn more about Mall+Cure's Here In Miami (HereInMiami.com) or its parent company, CosmicBreath.com Partners, go to: http://www.cosmicbreath.com/cgi-bin/index.pl

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Sarah Jimenez
COSMICBREATH.COM PARTNERS
http://www.MallCure.com/reggaeton-mixtapes-miami.asp
305 348 6848


 
All About Chicago Television Show and Coast2Coast Photography Team up to do Workshop on Entering the Entertainment Business

Chicago------------------------All About Chicago Talk Show host A.J. Wright and Mark Boone of Coast2Coast Photography team up to give entertainment wanna-bes insight into how to really get into the entertainment business. The workshop entitled: The Real Deal And How To Get It, will give attendees key ingredients necessary to get into the entertainment business.

Everything from photo shoots, media kits and how to position yourself will be offered. The workshop will commence this fall in Chicago. The venue has not been selected but will be posted on All About Chicagos website: http://allaboutchicago.net in mid-October.

To reserve your space for the workshop and to get registration information, send us an email to info@ajwright.com. For more information call 773-268-6526.

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Contact: A.J. Wright 773-268-6526
Email: info@ajwright.com


9/21/2005

 
MIKE SHINODA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FORT MINOR

Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros To Release The Rising Tied,
Side Project of Linkin Parks Mike Shinoda, November 22nd

Los Angeles, CA (September 20, 2005) Mike Shinoda will release his much anticipated hip hop side project under the name, Fort Minor, on November 22nd on Linkin Parks label Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros. Records. The album entitled The Rising Tied is executive produced by Jay-Z and features collaborations with such well-known artists as Common, John Legend, Kenna, Black Thought, Linkin Parks Joe Hahn and new Machine Shop artists Styles of Beyond and Holly Brook. The album is produced by Shinoda, who not only wrote every track, but played nearly every instrument as well.

The Fort Minor record is all about getting back to basics in hip hop, both sonically and for me personally, shared Shinoda. And working with Jay-Z again has been phenomenal. We cant wait for people to hear the final product.

Currently the club 12 Petrified/Remember the Name is being shipped to club and mix show DJs nationwide. Both tracks will be available for download starting October 4th online.

Shinoda is half the vocal firepower of the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park, trading diaphragmatic diatribes with singer Chester Bennington and infusing the searing alternative rock with equally intense hip-hop.

Fort Minor is a wholly unique, unadulterated hip hop album, owing as much to Shinodas polished lyricism as his musical adeptness. The variety of themes, styles and moods he creates make this side project likely to do much more than simply satisfy existing Linkin Park fans; it threatens to expose Shinoda as a rap devotee who is as at home in hip hop as he is in the cross-genre hybrid of Linkin Park.

Multiple Grammy Award-winning group Linkin Park has sold over 35 million records worldwide in just five years. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, has been certified platinum 18 times, and their second album, Meteora, ten times. In collaboration with Jay-Z they also released six tracks on a groundbreaking EP, Collision Course, which garnered rave reviews. They plan to release their next album in Spring 2006. In addition, Linkin Park established Music For Relief with the Red Cross in January 2005 to help aid victims of world catastrophes, the first being the Tsunami in Southeast Asia. For more information on Linkin Park, Fort Minor and Music For Relief, please log on to www.linkinpark.com, www.fortminor.com, or www.musicforrelief.org.

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Contacts:

Dvora Vener Englefield
BWR Public Relations
310.248.6161
dvener@bwr-la.com

Brian Bumbery
Warner Bros. Records
818.953.3203
brian.bumbery@wbr.com

Luke Burland
Warner Bros. Records
615.214.1490
luke.burland@wbr.com


 
Kenyon & Kenyon Attorneys in Forefront of Growing Interactive Entertainment Industry

Members of new Interactive Entertainment practice to speak at industry conferences

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Kenyon & Kenyon attorneys James E. Rosini and Dr. S. Gregory Boyd will convene with other virtual world experts to discuss the many legal challenges facing today's flourishing game industry at two of the country's leading on-line game conferences, State of Play III: Social Revolutions in New York City on October 8, 2005, and the Austin Game Conference in Austin, Texas, on October 28, 2005.

Kenyon & Kenyon, one of the nation's leading Intellectual Property law firms, has created an Interactive Entertainment practice to help companies meet the increasing number of legal challenges facing the industry.

At the State of Play conference, Mr. Rosini will moderate a panel of executives from Nokia, SK Communications and NCSoft at the "State of the Industry Breakfast" to review the year's developments and provide insights into the challenging and urgent legal problems facing virtual worlds.

"Interactive entertainment is the fastest growing portion of the entertainment industry," Mr. Rosini said. "Online games and massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) particularly are contributing to that growth in an industry expected to reach more than $30 billion in annual revenue in the next few years.

"Many IP issues have surfaced and inevitably more will arise," he continued. "Counseling companies about these issues will continue to be enormously important as the industry becomes increasingly complex."

Dr. Boyd will speak with legal experts and industry leaders from universities and the online game industry on the "Law in the Virtual World" panel. The session will address the rise of legal implications for design and creativity within virtual worlds.

Commenting on the panel, Dr. Boyd said, "Recent court decisions have great implications for companies creating online games. These decisions may change the way these companies draft their most important agreements and the relationships they have with peripheral businesses dependent on MMOs."

At the Austin Game Conference, Dr. Boyd will present with experts from New York Law School, Linden Lab, Indiana University, and Sony Online Entertainment on a panel entitled, "Who Owns My Lightsaber? IP and Ownership in MMOs." The panel will discuss ways to properly balance the use of legal code, software code and social code to meet the needs of particular worlds and game designs. Specifically, the discussion will address the impact of "ownership" on the design and management of virtual worlds and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMPORGs).

Kenyon & Kenyon's Interactive Entertainment practice represents some of the most prominent publishers, console manufacturers, and game developers in the industry. The practice includes counseling, litigation, intellectual property registrations, and transactional work across a variety of platforms including PCs, mobile, and console games.

James E. Rosini is a senior partner in New York and the Chair of Kenyon & Kenyon's Trademark, Copyright, and Design practice group. He has over 25 years experience in litigation and counseling matters concerning all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and unfair competition as well as related entertainment, publishing, music, computer, Internet, domain name and right of publicity issues. Mr. Rosini's broad range of worldwide clients includes one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, one of the world's largest software companies, hard copy and on-line publishers, the world's largest electronic game company, the author of the world's best selling book, and the world's largest Internet advertising company. Mr. Rosini was recently selected as one of the top trademark lawyers in the country to be included in Who's Who Legal USA -- Trademarks 2006.

Dr. S. Gregory Boyd is an associate in the New York office of Kenyon & Kenyon. Since joining Kenyon & Kenyon, Dr. Boyd has worked with intellectual property transactions, litigations, and counseling. He was an author and editor for the International Game Developer Association's first industry guide to intellectual property. His work has included both development contracts and litigation on behalf of MMOs. He has published articles in Game Developer Magazine and spoken at the Game Developers Conference on intellectual property in the game industry. He also sits on the Advisory Board for Mobygames.

About Kenyon & Kenyon

With over 200 lawyers devoted to Intellectual Property, Kenyon & Kenyon is consistently ranked by peers and in-house counsel as one of the top firms for IP. Since its founding in 1879, the firm has provided its worldwide clientele with litigation, prosecution, licensing and counseling services. Large and small enterprises and individuals choose Kenyon to design and implement intellectual property strategies when it matters most. The firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, and the Silicon Valley.

You may get further information at http://www.kenyon.com/.

Source: Kenyon & Kenyon

CONTACT: Kerstin Isaacs, PR & Communications Manager of Kenyon & Kenyon,
+1-212-908-6853, kisaacs@kenyon.com

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


 
AG Interactive and Def Jam Enterprises Announce Def Connect, Industry's First Hip Hop Video Channel for Mobile Phones

Six Made-for-Mobile Video Programs Including Sports, Music, Comedy, Car Culture, Poetry, and Biographies

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AG Interactive, the new media subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) , and Def Jam Enterprises, today announced Def Connect, the definitive Hip Hop mobile video offering. Def Connect offers six channels of exclusive, made-for-mobile video content including Comedy, Poetry, Ride With Funkmaster Flex, Entertainers Classic Rucker Park, Ralph McDaniel's Video Music Box, and History Makers.

Def Connect is the most comprehensive Hip Hop video service available for mobile platforms today and a major expansion of the mobile services developed by AG Interactive and Def Jam Enterprises. AG Interactive and Def Jam Enterprises created hundreds of hours of new video content through exclusive partnerships with the hottest sources in media and entertainment, dramatically expanding its Def Jam Mobile portfolio.

"AG Interactive provides the widest range of mobile content to consumers worldwide through the most extensive distribution channels including mobile, instant messenger, and online," stated Bryan Biniak, senior vice president, AG Interactive.

"With Def Connect, we're providing original programming to both entertain as well as merchandise Def Jam Mobile's market-leading portfolio of mobile personalization, games, news, and messaging products."

The Def Connect channels include:
- Comedy: original comedy filmed exclusively for Def Connect at comedy
clubs across the country featuring the top up-and-coming comedians
including Rodney Perry, Shang, Mystro and more ...
- Poetry: original performances by the most inspirational spoken word
talent in the Hip Hop market including Dana Gilmore, Poemcees, and
Georgia Me ...
- Ride with Funkmaster Flex: a mobile exclusive from the car show king
including the original programming and archival footage featuring
behind-the-wheel celebrity interviews with Eminem, 50 Cent and Mariah
Carey.
- Entertainers Classic Rucker Park: basketball and Hip Hop converge in
exclusive video footage from the home of streetball in NYC's Rucker
Park - the only league endorsed by the NBA. Watch game highlights,
behind-the-scene interviews with coaches and players including Orlando
Magic's Steve Francis, New York Knick's Trevor Ariza, The Game and Fat
Joe to name just a few ...
- Ralph McDaniel's Video Music Box: Over 20 years of archival interviews
brought to you by Ralph McDaniels, from Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Public
Enemy to Young Jeezy, Pitbull, and Kayne West ...
- History Makers: Biographies of the legends of African American
culture including Harry Belefonte, BB King and many other greats.

"The hip hop lifestyle has proven to be a global financial powerhouse," stated Russell Simmons, CEO, Rush Communications. "The launch of Def Jam Mobile represents more than music. It represents the entire hip hop lifestyle including games, film, television, video, comedy, sports, fashion, and news."

Def Connect Pricing and Availability

Def Connect will be distributed through carriers globally on a subscription and pay-per-view basis, launching first on O2 in the United Kingdom. Def Connect takes advantage of the proliferation of rapidly expanding wireless networks which enable consumers to connect to the best of Hip Hop media and entertainment 24X7. Def Connect will provide new episodes for its six channels on a weekly basis, keeping the content fresh and providing something new for Hip Hops fans to look forward to 365 days a year.

About Def Jam Enterprises

Def Jam Enterprises, a subsidiary of Rush Communications' fashion and entertainment empire, offers consumers a wide range of popular products and services in a variety of industries including fashion, film, gaming, and mobile. By leveraging the power of the Def Jam brand, Def Jam Enterprises has co-produced two highly successful video games with Electronic Arts: Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam Fight For NY. Since its launch last year, Def Jam University has already established itself as a premier urban fashion brand. Def Jam Mobile, in partnership with AG Interactive, is the premier provider of Hip Hop content for wireless consumers. Def Jam Enterprises will continue to expand into new arenas by staying true to the logo. For more information, please visit defjamenterprises.com

About AG Interactive

AG Interactive is a worldwide leader in online, instant messaging, mobile expressions and entertainment. The online group, AG.com, offers over 20,000 premium quality greetings and other types of expressive content through its popular websites including AmericanGreetings.com, BlueMountain.com, BlueMountainCards.co.uk, and egreetings.com, as well as co-branded greetings sites with leading portals. Collectively, the AG Interactive online sites represent the largest online greeting card destination in the world, attracting over two million paying subscribers and millions of unique visitors every month.

The mobile services group, AGmobile, is a leader in mobile content creation, distribution and marketing. It offers consumers a broad set of wireless and multi-media expressions and entertainment including ringtones, graphics, video and games. Through its mobile properties, including defjammobile.com, univisionmovil.com, MIDIRingtones, Blue Mountain Mobile and Kiwee, AGmobile creates and distributes innovative content to mobile phone users through 25 wireless carriers in over ten countries and in multiple languages. By leveraging the world's largest digital library of award-winning expressive content and premium licensed content along with an unrivaled international distribution capability, AG Interactive offers consumers and business partners the premier online and mobile services available today. AG Interactive is a subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) , one of the world's leading manufacturers of social expression products, generating annual net sales of approximately $2 billion. For more information, please visit www.interactive.ag.com

Source: AG Interactive

CONTACT: Pamela Preston, +1-212-590-2554, or mobile, +1-917-575-5830, or
ppreston@breakawaycom.com , or Alicia Mickelsen, +1-212-590-2557, or mobile,
+1-973-229-9972, or amick@breakawaycom.com , both of Breakaway Communications
for AG Interactive

Web site: http://www.interactive.ag.com/
http://defjamenterprises.com/


 
VH1 Programming Note; Kanye West Does VH1

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip hop's main man of the moment, Kanye West will be all over the music channel VH1 this week as he is set to perform on VH1's Hip Hop Honors which tapes tomorrow and airs on Monday, September 26 at 9 p.m. West is paying tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. performing "A Dream," "One More Chance" and "Hypnotize." Then West will be the star of his very own episode of "Driven" which premieres Saturday September 24 at 8 p.m.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050921/NYW167 )

Contacts: Luis DeFrank/VH1
212-846-7012

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050921/NYW167
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN3
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Luis DeFrank of VH1, +1-212-846-7012


 
Nominees Announced for 21st Annual International Documentary Association Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists in the 21st Annual International Documentary Association (IDA) Distinguished Documentary Achievement Awards competition were announced today. The winners will be feted here at the IDA Awards Benefit Gala on December 9, 2005, at the Directors Guild of America Theatre.

"All of these films tell compelling stories about important subjects," says IDA Executive Director Sandra Ruch. "They were chosen by a jury of peers out of hundreds of artfully crafted films from every part of the world. The purpose of the IDA Awards is to celebrate and recognize their successful quests for excellence."

The four Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award categories are Feature, Short, Limited Series (series of episodes with specific continuing theme) and Continuing Series (four individual programs that best represent series).

Two winners will be chosen for top honors in the Feature competition. The 13 nominated films are THE BOYS OF BARAKA, COWBOY DEL AMOR, ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM, FAVELA RISING, THE LAST CAMPAIGN, THE LAST COWBOY, MAD HOT BALLROOM, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, MURDERBALL, NEW ELDORADO, OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, STREET FIGHT and WHY WE FIGHT.

The documentaries competing in the Short Film category are A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORWIN CORWIN, CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY, PHANTOM LIMB, POSITIVELY NAKED and SOMETHING'S BREWING IN SHINER.

The Continuing Series category nominees are AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, CNN PRESENTS, NOVA, LYNDAL'S LIFELINE and THE DEADLIEST CATCH.

The nominees in the Limited Series category are AND YOU DON'T STOP: 30 YEARS OF HIP HOP, FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED, NOVA: ORIGINS, RWANDA: DO SCARS EVER FADE? and THE STAIRCASE.

IDA will also present The ABCNEWS VideoSource Award to the documentary filmmaker(s) whose work best utilizes television news footage as an integral component of the work, and the Pare Lorentz Award will be given to the film that best represents the activist spirit and lyrical vision of Pare Lorentz, who was the first recipient of an IDA Career Achievement Award. (See www.documentary.org for a complete list of nominees.)

The IDA Awards selection process began with peer group juries who viewed all submissions to select nominees in each category for final review by a blue-ribbon panel.

Kodak has sponsored the IDA Awards Gala since its inception in 1984. IDA is a nonprofit, public interest organization. For more information, visit www.documentary.org or call 213-534-3600.

Source: International Documentary Association

CONTACT: Sally Christgau or Satosha Patterson, +1-760-438-5250, or
CCSPR@aol.com, both of CCS PR, Inc. for International Documentary Association

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


 
Independent Musicians Band Together to Raise $100,000 for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina with Special Gulf Coast Healing CD

Independent CD manufacturer Disc Makers teams up with other leading music companies for benefit CD featuring 20 top independent artists with 100% of proceeds going to the American Red Cross

PENNSAUKEN, N.J., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Disc Makers, the country's leading independent media manufacturer, is proud to announce a unique collaboration of artists and industry-leading companies to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Disc Makers has joined forces with Sonicbids, CDBaby, Taxi, and Just Plain Folks to produce a compilation CD entitled Gulf Coast Healing with a goal of raising $100,000 for the American Red Cross. The CD, sold on CDBaby (www.cdbaby.com/gulfcoast) and marketed through all five companies, will include tracks from independent artists from around the country, representing a wide range of music from rock and hip-hop to world beat and reggae. All manufacturing and mastering services, talent, recordings, materials, and promotional services were donated in their entirety by the participating artists and companies.

"By teaming up talented artists from around the country with the leading music organizations dedicated to providing artist services, we are able to help those whose lives were devastated by this disaster while at the same time bringing joy and hope through great independent music," says Tony van Veen, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Disc Makers. "Together we can do much more than we would have been able to do individually." Sonicbids' Founder and CEO Panos Panay adds: "This effort shows the generous spirit of the independent musician, and the many passionate people that make up this industry."

"Thousands of artists wanted to participate, and the 19 artists on Gulf Coast Healing represent them all, and the independent music community as a whole," comments Michael Laskow, CEO of Taxi.

The CD includes 19 tracks, including a new song by reggae legend Burning Spear, and one from indie favorites Deadman who contributed their track New Orleans, a tribute they recorded after the disaster struck. The Gulf Coast Healing CD is current on sale and available online only at www.CDBaby.com/gulfcoast. 100% of the price of each CD sold will go towards the disaster relief.

"We are proud to be a part of this great project," says Derek Sivers, founder of CDBaby. "We fully expect the independent community to jump behind this effort and bring much needed help to the residents of the Gulf Coast."

"Whether you're an artist or a fan of great music, I encourage you to buy this CD. The songs are great, and the cause is important," states Just Plain Folks founder Brian Austin Whitney.

For more information on Disc Makers, go to www.discmakers.com.

Source: Disc Makers

CONTACT: Ted Miller, Public Relations Specialist, Max Borges Marketing
Solutions, +1-305-576-1171 x 2, tedmiller@maxborges.com, or, Scott McCormick,
Editorial Manager, Disc Makers, +1-856-663-9030, scott@discmakers.com

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


 
New Record Label Breaks International Airwaves

Up and coming label breaks international radio.

LANSING, Mich. (PRWEB) September 21, 2005 -- Dae One Records recording artists and songwriters, 4 Field (Lansing, Mich.) and Analyze (Long Beach, Calif.) broke international airwaves on September 1, 2005, with a live radio interview with Voice of America.

Voice of America, an international, multi-media organization based in Washington, D.C., broadcasts on radio, television and the Internet in 53 different languages, giving VOA an estimated audience of 100 million listeners and viewers worldwide. The interview consisted of 4 Field, Analyze and also Billboard and Multi-Platinum recording groups, Mint Condition and Xscape on VOA's Hip Hop Connection show.

