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11/11/2005

 
TRAVIS BARKER MELDS HIS DRUMMING CHOPS WITH HIP-HOP AS A PRODUCER

Los Angeles, CA (November 11, 2005) Travis Barker, world famous drummer for multi-platinum act Blink 182, is riding high on the hip-hop charts after producing Late Night Creepin, a track off the debut solo effort from former UGK member Bun B, whose album Trill peaked at #1 on Billboards Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts. Barkers other production credits include the remix of Pharrell and Gwen Stefanis Can I Have It Like That and Bubba Sparxxxs Back In The Mud.

Formerly the drummer for Blink 182, Box Car Racer, Transplants and currently of +44, Barker is one of the busiest musicians in rock n roll. He has also joined the industrys premier spinner DJ AM for a residency at the Pure Club at Caesars Palace and select dates throughout the country after a hugely successful debut performance at KROQs Inland Invasion, where Barker and AM took their joint musical skills public. Barker is also the founder of his own recording label, La Salle Records, clothing line, Famous Stars and Straps, and most recently the star of his own critically acclaimed reality show on MTV, Meet the Barkers, which will return in January for a second season.

Contacts:

Dvora Vener Englefield / Cindy Guagenti
BWR Public Relations
310-550-7776
dvener@bwr-la.com / cguagenti@bwr-la.com

Myleik Teele
Office of Dvora Vener Englefield
B/W/R Public Relations
9100 Wilshire Blvd.
6th Floor West Tower
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(p) 310.248.6134
(f) 310.550.1701


 
Eddie Blackmon, Vice President of Getting Out Our Dreams, selected as a panelist at 21st Annual DuSable Conference Empowering Underserved Communities

November 12, 2005 8:30AM-4PM
Hyde Park Center Chicago, IL

The DuSable Conference is a valued GSB tradition.
Throughout its 21 year history, the Conference has
reflected Chicago GSBs commitment to creating and
supporting a diverse environment and to provide all
their students with the skills and education to become
business leaders This year the African American MBA
Association has partner with the Hispanic American
Business Student Association (HABSA) to coordinate and
sponsor this educational event. This year, two panels
will examine the representation of minorities in the
media and the challenges in developing disenfranchised
communities. Blackmon will be amongst keynote
speakers, Professor Charles Olgetree, Harvard Law
Schools Jesse Climenko Professor of Law, and the
Honorable Jesse Jackson Jr., will join the
distinguished panelists in offering their distinctive
perspectives on empowering underserved communities.

Gifted. Articulate. Confident. These are just a few
words that describe the valuable attributes of our
generations next music mogul. Not only is Eddie
Blackmon a man of style and distinction, he is
representative of the current influx of young,
influential and ultra successful entertainment
industry executives.

While completing undergraduate studies at Arizona
State University, Eddie served in many leadership
capacities. As a member of the distinguished Gamma
Iota Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, he acted
as chapter Polemarch and served on the Western
Province Board of Directors. In 2001, the 29th Grand
Polemarch Howard L. Tutman, Jr. appointed Eddie to
serve on his administration team as his Undergraduate
Executive Operating Assistantmaking history in Kappa
Alpha Psi as the first person to serve in this
capacity. Upon receiving a B.A. in Communications and
Sociology in 2003, Eddie headed to New York City to
pursue a career in the music industry.

As do most when they arrive in New York with dreams
of becoming successful, Eddie fulfilled internship
duties at several record labels during the day and
worked as a bartender and waiter at night. His willful
spontaneity has positioned him to be frequently
recruited by the music business top executive branch.
Ron Gillyard, President of Black Music at Interscope/
Geffen/ A&M, and Lisa Ellis, Executive Vice President
and General Manager of Sony Urban Music are the most
recent luminaries to have benefited from this
gentlemans commendable work.

Clearly, his hard work and perseverance did not go
unnoticed. As a result of his proven credibility,
Eddie rose through the ranks of Sony Music from an
intern, to an executive assistant and is now a
permanent fixture of Grammy award- winning artist and
producer Kanye Wests new record label, Getting Out
Our Dreams (G.O.O.D. Music), which is distributed
through SonyBMG.

On Monday, September 26, 2005, it was announced in a
label meeting that Eddie had been appointed Vice
President of G.O.O.D Music, a record label that was
started a little over a year ago by CEO/President
Kanye West, and is home to such notable artists as
Common and John Legend. The faith entrusted in Eddie
by John Monopoly, Chief Operating Officer of G.O.O.D.
Music, is indicative of his noble character and
ingenious gate keeping abilities. This appointment
came after Kanyes recognition of the respect Eddie
garners from other industry executives and his
personal observation that the always-charismatic Eddie
possesses a creative mind with a unique and innate
talent to not only inspire new visions for the label,
but to execute those ideas and plans with precision
and greatness.

Eddies corporate etiquette is admirable and commands
the mutual respect of his colleagues, his interns and
his bosses. He is uninhibited and can be a chameleon
when needed. Eddie Blackmon is unapologetic for who
he is, but is determined to fulfill his commitments in
an efficient and meticulous manner.

###

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


 
DoD(TM) and Clear Channel Entertainment Properties Sign Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok as Exclusive Founding Partners

For Hip Hop and Urban VOD Service

First All Video-on-Demand Channel Devoted to Urban and Hip-Hop Content Debuts November 11 on Comcast ON DEMAND

Top Brands to Be Embedded Into Sought-After Urban Market Lifestyle Programming and Culture

HOUSTON and LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- DoD(TM) and Clear Channel Entertainment Properties today announced that it has signed Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok as founding partners for DoD(TM), the first-ever all video- on-demand cable television channel targeting the hip-hop and urban market. DoD(TM) will launch as a free service on Comcast's ON DEMAND tier on November 11, 2005.

The Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok brands will be featured in innovative ways that include sponsored programming, VJ personality segment integration, program presentation credits and branded program listings. These brands will also be featured in cross-promotional DoD(TM) marketing vehicles, such as cross-channel television spots, radio, print and online advertising, direct marketing and exclusive launch events and screenings.

"We've brought together the esteemed brands of Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok with the first-ever on-demand television channel targeting the influential, multi-cultural and lucrative Hip-Hop audience," said Bruce Eskowitz, president of Clear Channel Entertainment Properties. "DoD(TM) has figured out how to embed brands in an authentic manner into urban lifestyle programming and culture."

Renowned for innovative branded live entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties has leveraged its extensive entertainment expertise, artist and brand relationships to secure the founding partners and support the launch and roll-out of DoD(TM).

"Until now, there has been a void in hip-hop and urban television programming that speaks to fans in a real way," said Will Griffin, CEO of DoD(TM). "We've focused on partnerships with brands that have a clear history of respect and support for Hip Hop culture and which share our desire to grow the presence of the Hip Hop culture on television."

DoD(TM) will feature fresh content with themes that change monthly hosted by their own VJ personalities. Programming will include mixtapes and videomix shows; music and sports celebrity-driven documentary series; local market content; short and feature-length films; "old school" classics; fashion and comedy specials; DoD(TM) video personals; exclusive RBK-produced content and more.

For more information about DoD(TM), visit http://www.dodpresents.com/

About DoD(TM)

Launched in November, 2005, DoD(TM) is the first all video-on-demand channel devoted to hip-hop and urban programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, DoD(TM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), which produces and acquires original urban / hip-hop themed media content for distribution across all media. DoD(TM) is a new grassroots brand and direct channel redefining the way urban media content is developed and distributed to the 45.3 million-plus ethnically diverse urban consumer audience. DoD(TM) Founding Sponsors are long-time supporters of the growth of Hip Hop Culture: Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok. The company is also backed by Syndicated Communications and Pacesetter Capital Group, the leading private equity funds in urban media. More information may be found by visiting http://www.dodpresents.com/ .

About Clear Channel Entertainment-Properties

Clear Channel Entertainment Properties (CCEP), a division of Clear Channel Entertainment, markets the organization's vast network of assets -- venues; music, motor sports, action sports, and theatrical properties; exclusive special events, exhibitions, and Emmy(R) award-winning television production services -- to corporations seeking unique brand positioning. In addition, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties specializes in creating custom, high- impact marketing programs and special events that provide flexibility for client budget and timing parameters. Services include advertising, strategic marketing and content development, national and local sales programs, product and service launches, and television/broadcast programming. The resources and reach of CCE Properties have already made them among the most sought-after partners for business and consumer marketing in live entertainment today. Parent company Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events, promotes and/or produces over 32,000 events, attended by more than 69 million people. The company currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including more than 100 in North America and 30 in Europe. More information may be found by visiting http://www.cc.com/ and http://www.clearchannel.com/ .

Source: Clear Channel Entertainment Properties

CONTACT: Olivia Scott of Clear Channel Entertainment Properties,
+1-917-421-5301, or oliviascott@clearchannel.com ; or Ray Yeung,
yeung@braincomm.com , or Jill Gumberg, gumberg@braincomm.com , both of
Brainerd Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667, for Clear Channel Entertainment
Properties

Web site: http://www.clearchannel.com/
http://www.cc.com/
http://www.dodpresents.com/


 
Pandora Launches Free, Ad-Supported Version and New Features to Give Music Lovers More Choice and Control

First Online Music Discovery Service Based on the Music Genome Project Now Offers Personal Pages, Song Bookmarking and Station Editing

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 10, 2005--Pandora Media today announced that it is adding a free ad-supported version of its breakthrough music discovery service. Music lovers who want to find new songs and artists to enjoy will now be able to choose between this free service and the commercial-free, subscription-based version that has been attracting heavy usage since its launch two months ago. Pandora is also significantly expanding the service with a number of new features, including personal pages where members of the Pandora community can post their new music discoveries by bookmarking favorite songs; and a station editing console that makes it easier for Pandora customers to refine their listening experiences.

Launched on August 29, 2005, Pandora is the first online music discovery service based on the Music Genome Project, the most thorough analysis of popular music ever undertaken. Music lovers need only enter the name of their favorite song or artist and Pandora does the rest -- creating a tailored stream of songs that share key musical traits. Pandora subscribers can create up to 100 of these unique online radio stations and gradually refine them by providing feedback. With each input, the playlist changes immediately, as Pandora deepens its understanding of the listener's musical taste. In a mere two months, users have already created over a million stations on the service from over 70,000 different artist and song inputs. Discovery is a consistent theme in the experience as the Music Genome pulls from its deep collection of lesser-known artists. If a listener finds a new song or artist they love, they can click on it to buy it from Amazon or iTunes.

Starting today, Pandora listeners will also be able to create personal pages to bookmark and share their musical discoveries. In addition, a new special console will make it easy for them to edit and refine their Pandora-created radio stations.

"We're out to fundamentally change the experience of music discovery," said Tim Westergren, the one-time professional musician who founded Pandora five years ago. "Our subscriptions have far exceeded our expectations, but we've also heard from a great number of listeners encouraging us to offer an ad-supported version for free. We are thrilled to be able to offer music lovers this choice, along with greater control over their listening experiences and a way to share their musical discoveries with the Pandora community."

According to Westergren, today's announcement is a direct result of Pandora listeners' passion for music and for the service. "The willingness of listeners to take their time to give us feedback, suggest new features, help us fix things we're doing wrong, and just about bury us in great suggestions of favorite songs and artists for the Music Genome Project, has been nothing short of overwhelming. Since launching, we have been greatly energized by the support for what we're trying to do. Everything we're announcing today is just our best effort to keep up with the great input we've been receiving from these passionate music lovers."

About Pandora Media:

Pandora Media is the leader in music navigation and discovery. The foundation of Pandora is the Music Genome Project(TM), the most sophisticated taxonomy of musical information ever collected. Each song in the massive database -- which includes Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, R&B, old, new, big names, and small acts -- is analyzed by trained musician analysts along 400 distinct musical attributes to capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of consumers.

The Music Genome Project is updated on a continual basis with the latest releases, emerging artists, and an ever-deepening collection of catalogue titles. Founded in January 2000, Pandora Media's music discovery solutions are used by such leading music retailers and portals as Best Buy and America Online.

The company's flagship consumer service, Pandora, was introduced on August 29, 2005.

Contacts
OnPR for Pandora
Marivi Lerdo de Tejada, 415-577-4318
marivil@onpr.com


 
The Biggest Brand In Southern Streets Goes Visual

ATLANTA, GA Gangsta Grizzillz! The two words that revolutionized the southern mixtape game are now poised to do the same to the Urban DVD game. On November 15, 2005, the long-awaited DJ Dramas Gangsta Grillz: Respect The Game DVD, will be available in stores nationwide. Featuring interviews by some of the biggest names in the game, the 75-minute documentary-style release will present viewers with an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the Hip-Hop industry.

Using the respect that the Gangsta Grillz brand has garnered in the South, DJ Drama was able to talk to the groundbreaking artists who have made Southern Hip-Hop what it is today. And just as he was able to redefine the mixtape game, Drama hopes to expand the genre of Urban DVDs. A lot of the DVDs that are out are more like street videos, he explains. I wanted people to see that what goes on behind the scenes is business. Respect The Game features interviews with T.I., Ludacris, Bun B, Paul Wall, Lil Jon, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Pitbull, Killer Mike, Lil Scrappy, Bonecrusher, Jae Millz, P$C, and Stat Quo. Also appearing on the DVD are the some of the producers and tastemakers who helped make the sound of the South more palpable to those outside of the region, including DJ Jelly, DJ Toomp, Jazze Pha, Manne Fresh, Pharell Williams and Swizz Beatz.

The new DVD is just one more step towards making the Gangsta Grillz brand a household name. In July The Aphilliates launched Gangsta Grillz Radio, a weekly radio show on Atlantas Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM), hosted by Drama alongside DJ Don Cannon and DJ Sense, the other founding members of the premier DJ collective. Drama is also currently working on the official Gangsta Grillz album, which will be released through Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records.

To view the trailer for Gangsta Grillz: Respect The Game, visit http://gangstagrillz.com/dvd/gangstagrillz.rm (Real Player) or www.gaangstagrillz.com/dvd/gangstagrillz.wmv (Windows Media Player).

For more information, visit www.GangstaGrillz.com

Contact:
Orlando McGhee
The Aphilliates
(p) 404.524.1266


 
The Ave Sponsors Panel during weeklong Hip-Hop Odyssey Film Festival

Who: The Ave Magazine

What: Sponsoring the Hip-Hop Odyssey International Film Festivals
panel Soundtracks and Music Production: Scoring for Movies,
Commercials, and Video Games: Producers, Beatsmiths, and Musicians talk music beyond the music industry.

When: Friday, Nov. 11 | 6:00 -- 7:00pm

Where: ImaginAsian
239 East 59th Street, btw 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 371-6682

New York The Ave Magazine will sponsor the Soundtracks and Music
Production: Scoring for Movies, Commercials, and Video Games:
Producers,
Beatsmiths, and Musicians talk music beyond the music industry panel
this
Friday, November 11, during Hip-Hop Odysseys weeklong International
Film
Festival.

Moderated by Darralynn Hutson super producer Swizz Beatz, producer QD3
of
QD3 entertainment ( BEEF 1,2 &3), rapper Hakim Green of Channel Live
and
journalist/producer Zenobia Simmons are a few of the panelist to
discuss
producing music you won't hear on the radio.

Panel starts at 6 pm. Tickets are $7. For more information log on to
http://www.h2oiff.org/

--
Hanif Sumner, Publicity
hanif@theavemagazine.com
THE AVE MAGAZINE.
| 172 5th Ave, #3
| Brooklyn, NY 11217
www.theavemagazine.com
"the ave magazine" - a street movement in print"


 
Warner Music Group Launches Cordless Recordings

New 'eLabel' Designed to Take Advantage of the Latest Online and Mobile Technologies; Label Created by Music Industry Legend, Jac Holzman; Jason Fiber Named Cordless Recordings President

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Nov 10, 2005) -- Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) announced today the launch of Cordless Recordings, the newest member of the company's family of labels.

Designed to discover and develop new recording artists in a supportive, lower-risk environment, Cordless will aggressively utilize the latest digital products, formats and online and mobile technologies. Cordless will make use of these digital resources to implement innovative marketing programs to promote its roster of artists.

Rather than exclusively releasing music in the traditional album or single configuration, every few months, the label will release "clusters" -- three or more songs -- by an artist. By doing so, the label will increase the interaction between an artist and their fan base via a continuous flow of new music. In addition, Cordless will have the ability to draw upon the resources of WMG's Atlantic Records Group and Warner Bros. Records on select releases.

Cordless Recordings is the brainchild of legendary music executive, Jac Holzman, the founder and former Chief Executive Officer and creative head of WMG's Elektra and Nonesuch Records. Jason Fiber, the founder of Superfecta Recordings and The Ideal Copy, has been named President of Cordless Recordings.

"When we started to think about Cordless, certain lessons from the past kept returning to me," said Holzman. "The close, creative relationship with artists and their fan base by frequent release of records, keeping costs low and having a methodology that would let us use our medium to introduce our material to more fans. Cordless is a community intended to give new artists their chance, and a process that connects an audience to our artists' creativity. This is who we are and that is what we have pledged to do."

Fiber said, "As a lifelong music fan and a self-proclaimed computer geek, I've always been drawn to the intersection of music and technology. With the Cordless label, the Warner Music Group is experimenting with a new approach to introducing tomorrow's great artists while offering a home for established musicians who want to make the most of today's online world. It's an exciting venture and one that is unique in the industry. I'm honored to be part of the team."

In addition to promoting its artists through online and offline marketing, traditional and lifestyle marketing, touring and radio promotion (college, specialty commercial, satellite and online radio), Cordless artists' music will also be available on a variety of online music services, as well as through the leading wireless carriers. Cordless content will also be distributed on legal peer-to-peer networks.

Artists releasing the first clusters on Cordless include:

Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers
Breakup Breakdown
Dangerous Muse
Nozzle
Koishii & Hush
Humanwine

For more information about these artists, visit www.cordless.com.

Over his 55-year career, Holzman has worked with artists including Judy Collins, The Doors, Bread, Love, Iggy Pop, Butterfield Blues Band, Carly Simon, Harry Chapin and Queen. Until 1970, Holzman was a top executive at Warner Communications, Inc., where he helped establish both the WEA distribution group and WEA International. Later, Holzman became a director of Pioneer Electronics, contributing to the development of CD technology. In 1982, Holzman became the Chairman of Panavision, Inc.

Fiber will oversee the label's A&R, sales and marketing, and general management functions. Before assuming his current position, Fiber enjoyed a long career in both the music and technology industries. In 2001, Fiber founded Superfecta Recordings, an independent record label based in Los Angeles focused on reissuing out-of-print music titles from alternative artists. Fiber also founded The Ideal Copy, an online music retail website specializing in rare and hard-to-find CDs. Previously, Fiber worked at Wherehouse Music, a leader in entertainment retailing, where he spearheaded the creation and expansion of the company's digital retail business. Fiber is a founding member of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers' (NARM) Online Retailing Committee.

About Cordless Recordings

Cordless Recordings is a different kind of record company designed to take advantage of the latest online and mobile technologies. Cordless is not bound by past practice and is free to continuously reinvent itself in response to new opportunities. At Cordless an artist can develop in a supportive, lower-risk environment. Cordless is the newest member of the Warner Music Group (WMG) family of labels. For more information about Cordless Recordings, visit the label's website at www.cordless.com.

About Warner Music Group

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

Contact:
Will Tanous
Warner Music Group
(212) 275-2244
Email Contact
Amanda Collins
Warner Music Group
(212) 275-2213


 
Fox Television Stations CEO, CBS Digital Media President and Rainbow Media CEO to Keynote at Future of Television: Beyond the Box

In New York City on November 18th, 2005

Over 400 Senior Decision-Makers From Cable & Broadcast Networks, Cable & Satellite; Operators, Technology Companies and Advertising to Gather in NYC to Focus on Recent Developments Impacting the Future of Television

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Nov 10, 2005) -- Digital Media Wire, the industry's leading mobile and digital entertainment news, events and information provider, today announced speakers and agenda for Future of Television: Beyond the Box to be held at NYU's Stern School of Business in New York City on Friday, November 18th, 2005. For agenda, speakers and registration, please visit: www.televisionconference.com.

