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10/28/2005

 
Hip Hop Fans Everywhere: The Wait Is Finally Over; Dillinger & Young Gotti Part 2 The Saga Continues Will Be in Stores November 1, 2005

Multi-platinum producer and phenomenal rapper Daz Dillinger joins Kurupt, now known as Young Gotti, to make what is regarded as one of the biggest Hip Hop street records in history.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2005 -- Super Producer Daz Dillinger single handedly has created one of the biggest West Coast street buzzes for his upcoming CD Dillinger & Young Gotti. Daz has joined Kurupt, now known as, Young Gotti to create the biggest word of mouth CD ever. Mr. Arnold White explains, "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 every where I go from Record label executives, to just around the way music lovers people are admitting that Daz Dillinger & Kurupt (Young Gotti) not only created a very relevant record, but it is a very competitive record." Dillinger & Young Gotti is a very anticipated album because this reunion is one of the biggest reunions in history.

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."

Dillinger & Young Gotti will be available for everyone November 1, 2005. The CD has 15 very solid tracks. With a replay value of 100%. Every sample market that was polled has without a doubt stated that they've listened to their CDs over and over again. The average repeat time listened to in the short span of 30 days, was an average of 150 times, averaging 5 - 7 times a day. [Poll and Research conducted by The Best Pitch.

Customers can order the pre-sale by logging on to http://www.d-p-g-c.com. The track listing is below.
1. Intro
2. DPGC Muzic
3. Whut U Gonna Do
4. Hit Donutz N The Streetz
5. I Luv It
6. Push Bacc
7. Imma Gangsta
8. This Iz How We Live
9. Ride & Creep
10. It Feelz Good
11. U Remind Me
12. We Get High
13. Say It
14. Make Me A Believer
15. Outro

Dillinger and Young Gotti is the prelude to a very dramatic and realistic story that gets it's listeners peaked for the sagas that are to follow.

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 apart of the Long Beach clique. 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 the biggest record of Tupac's history.

About The Best Pitch
Consultant Marketing Firm for Urban Music.

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

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


 
The Indi Hip Hop Report

Hip Hops best kept secret returns with "The Chronicals of I.K.E. Turner" mix Lp.

(PRWEB) October 28, 2005 -- In 2004, an mc by the name of Corey Drumz aka CeStyle, was on the tongues of most hip hop heads that kept their ear to the ground. Going from prospective Aftermath affiliate to indi label owner, he's come back with a twist. I recently spoke with Drumz and he tells us that though he has been absent of late to the public eye, he has indeed been busy establishing his company, Iron Kladd Entertainment Inc., as a major force for pure eastcoast hip hop, that will be accepted in all national and global regions as FIRE.

The Indi Hip Hop Report is happy to announce that the man who was refered to as hip hops "best kept secret" has returned and he's not alone. Heres the 411:

Iron Kladd Entertainment Inc. returns with a whole new agenda. Corey Drumz aka CeStyle, Ceo of Iron Kladd Entertainment or I.K.E.,and Lee Boogz aka Arthur Tillery the Young Exec, are getting set to release their new mix Lp, " The Chronicals of I.K.E Turner", featuring I.K.E.Sclusive new joints from Drumz and Boogz and hosted by I.K.E.'s ultimate hypeman, Silky Hoffa the #1 Draft Pick. Used as a showcase for Lee Boogz, this cd combines the experience of Corey Drumz and the pure lyrical talents of Lee Boogz.

Distributed by I.K.E. Distro (independent retail distribution), this cd will be available in mom and pop mix shops accross the country as well as on the internet. With 25+ joints, "The Chronicals of I.K.E. Turner" mix Lp is guaranteed to feed your hip hop appetite leaving you completely satisfied and wanting seconds. Known for creating "rewind classics", the I.K.E. team has utilized both industry instrumentals as well as original production by producers like K. Nack, Corey Drumz, 1.5, and others. The release is set for the end of November 2005 but may be pushed back to December. www.Scrubradio.com will be debuting the entire cd a few days before the release and www.Danewsstand.com will be blessed with a few joints leaked directly from I.K.E. headquarters. There will also be 50 cd's autographed by Corey Drumz and Lee Boogz sold exclusively on www.Danewsstand.com, so definately get your ears ready for the fire coming from Iron Kladd Entertainment Inc.

Listen to an I.K.E.Sclusive joint from the upcoming cd @ http://scrubrecords.com/artists/1808/music.php

For bookings or other info, contact e-mail protected from spam bots

William Telly
The Indi Hip Hop Report

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William Telly
The Indi Hip Hop Report
(631)650-4551


 
Knight to Day-Day Time Television that is.....

Award Winning and #1 Songwriter Jack Knight will
appear on the popular music count down 106 and Park as
guest judge, judging the heated battled of Free Style
Friday. Jack will judge along with Rap Artist Black
Rob of Bad Boy Entertainment.

Air Date: Friday October 28, 2005; 6PM (et) BET (Check
your local listing)

Knight is an Award Winning urban songwriter and
producer whose credits include hit singles by Monifah,
Total, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Guru, Loon, P. Diddy
and Usher. Jack initially came to the forefront as an
urban soul writer and producer, working with the likes
of Total, Monifah, Blackstreet and Chico DeBarge.
After scoring a couple of hits behind the scenes,
Knight decided to move into the realm of recording,
releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, Gypsy
Blues (Universal) in the summer of 1999. He was the
first writer signed to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
publishing company, "The Writing Factory" a subsidiary
of Bad Boy Entertainment where he continues to write,
record and produce hit records on a regular basis for
artists including Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, J. Lo and
P. Diddy. Jack has currently collaborated with
award-winning songwriter and SongU.com co-founder,
Sara Light, on a book about writing well crafted songs
geared toward the urban market. Recently Knight
finished working on the Biggie Duet Album and Lil
Kim's record Naked Truth. Jack oversees the
development of Urban School of Music at songU.com. A
dedicated member of the Grammy Board and a volunteer
with the New York School of the Arts systems this
young, intelligent man is on a journey to teach and
change peoples lives through the teachings of his
gift, writing from the soul.
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Check out www.songu.com/TWFC for more info on Award Winning Song
Writer Jack Knight

JMedia..(Bright Ideas)
Jessica Taylor-Publicist
prindustrymedia@yahoo.com
jmedia@mycingular.blackberry.net
New York, New York
917-783-6073


 
50 CENT: Refuse 2 Die. Revealing Unofficial Autobiography on DVD Nov 8th!

FROM THE STREETS TO THE STAGE NEW LINE HOME ENTERTAINMENT DELIVERS AN ALL-ACCESS PASS INTO THE LIFE OF HIP-HOP IDOL 50 CENT IN THE PROVOCATIVE DOCUMENTARY 50 CENT: REFUSE 2 DIE AVAILABLE ON DVD NOVEMBER 8

Featuring Revealing Footage with 50 CENTs Grandfather, Treach, DJ Skribble, DMC As Well As All-New Music from TOMMY COSTER, Co-Writer of EMINEMs Mega-Hit Slim Shady.

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 27, 2005) Hip-hops biggest superstar, 50 Cent, shocked the world by defying outrageous odds to become one of the music industrys most successful crossover artists of all time. The unauthorized documentary, 50 Cent: Refuse to Die, available on DVD on November 8 from New Line Home Entertainment, chronicles his inspirational journey from the streets to the stage and his unprecedented acceptance into the heart of mainstream culture. The DVD features interviews with 50 Cents grandfather and DMC from the legendary RUN-DMC, as well as 3-D animated segments and behind-the-scenes footage. The DVD will be available at a $19.97 SRP.
After thriving for several years in the hip-hop underground, 50 Cents hip-hop anthem "In Da Club propelled him to instant stardom. Despite his infamous past and headline grabbing run-ins with the law, fans of all ages and races embraced 50 Cent as Get Rich or Die Tryin flew off the shelves, instantly becoming a number one album on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. His current album, The Massacre, was number one on the charts for six weeks straight, thelongest streak for 2005. With over four million albums sold and four top 10 hits, The Massacre has gone four times platinum, securing 50 Cents place in music history. From multi-platinum selling albums to his G-Unit clothing line and starring roles in television and film, 50 Cent has made an undisputed impact on the music scene and the world at large.
SYNOPSIS
50 Cent: Refuse 2 Die is the inspirational journey of the hottest artist in hip-hop, Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent). Adored by fans of all ages and races and the face of hip-hop for both the hardcore and mainstream fan, this gritty documentary tells the tale of 50 Cents life and the obstacles he overcame to become an icon of the hip-hop generation. From a life of crime to the recognition of the world at large, the East Coast rapper defied the odds to enter the celebrity lifestyle without losing his street credibility. Including interviews with his closest family members and influential figures who guided his career (such as members of RUN-DMC), this raw documentary presents 50 Cent as he has never been seen before.

DID YOU KNOW...
- 50 Cents mother was 1 of 10 children. When she became pregnant with 50 at 15, she hid the pregnancy from her father, telling him she had a tumor.
- 50 Cent started selling drugs when he was just 12. At 15, he was expelled when school officials found crack in his shoes.
- 50 Cent dropped out of school and sold drugs full time with his girlfriend until they got busted twice in 3 weeks. 50 used to say his girlfriend had "Magic Draws". She hid the crackcocaine in her underwear and delivered it to 50s customers after a signal.
- 50 Cent lifted weights and earned his GED while incarcerated for selling drugs. He also wrote rhymes and learned to box. His boxing name was BooBoo.
Youll have to check the DVD for more on Hip Hop's rap star...

http://www.50centrefuse2die.com/

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EMINEM'S SHADE 45 ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO CELEBRATES ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY

I can't believe that Shade 45 has been on the air for a whole year,
cursing until our hearts content and playing our favorite music. What
a fucking accomplishment. Now everybody get back to work.
-Eminem

NEW YORK October 26, 2005 SIRIUS Satellite Radio celebrates the
first anniversary of its Shade 45 channel on Thursday, October 27.
Shade
45 is the totally uncut, uncensored, commercial-free hip-hop channel
that is produced by recording artist Eminem. The channel launched in
October 2004 with a live concert broadcast from Eminems Shady National
Convention in New York City.

Eminem will be on Shade 45 throughout the next several days to talk
about the channels success over the past year, his forthcoming
greatest
hits album, Curtain Call, and other new projects in development. Hear
Eminem with host Lil Shawn on Thursday, October 27 from 12 pm to 12:30
pm ET, and again during The All Out Show with co-hosts Rude Jude and
Lord Sear from 4 pm to 8 pm ET. Eminem can also be heard on Shade 45
with morning show co-hosts Cipha Sounds and Angela Yee on Friday,
October 28 from 8 am to 12 pm ET, and on Saturday, October 29 from 2 pm
to 4 pm ET during G Unit Radio with host Whoo Kid.

This past year, Shade 45 consistently presented exclusive broadcasts
hosted by the most credible DJs in hip-hop, and set a new standard in
hip-hop radio for supporting emerging and established artists.

Highlights from Shade 45s inaugural year include:

Exclusive in-studio interviews with Donald Trump, Jay-Z, Lindsey
Lohan, Ludacris, Jessica Alba, Kanye West, Tommy Lee and others.

Special issue of XXL magazine dedicated to Shade 45.

Songs specifically written about Shade 45 recorded by Eminem, 50
Cent,
Tony Yayo, Common, Proof of D12 and others.

The launch of House Arrest Radio, a weekly show hosted by G-Unit
member Tony Yayo (while he was under house arrest).

50 Cent personally world-premiered his multi-platinum album The
Massacre on Shade 45.

Exclusive backstage coverage for the entire Anger Management 3 tour,
headlined by Eminem and 50 Cent.

Shade 45 was also the first radio outlet in America to provide national
exposure for some of the years biggest breakthrough artists, such as
Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Tony Yayo and Young Jeezy.

*An overview of the first year of Shade 45 is below:

_*_THE FIRST YEAR OF SHADE 45 EXCLUSIVELY ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO

*_
Em and I were, of course, blown away be the opportunity to have a
radio
station. Who wouldnt be? We figured out the basics what it was going
to sound like, what it was going to be about and just started
building
it from scratch. -Eminem manager Paul Rosenberg

* Following its October 2004 launch, Shade 45 announced a lineup of
hosts that included hip-hop personalities known from radio and
television (Rude Jude, Cipha Sounds, Lord Sear), a trusted friend
of Eminem (Lil Shawn), and hot mix shows by DJ Clinton Sparks and
Atlantas Aphiliates. For the holidays, Eminem then contributed
his special holiday flava, A Very Shady Christmas, exclusively on
Shade 45.

* In February 2005, 50 Cent joined Shade 45 as the architect of
Shade 45s Saturday programming, G Unit Saturdays Featuring DJ
Whoo Kid, which includes GGGGs Morning Show, House Arrest with
Tony Yayo, The Moisture Hour, and insult kings The Gomez Brothers.

* Renowned producer-DJs Tony Touch and DJ Muggs joined Shade 45 in
March to spin their world-famous mixes in exclusive weekly shows.
Tony Touch broadcasts Toca Tuesdays, and DJ Muggs hosts Mashup
Mondays. In May 2005, Shade 45 welcomed West Coast heavy-hitter DJ
Felli Fels Lo Lo Radio and in August, DJ Kay Slays Streetsweeper
Radio.

www.shade45.com

For More Information Conact:
Andrea Ferguson
Dan Klores Communications
917-575-2282
Andrea_Ferguson@dkcnews.com


 
Groove Mobile And Digital Rights Agency Sign Worldwide Mobile Music Agreement For Independent Artists

Deal Brings Full-Track Music Downloads Direct to Music Fans' Mobile Phones

Independent Labels and World's Leading Mobile Music Service Put the Music First

ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Groove Mobile, the world's leading mobile music service, today announced a worldwide licensing deal with Digital Rights Agency, the influential distributor of independent record label catalogs to digital outlets. With this groundbreaking deal, Groove Mobile will ensure that music fans around the world have instant access to full track over-the-air downloads from the entire Digital Rights Agency family of labels.

"We are partnering with Groove Mobile because of their leading role in bringing independent artists to mobile phones," stated Tuhin Roy, Managing Director of Digital Rights Agency. "This worldwide agreement with Groove Mobile provides many well known artists an opportunity to reach new fans and old with downloads direct to mobile phones."

Digital Rights Agency's partnership with Groove Mobile is a major step for independent US artists. Now, the lengthy roster of influential musicians and artists represented by Digital Rights Agency will be available direct to the mobile phones of music lovers worldwide via the Groove Mobile platform. Digital Rights Agency is the global digital distributor of music by some of the world's premier independent artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Bloc Party, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney, Metric, Atmosphere, RJD2, Rilo Kiley, and The Stars.

The new licensing agreement with Digital Rights Agency is a further example of Groove Mobile's commitment to distributing independent artists and their content. Groove Mobile is the world's leading mobile music provider of independent artists with over the air downloads delivered in the UK, EU and Asia. Groove Mobile also provides music fans access to the content of leading independent labels V2 (including Bloc Party, Stereophonics, and Paul Weller) and Beggars Group (including M.I.A., The White Stripes and Interpol).

"DRA represents an incredibly rich group of vibrant independent labels," said Adam Sexton, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management at Groove Mobile. "We are excited to be able to bring a wide variety of compelling independent artists to our carrier partners around the world"

ABOUT GROOVE MOBILE

Groove Mobile is the world's leading mobile music service. Groove Mobile's Complete Music Gateway includes Full Track Mobile Downloads, Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Personalized Music Recommendations, in addition to providing Personalized and Programmed Streaming Radio, Music Subscriptions, and more. Groove Mobile powers the #1 rated mobile music service in the UK, Orange's Music Player. Groove Mobile launched the world's first secure peer-to-peer distribution in the mobile space, with its pioneering TELL-A- FRIEND feature. Groove Mobile's direct download service is available in the UK, EU and Asia and provides access to music from EMI, Warner Music International, V2, and Beggars Group libraries. On the Internet, Groove Mobile is located at www.groovemobile.net.

ABOUT DIGITAL RIGHTS AGENCY

The Digital Rights Agency distributes independent record label catalogs to digital outlets around the world. DRA manages all aspect of the digital distribution process including the negotiation of collective licenses, data delivery, marketing and consolidated electronic royalty reporting. By eliminating duplicative negotiations, content deliveries and accounting, DRA drives significant cost savings for both labels and digital outlets. DRA's outlet partners include download stores, subscription music services, Internet-connected jukeboxes and ringtone providers. The company's website is located at www.digitalrightsagency.com.