After a brief array of questions, 4 Field's "Life Struggles," was played from their soon to be released self titled debut album. The track brings a feel good style and will definitely be a hit. Analyze's "Dawn to Dusk," from his debut album, "Blood, Sweat and Tearzs," was also played and received serious respect from the host of VOA's Hip Hop Connection show, Rod Murray, which spells another hit song for Dae One Records.

With all original production and artists ranging from hip hop, rap, R&B and pop, Dae One Records is definitely an independent label that is surely changing the face of the music industry, one DAE at a time.

For interviews and shows for 4 Field and Analyze, contact Dae One Records, Sergio Giles at 1-517-285-4358 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

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Sergio Giles
SELIG ENTERTAINMENT, INC
http://www.daeonerecords.com/
517-285-4358


 
R.I.P. -- Def Jam Recording Artist K-Ruger Passed Away in the Early Afternoon of Monday September 19th 2005

Def Jam / Str8Lace Records recording artist K-Ruger passed away Monday September 19th 2005 in the early afternoon. At the time of going to press, the full details of his death were still undisclosed.

(PRWEB) September 20, 2005 -- Def Jam / Str8Lace Records recording artist K-Ruger passed away Monday September 19th 2005 in the early afternoon. At the time of going to press, the full details of his death were still undisclosed.

Str8Lace Records President Demetrius Peterson stated that the death of K-Ruger was sudden and unexpected, he expressed that his thoughts and prayers were with K-Rugers immediate family members. Mr. Peterson was arranging to return to Houston from California immediately to assist family members in these tragic circumstances.

K-Ruger had jumped into the spot light when Jay-Z signed him as his first artist, after accepting the position to become President of Def Jam Records.

Only last week, K-Ruger had been excited during conversations with distributors about the release of his upcoming albums and was proud of the fact that Jay-Z had said that he was like a Breath of Fresh Air and exactly what the rap game needed right now.

Ironically, K-Ruger had commented how so many great rappers had departed this world and yet were not truly appreciated until they had died, then he listed at least 20 names, including those of Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., DJ Screw, Fat Pat, and Easy-E, to name a few, all who were also young men when they passed.

God Bless you K-Ruger.

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Shila Mitra
BCD MUSIC GROUP INC
http://www.bcdmusicgroup.com/
281-260-7777


 
Tupac Shakur First Rap Star Ever Immortalized in Bronze

Tupac Statue Unveiling a Rousing Tribute

ATLANTA, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine years to the day after Tupac Shakur's passing, the official Unveiling Ceremony for a brand new memorial bronze statue of the late rap legend proved to be a rousing celebration of life. Over 1,000 people turned out for the unveiling, which was held at the Peace Garden at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) on Tuesday, September 13.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050920/LATU119)

Ms. Afeni Shakur, Tupac's mother and founder of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation (TASF), found the ceremony to be an emotional, yet joyful, experience. Ms. Shakur was overwhelmed by the turnout for the latest addition to the Tupac Center, which recently opened the first of three phases of construction, and will ultimately represent the legacy left behind as Tupac's vision, fully realized through his mother's efforts.

The statue will occupy the center of the 6-acre Peace Garden, surrounded by poetry and quotations from Tupac. The seven-foot sculpture sits atop a three-foot base and features rap's top-selling superstar adorned in a suit (based on an outfit actually worn by Tupac) and holding a copy of his famous book of poetry penned when he was only 19, "The Rose that Grew from Concrete."

Reverend Minister Server led the attendees in an exhilarating, heartening prayer, followed by a moment of silence in memory of Tupac and "all the other fallen souls."

The statue was designed by noted sculptor Tina Allen, who has earned a reputation immortalizing great figures from African-American history ranging from Nat King Cole to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tupac is the first rap star ever to be memorialized in bronze.

Ms. Allen said, "I was deeply moved to see so many people brought to tears upon first seeing the sculpture -- it was clear that something very special had come into all of our lives through this remarkable young poet. Usually, people will applaud or cheer -- but these people were reacting to Tupac's statue on an entirely different level. Every generation picks their own heroes -- and from the incredible display of emotion I was blessed to witness on Tuesday, this generation's hero is clearly Tupac Shakur."

On September 20, Tupac Shakur's poetry is celebrated by some of hip hop's finest with the release of The Rose, Vol. 2, a collection of songs inspired by the poems Tupac wrote as a teenager. The tracks on The Rose, Vol. 2 are original songs written and performed by an impressive list of guests -- including Bone Thugs 'N Harmony, Ludacris, Talib Kwali, Outlawz, Lyfe Jennings and Digital Underground's Shock G (AKA Humpty Hump), the man most responsible for launching 2Pac's solo career.

In order to complete the Tupac Center, the Foundation is still in need of an additional $3 million. For those wishing to contribute, information can be found at these websites:

www.2PAClegacy.com www.TASF.org

Contact:
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gorgeous pr
T: (323) 658-9146
F: (323) 658-6189
e: versa@gorgeouspr.com

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Source: Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

CONTACT: Versa Manos of gorgeous pr, +1-323-658-9146, or fax,
+1-323-658-6189, versa@gorgeouspr.com, for Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation

Web site: http://www.2paclegacy.com/
http://www.tasf.org/


 
Mercora IM Radio Accounts For Over 45% of All Daily U.S. Radio Programming

IM Radio Takes Programming Share From AM, FM, XM and Internet Radio

Santa Clara, CA -- (ArriveNet - Sep 20, 2005) --Mercora, the worlds largest and fastest growing legal digital music radio network, today announced that its Individual Modulation or IM Radio service now accounts for over 45 percent of all daily U.S. radio programming, including AM, FM, XM and web radio. The numbers are indicative of the powerful trend towards personal broadcasting, with consumers demanding choice and control.

With a daily peak of 47,000 channels or 1.2 million peak programming hours, and daily average of 35,000 channels or 840,000 average programming hours, Mercora IM Radio has already evolved into the largest music radio network1. IM Radio also represents the largest music catalog available to listeners, with over 2.5 million unique tracks representing more than 200,000 artists and over 250 genres.

IM Radios live music search puts people in touch with the music they want to hear when they want to hear it; new music and artists are also easily discovered using this strong social media platform. With the recent launch of Mercora IM Radio Artist Edition and sponsorship of the Los Angeles Music Awards, independent artists are finding a significant opportunity and vehicle to showcase their talent to a large, global audience.

Were pleasantly surprised by the amount of programming available on our network through user- and artist-contributed radio, said Srivats Sampath, president & CEO, Mercora. Mercora IM Radio represents a seminal shift in radio, with individually programmed radio emerging as a significant music medium.

About Mercora, Inc.
Mercora's mission is to completely redefine radio by creating the worlds largest user-contributed digital radio network. Mercoras IM Radio represents over 40% of all U.S. daily radio programming. Mercora (www.mercora.com) is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

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1 Programming share numbers are conservatively based on the most recent publicly available figures stating that there are approximately 10,000 commercial, 2,500 non-commercial, 400 satellite, and 15,000 Internet radio stations or channels, providing music, talk and sports programming daily in the US. Daily programming on Mercora represents the amount of music made available for listening on the Mercora Network every day

Media Contact:
Paula Dunne, Contos Dunne Communications for Mercora
1.408.776.1400 office; 1.408.893.8750 mobile; email: paula@contosdunne.com


 
MidPoint Music Festival, The Midwest's Biggest & Best Independent Music Festival, Called "A Festival to Die For" by XLR8R magazine

Festival Announces Panelists, Shuttles Available

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) September 20, 2005 --

What: MidPoint Music Festival Update: Shuttles available, Panelists

When: September 21-24, 2005

Where: The MidPoint music industry conference and trade show will be at the Contemporary Arts Center.

MidPoint concerts will be at various clubs in the Main Street Entertainment District, downtown Cincinnati.

Contact: Lindsay Mickles, 513-403-4558 or e-mail protected from spam bots

MidPoint Music Festival: One of Four Festivals to Die For

XLR8R, a nationally distributed music and culture magazine, listed Cincinnatis MidPoint Music Festival as one of four festivals to die for; MidPoint was the only festival so listed in the United States.

Jack Daniels Sponsors Shuttle Services for MidPoint Attendees

The MPMF shuttle will run from about 8:30PM to 30min after showcases end Thursday thru Saturday. Shuttles will arrive every 5-10minutes at each stop and is free to attendees with full-delegate badges, or wristbands. There are four stops: Viper Room (5th and Plum), Arnolds (8th and Main), Jefferson Hall (12th and Main), and Blue Wisp (8th and Sycamore).

Westin Displays Art and Photos from past MidPoint Festivals

September 7th thru the 26th, The Westin Hotel will feature the MidPoint FocalPoint, an art and photo exhibit of previous MPMF Festivals. The exhibit is free and open to the public during the hotels normal operating hours. Featured photographers and artists include Dale Johnson of I See Sound, Mike Boland, Carin Rhoden, Cedric from Hypnotic Concepts, and others.

MidPoint Announces Panelists

A list of MidPoint Speakers and Panelists are available on the website. Music industry panelists include Joe Armenia from MTV, Ben Hordell with DecentXposure, Jamie Mandel with Nice Guy Records, and many others. Visit www.mpmf.com for a complete listing and for further updates/changes.

MidPoint Music Festival: The Midwests Biggest & Best Independent Music Festival

Since its inception in 2002, Midpoint Music Festivals attendance has grown steadily each year, and nearly doubled between 2003 and 2004. MidPoint 2005 will present 300 bands and solo artists to an expected 50,000+ music fans.

Midpoint Attendance Figures:

2002: 10,000
2003: 25,000
2004: 40,000
2005: 50,000 + expected

Past Midpoint Music Festival industry conference keynotes include Art Alexakis (of Everclear) and Pat Dinizio (the Smithereens). The industry conference will continue to offer musicians the opportunity to get one-on-one advice from producers, managers and entertainment lawyers. Previous panelists include producer Ken Lewis, who has worked with hip hop artists ranging from Judakiss and Jay Z to the Beastie Boys, and Todd Sullivan, who manages Weezer. Key performers from MidPoint 2004 include Ass Ponys, The Sign-Offs, and MOTH.

MidPoint Is Truly Independent

All-volunteer staff. No politics, no bartering, no pay-to-play label showcases. Just the best new music. MidPoints selection process utilizes judges from around the country with ties to the music industry - from radio DJs to music editors to recording engineers. Each band/artist is independently judged and scored by at least two judges. 2005 MidPoint artists have been announced on www.mpmf.com; volunteer registration is currently open.

Midpoint Tickets

Ticket prices are remain the same for 2005; $5 cover, $10 one-day all venue, $25 three-day all venue; $100 full delegate. Until September 5, visitors can purchase three-day passes for $20 and full-delegate passes for $75 at www.mpmf.com .

For more information on MidPoint Music Festival, contact: Sarah Hawkins at 513-509-0772 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

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Phillip Paradis
BLUELINE EDITORIAL LLC
http://www.bizwriters.net/
513-241-5154


 
New Podcasting Clearinghouse and Alliance Emerges

Podcasting organization will provide education, resources, demographic studies, and networking opportunities for podcasters.

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 20, 2005 -- Podcasters are applauding the creation of the Ultimate Podcast Alliance And Consortium ("UPAAC"), an organization that will marshall resources and support services for both amateur and professional podcasters. The organization will offer podcasters an array of benefits designed to help them launch and operate their podcasts, including the ability to monetize their efforts.

UPAAC, the brain child of WebRadioUSA president Glenn Garnes, will provide it's members with access to a special membership directory of vendors, and consultants who offer special rates and programs to UPAAC members. Access to a consortium of vendors who can offer products and services for sale on podcasting sites in exchange for commissions, demographic data relevant to the podcasting community, special webinars, seminars and teleconferences on the "how to" of podcasting will also be available.

The organization will also support the study of more efficient ways to reduce bandwidth usage and costs, among other things.

"We are delighted to give back to the podcasting community by creating this organization, said Garnes. "We hope that our efforts will be looked at as a significant contribution to the long term growth and viability of podcasting", Garnes added.

For information about the Ultimate Podcast Alliance and Consortium please contact:

Glenn K. Garnes
UPAAC
866-452-9847 Toll Free
301-776-1490 Local
http://www.upaac.org

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Glenn Garnes
Ultimate Podcast Alliance and Consortium
http://www.upaac.org/
866-452-9847


9/20/2005

 
Thousands to Protest War in Iraq This Weekend; Joan Baez and Living Things Join Operation Ceasefire; Performer Schedule Now Available

Operation Ceasefire ( http://www.opceasefire.org ), an eleven-hour free concert and rally to bring the troops home from Iraq at the Washington Monument on Sept. 24, is pleased to announce new additions to the line-up of performers. Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and the rock band Living Things are now confirmed to perform. The additions compliment artists from several different genres, including: International recording stars Thievery Corporation, punk-rock bands LeTigre and Bouncing Souls, country music recording artist Steve Earle, independent artists Ted Leo + The Pharmacists and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 with the Bellrays, socially conscious hip-hop groups The Coup and Head-Roc, the duo The Evens (Ian Mackaye and Amy Farina), Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, Latin punk rock group Machtres, and host Jello Biafra.

The Operation Ceasefire performer schedule is as follows:

2:05 p.m. -- Machetres

2:30 p.m. -- Living Things

3:18 p.m. -- Joan Baez

3:50 p.m. -- Wayne Kramer and the Bellrays

4:41 p.m. -- Steve Earle

5:31 p.m. -- The Coup

6:23 p.m. -- Sweet Honey in the Rock

7:09 p.m. -- The Evens

7:54 p.m. -- Ted Leo+Pharmacists

8:50 p.m. -- Head Roc

9:37 p.m. -- Thievery Corporation

10:59 p.m. -- Pure Belly Dance

11:27 p.m. -- Bouncing Souls

12:12 a.m. -- Le Tigre

The following speakers will appear between the musical acts: host Jello Biafra, Co-Founder of Gold Star Families for Peace Cindy Sheehan, Rep. Lynn Woolsey (news, bio, voting record), Washington Wizard Forward Etan Thomas, Former State Department Officer Ann Wright, national radio commentator Jim Hightower, Fernando Suarez del Solar of Gold Star Families, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Cindy Corrie, Mother of peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed in the West Bank, Code Pink and Global Exchange co-founder Medea Benjamin, the DC Guerilla Poets, investigative journalist Greg Palast, Iraq Vets Against the War Co-Founder Michael Hoffman, Anti-Flag drummer Pat Thetic and more.

Operation Ceasefire is sponsored by United for Peace & Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org which has planned three days of action (Sept. 24-26) to stop the war in Iraq. The Operation Ceasefire concert will immediately follow a massive rally and march that begins at the Ellipse near the White House at 11:30 a.m. and will at end at the Washington Monument. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and end at approximately 1:30 a.m.

Interview Requests and Media Credentialing

Members of the media that would like to interview Operation Ceasefire participants or to register for media access credentials at the concert should e-mail info@opceasefire.org.

More information at http://WWW.OPCEASEFIRE.ORG and http://WWW.UNITEDFORPEACE.ORG

http://www.usnewswire.com/

© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

Contact: Heather Huff, 202-285-7551, Scott Goodstein, 202-256-8320, Adam Eidinger, 202-744-2671


 
SECOND ANNUAL HIP-HOP WEEKEND BRINGS LIL' SCRAPPY, LYRICIST LOUNGE TO CAMPUS

Central Michigan Universitys second annual Hip-Hop Weekend hits campus Sept. 28 and 29 with a performance by rapper Lil Scrappy and a Lyricist Lounge featuring student performances.
The weekend, presented by On The Fly Productions in conjunction with Phi Beta Sigma and Minority Student Services, will kick off with the Lyricist Lounge at 8 p.m. Sept. 28 in Warriner Halls Plachta Auditorium.
The Lyricist Lounge, a Hip-Hop Weekend tradition, will begin with an open mike portion featuring primarily rap and hip-hop performances, as well as some poetry. The event concludes with a lyrical battle, or rap off, between contestants, with the winner of the night receiving a trophy. Anyone interested in performing should contact Phi Beta Sigma by phone at (989) 400-1531 or by e-mail at lambdagamma1979@yahoo.com. Admission is free and open to the public.
A concert featuring well-known rapper and emcee Lil Scrappy is scheduled for 8 p.m. Sept. 29 in Warriner Halls Plachta Auditorium.
Tickets for the concert, which is co-sponsored by Minority Student Services, cost $3 for CMU students, faculty and staff and $7 for the general public and are available at the Central Box Office on the lower level of the Bovee University Center or by calling (989) 774-3000 or (888) CMU 0111 (toll free).
According to biographies on mtv.com and rollingstone.com, Atlanta based artist Lil Scrappy, born Darryl Richards, is one of the top hip-hop music artists in the business today. Discovered and signed to BME Recordings by popular rapper Lil Jon, Scrappy first received recognition and acclaim with the hit single Headbussa, a collaboration with Trillville, in 2003. He then won success as a solo artist the next year with the single No Problem.
As such a popular artist in the hip-hop industry, Lil Scrappy seemed like an ideal choice to bring to campus, said Lonnie Scott, On The Fly student adviser.
Weve already brought some rock and country groups to campus this year, so this will be great for students who enjoy more of the rap genre, Scott said. Were really excited to bring him here for Hip-Hop Weekend.
For more information about Hip-Hop Weekend, contact On the Fly Productions at (989) 774-1189.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lindsay Allen, (989) 774-7327
PROGRAM CONTACT: Lonnie Scott, (989) 774-1189


 
D.C. Promotions Company Mad Power Unit Teams Up with Hip Hop artist David Banner and Congressman Kendrick B. Meek to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

D.C. Promotions Company Mad Power Unit Teams Up with Hip Hop artist David Banner and Congressman Kendrick B. Meek to Aid the Victims of Hurricane Katrina. Mad Power Unit has planned two charitable events to be held in Washington, D.C. The first event, a concert featuring David Banner, will take place at the 1223 Nightclub. The second event, an affair featuring Congressman Kendrick B. Meek, will be held at Avenue nightclub and lounge. All proceeds from these events will help Hurricane Katrina survivors.

(PRWEB) September 20, 2005 -- In the wake of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, Washington, D.C. based promotions company Mad Power Unit, has joined forces with Hip Hop artist David Banner and Congressman Kendrick B. Meek to aid the Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Mad Power Unit wanted to be a part of making a difference during such a difficult time in this country. Mad Power Unit, who hosts nightly entertainment events in the Nation's Capital, quickly decided to be a catalyst for change by teaming up with reputable figures.

The first of two charitable events will feature a concert by David Banner, an influential Hip Hop artist, who is hailed as Mississippi's Hip Hop Ambassador. This event will take place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at the 1223 nightclub (1223 Connecticut Avenue, N.W. - Doors Open @ 6 pm).

Since the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, David Banner has taken his fundraising efforts to the streets, raising money for Katrina survivors in Mississippi. The artist has planned a series of concerts throughout the country. All Proceeds from Banner's performance in Washington, D.C. will go to his Heal the Hood Foundation, which will directly aid Katrina survivors in Mississippi.