The one-day executive forum brings together approximately 400 decision-makers from cable and broadcast networks, cable and satellite operators, high-tech and advertising to focus on the future of television. This year's event includes keynotes from industry luminaries, including Fox Television Stations Chief Executive Officer Jack Abernethy, CBS Digital Media President Larry Kramer and Rainbow Media Holdings President & CEO Joshua Sapan.

Confirmed speakers include:

KEYNOTES
Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer, Fox Television Stations
Larry Kramer, President, CBS Digital Media
Joshua Sapan, President & CEO, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

PANELISTS & FEATURED SPEAKERS
Simon Applebaum, Editor-at-Large, CableFAX's CableWORLD
David Bluhm, Chief Executive Officer, GoTV Networks
Howard Bolter, SVP, Production & Network Operations, E! Networks
Merrill Brown, Founder & Principal, MMB Media LLC
Peilin Chou, SVP of Programming & Production, Comcast's AZN Television
Greg Clayman, Vice President, Wireless Strategy & Operations, MTV Networks
Lisa Coelho, General Manager & Executive Director, GlobeCast WorldTV
Chris Crommett, Senior Vice President, CNN en Español
David Del Beccaro, CEO & Founder, MusicChoice
Greg Demetriades, CEO, Continental Vista Broadcasting Group
Tracy Dolgin, President & CEO, YES Network
Lewis D'Vorkin, Editor-in-Chief, AOL News & Sports
Stephen Friedman, General Manager, mtvU
Bernard Gershon, SVP & General Manager, ABC News Digital Media Group
Paul Gough, Reporter, Television, The Hollywood Reporter
Andrew Heyward, President, CBS News
Manish Jha, SVP & GM, ESPN Mobile, ESPN, Inc.
Joseph Laszlo, Research Director, Broadband & Wireless, Jupiter Research
Al Lieberman, Executive Dir., EMT Program, NYU Stern School of Business
Lydia Loizides, Analyst / Principal, Paphion Inc.
Bob McIntyre, SVP & CTO, Scientific-Atlanta
Bill Morningstar, EVP, Media Sales, The WB
Alana Muller, Director, Consumer Marketing, Sprint Nextel
Bob Reid, EVP & Network General Manager, The Africa Channel
Adam Ritter, VP, Wireless, Major League Baseball Advanced Media
Tom Selz, Founding Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Perry Solomon, Senior Director, Bus. Dev., FAST Search & Transfer
Anil Srivatsa, SVP, Affiliate Sales & Operations, ImaginAsian TV
Mike Vorhaus, Managing Director, Frank N. Magid & Associates
Robert Weiss, Head of Entertainment & Digital Media, Fuse
Andrew Wing, President & CEO, Nielsen Entertainment

The event includes 5 cutting-edge panels on the following topics:

-- Killer Apps: Technology Beyond TiVo
-- Digital Technologies & the Future of Television News
-- The Explosion of Ethnic Television
-- Television & the Echo Boomer Generation
-- Mobile TV: Can You See Me Now?

Future of Television: Beyond the Box is produced by Digital Media Wire in association with NYU's Stern School of Business. Sponsoring companies include Omnicom Group, Music Choice, Frankfurt Kurnit, Klein & Selz, Continental Vista, FAST Search & Transfer, GlobeCast, OOH! TV, Nellymoser, The Hollywood Reporter, CableFax Daily, Cable World, Producers Guild of America, Frank N. Magid Associates, Interactive Television Alliance, The Emmy Advanced Media Committee and Tri-State Tech Wire.

For complete agenda, registration and event details, please visit www.televisionconference.com.

Digital Media Wire produces premier events within the mobile and digital entertainment industry including Games & Mobile Forum, Digital Music Forum, Future of Television Forum, Digital Media Conference, and the much talked about and the popular 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Conference & Awards show, which is recently grown to become the widely anticipated Digital Entertainment & Media Expo.

About Digital Media Wire, Inc:

Digital Media Wire is a news organization, publisher and events company serving the digital media industry since May 2000. We publish a well-respected free daily email newsletter, industry reports and directories. Our executive forum in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC feature the leading minds in digital media, are recognized by the press and provide valuable networking opportunities. We encourage you to sample our products and services, and welcome inquiries about how we can put our knowledge & relationships to work for you. For more information, please visit http://www.digitalmediawire.com

PR Contact for Digital Media Wire:
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Tel: 323 653-7800


11/10/2005

 
Nelly Awards $10,000 to Student Producers for Best Commercial

Nelly's Second Annual P.I.M.P (Positive. Intellectual. Motivated. Person) Scholarship Contest

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelly and Fillmore Street Brewery announced the second year of the (Pimp Juice) Scholarship Contest with a twist! The search is on for the first Positive. Intellectual. Motivated. "PRODUCER." The scholarship will be extended to students from all disciplines with no grade restrictions to compete to produce the most unique Pimp Juice or PJ Tight video commercial that best captures the essence of the energized, successful hip hop lifestyle promoted by Nelly's energy drinks. In addition, the contest committee will also consider the student's grade point average, extracurricular activities, and any other relevant factors.

Always on the cutting edge, Nelly is giving students a breakthrough opportunity to create and produce a commercial for his Pimp Juice and/or PJ Tight energy drinks. This year in addition to cash prizes of $5000 for 1st place, $2500 for 2nd place, $1250 for 3rd place, $750 for 4th place, and $500 for 5th place, the Top 10 commercials will be posted and played on the Pimp Juice website (www.letitloose.com). Nelly's team is also fine-tuning potential plans to televise the Top 3 commercials all over the world. In the future, the P.I.M.P scholarship looks to increase and reach it's potential goal of generating full scholarship opportunities.

Last year, Fillmore Street Brewery awarded two $5000 scholarships to college students who achieved success in leadership roles and extracurricular activities as well as academics with the first P.I.M.P. (Positive. Intellectual. Motivated. Person.) Scholarship Contest.

The highly competitive P.I.M.Producer Contest is offering monetary prizes for the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student who submits the most creative and versatile commercial DVD or VHS. All participants must be students at least 18 years of age. Application deadline is no later than March 3rd, 2006.

Pimp Juice has been recognized by the respected industry trade BevNet (The Beverage Network) as the "People's Choice" for best energy drink, as well as being touted by Vibe magazine as the "best energy drink." Fillmore Street Brewery currently has 110 distributors across the country with international distribution in several countries including Canada, numerous European Countries, South Africa and Australia. Pimp Juice is also available in Sam Goody's and Spencer's Gift Stores.

Source: Fillmore Street Brewery

CONTACT: Juliette Harris, or Aneesah Rashada, both of It Girl Public
Relations, +1-310-577-1122, for Fillmore Street Brewery

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


 
Rapper, Republicans, Relief Org. Heads and Rabbis Named to Forward 50, by America's National Jewish Newspaper

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Forward, American Jewry's newspaper of record, today announced its highly-awaited "Forward 50" List of the most influential Jewish Americans -- an enlightening and controversial membership that will be published on Friday, November 11, 2005.

This year's Top Five, as diverse as the entire list itself, includes Steven Spielberg, Hasidic Hip-Hop sensation Matisyahu, Middle East envoy James Wolfensohn, Bush-lauded head of the American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger, and America's most influential Jewish lawmaker, Sen. Arlen Specter.

Photo: http://www.ereleases.com/pr/2005-Forward-50.jpg

In addition to the Top Five, this year's most influential list features individuals whose influence falls within specific areas: Culture, Religion, Philanthropy, Community, Advocacy, Politics and Public Square.

According to Forward Editor-In-Chief J.J. Goldberg, "Two distinct trends were evident in our listing this year. One was the growing number of major American artists and entertainers who are publicly embracing their Jewishness and letting it inform their work -- in film, television, comedy, popular music and Internet blogging."

Along with Top 5's Spielberg and Matisyahu, notable examples are "Fake News" Jon Stewart (Leibowitz) of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," potty-mouthed standup comic Sarah Silverman, media bloggers Jessica Coen and Jesse Oxenfeld of Gawker.com, as well as novelist Philip Roth. "A second theme reflected the growing trend within the Jewish community of grassroots humanitarian activism. People young and old were reaching out to the community and beyond it, looking for some way to help heal the fractured world -- and in surprising numbers, finding it," Goldberg adds. Goldberg points to the past year as "framed by disasters," beginning with a horrifying tsunami that swept South Asia and ending with a string of storms that destroyed New Orleans and ravaged south Florida.

Admittedly, many of the exceptional members are known mostly within the Jewish community. Some of these individuals include: Rabbi Stanton Zemek, who turned his Baton Rouge, Louisiana synagogue into a round-the-clock evacuee processing center; Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, who has emerged as the most important leader of the Lubavitch Hasidic movement; and 75-year-old Rabbi Yaakov Perlow, whose Orthodox advocacy organization brought out 120,000 people one night last March in 70 stadiums around the world to celebrate Talmud study. The Forward 50 is not based on a scientific survey or a democratic election. Names have been suggested by readers and by The Forward staff. Each year's compilation is a journalistic effort to record some of the trends and events in American Jewish life in the year just ended and to illuminate some of the individuals likely to be in the news in the year ahead.

Membership in the 50 doesn't mean The Forward endorses what these individuals do or say. They were chosen because they are doing and saying things that are making a difference in the way American Jews, for better or worse, view the world and themselves. Not all of them have put their energies into the traditional framework of Jewish community life, but all of them have consciously pursued Jewish activism as they understand it, and all of them have left a mark.

Please visit http://www.forward.com/ for the complete list of The Forward 50 membership for 2005 or email alc@alavin.com for a PDF file of the article.


About The Forward (http://www.forward.com/)

The Forward is widely regarded as American Jewry's essential newspaper of record. Published since 1990, the English language weekly grew out of the legendary Yiddish language Jewish Daily Forward, founded in 1897. The Forward is committed to rigorous reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics and culture in the Jewish world. The Forward's editor, veteran journalist and author J.J. Goldberg, and his staff have enhanced the paper's reputation for incisive, hard-hitting reportage with a populist, progressive spirit that has been the paper's hallmark since its early days. Headquartered in New York, the newspaper is owned by The Forward Association, Inc., a 501(c)(4) corporation. It is published on Fridays and is available on newsstands nationwide, as well as by subscription.

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'Firewater' Album to be Last Call for Tha Alkaholiks

Waxploitation Records and KOCH Records announce the release info for Firewater, the fifth and final album by Tha Alkaholiks. Firewater is slated for a February release and will precede an Alkaholiks farewell tour a final party for their fans. The group will retire after the release of Firewater and the final tour.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 10, 2005 -- Waxploitation Records announced release info today for Firewater, the fifth and final album by Tha Alkaholiks. Firewater is slated for a February release and will precede an Alkaholiks farewell tour a final party for their fans. The group will retire after the release of Firewater and the final tour.

Knowing Firewater was going to be our last album made us very, very focused, says E-Swift. We knew there was never going to be a second chance and we owed it to our fans to put everything we could into it, right here, right now.

We all have different goals and things we want to do as individuals. Its important for us to move forward and find new challenges, says J Ro.

"We were party animals for over a decade. Times are changing, says Tash. Well still get together once in a while to do a song here and a song there, but this is going to be it as far as albums go.

Over the last decade, few artists have been able to crossover with both commercial and underground audiences as seamlessly as Tha Liks have done. Consistent fixtures year-after-year in the fickle hip hop world, Tha Alkaholiks (Tash, E-Swift and J-Ro) are considered by many to be as influential as any artist in hip hop. Classic Alkaholiks singles like Make Room, Daaaaaam! and Likwit are still radio and mixtape staples.

In some ways, the release of Firewater is bittersweet, says Waxploitation Records founder Jeff Antebi. It feels like the end of an era, but Tha Alkaholiks are exiting with an incredible legacy to follow them. Its not often an artist can pick their own exit, at the peak of their game.

Tha Alkaholiks have released four critically acclaimed CDs: X.O. Experience, 21 & Over, Coast II Coast, and Likwidation which have featured a whos who of hip hops elite including Nas, Busta Rhymes, Madlib, Xzibit, Q-Tip, Kurupt, The Neptunes and Ol Dirty Bastard to name just a few.
Three early samples from the new album are available online. The song Get Into It can be heard at www.alkaholiks.com and the Danger Mouse produced Chaos can be heard at www.myspace.com/alkaholiks . The single The Flute Song (LaLaLa) can be heard at www.waxploitation.com

Track Listing:

1. The Flute Song (LaLaLa)
2. Turn It Up
3. Chaos
4. Faded
5. Drink Wit us
6. On Tha Floor
7. The Get Down
8. Hangover
9. Povertys Paradise
10. Get Into It
11. Party Ya Ass Off
12. Handle It
13. Over Here
14. Do It
15. Popular Demand

About Waxploitation
Waxploitation is a Record Label and Management Company - the home to an array of distinctive artists including Danger Mouse, Tha Alkaholiks, DANGERDOOM, Gnarls Barkley, Tweaker, KutMasta Kurt and Teargas & Plateglass. Founded in 1996, Waxploitation has long been a place for great music, with past artists such as Jimmy Tamborello (the Postal Service), Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers), Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails), Al Jourgensen (Ministry), Josh Wink, King Britt and Dust Brothers founder Matt Dike, to name a few. www.waxploitation.com

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Waxploitation Media Dept
WAXPLOITATION
2136879563


 
DJ SynCity, the "Mixtape Princess," Launches "EPTV-Epydemik Television," an online TV show, and "Tha Epydemik" DVD

EPTV is a breakthrough media outlet that is capturing Hip Hop in its purest form. It consist of an online TV show (epydemik.com) & a DVD to be release in the streets by the "Mixtape Princess", DJ SynCity.

(PRWEB) November 10, 2005 -- EPTV is a breakthrough media outlet that is capturing Hip Hop in its purest form.

EPTV is breaking ground as an in depth generational Hip Hop TV program that is broadcasted over the internet via www.epydemik.com in addition to a quarterly DVD magazine titled "Tha Epydemik". With a multi-cultural cast of hosts DJ Syn City, Pete Finch and Esteban Serrano, EPTV is the next stage in the evolution of the Hip Hop culture and its vast world-wide audience.

The significance of EPTV is in its marketability. Highlighting not only interviews from the biggest names in hip-hop music, EPTV brings the viewer to the forefront in what's NEW and FRESH in fashion, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, informative talks with the industry's top executives, studio time with producers, along with an array of unfathomable approaches to the exposition of what is the NEXT BIG THING. EPTV is far-reaching and connected to the heartbeat of Hip Hop and the social movements prevalent to the young, creative and energetic people that form this culture. Tha Epydemik DVD Vol. 1 features The Game speaks on G-Unot; Heather Hunter Sex sells, how do you want it?; Lil Wayne- Life's a Hustle; Young Jeezy -From the Set to the Club.

CAST OF HOSTS:
DJ Syn City: Beginning her career as a back-up dancer 9 years ago with Def Jam's own, Foxy Brown, Syn, the "Mixtape Princess" has evolved into an industry fixture. Known for her mixtapes, featuring exclusive music from Hip Hop's top artists, she has received acclamation and honors at Justo's Mixtape Awards and has appeared on Rap City, the Basement , with Big Tigger.

Pete Finch: Having created and hosted his own college TV Show, "Live! With Pete Finch," over 3 years ago at the University of Connecticut, Finch has evolved into a new and fresh face in Hip Hop as a correspondent and personality having interviewed the likes of Ice Cube,Wyclef and Nas. With his political bloodline in CT, Finch has the education, ongoing experience and personality that will add greatly to EPTV.

Esteban Serrano: Esteban Serrano graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and is now working in the production department for MTV. He has worked with everyone from 50 Cent, Jay Z, Green Day and Lindsay Lohan and serves as an integral part of EPTV with his creative intelligence, foresight and diligence.

"Tha Epydemik" DVD is slated to drop on November 15th, 2005. Meanwhile, the website, www.Epydemik.com features a trailer of the DVD.

INVITATION TO PRESS DAY FOR EPTV ONLINE SHOW LAUNCHING!
Come join us as we serve food, drinks, give out giftbags which include a taste of "Tha Epydemik" DVD and present our new website "EPYDEMIK.COM"! To all media related sources (websites, magazines, radio, TV, etc.), please accept this invitation by RSVP'ing to be included on the list. The event is on Thursday, November 10th, 2005, from 7PM to 10PM at 250 West 49th Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue), NYC.

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Catherine Ouellette
TRIPLE FAT ENTERTAINMENT
201.432.8143


 
Global Honeyz

Just Fabulous TV is a new UK urban entertainment and lifestyle channel that will launch on Sky TV IN 2006. JFTV is currently in pre-production of a number of programmes and one of their flagship shows will be a programme called Global Honeyz.

Global Honeyz is an active look behind the scenes with the top video girls from across the globe and those who have transcended into Hollywood.

Music video girls have become a staple in hip-hop culture outside of the UK some women have got too the stage where they are earning $10,000 a video and progressed into catwalk modeling, singing, acting and other entertainment art forms.

Media conglomerates who have dedicated magazines, the likes of KING, XXL eye candy, FUEGO, BLACK MENS MAGAZINE will all be featured for their unique perspective on 'the game.'

Each episodes format will profile a number of these "it" girls from different countries through interviews: a day in the life and archive footage and pictures.

The look of the programme will resemble the high gloss look of the
music videos these beautiful women come from.

The show will feature models that live in Japan, Germany, Brazil, France, Spain, UK, USA, South Africa, France, Australia, Switzerland and Holland.

If you would like any more information on the show or if you are a global honey that's interested in being featured in the show then please contact Annika Allen on 020 7237 2707 or email annika@justfabulousgroup.com


 
RMD Entertainment Group's Digital Music Content Available on AOL MusicNow

Also Announces Early Launch of Distribution Web Page

BAY CITY, MI and PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Nov 09, 2005) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG), one of the fastest growing cutting-edge hip-hop entertainment companies in the world, has announced today that its entire digital music catalogue will be available on AOL MusicNow, a new service being offered by AOL. MusicNow is currently one of RMD Entertainment's digital music distributors.

AOL MusicNow contains playlists and community features such as music browsing, discovering, viewing and sharing music profiles with other visitors, as well as purchasing songs. This new service will offer more than a million songs from EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group (another distributor of RMD's music catalogue through their contract with Bungalo Records), and Warner Music Group.

Mark Davis, Vice president of Digital Distribution for RMD Entertainment, said, "This is a real coup for us, in that AOL MusicNow, with the AOL brand name behind it, will give us a much broader audience than was previously anticipated, and will give us the ability to sign more of the well known artists in the hip-hop community. This is also a great opportunity for our music catalogue to succeed in the worldwide digital marketplace. We now have contracts in place with over 40 of the top ringtone/digital distributors around the globe."

Giorgio Costonis, RMD's President and CEO, had this to say, "We have been very successful in laying the groundwork to compete at the highest levels with other entertainment companies around the globe in terms of product distribution to our customers. In order to assist our shareholders and potential investors in staying current with our business platform, I am granting immediate access to our Distribution Matrix page, which is located on our new website. We expect our entire website to be completed and fully functional within the next twelve days. Those who wish to see all the distributors who are presently affiliated with RMD Entertainment can visit www.rmd-entertainment.com/distro.htm. Once there, you may view the list of companies with whom we have current contracts, as well as seeing the details of those contracts. I believe that our 'open book' policy is certainly more revealing than most other companies and CEOs', and this will offer anyone the chance to gain a better understanding of our plan of attack in the ever-expanding hip-hop marketplace, which grossed over 10 billion dollars last year alone."

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 nothing but 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:
Jed Wallace
Publicist
Phone: (310) 234-3200
jwallace@mphpr.com
Elliott Nadel
Investor Relations
516-750-9719
en@empirerelations.com


11/09/2005

 
Cash Money's Lil Wayne Kicks Off Fall Tour

Lil Wayne's Biggest Hits Offered In A Deluxe Chopped & Screwed Package

'Tha Carter II' In-Stores December 6th

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash Money rap superstar Lil Wayne has announced the 2005 Georgia Power Tour in support of his much-anticipated album, Tha Carter II, which hits stores on December 6. Lil Wayne will be joined on his trek through the U.S. by hip hop stars T.I. and Young Jeezy, and others, with the first date set for Chicago, IL on November 17th (see dates below.)

