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10/21/2005

 
Dirty Dawg Recordz releases Big Rich Tha Dons' Southwest Gangsta's LP

This album has been anticipated and long overdo. Southwest Gangsta's is the most creatively constructed project put together by a Mexican American ''Chicano''hip hop artist, making this
Big Rich Tha Don available @ Project Records for large orders contact Project Records. The southwest Gangstas Lp is available for physical distribution.

Albuquerque NM. -- (ArriveNet - Oct 21, 2005) -- Big Rich Tha Don is Working with Project Records & is on American Idol Radio.

www.projectrecords.com
http://bigrichthadon.freewebtools.com

Dirty Dawg Recordz & Project Records release Big Rich Tha Dons' Southwest Gangsta's LP. This album has been anticipated and long overdo. Southwest Gangsta's is the most creatively constructed project put together by a Mexican American ''Chicano''hip hop artist, making this album appealing to all hip hop lovers.

Project Records Presents Big Rich Tha Dons Southwest Gangstas' Lp You can purchase this album @ Project Records www.projectrecords.com

All Rights reserved copyright 2005 Southwest Gangstas' is a published product of Dirty Dawg Recordz. Production & Distribution by Project Records [us-hm2-05-10440] --ASCAP Member 2005

You Can Sample ''Make That Money'' on American Idol Radio
Make That Money Is off The Southwest Gangstas LP

Big Rich Tha Dons Profile on American Idol
http://www.idolunderground.com/Pages/Profile/UserProfile.aspx?UserID=36982
Music Link below
http://www.idolunderground.com/Player/Player.aspx?UserID=-1&MediaID=23


 
Orange Combines Over-the-Air Music Download With Web Access for Ultimate Music Experience

LONDON, October 20/PRNewswire/ --

- New features include online preview, purchase and playlist management; phone synch and track converter for conversion of digital music and transfer to your Orange phone

- Orange backs up all your tracks downloaded ensuring music stays with you even if you upgrade, or lose your handset

- Over the air full track music downloads from just GBP1.00(1) from Orange Music Player

Orange today announced the launch of the UK's first web integrated mobile music download service. The service allows management, storage and preview of tracks from the Orange Music catalogue, and enables the transfer of digital music (e.g. MP3) from PCs to Orange phones. The new music service, available on 1st November, is being launched across the Orange range of 11 'great for music' handsets including three 3G handsets for super fast download, all of which are priced from free on contract.

"Further to Strategy Analytics' wireless benchmark survey, which placed Music Player as the best in class service in the UK, we have taken feedback from all areas to enhance our service even further," said Mark Ashford, head of music, Orange UK. "We have listened to critics and consumers alike and introduced web based previewing, storing, managing and purchasing of music. The new Music Player features are a huge leap forward in mobile music delivery and web integration, and demonstrate our commitment to pushing the boundaries of mobile music experience. We want to demonstrate a total music experience for our customers. You have to ask the question, why buy a separate music device this Christmas, when everything you need is on an Orange phone?"

Manage tracks online

Music Player is accompanied by Music Player Manager, a web based companion that synchronises with the Orange phone, allowing users to manage music files and create personal playlists online before transferring them to their mobile. Orange customers can also use Music Player Manager to access, preview and purchase music online from the 300,000 tracks available. (Increasing to half a million tracks available by Christmas).

The new service also allows for complete track back-up, ensuring their purchased tracks and playlists can be retrieved should their handset be upgraded, lost or stolen. Users can log onto Music Player Manager at: www.orange.co.uk/music

Convert digital music from your PC

The new Music Player also features Track Converter, an application which users can download to their PC. Track Converter enables Music Player users to convert MP3, WMA and WAV files into the mobile format (aac Plus) and upload to the handset, whilst complying with anti-piracy digital rights management regulations.

Great for music handset range

The full range of 11 handsets include both 3G and 2.5G handsets. On November 1st the music hero handset, the SPV C550, will launch with a stereo jack for connectivity to standard headphones and a stereo cable, allowing users to plug into a home stereo. Dedicated music hard-keys give direct access to music and playlists and allow users to play, pause, skip forward and skip back at the touch of a button.

The handset, which runs on the Windows Mobile operating system, also features one of the best speakerphones found on any mobile. The SPV C550 boasts 64MB of internal memory with an additional 512MB Mini SD card providing enough combined capacity to store approximately 700 tracks.

Customers wishing to store more music can either buy a larger memory card from an Orange store, or use Music Player Manager to swap tracks to and from the phone.

Customers with 'great for music' handsets can download the new Music Player for free from Orange World and as part of the Orange TRY before you buy offer will be able to download 5 tracks free.(2) Music Player is available to both contract and Pay-As-You-Go customers from 1st November 2005, with users paying GBP3.00 for three tracks.(1)

1) As part of the Orange 3 tracks for GBP3 deal. Individual tracks are priced at GBP1.50 each

2) Until 31st December 2005, any customer who uses Music Player for the first time will receive 5 free tracks


Great for music handsets compatible with Music Player 2.1:

2.5G handsets:

- Orange SPV C550
- Orange SPV C500
- Nokia 3230
- Nokia 7610
- Nokia 6600
- Sony Ericsson P800
- Sony Ericsson P900
- Sony Ericsson P910

3G handsets:

- Nokia 6630
- Nokia 6680
- Nokia N70 (released later this month)


About Orange

Orange, wirefree and any other Orange product or service referred to in this release are trademarks of Orange Personal Communications Services Ltd.

In the UK, Orange provides high quality GSM coverage to 99% of the UK population, and offers roaming to pay monthly customers on 393 networks in 156 countries and to pay as you go customers on 131 networks in 67 countries.

At the end of June 2005, Orange had over 14.4 million active UK customers.

In May 2005, Orange gained the top ranking for customer satisfaction among mobile phone contract customers in the annual J.D.Power and Associates 2005 UK Mobile Telephone Customers Satisfaction Study. It is the seventh time Orange has been ranked top by the study.

In October 2005, Orange won the Mobile Choice Consumer Awards - voted for by readers of Mobile Choice magazine - for Best Network Operator for the fifth year running.

In the same month, Orange also won Best International Mobile Operator at the World Communications Awards. The judges said: "Orange is so solid, you cannot expect more."

Information about Orange can be found on the Orange website at www.orange.co.uk and media information can be found at www.orange.com

Source: Orange

For further information, call the Orange media centre on +44(0)20-7984-2000 or +44(0)7973-201911


 
Death Cab For Cutie, Little Brother, Matisyahu & Saul Williams to Perform at the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards

'Woodie Awards' Concert Event November 2nd at NYC's Roseland Ballroom; Premieres On mtvU November 10th

Over 1 Million Votes Already Cast by College Audience on mtvU.com

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- mtvU, MTV's college network, today announced performers for the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards -- the only show honoring the music voted best by the college audience. Sets to take the stage at the first-ever live "Woodies" music event and ceremony are mtvU favorites Death Cab for Cutie, Little Brother and Matisyahu. Saul Williams will also perform at the event, joining Matisyahu for a special, first-ever collaboration. The 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards will take place November 2nd at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and will premiere on mtvU on November 10th. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

mtvU has been a home for each of this year's performers. Death Cab For Cutie have had a longstanding presence on the network, first appearing as one of mtvU's original "Cut" artists for the channel's launch in January 2004. Most recently the band was featured as the inaugural "Unveil" artist for mtvU's broadband network, "mtvU Uber" and will appear as an mtvU House Band later this month. Matisyahu became a college favorite with his debut on mtvU's emerging music show "Freshman." Getting instant reaction from the audience with his video "King Without A Crown," Matisyahu become one of the most streamed artists on mtvU.com and was consistently voted on for mtvU's weekly music countdown series "Dean's List." North Carolina hip hop trio Little Brother has been featured on the mtvU music series' "Freshman," "Dean's List" and "Backstage Pass" for their major label debut The Minstrel Show which placed in the Billboard Top 200 first week out. Saul Williams has also had a consistent presence on the network with videos "List of Demand" featured on mtvU's "Cut" and "Black Stacey," a regular on student-voted countdown, "Dean's List." For information and to experience music by all of these artists, fans are invited to visit www.mtvU.com.

Over 1 million votes have already been cast by the college audience at http://www.mtvu.com/ for this year's nominees. Paying tribute to those artists who have captivated the college audience this year, 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 are being voted on by the college audience.

To vote for the second-annual mtvU Woodie Awards, college students around the country are invited to visit http://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."

Last year's first-annual mtvU Woodie Awards was 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, 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 Fall Out Boy who both won honors at this year's MTV Video Music Awards.

For complete information on the mtvU Woodie Awards including programming information, news, details on the nominees, presenters, performers and much more, http://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 over 6.8 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they hang out, through a three pronged approach -- on-air, online and on campus. mtvU focuses on content including music programming, news, student life features, events, pro-social initiatives and more. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit http://www.mtvu.com/ .

mtvU Uber makes mtvU the first MTV Networks channel distributed in its entirety via broadband, streaming 24/7 and on demand, featuring all of mtvU plus exclusive new music, original shows and student-produced programming for college students and music fans everywhere.

mtvU and mtvU Uber are 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, +1-212-846-6698, david.french@mtvstaff.com, or
Ariana Urbont, +1-310-752-8079, Ariana.urbont@mtvstaff.com, both of
MTV/MTV2/mtvU

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


 
The Weed Files Announces its Free Artist Area

With the launch of its Artist Area featuring unlimited uploads and free lifetime hosting, The Weed Files provides virtually costless do-it-yourself online music distribution.

Sainte-Foy, Quebec (PRWEB) October 20, 2005 -- With the launch of its Artist Area featuring unlimited uploads and free lifetime hosting, The Weed Files provides virtually costless do-it-yourself online music distribution.

Artists and labels are invited to sign up for a free account at artists.weed-files.com where they'll be able to create artist pages, upload Weed files and promotional material such as photos and banners, and select featured and podsafe files.

Downloadable at no cost, Weed files can be played 3 times for free and shared legally. Once bought, the files can be played at will, burned to CD, and transferred to a portable player. The artists get 50% on every sale of their files, and don't need to be signed to a label or even have a full album produced to get started. The listeners who redistribute their files are rewarded with up to 20% of the sales price.

"For music fans, Weed files are a great way to actively support the artists they like. For the artists, it's an opportunity to get the most of already existing networks of contacts and the seemingly unlimited connectivity of the Internet," said Christopher Stewart, owner of The Weed Files. "For podcasters, music bloggers, and P2P users, Weed files have the potential to turn hobbies into economically profitable activities. It really is a win-win solution for everybody involved."

To date, close to 90,000 titles have been "Weedified" including music from such diverse artists as Tom Waits, Count Basie, The Presidents of The United States of America, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Abby Travis, Kelly Clarkson, and countless others.

About The Weed Files:
Sainte-Foy-based independent content provider and distributor The Weed Files devotes its activities to the thriving of the Weed community.

About Weed:
Weed is a service of Shared Media Licensing, Inc., a group of musicians and software developers based in Seattle, Washington. Weed encourages file-sharing and makes payments to musicians while at the same time rewarding file-traders who respect artists' rights.

Contacts:
The Weed Files - Christopher Stewart
http://www.weed-files.com
418-657-5039
Weed - John Leighton Beezer
http://www.weedshare.com
206-352-9894

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Christopher Stewart
THE WEED FILES
http://www.weed-files.com/
418-657-5039


 
Kirsty MacColl's Brother Launches New Breed of Interactive Record Label

Renowned musician Calum MacColl and e-commerce pioneer Frank Joshi have launched MVine, an exciting new hybrid of traditional label and Internet music venture.

(PRWEB) October 21, 2005 -- Renowned musician Calum MacColl and e-commerce pioneer Frank Joshi have launched MVine, an exciting new hybrid of traditional label and Internet music venture.

MVine is a genre-free record label with a new business model, which brings together technological innovation and a passionate belief in new and original music. MVines combination of label, venue, community and technology moves away from the traditional ways of running a record company and puts music lovers firmly in the driving seat. MVine is a growing community with the power to shape the future of music.

The Music
MVines free service to unsigned or own-label artists enables them to showcase three full songs on the MVine website for community members to hear, comment on and buy as downloads. Audience comments are fed back directly to the artist. MVine provides a central platform on which artists can display biographies, tour dates and live links to their sites; they can use their own website to direct fans to MVine to listen and buy full tracks; and they have full control of their content on MVine at all times. MVine provides these free, non-exclusive services to any original artist or band.

The Innovation
Compare to sites such as MySpace, CD Baby or Magnatunes, MVine adds depth and breadth to the interactive experience. Based on audience feedback, MVine is pioneering a three-tier system that enables artists to progress from being one of many, through a featured artist section (where their current CDs are sold in the on-line shop with profits split 50/50) to possibly becoming a fully signed MVine artist. Signed artists receive all the support and financial backing offered by a traditional independent label, including marketing, promotion and both digital and bricks and mortar distribution. Unlike traditional labels however, MVine splits profits after recoup on a 50/50 basis with the artist. MVine also uses the data gathered from the on-line audience to identify and access potential new markets for artists.

The Artists
MVine signed their first two acts this summer. Christie Hennessys album Stories for Sale was released in September, Boo Hewerdines album Harmonograph will be out in January. MVine signs a third artist this month with an album due out in Spring 06.

The Listener
At www.mvine.com audience members can listen free of charge to high sound quality full tracks from either an artist of their choice, or to a random selection of new music. Through rating & commenting, the audience is encouraged to connect with an artist and can buy individual songs as downloads for 79p each. Of this, half the profit goes to the artist, unlike the 80/20 splits offered by most major labels and many Internet sites.

The Website
MVine has already attracted over 100 artists to the websites virtual venue. As at any live venue, the participatory element is key: the audience interacts initially by using the sexy voting slider (imagine a very clever clap-o meter), there are places for people to talk, to compare notes, to get more information on favorite bands, discover new acts and buy new music. A loyalty scheme (MPoints) rewards members for their involvement.

The Technology
Uniquely, MVine delivers music in Ogg Vorbis, which streams higher quality files at lower bandwidth than MP3. Essentially this means that users can still listen and download songs even if they dont have broadband. All downloads are free of DRM (digital rights management), enabling buyers to listen to the music on any player they want. MVine uses a combination of commodity hardware and Free and Open Source software. Operating in Linux mode means that MVine is platform-free, the website operates with all major browsers, and it is powered by Info Now, a dedicated system that provides flexible and detailed reporting.

The People
Calum MacColl, MVines Artistic Director explains, At the heart of MVine is our passionate belief in creativity and increasing the opportunities for original artists to make a living from their music. As a musician myself, I believe that opening up the channels of communication between artists and their fan base will result in a healthier music scene. And by listening to our audience, we can help musicians discover new markets for their music. We are facilitators.

Managing Director Frank Joshi says, Were utilizing powerful web technologies and exploiting the reach that the Internet provides, to bring artists and music lovers together. We have been refining our business model for nearly two years and are confident that we can provide a revolutionary new service for artists and music lovers. Artists get an opportunity to promote their music to a worldwide audience, music fans have access to a greater diversity of music than ever before.

