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12/02/2005

 
Houston Rapper Chamillionaire Debuts #10 on the Albums Chart

'The Sound Of Revenge' Ships Gold!

Acclaimed New Disc Debuts #4 on the R&B Album Charts

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sound Of Revenge, the new album from Universal Records/Houston based recording artist Chamillionaire has become the breakthrough story of the holiday season. Debuting #10 on the Albums Chart, ahead of a host of top tier, big name artists including Reba McEntire, Guns N' Roses, and Big Boi, over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Sound Of Revenge is the highest debut week of a new Universal album since 2003.

The album also came in #4 on the R&B Albums Chart, with the rap trailblazer riding the waves of his smash debut single "Turn It Up," featuring Lil Flip. "Turn It Up", which has garnered a combined radio audience of over 25 million listeners, also scored Top 10 phone requests throughout the U.S., becoming a staple at rhythm crossover and urban radio. The sizzling video has been receiving tremendous support from BET and MTV, achieving the prestigious #1 most played video slot on BET this week, virtually an unprecedented honor for a brand new artist. Helping to lead the Chamillionaire charge, the clip was the #2 most played video on MTV's Jams, as well as being an addition to MTV 2's play list as one of the channel's most anticipated videos.

Chamillionaire's emergence as the hottest new hip-hop artist to explode nationwide was further confirmed by a burst of accolades and activity surrounding the coveted release. A chorus of nationally syndicated tomes such as Rolling Stone are raving about the debut disc -- "He's the next superstar in Houston's hip hop takeover," -- says the celebrated magazine, and USA Today proclaims: "Chamillionaire proves he's ready for the big time with The Sound Of Revenge."

The album, which features a dream-list of in-demand producers and guest-artists, such as Kool & Dre (The Game), Scott Storch (50 Cent), David Banner, Mannie Fresh, and The Beat Bullies (Big Boi/Outkast), is spawning fevered responses and promotions. Such as the recent "Spend The Day With Chamillionaire" an EBay auction, that rewarded one lucky auction winner (who bid an incredible $6,100) the opportunity to spend the day with Chamillionaire during his hectic in-store release date on November 22nd. The day broke several debut sales records for Chamillionaire in the rapper's hometown of Houston, as well as creating an online buzz, garnering near-unanimous 5 Star ratings on Amazon.com as well as receiving more than 200,000 profile views on the popular fan destination Myspace.com.

Chamillionaire is currently on the road doing spot dates in various markets including Phoenix, Oklahoma, Amarillo, Indianapolis, Birmingham, Dallas and El Paso.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Vickie Charles of Universal Records, +1-212-373-0783,
vickie.charles@umusic.com


 
RMD Entertainment Group's Heavy D Project Is Recognized on ALLHIPHOP.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Dec 02, 2005) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) was recently recognized in hip-hop's most prolific online news source -- ALLHIPHOP.com. In an article touting the many recent accomplishments of hip-hop trailblazer Heavy D, RMD Entertainment group was recognized along with Bungalo Records as the driving force behind the record's release and distribution.

With names like Sean "Diddy" Combs, Pharrell Williams, and Heavy D himself producing tracks on the album, RMD is firmly planted among some of the biggest names in the history of hip-hop. RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis commented, "We are honored to be in a position to deliver a project of this caliber to the masses. We at RMD have set the bar extremely high with regard to quality of projects we get behind -- the Heavy D project is the tip of the iceberg."

Heavy D's album will be hitting stores in 2006.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

Truly a global company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry, RMD has had nothing but success on the international level and its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Defense

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

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

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


 
New Record Label Focuses on D.C.'s Hip Hop Talent

Washington, D.C. - November 2005 - Mad Power Unit, a highly successful entertainment production and promotions company, recently launched Mad Power Unit Records in an effort to provide D.C.s plethora of talented Hip Hop artists with a vehicle of exposure.

Beneath the cityscape of the nations capital where politics, posh living and poverty collide, lies a blossoming underground Hip Hop circuit. Currently, Washington, D.C. boasts scores ofphenomenal Hip Hop artists. Yet, the acts in this complex city (which ranks as one of the top consumer markets of Hip Hop music) fail to ever reach mainstream status.

With the talent that D.C. has to offer and the citys strong consumer position, it amazes me that the major labels have not thoroughly invested in D.C. artists, says Tupac D. of Mad Power Unit Records. Mad Power Unit Records strives to take D.C. Hip Hop artists to another level.

Mad Power Unit Records was years in the making. As the owners of Mad Power Unit ultimately had the vision, knowledge of the business and more than enough talent around them, launching a label was inevitable. Additionally, over the past decade, Mad Power Unit has established relationships with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry.

Mad Power Unit Records flagship artist is D.E.B.O., whos first single So Hood is a top pick on metropolitan Washington radio stations including 95.5 (WPGC) and 93.9 (WKYS). So Hood Currently appears on D.E.B.O. and TIS The Weed and the Dutch Mixtape Vol. 4 (Mad Power Unit Records/Outta Nowhere Records).

We encourage and appreciate the support of D.C. based Hip Hop fans, radio and other media, as Mad Power Unit Records understands that this is a critical factor in the artists becoming nationally recognized, adds Tupac D.

Mad Power Unit Records has recently joined forces with other D.C. based imprints. Together, they will release a collaborative effort, which showcases the best Hip Hop talent that D.C. has to offer. This stellar project, which will surely put all eyes on the Capital Citys Hip Hop market, is slated for release in 2006.

With an ear to the streets and extensive plans for the New Year, Mad Power Unit Records will clearly enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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Flair Lindsey
Publicist
Mad Power Unit
publicist@madpowerunit.com
(202) 277-8191
(301) 576-1954 fax


 
Wise Intelligent releases new singles from his upcoming solo album

Intelligent Muzik proudly presents the 1st offering from Wise
Intelligent's highly anticipated solo album, Wise Intelligent isThe Talented Timothy Taylor!

The first single is called, A Genocide. It scientifically breaks
down the
CIAs deliberate and direct connection to the Crack Cocaine explosion
that
devastated families and communities from urban to suburban. The song
has
been described as a powerful lyrical and sonic assault on the senses.

The track was produced by PJ of the HavKnotz and Wise Intelligent. A
Genocide takes Hiphop back to the glory days where substance and style
were
one and the same.

1. A Genocide +*
(T. Taylor ASCAP, PJ)
Produced by PJ for the HavKnotz and Wise Intelligent
Additional vocals by Somer Lane

The companion single is called, Youths & Thugz and has become the new
revolutionary anthem for the next generation of Freedom Fighters. This
song
is a call to arms for every Man, Woman, and Child who is living below
the
poverty line and is sick and tired of being sick and tired.

The track was produced by Masada of the HavKnotz and Wise Intelligent.
Youths & Thugz is the kind of revolutionary song that your favorite MC
is
afraid to make!

2. Youth & Thugz feat. Popular+*
(T. Taylor, ASCAP; Jumal Pierre, ASCAP; David Phillips, ASCAP)
Written by Wise Intelligent and Popula for UpTop Entertainment
Produced by Masada for the HavKnotz and Wise Intelligent

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE TRACKS HERE...

A Genocide
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CVHZOJ6W

Youths and Thugz
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=TKIL8XTT

As a bonus...check out Wise Intelligent's "Niggaz Iz" (+ Lesson)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=LVOX8YPA

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING THE TRACKS FROM MEGAUPLOAD EMAIL ME
DIRECTLY AND I'LL SEND THEM TO YOU...YOU CAN ALSO LISTEN TO THE SONGS AT WISE INTELLIGENT'S MYSPACE SITE...

www.myspace.com/wiseintelligent

For more information about Wise Intelligent and Intelligent Muzik,
visit:
wise@intelligentmuzik.com
www.intelligentmuzik.com
www.myspace.com/wiseintelligent

For interviews and features, contact Born Free at bornfree9@hotmail.com

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Southpole / Wicked Fashions Founder David Khym to Grant 20+ College Scholarships to Local NY/NJ Students in December 7th Award Ceremony

Leading Korean-American Apparel Entrepreneur Demonstrates Good Corporate Citizenship Through Khym Foundations Philanthropy Program

New York, New York - December 2, 2005 - The Khym Foundation, a New Jersey-based charitable institution founded by Korean-American apparel entrepreneur David Khym, founder of Southpole and Wicked Fashions, Inc., will be hosting a scholarship award ceremony at 4:00 PM on December 7, 2005. It will be held within South Pole/Wicked Fashions offices, located at 222 Bridge Plaza South, Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

This event will recognize the academic achievements of 20+ local NY/NJ community college students, through the provision of grants from the Khym Foundations ongoing charitable award program. Selected students are presently attending colleges including Hudson Community College, Kingsborough Community College, La Guardia Community College and Union County College. Additional attention will be focused on other grants that have been made by the Khym Foundation over the past year.
Interested journalists, educators and community representatives are invited to join students, board members, trustees and other participants at this event, or to obtain additional information about the Khym Foundation and its activities by directing a request to the contact noted below.

"As Korean-American companies establish themselves as larger corporations, it is important they reach out to all the constituencies that contributed to their success. This is necessary -- both as a demonstration of their dedication to strong ethical standards and business practices as well as their responsibility to give back to the communities in which they operate", commented David Khym, President of Southpole and Wicked Fashions, Inc. and Founder of the Khym Foundation. "The Khym Foundation was organized in 2004 in recognition of the help I received as I advanced from a low-level employee in a small retail store in Queens to become the founder of a major U.S. apparel company. By providing scholarships to local students and donations to a select group of charitable organizations, my hope is to allow others the same opportunities that I enjoyed since emigrating to the US from South Korea almost thirty years ago."

"Whereas Korean firms have traditionally emphasized charitable activities within the Korean community, this year the Khym Foundation has adopted a far wider mandate. In this regard David Khym is a real innovator", stated Young Man Kim, Sr. Advisor and Board Member of the Khym Foundation, as well as Former Chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the USA. "This years award recipients reflect the diverse population of the NY/NJ area, including African- Americans, Latinos, Russians and Eastern Europeans as well as Asians and other ethnic groups."

"Community colleges play a vital role in helping people of all ages with dedication and talent but who lack financial resources to achieve the secondary education necessary to advance their careers and to compete in an increasingly competitive world economy. In the NY/NJ area, this is particularly true among the immigrant community", commented Joseph Sansone, Executive Director of the Hudson Community College Foundation. "As a result, we and our students are very grateful the Khym Foundation has chosen our school as a recipient for these scholarships, and look forward to developing a close relationship with the foundation in coming years."

To attend the Khym Foundations December 7th Scholarship and Charitable Award Ceremony, arrange an interview, or to receive more information on the Khym Foundation and its activities, please contact Suzanne Harvey at:
+1-212-532-3005 or e-mail khymfoundation@kwrintl.com

About the Khym Foundation

After achieving substantial success as an entrepreneur in the apparel industry, Mr. David Khym formed the Khym Foundation in 2004 as a means by which he could give back to the local communities that helped to drive his achievements. This includes support for education, immigrant needs, and other causes that could benefit from this philanthropic activity. He is joined in this effort through contributions by his younger brother Kenny Khym, who is the founder and president of the Against All Odds retail chain. Currently in its second year of operations, the Khym Foundation provides scholarship support as well as charitable donations to community organizations and charitable institutions in the New York/New Jersey area and other locations in which it conducts its business operations.

About Southpole/Wicked Fashions, Inc.

Wicked Fashions, Inc. was established as a wholesale clothing company in 1991. It has since become a major force in urban and hip-hop fashion and its Southpole line is recognized as a dominant global denim and sportswear brand in both the young men and junior markets. The company shows no signs of slowing down after achieving sales of less than $100 million in 2001 to a projected $350 million in 2005. In recognition of his achievements, Southpole/Wickeds founder, Mr. David Khyms was awarded JC Penneys 2001 Divisional Award for Mens Apparel, its 2002 Supplier Divisional Award for Mens Apparel and its 2003 Supplier Divisional Award for Womens Apparel. He was also selected as Ernst & Youngs 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year. The media has also recognized the company and coined the term Southpole Trend in reference to the many companies now vying to compete in the trendy basic segment, a niche first filled by Southpole products, which combines high-quality and attractive pricing in the hottest teen and urban styles.
Website: http://www.southpole-usa.com

KWR International, Inc.
Suzanne Harvey
email: khymfoundation@kwrintl.com
phone/fax: +1-212-532-3005/+1-212-685-2413


 
DJ Drama and Gangsta Grillz: the Dirty South People's Choice

ATLANTA, GA Two Thousand and Five has certainly been a superlative year for DJ Drama. The success of his Gangsta Grillz mixtape series has garnered him international recognition and accolades from both peers and fans alike. And Dramas reign as the South's Mixtape King shows no sign of stopping.

On Monday, November 29, 2005, DJ Drama took home awards in two categories at the First Annual Dirty Awards: DJ of the Year and Mixtape of the Year for Gangsta Grillz. The ceremony, which took place at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, was organized by Radio One to recognize some of the Dirty Souths biggest and brightest stars. Drama was honored alongside the likes of Ludacris, 8Ball & MJG, and Michael Vick, taking his place in Southern Hip-Hop history and setting the pace for all those to follow.

But what truly makes his two Dirtys an honor for Drama is the fact that the winners were chosen by Radio One listeners across the South, via a website created for the Awards. At the end of the day, thats what really matters, he says. The streets made me. Its not like I was on radio first, and then the people got to know my name. I made my name in the streets. The fact that its a Dirty South award makes it even more important to me, he continues. Thats the utmost admiration you can get when youre not from a certain area, being accepted by the streets.

The wins at the Dirty Awards are part of a continuing trend for Drama. This year alone, he was selected as the Mixtape DJ of the Year at the 8th Annual MixShow Power Summit and Best Mixtape DJ by Atlantas Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM). He was also nominated for Justos Mixtape Awards Best South DJ for the second year in a row. In addition, Gangsta Grillz was named Vibe Magazines Mixtape Series of the Year in 2005; and the series Trap or Die edition has been recognized as XXLs 2005 Official Bootleg of the Year. Drama continues to push the Gangsta Grillz brand to a higher level: the weekly Gangsta Grillz Radio show on Hot 107.9, co-hosted by DJs Don Cannon and Sense, is still going strong each and every Saturday night from 810pm; the Gangsta Grillz DVD Respect The Game was released to great reviews earlier this month; and Drama is currently working on the official Gangsta Grillz album, to be released via Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records in 2006.

For more information, visit www.gangstagrillz.com.

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Contact:
Orlando McGhee
The Aphilliates
(p) 404.524.1266
(e) Orlando@TheAphilliates.com


 
DV8 Magazine Makes Impact at Radio One First Annual Dirty Awards

Atlanta, Georgia, November 29, 2005 DV8 (DEVIATE) Magazine proved itself as Atlantas newest industry magazine at the Radio One Dirty Awards, on Monday, November 28, 2005.