Web site: http://www.groovemobile.net
http://www.digitalrightsagency.com

Source: Groove Mobile

CONTACT: Bennet Ratcliff of Group SJR, +1-310-806-6200,
bratcliff@groupsjr.com, or Digital Rights Agency, 888-706-2590 ext. 704,
info@digitalrightsagency.com


 
MTV Networks Names Jason Hirschhorn Chief Digital Officer

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B) , today announced that Jason Hirschhorn has been appointed the Company's inaugural Chief Digital Officer (CDO). Effective immediately, this new executive position creates a senior global leader of MTV Networks' digital media businesses and interactive strategy.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051027/NYTH259 )

In this new global role, Hirschhorn will be responsible for creating and implementing cross-company strategies for growing MTV Networks' existing and future brands -- including the music, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Spike channels -- across all existing and emerging digital platforms.

Additionally, he will coordinate the business, product development and technical operations of MTV Networks' expanding portfolio of digital media businesses while overseeing new acquisitions in the interactive space, including the recently-acquired video destination IFILM. He will also work with corporate development and each brand on all merger, acquisition, new business and integration efforts.

Hirschhorn will report directly to the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, Judy McGrath, and will represent Digital on her executive Strategy Team. He will also work with corporate development and each brand on all digital merger, acquisition, new business and integration efforts.

MTV Networks has named a Chief Digital Officer in order to be better structured to leverage and scale efficiencies across all of the Company's digital operations and better positioned to deploy best-in-class technologies, best operational practices and shared expertise seamlessly across the business.

"Jason's entrepreneurial and executive strengths make him an excellent choice to lead MTV Networks' multiplatform efforts as our first Chief Digital Officer," said Judy McGrath. "As a true champion of all our broadband, wireless and online initiatives to date, Jason will play a critical role in helping our brands reach the next level of digital media while bringing new scale and speed to our collective efforts on the interactive front."

McGrath continued, "Wherever our audience goes, we need to be there, with the most compelling entertainment experience available. To achieve this, Jason will lead our efforts to build, buy and partner in the digital space so we can continue strengthening consumer loyalty to all of our brands. This appointment is an excellent creative and business opportunity for all of us."

"This new centralized role will help us identify, create and deliver new entertainment experiences and brands to our audiences as well as new business opportunities to our advertisers and partners," said Hirschhorn. "Our multiplatform progress to date, combined with our world-renowned brands and enviable strengths in programming, consumer insight and global reach, makes us well positioned to be a leader in the digital space. Whether it is through a broadband network, a wireless application, interactive television or online gaming, our goal is to live at the cross-section of entertainment and communications where we can continue delivering the most unique experiences to all of our audiences."

Most recently, Hirschhorn has served as Senior Vice President of Digital Music and Media for MTV Networks, where he was responsible for managing the online operations of MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT, mtvU, Comedy Central and Spike. He also supervised the overall growth and interactive strategies for the digital music and media operations at each network and played an instrumental role in extending these brands to all of the screens they live across today.

Previously, Hirschhorn was Senior Vice President of CMT.com and VH1.com. Prior to this appointment in May 2001, he served as General Manager of Sonicnet.com, a unit of the former MTVi and one of the top-ranked online music sites of the time. Before assuming management of the site, he was MTVi's Vice President of Product Development for Sonicnet.com.

Hirschhorn joined MTV Networks in March 2000 via the acquisition of his company, Mischief New Media, a leading web site design and content development firm he founded to serve the entertainment industry.

Hirschhorn holds a B.S. in International Business and Marketing from New York University's Stern School of Business. He also serves on the board of Computers for Youth, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income students and their families with home computers and the skills to use them.

About MTV Networks:

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 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, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS which includes LOGO, NOGGIN, VH1 Classic and 10 additional 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 90 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.
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Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Jeanine Smartt of MTV Networks, +1-212-846-7437

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


10/27/2005

 
PlayStation(R) Presents Breed Love Odyssey, Featuring Hip-Hop Pioneers Mos Def and Talib Kweli at More Than 20 Tour Stops Across the Country

Sony Computer Entertainment America, as Title Sponsor, and House of Blues(R) Partner to Showcase Multimedia Entertainment With PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable)

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America, in conjunction with House of Blues(R), today announced the show dates and routing of the PlayStation(R) Presents Breed Love Odyssey tour. Co-headliners hip-hop artists Mos Def and Talib Kweli will perform across the country at intimate club settings accompanied by an eclectic line-up of up-and-coming hip-hop artists including Pharoahe Monch, K'Naan and Jean Grae. The tour will make its first stop in Sacramento on October 28 and will conclude in New York City in December.

At each stop of the Breed Love Odyssey tour, PlayStation will give concertgoers an opportunity to experience multimedia entertainment with one of the hottest items on the market today, the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Street teams will be at each tour stop to showcase stunning PSP gameplay, as well as video and music playing capabilities. In addition, the first 50 attendees who show us their PSP systems at the event will receive a copy of the PSP software title NBA '06, and a CONNECT Cash(TM) card worth 25 song downloads, an approximate value of $65*. Moreover, all attendees will receive a card redeemable for an EXCLUSIVE Mos Def download from the CONNECT Store.

"With the tremendous talent and innovation that both Mos Def and Talib Kweli bring to the table, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to have PlayStation present the Breed Love Odyssey tour," said Sharon Shapiro, senior director, promotions and sports marketing, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The PSP shares these attributes with the artists and thus the partnership delivers the ultimate combination of entertainment."

In addition to the on-site PSP sampling opportunities and unparalleled value opportunities for concert-goers at each location, Sony Computer Entertainment America will reward one grand prize winner with a trip to see the show at House of Blues Chicago and a chance to meet Mos Def in person. The grand prize winner will also receive a PSP Value Pack and select software titles to help pass the time on the way to the show. The sweepstakes in total will offer consumers over 50 opportunities to win PSP prizes and autographed merchandise. For more information on the sweepstakes and details on how to enter, please visit www.us.playstation.com/events.aspx.

Mos Def and Talib Kweli first teamed up in 1998 as the critically acclaimed Black Star, and from there, both artists embarked on solo careers that continue to flourish. Kweli's Right About Now, his highly anticipated follow-up album to The Beautiful Struggle, will be released in late November under the Blacksmith Music Corp label and Mos' most recent album, The New Danger, received a Grammy(R) nomination. Beyond his hip-hop talents, Mos has broadened his career in television, film and stage as host, music supervisor and co-executive producer for the HBO series Def Poetry, as a frequent guest on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show" and with his Broadway debut in 2002 in the Tony nominated, Pulitzer Prize winning Topdog/Underdog. In 2004, Mos Def starred in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Something the Lord Made, for which he received nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Award and a Golden Satellite Award. His big screen roles include those in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Italian Job, both recently released on UMDTM (Universal Media Disc) for PSP.

Below are all the confirmed tour stops to date (additional shows may be added).

PlayStation(R) Presents Breed Love Odyssey Routing Schedule**:

Date Where Venue

Oct. 28 Sacramento, Calif. Memorial Auditorium
Oct. 29 San Francisco Mezzanine
Oct. 30 San Francisco Mezzanine
Oct. 31 Santa Cruz, Calif. Catalyst
Nov. 1 Santa Cruz, Calif. Catalyst
Nov. 3 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
Nov. 4 Anaheim, Calif. House of Blues (early & late shows)
Nov. 5 San Diego House of Blues (early & late shows)
Nov. 6 Las Vegas, Nev. House of Blues
Nov. 7 Phoenix Marquee Theatre
Nov. 10 Denver Ogden Theater
Nov. 11 Denver Ogden Theater
Nov. 12 Albuquerque, N.M. Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 13 Austin, Texas Stubb's
Nov. 14 Houston Club Hush
Nov. 19 Atlanta Earthlink Live
Nov. 20 Tampa, Fla. Masquerade
Nov. 23 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Revolution
Nov. 24 Orlando, Fla. House of Blues
Nov. 25 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
Nov. 26 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
Nov. 29 New Haven, Conn. Toad's Place
Nov. 30 Providence, R.I. Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Dec. 1 Boston Roxy
Dec. 9 Chicago House of Blues (early & late shows)

**Additional tour stops to be added. All dates, venues and performers subject to change.

For more information regarding tour stops, performers, special promotions and ticket information visit www.us.playstation.com and www.hob.com/odyssey.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

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

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

ABOUT HOB ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

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

-- House of Blues Clubs, which operate 1,000 -- 2,400 capacity venues
located in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando,
Las Vegas, Anaheim, Cleveland, San Diego and Atlantic City.
-- House of Blues Concerts, Inc., which owns, operates or exclusively
books 19 arena and amphitheatre venues throughout North America,
including Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas, Seattle (The
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* Limited to the first 50 people or while supplies last. Selection of game title at sponsor's discretion. See www.us.playstation.com for further details.

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St. Louis Rap Group 'Hot 50 Productions' Strikes Platinum

St. Louis Rap Group 'Hot 50 Productions' strikes platinum with digital music distributors. The title of the cd: 'Respect It Cause You Ain't Gon Check It.'

(PRWEB) October 27, 2005 -- 'Respect It Cause You Ain't Gon Check It' is the Title of the future multi-platinum 1st Album release of Hot 50 Productions which is being distributed through: TowerRecords, Apple iTunes, music net, Rhapsody, MP3Tunes, MSN Music, Napster, Sony Connect, CD BABY; and several other digital distributors.

The main seasoned artist: Tone Rebel, and Ill-Pop were on Nelly's first Album release Tour.

Tone Rebel released an independent album in 1994 titled "Holy War"; this album received spins in London and over 10,000 scans locally.

Tone Rebel has open shows for the likes of: 50cent, Nelly, Roots, common, 8-Ball & MJG.

Tone Rebel is by trade a multi talented producer, he has worked with the likes of Derty ENT. Family, Sucka Free Records, Rap-a-Lot Records, B.G., Mc Eight, J-Kwon, crooked I, Esco Music Group.

Ill-Pop is a lyrical beast who truly represents the streets of St. Louis, (he would put you in mind of 2pac and Bob Marley rolled into one).

Ill-Pop has worked with Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boys, Track Boys, Knocturnal as well opened shows for: 50Cent, Nelly, Lil' Scrappy & Trillville.

Ill-Pop has a diverse array of musical influences, like 2Pac, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, E-40, Jay-Z, Nas, Nelly, Run DMC, Biggie Smalls.

The Cd represents truly the St.Louis Street Life (Track 1. ICY) a true story of a STL Rapper wearing $400,000 worth of jewelry (Track 17. No Job) talks about filling out applications and not getting a job.

The CD as well has features from Jewele of Dr. Dre the Chronic, and Taylor Made of Derty Ent. Nelly's Label.

Tour dates, video shoots, TBA.

Sponsorship of this project was gifted by:
Rawdogg Industries. (www.rawdogg.com).

The entire album can be reviewed free: www.hot50productions.com

Contact:
Gerald Marvolus
HOT 50 PRODUCTIONS
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314-359-2643


 
KOCH Records Announces a Brand-New Joint Venture Partnership With Snoop Dogg & Doggystyle Records

First Album Set for Release on 12.13.05 Will Be Snoop Dogg Presents "Welcome To Tha Chuuch Tha Album"; New CD Features All New Material and Appearances From Snoop, Tiffany Foxxx, DPGC, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Lady Rage, Daz Dillinger, James, and Much, Muc...

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Oct 27, 2005) --  KOCH Records is thrilled to announce a new worldwide, multi-album joint-venture partnership with Snoop Dogg, the multi-talented high-profile, platinum-selling rapper/actor/entrepreneur/football coach/icon!

The first release under this partnership arrives just in time for the holidays. KOCH Records will release Snoop Dogg Presents "Welcome To Tha Chuuch Tha Album" on December 13th, 2005. This album follows on the heels of Snoop's super-successful "Welcome to Da Chuuch" mix-tapes (of which there have been 7 successful volumes to date).

The new album features brand new music from The Dogg Pound Fam, including DPGC (Dogg Pound Gangsta Clique), with additional participation from Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Lady Rage, Daz Dillinger and up-and-comers Tiffany Foxxx, RBX, Soopafly, Half-Dead, Mira-Mira, Mykestro with participation of course from Snoop on many of the albums key jointz.

Power 106/Los Angeles have already jumped on board and have begun spiking one the new album's soon-to-be classics, "Real Soon," from DPGC.

Snoop Dogg released his highly-anticipated solo album "Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece" in November 2004. The first single off the album, "Drop It Like It's Hot," created tremendous buzz on the radio and in the streets, remaining in the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and at #1 on Urban radio for several weeks. "Drop It Like It's Hot," helped position the album to be a huge chart topping success.

Another recent venture for Snoop is the creation of the Snoop Youth Football league, a project that is close to his heart. The SYFL is a youth football league aimed at kids who otherwise couldn't afford to play in other organized youth leagues. In addition to being an icon in hip hop, Snoop is accomplished as an actor, MTV show host, and sneaker designer launching the line, doggy biscuitz by Pony.

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last four years (2001-2004). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com

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Exclusive Interview with Tupac Producer Johnny "J"

Most fans of west coasthip-hop / rap icon Tupac Shakur know the name Johnny J. Johnny J is responsible for much of the music laid down beneath the lyrics of rap artist Tupac (2Pac).

In the 90s the duo of 2Pac and Johnny J were untouchable. Although Tupac had worked with many producers, the tracks that the legendary duo of Tupac and Johnny J laid down are considered rap and hip-hop classic tracks and will live forever as hits.

The love that Johnny J has for his friend and fellow musician Tupac, is evident in everything that Johnny J does. Even today as one speaks to Johnny J the name of Tupac Shakur still holds that special place in Johnny J s heart. You can feel the love that is there and just imagine the vibe that these two icons shared when they were alone in the studio.

Making beats and producing for Tupac may be what a lot of people recognize Johnny J for but his mark in the music industry runs deeper than his friendship and work with Tupac.

Born in Juarez Mexico in 1969 and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Johnny J had a platinum album under his belt when he was just a year out of high school. 18 years in the music game and he has sold over 60 million records and has worked with so many artists that to list them all would take pages.

The 34 year old producer has many platinum records and is still a strong presence in the music industry working daily on the craft that he loves and appreciates so well.

His recent work with recently retired rap artist Napoleon, of Tupacs Outlawz, is covered in this interview along with some news on the upcoming Tupac album; which is to be out in 2006. He also fills us in on his role on the upcoming album from Lil Eazy E; the oldest son of another rap legend Eric Eazy-E Wright the godfather of gangsta rap.

Also Johnny Js Klock Work Entertainment is about to debut some new unbelievable talent and this legendary producer is staying busy treating the world with his unique gift of delivering music that the world appreciates.

Read this exclusive and informative interview at http://www.thuglifearmy.com/

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Write On Point Magazine - Going From Strength To Strength

Born and bred in South East London England, Write On Points founder/editor-in-chief Janice Spence, decided to set up her own online venture after contributing to several online / print publications, which included Don Diva Magazine UK, Black Filmmaker, and US online publication Soundslam. Since setting the Write On Point wheels in motion Janice hasnt looked back and now dedicates her time to ensuring that the magazine features exclusive interviews with some of todays rising Hip Hop talent, and is a place for unsigned artists to shine also.

When asked about her reasons for featuring interviews with a multitude of unsigned talent she says
"There are a lot of talented artists out there making good music, but the majority of them are still not signed to major labels. Due to these circumstances some online publications overlook these artists and show little or no interest in giving them any media coverage. They are only interested in featuring well known million selling signed acts, who in some cases have no talent whatsoever, and have nothing particularly new or interesting to tell us. If I think an act/artist has got what it takes to succeed musically, then Iam going to give them the opportunity to promote themselves and their music to the fullest, regardless of their status within the music industry. Also these artists often give the best interviews because they are hungry, full of life and eager to talk about themselves."

In the following months Write On Point also aims to feature interviews with artists that are already household names in the US, but have not promoted themselves or their music on an international scale. On this subject Janice says, "There are artists that have sold millions in the US and have huge followings, but to my knowledge they have never travelled outside of America, never promoted their music outside of America, and never conducted interviews with any UK publications. Its as if no other territory exists! We watch them here on MTV Base and have to rely on US publications for interviews with these artists. I want Write On Point to be the first UK publication that they give an exclusive interview to and hopefully through us this will open them up to a wider audience."