Further information on personnel
Calum MacColl, Artistic Director son of folk legends Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, and brother of the late, lamented Kirsty MacColl. A songwriter, producer and musician, Calum has worked with many different artists: Ronan Keating, The Backstreet Boys, Natalie Imbruglia, The Corrs, Brian Kennedy, Black, Cathy Dennis and Boyzone.
Frank Joshi, Managing Director joint founder of Martex Communicators plc, one of the first to recognise the potential of the Internet for business in the mid 1990s. He pioneered the development of business to business (B2B) portals and oversaw the successful acquisition and development of Martex by the Tarsus Group.
The full MVine team comprises three men and three women with years of experience in music, media and entertainment, and a further panel of special advisers drawn from a wide variety of related disciplines.

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Kerry Harvey-piper
MVINE
http://www.mvine.com/
07976-272139


10/20/2005

 
Wu-Tang Strikes Back: Wu-Tang Latino and Honda join forces

NEW YORK, Oct.16 Rayroq Acosta (Pres. of Wu Latino) does it again.

Wu-Tang Latino's first artists, Los Yo Yais, will be shooting their first music video for the leading single 'Mamita Ven" on Oct. 22 (Saturday) in New York, NY. The video, which is said to be a 'mini-movie" will be supported by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. This is the first time an Automotive company has partnered with any Latin label to create a music video.

History will be made as Honda will feature the all-new 2006 Honda Civic. 'Mamita Ven" will be a mini-movie/music video that will feature Wu-Tang Latino President Ray Acosta as a debonair mafia boss who calls on two of his street soldiers (Los Yoyais' Shown Black & NP Killa) to take his two nieces on an all day excursion around New York City. After a fun filled day the girls decide they aren't ready to return home and they sneak off with Shown Black and NP Killa for an evening of excitement, an act that doesn't sit to well with their uncle. 'We are going to make history" stated Ray Acosta. ''Los Yo Yais are an incredible talent who are bringing a refreshing, soulful ingredient to reggaeton. Honda recognizes that and they understand our legacy as Wu-Tang and have decided to join us in making this video. In turn they will be able to showcase their new line of vehicles to an important and growing demographic. With Honda backing this project it will allow us to create a mini-movie and take reggaeton music videos to whole new level. We are happy to be pioneering this movement and hopefully this will open up doors for corporate sponsorships of urban-Latin-based music."

The video will also feature a guest appearance from The RZA as well as other Wu-Tang artist. Mamita Ven will be produced by Pure Productions, LLC and directed by Edwin Decena who has collaborated with Ray Acosta on past projects. 'I believe that Los Yo Yais are truly gifted artists with a flair of creating innovative music and commercially appealing lyrics. An attempted video adaptation of the song should be a healthy alternative to reggaeton, while bringing Wu-Tang Latino to the forefront of the reggaeton movement.

The music video will also feature Honda's new line of Civics that will be on display at the SEMA Car Show in Las Vegas, NV on November 1st.

The shooting for the music video is set to begin on October 22, 2005 in New York City.

Contact: Ed Rosa, Director de Press y Media
(212) 563-9083/ (917) 586-2069
edrosa@wu-tanglatino.com


 
ELDEN CAMPBELL AND CAM SLAM INC., PRESENT THE UNTOLD TRUTH

THE FIRST RELEASE FROM GHETTO LIFE. INCLUDES THE SOUTH ANTHEM, GOLD MOUF, THE REMIX FEATURING JUVENILE & BUN B OF UGK

October 14, 2005

Cam Slam Inc. launches marketing campaign for Houston, rap group, GhettoLife, The album, which is due to be released in January of 2006, will also include a bonus chopped and screwed CD.

Stay tuned to BET, VH1 and MTV for the video, produced by Tyrone Dixon and Dr. Teeth.

The first single from the album is entitled, Goldmouf, is blazing the radio stations throughout the south and southeast.

For more information or to be a part of the street team, contact: Eric EFactor Purvis, Efactorj16@aol.com, 310-923-8095


 
Longtime "Gay" Activist, Cleo Manago Embraced at Historic Millions More Movement

HISTORY MADE AS SAME-GENDER-LOVING COMMUNITY IS EMBRACED AT HISTORIC MILLIONS MORE MOVEMENT

LONGTIME ACTIVIST CLEO MANAGO SELECTED BY MINISTER FARRAKHAN AS VOICE OF BLACK GAY COMMUNITY

OCTOBER 2005
For the past two decades Cleo Manago has campaigned on behalf of the same-gender-loving (SGL), gay/lesbian-identified and bisexual members of the Black community and community at-large. As founder and CEO of the Los Angeles based AmASSI Health & Cultural Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and South Africa, and founder of Black Mens Xchange (BMX), his efforts have been heralded internationally. Managos stance regarding cultural affirmation, self imaging and community dialogue are only a few of the key components he has successively purported to positively impact a change in societys awareness and acceptance of the Black SGL community.
This years Millions More Movement (MMM) rally, held October 15, 2005, on the National Mall in Washington D.C, was perhaps Managos greatest moment to date however! Before a crowd of thousands, and recorded live on C-SPAN, Manago had the honor of addressing the world community as a same-gender-loving man of African descent. Invited by Minister Louis Farrakhan, in an effort to be more inclusive of homosexual representation at this historic affair, Manago set a precedent with a speech that was defining, unifying and essential.
Discussing the importance of acknowledging and affirming SGL and bisexual folks as part of the healing necessary for the Black family, Manago stated, As we plan for the political and economic strengthening of our communities, so that the framework is not vulnerable to inter-group conflict, we have to take care of our people. Because, movements are made up of people. Parallel to the Ministers brilliant MMM plan, I suggest that there be mental health and restoration intervention for Black people. Because many of us need it. We need cultural affirmation courses. Because many of us do not know who we are. We need healing opportunities particular to the Black experience that explicitly acknowledge our diversity, which would include same-gender-loving Sisters and Brothers, non-religious folks, powerful women, people who are differently-abled physically, and others loyal to the Black unity, life and success.
Upon leaving the platform, Manago received rousing applause and support, also echoed throughout the remainder of the day.
The Nation of Islam is to be heralded and applauded for including our community on this great day, Manago assesses. It is shameful that there are false leaders being appointed to the SGL community that are attempting to dilute the power behind that event with untrue messages about non-inclusion on that day. Keith Boykin for instance, has spread lies in the media to dilute unity in our communities. But rest assured, the Millions More Movement will not be stopped, diluted or deterred. This is history in the making.

For more information about on Cleo Manago go to www.AmASSI.com and www.BMXNY.org

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


 
Time for New Magazine to get Dirty

DV8 Magazine to release commemorative issue in time for the first Annual Dirty Awards

Atlanta, GA October 19, 2005 -- With the establishment of the first annual Dirty Awards by Radio One (taking place on November 28th in Atlanta), DV8 Magazine has chosen to dedicate a special commemorative issue to the artists, record labels, designers and DV8ers who have made these awards possible.
DV8 is the new endeavor for Desmick Perkins, the innovator behind the highly renowned and respected Crunk Magazine. As the Publisher of Crunk Magazine, it was my objective to stay true to our "Dirty South" roots by speaking with a voice that had been neglected but at the same time generated some of the hottest music over the past few years. My new venture DV8 Magazine is the new directive for fashion, music and entertainment. Being that we are based in Atlanta, we live and breathe everything that has contributed to the Dirty South movement which is why it makes sense for us to do this commemorative issue.
The commemorative issue will feature Jermaine Dupri, Young Jeezy, D4L, independent labels doing it big, nightlife in Atlanta, and much, much more.
Ad space for the commemorative issue is still available. Look for DV8 Magazines tribute to the Dirty to be in circulation the week of November 21st.

For information, interviews, public relations or media inquiries:
Alyse Feldman, President, On the Fly, Toronto ON, 917-674-6067; flygirl@mail2fly.com


 
OFFICIAL 1 RECORDS & EVANSCENCE BANDMATES KNOCK'EM OUT!

Little Rock, AR October 12, 2005 Official 1 Records, Little Rocks premier independent hip-hop label, has linked up with Grammy Award-winning guitarist John Le Compt of the platinum-selling alternative rock band Evanescence and Phil Tayler, front man for alternative rockers, Future Leaders of the World to produce an exclusive re-mix to Official 1 Records smash hit, Knock'em Out!

Ive never worked on a hip-hop project before. When I was approached by Minthone Washington of Official 1 Records to attempt a collaboration, I was a bit apprehensive. I listen to a wide variety of music and seek inspiration from all life experiences. Music to me is lifes purest expression no matter the form or genre and hip-hop is no different. says John Le Compt. As for the savy vocalist, Phil Tayler, he and Le Compt are great friends who share a common love for music. Tayler has experimented with rap throughout his successful career, but saves his chops for the eclectic, high-energy, brand of music his Future Leaders of the World fans crave in cult-like fashion. I was impressed when I heard Officials original release. They have a great sound and a great following, and I knew that we could add a touch of sizzle and urgency to the track.., states Tayler.

The song, Knock'em Out! is a call to action for Little Rocks World Champion Boxer, Jermain Taylor who is scheduled to meet ex-champ, Bernard Hopkins in the ring at Las Vegas luxurious Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on December 3, 2005. Taylor took the belt from Hopkins in a controversial championship fight on July 16, 2005.

There has been a lot of jaw-jabbering going on in the media, but the truth will be told on December 3, 2005., say Officials CEO, Dameon-1. He is confident that Jermain Taylor will bring the belt home again. Official 1 Records has supported Jermain Taylor throughout his amateur and professional careers. Knockem Out! is the fourth single produced by Official in support of Jermain Taylors efforts. We are excited for the Team Taylor Group and want to let them know that the entire state of Arkansas is behind them 100%, states Minthone Washington of Official 1 Records.

The anticipation for the release of the re-mixed single is growing at an exponential rate. Knockem Out! is expected to be released October 20, 2005 on the Official 1 Records label.

For more information contact: Minthone Washington at radiobizness@yahoo.com

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Contact: Minthone Washington
Phone: (501) 219-9169


 
CHANNEL U BEST OF BRITISH 2005

Vauxhall, official sponsors the Channel U Best of British Awards in association with Choice FM and Virgin Mega Stores.

The Channel U Best of British Awards 2005 was a night celebrating the cream of the British urban scene. Channel U viewers voted in their thousands for their favourite artists from the 30 nominees selected from the most popular played videos during the past year from September 2004 to August 2005

The Best of British Awards are so much more than just another award ceremony. Channel U's Music & Promotions manager Riki Bleau said of the awards, This is the opportunity people have been waiting for, most of these artists dont fit into other award shows.

Event manager Peter Murray was more than happy with the night; The awards were a colossal success! The night passed without disruption and the artists who performed made the night exceptional. We gained from not having big name overpaid artists who would takeover the night and attempt to diminish the success of those who have made their way to the limelight with the help of Channel U. This is the start of something that will run and run for years to come.

The top 15, as chosen by Channel U viewers, were given a Channel U Best Of British Award and performed at the world famous Shepherds Bush Empire in London. Blues Simon Webbe and Makosi of Big Brother fame hosted the night while individual awards were presented by some of the best known and loved names in the urban community including Jazzie B, Omar, Mica Paris, Kele Le Roc, and some newer names from the world of entertainment such as the hilarious 3 Non Blondes and Hollyoaks stars Luti Fagbenle and Simon Cole.

The top 15 who were named Best of British were:

ROLL DEEP
LETHAL B
CRAZY TITCH
LOC
NATHAN
SWAY
DIZZEE RASCAL
KANO
ESTELLE
SLK
AKALA
JAY SEAN
CHOONG FAMILY
BLAK TWANG
MITCHELL BROTHERS

Three more awards were handed out on the night to celebrate those who work behind the scenes. Best Video Director went to director Luke Biggins, Best Independent Record Label went to XL Recordings and Best Song went to Lethal B for the huge track Pow.

For all enquiries and more information contact:
Angharad Williams
Publicist
Fire Media UK
07946 035 789
angharad@firemediauk.com
www.firemediauk.com

The event is managed by Trinity Media Group. + 44 (0) 20 8728 0374


 
Urbanology Magazine Nominated for CUMA

After just four issues, Toronto based magazine competes with long time publications Pound and Word for Publication of the Year

Toronto (October 18, 2005) With only four issues to date, Urbanology magazine is among the nominees for the Publication of the Year Award at this years Canadian Urban Music Awards (CUMA) ceremony announced the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) on Tuesday September 27, 2005.

Urbanology, an urban lifestyle publication, is known for taking universal themes and issues and molding them into educational, insightful and entertaining pieces of creative and editorial content. Already, achieving newsstand distribution across Canada, the magazine will be launched across the United States this October.

Urbanology is competing against already established urban publications Pound and Word, for the honour as well as Montreal-based Influence.

Its rewarding to know our hard work hasnt gone unnoticed, says Urbanology co-Publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Priya Ramanujam. I have the utmost respect for all of the other publications nominated and look forward to competing against them.

"I feel honoured to be nominated alongside these publications, continues Co-Publisher and Creative Director, Adrian McKenzie. I grew up reading Word and now to be nominated with this magazine feels great.

Urbanology is available on newsstands across North America (Chapters, Indigo, Borders, Barnes & Noble). The 2005 CUMAS will take place on Tuesday, November 29 in Toronto.

Urbanology is an urban lifestyle magazine that targets males and females aged 18 to 34 whose interests vary from sports, music, politics, entertainment, fashion and current events. The magazine is based out of Toronto, Canada and is distributed nationally across Canada and the U.S.

Media Contact
Craigg Slowly
Director of Public Relations
Urbanology Magazine
T: (416) 283-4000
E: craigg@urbanology101.com


10/19/2005

 
Virgin Mobile USA and Warner Music Group Offer Exclusive Content from Atlanta's Most-Wanted: Boyz N Da Hood

Partnership to Also Benefit Hurricane Katrina Victims

WARREN, N.J. and NEW YORK, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Mobile USA and Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG) today announced that ringtones and wallpapers from Bad Boy recording artist Boyz N Da Hood. Boyz N Da Hood's self-titled album will be available exclusively on Virgin Mobile phones in the U.S. through its "First Dibs" program. This agreement represents the first time a WMG artist is highlighted in the "First Dibs" program. The deal also gives Virgin Mobile customers a way to help Katrina victims by purchasing the Boyz N Da Hood logo wallpaper. Net proceeds will be donated to the Children's Health Fund to benefit hurricane relief.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Warner Music Group on this 'First Dibs' offer," said Jeff Toig, director of mobile content for Virgin Mobile USA. "Rap is consistently at the top of the download list for our customers, so we know the Boyz N Da Hood offer will be right up their alley."

The deal includes 11 exclusive ringtones from the album, such as Felonies, Happy Jamz and If U A Thug, and three wallpapers -- one of which has been donated by Bad Boy Entertainment's Boyz N Da Hood to benefit hurricane Katrina victims. For each logo wallpaper downloaded, Virgin Mobile and Bad Boy Entertainment will donate the net proceeds to the Children's Health Fund.

Exclusive content will be available for purchase through October 31 on all 3G-enabled Virgin Mobile phones and at http://www.virginmobileusa.com/.

