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11/25/2005

 
Camden New Jersey's Most Underappreciated Asset Continues to Rise up From the Rubble

Trauma Center Production is best known for provocative music videos featuring local artists from Camdens diverse and ever changing communities. Owner/Director, Harvey, skillfully captures images portraying both gritty street life, as well the many historical assets throughout Camdens older and tightly knit working class neighborhoods. These videos represent a fact of day to day life in Camden that is rarely viewed and typically ignored for more sensational news in the national press.

Camden, New Jersey (PRWEB) November 25, 2005 -- Camden has had its share of hardships. Once ranked the poorest city in the nation, it now holds the title of Americas most dangerous city, and while officials scramble to rebut the charge of crime on the rise, one of Camdens best and most underappreciated assets continue to rise up from the rubble.

To date Shephatiah Harvey has produced dozens of local artist and his company, Trauma Center Production, is poised to show the world talented representatives of Camdens unique, from the ground up, flavor.

While Camden is uncovering its gems in higher education, and courting a fast growing biotech sector, music prospectors should also take note of the raw hip hop talent residing there too. TC Production is at the epicenter of this movement and can be credited for raising the pulse in heart of Camdens hip hop, and R&B underground.

Trauma Center Production is best known for provocative music videos featuring local artist from Camdens diverse and ever changing communities. Owner/Director, Harvey, skillfully captures images portraying both gritty street life, as well the many historical assets throughout Camdens older and tightly knit working class neighborhoods in his music videos. These videos represent a fact of day to day life in Camden that is rarely viewed and typically ignored for more sensational news in the national press.

A vibrant Camden community serves as the backdrop in the new music video Im A Beast a song title from the 21 track Legendary CD released in November 2005, featuring Shakil, one of Camdens most prolific rap artist who is now working to make his mark on the national music scene.

The music industry, as well as local government should begin to take stock in Camdens new music underground. Rap artists there are sure to appeal to a nationwide audience hungry for the authentic hip-hop language that conveys a true glimpse of real life in a city facing the challenges of overcoming poverty and crime. Camden may soon join the ranks of St. Louis, Atlanta, and Detroit, as the next fallen city to serve Americas appetite for fresh new hip-hop and R&B.

Log onto www.traumacenterproduction.com to view Im A Beast and other music videos produced by Trauma Center Production and be sure to sample new independent music as well.

Trauma Center Production is located in South Jersey and is proud to provide valuable production services to new and established artist in the Tri-State area. We are specialist in audio, video, and multi-media production and we can be reached at (856) 622-5926.

Story by Eileen Garrett

Eileen Garrett
Trauma Center Production
http://www.traumacenterproduction.com/
856-952-4627


 
The Industry Connection Music Conference

The Industry Connection 2006 Music Conference provides educational workshops focused on the business of the entertainment Industry.

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) November 25, 2005 -- In todays information age, knowledge is power. Understanding that, The Industry Connection 2006 has a total of 9 workshops that is dedicated to teaching the business of the Entertainment Industry for all music genres.

On Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center located by General Mitchell Airport, join Conference Chairman Jodine Williams, (Founder of Elegance Entertainment), Vice Chairman Sabrina Johnson (President of The Milwaukee Boppers), and Vice Chairman Marvin Ivy (Founder of Ivy Media Group), as well as over 300 attendees as they learn from top business executives in 9 workshops ranging from Entertainment Law and Copyrights, Music Licensing and Public Relations to Artist Management and Song Writing.

This is a great opportunity for the public to not only learn about the entertainment business, but to also give them the opportunity to practice it as vendors at the conference. The conference was designed to repair the challenges brought on by the lack of knowledge and understanding of those pursuing a career in the music industry, says Ms. Williams. With top experts, it is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of the business in the entertainment industry.

The Industry Connection 2006 Music Conference has vendor and sponsorship opportunities available. Registration will begin February of 2006. If you are interested and would like more information, please call Mr. Ivy at (414) 397-5644 or Ms. Williams at (414) 759-4959. You may also visit our website to stay current with this event.

The Industry Connection 2006 Music Conference is for all music genres (Gospel, Rock, Jazz, Rap, R&B, Country, etc). So dont miss this conference for its knowledge on a higher levelall business-all day.

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Jodine Williams
ELEGANCE ENTERTAINMENT
http://eleganceent.homestead.com/index.html
414-759-4959


11/24/2005

 
Hip-Hop/Rap Group A.I.G. [Darkim Be Allah & Allah Wise) Of The Wu-Tang Clan Returns After 5 Years

The Return Of Wu-Tang Killa Beez A.I.G. [Darkim Be Allah & Allah Wise]: After 5 years or more, Darkim Be Allah returns back to the scent with he's rhyme partner AllahWise. You know him from Bronx War Stories off the Wu-Tang Killa Bees album The Swarm. The Swarm went Gold Platinuim under the supervision of The RZA Of The Wu-Tang Clan.

(PRWEB) November 24, 2005 -- Who Is Darkim Be Allah? Who Are AIG? You know him from Bronx War Stories off the Wu-Tang Killa Bees album The Swarm, You know him as the cat who laced RZA with the sick beat for Twelve Jewelz on the Gravediggaz 2nd album The Pick, The Sickle, & The Shovel. You know him from the raw bangers on his own 2000 release Live at the Lab, Take 1.

Now, witness the return of Darkim Be Allah and his A.I.G. partner AllahWise as they bring you their debut full length, Fame Labs Presents: A.I.G. [Darkim Be Allah & AllahWise]. On the first volume of a trilogy of A.I.G. CDs, Darkim & Wise have cooked up 12 of the illest tracks to ever bless the hip-hop landscape. If youve heard the singles, Block Famous & Where Does That Leave Me? you know whats in store. With Shakim providing the majority of the beats, the Fame Labs crew finally has this long-awaited project ready for release on Nov. 29, 2005.

This is a limited edition CD, with only 1,000 pressed up, so pick up your copy now. Currently accepting pre-orders on the website www.famelabsmusic.com and www.darkimbeallah.com. If you miss the grimy, gritty sound of hip-hop in the early and mid-90s, this album is for you. 12 raw tracks (including one special bonus track dug out of the Fame Labs vaults as it was originally recorded), made to bang hard in your jeeps. Cop it now.

Get album cover, Songs Sample, Full tracklisting and more at www.wu-International.com

Dark 7 Invader
www.wu-international.com

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WU-INTERNATIONAL
www.wu-international.com
845-623-2324


 
Rap Fest 2006 - Submissions Being Accepted Now.

Rap Fest 2006, which will be held on August 12, 2006, is now accepting submissions.

(PRWEB) November 24, 2005 -- Rap Fest 2006 - Submission guidelines:

For those wishing to submit an Electronic Press Kit, Rap Fest has teamed up with SonicBids.com to make the proccess smooth and cost effective for you. Visit out EPF Submissions page at http://www.sonicbids.com/rf06 for detailed instructions.

To submit a hard copy of your pacakge via the mail, please see the address below.

Allo packages (Electronic and Mail-ins) must adhere to the following:

1. Audio Demo Submit a three song Audio CD demo The three Full Length songs on the Audio demo will represent your ministry musically. Intros, Interludes, Acapella, and skits do not qualify as demo songs.
Please note:

Fully mixed recordings are suggested (if its a rough mix, please indicate it on the package)
If you send a Full Length CD, the 3 tracks you want to submit must be clearly pointed out on the CD itself or on the CD jacket.
Be mindful of the message. Be sure that the lyrics are clearly understood in the songs. Submitting the song lyrics is always encouraged.
All music production must be original. Include any or all sample clearance information if necessary.
Use of secular music and profanity instantly disqualifies your demo. No exceptions.

2. Ministry Bio Submit a complete bio for the ministry. Groups must have bio information for each individual member. If your ministry is selected, only those members whose bios were submitted with the original submission package will be allowed to participate in the event.

3. References - Include several reference letters (ex: Pastors, Youth leaders, other music ministries, etc.). These references letters should include the persons complete contact information.

4. Pictures We would like to associate faces, to bios, to music before greeting the ministries at the Bronx Rap Fest. This is important since we have not personally met some of the groups submitting packages. By receiving pictures we can get familiar with you before you arrive.
Also, if your ministry is selected, we will use scans of the images for promotional material related to Rap Fest.

5. Fees - There is no fee to be a part of Rap Fest 2006. All ministries will be reviewed by the
Rap Fest Committee on a first-come, first-served basis according to all of the above criteria submitted. We have had many bogus submissions in the past and we are scrutinizing every submission very carefully. Submitting a package does not constitute automatic participation in Rap Fest. All ministries chosen to participate will be contacted directly -ONLY by the Rap Fest staff.

6. Pay - As previously mentioned, Rap Fest is not a paying event. The benefit of this event is two-fold. We minister, both to those in the community of the Bronx, and to our fellow ministers who are edified by time on stage. And, this is a great opportunity to network with many other rap ministries.

7. Submissions Deadline April 1, 2006 All submissions should be mailed to:
Rap Fest 2006 Submissions, c/o B. Bocachica 2555 Mickle Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469

Submissions must be received before the deadline. Any submissions received after April 1, 2006 will be considered as a submission for Rap Fest 2007.

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


 
Reggaeton Broadband Channel Barrio 305 Completes Shooting First Season

Barrio 305 is proud to announce the completion of the first season of its original programming. With its eyes set on the future, Barrio305 is at the vanguard of two emerging trends: Broadband Channels and Reggaeton.

/24-7PressRelease/ - MIAMI, FL, November 24, 2005 - Barrio305 the authority on reggaeton and urban Latino culture completed the 2005 season of programming with its reggaeton based series Barrio 305. The ongoing programming format will focus on the meteoric rise and fast paced lives of today's top reggaeton artists, the latest in street legal car culture and of course the models that make it all happen.

The 2005 season features behind the scenes peeks at the making of music videos, backstage access and exclusive in-studio interviews with top Latino artists like Nicky Jam, Boy Wonder and Wisin y Yandel. The show will encompass the entire Reggaeton culture, while locations range from the beautiful sands of Puerto Rico to the neon streets of Miami Beach

Expect the 2005-2006 season to capture the essence of Urban Latino culture with its smart and irreverent take on the emerging Urban Latino scene.

With its first season under wraps the company is in securing distribution deals with with various networks and mobile content distribution outlets.

Barrio 305 has already obtained one of kind 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 Latin music coverage.

About Barrio305.com:
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 America.

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


 
BET Schedules Make-Up Classes on How to Get Paper With THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER 'Get Money' Marathon

See the First Seven Episodes of BET's New Reality Series Featuring Diddy, Rachel Roy, Swiss Beats, Ron Artest, M.O.P and More on Saturday, November 26, 2005 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ET/PT

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the only time that the "Professor of Mogul-ology" Damon Dash is allowing make-up classes in BET's new reality series THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER. With just six contestants still standing at the series half-way point, BET throws it all the way back to the beginning on November 26 with six hours of back-to-back episodes starring millionaire hip- hop business mogul Damon Dash. Relive cast member Will's embarrassing and drunken first impression; Seven, the adult entertainer's ultimate Dash bash; the challenging and celebrity filled tasks; Dash's winning and sleepless business tactics; and so much more. Make-up classes start promptly at 11 a.m. ET/PT when viewers can meet the entire cast one more time and get up-to-speed before the live finale on December 13, 2005 in New York City.

