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12/10/2005

 
Sprint and SANYO Preview an Industry First - Allowing Customers to Personalize Their Phone with Entertainment and Information Content

Introducing the Sprint Power Vision(TM) Phone MM-7500 by SANYO (Photo: Business Wire)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 8, 2005--
Durable New MM-7500 by SANYO Offers Sneak Preview of Sprint "Themes" - an Industry First That Allows Users to Personalize Menus, Shortcuts and Screen Savers

Sprint (NYSE:S) and SANYO (NASDAQ:SANYY) announced today the introduction of the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Phone MM-7500 by SANYO. This durable clamshell phone provides broadband-like download speeds on the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network, ideal for media-savvy consumers who lead active lifestyles and enjoy access to entertainment and information on the go. The MM-7500 is the first phone of its kind to offer "Themes," an industry-first phone customization service that Sprint expects to fully introduce in early 2006. The phone also supports the Sprint Music Store(SM), On Demand, Sprint TV(SM), Sprint PCS Picture Mail(SM) and Sprint PCS Ready Link(SM).

"This phone is for customers who demand a lot out of life, and demand it on the go," said Oliver Valente, senior vice president of product development for Sprint. "The MM-7500 is a feature-rich phone that offers instant access to high-quality communication, entertainment, information and personalization services. It also represents an industry first, as the first phone of its kind to support Themes - allowing customers the ability to see, hear and experience the next generation of mobile phone personalization."
The MM-7500 provides customers a sneak peak at Themes with two pre-loaded Themes, tropical and hip hop, and a few additional free Themes available for download. Themes allow customers to select custom 'skins' (i.e. user interfaces) for their standby screen, main menu and favorites and, in some cases, link to other Theme-related multimedia and online content, such as ringers, screensavers and other premium content. Early next year, Sprint customers will be able to choose from a wide variety of Themes, including sports-related Themes that provide quick access to scores and video highlights. Themes enable customers to further personalize their Sprint phone to express their style and interests and quickly access information that is important to them.

In addition to personalizing the phone with content, users can customize the phone by easily changing the outside color accent plate; three interchangeable accent plates are included with the phone in silver, blue and red. The MM-7500 also features a Dura-Grip(R) trim for a sure hold and added surface protection.

"The MM-7500 delivers rich multimedia capabilities with blazing-fast speed in a stylish, rugged design," said Andy Kodera, senior vice president and general manager of SANYO Fisher Company's Wireless Communications Division. "Beyond the smart-looking exterior is a powerful mobile device that can act as a portable audio player, modem, camera, video recorder, and information center all in one unit."

The MM-7500 by SANYO provides customers the ultimate communications and entertainment experience by supporting the following services:

-- Sprint Music Store, the first mobile music storefront in the United States that allows customers to wirelessly browse, preview, purchase, download and play full-length songs right from the phone.

-- On Demand, a service that lets customers retrieve personalized information using their home ZIP code for localized news, sports, weather, money, movies and more.

-- Sprint TV, an Emmy Award-winning service that provides more than 30 channels of video and audio for TV on the go, with all the benefits of full motion video and high-quality audio.

-- Sprint PCS Picture Mail (www.sprint.com/picturemail), a service that enables customers to take, share, print, preserve, create and publish quality digital pictures and videos. The phone features an integrated 1.3-megapixel camera, flash, digital zoom and macro setting and a video camcorder for catching special moments. And, with the included USB cable, customers can instantly print their pictures directly from the phone to any PictBridge-enabled printer.

-- Sprint PCS Ready Link, a service that lets customers engage in quick, "walkie-talkie" style communication at the touch of a button with one or several Sprint PCS Ready Link users.
The MM-7500 by SANYO is available in Sprint Stores and online (www.sprint.com) for $379.99 before rebates.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business and government customers. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering industry leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com

About SANYO
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a $23 billion manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronics and commercial equipment, including multimedia and telecommunication products. SANYO Fisher Company (a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), based in Chatsworth, California markets PCS phones, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics, televisions, dictation devices, digital camera/camcorder combinations, home appliances, LCD projectors, security video equipment and air conditioning systems.

SANYO has long been recognized as a leader in customer satisfaction with mobile phones. In the recent 2005 Study by J.D. Power and Associates, SANYO ranks as "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Wireless Mobile Phones, Two Years In a Row, Tied in 2005".*

For more information, visit SANYO Wireless Communications online at www.sanyowireless.com.
* J.D. Power and Associates 2005 U.S. Wireless Phone Evaluation Study(SM) is based on responses from 17,701 U.S. households, surveyed in March, April and June, 2005, that have owned their current wireless phone for less than two years. For more on J.D. Power and Associates or this study, visit www.jdpower.com.

Contacts
Sprint
Jackie Bostick, 913-794-3045
jackie.a.bostick@sprint.com
or
GBL Public Relations for SANYO Fisher Company
Beverly Steinberg, 714-777-2760
GBL@speakeasy.net


12/09/2005

 
Rawkus Records Best of Decade I (1995-2005) Hits Stores December 13th

Today's Pop Rap Stars Were Yesterday's Underground Kings

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-Hop always had an underground, a minor league, if you will. It was a place that artists kicked around, cutting their teeth, sharpening their lyrical swords while they awaited their chance to shine. But in the mid-'90s, as mainstream Hip-Hop embraced its pop potential, the nature of the underground changed. Rather than serve as a batters box, it became a movement unto itself. Subterranean rappers no longer pleaded for love from the majors, instead, stridently moving against the grain in a form of non-violent protest to what they saw as the exploitation of their art. As a result, mainstream Hip-Hop had become refined and slick, the underground became abrasive and militant.

Thankfully, while the rest of the industry looked on in disgust at this new development, Jarret Myer and Brian Brater, the minds behind Rawkus Records had the vision to see the rebellious brilliance of the counter-culture. Born in 1996, just before Hip-Hop reached its crossover crest, Rawkus harnessed the underground's unbridled enthusiasm and angst and offered a 12" megaphone for artists otherwise overlooked by the industry, like Company Flow, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. Starting strictly on vinyl the company was able to foster a true community, forcing kids to return to Hip-Hop's roots and collect records rather than CDs. In doing so, Rawkus fans became more than just passive listeners, but active participants, not unlike what indie label Sub-Pop had been able to do in Seattle during the late '80s.