As the official magazine for the First Annual Dirty Awards, DV8 produced a commemorative issue which was distributed to all attendees of the award show held at the Georgia International Convention Center. The issue highlighted many of the Dirty Award nominees and winners such as T.I and Young Jeezy along with the WHTA-FM Hot 107.9 Personalities.

Due to the overwhelming success of the commemorative issue, the publisher has decided to release a part two to the commemorative issue in mid December. The issue will feature a recap of the Dirty Awards including red carpet interviews, behind the scenes photographs, and exclusive articles on Cathy Hughes, Mary Catherine Sneed and Marsha Meadows of Radio One.
The Dirty Awards was definitely dirty deviation (DV8tion). said Desmick Perkins, Publisher of DV8 Magazine. I am excited about the being a part of the event and cant wait until next years show.
In January 2006, DV8 will begin its regular production schedule. Each issue promises to focus on people in the entertainment, fashion and music industries that deviate from the norm.
DV8 Magazine

Created in 2005, DV8 Magazine is a bi-monthly publication representing the diversity that exists in the fashion, music and entertainment industries.

In addition to highlighting people and businesses that deviate from the norm in the urban industries, the publication also offers lifestyle topics such as sports and politics.

DV8 Magazine is a sister publication of OnDaStreets Magazine.

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For more information, press only:
Kelly Roberts, K Elements, LLC
Office: 678.524.8368
Email: kelly@kelements.com

For more information on DV8 Magazine:
http://www.deve8magazine.com
Desmick Perkins, Publisher
Office: 404.756.9868

For more information regarding the Dirty Awards:
http://www.dirtyawards.com


 
Super Producer Rockwilder Launches Rocbeats.com

New York, New York- Grammy award winning producer, Rockwilder, is set to take his talents to the online world. His newly formed website Rocbeats.com will serve as an outlet for up and coming artists to receive production advice and assistance from one of the best in the game. Along with countless numbers of chart topping hits and his production contributing to the sales of millions of records, Rockwilder also carries the title of Grammy Award Winner. The whole idea of the site is to provide new artists and indie labels the opportunity to get production from a professional and creditable source at affordable prices. By creating an easily accessible way for new artist to get production from someone who has worked with the biggest names in music, Rockwilder has ventured into uncharted territory and as he says its time to give back.

Rocbeats.com will serve as a full-featured access point for artist to not only receive advice and top quality production, but also a chance to earn money for their talents. The website will provide artist with such benefits as free membership, original beats for sale, beat auctions, $1000 monthly giveaways, a $15,000 annual giveaway, and the grand prize of a $1,000,000 production deal. With so much to offer its hard to see why anyone in the music business would pass it up. With a pre-website launch scheduled for December 12, 2005 and the official website launch happening March 2006, it gives aspiring artist just enough time to gather their best material and add some high quality production to it. The official launch party will be announced on the site and will be held in New York City with the guarantee of plenty of celebrities and music business heads in attendance.

With Rockwilder receiving thousands of unprofessional demo tapes a month he gives the reason for creating the site. It has come to the point where every demo that I receive has terrible music production. I have made millions of dollars in the music business and this is my way of giving back. I mean the same kind of beats that I would sell for $50,000 or $100,000; I now sell for as little as $50 or $100 on my website. I made my money, now Im going to help artist get the hottest music at Rocbeats.com To set up interviews with Rockwilder send request to Allen Brown at allen@rocbeats.com.

# # #

Rocbeats.com
212.560.7345
Allen Brown
allen@rocbeats.com


 
Imaan Faith/Deejay Ra Release 'Mandela' EP.

"You Got A Choice", the debut EP by Tehran-Canadian
emcee Imaan Faith and Sikh-Indian producer Raoul
Juneja (a.k.a. Deejay Ra), has been initially released
online through an independent alliance between
Juneja's Lyrical Knockout Entertainment, Imaan's GUTS
Records and the Vancouver based MixtapeMP3.com
distribution imprint.

An unprecedented full profits are being donated to the
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund Canada (NMCF), who
arranged for the EP to feature an exclusive President
Mandela speech at Toronto's SkyDome in addition to
Imaan's acclaimed 'Aids Awareness' rap song and radio
PSA.

"Mandela at SkyDome", an original documentary produced
by the NMCF about the assembling of 40,000 Canadian
students for Mandela's 1998 launch of his Fund's
Canada branch, is also being released next year on DVD
by Juneja's Lyrical Knockout Entertainment to raise
donations for the Fund, coinciding with Imaan's early
2006 in-store EP placement.

To download "You Got A Choice" visit:

http://www.mixtapemp3.com/deejay-ra-honour-south-africa.html

For more about the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
Canada or Lyrical Knockout Entertainment visit
Mandela-Children.ca and LyricalKnockout.com
respectively.


 
Nolita Film Festival starts this weekend!!

The public is invited to attend free film screenings this week at the Nolita Film Festival going on this week. There will also be a totally free film seminar by Tim Greene of Tim Greene Films.com and The Ultimate Hip Hop Motion Picture Consortium.Tim has been on tour all over the country this year and will wrap up his 2005 tour in New York City on Friday December 9th at The Bleeker Theater at 2pm.

After standing room only seminars at The Los Angeles Convention Center,Directors Guild Of America Bldg.,Find (IFP-Beverly Hills,Ca.)Diversity Committee, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Ohio you may want to get to the New York seminar early to get a seat.

Log onto:
www.nolitafilmfestival.com
WWW.TIMGREENEFILMS.COM


 
New Reggaeton Shopping and News Site Launches: TiendaReggaeton.com

Latest online destination for Reggaeton fans worldwide

Miami, FL (PRWEB) December 2, 2005 -- Intventures, Inc., a Florida-based web site operator in the U.S. Hispanic market, announced today the launch of its new web site TiendaReggaeton.com. The new site, which is located at http://www.tiendareggaeton.com, delivers content and shopping suggestions related to the world of Reggaeton. This new online destination is intended to help the growing legions of Reggaeton fans get the latest news on a variety of subjects related to the hottest musical genre today: Reggaeton. In addition, the site offers tips and links to partner sites that offer products of interest to the target audience.

According to Angela Gonzalez, Sr. Vice President of Intventures, Inc., even before the official launch of the site, it is attracting visitors from all over the world. In her words: We are pleasantly surprised to see traffic from all over the Americas even before any efforts have been made to promote the site. This clearly proofs that there is an underserved need for content and products related to Reggaeton. We are delighted to help meet the demand for content and shopping of this rapidly growing segment of the market.

According to the company, future versions of the site will offer even deeper content and community features. Currently the site is updated daily with news related to Reggaeton by tapping on RSS feeds from publications around the world. Although all news are in the English, the sites navigational content is delivered using a copy style strong in Spanglish and code switching which makes the site highly relevant to the target audience. Reggaeton blends Jamaican music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as bomba and plena, as well as that of hip hop. The music is combined with rapping in Spanish.

About TiendaReggaeton.com

TiendaReggaeton.com is the preeminent online destination for Reggaeton news and shopping suggestions. The site attracts Hispanic youth audiences from the United States and the Americas with an affinity to the Reggaeton lifestyle and music. TiendaReggaeton.com is owned and operated by Intventures, Inc., a Florida-based web site operator in the U.S. Hispanic market.

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Angela Gonzalez
INTVENTURES, INC.
954 255 8761


12/01/2005

 
Oy! VH1 is 'So Jewtastic'

'VH1 All Access: So Jewtastic' Premieres December 19 At 9 PM*

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In an age when Madonna demands to be called "Esther," Jon Stewart is a sex symbol and seemingly everyone speaks a little Yiddish, it's never been hipper to be a Jew. VH1's "All Access Presents: So Jewtastic" celebrates everything you knew -- and lots of stuff you didn't about being Jewish.

Thanks to a mensch laden panel of pundits, "So Jewtastic" premiering Monday, December 19 at 9 PM*, will answer questions like: Why is it hip to be a Jew? (the trendy rise of Kabbalah), Are Jews crunk? (the marriage of Jews and hip hop) and what's the deal with Jewish stereotypes (money, sex and sports)? Jackie Mason will give classic lessons in "Yiddish 101" and an attempt will be made to figure out once and for all why Jews are so funny. So put down that gefilte fish and pop open some Manischewitz, being Jewish has never been "So Jewtastic!"

A variety of music artists, TV and film stars, comedians, journalists and other celebrities come together to dish on all things Jewish, including Brooke Burke, Ben Lee, Evan Seinfeld, Scott Ian, Matisyahu, Darryl McDaniels, Jackie Mason, Dr. Ruth, comedian Elon Gold, Dustin Diamond, Baby the rapper, LA Time's Joel Stein, Warner Music Group's chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen, Ron Jeremy, Rob Tannenbaum from the rock band What I Like About Jew, Atlantic Records' president Julie Greenwald, Bill Adler and Heeb magazine's Josh Neuman.


The show will cover topics such as:
-- Jewish Stereotypes: "So Jewtastic" does not tip toe around the
lingering stereotypes surrounding the Jewish community and asks whether
there's any truth to the tired old assumptions about the Jewish mother,
neuroses and sex.
-- It's Hip To Be A Jew: Everywhere you look, on TV, in the movies and in
music there's a homie of Moses. From Madonna practicing Kabbalah to
Seth from the OC to Orlando Bloom in Troy, it is now cool to be Jewish.
Even non-Jews like Demi Moore and Britney are proudly wearing red
string bracelets.
-- Yiddish 101: Class is in session as Jackie Mason explains the meaning
of various Yiddish words.
-- Oy? Yo!: VH1 will remix both Jewish and hip hop culture as it
examines the bizarre intersection of Jews and Hip Hop. Jews have always
worked behind the scenes in hip-hop (Def Jam was Co-Founded by
Rick Rubin and Lyor Cohen just to name a few) but now it seems like
most Jewish kids are drawn to hip-hop more than ever. See the first
ever Jewish/hip hop "Bling Off," as rap superstar, Baby, teaches a
Jewish Bubbe (grandmother) the basics of blinging properly.
-- From The Shtetl To Heavy Metal: Jews have played a key role in
Hard Rock/Heavy Metal (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth and
many more). Is that the reason Jews are so loud...in music that is?
Rockers Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard and Scott Ian of Anthrax provide
their take on the heebs who head bang, Bar Mitzvah pics included.
-- Jews In Comedy: VH1 tickles your funny bone as we explore what's so
funny about being Jewish. Even non-Jewish families on TV are Jewish
(and played by Jewish actors), like the Costanzas on 'Seinfeld.' We
send comedian Elon Gold to the famous Canter's deli in LA on a quest
for answers to questions even some Jews can't answer with a segment
titled: "Jew got questions, Jew got answers." What is a mohel? Why is
there a hole in the middle of a bagel? Do you like gefilte fish enough
to try it on TV?
-- Jews In Sports: From wrestler Goldberg to baseball star Shawn Green to
Jay Fiedler of the NY Jets, Jews are getting down and dirty. And the
very few of them are surprisingly good at it.

For more information on this show, please log on to http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/vh1_all_access/97703/episode.jhtml

"All Access: So Jewtastic" is a production of VH1. Executive Produced by Danielle Gelfand, Michael Hirschorn and Shelly Tatro.

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

*All Times ET/PT

Contacts: Luis Defrank
212-846-7012

Scott Acord
310-752-8075

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Luis Defrank, +1-212-846-7012, or Scott Acord, +1-310-752-8075

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


 
New Hip Hop Drums from Bangin-Beats.com.

12/01/2005
The shape shifting sound design team at Bangin-Beats is at it again, bringing in the year with another bleeding edge library of one shot samples entitled "Bang Theory," covering the Hip Hop, R&B & Urban music genre.

Bang Theory consists of 10 sound sets consisting of ruggedly tweaked kick drums, snares, hi hats & percussive one shots like Pots & Pans & FX stabs.

Sets like "Soul Clapped", "Scooby Doo" and "Dirty Bomb" highlight the classic Bangin-Beats style of set building; crisp, ugly one shot drum samples peppered with more of their custom percussive FX.

Recorded with one of the most effective mic cabinets in Hip Hop sound design, the series showcases the sonic character of many classics. The RCA44BX, the industry proven AKG C414B-ULS, the all but forgotten EV Model 77 Carbon mic and countless others into Groove Tubes, Focusright & Joemeek preamps. The very same signal path that put Bangin-Beats drums on so many hit records.

Sound sets in the Bang Theory series are available for $9.99 each, or $79.99 as a complete 10 set series.

Sounds can be delivered via download or on CD Rom, Zip, Floppy or CF media for all major hardware and software samplers.

For additional information & audio demos, visit www.Bangin-Beats.com.

About us:
Bangin-Beats, established in 1996, is a proven industry tastemaker in critical sound design for Hip Hop & Urban music production.

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CONTACT: KIRK T
PHONE: 1.877.219.5515
EMAIL: Support@BanginBeats.com
URL: www.Bangin-Beats.com


 
Ja Rule Exodus IN STORES DECEMBER 6

THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS INCLUDE NEW TITLE TUNE SINGLE, EXODUS, AND ME 19 tracks spanning 1999-2005, heavy on the hits and collaborations Holla Holla, Put It on Me, I Cry, Livin it Up, Always On Time, Thug Lovin, Mesmerize, New York, Wonderful and more!

(Nov. 29, 2005 New York, NY) Straight outta Hollis, multi-platinum The Inc./Def Jam recording artist and certified box office sensation Ja Rule has been at the epicenter of hardcore hip-hops entry into the mainstream over the last half-dozen tumultuous years. Ja Rules long-distance run is collected for the first time in his career on his 7th album, EXODUS, a newly-compiled 19-track anthology spanning 1999-2005, scheduled for December 6th release.

The title tunes Exodus (Intro) and Exodus (Outro) new, previously unreleased tracks (co-written by Ja Rule and produced by Seven Aurelius for 7th Sign & Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions, Inc.) open and close the album. EXODUS includes a third previously unreleased track, Me (co-written by Ja Rule and produced by Arizona Slim and Irv Gotti for Top Dawg Productions, Inc.).