"Life is the Dash," according to Dash, rolling around lavishly with his celebrity friends and business partners. Diddy, Rachel Roy, Swiss Beats, Ron Artest, Angie Martinez, M.O.P. and more assist Dash in showing the contestants the hard work that goes on behind the "bling." The ULTIMATE HUSTLER winner receives a position within the Damon Dash Empire to shepherd their winning "big pitch" idea, a platinum and diamond chain worth $15K, a 2006 Jeep Commander, and a myriad of additional prizes fit for an ultimate hustler. In a departure from other network reality shows, viewers will have an insider peek from Dash's perspective


PROGRAM: ULTIMATE HUSTLER "GET MONEY" MARATHON
NETWORK: BET
SCHEDULE: Saturday, November 26 @ 11 a.m. - 6p.m. ET/PT

ABOUT BET

BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

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

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-3327, marcy.polanco@bet.net, or
Tricia N. Newell, +1-212-975-8230, tricia.newell@bet.net, both of BET

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


11/23/2005

 
SRC Rap Artist Remy Ma Gives Back

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Remy Ma, the Bronx diva who is the female voice of the rap group
Terror Squad (TS) and also a solo artist. Remy's smooth, witty
flow on the TS single "Lean Back" helped make the song the summer
anthem -- making her the only female to be nominated for a Grammy
in 2005.

Remy hails from the Castle Hill section of Bronx, NY. Her
upbringing was rough. She dealt with the consequences of drug
addiction in her family, and it took a toll on the young Remy who
had to take care of her four younger brothers and sisters and all
of the household matters at the tender age of twelve. But the
hardship didn't stop Remy. She expressed all her frustrations on
paper- through poetry and rap. Her talents were discovered and she
was mentored by the late great, Big Pun Remy's solo debut There's
Something About Remy coincides with Pun's passing- February 7,
2005.

WHAT: Makes a charitable contribution to her hometown Bronx, NY. Remy
will give away 600 turkeys and 400 hams to those families in need.

WHEN: On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

WHERE: Jessica Guzman Medical Center
616 Castle Hill Ave.
(btwn Cincinatus and Randall Ave.)
Bronx, NY 10473

Source: Universal Records

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

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


 
Nelly's Newly Packaged CD - One Disc Titled 'SWEATSUIT' In Stores Today

New Single, 'Grillz' Featuring Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp, Sizzles at Urban and Rhythm Crossover Radio Formats

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Records/Derrty Ent. hip-hop icon Nelly's multi-platinum, record breaking dual release Sweat and Suit newly packaged as one CD, in stores today, November 22, titled SWEATSUIT, and features a sizzling new single, "Grillz," which is the #1 Greatest Gainer on the Rap BDS Monitor chart for the 3rd week in a row. The single was also the #1 Most Added Song at the urban mainstream and rhythm crossover radio formats. The hit single, produced by Jermaine Dupri, and featuring Paul Wall and Derrty Ent.'s own Ali & Gipp, has been given an eye-popping video by the celebrated directors The Fat Cats. The video is soaring up both the MTV and BET playlists, Nelly recently appeared on MTV's TRL to showcase SWEATSUIT's debut offering.

SWEATSUIT is not just a CD of re-released old songs, each song was specifically chosen. The CD features all the #1 hits culled from the Sweat and Suit discs, as well as three brand new tracks. The New York Times says that "Nelly might be on to something ... perhaps artists and record labels should be forced to follow Nelly's lead." The #1 hits assembled include "Over And Over," Nelly's groundbreaking, genre-defying duet with country superstar Tim McGraw. The song tied the record with superstars Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey upon its initial release, ascending to #1 status on Billboard's Mainstream singles chart faster than any other single. SWEATSUIT also feature fan favorites, "My Place," "Na-Na-Na-Na," and "Flap Your Wings," along with others. As a special bonus, the CD also includes "Fly Away," a song from The Longest Yard soundtrack. The brand new tracks include, "Nasty Girl" a much buzzed about collaboration with the late Notorious B.I.G., Diddy and Derrty Ent. singer Avery Storm, who also appears on the new song "Tired."

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

Most recently Nelly was honored at the Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Action Network for his contributions to the community. You can catch Nelly, along with Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp performing "Grillz," on BET's 25th Anniversary show on November 24th on the UPN network.

Source: Universal Records

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

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


 
334 M.O.B.B.

Hailing from Montgomery, Alabama 334 M.O.B.B. (brothers Supa Star and Sawed-Off) have been honing their musical talents for over a decade; their creative bond can be traced to their father who formed a gospel group in 1994. Since then, 334 M.O.B.B. have spent nearly every waking moment cultivating their talents as songwriters and producers. Well the time and energy they invested has paid off and as the ink still dries on their recently completed deal with Def Jam Records proves they are no longer emerging artists; 334 M.O.B.B.s time is here!

Supa Star and Sawed-Off are two of the most skilled young artists to arrive on the Hiphop scene in quite sometime; with clever and sophisticated lyrics paired with flawless production, the M.O.B.B.s versatility is startling. We don't want to be pigeonholed as rappers says Supa Star, we can do it all, from emceeing, production and performing, were going to shake things up in the Hiphop game.

Sawed-Off and Supa Stars recent signing with Def Jam is beginning to create quite a stir and is rapidly becoming one of industry lore; upon traveling to New York for their showcase, LA Reid became so enamored with Supa Star and Sawed-Off that he would not let them leave the Def Jam building (literally) until 334 M.O.B.B. became members of the Def Jam familyand that night, with most of the Def Jam staffers long at home and preparing for the next business day, 334 M.O.B.B. did just that!

But 334 M.O.B.B. is no overnight success story, before they signed with Def Jam, Supa Star and Sawed-Off had already set things in motion and canvassed the south via mixtape hosting spots and working in conjunction with most of the areas top DJs. Further, they have already worked with luminaries such as David Banner (Banner expressed interest in working with 334 M.O.B.B. after hearing Wiked Church played on Atlantas top urban Station) and Bone Crusher as they all joined forces to work on the heavily mixtape circulated remix for 334 M.O.B.B.s I Aint A Killa. In addition, 334 M.O.B.B. has already performed alongside Outkast, T.I., Lil John and they will join Nappy Roots on a forthcoming nationwide tour.

With its passionate and introspective songwriting, unique flows and compelling production, 334 M.O.B.B. is destined to emerge as the definitive movement of the Southern streets; and judging by the response they have already received, the two brothers are already off to fulfilling that destiny!

*****334 M.O.B.B. is currently working on their Def Jam debut, which should be released in the spring of 2006.

334 M.O.B.B is now available for all press inquiries, to setup an interview please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell#: 410-903-7568
E-Mail: Matthewbrn@aol.com
Alt E-Mail: mattyc@tmo.blackberry.net
AOL IM: Matthewbrn


 
SNICKA presents The Commission

This is the one album we all wish got made, The Commission. It was supposed to be a whole album of just Biggie and Jay Z. Its really the only Biggie duet we really needed, Brooklyns Finest.

Since its very unlikely that Diddy will hand over unreleased Biggie tracks to Jay Z to record new verses, SNICKA did the next best thing: SNICKA presents The Commission.

You will hear Biggie and Jay trade verses like they recorded the song together in the studio. Gotta love the SNICKA REMIX magic.

Based in NYC, SNICKA has been DJing and producing all over the U.S. and has developed an international following in Europe & Asia. His website, www.snicka.com gets over 10,000 hits daily. His mixtapes have been featured in Scratch Magazine, MTV.coms Mixtape Mondays, AllHipHop.com, and many more.

Contact hs@doubleedge.net


 
COLLECTABLES BY ASHANTI, HER FIRST COLLECTION, GATHERS RARE REMIXES OF 6 SINGLES & ALBUM TRACKS + 4 NEW SONGS

Remix guests also include Nas on Love Again; Cam'Ron and Juelz Santana on Only U; Caddillac Tah on Still Down; Free on Focus; and Black Child onBreak Up 2 Make Up

Ashanti
Collectables
IN STORES DECEMBER 6
The Inc. / Def Jam

Ashanti's Official Site
(Nov. 21, 2005 New York, NY) Call her Ashanti. The first (and only!) woman in pop history to appear on three hit singles inside the top 10 in the same week will have her first full-length collection released on December 6th, when COLLECTABLES BY ASHANTI arrives in-stores on The Inc./Def Jam, a division of Island Def Jam Music Group.

COLLECTABLES contains four newly recorded tracks, including the opening cut, Still On It, featuring Paul Wall and Method Man, produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Slim. Still On It will impact at Urban, Rhythm, and Crossover radio formats on November 21st. The other new tracks are I Love You (produced by Jimi Kendrix for Family Bizness Musik and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg); Show You (produced by Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions and Chink for Soldier Productions) and Found It In You (produced by Full Force for Forceful Enterprises, Inc. and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg).

Six of the tracks on COLLECTABLES are rare, impossible-to-find remixes including Ashantis top 5 R&B/pop crossovers of 2003, Rain On Me (in a new remix by Supa Engineer DURO, featuring Ja Rule, Charli Baltimore & Hussein Fatal) and Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti). Three other tracks include a Whos Who of hip-hop guests: Cam'Ron and Juelz Santana on Only U (remixed by Glen Marchese); Caddillac Tah on Still Down (remixed by Milwaukee Buck); Black Child on Break Up 2 Make Up (remixed by Supa Engineer DURO and Irv Gotti); and Free featured on Focus.

COLLECTABLES presents a panoramic view of the meteoric rise of Ashanti, whose emergence in 2002-2003 was acknowledged by the Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV VMAs, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Teen People magazine Teen Choice Awards, Soul Train Music Awards and Lady Of Soul Awards and more.

New Yorks own Ashanti exploded on the scene in early 2002. Earlier, the classically-trained dancer, actress and singer was discovered by Murder Inc.s Irv Gotti, who first placed her on a track with pioneering South Bronx Latino rapper Big Pun back in 2001 (How We Roll). Ashanti later showed up with a track of her own on the soundtrack album of the first Fast And the Furious movie (When A Man Does Wrong). Towards the end of the year, Ashanti was featured on Always On Time, the #1 R&B/#1 pop first single from Def Jam artist Ja Rules triple-platinum third album, Pain Is Love.
Just a couple months later in January 2002, Ashanti made her chart debut as a lead solo artist withFoolish. Two weeks later (in early February), Ashanti was back on a third single, as she was featured on Fat Joes Whats Luv. One month later in March, the stars aligned as all three singles converged inside the top 10.

Ashantis self-titled debut album was released on April 2nd, and debuted at #1 on both the R&B and pop album charts, setting an all-time sales record for a new female artist in the Soundscan era, with over 504,000 units in its first week out. Following up with two more top 10 R&B/pop crossover hits (Happy and Baby), the album stayed on the charts for more than a year and turned triple-platinum. Along the way, it generated nearly 20 major industry awards beginning with Billboards year-end roundup as Female Artist of the Year, Top New Pop Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Female Artist of the Year, New R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, and R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year (Foolish).

Ashantis next single, Rock Wit U (Awww Baby) dropped in May 2003, the prelude to her aptly titled second album. Chapter II arrived in July and repeated history, again debuting at #1 on both the R&B and pop album charts, and quickly spinning off a second single, Rain On Me. In addition to those two hits, COLLECTABLES adds the single remix version of Break Up 2 Make Up featuring Black Child (which charted briefly in 2004).

Following the release of Ashantis Christmas at the end of 03 was her next album in December 2004 Concrete Rose, which was certified platinum and was boosted by the top 10 R&B single, Only U. From that album come remixes of two additional tracks, Still Down and Love Again, featuring Nas. One month after the albums release, Ashantis career took a major leap with her first co-starring screen role alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Coach Carter (MTV Films/ Paramount). In May, Ashanti headlined as Dorothy in Foxs all-star made-for-tv movie, The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, presented on ABCs Wonderful World Of Disney. Ashanti will be co-starring (with teen stars Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Arielle Kebbel and Sophia Bush) in the upcoming feature film John Tucker Must Die (Spring, 2006 directed by Betty Thomas - 20th Century Fox).