The magazine currently features interviews with Lil Eazy E, Loon, Crooked I, Lifestyle, Paul Wall, Grafh, Black Child, Jae Millz, SAS, Genesis Elijah, amongst others.

Write On Point is an informative and dynamic online publication, dedicated to giving its visitors up to date news and information, from within the world of black entertainment on both sides of the Atlantic. It also aims to give maximum exposure to up-coming homegrown UK talent, and information on showcases / events taking place throughout the year.

Contact:
Janice Spence
Founder/Editor-In-Chief
Write On Point Magazine
Email: janice@writeonpoint.co.uk
Website: www.writeonpoint.co.uk


 
Samuel L. Jackson to Host; The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg & Ozzy Osbourne to Appear at Spike TV

'Video Game Awards 2005'

3rd Annual Awards Take Place Friday, November 18 at Gibson Amphitheater in LA

World of Warcraft, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, Call of Duty 2 and 50 Cent: Bulletproof Lead This Year's Nominations

Jack Black, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Naomi Watts, Eminem, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Rosario Dawson and Sean Connery All Nominated for their Performances in Video Games

Two-Hour Awards Extravaganza Premieres on Spike TV on Saturday, December 10 at 9PM

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The biggest night of the year for video games will take place at the Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" (VGA) hosted by acclaimed actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson, who was a winner at last year's show for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vin Diesel, The Rock, Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Carmen Electra, Xzibit and Ozzy Osbourne are also set to appear at the third annual awards event. Many musical acts, presenters and attendees will be announced shortly.

The Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" takes place on Friday, November 18 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles with the two-hour "games vs. games" extravaganza premiering on Spike TV Saturday, December 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

"Video games have taken over the world as the most creative, cutting edge platform for major names in entertainment to showcase their talent and reach a massive audience," says Casey Patterson, Executive Producer VGA's and Senior Vice President, Event Production and Talent Development for Spike. "Sam Jackson is one of the coolest guys on the planet; we're thrilled to have him hosting this year's show which promises more stars, more rock and more games than ever before."

Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie from Ubisoft tops this year's VGA nominations with seven including "Best Action Game," "Best Graphics," "Best Performance by a Human -- Male & Female" for actors Jack Black and Naomi Watts and Michel Ancel for "Designer of the Year." 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games); World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment); James Bond 007: From Russia with Love (Electronic Arts) and Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.) and each have six nominations. All categories and nominees are listed below.

This year's awards will be held at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles' Universal City which will be transformed into the ultimate gamers haven. It will feature dozens of 100 foot tall walls of video screens, skybox audiences and game-versus-game iconoclastic graphics.

Albie Hecht, Oscar(R)-nominated producer and co-creator of the "Kids' Choice" and "Video Game Awards" will serve as an Executive Producer on this year's telecast.

Ballots were sent out to the VGA Advisory Board, which was responsible for advising on categories and determining nominees in selected award categories. Winners of the VGAs are determined by votes from the Video Game Industry Voting Council which is made up of more than 200 industry journalists. Winners in two "Viewers Choice" categories will solely be determined by viewer voting.

The Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of games, designers, animation, breakthrough technology, music and performances of the past year in the world of video games. The awards also provide a glimpse at the future of gaming -- including exclusive sneak peeks and world premiere footage of some of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2006 and beyond.

Following are the nominees for the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2005:

GAME OF THE YEAR
God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST ACTION GAME
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
The Warriors (Rockstar Games)
50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06 (Electronic Arts)
SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision, Inc.)
Top Spin (2K Sports)
EA Sports Fight Night Round 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
Blitz: The League (Midway)
Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
World Soccer Winning Eleven 8 International (Konami)
NBA Street V3 (Electronic Arts)

CYBER VIXEN OF THE YEAR
Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux in Aeon Flux (Majesco Entertainment)
Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman in Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)
Traci Lords as Cassandra Hartz in True Crime(TM): New York City
(Activision, Inc.)
Joanna Dark in Perfect Dark Zero(TM) (Microsoft Game Studios)
Maria Menounos as Eva in James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic
Arts)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE
Star Wars Battlefront(TM) II (LucasArts)
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
The Warriors (Rockstar Games)
James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)
The Matrix: Path of Neo (Atari, Inc.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN -- MALE
50 Cent in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
Jack Black in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
(Ubisoft)
Michael Chiklis in Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)
Sean Connery in James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)
Terrence "T.C." Carson in God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE
Eminem in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
Dr. Dre in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
Christopher Walken in True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc.)
Michael Clarke Duncan in The Suffering: Ties That Bind (Midway)
Diddy in Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari, Inc.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN -- FEMALE
Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux (Majesco Entertainment)
Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
(Electronic Arts)
Josie Maran in Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
Jessica Alba in Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)
Cornelia Hayes O'Herlihy as Fiona Belli in Haunting Ground (Capcom)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Maria Menounos as Eva in James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic
Arts)
Rosario Dawson in Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari,
Inc.)
Natasha Bedingfield in James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic
Arts)
Mariska Hargitay in True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc. )
Traci Lords in True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc.)

BEST CAST
Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Electronic
Arts)
50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc.)
James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (Electronic Arts)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Maybe We Crazy" by 50 Cent in 50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal
Games)
"Lights and Sounds" by Yellowcard in Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)
"When I Get Angry" by Spider Loc in Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
"Getting Up Anthem: Part I" by Talib Kweli and Rakim in Mark Ecko's
Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari, Inc.)
"Error Operator" by Taking Back Sunday in Fantastic 4 (Activision, Inc.)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar Games)
50 Cent: Bulletproof (Vivendi Universal Games)
Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision, Inc.)
Guitar Hero (RedOctane)
SSX On Tour (Electronic Arts)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
We Love Katamari(TM) (Namco Hometek Inc.)
God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Indigo Prophecy (Atari, Inc.)
Perfect Dark Zero(TM) (Microsoft Game Studios)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
David Jaffe for God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Rob Pardo for World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Michel Ancel for Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
(Ubisoft)
Shigeru Miyamoto for Nintendogs (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)
Craig Hubbard for F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

PONTIAC BEST DRIVING GAME AWARD (Viewer's Choice)
Gran Turismo 4 (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
L.A. Rush (Midway)
Forza Motorsport(TM) (Microsoft Game Studios)
Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)
Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition (Rockstar Games)

MOST ADDICTIVE GAME FUELED BY MOUNTAIN DEW (Viewer's Choice)
We Love Katamari(TM) (Namco Hometek Inc)
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Lumines (Ubisoft)
Nintendogs (Nintendo Co. Ltd)
Meteos (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
EA Sports Fight Night Round 2 (Electronic Arts)
SOULCALIBUR(R)III (Namco Hometek Inc.)
TEKKEN(R)5 (Namco Hometek Inc.)
Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower (Capcom)
Mortal Combat: Shaolin Monks (Midway)

BEST FIRST PERSON ACTION
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
Far Cry Instincts (Ubisoft)
F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)
Perfect Dark Zero(TM) (Microsoft Games Studio)

BEST MILITARY GAME
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
Brothers in Arms Earned in Blood (Ubisoft)
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (Ubisoft)
SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST GRAPHICS
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)
PGR(TM)3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar Games)
Lumines (Ubisoft)
Nintendogs (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)
Meteos (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)
Burnout Legends (Electronic Arts)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)
City of Villains (NCSoft)
Guild Wars (NCSoft)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY
Sony PSP (Sony Computer Entertainment America)
Xbox 360 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Nintendogs Voice Recognition (Nintendo Co. Ltd.)
Unreal Engine 3 (Epic Games Inc.)
Facial Mo-cap NBA Live 06 (Electronic Arts)

BEST PC GAME
Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)
F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)
Sid Meier's Civilization IV (2K Games)
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
Battlefield 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST RPG
Jade Empire(TM) (Microsoft Game Studios)
X-Men Legends II: Rise of the Apocalypse (Activision, Inc.)
Dungeon Siege(R) II (Microsoft Game Studios)
Star Wars(R) Knights of the Old Republic(R) II: The Sith Lords (LucasArts)
World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST WIRELESS GAME
Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure (Atari, Inc. & Glu)
Need for Speed Underground 2 (EA Mobile)
Massive Snowboarding (Gameloft)
The Incredibles 3D (Disney Mobile)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (Gameloft)

BEST GAMING NEWS PUBLICATION
Game Informer
Official Xbox Magazine
EGM

BEST GAMING WEBSITE
www.1up.com
www.gamespot.com
www.ign.com

BEST GAMING BLOG
www.kotaku.com
www.joystiq.com
games.slashdot.org

The official sponsors of the Spike TV Video Game Awards 2005 are AOL, Burger King Corporation(R), Circuit City, Mountain Dew, New Dentyne(R) Fire Mints, Pontiac, U.S. Air Force and Verizon Wireless V Cast(TM).

Albie Hecht and Casey Patterson will serve as Executive Producers of the Spike TV's 2005 "Video Game Awards 2005." Greg Sills is Supervising Producer, Magda Liolis will serve as Producer and Scott Fishman is the Executive in Charge of Production. Acclaimed British director Julia Knowles will serve as director.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 88 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) .

Source: Spike TV

CONTACT: Debra Fazio, +1-212-767-8649, debra.fazio@spiketv.com; or
Robert Pini, +1-212-767-8621, robert.pini@spiketv.com, both of Spike TV/NY; or
Bobby Amirshahi, of Spike TV/LA, +1-310-407-4727,
bobby.amirshahi@mtvstaff.com; or Wendy Zaas, of Rogers & Cowan,
+1-310-854-8148, wzaas@rogersandcowan.com

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


 
Holy Hip Hop: Taking The Gospel To The Streets, Vol.3 CD Release: October 25, 2005 Distributed Worldwide by: EMI Gospel

Community Feedback for Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol.3, In-Stores: October 25, 2005, featuring: Willie Will; Choze; Pro-Vision; Fedel; Eckspress; K-Drama, Mahogany Jones; MoBigga, NuSkool; Ryan Daniel; The Great Commission; XROSS.

(PRWEB) October 26, 2005 -- Community feedback given on the Go Ye DJs Mega-Mix Sneak Preview Email Sample, as a part of Holy Hip Hop: Taking the Gospel to the Streets, Vol.3, In-Stores: October 25, 2005, featuring: Willie Will; Choze; Pro-Vision; Fedel; Eckspress; K-Drama, Mahogany Jones; MoBigga, NuSkool; Ryan Daniel; The Great Commission; XROSS.

To see Community feedback, click here: http://www.holyhiphop.com/Press/sneakpreviewvolume3-communityfeedback.htm

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Fuse, Deep Focus & MySpace Team up to Offer MySpace Members a Dynamic Platform to Showcase Music and Become the Next Video Star on Fuse Video OnDemand

NEW YORK and BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- fuse, the nation's only all-music, viewer-influenced television network; Deep Focus, a leading interactive entertainment marketing agency; and MySpace.com, the pre-eminent domain where young bands and fans share and discover new music, today announced the launch of an innovative promotion to find and launch the next big video star.

From now until November 4, young musicians will have the opportunity to go on to myspace.com/fuse and upload 1 - 3 minute videos for consideration to a dedicated fuse group page on MySpace. Judges from fuse and Deep Focus will select five finalist videos to be posted on the contest site beginning November 7. Site-goers will have a week to cast a vote for their favorite video. Beginning November 15, the number-one vote getter will receive extensive airplay and promotion on fuse's popular VOD service, fuse Video On- Demand, and MySpace - making them the next big video star.

"Like everything we do, this promotion empowers music fans to help their favorite underground bands take the next step - to gain vital exposure on the most edge-pushing and music-centric brand in music television - fuse," commented Joe Glennon, fuse's Senior Vice President of Distribution.

The promotion is very much in line with fuse and MySpace's mission to create a rich, branded social networking experience built around the love of music. The fuse-branded promotional site also serves to drive traffic to the competing bands' sites housed at MySpace, access to additional mp3s, photography, bios, lists and more. In addition, the fuse group page provides a lively social forum for discussion and debate on not only the entries, but all things music.

"This campaign was a natural fit, as it brings together the top cable network for music videos (fuse) with the top destination for independent bands to thrive and showcase themselves in an interactive forum (MySpace)," said Ian Schafer, CEO and Founder of Deep Focus.

About Fuse:

fuse is the nation's only all-music, viewer-influenced television network, featuring music videos, exclusive artist interviews, live concerts and specials -- all rooted in the music experience. fuse reflects the rapidly changing interests and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience by uniting the media platforms that are at the center of their communication and entertainment - TV, online, and interactive games - and by incorporating their opinions and suggestions into its on-air and online programming. More information about fuse is available at http://www.fuse.tv/.

About Deep Focus

Deep Focus (http://www.deep-focus.net/) develops impactful online advertising campaigns, effective cross-media advertising strategies, buzz- generating websites, integrated promotions, PR & grassroots marketing strategies, and good karma for each of its clients. Deep Focus is founded by entertainment industry veterans, and the entire team comes from the entertainment business. They speak the language, and know the unique needs of the industry, making Deep Focus a true partner in the success of each client's brand. Deep Focus has launched numerous successful (and award-winning) campaigns for clients such as HBO, AOL, Miramax and Dimension Films, Sony/BMG Records, Atari, 20th Century Fox International, Universal Music Group, and Nickelodeon Home Video. Headquartered in New York, with a newly-opened Los Angeles office, Deep Focus is privately-held.

About MySpace.com

MySpace.com is the premier lifestyle portal for networking online. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music downloads, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, chatrooms, and user forums, MySpace has created a connected community where users put their lives online. As the number fourth ranked web domain in terms of page views*, MySpace is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind. MySpace is committed to providing the highest quality user experience and will continue to innovate with new features that allow its users to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off, with their friends.

* Among the top 2000 domains. comScore Media Metrix, August 2005.

For more information on comScore Networks, please go to http://www.comscore.com/

Source: Fuse

CONTACT: Amy Lynn for Fuse, +1-212-324-3444, or alynn@fuse.tv; or
Caroline Bruderer for Deep Focus, +1-949-640-0044, or cr@k-linepr.com; or Dani
Dudeck for MySpace, +1-323-202-1890, or dani.dudeck@edelman.com

Web Site: http://www.fuse.tv/
http://www.deep-focus.net/
http://www.myspace.com/fuse
http://www.comscore.com/


 
PassAlong Networks Adds the CD Baby Catalog to Its Digital Music Network

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- PassAlong Networks, developer of innovative technologies for digital music, today announced an agreement with CD Baby, an online distributor of CDs by independent musicians, to make its extensive catalog available on PassAlong Networks powered digital music stores.

CD Baby is the latest addition to PassAlong's fast expanding library, including Warner Music Group, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, EMI, The Orchard, IODA and other independent labels.

"Our main objective is to provide artists with the tools they need to distribute and earn revenue for their music, and through this agreement PassAlong Networks can help them accomplish this," said Jozef Nuyens, Co-founder and SVP International Label Relations for PassAlong Networks. "We are pleased to provide our digital music store network with the large and diverse roster distributed by CD Baby."

The agreement with CD Baby will add over 650,000 tracks from over 65,000 independent artists. The array of different music genres brings an eclectic mix to the PassAlong music library including artists like Melissa Ferrick, Bruce Lash (of Prozak for Lovers), Giacomo Fiore and Brian Perry -- all accessible from http://www.passalong.com/ , eBay (http://pulse.ebay.com/ ), and Microsoft Windows Media Player.

"We're excited to be working with PassAlong because it allows us to increase exposure for the many wonderful independent artists we work with," said Gray Gannaway, Head of Digital Distribution at CD Baby. "Independent music thrives when the recommendation process is from one friend to another, and PassAlong's technology allows for easy and legal discovery of our many artists."

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks is a developer of innovative technologies for digital music providing fans, artists and record labels with a solution that will change the way people experience digital music as the industry evolves. Its technology platform -- p2pREVOLUTION(TM) -- provides the foundation for two innovative B2B applications: a retail suite of unique "white label" applications that compel consumers to legally acquire content from digital music stores, and Freedom(TM) Security, which protects the rights of copyright holders wherever their digital content resides. With a music library of more than 1.6 million licensed songs and the industry's first Passing-and-Points(TM) program, PassAlong-powered storefronts foster community, make it convenient for consumers to acquire music and empower users by allowing them to monetize their music libraries. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tenn. For more information visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com/ .