Building off their success with singles the label worked its way up to full-lengths and scored off the bat with Company Flow's Funcrusher Plus LP. But its true coup was its second LP release, Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star, which would set the tone for everything that followed. Replete with brilliant production from soon-to-be Dr. Dre collaborator Hi-Tek, the LP captured the spirit of the early '90s Native Tongue movement and subtly blended it with a sound more appropriate for then-contemporary Hip-Hop and yielded massive hits like "Definition" and "Brown Skin Lady."

Over the course of the next couple of years the label would go on to score back-to-back gold plaques with a slew of now classic releases. By fighting the formula, they were able to create an entirely new market, and break artists like Mos Def and Talib, along with Big L and a slew of other once fringe MCs, like Eminem. Album's like Black On Both Sides, Reflection Eternal, Quality and the Soundbombing mixtape series broke all expectations for the label and it's artists and positioned both as major players in hip hop's scene.

Now nearly 10 years after the labels inception is Rawkus's Greatest Hits, a bold repackaging of the rebel franchise's peaks, finds it way to shelves as its stars truly have become the brightest in the industry. Mos Def has become a star of screen and stage, as well as a musical pioneer whose pinnacle is yet to even be reached. Talib Kweli is widely recognized by everyone from Jay-Z to 50 Cent as one of Hip-Hop's most passionate and most articulate voice. So enjoy this collection of hits from Hip-Hop's last moment of genuine innocence, and look at where the stars of tomorrow came from.

Rawkus Best of Decade I (1995-2005)
Track Listing:

1- "Get By" -- Talib Kweli
2- "Ms. Fat Booty" -- Mos Def
3- "Respiration" -- Black Star featuring Common
4- "The Life" -- Styles P & Pharoahe Monch
5- "Oh No" -- Mos Def & Pharoahe Monch
6- "The Blast" -- Talib Kweli featuring Vinia Mojica
7- "Definition" -- Black Star
8- "Beef" -- Mos Def
9- "Flamboyant" -- Big L
10- "Universal Magnetic" -- Mos Def
11- "Umi Says" -- Mos Def
12- "1999" -- Common featuring Sadat X
13- "The Sun God" -- Hi-Tek featuring Common & Vinia Mojica
14- "Body Rock" -- Mos Def featuring Q-Tip & Tash
15- "B-Boy Document '99" -- The High & Mighty featuring Mos Def & Skillz

Source: Geffen Records

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


 
Voltio Rocks the House at the Third Annual Fox Latin Sports Awards

Fresh From a Smash Performance at This Year's Latin Grammy Awards, the Critically Acclaimed Latin Urban Artist, Voltio, Performs a Medley of His Hits at the Fox Latin Sports Awards in Miami

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Voltio commanded the audience's attention when the Latin Hip-Hop star appeared on stage at Miami Beach's Jackie Gleason Theater on Monday, December 5th. Performing a medley of his hits, "Bumper," and "Chulin," Voltio captivated the audience. To the delight of all in attendance, his nimble flow, often compared to the legendary emcee Nas, left the audience with a lasting thought -- There's a new talented kid on the block.

In January, Fox Sports will air in the United States on Fox Sports en Espanol and throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas on Fox Sports Latin America.

Starting Friday, December 2, the weekend was an action-packed event. From a celebrity Golf Tournament to benefit "The Ganley Foundation" to private parties, multiple receptions and the main event, The Fox Latin Sports Awards, Voltio spent the entire weekend with his fans.

Voltio has been busy putting the final touches on his new self-titled studio album. "Voltio" will be in stores on December 27, 2005.

The 28-year-old Latin Urban artist, Julio Voltio, who has already sold 200,000 albums to date under the independent record company, White Lion, recently found a home at Sony BMG.

"Voltage AC," released under White Lion in December of last year, debuted in the Top 5 on the Latin Soundscan chart and remained in the Top 20 for the first two months. Voltio's approachable nature and artistic versatility have turned him into one of the genre's frontrunners. "It's amazing to me that 50,000 copies were sold in Japan," he says. "I've traveled to Spain, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Venezuela, and all these countries." In response to the overwhelming demand and rapid success of this independent release, Voltio has joined forces with White Lion/Sony Norte'/Sony Urban/Epic Records to release his major label, self-titled, debut, "Voltio" this December.

The new album will include a few fan-favorite songs from his highly successful independent release, "Voltage A/C" and a slew of new tracks including "Chulin," and the "Chulin Remix" featuring Three 6 Mafia. Sexy songs like "El Bonbon" and "Dame de Eso" (Gimme That) promise to spice up dance floors across the nation while the contemplative "Por Un Dedo" (By A Finger) explores the notion of all the catastrophes that could transpire because of one misstep.

About Fox Pan American Sports

Fox Pan American Sports LLC is an international sports programming and production entity jointly owned by Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and News Corporation's (NYSE:NWS) Fox Sports International.

http://www.voltioonline.com/
http://www.sonymusic.com/
info@whitelioninc.com

Source: Sony Urban

CONTACT: Edwin Banacia of Sony Urban Music, New York, +1-212-833-5072,
edwin.banacia@sonybmg.com; or Diana Alvarez of League Of Their Own Publicity,
Miami, +1-305-579-4870, Diana.Loto@Adelphia.net; or Alba Eagan,
+1-305-803-7112, eaganv@bellsouth.net, or Nini Ruiz, +1-786-488-8330,
ruiznini@yahoo.com

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/
http://www.voltioonline.com/
http://www.sonymusic.com/


 
Houston's Slim Thug Releases Special Collector's Edition Chopped & Screwed Version of His Star Trak/Geffen Records Debut, Already Platinum

With the Un-Released 'Diamonds (remix)' Featuring Young Jeezy on December 13th

Giving Lucky Fans a Chance to Win a Set of Customized SLIM THUG DUB DROPSTAR WHEELS and an AUDIOBAHN CAR AUDIO PACKAGE

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- In the last year Slim Thug has gone from being the "Big Boss of tha Nawf," as in Houston's North Side, to a bonafied national star. While he can still be found riding through H-Town tending to his car dealership, record stores, real estate ventures, or as he did over Thanksgiving weekend giving away Free Turkeys to the needy in his community, Slim can also be found on TRL alongside Gwen Stefani for her "Luxurious (Remix)" or blessing the hottest chick in the game with his booming baritone on Beyonce's "Check On It." Then again, with a major label debut, Already Platinum, which hit the number one spot on the Billboard rap charts, it's no surprise that Da Boss is in high demand. There are no signs that the 6'6 rapper, born Stayve Thomas, plans to pump the brakes anytime soon. His newest heater, "Diamonds (remix)," featuring Young Jeezy, a number of award nominations including three VIBE Award nominations, and performing on AOL Music have helped push Already Platinum to certified gold status, headed to platinum despite early bootlegging problems and set backs. Now Slim Thug releases a chopped and screwed version that should only add to the critically acclaimed album's amazing momentum and give back to the culture that he so proudly represents.