ICED Media - Please contact me for reviews and interviews
Langston Sessoms
Project Manager
email: langston@icedmedia.com
phone: (646) 753 - 6404


11/22/2005

 
Biggest Hip-Hop/Rap Podcast Relaunches on www.mixtapeshow.net

Attention all hip-hop fans, industry heads, and anyone with an internet connection the biggest independent rap podcast on the net has relaunched and is now bigger than ever. The Mixtape Show, headed by rap podcasting pioneer Dex Digital, has relocated to a new site www.mixtapeshow.net.

The Mixtape Show podcast is essentially a half-hour mixtape show produced and released weekly, with underground and exclusive tracks from some of the industrys most respected and talented players. The show can be played on the site, or downloaded just like any other mp3, allowing users to play them on their computer, burn to CD, share with friends, and enjoy however they like.

The podcast feature of the show is similar to Tivo it also allows users to subscribe to the show. Shows can be automatically downloaded every week into iTunes and onto the subscribers iPod or other mp3 device all for free. iTunes Music Store compatibility is also in place.

Existing fans of the show will find all of their favorite episodes intact all 17 of them, making for around 9 hours of free downloadable music. Each weekly show contains live mixes or exclusive interviews. Artists that have been interviewed on the Mixtape Show include O.C. of D.I.T.C., Bavu Blakes, The Source Unsigned Hype alumni Young Hootie, and more. A partnership with Larceny Entertainment is also in place, bringing West Coast rap fans weekly episodes of the Grand Larceny Radio Show, including underground and exclusive tracks from both up-and-comers and major industry artists alike.

The Mixtape Show covers all regions and all flavors of hip-hop from East Coast to West Coast, Dirty South to Canada to Uganda. If its in the streets or in the suburbs, its on the show. The site also features reviews and commentary on the aspects of the industry that are usually left out by major hip-hop media. This week the show relaunches with an indie flavor, bringing such artists as Knaan, Kev Brown, and Smoke and Numbers together in a laid-back, 30-minute program.

The show was previously sponsored by Motorola on the old network and currently advertisers are encouraged to contact Dex Digital for sponsorship opportunities. Artists and labels are also encouraged to make contact for track placement and further information.

CONTACT:
The Mixtape Show website : http://www.mixtapeshow.net
Dex Digital kucrdex@gmail.com


 
RZA Releases the Soundtrack to DERAILED on WU Music Group/36 Chambers Records; DERAILED Soundtrack in Stores November 22

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 21, 2005--The RZA executive produced soundtrack to the #3 box office hit, and Miramax film DERAILED, soundtrack is due in stores November 22. RZA, who also stars in the movie, assembled a provocative cast of artist's for the soundtrack that gives adults a diverse range of eclectic stylized R&B and urban music that was inspired by the movie.

RZA brings this production to light with tracks from talented newcomers, Queen's native, Rular Rah who takes you on a gritty journey with his rap track "Johnny," Thea, the Holland-born singer entrances you with her melodic, sexy sound on "I Love You" and "My Love," Grayson Hill puts a urban blues spin on a remake of Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover," Maurice lends a seductive R&B sound to his adult themed tracks "Sabotage," "I'm Sorry" and "Better Man." The soundtrack is a worthy listen for those who can appreciate music that they never saw coming from one of hip hop's most creative and influential personas.

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Are We Asleep on Child Abuse and Fatal Child Abuse Issues? New York Rapper Shakka Thinks So; "Child Abuse Doesn't Just Hurt, It Kills," Says Shakka

The Brooklyn-born New York Hip Hop Artist known as Shakka is angry about the prevalence of fatal child abuse in the United States. Shakka (pronounced Shock-uh) is so fired up about child abuse and fatal child abuse that hes pledged to inspire his fellow artists and performers in the music industry to use their talents to create awareness of fatal child abuse.

New York City, NY (November 22, 2005) The Brooklyn-born New York Hip Hop Artist known as Shakka is angry about the prevalence of fatal child abuse in the United States. Shakka (pronounced Shock-uh) is so fired up about child abuse and fatal child abuse that hes pledged to inspire his fellow artists and performers in the music industry to use their talents to create awareness about this largely ignored and under-reported national tragedy.

Shakka believes that we, as a society, have cast a blind eye on child abuse and fatal child abuse. Hes initiated The Shakka Child Abuse Project (T.S.C.A.P.) that he hopes will raise societys awareness of child abuse and begin the process whereby fatal child abuse will eventually be prevented. With benefit performances and concerts and sales of CDs and music videos, Shakka hopes to use Rap, R&B, and Pop music to focus on the national tragedy of child abuse. So committed to his vision, Shakka has devoted his latest CD to the theme of child abuse.

His just released CD Shakkamusic.com Presents T.S.C.A.P. The Shakka Child Abuse Project deals with the personal, family, and community suffering and impacts of child abuse. The new CD features six artists performing eight Pop, Rap, and R&B songs. Some of the hit songs featured are: Where for Art Thou (lead vocals Farai), produced by Cali; Tell a Kid Why (features vocal diva Princess Tessa and Nicky Cole) produced by Haitian Frank; Twinkle Twinkle (features Sherry) produced by Godly; Not One More (video and album version produced by Prime); Where Were We At (features Rasheeda Wallace) produced by Godly; Find the Words (features Elan) produced by Ginx. All of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to raising awareness of child abuse. The CD is available for $16 online at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/shakka7

T.S.C.A.P. is an artistic effort to bring various artists in the music industry together to create the awareness that may one day help to eradicate child abuse. A. Shakka Angrum, the 29 year-old-known as Shakka, who many say bears an uncanny resemblance to the late Tupac Shakur in his vocal delivery, is the Projects founder and director. With eight independent label CDs to his credit, Shakka felt that it was time for him to do something with his talents that would raise public awareness in order to make a difference in peoples lives.

Shakka says his aim is to make as much creative noise from the talent at his disposal (concerned producers, artists, cinematographers, singers, dancers, writers, filmmakers) to bring about public awareness of child abuse and fatal child abuse. With all the realistic vision and pragmatism of a CEO, the 29-year-old Shakka says, "Once we have people really aware, we can get them to focus. Once their focus is on child abuse and fatal child abuse, we can then get them to take direct action. It's the only thing that can lead to the final and continuous goal of the T.S.C.A.P. project, which is prevention.

Shakka adds, Look forward to some incredible talent to be featured throughout this project. Well have new talent alongside some big names. Well be having small club benefit performances, large multi-performer benefit concerts, compilation CDs and videos with several performers collaborating. Formerly one of the most popular regular performers at Nells, a nightclub in lower Manhattan, Shakka has gone on to record eight independent label CDs that are selling briskly on CD Baby to a fan base stretching from Brooklyn to Japan and Southeast Asia.

According to Publicist Pamela Riley, Shakka is the most socially relevant artist coming out of the Hip Hop community since Tupak Shakur. Adds Shakka, Fatal child abuse is a sickness our society should no longer tolerate. The fact that we allow it to reoccur again and again is a testimony to the fact that we measure our progress by technological innovation as opposed to social advancement. Until every child on this planet is safe from the bestial aspects of human nature, we've made no progress whatsoever."

To learn more about Shakka, the T.S.C.A.P. project, and his newly released CD, visit his Web site at www.shakkamusic.com/tscap.html . The Web site has two free downloadable songs: Twinkle, Twinkle and Where Were We At. Artists, community groups, or businesses wishing to participate in The Shakka Child Abuse Project, should contact Shakka Music at (212) 946-1445. To arrange an interview with Shakka, contact Pamela Riley at (614) 937-1886.

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Publicist for T.S.C.A.P. project:
Pamela Riley
Angel PR
614-937-1886


 
Chat with Tango Redd and learn more about his work with David Banner, Bonecrusher, Juicy J and more!

Tango Redd will be available for phone and in-person interviews on Wednesday, November 30 from 1-3pm EST at the Warner Bros. building in New York. If you would like to interview him please reply with interviewer's name, desired time slot and phone number.

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Tango Redd - The Campaign
IN STORES THIS WINTER
Warner Bros. Records

Tango Redd's Official Website
http://www.TangoRedd.com/

About Tango Redd:
"You don't want none of me."
That's not only the theme of one of the songs on his debut cd, but it's also the confident, hater-deflecting attitude that Tango Redd has about his music in general.

The 18-year-old golden child of Atlantas bulging rap community is the latest to step up to the mic and put it down for the dirty south, spitting rhyme and reason born out of his own life experiences as well as the experiences of those around him.

I was born to do this, says Tango whose age hadnt even reached double digits when he wrote his first rhyme. From the age of eight, Ive been in the studio. At the age of nine, I made my first song. Its just been that ever since. I feel Im born to do it. Describing his music as having a southern feel with universal appeal, Tango says he stays true to his southern roots without restricting his sound to the south.

I have a lotta A-Town slang but my style is different because Im a versatile person. I try to reach the world through my music, not just one region. I feel I'm creating my own sound and style different from everyone else. When you see me you know that Im a little bit different not only my sound, but my look as well, he says, referencing his golden-colored dred locs. I want to reach the world with my music and have everyone enjoy it. That's what's going to make it special.

And with an out-of-the-box successful single the David Banner-produced Wobble & Shake It featuring Bonecrusher its evident that fans are already finding something special about Tango Redd as evidenced by his impressive spin count at urban radio and his presence on BETs 106 & Park countdown.

Who I Be, which Tango describes as his formal introduction to the world, is a song that tells people who I am and what Im all about. This song is basically telling people that Im Tango. I aint going nowhere. Im learning right now, Im new in the game but Im definitely here to stay. On None of Me Tango confidently solidifies his newly-claimed spot in the game. Im letting everyone know that I have arrived and Im basically telling people you dont want none of me. I aint looking for beef but at the same time Im never backing down. Whether youre another rapper or just an average cat, you dont want none of me. Tango demonstrates his streets smarts on Too Tricky, a song he describes as one part club joint/one part street anthem. I think everybody has done the things that I talk about in this song. Its something everybody can relate to. Sticking with the reality music theme, So Ghetto takes us on a lyrical tour through the hood. This is one of my favorites because this is going to let people know that just because we dress a certain way or we talk a certain way that doesn't mean were not smart; it doesnt mean that things in the ghetto are always bad.

Producers checking in on Tangos debut set are Bangladesh (Ludacris, 8Ball & MJG), Cream Team, Mixzo, Juicy J and Mr. DJ (Outkast). Growing up in the ATL, Tango says hes seen it all. I grew up middle class. I wouldnt say I was poor but we werent rich either. I came from the streets. Tango, who never fails to credit his grandmother for her love and encouragement, says he didnt always follow the straight and narrow. He admits to getting his hands dirty. It has a lot to do with the people that I grew up with, he offers. Sometimes the people you grow up with tend to lead you astray. I was on the streets doing my thing. Ive seen a lotta things on the streets. Everything that Ive talked about, Ive lived it or Ive seen it. I just try to put it out there to let the public know what actually goes on. He continues, For me to be this young Ive seen a lotta things. Ive seen people get shot, get killed, right in front of my eyes. A lot of that pain, a lot of that frustration that I see another person go through I try to put it on paper. I just try to keep it real.

It wasnt long before young Tango realized that the realities of his life, though they made great fodder for rap songs, were bound to be his undoing sooner or later. At some point you have to step up and start being a man and start making manly decisions. That makes you the person you are. I chose to leave the streets because a lot of my partners were getting killed or going to jail and I didnt wanna end up like them. I took that lesson and I learned from it. That has a lot to do with the person that Ive become today. The streets have actually taught me a lot. If anything truly good came out of Tangos pain and frustration it is indeed the realness that it allows him to inject into his music and convey to his listeners. Its that realness that makes Tango Redd a true contender in the competitive rap music game. I feel Im a lotta competition for other rappers, he says without the slightest hint of modesty. When youre in the game and you have longevity and you dont worry about what another artist is doing, thats what makes you a better person and thats how I am. Im not really worried about being the next anybody. I just wanna be the best Tango. I feel like I had to go through some downfalls to get to where Im at now but I definitely love it. I can definitely see myself doing this for the next five or ten years.