Cash Money/Universal Records will offer -- for the first time ever -- a deluxe package in celebration of Tha Carter II's release that includes the much anticipated new disc, as well as a collection of Lil Wayne's biggest chopped & screwed hits including ("Go DJ," "Tha Block Is Hot," "Get Off The Corner" and "500 Degreez,"). The disc will feature a bonus chopped & screwed version of his current hit single, "Fireman." Fans will also be able to purchase the deluxe 2 CD package Tha Carter II on Dec. 6th.

The New Orleans native's sizzling new single has literally caught fire at urban radio, scoring the #1 position at both the Urban and Rhythm Crossover radio formats. The video is currently one of the Top 10 most played videos on BET. The premiere of Lil Wayne's Make The Video for MTV 2 garnered the highest ratings the show has had in 6 months, increasing the viewership by 60%.

Lil Wayne was born and raised in the infamous poverty-stricken section of New Orleans -- the 17th Ward. His rise to stardom came in 1995 at the tender age of 12 when he made his debut on his former label mates' B.G.'s True Story CD. Shortly thereafter, the rap prodigy garnered national attention as a member of the group, Hot Boys, which consisted of rappers Juvenile, Turk and B.G., with their 1997 debut album, Get It How You Live, followed by 1998's platinum certified Guerilla Warfare and 2003's Let Em Burn. Success continued to follow Lil Wayne, as a solo artist, his debut CD, 1999's Tha Block Is Hot reached platinum status and was a #1 Billboard Album. He later released in 2000, Lights Out, 500 Degreez in 2002 and his defining album, 2004's gold certified, Tha Carter, which featured the hit single "Go DJ."

The tragedy of hurricane Katrina had a tremendous affect on Lil Wayne and the Cash Money Records family. Not only did they lose material possessions (homes, cars), but family, friends and their beloved city. Lil Wayne plans on being an intricate part in rebuilding the city.

The young talent recently was appointed President of Cash Money Records. Fans can catch Lil Wayne performing his hot single "Fireman" on the Vibe Awards, which airs on UPN on November 15th.

Tour Dates:
11/17 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
11/20 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
11/23 Philadelphia, PA Licouras Center
11/25 Cleveland, OH CSU
11/26 Cincinnati, OH US Arena
11/27 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena
12/01 Hampton, VA Hampton Coliseum
12/02 Uniondale, LI Nassau Coliseum
12/07 Toledo, OH Sports Arena
12/17 Dallas, TX Convention Center
12/18 Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum

Some Dates Subject to Change

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Sindy Gilbert, +1-323-467-7274, sindy.gilbert@sbcglobal.net, or
Vickie Charles, +1-212-373-0783, vickie.charles@umusic.com, both of Universal
Records; or Kia Selby, K&K PR, +1-770-786-6658, kiaselby@aol.com

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


 
Barrio305 Launches Reggaeton Podcast Series

With its eyes set on the future, Barrio 305 is at the vanguard of two emerging trends: Podcasting and the exploding musical genre of reggaeton.

/24-7PressRelease/ - MIAMI, FL, November 09, 2005 - Barrio 305 is proud to announce the launch it's Reggaeton Podcast Series.

With its eyes set on the future, Barrio 305 is at the vanguard of two emerging trends: Podcasting and the exploding musical genre of reggaeton.

Barrio305's exclusive Reggaeton Podcast series are available at the Barrio305.com site. The Podcasts may also be obtained at no cost thru Apple's I Tunes Music Store, Yahoo.com And Podcast Alley. Barrio305's Urban Latino Podcasts offer the ultimate insight into the life and music of all the top Urban Latino artists.

Barrio305's Podcast catch musicians in a variety of settings that capture the frenetic pace and rise of Reggaeton in the U.S.. The programming ranges from exciting backstage interviews to intimate in-studio revelations that reveal the inner makings of the growing popularity of the (H)Urban genre.

Barrio305.com has already obtained exclusive interviews with all the major hitters in the Reggaeton and Urban Latino music scene. Hip hop mogul Fat Joe, MTV sensation Pitbull, Reggaeton superstar Nicky Jam and reggaeton top gun Tego Calderon are some the big names that have participated in making Barrio 305 the sole authority when it comes to Reggaeton and Urban Latino music coverage.

About Barrio 305:
The name Barrio 305 is a Spanglish term that describes the emerging Latino youth culture in the US. Barrio is Spanish for neighborhood and 305 is the area code for the city of Miami; the name captures the bi-cultural nature of English dominant Latinos living in urban areas through out the US.

With Latinos representing the fastest growing portion of the population, Barrio 305 hopes to expand Reggaeton's audience outside the major cities. Online-featured artists include leading acts such as Tego Calderon, Queen Ivy, Don Chezina and Daddy Yankee. As it's popularity continues to grow steadily, broadband channels such as Barrio 305, will act as a necessary outlet for upcoming artists to stimulate the forefront of the "Urban" Latin American Genre.

Press Release Contact Information:
Antonio Otalvaro
Barrio 305
Marketing
5201 Blue Lagoon Dr.
Miami, FL
USA 33126
Voice: 305-662-9280
E-Mail: a.otalvaro@barrio305.com
http://www.barrio305.com/


 
Gotuit Brings KOCH Records' Indie Music to Video On Demand

Leading Independent Music Label Adds Library to Gotuit Music On Demand

WOBURN, Mass., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Gotuit Media Corp., the leading provider of personalized video products, today announced an agreement with KOCH Records, the largest independent music label in North America, to bring KOCH's independent artists covering a wide spectrum of music genres to video on demand (VOD). Under terms of the agreement, Gotuit Media will add music videos and live concert footage from KOCH Records to its Gotuit Music On Demand(TM) product, allowing cable and other multi-channel operators in the U.S. and Canada to offer their digital subscribers instant access to the most extensive and sought after on demand collection of music videos and related programming.

KOCH Records is the largest and fastest-growing independently distributed record company in North America (U.S. and Canada), holding the highest market share of any independent. KOCH operates its own record labels, which cover multiple music genres, including Hip Hop, R&B, Children's Properties, Jazz, Dance, and Pop. KOCH Records had the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents in 2001 - 2004. Artists on KOCH's roster include Ringo Starr, Jim Jones, Scarface, Marcus Miller, Junkie XL, Richard Butler, M- 1, Tha Alkaholiks, and many others.

"We're thrilled to be working with Gotuit Media to extend our reach to the emerging and highly interactive video on demand platform," said KOCH Records' President Bob Frank. "By adding our music video programming to Gotuit Music On Demand we can bring our artists closer to their indie music fans, and allow them to take advantage of the personalized viewing experience that only Gotuit can provide."

Powered by Gotuit On Demand(TM), a patented navigation platform that combines segment metadata with on demand video content, Gotuit Music On Demand empowers digital cable and other multi-channel service subscribers to personalize their viewing experience and deepen their connection with their favorite artists through additional artist-related content, such as artist interviews, discography, tour information and "making of" footage. Viewers can browse and select specific music videos of KOCH Records' artists from the multiple genre blocks and artist showcases built within the Gotuit Music On Demand platform.

"Gotuit Media has revolutionized the on demand viewing experience by giving consumers precise access to their favorite program segments," said Gotuit Media's President Mark Pascarella. "We're excited to be enhancing our Gotuit Music On Demand product with the addition of KOCH Records' independent music programming, which will give music fans access to the world's largest VOD music library backed by the most advanced navigation platform for VOD, essentially allowing music fans around the country to become their own video disc jockey."

Gotuit Music On Demand houses the largest video-on-demand library of music videos and related content that exists today, including music video programming from leading content providers such as the Universal Music Group, Kung Fu Records, Eagle Rock Entertainment, IRIS Distribution, and now KOCH Records. Gotuit gives subscribers instant access to hundreds of the hottest music videos -- empowering viewers to be their own 'VJ' by creating a personalized music video viewing experience. Gotuit Music on Demand also provides a variety of innovative and exciting advertising, sponsorship and commerce opportunities not otherwise available through traditional VOD.

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 http://www.kochrecords.com/.

About Gotuit Media Corp.

Gotuit Media is dedicated to creating personalized video products, which allow consumers to quickly access the parts of a show in which they are the most interested. The company has established partnerships with leading content providers in the areas of Music, News, Sports, and Entertainment. Gotuit's video on demand products are available to more than 500,000 digital subscribers in New England, Western New York, Western Pennsylvania and parts of Ohio on Time Warner and Adelphia cable systems, and are among the most popular on demand offerings on those systems.

Gotuit holds a broad portfolio of patents in the time-shifted video space, including several landmark awards concerning video metadata. Founded in 2000, Gotuit Media is privately held and funded by Highland Capital Partners, Atlas Venture, Motorola and other investors. Additional information can be found on Gotuit Media's web site at http://www.gotuit.com/.

Media Contacts:

Terry May
HighTech Public Relations, Inc.
for Gotuit Media
terrymay@hightechpr.net
321-632-1690

Giovanna Melchiorre
KOCH Records
gio@Kochent.com
212-353-8800 x257

Source: Gotuit Media Corp.

CONTACT: Terry May of HighTech Public Relations, Inc. for Gotuit Media,
+1-321-632-1690, terrymay@hightechpr.net; or Giovanna Melchiorre of KOCH
Records, +1-212-353-8800 ext. 257, gio@Kochent.com

Web site: http://www.gotuit.com/
http://www.kochrecords.com/


 
TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc. Update on New Music Releases

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TriMedia Entertainment Group's (BULLETIN BOARD: TMEG) music division, RuffNation Music, has announced a first quarter 2006 release date for the new Kulcha Don LP titled "It's All About You." The title track and first single "It's All About You (Crazy)" features Beenie Man. Other featured artists on the album are Chanj, Andrea Hachett, El Feco, Andy Boy and Jenny.

TriMedia Entertainment Group's music division, RuffNation Music, has placed "Can't Kick the Habit," the first single from the new Spin Doctors LP "Nice Talking To Me," released September 13, 2005, in a new Adam Sandler movie. "Grandma's Boy" stars Allen Covert, Doris Roberts, Shirley Jones, and Shirley Knight.

About TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

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

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

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

Source: TriMedia Entertainment Group, Inc.

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

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


 
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Airplay to Impact Five More Billboard Charts

NEW YORK, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) , the content leader in radio, today announced that airplay on five of its music channels will now impact several weekly charts published in Billboard's influential Radio Monitor publication.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991118/NYTH125 )

The SIRIUS music channels and the Billboard Radio Monitor charts they will impact are:

The Spectrum / channel 18 (Triple-A), Octane / channel 20 (Active Rock), Alt Nation / channel 21 (Modern Rock), Hot Jamz / channel 50 (R&B/Hip-Hop), and Heart & Soul / channel 51 (Adult R&B).

Songs played on these SIRIUS channels will be included in the weekly spins charts published online on November 22, and will appear in print in the November 25 issue of Billboard Radio Monitor and each week thereafter.

In August 2005, SIRIUS announced that airplay on its flagship pop music channel, SIRIUS Hits-1 / channel 1 marked the first time that airplay from a non-terrestrial broadcaster had been factored into the weekly results of Billboard Airplay Monitor's Mainstream Top 40 airplay chart.

"Given that SIRIUS is the fastest-growing satellite radio company, the influence of our airplay will certainly have significant effect on the Billboard charts for years to come" said Steve Blatter, SIRIUS Senior Vice President, Music Programming.

For more information about SIRIUS, visit www.sirius.com. For more information about Billboard Radio Monitor, visit www.BillboardRadioMonitor.com.

About SIRIUS

SIRIUS delivers more than 120 channels of the best commercial-free music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and the most extensive sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality sound. SIRIUS offers 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by- play games of the NFL, NHL and NBA and is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL and NHL.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are distributed by Alpine, Audiovox, Brix Group, Clarion, Delphi, Directed Electronics, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Magnadyne, Monster Cable, Pioneer, Russound, Tivoli and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000 retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and RadioShack. SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers, truck stops and travel centers nationwide.

SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at major locations around the country.

Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to find a SIRIUS retailer or car dealer in your area.

Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on our operational results are: our dependence upon third parties, including manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers, automakers and programming partners, our competitive position and any events which affect the useful life of our satellites.

P-SIRI

Media Contact:

Elise Brown
SIRIUS
212.584.5290
ebrown@siriusradio.com

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Source: SIRIUS Satellite Radio

CONTACT: Media: Elise Brown, SIRIUS, +1-212-584-5290,
ebrown@siriusradio.com

Web site: http://www.sirius.com/
http://www.billboardradiomonitor.com/


 
XM Satellite Radio Expands Participation in Billboard Radio Monitor's Influential Radio Panels

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, announced today that XM will contribute airplay data to Billboard Information Group and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems for calculation of the Billboard Radio Monitor Adult Top 40, Modern Rock, Active Rock and R&B/Hip-Hop Charts effective with the magazine dated November 14. Earlier this year, XM's leading Top 40 channel, Top 20 on 20, began contributing data to the Billboard Radio Monitor Mainstream Top 40 Chart, marking the first time a satellite radio broadcaster has contributed data to a major national Billboard chart. Billboard Radio Monitor is the premier radio industry publication and online destination for timely news, charts and analysis.

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

Four XM channels will contribute airplay data to Billboard Radio Monitor Radio Panels, including MIX (XM Channel 22), XM's modern hits channel, which will contribute data to the Adult Top 40 Chart. XM's alternative rock channel, Ethel (XM Channel 47), will contribute data to the Modern Rock Chart and Squizz (XM Channel 48) will contribute data to the Active Rock Chart. In addition, The City (XM Channel 67), XM's Urban Top 40 channel, will provide airplay data to the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart. The addition of XM airplay data marks the first time that a satellite radio broadcaster has contributed data to Billboard Radio Monitor's Adult Top 40, Modern Rock, Active Rock or R&B/Hip- Hop Charts.

"Reporting our airplay data to Billboard for inclusion in national mainstream charts further demonstrates the impact of XM Satellite Radio as a major platform for music," said XM's Executive Vice President of Programming Eric Logan. "The millions of people who choose XM as their source for new music are once again playing a vital role in some of the music industry's most influential charts. We expect XM's involvement with these radio panels to expand with more XM music channels, across multiple formats, following suit and contributing airplay spins to the Billboard charts."

About XM Satellite Radio

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 8-5-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: XM Satellite Radio

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

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


 
gotNok.blogspot.com - Hip Hop Production, Marketing, Technology, and News

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky (November 08, 2005). gotNok.blogspot.com, a new blog covering the ground-level of hip hop content creation, went live on November 03, 2005. gotNok.blogspot.com's mission is to shed some light on the trials and triumphs of up-and-coming Hip-Hop artists and business people. Along with a dose of original content, both entertaining and educational, GotNok.tv is a resource for the budding Hip Hop enthusiast and professional.

What makes gotNok.blogspot.com unique is the street level perspective through which content is presented. The gotNok.blogspot.com writer and founder, Jesse White, takes advantage of his struggle to become successful in the Hip Hop industry by publishing the hard lessons he has learned along the way. Jesse also tracks the newest developments in Hip Hop entertainment, design, and production, through the filter of his experience and persona.

A twist on the gotNok.blogspot.com theme will be the regular posting of Hip Hop oriented music production tips, tutorials, and how-to's. Along with music equipment reviews.

Interviews with up-and-coming, semi-established, and established Hip Hop artists, producers, professionals, and designers will also be posted at gotNok.blogspot.com with the purpose of giving the readers a deeper insight into the industry.

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Jesse White
founder of gotNok.tv
http://gotnok.blogspot.com
gotnoktv@yahoo.com


 
DC Native Shines on Debut Album

Washington, DC, November 8, 2005- Overcoming career setbacks and life-
threatening injuries, Oxon Hill, Md. native Verse is poised to take DC
hip hop to new heights. Having realized a dream when his debut
album The Legendary was released this summer, Verse has successfully
created a masterpiece reminiscent of hip hops golden era.

At only 25, Verse has experienced more than most will in a lifetime.
As a child Verse suffered a traumatic brain injury. Poetry and music
became his outlets, and soon genius was born from tragedy. By
partnering with Heavy Syndication, a DC-based, independent hip hop
record label, Verse had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide
range of talented producers and other hip hop artists to create The
Legendary.

Far from just another rapper, Verse is also an accomplished
saxophonist with over12 years experience, a well respected poet, the
author of a 360 page book entitled Maybe Life is a Test, and is the
founder and CEO of Controverse Media Company (CMCO). Given his talent
and devotion, Verse is sure to succeed against all odds. In many
ways, he already has.

For upcoming events and more information visit Heavysyndication.com

Contact:
Sarah J. Spigelman, COO
Heavy Syndication
9501 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone:(203) 676-7006
www.heavysyndication.com


 
Jamie Foxx Endorses 'Tookie' Clemency

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has officially endorsed
a Stan 'Tookie' Williams clemency campaign spearheaded
by over 150,000 youth who claim the Nobel Peace Prize
Nominee (set to be executed on Foxx's 38th birthday
next month) has saved their lives with his nine
anti-drug books and personal anti-gang mentoring over
the past decade.

"We can't let [the execution] happen," Foxx told Fox
News at the October 30th New York premiere of his
latest 'Jarhead' film. "We've got to do everything we
can to get the word out."

The Sundance and Cannes recognized 'Redemption' 2004
TV movie filmed in Toronto, Canada based on Tookie's
life story featured a stellar cast of 'Ali' actor
Jamie Foxx starring as the former Crips gang leader,
'Thin Line Between Love And Hate' actress Lynn
Whitfield playing the co-author of Tookie's books
Barbara Becnel, and Canadian Hip-Hop forefather
Maestro as former Crips lieutenant turned "Tookie
Protocol For Peace" ambassador.

Early next month Becnel and a clemency team of lawyers
from New York's Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
LLP and California's Howrey Simon Arnold & White LLP
legal firms will present a petition of over 30,000
signatures asking California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger to choose a "life without the
possibility of parole" sentence for Stan 'Tookie'
Williams instead of execution due to "overwhelming
racism and discrimination at the heart of the case and
vital innocence issues," backed by a 9th Circuit Court
of Appeals 2002 ruling which praised Tookie's
"laudable work [that made him] worthy of consideration
for clemency."

To view testimonies of support for Stan 'Tookie'
Williams from members of the Chicago Public Schools
District, the American Library Association, the Swiss
Parliament and fellow Nobel laureate Archbishop
Desmond Tutu visit the official Tookie.com web site.

For more about the Stan 'Tookie' Williams clemency
petition signed by teachers, professors, juvenile
correctional officers and law enforcement officials
around the world visit the new SaveTookie.org web
site.

And be sure to request the campus radio PSA from Stan
'Tookie' Williams produced by Park Hill Entertainment
in America and serviced by Lyrical Knockout
Entertainment in Canada on your local radio station.


 
Durty South Boyz Take Crunk Music To A New Level With The Release Of Their First Compilation Album South Crunkalina

The Durty South Boyz attempts to put South Carolina on the map and attract the attention of major record labels by releasing their first and undeniably crunk compilation album, South Crunkalina.

Abbeville, SC (PRWEB) November 9, 2005 -- The Durty South Boyz has recently released their highly anticipated debut compilation album, South Crunkalina with the intent to grab the attention of major record labels that embrace the crunk genre. The Durty South Boyz showcase their raw talents in original crunk fashion with hits, such as, "Welcome to South Cak," "Blind Side," and the highly crunk track, "S.C. Souljas." The album illustrates another side of southern living along with its mixture of crunk beats, infectious hooks and unforgettable lyrics.

South Crunkalina is the Durty South Boyz third album, but first compilation CD that features local artists, such as, Chevy, DJ Dirty, Lo, Prophecy and others. South Crunkalina impresses you with head-banging tracks from beginning to end that are sure to be heard in clubs up and down the East Coast. The Durty South Boyz hope that the albums release will make history by giving South Carolina the recognition it deserves in the Hip Hop world.

The Durty South Boyz, also known as, Al Nitty, Lyrikal, and Snakeyes, have been honing their rhyming skills for years and have opened up for many artists, including Lil Wayne, Boyz N Da Hood and the Ying Yang Twins. Prior to South Crunkalina, the Durty South Boyz released two other albums entitled, Its Own under their former name Lost Trybe and Plan B-Playa Hatas Nightmare.