Mad Power Unit will continue their charitable efforts on Friday, September 23, 2005 with Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D-FL) at the Avenue in Washington, D.C. (649 New York Avenue, N.W. - Doors Open @ 9 pm). This event, originally scheduled as a gala for Congressman Kendrick B. Meek (D - FL), has evolved into a Hurricane Katrina fundraiser.

Friday's event with Congressman Kendrick B. Meek is taking place during the 35th Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. Most of the Congressional Black Caucus members cancelled their receptions and galas due to the country's critical period. However, Congressman Kendrick B. Meek, felt that this event would be an ideal vehicle of supporting the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, the conference's most pressing issue. All proceeds from Friday's affair will be used to aid Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Mad Power Unit has been a leader in event production and promotions since 1996. Their nightly events are a top entertainment choice of urban professionals in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. In addition to thriving events in the Nation's Capital, Mad Power Unit hosts a series of national events during NBA All Star Weekend each year.

David Banner burst onto the Hip Hop scene as a solo artist in 2000. However, it was Banner's pair of break through albums in 2003, "Mississippi: The Album" and "MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water," which put Mississippi Hip Hop and him on the map. His highly anticipated follow-up effort "Certified" drops on Tuesday, September 21, 2005

Congressman Kendrick B. Meek, currently in his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, is from the 17th Congressional District of Florida. He was first elected to public office at the age of 27. He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Homeland Security.

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Flair Lindsey
ONE DROP PROMOTIONS
202-277-8191


 
Jamster! to Launch Industry-First Mobile Content Monitoring Service That Helps Parents Guide Children's Purchasing Choices

LONDON, September 19/PRNewswire/ -- Jamster!, a premier provider of mobile content and a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), today announced plans to launch Jamster! Guardian, an industry-first service designed to allow increased parental control over the purchase of Jamster! content.

The Jamster! Guardian service allows parents to enter a mobile phone number onto a Jamster! web site to prevent content from being downloaded to that phone.

"This new service reinforces Jamster!'s commitment to set standards in an emerging, fast-growing industry. We want parents to feel comfortable and confident in how their families use Jamster!'s popular content and this option enhances parental control over usage and provides for further direction participation in the buying process," said Markus Berger de Len, chief operating officer, Jamster!.

"The unique problems associated with parental control over how children purchase mobile content needed addressing in an innovative way. Jamster! has taken that responsibility upon itself to ensure that parents have a proactive choice in how their children use the Jamster! service, which we believe now makes Jamster! the most trustworthy mobile content provider in the industry. As another example of proactive steps we've taken previously, we were the first content provider to add a '16 and over' button to our ads."

While a recent independent study found that the average Jamster! customer in the United Kingdom (UK) is likely to be in their late 20s or early 30s, Jamster! recognises the need to provide purchasing options that are consumer-friendly and to put measures in place that serve the needs of a range of audiences.

Jamster! works closely with industry stakeholders, including the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS), the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), and mobile operators as part of its ongoing effort to create a consistent and satisfying customer experience and meet the changing demands of this dynamic, evolving and expanding market. For example, Jamster! worked closely with the MEF in the UK in authoring the Code of Conduct for all Mobile Content Providers. All of Jamster!'s broadcast advertising in the UK is examined and cleared by the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC) before transmission.

The Jamster! Guardian service is expected to be available in the UK this week, with plans to roll it out in other countries before the end of the year.

About VeriSign and Jamster!

Jamster!, operating worldwide, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriSign. Jamster! delivers mobile content services-including ring tones, popular music, graphics, and games-to carriers and consumers. Jamster! is a premier provider of mobile content and delivers a robust catalog of downloadable content including ring tones, popular music, graphics, and games.

VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN), operates intelligent infrastructure services that enable and protect interactions across voice and data networks, anytime, from anywhere, on multiple devices. Additional news and information about the company is available at www.verisign.com

Trademarks

VeriSign, and other trademarks, service marks and logos are registered or unregistered marks of VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries in the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright (c) 2005 VeriSign, Inc. All rights reserved.

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as the risk that VeriSign and its affiliates may become subject to new or changing regulatory requirements; that the regulatory environment for emerging product offerings such as those offered by Jamster! And its competitors may impose new operating restrictions on such companies; and increased competition and pricing pressures in the industry generally. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

Source: Jamster!

Media Contacts: United Kingdom, Robert Swift, +44-7930-190-410; press@jamster.co.uk PR-Agency: Simon Hill, Trimedia Communications, 0207 471 6826; simon.hill@trimediauk.com United States: VeriSign Media Relations: Lori Sinsley, lsinsley@verisign.com, +1-650-426-4716 VeriSign Investor Relations: Tom McCallum, tmccallum@verisign.com, +1-650-426-3744


 
eMusic Teams Up With UK'S (AIM) Association of Independent Music

World's No. 1 Independent Music Service Continues Global Expansion; Licenses More Than 10,000 Tracks from Leading UK-Based Indie Labels

Celebrated Artists from V2, Cherry Red Records and ZTT Records Now on eMusic

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 1 independent music service, selling more than 2.4 million tracks monthly, today announced the launch of its partnership with The Association of Independent Music (AIM), the UK-based nonprofit trade organization for independent record companies and distributors. This new alliance with AIM demonstrates eMusic's continuously expanding global presence, while adding more than 10,000 new tracks from 19 highly regarded UK-based indie labels, including V2, Cherry Red Records and ZTT Records.

Debuting on eMusic with the AIM launch are some of today's most popular indie acts representing a wide range of genres from alternative, rock, pop and punk to dance, electronic, hip-hop and breakbeat. Among the artists that can now be discovered on eMusic through the AIM partnership are Belle and Sebastian, Elbow, Rakes, Stereophonics, Mercury Rev, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Girls On Top, Shane MacGowan and John Digweed.

This partnership with AIM strengthens eMusic's position as the only music service with significant global credibility on the indie music scene. AIM is the gateway into one of the most diverse and influential indie markets in the music industry, as the UK has always commanded a large share of important names across the industry.

"Perhaps no other music community is as dedicated to the nurturing and success of independent music than the UK's AIM," said David Pakman, president and CEO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing. "Offering AIM's affiliated labels to our subscribers is an essential part of our global expansion strategy. We are extremely excited to partner with AIM and their outstanding roster of labels and artists as they bring exceptional depth and diversity to the eMusic catalog."

"I'm delighted to be able to offer our members the opportunity to make their music available through eMusic's service," commented James Kyllo, General Manager, AIM Digital.

"V2 is very excited to be working with eMusic," said Beth Appleton, New Media and Business Development Manager of V2. "eMusic has an established subscription base and we are very pleased that our repertoire will now be available via the eMusic platform and look forward to seeing the results of working together."

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com/) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 2.4 million downloads each month, eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalog of 750,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. eMusic subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 downloads. A free trial is available to all new users. Based in New York and San Diego, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and eMusic.com is a trademark of eMusic.com Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About AIM

AIM is the non-profit trade body established in 1998 to represent the UK independent record sector, 1/5 of the UK market. AIM has over 900 members, from the smallest start-ups to the largest and most respected companies in the world. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging its power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets. AIM has pioneered collective online licensing through its new media arm AIM Digital. http://www.musicindie.com/

Media Contacts:

eMusic:
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
Andy Morris and Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466
andy@amc-pr.com / justin@amc-pr.com

AIM:
Sam Shemtob
020 8357 7305 / 07957 227183
sam@musicindie.com

Source: eMusic.com Inc.

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, andy@amc-pr.com; or Justin
Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, justin@amc-pr.com, both of Andy Morris and Company,
for eMusic; Sam Shemtob, for AIM, +44 (0) 20-8357-7305, +44 (0) 79-5722-7183,
sam@musicindie.com

Web site: http://www.emusic.com/
http://www.musicindie.com/


 
The First Name in Digital Distribution Promo Only MPE Crushes the Competition with Over 200 Record Labels Actively Using the MPE System

Promo Only MPE delivering tracks for all major record labels including: Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music and Warner Music Group to over 3700 users in radio stations across the United States.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) September 19, 2005 -- The leading digital distribution system in the United States, Promo Only MPE (www.promoonlympe.com), surpassed another groundbreaking milestone in their efforts to make digital distribution the first choice for program and music directors by announcing that there are now over 200 record labels actively using the Promo Only MPE system. Included in those labels are all of the major label groups, such as Universal Music Group, Song BMG, EMI Music and Warner Music Group. Additionally Promo Only MPE is utilized by the largest names in Christian music, including EMI: Christian Music Group, Provident Label Group, Word Label Group, Curb Records, Inpop Records and INO Records.

The Promo Only MPE System has been making giant strides forward in recent months following their exclusive partnership with Premiere Radio Networks which supplies the industry's leading tracking system, Mediabase 24/7. Mediabase now enables all users to access charted music directly through the Promo Only MPE system with a simple click of their mouse.

"The Promo Only MPE system is the most used digital distribution system in the United States," said Dean Ernst, Director of the Promo Only MPE System. "And it is number one for a reason that is becoming more and more apparent as more labels come on board: High quality files; responsive staff that are always looking to make the product better for radio directors and labels both; a flawless security system; and, our industry partnerships. All of these things add up to make Promo Only MPE the obvious choice for digital delivery."

Promo Only MPE is a highly sophisticated, secure media, digital delivery system, which locks down the distributed tracks and allows labels to specifically authorize their content to a unique user. Each song is uniquely encrypted so that only those with the Promo Only MPE software can access it. Users can have access to their account on multiple machines therefore making the system completely portable. The Promo Only MPE System utilizes uncompressed wav. files to ensure the highest quality.

Clear Channel has approved and endorsed the Promo Only MPE System in all of its stations since September of 2004. Promo Only MPE is currently in use by such radio groups as Cumulus, Infinity, Cox, Citadel, Salem Communications, Radio One, Emmis, Entercom, Sirius, Journal, ABC, DMX, Disney, Univision, Westwood One, Regent, Next Media and a number of other media groups.

Promo Only MPE is a product of Destiny Media Technologies and is exclusively marketed and distributed by Promo Only.

About Promo Only
With offices in Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Calgary, Chicago and London, Promo Only (www.promoonly.com) is the world's leader in subscription-based music and music video services. Promo Only offers a complete line of music on CD and music video on DVD designed to meet the needs of music professionals, business owners and retail operations. Jim Robinson and Peter Werner founded Promo Only in 1992.

About Destiny Media Technologies
Destiny Media Technologies, Inc. (www.dsny.com) (DSNY.OB) is a leader in developing easy-to-use tools for distributing digital media through the internet. The company's suite of streaming and downloadable products includes: Clipstream(tm), Destiny Media Player (tm), Radio Destiny (tm) and MPE (tm). Established in 1991, the company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Brian McWilliams
LCO
310-300-0950 x236

Liam Collopy
Director
LCO
310-300-0940 x232


 
Brands Get in the Groove: The Hot New Record Labels That Aren't

Gap, Mumm Napa Wines, and Pottery Barn Kids To Release New Music Sets by Rock River Communications, Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- So you wanna be a rock 'n roll star? Work hard, pay your dues, and hope you are lucky enough to be signed to a record deal by Gap, Volkswagen, or Tommy Bahama. As major record labels grapple to hang onto dwindling slices of the music retail pie, consumers are turning to a new kind of "record company" for music -- trusted lifestyle brand names.

Driving this dramatic shift in consumer behavior is a small company tucked into an old mill building in the Mission section of San Francisco. With its latest exclusive release hitting Gap retail stores worldwide this week, Rock River Communications is quietly revolutionizing the way consumers discover new music.

Although a few companies have attempted self-producing CDs, the bulk of brand name music releases are produced by Rock River, the pioneer in molding the delicate, symbiotic relationship between brand identities, artists, and music-motivated consumers. The artists earn ancillary income while reaching a new pool of eager listeners and the consumer gets a song mix that matches her like a well-worn pair of jeans. The brand builds profits while earning the elusive and most coveted of assets: a cache of cool.

"Our clients need to connect with their customers, and we've proven that music provides the perfect vehicle. It's an incredibly rewarding process for our clients, for us, and especially for music fans," says Jeff Daniel, Rock River's president.

GapKids also recently turned to Rock River for insight into reaching its consumers for its Back To School promotion this fall. The result: Rock River's HangTunes(TM), the hangtag in the form of a 3" mini CD packed with music from artists Smash Mouth, FatBoy Slim and Lil Romeo, adorns many pairs of GapKids jeans and tees this season.

Rock River emerged in 1995 assembling carefully tailored anthologies of existing music, often mining deep into the archives of the major record companies to breath new life into overlooked gems by classic artists such as Pearl Bailey, Louis Armstrong and Celia Cruz. An increasing number of its releases now feature never-before-heard music that Rock River produces on a custom basis for its clients.

With studio credits ranging from Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" to The Full Monty and Dora The Explorer, Rock River provides clients with access to top tier production talent. New recordings by Alana Davis, Keith Urban, Madonna, Missy Elliott, and Alanis Morissette all grace the grooves of recent Rock River client releases for Gap, Jose Cuervo, W Hotels, Jaguar, Pottery Barn, Skyy Vodka, and Verizon Fios.

Rock River's DJ remixes of classic Christmas material from the likes of Bing Crosby topped Apple's iTunes charts last year, and eager consumers will find Rock River's newest holiday remixes on upcoming Rock River CDs including those from Old Navy and Mumm Napa Wines.

About Rock River Communications (http://www.rockrivermusic.com/)

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA and Brattleboro, Vermont, Rock River was founded in 1995 by musician and music producer Billy Straus with the mission of providing an alternative pipeline to deliver music to consumers. With the upcoming release of its 80th Rock River CD, Straus' first client Pottery Barn embodies the original company vision for bringing great music directly to consumers.

Source: Rock River Communications, Inc.

CONTACT: Billy Straus, Founder & CEO, +1-802-387-3800,
billy.straus@rockrivermusic.com; or Jeff Daniel, President, +1-415-285-2550
ext 250, j_daniel@rockrivermusic.com, both of Rock River Communications, Inc.

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


 
An Arresting Line Up of Voiceover Talent Brings Activision's True Crime(R): New York City to Life

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Further bringing True Crime(R): New York City's authentic cop drama to life, Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has signed on a cast of seasoned actors to lend their distinct voice talents to the game's main characters. The cast includes Christopher Walken as FBI field agent Gabriel Whitting; Laurence Fishburne as drug kingpin Isaiah "The King" Reed; Mariska Hargitay as New York Police Lieutenant Deena Dixon; Mickey Rourke as New York Police Detective Terrence Higgins; Esai Morales as New York Police Organized Crime Unit chief Victor Navarro; Traci Lords as madam Cassandra Hartz; and up and coming actor Avery Waddell as former gangster turned cop Marcus Reed, the game's main character and Isaiah Reed's son.

"With a voice talent roster of this caliber, we are bringing drama to videogames on an unprecedented level that is on par with movies and television shows," said Will Kassoy, vice president of global brand management, Activision Publishing. "True Crime: New York City was developed with the help of two former New York cops who advised us on real-life police scenarios which were then brought to life through the rich characters portrayed by the voiceover talent."

Former policemen Bill Clark, who also served as the executive producer of "NYPD Blue," and Tom Walker, author of "Ford Apache: The Bronx," consulted on the storyline for True Crime: New York City which puts players in the role of Marcus Reed, former gang member turned cop. Through the game, players use and abuse their authority to hunt down the murderer of Marcus' mentor while also cleaning up Manhattan neighborhoods from Harlem to Chinatown. Undercover investigations weave players through a murderous web of gangs and deceit as they battle crooks, Marcus' past and everything else the city throws at them.

True Crime: New York City will be available this fall for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft and the Nintendo GameCube(TM) and has been rated "M" ("Mature" -- Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs) by the ESRB.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

The statements made in this press release that are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties. The Company cautions readers of this press release that a number of important factors could cause Activision's actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, without limitation, product delays, retail acceptance of our products, industry competition, rapid changes in technology and industry standards, protection of proprietary rights, maintenance of relationships with key personnel, vendors and third-party developers, international economic and political conditions, integration of recently acquired subsidiaries and identification of suitable future acquisition opportunities. These important factors and other factors that potentially could affect the Company's financial results are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's most recent Annual report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Readers of this press release are referred to such filings. The Company may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in the Company's assumptions or otherwise. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Source: Activision, Inc.

CONTACT: Lisa Fields, PR Manager, Activision Games, Activision, Inc.,
+1-310-255-2227, lfields@activision.com

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

Company News On-Call: http://www.prnewswire.com/comp/007396.html


 
ASCAP Announces Music License Fee Waiver for Local Customers Affected by Katrina

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Sep 19, 2005) - In a move to aid local customers affected by Hurricane Katrina, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced today that it is waiving the licensing fees owed by customers located in the affected Gulf Coast area. Restaurants, bars, retail outlets and educational institutions will not have to pay from September through December 2005, and local radio and television customers will be credited for the months of September and October 2005.

A complete list of eligible areas is available at www.ascap.com/licensing/katrina.

"Many of ASCAP's licensing customers, the users of our members' music, were devastated by the effect of Hurricane Katrina," said ASCAP Senior Vice President of Licensing Vincent Candilora. "We want to do what we can to help get them on the road to recovery as soon as possible."

This contribution by ASCAP complements the special concert performances made by a long list of the society's singer/songwriter members including Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay (PRS), Elvis Costello (PRS), Green Day, Emmylou Harris, Alicia Keys, Diana Krall (SOCAN), Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Paul McCartney (PRS), Rob Thomas, U2 (PRS), Tom Waits, and Neil Young.

Additionally, the ASCAP Employees for Relief Fund has announced a special ASCAP employee benefit concert scheduled for September 21, 2005 at 2:00 pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in Manhattan (10th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets). For ticket availability and more details, please call the ASCAP Employees for Relief special concert hotline at 800-272-2795 or email info@ascap.com.

About ASCAP

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading Performing Rights Organization in the U.S., representing the world's largest repertory which totals over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 220,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. Additionally, ASCAP represents the works in the repertories of 70 affiliated foreign performing rights organizations created by many thousand affiliated international members. ASCAP is committed to protecting the rights of its members by licensing and collecting royalties for the public performance of their copyrighted works, and then distributing these fees to the Society's members based on performances. Unlike the other American Performing Rights Organizations, ASCAP's Board of Directors is made up solely of writers and publishers, elected by the membership every two years. www.ascap.com

Contact:
Pauline Stack
ASCAP
(212) 621-6278


 
NEW DOMINO ASSOCIATION PLANS TO EMULATE POKER'S WINNING STREAK

Professional Domino Association Kicks-Off the Inaugural Season of National Domino Tournaments with a Celebrity Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. Oct. 22, 2005

(Los Angeles, Calif September 13, 2005) The very mention of the word dominoes evokes images of smoky-filled backrooms or family barbeques. Not anymore! With Pokers popularity surging, the Professional Domino Association (PDA) anticipates the same response and exposure for their professional domino tournaments and players.

Created by Jay King, co-founder of R&B group Club Nouveau, and Lanz Alexander, the PDA is dedicated to supporting professional domino players across the country. The PDA Tournaments will provide a competitive platform for professional players, and establish standard rules of the game. In addition, the association has already began production on a reality-television series called "The Domino Caf," scheduling for a series of celebrity domino tournaments and a non-professional domino tournament league.