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Amina Elshahawi
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Next year, 2006 will unveil the second chapter in the success of Urban Mystic, with the release of his sophomore CD, Ghetto Revelations: II...

Urban Mystic
Ghetto Revelations: II IN STORES JANUARY 2006
SoBe Entertainment/Warner Bros. Records
Urban Mystic's Official Website
http://www.urbanmysticmusic.com/

A dynamic young man from Florida with an unusual stage name and powerful, cutting edge vocals caught the attention of several knowledgeable fans and the music world in 2004 and 2005, with his debut CD, the SoBe Entertainment/Warner Brothers Records release, Ghetto Revelations. This energetic 20 yr old writer, musician, arranger, producer, rapper and singer is truly Mr. Versatility.

Urban Mystic, born Brandon Williams in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1984, and the son of a minister, has made a lasting musical impression in a relatively short period of time. Hes been heralded not only by his fans, but also by respected publications such as JET Magazine, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News and Billboard, all of whom tout him as a shining star on the horizon. AOL describes him as A guy who is street without forsaking his soul to the streets.

Urban Mystics memorable smash hit single, the KayGee-produced Where Were You? quickly became a popular fixture at urban radio, where it is still a recurrent tune. The video which accompanied the song enjoyed its own popularity at BET and MTV Jams, as well as at hundreds of video outlets across the country, assisting in establishing Urban Mystic as a vocalist to be reckoned with. His selection as the 2004 Miami Music Awards Best New Artist was early proof of the bright future to come for the youthful crooner.

Next year, 2006 will unveil the second chapter in the success of Urban Mystic, with the release of his sophomore CD, Ghetto Revelations: II. The new album leads off with the single Bounce Wit Me, a street banger produced by Scott Storch, which features Urban Mystics label mate, Miami based rapper, Stack$. The CD also contains the hit song Its You, which again pairs Urban Mystic with hit making producer KayGee. The tune caught the attention of The Peoples Champ, Paul Wall, who quickly reached out to spit on the track. Another rapper to throw down on the Urban Mystic musical train is Trick Daddy, who contributes to the song Lets Make A Change. This tune reminds listeners about the state of the world today and about the incomparable contributions of Rosa Parks and Dr. King; but, more specifically, it tells us why we all need to make a positive change in the world today. Finally, the Scott Storch gut wrenching produced ballads I Refuse and Your Portrait take one on a musical ride down lovers memory lane.

Urban Mystics talents reach beyond his raspy, soulful, Southern-style vocals. He co-wrote several songs on this second album and he utilizes his distinctive rap/sing delivery to his full advantage. He notes, now that Ive been introduced on the music scene, Im looking forward to showing my fans the several sides of me, and giving all of them more to appreciate about me. With part two of my Ghetto Revelations musical journey recorded on this album, they will hear R&B, they will hear raw soul, they will get club bangers, and they will experience the real street side of me.
Those who have witnessed Urban Mystics live show can attest to his charismatic, soulful flow, especially when he is accompanied by his eight-piece band. The five musicians and three back-up singers were selected, choreographed and rehearsed by renowned R&B music legend -- and fellow Floridian--Betty Wright. Urban Mystics unforgettable performances, opening for songstress Angie Stone, blew audiences away night after night.

Simply put, Urban Mystic is the truth" the most distinctive new voice in urban music today meshing Southern flavor with raw, urban, hip-hop and soul. Urban Mystic is Mr. Versatility.

In the beginning, Urban Mystic was compared to other vocalists, such as K-Ci Hailey, Jaheim and Anthony Hamilton. With his new CD, Ghetto Revelations: II, the comparisons will quickly fade away, as this album takes his profile to the next level and separates him as a stand-alone true vocal stylist and an accomplished musician.

ICED Media
Amina Elshahawi
email: amina@icedmedia.com
phone: (646) 753-6403


 
Music Submissions Sought For Review On Muse's Muse

(PRWEB) November 22, 2005 -- Gian Fiero, a seasoned music industry consultant, and senior music reviewer for The Muse's Muse, is now accepting full-length CD projects and singles for review in all genres. Gian, who has built a solid reputation over the years as an authority and purveyor of commercial music, adheres to the same criteria that he used when he first started reviewing music in 2001.

I received some incredible music in 2005, Gian says enthusiastically. My expectations were eclipsed both in quality and quantity. A quantity of 729 CDs in total to be exact. Gians popularity as a music reviewer has grown with the consistent quality and comprehensiveness of his reviews, which are now sought by publicists, labels, and managers. The prospect of winning his annual Muses Muse Award that honors superior achievement in CD projects, songs, and performances, is also a motivating factor for many.

There were so many talented artists that I endorsed through my Muses Muse Awards, Gian says. They are all truly deserving of the resulting recognition and rewards that come their way. What is also going to come their way and in the direction of artists that he reviews in 2006, will be attention from a myriad of industry professionals including BMG, Bunim-Murray Prooductions (MTV), The Licensing Team, and a host of others.

Ive worked very hard in 2005 to cultivate relationships with industry players and decision makers that now use my reviews as a source of filtered, untapped talent. Gian asserts. Being able to put the music that I review under industry radar is extremely gratifying.

All material sent between now and the end of December, will be reviewed in January, 2006. DVDs will be accepted this year as well. Please visit Gians review page for submission requirements, review samples, and a complete list of Muses Muse Award Winners.

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Gian Fiero
DUMAN & FIERO
http://www.musesmuse.com/mrev-gian.html
323-384-4488


 
$3,000 Professional Music Production Product Giveaway Announced

Cadinze and Black Collar Entertainment are sponsoring a promotional giveaway to promote "The Hip Hop Producer's Bible", Cadinze's new book. In this giveaway one lucky winner will receive $3,000 in professional music production products that would be a great addition to any studio.

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 22, 2005 -- Order a copy of the Hip Hop Producers Bible before December 9, 2005, and be automatically entered into a drawing to win over $3,000 in professional music production tools. For information and to order your copy today please visit http://www.hiphopproducersbible.com

When asked about the giveaway, Cadinze replied; "I wanted to do a giveaway that would really excite aspiring producers, while at the same time exposing them to what I feel are some of the absolute best products on the market for being able to take a concept all the way to a polished, finished, mastered song. I did not have access to products like these when I started doing music so I wanted to provide someone with an opportunity that I did not have. Fortunately, the creators of these products were very gracious working with me to make this happen for a lucky individual. Relationships in this business are terribly underrated. I have stuck by these vendors for years and as my career has advanced from a basement to the Empire State Building they have reciprocated in exponential form"

The winner of the giveaway will be determined by a random drawing on or around December 10, 2005. Official rules can be found at http://www.hiphopproducersbible.com/giveaway.html

The lucky winner will receive:

Samplitue Professional Version 8
WaveArts PowerSuite 5
Celemony Melodyne CR8
Propellerheads Reason
M-Audio StudioPro 3
StreetCreepers Sample CD
Urban Jointz Sample CD
M-Audio FastTrack USB
Har-Bal Version 2.0

Another winner will receive:
Melodyne Uno
StreetCreepers Sample CD

The book is available in either e-Book or print formats. Earle Holder states As the current mastering engineer for the world famous Public Enemy I can tell you that Cadinze has accurately spelled out the entire production process from start to finish in his book "The Hip Hop Producers Bible". It is obvious that he put in a lot of research. If you are serious about your career, this book is a blueprint for your successa well written book from a passionate engineer. More details and ordering information can be found at http://www.hiphopproducersbible.com

About Cadinze:
Cadinze is an artist, producer and record label owner. The production team he manages boasts producers (internal and freelance) that have worked with Roc-a-fella Records (Def Jam), The Clipse and many others. The board of directors for his record label boasts major label executives and a Grammy award winning producer and song writer. He is an active member of the Recording Academy as well as the Audio Engineering Society.

About Black Collar Entertainment:
Black Collar Entertainment is an independent, nationally distributed record label and production company specializing in Hip Hop, R & B, Soulful House, Techno, and Rock music. For information please visit the website: http://www.blackcollar.net.

For more information contact:

Andrew Dudek
Vice President - Marketing
Phone: 888-541-6467 Ext. 3

Black Collar Entertainment
Empire State Building
350 5th Ave
New York, NY
Voice 877.541.6467.
Fax 877.541.6467


 
Sunset Strip.com Brings First Annual Southern California Music Awards to the Local Music Scene

First local music awards to include and recognize entire So Cal region with top honors.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 22, 2005 -- Get your guitars tuned and dance moves ready for the First Annual Southern California Music Awards presented by Stater Bros. Finally, an awards show that recognizes all emerging musical talent found in Southern California will make its debut on February 11, 2006, at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. The same folks who broke through the local music scene with events such as the Orange County Music Awards and the Inland Empire Music Awards will offer bands and solo artists from all cities in So Cal the opportunity to be heard and seen.

For the first time, all musical communities will come together to jam the night away and demonstrate the tremendous amount of musical diversity found in the Los Angeles market and surrounding areas. Its difficult for an artist to make a living in Los Angeles, especially when most venues make you pay or sell tickets to secure your performance slot, said Martin Brown, founder of OCMA and IEMA. The Southern California Music Awards gives us a broader area to showcase and we are very excited to be working with Sunset Strip.com on this venture because they understand the importance of giving great musicians a chance. In his 25 years experience of covering the local music scene as a journalist and event producer, Brown has come across a number of local awards shows that have lacked integrity. Through Browns events, musicians know they will be in good hands and its also a great opportunity for them to network with other musicians and industry professionals.

Over 16 categories will be represented, from Best Rock to Best Instrumental categories range across the spectrum. The awards will highlight several performances throughout the evening.

Showcases for "Best Live Band" are now being held at various venues in the area. So be sure to sign up for that special category which is the only one to be judged live by a team of industry judges. Slots are filling up fast!

A portion on the proceeds generating from the evening will benefit nonprofit organization Right to Rock, dedicated to helping fund school music programs. Be sure to visit www.southerncaliforniamusicawards.com for more event details, how to submit your entry and ticket information. The deadline to submit an entry is December 31, 2005.

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Diana Baylor
BAYLORPR
http://www.southerncaliforniamusicawards.com/
714-329-7044


 
The Wait is Over - New Caribbean Channel Tempo Launches on November 21, 2005

Tempo's Slate of Brand New Series and Specials Cater to the Caribbean Lifestyle

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday November 21, people of the Caribbean will be able to experience the much anticipated launch of Tempo, the new cable network devoted to all things Caribbean. With over 300,000 subs, Tempo is the most successfully distributed new channel by the Caribbean Cable Co-op, one Tempo's distributors.

Tempo will launch at 8:00 PM ET with "Caribbean Rising," a half-hour documentary style show that will highlight the influence Caribbean people and the region itself have had on the world. In-depth interviews with well-known and successful Caribbean talent and ex-patriots -- coupled with historical footage, still imagery and b-roll -- will help tell the tale of this culturally rich region. Caribbean politics have affected the world on a grand scale and this series will highlight political heroes such as Marcus Garvey and Shirley Chisolm. The series will also highlight the careers of a bevy of entertainment stars that have roots in the Caribbean from Celia Cruz to Bob Marley to the Notorious B.I.G.

Following "Caribbean Rising" at 8:30 PM ET will be the two and a half hour concert series "Tempo Live and Direct." Bringing the power of music to the people, the series will showcase five groundbreaking events taking place on various islands in the Caribbean. The concerts will feature an array of artists including Beres Hammond, Doug E. Fresh, Elephant Man, The Game, Jimmy Cliff, Krosfyah, Lady Saw, Luciano Machel Montano, Rihanna, Rupee, Toots and the Maytals, Wyclef Jean and many more!