About Virgin Mobile USA, LLC:

Launched nationally in July of 2002, Virgin Mobile USA, LLC is the nation's first mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and first wireless carrier exclusively focused on the youth market. Virgin Mobile is a joint venture between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Sprint, which operates one of the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless networks in the United States. In just two-and-one-half years, more than three million wireless users rejected long-term contracts and took control of their wireless spending with Virgin Mobile's Pay As You Go service. Virgin Mobile customers have exclusive access to VirginXtras and VirginXL -- a suite of music, entertainment and fun lifestyle features, including *MTV mobile content created by our strategic partner MTV: Music Television. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates has recognized Virgin Mobile for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" under its Certified Call Center Program.(SM)

Phones are available at more than 20,000 locations nationwide with Top-Up cards available at more than 60,000 locations nationwide. Virgin Mobile products can also be purchased online at http://www.virginmobileusa.com/ or by calling 888-322-1122.

Source: Virgin Mobile USA

CONTACT: Anne Green, of CooperKatz for Virgin Mobile USA,
+1-212-455-8062, agreen@cooperkatz.com; or Amanda Collins, of Warner Music
Group, +1-212-275-2213, amanda.collins@wmg.com

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


 
WorldSpace to Launch First 24-Hour Global Hip Hop Music Channel

'Flava' Extends Program Line Up and Delivers the Latest Hip Hop Programming From Around the World

SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WorldSpace, Inc., (NASDAQ:WRSP) , one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, today announced plans to expand its program line up with the launch of Flava, a new channel that will offer subscribers the latest hip hop and urban music from around the world.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040319/WORLDSPACELOGO )

"Not only is Flava the first channel devoted to the emergence of international hip hop and urban music but it also advances WorldSpace's mission -- delivering the greatest variety of unique programming to our subscribers," said Billy Sabatini, vice president of global content, WorldSpace. "We saw a real need for a 24-hour channel devoted exclusively to global hip hop's music and culture. We are confident that Flava will be a hit with our subscribers."

Debuting on the WorldSpace system November 15, Flava is the only station devoted solely to the emergence of internationally focused hip hop music. Flava is described as the channel that will celebrate hip hop's universal appeal while delivering the most popular genres of urban music, including:

* Bhangra -- Tracing its roots to the region of Punjab in North India and
Pakistan, Bhangra is a form of dance pop music that has, in recent
history, been fused with disco, reggae, rap and jungle music.

* Reggaeton -- Noted for its Spanish lyrics and rap beats, Reggaeton has
become a leading staple among Latin America culture and the Latin
American population.

* Kwaito -- Kwaito's locally-flavored lyrics and irresistible dance beats
reflect life in South Africa and a distinctly South African-style of
dancing, dressing and performing. Kwaito is known as the sound that
defines South Africa's black youth.

* Dancehall -- As a type of Jamaican reggae, Dancehall inspires
creativity, collaboration and inspiration among Jamaica's youth. The
genre has become very popular among the world music scene.

The Company provides its subscribers with a variety of WorldSpace-branded content including jazz, rock, pop, classical and country. The new global hip hop channel, Flava, will be available to all subscribers at no additional cost.

About WorldSpace, Inc.

WorldSpace (NASDAQ:WRSP) is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WorldSpace delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WorldSpace subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WorldSpace content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio, NDTV and RFI. WorldSpace's satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere. WorldSpace is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit http://www.worldspace.com/.
Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20040319/WORLDSPACELOGO
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: WorldSpace, Inc.

CONTACT: Judith Pryor of WorldSpace, 202-969-6252,
jpryor@worldspace.com, or Dacrie Brooks of Brodeur, +1-202-775-2646,
dbrooks@brodeur.com, for WorldSpace, Inc.

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


 
Rapper's Girlfriend Lives In Poverty With Young Son

$20K /Month Child Support Request a Falsehood

WARNER ROBINS, Ga., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyers for Tynesha Nicole Dykes, former girlfriend of rapper Jay Jenkins, aka "Young Jeezy," and the mother of his 9-year-old son claim the singer's publicists have set out to discredit the woman by disseminating false information to the press.

"Tynesha Dykes is living in a HUD project in rural Georgia and is currently receiving a mere $178 per month in child support," says Jim Rockefeller of the Rockefeller Law Center in central Georgia, Dykes' attorney who said that the woman recently filed for a modification of the amount paid to her for child support.

"Mr. Jenkins is one of the fastest rising hip-hop/rap performers on the Billboard Chart, with well over a million records in sales in the past year and a mansion in Atlanta. He lives in high style, tours the country and is in the close company of stars like Jay-Z and Beyonce," said Rockefeller.

Rockefeller decried the rumor that Tynesha Dykes is seeking $20,000/month from Jenkins, calling it "pure fantasy spread by the rapper's publicity machine."

According to MTV News.com, Jenkins' publicists released information that the singer had opened his Atlanta mansion to victims of Katrina. In his deposition, however, Rockefeller said, "Jenkins denied owning a mansion, or any home whatsoever, or even a car, for that matter. He also denied owning any jewelry, despite the fact that everywhere he appears he is wearing a huge diamond snowman pendant. In short, he testified that he has no income and receives only $35/ per diem."

Said Rockefeller, "This is yet another example of the misogynist hip-hop /rap culture bashing women and de-emphasizing the libertine lifestyles of its male stars. Ms. Dykes is not an opportunist, she is a loving mother who only wants a decent lifestyle for her son."

Source: Rockefeller Law Center

CONTACT: Jim Rockefeller, cell, +1-478-335-8732, or Christina Cruse,
+1-478-396-7883, both of Rockefeller Law Center (in Warner Robins), both at
+1-478-953-6955


 
T-Mobile(R) Heats Up Hollywood's Elite With the Debut of the New Limited Edition Versions of the T-Mobile(R) Sidekick(TM) II

Custom-Designed T-Mobile Sidekick II Juicy Couture Edition and T-Mobile Sidekick II Mister Cartoon Edition Launch in the Country's Five Most Fashionable Cities

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Hollywood's coveted all-in-one communications device gets even hotter this fall with the recent announcement of the newly remodeled T-Mobile(R) Sidekick(TM) II Limited Edition series. Dedicated to helping consumers set themselves apart from the crowd through personalization, T-Mobile has partnered with trendsetting Juicy Couture and renowned urban artist Mister Cartoon to create two limited-edition versions of the T-Mobile Sidekick II.

To kick off the release, on October 18, T-Mobile opened the doors to "Sidekick II City" in Hollywood where the urban flair of East Los Angeles native Mister Cartoon was juxtaposed with the funky feminine chic of Juicy Couture. Celebrity guests such as Mischa Barton, Jesse Metcalfe, Nicole Richie, Shane West, Jaime Pressly and Paris Hilton gushed over the new Sidekick IIs and enjoyed a special performance by The Pussycat Dolls. DJ AM helped Nicole Richie and Mischa Barton warm the crowd as they danced on stage to the theme to "The O.C.," while Paris Hilton couldn't wait to upgrade to a glamorous Sidekick II Juicy Couture Edition. The jam-packed fete went late into the night as Danny Masterson took a turn as DJ and the cast from "Laguna Beach" looked on. Special customization bars added entertainment for guests to create even more of an identity with their Sidekick II with bedazzlements from NYC Peach and cell phone jewelry by Fly Fashions.

"T-Mobile understands that consumers want to differentiate themselves from the crowd," said Mike Butler, CMO, T-Mobile USA. "One of the most popular ways to differentiate ourselves is through personalization and the partnership between T-Mobile Sidekick II and designers Juicy Couture and Mister Cartoon allows customers to take personalization one step further."

Juicy Couture designed its signature T-Mobile Sidekick II keeping in line with the fun yet glamorous personality of the brand. The device is in Juicy crystal pink and boasts the easily recognizable icons decorating the trim of the screen. Custom-designed to reflect his style, Mister Cartoon crafted a sleek black ink-colored device featuring his signature tattoo design around the rich 2.6 inch screen.

"It was an easy decision to partner with T-Mobile since we are both obsessed with our Sidekick II and on it any chance we get," said Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Taylor, founders, Juicy Couture, "so obsessed we are texting this quote on it now!"

The newly made-over devices will be available in T-Mobile retail stores in five select markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami as well as online for purchase at http://www.t-mobile.com/ starting on October 24th. In addition to the Tinseltown launch event, "Sidekick II City" will travel the country with special unveiling events in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Miami.

"I am a gadget freak and my Sidekick II rolls everywhere with me," said Mister Cartoon, who is world renowned for his art on everything urban, from lowriders, album covers and custom shoes to his specialty, tattoos. "I was happy to partner with T-Mobile to customize a Sidekick II to reflect my style and give young art collectors the opportunity to carry a piece of my work around with them."

For more information please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE:DT) . T-Mobile USA's GSM/GPRS voice and data networks in the United States (including roaming and other agreements) reach more than 260 million people. In addition, T-Mobile operates the largest carrier grade, commercial wireless broadband network in the United States, providing Wi-Fi at more than 6,000 public locations throughout the country, and makes available access at over 20,000 international roaming locations. Through its Get More(R) promise, T-Mobile provides customers with more minutes, more features and more service. For more information, visit the company Web site at http://www.t-mobile.com/. T-Mobile(R) and Get More(R) are federally registered trademarks of Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile USA respectively.

About Juicy Couture

Founded in 1994 by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Taylor, as premium designer, marketer and wholesaler of sexy, sophisticated basics for women, Juicy Couture is recognized around the world as a leading contemporary brand of casual lifestyle clothing. The flattering, slender fit of the products, the price points, the exclusive distribution and the loyal celebrity following have all played an important role in shaping the brand. In 2003, Juicy was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc., creating a unique and exciting partnership. Later that year Juicy launched men's and children's apparel. In 2004, Juicy Couture Accessories and Juicy Beach Swimwear launched and Juicy opened its first retail store in Las Vegas. In 2005, both footwear and eyewear were launched with both watches and fragrance to follow in 2006. Also planned are the openings of stores in Dallas and Atlanta.

About Mister Cartoon

Born and raised in the harbor area of Los Angeles, Mister Cartoon began his design career as a celebrated graffiti artist in the 1980s. From there, he moved on to establish a singular reputation in hip-hop culture through the creation of tattoo art, magazines, album covers, backdrops for music videos and TV shows, and the trunks of low-riders. His artistic style and fine line tattooing originated on the streets of Southern California in the 1970s. Mister Cartoon's work has decorated projects for Eminem, Nike, Rock Star Games, Scion, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott, Kanye West, Shady Records, Joker Brand Clothing and many others. His mission is to outreach to today's youth and give them positive inspiration through art. His biography is the focus of a feature film slated for 2007 release, directed by his business partner and best friend Estevan Oriol and produced by Brian Grazer. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol run a specialty lifestyle marketing agency called SA Studios.

Mister Cartoon has exhibited in LA, NY, Tokyo and London. For more information, visit http://www.mistercartoon.com/, http://www.inkthemovie.com/ or http://www.jokerbrand.com/.

Source: T-Mobile USA, Inc

CONTACT: T-Mobile Media Relations, +1-425-378-4002,
mediarelations@t-mobile.com; Eric Raymond, +1-310-854-4800,
eraymond@bncpr.com; or Katie Cray, +1-310-854-4800, kcray@bncpr.com, both of
BNC

Web site: http://www.t-mobile.com/
http://www.jokerbrand.com/
http://www.inkthemovie.com/
http://www.mistercartoon.com/


 
SOUNDJUNCTION PROMISES YOUNG PEOPLE A JOURNEY OF MUSICAL DISCOVERY

London, 19 October/GNN/ --

DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT News Release (138/05) issued by the
Government News Network on 19 October 2005
More than a hundred top musicians, teachers, students and music professionals,
have contributed to SoundJunction, a pioneering new website that gives young
people the opportunity to explore, discover and create music.

Commissioned by Culture Online, SoundJunction has been developed by the
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The website aims to inspire
learning by providing a mix of information, interactive tools and know-how
so that anyone can use it to delve deeper into the world of music.

SoundJunction.org.uk draws on real music made by real musicians and embraces
a diverse range of traditions and styles. It is available to users both as
a free website and as a CD-ROM 'taster', which will be distributed free of
charge to all UK secondary schools this October.

Richard Morris, Chief Executive of the Associated Board, remarks:

"The Associated Board has long recognised the potential of online technology
to enrich musical skills, understanding, exploration and creativity. We are
delighted that, in collaboration with Culture Online, we have now been able
to realise these ideas in fashioning a practical and interactive resource
for the widest possible audience of young people."

David Lammy, Culture Minister, said:

"A love of music transcends all social and cultural barriers. Whether
it's hip hop or classical, music is the most powerful medium for sharing
emotional expression. The joy of SoundJunction lies in its ability to enable
users to delve deeper into this world of music, whatever their interests and
irrespective of their technical musical experience. Like all good interactive
resources, this project, commissioned by Culture Online, puts the user in
the driving seat, so they can define their own learning experience according
to their own personal choices."

Featuring newly commissioned music and remixes, more than 1,000 pages of
content and over 50 hours of audio and video footage, SoundJunction includes
contributions from Britten Sinfonia, Mercury Prize-nominated band Polar
Bear's drummer, Seb Rochford, Jamelia's famed producer Colin Emmanuel aka
"C-Swing" and many more. Aimed particularly at young people who would not
normally have opportunities to learn about making music, SoundJunction is
easy to use and requires no prior knowledge or experience of music.

Mike Greenwood, Commissioning Executive at Culture Online, said:

"We wanted to commission a project that would enable anyone to take their
love of music one step further. Many music-learning sites assume a certain
knowledge of musical notation but that can act as a massive barrier for those
people who don't have that experience. SoundJunction allows music lovers to
create their own learning journey, which is purely motivated by fun and a
sense of discovery."

The SoundJunction website and CD-ROM are based around three inspiring
new pieces by composers from different musical traditions and a series of
specially commissioned remixes.

Using pioneering new tools and technologies, SoundJunction allows music
lovers to:

* Listen to music specially written and recorded by over 40 top musicians,
remix artists and composers;
* Explore music, take it apart, listen to different instruments and voices
and find out how music works;
* Discover music and instruments from different traditions and continents. Find
out about composing, performing, recording and producing music;
* Create their own music by remixing elements of the three SoundJunction
pieces with other 'sound bites' from the comprehensive SoundJunction library.

Notes to Editors

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is the world's leading
provider of music exams and assessments. Each year over 630,000 candidates take
their exams in more than 90 countries around the world. A total commitment
to music education lies at the heart of their work. www.abrsm.org

Culture Online projects are designed to inspire people to learn and participate
in new ways. Through editorial leadership and a creative use of technology,
Culture Online enables learning and participation where it's previously been
difficult to do so. By creating compelling interactive experiences, Culture
Online aims to help people to learn new skills and to gain confidence and
experience along the way.
www.cultureonline.gov.uk

FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION: please contact Pete Flatt @ PPR on 020 8746
4600 peteflatt@pprpublicity.com or Graham Thomas, at Culture Online press
office on 020 7487 7215 graham.thomas@culture.gsi.gov.uk.

Source: DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT


 
The Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase Round Three

The "Showcase of the Era" for emerging bands is accepting submissions. The deadline for submissions to the third showcase is January 21, 2006.