About CD Baby

CD Baby does online sales and distribution for independent artists and labels. Founder and musician Derek Sivers was selling his own CD online in 1997, and he eventually asked a few friends if they'd like to sell their CDs there, too. Friends told friends and now over 125,000 artists sell their music through CD Baby. CD Baby has sold over one million CDs to customers worldwide, and paid over $20 million dollars to musicians. CD Baby's Digital Distribution program makes CD Baby one of the leaders in the aggregation of digital content. For more information visit http://www.cdbaby.com/ .

Source: PassAlong Networks

CONTACT: Tori Pugliese of Connors Communications, +1-212-798-1436, or
Tori@Connors.com, for PassAlong Networks

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

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

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


 
BET Boldly Celebrates Black Culture With New Image Campaign to Launch With 25th Anniversary

BET.com Also Launches New Design and Content Selections for Web Users

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- "Bold ... Black ... Beautiful ... Confident" are just a few of the touchstone phrases motivating an all-new look and image campaign being unveiled by BET. It's the most extensive graphic and attitudinal makeover ever by the network, and its timing coincides with the premiere of 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Tuesday, November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The campaign launches in massive force with new television advertising on BET and other networks, along with print and on-line creative with leading trade magazines, websites and African-American publications.

"We're doing more than just refreshing the visual look and feel of BET," said Kelli Lawson, BET Executive Vice President for Corporate Marketing. "BET will tap directly into the deepest emotional vein of our viewers, touching those elements that connect with all of their senses. BET's new look is a complete overhaul of our on-air creative, with brand new network identification, show promotion, design, music, typography and color palette. As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary, it's the perfect time to celebrate the richness of Black culture with this new BET look."

The galvanizing anthem "It's My Thing" remains the network's signature tagline, but is now spread across connective tentacles of culture, style, voice, network, choice and the world as seen through the individual and collective eyes of BET viewers. BET's core demographic of African Americans 18-34 remain the primary target of the more motivating and invigorating messages.

Every genre of BET programming will be showcased with fresh new promos, graphics, animations, lineups, lower thirds, squeezes and other on-air components. A series of dynamic 30-second television ads wield a blend of youthful, strong and powerful dance movements, with close-ups and wide shots cascading across a free-form composition of powerful African-style drum rhythms. Versions of the on-air treatment will cover all aspects of BET programming from gospel to hip hop, news to comedy, sports to specials and the very best in Black cinema. Print elements of the campaign boast contemporary color mixes and imagery that captures an edgy uniqueness of the African- American persona.

"After 25 years in the game, BET continues to connect directly to the passions of our audience," said Ola Kudu, BET Vice President of Creative Services and creator of the look of the network's graphic rebirth. "What we've now created is an unapologetic visual presentation of the attitude, strength and energy of today's African-American lifestyle. We've built a world which embraces and celebrates our rich cultural history while reflecting the excitement of our promising future."

BET hired UVPhactory, a New York-based production company, to produce the amazing new network look. UVPhactory executed a multi-camera, hi-definition video shoot, using a combination of green screen and high-contrast backgrounds to capture each scenario.

Simultaneous with the network's redesign is an entirely new look for the BET Interactive division's flagship Internet offering BET.com, the nation's leading on-line portal for African Americans. BET.com attracts millions of unique visitors monthly, and now showcases expanded access points and menu additions across a range of new subject areas.

"The Internet's place of importance for African Americans is expanding to a level where the quality and scope of content must be accelerated," said Michael Pickrum, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Interactive. "BET.com has crafted a reputation for content that feeds the intellect and ignites the imagination of all users. We're using that success as the catalyst for providing an even more insightful on-line platform."

The redesigned home page heavily emphasizes multimedia and broadband offerings, as well as the site's award-winning content. Users can quickly get to the hottest music on BET.com, including music videos, exclusive interviews of top artists and stars, and extra footage from popular BET shows. News has a specially designated position at the top of the page so BET.com users can get the latest updates and special reports from BET News, including a new, insightful blog covering Capitol Hill politics by BET Senior Political Producer Pamela Gentry. In addition, BET.com has rolled out a redesigned "For Men" channel along with improved message boards. More design and content upgrades are planned for later in the year.

ABOUT BET

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

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003,
michael.lewellen@bet.net

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Downloadable photography of BET's new image campaign and a video file for viewing are available at www.bet.com/pr


 
Clever Creatives Are Often Clueless When It Comes to Being Business Managers

'The Creative Director Survival Guide' Offers Insightful Tips for the Hard Work of Managing Any Creative Business

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Give talented creative people a blank page and they see endless possibilities. Give them a spreadsheet of quarterly utilization figures and they offer only a blank stare.

"Producing creative work in a business setting and managing the creative process are vital tasks for creative directors in organizations of all sizes. Yet there is little formal training for the latter," said Marcia Stone, writer of "The Creative Director Survival Guide."

"There aren't any manuals about being a creative leader," says Stone. "When I was first promoted to oversee creative people, I asked my boss for advice and was told 'Just get on the bike and ride.'" That is great counsel for a five-year old, but far from words of wisdom for the stressful work of managing a creative department. "I soon discovered the giant leap from being a producing creative to a creative manager. "

Stone, a former national creative director at a global ad agency, hopes to arm today's creative leaders by sharing the predicaments and lessons of her career in her new book.

Using tips and examples, it addresses the unique challenges that most creative team leaders face. Throughout the book, published through Cafe Press, Stone cites her professional mentors and experiences.

"I worked in advertising. But the book transcends specific creative fields and focuses on working with creative human beings, no matter what their product," said Stone. "With innovation at a premium in business, every manager should learn how to work well with creative people," said Stone.

IMPORTANT NOTE: "The Creative Director Survival Guide" is available only at http://www.cafepress.com/cdsurvivalguide .

Marcia Stone's creative brand consulting firm, Free Range Consultancy, is based in Indianapolis. She has been art director and creative team leader for brands around the world, winning over 300 local, national and international creative awards. John Debreceni of Janosh Consulting facilitates creative leadership training with Marcia Stone through JanoStone Consulting of New Jersey (http://www.janostone.com/ ).

Source: Free Range Consultancy LLC

CONTACT: Marcia Stone of Free Range Consultancy, +1-317-259-7293,
freerange@ameritech.net

Web site: http://www.freerangeconsultancy.com/
http://www.cafepress.com/cdsurvivalguide
http://www.janostone.com/


 
Artist Lee Quinones to Ride Bicycle from NYC to Miami for Hurricane Katrina Relief, Send-Off Press Conference with actress Rosie Perez

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ --
SOURCE: Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Fosse Media

WHAT: Press conference to start Tour de Lee -- the New York-to-Miami
bike ride by artist Lee Quinones to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of

America Hurricane Katrina Relief

WHO: Academy Award nominated actress Rosie Perez, Brooklyn Borough
President Marty Markowitz and Manhattan Borough President
C. Virginia Fields

WHERE: Continental Army Plaza (aka Valley Forge Monument) Park
Enter @ corner of S. 4th Street & Roebling Street,
Williamsburg Brooklyn
(Base of Williamsburg Bridge - adjacent to bridge onramp on the
Brooklyn side)

WHEN: Thursday, October 27th, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m.

Lee Quinones, world-renowned contemporary painter and star of the 1981 classic film Wild Style, will embark, starting October 27th, 2005, on Tour de Lee, a 5-week, 1,500-mile bicycle trip from Brooklyn to Miami, to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Lee will depart for Miami at the conclusion of the press conference after his receipt of a Proclamation from the City of New York.

Upon Quinones' arrival in Miami, the custom made B.M.W. bicycle -- which Lee will paint during his ride -- will be auctioned off at an exhibit, with music by DJ Jazzy Jeff, at Buck15 on December 2, 2005 during the Miami Art Basel. Lee will then present BGCA with 100% of the monies raised through Tour de Lee to ensure its distribution to needy children affected by Katrina.

Tour sponsors include: Boost Mobile, Adidas, Buck15, Complex magazine, Miguel Paredes, Red Stripe Beer, Brooklyn Machine Works, A Bicycle Shop, Red Jacket Orchards, cviscusi.com, Futura Laboratories, Nema International, Recon, Tool Shed, Caputo's Fine Foods.

Lee Quinones was born in Ponce De Leon, Puerto Rico in 1960 and raised in NYC. He is an inductee of the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), and has exhibited at The New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), Museum of National Monuments (Paris, France), Institute for North American Studies, (Barcelona, Spain), among others. Lee has been featured in periodicals including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Art In America and The Village Voice. Lee currently lives and works in NYC.

Additional information: http://www.tourdelee.com/

CONTACT: Amber Fosse
Fosse Media
917.574.0682 or 646.262.5701
amber@fossemedia.com

Source: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Fosse Media

CONTACT: Amber Fosse, of Fosse Media, +1-917.574.0682 or
+1-646.262.5701, amber@fossemedia.com

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


10/26/2005

 
Panel Discussing Post-Katrina Aftermath On Blacks To Be Held At John Jay College

Sponsored By Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and New York Association of Black Psychologists

New York, NY-October 25, 2005-The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the New York Association of Black Psychologists (NYABP) will host a panel discussion entitled "Katrina's Real Aftermath: The Race, Class & Psychological Repercussions of Katrina" on Tuesday, October 25 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 10th Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets at 6:30 p.m. A suggested donation for this event of $10 will be donated to the Katrina relief effort.

Panelists for this event include activist Kevin Powell; CUNY Psychologist Dr. Bill Cross; Music Artist M1 of Dead Prez; Def Poetry Jam's Stacey Ann Chin and Filmmaker Dream Hampton. Allowing for a diverse perspective from notable persons from the academic and entertainment industries, topics under discussion will focus onthe psychological, sociopolitical and economic ramifications of Katrina for poor and Black communities in New Orleans, LA and beyond.

Sponsored by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the NYABP, both groups have worked both collectively and separately to provide continuous assistance to displaced families.The NYABP has offered free and low cost counseling services to New Orleans families in the New York City area and recently the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement held a massive donation drive collecting three truckloads of goods from New York City to Mississippi and Louisiana.

"I am looking forward to being a panelist and having an opportunity to be involved in this very important work," says Chin.Chin will share her poetry at the event, with two poems she has written about New Orleans pre-and post-Katrina.

"This panel is important for various reasonsmany have discussed these events within their industries, so we felt it was extremely important to cover material that could be discussed amongst all disciplines in hopes to consolidate thoughts and ideas," says Dr. Malcolm Woodland, a Psychologist and research fellow at the Graduate Center at City University of New York. Dr. Woodland will assist as moderator for the panel.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement is an organization of New Afrikans in America whose mission is to defend the human rights of our people and promote self-determination in the community. Their organization has chapters in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Selma; AL; Brooklyn, NY; New Rochelle, NY; Oakland, CA with a national headquarters in Jackson, MS. The NYABP fall under the umbrella of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPS) whose mission is to have a positive impact upon the mental health of the black community by means of planning and programming offering training and advocacy services.

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Contact: Nicole Price
Priceless Media
(646) 785-3586


 
Free Filmmakers Workshop at The Los Angeles Convention Center!

Hollywood, Ca.- The public is invited to come out and learn the ropes of how to break into the multi-million dollar film industry on Saturday October 29th 2005 at The Los Angeles Convention Center. The 6th annual Entertainment Industry Summit will bring together some of the independent film industry's top movers and shakers and is part of the Los Angeles Black Business Expo. Once inside the expo you will be able to attend the free film workshop which will go on from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in room 306-B. You will also be able to meet multi award wining filmmaker Tim Greene of Tim Greene Films.com and The Ultimate Hip Hop Motion Picture Consortium. Tim will be on hand to show you how to get in on the multi billion dollar film business without having a multi million dollar budget. Tim is known worldwide for green lighting his own feature films and then getting them on the shelf right next to big multi-million dollar Hollywood studio films in record breaking time in 21 countries. Tim Greene will give you secrets on how to:

Market your film worldwide for only $9.99.

What to look for in your actors.

Get any location you want to film on for free.

Be a millionaire indie filmmaker in 4 years or less.

Get your film seen by millions without a movie theater.

Some of Tim's film projects include 68 year old Rappin Granny's parody film "Ya Grandma's A Gangsta" and his 4th feature film, which isa new Kid's G-Rated Hip Hop Comedyfilm due out in 2006. He also hasa hot new documentary film about the Masi Tribe in Africa. "I usually do comedy films, but when this project came my way I could not pass it up, and all of the proceeds from the film will go back to The Masi Tribe to help them build a water well for their village and to buy new books to educate their kid's" say's Greene. For more information on Tim Greene call: (213) 368-8100.

http://www.backstage.com/backstage/features/article_display.jsp?
vnu_content_id=1000953813

WWW.TIMGREENEFILMS.COM


 
The Orchard Launches Unprecedented Chinese Catalogue on the iTunes Music Store

China's Hottest Single - 'Mouse Loves Rice' (100 Million Downloads) - Is Among Thousands of Tracks From China's 20 Leading Labels to Make Western Debut

The Orchard Orchestrates Digital Merchandising Campaign For Albums Ranging From Jackie Chan to Hang on the Box, China's First Female Punk Rock Group to CMCB, Chinese Hip-Hop Pioneers

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard, the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, today announced the exclusive western launch of China's Number 1 paid download, "Mouse Loves Rice," together with thousands of other tracks from 20 of China's biggest labels on the iTunes Music Store. This unprecedented infusion of Chinese music into the American digital music landscape will be accompanied by a major merchandising campaign, orchestrated by The Orchard, to showcase China's hottest music to US audiences.

From an exclusive digital-only Jackie Chan charity track to albums from a broad and diverse selection of music from the latest Chinese Hip-Hop, Rap, Rock, Traditional and Cultural Music, The Orchard debuts this unparalleled selection of Chinese hits on the iTunes Music Store. To promote this peerless collection, The Orchard enlisted Chinese legend Jackie Chan to compile his top dozen all-time favorite tracks, which range from Mandarin Pop to Alternative & Punk to Instrumental Chinese Classical to Canto Pop. In addition, much of The Orchard's Chinese music catalog will be included this week in an iTunes feature highlighting music of the world. See these links for screenshots of the features:

http://www.theorchard.com/images/marketing/merch_screenshot/4617.jpg
http://www.theorchard.com/images/marketing/merch_screenshot/4618.jpg
http://www.theorchard.com/images/marketing/merch_screenshot/4619.jpg
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The Orchard has firmly established itself as the pioneering expert in digital music marketing, merchandising and promotion, and is rivaled only by the marketing departments at major labels. In addition, The Orchard will supply the content through its distribution partnerships, including the leading mobile companies around the world: The Orchard has the largest mobile network of any distributor, spanning over 200 global services including Sprint, Dwango Wireless, Zingy, 9 Squared, IAM Mobile, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft.

Among the myriad offerings debuting exclusively on the iTunes Music Store:

Artist Title Description

Jackie Chan Jia Xiang De Long Yan Shu An exclusive charity track
(Long Yan Tree In Home Town) by Jackie Chan for
Lifeline Express (a non-
profit mobile eye
hospital). Recorded in
July 2005.

Yang Chen Gang Mei Er Ai Wo One of the most popular
(Girls Love Me) Mandarin pop singers.
Ranked #1 for 2 weeks in
May 2005 on the Bai Du
charts. The track "Lao Shu
Ai Da Mi (Mouse Loves
Rice)" has been downloaded
over 200 million times
since its release in Q4
2004.

Hang On The Box Yellow Banana China's first female punk
rock band. They have
toured internationally,
including the US and
Japan.

Chinese Orchestra Liang Shan-Bo and Zhu Ying "Butterfly Lovers"
Tai concerto is the most
(Butterfly Lovers) popular Chinese classical
piece of all times --
inspired by a legendary
Chinese love story
(analogous to the story of
"Romeo and Juliet").

Stanley Main Stanley Main Street This album is a true
Street representation and pioneer
of "Cross-Over" between
the West and East. A group
of underground artists in
Hong Kong coming from
different cultures created
this album, which includes
English, Cantonese and
Mandarin.

Liu Jia Liang Ni Dao Di Ai Shui One of the most popular
(Who Do You Love Actually) Mandarin pop singers. The
track "Ni Dao Di Ai Shui
(Who Do You Love
Actually?)" ranked #1 in
Bai Du (China's largest
search engine).