At the heart of EXODUS are the hit singles and tracks covering every year of Ja Rules success starting with Holla Holla, his first breakthrough #2 Rap single of 1999, and Put It on Me (feat. Vita), his first #1 entry on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart the following year. Over the next four years, Ja Rule amassed an astounding track record of collaborations with the biggest names in pop, R&B and hip-hop as he rode the top of the charts with (among others) I Cry (featuring Lil Mo), Livin it Up (featuring Case), Always On Time (featuring Ashanti), Thug Lovin (featuring Bobby Brown), Mesmerize (featuring Ashanti), New York (featuring Fat Joe & Jadakiss), and Wonderful (featuring R. Kelly & Ashanti). Other guests include DMX & Jay-Z (on Its Murda); J-Lo & Caddillac Tah (on Aint It Funny); and Ron Isley aka Mr. Biggs (on Daddys Little Baby)

With U.S. sales of his first six albums Venni, Vetti, Vecci (1999), Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain Is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood in My Eye (2003), and R.U.L.E. (2004) in excess of 10 million units, and worldwide sales topping the 13 million mark, Ja Rule has established his imprint in the hip-hop, pop and R&B hierarchy. Adding to his roles as recording artist, businessman (founder of The Inc, FocusVision film company, and the Mojito liquor company launching next year), fashion designer (his Erving Geoffrey premium Urban wear line), philanthropist and political activist (his L.I.F.E. Foundation programs) Ja Rule has also established a successful career in film.

His screen credits began in 2000 with Robert Adetuyi's Turn It Up, and include such hits as Rob Cohen's blockbuster The Fast and The Furious in 2001, Don Michael Paul's Half Past Dead with Steven Segal in 2002, David Zucker's smash Scary Movie 3 with the Wayans brothers in 2003, and the back-to-back hits in 2004, The Cookout (with Queen Latifah) and Shall We Dance (with Richard Gere). Ja Rules 10th movie, Assault On Precinct 13, which opened January 2005, starred Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, John Leguizamo, Maria Bello, Drea de Matteo, and Gabriel Byrne.

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


 
Young RJ

Detroit (AKA Rock City) is home to many things; most notably the automobile among others. But automobiles is not the only thing its housed, add the current home of the NBA World Champion Detroit Pistons, a certain mega-platinum blonde haired emcee and more importantly the home that birthed the sound that changed the music landscape as we know it; the Motown sound. Yes, the Motown Sound made popular by Berry Gordy, former President of Motown Records and the raw talent that he found in Detroit to make it rise to prominence; a sound that has greatly impacted the music Young RJ chooses to create the Motown era represented soul in general, emotion, and I think that the Motown sound is what people are trying to recapture today. There is a feel good vibe attached to it, you can dance to it and its still had a great impact on the way music is made today, especially neo-soul.? Yet, with the emphasis on the former, whos going to carry the weight of the Detroit tradition? Detroits flourishing hip-hop scene of course! The testament to the later statement is production wunderkind Young RJ.

Straight from the streets of Detroit and at the ripe age of 22, Young RJ is already a studio veteran who brings an impeccably distinct flavor to Hip-Hop. And whether it is a sample, or live instrumentation based track, RJ proves that he is sonically mature beyond his years and he has already displayed an insatiable work ethic; having manned the boards for Slum Village producing the wealth of their last three albums, (Trinity, Detroit Deli and the new Slum Village Self Titled LP). Considering Young RJ was still in high school when he contributed to Slum Villages Trinity LP and that he was settling in after Jay Dee as the groups main sound architect, the pressure of filling in for a beloved producer such as Jay Dee and working on a major label LP with no prior credits to his resume would have been a tremendous undertaking for anyone, especially for someone who had yet to reach the legal drinking age, but Young RJ laments it was merely the next step in his progression yes, looking back on it now, there was pressure, but it was not overwhelming. I think being so young helped me a great deal, I was just able to focus on making good music and Jay Dee taught me certain things that I used, which just added to what I already brought to the table. Im young, but I have an old soul and my production has a younger edge to it to where I feel I am able to reach the younger and older fans.

Yet, aside from his essential contributions to Slum Village, RJ has also worked with Rhian Benson (whose debut also included work from James Poyser, Mike Elizondo and Bob Power) and the man behind Angie Stones hit More Than a Woman? Calvin Richardson and his album 2:35P.M (where he worked alongside Rapheal Saadiq and Mike City). Most recently Young RJ worked with fellow Detroit native Proof of D12 on his solo-debut Searching for Jerry Garcia and collaborated with fellow producer Black Milk (to form the production duo B.R. Gunna) for a compilation, Dirty District Vol.2, which featured Detroit artists such as Jay Dilla, MC Breed, Slum Village and Phat Kat; BR Gunnas single, Something Good, featured one of the most renowned Motown era groups, The Dramatics, and quickly took off on college and local radio. Young RJs partnership with Black Milk includes a very unique chemistry, as the two share a similar musical vision When we collaborated on Slums Detroit Deli and our own project D. District it just showed how alike we were from a musical perspective, as unbeknownst to us we had collected allot of the same records. Even though we have separate studios, we bounce off of each other quite well and we kick around ideas and concepts individually and then get together to finish them. And while I worked separately on the latest Slum Village LP, we used the same formula on Slum Villages Detroit Deli, the only difference is now were more advanced.

Now after putting in time behind the scenes, Young RJ has begun to show that he has the musical acumen necessary to catapult himself into the elite category of Hiphop producers. That quest has already begun with the stellar work he put in on Slum Villages self-titled LP (his production for Slum Villages EZ Up is now featured on a national advertising campaign that Slum inked with Chevrolet) and upcoming placements on forthcoming major label projects.

Young RJ 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

http://www.barakrecords.com
www.movementmarketing.net


11/30/2005

 
Truth Universal Unleashes Decolonization Album

Despite trying times for himself and his community in New Orleans, Truth Universal recently put the finishing touches on his new album, Decolonization, which will be released in February 2006 on Dragon's Breath Records/Day By Day Entertainment.

Houston, TX (PR Web) November 30, 2005 -- Creating music in one of the most culturally-rich regions in the world has given Truth Universal a masterful edge on his craft. Despite trying times for himself and his community in New Orleans, Truth Universal recently put the finishing touches on his new album, Decolonization, which will be released in February 2006 on Dragon's Breath Records/Day By Day Entertainment. The first single from the album, "Mindframe", features a West Coast cameo from Zion, of the Bay Area group Zion I. Truth has made the song available for stream or download at www.tygereye.net/truthuniversal

Truth Universal asserts that while his music appeals to Hip Hop fans around the globe, he embraces the diverse palette of Southern rap. "You got a lot of cats that talk about struggle and hustle," he explains. "I talk about it too, but I put in a context where that may be something that causes you to seek self-determination, and maybe evaluate where we are as a people in America. It's the same struggle, but from a different perspective. What I do is some real turntable, emcee and deejay Hip Hop."

The past two months have been a turbulent time for Truth, as he and his family were relocated to Houston in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He courageously maintained his ambition as he completed the album, and he is hopeful that fans will recognize and relate to his experiences through the music and beyond.

You can download Truth Universal's new video for "Mindframe" featuring Zion of Zion I at:
http://truthuniversal.com/vids/TUZMindframeInspMedium.mp4

For more information on Truth Universal, go to www.tygereye.net/truthuniversal and www.truthuniversal.com

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


 
RMD Entertainment Group Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Hip Hop Sports Apparel Company DBands

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Nov 30, 2005) - RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Hip Hop Sports apparel company DBands (www.dbands.com).

DBands are designed to maintain their position over the forehead area, making them comfortable and easy to wear. Their extra absorbent materials prevent sweat from reaching the eyes, resulting in better performance during competition.

DBands have performed well in trials and several NBA players have worn them during last season with great results. In addition, several major Hip Hop performance artists have endorsed the unique headwear as the newest and hottest fashion statement on the streets today. Recently DBands has received extensive media coverage in GQ Magazine and on CNN's "After the Bell."

"This is an opportunity we felt like we could not pass up," says Giorgio Costonis, CEO of RMD Entertainment Group. "DBands is a unique product that has performed better than the traditional headbands worn by athletes in the past. In addition, their unique design has attracted the attention of the Hip Hop lifestyle consumer market. We see a tremendous amount of cross promotion between the artists that we release material on and the DBand product. There are many creative ways that we can create revenue potential from this acquisition once it is completed. We have had the opportunity to acquire clothing lines in the past but none fit quite like DBands. We see revenue potential from athletes using the product, 14 to 24 year olds wanting to make a fashion statement and corporate advertising material potential."

Vincent Normant, founder, creator and CEO of DBands, added, "We are on the same page as the executive team over at RMD. Our role is to break them into the Hip Hop apparel market much like Phat Farm did for Russell Simmons and Def Jam. We are a company on the rise much like RMD. Our product and their artist stable should complement each other quite well. It's a great fit for each firm. Our first product line is complete and manufacturing is ongoing. We look forward to a great relationship with RMD Entertainment group and will look to expand our existing product line within the next 6 months."

A tentative date of December 13th has been scheduled in which all contracts would be signed in Philadelphia. Press passes will be provided to the event upon request. For more information on Media clearances please contact MPH Public Relations at 310-234-3200.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

Truly a global company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry, RMD has had nothing but success on the international level and its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Defense

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

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

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


 
Music Industry Today Offers Extended News Coverage of Hip-Hop & Rap

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Covering all aspects of the music business, Music Industry Today offers its readers extended Hip-Hop & Rap music coverage. See:

-- Hip-Hop & Rap News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/HipHopAndRapMusic/pr

-- Murder Inc News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/Murder-Inc/pr

-- 50 Cent News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/50Cent/pr

-- Kanye West News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/KanyeWest/pr

-- Missy Elliott News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/MissyElliott/pr

-- Public Enemy News - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/news/Public-Enemy/pr

About Music Industry Today, http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/pr

Indexing thousands of articles from over 4,000 news sources, Music Industry Today provides the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute information available on the web regarding the music industry.

Music Industry Today is a resource for music industry professionals who need to follow the latest developments in technology, copyright wars, government actions affecting the industry, music genres, instruments, hundreds of individual artists, and much more.

In addition, Music Industry Today provides news summaries on major companies, such as Columbia Records, EMI or Sony/BMG, and specific issues such as the Rolling Stones Tour.

Unlike Google News, Music Industry Today focuses on pre-set newsfeeds edited by a team of experienced editors. It is published by the IPD Group which specializes in media monitoring services.

About the IPD Group, Inc., http://www.ipdgroup.com/pr

The Washington, DC-based IPD Group, Inc. provides niche-focused Internet data mining and searching tools to corporations, institutions, and professional individuals. The company makes online research more convenient, rapid and affordable.

The IPD Group's media monitoring and newsletter services are designed as alternatives to high cost services such as Lexis-Nexis.

"Google offers a form of free news," says David Rothstein, CEO of the IPD Group. "On the other end of the spectrum, companies such as Lexis-Nexis charge thousands of dollars a year. We fit well in the niche-market data-mining space used by professionals."

The IPD Group's publications include:

-- EIN News - http://www.einnews.com/pr
-- U.S. Politics Today - http://www.uspoliticstoday.com/pr
-- EU Politics Today - http://www.eupoliticstoday.com/pr
-- Healthcare Industry Today - http://www.healthcareindustrytoday.com/pr
-- Music Industry Today - http://www.musicindustrytoday.com/pr
-- The Inbox Robot - http://www.inboxrobot.com/pr

Source: IPD Group, Inc.

CONTACT: David Rothstein of IPD Group, +1-202-318-8905, or
http://www.ipdgroup.com/feedback.php

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


 
Latin Music Download Store Moves Into Downloadable Video

With the inclusion of the Cuban documentary, La Fabri_K, Latin music download site, Musica360 steps into the realm of downloadable video. With this move, Musica360 becomes the first latin specific music store to offer video downloads in addition to it's audio offerings.

(PRWEB) November 30, 2005 -- With the inclusion of the Cuban documentary, La Fabri_K, Latin music download site, Musica360 steps into the realm of downloadable video. With this move, Musica360 becomes the first latin specific music store to offer video downloads in addition to it's audio offerings.

"I really have to think Cindy Brown, Managing Director of the Miami Light Project for being enough of a forward thinker to see our vision," states Christopher English, CEO of Musica360. "She understands that selling 320x240 iPod compatible videos is not going to cannibalize the sale of physical DVDs. In fact, in this age of the video iPod and Sony PSP this could actually wind up increasing the sales of a project. For us, it's the first step in Musica360 providing all things Latin and downloadable from music to videos to audio books. That's our goal."

La Fabri_K is a 62 minute documentary that follows the artists of Doble-Filo and Obsesion, known collectively as "La Fabri-K" (The Factory), from their eye-opening concert tour of the United States. They encounter legendary hip-hop personalities and plenty of drama en route to their ground breaking performance at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem.

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Christopher English
MUSICA360
http://www.musica360.com/
570-236-7034


 
Mediaport Entertainment to Offer Music From EMI Artists Through MediaATMs(TM)

NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Mediaport Entertainment, Inc., the nation's first company to deploy unmanned point-of-sale kiosks, called MediaATMs(TM), today announced an agreement to offer consumers music from EMI's prestigious recorded music repertoire through Mediaport's retail kiosks, MediaATMs(TM) and its website (www.mediaport.com). Mediaport's MediaATM(TM) is an unmanned point-of-sale kiosk store that delivers digital entertainment content such as music, to customers in a just in time, user-friendly manner.

Mediaport's MediaATMs are being deployed at nearly 40 universities, 15 military bases, and at two Fortune 500 retailers. Mediaport has also signed agreements with Brazin Ltd., one of Australia's top specialty store retailers, and NeoProducts, recognized as the second largest kiosk manufacturer in the world, to deploy Mediaport's MediaATMs(TM) internationally.

Using a MediaATM(TM), consumers can select albums or create customized compilations of EMI artists, including Coldplay, Norah Jones, Gorillaz, Joss Stone, Keith Urban and Yellowcard, which can be burned onto CDs, or downloaded directly to a portable device via a USB connection. Additionally, consumers can download digital tracks securely from Mediaport's Internet-based e-Music store and transfer them to portable devices. Mediaport first introduced the MediaATM(TM) with its innovative patent pending technology in Salt Lake City in November 2003.

"Our agreement with Mediaport illustrates EMI Music's commitment to give consumers access to our music wherever they might want to purchase it," said Ronn Werre, President, EMI Music Marketing. "These new MediaATMs will let fans get the music they want in a location convenient to them while also giving them the ability to customize their own compilations."

Said Helen Seltzer, Mediaport CEO, "The concept behind our company is simple: we bring digital content to the consumer. Our customers have told us that they want music by EMI's artists. Now, thanks to our agreement with EMI, our consumers have the ability to buy EMI's music, when and where they want."

Mediaport has also signed an agreement with Loudeye Corporation for content services, and unveiled a new MediaATM(TM) design this week in Los Angeles.

About Mediaport Entertainment

Mediaport(TM), a Delaware corporation, headquartered in Salt Lake City, was founded in early 2001 with a vision to be the digital distribution system providing entertainment content to consumers at easily accessible locations. As the first company to deploy unmanned point-of-sale kiosks, Mediaport's patent-pending applications allow customers to purchase digital content by burning CDs/DVDs, or digitally downloading media to a USB storage device in minutes. For more information about Mediaport Entertainment, please visit: http://www.mediaport.com/

About EMI Music

EMI is the world's biggest independent music company operating directly in 50 countries. EMI Music represents more than 1,000 outstanding artists of all kinds of music. Among its record labels are: Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone, and Virgin.