(PRWEB) October 19, 2005 -- In an effort to send independent band's sales through the roof, Music-Tech.Net, the premier marketing engine for the retail of digital music products, has designed an authentic and incredible independent band competition. The Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase runs in twelve week cycles and will prove to be a revolutionary predictor of indie band success, and the goal is to increase the CD sales of signed and unsigned independent bands. Independent bands are selected to showcase based on electronic press kits, talent and marketability. Music-Tech.Net will present selected bands' CDs for sale in the Music-Tech.Net Indie Artist Showcase and in targeted internet marketing campaigns. Music-Tech.Net extends an invitation to independent bands to submit their website and/or electronic press kit for review.

Band's electronic press kits must include a link to the band's website, photos, a short bio, performance calendar, music samples and lyrics for all tracks on the CD. Samples must not be longer than two minutes or one half the length of the track. Bands must have a market ready CD product available for download and/or for mail to buyers. All genres are accepted for review provided content is for general audiences. To win the showcase bands will compete by actively performing and promoting their CD through marketing channels and sending fans from concerts, online marketing campaigns, radio and other promotional resources to their website and to Music-Tech.Net to purchase their CD.

An Award of Distinction is given to the artist/band in the Indie Artist Showcase with the most units sold during the twelve week period. The recipient of the award will receive a gift certificate up to $6,000.00 based on CD sales from Music-Tech.Net and/or sponsors. The recipient will receive press exposure and internet marketing support. Additionally, among the many benefits to each band showcased is the commission from the sale of their CD. The showcase is to culminate in an event and performance in the great city of Atlanta, GA where the Award of Distinction and gift certificate will be presented.

During showcases Music-Tech.Net, finalists' and winners' websites have shown significant increases in website traffic. With each showcase Music-Tech.Net strives to reach closer proximity to the advertising campaign goal of over 2,800,000 visitors/impressions during the twelve week showcase.

Deadline:
Submissions are reviewed in the order received, and the deadline for submission to the third showcase is January 21, 2006.

Previous Showcase Winners:
The Marcato Band, Round One
Nathalie Manser, Round Two

To submit and for more information visit:
http://www.music-tech.net/submission.html

To visit the showcase Podcast:
http://www.music-tech.net/weblog/

For syndication:
http://www.music-tech.net/weblog/rss.xml

Music-Tech.Net
595 Piedmont Avenue N.E.
Suite 320 Box 127
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Phone 1 800 678 8806
Fax 404 795 0727

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Walter Boone
MUSIC-TECH.NET
http://www.music-tech.net/artistshowcase.htm
800 678 8806


10/18/2005

 
Multi-Platinum Producer Daz Dillinger Makes the Biggest West Coast Record Since Tupac's All Eyes On Me

Daz Dillinger gives KDAY 50 exclusive CDs, "Dillinger &Young Gotti."

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) October 18, 2005 -- Super Producer Daz Dillinger creates one of the biggest West Coast street buzzes with the upcoming CD Dillinger &Young Gotti. Daz decides to honor West Coast radio by giving Los Angeles' New KDAY, 93.5 FM 50 CDs. And KDAY will be giving these highly anticipated CDs at their Halloween Bash at World On Wheels.

This CD is considered to be the biggest Street West Coast Record since Tupac's All Eyez On Me. Some are tying the connection to Daz because of his multi-platinum production of All Eyez on Me. Yet many music lovers are stating that Daz has single handedly brought back the West Coast street buzz as Ice Cube once did with Amerikkka's Most Wanted.

Everyone is buzzing about "Dillinger &Young Gotti" official release date November 1st. Daz Dillinger explains, "I really didn't expect the buzz, because there is little to no promotion for the album. I really expected people to appreciate my work based on word of mouth alone, and sometimes that doesn't get the instant gratification that the big record labels can get. But it's gratifying for me to continue to create music that specifically caters to my niche - the streets."

In an industry dominated by new and young talent, it's not easy for a rapper and a producer with a career spanning more than ten years to be taken seriously. Often times the rapper and producer is just merely respected, but not recognized by his peers and fans to give a relevant record. Yet this year, music industry insiders are admitting that Daz Dillinger not only created a very relevant record, but also has mastered the art of business, by keeping his record very independent.

Daz Dillinger reveals, "It's tough in the Hip Hop industry to continue to create, because the powers that be want a throw away art. They didn't think Rap Music would even last. So instead of trying to get rid of rap music, because everyone benefits from it, they try to get rid of seasoned rappers, at a point in their careers when they finally know the ins and outs of the business aspect of their careers. You see what Prince did when he realized that he didn't own anything, he put slave on his cheek. He came to a point in his career where he was educated enough to be wiser in his choices and realized his true leverage power."

Daz continues, "When you are younger you make decisions that are fast to try to get quick money, anything is good to someone that didn't have anything. When you are older, and you realize your true marketing potential, you begin to make wiser decisions. And truthfully speaking, I don't think they want wise decisions for artists, so they create a quick fly by night act and show, and expect them to disappear in a few years."

What has Daz Dillinger been doing since his break from the public? Daz Dillinger has created the prelude to The Saga Unfolds by giving the public one of the streets highly anticipated West Coast Albums, "Dillinger &Young Gotti". The story line gives an exciting backdrop in what appears to unfold like a classic gangster novel, or a movie epic such as "The God Father". Daz Dillinger explains, "I wanted to create something that the streets identifies with without making it like packaged cheap Spam. So I created the music, and it's basically a story and an epic like R Kelly's RB Opera. This is only the beginning."

Daz Dillinger and Kurupt also give KDAY listeners the opportunity to get a sneak preview on Halloween. Daz states, "I think it's the right season, this CD is definitely not for the faint at heart." Mr. Dillinger continues, "This is for the gangsters and hustlers and the women that love us. And even those in college, if you are being a gangster about getting your A's this is for you too. Hell the President of the United States is a gangster. Gangsters are global, and this album along with the albums to come will reflect that. I am just glad to be apart of KDAY, the original West Coast radio station. I wanted to come back and be apart of that team that held it down for the West Coast for decades."

Daz Dillinger believes that his niche continues to be the men and women who are challenged by daily life struggles. When asked to respond to the street's big buzz over the record, he explains, "I didn't expect instant gratification, because I didn't choose a big commercialized machine to get behind this album. This is an independent album, and sometimes that appreciation takes years to receive. But I am grateful that the word of mouth on the West Coast and all coasts is back, maybe we can begin to start really moving some things again."

Why KDAY? Daz has chosen a station that honors the streets to give away his very street and hardcore record, Dillinger &Young Gotti, before the official release date November 1st. Daz explains, "I like all the West Coast Hip Hop stations. Yet some listens to the streets more than others." Daz Dillinger explains, "I grew up on KDAY, and I thought it was only fitting to just break the news about me and Kurupt's reunion with the streets especially with that particular radio station." KDAY will be giving away Dillinger &Young Gotti to listeners who come to World On Wheels on Saturday, October 29, 2005. The time is 10:30PM-2:30AM at World on Wheels 4645 1/2 Venice Blvd. You must be 21+ with Identification. The big street record Dillinger and Young Gotti is expected in stores November 1st.

About Daz Dillinger
One of the most important members of the West Coast empire is producer/rapper Daz Dillinger. He has worked alongside some of the West Coast's best rappers. Along with Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Snoop Dogg, Dillinger was one of the Long Beach, CA, clique that had been introduced to Dr. Dre through Warren G during the preliminary stages of the legendary Chronic album.
Daz Dillinger's contributions to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle album as a rapper quickly established him as one of the most deadliest gangster writers on the West Coast. Tupac chose DAZ to be the leading producer for All Eyez on Me. His production helped make 2Pac's All Eyez on Me so much of a success, he was chosen to be Dr. Dre's successor for the production of Snoop's Tha Doggfather album.

Following the departure of Dr. Dre, the death of 2Pac, and the imprisonment of Suge Knight, Death Row suddenly lost its momentum -- Yet Daz Dillinger's career as a producer still flourished working with artists ranging from Black Eyed Peaz to the South's King's TI.

Daz Dillinger one of the most outspoken gangsters out of DPGC and continues to keep it totally gangsta. No matter where Daz goes in life, he is one of the most feared Hustlers throughout the United States. With street credibility throughout the Nation, he can be dubbed as a "global gangster".

Daz has found a new home with Jermaine Dupri, So Def, which he will debut his album So Gangsta. And he is expected to deliver another smash street music.

Daz Dillinger has created DPGC and Gangster Advisory Records. Both record labels intent on providing content, music and beats that honor authentic street music.

About KDAY
KDAY is the Hip Hop radio station for today's and yesterday's Hip Hop music.

About The Best Pitch
The Best Pitch is a consultant marketing firm for urban music.

Contacts:

Arnold
D.P.G.C.
Promotions Director
Phone: (562) 480-7331

Shemia Miller
Communications Director
The Best Pitch
Phone: (912) 441-2070


 
ASAMOV DEBUT "AND NOW..." IN STORES TODAY, CD RELEASE PARTY ANNOUNCED

October 18th, 2005 (Jacksonville, FL) 6 Hole Records proudly presents the long-awaited debut album from Jacksonville's native sons Asamov "And Now" dropping today October 18th, 2005.
"And Now" follows the success of Asamov's lead single "Supa Dynamite" (feat Mr. Lif) which is currently being serviced to college/independent radio through out the US and Canada. Asamov's full-length effort "And Now " features Jay-Z/Destiny's Child super-producer 9th Wonder, Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, J-Live, Wordsworth and Cassidy. Asamov, a group comprised of Therapy, Willie Eva Jr., Basic and J-One-Da, deliver 15 choice cuts of unadulterated hip-hop classics that inject crisp beats and wordplay back into the veins of an urban music world infected with false bravado, unoriginality and soft-hop crossover radio jingles.

"And Now..." Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Past Futures
3. Hookslide
4. Bad News
5. Fem Fems
6. Real Good - (prod. 9th Wonder)
7. Suckas
8. Supa Dynamite - (feat. Mr. Lif)
9. Boom Box
10. Gonehead
11. Git Loose - (feat. Akrobatik)
12. Seven
13. Say Somethin'
14. Help Me Sing
15. Standing Room Only - (feat. J-Live/Wordsworth/Cassidy)

To celebrate the release of "And Now..." Asamov will be performing at their CD Release Party on Sunday, October 23rd at Club Endo Exo (1224 Kings Ave. Jacksonville, FL). Featured guest include Boston's Edan and Orlando's X:144 & SPS. Showtime is 9:00 pm and everyone is invited to come out and celebrate with Asamov.

For more info. please visit: http://www.myspace.com/asamov


 
DJ E-Rock Presents Bomb Bay Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 40 Hip Hop Nation

(October 18, 2005-San Francisco, CA)--DJ E-Rock, one-sixth of the Liquor Barrel All Star Deejays, is proud to announce his new radio show Bomb Bay Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 40 Hip Hop Nation. Every Saturday from 11 p.m. PST/ 2 a.m. EST, Bomb Bay Radio will shed the national spotlight on the emerging talent and hip-hop movement coming out of Northern California's Bay Area. The newest member of DJ Whoo Kid's Shadyville Coalition will blaze the radio airwaves with hip-hop exclusives and classics from the East, West, and South with a mix of the Bay Area perspective.

Citing some of the Bay Area's most legendary deejays such as: Q Bert, MixMaster Mike, and Apollo as his influences, DJ E-Rock's fascination led him to begin deejaying at the young age of 11. Four years later, after honing and perfecting his techniques, he would become one of the youngest deejays to showcase his talent on San Francisco's KMEL/KYLD. In addition to his radio segment, he worked the club circuit to earn his respect as a deejay and create a loyal fan base.

It is without question that his supportive network of listeners and club patrons has accounted for much of his popularity, and contributed to E-Rock selling over 20,000 mixtapes regionally. He has opened for some of hip-hop's most respected acts such as: E-40, Talib Kweli, Jadakiss, and The Clipse. E-Rock has appeared in a number of online and print media outlets including: Vibe.com, myspace.com, and Ruckus Magazine.

DJ E-Rock's past and current FM, Satellite, and Internet radio experience has given him exposure to millions of people around the globe. In addition to Bomb Bay Radio, E-Rock is the only Bay Area deejay to be heard on a number of Sirius Satellite Radio programs such as: Eminem's Shade 45, Back Spin, Wax 42, and Hot Jamz. He also appears on "Liquor Barrel Radio" broadcast on www.95.1live.com on Sundays from 4-7 p.m PST.
DJ E-Rock is a member of DJ Whoo Kid's Shadyville Coalition (www.shadyville.biz) and Myspace.com DJ's.

For any press or media inquiries, please contact Syreta Oglesby at SyretaOglesby@aol.com or (201)-658-3711.


 
The Revolution Will Not Be Broadcast. It Will Be HIEROCAST.

Hip-Hop pioneers Hieroglyphics continue to innovate with official monthly podcast

(Brooklyn, NY- October 18, 2005) Hiero Imperium, label home to Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Souls of Mischief, Casual, O.C. and other indie Hip-Hop legends, has released its' first podcast. Dubbed, "The Hierocast", the monthly series will offer fans a mix of exclusive remixes, pre-release previews, classic tracks and other goodies available solely through the Hierocast.

Hosting duty for the inaugural Hierocast was taken care of by A Plus of Souls of Mischief fame. A Plus uses the opportunity to represent his fellow Hieroglyphics brethren. You'll hear tracks from A Plus, Casual, O.C., Opio, and The Hieroglyphics Crew. The podcast is available as both a normal MP3 podcast and an iTunes Enhanced Podcast, which allows users to easily select songs from within the mix, view multiple artworks, and explore embedded web links.

With the Hierocast, Hiero Imperium continues the tradition of being technological innovators in the world of independent music. The Hieroglyphics website, www.hieroglyphics.com, was one of the first comprehensive record label websites and has been in operation for over nine years. The site continues to innovate and has won awards for excellence in design.

The podcast can be downloaded from the following sources:

From Iconocastic:
http://www.iconocastic.com

Direct link to Normal MP3 version:
http://www.iconocastic.com/audio/HIEROCAST_EPISODE_1.mp3

Direct link to Enhanced version: (Requires iTunes 5.0 or Higher)
http://www.iconocastic.com/audio/HIEROCAST_EPISODE_1.m4a

RSS subscription link: (plug this in to you iTunes to subscribe to the Hierocast)
http://www.iconocastic.com/xml/hierocast.xml

Hierocast picture link:
http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Casual/Hiero-Cast-Logo.jpg

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Gavin Rhodes
www.AudibleTreats.com
(718) 768-7275
gavin@audibletreats.com


 
'The Other Music Industry' Shows Artists How To Sell Millions Of CDs Online And Keep 100% Of The Profits With An Easy Step-By-Step Process

Only 49 artist and record labels will have the extraordinary chance to attend our very exclusive, closed-door, pull-no-punches, Online Music Marketing Seminar where you will learn how to market your music on the Internet? This seminar will allow you to leave behind the "I need a record deal to be successful in the music business" mindset forever.

For three mind-blowing days on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2005, millionaire Internet marketing experts will teach independent record labels and musicians how to maximize their time and minimize their efforts with a proven, step-by-step process that will allow them to sell more of their CDs and downloads online than they ever dreamed possible.

(PRWEB) October 18, 2005 -- T.O.M.I, short for The Other Music Industry Seminar is a 3 day mega-event that will be bringing together the biggest names in Internet Marketing to show artists interested in making it big in the music industry how to quickly and easily become more successful than they ever dreamed possibleby leveraging the untapped power of the Internet.