Xi Yu Dao Lang Wang Luo Bin Wei Fa Biao The late Wang Luo Bin had
Zuo Pin Ji collected over a thousand
(Wang Luo Bin Unreleased precious folk and ethnic
Songs Collection) musical pieces, and this
special album is a
collection of songs, which
have never been released
or published. Xi Yu Dao
Lang, who represents the
pop music culture of
China's Northwestern
territories, performs
these songs.

Qiu Tian De Chong Kuang Ren Ri Ji A well-known Punk band.
Zi
(Fall Insects)

CMCB Gong Fu The first Hip-Hop group in
(Kung Fu) China.

Xi Yu Dao Lang Dou Guai Ni Xi Yu Dao Lang, who
(It's Your Fault) represents the pop music
culture of China's
Northwestern territories,
sold over a million copies
of this release "Dou Guai
Ni (It's Your Fault)".

Hei Jiu Yue Xia Yi Ge Jiu Shi Ni Experimental. A mix of
(Black September) (The Next is You) Metal, Rock, Rap, Jazz and
Electronic along with
religious elements.

Miserable Faith This Is A Problem The force behind China's
rap metal scene.

You Qian De Gou Ni De Ma Shi Wo De Zhang (Your Mother Is My Mother-
(Rich Dogs) Mu Niang In-Law) The track "Ni De
Ma Shi Wo De Zhang Mu
Niang (Your Mother is My
Mother-in-Law)" has
reached the Top 10 in
various charts across the
country.

Cang Ying Cang Ying > Z One of the leading
(The Fly) (The Fly> Z) alternative Rock bands in
China.

"The Orchard's landmark launch of this rich spectrum of leading artists and labels from China again demonstrates our commitment to opening new markets for artists and enabling the free flow of music across borders, oceans, and cultures," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing. "To build new audiences and encourage cross-over, we've built the most sophisticated digital marketing and merchandising capability in the world. Coupled with local offices, staff, and exclusive business partners in literally every global music territory, we feel it's an unbeatable combination for digital retailers and their customers."

This launch and the ongoing Chinese program build on Orchard's existing relationship with Asia Markets Development Limited (AMDL), based in Hong Kong and helmed by former telecommunications executive Daniel Cheung, the founder and Executive Director of AMDL, a seasoned digital media executive with more than 20 years experience in telecom and global information technology, and ECD Hong Kong Limited (ECD), also based in Hong Kong and helmed by Jolland Chan, the founder and CEO of ECD, who uses the author's pseudonym, "Xiang Xue Huai" (meaning "Reminiscences In Snow"). Chan, a legendary songwriter, producer and A&R executive, has decades of experience in the music industry and is recognized as one of the most accomplished artists and business professionals in the Chinese music industry.

"This is a watershed of the online music development and a monumental step for the Chinese music industry, with The Orchard and partners playing a pivotal role," said Cheung. "Music has been an integral part of Chinese civilization for the last 4,000 years and with this launch, Chinese music will begin to resonate in all corners of the globe," added Chan.

The Orchard, AMDL, and ECD will continue work together to license content from the Asia region, and market and promote it abroad; and also, to distribute The Orchard's catalogue in download and mobile services there.

About The Orchard

The Orchard (http://www.theorchard.com/) is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 600,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The company is headquartered in New York and London, with operations in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Kolkata, Johannesburg, Moscow and Melbourne, and local representatives in Paris, Milan, Barcelona, and Ramallah.

About Dimensional Associates, Inc.

Dimensional Associates, Inc. is the New York-based private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc. Its portfolio companies include eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing (formerly DreamWorks Music Publishing).

About AMDL

Asia Markets Development Limited (AMDL), headquartered in Hong Kong, is focused on real-time collaboration with industry leaders for new digital media content, the next generation applications and devices, and the new business opportunities they will create. The company continues to work with government entities and key private sector companies on anti-piracy initiatives throughout the Greater China region.

About ECD

ECD Hong Kong Limited (http://www.ecd.com.hk/) is a pioneering digital music company that revolutionized the digital distribution market in Hong Kong and China through its "Easy Downloads" multi purpose functions kiosks. The kiosks, which offer a secure and legal retail alternative to help combat China's rampant music piracy, provide real-time multimedia digital content downloading services so customers can "buy what they really want, the way they want it," offering a vast content selection of music, video and images downloadable to any device available in the market, or sent automatically to any cell phone handset. ECD aggregates content from the Asia Pacific Region using its proprietary Digital Asset Management Platform.

Contacts:
Andy Morris
Andy Morris & Company
(212) 561-7465
andy@amc-pr.com

Source: The Orchard

CONTACT: Andy Morris, of Andy Morris & Company, +1-212-561-7465,
andy@amc-pr.com

Web site: http://www.ecd.com.hk/
http://www.theorchard.com/


 
Eagerly Anticipated Website Stands to Revolutionize the New Music-Led Digital Market

OCTOBER 25, 2005
Washington, DC - Despite the huge growth of the internet, it still remains difficult for independent music producers and beatmakers to get their music heard by artists, labels, and industry leadersbut not anymore! Launched today, BeatBuggy.com is the worlds first and most popular online music production community that completely embraces the new music-led digital environment. This ground-breaking community provides free web space for signed and unsigned independent producers and beatmakers that includes free MP3 uploads, downloads and hosting, streaming audio, personalized news, music charts, photo albums, and much more. Artists registered to BeatBuggy.com can search, audition, download, purchase, and/or license beats for their creative work without ever leaving their desk or picking up a compact disc. This online production community will breathe new life into the music industry by showcasing independent producers. All standard services for users are Free-of-Charge.

Until recently, the majority of producers had to "shop" their beats and instrumentals by traveling to LA, New York, Atlanta, or Nashville to network and make connections, or producers had to resort to mailing CDs to A&Rs. Joining BeatBuggy.com allows members unlimited access to technological and marketing tools. They can add their own beat(s), which means that those beats are accessible to artists and industry leaders worldwide, thereby eliminating the need for travel or time-consuming scheduling. This leaves producers with more time to do what they do best make beats.

"Being in the right place at the right time is a daily commitment if you want to get yourself or the work you produce to be noticed in the music industry. Knowing what track to shop to which artist or label is a full-time job, says Duane Washington, CEO and Founder of BeatBuggy.com. The idea of bypassing what I call gatekeepers appeals to me a great deal, as does the idea that producers and artists should have access to one another without road blocks such as politics and personal relationships that tend to get in the way. BeatBuggy.com makes it possible for producers to shop and sell their material from anywhere in the world." Producers can easily publish beats in today's most popular audio formats (MP3 files) and they are also able to chat with other musicians online, publish podcasts, rate and review the beat of their peers, access online promotional items, and sell their beats to artists worldwide. Artists can search for producers by genre, download free MP3 beats, listen to podcast shows, listen to a stream of top 25 beats, rate the music, read news press releases, request press kits, subscribe to mail lists, and keep up to the minute with development progress of producers.

So, if youre a producer, start uploading! If youre seeking beats or instrumentals, start downloading! And if youre a manager or A&R person, you will never need to move away from your monitor again. If the Internet is the future of the music industry, then the future is at www.BeatBuggy.com.

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Contact Information:
Njeri Santana, Communication Specialist Office: (202) 330-9357
Email: sbicommunications@yahoo.com


10/25/2005

 
Kid Capri, the World's Greatest Hip-Hop DJ Pioneers Another First - With SMS/Party Alertz Find Out 'Where the Party's At!'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Known as the world's greatest hip-hop DJ and the first DJ to appear on television, there is no question that Kid Capri is a true hip-hop pioneer. Now, he's doing it again! As a testament to his innovative approach to hip-hop, the world's greatest DJ has partnered with the leader in urban lifestyle technology, UrbanWorld Wireless, to offer his fans Party Alertz! The Party Alertz service is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week and gives fans direct access to Kid Capri's hottest parties and more, all via your personal cell phone and/or wireless device!

UrbanWorld's SMS/Party Alertz service bridges lifestyle with wireless technology. The result is an intense anticipation of the hip-hop experience linking consumers to the hottest parties, movie releases, and concerts. And now for the first time, this free service also offers mobile discounts to select events. When wireless users text 65690 and enter the word "K I D" on their cell phone or device, they are immediately connected. In addition, they are also eligible for discounted admission to select events when presenting their cellular phone/wireless device with the Party Alertz mobile discount at entry. "I'm excited about the partnership with UrbanWorld; it gives me the opportunity to connect with my fans on a more personal level and give them special, VIP treatment through mobile discounts at all of my parties," said Kid Capri.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Party-goers subscribe to this free service via their mobile or wireless device in three simple steps. First, prepare a text message to 65690. Second, enter the word "K I D." Third, send your message and you're registered! Subscribers will begin to receive the latest info on Kid Capri parties and other happenings in the hip-hop world. No computer or internet connection is required, just your cell phone or wireless device. The most dynamic aspect of this service is the mobile 'hook-up', which grants them discounted admission to Kid Capri parties, featuring his show-stopping performances!

About Kid Capri:

New York City native, Kid Capri was the first hip-hop DJ to produce ringtones. His mobile/wireless device offerings also include wall paper, Party Alertz and coming soon, his mobile game, entitled "Kid Capri's Hip-Hop 101." He has had endorsement deals with Sprite and Budweiser and has worked with Martha Stewart, "Diddy," LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Lil' Kim, Mase, Jay-Z and Usher, just to name a few. Fans can check out Kid Capri's mixes 24 hours a day, seven days a week on AOL Radio. Look for Kid Capri's new record label, NO KID'N RECORDS, to launch his first Hip-Hop artist, Budda in 2006. For more information, go to www.kidcapri.com.

About UrbanWorld Wireless:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, UrbanWorld Wireless is the first wireless company dedicated to serving the Urban Youth Market. Anchored on the web, the company develops, promotes and distributes mobile content. Newest to the roster are David Banner, DJ for G-Unit, DJ Whoo Kid and 3-6 Mafia, among others. UWW is a leader in mobile marketing solutions. Clients include Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Chingy, Ja Rule and the Beastie Boys. UWW is at the forefront of integrating wireless technology and the hip-hop lifestyle. More information is available at www.urbanworldwireless.com

Source: UrbanWorld Wireless

CONTACT: Danielle Gibbs of DVA, +1-310-402-0500, or cell,
+1-513-225-7575, for UrbanWorld Wireless

Web site: http://www.urbanworldwireless.com/
http://www.kidcapri.com/


 
Bling Bling Retailer HipHopCapital.com Popularizes LED Belt Buckles

Hip Hop Culture Dominates Popular Style and Fashion. HipHopCapital.com Expects Popular LED Belt Buckles to be the Christmas Gift for Youths With Bling Bling Style.

VICTORIA, British Columbia, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- HipHopCapital.com, the home of online hip hop jewelry, reports LED belt buckles as their top selling item going into the holiday season. The company attributes the success of these items to the popularity of bling bling fashion.

The types of belt buckles that young people are wearing these days are not like grandpas'. The MTV generation is buying fashionable, bling bling belt buckles that spin, flash, scroll or even have a lighter built-in.

"Our customers purchase from us to look like their favorite music star and celebrity," says Aaron Samsonoff, owner of HipHopCapital.com. "Our products offer an easy way to look like a million bucks without spending it."

At www.HipHopCapital.com shoppers can find a variety of bling bling belt buckles including the scrolling text digital belt buckle, which can:

-- store up to six messages
-- store 256 characters per message
-- scroll left to right
-- scroll up and down
-- blink

HipHopCapital.com, a privately owned company, has been an industry leader of hip hop jewelry and accessories since 2001. In addition to LED belt buckles, the company sells bling bling pendants, watches, bracelets, earrings, chains, rings and key chains.

Contact:
Aaron Samsonoff
Hip Hop Capital
205-884-4642
aaron@samsonoff.com
http://www.hiphopcapital.com/

Source: Hip Hop Capital

CONTACT: Aaron Samsonoff of Hip Hop Capital, +1-205-884-4642, or
aaron@samsonoff.com

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


 
Inchoate, Inc. Teams Up With George Mason University to Debunk Myths and Realities of P2P File Sharing Among College Students

George Mason University to hold interactive panel discussion with influential industry professionals; Inchoate, Inc. flexes its muscles with successful grassroots campaign.

FAIRFAX, Virginia (PRWEB) October 26, 2005 -- What do todays typical college students all have in common? They are music lovers, tech savvy, and broke. They are also critical, judgmental, and wary of authority. Put these ingredients together, and youre left with a recipe for a generation of digital bootleggers, seeking everything from music to software to movies for free, and seemingly without repercussion.

So why should university students change their ways now? How can the music, motion picture and software industries preach their message of pirating abstinence to a generation so used to instant access to these expensive commodities after years free of consequence?

George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia seems to have found an effective way of spreading the message to this generally unresponsive and uneducated audience. Spearheading the concept of a university-sanctioned panel to discuss these rudimentary discrepancies in an open forum setting, George Masons example has extended to other universities, including Stanford and Princeton.

Boasting such influential heavy-hitters in the entertainment, music, technology and policy-making fields as Mitch Glazier of RIAA, Ric Hirsch for the Entertainment Software Association, Tom Sydnor of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Michael OLeary on behalf of the Motion Picture Association of America, and Gigi Sohn representing Public Knowledge, it is clear why there is such interest in the universitys second-annual panel. This years panel will dispel the myths and solidify the realities of peer-to-peer file sharing on all levels, but with an emphasis especially placed on the needs of college-age students.

Rana Sobhany of Inchoate, Inc. has been commissioned to generate interest among students at the university for this upcoming event. Using an inventive and effective grassroots campaign, Inchoate has been blasting forum and message boards to spread awareness of an event that would otherwise be overlooked by busy college students. Interested students can leave messages and questions on the events various Internet pages, including the GMU P2P Panel Myspace page (www.myspace.com/gmup2p) as well as on the universitys Facebook page, continuing the notion of the interactive nature of the panel discussion. Utilizing the notion of music pirating has spawned a campaign characterized by the use of a skull and crossbones motif on all flyers, websites, and logos that can been easily identified all over the school campus.

This years panel will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at the Johnson Center Cinema at George Mason University. The event will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a reception following. For additional information or to request an interview, please visit Inchoate at http://www.inchoateinc.com,

Contact: Rana Sobhany
Inchoate, Inc.
7481 Huntsman Boulevard Suite 820
Springfield, Virginia 22153
Phone: (703) 203-2508
Fax: (703) 995-4929

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Rana Sobhany
INCHOATE, INC.
http://www.inchoateinc.com/
703 203-2508


 
Budding Entrepreneur to Live 21 Days in Storefront 'Incubator'

Reality-Based Demo Is Part of the Verizon 'Realize' Campaign

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Addye Joy Durant, a 35-year-old graphic artist and designer, today will begin taking Verizon's challenge to live 21 days in a storefront (252-254 South St), also known as Dream254: The Verizon Incubator. Under the scrutiny of passersby and a public Web cam, Durant must rely solely on Verizon services and computer technology to meet her basic needs and acquire the necessary tools to make her entrepreneurial passion a reality. The prize -- $10,000 and public attention for the launch of her new home-based business.

Dream254: The Verizon Incubator is part of the Verizon "Realize" multicultural marketing campaign, launched in August in Philadelphia and Washington, which features Verizon broadband customers who tell stories of how the technology helps them pursue their dreams of launching home-based businesses or strengthening their communities.

"This grassroots effort is the result of marketing insights that reveal large percentages of working African-Americans and other minorities in the country are investing -- often as a 'side business' -- in their entrepreneurial dreams," said Jerri DeVard, Verizon's senior vice president, brand management and marketing communications.

Dream254: The Verizon Incubator is a live demonstration to show how, by relying on Verizon broadband, people can make their dreams a reality. Verizon selected Durant as the incubator "Realizer," after a rigorous casting and screening process. Applicants had to demonstrate a range of pursuits, such as fashion design, art, music, production, food service and other diverse interests.

During her stay in the incubator, Durant, a Philadelphia resident, will face a number of challenges from a "Realize Taskmaster," Clint Arnold, Verizon director, business partnership channel, retail markets. Each challenge will offer an opportunity for Durant to win incremental prize money. To assist her, a "Realize Oracle" -- Bill Campbell, president of CampbellQuest Ltd., a Chicago-based consulting, coaching and communications firm -- will provide ongoing support.