The PDAs first event, a pre-season PDA Seeding Tournament, will take place at the Westin Los Angeles Hotel in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, October 22, 2005 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Similar to the Professional Golf Association ranking system, the seeding tournament will allow players to accumulate ranking points and an automatic buy-in before the official season begins. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top eight players, with $5,000 going to first-prize winner.

Twenty-eight celebrities--actors, musicians, athletes and world-renowned domino players have signed on to compete in his exciting event. World Championship Domino Player Travis Newsome, Anthony Anderson (Hustle and Flow), Datari (Supermodel and Creator and Executive Producer of BETs Ultimate Hustler), Lil Zane (Recoding Artist), Chris Reed (Kid of recording duo Kid and Play), Rodney O (Recording Artist), Garland Spencer (You Got Served), and Kevin Black (VP of Interscope Records) have all signed up to compete.

The registration fee for the PDAs seeding tournament is $300. PDA Tournament Registration and membership information is available on the PDA Web site, located at www.prodominoassociation.com. Only 128 of the best domino players are allowed to compete in a tournament. General admission is $15. Registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The official PDA Tournament season kicks off in February of 2006 and extends thru August of 2006. The PDA will host 12 high-stakes tournaments in several major cities throughout the country; capping off the season with the PDA National Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. The amount awarded for each tournament is $100,000, with $25,000 going to the first-prize winner.

Media Contact:
Cecily Wiggins: (213) 220-0013
cecily@avidexposure.com


 
2PAC, Memphis Bleek and Super Producer D/R Period Break the New Hit "Life Through My Eyes"

Manhattan, NY Its been an active summer for Rockboy Street Records Multi-Platinum Super Producer D/R Period. The Quarentine movie/soundtrack is prepared to hit stores this Fall, D/R Period assisted Def Jam Japan Artist A.I. reach number 4 on the Japan Album Sales Chart, and now D/R Period ends a dynamic summer by producing a soon Fall smash hit Life Through My Eyes by Rocafella\Def Jam Artist Memphis Bleek featuring the legendary late Amaru Records Artist, 2PAC. The single produced by D/R featuring Bleek and 2PAC was leaked recently by unnamed sources to various Mixtape DJs and Hip Hop Industry websites; and has already generated a tremendous buzz surrounding this future hit.

The single comes on the brink of the highly anticipated, Tha Awakening Tour featuring performances by D/R Period, K-CINO of SSC Records, Pitch Black, Smoothe Da Hustler, A-Alikes, Miss B-Rhaka [appeared on Missy Elliots Road To Stardom], R&B Sensation Hersh, Touring DJs Jay-Tha-Kid [Desert Storm] and DJ Dramatic [Rockboy Street Records/99.3's Tha Buzz], and surprise celebrity guests. On September 16, 2005, Tha Awakening Tour rocked Club Exit in New York City in its inaugural show, which featured special guest appearances by Papoose and Theodore Unit. The next several stops on the tour will be:

SEP 24TH Philadelphia, PA -
SEP 29TH Boston, MA
OCT 8TH Connecticut University
OCT 20TH Baltimore
TBA Miami
TBA Arizona
TBA New Paltz
TBA Atlanta
TBA New York City

Through My Eyes Memphis Bleek (Rocafella\Def Jam) ft 2PAC (Amaru Records) can be heard by visiting www.playtionics.com/pr/Drperiod.htm. This Fall, Rockboy Street Records D/R Period will be releasing "Quarentine," movie/soundtrack and film featuring the tracks Whats Ya Problem and Sorry featuring Hersh.

For more information on D/R Period, the Quarentine movie/soundtrack and other products, visit www.drperiodmusic.com.

For Media Relations Contact:
Playtionics
Jouran Crosby
678.223.8322 (ph)
425-660-7338 (f)
info@playtionics.com

For Production and Bookings Contact:
Rockboy Street Records
Fly Ty
212.767.0246 (ofc)
917-403-4328 (ofc)
FLY_TY@TMAIL.COM

For Vinyl, CDs, & Radio Drops Contact:
Rockboy Street Records
THUNNY BROWN
212-767-0246 (ofc)
THUNNYROCKBOY@AOL.COM


 
BBC 1XTRA PRESENTS. . . THE ANNUAL 1XTRA HIP HOP WEEKEND

www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/events/hhweekend05

BBC 1Xtra always represents hip hop to the fullest and from 30 September-2 October we going ALLLL out!!!!

The British black music station will be the only european media at the Power Summit in the Bahamas and is exclusively broadcasting -

- Fight Klub 50k Rap Battle
- Def Jam Live Session ft Kanye West, Redman, Method Man, NORE, Juelz Santana and Ghostface.
- Cream of the Crop Live with Busta Rhymes, Common, The Game, Q-Tip, Mike Jones, David Banner, Slim Thug and T.I.

You can listen live to 1Xtra at bbc.co.uk/1xtra
Shows are archived for seven days after broadcast.

1Xtra Hip Hop Weekend - 60 hours of what hip hop is really all about!!!!

- exclusive freestyles and battles

- big interviews and exclusive showcases from Chuck D in the 1Xtra Hall of Fame to Kanye West live at Abbey Road Studios

- live events and some heavy documentaries

- Controversy we get into beefs, argue who really runs hip hop and go XXX-tra with Uncle Luke

- Go online and get involved - who do you think is the top producer in the game

- And one listener gets the chance to playlist an entire show of their biggest hip hop joints

1Xtra Hip Hop weekend Representing hip hop to the fullestNo other station can do it like us!!! This Aint No Joke!

1Xtra The Digital Radio Station From The BBC
On Digital DAB Radio, On Digital TV and Online
For more details, check
bbc.co.uk/1xtra

Julie Shepherd - Hip Hop Producer
1XTRA

Rodney P & Skitz Original Fever Monday 2200-0000
BlakeyThe Definition Tuesday night 0000-0200
Semtex
Friday Night Mixtape 1900-2200
Saturday Night Mixtape 1900-2200

1Xtra Hip Hop Weekend. 30 Sept 2 Oct. Representing hip hop to the fullest no other station can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra


 
UK MC IN MIX SHOW POWER SUMMIT $50K RAP BATTLE

The Jump Off has partnered with The Mix Show Power Summit to send a British MC as one of the four finalists in the $50K MC Battle in the Bahamas. The MC has to be either signed or have had a major album release in the last 2 years. The UK Power Summit Eliminator will take place at The Jump Off, Mean Fiddler on Monday 26th September and will feature the following line up:

Professor Green(The Beats) v Life(Zebra Traffic)

Bouts will be over two 1 minute acapella rounds and judged by a panel of industry judges. The winning MC will then represent the UK in the $50K
MC Battle on Sat 1st October @ The Power Summit in the Bahamas.
Every signed UK MC you can think of was approached & declined.

Launched in 1998 The Mix Show Power Summit is Hip Hop's premier music conference where the cultures most powerful players come together to forge relationships, make deals, launch new artists & products, redefine brands, and set trends for the coming year. Theconferenceboasts over 2500 attendees and features over 30 events packed into 4 exciting days.

Unlike many other MC battles that feature up and coming talent the Power Summit MC battle features four signed artists with at least one major album release. Last years battle featured Jin, Wreckonize, Shells & Jae Mills; with Jin walking away the victor $50,000 richer and with a brand new car courtesy of General Motors. The MC battle has become the most heavily attended and anticipated event at the Power Summit attracting artists, press, DJs and urban music executives. The Power Summit MC battle is the ultimate grounds for bragging rights & has the potential to spark or destroy a career.

So with one MC from the UK, this years battle promises to uphold the excitement, raucous atmosphere and competitive spirit created last year. The battle will be hosted by a prominent urban personality and will be judged by a panel consisting of urban musics top DJs, executives and artists.

Contact:
The Jump Off
Harold Anthony
Harry@jumpoff.tv
+44(0)207 253 7766

www.jumpoff.tv
www.thepowersummit.info


 
GoTV Launches Pure Phat, Mobile TV's First and Only Channel Dedicated to Everything Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop Lifestyle Programming Debuts in Full Motion Video on Sprint Mobile Phones

Sherman Oaks, Calif. Sept. 19, 2005 GoTV, the innovative on-demand mobile television network, announced today the launch of Pure Phat, the worlds first mobile TV channel dedicated to providing a daily source of everything hip-hop, in full motion video for Sprint mobile phones.

Pure Phats video launch comes just a few weeks before the launch of Sprints EVDO 3G network (scheduled for Oct. 6). Sprint Media Player users will be able to enjoy Pure Phats video offerings in all their glory, including exclusive artist interviews, music and video reviews and coverage of mainstream and underground hip-hop events. This exciting mobile channel will also deliver the latest in fashion trends, state-of-the-art gadgets, must-have video games, movies in the mix, and culture news tailored specifically for the viewers urban lifestyle needs.

GoTV is committed to providing the most ground-breaking programming customized for wireless users, said Elizabeth Brooks, senior vice president, marketing, GoTV Networks. Pure Phat is the first mobile channel to deliver the hip-hop world in full effect to mobile phones throughout the country.

The hip-hop lifestyle is all about the music, said Daylan Williams, producer of Pure Phat. Pure Phat will allow mobile users everywhere to access exclusive interviews and music videos from all aspects of the hip-hop lifestyle from upcoming artists to the hottest stars.

The ultimate hip-hop enthusiast, Williams formerly hosted and produced a local hip-hop culture program called Tha Session. Williams also worked as a content producer at E! Entertainment.

Pure Phat originally launched as a lower-frame-rate audiovisual product in March 2005 and quickly became the fastest-selling music product in the mobile television market, with upwards of 500 subscribers added per day. The lower-frame-rate audiovisual product from Pure Phat can also be seen in the BoostTV channel which GoTV produces for Boost Mobile. The new channel, however, heralds the coming of nationwide third-generation (3G) wireless networks and video-enabled mobile handsets by providing a full motion video viewing experience that is as close to television as is possible on the mobile screen.

In addition to Pure Phat, GoTVs on-demand television programming delivers headline news, real-time sports scores, entertainment, music, and other rich audiovisual content from brands including ABC News, ABC Entertainment, Univision, FOX Sports and iFilm, as well as original programming produced in the GoTV studios specifically for mobile phone users, all direct to the mobile phone. GoTV is available on Sprint Nextel and Boost Mobile.

About GoTV

GoTV (www.gotvnetworks.com) delivers instant, on-demand television programming direct to mobile phone handsets or wireless devices, providing news, sports, music, entertainment, and other essential content customized specifically for mobile users. GoTVs on-demand model gives the people what they want with a unique user interface that provides continually updated content yet allows the user to choose what he or she watches at any time. GoTVs staff of Emmy Award-winning producers works with the companys best-of-breed media partners, including ABC News, ABC Entertainment, Univision, Fox Sports, iFilm, Variety, and others to create constantly updated programming optimized for both low-bandwidth and 3G handsets. GoTV products are available on the Sprint Nextel and Boost Mobile wireless networks.

Media Contact:
for GoTV
Danit Ross
310-566-3981
danit.ross@zenogroup.com


 
THE 10th ANNUAL WEBBY AWARDS SEEKING WORLD'S BEST MUSIC SITES

Hailed as the "Online Oscars" by Time Magazine, Webby Awards Celebrate Its First Decade

www.webbyawards.com

New York, NY -- (September 19, 2005) Capping a decade that saw the web change the way the world works and lives, The 10th Annual Webby Awards today kicked off its annual call for entries for Best Music Site.

To get in the running for the 10th Annual Webby Awards, music sites must enter online at http://www.webbyawards.com. The early entry deadline is October 28. Proclaimed the online equivalent of an Oscar by the New York Times (June 21, 2005), The Webby Awards is the leading international honors for web sites and the innovators behind them.

The 9th Annual Webby Award winner for Best Music Site was BBC OneMusic http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onemusic/index.shtml?hp_lhn.

The Best Music category honors sites dedicated to the distribution and/or presentation of music or musical information. These sites may provide a direct listening experience, commerce, or promote musical awareness including musicians' or record labels' sites, sites that promote musical events, or those that teach music or about music.
The 10th Annual Webby Awards represent an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the evolution of the web from an esoteric medium to the driving force shaping popular culture, business, and society today, said Tiffany Shlain, founder of The Webby Awards. As the web enters its second decade as an integral part of everyday life, our expanded categories recognize those who are pushing the web in exciting new directions.

According to Shlain, The 10th Annual Webby Awards are accepting entries in more than 65 categories, including Activism, Automotive, Community, Corporate Communications, Fashion, Music, Retail, Real Estate and Television.

In addition, The 10th Annual Webby Awards will mark the debut of three new blog categories Business Blog, Political Blog, and Personal/Cultural Blog and the first-ever category honoring Podcast Sites.

With the public increasingly turning to the web for video coverage of major events, from Hurricane Katrina to the Live 8 concerts, The 10th Annual Webby Awards also announced the debut of a special category for Best Use of Video or Moving Images.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 500 members including musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

The 9th Annual Webby Awards attracted worldwide attention with a star-studded New York City ceremony showcasing five-word speeches from Webby winners. A highlight of the event was former Vice President Al Gore, who was on hand to receive The Webby Lifetime Achievement Award from internet pioneer Vinton Cerf. (Gores headline-grabbing speech: Please dont recount this vote.)

The 9th Annual Webby winners were chosen from more than 4,400 entries from 40 countries and all 50 states. Reflecting the webs egalitarian spirit, last years winners ranged from powerhouses like Yahoo! and e*Trade to small, independents like BookCrossing and CafePress.

Nominees and Webby Worthy selections will be announced in April, and winners will be unveiled in May 2006. Winners will be honored at a gala ceremony in New York City in June 2006.

To enter, visit The Webby Awards at www.webbyawards.com for information, guidelines and an official online entry form. Web sites entered before the early entry deadline of October 28 will receive a discount on the entry fee.

The Creative Group, a division of Robert Half International, the premier staffing company for creative professionals, is the Title Sponsor for The 10th Annual Webby Awards.

About The Webby Awards:
Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards is the leading international honors for web sites. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 535-member judging organization consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: The Creative Group; Adweek Magazines; Fortune and FSB; American Marketing Association; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2Advanced Studios, 2 Advanced.net; Online Publishers Association; MX Interactive; Battle for the Heart; For more information visit www.webbyawards.com.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS):
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the creative, technical, and professional progress of the internet and interactive media. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes over 500 members consisting of leading experts in a diverse range of fields, such as musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, business guru and author Tom Peters, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, fashion designer Max Azria, Simpsons creator Matt Groening and Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser. The Webby Awards and The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences are registered trademarks of International Data Group. For more information, visit www.iadas.net.

Contact:
Patrick Kowalczyk, patrick@mkpr.com
Jill Feldman, jill@mkpr.com
Michael Kaminer Public Relations, 212.627.8098


 
mtvU Announces '2005 Woodie Awards' Nominees & First-Ever 'Woodies' Live Music Event Honoring College Favorites

The Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu and Death Cab For Cutie Among Nominees;

Winners to be Determined by mtvU College Audience at mtvU.com

'Woodie Awards' Concert Event November 2nd at NYC's Roseland Ballroom;

Premieres on mtvU & mtvU.com November 10th

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- mtvU, MTV's college network, today announced the nominees for the "mtvU Woodie Awards" -- the only show honoring the music voted best by the college audience. Tossing aside gold and platinum records to pay tribute to those artists who have won over hearts, but not necessarily charts, The Arcade Fire grabbed the most nominations with five, including "Woodie of the Year" -- Best Artist, "Left Field Woodie" -- Most Original Artist, and "Road Woodie" -- Best Tour. The Arcade Fire joins Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu, Death Cab For Cutie and 39 other emerging and influential artists that will be voted on by the college audience. Winners will be announced at the "mtvU Woodie Awards" live ceremony and concert event November 2nd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City which will premiere on mtvU and mtvU.com November 10th.

For the first time, this year's ceremony will be shot live featuring a full line-up of performers, presenters and more that will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Held for, with, and by the college community, the "mtvU Woodie Awards" will also feature college students from around the country, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, throughout the live show as they present, introduce and honor their favorite music and artists. Additionally, this year's "Woodie Award" will once again be made of wood designed and handcrafted by students at The New School.

"College students are prophesying the future of music, today," said Stephen Friedman, GM, mtvU. "With our first ever live Woodie Awards event, the music they live their lives to takes center stage, and the rest of the world gets to see what's about to break big."

Last year's first-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" were a resounding success as college students declared their favorite artists and bands, propelling them to mainstream success with record album sales, sold out tours, and accolades at other award ceremonies. Modest Mouse and Coheed & Cambria were the big winners, with each walking away with two nods. Modest Mouse was recognized with the "Woodie of the Year" award for Best Artist, and the "Silent But Deadly Woodie" for Best Music Video honoring their single "Float On." Coheed & Cambria won "Soundtrack of My Life Woodie" honors for Best Album with their release "In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3," and the "Road Woodie" for Best Live Performance. Other winners included N.E.R.D., Taking Back Sunday, Sum 41, Incubus, as well as The Killers and Fallout Boy who both won honors at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

To vote for the second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards," college students around the country are invited to visit www.mtvU.com before October 28th. There they can experience interviews, features and music videos by all "Woodies" nominees, plus submit and watch videos from student fans petitioning for their favorite nominee. Students can also listen to the nominees and cast their vote at mtvU Woodie Awards mobile vehicles that are traveling to campuses across the country. Nominated artists will be profiled on-air throughout the voting period and on mtvU music series such as "The Freshmen" and "The Dean's List."

Nominees for the second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" are:

Woodie of the Year - (Artist of the Year)

The artists who made the biggest splash on the scene and on mtvU, yet somehow huge commercial success hasn't intoxicated them just yet.

Nominees:

Fallout Boy (Island Records)

My Chemical Romance (Reprise Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Gorillaz (Virgin Records)

The Breaking Woodie - (Best Emerging Artist)

mtvU is where new developing artists are test driven for the first time by the toughest critics around: college students. One of this year's newest artists will win the coveted Breaking Woodie.

Nominees:

Matisyahu (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Bravery (Island Def Jam Records)

Paul Wall (Asylum Records/ Atlantic Records)

Motion City Soundtrack (Epitaph Records)

The Decemberists (Kill Rock Stars Records)

Left Field Woodie - (Most Original Artist)

They're genre-busters. They came out of left field and surprised us so much, we'd still have no idea what section of the record store to look for them in. They resist all classification.

Nominees:

Saul Williams (Fader Label Records)

M.I.A. (Xl/Beggars US / Interscope Records)

Matisyahu (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

MeWithoutYou (Tooth & Nail Records)

Best Video Woodie - Live Action - (Best Live Action Video)

The music video that's so incredible, we'd watch it even without the music.

Nominees:

Death Cab for Cutie - "Title & Registration" (Atlantic/Barsuk Records)

My Chemical Romance - "Helena" (Reprise Records)

Nas & Olu Dara - "Bridging the Gap" (Columbia Records)

Nine Inch Nails - "Only" (Interscope Records)

Jack Johnson - "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" (Universal/ Brushfire Records)

Best Video Woodie - Animated - (Best Animated Video)

The music video that makes all of your favorite Sunday cartoons look foolish.