"Most artists, managers, A&R reps, and independent record label owners struggle with the fact that they just dont know how to successfully break into the music industry," said Theodore Watts, owner and CEO of Monsoon Music, Inc. and Monsoon Internet Marketing. "What the successful ones have realized is that there is a proven way to make it big in the music industry on the Internet that just anybody can follow to become successful.

"Our seminar presenters have created a proven step-by-step process that can help any artist grow their fan base, market like a pro, and sell more music than they ever dreamed possible. This exclusive process shows artists and record labels exactly how to effectively spend online advertising dollars to generate a massive database of fans to market to with pennies on a dollar," Watts said.

With a world-class lineup of presenters, including Theodore (Teddy) A. Watts Jr., Ty Cohen, Stephen Pierce, Morgan Westerman, Mike Stewart, Armand Morin, Greg Cesar, Martin Whales, Dylan Benjamin and others; at a 5-star location, a superb staff, and 3 days where these industry giants will reveal all of their most closely guarded Internet marketing secrets, The Other Music Industry Seminar promises to be the best of its kind in 2005.

This hands-on event includes: everything you need to know to achieve your success in the music industry; access to the biggest names in the Industrythese are the marketing gurus who have made millions for people just like you; proven methods for building your foundation; the nuts and bolts of making the music industry work for you; hundreds and hundreds of dollars in free bonuses; all meals, snacks, and beverages provided free of charge; unmatched networking opportunities; free high-speed Internet access; free daily massages, oxygen bar, and caf bistro; and much, much, more.

"My whole purpose in hosting The Other Music Industry Seminar is to provide anybody serious about succeeding in the music industry with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where they could learn from the best in the business how to quickly and easily make it big with a proven process, little investment, and minimal effortand Im confident we will over-delivered!" Watts said.

The Ann Arbor Thinkubator Training Facility, where the Other Music Industry Seminar event is being held at on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 2005 in Ann Arbor, MI, is one of the most creative training spaces that is "designed to get the creative juices flowing"- INC. Magazine said.

This is scheduled to be the most important Internet Music Marketing event in history. Pick up your free Online Music Marketing Report from T.O.M.I at: http://www.thetomiseminar.com/

For more information on "The Other Music Industry Seminar," visit our website at: http://www.thetomiseminar.com/

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Theodore Watts
The Other Music Industry Seminar
http://www.thetomiseminar.com/
2173906384


 
VIDEO DIRECTOR QUICK JOINS "FILMING COMPANY INC."

Latin Video Director Fred Garcia professionally known as "Quick" has joined the team at "The Filming Company Inc." Quick is known for his videos with NAS, Cormega, and Latin artist Fulanito. The Filming Company welcomes Quick and pictures a promising future with him on the team. The Filming Company Executive Producer Tracey Hicks "envisions The Filming Company being a complete one stop for record labels when they are deciding on video directors. Each of our video directors brings a different expertise to the table. The best part is that they can all consult with one another to ensure that the final outcome of the project is unique."

Quick states, "I have a good relationship with Dr. Teeth and the Filming Company, so when Dr. Teeth asked if I wanted to come on board I was more than happy to say yes." Quick recently completed his first video for the company with Universal Recording Artist Play N Skillz called "Latinos Stand Up." The video shows Latin Pride and the diversity of Latinos.

ABOUT FILMING COMPANY INC.

The Filming Company began in 2001 with partners Tracey Hicks, and John "Dr. Teeth" Tucker. In 2005, Filming Company Inc joined forces with the Phoenix Entertainment group lead by Keith Paschall, to represent Dr. Teeth. The company was developed to produce film, videos and commercials. From its inception the Filming Company, has jumped to the forefront for its video production and has caught the eye of industry greats in the film industry. In 2006 the filming company will work on developing more directors that have a vision. The Filming Company Inc. is an artistic venue for creative minds to express themselves visually. In addition they will be adding to their production team other great video and film directors. "Working in the industry for many years, has shown me that all a person needs is an opportunity to create. If one is willing to have patience and wait their turn, this is the organization to join forces with. Success does not come over night. Filming Company is a boutique motion picture company that will take the time to nurture its' talent. We look forward to the future with Dr. Teeth and the other creative talents that we have and will bring on board.

CONTACT: Michele Roy
D.M.P. Public Relations
(610) 559-7726
micheledmp@aol.com


10/17/2005

 
Newsletter Change Ahead

A note from Clyde regarding blog newsletters via email:

We've had more newsletter problems so we're finally accepting the inevitable and switching newsletter providers by this weekend for the following blogs:
ProHipHop
Holla at a Scholar!!
Hip Hop Press

We're going to try FeedBlitz, a service that partners with FeedBurner. FeedBurner has done a good job of hosting our RSS feeds and FeedBlitz claims to be able to migrate our addresses from Bloglet without requiring any action on our subscribers' parts. In fact, if it's really easy, it may happen tonight!

Look for a different format and a different source for our newsletters soon. And thanks for your patience and support.


 
Spanish Broadcasting System Announces Record Ratings Results

SBS' Top Ranked Latino Stations Dominate Tropical, Regional Mexican, Hurban and AC Format Genres in the Nation's Largest Markets

COCONUT GROVE, Fla., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Spanish Broadcasting System (NASDAQ:SBSA) announced today the ratings results for its major market radio facilities as measured by Arbitron in its recently-released Summer 2005 Report.(1)

SBS flagship station WSKQ-FM ("Mega 97.9") in New York City continues its uninterrupted run as the #1 Spanish language radio station in America. WSKQ plays a tropical mix of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton hits and features the highest-ranked Hispanic morning show in the U.S., "El Vacilon de la Manana", hosted by veteran comedy jocks Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow. The world premiere of their full-length feature film "Vacilon - The Movie" will take place in New York City on Wednesday, October 19th.

Perennial Adult Contemporary leader WPAT-FM ("Amor 93.1") was ranked the #2 Spanish station in the New York market. WPAT plays a combination of romantic ballads and pop favorites and is one of the nation's Spanish AC leaders.

Historical Los Angeles ratings leader KLAX-FM ("La Raza 97.9") again outperformed all other Mexican Regional stations in the entire country. In the all-important morning-drive daypart, the SBS comedy program "El Cucuy de la Manana", hosted by leading radio personality Renan Almendarez Coello led all stations, regardless of format or language.

SBS owned and operated KXOL-FM, Los Angeles ("Latino 96.3"), with its newly-inaugurated Reggaeton and Hip Hop format, captured the #2 ranking among all stations in Southern California and is now officially the most popular Hurban (Hispanic Urban) formatted station in the world.

"By any definition, SBS is the country's most successful Spanish-language radio operator with the #1 Tropical, #1 Regional Mexican, #1 Hurban and #2 Adult Contemporary stations in the nation", stated SBS Chairman Raul Alarcon. "We look forward to continuing to provide our audience with the best that radio has to offer."

About Spanish Broadcasting System

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. is the largest Hispanic-controlled radio broadcasting company in the United States. Upon the completion of all previously announced transactions, SBS will own and operate 20 radio stations located in the top Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, including the #1 Spanish-language radio station in America, WSKQ-FM in New York City, as well as the nationally top-rated radio stations in the Tropical, Regional Mexican and Hurban format genres. The company has acquired WDLP-TV, a full-power television station serving South Florida, pending FCC approval. The Company's corporate site can be accessed at http://www.spanishbroadcasting.com/ .

(1) Arbitron Summer 2005 Report - 12+ Cume Audience totals and denoted

Average Quarter Hour share results.

Source: Spanish Broadcasting System

CONTACT: Pio Ferro, SBS VP of Programming, +1-310-229-3248,
pferro@sbslosangeles.com

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


 
Hip Hop Recording Artist Slum Village Driving Fans Wild

New Album and New Roads Ahead

DETROIT, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit-based duo, Slum Village returns to the music scene with their cutting edge self-titled CD "Slum Village" due to be released on October 25th and are set to drive their fans wild with an unique appearance in a General Motors Chevrolet commercial airing on November 15, 2005.

The commercial features the Barak recording artists' current single, "Ez Up," with lyrics that reflect their affinity for automobiles. The 90-second spot is designed as a music video noting Slum Village's reputation for trend setting in urban communities. The commercial will air via Video on Demand, a new on demand network from entrepreneur, Russell Simmons.

Slum Village recently performed in New York City's Central Park along with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fishbone, De La Soul and others for the Take Back TV concert and will tour the country in upcoming months.

Slum Village's members T3 and Elzhi have been a staple on the music scene for the past several years. They recently released a mixtape CD, Prequel to A Classic, performed this summer in New York City's Central Park along with Lauryn Hill, Fishbone, De La Soul and others for the Take Back TV concert and a national tour is planned.

For more information on Slum Village, visit http://www.slumvillage.com/.

Source: Slum Village

CONTACT: Angelo Ellerbee, of Double Xxposure Public Relations,
+1-212-629-9404, theellerbeegroup@aol.com; or Cynthia Horner, +1-732-406-4093,
hornercynthia@yahoo.com

Web site: http://www.theofficialdoublexxposure.com/
http://www.slumvillage.com/


 
MTV Networks Music/Logo Group Launches New DVD Studio in Partnership With Paramount Home Entertainment

Featuring Multi-platinum Star Ciara, and Directorial Debut of 'Chappelle's Show' Co-creator Neal Brennan, Original Movies to Use Innovative Distribution Including Both Theatrical and Network Premieres

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks Music, Logo Enterprise Group and Paramount Home Entertainment have joined forces to launch a new cross-network DVD studio that will capitalize on MTV Networks' programming experience, audience connection and access to rising talent as well as Paramount Home Entertainment's expertise in the creation of original programming. Committed to the development, production and promotion of films across all genres suited for each respective channel, the new DVD studio will leverage talent already thriving on-camera and behind-the-camera on all of MTV's networks in music-based, dramatic and comedic films, as well as documentaries. The new division also will distribute films acquired in conjunction with Paramount Home Entertainment, as well as original content.

"The creation of this new DVD studio is in response to our audiences' voraciousness for movies and quality content," said Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Networks Music and Logo Enterprise Group. "We're looking forward to building on our partnership with Paramount Home Entertainment to select and develop top-notch projects, and will support the releases on our core networks, which already serve as great platforms for established artists, as well as emerging talent."

"Paramount Home Entertainment has had good success at identifying and producing original content designed for the home entertainment marketplace," said Thomas Lesinski, President, Paramount Pictures, Worldwide Home Entertainment. "The experience of our team combined with MTV Networks' unique relationship with its audience gives us a great opportunity to produce original DVD content that is directly targeted at the MTV, CMT, VH1 and Logo audiences."

"This team is really shaking up the old model by creating and marketing content that has the full, multi-faceted support of the entire MTV Networks arsenal and leveraging that across all of our brands and platforms," said Rich Eigendorff, COO MTV Networks Music Group and LOGO. "The launch of this new DVD studio is yet another illustration of MTV Networks' synergy between more traditional television entertainment and new, multi-platform opportunities."

The new DVD studio is currently working on developing a full slate of programming and partnerships that cover a variety of film genres and serve key niche audiences. Through strategic marketing partnerships, the studio will market a diverse slate of releases with extensive audience reach via on-air promotion on MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, online sites, wireless applications, outdoor platforms, and MTV Films, among others. Additionally, the studio will collaborate on soundtrack development to extend the entertainment options and maximize the success of each release. The DVD Premiere titles will be distributed nationwide by Paramount Home Entertainment.

From MTV:

The first release under the MTV brand will be "Rumble," a smart and edgy sports comedy starring Faizon Love ("Animal") and multi-platinum selling star Ciara. Layered with a hot Latin and Hip Hop influenced soundtrack featuring popular music from Marques Houston, Frankie J, Lil Rob and Play N Skillz, the movie follows two former rival high school volleyball squads who are forced to battle it out both on and off the court, across racial, socio-economic and romantic lines to truly become one team and reclaim a championship trophy. Cast includes Adrienne Bailon ("Coach Carter"), Sarah Mason ("Quintuplets"), Doug Savant ("Desperate Housewives") and Efren Ramirez ("Napoleon Dynamite"). The film was written by Karol Ann Hoeffner, directed by Neema Barnette and produced by Patrick Faulstich, Karen Firestone, Max Wong and Leslie Belzberg.

From VH1:

VH1, the network that made loving the 80's a national pastime, is putting a new spin on the decade's classic movies with the production of "Totally Awesome." This irreverent homage was written by "Chappelle's Show" co-creator Neal Brennan and Michael Schur of "Saturday Night Live" and NBC's "The Office." The film will be Brennan's directing debut and his first project after his groundbreaking Comedy Central hit which has gone on to be one of the top selling TV DVDs of all time with Season 1 and 2 selling over 5 million units to date. Cast includes Dominique Swain ("Pumpkin"), Mikey Day ("Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out"), Brittany Daniel ("Joe Dirt"), Joey Kern ("Super Troopers"), James Hong ("Blade Runner", "Big Trouble In Little China") and special appearances by comedy stars such as Tracy Morgan. The movie is executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment and The Weinstein Company.

The DVD studio is overseen by Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Networks Music and Logo Enterprise Group and Ellen Pittleman, SVP, Worldwide Acquisitions and DVD Premieres, Paramount Home Entertainment. Loretha Jones, SVP, MTV Films and Home Entertainment, will serve as lead production executive for all MTV and CMT projects, while Maggie Malina, SVP, VH1 Original Movie and Scripted Series, will head up all VH1 productions and Matt Bierman, Vice President Development, will help drive development from the Paramount Home Entertainment side.

Additional projects under the MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo brands, and partnerships will be announced at a later date.

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, 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.

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and music. Paramount Home Entertainment is part of the operations of Paramount Pictures. Visit http://www.paramount.com/homeentertainment to learn more about Paramount Home Entertainment's new releases, as well as other classic Hollywood films, television programs, animated titles and family and special interest programming.

Source: MTV Networks Music

CONTACT: Marnie Black, MTV, +1-212-846-7004, marnie.black@mtvstaff.com,
or Brett Henne, VH1, +1-212-846-6752, brett.henne@vh1staff.com, or Cindy
McLean, CMT, +1-615-335-8404, cindy.mclean@cmt.com, or Brenda Ciccone,
Paramount Home Entertainment, +1-323-956-8091, brenda_ciccone@paramount.com

Web site: http://www.mtv.com/
http://www.paramount.com/homeentertainment


 
Jamie Foxx's New Album, UNPREDICTABLE, Set For December 6th Release 'Fulfillment of Lifelong Dream'

First Single 'Unpredictable' Features Ludacris

Album Guests Include Mary J. Blige, Ludacris, Pharrell Williams, Twista, and Timbaland

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy award-winning actor and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Jamie Foxx -- currently riding high on pop, R&B, and rap charts as Kanye West's guest on his #1 single "Gold Digger" -- is near completion of UNPREDICTABLE, his first album for J Records. Foxx's new album, featuring guest appearances by Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Ludacris, and Twista, will arrive in stores December 6th on J Records, a division of SONY BMG Music Entertainment.

The official first single will be the album's title track "Unpredictable," featuring rap phenomenon Ludacris and will impact radio on November 7th. "Unpredictable" was written by Harold Lilly and produced by Unusual Suspects.