In addition to the Dream254: The Verizon Incubator challenge, the Realize campaign includes posters, mobile billboards, wraps for hair salon magazines, advertorials in African-American newspapers, targeted radio and bus shelter ads, hand-painted murals and a Verizon Realize Mobile Unit. Verizon's African-American employee resource group, Consortium of Information and Telecommunications Executives, and other employees will use the mobile unit's broadband and computer technology to provide broadband experiences to area community organizations.

Philadelphia-area residents who appear in the Realize ads include Solomon Jones, a local author and writer. Philadelphia native Kareem Black -- a photographer who took all the photos -- including his own -- for the ad campaign is also featured. Jones and Black use Verizon broadband to upload, download and get their jobs done.

Beginning Nov. 7, two other local residents will appear in the ads. They are: Bill Jolly, a music producer, composer and bandleader who uses Verizon Broadband to connect with his band, and Anton Moore, a broadcast researcher. He uses broadband to do quick research on hip-hop and other artists and current events.

With more than $71 billion in annual revenues, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon has a diverse work force of more than 214,000 in four business units: Domestic Telecom provides customers based in 28 states with wireline and other telecommunications services, including broadband. Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers across the United States. Information Services operates directory publishing businesses and provides electronic commerce services. International includes wireline and wireless operations and investments, primarily in the Americas and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/ .

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news . To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

Source: Verizon Communications Inc.

CONTACT: Kelly Williams of Burrell, +1-312-297-9716,
+1-312-497-8558(cell), kdwilliams@burrell.com , or Sharon Shaffer of Verizon,
+1-215-963-6200, +1-888-969-6073(pager), sharon.b.shaffer@verizon.com

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


 
Deuce Eclipse Releases His Debut Album "Radio Plantation" on Raptivism Records

Bay Area emcee Deuce Eclipse has released his debut nationally distributed album "Radio Plantation" through Raptivism Records.

(PRWEB) October 25, 2005 -- Oakland emcee Deuce Eclipse, known for his collaborations & touring with Bay area homies Zion I- as well as being the first emcee to represent Nicaragua has released his debut nationally distributed album "Radio Plantation" through Raptivism Records this Oct.10th.

On "Radio Plantation" Deuce Eclipse- who is known for his long trademark braids- was driven to express his personal freedom through music. "We are all blessed with our own style and I just want to voice mine. I know it has something important to say." Deuce tries to create an open universal sound which he describes as "Oywalk Music." He says:"It (hip-hop) was there for me when nothing else was. It showed me how to express the dreams that I had. Not only was it a culture, it was also survival skills. I was able to hone in my resources and create something from nothing. I am influenced by all of the music created by us in this country as well as the latino music I was raised on. I'm always trying to make something new but the foundation comes from that root." Radio Plantation is a mix of lyricism, musicality and the mellow vibes that Deuce Eclipse has become known for on the Bay Area rap scene.

Radio Plantation is produced exclusively by Soleil and features guest appearances by fellow Zion I crew member DUST.

Deuce Eclipse Bio:
Deuce Eclipse began rapping, dancing, and beatboxing at the age of ten and has not stopped since. He was the first of his generation born in the United States of Nicaraguan parents. His father was a musician who raised his family with singing and guitar playing, which would open the doors for Deuce to apply his own talent for singing to his music. As a rapper he learned to use his skills to speak about the society in which he was native to. Using his rhymes to tell stories and create images of where we are as a people, and adding rhythms to dance and feel good to.

Deuce grew up with Zion of Zion I, and has cultivated thier artistic collaborations over the years. Deuce Eclipse has appeared on the classic albums "Deep Water Slang"(Raptivism), "Curb Servin'" (Raptivism) and toured with the Cali Comm 2004, appearing on the Cali Comm 2004 album. DeuceEclipse has performed over 300 times in the last two years, in places as far away as Japan, Germany and France. Now it is time for Deuce to be heard on his own terms

Spanish was his first language and being bi-cultural he uses the language in some of his music. "I try to reach out to those of us in this country who cannot speak English as well as to the masses of my people in Spanish speaking countries. There is a lot of culture that surrounds us here and it is something beautiful that should be shared." When asked what his goal is he responds, "Open creativity."

It's that "Open creativity" that empowers Deuce's lyrics to connect life and its nuances with the people. "Music has always been with me. As I change it changes. I learned how to grasp the idea of songwriting through rapping, watching, and feeling. Using it to speak of the things I go through or see, things people have taught me or showed me in my life. I just try to express what is around me and inside of myself. Nurture that piece of myself that is for the world."

For interviews, promotional materials and press information contact:
Rain at raindazedent (@) aol.com

Label Contact:
Kevin
www.raptivism.com

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RAin
RAIN DAZED ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.raindazedent.com/
646-552-7104


 
Oktober Zero Releases New Album 'The Art of Raw' November 8th on Raptivism Records

Bronx born hip hop artist Oktober Zero releases his upcoming album "The Art of Raw" November 8th on Raptivism Records.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 25, 2005 -- NYC lyricist Oktober Zero returns Nov. 8th with a profound lyrical barrage -- "The Art of Raw". Hailing from the birthplace of hip-hop, the South Bronx, Oktober Zero is known for releases such as "Less Than Zero" and "Projekt:Building". Originally put on by underground legend Bobbito Garcia aka DJ Cucumber Slice, Oktober Zero was briefly part of the group "2 for 5" with Ace Lover. His single "Reset The Game" with J-Live is an underground classic, and "The Art of Raw" is filled with similar jewels.

A mystical theme runs through "The Art of Raw", with Oktober featured on the cover with images traditionally associated with Santeria, theAfro-Christian syncretic religion. Oktober's style is syncretic too; from street tales like "Twelve Cops Shot" to spiritual tales like "Muero Otro Dia (Die Another Day)" to "Black Magic Chick", the multi-layered flavors of the Bronx is present all at once through the whole album.

Produced exclusively by the UK's Q-Tones, "The Art of Raw" is also an example of how raw hip-hop is melding with the sophisticated technologies of tomorrow. Q-Tones and Oktober recorded the whole album without ever meeting each other via use of the internet.

Philosophical b-boys and girls, fans of boom bap, and lyrical heads will all appreciate the latest offering from the Bronx's youngest son.

For interviews, promotional materials and press information contact:
Rain at raindazedent (@) aol.com

Label Contact:
Kevin
www.raptivism.com

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Rebecca Rodriguez
RAIN DAZED ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.raindazedent.com/
646-552-7104


10/24/2005

 
RMD Entertainment Group Secures Deal With Hip-Hop Prodigy Roc Monee

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(MARKET WIRE)--Oct 24, 2005 -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC BB:RMDG.OB - News) announced today that their entertainment division has taken a huge step forward by signing one of the most sought-after artists in the hip-hop community. East Coast phenom Roc Monee was officially inked to a three-album deal that will allow both he and RMD Entertainment to rise to the top of the hip-hop community. RMD Entertainment is quickly establishing an infrastructure destined for success in the hip-hop realm by developing a solid stable of up-and-coming artists like Roc Monee, while also bringing established hip-hop veteran projects to the marketplace like the highly anticipated Heavy D album (expected early 2006 release).

Standing 6'3'' and weighing in at 285 pounds, Roc Monee is as imposing as he is focused. Working diligently on his current album (expected early 2006 release) with production pioneer Mike Hype (Will Smith, Peedi Crack of Roc-A-Fella Records, G-Unit, Gloria Valez), this project has the hip-hop community taking notice. Insiders are saying that Roc Monee has such a strong and streetwise following that his army of loyal fans will be a natural fit for RMD's "where hip-hop meets Wall Street" vision. In fact, part of Roc Monee's deal includes a stock position for the artist, thereby giving him an opportunity to be part of the company fabric.

RMD's President and CEO Giorgio Costonis had this to say, "My goal is to increase the wealth of my artists through their record sales and the resulting success of our company. This philosophy applies to the fans of our artists as well -- we would like to empower them by offering an easy opportunity to become stockholders and actually own a piece of the artists they support. The idea is that instead of parting with your money when you make a purchase, we would like to offer you an opportunity to become part of the company and actually see a return on your investment over time."

RMD's primary focus continues to be looking after our current investors while cultivating a unique vision that will welcome new supporters by empowering them with the tools for growth on many levels.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

RMD Entertainment (RMD) is a cutting-edge entertainment company with a primary focus on selling hip-hop music internationally. Additionally, the company markets other Hip-Hop lifestyle products to its music audience. RMD has a vast worldwide distribution network for its music to be sold to the end consumer in compact disc formats, digital downloads, and personal ring tones for mobile customers. RMD's hip-hop catalogue is exclusively distributed by Bungalo Records in North America, which is exclusively distributed by Universal Music Group. RMD's dance music catalogue is exclusively distributed by Inversus Records of Miami, FL.

Truly a global company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry, RMD has had good success on the international level and its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Defense

Sciax Defense is an emerging leader in defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations. Sciax America Inc. and Sciax Technology Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Sciax Corp. (http://www.sciax.com). Wolf Pack, the company's tactical remote viewing system, is manufactured under license from Eomax Corp. and is used by law enforcement and military organizations in North America and Europe. Customers include military and law enforcement agencies of the U.S. and German governments, contraband interdiction units of Canada Customs, and LAPD-SWAT.

This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the results of operations and businesses of Sciax Technology Inc., Sciax America Inc., RMD Entertainment Inc. and Sciax Corp., which involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual future results could materially differ from those discussed. Risks and uncertainties of the company will be detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports. The company intends that such statements about the company's future expectations, including future revenues and enforcement and defense imaging system earnings, entertainment product earnings, and all other forward-looking statements, be subject to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Contact:

CONTACT:
Jed Wallace, Publicist (for RMD)
Phone: (310) 234-3200
jwallace@mphpr.com

CONTACT:
Sciax Corp.
Elliott Nadel (for Sciax)
516-750-9719
en@empirerelations.com

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Source: RMD Entertainment Group


 
Houston Hip Hop Star Chamillionaire 'Turns It Up' For World Series Bound Astros

New Chamillionaire Single 'Turn It Up' Becomes Radio Anthem For Surging Astros As Team Heads For First World Series In 45 Years

Debut CD The Sound Of Revenge In-Stores November 22nd

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Recording artist/Houston based rapper Chamillionaire has 'modified' his sizzling single, "Turn It Up," (featuring Lil' Flip) in support of the surging Houston Astros, who are destined for their first World Series appearance in the franchise's 45 year history. The smash song, embraced by both the 'miracle' Astros and music fans across the U.S., originally caught fire in the hip-hop star's native southwest cradle of the Houston/Dallas market, garnering more than 20 million in listening radio audience as it stormed toward the Top 20 even before the enterprising rapper 'upgraded' it for local baseball fans.

The song is pulling in #1 phone requests at Houston radio stations such as KPTY and KRBE, with both sports enthusiasts and hip hop connoisseurs lapping up the inspiring anthem, pegged by rap fans and critics as a straight-up hit even before the Astros-themed lyric changes. The mainstream media has already lauded Chamillionaire's burgeoning breakthrough, with respected tomes such as the Village Voice recently raving: 'Chamillionaire is one of the five or six greatest rappers on planet earth' and Source magazine noting: 'With the help of "Turn It Up," Cham has earned his shot at the crown'.

The continuing success of "Turn It Up" affirms Chamillionaire's status as one of the hip-hop artists to watch in 2005. The freestyle prince, who has long ruled the hip-hop underground, (he sold more than 250,000 mix tapes under the hallowed alias 'Mixtape Messiah,') first gained fame in the dirty south mix-tape game for his cutting edge lyrics and melodic, street-tinged style. The Sound of Revenge boasts a diverse slate of in-demand producers and artists such as, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch (50 Cent), David Banner, Mannie Fresh, Lil Flip, The Beat Bullies (Big Boi/Outkast), and others. Chamillionaire has already embarked on a successful radio promotion tour, and is playing selected dates on The BET 2005 Black College Tour, which runs through 14 historic black colleges and universities, including a stop in Chamillionaire's native Houston on November 4 - home of the (hopefully) soon-to-be World Champion Houston Astros!

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Vickie Charles of Universal Motown Records, +1-212-373-0783, or
vickie.charles@umusic.com; or Renee Pfefer of On Tour PR, +1-914-273-0007, or
renee@ontourpr.com

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


 
First Ever VIBE Game Club College Tour to Be Presented By Boost Mobile and Motorola

The First-Ever Hip Hop Video-Game Lifestyle Tour to Visit 20 Historical Black Colleges and Universities and Feature New XBOX Release Titles From EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG, Midway, Vivendi Universal Games, NovaLogic and the U.S. Army - a PC title

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- VIBE Magazine is partnering with Boost Mobile and Motorola to launch the VIBE Game Club College Tour featuring Yardfest. The 20-stop tour will bring the hottest hip-hop music and top Xbox(R) and PC videogames to a host of historically black colleges and universities throughout the country. The VIBE Game Club College Tour, also sponsored by Xbox and AXE Deodorant Body Spray, will kick off on October 24, 2005, at Texas Southern University and will run through November 18, 2005.

The VIBE Game Club College Tour, produced by Game Live -- the country's most established video game live event company and executive produced by NaviGame -- a specialty marketing agency helping brands reach gamers, will combine two of the most influential and coveted entertainment platforms in today's pop culture, videogames and Hip-Hop, as VIBE's live music extravaganza, "Yardfest," will be featured at five of the campus stops. The free event is expected to reach some 40,000 video game and hip-hop fans at some of the top schools in the country, including Florida A&M, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, and more (see attached document for full tour list).

"The African-American audience represents a huge segment of gamers and an important demo for brand marketers," said Andrew Klein, president of NaviGame. "It only made sense to combine the music and games in one platform, creating the first-ever video-game lifestyle tour to hit this audience. In order to enhance credibility, we partnered with VIBE magazine to take their VIBE Game Club in-book section and make it come to life on tour."

The VIBE Game Club College Tour will offer video-game enthusiasts and trendsetters their first experience to play many brand new games, all while listening to emerging and established hip hop artists. Games to be featured include: Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 06, Burnout(TM) Revenge, Need for Speed(TM) Most Wanted, America's Army(R): Special Forces, BLITZ:(R) The League(TM), Halo 2(R) Multiplayer Map Pack (Live Tournaments), NCAA(R) Football 06; NHL(R) 06; NASCAR 06: Total Team Control; NCAA(R) March Madness(R) 06; NBA LIVE 06; Battlefield 2: Modern Combat(TM); Marvel Nemesis(TM): Rise of the Imperfects(TM); Madden(TM) NFL 06; James Bond 007: From Russia With Love(TM); Conker(TM): Live and Reloaded; F.E.A.R.; Jade Empire(TM); Forza Motorsport(TM); 50 CENT: Bulletproof(TM) -- SNEAK PREVIEW and Delta Force Black(R) Hawk Down(R), F.E.A.R.(TM), SSX(TM) On Tour and FIFA 06.

Musical highlights from the tour will include performances by Young Jeezy, Juelz Santana, Ghostface, Redman, Smitty, T-Pain, Rhymefest, Little Brother, Bubba Sparxx, T. Waters, Tango Redd, Styles P., Franchize, Noah, Ray Cash, and more.

"With hip hop juggernauts and artists like Def Jam and 50 Cent creating their own games, it is clear that there is tremendous synergy between these two entertainment genres," said Antonio Capretta, CEO of Game Live Events, producer of the tour. "The VIBE Game Club Tour brings live event video gaming, interactive tournaments and cutting edge music right to the student's doorstep. It's all about creating an authentic live event experience."

In addition to the games and music, Boost Mobile and Motorola will be hosting the "Game Behind the Game," an interactive forum that introduces tour attendees and HBCU alumni, who are in the video game, music, and entertainment industries, with the hopes of offering advice, wisdom, and guidance on how to break into those businesses.

"Much of Boost's success comes as a result of understanding that there can be a healthy balance between entertainment and education," said Daryl Butler, Senior Marketing Manager for Boost Mobile. Partnering with Vibe and Game Live Events will provide an excellent platform for young people to enjoy the newest video games as well as speak directly with potential mentors in a developing industry that offers diverse career opportunities."