Anyone paying attention to Houston hip-hop, which has been featured everywhere from The USA Today, to The New York Times, to VIBE and Rolling Stone, knows that the chopped and screwed phenomenon is the blood that pumps through the hearts of the scene's biggest fans. Houston's late DJ Screw first invented the technique in 1991, by reducing the pitch of a record, to achieve the effect as if one was hearing the music in slow-motion. The distinct style caught on quickly, epitomizing the city's laid-back vibe, making it the biggest music story of '2005.

For Already Platinum, Swisha House's renowned Michael "5000" Watts has been recruited do the chopped and screwed version. Although it has become more commonplace for artists to do, this represents Slim Thug coming full circle since his first three independent albums were all released as chopped and screwed. The album is stocked with top shelf production from the Neptunes on "Like A Boss" and "I Ain't Heard Of That," Jazza Pha on the soulful "Incredible Feelin'," and Mr. Lee for the regal "Three Kings." Guest appearances include Bun B, T.I., Pharrell and Slim Thug's own Boyz N Blue. The album also includes the un-released Mannie Fresh-produced "Diamonds (remix)," featuring Young Jeezy which has been getting heavy rotation at radio and beginning to invade BET and MTV with an amazing Video.

To top it all off, Slim Thug is giving his many fans the opportunity of logging on to his website www.slimthugthaboss.com, where a lucky fan will have a chance to win customized SLIM THUG DUB DROPSTAR WHEELS and an AUDIOBAHN CAR AUDIO PACKAGE, totaling a value of over $4,000. The contest will be promoted by TV Ads aired on MTV, MTV2, & BET, online and at various retail location websites until the last day of eligibility, January 13th, 2006.

Slim Thug will announce the winner at a later date. In addition to Slim Thug's recent performance on the 2005 Billboard Awards, still to come are his features on the new Biggies duets album and Three 6 Mafia "Stay Fly remix," the DUB tour and a Boyz N Blue album through his own Boss Hogg Outlawz label.

Source: Geffen Records

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

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


 
Rich Rapper Poor Rapper: why less talented artists get ahead and everyone else is left looking for a record deal.

So, youre a talented artist, or maybe you know someone who might be. You often wonder why so many garbage artists get record deals and you get pissed off when you see those corny, commercial artists shining on MTV and BET. Dont worry, youre not alone. Many people wonder why the average consumer falls in love with the commercial music on the airwaves. Why do less talented artists get ahead while real musicians seem to be left behind, kicking up dust in frustration? If youre anything like me, youve probably asked yourself these questions a million times.

I understand exactly how you feel. I felt exactly the same way myself, but I found that being mad at those commercial artists isnt going to solve the problem. There are literally millions of unsigned artists in the world and only a few will ever get signed. My intention is not to discourage anyone from pursing their dream. Who knows, you might end up being one of the lucky few that will eventually get signed to a major label. If you are 100 percent sure, it might be a good idea to go for it.

Unfortunately, many artists will never get picked up by the majors. Its not because they are not talented, but the reason is the fact that record labels can only afford to sign a certain number of artists. It would be nice if A&R people would come knocking on every talented artists door to give them a deal, but that isnt the reality artists face today. Many artists will never get discovered by the majors. So what happens to these artists? Do they quit making music and look for day jobs to feed their families, or do they just make music as a hobby?

Rich Rapper, Poor Rapper is a book that addresses these issues. Its a true story about two artists. Both of them are extremely talented, yet one of them is making more money than the other in the music business. After reading this book you'll discover the secrets behind Rich Rappers success and the reasons why Poor rapper isn't making any money with his music. This book will DESTROY the myth that you need a record deal to become a successful hip hop artist and will explain why chasing the dreams, reality TV shows, which offer record deals could be wasting your time. It's a MUST read for any aspiring hip hop artist looking to make a good living off their music. To get more information about Rich Rapper, Poor Rapper please visit the following website http://www.lulu.com/mujikwa. You can also buy a copy of this book at www.amazon.com.

Hilary Mujikwa, the author of Rich Rapper, Poor Rapper was a fulltime independent rapper under the name Hillz, who has been in the music business since 1993. After a lot of trial and error on the hip hop scene; he discovered how difficult it is for independent artists to sell their music in direct competition with major label artists. So Rich Rapper was born (www.richrapper.net). Rich Rapper is the first real independent hip hop store which was designed to help independent hip hop artists sell their music on the internet. To get more information about Rich Rapper please go to their website http://richrapper.net.


 
MISS B-RHAKA STACKS UP THE SPINS ON GERMANYS #1 HIP HOP STATION WITH SHADYVILLES OWNDJ OPAL.

[Thursday, December 8th] Party Radio FM, Germanys #1 station for Hip Hop and R&B, has just added Miss B-Rhakas latest single, Live My Life, to their exclusive playlist. The song can be heard throughout Germany and various parts of Europe every Saturday night from 8-10pm on the DJ OPAL WORLDWIDE SHOW. It can also be found online at The Cuttin Crews Official Site
http://www.thecuttincrew.com/files/28.mp3 DJ Opal is one of Shadyvilles very own DJs (www.shadyville.biz) and averages 40,000-50,000 listeners per hour. Stay posted for DJ Opals latest mixtape release entitled International Chaos: Vol. 1 featuring exclusives from D-Block, 50 Cent, Miss B-Rhaka, Tha Alkaholics, Remy Martin and more.

For more information on Miss B-Rhaka, log onto www.b-rhaka.com.
For more information on DJ Opal, log onto www.cuttincrew.com.