Mediaport and MediaATM(TM) are registered trademarks of Mediaport Entertainment, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Additional Contacts:

Adam Grossberg
EMI Music
212/786-8855
adam.grossberg@emimusic.com

Bob Merlis
MFH for Mediaport
323/962-6997
bobmerlis@bobmerlis.com

Mark Nakada
801/364-2500
mark@mediaport.com

Source: Mediaport Entertainment, Inc.

CONTACT: Adam Grossberg of EMI Music, +1-212-786-8855,
adam.grossberg@emimusic.com; or Bob Merlis of MFH, +1-323-962-6997,
bobmerlis@bobmerlis.com, for Mediaport; or Mark Nakada of Mediaport,
+1-801-364-2500, mark@mediaport.com

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


 
MP3tunes Releases Online Music Locker With Unlimited Storage

New Service Makes Personal Music Collections Accessible Anywhere

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MP3tunes today announced the availability of Oboe, a music locker that stores an entire personal music library online, making it accessible anywhere. With an entire song collection safe online, music fans have ability to stream their music from any machine with an Internet connection as well as sync their songs to each computer and device they own. Oboe accounts are $39.95 per year and include unlimited storage with no extra bandwidth charges, plus Macintosh, Microsoft Windows and Linux software for one-button syncing. Oboe also offers an iTunes plug-in for syncing and streaming inside the popular music application. The service is available immediately at www.mp3tunes.com.

"Five years from now, lugging around your entire music collection and plugging it in everywhere will seem as outdated as carrying around a pocketful of nickels," said Michael Robertson, CEO of MP3tunes. "It makes more sense to safely store your music online and sync it or stream it to all the places you listen to music, which is exactly what Oboe makes possible."

Oboe is a sophisticated online music service offering individual user accounts that can store an entire music library of files in .mp3, .wma (Windows Media), .aac (iTunes), and .ogg format. Registered users are provided with a personal account and the Oboe Software Suite, which installs software tools to easily load online music lockers using Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Windows or Linux computers.

Oboe Sync:

The Oboe Sync software will search an entire computer for music files and then load all located music files into the designated online locker. This creates a backup of an entire music collection securely online, safeguarded from hardware malfunctions, viruses, or theft.

Once a music locker is loaded with music, the same Oboe Sync software can be used to move the music to multiple locations. With a single click, Oboe Sync will analyze the PC and online locker, making sure each location has the same music. Each time Oboe Sync runs, any new music files detected on the PC will be moved to the locker and any new files loaded to the locker will be moved to the PC. This ensures a music listener will have access to their entire song library wherever they listen to music.

Oboe Locker:

Each Oboe account also comes with a Web page where users can access their entire music collection from any device with an Internet connection. A user-friendly interface displays artists, albums, tracks and playlists, which can be streamed for online listening at 192kbps -- practically CD quality. A sophisticated music manager built using Ajax technologies makes it possible to pause, skip, repeat tracks, create playlists, label music, and control volume all directly within the Web page without requiring any additional software to be installed.

Oboe for iTunes:

An innovative iTunes plug-in makes it possible to access Oboe directly from within iTunes software on either Macintosh or Microsoft Windows computers. An "Oboe" entry is added to the shared music area. Once clicked, users enter their account information and their iTunes music and playlists are synced to their online locker. Using the same plug-in, an iTunes user can view the entire contents of their online library from within iTunes as well as stream it.

Oboe for Firefox:

A Mozilla Firefox plug-in is included with the Oboe Software Suite so music available on the Internet with its own link can be copied directly into the Oboe Locker. Once installed, any Web site with music links ending in .mp3, .wma, .ogg or .acc trigger a small musical icon to appear after that link. Clicking on the link will sideload the track from the viewing Web site directly to the configured locker.

Both paid and free accounts are available with Oboe. Paid accounts are $39.95 per year with unlimited size music lockers, 192kbps streaming, no bandwidth charges and limitless usage of the entire beta release of the Oboe Software Suite. Free accounts are also available, which allow loading of music from the Web including the Oboe for Firefox plug-in, but are limited to 56kbps streaming in both the Oboe Locker and Oboe for iTunes plug-in. No syncing is permitted with free accounts. Users can sign up at www.mp3tunes.com. Screenshots are available for viewing at www.mp3tunes.com/screenshots.

About MP3tunes

MP3tunes is an online service provider focusing on digital music. The company was founded by Michael Robertson, founder and original CEO of MP3.com.

For more information about Oboe or MP3tunes, please contact:

Camille Wood
858-587-6700, ext. 242
press@mp3tunes.com

Source: MP3tunes

CONTACT: Camille Wood of MP3tunes, +1-858-587-6700, ext. 242,
press@mp3tunes.com

Web site: http://www.mp3tunes.com/screenshots

Web site: http://www.mp3tunes.com/


 
Company offers "Urban" for Sale

November 29, 2005
(Los Angeles, CA)The Urban Network (www.urbannetwork.com) is an entertainment industry publication featuring an online portal. The multi-media company bridges the urban entertainment community its lifestyle and its consumers, with the film, radio, retail and record industries. Recently, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Miller London announced the formation of a privately held corporation, The Urban Network Group, Inc. and the beginning of its first stock offering.

The restructuring comes as the result of rapid expansion and the creation of new programs in the areas of business development, marketing and sales.

London stated in regards to the changes, There has been so much interest and support for the Urban Network that I wanted to be able to share our good fortune. There were many people that given the chance would have invested in companies like Motown, Johnson Publications, BET, Radio One and othersand we are creating a chance for individuals to seize such an opportunity with the Urban Network.

The Urban Network Group, Inc. currently includes a magazine publication, website, newly launched e-magazine, and annual entertainment industry conferences. Subsequently, the company has formed alliances with companies such as Viva Hollywood (Latino entertainment magazine and website), Artist Interactive (CD Rom interactive magazine), the ABA (American Basketball Association), and Live 365 to further its branding opportunities and expand its reach into urban demographics.

The private stock offering begins at a price of $1.00 per share.

For investor relations contact, Arthur Mitchell, vice-president of business development, at 619.255.6597 or amitchell@urbannetwork.com.

For media inquiries or interviews, please contact exclamation points Urban marketing communications at 281.752.0052 or email press@expointsonline.com

contact: stephanie mckenzie
281.752.0052 x 5
press@expointsonline.com


 
HyPursuit Inc Teams Up with MusicLife Entertainment Group

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 29, 2005 - Texas' HyPursuit Inc has partnered
with New York's MusicLife Entertainment Group LLC. Both companies
offer
a wide range of marketing services which cater to the music and
entertainment industry. HyPursuit Inc's President, Keetria
Garner-Chambers founded the company in 2002 and has since launched
divisions in marketing, management and publicity. "We were interested
in working with MusicLife Entertainment because of their focus," said
Chambers. "Even with the similarities in our companies we both have
different projects, coming together extends our reach. MusicLife
Entertainment Group is responsible for launching Singersroom.com, a
unique R&B platform dedicated to providing the latest in everything
revolving around the R&B genre. HyPursuit Inc and Music Life
Entertainment will begin their partnership by launching a series of
cross promotional campaigns.

About MusicLife Entertainment Group
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MusicLife Entertainment Group LLC. was founded on a single promise:
creating products and services that will entertain the lives of all
individuals. MusicLife Entertainment was launched in New York, New
York, on August 2004 by co-founders, Gary Gentles and Adeniyi Omisore.
MusicLife Entertainment focuses are on enhancing mainstream culture
through music, film, television, technology and fashion. MusicLife
Entertainment currently has operations in music production and
publishing (www.Singersroom.com).

For more information, interviews and press kits on HYPURSUIT INC or
MUSICLIFE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP LLC, please contact: Keetria
Garner-Chambers at (214) 677-6518 or send email to info@hypursuit.com
or
Adeniyi Omisore at (917) 232-2631 or send email to
adeniyi.omisore@musiclifeent.com.

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Contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers
YPURSUIT INC.
hone: (214) 677-6518
mail: keetria@hypursuit.com


 
Mariah Says 'We Belong Together' to the Top Spot on VH1's 'Top 40 Videos of 2005'

Premieres Friday December 2nd 6 P.M.*

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday December 2nd at 6 p.m., VH1 premieres the "Top 40 Videos of 2005." Mariah Carey tops the number one spot, followed by Green Day, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, and Gwen Stefani who round out the top five.

The list was based on record sales, downloads, radio air play and time spent on VH1's weekly Top 20 Video Countdown.

*all times ET/PT

Top 40 Videos of 2005

MARIAH CAREY WE BELONG TOGETHER

GREEN DAY BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS

KELLY CLARKSON SINCE U BEEN GONE

KANYE WEST GOLD DIGGER

GWEN STEFANI HOLLABACK GIRL

ROB THOMAS LONELY NO MORE

THE KILLERS MR. BRIGHTSIDE

ALICIA KEYS KARMA

3 DOORS DOWN LET ME GO

COLDPLAY SPEED OF SOUND

WEEZER BEVERLY HILLS

BLACK EYED PEAS DON'T PHUNK WITH MY HEART

NICKELBACK PHOTOGRAPH

PUSSYCAT DOLLS F/ BUSTA RHYMES DON'T CHA

GORILLAZ FEEL GOOD, INC.

LIFEHOUSE YOU AND ME

U2 SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T MAKE IT ON YOUR OWN

MISSY ELLIOTT LOSE CONTROL

SHERYL CROW GOOD IS GOOD

MADONNA HUNG UP

GREEN DAY WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER ENDS

NATASHA BEDINGFIELD THESE WORDS

MARIAH CAREY SHAKE IT OFF

WILL SMITH SWITCH

GWEN STEFANI F/ EVE RICH GIRL

KELLY CLARKSON BECAUSE OF YOU

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND AMERICAN BABY

JOHN LEGEND ORDINARY PEOPLE

BON JOVI HAVE A NICE DAY

GAVIN DEGRAW CHARIOT

BECK GIRL

R. KELLY TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET

ANNA NALICK BREATH (2AM)

FOO FIGHTERS BEST OF YOU

HOWIE DAY COLLIDE

SHAKIRA F/ ALEJANDRO SANZ LA TORTURA

EMINEM MOCKINGBIRD

AUDIOSLAVE DOESN'T REMIND ME

JACK JOHNSON SITTING, WISHING, WAITING

BLACK EYED PEAS MY HUMPS

CONTACT: Michelle Clark of VH1, +1-212-846-5576, or michelle.clark@vh1staff.com.

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Michelle Clark of VH1, +1-212-846-5576, or
michelle.clark@vh1staff.com

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


 
2006 Sundance Film Festival Announces Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight Screenings

Original Voices, New Directions and an Eclectic Mix of Films by Promising New Independent Filmmakers to be Featured at the Festival

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In the second of four program announcements, Sundance Institute today announced the line-up of out-of-competition films screening in the Spectrum, Frontier and Park City at Midnight categories of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, taking place January 19-29, 2006, in Park City, Utah. This follows yesterday's announcement of the Independent Feature Film and World Cinema Competitions. As the premier showcase for the best new work of American independent and international filmmakers, the Sundance Film Festival screens films that embody creative risk-taking, diversity and aesthetic innovation. Full descriptions of films can be found at www.sundance.org.

For the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, 120 feature films were selected including 84 World Premieres, 18 North American Premieres and 15 U.S. Premieres representing 29 countries with 48 first time feature filmmakers. These films were selected from 3,148 feature submissions composed of 1,764 U.S. feature films and 1,384 international feature films. These numbers represent an increase from 2005 when 1,385 U.S. feature films and 1,228 international films were considered.

"This Festival presents the full spectrum of independent cinema creating a platform for filmmakers that push aesthetic and artistic boundaries outside the mainstream -- from the higher profile films to the more surprising, edgy and experimental films of Frontier and Midnight," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director of the Sundance Film Festival. "This year we've redefined some categories to create Spectrum -- a section that truly reflects the wide range of independent cinema and the new talent of filmmakers." Spectrum has expanded in scope and size to present 24 out-of-competition dramatic and documentary films from some of the most promising new filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. The new category draws from films previously in American Spectrum and Special Screenings.

"There are remarkable discoveries to be made in each of these sections," said John Cooper, Director of Programming. "Fresh talent, unique perspectives, and an interest in exploring the issues of our day like race, poverty, war, religion, sexuality, displacement, and globalization. There are also gut-busting comedies, and music documentaries that challenge conventions and experiment with the medium."

Festival films screen in nine sections: Documentary Competition, Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, Spectrum, Frontier, Park City at Midnight, Sundance Collection and Premieres. The selections for the Premieres section will be announced on Wednesday, November 30. The Short Film category will be announced on Monday, December 5. A complete list of films and other information is available at www.sundance.org.

The Sundance Film Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated year-round to the discovery and development of independent film and theatre artists and audiences. 2006 marks the 22nd year of the Festival and the Institute's 25th anniversary. Anniversary- related activities will take place throughout 2006 and will be announced at the Festival.

SPECTRUM

The Spectrum program presents 24 out-of-competition dramatic and documentary works by some of the most promising new independent filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. Spectrum films are eligible for the Audience Award at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Some Spectrum films presented at the Sundance Film Festival in the past include: GODS AND MONSTERS, MEAN CREEK, OPEN WATER, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER and RIZE.

The films screening in Spectrum are:
A MATTER OF DEGREES / U.S.A. (Director: Davis Guggenheim) World Premiere.
ADAM'S APPLES / Denmark (Director and Screenwriter: Anders Thomas Jensen)
U.S. Premiere.
ALL ABOARD! ROSIE'S FAMILY CRUISE / U.S.A. (Director: Shari Cookson)
World Premiere.
BATTLE IN HEAVEN / Mexico/France/Germany/Belgium (Director and
Screenwriter: Carlos Reygadas) U.S. Premiere.
BEYOND BEATS AND RHYMES: A HIP-HOP HEAD WEIGHS IN ON MANHOOD IN HIP-HOP
CULTURE / U.S.A. (Director: Byron Hurt) World Premiere.
CLEAR CUT: THE STORY OF PHILOMATH, OREGON / U.S.A. (Director: Peter
Richardson) World Premiere.
DREAMLAND / U.S.A. (Director: Jason Matzner; Screenwriter: Tom Willett )
World Premiere.
EVERYONE STARES: THE POLICE INSIDE OUT / U.S.A. (Director and
Screenwriter: Stewart Copeland) World Premiere.
FACTOTUM / U.S.A. (Director: Bent Hamer; Screenwriter: Jim Stark) U.S.
Premiere.
FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jay Floyd)
World Premiere.
JEWBOY / Australia (Director and Screenwriter: Tony Krawitz) North
American Premiere.
JOURNEY FROM THE FALL / Thailand/U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter:
Ham Tran) North American Premiere.
LA TRAGEDIA DE MACARIO / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Pablo Veliz)
World Premiere.
LEONARD COHEN I'M YOUR MAN / U.S.A. (Director: Lian Lunson) U.S.
Premiere.
MAN PUSH CART / Iran/U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Ramin Bahrani)
North American Premiere.
OFF THE BLACK / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: James Ponsoldt) World
Premiere.
OPEN WINDOW / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Mia Goldman) World
Premiere.
THE PROPOSITION / Australia (Director: John Hillcoat; Screenwriter: Nick
Cave) U.S. Premiere.
PUNCHING AT THE SUN / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Tanuj Chopra)
World Premiere.
SPECIAL / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Jeremy Passmore, Hal
Haberman) World Premiere.
WHAT REMAINS / U.S.A. (Director: Steven Cantor) World Premiere.
WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Chris
Paine) World Premiere.
WHO NEEDS SLEEP? / U.S.A. (Director: Haskell Wexler) World Premiere.
WRESTLING WITH ANGELS: PLAYWRIGHT TONY KUSHNER / U.S.A. (Director:
Freida Lee Mock) World Premiere.