Additional sponsors represented on this tour include: AXE Body Spray, who will be showcasing their new custom branded game MojoMaster, a virtual fantasy game of seduction for guys, as part of their experience on tour, Xbox and Alienware High Performance systems.

The event is free admission to all students. For more details please go to http://www.vibe.com/ and click on VIBE Game Club on Tour.

All game trademarks are the property of each respective game publisher and sponsor.

2005 VIBE COLLEGE TOUR SCHEDULE

DATE CAMPUS CITY
October 24, 2005 TEXAS SOUTHERN Houston, TX
October 25, 2005 PRAIRIE VIEW A&M Prairie View, TX
October 26, 2005 GRAMBLING Grambling, LA
October 27, 2005 SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY Baton Rouge, LA
October 28, 2005 ALCORN STATE Alcorn State, MS
October 31, 2005 ALABAMA A&M Huntsville, AL
November 1, 2005 JACKSON STATE Jackson, MS
November 2, 2005 FORT VALLEY Fort Valley, GA
November 3, 2005 FLORIDA A&M Tallahassee, FL
November 4, 2005 TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY Tuskegee, AL
November 7, 2005 NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL Raleigh, NC
November 8, 2005 JOHNSON C. SMITH Charlotte, NC
November 9, 2005 SOUTH CAROLINA STATE Orangeburg, SC
November 10, 2005 SPELMAN COLLEGE Atlanta, GA
November 11, 2005 CLARK ATLANTA Atlanta, GA
November 12, 2005 WINSTON-SALEM STATE Winston-Salem, NC
November 14, 2005 HAMPTON UNIVERSITY Hampton, VA
November 15, 2005 VIRGINIA UNION UNIVERSITY Richmond, VA
November 16, 2005 NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY Norfolk, VA
November 18, 2005 NORTH CAROLINA A&T Greensboro, NC

Source: NaviGame

CONTACT: Rob Bailey of Rob Bailey Communications, 201-760-0200,
Ext. 101, rbailey@rbcpr.com, for VIBE Magazine

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


 
Universal Records Set to Release Newly Packaged Nelly CD as One Disc Titled 'SWEATSUIT' On November 22nd

New 'SWEATSUIT' CD to Contain Three New Tracks Including: 'Grillz' Featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp and 'Nasty Girl' a Collaboration with the Late Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and Jagged Edge

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Records/Derrty Ent. hip-hop icon Nelly will be re-releasing his multi-platinum, record-breaking dual release Sweat and Suit as one album on November 22, titled SWEATSUIT. The special release will feature #1 hits culled from the two discs along with three brand new tracks: The first new single, "Grillz," features Paul Wall and the St. Lunatics, there's also, "Nasty Girl" a much buzzed about collaboration with the late Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and Derrty Ent. singer Avery Storm, who also appears on the new song, "Tired."

SWEATSUIT includes four #1 hits from the Sweat and Suit CDs, from Nelly's groundbreaking, genre-defying duet with country superstar Tim McGraw, "Over And Over," (which tied a record with superstars Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey upon its initial release, ascending to #1 status on Billboard's Mainstream singles chart faster than any other single), to fan favorites, "My Place," "Na-Na-Na-Na," and "Flap Your Wings," and more. As a bonus, the CD also includes "Fly Away," a song from "The Longest Yard" soundtrack.

The original release of Sweat and Suit in September of 2004 made hip hop and music history, with Nelly becoming the first solo and rap artist to debut in the two top spots on the Billboard Top Albums Chart (Suit #1, Sweat #2) putting Nelly in the rarest category of superstar artists -- Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses among them -- delivering two best-selling albums simultaneously. The two discs went on to sell well over 5 million albums, adding to the record-breaking legacy Nelly established with his two previous albums, Country Grammar and Nellyville, and bringing the St. Louis native's total album sales at nearly 30 million albums worldwide. Most recently, the 3-time Grammy winner received critical-acclaim as an actor with his role in "The Longest Yard."

Nelly will perform the new song, "Grillz" featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp on BET's upcoming 25th Anniversary show which will air on the network in November.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Wendy Washington of Universal/Motown Records, +1-212-373-0702,
wendy.washington@umusic.com

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


 
BET Marks 25 Years as Top African-American Network With Landmark, Star-Studded Extravaganza

Legendary Performers & Today's Hottest Stars Join BET on October 26 to Celebrate Silver Anniversary; Telecast Premieres on BET November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Talent Includes Usher, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Earth Wind & Fire, Mary J. Blige and More

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most celebrated performers of yesterday and today will gather at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium to celebrate a quarter century of ground-breaking, African-American programming from BET when the network hosts 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Wednesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. PT. A sparkling "A- List" of entertainers, including R&B sensation Usher, the sultry Alicia Keys, the multi-talented Queen Latifah, the soulful Earth Wind & Fire, hip-hop soul diva Mary J. Blige, the masterful John Legend, contemporary genius R. Kelly and many more will be a part of the star-studded toast to the network's silver anniversary milestone. In addition to celebrating more than two decades of unforgettable entertainment, BET will bid farewell to retiring Founder and Chairman, Robert L. Johnson in a special tribute. BET has again teamed with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards(R) and five record- setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast, which will premiere on Tuesday, November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Over the course of two-and-a-half-hours, viewers will take a 25-year-long, foot-stomping entertainment ride. Stops along the way will feature rap impresarios such as West Coast hit-maker Snoop Dogg, Queens, New York-born hip hop legend LL Cool J and Wu-Tang alumni Method Man, rocking the mic opposite hard-hitting "Dirty South" lyricists Nelly, Big Gipp, Murphy Lee and Ali in a battle for old school versus new school bragging rights. With Hollywood's finest in attendance, audiences will also be in the presence of such star power as Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Serena Williams, Kirk Franklin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Donnie Simpson, Dr. Bobby Jones, Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, New Edition, Arsenio Hall, Jeffrey Osbourne, Donnie McClurkin, Hammer, Howard Hewett, and Leon. The night will begin with an hour-long pre-show hosted by Terri J. Vaughn and Tony Rock who'll kick off the evening by taking viewers on a virtual stroll down the red carpet, capturing the sizzling fashions and arrival excitement of Black entertainment's glamour set. The half-hour post show hosted by BET News anchor Jacque Reid will recap the festivities, highlighting the network's favorite celebrity moments and performances.

"The only way to truly celebrate 25 years of BET's place in entertainment history is with an amazing event and televised special loaded with unparalleled talent and creative passion," said Debra Lee, BET President and CEO. "This event is more than a look back at BET's greatness over the years. It's our chance -- and that of our many friends, advertisers, viewers and partners -- to celebrate an incredible milestone and set in motion a new era for BET. It's also the perfect salute to the pioneering achievements of BET Founder and Chairman Bob Johnson."

"This year, BET cemented its reputation of giving the best award shows on television," added BET President of Entertainment, acclaimed director Reginald Hudlin. "Both the BET AWARDS and BET COMEDY AWARDS were huge successes. Our SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will be the trifecta, the hat trick, the topping of toppers. I didn't just jinx it, did I?"

To pay tribute to the network's pioneering history, BET will break with the traditional host format in favor of an approach that incorporates a variety of A-list celebrities. Stars including Donnie Simpson, Queen Latifah, Serena Williams, Dr. Bobby Jones, Steve Harvey and Arsenio Hall will helm show segments, each representing a five-year span of the past 25 years. BET's greatest moments from 1980 to 2005 will be punctuated by period performances and special tributes, with each superstar-host personally connected to their time period.

Unforgettable performances are ubiquitous to BET mega-specials and 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL will keep up that tradition. The night will offer a powerful mix of classic soul and old-school funk with fresh rhythms and new-school flavor as the past, present and future unite to recognize entertainment greatness.

"There will be no place anywhere more electrifying than our stage with performances that are classic and contemporary; spiritual and funky; poetic and pulsating. BET's presence for 25 years has been a gateway to the musical universe. And that's exactly how we're building our anniversary show," said Stephen Hill, Executive Vice President for Music Programming and Talent.

BET.com users will get an exclusive All-Access Pass to behind-the-scenes backstage action, hosted by former BET personality Big Lez. Big Lez will lead online users in a guided tour of all the highlights and excitement of backstage, mingle with stars participating in the show and give a rare glimpse of the green room activities as celebrity performers prepare for their turn onstage at BET's biggest celebration ever!

Serving as a prelude to all the excitement of 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, the network kicked off a series of special programming aimed at enticing viewers leading up to the official celebration with ALL SHADES OF FINE: 25 HOTTEST FEMALES OF THE PAST 25 YEARS. Hosted by Bill Bellamy, this special paid tribute to the most blazin' ebony starlets of the past 25 years. Other upcoming features include:

* MADE YOU LOOK: TOP 25 MOMENTS OF BET HISTORY (5 PART SERIES) -- Monday,
October 24th through Friday, October 28th @ 10:00 p.m. ET/PT: The
countdown will feature 25 of the most significant moments on BET that
made you look, laugh, cheer, or cry. From the exclusive OJ Simpson
interview, to the Million Man March and Biggie's last interview on Rap
City, these moments are the ones viewers will still be talking about
this time next year. Host: Donnie Simpson.

* ALL SHADES OF FINE: 25 HOTTEST MEN OF THE PAST 25 YEARS -- Sunday,
October 30th @ 2:30 p.m. ET/PT: BET takes a look at the finest Black Men
in the past 25 years. Host: Meagan Good.

BET will air encore performances of 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Friday, November 4 from 7:30-11 p.m. ET/PT; Thursday, November 10 from 8-10:30 p.m. ET/PT; and Thursday, November 24 from 7:30-10 p.m. ET/PT.

ABOUT BET

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

ABOUT COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS

Cossette Productions is Hollywood's most unique and comprehensive production company, with more than 35 years of experience offering diverse and creative consultation, direction and execution of entertainment production. To its credit, Cossette Productions has produced 33 years of the Grammy Awards telecast; eight weekly television series totaling more than 500 episodes; numerous award-winning Broadway theatrical plays and musicals; 50 major performance specials, award shows and celebrity tributes; corporate events for the nation's largest companies; and countless made-for-television motion pictures and mini-series.

ABOUT THE SHRINE AUDITORIUM

The Shrine Auditorium, located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., comprises the single largest theater in North America, with some 6,300 seats and an adjoining 54,000 square foot Expo Center. Over six decades old, the Shrine is owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company (part of the Shrine Al Malaikah Temple).

On January 11, 1920 the Shrine Auditorium burned to the ground. It took another six years of planning and funding before the new Auditorium was completed. Once rebuilt, it was unique among the theater structures of the world because of its size, versatility and unique interior and exterior design. It is a major cultural center on the West coast and is recognized as a historical monument for its contributions to Los Angeles' history. Playing a dual role as Southern California headquarters for the Shrine fraternity, as well as a public rental facility for live and televised arts and entertainment productions, theater productions, operas, movie screenings, meetings, conferences, trade shows and conventions, today's Shrine Auditorium continues to be improved and renovated and remains one of the most admired and respected Auditoriums in the world.

Visit us @ http://www.bet.com/

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Tosha Whitten-Griggs of BET, +1-202-246-7875,
tosha.whitten-griggs@bet.net; or Amber Koger, +1-310-889-9200,
amber@bobbimarcuspr.com, for BET

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: Editor's Note: B-roll with show clips, Bob Johnson farewell tribute, red carpet highlights, behind-the-scenes and media center interviews will be available via satellite on Thursday, October 27, 2005 (30 minute window) @ 9:00AM ET (6:00AM PT) and 4:00 PM ET (1:00 PM PT), IA:6, Transponder: 14C, Downlink Freq: 3980 Horizontal. Additional footage will be available Monday, October 31, 2005 @ 4:00AM ET (1:00AM PT) and 8:00AM ET (5:00AM PT), IA:5, Transponder: 23C, Downlink Freq: 4160. Screeners, archival footages and interview opportunities are available upon request; contact Amber Koger, Bobbi Marcus PR at (310) 889-9200 amber@bobbimarcuspr.com or Zabrina Horton, BET Corporate Communications at (818) 655-6712 zabrina.horton@bet.net. Downloadable images and logos are available at our PR website, www.bet.com/pr.


 
Rockford Corporation Provides Premium Audio System for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's New Outlander(R)

System Introduced in Vehicle at Tokyo Motor Show

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Rockford Corporation (NASDAQ:ROFO) and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation have teamed up to offer Mitsubishi customers a premium, high output audio system for the all-new 2006 Mitsubishi Outlander, which was launched at the 39th Annual Tokyo Motor Show. At the show, Mitsubishi demonstrated the Rockford Fosgate 650-watt sound system with the introduction of the Outlander, which will begin selling immediately in Japan. Last year's Tokyo Motor Show attracted almost 250,000 car enthusiasts. This year's show is open to the public October 22 - November 6, 2005.

Rockford Fosgate, the leader in aftermarket mobile audio systems for 25 years, with iconic status as the mobile audio industry innovator, delivers the highest sonic accuracy for the listener who demands the best. Rockford's heritage combines fundamental acoustic engineering principles with leading edge technologies to deliver a personal listening experience second to none.

"The power and accuracy that the Rockford Fosgate system brings to the new Outlander will enhance any driving experience," said Mr. Dan Vandenbergh, Managing Director, OEM, Rockford Corporation. "I am impressed with Mitsubishi's dedication to develop this great vehicle which serves as a highly compatible platform for our system. It rivals the experience produced by our aftermarket systems and custom installations."

"With Rockford's long heritage and worldwide reputation for best-in-class mobile audio systems, it was a natural choice as a vehicle upgrade package for our new Outlander," said Mr. Shinichi Kurihara, Product Executive, C-Segment and Product Development Projects, Product Development Group Headquarters, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Tokyo.

The Mitsubishi Outlander's optional Rockford Fosgate premium audio system features 650-watt amplification with nine speakers, including a 10-inch, long- throw subwoofer in a fiberglass reinforced, acoustic suspension enclosure. The six-disc, in-dash CD changer plays MP3 files on CD-Rs for up to 64 hours of music playback.

In addition to the usual bass, midrange, treble, fader, and balance controls, the Outlander's advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP), incorporated into the head unit, gives the user total control over the subwoofer bass level. For 25 years Rockford Fosgate has been delivering the sound of PUNCH(R) -- that feeling of power at impact. There are six levels of subwoofer PUNCH(R) sound in the all-new Outlander.

The Outlander's DSP also allows the driver to take control of the audio system like never before through new tools including staging controls and musical genre presets.

Staging Controls

The staging controls of the Rockford Fosgate system set the perfect "sweet spot" for the driver and other listeners. Staging has three adjustments in addition to the normal position: Stage, Live and Hall. The Stage setting corrects left to right staging and the height of the music relative to the driver's position. The Live setting simulates a room such as a rock club or smaller jazz venue. More ambient sound and rear speakers come to life when music is "Live." And the Hall setting simulates the sound heard inside a large concert hall.

Music Genre Presets

The musical genre presets -- Classic, Jazz, Pop, Rock and Hip Hop -- are equalization curves that have been tuned by Rockford Fosgate for maximum music performance for different styles of music. Therefore, the audio system can be adjusted to suit the preferences of multiple drivers and passengers, or simply to match the style of music being played.

About Rockford Corporation (www.rockfordcorp.com)

Rockford is a designer, manufacturer and distributor of high-performance audio systems for the mobile audio aftermarket and for the OEM market. Rockford's mobile audio products are marketed primarily under the Rockford Fosgate, Lightning Audio and Q-Logic brand names.

Brand websites include: rockfordfosgate.com, www.rockfordacousticdesign.com, www.lightningaudio.com, www.qlogic.ws and www.installedge.com.

Source: Rockford Corporation

CONTACT: Mr. Zach Luke, Marketing Director of Rockford Corporation, +1-
480-517-3157, zach.luke@rockfordcorp.com; or Mr. Hidenori Uki, Manager, Public
Relations & Investor Relations Department of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation,
+81 03 6719 4276, hidenori.uki@mitsubishi-motors.com

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


 
Kalikow - Music Business Information Guru Launches Mobile Business Information Group (Mbig.Com)

To provide ringtones/realtones licensing services for the us marketplace

(PRWEB) October 24, 2005 -- On launching MBIG.COM www.mbig.com , Mr. Kalikow notes, Mobile devices are destined to eclipse the personal computer in the distribution and promotion of music and entertainment content. One reason the U.S. has lagged behind much of the international community in this area is our complex copyright clearance procedure. MBIG has been established to tackle this problem.