For additional information, to book Miss B-Rhaka or DJ Opal for your event or to advertise your product/service on the DJ Opal Worldwide Show, contact Danica Dow via phone (201) 446-7522 or email: danica@b-rhaka.com


 
Lil Wayne Nabs Grammy Nomination for His Collaboration With Destiny's Child and T.I. on 'Soldier'

Announcement Comes on the Heels of His Newest Cash Money/Universal Records Album Release 'Tha Carter II'

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash Money's signature artist and crescent city rising star Lil Wayne earns a Grammy nomination in the "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" category for his work with Destiny's Child and T.I. This news comes as Cash Money/Universal Records releases his newest album, Tha Carter II, which hit stores this past Tuesday. This is the 23-year old rapper's first Grammy nomination.

Critical acclaim for Tha Carter II is already pouring in: The New York Times raves that II " ... is an impressive CD, and in some sense historic..." Rolling Stone proclaims that Wayne's "fifth solo CD finds him in excellent lyrical command."

The lead single, "Fireman," from Tha Carter II is burning up the radio charts and the video is currently the #1 "Most Played Video" on MTV2 and BET. Another notable track includes one of the New York Times' picks, the "woosey, bluesy highlight, 'Shooter.'" The song is a departure from Wayne's early musical formula, flexing a more complex lyrical delivery and rhyme scheme. Other tracks from the breakthrough disc include "Money On My Mind," "Hustler Musik," and "Grown Man," which features Lil Wayne's protege Currency.

Along with Tha Carter II, Cash Money/Universal Records is also simultaneously released a deluxe package of Tha Carter II which contains the new CD and a chopped and screwed version of some of Lil Wayne's biggest songs including: "Go DJ," "Tha Block is Hot," "Get Off The Corner" as well as the new single, "Fireman."

Lil Wayne was born and raised in the infamous poverty-stricken section of New Orleans -- the 17th Ward. His rise to stardom came in 1995 at the tender age of 12 when he made his debut on his former label mates' B.G's True Story CD. Shortly thereafter, the rap prodigy garnered national attention as a member of the group, Hot Boys, which consisted of rappers Juvenile, Turk and B.G., with their 1997 debut album, Get It How You Live, followed by 1998's platinum certified Guerilla Warfare and 2003's Let Em Burn.

Success continued to follow Lil Wayne, as a solo artist, his debut CD, 1999's Tha Block Is Hot reached platinum status and was a #1 Billboard Album. He later released in 2000, Lights Out, 500Degreez in 2002 and his defining album, 2004's gold certified, Tha Carter, which featured the hit single "Go DJ."

Lil Wayne is currently winding down a national tour with fellow Southern rapper T.I. and Young Jeezy.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Sindy Gilbert, +1-323-467-7274, sindy.gilbert@sbcglobal.net, or
Vickie Charles, +1-212-373-0783, vickie.charles@umusic.com, both of Universal
Records

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


 
YING YANG TWINS NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY AWARD IN BEST RAP PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP CATEGORY

The Ying Yang Twins Nominated For a Grammy Award For Wait (The
Whisper
Song) From Their Certified-Platinum Fourth Album U.S.A. (United
State of
Atlanta) (Collipark/TVT Records)

Special Remix CD/DVD U.S.A. Still United Combo Set For Release on Dec.
27th

Named after the Chinese symbol for light and dark, the Ying Yang Twins
have
been Grammy nominated for Wait (the Whisper Song) in the Best Rap
Performance by a Duo or Group category. The Awards will air on CBS
on
Feb. 8th. The Ying Yang Twins smash platinum album, U.S.A. (United
State
of Atlanta) debuted as the number one Hip-Hop/R&B album first week and
featured the top-charting single, Wait (The Whisper Song), which
peaked
at #3 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The Atlanta-based duo have
performed Wait on a wide range of television programs, including
Last
Call with Carson Daly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV DFX, BETs
106 & Park,
and the BET Awards Pre-Show. The announcement marks TVT Records first
Grammy nomination in the rap category.

The Ying Yang Twins, D-Roc and Kaine, contribution to hip-hop culture
is
heard as far back as 1998 when DJ Smurf aka Mr. Collipark, invited the
duo
to be part of his third album, Dead Crunk. Packed with southern bass
songs
and artists. One On One would be the first recorded Ying Yang
Twins song.
In 1998 Lil Jon featured the duo on his So So Def Bass All-Stars
Compilation, Volume III. The song, True City Thugs was a hit on
the
streets and could be heard in local strip clubs as well as through
D-boys
Heavy Chevy amplifiers and speakers. Shortly thereafter, the Twins
released
the two-song single Whistle While You Twurk and B-sided Bring Yo
Azz
Outdoz (2000), another underground hit. When the East Atlanta
representatives released the Billboard-charting, strip-club anthem
Whistle
While You Twurk the duo managed to garner a loyal following located
primarily in the South. Whistle While You Twurk moved over 200,000
units.
But many hip-hoppers thought it was a wrap for the Ying Yang Twins
(YYT)
when the estate that owns Snow Whites Whistle While You Work
legally
forced them to change the song because the Twins neglected to clear the
sample. Thug Walkin, their debut album via Universal, sold over
100,000
units but made little noise on the Billboard. Ultimately, KOCH came
knocking in 2002 and offered the Twins and their loyal producer and
company
CEO, Mr. Collipark, an opportunity to release Alley: The Return of the
Ying
Yang Twins. Complete with adrenaline-heavy beats sure to get the club
crunk, the album included Say I Yi Yi, another southern banger.
Even
though it lacked promotion, Alley sold over 400,000 units; it fell
short of
gold status as the YYT production was misunderstood by an industry who
really couldnt grasp the YYT concept. Fast-forward to 2002 when Lil
Jon and
The Eastside Boyz invited the Twins to record Get Low for their
double
platinum-selling album, Kings of Crunk. Heard from strip-clubs to
sorority
houses, Get Low was the defining moment of the YYT career.
Dissatisfied
with previous record companies, Mr. Collipark moved the Ying Yang Twins
over
to TVT Records. With all necessary elements in place, Me & My Brother,
their
TVT-debut, is now platinum history.

Ying Yang Twins and U.S.A. fans can look forward to a special U.S.A.
Still
United CD/DVD release featuring 13 rare and remixed tracks and U.S.A.
video
catalog from Wait to Shake. The remix CD/DVD combo will be
available
beginning on Dec. 27th.