Nominees:

Aberfeldy - "Love Is An Arrow" (Rough Trade Records)

Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc." (Virgin Records)

Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars" (Definitive Jux Records)

Rilo Kiley - "It's a Hit" (Brute/Beaute/Warner Brothers)

The Arcade Fire - "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" (Merge Records)

The Good Woodie - (Greatest Social Impact)

The award for the artists whose commitment to a social cause has effected the greatest change this year.

Nominees:

David Banner - Heal The Hood Project

Coldplay - Oxfam International

Common - "Know HIV/AIDS" campaign

U2 - DATA: Debt AIDS Trade Africa

Kanye West - Loop Dreams

Road Woodie - (Best Tour)

For those artists who take to the road and never let up, always giving that memorable live performance.

Nominees:

Muse (Warner Brothers Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Fallout Boy (Island Records)

Jack Johnson (Universal/ Brushfire Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

International Woodie - (Favorite International Artist Award)

mtvU embraces musicians from all over the world and honors this year's crop including artists from Africa, the UK and more.

Nominees:

Bloc Party (Vice / Atlantic Records)

Muse (Warner Brothers Records)

The Arcade Fire (Merge Records)

Keane (Interscope Records)

A-kon (SRC/ Universal Records)

Alumni Woodie - (a.k.a. The You're Still OK in our Book Award)

For the artists who've graduated into the wide world of mega-stardom, but who haven't forgotten where they came from. And we're proud to say, "We knew them when ... "

Nominees:

Green Day (Reprise Records)

Common (Geffen Records)

Coldplay (Capitol Records)

Beck (Interscope Records)

Mos Def (Geffen Records)

Streaming Woodie - (Most Downloaded)

It's in your hands - For four weeks, your favorite artists will go toe-to- toe on mtvU.com. You vote your brains out each week and the four artists left standing in the end will battle it out for the Streaming Woodie.

Nominees:

Week 1

Hawthorne Heights - "Ohio Is For Lovers" (Victory Records)

Gorillaz - "Feel Good Inc" (Virgin Records)

Usher - "My Boo" (La Face/ Jive Records)

Modest Mouse - "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Epic Records)

Eisley - "Telescope Eyes" (Reprise Records)


Week 2

Aesop Rock - "Fast Cars" (Definitive Jux Records)

Death Cab for Cutie - "Title & Registration" (Atlantic/Barsuk Records)

MeWithoutYou - "January 1979" (Tooth & Nails Records)

Mike Jones - "Still Tippin" (Asylum Records/ Warner Brothers Records)

Straylight Run - "Existentialism On Prom Night" (Victory Records)


Week 3

Taking Back Sunday - "A Decade Under the Influence" (Victory Records)

The Alchemist featuring Nina Sky - "Hold You Down" (Koch Records)

My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not OK (I Promise)" (Reprise Records)

K'naan - "Soobax" (Track 'N Field/Translator.TV Records)

The Unicorns - "Jellybones" (Alien8 Recording)


Week 4

The Afters - "Beautiful Love" (Columbia Records)

Aberfeldy - "Love Is An Arrow" (Rough Trade Records)

Alicia Keys - "Karma" (J-Records)

Matisyahu - "King Without A Crown" (Or Music/ Epic Records)

The Postal Service - "Against All Odds" (Sub Pop Records)

For complete information on the "mtvU Woodie Awards" including programming information, news, details on the nominees, presenters, performers and much more, visit www.mtvU.com.

The second-annual "mtvU Woodie Awards" is sponsored by Citicards, Ford College Student Purchase Program, Garnier Fructis and T-Mobile.

Broadcasting to over 730 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of 6.5 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, 7days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvu.com.

mtvU is part of the Viacom International Inc. family which also owns the MTV Networks programming services MTV, MTV2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, Spike TV, CMT and others.

Source: mtvU

CONTACT: David French of MTV/MTV2/mtvU, +1-212-846-6698,
david.french@mtvstaff.com, or Ariana Urbont of MTV/MTV2/mtvU, +1-310-752-8079,
Ariana.urbont@mtvstaff.com

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


9/19/2005

 
VH1 Announces New Hurricane Katrina Outreach Initiative 'Get Up Stand Up' in Partnership With Mercy Corps

This New Pro-Social Campaign Will Kick-Off at VH1's Taping of 'Hip Hop Honors' on Thursday, September 22 with Artists Donating Relief Items

VH1 Classic Joins Relief Efforts with Month Long On-Air Fundraising Event 'Pay For Play' to Aid Hurricane Victims in the Gulf Coast

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 is launching a new public affairs umbrella initiative "Get Up Stand Up" in conjunction with Mercy Corps, an international humanitarian agency, to help carry out short term and long term Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The campaign will kick-off on Thursday, September 22 at VH1's 2nd Annual "Hip Hop Honors" taping in New York City.

Donations will be collected during the "Hip Hop Honors" red carpet on Thursday, September 22. Artists will be asked to drop off specified relief items at a trailer that will be stationed outside of the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. In support of its Comfort for Kids programs, Mercy Corps has requested that artists bring items including "Comfort Kits" for kids that include pens, notebooks, rulers etc., laptops, calculators for teachers, white boards and easels for teachers, power tools, i.e. hand saws, chainsaws, drills, and staple guns, athletic equipment, i.e. basketballs, footballs, portable basketball hoops, team uniforms, and high-quality rubber boots, as well as gift cards from stores including Home Depot.

Items will be taken to the Mercy Corps Gulf Coast command center in Baton Rouge, LA. From there the items will be distributed to specific disaster areas including Slidell, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, LA, and Gulfport, Pass Christian, and Biloxi, MS.

VH1 CLASSIC ASKS VIEWERS TO "BUCK UP" TO AID HURRICANE KATRINA VICTIMS

Sister station VH1 Classic will also give support to hurricane Katrina victims. In October, VH1 Classic viewers will be able to "Pay for Play" where they can request and watch their favorite Classic music videos by making a $25.00 donation to Mercy Corps by logging onto http://www.mercycorps.org/.

"After airing our "ReAct Now: Music & Relief" concert and asking our viewers to give to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, we at VH1 then asked ourselves what more could we do to make a positive impact on people's situations right now," said Tom Calderone, General Manager, VH1. "We are so happy to partner with Mercy Corps because we can now do even more to help affected families to rebuild their lives."

"Katrina is an unprecedented disaster and it demands an unprecedented response," said Mercy Corps president Nancy Lindborg, who will be on the red carpet thanking artists who donate. "The VH1 family's generous support is coming at a critical time and we are pleased to work with them in getting Gulf Coast communities back on track."

VH1 is committed to providing pro-social initiatives using the reach and power of VH1 to create awareness and motivate action for current issues affecting society.

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

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

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents music videos, concerts and music specials featuring classic rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Featured artists include The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more.

Mercy Corps works amid disasters, conflicts, chronic poverty and instability to unleash the potential of people who can win against impossible odds. Since 1979, Mercy Corps has provided $1 billion in assistance to people in 81 nations. Currently, the organization's 2,100 staff worldwide reach 7 million people in more than 35 countries. Over 92 percent of the agency's resources are allocated to programs that help people in need. For more information, visit http://www.mercycorps.org/.

Contact:
Maura Wozniak/VH1
212-846-7325

Jeremy Barnicle/Mercy Corps
503-367-7738

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Maura Wozniak of VH1, +1-212-846-7325; or Jeremy Barnicle of
Mercy Corps, +1-503-367-7738

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


 
MediaSpan Study Shows Need for Local Radio Stations to Integrate with Websites

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- A MediaSpan study performed by Frank N. Magid Associates of nearly 35,000 radio listeners across all formats in major U.S. markets shows that local radio has an opportunity to grow its relationship with audiences if they further integrate their on-air and online programming and promotions.

"This was a massive study that shows pretty clearly that while radio is still a primary medium for most consumers, other new media forms are changing the way that users, especially younger audiences, relate to radio," says Mark Zagorski, CMO of study sponsor MediaSpan. "In order for stations to renew and grow their audience relationships with a new generation of listeners, they will need to incorporate new media activities such as podcasts, streaming and integrated music downloads into their daily on-air and online programming."

Supporting this notion, Zagorski refers to the finding that while 28% of the 18-29 year olds say they download music monthly, only 14% say they are "purchasing" MP3 or electronic music files online on a monthly basis, leaving one to surmise that file sharing may make up the activity gap. Zagorski says this points to an opportunity for the radio community to continue to work with the music industry to stem the tide of illegal free downloads and music file transfers. "It's still a significant challenge no matter how you look at it, but a radio station loyalty program that also offers free music downloads in conjunction with record labels is an example of a mutually beneficial partnership that may enhance listener loyalty while helping reign in the illegal transactions."

The study also found more than a quarter (26%) of 18-29 year olds download ringtones monthly. While overall, 11% of all respondents say they download podcasts on a monthly basis, 13% say they would use a radio station Web site to download podcasts if they were available. This and ringtone downloads are the only two music/radio-related categories where respondents' likelihood to use/download increases over current monthly use if new content is available. Ringtone downloading shows the potential to grow from 14 to 17% if made available on station sites. The trustworthiness of radio station Web sites appears to have the potential to draw in new adopters of these activities.

As expected, the study confirmed that listeners access radio station across multiple platforms with 40% of 18-29 year olds (versus 28% of those 30+) listening to streaming music from radio station weekly.

Nearly 35,000 listeners of all ages were recruited by Frank N. Magid Associates from 73 station sites across the MediaSpan Network of 1,000+ radio station websites to participate in the study. The study covered listeners in 13 different formats ranging from AOR/Classic Rock/Rock to Sports Talk/Sports, News/Talk/Talk, Country, AC/Lite AC/Lite Rock to Urban/Hip Hop and Alternative/Modern Rock.

MediaSpan commissioned the survey as part of the re-launch of its First MediaWorks division, now known as MediaSpan Online Services. MediaSpan has brought together its distinct online media divisions (focused on radio/newspaper/TV) into a single business unit, MediaSpan Online Services, to help create a stronger suite of services for all of its customers. They have also introduced a new national online ad Network for their affiliates. "The results of this expansive survey and its ability to help foster local and national online ad sales for our radio station partners is just one example of the client-focused benefits coming out of a stronger, more integrated MediaSpan," notes Zagorski. The study results are available to all MediaSpan affiliates.

Among the other notable findings of the study:

When it comes to e-commerce, MediaSpan radio website visitors are avid online shoppers. Seven in ten have made an online purchase in the last 30 days, and four in ten report spending $100 or more. Spending online among the audience breaks out as follows:

- Spent less than $50 * 18 percent
- Spent $50-99 * 13 percent
- Spent $100-199 * 14 percent
- Spent $200-500 * 16 percent
- Spent more than $500 * 11 percent

Use of the Internet at work is an important characteristic of radio station website visitors, as 69 percent have access at their place of work, whereas only 40 percent of the total Internet population has access at work. This fact coupled with a Socio-Econonomic-Status figure of nearly 2x the national online average means that radio website surfers are "the cream of the crop" for online advertisers.

News and weather top the list of why listeners go online and are closely followed by content unique to the radio/music category, particularly amongst "millennials." The study found that in nearly every entertainment-driven category, 18- to 24-year-olds are more likely to go online for the entertainment content than any other age group.

Specifically, areas that 18-24 year olds "over index" (index=100 percent) in weekly online usage include:

- Streaming music * 18- to 24-year-olds over index at 140 percent
- Music news * heavily driven by 18- to 24-year-olds who over index at
145 percent
- Music playlists and music videos * one-third of 18-24s regularly go
online to view
- Concert information * nearly four in ten 18- to 24-year-olds seek info
online
- Download music * one-third of 18-24s and one-quarter of 18-34s download regularly

"The study clearly showed that on-air radio has a complementary audience, online that is young, affluent, highly attractive to advertisers, and looking for unique content. Stations who can adapt their online programming to meet the demands of these consumers will benefit from higher brand loyalty, greater revenue opportunities and a multifaceted media relationship that goes beyond the radio," says Zagorski.

About MediaSpan

MediaSpan powers digital content management and online marketing solutions for the world's leading media companies including ABC Radio, Gannett, Infinity, Scripps and Media General. Over 4,500 newspaper, radio, and television properties leverage MediaSpan's digital content management, online marketing, web publishing, e-commerce and online promotional solutions.

For advertisers, the MediaSpan Network leverages our local media relationships with over 4,000 customers to deliver an unparalleled national online advertising opportunity for marketers. MediaSpan Network sites reach over 5M Unique Visitors each month worldwide, and cover 300 top U.S. DMAs. For print publishers, MediaSpan's Media Software business unit, Harris & Baseview provides mission-critical back-office, pre-press infrastructure tools designed to enable newspapers to efficiently deliver their product to consumers across traditional and digital platforms. For broadcast radio, television, and newspapers, MediaSpan's Online Services business unit, First MediaWorks, provides a comprehensive suite of Internet solutions designed to integrate on- air and online marketing programs to grow new revenue.

MediaSpan is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., with offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Melbourne, FL, New York, NY and San Clemente, CA. Investors in MediaSpan include Covestco-Seteura, LLC, Rustic Canyon Group, and Southeast Interactive Technology Funds.

Source: MediaSpan

CONTACT: George H. Simpson Communications, o: +1-212-309-9068,
m: +1-203-521-0352, georgehsimpson@att.net


 
MTV Announces October as Education Month, Empowering Students to Prepare Themselves for High School and College Success

Leading Into A Month of Education-Related Elements On- & Off-Air, "THINK Over Your School" Premieres September 29 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT

Boost Mobile RockCorps Rewards Student Volunteers with Concert Featuring Some of Today's Hottest Artists

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV: Music Television today announced the launch of October as "Education Month" to encourage and empower young people with the tools they need to graduate from high school ready for college and work. The network's think MTV: EDUCATION initiative, which is in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is being highlighted on- air every day in October, featuring long-form shows, PSAs, MTV News segments and other programming.

To lead into the effort, MTV will premiere THINK OVER YOUR SCHOOL on September 29th at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. With the help of MTV, designers, and their principals, and in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, a group of Brooklyn, NY, students "THINK over" their lunchroom by transforming the space into a multi-purpose resource to support students' academic and creative endeavors. The lunchroom at the Bushwick campus, which is home to four schools, now offers flexible spaces that can be used by all students for dining, student artwork, performances, meetings, and small group work. In addition, the space now includes new technology tools including digital projectors, computer stations, and sound domes.

The think MTV: EDUCATION initiative responds to recent statistics on the state of education in America*. According to the Manhattan Institute, nearly three of ten public school students, and almost half of all African-American and Latino youth, do not graduate from high school. While most students aspire to attend college, only about two-fifths will make it there prepared for college-level work.

"It's important that we all recognize the alarmingly low high school graduation rates among American students, and particularly minority youth," commented Ian Rowe, VP of Strategic Partnerships & Public Affairs for MTV. "The vast majority of young people want to, and believe they can, go to college. We wanted to tell the story of a group of young people who worked with their teachers and principal to shape their own academic experience and environment."

Schools like those located on the Bushwick campus are part of a nationwide effort to help more students graduate ready for the future. Effective high schools feature the new 3R's: rigorous college-preparatory courses, meaningful relationships between teachers and students, and relevant hands-on learning that links the classroom to the real world.

"Today, young people need the same skills for success in college and our knowledge-based economy," said Tom Vander Ark, executive director of education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. "With MTV's help, we can empower young people to stand up for their right to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college and work."

Boost Mobile RockCorps worked with MTV to "THINK over" the lunchroom on the Bushwick Campus. Every student who volunteered at least four hours in transforming their school earned a ticket to the Boost Mobile RockCorps concert on September 24th at Radio City Music Hall, hosted by Lil Jon and featuring the some of the hottest names in hip-hop: T.I., Fat Joe, Young Jeezy and more. Boost Mobile RockCorps encourages volunteerism in young people by offering concert tickets in exchange for four hours of volunteer work with a non-profit partner.

Throughout October, think MTV: EDUCATION will be featured prominently on- and off-air including new set of PSAs featuring high school students talking candidly about their aspirations for college and beyond; MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway heading back to class as a participant in Teach For America Week 2005, an annual event during which leaders from all walks of life spend an hour of their time teaching children from some of our nation's lowest-income communities; an encore presentation of MY LIFE (TRANSLATED): COLLEGE DREAMS which follows MTV News correspondent SuChin Pak as she meets second-generation American kids and learns how their college dreams may conflict with their families' cultural expectations (October 1 at 11 a.m. ET/PT); MTV News reports on young people and their educational aspirations; and online tools at http://think.mtv.com/, including resources to prepare themselves for graduation, college, and the workplace.

think MTV: EDUCATION is part of the network's think MTV pro-social initiative, which dedicated to the issues that young people care about most. A think MTV icon appears onscreen during programming that has an online counterpart; think.MTV.com offers a range of opportunities for young people to learn about and engage on critical issues at the local or national level. On every page within the site, young people can search for local volunteer opportunities, contact their political representatives, and register to vote. Additional online partners include a range of non-profit organizations that aim to inform and motivate young people to get involved in issues of concern.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/) works to promote greater equity in four areas: global health, education, public libraries, and support for at-risk families in Washington state and Oregon. The Seattle-based foundation joins local, national, and international partners to ensure that advances in these areas reach those who need them most. The foundation is led by Bill Gates's father, William H. Gates, Sr., and Patty Stonesifer.

RockCorps, an organization that introduces teens and young adults to volunteerism, and Boost Mobile, a wireless telecommunications brand dedicated to boosting the lives of today's youth, have partnered to launch Boost Mobile RockCorps, a groundbreaking national extension of the RockCorps program. Combining the power of music, community and volunteerism to breed a new generation of volunteers, the partnership is exposing young people to simple ways they can proactively contribute to their community. In exchange for contributing four hours of community service work, youth volunteers receive tickets to popular music concerts in their area.

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

* Graduation rates: Greene, Jay P. and Winters, Marcus (2005). Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991-2002. Education Working Paper No. 8. NY: Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute.

College aspirations: National Center for Education Statistics (2005). A Profile of the American High School Sophomore in 2002: Initial Results from the Base Year of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (NCES 2005-338). By Ingels, S.J., Burns, L.J., Chen, X., Cataldi, E.F., and Charleston, S. DC: U.S. Department of Education.

Remediation: National Center for Education Statistics (2003). Remedial Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions in Fall 2000, NCES 2004-010, by Basmat Parsad and Laurie Lewis. DC: U.S. Department of Education

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Janine Iamunno, +1-212-846-6992, janine.iamunno@mtvstaff.com,
or Jennifer DeGuzman, +1-212-846-7175, jennifer.deguzman@mtvstaff.com, both of
MTV Communications, or Lindsey Schiff-Abrams of MTV Networks Communications,
+1-310-752-8082, lindsey.schiff-abrams@mtvstaff.com; or Ariana Urbont of MTV
Networks, +1-310-752-8079, ariana.urbont@mtvstaff.com

Web site: http://www.mtv.com/
http://think.mtv.com/
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/


 
Li'l Kim and Notorious B.I.G.: Two Peas in A Pod

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Even in the midst of her impending jail stint and allegations that she used the death of Christopher 'Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace to further her career, music artist Li'l Kim had nothing but love for the big guy when she sat for an interview to discuss their life together with VH1's Fab Five Freddy for the VH1 Hip Hop Honors, paying tribute to the legendary rapper on Monday, September 26 at 9:00 PM.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050919/NYM194 )

Li'l Kim reminisced about their old Brooklyn neighborhood and how the then unknowns shared a love for rap music. When Kim rapped for "Biggie" on a street corner one day, she says it was instant chemistry. "We became a duo right then and ever since; never left his side, never left my side." She recalled how he gave her her monikers Li'l Kim and Queen B. "He said I needed a nickname that really represented who I was because, 'I ain't callin' you Li'l Kim all day.'" Kim remembers with great affection how Biggie declared she was 'his b#$*#' and when she was really angry, she was a 'Queen B#$*#'. The moniker stuck and the rest as they say is history.