The Durty South Boyz are currently working on various projects, including launching their new website and releasing two mix tapes. The groups manager, Kamal Shabazz, says there is one thing to be said about the talented trio, They are not your ordinary country boys. Crunk is their talent.

South Crunkalina is available for purchase and review at www.cdbaby.com.

Publicity Contact:
Kamal Shabazz
Durty South Boyz Management
Phone: 864-554-2982


 
BurbLife Records Runs into the Sunset for Worldwide Distribution

BurbLife Records brings its very own hip hop flavor to the Sunset Records Group for worldwide distribution.

(PRWEB) November 9, 2005 -- BurbLife Records is set to distribute that unique style of hip hop music with Sunset Records which has begun its deal this month.

In a great attempt to boost its street presence at the Sunset Records Group, the BurbLife Record Label will start online promotions for free downloads this week at Sunset-Digital.com, and will throw its first record release party together in Atlantic City, New Jersey in early December. BurbLife will also release its live downloads at Sunset-Live.com beginning with the live concert at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City next month. Jonas Goldstein, the head of BurbLife Records says that "we are starting this new deal with a free download campaign at Sunset-Digital.com of the "Country Clubbin" mix by Mr. Unlikely," to set up the release of the new Troy Walsh CD early next year." Goldstein goes onto say that he is "thrilled with this new distribution deal" because it gives the label and production company "not only the forum to release our brand of music worldwide," he also states that "we have the best of every world as far as music distribution."

Don Lichterman, the head of the entire Sunset Records Group makes no bones about this deal will help keep everyone's ear to the street. "This is a great deal because we literally found this label and its artist Troy Walsh as one of the finalist in the AOL Music First Break contest." And, "Jonas is a seasoned music industry veteran that I have worked with for years who also has great experience on a production level." As the two companies met over the last few weeks, it is easy to see that the BurbLife Record Label is the hottest hip-hop label in the Philadelphia area. The label's music is not only all over the hip hop radio format and at college radio, there is a huge online presence that they have garnered in the past year. Along with its' success at AOL Music, BurbLife artist Troy Walsh, has been featured at MTV.com, PhillyHipHop.com, RapAttackLives.com and will now be featured at Sunset-Digital.com this month with the release of the free download mixed by the Grammy Award Producer, Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo.

BurbLife also boasts having the runner up winning artist for the Source Hype Awards and they also have had their music featured on the Source Soundlab TV Program at the WB Network. Look for the free download, of the song, "Country Clubbin" at Sunset-Digital that will begin its promotion this week, and make your plan to party with Sunset and BurbLife at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City for its' first record release party. The Troy Walsh, a.k.a., Mr. Unlikely CD will be available online this year, and that CD is set to hit stores in February. Sunset will allow a free download promotion in the week leading up to that worldwide release, and the live download of the Atlantic City show will be available the night of the record release party event next month.

About Sunset Records Group, Inc.:
Founded in Hollywood, California in 2004 by Don Lichterman, Sunset Records Group (SRG) is one of the fastest growing Independent Record Labels and Distribution Companies in the world. The company has four major divisions, the Sunset Records Group Of Distributed Labels, the Sunset Strategic Marketing & Licensing Division, the Sunset-Digital Entertainment Division and the Sunset-Filmed Entertainment Division. SRG now distributes over 105 CD titles, 15 Boxed Set titles (www.MadHatterRecords.com) and over 60 DVD titles (www.SunsetHomeVisual.com), along with 210 digital downloads, ringtones (www.Sunset-Digital.com), 5 Internet Radio Programs and over 350 live concert downloads (www.Sunset-Live.com). The BurbLife Record label has its own web site at www.BurbLife.com, although all corporate information and all information about the Sunset Records Group of Companies is available online at www.SunsetRecordsGroup.com.

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Jennifer Billings
SUNSET RECORDS GROUP OF DISTRIBUTED LABELS
http://www.SunsetRecordsGroup.com/
212.252.2220


 
The Kingdom Is Coming

N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP is proud to announce the release of their first recording artist Rukus From Da WyldKingdom, a performer who has been expected to shock the world with his unique sound since the early 90's.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2005 -- N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP, and www.kingslounge.net is proud to announce the release of their first artist Rukus From Da WyldKingdom, a performer who has been expected to shock the world with his unique sound since the early 90's.

"We are very excited that we have combined the two organizations in order to bring to the people an artist who will definately sweep the top position with ease in the very near future" says Perry-A, head of marketing at N-OVATIVE MEDIA. "What we at N-OVATIVE hope to do is to catapult Rukus into the international spotlight, to rival all other 'indi record labels, and top all rap recording artists in the game' and surpass them.

The new Rukus From Da WyldKingdom commercial will be broadcast nationally on MTV-2 beginning November 14, 2005. It is not just a commercial starring Rukus himself, but its unique in that it showcases several other artists blended in the 30 second montage of still frames who have their own indi labels, but who have been affiliated with Rukus musically, some for more than a decade.

The first single entitled Majestik is a masterpiece from the solo album in the works entitled 'The Best' set for an early 2006 release via Orchard distribution. The single was actually created in 1997 with Rukus friend, and movie star Terrence Howard who is methodically singing on the hook of the song. This single has stood the test of time because Rukus is always ahead of his time both musically, and lyrically. Majestik can be purchased from www.kingslounge.net as well as several other global internet stores now.

The Rukus From Da WyldKingdom music experience is exciting because it is not typical music. It challenges your ear musically, and is more fully orchestrated than most rap songs that you listen to today. "We call it conceptual grooves to get you in the mood because it sounds like theater as opposed to noise," says Perry-A, the brains behind the marketing campaign. 'Rukus' will transcend his succesful rivals in this business, and attract the attention of the entire globe.

About Rukus From Da WyldKingdom
Rukus From Da WyldKingdom is a Producer/Artist/Indi label entreprenuer, and the founder of the kingslounge.net, and N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP concept. As an artist Rukus started making beats, and rhyming in the 7th grade, had his first indi record deal in the 10th grade, and from there has gone on to gain respect worldwide. Rukus has been affiliated musically with The Dust Brothers, Nathan Watts, (Stevie Wonders) bass player, The Baka Boys, Coolio, Omarion from "B2K" who he named Omarion, and who use to be a WyldKing himself, as well as actor Terrence Howard who was also a Wyldking, and who bought Rukus his first pieces of professional music gear in 1994. Rukus has also worked with several major, and indi record labels prior to pursuing musical independence. For more information about Rukus please visit http://www.kingslounge.net

About N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP
the N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP is an indi record label/productions & promotions company who's mission is to highlight, and showcase all of the great musicians we have grown to know for over a decade, and watched them elevate musically to a professional level. N-OVATIVE will now be a blueprint, and foundation for the success of many talented artists to make it to the top. We are very well connected, and ready to bring platinum success to our establishment year after year to be one of the biggest names in the industry in the present, and the very near future.

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N-OVATIVE MEDIA GROUP LLC
818-749-9261


 
HIPHOPWEST LIFESTYLES SHOP NOW OPEN ON PICO BLVD

HipHopWest.com is not only an online movement but is a local Los Angeles lifestyles shop on
Pico Blvd located right across the street from Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles a couple miles south
of Melrose. HipHopWest features the finest in urban street wear, ProClubs, Chronic Candy,
Mixtapes, DVDs, and more!

HipHopWest originally started out as a music store called StrongHouse Records located inside
of El Mercado (www.elmercadoonline.com) located down the street on Pico Blvd. and soon grew
into its own self contained Hip Hop Shop at a great location right across the street from Roscoe's
Chicken and Waffles.

HipHopWest is Open Noon-8pm Everday except Sunday and we are inviting all out of town folks
and locals to come into see the new store. We will give a 10% discount to anyone mentioning this ad!

HipHopWest on Pico features all the latest CDs, Mixtapes, and DVDs, along with fashion by
Joker Brand, Rocawear, Pro Clubs, HipHopWest.com, Heat Transfers, Hoodies, Thermals,
and much more!!

Directions:
10 Freeway (East or West) to La Brea Exit,
Go North on La Brea,
Left on Pico Blvd,
Look for us about a 1/2 block on your Right @
5003 W Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019: HipHopWest!
http://www.hiphopwest.com


 
A Different World, Season 1 on DVD today - the "it" gift of the season!

When asked about her experience on the show and its DVD release, Jasmine Guy says, "I am so happy that A Different World has stood the test of time. My six years on the show were a very special time in my life. Now a new generation can share in what truly was a fun and loving experience for us all."

ABOUT THE DVD
On November 8, 2005, UrbanWorks Entertainment, a division of Ventura Entertainment Enterprises, will release The Carsey-Werner Company's groundbreaking sitcom A Different World: Season 1 on DVD. The four disc set will contain 22 episodes from the first season of the award-winning show which debuted in 1987 and enjoyed a successful six year run. A Different World was created as a spin-off of arguably the most popular sitcom in television history, The Cosby Show. Initially, its storylines centered on the experiences of one of the Huxtable children, Denise, as she entered her first year of higher education at Historically Black, Hillman College. A Different World was the first and only show in television history to portray student life at a Historically Black College.
The show gained an instant following, holding the #2 ratings spot behind The Cosby Show for its whole first season and ranked amongst the Top 20 for the next five years. The series also helped launch the careers of young talent such as Marisa Tomei (Maggie Lauten), Jasmine Guy (Whitley Gilbert), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne Wayne), Jada Pinkett Smith (Lena James) and Dawnn Lewis (Jaleesa Vinson).
A Different World: Season 1 boasts over eight hours of programming and extras including a “lost episode” that never aired on prime time, featuring the late superstar recording artist and actor, Tupac Shakur.

* Number of discs: 4
* Number of episodes: 22
* Run Time: 575 minutes
* Lost Episode: "Homie, Don't Ya Know Me?" feat. Tupac

Purchase this DVD for the Holidays NOW!

ICED Media
Tynicka Battle
email: tynicka@icedmedia.com
phone: (646) 753-6402


 
Verizon Wireless Brings Reggaeton 'Stars of the Future' to Your Mobile Phone

Verizon Wireless and Univision Online Team Up to Discover the Next Reggaeton Superstar

Verizon Wireless Customers Have Exclusive Access to Reggaeton Content on Their Mobile Phones

BEDMINSTER, N.J. and LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and Univision Online, home of Univision.com and Univision Movil, are teaming up to discover the next Reggaeton superstar. Verizon Wireless is the exclusive sponsor of "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton," a weekly talent competition searching for the next star of Reggaeton. The segments will air on Sabado Gigante on the Univision Network and will be integrated with exclusive content from Univision Movil and interactive coverage on Univision.com.

Starting today, Verizon Wireless customers with V CAST-enabled phones will be able to get exclusive "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" content, including video and sound highlights featuring the best performances and contestant interviews. V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the nation's first and only wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers that brings high-quality video, 3D games and music videos straight to hot new phones.

Verizon Wireless customers can download "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" exclusive finalists' true tone ring tones, voice tones and wallpapers provided by Univision Movil and available through Get It Now(R), Verizon Wireless' virtual store. Get It Now customers can download applications over the air and purchase them directly from their phones. Virtual shopping aisles, including getGAMES, getTONES, getGOING, getPIX, getFUN and getMESSAGING, are organized to help customers find what they want, when they want it.

Reggaeton blends Jamaican dancehall reggae, salsa, Dominican merengue, Puerto Rican bomba, and rap music to produce a unique new musical experience. Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tego Calderon are the best-known Reggaeton superstars behind this new music genre.

"Reggaeton is eclectic, multicultural and multilingual, energetic, passionate and daring, just like the young new generation of U.S. Latinos that are embracing the movement and propelling it forward," said Oscar Madrid, director of multicultural marketing, Verizon Wireless. "We are excited about partnering with the Univision Network and Univision Online to forge closer ties with this new generation of trendsetting Latino consumers that are proudly expressing their identity by creating and supporting a new and evolving music genre that is quickly making its way to the mainstream."

"Our relationship with Verizon Wireless showcases the exciting and extensive possibilities of cross platform integration," said Javier Saralegui, President, Univision Online. "The combination of the nation's most reliable wireless provider with all of Univision's media properties gives way to the creation of new and original content with unprecedented opportunities to reach the Hispanic market."

To get V CAST from Verizon Wireless, customers can equip their V CAST- enabled phones with the V CAST VPak for $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content.

Along with the exclusive "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" content on V CAST, Verizon Wireless customers can share their love of Reggaeton music with callers by purchasing Ringback Tones -- music that is played for callers instead of the traditional ring -- featuring Reggaeton stars like Zion y Lennox and Voltio. Verizon Wireless customers can find out how by visiting www.verizonwireless.com/ringback or sign-up right from their TXT Messaging- capable phones. Sign-up is easy. Send the TXT Message "RBT" to address "728." Reply to accept the service and send the TXT Message "List" to "728" to receive a list of Ringback Tones available for purchase. A list of song ID codes will be sent to the phone as a TXT Message and customers can purchase a Ringback Tone by sending the song ID code as a TXT Message to "728." Standard text messaging rates apply.

Reggaeton fans can also enter a sweepstakes, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, via text-messaging on Univision Movil or through Univision.com. The winner will win two tickets to the "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" finale in Miami on November 18, 2005, including airfare and accommodations. All fans need to do is send a TXT Message with the words: "Gana" to code number: 7888 (more details about the contest are available on www.univision.com, uniclave (keyword): "Estrellas"). Fans can also sign-up to receive the hottest gossip on the contestants via TXT Alerts, participate in trivia, polls and more.

"Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" is broadcast as a major segment within "Sabado Gigante" ("Gigantic Saturday"), the longest-running variety show in television history that continues to bring viewers three hours of non-stop entertainment every Saturday night with legendary host "Don Francisco." As part of the agreement, Verizon Wireless is now the exclusive wireless provider of "Sabado Gigante" and receives on-air mentions by "Don Francisco" and other show personalities.

The V CAST exclusive "Estrellas del Futuro/Reggaeton" content can be accessed in the V CAST Showcase channel by clicking on the Univision section.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Carlos G. Giron, Mgr - Latino Public Relations of Verizon
Wireless, +1-908-306-4976, Carlos.Giron@VerizonWireless.com, or Emeli Gomez,
Director of Marketing of Univision Online, +1-310-410-5607,
egomez@us.univision.com

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


11/08/2005

 
Annansi Clothing Co. Launches Initiative Against Blood Diamonds during International Hip-Hop Film Festival

Annansi Clothing Co. has launched Demand Details! its charity arm which fosters consumer education and responsibility primarily surrounding the topic of the conflict diamond trade. Demand Details! launches with Annansi Clothing Co. teaming up with filmmaker Kareem Edouard for the debut of his documentary short Bling: Consequences and Repercussions at the 4th Annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival November 6 - 12, 2005 in New York City.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 8, 2005 -- Annansi Clothing Co. has launched Demand Details! its charity arm which fosters consumer education and responsibility primarily surrounding the topic of the conflict diamond trade. Demand Details! launches with Annansi Clothing Co. teaming up with filmmaker Kareem Edouard for the debut of his documentary short Bling: Consequences and Repercussions at the 4th Annual H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey) International Film Festival November 6 - 12, 2005 in New York City.

Bling: Consequences and Repercussions tackles the issues behind Hip Hops obsession with diamonds and the continued illegal diamond trade in Africa. Kanye Wests music video, Diamonds from Sierra Leone, introduced the topic of conflict diamonds to the urban communities. Bling looks to further educate the Hip Hop generation about the murder and carnage caused by the worlds greed for diamonds. Edouard's short is narrated by Chuck D founder of Public Enemy and one of the most colossal figures in the history of hip-hop, not to mention its most respected intellectual.

Demand Details! encourages a global community to demand details from the diamond industry. Details about the sale history of diamonds and details that will ensure that the diamonds we purchase do not support wars in African nations. Through key programs and partnerships Demand Details! gives Annansi Clothing Co. customers and the public at large the proper tools and facts to make educated decisions about purchasing diamonds while pushing retailers to become more responsible in their business practices.

Demand Details! is the brainchild of designer Kofi Annan who sought to respond to the "Who cares?" attitude of the billion dollar diamond industry. "As an African living abroad, I feel a responsibility to use the resources I have available to improve the lives of my brothers and sisters at home" said Mr. Annan. Annansi Clothing Co.'s Demand Details! is yet another example of how fashion can foster social responsibility. A portion of all profits from the sale of the Demand Details! shirt will be donated to several established organizations to help raise awareness and benefit communities affected by the conflict diamond trade.

**About Annansi Clothing Co.**
Founded by Ghanaian born G. Kofi Annan, Annansi Clothing Co. is in the business of Making Africa POP!

A progressive streetwear brand that pushes the boundaries of traditional African style, Annansi Clothing Co. fashionably represents its icons, art and culture.

With a spectrum of vivid colors and bold graphic imagery our clothing is a statement of who we are, where we come from, and what we represent. It is meant to educate people on the different values and experiences of modern day Africa.

Made popular by Senegalese born singer, Akon, and with customers from Australia to Brazil, "we want everyone to experience our culture and appreciate what makes us unique."

Our motto is simple: "Afrique C'est Chic" - Africa is cool, fresh, fashionable.
http://www.annansiclothing.com

**About Kareem Edouard (WGH Films)**
Director and Creative Conceptualist, Kareem Edouard has the rare vision. He is able to create unique demographic-specific content with broad appeal while also being part of the primary 18 - 24 consumer demo. This places him inside the pulse of contemporary pop culture. Kareems Motto: Beyond Conversation. His work has led to the formation of WGH Media, Inc. http://www.wghfilms.com

**About Demand Details!**
African nations such as Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Namibia continue to suffer from the mining of diamonds which are traded for weapons to continue wars and oppress whole communities of Africans. With an estimated 3 million deaths and almost 7 million Africans displaced, the diamond-related wars continue to affect many Africans continent-wide. Without concern the diamond obsessed global community continues to push the sales of diamonds to astronomical numbers. While there are many African nations such as South Africa who legitimately benefit from the mining and sale of diamonds, we cannot continue to ignore those Africans who suffer daily to supply that same precious gem. With all turning a blind eye to the consequences of their ignorance, the fight for control of diamond-rich areas of some of Africa's poorest countries continues. Many of these casualties are very young children.
http://www.annansiclothing.com/demanddetails

**About H2O (Hip-Hop Odyssey)**
Promoting social awareness and youth empowerment through media, the H2O media program works with aspiring and experienced filmmakers, encouraging them to develop and create new work that showcases positive images of Hip-Hop culture. Through our annual H2O International Film Festival we increase awareness of the filmmakers and understanding of the Hip-Hop community.

H2O offers training, networking opportunities, educational resources, panel discussions and an exhibition platform for video and filmmakers to showcase and define the variety of images and stories that depict Hip-Hop culture and its communities.

With an audience of over 5,000 in 2004, the festival has grown into a world-class event, uniting filmmakers whose mission is to uplift, improve and redefine the Hip-Hop community through positive images and storylines. The H2O International Film Festival's Freshest Youth Program is the worlds only youth produced, curated and judged Hip-Hop Video and Film Festival.

H2O has become a model leader in the field and its staff presently serve as mentors for individuals and organizations that desire to create their own film festival or enhance their programming. http://www.h2oiff.org

For more information contact:
Gylla Le Gall
Phone: (201) 303-2925

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Gylla Le Gall
Annansi Clothing Co.
http://www.annansiclothing.com/
201-303-2925


 
New Urban Style, Music, and Events Guide Launched Using Blog Technology

Grooveeffect offers a unique, ground-up perspective on urban style, music, and events. Grooveeffect gives its readers fashion editorial style guides, individual product highlights, music features, artist interviews, upcoming events, and event pictures submitted by both Grooveeffect bloggers and reader contributions.

(PRWEB) November 8, 2005 -- Grooveeffect (http://www.grooveeffect.com/) is a new blog website updated frequently by a team of bloggers who offer a unique, ground-up perspective on urban style, music, and events. Utilizing the power of blog technology, Grooveeffect has developed a website that allows readers to find the most up to date information about all aspects of urban culture. Grooveeffect gives its readers fashion editorial style guides, individual product highlights, artist interviews, upcoming events, and event pictures submitted by both Grooveeffect bloggers and reader contributions.