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


 
UCLA Extension Offers Music Publicity Course, Jan. 21 - Feb. 28, 2006 in Los Angeles

The Journalism, Public Relations and Fund Raising Department of UCLA Extension will offer for the 18th year its comprehensive "Publicity in the Music Industry" class to be taught by veteran music PR executive Cary Baker.

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) December 9, 2005 -- The Journalism, Public Relations and Fund Raising Department of UCLA Extension will offer for the 18th year its comprehensive "Publicity in the Music Industry" class to be taught by veteran music PR executive Cary Baker. Baker will instruct an all-day "introduction" to music publicity on Saturday, January 21, 2006, from 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., followed by six consecutive close-up sessions on subsequent Tuesday nights from January 24 until February 28 (7 - 10 p.m.) The course will be held at UCLAs Math Science Building, Room 5128, in Westwood. Additional information is available at (310) 825-0641.

Once an ancillary function of the music industry, publicity now plays an aggressive front-line role, as creating and maintaining the right image and point-of-view have become central to a recording artists career development.

The one-day music publicity seminar on January 21, 2006 will survey the process of a successful publicity campaign. The class features guest speakers from all sectors of the media and the music industry.

The six, three-hour, Tuesday evening sessions (January 24 February 28), which complement the one-day seminar, explore in depth many music publicity elements, including writing effective press releases and bios, creating publicity plans, implementing the campaign, the importance of organized follow-up, creating a profile on tour, building and maintaining a buzz, music on TV, the crucial role of the Internet in publicity and how it has expanded the publicists role, breaking a news story, planning receptions, producing electronic press kits, assigning photography, how to deal with rejection from the media, and comparisons on working in-house vs. out of ones own house. The class will hone in on such styles of music as pop, alternative, urban, Latin, electronica and more.

Students will write an artist bio or publicity plan with the opportunity to interview a guest recording artist to be announced shortly.

The class will feature guest lecturers from all areas of the music, media and Internet industries. Among those scheduled are: David Adelson, E! Entertainment Television/Hits magazine; Hanna Pantle, BMI; veteran record executive Jay Boberg; Bryn Bridenthal, Bridenthal & Assoc.; Lellie Capwell, Vanguard Records/Welk Music Group; Lester Cohen, WireImage; Ted Cohen, EMI Music; Karen DeMarco, mPRm; Henry Diltz, photographer; David Dorn, Rhino Entertainment; Bruce Haring, DIY Convention; Steve Hochman, Los Angeles Times; Billy Johnson, Jr., Launch; Lynn Hasty, Green Galactic; Melinda Newman, Billboard; Natalie Nichols, Los Angeles Times; Josh Norek, JN Media (Latin music publicity); Julia Rubiner, bio writer; Natalie Windsor, AP Radio Network. (Speakers are subject to availability and may change without notice.)

Baker is president of conqueroo, a music publicity company founded in April 2004. The Los Angeles-based company represents such artists and projects as J.J. Cale, John Cale, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Hank III, Robert Earl Keen, Tony Joe White, Eleni Mandell, James McMurtry, Stan Ridgway, Billy Joe Shaver, Vernon Reid, Chris Stamey, Tres Chicas, Ponderosa Stomp and more.

Prior to forming conqueroo, Baker served as VP Publicity (department head) at Capitol Records, I.R.S. Records and Discovery Records. He was a music journalist and has produced and annotated several reissue albums. He holds a degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University. Baker has served on the Board of Governors for both the Los Angeles and Chicago Chapters of NARAS. Presently he sits on the Board of Directors for the Americana Music Association. He is a member of Entertainment Publicity Professional Society (EPPS) and the Music Industry Executive Steering Committee for City of Hope. He will be awarded a Keeping The Blues Alive Award in the publicist category by the Blues Foundation in Memphis in January.

For more information on Publicity in the Music Industry, please call UCLA Extension at 310-825-0641. Online enrollment and additional course information are available on UCLA Extensions Web site: http://www.uclaextension.edu

Information: (310) 825-0641

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Cary Baker
CONQUEROO
818 825 0641


12/08/2005

 
MTV Films Acquires Rights to Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure

Highly Anticipated Videogame to be Developed Into Feature Film Project

NEW YORK, and SANTA MONICA, Calif, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Films, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIAB) today announced that it has acquired the feature film rights to Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, the highly anticipated videogame from Atari (NASDAQ:ATAR) and Marc Ecko Enterprises. The videogame is scheduled for a February 2006 release for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, for the Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for Windows.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure adaptation as a feature project promises to be an homage to graffiti's rich culture. Told through an alternate reality in a futuristic universe, the game represents the culmination of seven years of story and character development by fashion pioneer Marc Ecko, the visionary behind several of today's most respected youth lifestyle brands. Mr. Ecko will serve as producer on the project with MTV Films' Gregg Goldin, who brought the project to the company. Jason Weiss and David Gale will be developing on behalf of MTV Films. "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure" will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.

"We are eager to continually tap into the unique culture that exists in the video gaming world because these types of projects have a unique connection to the MTV audience," said David Gale, Executive Vice President, MTV Films. "Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is an incredibly cool and different title -- and one that we believe will redefine the industry. We are extremely excited to join forces early on and tap into the creativity of Marc Ecko and Atari on this unique project."

"When I first began working on "Getting Up" seven years ago, I wanted to create a storyline that provided a rare look inside of one of the most influential, yet often overlooked, artistic movements in recent history. Today, graffiti is a global cultural phenomenon and few understand its impact better than MTV, pioneers in its use as a motion graphics tool nearly two decades ago. I am delighted to have the ability to bring the depth of our story to life on film and look forward to working with the great team MTV has assembled," added Marc Ecko.

About "Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure"

Set in the city of New Radius, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure features a world where freedom of expression is suppressed and graffiti has been outlawed by a tyrannical city government. In the game, players assume the role of Trane as they learn and master various graf skills as they journey from toy (beginner) to legend. During their quest, players find themselves with an even greater burden -- to use their high-wire graffiti talents to expose the oppressive mayor and rid the city of his stranglehold.

An incredible lineup of Hollywood talent is providing voices for the characters featured in Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, George Hamilton, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam West, Andy Dick, Charlie Murphy, The RZA, and Michael "M.C. Serch" Berrin will all add their voice to the first truly authentic video game based on urban culture and graffiti art. Hip-hop artist Talib Kweli is the voice of Trane -- the game's lead character.