Encore presentations of "Caribbean Rising," followed by "Tempo Live and Direct" will air on Tuesday, November 22 at 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM ET.

Other series viewers can expect to see on Tempo over the coming weeks include:

Cook-Up

The best current music videos from across the Caribbean are showcased in "Cook-Up," a one-hour block that includes Dancehall, Reggaeton, Reggae, and Hip-Hop, R&B, Soca, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Calypso, and more.

Cross-Caribbean Countdown

There has never been a Caribbean "Billboard" chart that tracks and ranks hit music across the islands. And, there's never been a chart of the top- selling records in the Caribbean, until now. The "Cross Caribbean Countdown" will do exactly that; showcase and count down the most popular music across the islands. This will be the definitive and authoritative Caribbean Music chart.

Downtown Island

Trinidadian VJ Jeanille Bonterre brings you culture in its truest form and music that'll make you grove. Conducting in-depth interviews in exciting locales, she'll make viewers feel right at home with the finest in Caribbean tunes, entertainment and culture. Whatever's happening in island life, Jeanille's got you covered.

Fire

If it's hot, trendy and in Caribbean style then Chantal Bolivar and Hector Lincoln know all about it. Covering everything from movie premieres and fashion runways to celebrity hot spots, these hip hosts keep you tapped into the pulse of the Caribbean.

Inside the Rhythm

A one-hour series that documents the lives of Caribbean artists in the midst of touring and promoting their music, "Inside the Rhythm" tells the story of these cultural ambassadors in their own words. The artists share the triumphs, struggles and sacrifices they endure as they continue to break through and cross over barriers to secure Caribbean music's rightful place on the world stage.

Pull Up Selecta

Only the toughest tunes and roughest rhythms get played here. So get ready to "whine" up your waist and bop your head to the best in dancehall, reggae, reggaeton and hip-hop music.

Respect

"Respect" will pay homage to the foundation artists in the most popular Caribbean musical genres. Key artists including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Freddie McGregor, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Marvin Gaye, and many more will get their Respect on Tempo.

Rockin' U

Rockin' radio airwaves for almost a decade, international radio DJ Dahved Levy brings his talk radio show to Tempo in a captivating weekly one-hour series. Continuing his standard of excellence, Dahved offers up thought- provoking discussions and controversial commentary on U.S. and Caribbean current events and entertainment.

TEMPO's "Heineken Green Synergy DJ Competition"

This program is a one-hour special documenting a battle between 18 different DJ's, representing 18 different islands in the Caribbean. Judges score each DJ's 10 minute performance, and the DJ with the highest overall score wins the top prize of $5,000. The show will document the competition, a workshop and a seminar for the DJ's with celebrity hosts Phife Dog and his DJ, Rasta Root. The special also includes interviews with the DJ's, who share the story of the events from both a competitive and personal perspective.

At launch, systems covering 20 Caribbean countries, including Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman, Curacao, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nevis, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and the U.S. Virgin Islands will carry Tempo on an expanded basic level of service to more than 300,000 homes.

Tempo joins MTV Network's roster of popular and highly-targeted cable networks which includes VH1, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Spike TV.

Launching on November 21, 2005 across the Caribbean (and in the U.S. in 2006), Tempo targets all people with a passion for the Caribbean lifestyle. The channel provides a mix of original and acquired programming that is vibrant, relevant to its audience and true to the spirit of the Caribbean and its culture.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Contacts:
Lynne Davis/VH1
212-846-5737
Lynne.daviscorbin@mtvnmix.com

Toni Herron/VH1
212-846-7528
toni.herron@vh1staff.com

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Lynne Davis, +1-212-846-5737, Lynne.daviscorbin@mtvnmix.com, or
Toni Herron, +1-212-846-7528, toni.herron@vh1staff.com, both of VH1

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


11/21/2005

 
fuse Signs Deal With MobiTV Offering Content via Mobile Phones

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- fuse, the nation's only music-centric, viewer-driven television network today announced a deal with MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in mobile television and digital music services, to offer music related content to its wireless carriers. As a result of the deal, fuseMobile will be offered by a national wireless carrier. Continuing to deliver on its promise of content beyond television, the deal reinforces fuse's commitment to being available anytime and everywhere via fuseMobile.

"fuse is a multi-platform music brand, one that seeks to serve our tech- savvy audience with music programming on cable TV, the web and, now as part of fuseMobile -- in the wireless world," commented Lisa Choi Owens, fuse's Vice President of Business Development. "Cell phones and other handheld devices are primary tools of communication and entertainment for our audience, and we're pleased to be able to expand our reach via MobiTV."

"Providing our customers with compelling and entertaining programming is a top priority for MobiTV," said Jeff Bartee, Vice President of Content MobiTV, Inc. "When choosing our content partners it's critical that we not only listened to the needs of our carrier partners, but have a clear understanding of the content mobile customers want. Because fuse is true to their brand and provides great music content -- it made sense that we include their fuseMobile service in the next generation of programming available through MobiTV."

The announcement was made on the heels of fuse's deal with Marketgraph, Europe's leader in mobile-based interactive TV, making fuse the first U.S. cable network to integrate SMS technology into its program offerings. The partnership allows fuse to tap into Marketgraph's proprietary two-way interactivity where fuse viewers can text message the channel via their cell phones. Everyone who text messages fuse will receive a response as well as the opportunity to see that response on the network.

Both the MobiTV and Marketgraph deals further deepen the fuse experience across different platforms, with the network's early adapting, tech-savvy audience.

About fuse

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

About MobiTV

MobiTV, Inc. (formerly known as Idetic, Inc.) is the first global mobile television and radio service provider for the 2 billion mobile phone users worldwide. The MobiTV(R) service is available in the US through Sprint, Cingular, Alltel and several regional carriers; in the United Kingdom through 3 and Orange UK; and is now available to Canadian customers through Bell Canada, Rogers and TELUS Mobility. The Emmy(R) Award winning service now reaches more than half a million subscribers and offers many popular TV channels from content providers such as MSNBC, ABC News Now, CNN, Fox News, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV, MLB, NBC Mobile, CNBC, CSPAN, The Discovery Channel, TLC, The Weather Channel and others that deliver cartoons, music videos and comedy. MobiTV also has a full line up of geographically specific channels. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately-held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA. For more information on the company, its products or technology, please visit http://www.mobitv.com/.

Source: fuse

CONTACT: Amy Lynn, of fuse, +1-212-324-3444, alynn@fuse.tv; Jason
Taylor, of MobiTV, Inc., +1-510-450-5083, jtaylor@mobitv.com

Web site: http://www.fuse.tv/
http://www.mobitv.com/


 
VOY(R) Announces Launch of VOY Music(TM)

First Integrated Music Platform to Discover, Promote and Market Latin Music Globally

Product features include free Latino eLabel, 23-station radio network, online store and podcasting among offered services

NEW YORK, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- VOY Chairman Fernando Espuelas today announced the launch of VOY Music (available at http://www.voymusic.com/) the first integrated Latin music platform created by Latinos for Latinos dedicated to the discovery, promotion, and marketing of Latin music. VOY Music features the world's first Latino eLabel, a virtual record label providing undiscovered artists access to free promotion and distribution of their music; a free internet radio network featuring 23 genre-based stations of both popular and emerging artists, as well as seldom heard, eclectic works; an online music store; podcasting; blogging; newsletters; music news, artist profiles and other interactive services. VOY Music is part of VOY, LLC, a multi-media company reaching Latinos and Latinophiles through television, radio, music, film, publishing and internet platforms.

"In keeping with the mission of all VOY products, VOY Music is dedicated to empowering the artist and consumer of Latin music through an innovative platform that meaningfully changes the music experience. This is a transformational moment for the Latin music industry: we are democratizing the market," said Espuelas.

Espuelas has a long history of conceiving cutting-edge consumer products, building globally recognized brands while being a strong advocate of empowering and connecting Latins. Named one of the "Leaders of the New Millennium" by Time magazine, he founded and was formerly Chairman and CEO of StarMedia Network, the pioneering multi-platform media company for Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking audiences worldwide that introduced the internet to consumers across Latin America.

At the helm of VOY Music is CEO Alejandro Cosentino, a senior executive with experience in both multi-billion dollar companies and start-ups. Cosentino has a long career of running consumer-centric businesses requiring complex levels of business development, marketing and innovation. "As the music business has shifted from an analog to a digital distribution system, where consumers are in the driver's seat of the industry, consumer marketing and operations have become paramount. Alejandro's deep experience in developing customer-centric platforms makes him the ideal leader for VOY Music," said Espuelas.

"With the range of VOY Music's products, we are providing talented, undiscovered Latin musicians a global forum to reach millions of people, while at the same time giving music fans a home base and community for Latin music," said Cosentino. "Previously, only a handful of lucky artists could dream of landing a record contract and reaching a meaningful consumer market. Now with VOY Music, Latin musicians around the globe can immediately reach consumers and directly promote their work through the VOY eLabel(TM) and our 23 channels of radio -- while selling their music to a worldwide audience. For consumers of Latin music, we are a central plaza -- providing access to a full spectrum of musical styles and showcasing both popular and rare, previously undiscovered music. This is unprecedented in the industry," he added.

The VOY Music senior management team also includes Ruth Infarinato, former MTV Latino VJ as Content Director; Latin music industry veteran Rudy Vila as Vice President of Business Development; and accomplished technology executive Gabriel Paluch, as Chief Technology Officer. With offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Buenos Aires, VOY Music plans to open satellite offices in Spain and principal Latin American cities in 2006.

VOY, LLC (http://www.voygroup.com/) is a media company focused on the Latin market and those consumers discovering Latin culture. Through a suite of VOY- branded products and services, including television and radio programming, films, music and publishing, as well as a television network, the company endeavors to help its consumers achieve their aspirations. VOY donates ten percent of its profits to the VOY Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that awards college scholarships to Latino youth. VOY has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.

The VOY name and VOY stylized icon are registered trademarks used under license by VOY Music, LLC. All rights reserved.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Gary Rosen
GARY ROSEN COMMUNICATIONS
(917) 751-9111
(212) 547-8441

Janice Lusky Greenspan
GARY ROSEN COMMUNICATIONS
(305) 931-1926

Source: VOY, LLC

CONTACT: Gary Rosen, +1-917-751-9111, +1-212-547-8441, or Janice Lusky
Greenspan, +1-305-931-1926, +1-305-318-1566, both of Gary Rosen Communications
for VOY, LLC

Web site: http://www.voy.tv/
http://www.voymusic.com/
http://www.voygroup.com/


 
Who's Who in America(R) 60th Commemorative Edition Just Released

From Nobel Laureates to Prime-Time Divas, the Most Diverse Group of Honorees Ever

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- From Nobel Prize winning physicists to the all-time Jeopardy champion, the 2006 edition of Who's Who in America features the most diverse group of achievers, leaders and superstars ever assembled in the 107-year history of Marquis Who's Who in America.

With more than 100,000 biographical profiles, this 60th edition of Who's Who in America includes the famous and infamous, the old and the new. From new Chief Justice John Roberts to Paris Hilton, the 2006 edition of Who's Who in America profiles individuals from all walks of life. This year's edition includes thousands of first-time profiles, a diverse group that includes:

-- Kanye West (controversial rap star)

-- Jonathan Ive (Apple VP and designer of the iPod)

-- Danica Patrick (IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and highest woman
finisher in Indianapolis 500 history)

-- Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives star)

"I am particularly proud of the 2006 edition," said Marquis Who's Who CEO Gene McGovern. "In this edition we have made ourselves even more exclusive by raising the bar on our standards of admission, while, at the same time, broadening our scope of coverage.