Ironically, Voletta Wallace, the mother of the Notorious B.I.G. who is writing a tell-all book painting a dark light on Li'l Kim's relationship with her late son, will be present at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors for the tribute to his memory. Even more ironic is his widow, Faith Evans, will perform the musical tribute to him.

Contacts: Luis DeFrank/VH1

212-846-7012
Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050919/NYM194
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN8
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Luis DeFrank of VH1, +1-212-846-7012

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


 
VH1 Delivers Its 'Hip Hop Honors' to the Digital Masses

VH1's VSPOT Broadband Network Opens First Ever Event-Specific Channel With Exclusive After-Show, Red Carpet Pre-Show, Interviews and Performances

VH1 Launches Podcast Platform With Audio Files That Celebrate This Year's Hip Hop Honorees Including LL Cool J, Ice T, Big Daddy Kane and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Just as rap pioneers "scratched" vinyl records to take audio technology to a whole new level, VH1 is using the latest in broadband and mobile technology to reach all of the masses for its upcoming 2nd annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors.

To extend the Hip Hop Honors event into an interactive multiplatform experience, VH1 is creating its first ever event-specific channel for its new broadband network VSPOT, launching its podcast platform and developing exclusive content for mobile phones.

This year's event, hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run, premieres Monday, September 26 at 9 PM ET/PT and salutes 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." Performers include Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg, Biz Markie, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Fat Joe, Ciara, T.I., The Roots, DJ Cut Creator, DJ Jazzy Joyce and DJ Kid Capri with appearances by Anthony Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, Nas, Jerry Ferrara, and Ludacris.

"VH1 has already been providing music and pop culture content to our viewers on a variety of platforms including broadband and mobile," said VH1 General Manager Tom Calderone. "But with VH1 Hip Hop Honors we are celebrating the pioneers of hip hop by creating an unprecedented amount of original and exclusive programming that allows music lovers to access what they want, when they want."

VH1 Broadband Network VSPOT Opens First-Ever Event-Specific Channel With Rich, Original and Exclusive Content

VSPOT's Hip Hop Honors channel is rich with exclusive programs such as the "VIP PASS" premiering just after the main show, all available on-demand.

-- The party keeps going when VSPOT broadcasts its exclusive "VIP PASS"
once the main show wraps up on the VH1 linear network. VSPOT's "VIP
PASS" features behind-the-scenes access hosted by MC Lyte, exclusive
music performances, interviews with the artists, presenters and
honorees as well as footage from this year's rehearsals.

-- VSPOT's "RED CARPET PRE-SHOW," will reveal all the drama, the fashions
and the behind-the-scenes rush as the hip hop elite gather for their
photo ops prior to the event.

-- The complete 411 on "FREESTYLE 59" -- VH1 and VH1.com's online contest
to seek out the best undiscovered emcee in the country based on
unsigned rappers' 59-second video entries. The package includes
freestyle performances by the contest's five finalists, profiles with
contestants, their workshop with freestyle guru Jin and outtakes from
all contest entries.

-- Exclusive honoree packages comprised of tributes from their peers and
other hip hop luminaries.

-- VSPOT's "Mix Tape" hosted by Hip Hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy. "Mix Tape"
will feature music videos from the honorees, presenters and
performers.

-- VSPOT's tribute to Hip Hop Honoree the film "Boyz N The Hood"
featuring up to two minutes of clips from the movie and an interview
with the director John Singleton.

-- VSPOT's "Box Set" on Hip Hop Honoree Notorious B.I.G. including his
music videos and extended interview clips from the VH1 program
"Driven."

-- VSPOT's look back at last year's Hip Hop Honors event and interview
outtakes from VH1's critically acclaimed history of hip hop
documentary "And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip Hop."

VH1 Launches First-Ever Podcasts That Will Feature Each Hip Hop Honors

VH1 is launching its podcast platform for Hip Hop Honors creating audio files celebrating each honoree. The 15-minute files will include interviews with the hip hop honorees, including samples of their discographies and commentary about their impact on hip hop culture from Fab 5 Freddy and Nelson George.

VH1 Mobile

VH1 Mobile takes Hip Hop Honors on the go with a variety of ringtones and ringbacks from Doug E. Fresh and Fab 5 Freddy, as well as exclusive, never before released ringtone tracks from Kanye West ("Gold Digger"), LL Cool J ("Rock the Bells - Break Edition), Young Jeezy ("Soul Survivor") and Reverend Run ("Mind on the Road"). Fans can also customize their handsets with authentic and original mobile wallpapers from graffiti artists such as Clutch, Avee and Fingers or with images of their favorite hip hop artists. Additionally, VH1 Mobile enables viewers to vote via SMS text messaging for their favorite emcee in VH1's "Freestyle 59" contest.

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" are executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blacjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab 5 Freddy are consulting producers.

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" advertisers include T-Mobile, USA, Taco Bell(R) Corp, Ask Jeeves, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," a Paramount Pictures presentation of an Interscope/Shady/Aftermath and MTV Films production.

Accessible through VH1's web site (http://www.vh1.com/), VSPOT is VH1's new hybrid network offering three distinct channels of original and exclusive music and pop culture programming. VH1's newest screen offers both a linear viewing experience and video-on-demand capabilities in one web-based application. VSPOT also heightens visitors' broadband experience by delivering companion programming to the VH1 linear network as well as high- quality original video content right to viewers' computers. VSPOT launched this past July with the exclusive world premiere of the first episode of the new season of "The Surreal Life 5" -- three days before the series premieres on VH1.

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.

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

Source: VH1


 
Miri's Moment ... Long-Awaited Debut, Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Violinist in Stores September 20th

Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Violinist Features Contributions From Kanye West, John Legend, Akon, Scarface, Baby, Lil Wayne, Anthony Hamilton and Lil Mo

Multi-Faceted Partnership With Footwear /Apparel Powerhouse Reebok Spawns a First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration

Kool Sponsored 14 City National Tour With Busta Rhymes Slated to Begin in Fall

"Miri Ben-Ari is truly an army of one - carving her own niche in an increasingly fragmented genre" -XXL

"Miri enlists big names to create original Hip-Hop music enhanced by her string arrangements" -the SOURCE

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- After whetting the public's appetite with the soul stirring single "Sunshine To The Rain," featuring Scarface and Anthony Hamilton and the slanguistic twist of the E 40 and Lil' Flip heater "Sick With Da Flip," the long awaited major label debut Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip Hop Violinist, hits the streets on September 20th. With an instrument that runs the gamut of emotions, Miri has composed inspirational instrumentals, which evoked conscious, heartfelt renderings from her assembled all-star collaborators. "The artists on my album were all very talented and unique, and most have never worked with a violinist, so we pushed each other creatively," she gleefully states. The end result, a groundbreaking fusion of her crisp, soulful violin and hard-edged hip-hop production, has the streets abuzz with the new single "We Gonna Win" with one of the hardest lyricists in the game, Styles P. Of their creative coup, Miri says, "'We Gonna Win' is a song of triumph. It represents my personal belief that with hard work, talent and dedication, everything is possible. It's a one-of-a-kind marriage between rap and classical music, where the music doesn't accompany the vocalist, but rather stands on its own."

Adding a twist to the single is the Paul Schneider-helmed video, which launches a first-of-its-kind business venture between Universal Motown Records and footwear/apparel giant Reebok. Marking Reebok's first foray into the actual creation of a music video, Ben-Ari and Styles P. wear customized RBK branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The partnership will also 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. As the latest celebrity endorsee to be featured in Reebok's "I Am What I Am" worldwide advertising campaign, Ben-Ari will join contemporary heroes of today's global youth including Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, Yao Ming, 50 Cent, Nelly, Donovan McNabb, Christina Ricci, and Stevie Williams. "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."

Initially introduced to the hip-hop community by superstars Jay-Z and Wyclef Jean, joining them both onstage in front of packed houses, Miri's live performances are becoming legendary. While preparing her album, Miri has managed to share stages across the globe with Kanye West, thanks to her Grammy award-winning contributions to his multi-platinum, classic debut The College Dropout. She has also wowed thousands more at numerous athletic events with her rousing rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner." In fact, it was her performance of the national anthem at a TJ Martell Foundation event in New York that brought her to the attention of Universal Music Group's chairman and CEO Doug Morris and eventually led to her signing with Universal Records.

Miri gets to show her wares with dynamic showman Busta Rhymes on The Kool New Jazz Philosophy Tour. Dates are as follow:

10/3 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head
10/6 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
10/8 Boston, MA Avalon
10/10 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
10/14 San Diego, CA Cains
10/17 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
10/21 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
10/24 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Theatre
10/26 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
10/29 Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/31 St Louis, MO The Pageant
11/3 Houston, TX Hush
11/5 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room
11/10 San Francisco, CA The Grand

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Jody Miller or Dave Goodson, both of JLMPR, +1-212-431-5227; or
Shirronda Sweet of Universal Motown, +1-212-841-8622

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


 
Tarrant Apparel Signs Jeffrey Tweedy to Head House of Dereon

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tarrant Apparel Group (NASDAQ:TAGS) , a design and sourcing company for private label and private brand casual apparel, today announced it has named seasoned fashion executive Jeffrey Tweedy as president of its licensed women's fashion line, House of Dereon, which was founded by entertainment superstar Beyonce and her mother Tina Knowles.

Tweedy has more than 25 years of expertise gained while working to build a number of high profile brands including Sean John, Polo Ralph Lauren, Alexander Julian, Hugo Boss, Cross Colours, Karl Kani Jeans and Spike's Joint. Most recently Tweedy was the executive vice president of Sean John, the $450 million men's lifestyle brand of hip hop impresario Sean "P. Diddy" Combs.

"We are happy to have Jeffrey join our company," Beyonce commented. "His talent and his experience -- of combining fashion with entertainment -- are finely suited to the vision my mother, Tina, and I have expressed for the House of Dereon."

"Our goal is to create a successful lifestyle brand and Jeffrey, who is known as "the future of fashion", is the right person to help lead our success," added Tina Knowles.

Barry Aved, President and CEO of Tarrant Apparel Group added, "We at Tarrant Apparel are very excited to have Jeffrey on our team. He's an influential leader who brings great experience in building and managing a celebrity brand, and we believe he will be an invaluable addition to our team."

"I am reinvigorated by the challenge of helping create the next great women's contemporary brand," Tweedy said. "I thank Beyonce and Tina for the opportunity to lead this brand and talented team's growth."

Tweedy's appointment builds greater anticipation for the line's opening Spring 2006 collection of contemporary sportswear, which debuted last week during New York's annual Fashion Week. House of Dereon -- named after Beyonce's grandmother, Agnes Dereon, a master seamstress who made women's clothing for private clients -- will offer women a mix of casual sportswear styles, featuring a range of great denim and fine fabrics. The vision is of a brand marketed to women ages 22 to 40 that combines kick, couture and soul. It will be distributed to 450 stores around the country in November, 2005.

About Tarrant Apparel Group

Tarrant Apparel Group serves specialty retailers, mass merchants, national department stores, and branded wholesalers by designing, merchandising, contracting for the manufacture of, and selling casual apparel for women, men, and children. Through its subsidiary, Private Brands, Inc., Tarrant designs, markets, and distributes privately owned brands, including American Rag CIE, and has exclusive license agreements with several celebrity brands such as Jessica Simpson's Princy, and Beyonce Knowles' House of Dereon.

About Beyond Productions

Beyond Productions, LLC was founded in May 2004 by Tina and Beyonce Knowles, Jason and Arthur Rabin and Cory Silverstein of Wear Me Apparel/Kids Headquarters. The partnership will provide the infrastructure for licensing and brand management to House of Dereon. This collaboration was orchestrated by Tina and Beyonce Knowles who wanted to bring trend-setting style and a creative take on fashion to stylish women everywhere. The design alliance features three co-creative directors, Beyonce and Tina Knowles, and Heather Thomson Schindler.

Source: Tarrant Apparel Group

CONTACT: For Tarrant Apparel Group, Corazon Reyes, Chief Financial
Officer, +1-323-780-8250; Investor Relations for Tarrant Apparel, Financial
Dynamics, Melissa Myron, +1-212-850-5600


 
JEAN GRAE MOVES TO BLACKSMITH MUSIC!!!

Blacksmith Music and Babygrande Records have finalized a buyout which
will enable Jean Grae to continue her career with Corey Smyth's
Blacksmith Music.

Since signing Jean Grae in 2003, Babygrande Records successfully
released Grae's "Bootleg of the Bootleg EP" and "This Week" which
quadrupled the sales of her 2002 debut album, Attack of the Attacking
Things.

'Jean Grae is an incredibly talented MC and her time is now. We are
honored to have played a role in her devlopment and have full
confidence that Blacksmith Music will enable her to thrive at the
major label level,' says Babygrande CEO Chuck Wilson.

Chuck Wilson
President
Babygrande
212-633-8835
AIM: BABYGRANDE000001


 
Jeru The Damaja European Tour, September 23 Through October 30th

Jeru The Damaja embarks upon fall overseas tour, kicking off In Germany September 23rd.

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 19, 2005 -- With one of the most consistent touring schedules in music, Jeru The Damaja is setting out once again on an extensive overseas tour! Beginning in Regensburg, Germany on September 23rd, Jeru will travel throughout Europe for shows in the UK, Holland, The Netherlands, Sweden, France, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, and Switzerland. The final show will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany on October 30th.

Upon his return to the U.S. in November, Jeru will put the finishing touches on his upcoming album, due for release early 2006. Log on to www.thedamaja.com for updates on the project.

Tour Dates:

9/23 Regensburg, Germany @ Kulturspeicher (Bruderwöhrdstr.15, 93055)
www.kulturspeicher-regensburg.de
9/24 Stuttgart, Germany @ Zollamt (Frachtstr.25) www.club-zollamt.de
9/25 Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Holland (Lijnbaansgracht 234a, 1017 PH) www.melkweg.nl
9/27 - Leeds, UK @ Leeds Student Union (Noah Ball, Civic Quarter, Calvary Street)
9/28 - Utrecht, Holland @ De Helling (Helling 7, Utrecht)
9/29 - Deventer, Holland @ Burgerweeshuis (Bagijenstraat 9, Deventer)
9/30 - Brighton, England, UK @ The Beach Club (Kings Road Arches)

October
10/1 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Mosebacke (Torg 3)
10/2 - Lyon, France @ La Marquise (30 Quai Augagneur)
10/5 – Southhampton, UK @ Nexus (Eastgate Street)
10/6 - Strasbourg, France @ LE KORRIGAN (Rue de la Lanterne, 67000)
10/7 - Dublin, Ireland – TBD
10/8 - Liverpool, UK @ Barfly (90 Seel Street)
10/9 - Fribourg, Switzerland @ FRI-SON (Route de Ka Fonderie, 13 CH-1705)
10/11 - The Hague, Netherlands @ Het Paard Van Troje (Prinsengracht 12)
10/12 - Newcastle, UK @THE OTHER ROOMS (Times Square, Newcastle Upon Tyne)
10/13 - Edinburgh, UK @ The Cabaret Voltaire (36 Blair Street)
10/14 - London, UK @ Fabric (Greenhill Rise, 90-93 Cowcross Street)
10/16 - Skopje, Macedonia @ Youth Cultural Center (Kej “Dimitar Vlahov” bb 1000)
10/17 - Zagreb, Croatia @ Boogaloo (VUKOVARSKA 68) www.otv-club.com
10/18 - Ljubljana, Slovenia @ Klub Gala Hala (Masarykova 24, Metelkova) www.metelkova.org
10/19 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City (5 Talbot Street)
10/20 Leipzig, Germany @ Conne Island (Koburger Straße 3, 04277) www.conne-island.de
10/21 - Lugano, Switzerland @ Club Mondial (Via Trevano 56, 6900)
10/22 - St. Gallen, Switzerland @ Kugel (Güterbahnhofstr.4, 9000) www.kugl.ch
10/24 - Berlin, Gemany @ Kesselhaus (Knaackstr.97) www.kesselhaus-berlin.de
10/25 - Munchen, Germany @ Backstage (Friedenheimer Brücke 7, 80639) www.backstage089.de
10/26 - Trier, Germany @ Exhaus (Zurmaiener Str. 114, 54292) www.exhaus.de
10/27 - Rheinfelden, Germany @ Kaff Café (Kirchplatz 2, 79618) www.kaffcafe.de.vu
10/28 - Winterthur, Switzerland @ Albani (Steinberggasse 16, 8400) www.albani.ch
10/29 - Durmersheim, Germany @ Lamm (Speyer Str.82, 76448) www.lammdurmersheim.de
10/30 - Dusseldorf, Germany @ Unique (Bolkerstrasse 30, 40 213 Düsseldorf-Altstadt)

For more information on Jeru The Damaja, visit www.thedamaja.com and www.tygereye.net/jeru

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Dove C
TYGEREYE ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.tygereye.net/jeru/
206-953-3683


 
D.A.C. Squad Soars Up the Streets Charts with Its Single, 'Young BallerZ,' on Streets Billboard's Hot Underground Songs

After forming in early 2000, the group -- comprised of all vocalists Michael Grimes, David Freeman, Durell Holloway and Tyrone Harris - have not won any radio station contest. This past summer, D.A.C. Squad got yet another boost when it hosted a successful album release party at Roseville Theatre.

(PRWEB) September 19, 2005 -- Detroit, Michigan-based D.A.C. Squad is soaring up the streets charts with its single, "Young BallerZ," which debuted May. 15 at No. 15 on Streets Billboard's Hot Underground Songs. After just five months, the track -- which is the lead single from the band's self-released album, "Born 2 Spit" -- is now at No. 18 on the street tally.

After forming in early 2000, the group -- comprised of all vocalists Michael Grimes, David Freeman, Durell Holloway and Tyrone Harris - have not won any radio station contest. This past summer, D.A.C. Squad got yet another boost when it hosted a successful album release party at Roseville Theatre.

All four band members cite NWA as their biggest influence, and David adds, "Our sound is very true to life. We like to describe it as the streets hitting Mariah Carey, as she hits her high note. That just moves the clouds away showing the sky in its true form. Now, that's power.

"The single's success came as a complete surprise to us," he continues. "Bridge Entertainment took a chance with us, and it really took off here. From there it's just been spreading throughout the country and Japan too. We've started to embrace that success and are trying to push it along a little further."

Although the group has not had any serious label offers yet, the success of the single will likely find them pouring in soon.