About Marc Ecko Enterprises

The youngest member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's board of directors, Marc Ecko is founder of *ecko unltd., the world famous rhino brand. In eleven years since its creation in 1993, the group of companies that comprise Marc Ecko Enterprises has grown to include: *ecko unltd.(R) men's and Eckored(R) women's apparel, as well as outerwear, footwear, watches, eyewear, underwear, belts, bags, hats, small leather goods, formalwear and more.

Marc Ecko Enterprises also includes Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" (a contemporary menswear line launched Fall 2004); G-Unit(R) clothing and accessories (a joint venture with multi-platinum musician, 50 Cent); Zoo York(R) (a line of action sports-inspired clothing and accessories); and Avirex(R) Sportswear Collection (a licensed mid-tier brand launched Spring 2005). The Company also publishes Complex(R) magazine, a men's consumer magazine with a rate base of 325,000, and is developing Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure(TM), the first truly authentic video game based on urban culture and graffiti art debuting in early 2006. *ecko unltd. products are available in over 5,000 stores domestically and in over 45 countries internationally, as well as through 34 of its own retail stores across the country. For additional information, please visit www.marceckoenterprises.com.

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER(TM), The Matrix(TM) (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), Stuntman(TM) and Test Drive(R); and mass- market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), and Dragon Ball Z(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit www.atari.com.

About Films

MTV Films is the feature film development and production division of MTV that releases films in conjunction with Paramount Pictures. Since its inception in 1995, MTV Films established itself as a unique movie label with a slate of diverse and successful films that have grossed more than 800 million dollars in domestic box office.

In partnership with Paramount Pictures, MTV Films has released 21 films including "Beavis and Butt-head Do America," "Varsity Blues" and "Save The Last Dance," which each broke box-office records on their opening weekends.

In 2004, MTV Films released with Fox Searchlight the indie comedy, "Napoleon Dynamite," which proved to be another huge success for the company as it earned critical raves, over $40 million at the box office, and three Independent Spirit Award nominations.

To date in 2005, MTV Films produced a string of hits beginning in January with the MTV box-office smash "Coach Carter," and the summer blockbuster "The Longest Yard" which took in the division's largest opening weekend ever with more than 58 million dollars domestically. MTV Films has also enjoyed success with the critically acclaimed acquisition "Hustle & Flow," winner of the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and also released the documentary "Murderball," winner of the Documentary Competition Audience Award at the same festival.

Slated for later this year is the highly anticipated feature "Aeon Flux," produced with Gale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Pictures and starring Academy Award(R)-winner Charlize Theron as the title character.

Some other highlights of MTV Films include the Academy Award(R)-nominated "Election" (Best Adapted Screenplay) and "Tupac: Resurrection" (Best Documentary), as well as "Jackass: The Movie," "Orange County," and the Spike Lee directed comedy concert film "The Original Kings of Comedy."

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

ATARI, the ATARI logo, and classic Atari game titles and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. or its affiliates.

"PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Xbox is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Marc Ecko Enterprises

CONTACT: Todd Phillips, MTV, +1-212-258-7004, todd.phillips@mtvnmix.com;
Clint Cantwell, Marc Ecko Enterprises, +1-917-262-1110, clintc@ecko.com

Web site: http://www.ecko.com/
http://www.marceckoenterprises.com/
http://www.atari.com/


 
BET To Televise The Ultimate Hustler Finale Live From New York City

Hip-Hop Mogul Damon Dash to Appoint BET's First-Ever Ultimate Hustler Tuesday, December 13th At 9PM ET

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- After three challenging months of "Life is the Dash," BET will culminate its latest reality series with THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER finale LIVE on Tuesday, December 13, 2005 from 9-10 p.m. ET from the business capital of the world, New York City. The one-hour finale will feature the final presentations from the three finalists; a hustler "reunion" with the previously eliminated contestants; a live in-studio audience; and wireless and on-line voting by viewers. Tune in for the most interesting "black door" elimination thus far with the three remaining contenders: Brian, 26 from San Diego, California; Dashawn, 28 from Trenton, New Jersey; and Tichanda, 28 from Brooklyn, New York.

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THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER winner will receive the all new Jeep Commander, a platinum and diamond chain worth $15,000, a Tiret Watch from the exclusive Damon Dash Collection, a CEO Fall Collection wardrobe makeover; clothing from the Damon Dash collection or the Rachel Roy Collection, PRO-KEDS sneakers which the winner will get to design, a subscription to America Magazine and a plethora of additional goodies fit for an Ultimate Hustler totaling over $100,000.00.

THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER is an edgy, one-hour elimination-competition that began by testing 16 aspiring entrepreneurs on their business savvy and street smarts. With only one episode left and only three finalists still standing, Dash has put these "hustlers" through the ringer with a series of strategic and mental challenges based on economic empowerment, integrity, and of course, always looking "fresh to def" while making money. Throughout the season, contestants have pulled out all the stops to become the ultimate hip hop mogul via the guidance and support of Dash while creatively demonstrating their business acumen and street credibility in the world of hip hop (fashion, film, music, investments, etc.). Dash has definitely set a blueprint on how to "get paper" (make money) with this series.

Dash's vast array of businesses includes America Magazine, Damon Dash Music Group, Dash Films, Armadale Vodka, Dash Management, PRO-KEDS, State Property, Team Roc, Tiret Watches, the Rachel Roy Clothing Line, and Dash/DiBella Boxing. Dash also owns a Lear jet, a private yacht, custom-made vehicles, deluxe and posh properties on both coasts and a recording studio.

BET.com is also promoting an ULTIMATE HUSTLER sweepstakes which ends with the show's finale on December 13. Viewers can log onto BET.com to play the Ultimate Hustler Xchange game to enter the contest. The winner with the highest score will win:

* Trip to NYC to intern at a Damon Dash Company
* Apparel from Team Roc/Pro Keds
* The all new Jeep Commander and Ultimate Hustler Merchandise

The finale will televise LIVE from BET's studios, 530 West 57th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. Media seeking news coverage access should contact BET's publicity department (working journalists only, please):

* Marcy Polanco, 212-975-4048 / marcy.polanco@BET.net
* Tricia N. Newell, 212-975-8230 / tricia.newell@BET.net
* Tara Smith, 212-975-3390 / tara.smith@BET.net

Footage, images, interview requests with Damon Dash, the executives, the eliminated contestants and the winner are also available upon requests.