FRONTIER

The Festival's Frontier section presents five films that represent new directions in filmmaking and Frontier Live, a live cinematic performance program. Utilizing experimental and innovative aesthetic approaches, work in the Frontier category challenges and provokes. Some Frontier films at Sundance Film Festival presented in the past include: TARNATION and THE JOY OF LIFE.

The films screening in Frontier are:
A DARKNESS SWALLOWED / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Betzy
Bromberg)
CINNAMON / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Kevin Everson) World
Premiere.
OLD JOY / U.S.A. (Director: Kelly Reichardt; Screenwriters: Jonathan
Raymond, Kelly Reichardt) World Premiere.
PINE FLAT / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Sharon Lockhart) World
Premiere.
WILD TIGERS I HAVE KNOWN / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Cam Archer)
World Premiere.

The project presented in Frontier Live is:
OUR SECOND DATE U.S.A. (artists: Jennifer and Kevin McCoy) -- The McCoy's
latest installation is a miniature movie set geared for live robotic
cinema that puts the production, post-production, and exhibition of a
film all in one room.

PARK CITY AT MIDNIGHT

Park City at Midnight offers eight out-of-competition films after-hours that are likely to amuse, surprise, or shock the bleary-eyed viewer and offer a lively last stop in the nightly film-going circuit. Some Midnight films presented at Sundance Film Festival in the past include: THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, SAW, OVERNIGHT, and STRANGERS WITH CANDY.

The films screening in Park City at Midnight are:
AMERICAN HARDCORE / U.S.A (Director: Paul Rauchman; Screenwriter: Steven
Blush) World Premiere.
AWESOME, I FUCKIN' SHOT THAT! / U.S.A. (Director: Nathanial Hornblower)
World Premiere.
THE DESCENT / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Neil Marshall) North
American Premiere.
DESTRICTED / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Mathew Barney, Larry
Clark, Gaspar Noe, Marco Brambilla, Sam Taylor Wood) World Premiere.
THE FOOT FIST WAY / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Jody Hill) World
Premiere.
MOONSHINE / U.S.A. (Director: Roger Ingraham; Screenwriters: Roger
Ingraham, Lori Isbell Salvage) World Premiere.
SALVAGE / U.S.A. (Directors and Screenwriters: Josh Crook and Jeff Crook)
World Premiere.
SUBJECT TWO / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Philip Chidel) World
Premiere.

Festival Sponsors

The 2006 Sundance Film Festival sponsors help sustain Sundance Institute's year-round programs to support independent artists, inspire risk-taking and encourage diversity in the arts. This year's Festival community includes: Presenting -- Hewlett-Packard Company, Entertainment Weekly, Volkswagen of America, Inc., and Adobe Systems Incorporated; Leadership Sponsors -- American Express, Delta Air Lines, DirecTV, Intel Corporation and Sprint; Sustaining Sponsors -- Aquafina, Blockbuster Inc., CESAR Food For Small Dogs, L'Oreal Paris, Moviefone, The New York Times, Sony Electronics Inc., Starbucks Coffee Company, Stella Artois(R), Turning Leaf Vineyards, and the Utah Film Commission.

Source: Sundance Institute

CONTACT: Jody Arlington, or Irene Cho, both of Sundance Institute,
+1-801-328-3456

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


 
Flames FM 94.4 -Still Keeping London Locked on to Hip Hop, R&B, and Reggae Music

In 2004 London based, black music radio station, Flames FM 94.4 made its official debut, operated by a team of dedicated and talented individuals otherwise known as the Flames FM 1st Family. The burgeoning radio station brings forth the finest DJ's and sounds to the radio airwaves and keeps listeners, regularly updated on up and coming events taking place in and around the London area.

(PRWEB) November 29, 2005 -- In 2004 London based, black music radio station, Flames FM 94.4 made its official debut, operated by a team of dedicated and talented individuals otherwise known as the Flames FM 1st Family. The burgeoning radio station brings forth the finest DJ's and sounds to the radio airwaves and keeps listeners, regularly updated on up and coming events taking place in and around the London area.

Since exploding on to the airwaves a year ago the station has received numerous accolades and acknowledgement from some of black musics biggest artists. It has also become a station that has captured the imagination of the London community and beyond. The stations resident deejay, DJ Pazza says, We support the London community North, South, East and West. Regardless of what colour, creed or nationality you are Flames FM has something for you.

The station plays an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, R&B, Garage, Reggae, chart and commercial music. It also hosts a wide spectrum of quality talk shows, where subjects such as drugs and Britains increasing gun crime epidemic are discussed in depth with interactive London. It also brings to you exclusive celebrity interviews, weather, news and gossip, clubbing information and much more.

In the new year Flames FM will conduct interviews with some of black musics biggest selling artists in Hip Hop, R&B and Reggae. A spokesperson from the station states since weve been on air our positive reputation has spread like wild fire. Artists from both sides of the Atlantic are now reaching out to us and many have agreed to give us exclusive interviews live on air. These exclusives are definitely something to look out for in 2006. We are about to take Flames FM to the next level. Believe that.

The Flames FM DJ roster includes:
DJ MERVIN (Chart & Commercial Music)
Mr SLIMZ (R&B/Bashment)
DAZE (R&B/Slow Jams)
DJ FACE (R&B/Reggae/Remixes)
DAPPER (R&B/Reggae/Remixes)
LIL MIKEE (R&B/ Reggae/Remixes)
DJ PAZZA (R&B / UK Artists /Remixes)
ROCKY BOSS (R&B/Reggae/Remixes)
MR MOSS (R&B/Slow Jams)
DJ SATURDAY (Reggae/Bashment)

For further information about Flames FM 94.4 visit www.flamesfm.com

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Janice Spence
WRITE ON POINT!
07958440823


 
Inspiration Sounds slash retail prices in their sector, with a long term goal of improving the future of the Music Industry

By making music samples and music software more affordable to the musical talent of the Future!

InspirationSounds.co.uk have slashed the retail prices of their Sample CDs by up to 300% to offer the talent of the future access to professional music samples.

(PRWEB) November 29, 2005 -- Musicians from all walks of life can now purchase professional quality music samples at a lower price than ever. Inspiration Sounds have lanched a new website at www.inspirationsounds.co.uk - Jan Franklin (Owner of Inspiration Sounds) states the company's objective:

"For the past 15 years musicians and producers have been charged up to 60 ($102) for just one Sample CD. This has meant that only an elite number of musicians have been able to afford to buy the top quality samples and loops they need to make their music sound professional. Our aim is to address this issue and make professional quality samples affordable for everyone. Some of our 20 ($34) products still sell elsewhere for 60 ($102). It is our long term intention and hope that reducing the prices now will have a positive effect on the music industry of the future. It is so important that a wider and younger audience get the benefit of using professional quality samples in their records. The music industry is in desperate need of fresh talent, hopefully this will help cultivate it..." - Jan Franklin (owner of http://www.inspirationsounds.co.uk)

Inspiration Sounds offer Sample CDs, Sample DVDS, Music Loops, Drumloops, Drum Sounds, Sound FX, MIDI Files, SYSEX Sounds, VST Plug-ins, Virtual Instruments and Music Software. Their fantastic relationships with world recognised companies such as AMG, Loopmasters, IK Multimedia, Masterbits & Nicebeats has enabled them to cut their prices. They supply a wide range of samples for applications such as Ableton Live, Sony Acid, Fruity Loops, Steinberg Kontakt, Steinberg Halion, Emagic EXS24, Apple Logic 7, Motu Mach Five, Native Instruments Kontakt, Tascam Gigastudio, and E-MU, Roland and Akai Samplers.

For more information visit the Website at: http://www.inspirationsounds.co.uk


11/29/2005

 
Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Multi-Platinum, No. 1 R&B/Hip Hop Artist, Songwriter Ciara to an Exclusive, Worldwide Publishing Deal

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), in a highly competitive situation, announced today the signing of Multi-Platinum Superstar, Ciara, to an exclusive, worldwide publishing deal.

On the heels of the signing, it was also announced that Hip-hop ingenue Ciara lead the VIBE Awards for the most nominations, including artist of the year, for which she competed against UMPG artist/writers Mariah Carey and 50 Cent , among others. Ciara received the 'Coolest Collabo' award for "Oh" featuring UMPG's Ludacris.

At 19 years old, Ciara, an Atlanta native has established herself as R&B's hottest triple threat: Singer, Songwriter and Entertainer. Ciara burst onto the scene in 2004 with the never-gonna-get-it single "Goodies" and the debut album of the same name from Sho'Nuff/LaFace/Zomba Label Group which quickly went to No. 1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Currently riding the Multi-Platinum wave with three #1 singles and a current Top 10 single, "And I" to keep her a float, Ciara's 2.7 million plus records has launched her into a world of music, movies and more!

The scene-stealing songstress has been recognized throughout the year with over 30 notable nominations and awards including MTV Video Awards, Billboard Awards, Teen Choice Awards, Soul Train Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, World Music Awards and as the most nominated artist at the BET Awards. Additionally, Ciara's surmounting recognition has secured her performances at top music events, which include the recent Much Music Awards, BET Awards, VH1 Hip Hop Honors and the upcoming Billboard Awards.

UMPG's Director of Urban Music, East Coast, Ethiopia Habtemariam, has long been watching Ciara grow and develop as an artist, "Ciara has become the most sought after entertainer of 2005 earning the respect of her peers and veterans in the industry. I am so thrilled that Ciara has chosen UMPG as her publishing home. She is truly an industry leader and we welcome her to the UMPG family."

"I am pleased to have signed with Universal Music Publishing Group," said Ciara. "David Renzer and his dedicated team continue to take the world's top songwriters to tremendous levels of success with their proven track record. I am thankful for the opportunity and look forward to working closely with the team."

Managed by Phillana Williams, SVP Marketing at sister label, Island Def Jam Music Group, Ciara joins UMPG's successful R&B/Hip-Hop roster, which includes 50 Cent, G-Unit, Ice Cube, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, Amerie, Ashanti, Mary J. Blige, Printz Board, amongst others. Ciara was previously administered through Noon Time/HitCo.

About Universal Music Publishing Group

With 47 offices in 41 countries worldwide, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is part of the Universal Music Group and one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations. Owning or administering more than 1 million copyrights, UMPG's writers and catalogues include: U2, Shania Twain, Ja Rule, Prince, Diana Krall, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Vanessa Carlton, Mary J. Blige, The Corrs, Eve, Musiq, Jill Scott, Brian McKnight, No Doubt, Blink-182, 3 Doors Down, The Beastie Boys, Anastacia, Fatboy Slim, DMX, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Paul Simon, the catalogue of Henry Mancini, among many others. For more information, visit: www.umusicpub.com.

Source: Universal Music Publishing Group

CONTACT: Heather Brown, Dir. of Marketing and Communications of UMPG,
+1-310-235-4870, heather.brown@umusic.com; or Tracy Nguyen of 5W Public
Relations, +1-212-999-5585, tnguyen@5wpr.com, for Ciara

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


 
Private Attorney General Suit Filed in the District of Columbia Against Sony BMG Entertainment, LLC

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran filed a lawsuit against Sony BMG Entertainment, LLC ("Sony") yesterday in connection with its use of so-called Digital Rights Management software on their music CDs. This suit was filed by a resident of the District of Columbia on behalf of the general public of the District.

Sony has encoded over 24 million CDs, sold worldwide, with "spyware" programs that act as copyright protection software. The software programs include MediaMax, created by SunnComm Technologies, and Extended Copy Protection ("XCP"), created by First4Internet. Through its use of these technologies on CDs, Sony has created an anti-burning scheme that permanently and irreversibly alters the core Windows operating system. These alterations to a computer can later be used by "hackers" -- or Sony itself -- to take control of the user's computer without the user's knowledge or consent. While Sony has consistently stated that the software will not be used to collect personal information, the software is also used to transmit data about users to Sony through the Internet, thereby allowing Sony to track users' listening habits.

The lawsuit was filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court under a provision in the District of Columbia's Consumer Protection and Procedures Act that allows a resident to act as a "private attorney general" and to seek relief on behalf of the general public. The suit alleges that Sony deceptively installed software on users' computers, compromised the security of users' computers and that Sony's purported attempts to curb the damage caused by its spyware programs have created even greater security risks for Sony's consumers.

By surreptitiously encoding its CDs with XCP and MediaMax software for the purported purpose of securing its intellectual property, Sony has endangered the security of personal information for computer users throughout the District of Columbia. To date, nearly 5 million copies of the XCP encoded CDs, and nearly 20 million of the MediaMax encoded CDs, have been sold. District of Columbia residents have played these disks on their personal computers and thus have had their systems unwittingly compromised. To date, several viruses have been reported that exploit the weakness that was created by the surreptitious installation of the spyware on their computers. Consumers are at risk from these and future viruses that will destroy software and steal personal information.

Sony initially stated that it planned to have all major new releases encoded with Digital Rights Management software and copy protected in 2006. Due to the current public backlash, and news of the virus piggy-backing on the XCP technology embedded by their CDs, Sony has since opted to "halt" or "suspend" the production of new CDs bearing the XCP technology. Nevertheless, Sony has refused to widely publicize its recall program to reach millions of XCP-infected customers, has failed to recall the MediaMax-infected CDs, has failed to compensate users whose computers were affected and has not eliminated the outrageous terms found in its End User Licensing Agreement (EULA). Sony is also facing at least six class action lawsuits nationwide and an action by the Texas Attorney General.

Counsel for the Plaintiff is the law firm of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran. With offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA, FTL has more than a decade of litigation experience in representing defrauded consumers nationwide. For more information about this lawsuit, please visit http://www.ftllaw.com/.

CONTACT: Karen J. Marcus of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran, +1-202-337-8000.