In addition to Ludacris, Jamie has enlisted a number of artists, producers and songwriters as guests on UNPREDICTABLE, including Kanye West on "Extravaganza," Mary J. Blige on the remake of "Love Changes;" Pharrell Williams shows up on "Still Here" (which he produced); Twista guests on "DJ Play A Love Song," which was written by Sean Garrett and produced by Polow and "Can I Take You Home" was produced by Timbaland.

Jamie Foxx, who has always regarded himself as a singer and musician first, and actor second, returns to his first passion with UNPREDICTABLE, described as "the fulfillment of a lifelong dream." Winner of this year's Oscar as Best Actor for his portrayal of the legendary Ray Charles in Ray, Foxx also shared a Grammy nomination this year in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, for "Slow Jamz" by Twista featuring Kanye West and Foxx (a track from Twista's Kamikaze album). Foxx can also be heard on "Build You Up," a track on 50 Cent's current album, The Massacre.

The recognition that Foxx has earned from his peers in R&B and hip-hop reinforces his dedication to music. A classically trained pianist who was raised in the church, he studied seriously at San Diego Performing Arts College before moving into comedy on television and in film. His Oscar- winning performance in Ray was a major indication that Foxx's musical aspirations could not be held back. Industry insiders caught a glimpse of that at Clive Davis' legendary pre-Grammy party earlier this year, when Foxx stopped the show with his version of Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" and a gorgeous duet with Mary J. Blige on "Love Changes" -- which now makes its debut on UNPREDICTABLE.

Source: J Records

CONTACT: Theola Borden, +1-646-840-5673, Theola.Borden@SonyBMG.com, or
Chris Chambers, +1-212-930-1603, Chris.Chambers@SonyBMG.com, both of J
Records

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


 
The Follow Up Album to 'Nicci Cheeks Presents HipHop Love Soul'

Various Artists -- Nicci Cheeks Presents HipHop Love Jazz Quality London based imprint, Kwerk, ropes in UKs hiphop industry go girl, Nicci Cheeks, to piece together a jazz infused hiphop masterpiece of favourite tracks from the States to the UK.

Various Artists -- Nicci Cheeks Presents HipHop Love Jazz
Release Date: 21st November 2005

(PRWEB) October 17, 2005 -- Quality London based imprint, Kwerk, ropes in UKs hiphop industry go girl, Nicci Cheeks, to piece together a jazz infused hiphop masterpiece of favourite tracks from the States to the UK.

Often specialising in the fusion of contemporary jazz with eclectic electronic beats, Kwerk is the brainchild of Us3s Geoff Wilkinson, renowned for bringing classic jazz music to a new, young audience. "There are so many ways of fusing the myriad strains of jazz with contemporary beats, a journey like this could go on for ever", says label owner Geoff.

Nicci Cheeks Presents Hiphop Love Jazz has been painstakingly compiled by Nicci herself and features an array of clued up artists and producers. This is a compilation of 15 gorgeous jazzy hiphop cuts that will take you back to the early 90s when jazz & hiphop first climbed into bed together

The underground scene is represented in force by the might of J Rawls, Wordsworth & El Da Sensei, while the new skool is firmly to the fore in the shape of Jazzy Jeff collaborator Kev Brown & the first solo joints from Hanif Jamiyl and Roddy Rod of Maspyke (whose new album on ABB is set to blaze).

Original Black-Eyed Peas vocalist Kim Hill and NYs The Underdog provide some beautifully bare jazzy soul too. The West Coast is represented with exclusives from LA crew The Procussions, Dent, and (fresh from Dr Dre's Aftermath Studio) Gray Matter.

Legendary NY hiphop engineer Dave Dar (who has recorded & mixed De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common, etc) steps out for a world exclusive, and with skits from NY DJ Bobbito, Cut Chemist, and Nicci herself, the album is well and truly complete.

Brilliant, relevant and most definitely essential. The must have for any hiphop and jazz fan.

www.kwerk.net

www.hiphoplovejazz.com

For more information contact Nicci Cheeks on +44 (0) 7957 290841 or by email e-mail protected from spam bots

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Nicci Cheeks
NICCI CHEEKS MANAGEMENT
http://www.niccicheeks.com/
44-7957290841


 
Zu Ninjaz - Now Justice Album Review [Hip-Hop/Rap - Wu-Tang Clan Fam]

Release Date: 23rd September 2005

(ArriveNet - Oct 17, 2005) - The album kicks off with a nice short intro, which is quickly followed up by a deadly mic assault on the track "Slicer", this pretty much should have set the standards for the remaining tracks on the album. "No Retreat" lives up to its title as 5ft Hyper Sniper, Raw, and Papa Chief's chemistry on this track is quite evidence that they are no rookie or new comers in the game. "Ninja Habitat" is an outstanding track as the sound and feel to it breaks out from the norm of the album, with a mellow, soulful feel to it, as K-blunt cleverly laments/reflects on how the environment has got him in the situation and lifestyle that he currently lives with lines like "dreams of the dreaded drug dealer gettin" drawn back" that's kindda drastic and dilly, I don't like that's why I drink till I'm drunk, don't know how to act/ some get drowsy and drown or catch a heart attack'. click on link below for full review http://wu-international.com/misc_albums/Reviews/ZuNinjaz_NowJustPrv.htm

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Dark 7 Invader
www.wu-international.com
http://wu-international.com/misc_albums/Reviews/ZuNinjaz_NowJustPrv.htm


 
TransMedia Introduces Glide Shops: The First Truly Interactive Online Shopping Experience with Drop & Shop(TM) and Share and $ave(TM)

NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedia today unveiled Glide Shops with its patent pending Drop & Shop(TM) the first browser-based drag and drop shopping environment which will be available to consumers on November 15th at www.glidedigital.com.

TransMedia also unveiled its patent pending Share and $ave(TM) shopping which enables consumers to share product information through Glide Shop's integrated and ecommerce enabled email, sharing and video, audio and text conferencing. Consumers sharing product information with friends automatically receive a discount on their next purchase. Consumers receiving shared product information can instantly make a purchase!

"Glide Shops is the first on-line shopping environment to feature integrated communication, product information sharing, contact management and community building tools with drag and drop shopping," said TransMedia Chairman and CEO Donald Leka. "It is truly a win-win for retailers who are looking to promote viral sales and to provide consumers with a totally new, interactive shopping experience."

TransMedia is announcing four initial Glide Shops with plans to open more in the coming weeks.

1) Glide Music Shop: The music industry's first interactive music store
with integrated and ecommerce enabled video, audio and text
conferencing, streaming preview sharing, contact management, community
building tools and a new solution to protect digital media content.
The Glide Music Shop will initially make music tracks available for
download at .99 cents a song. In addition, users can share non-
downloadable streaming previews with friends and receive a discount on
their next purchase!

TransMedia and Mediaguide are also announcing their joint intentions to
work together in a content and technology relationship. Mediaguide is
the first and only company to electronically monitor college, non-
commercial and commercial radio stations. TransMedia and Mediaguide
will work together to provide consumers with premier independent music
and videos through the Glide Music Store. The featured music and
videos will be based on the Mediaguide airplay charts that are compiled
by electronic monitoring of radio stations across the U.S. Record
labels, distributors and artists receiving airplay and working with
Mediaguide can reach Glide Music Store visitors, who can access
interactive Mediaguide charts, preview and purchase both music and
videos.

TransMedia also plans to integrate Mediaguide's digital fingerprinting
technology to work with its digital asset management, communication,
secure sharing and distribution platform. Any music that is uploaded
to Glide will automatically be identified, fingerprinted and matched
against the database of millions of songs that Mediaguide has built and
continues to grow around its music monitoring business.

2) Glide Ringtone Shop: TransMedia is announcing a partnership with
BlingTones, a division of Lagardere Active North America (LANA),
Hachette Filipacchi. As the popularity of ringtones soar, BlingTones
represents the next level in the ringtone phenomenon, bringing
exclusive and original content to cell phone users, including music,
wallpaper, voice ringers, ringbacks, images, video, etc. T-Mobile,
Sprint, Cingular/ATTW, Nextel, and Boost Mobile all carry BlingTones,
which includes original tracks from hip hop talent such as Lil Jon,
Rockwilder, Q-Tip, Jay Dee, PitBull, Dre, Hi-Tek and All-Star.
Consumers can simply drag and drop their favorite ringtones into a
Blingtone Shopping bag to purchase and share with friends to receive a
discount on their next purchase!

3) Glide Gourmet French Chocolate Shop: A 200-year-old legend from Paris'
Left Bank, Debauve & Gallais is opening its first on-line storefront on
Glide Shops. Once the official chocolatier of French Kings Louis XVIII,
Charles X and Louis Philippe, Debauve & Gallais is considered the
finest chocolate in the world with a strong cult following. Now there
is no need to jet to Paris to pick up your favorite truffles.
Consumers can simply drag and drop them into a Debauve & Gallais
Shopping bag on Glide Shops. By sharing these sensual chocolates with
friends they can receive a discount on their next purchase!

4) Glide Photo Print and Personalized Product Shop: TransMedia is
announcing the availability of Photo Print and Personalized Product
services enabling Glide users to order professional-quality prints and
other photo merchandise including T-shirts, cups, cards and towels
directly from their photos, photo albums and slideshows. Glide provides
a full suite of non-destructive image browser based editing tools
including Brightness, Contrast, Hue/Saturation, B&W, Resize, Crop,
Rotate and Red Eye Reduction with 11 levels of undo. Consumers can
share photos, photo albums and slideshows with family members, friends
and colleagues who in turn can order prints and merchandise as well.
By sharing photos with friends, consumers receive a discount on their
next purchase!

For More Information Contact:
Marcus Farny
212.675.6664 ext. 105
Mobile: 917.403.0913
media@transmx.com

Source: TransMedia

CONTACT: Marcus Farny, +1-212-675-6664, ext. 105, Mobile:
+1-917-403-0913, media@transmx.com

Web site: http://www.transmediacorp.com/
http://www.glidedigital.com/


 
Canada's biggest celebrity-driven entertainment magazine announces 1st annual Entertainer of the Year nominees

MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - MovieEntertainment, Eastern Canada's monthly "A-list" magazine about stars, styles, fashion, beauty, music and movies, announced its first Entertainer of the Year Awards in its October issue, now in homes.

"MovieEntertainment is by far the biggest celebrity-focused magazine in the country, including People," says Marvin Boisvert, ME's President and Publisher. "ME's readers know the real stories are as much behind the screen as on it, and they have their favourite Canadian stars."

In the November issue, out in a few days, readers in 875,000 Canadian households will be able to check the five nominees in each of four categories put forward by the ME panel of celeb-savvy judges.

The final four winners of the MovieEntertainment Entertainer of the Year Awards will be announced in December's issue.

A donation to each winner's favourite charity is the main prize, plus a plaque commemorating their achievement

Readers can also nominate their choices for the ME Readers' Awards online at www.movieentertainment.ca. The list of nominees will also be published in the December issue.

The final nominees for the MovieEntertainment Entertainer of the Year Awards, selected by ME's panel of judges, are, in alphabetical order:

BEST CANADIAN FILM ACTOR

Jim Carrey
Marie-Jose Croze
Roy Dupuis
Rachel McAdams
Donald Sutherland

BEST CANADIAN TV ACTOR

Kim Cattrall
Ken Finkelman
William Shatner
Kiefer Sutherland
Luc Picard

BEST CANADIAN RECORDING ARTIST

Blue Rodeo
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Diana Krall
Sarah McLachlan
Simple Plan

ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY'S MOST INFLUENTIAL CANADIANS

David Cronenberg
Cline Dion
Norman Jewison
Guy Lalibert (Cirque du Soleil)
Michael J. Fox

MovieEntertainment Entertainer Of The Year judges are:

- Malin Akerman, Lisa Kudrow's co-star in HBO's sitcom, The Comeback.
The gorgeous and talented Toronto actress and musician is also the lead
singer in the rock band The Petalstones;

- Barry Avrich, marketing guru at Endeavour Advertising. Besides being
the well-respected agency's president, Barry is a noted filmmaker and the
author of three books on entertainment marketing;

- Peter Howell, the erudite, connected and tall movie critic at Canada's
largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star. Peter is also a regular
contributor to ME magazine;

- Ben Mulroney, suave host who juggles both eTalk Daily and Canadian
Idol for CTV, is also one of the best red-carpet interviewers in the biz;

- David Novek, Oscar-voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences, parts crowds at every Canadian film festival, usually with
an A-list entourage in tow. David is also an ME contributor;

- Jay Stone, the legendary film critic for CanWest News Service, is a
regular ME contributor;

- David Sherman, editor of MovieEntertainment magazine, is also a
screenwriter, and playwright-in-residence at Montral's Centaur Theatre.

MovieEntertainment's radically expanded editorial content gives a uniquely Canadian twist to stories on the stars, their styles and lifestyles, as well as the local haunts where they shop, schmooze and sip the latest in martinis. The magazine also carries premium TV information on The Movie Network, MPIX, A&E, Vu! and Viewers' Choice Pay-Per-View.

"Our readers keep the magazine right in front of them all month long, and constantly browse it for what to watch and when," says Boisvert. "But it's the details in our stories that really ice the cake for them. Canada offers so much to the stars, both local and homegrown, and readers want to know where to eat, drink and buy the right stuff, just like their favourite celebrities.

"MovieEntertainment tells all the secrets."

Media Contact: David Sherman, Editor, MovieEntertainment, Phone: (514) 939-5024, Fax: (514) 939-8027, Email: dsherman@feature.ca, www.movieentertainment.ca


 
Crash Named Outstanding Motion Picture of the Year at Film Life's 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS

A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future

Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) Takes Prize for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role,
While Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman) Wins for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role

TNT Set to Telecast 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 p.m.

Complete List of Winners Attached

Oct. 10, 2005

Crash was named Outstanding Motion Picture of the Year during Film Lifes 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future, which taped last night at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles for telecast on Turner Network Television (TNT) Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). Other top winners include Terrence Howard, who was honored as Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Hustle & Flow, and Kimberly Elise, honored as Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

Cedric The Entertainer (Madagascar) hosted the gala awards show that recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience. Film Lifes 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS are executive-produced by Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life, Inc., and Suzanne de Passe, CEO of de Passe Entertainment.

The 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS also honored Anthony Anderson as Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Hustle & Flow and Taraji P. Henson as Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Hustle & Flow. Thomas Carter was awarded for Outstanding Achievement in Directing for his work on Coach Carter, and Tyler Perry took the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Writing for the movie Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

The 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS also honored HBOs Lackawanna Blues as Outstanding Television Movie, while Rodney Evans was honored with the HBO Director To Watch Award, given to an independent filmmaker.
In addition to the competitive awards, several honorary awards were given. Legendary actor/director/producer Sidney Poitier received the Distinguished Career Achievement Award, recognizing his trailblazing work as actor/writer/director for such films as Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Stir Crazy, For Love of Ivy and Guess Whos Coming to Dinner. And Kimberly Elise, a nominee for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, received the Rising Star award.

The 1985 adaptation of Alice Walkers Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple became the first film inducted into the Black Movie Awards Classic Cinema Hall of Fame. Producer Quincy Jones was on-hand to accept the honor on behalf of the films cast and crew.