Grooveeffect was created to provide a place for underground fashion and music culture to be represented on the Internet. Few websites have been able to capture the essence of the independently minded 18-34 year old trend setters who make up the Grooveeffect audience. By launching a blog powered website that is updated regularly with fresh content and editorial style guides focusing on urban fashion, music, and events, Grooveeffect has created a website that encourages readers to return often and interact with our editors and bloggers.

Grooveeffect believes that our readers are just as qualified to create content as our dedicated bloggers are. Because of that we encourage readers and independent artists to submit their content to be featured on our website for free. Readers who contribute will receive free exposure on the Grooveeffect website. Frequent contributors to our website are valued by the Grooveeffect team, and in some cases we have been able to secure VIP access to events for our readers who contribute pictures to our website.

To contribute content to Grooveeffect, or to learn more about advertising and promotional opportunities with Grooveeffect, please contact us through our website at http://www.grooveeffect.com/contact-us.php.

About Grooveeffect
Founded in September 2005, Grooveeffect was conceived by Ivy Rashid, Grooveeffect's Editorial and Creative Director, who has honed her natural eye for trends in fashion, culture, and music in her five years studying fashion and graphic design at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Professionally she has held trendspotting and analysis positions at fashion and entertainment industry companies.

Sean Mulholland, Grooveeffect's Editor and Technical Director, is a new media and video artist who has been studying his craft for over five years. He studied at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In addition to his creative side he has held online marketing positions in the entertainment and advertising industries for over four years, during which time he has developed an expertise in blogs and blog marketing.

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Ivy Rashid
GROOVEEFFECT
http://www.grooveeffect.com/
415-867-1905


 
Russell Simmons discovers Little Rock Artist, Lil Mack aka THE ARKANSAS RAZORMACK

Little Rock, AR October 16, 2005/-- Arkansas Hip Hop artist Lil Mack
aka
The Arkansas Razormack was recently discovered by Russell Simmons on a
recent trip to Little Rock Arkansas. The former Def Jam CEO heard Lil
Mack and was immensely overwhelmed by the depth, intellect and soulful
expression that exemplified the true essence of the South. The Hip Hop
mogul had never encountered a brand of music that was as distinctive as
what he experienced with Lil Mack. Simmons stated, Why are you
here?.
(Why are you still in Little Rock).

22-year-old rap prodigy, Lil Mack and his Little Rock Arkansas based
company, Backyard Enterprises, will soon be making major news in the
music
industry. With an extensive internet following and a solid regional
fan
bas Lil Mack has been one of the few artist from Little Rock to gain
national attention and exposure. To many, Little Rock Arkansas has
remained until now an untapped market to the National Hip Hop
community.
Lil Mack has been performing professionally for approximately 12 years.
His discography includes a host of local and regional projects. His
latest music project is a CD entitled The Arkansas Razormack
(UPC6-34479-16904-5)(http://cdbaby.com/cd/lilmack)(www.razormack.com)
which has been highly acclaimed online. This CD gained national
exposure
from being available on a variety of internet outlets.

Arkansas Razormack is a collection of songs that capture the esscence
of
day-to-day Little Rock living. Lil Mack the bodysnatcher aka Eddie
Kaine
Jr. gives you a vivid picture of life in the Rocktown, struggling as a
young black male, and real-deal guerilla pimpin at its finest. The
album
introduces a unique brand of rhyming that many times allows Lil Mack to
ride the track. His style is very conscience and to many he has been
hailed as the Kanye West of the South. Never before has a Arkansas
artist
captured the Rocktown Sound in a complete body of work. From our
countrys coolest president, Bill Clinton, to the gang violence that
tore
through the city as portrayed in the HBO special Bangin in Little
Rock.
Lil Macks lyrics are thought provoking profiles that give you a clear
picture of a young black male searching for personal strength through
the
eyes of a Young Hog. Lil Mack is currently in the studio working on a
new
project set to be nationally released.


 
REEBOK PUTS CABLE VIEWERS IN DEMAND

Brand Becomes Founding Sponsor of First Hip-Hop On Demand Cable Channel DoD

Canton, MA (November 8, 2005) Reebok (NYSE: RBK) announces a partnership agreement with DoD, the new video-on-demand (VOD) subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group. DoD will debut on November 11, 2005 nationwide on Comcast Cables ON DEMAND menu. Reebok will have its own programming within DoD, a first-ever for an athletic brand. Digital cable viewers will be able to view Rbk-branded programming free of charge, including exclusive interviews with Allen Iverson, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and other Rbk content.

Taking customization to a whole new level, cable viewers now control what they want to watch and best of all when. Rbk will host a series of branded VOD segments that can be viewed anytime by fans of the brand and its endorsees.

Reebok is excited to partner with an entertainment channel so in-tune with youth and hip-hop culture, said Marc Fireman, Reeboks director of advertising and interactive marketing. DoDs customizable entertainment is a great fit for Rbks own spirit of individuality and authenticity.

Rbk is at the top when it comes to developing meaningful partnerships with entertainers and athletes such as Jay-Z and Allen Iverson, said Will Griffin, DoDs chief executive officer. This quality makes them an ideal partner for a branded-entertainment based venture such as DoD.

According to a recent report, there has been a 28% increase in VOD-enabled cable subscribers in 2005 versus 2004. While DoD is a new venture, this is not Reeboks first foray into VOD entertainment. In April of 2005, Reebok ran a four-month, personalized television experience on Comcast Cable in the Philadelphia market. Behind-the-scenes footage of Allen Iversons I Am What I Am ad was the most viewed content ON DEMAND during the four months it was available.

Comcast ON DEMAND will feature one-of-a-kind content, said Kevin Paolillo, Reeboks director of video production. Exclusive programs debuting on November 11th include: behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Allen Iverson on the sets of their Rbk ad shoots and a Flip the Script interview between 50 Cent and Tony Yayo of G Unit.

Reebok enrolled the expertise of on-demand and interactive television ad firm BrightLine Partners to oversee the brands seamless integration into DoD. BrightLines hands-on, experience-driven approach in iTV helped Reebok to push the envelope of what is possible in branded entertainment, resulting in a strategically designed VOD campaign.

Launched in November, 2005, DoD is the first all video-on-demand channel devoted to hip-hop and urban programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, DoD is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), which produces and acquires original urban/hip-hop themed media content for distribution across all media. DoD is a new grassroots brand and direct channel redefining the way urban media content is developed and distributed to the 45.3 million-plus ethnically diverse urban consumer audience. DoD Founding Sponsors are long-time supporters of the growth of Hip Hop Culture: Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok. The company is also backed by Syndicated Communications and Pacesetter Capital Group, the leading private equity funds in urban media. More information may be found by visiting www.DoDpresents.com.

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

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Aja Bradley

LaForce + Stevens
132 West 21st.
New York, NY 10011
212.242.9353 xt 141
212.242.9067 fax


 
A Celebration of Life & Music

Khaledians Prepare for their Pilgrimage to The Temple

Oct. 30, 2005
(Miami, Fl)Close your eyes as the voice consumes you during the TakeOver, every Monday thru Friday on WEDR 99 Jamz. Known in the deejaying music and radio world as, The million dollar voice, Big Dawg Pitbull and The Don, DJ Khaled is a reputable DJ who has transcended across all genres of music. Join him as he celebrates life and music in honor of his existence on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at Club Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave. South Beach.

I do music for the people and what better way to celebrate and show gratitude by having an event like The Temple that will keep people talking for years to come, says Khaled.

The Temple is an annual event celebrating the life and music of DJ Khaled. With The Temple being 7 years strong, past attendees have included P. Diddy, Paris Hilton, Jadakiss, Fat Joe and many more.

Known for his hit making studio Jerusalem, and ripping hot tunes, DJ Khaled has surpassed the title of DJ?. DJ Khaled originally began his deejaying career as a member of the Hitmen in Orlando, FL. He relocated to Miami where his career as a DJ took off. His unmatched energy both on the radio and in the clubs has secured his spot as one of the premier DJs in Funk Master Flexs, Big Dawg Pitbulls and nationwide.

This year, there will be live performances by Lil Wayne, T.I, PSC, Young Jeezy, Fat Joe, Pitbull, Smitty and more, all hosted by Miami Heats own Shaquille ONeal. Musical selections by DJ Kid Capri, DJ Irie, DJ KD, DJ Entice, Street League and DJ Serge.

For more information on The Temple event, interviews or press credentials, please call 305-438-9488.

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For More Information:
Kechi
X/O Management
O: 305.438.9488
F: 305.438.9490
E: xopublicity@aol.com


 
Universal/Motown Records Discovers Dallas as Next Hotspot in the Texas Music Scene With the Signing of T-Town Music

NEW YORK, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal/Motown Records announces the signing of a multi-artist deal with Dallas-based T-Town Music. The independent label has been making a name for itself in the Texas music scene with the success of its franchise group Dirty South Rydaz ("DSR"). DSR includes artists Big Tuck, Tum Tum, Fat B, Lil Ronnie, Double T, Addiction and Big Tite.

T-Town first made its mark with Big Tuck's monster club hit "Tussle." The track showcases his signature Dallas sound, which channels the raw energy of crunk while incorporating Houston's screwed sound that has become synonymous with the state of Texas.

Universal Records president Monte Lipman states, "The T-Town team is incredibly talented and they have a strong vision of expanding their company with Universal/Motown. We anticipate enormous success with T-Town"

With the success of Houston artists such as Paul Wall, Slim Thug and Chamillionaire, the eyes of the hip hop nation have been turned towards Texas, but thus far Dallas has been largely overlooked. "With this deal that is about to change," vows T-Town Music principals Alan Powell, George Lopez and Trinidad Delgado. "The world is about to see the next indie hip-hop camp go nationwide. This is not just a record deal, but a movement."

The first release from the partnership will be from Big Tuck, whose last album Purple Hulk moved over 100,000 units through independent distribution. The as yet untitled album is scheduled for a March 28th release date.

Source: Universal/Motown Records

CONTACT: Shirronda Sweet of Universal Motown Records, +1-212-841-8622,
Shirronda.sweet@umusic.com

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


11/07/2005

 
TVT RECORDS RELEASES CRUNK HITS THIS FALL

** The Greatest Hits Guide for the Hip-Hop Movement Known as Crunk **

New York, NY Unlike the East Coast style of Hip-Hop, the South has a
distinct sound that mixes repetitive chants and explosive drum machine
rhythms, that has been labeled Crunk. Much like a southern funk sound
but
popularized primarily by Atlanta-bred artists, Crunk has established
itself
as a major sub-genre of hip-hop while staying true to its gritty,
club-ready roots.

TVT Records will release the collection, CRUNK HITS on November 15,
2005.
The disc serves as the perfect guide to the greatest hits from the
dirty
south hip-hop acts that have made Crunk part of pop culture in the last
three years. The stirring 18-track collection features Usher, Lil Jon &
The
Eastside Boyz, Ciara, Pitbull, Nelly, Ying Yang Twins, Juvenile and
many
more.

From Ushers hugely popular club hit Yeah! to the Ozzy Osbourne hard
rock
sample in Trick Daddys Lets Go, CRUNK HITS has them all. For all
those
that thought that the crunk hip-hop style was a fad, this compilation
sets
out to prove them wrong. The listener gains an understanding that the
movement is much larger than they thought and its growing more popular
every year.

Online resource: http://www.tvtrecords.com/toolkit

TRACK LISTING
1. USHER -
Yeah! feat. Lil Jon & Ludacris
2. LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ -
Get Low feat. Ying Yang Twins
3. T.I. -
Rubber Band Man
4. CHINGY -
Right Thurr
5. CIARA -
Goodies feat. Petey Pablo
6. YING YANG TWINS -
Salt Shaker feat. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz
7. THREE 6 MAFIA -
Ridin Spinners feat. Lil Flip
8. LIL FLIP -
Game Over (Flip)
9. TRICK DADDY -
Lets Go feat. Twista & Lil Jon
10. JUVENILE -
Slow Motion feat. Soulja Slim
11. PITBULL -
Toma feat. Lil Jon
12. NELLY -
Na-Nana-Na feat. Jazze Pha
13. KILLER MIKE -
A.D.I.D.A.S. feat. Big Boi
14. PASTOR TROY -
Are We Cuttin feat. Ms. Jade
15. KHIA -
My Neck, My Back (Lick It)
16. YOUNGBLOODZ -
Damn! Feat. Lil Jon
17. JACKI-O -
Nookie (Real Good) feat. Rodney
18. 8 BALL & MJG -
You Dont Want Drama

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For More Information Please Contact:

Joe Wiggins
Urban Publicity
TVT Records
23 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
212.979.6410 x290
212.979.6489
joe@tvtrecords.com


 
FINALLY - THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BOOK FOR HIP HOP, RAP & R&B/POP PRODUCERS, ARTISTS & SONGWRITERS WILL BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 2005.

THIS IS A MUST READ!

The Music Powers 2006 book for Hip Hop, Rap and R&B talent in finally being released to the public. "The Music Powers That Be" is what many in the industry believe to be the best help available for unsigned urban music talent.

This incredible book was originally put together to help many industry "stars" - major label & signed artists & producers - who either needed answers for music business problems, advice & strategies to make better career decisions or just needed the best contacts - to stay on top of this ever-changing music game. Now the focus is to help serious undiscovered talent, unsigned artists, songwriters & producers that need a little help or a way in through sound professional advice, music business information, and music industry contacts.

The advice that is offered is a compilation of guidance from many successful music industry pros, attorneys and managers, and all put together and produced by one author: Multi-Platinum Record Producer - Cirocco. The Music Powers book, e-book and on-line book is a tool - to be used to help talent make the best choices to get in the business and also succeed in the business. We have exclusive inside advice and tips from Grammy winners, Grammy nominees, to history making #1 Hit songwriters and producers. We have the only book for both new and established producers & DJs about the whole Selling Beats game. Music Powers also has Label advice by Vince Phillips, Esq. (CEO of Lil' Jon's label BME), DJ Toomp (Producer for T.I., Boyz In Da Hood, Ludacris), Mr. Collipark / DJ Smurf (Collipark Records / TVT, producer for Ying Yang Twins, David Banner, Young Jeezy), Kevin Wales (112, B-5, Dallas Austin and Monica) to questions answered by Joel Katz of Greenberg Traurig, who represents many of the world's most successful artists, producers and record label A&R. We even have advice for those seeking radio play from Emperor Searcy of HOT 107, and Radio One Broadcasting Network.

Check out
www.musicpowers.com
for more.


 
DJ E-Rock and DJ Classic Presents "We Represent the YAY Area!" : Cornerstone Mixtape #77

(November 6, 2005--San Francisco, CA)--The world renowned DJ,producer,
and entrepeneur, DJ E-Rock, along with one of the Bay Area's best kept
secrets, DJ Classic, presents "We Represent The Yay Area!": Cornerstone
Mixtape #77 with special guest host The Legendary E-40.

The collaboration of DJ E-Rock and DJ Classic on "We Represent the Yay
Area!": Cornerstone Mixtape #77 provides its listeners with hip-hop
exclusives the East, West, and South with a mix of the Bay Area
perspective. This month's mixtape features hot new music from E-40,
Redman, Nas, P$C f. T.I. & Young Dro, Consequence, Grafh, Three 6
Mafia,
Blackalicious, Fort Minor, and Slum Village. "We Represent the Yay
Area!" also features up and comers: Turf Talk, El Dorado Red, Fili
Stylz, and Slap. This month's Music Meeting includes hot new radio
playables include: Styles P & Akon, Field Mob, Common, Pharrell f. Gwen
Stefani, Floetry and Busta Rhymes.

The Shadyville Coalition/Liquor Barrel All Star Member, DJ E-Rock,
recently debuted his show entitled Bomb Bay Radio on Sirius Satellite
Radio Hip Hop Nation Channel 40. Every Saturday night at 11 p.m.(PST)/2
a.m.(EST), DJ E-Rock highlights the growing hip-hop movement and brings
attention to the overwhelming amount of talent emerging from The Bay
Area. In addition to hearing DJ E-Rock on Bomb Bay Radio on Hip Hop
Nation Channel 40, he can also be heard on a number of Sirius Satellite
program's such as: Eminem's Shade 45, Back Spin, Wax 42, and Hot Jamz.
He also appears on "Liquor Barrel Radio" broadcast on www.95.1live.com
on Sundays from 4-7 p.m. PST.

For more information about Cornerstone Promotion and Mixtape series,
please feel free to visit www.cornerstonepromotion.com. For all media
and press inquiries for DJ E-Rock, please contact Syreta Oglesby at
SyretaOglesby@aol.com or 201-658-3711.

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Disc 1/The Mixtape We Represent The Yay Area!
DJ E Rock Sirius Satellite Radio & DJ Classic 102.5 KDON
Hosted By E-40 DJ E Rock Sirius Satellite Radio/
Shadyville DJs/Liquor Barrel All Stars

01. Intro
02. Redman Rush Da Security Def Jam
03. E 40 Tell Me Something Slick Exclusive
04. Samson & Sejour Women Make The World Go Round G.B.A. Records
05. Flii Stylz Richmond (Remix) Liquor Barrel
06. Turf Talk Hustler (World Premiere) 3030 Sick Wid It
07. Three 6 Mafia Stay Fly (Remix) Columbia/Sony Urban
08. El Dorado Red Cold Hand Tales Liquor Barrel/Southwest
Federation/SMC
09. P$C f. T.I. & Young Dro Do Ya Thang Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records
10. Da Franchise Young & Restless Night Rider Records
11. 50 Cent Hustlers Ambition Shady/Aftermath/G Unit/Interscope
12. Big Tone Come My Way ABB Records
13. Noelle All About Me Exclusive
14. Pharrell f. Gwen Stefani Can I Have It Like That Star
Trak/Interscope
15. B Legit f. Jadakiss & Styles P Block 4 Life Sick Wid It/SMC
16. Turf Talk Hood Hop 3030/Sick Wid It
17. Da Franchise Change Up Night Rider Records
18. Brooke Valentine w. Fabolous & Yo Yo Boogie Oogie Oogie Music
World/Sanctuary
19. Nas Death Anniversary Ill Will/Sony Urban DJ Classic 102.5
KDON/Shadyville DJs/
Liquor Barrel All Stars 20. Saigon Preacher Hip Hop Since 1978/Atlantic
Records
21. Self Scientific Live N Breathe Angeles Records
22. Grafh Aint No Tellin Black Hand Ent./DDG/Island Def Jam
23. Blackalicious Your Move Anti Records
24. Razzah Hip Hop New Kemit Records
25. Self Scientific f. Bun B King Kong Angeles Records
26. Ghostface Killah f. Pete Rock Be Easy Def Jam
27. Consequence Caught Up In The Hype G.O.O.D. Music/Sony
Urban/Columbia
28. Slum Village Ez Up Barak Records
29. Common The Movement Exclusive
30. Good, Bad & Ugly 5 Boros GBU Music
31. Zion I f. The Team, Turf Talk, San Quinn & Casual The Bay (Remix)
Live Up Records/Studio Distribution
32. CL Smooth Multi Bars Of Fury St. Nick Ent./Blackheart Ent./Shaman
Work
33. Fort Minor Petrified Warner Bros.
34. Slap Give It Here Slap Music
35. The Federation Only Wear My White Tees

Once Southwest Federation Disc 2/The Music Meeting Music Meeting Buzz
Track
01. Joe f. Nas Get To Know Me (Main Version 4:03) Jive
02. Pharrell f. Gwen Stefani Can I Have It Like That (Clean 3:57) Star
Trak/Interscope
03. Fort Minor Remember The Name (Clean 3:48) Warner Bros.
04. D4L Laffy Taffy (Radio Edit 3:44) D4L Records/Asylum/Atlantic
05. Trina f. Kelly Rowland Here We Go (Radio 3:50) Slip N
Slide/Atlantic
06. Robin Thicke f. Pharrell Wanna Love You Girl (Main Version 4:23)
Star Trak/Interscope
07. Styles P f. Akon Can You Believe It (Radio Version 4:11) Ruff
Ryders/Interscope
08. M.I.A. f. Baby Cham Galang (Dave Kelly Remix) (Main Version 4:02)
Interscope
09. Jeannie Ortega f. GemStar & Big Mato Its R Time (Radio Edit 3:46)
Hollywood Records
10. Field Mob Friday Night (Clean Edit 4:13) Interscope
11. The Pussycat Dolls Stick Wit U (LP Version 3:28) A&M Records
12. Crystal By Your Side (The Na Na Song) (Radio Edit 3:12) AS-One
Management
13. Ginuwine When We Make Love (Radio 3:26) Sony Urban/Epic
14. Common Testify (Radio Edit 2:50) G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen
15. Busta Rhymes f. ODB Wheres Your Money (Radio 4:10)
Aftermath/Interscope
16. Floetry f. Common SupaStar (Radio Edit 3:55) Geffen
17. Livin Out Loud f. Crisis Wheres The Love Remix (Radio Edit 3:58)
Kin Productions


 
B-MOORE.NET: Voice. Vision. Hip Hop

CHARLESTON, SC - B-MOORE.NET is a hip hop and political website that features interviews, reviews, and editorials. B-MOORE.NET prides itself on the honesty of its reviews and the depth of the interviews. We go beyond the standard questions of "Why did you start rhyming", we want to not only engage the artists in honest communication but we want to make the reader feel like they are finding something new about an artist. We treat our reviews that same way. We are not corrupted by corporate entities. In essence, we are hip hop; rebellious by nature and we answer to no one. B-MOORE.NET realizes that the majority of our readers are interested in more than the music, that's why we provide RSS Syndication from various sources like, SOHH.COM (Hip Hop News), CNN.COM, and HUFFINGTONPOST.COM (Political Commentary).