According to Durell, the band isn't necessarily looking to sign with a very larger label, though. "We believe that there are advantages and disadvantages to each path," he says. "If you work hard enough you can achieve similar results" at either type of label.

Although so far D.A.C. Squad has primarily performed at local-based events, Tyrone notes that "like any other Hip Hop artist" the band hopes its music and ideals will reach a wider audience.

"A lot of our new material was written specifically to appeal to [a street audience]," he says. "We have a lot of real life base songs, but there are a few thrown in that are pretty broad in terms of lyrics and mainstream appeal. We thought it'd be a good stepping stone to the next place in our career."

As group we are here and will stay for the long haul. Bridge Entertainment and Tyrone Bridgeforth have shown us many things in this music/business world. We are moving through crowd patiently awaiting that point when we move the world with our music.

D.A.C. Squad will hit the road soon for a tour of its major radio markets. You may find them in these web sites: CD Baby, Black Planet, Tower Records, Apple iTunes, MP3tunes, MSN Music and our site Born 2 Spit. Just look us up on the web.

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Tyrone Bridgeforth
BRIDGE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
http://www.dacsquad.com/
313-384-1621


 
ONO Fuses Classical Music and Rap in a Unique and Powerful Blend

ONO released a hip hop CD with a blend of classical music to create a sound that has never been heard before, rap music enjoyable to every person who listens.

(PRWEB) September 19, 2005 -- The man who calls himself ONO (for the One N' Only) is part of the post-hip hop generation of artists who grew up with the music, but now see it as irrelevant and self-indulgent. Where does hip hop go next? If 17-year-old ONO (birth name: Jake Bhattacharya) has anything to say about it, the answer is back to the concert hall, with a fusion of live, classical instrumentation and highly personal lyrics. No gangsta posturing. Minimal sampling. And a message of hope, rage and personal affirmation.

On his self-released debut EP "Accomplishment," ONO collaborates and co-produces his original songs with Jason Petz (Triton keyboard/piano) and Yu-Min Cho (viola/violin), aka The ONO Crew, and even throws in some ukulele on closing ballad "Bad Experience." The results sound like nothing that has come before.

But then ONO isn't your typical teenage hip hopper. Born in California to Bengali parents, he was raised by his mother and her sisters after his folks divorced. It was a loving home, but with little supervision as his mother struggled to support her family. As a young teen, ONO fell in with a tough crowd, and was tempted into being an accomplice on a liquor store robbery. Seeing that he was growing alienated from his gangster friends as well as his family, and worried about his safety, ONO's mother shipped him off to military school, an act that may have saved his life. It certainly kick-started his creativity and discipline: soon he had a notebook full to bursting and a dream of expressing his emotions through rap. Inspired by Dr. Dre and Eminem's "Forget About Dre," ONO starting turning his poetry into lyrics.

ONO's songs became more personal and angry after a relationship ended badly, and it's these emotions that are at the center of "Accomplishment." The girl told him he'd never make it in hip hop, and he heard similar messages from friends; ONO set out to prove them wrong. He went to his mother, who by now was a successful CEO of a public company, and said he knew she wanted him to become a doctor, but that he hoped she'd support his musical dreams. She agreed--provided he put every ounce of his drive and passion into music. So now ONO had a lot of people to impress. And at the start of his senior year, he started work on his record.

The melodies on "Accomplishment" are entirely ONO's. He whistles them for his partners, who then play them back on piano or violin. By fusing classical instruments with raw, contemporary lyrics, ONO wants to make music that's accessible across the generation gap.

ONO will be appearing live on December 11 at the Burbank Hilton competing against a pool of other talent search winners. And as he starts college this fall, hes also beginning work on a full-length album to be titled The World Will Listen, again with the ONO Crew, and lining up live appearances. Hes looking for singers, rappers and producers for collaboration, and a record label to help fund and market the disc.

ONO's music has been heard at Club Diesel in Anaheim, at Disneyland on his grad night, and at his myspace page, http://www.myspace.com/onorecordsmusic.
Tune in there to hear the new face of hip hop, and help ONO prove to his mother and everyone who doubted him and did him wrong that when you follow your passion, you can change your own world, and the one outside. He remains deeply family oriented, and devoted to the people who supported him.

ONO's "Accomplishment" features the songs Accomplishment, "Ride Or Die" and "What Pain A Traitor Brings." Review copies are available by request and hi-resolution images are on the myspace page. ONO is available for interviews in the San Bernardino area, or by phone or email. Email
Deepfriedboy@aol.com or call (760) 908-4160 for more info.

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Jayk Bhattacharya
ONO RECORDS
http://www.myspace.com/onorecordsmusic
760 908 - 4160


 
TJ's DJ's Announces 4th Quarter Tastemakers Only Music/DJ Conference, October 19-21 in Tallahassee; Events to Coincide with FAMU Homecoming

On October 19-21, over 1,000 DJs, artists, labels, media outlets, and industry trailblazers will convene in Tallahassee to network. You can catch the developing schedule of events and registration info at www.tjsdjs.com.

Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) September 19, 2005 -- TJ Chapman and the TJ's DJ's team have been diligently preparing for the upcoming Tastemakers Only Music/DJ Conference being held October 19-21 in Tallahassee. For the 4th Quarter meeting, events will be held in conjunction with the Florida A&M University homecoming activities. As one of the most prolific leaders in radio, club, and digital music promotion, TJ's DJ's is expanding the conference once again to keep the industry current.

Always in the mix, you may have seen TJ Chapman recently in the new video for "I'm Sprung" by T-Pain. "I'm Sprung" is a record that TJ's DJ's Record & CD Pool was breaking months ago to all of the tastemakers in the Southeast, building such an enormous buzz that T-Pain landed a solo deal on Jive Records. TJ also launched a massive promotion campaign for David Banner's powerhouse hit "Play", and the song is one of the heaviest-rotated records on radio and in the clubs in 2005.

TJ and his team will be at the 8th Annual Power Summit being held in the Bahamas this month, then return to begin preparations for the 4th Quarter Tastemakers Only Music/DJ Conference. On October 19-21, over 1,000 DJs, artists, labels, media outlets, and industry trailblazers will convene in Tallahassee to network. You can catch the developing schedule of events and registration info at www.tjsdjs.com, along with an in-depth overview of the 3rd quarter conference.

For more information on TJ's DJ's and TJ Chapman, go to www.tjdsdjs.com and www.tygereye.net/tjsdjs

Be sure to vote for TJ as the Southern Entertainment Awards' Record Promoter of the Year!
www.southernentawards.com

Check out some photos from the Vibe Music Fest (June '05) and see the special shout out to TJ at http://musicfest.vibe.com/2-nights-to-party.htm

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Dove C
TYGEREYE ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.tjsdjs.com/
206-953-3683


9/18/2005

 
NEWSWEEK: In Months Before Prison, Rapper Lil' Kim Became a 'Workaholic Zombie' in Studio

'I Knew When the Verdict Came Down, and Then the Sentencing, That I Didn't Have Any Time to Play Around,' She Says

On Prison Sentence: 'What Happened to Me Wasn't Fair,' 'And a Lot of People Let Me Down. A Lot of People I Thought Were My Friends Turned On Me -- But I'm Still Blessed'

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Rapper Lil' Kim tells Newsweek that after she was sentenced in July to a 366-day prison term, she became a "workaholic zombie" in the recording studio, since she has no idea what to expect after she gets out. "It's been nonstop since the day I found out," says the rapper, whose real name is Kimberly Jones. "I knew when the verdict came down, and then the sentencing, that I didn't have any time to play around. I had to get the album done, and all the other things in my life settled quickly. I'd never done an album so fast before, and in a way it was a good thing. The music just kind of rolled out."

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050918/NYSU002 )

Jones' album "The Naked Truth" will be in stores Sept. 27. She tells National Correspondent Allison Samuels in the current issue that she never got as personal on her other albums like she did on this one. "I wasn't ready before now to break my life down for real. But this time around, things needed to be said. It all came from the heart. I wanted people to understand me and see me for who I am," Jones says in the September 26 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, September 19).

One song predictably name-checks Martha Stewart, but the Queen Bee and the Diva of Domesticity don't really have that much in common besides criminal records and intermittent blondness. "I admire Martha, but that's all I can say," says Jones. "Our situations are totally different. One paper said I mentioned how she lost weight in prison and that was good. I'd never say anything that stupid -- like that made it worth it."

Samuels writes that the album is hard-core New York rap: spine-jolting beats (with a tinge of reggae) and the harshest diss lyrics anybody's recorded in years. Kim saved her angriest diatribes for the former members of her posse who she feels sold her out during her trial -- "dropping dimes like Sprint."

"What happened to me wasn't fair," Jones insists of her sentence. "And lot of people let me down. A lot of people I thought were my friends turned on me -- but I'm still blessed. I've never been the person to turn on my friends. That's just not who I am."

"I had a lot of offers for movies and television before this all happened," she says, "and all I can pray for is that they will still be there when this is over. They will if it's meant to be."

(Read entire article at www.Newsweek.com)

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9378262/site/newsweek/
Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050918/NYSU002
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN2
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: Newsweek

CONTACT: Natalia Labenskyj of Newsweek, +1-212-445-4078

Web site: http://www.newsweek.msnbc.com/


 
Russell Simmons Joins Honorary Committee for Fourth Annual Daniel Pearl Music Days Series

International Network of Musicians Promotes "Harmony for Humanity"

The Daniel Pearl Foundation announced today that Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, the "godfather of hip hop", and the Chairman of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, has joined the Honorary Committee for Daniel Pearl Music Days 2005 (www.musicdays.org), a global network of performances to be held October 1-10 under the theme "Harmony for Humanity".

Los Angeles (PRWEB) September 18, 2005 -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation announced today that Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, the "godfather of hip hop", and the Chairman of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, has joined the Honorary Committee for Daniel Pearl Music Days 2005 (www.musicdays.org), a global network of performances to be held October 1-10 under the theme "Harmony for Humanity".

Music Days began in 2002 as an international "jam session" to commemorate the birthday of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, who played classical, jazz and bluegrass music wherever he traveled and who believed that music is a language that knows no boundaries. In 2004 over 400 concerts in 39 countries professional and amateur participated in this international phenomenon (www.musicdays.org).

"I am very pleased to be involved with the Daniel Pearl Music Days committee because its message resonates with me on a very personal level, explained Simmons. "My own career is an example of the universal power of music, especially the power of Hip Hop, to bring people of different backgrounds together for a common purpose. I hope that my commitment to the Daniel Pearl Music Days committee will encourage all music lovers - both amateurs and professionals- to get involved with the Music Days performance network and contribute to the 'Harmony for Humanity' e-Stage."

The Daniel Pearl Music Days Honorary Committee spans a wide variety of musical genres including world music masters Hamza el Din and Ravi Shankar, jazz great Herbie Hancock, pop legend Sir Elton John, classical virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, "New Music" composer Steve Reich and indie rocks R.E.M, to name a few. With the addition of Simmons, who is also Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, the Music Day committee expands its outreach to fans of hip hop and rap.

"We are thrilled to have Russell Simmons join our global rhapsody of talents and visions," said Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl and President of The Daniel Pearl Foundation. "In addition to being a master musician and a champion of the underdog, Russell is also an important inter-ethnic dialogue maker- a perfect match with the mission of Music Days."

For 2005, Daniel Pearl Music Days will expand its reach by introducing "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage, a web-based collection of selected words and music inspired by the Music Days 2005 theme. A dedicated Internet radio station will play original songs and compositions, as well as other related music and suggested song lists. The Daniel Pearl Foundation welcomes contributions of music, lyrics, poems and related articles that celebrate our shared humanity for possible use on the "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage.

"There are no set formats or restrictions to Music Days," explained Jacqueline Gelfand, Executive Director of The Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Musicians can register a song or full concert, a DJ can dedicate a radio show or a club set; an orchestra can offer a performance, single composition, or open rehearsal; a youth group can perform at a school or a sports event; and music lovers can contribute written pieces, as well as original compositions that reflect the Harmony for Humanity theme to our e-Stage. The possibilities are endless."

To register a Music Days 2005 event, dedicate an already scheduled performance or to submit original music, poems, articles and suggestions to the "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage, please visit www.musicdays.org.

Daniel Pearl's murder by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 touched millions. By developing innovative international programs focused on journalism, music and respectful dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation seeks to counter the hatred and intolerance that took his life. For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org.

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Rochon Perry
BLACK INK
http://www.music-days.org/
415-346-7392


 
WorldWideDJs.com Introduces The First Monthly Digital Mixtapes Subscription

WorldWideDJs.com, the leading DJ entertainment site on the internet, announced the first digital mixtapes subscription service. The monthly digital mixtapes subscription offering is the first of its kind in the DJs entertainment world.

New York, NY ((PRWEB) September 18, 2005 -- WorldWideDJs.com, the leading DJ entertainment site on the internet, announced the first digital mixtapes subscription service. The monthly mixtapes subscription offering is the first of its kind in the DJs world. The subscription will feature 4 different mixes from the top leading genres in the mainstream and urban scene.

WorldWideDJs.com subscribers will be able to enjoy the top hits and new songs out of the box tightly mix by the top notch in-house DJs and producers of WorldWideDJs. The service is designed to get the subscribers access to the working stage of the mixtapes so that they can have input on the final playlists, WorldWideDJs.com features forum rooms where the Mixtapes process can be discussed.

The Digital Mixtapes Subscription shows WorldWideDJs commitment to offer unparallel service to a fast growing digital user base says DarkLight, Co-Owner, DJ and Webmaster for WorldWideDJs.com. This service is also going to be an interesting and profitable way for the labels to promote their artists every month to a wide-reaching market and get accurate feedback on how their music is received from different part of the globe.

WorldWideDJs will post 3 mixes covering the top 10 genres of music (Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Reggaeton, Dance (All types)); the package also includes a megamix by selecting the best tracks from each genre of music for the month. As an extra, every month the subscription will include 2 exclusive remixes. All mixes will be downloadable in zip format with full playlist and cover. They'll come in high quality mp3 format so subscribers can download on their portable player or store in their computer. As the service increases, WorldWideDJs also plans to include the mixes by tracks so subscribers can easily burn to CD.

WorldWideDJs is currently offering The Digital Mixtapes Subscription for only $4.99 for the first month and $9.99 thereafter, easy and fast payments are being handled by Paypal.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for a sample, copy or demo), contact DarkLight or visit www.worldwidedjs.com. Go directly to subscription page at http://music.worldwidedjs.com.

About WorldWideDJs:
WorldWideDJs (http://www.worldwidedjs.com) is a DJ and music entertainment company. WorldWideDJs does business on and off the internet. The in-house DJ team is composed of multi talented professional with strong background in the club and entertainment scene.

Although WorldWideDJs primary service is online, its DJs can be booked to DJ any major club or private event. WorldWideDJs team includes one of New Yorks most talented DJ and founder of Universal DJs For Life, DJ Masai. WorldWideDJs.com contains many other features general members and subscribers can enjoy. The site contains a radio show and remixes archive, CD reviews, videos and a full forum. WorldWideDJs was founded in August 2003 by DarkLight and DJ Myth; the company is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Contact:
DarkLight, Co-Owner
WorldWideDJs
347-729-0156
http://www.worldwidedjs.com


 
World-Renowned Musicians Headlining Music Player Live!

Big-name artists set to take part in this fall's ultimate consumer music summit.

SAN MATEO, CA (PRWEB) September 18, 2005 -- Music Player Network, the worlds leading music instrument publishing company, has the honor of announcing the participation of acclaimed musicians in their inaugural consumer music summit, Music Player Live!. An array of well-respected artists -including Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Lisa Loeb and BT- representing all genres of music will be conducting seminars, taking part in panel discussions, participating in Question & Answer sessions, and giving impromptu, live performances at the Crowne Plaza Times Square, October 21st 23rd.

Other artists confirmed for Music Player Live! are Les Paul (keynote speaker), Robben Ford, Arif Mardin, Johnny Rabb, Scott Tibbs, Robert Marcello, Will Lee, Sean Pelton, Adrian Belew, Bakhiti Kumalo, Peppers Ghost, Jon Brion, David Ellefson, Rick Fienbracci, Eric Krasno (Soulive), Ron Carter, Gerald Veasley, Francis Preve, Tom Brislin, Jeff Rona, Peter Kirn, Bruce Gertz, Rob Balducci, and Jimmy Douglass (The Neptunes). The lineup is continuously growing, so please visit www.musicplayerlive.com for all the latest artist information.

Music Player Live! is a thrilling, totally over-the-top extravaganza for anyone interested in making music. To ensure that all levels of interest are thoroughly covered, the event is multi-layered and multi-faceted. MPL! offers a chance to hang with stars, professional musicians, and the people who make the hardware (guitars, basses, keyboards, drums, etc.) and software (recording programs, effects plug-ins, etc.) that helps translate inspiration into music. MPL! is set to take place in New York Citys Crowne Plaza Times Square October 21-23.

Buy your tickets before September 30th on www.musicplayerlive.com and take advantage of our early-bird special.

For all the latest event updates and information, visit www.musicplayerlive.com.

About Music Player Network
The Music Player Network is the world's leading music instrument publishing company and publisher of Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, EQ, and Backbeat books, has a circulation of 300,000 loyal readers. MPN is a division of CMP Entertainment Media, which produces magazines, books, Web sites, trade shows and events for musicians and the professional audio, video, and installation industries. For more information, please visit www.musicplayer.com or www.cmp.com

Media Contacts

Adriana Sol
Public Relations Specialist
Max Borges Marketing Solutions
3510 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 208
Miami, Florida 33137
Tel: 305 576 1171 x6

Laney Erokan
Marketing Manager
Music Player Network
CMP Entertainment Media
Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, and EQ
2800 Campus Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403
T (650) 513-4397
F (650) 513-4616


 
Ditched Class Again? Indie Night School Now Podcasting

Pioneering DIY Music Seminar Available as an Audio Download

New York (PRWEB) September 18, 2005 -- Following 5 sold-out sessions and a write-up in the New York Times, it's become increasingly more difficult to get into a session of Indie Night School. So, in the spirit of community and free access to information, Indie Night School is now available anywhere & anytime as an audio podcast.

INS is a music conference series that deals with all the many aspects of running a band professionally, independently, successfully, and ethically. The panels give people the chance to meet decision-makers who run the music industry, ask them down-to-earth questions, and receive straightforward answers. Each session seeks to explicate a different aspect of the music industry, such as how the A&R process works, how to find (or become) a band manager, how to get online and print publicity, and how to find legal representation.

DIY seminars tend to promise a lot but in actuality deliver vague ideas of how a working band can navigate the complexities of an ever-changing music industry. What sets INS apart is that each session delivers current information from relevant, high-caliber music industry players. Recent panelists include the managers of Interpol, stellastarr*, Blonde Redhead, VHS or Beta, and The Cloud Room; A&R representatives from Atlantic Records, Kill Rock Stars, French Kiss Records, TVT Records, and Warner Brothers Records; journalists from Time Out NYC, Entertainment Weekly, Gothamist, Oh My Rockness, The Simple Mission, and UltraGrrl.

Tom Sean, member of the NYC band The Black Spoons (http://www.theblackspoons.com), is the host of each session of INS. Upset with the dearth of matter-of-fact information available to independent bands, The Black Spoons took matters into their own hands and started Indie Night School as a vehicle to help themselves and their peers in the summer of 2005.