Source: Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran

CONTACT: Karen J. Marcus of Finkelstein, Thompson & Loughran,
+1-202-337-8000

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


 
Eminem's CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS Features His Most Popular Tracks Plus Three New Songs and a Bonus Live Performance

Deluxe Edition Adds Second CD Titled 'Stan's Mixtape'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS (Aftermath/Interscope), the first greatest hits album from rap superstar Eminem, will be issued on December 6, 2005, available in both Parental Advisory and Non-PA versions. Released simultaneously will be a two-disc deluxe edition (PA only) featuring special packaging and a second CD titled "Stan's Mixtape."

Along with 13 of Eminem's biggest hits, CURTAIN CALL includes three new songs -- "Fack," "Shake That" (featuring Nate Dogg) and "When I'm Gone" -- each written and produced by Eminem. In addition, the CURTAIN CALL bonus track marks the album premiere of the controversial Eminem-Elton John live duet of "Stan" from the 2001 Grammy Awards presentation.

"I have some songs that a lot of people like," said Eminem. "I have some songs that only I like. This album is obviously for the 'lot' of people."

Executive produced by the nine-time Grammy winner, CURTAIN CALL boasts all five of Eminem's gold and platinum singles to date, from the platinum, Oscar and two-time Grammy winning "Lose Yourself" (#1 Pop/#2 Rap) from the 8 Mile soundtrack and platinum "Just Lose It" (#6 Pop/#7 Rap) and "Mockingbird" (#11 Pop/#10 Rap) to the gold "Without Me" (#2 Pop/#5 Rap) and "Like Toy Soldiers" (Top 40 Pop). The other Grammy winners included are "My Name Is" (Top 40 Pop/#10 Rap) and "The Real Slim Shady" (#4 Pop/#7 Rap).

Also heard on CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS are "The Way I Am" (Top 30 Rap), "Stan" (featuring Dido) (Top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop), "Sing For The Moment" (Top 20 Pop/Rap), "Guilty Conscience" (featuring Dr. Dre) and "Cleanin' Out My Closet" (#4 Pop/#5 Rap).

CURTAIN CALL: THE HITS spans contributions from all four of Eminem's major label solo albums: 1999's quadruple platinum THE SLIM SHADY LP, 2000's nine times platinum THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP, 2002's eight times platinum THE EMINEM SHOW and 2004's ENCORE, which is almost five times platinum. The three most recent charted #1 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop, with his major label debut #2 Pop and #1 R&B/Hip-Hop. Each of his first three albums also won the Best Rap Album Grammy (ENCORE will be eligible for the 2006 presentation). Eminem has to date sold more than 65 million albums.

The "Stan's Mixtape" bonus CD in the two-disc Deluxe Edition finds the main character in "Stan" bringing together his favorite Eminem songs. Among the seven tracks are two from THE SLIM SHADY LP: the #5 Rap "Just Don't Give A F*ck" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Role Model." From THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP are "Criminal" and the Dr. Dre & Mel Man produced "Kill You." The mixtape also includes two tracks previously unavailable on any Eminem album -- the "Dead Wrong RMX" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.), notably co-produced by P. Diddy; and "Renegade" (featuring Jay-Z), a legendary duet from Jay-Z's classic THE BLUEPRINT album. Also included on the bonus CD is "Sh*t On You" (featuring D12), which until now has never been released on CD.

Source: Interscope

CONTACT: Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934, or Lauren Burns,
+1-310-865-4563, lauren.burns@umusic.com, both of Interscope


 
Public Enemy and m-Qube Partner to Leverage Mobile for Album Launch; New Whirl Odor Mobile Offerings are Available Immediately

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 28, 2005--Continuing a tradition of trailblazing, Hip Hop legend Public Enemy has taken on a new way to share its music with the masses. Partnering with Boston-based m-Qube, the group and its own label, SLAMJamz Records, is leaning heavily on the mobile channel to break New Whirl Odor, their first studio album in six years.

In 1999, after releasing There's a Poison Goin On, leader Chuck D announced that Public Enemy would take a new approach to making and delivering music. Poison was one of the very first - and successful - dips into the online world, and was ultimately licensed across the world in over 20 countries and five world labels. Today, with New Whirl Odor, the new frontier is mobile, and Public Enemy is leading the revolution again.

"As an independent label, we are always looking for ways to expand our distribution network," said Public Enemy frontman Chuck D. "Mobile is happening in a big way, and we are thrilled to be using it to reach our fans--wherever they are."

A package of exclusive mobile offerings is available immediately for download including polytones, mastertones, full tracks and wallpapers. m-Qube will manage worldwide distribution of the mobile content, releasing Public Enemy to their massive distribution network of wireless carries and content aggregators. m-Qube will also build Web and WAP Storefronts as extensions to Public Enemy's existing Web site, www.publicenemy.com.

"We first entered the mobile technology arena back in 2002 when Chuck D created a series of voicetones," says Public Enemy's manager Walter Leaphart. "Our expanded use of the mobile channel represents a natural progression in these efforts. Public Enemy has always been leader in music and new technology, and this is the latest phase of their multi-faceted campaign that will continue to build in the coming months."

"We are thrilled to leverage our technology and distribution network to help innovative entertainers like Public Enemy use mobile to reach their audiences," said Jon Bukosky, m-Qube's VP of Worldwide Content & Los Angeles Operations. "Mobile is a critical channel for musicians -- especially if they are interested in targeting the youth market -- and we are pleased to have been selected by Public Enemy to make this happen."

About Public Enemy

Public Enemy has devoted their career to delivering messages that address weighty issues about race, rage and inequality with a combination of style and substance never seen before. All the albums released in their nearly 20 year career have met with critical acclaim from publications as disparate as Time and The Source, and worldwide sales in the millions. At the close of 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemy's music to their list of the "25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century" and in 2005 The Library of Congress included Fear of a Black Planet in a list of 50 recordings worthy of preserving that year in their National Recording Registry. Most recently, Spin magazine chose two Public Enemy albums for their "100 Greatest Albums (1985-2005)" list, with It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back coming in at number two and Fear of a Black Planet at number 21.

The band has embarked on over 35 tours, performing over 1300 concerts to fans in 40 countries. Three albums are certified multi-platinum, three more are gold, with four gold singles and a platinum-selling home video. Their latest album, New Whirl Odor, was released in October of this year.

About m-Qube

m-Qube is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with offices in Redmond, Washington, Toronto, Ontario and development offices across other major US cities. m-Qube enables world-class companies to build a mobile channel by providing the most comprehensive technology and services available. The company provides a single interface for connectivity, extensive content management expertise, application development, monitoring, billing and cross carrier transport to enable consumer facing companies of all types to offer their customers a wide variety of mobile products including music, images, messaging, games and other mobile applications. m-Qube has the ability to distribute interactive content to more than 200 million wireless subscribers. The company's strategic wireless partners include Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, Sprint PCS, AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Nextel, US Cellular, Cincinnati Bell Wireless, Dobson Communications, MTS, Bell Mobility, Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility, Microcell Solutions, SaskTel and Aliant Mobility. For more information, please visit us at http://www.m-Qube.com.

Contacts
Porter Novelli for m-Qube
Dan Mees, 617-897-8200
dan.mees@porternovelli.com


 
Pete Miser - Brooklyn Based Independent Hip-Hop Artist Currently Featured On MTV2's DEW CIRCUIT BREAKOUT

This is the first time an independent Hip-Hop artist has been featured
on this up and coming showcase of indie artists.

Online Voting to Begin After MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout Finalist
Preview Which Airs on December 3rd and Continues Until Live Finale
Airing on MTV2 on December 10th

MTV2 DEW CIRCUIT BREAKOUT features six independent bands who compete in
reality TV style "challenges" such as selling their CDs to strangers
and performing with borrowed instruments from street musicians. Each
challenge climaxes with a live performance by each band.

Three winning bands will go on to play live on MTV2 on Dec 10th to
compete for a national tour, play a major festival and make further
MTV2 appearances.

Round 1 New York City aired on Monday Nov. 28 at 9pm ET/6pm PT and PETE
MISER WON (thanks to Dew Circuit Breakout Challenge judge Tyson Ritter
of The All American Rejects who said his heart had to vote for Pete
Miser.

Pete & his band put on a truly stellar live performance. The show will
re-air on Tuesday Nov. 29 at 1 am ET, 4 am ET, 10:30 am ET & 2:30 pm on
MTV2 (check local listings for channel) or visit
http:/ /www.mtv2.com/#series/13894/dewcircuitbreakout

For more information on Pete Miser click here:
http://www.petemiser.com/

To See The Next Rounds Featuring Pete Miser:
MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout Finalist Preview: Saturday, December 3rd at
1pm ET/10am PT MTV2 will air the "MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout Finalists
Preview." Hosted by Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park and Ft. Minor) and MTV2
VJ, Jim Shearer, each of three finalists bands will be announced. The
special will include special interviews and performance packages for
each finalist. Once the show concludes, viewers will be able to log-on
to www.MTV2.com to vote for their favorite band. Voting will continue
up to the beginning on the "MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout Live Finale,"
on Saturday, December 10th at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

On Saturday, December 10th at 11pm ET/8pm PT - MTV2 will air the
"MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout Live Finale." Hosted by MTV2 VJ, Jim
Shearer, each of the three finalists will appear at MTV2s studios in
Times Square to perform a song from their current album for a live
studio audience plus a cover song assigned to them. Each band will then
be critiqued by New Found Glory band members Jordan Pundik and Chad
Gilbert. The winner of "MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout" will be announced
live on-air and will hit the stage for a celebratory second
performance, plus walk away with an opportunity to showcase their
talent opening for a national tour, performing at a nationally promoted
festival, and a guest appearance on a future MTV2 program. In addition,
the band will also be given an advisory board with some of the most
successful names in the music industry to counsel the band and help
devise strategies for success.

For complete details on "MTV2s Dew Circuit Breakout" including band
information, show dates, and much more,
Please visit: http://www.mtv2.com/#series/13894

Support Independent Hip-Hop.

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(212) 239-8384
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New York, NY 10018


 
AMERICA'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS STREET POETRY COMPETITION RED BULL WORD CLASH ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2006 EVENT

LOS ANGELES, CA, November 28, 2005 -- The Red Bull Word Clash (RBWC), Americas most prestigious street or proletarian poetry competition, will take place February 11, 2006 in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina at the Carolina Theatre, 310 South Greene Street.

Now in its fourth year, the RBWC pits twenty of the nations rawest politically charged poets against each other in head-to-head battle for the $500 cash prize and the honor of winning the esteemed competition.

Host and producer of the event is NC agit-poet Monte Smith (www.33Third.com/monte), author of Don't Shoot the Hostages: Poetry and Social Commentary for the New World Survivalist, Volume 2. Montes poetry has garnered praise from Amiri Baraka and Mumia Abu Jamal, won standing ovations in venues like NYCs Nuyorican Poets Caf, and is currently featured at www.softskull.com as a showcase piece from the forthcoming Bandana Republic: An Anthology of Poetry and Prose by Gang Members and Affiliates (Softskull Press, July 2006).

Matt Stibbe, co-owner of the online record retailer 33Third.com is co-producer of the RBWC. The winner of RBWC 2005, Queen Sheba of Atlanta, GA will be back in 2006 to defend her title. Previous winners of the RBWC include Carlos Andres Gomez (2004, NYC) and H2O (2003, NC).

Submissions to compete in RBWC 2006 are now being accepted in the form of VHS or DVD video performances.

Due to overwhelming response for previous competitions early submission is strongly encouraged. Videos will not be returned. Interested poets should send their DVD or VHS with at least one strong performance piece (and no more than three) to event secretary Karen Hicks at:

Karen Hicks
Attn: Red Bull Word Clash
PO Box 92
Pinnacle NC 27043

The postmark deadline for all submissions is January 2, 2006. The Red Bull Word Clash event is free to the public, with beats and breaks provided by the legendary DJ Soundmachine (BDP/B-Boy Records) during intermissions. Honorary returning judge for the RBWC is Def Poetry Jam co-creator Bruce George (www.brucegeorgemedia.com).

The day of the event, same day poet registration will begin at 5 pm. The number of slots available will depend on the number of poets accepted from video submissions, so again, video submission is strongly encouraged. The battle commences from 8 pm-until.

For more information visit www.redbullwordclash.com or contact Monte Smith at 919.270.4429 or monte@33third.com. For all press inquiries, including interview requests with Monte Smith or Bruce George contact Matthew Stibbe at 310.663.2392 or matthew@33third.com.

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*This media alert has been sent via Last Nerve Press, a grassroots media firm based in North Carolina. For more info about Last Nerve Press contact Betty Black at lastnervepress@gmail.com.

Press Contact:
Matthew Stibbe
email: matthew@33third.com
phone: 310.663.2392


 
Ya' Heard Magazine...The Urban Music Pocket Guide Presents The Sound Off Vol. 2 Uncharted Artist Mix CD

Ya' Heard Magazine...The Urban Music Pocket Guide Presents The Sound Off Vol. 2 Uncharted Artist Mix CD

Ya' Heard Magazine is dedicated to building its community by way of educating the music industry participants. Our focus is to promote local and national artists, producers, writers and anyone in the music business through Ya' Heard Magazine.

Ya' Heard Magazine presents an outlet for new & unsigned artists to showcase their talent via the Sound Off Vol. 2 Mix CD. Were calling all Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae and Reggaeton artists to submit their two best songs to be featured the mix CD. If selected, the songs will appear on the CD and will be inserted and distributed directly in Ya' Heard Magazine to the music industrys top creative executives in A&R, music publishing, film, TV, as well as artist managers, record producers, music attorneys, radio programmers and more throughout the top 15 markets for urban music. A minimum of 10,000 CDs will be printed and distributed. This will allow all of the artist/groups on the mix CD to have a chance to be heard in regions/venues that may otherwise not be accessible.

The Sound Off Vol. 2 Mix CD will allow Ya' Heard Magazine to reach an audience who is conscious of self and image by providing a positive vehicle that reflects creative and talented artists. What better way to reach this ever changing urban audience then through music? This CD will be distributed free inside Ya Heard Magazine.

For rules and regulations log onto www.yaheardmagazine.com. Mail or drop off submission form and $50 submission fee to Att: Fidel, 1818 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212.

All submissions must be in by January 2nd

Sponsorship opportunities are available! For sponsorship package please contact the office (414) 264-7898

For More Information
April Ivory
Managing Editor
Ya' Heard Magazine
1818 N. MLK Drive
Milwaukee, WI 536212
Office: 414 264-7898
Fax: 414 374-3512
april@yaheardmagazine.com


 
Get Hip on the 'STREET TALK' -- 'Phat' New Dictionary 'Flips the Script' on Proper English

NEW YORK, November 28, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Any parent or teacher can attest that rap has birthed a whole different language that lives on the tongues of America's youth. Anyone who thinks 50 Cent is something one uses to buy a soda or Eminem is a little candy-shelled chocolate treat needs to get their mitts on Street Talk: Da Official Guide to Hip-Hop and Urban Slanguage (now available through AuthorHouse), the definitive dictionary by Randy 'Moe Deezy' Kearse.