B-MOORE.NET November 7th Update:

Phonte (of Little Brother) Interview (Part 1 of 2)
November Great Expectations Artist: Grown Folks
B-Moore Editorial: "It Was All Good Just A Year Ago"
Also be sure to check out our latest music sampler: Monster Music Volume III

Recent Reviews:

1. Wu Tang Meets Indie Culture - Think Differently
2. Supastition - Chain Letters
3. Jin - The Emcee's Properganda
4. DJ Quik - Trauma
5. Bun B- Trill
6. Twista - The Day After
7. Maspyke - Static

Check out some other interviews with:

Jae Millz - Harlem's Knight
Lil' Eazy E - His Royal Highness
Sway and King Tech - It Gets No Realer

Coming Soon:
Part 2 of 2 of the Phonte Interview
Sheek Louch (The Lox) Interview
More Reviews, namely - The Black Rob Report, Slum Village, and Get Rich or Die Trying Soundtrack

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http://www.b-moore.net


 
WATTS HIP HOP ARTISTS COLLABORATE ON PEACE WARRIORS ALBUM WITH AIM TO STOP SENSELESS VIOLENCE IN URBAN COMMUNITIES

Includes a Live Remake of 2005 NBA All-Star
Anthem/Original 1970 Hit Express Yourself

(Los Angeles, CA, November 7, 2005) Watts Records, LLC today announced the release of Peace Warriors, a new CD featuring Watts Hip Hop and R&B artists performing songs that inspire listeners to support an end to gang warfare and other senseless violence that plagues U.S. cities. Young talented rappers and singers from the Watts community raised in the midst of gang violence have joined with established performers to create music that speaks to real issues and takes Hip Hop back to the streets where it was originally formed. This music carries a message of peace that began with the signing of the historic Crips and Bloods Peace Treaty in Watts in 1992.

The CD features for the first time ever a live-band remake of Express Yourself featuring the legendary Charles Wright of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band performing a new, socially conscious Hip Hop version of the 1970 hit. The original Express Yourself, which made it to number 12 on the Billboard charts, has been introduced to todays generation through numerous advertising campaigns including Burger King, Gatorade and recently as the promotional theme song for the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. Wrights funk-infused vocals and the wicked flows of the various peace warrior rappers and vocalists make this new version the perfect song for young and old alike and establishes peace on the streets as the new way to express yourself.

Former Death Row/OFTB rapper Flipside, who was raised in Watts, delivers a hard core rhyme with Something Wicked, painting a vivid picture of the reality of gangs in Wattsits where we took the American flag and tore it in halfmade red and blue rags and let our pants sagbrainwashed to protect our community, bustin at any nigga that came through new to me. The first single from the CD Tears in the Rain reveals the self-reflecting, insightful thoughts of rapper Pipe the Snipe from Watts Jordan Downs Projects. The song is set to a haunting, melodic beat, offering ambience to a story of personal pain and redemption.

The satirical narrative on police abuse, Mr. Officer, addresses the issue of racial profiling in a fun west coast laid-back style. The sensuous yet hard-edged ballad Dark Side tells the story of a woman struggling with the reality that the man she loves is still tied to the dangerous street life she fears will be his doom. While the album is full of message lyrics, the club rocking Bank Roll is a straight party cut that will have listeners bouncing in their cars and at the hottest nightspots.

This music captures what it is to live and struggle in an urban war zone. These young peace warriors want to remind people that the greatest heroes are champions of peace not perpetrators of violence, that peace is not a refuge of the soft and weak but a noble ideal both positive and powerful, said Aqeela Sherrills, co-founder of Watts Records.

The Peace Warriors album is about real people who grew up facing real life-threatening situations rapping about how gang violence is nothing to glorify and how rappers pretending to be gangsters does not truly represent the reality of the street, said Watts Records co-founder Douglas Roddy.

Peace Warriors will be available on November 8th in independent stores throughout Los Angeles and the west coast area and November 15th in Downtown Locker Room, a trend setting urban apparel and music retailer with 40 stores in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. The CD is also available online at www.wattsrecords.com.

Watts Records, LLC is a partnership between Community Self-Determination Institute, a Watts-based social profit organization and Diverse Entertainment, a music production and marketing firm. The record label was founded in 2003 with the financial support of 154 Entertainment.

Contact:
Darryl Grayson (323) 295-5177
dgrayson@wattsrecords.com


 
DAME GREASE HOLDS TO HIS PART OF HARLEM!

November 07, 2005 - Dame Grease is at it again, fresh off the DMX European tour he headz straight back to his LOT MUSIK Studio, where he bangs out heat after heat, supplying the industry A&R's with gutter soundz and off the change instrumental beats, he says " This time around you will experience a change in the Grease sound, Im on some other
sh**t the beats are uncontrollable, the sound is eclectic and the format is from another dimension," Grease elaborates, being on tour and listening to what the fans are asking for just brought out the heat in me. Grease known for his signature horns, and platinum hits such as "Get At Me Dog, and We"ll Always Love Big Poppa," Knows he will make a statement this time around. He has a whole new attitude and refuses to stand still, acting as CEO to his Vacant Lot Record Label and multi-tasking on other related music projects, Grease keeps his main priority project on top the L.A.B.'s, his group which he is a part of and not only on the production side. He has recruited new talent and is ready to release, but his question to you is are you ready for a change and the respect that follows. He's taking his entrepreneurial approach and applying it to his newly renovated Lot Musik Studios, which he now opened to the public as well. Grease states, "This time around is different, I have it mapped out, the machine is running and ready, everything is in position, the music, the artist, and the undisclosed weapon." All Grease asks is that you listen, learn, and observe what you thought would never happen . . . and experience the launch of the guerilla urban assault - straight from the hood to the boardroom . . . all Industries beware, the chains are off and the doors have been unlocked. So if you didn't know who sat on the throne in Harlem, Now you know!

Cynamin Jones PR
347-438-3003


 
MODEL/ACTRESS KIM PORTER TO HOST S-CLASS: AN EVENING OF SHOPPING IN STYLE-THE DENIMAXX FALL 2005 FUR TRUNK SHOW-NOVEMBER 20, 2005 IN ATLANTA, GA

(November 4, 2005--New York, NY)-- Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, in conjunction with DENIMAXX Furriers, are proud to present S-Class: An Evening of Shopping In Style- The DENIMAXX Fall Fur Trunk Show hosted by Model/Actress Kim Porter on Sunday, November 20, 2005 in Atlanta, GA.

Located in the heart of New York City's luxurious fashion district, DENIMAXX, is a family owned business that has been designing and manufacturing luxury outerwear for over 25 years. DENIMAXX offers the largest selection of shearlings and diverse garment collection in the world. DENIMAXX opened its flagship store on Madison Avenue in 1996 and has a second home in an exclusive sector of Aspen, Colorado.

DENIMAXX has appeared extensively in all major international fashion magazines including Vogue, W, Elle, Town & Country, and Harper's Bazaar, among many other media outlets that has created an overwhelming response from the public and celebrity style makers and trendsetters. Clients include: Beyonce', Foxy Brown, Al Sharpton, Scottie Pippen, celebrity stylist June Ambrose, and Lil' Kim who recently wore DENIMAXX pieces on the cover of The Source Magazine.

S-Class: An Evening of Shopping In Style-The DENIMAXX Fall Fur Trunk Show will be held at The Mercedes Benz of Buckhead located 102 West Paces Ferry Rd. in Atlanta, GA. The event will begin promptly at 5 p.m., and will end at 8 p.m. Complimentary drinks will be served courtesy of CirocVodka. RSVP to info@t3agency.com or janelle.baranco@baranco.com.
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Contact:
Syreta J. Oglesby
Triple Threat Agency
(201)-658-3711
SyretaOglesby@yahoo.com
Syreta@tmail.com


 
J.U.I.C.E. CD Release Party & Fundraiser

Thursday, November 10, 2005
9PM Midnight
at J.U.I.C.E. (2936 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005)
All ages | $5 before 9pm, $10 after get the CD for $5 more

Hosted by
Abstract Rude (ATU)

Featuring performances by
2Mex (Visionaries) | Nocando (Customer Service) | Dumbfoundead
SP-83 (Customer Service) | KeenTokers | Open Mike | June1
nameless | Furis | Robbie tha Robot | Emeyecee | Rogue1 & more

Bringing tha killa kutsDJs
Daddy Kev | Kenzo | Buddamunky

The Danger Room Files, Volume 1 is the latest release from the Los Angeles hip-hop arts community center Justice by Uniting In Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.). Buried deep in L.A.'s Rampart District, J.U.I.C.E. has become the new melting pot of emerging hip-hop emcees, beat-makers, DJs, and producers. There, young artists have free access to the facilities, equipment, and training necessary to develop and expand their skills in bboying (breakdancing), graffiti art, deejaying, emceeing and music production in a safe environment lead by a staff of seasoned LA hip-hop veterans.

This project is the culmination of a year of classes, workshops, blood, sweat, and tears involving a diverse team of emcees and producers that range from battle-tested pros to complete novices. Under the direction of prolific underground producer Kenny Segal (Abstract Rude, Freestyle Fellowship, Dr.oop), they pay tribute to hip-hop culture by constructing a fresh and highly accessible collection of songs on this trendsetting compilation. From the opening jazzy-riffs of the catchy "Transformers", to the social commentary of "Beautiful Contraption", the backpacker anthem "Shoe Fits", or the club banger "Peep My Style" this album covers a large amount of terrain. Whether it's insightful lyrics, grimy breakbeats, or catchy hooks, this album has something to offer for all hip-hop fans.

Recent press in the Los Angeles Times has already activated a serious buzz about this unique project, and a new partnership with Alpha Pup Records and iTunes has allowed it to gain worldwide exposure. Copies of the album are currently being serviced to college radio, and the vinyl pressing has already led to some club play by DJs.

The J.U.I.C.E. Danger Room emcees will be featured on the world famous Wake Up Show this Saturday night (Nov 5) and KPFK's Divine Forces Radio on Friday night (Nov 4).

For more information contact:
Monica X. Delgado, Director
Justice by Uniting In Creative Energy (J.U.I.C.E.)
213.251.9164 | monicax@rampartjuice.com | www.rampartjuice.com


 
PITBULL STILL HAS BITE WITH MONEY IS STILL A MAJOR ISSUE

New York, NY - The new pedigree of the South, Pitbull has had a
breakout
year by exhibiting a hunger and drive that defines his name. While he
has
earned his stripes in mainstream Hip-Hop, he is also at the forefront
of
the Reggaeton movement with his bilingual lyrics and distinctly
Caribbean
sensibility over club-ready productions. On November 15, 2005, TVT
Records
will release the remix CD/DVD compilation, M. I. STILL A. M. I. (Money
Is
Still A Major Issue). The CD/DVD combo will feature 13 rare and remixed
tracks and sell alongside his gold debut album, M.I.A.M.I., which was
released a year ago and featured the hit singles Culo and Toma.

The CD/DVD sets lead single is Everybody Get Up featuring Pretty
Ricky.
M. I. STILL A. M. I. will also include six hard-to-find remixes: Ying
Yang
Twins Shake Remix featuring Elephant Man and Pitbull; Culo Remix
featuring Lil Jon and Ivy Queen; Nina Skys Turnin Me On Remix
featuring
Pitbull; Rich Boys Get To Poppin Remix featuring Pitbull; Dammit
Man
Remix featuring Lil Flip; and Toma (DJ Buddha Remix) featuring Lil
Jon,
Mr. Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Red Rat, T.O.K., and Kardinal Offishall. In
addition, there will be six side collaborative recordings with Elephant
Man
and Daddy Yankee (Rah Rah); Master Joe and O.G. Black (Mil Amores);
T.O.K. (Shes Hotter); Bisco (Might Be The Police); Picallo and
Cubo
(Who U Rollin With); and Cubo (On No He Didnt).

The bonus DVD component offers Pitbull performances from the 2004 MTV
Latin
Video Music Awards, Si TVs The Drop, G4 Tech TVs Attack of the Show,
LATV
Live and his appearance at the 2005 WQHT Hot 97 Summer Jam which aired
on
FUSE. The DVD also features Pitbulls video catalog from Culo to
Toma.

M. I. STILL A. M. I. is one of the many upcoming releases from TVT
Records.
Currently in stores: the certified platinum album by Ying Yang Twins,
Latin
Pop artist Marcos Hernandez. Expected to hit stores later this year:
CRUNK
HITS, a greatest hits guide to the southern hip-hop movement. Upcoming
urban
releases for 2006 will be MARIEL, the sophomore album from gold selling
emcee Pitbull and the repackage and revamped release of the Ying Yang
Twins
certified platinum fourth album, U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta).

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Joe Wiggins
Urban Publicity
TVT Records
23 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
212.979.6410 x290
212.979.6489
joe@tvtrecords.com


 
The Roots Release 'Best Of' Albums

Home Grown! The Beginners Guide To Understanding The Roots Volume One and Two November 15th on Geffen Records

The Greatest Band in Hip-Hop's Musical Scrapbook

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A commercially successful, critics' darling is oftentimes an oxymoron in music. Then again, it should come as no surprise that the endlessly innovative hip-hop band, The Roots, have managed to accomplish both. They have sold over three million records since debuting with Organix in 1990. At the same time, they've won a Grammy for best rap performance by a duo or group in 2000 for "You Got Me," and kept fickle critics and their loyal fan base satisfied with groundbreaking experimentation that deftly mixes elements from rock, jazz, soul, house, and any other genre that will make the speakers pop, while maintaining an undeniable hip-hop aesthetic. Add to that their reputation for giving legendary live shows, and it's easy to see why they've come to embody the musical integrity that so few artists can truly claim to possess.

Luckily, for those whose familiarity with the Philadelphia crew doesn't extend beyond watching them play with Jay-Z for his unforgettable Unplugged album or Eminem at the 2003 Grammys, Home Grown! The Beginners Guide To Understanding The Roots Volume One and Two, will provide the sonic DNA for the illustrious group. Their last Geffen release will be released separately on November 15th. The comprehensive collection showcases everything from popular hits like the soulful "What They Do," to unreleased heat like "Quicksand Millennium" and "You Got Me," featuring Jill Scott (the Grammy winner featured Erykah Badu), to hard-to-find remixes of "Don't Say Nuthin'" to live performances like "Sacrifice (Live On BBC's Radio One's Worldwide Show with Giles Peterson)." The 29-song opus features Beanie Sigel (who made his major label debut appearance on "Adrenaline"), Eve, Jill Scott, Common, Roy Ayers, Raphael Saadiq, Dice Raw, Jaguar Wright, D'Angelo, and Mos Def, and is undeniable evidence of the influence they've had on the musical landscape over the course of their incredible career.

The Roots consist of MC Black Thought, keyboardist Kamal Gray, bassist Leonard "Hub" Hubbard, and drummer Amir "?uestlove" Thompson. They were initially considered opaque by many because they favored live instruments at a time when hip-hop was sample-crazy. However, as their genius has been recognized, they have come to be appreciated for their ability to transcend genres and continually add depth to hip-hop's perspective.

Of course, as evidenced by album titles like Phrenology and The Tipping Point, The Roots have always taken a very cerebral approach to making music. ?uestlove's musings on each song in the liner notes shows just how much thought the group puts into their creative process. Each volume has a 20-page insert that is filled with behind-the-scene insights that offer amazing glimpses into the group's experiences. Gems like their unbelievable tale of having to go through 11 different singers before finding someone to sing on "Break You Off" or dealing with the controversy surrounding Eve and Jill Scott on "You Got Me," makes this as worthwhile a read as a listen.

Although they are preparing to blow even bigger with their upcoming Def Jam debut, Game Theory, in 2006, after accomplishing so much, these releases serve as what ?uestlove refers to as a "progress report" for the group. "This is a love letter to our Okayplayers and an introduction to the fans that have yet to dive in to see what the madness has been about for the last 13 years," he says. "This should prepare them for the next 13." While they continue to move forward, a moment to reflect clearly illustrates that The Roots deserve every accolade and plaque they've received thus far.

Source: Geffen

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


 
New Artists Join Efforts for 'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now'

R. Kelly, Kanye West, Diddy, Common, Fred Hammond, Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Rhymefest and Black Buddafly Bring Urban Sound to Multi-Artist Benefit Album

Faith Hill, B.B. King, Chris Thomas King, Josh Groban, Clint Black, Among Others, Contribute Recordings

All-Star Collection Will Be Released November 22

LOS ANGELES and WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to the overwhelming outpouring of support from musicians, writers and producers, EMI Group, SONY BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Concord Music Group, along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), today announced the addition of new artists and songs to complete the double CD multi-artist benefit album Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now. The 35-song collection, to be released November 22, will feature new recordings and classic cuts from more than 80 artists, spanning a variety of generations and genres. All proceeds will aid the relief efforts for the Gulf Coast victims devastated by recent hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

An accomplished cast of new artists has joined the already stellar group of performers. R. Kelly sparkles on the specially recorded "Let Your Light Shine;" Kanye West churns out the uplifting "We Can Make It Better" featuring Talib Kweli, Q-Tip, Common and Rhymefest; sisters Black Buddafly introduce "Make A Change," and Diddy offers the soulful "By Faith" featuring Fred Hammond. "It's important for Americans to remember that rebuilding efforts and providing aid to those still in need is a long term process," R. Kelly shared. "It's easy for all of us to get caught up in our daily lives, but we should remember that the human crisis continues."
Also new to the collection are country megastars Faith Hill with "Precious Lord, Take My Hand" and Clint Black with "When the Levee Broke." B.B. King joins with a bluesy "Early In The Morning." Chris Thomas King fuses blues and hip-hop on "What Would Jesus Do?" Josh Groban and Bela Fleck support with the soaring track "Alla Luce Del Sole," and gospel family The Winans resonate with "After All."

Among the ensembles featured in the collection is "Heart of America," written by Tim Blixseth and featuring Wynonna Judd, Michael McDonald and Eric Benet, and "Come Together Now," co-written and co-produced by Sharon Stone, Denise Rich, Damon Sharpe and Mark Feist and featuring more than 20 artists.

The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is the latest to join the industry-wide effort with representation from music's urban community. "Responding to the challenges of hurricane relief is an awesome responsibility, yet serving the ongoing needs of those most affected is a blessed cause worthy of our support and giving," emphasized Russell Simmons, Chairman of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. All of the participating artists, publishers, songwriters and record companies have waived their royalties and donated their services to this important cause as have the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).

"Seeing so many people selflessly come together to help those affected by the recent hurricanes has shown us that the worst of mother nature can bring out the best in human nature," said Glen Barros, President of Concord Music Group. "The Concord team is honored to be a part of the grand spirit behind this industry-wide effort."

"'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now' represents this industry at its very best, with artists, executives and music retailers all pulling together for an important cause," said Andrew Lack, CEO, SONY BMG Music Entertainment. "On behalf of everyone at SONY BMG, I'm proud to be associated with this project, and grateful to have the opportunity to help."