Nominees for and recipients of the 2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS were chosen by a prominent committee of film critics, entertainment editors and prestigious members of the artistic committee. This years eligible films were released in the U.S. between January 1 and July 31, 2005.

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Cedric The Entertainer is best known for his crowd-pleasing roles in such films as The Honeymooners, Madagascar, Johnson Family Vacation, Barbershop, Intolerable Cruelty, The Original Kings of Comedy and Be Cool. His other big-screen credits include Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events, Man of the House and Big Mommas House. He lent his voice to Dr. Dolittle 2 and Ice Age and is currently working on The Cleaner with Lucy Liu and Mr. Lucky with Bruce Willis.

His award-winning career spans television, live performances and film. Among Cedrics many accolades are the AFTRA Award of Excellence in Television Programming for his series Cedric The Entertainer Presents and a record-setting four consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for The Steve Harvey Show. In 1994, he received the Richard Pryor Comic of the Year Award from BET for his work as host of Def Comedy Jam and BETs Comic View. Now helming his own production company, A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, Cedric develops and produces feature films. Johnson Family Vacation was the first under the companys banner, which grossed over $30 million. The name Cedric is fast joining the ranks of other one-name celebrities as an iconic symbol of high caliber performance.

Since 1997, Jeff Friday, creator and founder of the Black Movie Awards and the American Black Film Festival, has made a name in the film industry by providing opportunities for independent Black filmmakers to showcase their work to an ever-broadening audience through the Acapulco Black Film Festival, which relocated to Miami and expanded to become the American Black Film Festival in 2002. The Festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in 2006 as it continues to spearhead the global distribution of quality Black films as the leading American brand marketing and distributing Black movies and related entertainment content.

Oscar nominee Suzanne de Passes long list of award-winning, high-profile shows and specials includes the Emmy-winning Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever and Motown Returns to the Apollo. Additionally, she executive-produced The Essence Awards in 2002 and 2003, as well as the annual NAACP Image Awards over a three-year period, concluding in 2003. She has also executive-produced such memorable television miniseries as Lonesome Dove, The Jacksons: An American Dream, Buffalo Girls, Small Sacrifices and The Temptations. Her Academy Award nomination came for co-writing the screenplay for Lady Sings the Blues.

Turner Network Television (TNT), televisions destination for drama and one of cables top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including Into the West, an epic six-week television event from DreamWorks Television and master storyteller and executive producer Steven Spielberg; the detective drama series The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, and the action-packed crime series Wanted, with Gary Cole; powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, Alias, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.

CONTACTS:
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TNT
Brandee Brooks Atlanta 404/885-4379 brandee.brooks@turner.com
This information can also be accessed on TBS, Inc.s press site at http:// www.turnerinfo.com.

A complete list of nominations and winners is attached.

2005 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE
Are We There Yet? (Producers Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, Dan Kolsrud), Columbia Pictures
Coach Carter (Producers David Gale, Brian Robbins, Michael Tollin), Paramount Pictures
Crash (Producers Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis, Mark R. Harris, Robert Moresco, Cathy Schulman, Bob Yari), Lions Gate Films
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (Producers Reuben Cannon, Tyler Perry), Lions Gate Films
Hustle & Flow (Producers Stephanie Allain, John Singleton), Paramount Pictures

OUTSTANDING TELEVISION MOVIE
Lackawanna Blues (Executive producers Halle Berry, Vince Cirrincione, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Shelby Stone. Producer Nellie Rachel Nugiel), HBO
Sometimes in April (Executive Producers Raoul Peck, Joel Stillerman. Producer Daniel Delume), HBO
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Executive producers Kate Forte, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey. Producer Matthew Carlisle), ABC

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Don Cheadle (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Cedric The Entertainer (The Honeymooners), Paramount Pictures
Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Samuel Jackson (Coach Carter), Paramount Pictures
Will Smith (Hitch), Paramount Pictures

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anthony Anderson (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Chris Ludacris Bridges (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Morgan Freeman (Batman Begins), Warner Bros.
Steve Harris (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Terrence Howard (Crash), Lions Gate Films

OUSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Kimberly Elise (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Meagan Good (D.E.B.S.), Screen Gems
Queen Latifah (Beauty Shop), Screen Gems

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Loretta Devine (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow), Paramount Pictures
Thandie Newton (Crash), Lions Gate Films
Zoe Saldana (Guess Who), Columbia Pictures
Cicely Tyson (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN WRITING
Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Screen Gems
Norman Vance, Jr. Kate Lanier (Beauty Shop), Screen Gems

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), Paramount Pictures
Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Lions Gate Films
F. Gary Gray (Be Cool), MGM
Tim Story (Fantastic Four), Twentieth Century Fox
Kevin Rodney Sullivan (Guess Who), Columbia Pictures

HBO DIRECTOR TO WATCH (Independent Filmmakers)
Rodney Evans
Frank E. Flowers
Rob Hardy

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R&B Group Hi Five Steams Up Houston With Mike Jones

(New York, NY., October 12th, 2005)
This past weekend in Houston proved to be one of the hottest as the reunited R&B group Hi Five shot their first video for the single' Feelin' U' featuring Mike Jones and Paul Wall off their new album, The Return'.

The video brings more heat than hot wax on bare skin with a sexy bedroom scene featuring group member Joshun enraptured by a lovely, scantily clad young lady. Focusing on the lyrics of Feelin' U' as the storyboard for the video, each member showcases their flow with the night sky of downtown Houston in the background. But the video would not be complete without the edginess of superstar native Houston rapper Mike Jones. Mike and his Ice Age crew are seen against his very own black on black Impala used as the backdrop for his performance.

Devoted Hi Five fans will be delighted by this sexy, sleek and smooth R&B group's glossy adaptation of Feelin' U'. The video is slated for release in late October 2005.

The single Feelin' U' is already blowing up, just released one week ago, on the airwaves as it is the number one most requested song in the Denver and Phoenix radio markets. The Return' will be released on Tuesday, October 25th, 2005. Other features on the album include Rock Ya Body', featuring Bun B and Who Run Da Club' with Paul Wall and Bizzy Bone.

Contact: CJ Robinson
Phone: 646.552.9233
Email: cj@tsunamigroupinc.com


 
U.K. SUPER-PRODUCER ADAM F. GETS U.S. HEAT

October 12, 2005
Though he is a stalwart music activist and has graced the covers of several European magazines, British music phenom Adam F. has ironically always preferred to remain somewhat anonymous in the U.S.

F. produced Redman's new single"Rush The Security", from the Funk Doc's upcoming Def Jam release.The blonde haired, blue-eyed Englishman was the first and is the only UK producer to cross the Pond and break through the ranks of American hip hop production.His much anticipated EMI release, "KAOS: The Anti-Acoustic Warfare", which featured NY hip hop royalty, was a casualty of a 9/11 release date. Though he has thus far worked with only East coast heavyweights such as LL Cool J, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Guru, Capone-n-N.O.R.E, M.O.P, De La Soul, etc., will now have Stateside management by Hollywoodtalent management firm Stacey Castro Media. The NME #1 Producer and MOBO (Music of Black Origin)Award winning, mysterious multi-hyphenate also scores music for studio films, co-owns one of the most visited genre music sites on the internet, sings, writes and is a self-taught musician.

Few music makers achieve success inmultiple areas of music, but Adam F.'s credits include: LL Cool J's "G.O.A.T.: The Greatest of All Time", the eponymous single that propelled LL's album to #1 and multi-Platinum status; "Smash Somethin'", the anthemic first single from Redman's "Malpractice" and remixes for pop icons David Bowie and production/co-writing for The Pet Shop Boys last album. He is also a much sought-after celebrity DJ with regular gigs on five continents and co-owns two hugely successful independent record labels in London. An artist himself in Europe, his single "8 Ball" has been on the UK charts for weeks. Also in the works is a rock band; he's founder, frontman, singer and songwriter.

Castro, whose company represents only film & TV talent with the exception of Adam F., announced his foray into film with a role in the British indie film "The Heavy".


 
Magic Juan Readies Hip-Hop Masterpiece The Sure Bet, Tours The World, Preps Other Business Ventures

Second Album From Former Lead Vocalist Of Latin Hip-Hop Pioneers Proyecto Uno Due Later This Year On M.O.B. Recordings

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 12, 2005--Magic Juan, former lead vocalist and composer of the internationally acclaimed group Proyecto Uno, is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, the highly anticipated The Sure Bet. On the collection, which will be released later this year on emerging music powerhouse M.O.B. Recordings, Juan reveals his many personal and emotional dimensions. Lead singles "Fish Grease" and "Mil Horas" are already heating up at radio.

As he prepares for the release of the follow-up to 2002's La Prueba, Juan has been touring the world, most recently performing in front of legions of fans in Australia with Latin heavyweight Chayanne. Later this year, Juan will hit the road with Ivy Queen, Don Omar and Daddy Yankee.

Showing his business skills stretch beyond music, Magic Juan will launch in 2006 his own a liquor brand, Gravity. The blue Long Island Iced Tea will be distributed and promoted internationally. He is also launching his own calling card, The Magic Juan Phone Card.

Magic Juan's current ventures should not surprise his loyal fans. He wrote and rapped his way to No. 1 with Proyecto Uno on "Brinca!!," "Latinos" and "El Tiburon," which were wildly successful in South and Central America, Mexico, Europe and the United States. The Washington Heights, New York, native also flexed his acting skills in independent films such as Harlem Blues and Buscando Un Sueno with Lauren Velez.

In 2002, Magic Juan kept his music career hot by releasing La Prueba, which included the hits "La Ultima vez" with Eddy Herrera and "Meniando La Pera." The album received a nomination for Urban Album of the Year and Juan was nominated as Artist of the Year for Univision's 2004 Premios lo Nuestro Awards. "La Ultima vez" was also nominated for Tropical Song of the Year at the 2004 Latin Billboard Awards.

A testament to Juan's accomplishments, the Latin Hip Hop Coalition, which aims at educating and defending artist rights, has just appointed Magic its New York Chairman. No wonder Juan's fans have dubbed him "El Duro" (The Best) and "El Rey de Santo Domingo" (The Dominican King).

For more information on Magic Juan, and M.O.B. Recordings, please contact Tresa Sanders at either 845-623-2325 or tremedia@optonline.net.
Contacts
Tremedia
Tresa Sanders, 845-623-2325
tremedia@optonline.net


 
Terror Squad's Femme Fatale Finally Releases Debut Album

Remy Ma There's Something About Remy: Based On A True Story Drops Dec 6th

(Brooklyn, NY October 6th, 2005) After appearing on several mixtapes and a slew of hit street records, Bronx native Remy Ma is finally releasing her debut solo album. Entitled, There's Something About Remy: Based On A True Story, the album is a reflection of Remy's fortitude, focus, and determination. This is the album her mentor, the late, great Big Pun, had been trying to get out of her since he took the female prodigy under his wing seven years ago.

A natural poet, Remy always had a knack for writing rhymes, which eventually led to her battle rapping anyone in her neighborhood. Once Big Pun heard her spit he became her mentor and she was inducted as the sole female member to Terror Squad (TS). This marriage thrust Remy into the spotlight resulting in several appearances on songs with rap superstars including Eminem, Lil' Jon, Mase, Big L, D Block, and R. Kelly. She wowed street listeners worldwide with her encore verse on the M.O.P.'s "Ante Up Remix" and more recently, her verse on the TS single "Lean Back" helped make the song the summer anthem of last year.

There's Something About Remy features a range of emotions and exemplifies the duality of Remy's nature. She shows her softer side on the Alchemist produced song "Thug Luv," which features an unreleased Pun verse that tells of an unbreakable bond between a Puerto Rican boy and a Black girl from the Boogie Down. With "Can't Nobody", Cool & Dre craft a grimy backdrop for Remy's tough persona. On "Feel So Good," Remy joins Def Jam's newest Rn'B sensation Ne-Yo and reveals a more sensitive side. "It's hard for me to get real gushy gushy on record," she says, "but it's a nice love song, like on some 'I love you, but I'm not sweating you and I won't stab your car tires.' It's nice." The Swizz Beats produced lead single "Whuteva" is already getting spins on the radio. The full album comes out December 6th on TS member Fat Joe 's new label SRC Records under Universal Records.

Website:
www.RemyMa.com
www.SRCRecords.net
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Contact: Michelle McDevitt
www.AudibleTreats.com
(718) 768-7275
michelle@audibletreats.com


10/16/2005

 
2004 Remix Producer of the Year, Fatz Belvedere, has Finally Found a Management Situation for his Digital Mobb Muzik Imprint

The producer the industry has tagged a mix of Timbaland and Rick Rubin, Fatz Belvedere has signed his digital mobb muzik imprint to be managed by Ei8ht Park Music group. The brainchild of both Andre Neal and Brent Walker of VIolator management.

(PRWEB) October 15, 2005 -- The rumours of a Death Row records affiliation have been silenced and much long forgotten. His prior management company, Big Face ent. saw its CEO incarcerated for a three-five year bid. Most devastating though was the reports of his hospitalization for undisclosed reasons but rumours of Manic depression and related ailements have swirled leaving an impression that, although one of the most innovative and ingenious up and coming producers, Fatz Belvedere seems on the cusp of a nervous breakdown. Mike Daddy of Timbaland productions, has guided the prodigy throughout his career and has been, alongside Fatz' Digital Mobb crew, his crutch when the industry turned its back on him. Now emerging with a fresh sound, a fresh outlook on life, a new production company and a host of projects on deck, this once troubled youngster has signed his future to Ei8ht park music. A company headed by Andre Neal and Brent Walker of Violator management. He beleives they will guide his career and push him towards a higher degree of success. Alongside the deal, which will encompass his whole team and a hopeful label situation for his roster including pop princess, Erika J., Philadelphia mixtape heavyweights, Expansion Team and construction of a dance/house sub-label, projects for the new quarter will include tracks and remixes for Solomon Childs, RZA, John Doe, Joell Ortiz, Stack Bundles, Busta and more. Fatz is certain his new team will give him the edge that his innovative vision demands and his eyes, it always is supposed to get worse before it gets better and for someone who hit rockbottom and is on the verge of bouncing higher than ever, 2006 looks to be the year the industry finally gives in....

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Scott Harris
DIGITAL MOBB MUZIK
9172990724


 
Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.

Voletta Wallace With Tremell McKenzie

Foreword by Faith Evans

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When Hip-Hop superstar Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down in Los Angeles in possible retaliation for the murder of his alleged "rival" Tupac, the media heightened its attention on the so-called turf war between East and West Coast rappers. Public scrutiny of the violence surrounding the rap music industry intensified, as did the lies told about the lives of many of the artists. Now, the mother of Notorious B.I.G. speaks out about her life, her son, and media-perpetuated falsehoods in her heartfelt new book, Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G. (Atria Books; November 1, 2005; $29.95; Hardcover ISBN: 0-7434-7020-6) written by Voletta Wallace with Tremell McKenzie featuring a foreword by recording artist Faith Evans, Notorious B.I.G.'s widow.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051014/NYF057 )

In this candid memoir, Voletta Wallace offers a more complete portrait of her son than any that has been written. "I raised Christopher to cherish life and to cherish each other every single day," Wallace writes. "Christopher was a man with a conscience and he was raised as a Christian. I think the one thing I am most proud of about Christopher was his heart condition. He was a giver to anyone who asked. He was a man of his word. And he was loyal. All of these things are conditions of the heart that I know I helped to develop and instill in him."