"If you have had a hard time following or keeping up with the fast pace of hip-hop and urban 'street' lingo then (this) is the book for you. STREET TALK simplifies this often complex and gritty language in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow way," Kearse says.

Move over Webster because STREET TALK is a comprehensive reference guide that redefines the English language. Kearse interprets the urban vernacular used by those immersed in the hip-hop culture. Whether from rap lyrics or off the streets, Kearse covers everything over the course of more than 700 pages and 10,000 entries. Written in the same manner as a normal dictionary, the book includes phonetic pronunciation, word origin, contextual examples and clear, concise definitions so the most hip-hop inept person can ``holler'' with ``slimmys,'' ``dukes'' or any of their young ``duns.'' The following offers a glimpse inside the covers of this enlightening cultural dictionary:

(a) hood divorce: phrase (general sl.) new school

1. the unofficial separation of a married couple where they are legally married but date other people; a divorce without the paperwork

ex: ``They was hood divorced for two years.''

STREET TALK ``got the hook-up'' for all the urban lingo. Educators, parents and anyone who interacts with young people can now decipher the covert words, phrases and meanings ``bumping in their Benzes, Jeeps and Geos'' and ``slinging'' from their mouths. Kearse's definitive guide is already earning praise from critics from the ``Dirty South'' to the West Coast and East Coast and all points in between.

``STREET TALK is the official 'street' thesaurus,'' J.M. Benjamin, author of Down in the Dirty, says. ``Everyone from the 'hood to Hollywood should own a copy, especially if you're ready to step ya talk-game up.''

With his finger ``on the pulse of hip-hop and urban culture,'' Kearse is a true ``slanguist'' born and raised in the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y. From an early age, his ``verbal aptitude'' has allowed him to stand out among his peers. With the publication of STREET TALK, his first book, Kearse has given hip-hop its fifth element, which consists of ``DJing,'' break dancing, rhyming, graffiti and now, ``slanguage.'' More information is available at http://www.certifiedstreettalk.com.

AuthorHouse is the world leader in publishing and print-on-demand services. Founded in 1997, AuthorHouse has helped more than 18,500 people worldwide become published authors. For more information, visit http://www.authorhouse.com.

CONTACTS:
Promotional Services Department
Tel: 888-728-8467
Fax: 812-961-3133
Email: pressreleases@authorhouse.com
(When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)

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New Book Discusses Why Hip-Hoppers Don't Serve God

Kymo Dockett is the editor of What's The Word magazine. His new book, The Lost Generation, explores why so few members of the hip-hop generation serve God. This groundbreaking book delves into this mystery and offers solutions.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 28, 2005 -- Kymo Dockett, the founder and editor of What's The Word magazine (www.wtwmagazine.com), has just published The Lost Generation. Mr. Dockett traveled across the nation for over five years, covering Urban Gospel music. He is the best-known and respected Christian hip-hop journalist in the world. This Fisk University gradate has covered events including the Holy Hip Hop Awards, Rap Fest, and Flavor Fest. He has interviewed hundreds of artists, including Out of Eden, Cross Movement, and Corey Red. After more than ten years of reaching out to urban youth, Kymo sensed the need to help the church understand the Hip-Hop Generation and how to reach them.

Why is there a need for this book? According to the Barna Research Group, only 3 out of 10 people in this country in their 20s (31%) attend church in a typical week, compared to 4 out of 10 of those in their 30s (42%) and nearly half of all adults in their 40s (49%). If these trends continue, America can expect only about 20% of the next generation to attend church. Why are we seeing statistics such as these? The Lost Generation explores this mystery and offers solutions.

This book also contains: (1) Suggestions for attracting hip-hoppers to church; (2) Examples of ministries that have effectively reached the Hip-Hop Generation; (3) Reasons why Minister Louis Farrakhan can attract thousands of men to the Nation of Islam, while the church appeals to comparatively few; (4) An explanation of why the Hip-Hop Generation developed in this nation; (5) Testimonies from young people who came out of the hip-hop culture; (6) An examination of the Christian hip-hop movement; (7) The history of Christian hip hop; (8) A list of the Top Ten Greatest Christian Hip-Hop Albums of all time; (9) The 2005 What Awards: Honoring the Best of 2005; and (10) A Resource Guide for Christian Hip Hop.

When people purchase The Lost Generation e-book or pre-order the paperback book, their name will be automatically entered into a contest for a chance to win an iPod and other prizes. This contest started on November 24 and ends on January 1, 2006. The winners will be announced January 2, 2006. Sponsors for this contest include Family Friendly Video (familyfriendlyvideo.ca), Christian Throwback Jersey (christianthrowbackjersey.com), and The Bus Stop (dasouth.com/bus-shop).

The Lost Generation e-book is currently on sale for $7.99 and the paperback version can be pre-ordered for $9.99. For more information about The Lost Generation, please log onto wtwmagazine.com.

Contact: Kymo Dockett
(202) 635-8222
http://www.wtwmagazine.com

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Kymo Dockett
WHAT'S THE WORD MAGAZINE
http://wtwmagazine.com/
202 635-8222


11/28/2005

 
M.A.C Viva Glam V Spokesperson, Missy Elliott, Presented MTV's Staying Alive Foundation With a Cheque for US$30,000 on Behalf of the M.A.C AIDS Fund

LONDON, November 28/PRNewswire/ -- Multiple Grammy Award winner & M.A.C Viva Glam V spokesperson Missy Elliott, took time out ahead of her concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London to present a US$30,000 cheque on behalf of the M.A.C AIDS Fund to Georgia Arnold, vice president of public affairs, MTV Networks International.

Georgia Arnold accepted the donation on behalf of the Staying Alive Foundation, which is a global grant making and advocacy organisation that distributes funds to young people to create local HIV and AIDS prevention campaigns. M.A.C's donation will fund the Staying Alive Award grants given to 25 young people ages 12-24 and four organisations in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Missy Elliott during today's cheque presentation commented, "It's rewarding for me as an artist to be linked with the M.A.C Aids Fund and to use my voice to help make young people around the world aware of the importance of getting tested and the need to protect yourself against HIV/AIDS. This is a preventable disease. Practice safe sex".

In receipt of the US$30,000 cheque, Georgia Arnold thanked Missy Elliott and the M.A.C Aids Fund for their generosity and tireless efforts in supporting men, women and children living with HIV & AIDS as well as organisations such as the staying alive foundation. "M.A.C's funding of the staying alive awards will help mobilise young people at grass roots level to make a difference in communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Our aim is that the staying alive awards and continuing work of the foundation will help strengthen local HIV prevention efforts, as well as inspire others to take action to protect themselves."

The M.A.C Aids Fund has raised more than US$55 million dollars towards the battle against HIV/AIDS through the sale of its Viva Glam V lipstick - the charity's primary fund raising tool. 100% of the sale of the M.A.C Viva Glam V lipstick goes to the M.A.C Aids Fund (GBP11 each).

Missy Elliott is an ambassador of the M.A.C Aids Fund along with a-list stars such as Christina Aguilera, Linda Evangelista, Pamela Anderson and Chloe Sevigny. Missy Elliott - one of the most influential female artists in contemporary American music - played her one-off London Date last night at the Hammersmith Apollo.

Source: MAC Cosmetics

M.A.C Cosmetics: Enza di Stasi: t: +44-870-034-6514, e:edistasi@mac-cosmetics.co.uk. Ruth Wiles: t: +44-870-034-6858, e:rwiles@mac-cosmetics.co.uk. To download pictures, visit www.rexfeatures.com


 
ALL EYES ON HOUSTON RAP SCENE- NEXT UP: SHOWTYME ENTERTAINMENT

HOUSTON, Nov. 29, 2005 -- With several mix tapes and albums planned for a 2006 release, ShowTyme Entertainment is definitely on route to being the next hype out of Houston. Finally receiving its long overdue notoriety, Houston's rap scene has proven it can rival that of New York and Atlanta. The city's most popular underground players have all gone on to sign major deals, therefore, leaving a void that the independent label is determined to fill.

Within just a few years' span in the rap game, ShowTyme Entertainment and its artists have been representing Houston with full force. Boasting four underground mix tapes, a full roster of hot and promising talent, and a strong pipeline of music projects underway the label is anxiously ready to broadcast to the rest of the world its full arsenal of banging music projects. The singles and mix tapes are already blazing the streets, and the streets are loving it- anxiously awaiting the next download to be released on the website or the mix tape to hit the streets. Not to mention that the small, yet powerful label has toured Canada, performed around the state and the South, and even opened up shows for the likes of Swisha House.

As the rest of the world awaits the next hype out of Texas, the label and its artists are carefully charting out their success. "We really want to fill the void left in the Texas underground rap scene and max out independently before we sign or even think about a major [deal]. We want to gain that respect from people," says label President, Doc Quinn.

In the meantime, keep your ears to the streets. With such a strong fan base already garnered all throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana, just to name a few, there is no doubt that once the buzz starts spreading like wildfire the majors can only help but take notice.

To schedule an interview, request a CD for review, or for more details, please contact:

Fabiola Fleuranvil, Marketing/PR
ShowTyme Entertainment
(850) 212-1925
Fabiola@ShowTymeEntertainment.com

Reginald Eaden, CEO
ShowTyme Entertainment
(281) 876-4977
showtymeceo@ShowTymeEntertainment.com
www.ShowTymeEntertainment.com


 
Nareos Launch P2P Legal Download Service PeerReach(TM)

Distribution Agreements Signed With CD Baby, DRA and INgrooves

BEVERLY HILLS, California, November 28/PRNewswire/ -- Nareos INC. the pioneering digital content solutions provider, today announced distribution agreements with online music store CD Baby, eLabel INgrooves and international digital music distributor Digital Rights Agency. The move marks the global launch of Nareos' PeerReach(TM) solution, which enables legal music downloads on P2P networks. These agreements increase Nareos' catalog to over 1 million tracks.

CD Baby, (representing over 100,000 artists), INgrooves (over 350 music labels) and DRA (225 music labels) will be able to distribute their music content legally via global peer-to-peer file sharing networks. Nareos' revolutionary PeerReach(TM) solution uses unique technology to promote legitimate content to the top of P2P file lists, charging $0.99 for extremely fast, high quality and virus-free downloads.

Due to a growing number of lawsuits there is increasing pressure for the legalization of music downloads on P2P networks. The digital libraries will be available for legal download on PeerReach(TM) over the next few weeks.

Nareos' CEO, Alexander Lazovsky, commented that "We are thrilled to be partnering with CD Baby, Ingrooves and DRA. This is testament to the potential of PeerReach to revolutionize how music labels view P2P networks as profitable music distribution channels. Our goal is to provide people with a convenient and secure way to evaluate and purchase music on P2P networks. We are proud to enable music fans to legally download music and to be promoting new and alternative artists along the way".

INgrooves' CEO, Robb McDaniels, added, "we are impressed by the overall business model and novel approach of PeerReach as a legal P2P file downloading service. It is important for us to identify innovative and reliable distribution and promotional outlets for our frontline content from leading artists like the Nappy Roots and Lady Sovereign - and Nareos' package provides an exciting solution that is sure to be popular with music fans from around the world"

"Nareos is doing important work in creating systems for the legalization of the peer to peer revolution and we are pleased to be a part of their services," said Tuhin Roy, Digital Rights Agency's Managing Director.

To sample how PeerReach(TM) operates, connect to eDonkey2000 network by using a file-sharing program such as eMule, search for "Lady Sovereign" and download one of the files that appear on top of the search results. A pop up box with instructions will appear after opening the downloaded file. About Nareos

Nareos INC. is a pioneering digital content solutions provider. Their flagship product, PeerReach(TM), controls the distribution of digital content enabling legal music downloads on P2P networks. Complete with DRM-protection and billing, Nareos' cutting edge technology provides easy to find, virus free and quick to use legitimate music downloads featuring rich additional information. Distribution partners include CD Baby, IODA, DRA, Ingrooves, Bonzai Music, Blue Canoe Records, ToCo International and Blue Flame Records. Founded in 2004, Nareos is a privately held company led by Founder and CEO Alexander Lazovsky. Nareos is headquartered in Beverly Hills, CA with R&D facilities in Israel. For more information visit www.nareos.com

For additional information or visuals please contact:
Caroline Cohen,
Koteret Public Relations:
Tel: +972-3-5611424-119
Email: caroline_c@koteret.com

Source: Nareos INC.

For additional information or visuals please contact: Caroline Cohen, Koteret Public Relations: Tel: +972-3-5611424-119, Email: caroline_c@koteret.com


11/27/2005

 
The Source Magazine's 'Unsigned Hype' Alumni is Hailing Across from the Birthplace of Gangsta Rap to the Dirty South to get Crunk

The Affiliates graced West Coast Hip Hop artist Trenseta with a new mixtape to be released in January/February 2006.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) November 26, 2005 -- The Source Magazines Unsigned Hype Alumni (July 2003) is hailing from the birthplace of gangsta rap to the dirty South to get crunk. Atomic Music Groups new signed recording artist Trenseta is about to step it up to the next level of the game called Hip Hop. Although his name may seem unrecognizable, his unique style has been laced on several tracks with some of L.A.s and the Dirty Souths hottest acts.

In Atlanta, Georgia, Trenseta completed his first Ground Breaker Series Mixtape hosted by The Affilliates (Dj Drama, Dj Don Cannon and Dj Sense). The CD is called Love Me or Hate Me including songs What Im Workin Wit featuring Juvenile & Skip, G Status produced by Daz Dillinger and Da Illest Chick featuring Jamie Fox. The mixtape is scheduled for release in January/February 2006.

Trenseta has previously worked with Bone Thugs, DJ Quik, DJ Unique, and Snoop just to name a few. Trenseta has collaborated on motion picture soundtracks for Bad Company starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins as well as Barbershop starring Ice Cube, Cedric "The Entertainer" and Eve.

Influenced by artists such as LL Cool J, Biggie, and Tupac, asked to describe his musical style with one word, Trenseta replied, "versatility. What makes his style different from everyone else's is that very trait, giving Trenseta the ability to work with artists whose flows are completely different from his, yet with enough flavor to stand out and move the crowd. "My album is unlike all the others", says Trenseta, "because of the many different moods of my songs. One song can be gangsta, and the one right after is talking about my feelings toward a female. You can listen to one song, and the song right after it has no relation."