THE ULTIMATE HUSTLER is executive produced by entertainment mogul Damon Dash and Kenny Hull (Huck Films).


ABOUT BET

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

For additional information, please visit www.BET.com

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PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: BET

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4048, or Marcy.Polanco@BET.net, or
Tricia Newell, +1-212-975-8230, or Tricia.Newell@BET.net, or Tara Smith,
+1-212-975-3390, or Tara.Smith@BET.net, all of BET; or Amanda Silverman of THE
DART GROUP, +1-212-277-7555

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


 
Napster Launches Digital Music Service in Germany

Napster Germany Brings First Subscription Service and Largest Digital Music Catalog to Music Fans Across the Country

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Napster (NASDAQ:NAPS) , the biggest brand in digital music, launched its award-winning digital music service across Germany today. Napster Germany is the first and only subscription music service available to music fans across the region. German residents can download Napster for free at www.napster.de, where they can also sign up for a free seven-day trial of the service. Napster Germany features over 1.5 million songs -- the largest digital music catalog available in the country -- and offers both the Napster subscription service (euro 9.95 per month) as well as the Napster To Go portable subscription service (euro 14.95 per month). German music fans can also purchase songs and albums a la carte for 99 cents and euro 9.95, respectively, from the Napster Light download store, where they can also listen to free 30-second samples of all the songs in the Napster catalogue.

The official launch of Napster Germany follows the completion of agreements with the country's major record labels, as well as over 150 independent labels. These agreements allow Napster to deliver more than 125,000 albums -- including 20,000 German albums -- and music from over 600,000 artists -- including 135,000 local acts -- spanning all genres, including Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Classical and Jazz. Napster Germany already has a number of business partnerships with some of the country's biggest brands, including Germany's leading consumer electronics goods retailer, MakroMart; Trekstor, the biggest MP3 player manufacturer, which is bundling its i.beat reload player with a six-month Napster To Go subscription in retail outlets across the country; and television broadcaster SAT1, with which it has an exclusive music service partnership.

"Napster is very pleased to bring the biggest brand in on-line music to the number one music market in Continental Europe," said Chris Gorog, chairman and CEO of Napster. "We believe German music fans will be very excited to see where we have taken the original genius of Napster and expanded on the ideas of unlimited music discovery and sharing."

"It is very exciting for Napster to bring the first flat rate music service to Germany as we believe this will soon be the preferred experience for digital music fans," said Thorsten Schliesche, vice-president & general manager, Napster Germany. "A flat rate for unlimited music discovery is a much greater value than 99 euro cents downloads and is quite simply a lot more fun."

Napster Germany accepts all major credit cards as well as payments through PayPal and electronic debiting systems (ELV). The Napster Pre-Paid Card is another convenient way for German consumers to purchase tracks and Napster subscriptions.

About Napster

Napster, the biggest brand in digital music, is a subscription service that enables fans to freely sample the world's largest and most diverse online collection of music and move an unlimited amount of songs to compatible portable audio players. Napster (www.napster.com) members have access to songs from the major labels and hundreds of independents and have more ways to discover, share and acquire new music and old favorites with community features like the ability to email tracks to friends and browse other members' collections. Napster also offers Napster Light, a "lighter" version of the service for those who just want to purchase songs and albums a la carte. Napster is now available in the United States, Canada, Germany and the U.K. and is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, London, Frankfurt and Tokyo.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release, in particular matters related to the success of the Napster service in Germany, Napster's relationship with Trekstor, SAT1 and MakroMart and Napster's agreements with content providers are forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties such as the company's failure to maintain relationships with strategic partners and content providers, the new and rapidly changing nature of the online music industry, dependence on the growth of the Internet and broadband technologies, and failure of the Napster service to interoperate with the hardware of Napster's customers, that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Additional information on these and other factors are contained in Napster's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as filed with the SEC on November 2, 2005, copies of which are available at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov/. Napster assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release.

Copyright (C) 2005 Napster, LLC. All rights reserved. Napster and Napster Light are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Napster, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are owned by their respective owners.

Adam Howorth
European Communications Director
Tel: +44 (0) 207 1017281
adam.howorth@napster.co.uk

Source: Napster

CONTACT: Adam Howorth, European Communications Director of Napster,
+44-0-207-1017281, adam.howorth@napster.co.uk

Web site: http://www.napster.de/
http://www.napster.com/


 
XM Satellite Radio 'Promotes' Snoop Dogg to Executive Producer

Snoop to Oversee XM's Classic Hip Hop Channel in Addition to Hosting His Exclusive XM Music Show

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, has named multi-platinum recording artist Snoop Dogg as executive producer of XM's classic hip-hop channel The Rhyme (XM Channel 65), current home of Snoop's popular radio show "Welcome to Da Chuuch With Big Snoop Dogg," available exclusively on XM Satellite Radio.

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"I am truly excited about being able to have total control over the music and programming for The Rhyme on XM. I will play music that people have never heard and music that they haven't heard in a long time," said Snoop Dogg. "We need more Snoop Dogg music all the time because the music I play makes people feel good. Consider yourself a part of this new Snoop Dogg eargasm."

As executive producer, Snoop will provide the creative direction for the channel and assist in the development of new exclusive programming for The Rhyme, as well as other channels. In addition to serving as executive producer, Snoop will continue to host "Welcome to Da Chuuch" on The Rhyme, which debuted on XM in December 2004. Beginning in early 2006, "Welcome to Da Chuuch" will return for a new season on The Rhyme with new episodes airing each week.

"Snoop is a definitive hip-hop icon and he continues to bring his love and knowledge of music to XM, now as executive producer of The Rhyme. With his new role Snoop will have an even larger platform to bring his unique musical sensibilities to millions of XM listeners who will be experiencing the audio history of hip-hop in a bigger way," said Eric Logan, executive vice president of programming for XM Satellite Radio.

A music and cultural icon, Snoop Dogg has recorded some of the most popular rap albums of all time and established his work as part of the soundtrack for a generation. In addition to his music career, Snoop has also enjoyed success in film and television, both as an actor and producer.

Snoop Dogg is currently staring in XM's "Listen Large,"(TM) holiday marketing campaign, featuring television, print, radio, online and outdoor advertising to promote XM's wide variety of programming and best-in-class satellite radios.