"In the past, we have tended to focus on more traditional fields of endeavor, featuring corporate leaders, university presidents, leading members of the medical community and other classical 'pillars of society.' In this volume, we have attempted to make the book more contemporary, bringing in individuals of more diverse backgrounds and experiences, while still maintaining the highest standards of admission."

Who will you find in the 2006 Edition?

-- From the highest highs (seven-foot-seven basketball star Yao Ming) to
the lowest depths (Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball)

-- There are defendants (Michael Jackson), lawyers (Mark Geragos) and
judges (Chief Justice John Roberts)

-- We look back (historian David McCullough) and forward (physicist
Stephen Hawking), to the skies (astronaut Neil Armstrong) and even
to the heavens (evangelist Billy Graham)

-- Tenors (Luciano Pavarotti) and Sopranos (James Gandolfini)

-- Martha Stewart, who not only survived her prison term, but came back
stronger than ever ... and "that's a good thing"

-- You'll even find the left wing (Michael Moore), the center (Shaquille
O'Neal) and the right wing (Rush Limbaugh)

"We believe this year's edition of Who's Who in America will be an invaluable research tool for students, businesses, charities, educational institutions ... for anyone looking to have the biographies of America's leaders, movers and shakers right at their fingertips," McGovern added. "This edition not only does honor to the 107-year tradition of Marquis Who's Who, it is clearly our finest effort yet."

About Marquis Who's Who

Marquis Who's Who(R) is the premier publisher of biographical information used by thousands of public, academic and corporate libraries around the world. Marquis' Who's Who in America has remained the definitive biographical reference work since 1899, chronicling the lives and accomplishments of men and women in every field of endeavor. Together with its online database, Marquis Who's Who on the Web, Marquis Who's Who provides principal research tools for business people, students, journalists and others who depend on accurate biographical information. Marquis also publishes Who's Who in the World(R), Who's Who in American Politics(R), Who's Who in American Art(R), Who's Who in Science and Engineering(R), Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare(R), Who's Who of American Women(R), and several other titles. For more information, please visit http://www.marquiswhoswho.com/.

Photo: http://ereleases.com/pr/2005-WhosWho.jpg

Media Contact:

Jon Gelberg
Managing Director
Marquis Who's Who
908-673-1013 or jon.gelberg@marquiswhoswho.com

This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/.

Source: Marquis Who's Who

CONTACT: Jon Gelberg, Managing Director of Marquis Who's Who,
+1-908-673-1013, jon.gelberg@marquiswhoswho.com

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


 
Nielsen Entertainment Reports on Mobile and Video Game Entertainment in Today's Evolving Consumption Landscape

In Two Separate Studies to Publish Tomorrow

- Industry's First Mobile Entertainment Benchmark Study & Video Game Study to Highlight Customer Segments, Spending and Behavioral Patterns, Focusing on the Challenges and Opportunities Amidst Today's Entertainment Choices

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of Nielsen Entertainment's first Video Game Benchmark Report, the first Benchmarking the Active Gamer study and the first Benchmarking Mobile Entertainment report will be released tomorrow, sizing each marketplace highlighting consumer-level data on Video Game and Mobile Entertainment behavior and purchasing. Both reports were designed to deliver Actionable Entertainment Intelligence on consumer attitudes and usage insights.

The two separate reports, each one surveying over 2,000 consumers engaged actively in either video games or in their use of mobile services were surveyed online in September 2005 and results were weighted and projected to the United States population through a national probability sample frame using random digital dial methodology. Subjects such as the impact of expanding demographics, average and competitive entertainment spending amidst the total landscape of entertainment spending, awareness, attitudes and purchase interest in new consoles, platforms, and devices, service and genre preferences, influential sources of information and psychodemographic segmentation is revealed in each report.

Said Andy Wing, President and CEO of Nielsen Entertainment: "The inter-connection between video games and mobile devices is undeniable given consumer demand for flexibility. High technology adopters are more likely to use the internet, use their cell phones and play video games spending greater amounts of time and money on these media. The details revealed in these reports raise actionable items for marketers and developers alike and the result is clear: "emerging" media, they are no longer. Games and Mobile entertainment have arrived as powerful channels to consumers and influencers of our culture."

Benchmarking Mobile Entertainment

With the advent of location-based content, advertising and commerce services and significant licensing deals, the mobile entertainment marketplace is poised for unprecedented growth throughout the next year as media companies test and refine new business models. Nielsen Entertainment's Mobile Entertainment Consumer Benchmarking Study was designed to provide a guidepost to help interested companies navigate the evolving picture and put forth a comprehensive picture of the marketplace, the consumer, and the competition for leisure time and money. Highlights from the Mobile Benchmark Report include:

-- Turnover Equals Opportunity: 52% of mobile phone users will buy a new
phone within the year with 37% claiming additional features will figure
prominently in their decision making process

-- Mobile Atop Media: On average, active mobile phone consumers report
spending 17 hours on their phones per week, 13 talking and 4 on data
services, surpassing music, video games, movie going and home
entertainment

-- Mobile Girls are over TVs: Young females are on their mobile phone 23.5
hours per week on average, more time than the 20.9 hours they report
watching television

-- Following the Money: Topping all entertainment expenditures for share
of wallet, mobile phone users spend $57.50 each month on their phone
and related services

-- Mass Market, Mass Medium: 85% or 144 million 13-54 year-olds are mobile
phone users

-- Cutting the Cord: One in seven mobile phone users have no home landline
and 35% consider their mobile phone to be their primary phone

-- Nickels and Dimes: Of the mobile consumers polled, 60% said they pay
for text messaging; 48% for custom ring tones; and 22% for games

-- Music Madness: One in five (21%) teens downloaded at least 10 ringtones
in the last three months, including one in eight (12%) who downloaded
15 or more

-- Multiple Dominant Brands: Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and LG are cited as
top hardware providers while Verizon, Cingular, Sprint Nextel and
TMobile are cited as top service providers

-- Gamers Agree: Women and men share the preference to play board, card
and puzzle games on their mobile phones

Said Emily Della Maggiora, VP Nielsen Interactive Entertainment: "The direct-to-consumer opportunity afforded by the broad penetration of phones, over 50% hardware turnover and the consumer's increasing desire for mobile entertainment, sets the perfect stage for exponential growth in the mobile entertainment marketplace. There is tremendous momentum for hardware companies, aggregators and service providers at this tipping point of mobile entertainment."

Video Game Benchmark Report

Since Nielsen Entertainment's first report on video games earlier this year, our focus has shifted to the active gamer, qualified by owning a console and spending at least one hour a week playing on it. Still, what has emerged in this first look at the active gamer, are some surprises, about how the active gamer defines "games," identifying a games category with gender parity, the rising importance of MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online), and attitudes on the connection of games to mobile devices.

Among the key findings, evidence that:

-- Wait and See: Many active gamers appear to be in a holding pattern,
before making a purchase decision on next-generation consoles, with
nearly 50% of active gamers stating they will likely wait until both
the Xbox 360 and the PS3 are released before making a final decision

-- Xbox 360 vs. PS3: While most are taking the wait and see approach,
those that own and prefer Xbox are more likely to buy Xbox 360 than
those that own and prefer PS2 are to buy the PS3

-- Moving Online: 57% of active gamers have played online with free casual
online games the most used and a notable 21% having played MMO games

-- Women are Playing: While online-enabled console, MMO and gambling
gamers are disproportionately male -- 76% vs. 24% -- casual gamers who
play free online games such as puzzles are just as likely to be women
as men, 49% vs. 51% respectively

-- Good Scores on Mobile Gaming: 18% of active gamers have downloaded a
game to their cell phone, with nearly two-thirds (63%) rating their
experience from good to excellent

-- Jock Games Rule: Traditional Sports is the most preferred game genre
followed by Role Playing and First-Person Shooter

-- Men of Opportunity Value: Males 25-34 and Hispanics represent the most
valuable emerging market for video games with high entertainment
budgets and higher potential than other segments for increased video
game spending

-- Dominating Leisure Time: Nearly 25% of a gamer's leisure time is spent
playing video games, with males playing 12 hours per week on average.

Said Michael Dowling, General Manager, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment, "Games are a part of a broader number of people's leisure time, as evidenced by the findings in our study. Playing video games, once considered the domain of teen boys, has evolved into a medium that is now capable of reaching expanding demographics of gamers, including females, Hispanics and older players. As games continue to increase its share of entertainment leisure time, it's quite possible playing video games will assume a significant role as a common cultural experience, in the way that movies and television do today."

Nielsen Entertainment

Through custom research, consulting and the world's most comprehensive network of entertainment measurement systems, Nielsen Entertainment delivers Actionable Entertainment Intelligence to clients engaged in the business of selling entertainment and trading in the marketplace of our popular culture. Nielsen Entertainment's AEI products give clients unrivaled perspective from which to steer business decisions, providing the measure and the motivation in one package; comparing what the consumer says they do and what they actually do, in any given environment including film, television, music, books, and interactive media.

Nielsen Entertainment is comprised of the following businesses: National Research Group (NRG), EDI and EDI International, Television Services, SoundScan, Broadcast Data Systems (BDS), Music Control, VideoScan, Market Navigator, BookScan, BookData, and Interactive Entertainment, and utilizes the full portfolio of sister companies including Nielsen Media Research (television ratings) and Nielsen NetRatings (internet usage) to deliver a whole media point of view. Nielsen Entertainment is part of VNU (http://www.vnu.com/), a global leader in information services for the media and entertainment industries.

Benchmarking Mobile Entertainment and The Active Gamer Study are available for sale starting today, November 21, 2005. Please contact emily.dellamaggiora@nielsenentertainment.com or 323.860.4608 to order either report.

Source: Nielsen Entertainment

CONTACT: Davina Harilela of Nielsen Entertainment, +1-323-817-1958

Web site: http://www.nielsenmedia.com/
http://www.vnu.com/


 
Visual Artist Andre Trenier's New Era 59FIFTY Design Launches Wednesday, November 23

Customized Leather 59FIFTY Features the Four Elements of Hip Hop

Harold Hunter CTF 59FIFTY Expected Early 2006

DERBY, N.Y., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- New Era Cap Co., Inc., the premier, global headwear designer, developer and manufacturer, announced that it will launch its next Capture the Flag 59FIFTY, designed by Visual Artist Andre Trenier, founder of Tangible Thoughts. The cap will be available at select retail stores beginning Wednesday, November 23rd.

Known around the world for his highly sought after customized sneakers and boots, Andre Trenier, a classically trained artists whose talents were honed at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and New York City's acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, takes the fundamentals of applied art and mashes them up with what he knows about Hip Hop and its graphical expression on his newest canvas, New Era's signature 59FIFTY fitted cap. Andre's cap focuses on the four elements of Hip Hop, on four of the 59FIFTY's six panels and "graph tags" on the rear two. The fitted, made of black leather (there are some rogue white leather ones out there too), is hand tatted with white paint. The front two panels focus on the art of DJing and break dancing, while the right-wear panel highlights graffiti and the left-wear side calls out an MC spitting to a live audience. A slightly hidden detail of the cap can be found on the rear right-wear panel, a laser etched Tangible Thought's logo. The cap also features a black satin lining with an embroidered statement which reads "Pain, Struggle, Strength & Enlightenment;" the cap will be featured in its own signature presentation box.

"Working with New Era seems like a natural progression from what I've been doing with customized sneakers," said Andre Trenier, Tangible Thoughts. "New Era's 59FIFTY fitted cap not only is equivalent to a pair of one's, but it is a central item in any urban inspired days. What better a place to display my customized artwork and pay homage to Hip Hop at the same time?"