The INS podcast is available for download at http://www.iconocastic.com. The next session of INS will be held on September 28th at Pianos in Manhattan. For more information please go to http://indienightschool.blogspot.com

Other links:
NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/04/arts/music/04ryzi.html

Direct link to part 1 of the INS #1 podcast file: http://www.iconocastic.com/audio/Iconocastic_Indie_Night_School_1_pt1.mp3

Part 2:
http://www.iconocastic.com/audio/Iconocastic_Indie_Night_School_1_pt2.mp3

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Gavin Rhodes
Audible Treats
http://www.iconocastic.com/
718-768-7275


 
Artaphac to Go on 59 city Thug-Armada OG Kush Tour

The Thug-Armada "OG Kush" Tour featuring rap Kingpin Artaphac is expected to gross 1.2 million dollars during its Oct 12th-Jan 22nd show dates.

(PRWEB) September 17, 2005 -- The highly anticipated Thug-Armada OG Kush Tour kicks off on Oct 12th, 2005 wrapping up in LA on Jan 22nd, 2006. Citys you can catch Artaphac on tour include: Los Angeles CA, Long Beach CA, San Diego CA, Sacramento CA, San Jose CA, San Francisco CA, Eugene CA, Phoenix AZ, Denver CO, Seattle WA, Las Vegas NV, Reno NV, Portland OR, Salem OR, Eugene OR, Juneau AS, Maui HI, Honolulu HI, Atlanta GA, Augusta GA, Macon GA, Birmingham Al, Montgomery Al, Columbia SC, Charleston SC, Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC, Memphis TN, Nashville KY, Little Rock AR, Jacksonville FL, Orlando FL, West Palm Beach FL, Miami FL, Tampa Bay FL, Toronto CN, Milwaukee WI, Grand Rapids MI, Green Bay WI, Minneapolis MN, Chicago IL, Indianapolis IN, Detroit MI, Dayton OH, Toledo OH, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland OH, Chicago IL, Bronx NY,St Louis MO, Kansas City MO, Flint MI, Omaha NB, El Paso TX, San Antonio TX, New Jersey NJ, Philadelphia PA, Pittsburg PA, Harrisburg PA, Baltimore MD, Los Angeles CA.

The Thug-Armada OG Kush tour has eighteen west coast show dates leaving thirsty fans satisfied. Expecting to gross over 1.2 million dollars this is one of the most highly anticipated tours from a solo west coast artist this fall. Known to have tons of celebrity guest appearances, this is definitely an event local party goers dont want to miss. The theme OG Kush says it all, so buckle up because this is going to be one hell of a ride.

You can also find out more about show dates in your area on www.artaphac.com. Tickets will be available through ticket master.

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KJ
THUG-ARMADA WORLDWIDE
http://www.artaphac.com/
6782334493


 
Bizzy Bone Takes Web Reality to the Next Level

Rapper Bizzy Bone, the former front man of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, has announced the formation of a reality-based show that will be streamed exclusively on AllHipHop.com in a series of weekly webisodes.

(PRWEB) September 17, 2005 -- Rapper Bizzy Bone, the former front man of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, has announced the formation of a reality-based show that will be streamed exclusively on AllHipHop.com in a series of weekly webisodes.

The show will begin playing September 26 and Bizzy said hes not concerned with what the public will think of him.

"I dont know what people are going to think. I dont really be concerned with it," Bizzy told AllHipHop.com. "We just doing what we do, doing the best that we can do."

"Its people getting to know Bizzy, in the studio, recording the album and other things. People are going to get an in depth look [at him] and get a different side of him - not what the press perceives him as," said Jarred Weisfeld, who signed Bizzy to his 845 Entertainment."

The show displays several ranges of Bizzy, from candid to humorous to troubling.

But, Bizzy said that hes going to let the footage speak for itself and hope that it translates into sales of his forthcoming album, Speaking in Tongues.

"Im just going with the flow," Bizzy told AllHipHop.com. "We did some footage. Its just to add to the marketing and promoting of the album. I think its going to really do good for the project."

The Cleveland-reared lyricist stated that his album would live up to expectations and a testament to the trials he has been through in his life.

"This is real serious, you know, Speaking in Tongues is spiritual," Bizzy said. "We serious as a heart attack."

In 2004, Bizzy released Alpha And Omega and earlier this year, he dropped Bone Brothers, collaboration with fellow BTNH member Layzie Bone.

Speaking in Tongues is set to drop on September 27.

For More Information, please contact Erin Burke at (917) 689 4975

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Erin Burke
ERIN BURKE PR
http://www.845ent.com/
917-689-4975


 
Jay-Z Strikes Back at POWERHOUSE 2005: OPERATION TAKEOVER

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM), New York's Number One for Hip Hop & R&B, will host its POWERHOUSE 2005: OPERATION TAKEOVER concert on Thursday, October 27, 2005, 8:00 p.m. at the Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ.

History will be made as Jay-Z takes the stage for an extraordinary night of his greatest hits and historic collaborations with an impressive list of surprise special guests. The announcement was made yesterday afternoon during an exclusive interview with Jay-Z and Power 105.1's Ed Lover. "I declare war," stated Jay-Z during the interview. He later went on to say: "I'm getting the itch. I need the fever. You know what I'm saying. I need to see the people so plus you know I mean that's what we want to do. It's time for a good show in New York City. I gotta bring it back."

Tickets to the general public will be available starting Saturday, September 17th at NOON thru http://www.ticketmaster.com/ and Ticketmaster Charge by Phone only (201-507-8900, 631-888-9000, and 212-307-7171). Tickets will not be sold at the Continental Airlines Arena Box office on Saturday. If tickets remain they will be sold at the box office beginning Monday, September 19 at 11 a.m.

With an audience of more than 1.9 million, Power 105.1 is one of the most listened to hip hop and R&B station in America. For concert updates, log on to http://www.power1051fm.com/

Source: Power 105.1

CONTACT: Josefa Paganuzzi, Director of Communications, Clear Channel
Radio New York, Phone: +1-212-398-8061, Fax: +1-212-302-7814, Email:
josefapaganuzzi@clearchannel.com

Web site: http://www.power1051fm.com/


 
David Banner's New Album 'Certified' In-Stores September 20th

Mississippi Rap Icon 'Heals the Hood' With Benefit Concerts to Aid Hurricane Katrina Victims

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern rap icon David Banner continues to explode at radio with his new smash hit single, "Play". The song now has a radio audience of close to 90 million with "Play," from his much anticipated album Certified, due in stores September 20.

The song is currently #3 on the Billboard Monitor Rap Chart and #4 on the R&B/Hip Hop Chart. The rousing Certified brings together some of hip-hop's hottest talent, including Twista, 8-Ball, dead prez, Jadakiss, and potential rap rookie of the year Lil Boosie, among others. Banner also crafts fierce production collaborations with a host of in-demand superstar producers including Mr. Colli Park (DJ Smurf) who helmed "Play," Lil' Jon and Jazze Pha.

The Mississippi native has also organized a star-studded Benefit Concert at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 17, with proceeds going to aid victims of the worst natural disaster in our nation's history. The benefit concert also includes performances by Nelly, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, Big Boi, T.I., & Young Jeezy. He is also headlining another benefit concert on Monday, September 19, with some of NY's finest at B.B. Kings. The eclectic group of artists and entertainers sharing the stage with Banner include Q-Tip, Remy Ma, Styles P, dead prez, and Dave Chappelle.

Banner, a longtime voice of conscience in the hip-hop world, has devoted his recent energies to volunteering at Mississippi shelters and churches up and down his native state, providing aid, and comfort to thousands of Mississippi flood victims displaced by the storm. "Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for victims in Mississippi, Alabama, and New Orleans," Banner says. "I'm proud of everyone that's stepped up to join us in our efforts."

Doors for the September 17th Heal The Hood Hurricane Katrina Benefit open at 6:00 pm. Doors for the September 19th benefit open at 10:00 pm.

Source: SRC/Universal

CONTACT: Wendy Washington of Universal Records, +1-212-373-0702,
wendy.washington@umusic.com; or Tresa Sanders of Tremedia for Universal
Records, +1-845-623-2325, Tremedia@optonline.net

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


 
'RE-JUVE-NATION' BEGINS! H3 & Juve set to launch 'Home-Aid' HipHop tour for the folks who need it the most

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- New Orleans superstar "Juvenile" and H3Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: "HTRE") announced today they have officially joined forces to produce RE-JUVE-NATION, an unprecedented series of Hip Hop concerts and fund raisers across America, organized to help find homes and comfort for the folks left behind in the wake of the Katrina catastrophe. People everywhere will be given the opportunity to personally rejuvenate the lives of the people or families they choose through RE-JUVE-NATION's "Adopt-a- Family" program.

RE-JUVE-NATION is being lead by a star-studded set of southern rappers, including the best of UTP Records of New Orleans, the first corporate sponsor of the tour. Dallas Mavericks star, Jason Terry, will be donating the services of all of the talent associated with his Tha Reason record label of Atlanta, including rising star "Gangsta nutt", and is currently working on bringing RE-JUVE-NATION to Dallas. Many other luminaries from the world of "Hip Hoop" coast to coast will be contributing and participating with Juve in this historic undertaking.

In a show of solidarity, everyone associated with H3, UTP Records, Tha Reason Records, and the Mac-Melius Agency has committed to contribute to the "Adopt-a Family" program, where donors are given the opportunity to develop personal relationships with all the people they choose to "adopt", and will know that 100% of their dollars are going directly to those who have lost everything. "Adopt-a-Family" is a program everyone can actively participate in. One hundred families from Hattiesburg, Mississippi have already been "adopted" through the efforts of OneNJ and Ebony Deriso of the Mac-Melius Agency, the creators of the "Adopt-a-Family" program. RE-JUVE-NATION is currently in discussions with the NAACP to administer its relief efforts.

Jason Terry also intends to team up with some of the reigning kings of Hip Hop to help rapidly expand and promote H3's "community conscious" HipHopSodaShops across the states of Georgia and Texas. Juvenile has already signed on with H3 to begin building SodaShops all over Louisiana. Each of these youth-oriented restaurants will become a further extension of TeamH3's on-going relief, rebuilding, and rejuvenation efforts for the people and places devastated by Katrina.

Brian "H3" Peters, President of HTRE, issued the following statement: "With the response that we're getting from big-time ballers and rappers everywhere, and the outpouring of affection we're seeing for Juve and everyone affected by this monumental tragedy, the opportunities for gigantic "Hip Hoop" fund raisers are as endless as the need for shelter, homes and a lasting sense of security for the victims. None of us can stop caring or contributing until the job is completed." H3Enterprises (hiphopsodashop.com) is the first publicly traded company devoted exclusively to the Hip Hop culture and community.

Safe Harbor Statement:

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results.

For more info: call Shana Mac of the Mac-Melius Agency at 917 734 9896 or email mac-melius@gmail.com

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

CONTACT: Shana Mac of Mac-Melius Agency, Inc., +1-917-734-9896,
mac.melius@gmail.com

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


 
ROLL BOUNCE Final Skate-Off: Someone's Skates Will Take Them All The Way to Hollywood!

WHO: Roller skating teams from across the country will compete for a
grand prize trip to skate at the ROLL BOUNCE World Premiere in
Hollywood!

Celebrity judges include cast members Bow Wow, Busisiwe Irvin and
Daniel Yabut, Singer Michelle Williams from Destiny's Child, Fox
News in the Morning anchor David Novarro, and Metromix: The TV
Show host LeeAnn Trotter.

WHAT: ROLL BOUNCE Skate-off Championship!

Teams of 2 to 5 members have been competing in local and regional
skate-offs for the past seven weeks to make it to the
championship. The five teams competing will travel to Chicago
from Cleveland, Orlando, Houston, Seattle and Philadelphia. The
winning team will be crowned the ROLL BOUNCE Skate-off Champion
and travel to Los Angeles to perform at the premiere September
20th.

WHEN: Saturday, September 17th
Doors open to the public at 10am
Competition begins at 11am

WHERE: Lynnwood Sports Center
2030 Glenwood Dyer Rd.
Lynnwood, IL 60411

WHY: Fun for the entire family and celebrates the city of Chicago
where the film was shot. The event is FREE and open to the
public.

CONTACT: Your coverage is requested and press credentials are required.
Contact Sarah Beck at (312) 755-0888 office or
(312) 593-6414 cell

ROLL BOUNCE OPENS IN THEATRES SEPTEMBER 23!

PRNewswire -- Sept. 16

Source: FOX SEARCHLIGHT


 
If You've Got Real Talent, BET Is Looking for You!

BET Hits the Road on its First-Ever Nationwide Search for Fresh Faces and Exciting Talent With Stops in New York, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles

Aspiring Stars Ages 18 - 28 Looking to Quit Their Usual Routines Could Get Their Shot on BET

NEW YORK, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- So do you really think you've got what it takes to be a television show host on BET? Here's your chance to prove it. For the first time in its history, BET will tour major cities throughout the nation in search of not one, or two, but a slew of new faces and fresh talent. The search kicks off with open auditions in New York City on October 3; high- tails it down to Atlanta on October 5; stirs up some dust in Houston on October 7; breezes through the "Windy City" of Chicago on October 10; and shakes things up in Los Angeles on October 12. The mission is a simple one -- discover new talent to support the many new programs being added to the network.

Final audition locations will be announced in each city at a later date, with additional information being posted at http://www.bet.com/. Auditions will be open to all male and female non-professionals ages 18 - 28. BET will also televise highlights from this national talent search as part of its new Fall '05 season.

"If you think you've got it, then here's your chance to bring it -- literally," said Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment at BET. "We want the network to reflect what America looks like. We're looking to add some of the freshest, undiscovered faces to the outstanding hosts already on board. When it comes to infusing new energy into television programming, there's no better way than by adding hot new talent to your arsenal."

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.

For additional information, log on to http://www.bet.com/

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4048, Marcy.Polanco@BET.net, or
Tricia N. Newell, +1-212-975-8230, Tricia.Newell@BET.net, both of BET

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


 
Chris Rock, Anthony Anderson, Tichina Arnold, Charlie Murphy, Paul Mooney and Others Join Star-Studded 2005 BET COMEDY AWARDS Talent Lineup

Martin Lawrence to Receive BET's Comedy Icon Award, Steve Harvey Hosting for the Second Consecutive Year

Taped on September 25 at Pasadena's Historic Civic Center Auditorium, Laugh-filled Telecast Airs Tuesday, September 27 @ 9 PM ET/PT

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- BET announced today the addition of superstar comedian/actor and 2005 BET COMEDY AWARDS triple nominee Chris Rock to its star-studded talent lineup when the network honors the funniest performances in film, television and stand-up with the second annual telecast. Hosted by legendary actor/comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey, the 2005 BET COMEDY AWARDS premieres on Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and tapes in front of a live audience at the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, September 25.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050916/DCF028 )

Chris Rock, famed for his quick wit and insightful social commentary, is currently starring in a situation comedy based on his childhood, "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN). Rock also recently starred in "The Longest Yard," as well as the animated hit film "Madagascar," both of which earned him 2005 BET COMEDY AWARD nominations.

Actors Anthony Anderson ("The Shield," "Hustle and Flow") and Tichina Arnold ("Martin," "Everybody Hates Chris") will co-host the 2005 BET Comedy Awards Pre-Show and join other 2005 BET COMEDY AWARDS comedians/stand-up performers and presenters Paul Mooney, BET ComicView's new host and Platinum Mic Stand-Up Award nominee Sheryl Underwood ("Beauty Shop,""Bulworth"), Charlie Murphy ("Dave Chappelle Show"), Donnell Rawlings ("Spiderman 2," "Dave Chappelle Show"), Sommore ("Soul Plane," "Friday After Next"), JB Smoove ("Saturday Night Live," "Pootie Tang"), Tyler Perry ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman"), and Katt Williams ("The Tracy Morgan Show," "Friday After Next"). These comedic all-stars will also share screen time with the night's designated in house DJ, recording artist DJ Jazzy Jeff, Earthquake (HBO's "One Night Stand"), Patrice O'Neal ("25th Hour," "Head of State"), former BET ComicView host Rickey Smiley, and rapper Flava Flav. Singer Teairra Mari, who recorded the smash 2005 hit "Make Her Feel Good," will be one of several scheduled musical performers.

Martin Lawrence will be presented the prestigious BET COMEDY ICON AWARD for his tremendous body of work during a multi-faceted career in stand-up comedy, film and television. Lawrence has starred in and executive produced the long-running television show "Martin," and had starring turns in such movies as "Bad Boys I & II," "Big Momma's House," "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate," "National Security" and "What's the Worst That Could Happen?"

Also slated to attend are actors/comedians Mo'Nique ("The Parkers," "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance"), Tommy Davidson ("In Living Color," "The Proud Family"), Shemar Moore ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman"), Robert Townsend ("The Parent 'Hood," "Motown Live"), Tracee Ellis Ross ("Girlfriends"), Jill Marie Jones ("Girlfriends"), Duane Martin ("All of Us," "Deliver Us from Eva"), Tisha Campbell Martin ("My Wife and Kids," "Martin"), Flex Alexander ("One on One"), Raven Symone ("That's So Raven"), Guy Torry ("Last Friday"), Omarosa ("Apprentice"), and Judge Mablean Ephriam ("Divorce Court").

The 2005 BET COMEDY AWARDS will unveil a new category, the "Outstanding DVD Release," which includes nominees Bruce Bruce (Bruce Bruce - Ventura Distribution); Chris Rock (Never Scared - Warner Home Video); Dave Chappelle, (Chappelle Show, 2nd Season - Paramount Home Video); DL Hughley (Live - Ventura Distribution); and host Steve Harvey (One Man - 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment).

Other top nominees include "The Bernie Mac Show" (FOX), followed by "My Wife and Kids" (ABC), "Girlfriends" (UPN), "All of Us" (UPN) and "Half and Half" (UPN). Topping the box office list is "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," and "Beauty Shop," while breakout performers Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, Queen Latifah, Damon Wayans, Tyler Perry, Ice Cube and Eve are recognized across a spectrum of categories for their outstanding work.

BET has launched a national marketing campaign, which includes radio advertising and promotions, national television blitzes on BET and other Viacom-owned networks, print ads in popular African American publications, local cable buys, contests, grassroots promotions and an extensive media relations initiative surrounding the celebrity nominees. Street promotions include ticket give-aways at 20 comedy clubs from September 15 - 25: and on September 26 and 27, clowns on stilts will hit the streets to get the word out about the show airing on September 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE: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.
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Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Tosha Whitten-Griggs of BET, +1-818-655-6712,
tosha.whitten-griggs@bet.net; or Amber Koger of Bobbi Marcus PR,
+1-310-889-9200, amber@bobbimarcuspr.com, for BET

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: The 2005 COMEDY AWARDS logo, downloadable photography of the host and select nominees, as well as BET COMEDY AWARDS credentials requests submission are available at www.bet.com/pr. For more details, please contact Tosha Whitten-Griggs at 818-655-6712, tosha.whitten-griggs@bet.net or Amber Koger at Bobbi Marcus PR at 310-889-9200, amber@bobbimarcuspr.com