"So much of our musical and cultural history originated in the Gulf Coast, and Warner Music Group and our artists are enormously proud to have contributed time and talent to the music industry's benefit album, 'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now,'" said Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. "Since these tragedies occurred, our entire company has been working together to help hurricane victims, and we are committed to help those affected recover and rebuild their lives over the long term."

"The value of music in our society is never more apparent than in times of crisis," said David Munns, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music North America. "EMI and its artists are proud to lend its resources and creative talents to the 'Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now' project."

"We are grateful for the contributions of our artists in this worthy cause and feel privileged to be able to help support the people affected most by Katrina," stated Zach Horowitz, President & COO of Universal Music Group. "When people purchase this CD, they will hear great music from a wide spectrum of artists all coming together to perform for one cause -- to offer assistance to those who have suffered so greatly in New Orleans."

RIAA, on behalf of its member companies and all of the participating artists, publishers and songwriters, will donate 100 percent of its net proceeds -- at least $15.00(U.S.) -- from the purchase price of this CD to these charities for hurricane relief: American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/), to help provide food, shelter, counseling and financial assistance to those in need; Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org/), for the long-term goal of rebuilding homes and MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund (http://www.musicares.org/), to provide direct assistance to the members of the music community who have been affected or displaced.

Special thanks to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, The Harry Fox Agency, the National Music Publishers' Association and the National Association of Recording Merchandisers for their invaluable assistance in this project.

Hurricane Relief: Come Together Now will be available on Tuesday, November 22 and is available by pre-sale at Amazon.com. The suggested retail list price is $19.98.

FINAL TRACK LISTING:

Louis Armstrong "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New
Orleans?"
R. Kelly "Let Your Light Shine"
Faith Hill "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"
John Mayer/Aaron Neville "Heart So Heavy"
Harry Connick, Jr. "City Beneath The Sea"
Clifton Chenier "Ay-TeTe Fee"
Sting with Chris Botti "Moon Over Bourbon Street"
Michael McDonald,
Wynonna Judd & Eric Benet "Heart of America"
Diddy featuring
Fred Hammond "By Faith"
B.B. King "Early In The Morning"
Coldplay "Fix You"
Clint Black "When the Levee Broke"
Various Artists "Tears In Heaven"
Lenny Kravitz "Believe"
Van Morrison "Blue and Green"
Professor Longhair "Mardi Gras in New Orleans"
John Fogerty "Born On The Bayou"
Norah Jones/Wyclef Jean "Any Other Day"
Bonnie Raitt "I Will Not Be Broken"
Rod Stewart with
Jerry Lawson and
Talk of the Town "People Get Ready"
Kanye West, Talib Kweli,
Q-Tip, Common, Rhymefest "We Can Make It Better"
James Brown "Try Me"
Dave Matthews Band
featuring Robert Randolph "Louisiana Bayou"
Dr. John "Goin' Back To New Orleans"
Elton John "I'm Still Standing"
Chris Thomas King "What Would Jesus Do?"
Josh Groban with
Bela Fleck "Alla Luce Del Sole"
Black Buddafly "Make A Change"
Barbra Streisand "I Believe"
Brian Wilson "Love & Mercy"
Gloria Estefan "Coming Out of the Dark/Always Tomorrow"
Neville Brothers "Brothers"
The Winans "After All"
Various Artists "Come Together Now"
Kirk Whalum/Coolio "When the Saints Go Marching Back In"

About the RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America is the trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. Its mission is to foster a business and legal climate that supports and promotes our members' creative and financial vitality. Its members are the record companies that comprise the most vibrant national music industry in the world. RIAA(R) members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the United States. In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect intellectual property rights worldwide and the First Amendment rights of artists; conduct consumer industry and technical research; and monitor and review -- state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA(R) also certifies Gold(R), Platinum(R), Multi-Platinum(TM), and Diamond sales awards, as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino(TM), an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Source: RIAA

CONTACT: Jonathan Lamy of RIAA Records, +1-202-775-0101, JLamy@RIAA.com;
or Joel Amsterdam of Concord Records, 310-385-4206,
jamsterdam@concordrecords.com; or Gretchen Wagner of Rubenstein
Communications, Inc., +1-212-843-8076, gwagner@rubenstein.com, both for RIAA

Web site: http://www.musicares.org/
http://www.redcross.org/
http://www.habitat.org/


 
Daddy Yankee Set to Release Barrio Fino En Directo CD/DVD With 5 Hot New Tracks & New Single 'Rompe' Begins to Heat Up the Airwaves

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- After selling 2 million copies of his critically-acclaimed Barrio Fino album and spearheading the emergence of the Reggaeton movement to the international music scene, arena headliner Daddy Yankee is ready to give audiences a taste of his onstage prowess and an intimate look at the inner workings of this musical juggernaut.

On December 13, Daddy Yankee's El Cartel Records and Interscope Records will release Barrio Fino En Directo, a CD/DVD packed with exciting new collaborations, behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews and live performances that reaffirm Yankee's title as the undisputed King of Reggaeton.

The eagerly anticipated 16 song collection will include live renditions of hits like; "Lo Que Paso, Paso," "Corazones" and the international phenomenon "Gasolina" as well as five new tracks produced by musical masterminds DJ Urba & Monserrate and rising star Sammy Fisher among others.

The first single, "Rompe," is quickly taking the airwaves by storm, beginning to tally up radio spins. The four other new songs on the album include "Gangsta Zone," featuring Hip-Hop icon Snoop Dogg, a remix of the club anthem "Machete" featuring Houston's latest sensation, Paul Wall and rounding off the list the infectious "Machucando" and "El Truco".

The Barrio Fino En Directo DVD, directed by Carlos Perez, includes over sixty minutes of never-before-seen footage. Viewers can enjoy Yankee's energetic performance at his sold-out concert in Puerto Rico's Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot and also follow the artist around the globe during his extensive world tour.

Other DVD features include an in-depth interview with the reggaeton pioneer, a music video for the song "Corazones," and extensive behind-the-scenes footage that will shed new light on Yankee's charismatic personality, rigorous schedule, dedicated work ethic and unique creative process.

After making history as the first reggaeton performer to reach platinum status, Yankee has proven himself as a multi-talented artist. He has become a spokesperson for such companies as Pepsi and Sean John and is readying the launch of his very own clothing and accessory lines under the Reebok brand.

With the upcoming release of the motion picture Talento de Barrio, a film produced by and starring Yankee himself, he sets out to further expand the horizons for the genre and open the doors for his people to follow. The film will be distributed by a major multinational company. Most recently, Yankee announced his plans to host a new nationally syndicated radio program, Daddy Yankee on Fire, for ABC Radio Networks.

As the title of his radio program states, Daddy Yankee is on fire and, with the release of Barrio Fino En Directo, he's certain to turn that flame into an incessantly scorching blaze. Look out for his highly-anticipated follow-up album on El Cartel Records/Interscope Records in 2006.

Source: Interscope

CONTACT: Dennis Dennehy of Interscope, 1-310-865-7934


 
Nelly Celebrates Birthday in Grand Slam Fashion

Jermaine Dupri and Ashanti Among Friends That Surprise Hip-Hop Star With a Day Full of Baseball-Themed Events

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Nelly's friends surprised the rap star on his birthday with an entire day of baseball-themed activities. The celebration, held in Nelly's hometown of St. Louis on November 2nd, was led off by a private batting practice session with Hall Of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, Nelly's favorite baseball player while he was growing up. Later, family and friends gathered at FOX Sports broadcaster Joe Buck's restaurant where sexy "stadium vendors" greeted the All-Star guestlist -- including celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri, Ashanti, Murphy Lee, Ali, and Big Gipp -- with Bud Select beer and ballpark-style roasted peanuts prior to a sit-down "clubhouse meal." The night then kicked into high gear with an exclusive invite-only party at Nectar, one of the Midwest's hottest nightspots. Guests enjoyed Cracker Jack apple martinis while dancing to an eclectic mix of current and old-school hip-hop tunes. Ashanti joined DJ Charlie Chan in leading the guests in a rendition of "Happy Birthday." Nelly capped off the night by thanking guests for attending the party and leading an hour-long impromptu all-star MC session along with the other VIP guests.

In other Nelly news, the hip-hop icon 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 including the first new single, "Grillz," featuring Paul Wall, Ali, and Big Gipp (#1 most added song at radio stations this week). Nelly will also be the recipient of Russell Simmons & the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network "Action Award" for his outstanding contributions to the 4Sho4Kids Foundation and leukemia awareness. The ceremony takes place in New York on November 16.

Source: Derrty Ent.; Universal Records

CONTACT: Amit Dhawan, M.D., M.B.A., Managing Partner,
SYNERGY for Derrty Ent., Universal Records, +1-314-706-4080

NOTE TO EDITORS: Pictures from the event are available for download from http://www.wireimage.com/GalleryListing.asp?navtyp=gls=1=4==147250&nbc1=1


 
The Hip Hop Revolution Will Not Be Televised. You Have to Demand It!(TM)

DoD(TM), the First All Video-on-Demand Channel Devoted to Urban and Hip-Hop Content, to Debut on November 11

Channel Will Showcase New Themes Each Month; November Dedicated to 'Mixtapes, the Lifeblood of Hip-Hop'

Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok Sign on as Founding Partners

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- DoD(TM), the first-ever all video-on- demand virtual channel targeting the hip-hop and urban market, will launch as a free service on Comcast's ON DEMAND service on November 11, 2005. DoD(TM) is the new grassroots brand and VOD subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group, founded by Media Entrepreneur Will Griffin, in partnership with Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons and Television Pioneer Stan Lathan.

The sponsorship-supported lifestyle channel, featuring original and acquired content, will be available in all Comcast ON DEMAND markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia/New Jersey, San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle and Washington, DC, plus suburban metros. Comcast Digital Cable customers will be able to select the "Urban Beat" option on the ON DEMAND main menu and then choose DoD(TM).

"With over $1 trillion a year in spending power, hip-hop consumers, ages 13-34, have become the driving force of a great movement in popular culture by uniting fans across racial lines," said Will Griffin, CEO of DoD(TM). "With DoD(TM), we are creating a cutting-edge channel that will fill a void and pent-up demand in hip-hop and urban programming. The channel will feature fresh and compelling content aimed to educate, inform and stimulate this powerful and unified base of fans of Hip Hop Culture. Demand it!"

DoD(TM) will feature fresh content with themes that change monthly hosted by their own VJ personalities. Programming will include mix tapes and video mix shows; music- and sports-celebrity-driven documentary series; local market content; short- and feature-length films; "old school" classics; fashion and comedy specials; DoD(TM) video personals; exclusive RBK-produced content; and more.

The month of November is dedicated to "Mixtapes, the Lifeblood of Hip- Hop." DoD's schedule will debut exclusive bios on 50 Cent and Eminem, who began their careers featured on mix tapes. The channel will have RBK-produced content from Jay-Z, Allen Iverson and G-Unit. Also available on DoD(TM) are mix tape sessions with Clinton Sparks, Eminem's DJ; video mix shows that combine mix tapes remixed with music videos and dance battles featuring street style dancing. Additionally, DoD(TM) has joined forces with Allhiphop.com to bring viewers conversations with hip-hop's most essential figures, including Damon Dash, Paul Wall, Nas, 50 Cent, Beanie Siegel and Juelz Santana.

DoD(TM) will deliver highly targeted advertising and sponsorship opportunities for brands that have a demonstrated history of supporting Hip Hop/Urban culture. DoD(TM) will help brands integrate their marketing messages within the programming. In partnership with Clear Channel Entertainment Properties, DoD(TM) has already signed on Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok as founding partners. They will be featured in authentic and innovative branded-entertainment programs, and will be incorporated in cross-promotional DoD(TM) marketing campaigns.

DoD(TM) is hosting invitation-only VIP launch events and sneak preview screenings in the following markets:

Chicago: Nov, 4th
Where: Harold Washington
Cultural Center
4701 S. King Drive
Chicago, IL 60653
Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm (reception)
8:00pm - 9:00pm (screening)

Philadelphia: Nov. 11th
Independence Seaport
Museum Concert Hall
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
7:00pm - 8:00pm (reception)

Washington, DC: Nov. 13th
Where: THE ARC
1901 Mississippi Ave. S.E
Washington D.C., 20020
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm (reception)
7:30pm - 9:00pm (screening)

For more information about DoD(TM), visit http://www.dodpresents.com/
About DoD(TM)

Launched in November, 2005, DoD(TM) is the first all video-on-demand channel devoted to hip-hop and urban programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, DoD(TM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), which produces and acquires original urban/hip-hop themed media content for distribution across all media. DoD(TM) is a new grassroots brand and direct channel redefining the way urban media content is developed and distributed to the 45.3 million-plus ethnically diverse urban consumer audience. DoD(TM) Founding Sponsors are long-time supporters of the growth of Hip Hop Culture: Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok. The company is also backed by Syndicated Communications and Pacesetter Capital Group, the leading private equity funds in urban media. More information may be found by visiting http://www.dodpresents.com/ .

For More Information Contact:
Will Griffin
DoD(TM)
(323) 634-6400
will@dodpresents.com

Ray Yeung / Nancy Zakhary
Brainerd Communicators, Inc.
(212) 986-6667
yeung@braincomm.com
nancy@braincomm.com

Source: DoD

CONTACT: Will Griffin of DoD, +1-323-634-6400, will@dodpresents.com; or
Ray Yeung, yeung@braincomm.com, or Nancy Zakhary, nancy@braincomm.com, both of
Brainerd Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667

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


11/06/2005

 
Hip Hop Press: Recent Disruption, Free Headlines Available

Just so you know, Blogger was having trouble late last week so Hip Hop Press got thrown off schedule. In particular, I'm backlogged on press releases sent directly to me. I'll be getting the rest of those up over the next day or so, unless they were extremely last minute and now are old news.

I'm also making Hip Hop Press headlines freely available to other sites through ProHipHop's Feedroll syndication service. You can now get free headlines for your website for the following blogs and news services, in addition to Hip Hop Press:

ProHipHop - Hip hop business news

Holla at a Scholar!! - Adisa Banjoko's official Lyrical Swords blog

Hip Hop Blogs - Hashim Warren and cowriters' group blog


 
Pop Culture Personality Toure Headed to BET News

BET Network Adding Trio of Brooklyn-Based Intellectuals and Trend-Setters As Producers, Writers and Talent to Expanded News Production Team

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Each one has carved a noteworthy reputation as an intellectual trend-setter and cultural expert, and they're now bringing that expertise to BET. Today BET News announced the hiring of ex- CNN pop culture correspondent Toure; former Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine Selwyn Hinds; and writer and filmmaker Nelson George. BET President of Entertainment Reginald Hudlin describes the hiring of the Brooklyn-based trio as pivotal to the next phase of BET News and Public Affairs programming.

Roles managed by the three will touch multiple aspects of BET programming. Toure draws a multi-level assignment as host, writer and Consulting Producer for BET News, including serving as host on such specialized programming as the recent BET 25TH ANNIVERSARY POST-SHOW. Hinds will assume the role of Interim Executive Producer for the daily BET News Briefs, periodic BET News Specials and BET's soon-to-be launched Sunday news magazine show. George becomes Consulting Producer on all BET News and Public Affairs programs. All three gentlemen either hail from or reside in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Toure joins BET with a well-established reputation as a writer and correspondent. He was CNN's first Pop Culture Correspondent and was the host of MTV2's talk show Spoke N Heard. He has appeared on many television shows including NBC's The Today Show, Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, and CNN's Paula Zahn Now, Anderson Cooper 360, and CNBC's Topic A with Tina Brown. He is also the author of a novel entitled Soul City; The Portable Promised Land, a collection of short stories; and Never Drank the Kool-Aid, a collection of his magazine works over the past 12 years. Toure has been a Contributing Editor at Rolling Stone for 10 years, and has penned articles for the New Yorker, New York Times, Playboy, Tennis Magazine, Best American Essays of 1999, Best American Sports Writing of 2001, and the Best American Erotica of 2004.

"Toure can debate the politics of race with arch-conservatives on news shows; he has written insightful articles on everyone from Lauryn Hill to Jay Z to the White Stripes; and has written brilliant surrealistic novels," said Hudlin. "He's a triple threat that will broaden and deepen our coverage of the entertainment landscape. He's a dynamic presence on screen with a strong perspective our viewers want."

Hinds is an internationally recognized expert on popular culture and urban media. As a writer, commentator and teacher, his commentary has appeared in print, television and radio, including BBC, CNN, BET, ABC, NBC, MTV, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He is a well-traveled lecturer, conducting forums at institutions including Princeton University, Brown University, The S.I. Newhouse Communication School at Syracuse University, and Northwestern University. Hinds is perhaps best known as the former Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine in its late 1990s heyday, during which the publication doubled its circulation to become the top-selling music magazine in the country and the most-respected print media voice for the hip-hop culture. He also formerly served as Chief Creative Officer, Executive Vice President and Editorial Director of 360hiphop.com, the Internet firm founded by music magnate Russell Simmons which was later acquired by BET Interactive and BET.com. Hinds has two critically-acclaimed books to his credit -- the memoir Gunshots in My Cookup, Bits and Bites of a Caribbean American Life (2002), and To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road, written with Wynton Marsalis, which won a 2004 Blackboard Literary Award for Best Music Book.

"Selwyn Hinds was the defining voice of The Source magazine, and like Nelson and Toure, is equally comfortable covering both hard news and pop culture," said Hudlin. "His wealth of relationships has already expanded the reach of the network."

George is a writer, filmmaker and cultural critic with more than 25 years of professional experience, and directed the BET Arabesque Books made-for-TV film One Special Moment. While an undergraduate at St. John's University in the 1970s, he regularly wrote for the Amsterdam News and Billboard magazine, where he later served as Black Music Editor from 1982 to 1989. During that time, George published several influential music books, including Where Did Our Love Go: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound (1986); and The Death of Rhythm & Blues (1988). George also as an impressive film pedigree, having invested in Spike Lee's landmark film, She's Gotta Have It. He went on to become associate producer for Just Another Girl on the IRT and co-wrote the screenplays to two Hollywood features -- Strictly Business (starring Halle Berry) and CB4 (starring Chris Rock). George would later serve as consulting producer on HBO's The Chris Rock Show in the late 1990s. He also executive produced HBO's critically-acclaimed film Everyday People, which aired in June 2004 and was recently released on DVD.

"Nelson George is not only the 'Dean of Black Pop Cultural Criticism', but has been at the forefront of every important major art movement in the past 20 years," Hudlin said. "He was with Russell Simmons at the Disco Fever when Rev. Run was known as the Son of Kurtis Blow. He pulled money out of the ATM to keep the negative for She's Gotta Have It from being dumped into the street. He taught a young stand up named Chris Rock how to write a screenplay. 'The Death of Rhythm and Blues' and 'Hip Hop in America' are just two pieces of required reading that he has written. Getting Nelson on board at BET was one of my top priorities once I got this job."

Hudlin concludes, "Individually, these guys raise the level of the game at any news organization. Together, it's enough intellectual firepower to level a city. And we're just getting started."

ABOUT BET

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

-- http://www.bet.com/ --

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

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

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


 
College Students Declare Death Cab FOR CUTIE, Muse, Motion City Soundtrack, My Chemical Romance, mewithoutYou Winners at "2005 mtvU Woodie Awards"

Woodies To Be First Ever Music Awards Show to Debut Exclusively On Broadband -- Premiering on mtvU ber at mtvU.com November 9th

Show's On-Air Premiere on mtvU November 10th at 8pm ET/PT

New York, NY (November 3, 2005) College students nationwide chose their favorite artists and music of the year as mtvU, MTVs college network, celebrated the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards on Wednesday, November 2nd. Taped at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, the first-ever live Woodies concert event and ceremony will also be the first-ever music awards show premiered over broadband when it debuts online to the entire world via mtvU ber at www.mtvU.com on November 9th. On ber, viewers can stream the entire show, or create a customized version with their favorite performances and moments. The show will also appear on-air on mtvU beginning November 10th at 8pm ET/PT.