The Andre Trenier design will be exclusively available at; Genesis (New York City); Kicks (Chicago); Huf (San Francisco); Shoe Gallery (Miami) (during store hours) and at http://www.neweracap.com/ beginning 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 23rd. The cap will be available at select Canadian and Japanese retailers in early December. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

New Era's next Capture the Flag, limited edition, celebrity designed 59FIFTY launch will feature Skater Harold Hunter. Harold's cap is expected early 2006.

New Era's Capture the Flag series of headwear, designed by select Celebrities, was launched in 2004 in celebration the New Era 59FIFTY's 50th anniversary. New Era designs for the Capture the Flag, limited edition guest designer series, launch the last Thursday of select months throughout the year. A Portion of the proceeds for each Capture the Flag design will go to the charity of the guest designer's choice. The Capture the Flag series highlights New Era's ability to produce highly customized headwear that is driven by and made for the most unique individuals in the world. Capture the Flag's 2004 alumni include: Filmmaker Spike Lee, MLB Pitcher Roger Clemens, Rapper Fabolous, MTV VJ La La, NFL Player Kyle Turley, NBA Hall of Famer George "Iceman" Gervin, and Skate Boarder Stevie Williams.

New Era Cap is an 85-year-old global sports headwear designer, developer and manufacturer, making more than 20 million licensed and non-licensed, performance and fashion units per year. The exclusive manufacturer and marketer of Major League Baseball's official uniform caps, worn on the field of play by every Major and Minor League player, its other licenses include National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Arena Football, NCAA Champions, College - Bowl Games and National Championships and Little League. New Era is the sole owner of the EK by New Era brand launched in 2005. Founded in 1920, New Era is a privately owned company, headquartered in Derby, New York, with divisions in Canada, Europe and Japan; it employs more than 1,500 people. New Era is a Category A member of the Fair Labor Association.

Source: New Era Cap Co., Inc.

CONTACT: Crystal Howard of New Era Cap, +1-716-562-3069,
crystal.howard@neweracap.com

Web site: http://neweracap.com/


 
Hip-Hop Icon Easy A.D. of the Legendary Cold Crush Brothers and Joey Conzo, Cold Crush Film Historian, Presents Hip-Hop Cultural Exhibit in Harlem

Who: Easy A.D., Cold Crush Brothers, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Afrika Bambatta, D.J. Red Alert and D.J. Barry Bee

What: The Roots of Hip-Hop Cultural Exhibit

When: Private Showing: Thursday, December 1, 2005 @ 7pm
Exhibit Runs: December 3 - December 31, 2005

Where: Harlem Y.M.C.A
Aaron Douglas Room
180 West 135th Street
New York, NY 10030
(212) 283-8543

Why: New York, NY -- November 21, 2005 -- Hip-Hop Culture began in the South Bronx borough of New York City in the early 70's. Inner-city youth defined their existence and identified their purpose in life when they developed the arts of DJing, Emceeing, Breaking and Aerosol (Graffiti) Art. Hip-Hop crews organized around these four artistic elements of Hip-Hop Culture. The Cold Crush Brothers and other groups embarked on tours around the world, establishing Hip-Hop as a culture in France, Japan, Germany, Africa and elsewhere.

One of the Emcees for the Cold Crush and Hip-Hop Icon, Easy A.D., documented Hip-Hop's history even while he was helping to make it. He and official Cold Crush photographer, Joey Conzo, are credited with preserving a vast storehouse of Hip-Hop artifacts which includes: photographs from 1979 - 1985 that depict Hip-Hop in its purest form, fliers from 1978 - 1985 that feature the different crews of the era, clothing/fashion, trophies, books, contracts and royalty statements.

This exhibit is the second in a series of historic presentations of Hip-Hop artifacts, which debuted at the Schomburg Library for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, in November of 2004. Easy A.D. also serves as an Executive Manager and co-founder of Classic Hip-Hop, LLC.

For more information visit: http://www.classichiphopllc.com

Contact: Haywood Donerson III (240) 626-9800
The Donerson Reed Group, LLC
haywoodd3@verizon.net


 
307 MUSIC WORKS Helps New Talent Get Discovered, by Taking Advantage of Internet Distribution

307 MUSIC WORKS, a new music production company, is looking for new talent. Since the beginning of shows such as "American Idol" and "The Making of the Band" many artists have given up on the traditional way of getting a record deal. 307 MUSIC WORKS, with the help of modern technology can provide major exposure and availability for new talent looking for their "big break."

(PRWEB) November 21, 2005 -- 307 MUSIC WORKS will release 5 new recording artists by the end of January 2006.

307 MUSIC WORKS creates various types of music: R&B, POP, HIP/HOP, Alternative, Rap, Jazz and Spoken-Word-POETRY. Since the beginning of shows such as "American Idol" and "The Making of the Band" many artists have given up on the traditional ways of securing a contract with major recording labels. Hard work, dedication, and creating a quality demo are now being over-looked by those artists who seek only temporary fame or fast fortune. For those who qualify, 307 MUSIC WORKS will provide them with the tools needed, to further develop their talents and optimize their chances for success. Depending solely on the "World Wide Web" for their artist's distribution, they can offer a more even playing field for new artist. Stacey Hane and Meranda nicknamed "RandyRob" are 2 new recording artists produced by 307 MUSIC WORKS, already available on www.MSN.com. By the summer of 2006 they will have artists available on all major internet service providers such as, I-Tunes and the like.

If you would like to become part of the 307 MUSIC WORKS family, then visit us on the web at: www.307MusicWorks.com

# # #

Ronkay
307 MUSIC WORKS
http://www.307musicworks.com/
602-435-5000


 
TORONTO SPEAKS OUT FOR TOOKIE

Hip-Hop Activist Assembles Rapper and DJ Volunteers

November 19th, 2005
Toronto -- In an added effort to save the life of
death row inmate Stan "Tookie" Williams, Los Angeles
Crips gang founder turned Nobel Peace Prize nominee,
Toronto's Pride News Magazine covered the launch of a
Canadian "Save Tookie" chapter, fighting for Williams'
clemency.

Williams, co-founder of the infamous L.A. Crips gang,
was convicted of killing four individuals in
California. Yet while he admits to his gang
involvement, he maintains he is not guilty of the
charges he has been sentenced for.

While in prison, Williams has turned his life around,
authoring several children's books with distinct
anti-gang, anti-violence themes. Tookie's literary and
humanitarian efforts, including his life-saving
personal mentorship, have earned him several Nobel
Peace Prize nominations.

His intriguing story was turned into the 2004 Sundance
and Cannes recognized film "Redemption" - which was
filmed in Toronto and starred Jamie Foxx as Tookie
Williams.

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

Tookie is set to be executed on December 13, which is
also Foxx's 38th birthday. Raoul S. Juneja, a.k.a.
Deejay Ra, has worked closely with Williams' co-author
Barbra Becnel - who was played by Lynn Whitfield in
"Redemption" - and Juneja has now established a "Save
Tookie" Canada branch, working out of a home studio
with his Toronto rapper and DJ colleagues volunteering
their time.

Juneja told Pride reporter Roger Love, "Like Tookie's
co-author Barbara Becnel points out in her Tookie
awareness flyer, clemency is not a pardon, it is
simply a request for mercy, so, instead of the death
sentence, a prisoner will be jailed for life without
the possibility of parole. I think wrongful conviction
cases of Canadians like Steven Truscott and David
Milgaard, who were saved from execution, has
fortunately turned Canadians against the death
penalty, and we believe Stan 'Tookie' Williams has
been wrongfully convicted."

Juneja, of Lyrical Knockout Entertainment, explains
that the move to save Williams is one that is
especially relevant to Canadians this year, due to the
increase in gun violence in Toronto.

"I would strongly advise Canadian parents, teachers
and, especially students, to learn about the case and
the positive effect supporting Tookie and his books
could have on Canadian cities like Toronto, who are
trying to decrease gang-related violence."

"A 'Save Tookie' awareness flyer is also available on
his Tookie.com website, which can be printed out. And
testimonies of support for Tookie are also posted
online from the American Library Association and
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among many others."

Juneja adds, "I hope Canadian teachers will also
consider reading from Tookie's books to their class or
showing their students the Jamie Foxx 'Redemption'
movie about Tookie's life. This week, we will also be
releasing a 'Save Tookie' Canadian hip-hop tribute
song, featuring Muslim rapper Imaan Faith, as well as
setting up some Toronto school readings and
performances to raise awareness."

Despite the high profile of the campaign's supporters,
and the fact that famed California Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger is the only one who can grant Williams'
clemency, Juneja worries that the lack of media
attention and time may hurt Williams' chances.

"Time is of the essence, with only a month left before
Tookie's execution date. I know kids are tied up with
holiday exams at the end of their semesters, but they
don't need to be legal students to get involved. Even
if you're just a fan of Jamie Foxx, or a fan of
hip-hop and R&B music, I think this case should be of
immediate interest."

Juneja, who is organizing as many public-speaking
engagements as possible to spread the word, urges
Canadians join the struggle.

"Please help us show the international community that
Toronto and Canada chose mercy over revenge and
redemption over condemnation, in late 2005, when Nobel
Peace Prize nominee Stan 'Tookie' Williams needed our
support."

For more about the "Save Tookie" clemency petition
signed by teachers, professors, juvenile correctional
officers and law enforcement officials around the
world, visit the new SaveTookie.org website, or in
Canada e-mail: deejay_ra@chrwradio.com


 
CAPPADONNA FINISHES THE LONG AWAITED TRANSITION

Nov. 21, 2005
As one of the youngest members of The Wu Tang Clan, Cappadonna contributed his lyrical genius to Raekwon's infamous "Ice Cream" and followed with feature appearances on the High School High Soundtrack, Ghostface's Ironan, Wu Tang forever and The Wu. He soon followed with the debut release, The Pillage in 1998 and has gained street credibility for being a gifted MC. He went on to release a sophomore album which due to industry politics hardly saw the light of day and to fans it almost seems as though Cap has fell off from the industry. Not so!

In between tour dates with Ghostface, Cappadonna is currently in the studio putting final touches to his long awaited studio release, THE TRANSITION which will featured guest producers such as Pete Rock, Large Professor and Iron Shiek. This album is expected to be an awakening. Almost like an audio book full of the truth according to Cappadonna and nothing is off limits. His expeciences, both good and bad, with The Wu Tang Clan, the time he spent homeless and driving a cab to make ends meet and how he survived and triumphed over his struggle to become a stronger, wiser and more spiritual man.

Cappadonna is currently available for interviews. Photos and bio are also available upon request as well as exclusive music clips.

All press inquiries please contact Honey Soul Music PR and Media at (347)684-2382 or e-mail rsauthoff@gmail.com.

Contact:
Honey Soul Music PR and Media
Rob Sauthoff
(347)684-2382
rsauthoff@gmail.com


 
Daz Dillinger Makes Solo Career Official, Embarks On Promo tour

Multi-Platinum rapper and producer has signed with So So Def, and expects multitudes of success.

November 18, 2005
Daz has been stirring up major buzz and press for the new independently released album, Dillinger & Young Gotti II: The Saga Continuez. In fact with little to no promotion, the album has charted #23 on Billboard's independent charts. In addition, Daz continues to be part of his cousin Snoop Dogg's projects, and will now release his long awaited solo career with the single "All That I Need". The track has been getting tremendous airplay on West Coast radio stations and even east coast DJs are creating a frenzy around the new hit single.

The West Coast has asked for it, and now they can finally see Daz Dillinger in a solo light.