Voletta Wallace's story begins in Jamaica, where as a young girl she yearned for something more than the small island nation could offer her. At age 19, she moved to New York City and found menial work and a furnished room in a dingy, cold apartment. Determined to make something of her life, she returned to school, studied nursing, and then became a teacher. In that career, Voletta Wallace taught for over thirty years. Still a naive girl from the islands, she had an affair with a man she did not know was married, and gave birth to her only child, Christopher. Despite the hardship of single motherhood, she worked hard to give her son a positive upbringing.

From the start, Christopher was an intelligent and loving child. As a teenager, he became interested in rap, the new form of music that was sweeping the neighborhood. Voletta Wallace did not understand the world of Hip-Hop, and would have preferred that Christopher pursue a more traditional and stable profession, but she bowed to his obvious talent and supported him in every way she could. Though she appeared as herself in one of his videos, she never became that mink-enshrouded, bejeweled woman she portrayed for the cameras, but continued to live modestly and teach as she always had. She also waged two courageous, successful battles against breast cancer and, after some reluctance, embraced her new role as grandmother to Christopher's two children.

Notorious B.I.G.'s career was cut short prematurely that fateful day in 1997, and Voletta Wallace writes poignantly about her trip to Los Angeles to claim his body. This trip provided her first exposure to the way the media manufactures spurious stories, as false reports broadcast her alleged battle over funeral arrangements with her daughter-in-law, Faith Evans. Nothing could have been further from the truth, she remembers, and she and Evans still maintain a strong bond. Biggie's death remains unsolved, and Wallace decries the way the case has been handled by the L.A.P.D., against whom she has filed a wrongful death suit.

In Biggie, Voletta Wallace also talks freely about her relationships with some of her son's closest friends and associates, including Sean Combs, Lil' Kim, and Lil' Cease, all of whom she says have disappointed her by exploiting Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy professionally, financially, or both. She discusses the contracts, conflicts and royalty rip-offs she has encountered as she continues to manage her son's artistic estate. She also points with pride to the Christopher Wallace Foundation she has set up to help underprivileged kids.

With its conversational tone and uncommon candor, Biggie offers a rare glimpse into the real story of a musical genius whose influence lives on despite his tragically short career, told by the one person who knew him best!

About the Author:

Voletta Wallace is a retired preschool teacher and founder of The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, which is dedicated to educating inner city youth. In conjunction with the publication of Biggie, Voletta Wallace will team up with Academy Award Winning Director Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day, to bring Christopher Wallace's life to the big screen and a part of the proceeds will be donated to the Christopher Wallace Foundation which raises money for and serves inner city schools. Additionally, a line of clothing inspired by Biggie as well as a CD compilation of Biggie's music will be released.

Title: Biggie: Voletta Wallace Remembers Her Son, Christopher Wallace
a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.
Author: Voletta Wallace
Pub Date: 11/1/05
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 0-7434-7020-6
Imprint: Atria Books
Catalog: Fall Page 17

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, part of the entertainment operation of Viacom Inc. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and multimedia formats. Its divisions include the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at http://www.simonsays.com/.

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NEW YORK, NY
VIRGIN MEGASTORE TIMES SQUARE
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2005
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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45th & Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Contact: Chad Lavacheck
Phone: 212-921-1020 x 267
Email: CLavacheck@virginmega.com

WASHINGTON, DC
KARIBU BOOKS
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2005
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Mall at Prince George's
3500 East West Highway
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Contact: Lee McDonald
Phone: 301.559.1140
Email: lmcdonald@karibubooks.com

ATLANTA, GA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2005
LOCATION: TBD

CHICAGO, IL
AFRICAN AMERICAN IMAGES
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2005
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
1909 West 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60643
Contact: Alicia Archer
Phone: (773) 445-0322
Email: Aarcher@AfricanAmericanImages.com

NEW YORK, NY
HUE MAN BOOKSTORE & CAFE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
2319 Frederick Douglas Boulevard
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY 10027
Contact: Mellanie Boellinger
Phone: 212-665-7400
Email: mboellinger@hue-manbookstore.com

BROOKLYN, NY
RESTORATION PLAZA
BILLIE HOLIDAY THEATRE
SPONSORED BY THE YOUNG DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA - BROOKLYN CHAPTER
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216-2635 - MapContact: Althea Spellman
Phone:(718) 857-6363
E-mail: Althea.Spellman@simonandschuster.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA
INTERNATIONAL ART EXPO
SPONSORED BY BLACK ISSUES BOOK REVIEW
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2005
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Black Issues Book Review Booth
Liacouras Center at Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Contact: Grace William
Phone: (212) 947-8385
Email: gwilliams242000@yahoo.com

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Source: Atria Books Simon & Schuster

CONTACT: Cheryl Duncan of The Terrie Williams Agency, +1-201-332-8338,
cheryl_duncan@earthlink.net; or Althea Spellman, Publicity Manager, of Simon &
Schuster, +1-212-698-1129, Althea.Spellman@SimonandSchuster.com

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


 
Rap Beats backed by Hip Hop Information

Read about a website that has not only provided Rap Beats for artist but has also nailed a website that makes finding music information and activities easy.

(PRWEB) October 14, 2005 -- Official Rap Beats has launched. Hip Hop recording artist have been searching for years to find a website that provides strong rap instrumentals and as much information about the music industry as this one.

Not only does the site provide rap beats but it also has plenty other interest including Hip Hop videos and as well as R&B videos and professional recording artist songs.

As you cruise through the pages on the website you will also notice a wonderful amount of information about How to Build a Home Recording Studio. You will not only be happy with the content provided but the pictures are great too.

Speaking of picturesOfficial Rap Beats has a Hip Hop Honeys page that is to say the least eye popping! Dont be surprised if you spend at least 20 minutes on that page. Not only are these women fine but your emotions are stroked by the soothing music playing in the background. If I remember correctly I am sure I heard some Isley Brothers In Between the Sheets. Whoa!!

After being stimulated by the Hip Hop Honey Pics you can educate yourself on the Hip Hop Dating page. There you can grab some great tips on dating using the internet.

There are several other appetizers Official Rap Beats provides such as Hip Hop DVDs, Movies, Mixtapes and Hip Hop History but the main course are the rap instrumentals.

If you are a rap artist looking for some professional beats to shop a demo CD or to prepare your own mixtape then you are in good hands with www.OfficialRapBeats.com

This website is starting off well considering it was derived from the original website located at http://www.soundclick.com/officialrapbeats

Once you visit Official Rap Beats you will instantly recognize the time it is taking to build such a website. Once of the great tools it provides for its visitors is an RSS feed so they can stay on top of weekly progression. Quickly subscribe to the feed by clicking the Yahoo or XML button at the top right corner of the site.

I have landed on many Hip Hop websites over the past years and I have to say that OfficialRapBeats.com has put much thought into building something that will attract many Hip Hop fans as well as artist looking for Rap Beats.

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Calvin Hill
Official Rap Beats
http://www.officialrapbeats.com/
678-314-7646


 
Skyline Music's Industry Blog Hypebot Named to CNET News.com's Top Blog 100

Hypebot (hypebot.com), which chronicles how technology is revolutionizing music marketing and distribution, has been named to CNET News.com's Blog 100 top technology blogs. CNET editors call Hypebot an "excellent chronicle of how the music world is responding to the digitization of its industry, from satellite radio to flash memory".

(PRWEB) October 14, 2005 -- Hypebot (www.hypebot.com), which chronicles how technology is revolutionizing music marketing and distribution, has been named to CNET News.com's Blog 100 top technology blogs. CNET editors call Hypebot an "excellent chronicle of how the music world is responding to the digitization of its industry, from satellite radio to flash memory".

The Blog 100 is designed to help CNET News.com's millions of readers find the best of the best in the crowded blogosphere. "With more than 14 million blogs in existence and another 80,000 being created each day, how is a person supposed to find the ones worth reading?", asks CNET. "That is the question CNET News.com is attempting to answer with our first Blog 100 list."

Published by national and international booking agency Skyline Music (www.skylineonline.com), "Hypebot started as our attempt to stay on top of a rapidly evolving music marketplace, but now it's evolving into a 'must read' compendium of information and commentary on how technology is shaping the future of the music industry," states Hypebot publisher and Skyline Music, LLC President Bruce Houghton. Updated contiously, Hypebot can be read at www.hypebot.com.

Hypebot is only a part of Skyline Music's commitment to helping their agency clients (which include Victor Wooten, Solomon Burke, the subdudes, George Winston) and other artists stay on the cutting edge of new technologies. Other initiatives launching before year's end include Skyline Digital designed to help artists utilize online promotion to grow their fan base and a re-launching of AudioSkyline, an eclectic AAA Internet broadcast stream.

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact Bruce Houghton at 213-291-1590. More information on the Blog 100 can be found at http://news.com.com/2310-10784_3-0.html

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http://www.hypebot.com/
213-291-1590


 
Gian Fiero Debuts "The Fiero Filter": A Music Industry Tip Sheet

Music industry consultant and music licensing specialist, Gian Fiero, is set to debut "The Fiero Filter," an industry tip sheet for A&R executives, music supervisors, music publishers, and advertising agencies.

(PRWEB) October 15, 2005 -- Music industry consultant and music licensing specialist, Gian Fiero, is set to debut "The Fiero Filter," an industry tip sheet for A&R executives, music supervisors, music publishers, and advertising agencies.

"The Fiero Filter" will contain profiiles on twelve artists, one of which will be featured in every issue. The publication will be distributed online every other month (6 times a year).

Artists will be selected for inclusion based upon the commercial value and artistic merit of their project, or individual song. All artists will receive a professional evaluation which contains Gian's professional endorsement and reccomendation for the best use of the project or song.

"The purpose of The Fiero Filter is to expose artists and their songs to entertainment industry professionals who need them," Gian says. "These are very busy individuals with discriminating tastes who simply don't have the time to visit websites, listen to inappropriate music, or sift through tons of packages. The Fiero Filter will be a reliable search and filtering mechanism that will help them pinpoint the best songs for upcoming recording, television, film, and media projects."

Interested A&R executives, music supervisors, music publishers, and advertising agencies are encouraged to get on "The Fiero Filter" distribution list to receive the first and subsequent issues as they are released.

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Gian Fiero
DUMAN & FIERO
323.384.448


 
MTV, VH1, Comedy Central & mtvU Debut Broadband Networks On Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Broadband Channels Join Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Family, Connecting PCs, TVs & Xbox 360 Gaming Consoles To Create One Complete Digital Entertainment Experience

NEW YORK, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks and Microsoft Corp. announced the next phase of their ongoing partnership today, expanding the reach of the MTV Networks broadband channels into every room in the house through Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PCs. With a Media Center Edition PC and an Xbox 360 game console or a Media Center Extender, users will have the ability to seamlessly switch between a standard TV experience and on demand broadband programming without ever leaving the couch. Broadband channel "MTV Overdrive" will debut on Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 PCs beginning today. VH1's "VSpot," Comedy Central's soon to launch broadband channel, and the new "mtvU" broadband service will also debut on Media Center PCs early next year.

Each MTV Networks broadband service will revolutionize the digital entertainment experience for its respective audience -- delivering a vast catalog of content to Media Center Edition users including exclusive performances, regularly updated news features, show content, movie trailers, music videos, games, and much more. The broadband channels will be available through "Online Spotlight," a convenient, central location where customers can discover the latest software and services designed for Media Center customers including MTV and others.

"Our audiences want to connect with our content on every platform they interact with-linear television, broadband, online, radio, and now on PCs that run Windows XP Media Center. Today's announcement helps fulfill our multiplatform entertainment promise," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music, Films & Logo Group. "The distinction between TV and broadband programming is becoming less important to our viewers, and the Media Center Edition platform is helping to take the entire entertainment experience to the next level."

"Comedy Central viewers are by nature early adopters and avid users of advanced communications technologies and they expect to access our content when they want it, where they want it and how they want it," said Doug Herzog, President of Comedy Central. "Windows XP Media Center Edition will optimize our soon-to-launch broadband channel by providing our users a variety of gateways to access Comedy Central content whether it's short and long form video, audio or text."

"The Microsoft and MTV relationship will provide Media Center PC customers with a new level of entertainment," said Joe Belfiore, general manager, Windows Media Center. "MTV Networks provides hundreds of millions of viewers with compelling and innovative entertainment content every day. We are thrilled to have MTV choose Windows XP Media Center Edition to expand their service and offer customers' access to their favorite programming in new and innovative ways."

Media Center Edition PCs deliver advanced computing plus easy-to-use integrated digital entertainment -- live and recorded television, movies, music, photos and radio -- that you can enjoy when and how you want. All your digital media is in one place, accessible on either a PC monitor or TV display, using a single remote control. With Media Center Edition, you can pause and rewind live television or radio, digitally record an entire TV series or program category, watch DVDs and videos, organize and play your music collection, and showcase digital photos.

Since its launch online in April of this year, "MTV Overdrive" (overdrive.mtv.com) has received both critical and widespread acclaim as an industry leading broadband content provider. Most recently, "Overdrive" finished out Q3 with more than 47 million streams of music videos, MTV News, and companion programming content. Specifically, "Overdrive" delivered 13 million unique streams of its "My VMA" content during its 30 day-run, giving fans the opportunity to relive exclusive performances from the 2005 Video Music Awards, stream interviews with artists, and check out the VMA fashions from the white carpet. "MTV Overdrive" also premiered the next generation of MTV's famous performance series, "Unplugged" hosting the incomparable Alicia Keys. In just one week, "Overdrive" recorded over 1 million streams of the "Unplugged" performance, making it the most popular programming on the broadband network for that time period.

Launched in July of this year, VH1's broadband entertainment network Vspot (vspot.vh1.com) offers distinct channels of original and exclusive music and pop culture programming that allows VH1's upscale adult audience to take VH1 with them wherever they go. Vspot debuted with the first episode of the VH1 series "Surreal Life 5" three days before the series premiered on the VH1 linear network. Music artists sound off in original franchises such as "Artist 2 Artist" and "Take 2." In September, Vspot extended VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" event with elements such as "VIP Pass" which featured behind-the-scenes action hosted by MC Lyte and an exclusive performance on the "gold carpet" by artist David Banner -- all resulting in a six-fold increase in normal traffic.

mtvU (www.mtvU.com), MTV's 24 hour college network, launched MTV Networks' first channel distributed in its entirety over broadband and streaming 24/7 on October 10th. Through non-stop streaming service that can be watched continuously, or by using unique on-demand capabilities empowering visitors to customize their experience, mtvU's broadband platform showcases a powerful line-up of original programming serving as a gateway to the latest new music, as well as a source for one of a kind student produced content that will drive and direct the network.

About MTV Networks:

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc., is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 80 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Jeannie Kedas of MTV, +1-212-846-4629, or
jeannie.kedas@mtvstaff.com; or David French of MTV/mtvU, +1-212-846-6698, or
david.french@mtvstaff.com; or Brett Henne of VH1, +1-212-846-6752, or
Brett.Henne@vh1staff.com

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