Trenseta attended Gregg Streets (KKDA/WVEE), The Official Second Annual Hittmenn Djs Anniversary in Orlando, Florida from November 18th 20th, 2005, which was during the Orlando Classic Weekend. The event displayed the top independent recording acts that performed in front of some of the best Djs in the country. Trenseta was excited to perform and Atomic Music Group being one of their corporate sponsors this year.

Keep an eye out for Trenseta, and check for his name on the charts, because he is one of L.A.s next artists who will be setting trends all over the globe.

Trenseta is represented by Maxi Wade Agency. For press, media or booking inquiries contact Windi Washington at (404) 842-0051.

Windi Washington
MAXI WADE AGENCY, LLC
404-842-0051


 
Inter-Media Marketing, Inc. Releases "J.T. Win or Lose" Video Via K.D. Media/Pictures

Little Rock, AR (November 24, 2005) - Inter-Media Marketing, Inc., an Arkansas based media consulting company, releases the "J.T. Win or Lose" video through its video production division, K.D. Media/Pictures. The video is the first visual component to the "Jermain Taylor Anthem" (Knock'em Out!) series, an urban, alternative rock, and Latino musical tribute to World Champion Boxer, Jermain Taylor. The original song, produced by Inter-Media Marketing, Inc.'s own Official 1 Records, has been enhanced and re-mixed by Hood Tech Pro (Latin version) and John Le Compt of Evanescence (alternative rock version). K.D. Media/Pictures has been tasked to produce all visual components for the exclusive series.

"The original version of the "Jermain Taylor Anthem" (knock'em Out!) is definitely a smash hit to the ears. When you hear it, the beat and rhythm flows through you. Now that the visual component has been added, the song has lift and takes you on an actual journey to the ring with the champ, and through the streets of Arkansas where Official 1 and J.T. call home.", explains K.D. Kirkland, founder/CEO of K.D. Media/Pictures.

Ironically, the video begins with a scene from the end of the July 16, 2005 Championship bout between Taylor and Hopkins. Both fighters are pictured in a split screen awaiting the decision. After the announcement is made, Hopkins' face and chin fall to the canvas in dismay as the referee announces - Taylor as the new Middle Weight Champion of the World. The anthem begins and scenes of Jermain Taylor delivering bone-shattering blows to former opponents fade in and out in perfect syncopation with the melody. "It was my vision to show the power and courage of J.T., while adding a few 'jabs of humor'.... pun intended. But I also wanted to show his huge fan base, including the many celebrities that make cameos throughout the video - Brad Cherry (pitcher, Cincinnati Reds), Bennett Cromer (pitcher, K.C. Royals), John Le Compt (Evanescence), Phil Tayler (Future Leaders of the World), Donna Terrell (Fox 16 TV), and the Official 1 Records Family to name a few.", explains Kirkland with a smile.

Inter-Media Marketing, Inc. of Little Rock has reached an agreement to have an exclusive preview showing of the video on the Alltel Arena jumbo-tron during the NBA D-League Arkansas Rim Rockers season home opener, Friday November 25, 2005, as part of the pre-game festivities. "We are very pleased with the relationship that we have built with the Rim Rockers. The home opener is going to be a very entertaining event.", says Minthone Washington, CEO of Inter-Media Marketing, Inc.

For more information on the "JT. Win or Lose" project, contact Minthone Washington at (501) 219-9169 or by email at radiobizness@yahoo.com.

To purchase Arkansas Rim Rocker Season tickets, call (501) 975-HOOP (4667) or log onto www.ArkansasRimRockers.com

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Contact: Minthone Washington
(501) 219-9169


 
4th Annual Southeast Urban Music Conference Celebrates Black Music Month in Atlanta June 14th-17th 2006

The 4th Annual SUMC Southeast Urban Music Conference is set for June 14th-17th 2006, as a celebratory tribute to Black Music Month. The Wyndham Hotel Downtown will act as host again for the 2006 conference and its participants. Atlanta definitely has the bragging rights when it comes to networking opportunities in the music industry. If you look at the Billboard charts, you will see the south and especially ATL are well represented, says conference chairman, Tony Baraka.

The 2005 SUMC registration boasted over 1500 participants and offered a variety of informative seminars focused on achieving success in the business of urban entertainment. Attendees included; artists, producers, managers, promotions professionals all hoping to learn more about the business from industry pros, and vying to network with some of the todays hottest talent.

Tony Baraka, SUMC Conference Chairman is certain attendees wont be disappointed with next years itinerary. Weve planned power packed seminars with information on distribution, how to secure sponsorships for touring, etc. The A&R and music publishing panels are sure to be invaluable to up and coming artists, writers and producers. And we have a whole list of other informative panels for those involved in management and promotions.

Our Night Of Stars will be returning as well as our First Annual Awards & Dinner Showcase Ten Atlanta Entertainment Icons will be honored who have contributed to the Atlanta music scene over the last 15 years. There will also be a whole day just for Independent labels called Independence Day. Seminars showcases and receptions all for Independent Labels and many other surprises, Baraka says.

Past conference sponsors such as Heineken, BME Recordings, Warner Brothers, LOD Record Breakers, Akadimiks and All Hip Hop.Com aided in making the 2005 conference a huge success. Baraka expressed immense gratitude to those sponsors and also the participating record labels along with DTP, Universal, EMI, DefJam, Capitol, BMG, Jive, Warner Brothers and Sobe entertainment. Baraka insists that the artists are always the highlight of the conference. We had Rasheeda, Boyz In Tha Hood, Bone Crusher, DJ Toomp, Cruna, Leela James, Tango Redd , Playa Circle and many other up and coming artists. Those artists pitched in and made the 2005 conference a major event. We look forward to a bigger and more celebratory SUMC in 2006.

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Violence Under the Tree: Family Media Guide Identifies Top 10 Ultra-Violent Video Games of 2005

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 24, 2005--At the start of this year's holiday shopping frenzy, parents should be prepared to check their kids' gift lists very carefully. Because this year, some of the most ultra-violent video games ever created are being made available.

Family Media Guide (www.familymediaguide.com) has prepared a list of the Top 10 Most Violent Video Games released so far this year based upon information supplied by PSVratings. Utilizing a proprietary audit process, the PSVratings trained video game analysts capture and document instances of profanity, sex, violence, and substance abuse using a database-driven technology employing approximately 4000 rules and algorithms governing millions of potential rule combinations. This data is then analyzed to generate an objective rating, superior to the existing ESRB (Electronic Software Ratings Board) industry association-based review approach which assigns ratings based upon the subjective opinions of three individuals who may not even play the game.

Here's the list, with games in no particular order: 2005's TOP 10 ULTRA-VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES

-- Resident Evil 4 -- Player is a Special Forces agent sent to recover the President's kidnapped daughter. During the first minutes of play, it's possible to find the corpse of a woman pinned up on a wall -- by a pitchfork through her face.

-- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas -- Player is a young man working with gangs to gain respect. His mission includes murder, theft, and destruction on every imaginable level. Player recovers his health by visiting prostitutes then recovers funds by beating them to death and taking their money. Player can wreak as much havoc as he likes without progressing through the game's storyline.

-- God of War -- Player becomes a ruthless warrior, seeking revenge against the gods who tricked him into murdering his own family. Prisoners are burned alive and player can use "finishing moves" to kill opponents, like tearing a victim in half.

-- Narc -- Player can choose between two narcotics agents attempting to take a dangerous drug off the streets and shut down the KRAK cartel while being subject to temptations including drugs and money. To enhance abilities, player takes drugs including pot, Quaaludes, ecstasy, LSD and "Liquid Soul" -- which provides the ability to kick enemies' heads off.

-- Killer 7 -- Player takes control of seven assassins who must combine skills to defeat a band of suicidal, monstrous terrorists. The game eventually escalates into a global conflict between the U.S. and Japan. Player collects the blood of fallen victims to heal himself and must slit his own wrists to spray blood to find hidden passages.

-- The Warriors -- Based on a 70's action flick that set new standards for "artistic violence," a street gang battles its way across NYC in an attempt to reach its home turf. Player issues several commands to his gang, including "mayhem," which causes the gang to smash everything in sight.

-- 50 Cent: Bulletproof -- Game is loosely based on the gangster lifestyle of rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Player engages in gangster shootouts and loots the bodies of victims to buy new 50 Cent recordings and music videos.

-- Crime Life: Gang Wars -- Player is the leader of a ruthless street gang, spending time fighting, recruiting new gangsters, looting, and of course, more fighting. Player can roam the streets and fight or kill anyone in sight for no apparent reason.

-- Condemned: Criminal Origins -- Player is an FBI serial killer hunter in one of the first titles for the Xbox 360. Game emphasizes the use of melee weapons over firearms, allowing players to use virtually any part of their environment as a weapon. The next generation graphics provide a new level of detail to various injuries, especially "finishing moves."

-- True Crime: New York City -- Player is a NYC cop looking for information regarding the mysterious death of a friend. Player can plant evidence on civilians and shake them down to earn extra money.

About Family Media Guide

Family Media Guide (www.familymediaguide.com), a division of Media Data Corporation (MDC), is an online resource for parents and entertainment researchers. Family Media Guide features PSVratings for all listed titles. PSVratings content analysis is based on an extensive database-driven technology which utilizes approximately 4000 rules and algorithms governing millions of potential rule combinations. An independent board of educators, child psychologists and psychiatrists, all of whom are parents, assigns ratings to each of the rules. Auditors are trained to recognize the rules (not the ratings) and record instances of Profanity, Sex and Violence in various media, including films, DVDs, video games and TV programming. The data then goes through three independent stages of validation.

Proprietary technology then analyzes the data and generates a rating; thus ensuring objectivity. The PSVratings auditing system is superior to existing industry association-based review approaches which assign ratings based upon the subjective opinions of a select group of individuals employed by their respective industries. PSVratings data is available free of charge at www.familymediaguide.com.

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Paramount Home Entertainment and MTV Studios Wrap Production On ``Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up''

Principal Photography on Sequel Wraps in Toronto

Paramount Home Entertainment's DVD Premiere group, in association with MTV Studios, wrapped principal photography on "Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up."

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 22, 2005--Paramount Home Entertainment's DVD Premiere group, in association with MTV Studios, wrapped principal photography on "Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up." Starring Izabella Miko ("The Shore," "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "Coyote Ugly"), Columbus Short ("War of the Worlds," "You Got Served") and Jacqueline Bisset ("Domino," "The Physical Education of Girls"), "Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up" is one of the first films to be produced by Paramount Home Entertainment's newly created DVD Premiere group along with MTV Studios, a new venture that leverages talent already thriving on-camera and behind-the-camera on all of MTV's networks in music-based, dramatic and comedic films, as well as documentaries. Paramount Pictures and MTV Films' successful 2001 feature film release, "Save the Last Dance," grossed over $91 million at the domestic box office.

"This film has so many of the elements we are looking for with our new DVD Premiere productions," said Ellen Pittleman, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Acquisitions, who leads the PHE DVD Premiere group. "The sequel embraces the strengths of the original film with a compelling story and strong cast while offering more dance in every form ranging from modern to ballet to hip hop."

"We already know that our audience responded passionately to `Save the Last Dance' as a feature film and we're confident that they are hungry for the opportunity to see where the storyline continues," said Jeff Yapp, EVP, MTV Networks Music and Logo Enterprise Group. "Through our extensive audience reach via our channels and various platforms we're looking forward to bringing our audience this project and other exciting new content."

"Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up" features an up-and-coming cast including the new Def Jam recording artist, Ne-Yo, whose first CD drops in February along with Aubrey Dollar ("Prime") as Zoe, Ian Brennan ("No Sleep 'til Madison") as Franz, Tracey 'Tre' Armstrong ("Breakin In: The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer") as Candy and Robert Allan ("Queer as Folk") as Paul. The film is directed by David Petrarca ("Joan of Arcadia," "Summerland") and written by Kwame Nyanning, based on characters created by Duane Adler.

"Save the Last Dance 2: Stepping Up," which was shot in Toronto and the surrounding area, is the continuing story of Sara Johnson (Miko), the girl from a Chicago ghetto, who now attends Julliard to pursue her dream of becoming a professional ballerina. At the prestigious arts academy in New York, Sara must prove to herself and others that she is cut out for the competitive world of ballet.

Monique Delacroix (Bisset), Sara's idol and teacher, pushes her to strive for greatness. She becomes almost a mother to Sara, much to the chagrin of Katrina (Maria Brooks, "Swarmed"), Monique's current protege. When Sara meets Miles (Short), a young guest lecturer who has a strong impact on her, she begins to question the path she has chosen.

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

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

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

Contacts
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323-956-8091/323-956-8090
brenda_ciccone@paramount.com
kim_waldauer@paramount.com
or
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Blue Moon Communications
Kim Yu, 416-963-9836
or
MTV
Marnie Black, 212-846-7004
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Jessica Nicola, 212-846-6762
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Statement From Sharman Networks

SYDNEY, Australia, November 25/PRNewswire/ --

- Record company lawyer 'shot himself in the foot,' according to Judge in Universal v Sharman hearing

The Federal Court of Australia yesterday granted Sharman Networks a further stay of the injunction ordered on 5 September 2005.

During the hearing Justice Wilcox also expressed anger about the record companies' technical representatives failing to attend the second court-ordered technical conference.

Justice Wilcox said that when he had heard that the technical representatives of the record companies had failed to turn up for the court ordered conference, he was "extremely angry" and that the behaviour of Mr. Michael Williams, lead lawyer for Gilbert & Tobin -- the firm which represents the Australian music industry -- towards the Federal Court official overseeing the technical process was not acceptable. Justice Wilcox also said that Mr. Williams had "shot himself in the foot."(1)

A first technical meeting had been held with considerable success and paved the way for modifications to be made to the Kazaa software to ensure its continued availability.

Despite objection from the record companies, Sharman Networks was granted a further stay until late in February 2006 conditional on Sharman modifying its software. The court also indicated that it was not prepared to make an order that Sharman give security for damages. Counsel for the record companies indicated they would be seeking US$200m.

A spokesperson for Sharman said the action of the record companies in refusing to attend the second court-ordered meeting revealed that their true intention was not to foster agreement about an acceptable filtering technology, but to shut down Kazaa and rid themselves improperly of a competitor.

Accordingly at the conclusion of the hearing Justice Wilcox granted a further stay. Meanwhile the appeal to the full court will be heard in late February 2006.

(1) The court in handing down its judgement on 5 September 2005 made a
landmark ruling giving the parties time to agree on a protocol to
allow Sharman Networks to adjust its software so Kazaa could continue
to be distributed.

Contact: Julie Fenwick
ICON International Communications
work: +61-2-8235-7600
mobile: +61-423-174-424
julie.fenwick@iicpr.com

Source: Sharman Networks

Julie Fenwick, ICON International Communications, work: +61-2-8235-7600, mobile: +61-423-174-424, julie.fenwick@iicpr.com/ NOTE EDITORS: Excerpts from the transcript will be forwarded as soon as they become available.