Daz Dillinger explains, "I am really glad to be more visible. I haven't left the game. I just took a role behind the scenes. But this tour is a
clear indication that I am beginning to turn on my career as a solo artist." Daz further explains, "I think we need it. I think that the
West Coast can provide the world with more reality rap." Dillinger continues, "I don't think the world of Hip Hop is comfortable with our type of music because we are so honest in our artistic _expression. When we are beat by the police we say F*&#! The Police!. I think that they want us to be happy with talking about how good it is to be rich, but they don't want us to talk about how our hands are bloody getting there. I want to provide a dosage of reality for America again." Daz Dillinger's buzz has been so tremendous because he is one of the most important members of the West Coast empires. He is expected to graduate into the West Coast ambassador because everyone from that tight knit circle has claimed instant success: Tupac and then Snoop, and now Daz Dillinger.

Jermaine Dupri's known as the industry's hit maker, has a lot of hits in store for this legend. Daz Dillinger explains, "JD is a hit maker.
Regardless of your opinions about him, he knows how to make hits. And as a fellow producer, I want that same type of high quality that I give to artists to be apart of my project and program." This CD So So Gangster is going to be so raw. Not just raw for gangsters, but raw for anyone who loves the truth and who are tired of the bubble gum music. Those who would like a dose of the truth can expect it from this CD.

Daz is currently on a promo tour:

11/15/2005: Las Vegas: KLUC, KVEG
11/16/2005: Los Angeles: KPWR, KKBT, KDAY
11/17/2005: San Diego: z90, XMOR
11/18/2005: Bakersfield: KISV, KBDS, KSEQ, KBOS
11/19/2005: N. California: KHTN, KWIN, KSFM, KBMB

About Daz Dillinger

Daz Dillinger's contributions to Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle album as a rapper quickly established him as one of the most deadliest gangster writers on the West Coast. Tupac chose DAZ to be the leading producer for All Eyez on Me. His production helped make 2Pac's All Eyez on Me so much of a success, he was chosen to be Dr. Dre's successor for the production of Snoop's Tha Doggfather album.

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

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

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

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


 
Stars Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and Nina Nicole displays emotional depth with an explosive performance in Can a Hoochie Become First Lady?

ATLANTA, GA November 07 /PRNewswire/ -- What do you do when your past catches up with you? It's the question at the heart of this explosive play, Can A Hoochie Become First Lady? depicting a young woman at life's crossroads. Accomplished writer, T.V. & Film favorite Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Malcolm X), celebrated stage and television actress Nina Nicole (Pandoras Box and Robert Townsends Playhouse 22) and an all-star ensemble of cast that includes Recording Artist Rahbi Hines, Shan Favors from MTV, Wanda Trent-Phillips from The Gospel, Jamal McGhee from Madeas Class Reunion, Big Sean Larkin from the HBO hits series Bad Boys of Comedy, BET Comedian Gravedigger and the one and only Dancing Zeke from UniverSoul Circus.

Can A Hoochie Become First Lady? The play poses the question, Who can find a wholesome woman? Proverbs 14:1. Playwright/Director Towonda Kilpatrick has taken her experiences and girlfriends stories and parlayed them into a hit stage play.

Nina Nicole gives a riveting performance as Desadier, whose quest for redemption, forgiveness and love is told in a world where music and comedy are a unique part of the telling. Journalist/Filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz calls Ninas performance artistically satisfying. The world will undoubtedly see the progression of Nina Nicole as she tours the country. Her encore performances left me speechless, Nina possess an illuminating stage presence that is unmatched, he adds.

The epic stage performance of the cast played to sold-out crowds since its opening and has received rave reviews for its brilliantly created characters. There are even soft whispers that some of our favorite movie heroines are requesting featured roles.

Below are all the confirmed tour stops to date.
Date, Location and Venue
Nov.18 Jackson, MS Thalia Mara Hall
Nov.19 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
Nov.26 Little Rock, AR Robinson Music Hall
Nov.30 - Dec 1 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theater
Dec.2 Fort Wayne, IN Embassy Theater
Dec.4 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center
**Additional tour stops to be added.

For more information regarding tour stops, performers, special promotions and ticket information visit
http://www.towondakilpatrick.com
http://www.ninanicole.com
http://www.geocities.com/rahiemshabazz


11/20/2005

 
Tommy the Clown Brings Battle Zone to Los Angeles Forum Dec. 9

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Tommy the Clown, internationally recognized "father of krumping" and a leading proponent of positive values for urban kids and teens, presents Battle Zone 2005, the largest dance competition of its kind, on Friday, Dec. 9, from 8 p.m., at the Los Angeles Forum.

Featured in the critically acclaimed documentary feature, Rize, Battle Zone is an intense freestyle contest that encourages creativity and provides a constructive alternative to violence. Tommy the Clown incorporated the dance "battles" into his live shows and soon became an icon for young people in urban communities, bringing uplifting messages encased in the latest music to an otherwise bleak environment.

"I created the Battle Zone to give the kids an outlet to settle their differences on the dance floor instead of on the streets," says Thomas "Tommy the Clown" Johnson.

Battle Zone 2005 will feature two of L.A.'s top krump crews along with the Hip Hop Clowns, community battles, Snoop Dogg and other celebrity guests.

"Until Tommy came along, there was nothing to do (in urban neighborhoods) other than get into gangs and drugs," states Anie Dizon, Battle Zone executive producer. "He helps kids have faith, work together, and realize that they can make something of themselves."

Battle Zone tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Los Angeles Forum box office. For more information, visit www.tommytheclown.com.

Contact: Anie Dizon
(818) 470-4014
Email: anie@motion-e.com

Source: Tommy the Clown

CONTACT: Anie Dizon, +1-818-470-4014, anie@motion-e.com, for Tommy the
Clown

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: For Event Credentials: Ellen Endo, Triple Seven Promotions, ellenendo@yahoo.com, (818) 906-2161, (818) 512-8791 cell


 
50 Cent: Bulletproof Hits Streets Nationwide - Friday, November 18th

High Consumer Demand Pushes Up Launch of 50 Cent's Virtual Debut in New Hard-Hitting Action Video Game

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Vivendi Universal Games ("VU Games") today announced that 50 Cent: Bulletproof, the gritty urban action game starring multi-platinum recording artist 50 Cent, is now available at retail stores nationwide to meet the widespread consumer demand for one of the year's most anticipated console releases. Gamers and fans of 50 Cent and G-Unit can now get their hands on the highly engaging third-person shooter, which boasts over four CDs of music including new exclusive tracks and remixes, more than a dozen music videos and tons of bonus features. 50 Cent: Bulletproof is available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and carries an MSRP of $49.99.

"This game is hot," said 50 Cent. "It's an exciting time for me and G-Unit as we've gone from the music world into the virtual world and I can't wait for my fans to join in on the action."

"50 Cent: Bulletproof breaks new ground by offering the ultimate collaboration of music, game play and storytelling from the point of view of one of the world's hottest entertainers," said Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, VU Games. "Never before has an artist of 50 Cent's caliber fully committed all of their creative talent to deliver a video game that is a fully engaging entertainment experience."

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 line-up 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.

The game also includes exclusive new tracks and remixes from 50 Cent, music from his multi-platinum albums Get Rich or Die Tryin' and The Massacre and over a dozen 50 Cent and G-Unit music videos.

50 Cent: Bulletproof was 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.vugames.com/
http://www.50centbulletproof.com/


 
2006 Unsigned Artist Search

All age nationwide search of the Next most talented recording artist.

(PRWEB) November 20, 2005 -- The 2006 Unsigned Artist Search begins it's search for top Recording artist in (5) cities including (Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas and New York). This event will be taped for an independent DVD release worldwide. All potential artist must face our star studded celebrity panel which will include, actors, recording artist, celebrity judges, booking agents, publicist, producers, managers, A&R executives, entertainment lawyers, press etc.

(5) Finalist will compete with for a recording contract with On The Edge Entertainment, recording studio equipment and cash prizes. Each of the (5) five finalist will have approximately (10) minutes performance time with a live band provided by On The Edge Entertainment.

Registration begins December 1, 2005 and ends on 2/1/06.

For more information, logon to http://www.otemusic.com/news.htm

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Lewis E Taylor Iii
ON THE EDGE ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.otemusic.com/news.htm
914.804.0055


 
Spike TV 'Video Game Awards 2005' Winners Announced

- 3rd Annual Awards Show Hosted By Samuel L. Jackson Premieres on Spike TV Saturday, December 10 at 9 PM, ET/PT

- Resident Evil 4 Named 'Game of the Year'; Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Wins 3 Awards including 'Best Performance By a Human - Male' for Jack Black

- Show Features Performances By 50 Cent, Def Leppard and Missy Elliott and Appearances By Charlize Theron, Kiefer Sutherland, Vin Diesel, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Black, Dane Cook and The Rock

- Includes World Television Premiere Clips of '24: The Game,' 'Star Wars: Empire of War,' 'Scarface' and 'Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners were announced earlier tonight during the 3rd annual Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" ceremony held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, the two-hour "game vs. game" extravaganza will premiere on Spike TV Saturday, December 10 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Resident Evil 4 (Capcom) took away the Vector Monkey trophy for "Game of the Year" as well as "Best Graphics." Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Movie of the Game (Ubisoft) won three awards including, "Best Performance by a Human -- Male" for Jack Black; "Best Game Based on a Movie" and "Best Cast." World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment) won four awards including "Best Multiplayer Game" and "Best PC Game."

The Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" ceremony featured musical performances by 50 Cent, Def Leppard and Missy Elliott and show appearances by Charlize Theron, Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Black, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Rock, Vin Diesel, Carson Daly, Donald Faison, Jaime Pressly, Josie Maran, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Carmen Electra, Natasha Bedinfield and Dane Cook, among others.

The show also featured the Television World Premieres of 24: The Game (2K Games), Spyhunter: Nowhere to Run (Midway Games) and Star Wars: Empire of War (Lucas Arts) Scarface (Vivendi Universal) as well as a 25th anniversary comic tribute to Pac Man (Namco).

Categories and winners for the Spike TV "Video Game Awards 2005" are:

GAME OF THE YEAR
-- Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

BEST ACTION GAME
-- God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST INDIVIDUAL SPORTS GAME
-- Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (Activision, Inc.)

BEST TEAM SPORTS GAME
-- Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)

CYBER VIXEN OF THE YEAR
-- Maria Menounos as Eva in James Bond 007: From Russia With Love
(Electronic Arts)

BEST GAME BASED ON A MOVIE
-- Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN -- MALE
-- Jack Black in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the
Movie (Ubisoft)

BEST SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE
-- Christopher Walken in True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc.)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A HUMAN -- FEMALE
-- Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux (Majesco Entertainment)

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE
-- Traci Lords in True Crime(TM): New York City (Activision, Inc.)

BEST CAST
-- Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
-- "Maybe We Crazy" by 50 Cent in 50 Cent: Bulletproof
(Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST SOUNDTRACK
-- Guitar Hero (RedOctane)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
-- We Love Katamari(TM) (Namco Hometek Inc.)

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
-- David Jaffe for God of War (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

PONTIAC BEST DRIVING GAME AWARD (Viewer's Choice)
-- Burnout Revenge (Electronic Arts)

MOST ADDICTIVE GAME FUELED BY DEW (Viewer's Choice)
-- World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST WIRELESS GAME (Viewer's Choice)
-- Marc Ecko's Getting Up (Atari, Inc. & Glu)

BEST FIGHTING GAME
-- EA Sports Fight Night Round 2 (Electronic Arts)

BEST FIRST PERSON ACTION
-- F.E.A.R. (Vivendi Universal Games)

BEST MILITARY GAME
-- Call of Duty 2 (Activision, Inc.)

BEST GRAPHICS
-- Resident Evil 4 (Capcom)

BEST HANDHELD GAME
-- Lumines (Ubisoft)

BEST MULTI-PLAYER GAME
-- World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH TECHNOLOGY
-- Sony PSP (Sony Computer Entertainment America)

BEST PC GAME
-- World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

BEST RPG
-- World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

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

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

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

Source: Spike TV

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

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