A fixture in the music industry for over thirty years, Mr. Kalikow is Editor & Publisher of New On The Charts(www.notc.com), the music business information service he established in 1976, used by every major record company and music publisher in the U.S., with additional executive subscribers in some twenty countries internationally. To learn more about New On The Charts see http://www.notc.com/about.cfm

MBIG.COM simplifies music licensing for U.S. ringtones

Complicated licensing requirements in the United States, unlike other countries, often require numerous licenses be obtained to sell a single ringtone. This can mean hundreds of dollars in legal fees or hours of in-house research and correspondence. Now MBIG.COM www.mbig.com simplifies everything with a flat fee per song license structure.

Extensive Music Publisher and Record Company contact information online

Weekly information update
To compliment its licensing services, MBIG also provides extensive music publisher and record company contact information for every new song reaching the Top 100 Pop, Top 50 Country or Top 50 Urban music trade charts every week.
Monthly picks
With the assistance of the staff at New On The Charts, MBIG also lists approximately ten songs each month that have not yet charted, but have potential, complete with contact information.
Back catalog database
The site also includes an extensive search engine, that allows users to search every record to have charted since the year 2000, by title, artist or label for music publishing and record company contact information.

BONUS Realtone Music Library

In addition to the extensive ringtone services, MBIG will license realtones on behalf of its clients. To compliment this service, the MBIG REALTONE MUSIC LIBRARY includes thousands of titles of original masters controlled by MBIG, including classic film and TV themes, Broadway songs, Oldies and numerous other music genres.

Years of International Music Business Experience and Contacts

Over the past thirty years Mr. Kalikow has traveled extensively as a moderator, panelist, and exhibitor at such major music industry events as MIDEM, PopKomm, South By Southwest, CMJ, Canadian Music Week, etc. A pioneer in programming the personal computer in the 80s to produce his newsletter, Leonard was then on the cutting edge of the dot com revolution in the 90s with the first music business search engine, The Music Business Internet Guide (1996). Now he sees a new revolution on the horizon: Ringtones are just the beginning. The end game for MBIG is to provide a link between the Mobile community and entertainment content providers. For years my business has been in creating internal music business connections. Helping songwriters reach artists, record companies find producers, artists find managers, and so on In recent years those links were then extended to film, TV and advertising. Now its time to add mobile and telecom companies to the mix. As the world goes wireless, Id like MBIG to be part of the information infrastructure supporting the amazing possibilities opened in this process.

Mr. Kalikow is the Founder and Publisher of New On The Charts [NOTC www.notc.com. Originally established in 1976, NOTC is a subscription only music business information service used by every major U.S. record company and music publisher, as well as numerous other music related businesses worldwide. NOTC circulation is limited to music industry professionals only. The online - print publication provides confidential address, phone, fax, e-mail, leads and contacts unavailable through any other source. However, you must be able to document either national or international professional credentials to subscribe. This means songwriters must have at least one song recorded and commercially released nationally; Managers must represent at least one artist with national or international sales; Record companies must have national distribution, etc. Mr. Kalikow personally approves each new subscription to maintain Industry confidence and the extremely high quality of information. According to Mr. Kalikow, MBIG is a natural extension of the services I have offered to the Music Industry.

For more information, visit www.mbig.com, or call Iva at 305-970-6739 MBIG, 918 NE 2nd Court, Hallandale, FL 33009.

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Iva
Mobile Business Information Group (MBIG)
http://www.mbig.com/
305-970-6739


10/23/2005

 
Speech of Atlanta-Based Hip-Hop Group Arrested Development Celebrates his 37th Birthday by Giving Back to Children

Speech of Atlanta-Based Hip-Hop Group Arrested Development
Celebrates his 37th Birthday by Giving Back to Children
and Georgia's Underserved Communities

Fri, 21 Oct 2005

WHAT:
The Build A Dream Benefit Dinner has a goal of raising $100,000 or more for Hope worldwide-Georgia. This, all in celebration of Atlanta-based Speech of Arrested Developments 37th birthday (Oct. 25).

I want to remain focused on helping Georgias underprivileged children, amidst recent and national disasters which have affected and saddened the entire country, said Speech.

The benefit dinner will be hosted by Todd Speech Thomas of Grammy winning hip-hop group Arrested Development and features a live and silent auction, celebrity guest presentations and live musical performances.

Tickets are $100 per person, with sponsorship levels available at $2000-Silver, $3500-Gold, and $5000-Platinum. All proceeds benefit HOPE worldwide-Georgia.
Visit www.ga.hopeworldwide.org to purchase tickets or to make a donation.

WHEN:
7 pm, Saturday, October 29, 2005

WHERE:
Westin Peachtree Plaza; 210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta Georgia 30303

WHO:
HOPE worldwide-Georgia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding underprivileged communities in the Athens and Atlanta area. Established in 1991, HOPE worldwide-Georgia has implemented social, health and educational support programs for thousands of children and families in at-risk communities. Their Build A Dream Series is one of many child development programs geared towards bringing hope to the hurting children of Georgia.

As the musical, political and conceptual force behind the hip-hop group, Arrested Development, Todd "Speech" Thomas set the tone for their brand of conscious reality. Winners of two Grammy awards, two MTV awards, and a NAACP award, Speech and the multi-platinum group have shaken up playlists globally, jumping genres to become equally popular on top twenty "pop" stations and "urban-underground" radio. He issponsoring the benefit to help bring recognition and support to the efforts of HOPE worldwide-Georgia and the plight of Georgias disadvantaged children.

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For More Information
Marsha Middleton/ M-Squared PR
404-259-5466 cell
marsha@msquaredpr.com

Lilian Raji/ Lilian Raji PR
404-816-9924/ 404.434.3100 cell
lilian@lmrpr.com

website: www.ga.hopeworldwide.org
www.speechmusic.com


 
Serious Lord of Crunk Announces Crunk is M. T. V. ( Moving The Vision )

Atlanta, Georgia - Oct 24, 2005 After one year of probation for an incident with the Orlando Police, Serious Lord of Crunk is free and pledges to keep Moving The Vision. " For me and mine , Crunk is M. T. V. ", says Lord.

Lord is responsible for discovering both Atlanta based groups Crime Mob and Lil Scrappy ( G's Up!). After managing both acts, he received a label deal from Warner Brothers Music and formed Crunk Incorporated. Lord released Crime Mob, the group's self entitled album on August 3, 2004.
Lord is dedicated to creating Music. He wrote for Scrappy, Crime Mob, and Lil Jon. These songs included "F.I.L.A. ( Forever I Love Atlanta ), Rap is Like..., and Watch That ( Never Die Alone w/DMX )". He now has a single Crunk ( Cocaine ) available on the internet and is assembling the songs for his Christmas release "The People's Republic of Crunk". From manager, to C.E.O., to Super Producer!!! For more information, Yahoo or Google: Serious Lord of Crunk.

Yahoo: Serious Lord of Crunk
The Republic of Crunk Press
email: seriouslordofcrunk@yahoo.com


 
Rappers Gummii Bear and Sandman Take Top Honors at Denver Rap Wars Finale

RAP WARS hits Denver. RAP WARS kicked off in Denver August 20, 2005, as dozens of rappers from all walks off life battled it out in front of sellout crowds for the top prize. RAP WARS was hosted by Ks 107.5 morning show personality Kathie J. and national talk show host Mark Sparks.

Aurora, CO (PRWEB) October 22, 2005 -- RAP WARS hits Denver. RAP WARS kicked off in Denver August 20, 2005, as dozens of rappers from all walks off life battled it out in front of sellout crowds for the top prize. RAP WARS was hosted by Ks 107.5 morning show personality Kathie J. and national talk show host Mark Sparks.

About Denver Winner of RAP WARS
Aspiring rappers from the Denver Metro area showcased their MC skills and competed for the $5,000 dollars in prizes and cash. Competition was fierce and the battles heated as the sellout audiences rooted for their favorite MCs. In the end Kashmere, The MWF, Q-burse and Gummii Bear & Mizta Sandman battled it out for top honors.
Ultimately, Gummii Bear & Mizta Sandman captured the top prize. RAP WARS kicks off the second round of its Midwest semi-finals in November.

About RAP WARS
RAP WARS is a nationwide rap off pitting the best undiscovered rappers from the West Coast, Midwest, South and East Coast against each other in the ultimate televised $100,000 rap battle. RAP WARS is held in conjunction with Comedy Central and The Mark Sparks Show and will be broadcast into over 96 million households nationally and hundreds of thousands of households in the Denver Metro area.

About The Mark Sparks Show
The Mark Sparks Show takes urban programming to a new level. Expanding on the cinematic traditions of In Living Color and The Chappelle Show, The Mark Sparks Show combines hilarious spoofs (from P. Diddy to Dr. Phil no one is safe) and live performances with Celebrity interviews and fashion. Nationally syndicated and premiering nationwide on the PAX network, The Mark Sparks Show delivers the non-stop laughs late night is missing.

Recipient of the "2005 CIFF Comedy Series of the Year Award."

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Mark Sparks
TSG GROUP
720-365-0636


 
DJ Warrior and Bun B release Cali Untouchable Radio Pt. 7: Southwest Trill Edition

L.A's Mixtape king goes out of the Westcoast to the Dirty South to work with one of the most respected artists in the history of Down South/Texas Hip Hop: Bun B to collaborate on Cali Untouchable Radio Pt. 7

(PRWEB) October 22, 2005 -- This time L.A's Mixtape king goes out of the Westcoast to the Dirty South to work with one of the most respected artists in the history of Down South/Texas Hip Hop: Bun B! DJ Warrior's producer J Classic/The Warriorz laced Bun B with 3 exclusive records, putting Long Beach artist Sinful and L.A.'s own Chace Infinite on one tight track together.

The rumour is the "Southwest Trill" song #3 on this mixtape might be included on DJ Warrior's upcoming debut album on Angeles/Fontana/Universal (possible release sometime in 2006 or early 2007).

This is a South West connect thang DJ Warrior told us, "I never wanted to be local. I get my name out to as many places I can, life is too short to be local dogg, I dont make music or make mixtapes just for one city. have fan base everywhere.. At the end of the day it's all about the music, I dont care where you from..I cant stay in the box.. that's for ignorant folks.. anyway enjoy the mixtape and get Bun B's new album Trill in stores now"

DJ Warrior and Bun B teaming up for this unlikely rare mixtape turned out to be a classic Cali Untouchable Radio mix featuring new music exlusively found on this cd and no where else from Bun B, and all the classic hot cuts from today and back in the day. Officially stamped and hosted by Bun B of UGK/Rap-a-lot. Free Pimp C! also enjoy the mp3 samples Courtesy of DUBCNN, DJ WARRIOR, HipHopWest.com, CaliUntouchable DJs. Get the mixtape cd at: http://www.hiphopwest.com

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Stronghouse Marketing
STRONGHOUSE RECORDS LLC
http://www.stronghouserecords.com/
866-754-6580


 
International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Deadline Extended All Entries Must Be Posted On Or Before October 31, 2005

Over $150,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to 50 winners, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $10,000 (US) in cash and $20,000 in merchandise. ISC 2005 entrants will have the opportunity to have their songs heard by a judging panel that includes some of the most high-profile members of the music industry - including presidents of ten record labels (Universal, Capitol Music UK, ATO Records, New West Records, Concord Records, Alligator Records, and more) and esteemed artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sonny Rollins, Tom Waits, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Steve Vai, Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC) and many more. If you are an artist, songwriter, or in a band with original material, do not miss out on this excellent opportunity to gain exposure recognition for your music.

(PRWEB) October 22, 2005 -- The International Songwriting Competition has extended its submission deadline. All entries must be posted on or before October 31, 2005. ISC will continue to take online entries, as well as entries through the mail; the online submission platform will be open until 11:59 p.m. EST, October 31. After this date, there will be no further extensions.

To enter or for more information, go to: http://www.songwritingcompetition.com

ISC 2005 entrants will have the opportunity to have their songs heard by a judging panel that includes some of the most high-profile members of the music industry - including presidents of ten record labels (Universal, Capitol Music UK, ATO Records, New West Records, Concord Records, Alligator Records, and more) and esteemed artists such as Loretta Lynn, Sonny Rollins, Tom Waits, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Steve Vai, Darryl McDaniels (RUN DMC) and many more. If you are an artist, songwriter, or in a band with original material, do not miss out on this excellent opportunity to gain exposure recognition for your music.

Over $150,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to 50 winners, including an Overall Grand Prize package of $10,000 (US) in cash and $20,000 in merchandise.

All online entrants will receive a complimentary 6-month membership to Sonicbids. In addition, all 2005 ISC entrants will receive a SongU.com Online Self-Paced Course ($39.95 value) and a Jukebox Alive full-membership for 3 months ($15 value) - free!

2005 Sponsors: Disc Makers, Epiphone, ASCAP, Berklee College Of Music, L.R. Baggs, Alphabet Arm Design, FYE, Fishman Tranducers, Planetary Group, ADK Microphones, Moog Music, Hear Technologies, Music Registry, Mediaguide, ArtistMonitor, Sam Ash Music Stores, Sibelius, Onlinegigs.com, Musicians Atlas and Sonicbids.

ISC judges include: Tom Waits; Loretta Lynn; Sonny Rollins; John Scofield; Steve Vai; Macy Gray; Joss Stone; MercyMe; Amy Ray (Indigo Girls); Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); LeAnn Rimes; Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse); Jeff Stinco (Simple Plan); BeBe Winans; Peter Hook (New Order); Benji Madden (Good Charlotte); Charlie Musselwhite; The Donnas; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Records); Keith Wozencroft (President, Capitol Music UK); Glen Barros (CEO/President, Concord Records); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Cameron Strang (President, New West Records); Dan Storper (President, Putumayo World Music); Michael McDonald (President, ATO Records); Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, The Chop Shop Music Supervision - credits include The OC, Grey's Anatomy, Without A Trace, Carnivale, Rescue Me ); Darrale Jones (VP A&R Urban, Atlantic Records); Chris Parr (VP Music Programming & Talent Relations, CMT); Barbara Sedun (VP Creative, EMI Music Publishing Canada); Tara Griggs-Magee (Executive VP of Gospel/Urban Music, Sony Records); Leib Ostrow (CEO, Music For Little People), Thomas Brooman (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, WOMAD); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Emily Wittmann (Vice-President, Nick Records); Patrick Moxey (President, Ultra Records/You Records/Sequence Records/Escondida Music/Empire Mgmt.) and Danny Epstein (Music Supervisor, Sesame Street/Sesame Workshop).

International Songwriting Competition
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June Koh
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RESERVOIR READING, American Cinema Icon, Canadian Music Personality Discuss 'Hip-Hop Literacy'

October 15th, 2005
Toronto -- "Put down the gangsta rap and pick up the gangster poetry"
was the theme of a highly anticipated one-hour meeting between
independent film laureate Michael Madsen and Hip-Hop activist Raoul Juneja
(a.k.a. Deejay Ra), arranged by the 'RebelFest' Film Festival Directors at
the Royal York Executive Hall September 11th in Downtown Toronto.

Juneja, considered "One of the entertainment industry's most vocal and
effective campaigners" (FilmInk), launched a Michael Madsen 'grassroots
media' tribute with PocketEssentials and Crash Cinema last week through
his Lyrical Knockout Entertainment company, commemorating the 'Sin
City' and 'Kill Bill' actor's Toronto visit.

Recording an exclusive high school and campus radio PSA in addition to
planning new educational-themed initiatives for his latest poetry
collection and audiobook, Madsen now joins fellow Tarantino alumni Robert
Forster and American literary legend Elmore Leonard as a supporter of
Juneja's 'Hip-Hop Literacy' campaign, encouraging movie screenplays and
music themed books to students uninterested in reading as alternative
literacy developing methods in the midst of entertainment media's
strongest digital age.

Madsen's former co-stars in over 100 productions since 1982 have
included Al Pacino, Ben Kingsley, Uma Thurman, Mario Van Peebles, Kristanna
Loken, and most memorably Harvey Keitel in Quentin Tarantino's
"Reservoir Dogs," who presented Madsen with his 2005 Equinoxe Rebel Award at the
'RebelFest' Toronto Finale.

For more about Michael Madsen or Deejay Ra visit MichaelMadsen.com and
LyricalKnockout.com respectively.

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