College students are the prophets of new music. With the premiere of the Woodies on mtvU ber, new music fans everywhere can see first hand who they anointed tonight as the enduring stars of the future, said Stephen Friedman, GM of mtvU. Students live their lives online and get their media on command, so it makes perfect sense to premiere the Woodies on ber and give them the power to create their show on their terms.

Big winners of the night included Motion City Soundtrack, My Chemical Romance, Death Cab For Cutie, mewithoutYou, The Afters, Muse, Fall Out Boy and the Gorillaz. With surprise appearances by music legend Lou Reed and actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the event showcased unforgettable performances and appearances by musics hottest up-and-coming acts, alongside college students from across the country who appeared to present awards to their favorite artists.

mtvUs 2005 Woodie Awards kicked-off with Reeds surprise appearance and then Hoffmans introduction of The Go! Team, who performed Huddle Formation to an ecstatic audience. The incomparable Matisyahu then took the stage for a highly anticipated performance of his songs Youth and King Without A Crown. Matisyahu was then joined on stage by fellow Woodie nominee Saul Williams, and performed a powerful collaboration of Williams hit Black Stacey. Following the memorable performance, the audience was introduced to David Melillo, an aspiring artist and student at Valencia Community College in Florida who composed the ceremonys original score with the assistance of Woodie nominee Fall Out Boy.

The high intensity show continued as rap sensation Little Brother performed their hits Lovin It and Still Lives Through. The crowd was then greeted by last years Woodie Of The Year winner, Coheed & Cambria to present the honor to this years recipient, My Chemical Romance. The show concluded with a highly anticipated and resounding performance from Death Cab For Cutie who performed their singles Title & Registration and Soul Meets Body.

Other artists making appearances at mtvUs 2005 Woodie Awards included Aesop Rock, Arcade Fire, Fallout Boy, Green Day, mewithoutYou, RZA, and The Like. Alongside each of the evenings performers and presenters were college students who were integrated into almost every aspect of the show.

Winners for the second-annual mtvU Woodie Awards are:

Woodie of the Year (Artist of the Year)

The artists who made the biggest splash on the scene and on mtvU, yet somehow huge commercial success hasnt intoxicated them just yet.

Winner:

My Chemical Romance (Reprise Records)

The Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)

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

Winner:

Motion City Soundtrack (Epitaph Records)

Left Field Woodie (Most Original Artist)

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

Winner:

mewithoutYou (Tooth & Nail Records)

Best Video Woodie Live Action (Best Live Action Video)

The music video thats so incredible, wed watch it even without the music.

Winner:

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

Best Video Woodie Animated (Best Animated Video)

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

Winner:

Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. (Virgin Records)

The Good Woodie (Greatest Social Impact)

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

Winner:

U2 DATA: Debt AIDS Trade Africa

Road Woodie (Best Tour)

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

Winner:

Fall Out Boy (Island Records)

International Woodie (Favorite International Artist Award)

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

Winner:

Muse (Warner Brothers Records)

Alumni Woodie (a.k.a. The Youre Still OK in our Book Award)

For the artists whove graduated into the wide world of mega-stardom, but who havent forgotten where they came from. And were proud to say, We knew them when

Winner:

Green Day (Reprise Records)

Streaming Woodie (Most Downloaded)

For weeks, your favorite artists went toe-to-toe on mtvU.com to battle it out for the Streaming Woodie.

Winner:

The Afters Beautiful Love (Epic Records)

mtvUs Woodie Awards originates from the indie tradition of giving a wooden record to those artists who generate a passionate response to their music. They honor those breaking musicians who captivate the college audience, and are decided by students through online voting at mtvU.com. This year, the Arcade Fire grabbed the most nominations with five, including Woodie of the Year Best Artist, Left Field Woodie Most Original Artist, and Road Woodie Best Tour. The Arcade Fire joined Gorillaz, M.I.A., Matisyahu, Death Cab For Cutie and 39 other emerging and influential artists that were voted on by the college audience.

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

Ross Martin is the Executive Producer for the 2005 mtvU Woodie Awards. Eric Conte is the Supervising Producer. Tracy Hellerud is the Producer. Liz Patrick is the Director. Joe Buoye is the Line Producer. Mandana Massiha is the Supervising Producer for mtvU.com and Brian DeCubellis is the Senior Producer for mtvU ber.

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

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

Broadcasting to over 730 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of over 6.8 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they hang out, through a three pronged approach -- on-air, online and on campus. mtvU focuses on content including music programming, news, student life features, events, pro-social initiatives and more. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvu.com.

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

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

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Christy Wise
Manager, Publicity & Promotions
Fanscape, Inc.
3201 W. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
T: 323.785.7789
F: 323.785.7101

christyw@fanscape.com
IM: og glitter


 
Deziak Clan Teams With Grammy-Nominated Producer on New Album

CARSON, Calif.-November 3, 2005. Deziak Clan has been hitting the studio hard recording hot tracks for their much-anticipated second album Ghetto Gumbo, and adding beats to their street-edgy lyrics is none other than Grammy-nominated producer Kee Swizzo. Swizzo has added his beats to various projects for major labels including Universal Music Group, Sony Music USA, A & M Records, and Warner Music Group, covering all music genres from Rap and Hip Hop to Gospel, and now he's putting his beats to the raps and rhymes of Deziak Clan.
On their new album Ghetto Gumbo, Deziak Clan creates a unique blend of musical talent, catering to music fans worldwide.
"It's called Ghetto Gumbo because it's like a pot of different spices mixed into one-sex, politics, entertainment and controversy-all delivered in a combination of styles, from R & B and Rap to the spoken word," said Xstasy E, Co-CEO of Deziak Entertainment.
Deziak Clan's first release from the new album is a double single featuring "Coyote-Kill da Minute Men," a Latin-influenced song rapping the struggles of reaching the American dream, and "Talk Dirty," a Rap and Hip Hop collage of real-life sexual cyber fantasies described by each member of Deziak Clan-Emery Finagler, Xstasy E, Shottie Recendes, and 4 to the S.
Other tracks featured on the album include "Fall Down, Get Up," which is an uplifting, edgy street song where rapper Emery Finagler talks to single mothers and the military fighting overseas to motivate them through the hardships they face. Finagler also hits on controversial topics such as the politics surrounding oil, being gay in the military service, and the scandal at Abu Ghraib Prison.
"Waiting for Destruction" is a song rapping the hustle around staying up in the music business and thugs with no hope in the hood, and it features 4 to the S expressing his anger over the mistreatment of the group New Edition, and a music executive's lack of respect for the group's status as music veterans.
This is just a glimpse into the Ghetto Gumbo musical collaboration between Deziak Clan and Kee Swizzo. This new album from Deziak Clan has much more creative ingenuity in store for music lovers worldwide. Ghetto Gumbo is scheduled to drop in the first quarter of 2006, on the heels of Deziak Clan's successful first album Durty Dallas Days and Los Skandelous Wayz, which received impressive support along the West Coast and Southern United States.

Media interested in receiving Ghetto Gumbo music samples or conducting interviews should send their request to Emery Morrison at DeziakPR@Deziak.com.

Deziak Clan is a fusion of sexual to controversial gutter urban poetry with street-edgy raps laced with smooth R & B melodies from Black and Latino perspectives-music that will give you the ultimate high. It's all about ridin, chillin and bouncin to hot tracks with tight lyrics. The artists come from Kansas City, Dallas and Southern Cali, and each brings a unique blend of personality and sound. The beats are created by the hot production team of Emery Finagler and Grammy-nominated producer Kee Swizzo Their music has recently been featured on the NBC television series, Without a Trace, as well as being placed in several films to be released in 2006. The music is getting radio airplay and club DJs are playing their vinyl across the country and in Japan. Deziak Clan recently signed an agreement to license their songs for ringtone downloads to be available in Asia, Europe and the United States. Deziak Clan has opened for major acts and has performed at major concert venues such as the HOUSE OF BLUES. Recently they were chosen to showcase in a major Los Angeles Fundraiser for Make a Wish Foundation at Hollywood-famous The Knitting Factory. They have been filmed, reviewed, photographed, and interviewed by Access Hollywood, MTV, Music Plus and Music Connection. Their CD "Durty Dallas Days and Los Skandelous Wayz" can be found at Tower Records, FYE, and Virgin Mega Stores as well as on CD Baby. Deziak Clan is busy working on their second CD and their clothing line Deziak Wear is busting out of stores wherever they are sold.
Deziak Entertainment was founded in 1999 by two street-educated, business-smarthustling cousins Emery Morrison and Elgin Mack. The two started out selling Deziak Entertainment tee shirts and CDs in the streets of California and eventually expanded their entertainment hustle and grind to Arizona, Texas, and all of the Southwestern United States, and internationally to Japan. Deziak Entertainment is comprised of Deziak Clan, Deziak Clan-Hiphopera, P2, Shottie Recendes, 4 to the S and Deziak Wear.

DEZIAK ENTERTAINMENT
Deziak Clan
PO BOX 4525
CARSON, CA 90749
CONTACT: Emery Morrison
DEZIAKPR@DEZIAK.COM


 
MYSPACE + DEUX PROCESS = RECORD DEAL

Website becomes a new power for recording artists seeking deals.

So you've got tight beats and dope flow - we all know that alone isn't getting you signed. Ask Deux Process. Apparently hard work, dedication, and determination doesnt work either. Whats the hot new way to get signed? MySpace.com. Deux Process is one of over 500,000 artists that discovered MySpace.

Deux Process grew up in Colorado Springs, trying to make it in all the traditional ways. They made a demo, they produced their own 12, they called record labels, they sold records out of their trunk, and they battled in every club they could. But it became apparent that it was impossible for hip-hop to blow up in Colorado. So they moved to L.A. But even in L.A, doing shows and promoting their album, they couldnt find a label. Until MySpace.

MySpace.com is an online spot for people to meet, chat, hook up with old friends, and check out new music. You up load a profile, and bamfor free you are connected to 32,020,811 people. Once you are on, you can send messages, view photos, search for old friends, meet new people, and exchange music. And as one of over 500,000 artists you can post tour dates, promote shows, and stream exclusive music and videos. Hot indie bands like Deux Process are on as well as huge stars like Mary J. Blige and you can send them a direct message or post a blog 24 hours a day.

After creating a MySpace profile, Deux Process was spotted by Avatars head of A&R and signed to Avatar Records. Avatar Records, distributed in the US by Fontana/ Universal is a leading hip-hop label based in Los Angeles, CA. Now signed to Avatar Records, Deux Process produced a mixtape, got a top five single at college radio, dropped their second single, is prominently featured on MySpace, performs everywhere and finally their debut album IN DEUX TIME is coming out in January of 06.

With MySpace you can find the artists you really feel without going through countless packages. says DonnieBo Official, Head of A&R for Avatar Records. He logged onto MySpace, as he always does, and saw a banner: Little Brother and Deux Process to perform at Magic. Bo knows the hip-hop scene well and was surprised to find that he didnt know the band that was down with Little Brother. He did some research and found Deux Process was performing all over the place and everyone on the music scene in Colorado knew them. Bo grabbed the album, it was hot, and they were signed.

From battling against artists in small bars in Colorado Springs, to having a top 5 single at college radio, to signing to Avatar Records, Deux Process is moving up fast. All because of a banner on MySpace - Deux Process finally got the recognition they deserved and are blowin up. Dreams do come true with the help of the latest technology.

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Contact: Press@avatarrecords.com
Avatar Records
323-906-1500


 
Bronx, NY - Rap Fest Is on the Move

Rap Fest is a twelve-year-strong ministry that has reached thousands by presenting the very best of Gospel Hip Hop to the streets of the Bronx. This yearly event, a free, safe, outdoor, block-party atmosphere, makes Rap Fest the nation's longest-running and largest outdoor gathering of Gospel Hip Hop.

Rap Fest 2006 (PRWEB) November 6, 2005 -- We are moving
to a new location. Still 30,000 watts, still 26 rap Ministries, still 8 Hours, and still for the same God, Jesus Christ!

In an effort to partner with other churches that have a passion for saving souls, the staff at Rap Fest, under the direction of the Lord, has decided to change the event location for 2006.

Rap Fest 2006, August 12, 2006, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, will be held at Marmion Avenue Between 175th and 176th Streets in the Bronx. This year's host church is Resurrection Christian Center, located at 1833 Marmion Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460, where Luis and Erma Cardona are the pastors.

The location is ideal. Near Interstate-95, two blocks from Crotona Park and three blocks
from Tremont Avenue ... Bronx natives know exactly where that is!

Resurrection Christian Center was chosen to be the host church this year because of their long-standing devotion to the community as well as their profound desire to embrace the many aspect of hip hop ministry. While admitting he doesn't fully understand the culture, Pastor Luis Cardona sees Gospel Hip Hop as a viable tool to reach the lost.

This move is really only the beginning for the Rap Fest ministry. It is the first step in a global vision to minister to all communities, beginning in the Bronx and moving out to the five boroughs. The vision does not end there as Bert Bocachica and the Rap Fest staff again waits on God's move to bring Rap Fest to other cities, states and countries.

Media coverage via Radio, Television, live web cast by UnoRed.com, and a host of local newspapers has globally expanded the reach of the ministry. Media outlets include BET, Telemundo WNJU, Cablevision News 12, MSNBC, NewsWeek.com, UNO Red, The Village Voice, WFDU and more.

Rap Fest 2006 will be streamed live on the Internet courtesy of UnoRed.com.

Visit our website at http://www.rapfest2000.com for more details, directions, general information and upcoming news.

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


 
50 Cent: Bulletproof Video Game to Offer a Full CD's Worth of New and Exclusive 50 Cent Music and Over 150 Total Music Tracks

Soundtrack Features 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo and 90 Minutes of Original Musical Score by G Unit President/50 Cent Exec. Producer Sha Money XL

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") announced today that the highly anticipated gritty urban video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof boasts more than eight hours of classic, current and exclusive music from 50 Cent and G Unit. Fans and gamers will appreciate the 13 never-before-released tracks and remixes including new exclusive songs from 50 Cent -- "Pimp Pt2," "I'm A Rider" and "Maybe We Crazy," and more than 100 instrumental tracks. The game features exclusive remixes by renowned hip hop and G Unit executive producer Sha Money XL, as well as tracks from 50 Cent's multi-platinum albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre. Hit songs from G Unit's Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo are also featured in the game. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will be available in stores November 22 for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and will carry an MSRP of $49.99.

"The exclusive tracks are as good as any song I've ever released," said 50 Cent. "I wanted to give my fans something new as a thank you for always supporting me and G Unit and they won't be disappointed."

Leaving no 50 Cent stone unturned, the game also includes more than a dozen 50 Cent and G Unit music videos and more than an hour of gripping cinematics, all of which help to bring this modern classic to life.

"50 Cent: Bulletproof is the must-have video game this November," said Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, VU Games. "50 Cent's involvement yielded an impressive collection of exclusive new tracks, and access to a huge library of 50 Cent and G Unit music and music videos, allowing VU Games to offer one of the largest soundtracks ever in a video game."

The following is a list of music found exclusively in 50 Cent: Bulletproof:

Exclusive tracks performed by 50 Cent:
1. "Pimp Pt2"
2. "I'm A Rider"
3. "Maybe We Crazy"
4. "Don't Make Me"
5. "Grew Up"
6. "Hit Your Ass Up"
7. "Hole In Yo Back"
8. "I Run NY"
9. "I Warned You"
10. "Simply The Best"
11. "Southside G Unit"
12. "When You Hear That"
13. "Why Ask Why"

Exclusive Pre-Order Offer

An exclusive pre-sell offer for 50 Cent: Bulletproof is currently available at major retailers nationwide, and consumers who pre-order the game will receive a never-before-released 50 Cent live performance DVD "No Fear, No Mercy Live," when they pick up the game at launch. The DVD, available only through the VU Games pre-sale, features live performances recorded on the European tour September 14, 2003 -- October 9, 2003.

About 50 Cent: Bulletproof

In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 gets caught in a web of corruption, double-crosses and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's underworld. Backed-up by his G Unit soldiers, the streets heat up as 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city. Players assume the role of 50 Cent in a fictitious story, where they will use an arsenal of tactics including more than 25 dramatic counter kill moves, evasive rolls and mobile cover to stay alive while the bullets fly.

Penned by Emmy(R) award winner Terry Winter, 50 Cent: Bulletproof stars an unprecedented lineup of the hottest recording artists in the music industry today, including 50 Cent and G Unit's Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, as well as other hip-hop superstars.

50 Cent: Bulletproof is being created in partnership with Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Records. 50 Cent: Bulletproof will be available for the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system in 2006.

More information about the game can be found at http://www.50centbulletproof.com/.

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games (www.vugames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM) and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(R) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(R), and Ground Control(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

"50 Cent: Bulletproof" interactive game (C) 2005 Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. Developed by Genuine Games, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Microsoft, Xbox and the Xbox logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or in other countries and are used under license from Microsoft.

"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately).

Source: Vivendi Universal Games

CONTACT: Erik Reynolds of Vivendi Universal Games, +1-310-431-4530,
Erik.Reynolds@vugames.com; or Yvette Gayle, +1-310-865-6278,
Yvette.Gayle@umusic.com, or Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934,
dennis.dennehy@umusic.com, both of Interscope Publicity

Web site: http://www.50centbulletproof.com/

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XM Satellite Radio Announces First Annual XM Nation Music Awards

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, has announced nominees for the First Annual XM Nation Music Awards. Nominated by XM's programming staff with categories that range from favorite cover song to the artist most overlooked by traditional radio, the XM Nation Music Awards honor some of the most talented and interesting musicians today. Music fans nationwide can vote online beginning November 4 at http://awards.xmradio.com/.

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"The XM Nation Music Awards reinvent the music award to reflect the expertise of XM's programming staff, the diversity of XM's music programming and the broad range of tastes and sensibilities of our subscribers," said Eric Logan, XM's executive vice president of programming.

Online voting for nominees will be available on XM's website at http://awards.xmradio.com/ through Sunday, November 27. XM will announce the winners on Monday, December 5.

Award Category
"XM Now" - Most Important Established Artist
Green Day
Kanye West
U2

"XM Next" - Most Important Indie Emerging Artist
M.I.A.
Bloc Party
The Arcade Fire

"On the Rise" - Most Important Mainstream Emerging Artist
The Click Five
Young Jeezy
Fall Out Boy

"On the Rebound" - Best Comeback of the Year
Pink Floyd
Mariah Carey
Motley Crue

"Deja vu" - Best Cover Song by an Established Artist
"World, Shut Your Mouth"/Death Cab for Cutie (Julian Cope)
"Listen to Your Heart"/D.H.T. (Roxette)
"The Harder They Come"/Willie Nelson (Jimmy Cliff)

"The Single Life Is Good" - Best Solo Career
Rob Thomas
Gwen Stefani
Trey Anastasio

"Dream Duets" - Artist Collaborations We'd Like to See
Shakira and Usher
Snoop Dogg and Britney Spears
Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen

"Dashboard Anthem" - Best Pop Sing-Along Song of 2005
Hollaback Girl/ Gwen Stefani
Drop It Like Its Hot/Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell Williams)
Since U Been Gone/ Kelly Clarkson

"Turn Up the Heat" - Sexiest Song
Ciara (feat. Ludacris)/Oh
Pussycat Dolls (feat. Busta Rhymes)/Don't Cha
Ying Yang Twins/ Wait (The Whisper Song)

"Solid as a Rock" - Favorite Music Couple
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Hillary Duff & Joel Madden (Good Charlotte)
Beyonce & Jay-Z

"So You Wanna Be a Movie Star?" - Artists We'd Like to See Crossover to Films
Keith Urban
Pharrell Williams
Ciara

"Where's My Lighter?" - Most Likely to Have Another "Final" Tour
The Eagles
Cher
The Who

"Under the Radar" - Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio
Sigur Ros
Ryan Adams
Bright Eyes

"On the Brink" - Best Unsigned Artist
Margot & the Nuclear So & So's
Last Conservative
Something for Rockets

Complete details, including additional categories and voting rules, are available at http://awards.xmradio.com/.

About XM Satellite Radio

XM is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM's 2005 lineup includes more than 150 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music channels, plus premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information. XM was named Best Radio Service at the 2004 Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit http://www.xmradio.com/.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 8-5-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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Source: XM Satellite Radio

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

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