About XM Satellite Radio

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

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

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: XM Satellite Radio

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

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


 
Third Annual Groovevolt.com Music & Fashion Awards Nominations Announced

Mariah Carey Leads With Six Nominations. Common, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani Capture Five Nods. Kelly Clarkson, Destinys Child, Fantasia, John Legend, Shakira, Toni Braxton Receive Four Nominations.

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) December 8, 2005 -- Mariah Careys magical comeback year continues as the singer topped the list of nominees for the Third Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards, leading the way with six nods. Carey leads a slew of R&B and Hip-Hop stars who dominated the nomination list this year.

Groovevolt.com, one of the Internet's leading music sites, announced the nominees Tuesday for its Second Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards. Voting for the awards will take place at Groovevolt.com beginning December 20, 2005 and the winners will be announced on February 4, 2005.

One hundred twenty-five artists were nominated for at least one award, with Carey leading the way. She received nods for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album Female (The Emancipation of Mimi), Song of the Year and Best Song Performance Female R&B/Soul and Female Pop (We Belong Together), and Best Deep Cut Pop (Circles). A complete list of nominees can be found at Groovevolt.com.

"Few would argue that Mariah Carey is one of the best stories of the year. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Mariah ignored the so-called haters while her career rose to a new level." Groovevolt.com Editor-in-Chief Chauncy Jackson said, adding "With L.A. Reids guidance, Carey released a superb album which benefited from an even more successful marketing plan."

Noteworthy in this years list of nominees is the fact that R&B and Hip-Hop artists ruled the roost. In addition to Careys six nominations, the underrated Common received five nominations, as did Kanye West and Gwen Stefani. Kelly Clarkson, Destinys Child, American Idol contestant Fantasia, John Legend, Shakira, and Toni Braxton each took home four nominations. The depth of the R&B and Hip-Hop communities is sometimes taken for granted but the results of this years nominations clearly proves just how many talented artists are working in the business today, Jackson said.

Pop and rock were not forgotten. Gwen Stefani and Green Day each took home three nominations as well and U.K. import James Blunt also received a Song of The Year nod for, Youre Beautiful. "Blunts noticable impact on a jaded music public has been one of many welcome surprises this year," Managing Editor Roy Opochinski said. "Rock music acquitted itself well with wonderful releases from Social Distortion, Sufjan Stevens, and Nada Surf, and stunning tours from U2, Bright Eyes, and Bruce Springsteen, among others."

Music fans who log onto Groovevolt.com from December 20, 2005 to January 27, 2006, will be able to vote, in nearly 30 categories, for their favorite rock, hip-hop, and pop artists, as well as for their favorite movie soundtrack, deep cuts, and most fashionable artist. "For all the cries of doom and gloom from the record companies, the industry been remarkably resilient this year, with a strong mix of new artists and established acts. Jackson said. "This years collection of nominees is the strongest yet."

Nominees were chosen from artists whose albums were released from September 1, 2004 to September 30, 2005. Singles released during that time period are eligible, even if the albums from which the song came were not yet released.

Groovevolt.com is one of the leading music and lifestyle sites on the Internet, with more than 12 million page views and more than 900,000 unique users each month.

Groovevolt.com's parent company, MOREI MEDIA GROUP INC., plans to announce an expansion of its corporation in early 2006.

For a full list of nominations visit: http://www.groovevolt.com/vote

For additional information, contact Lisa London via email at lisa.london [@] morei-media.com

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Lisa London
Morei Media Group
212-591-0309


 
Warner Music UK and BT Team up for New Digital Music Offerings

LONDON -- (Market Wire - Dec 08, 2005) -- Warner Music UK and British Telecommunications PLC (BT) today announced a landmark agreement to develop on-demand access to music programming from Warner Music's audio and video catalogs of world-renowned artists over BT's new TV over Broadband service in the UK.

Through the next-generation TV service -- a world first, combining access to digital terrestrial channels, an extensive video on-demand library and a range of interactive services -- BT broadband customers in the UK will be able to access music videos, artist interviews, concerts and documentaries. The service will become available in the second half of 2006.

In making the announcement, Nick Phillips, Chairman, Warner Music UK, said, "We are pleased to partner with BT as the first music provider to this innovative distribution service. Industry-leading agreements and unique partnerships like the one we announce today are an important component of Warner Music's global strategy to become a multifaceted, music content company. By combining existing assets like music videos, lyrics, artwork and liner notes, with new music-based digital products, such as ringback tones and video ringers that can be distributed on countless distribution platforms, Warner Music is both creating new products and new revenue streams, while transforming the consumer experience and bringing music fans closer to the artists and music they love."

Dan Marks, Chief Executive, BT TV Services, said: "We're delighted to be working closely with Warner Music Group, one of the world's leading entertainment groups and look forward to bringing new and innovative music programming and music-related products and services to the UK through BT's next-generation TV service and other BT platforms. BT and Warner Music Group share a vision of the possibilities and the opportunities of next-generation TV. We look forward to realising those opportunities together."

In addition, the agreement will allow Warner Music International (WMI) to work broadly with BT to develop new consumer offerings focused on the future convergence of broadband, mobile and landline telephone, and television music products.

BT announced on 26 October, 2005 that its next-generation TV service will be available to BT broadband customers without a subscription fee.

Services available at launch, or shortly afterwards, will include:

-- entertainment on-demand -- an extensive library of movies, TV and
music all available instantly;
-- interactive services such as online games, retail opportunities and
community services;
-- catch-up TV -- programmes from the previous seven days' broadcast
schedule will be available on demand without the need to record;
-- flexible payment -- no mandatory subscriptions;
-- pay-per-view options; a Personal Video Recorder capable of storing up
to 80 hours of programming; more than 30 digital terrestrial TV channels;
-- Communication services -- such as instant messaging, chat and video
telephony on TV.

BT is the only company in the UK committed to providing such a nationwide service.

About Warner Music International

Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, is headquartered in London and operates through numerous affiliates and numerous licensees in over 50 countries.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

-- BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and
related services to more than 20 million UK consumers and businesses.
-- BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK
to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including
the provision of broadband and private circuits.
-- BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs
of multi-site organisations globally. BT Global Services operates in more
than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

From January 2006, there will be a fourth business called Openreach. This business will be responsible for the nationwide local BT network which covers the "first mile" of wires that connects homes and businesses across the UK to their service providers. Openreach will provide communications providers with services and products associated with that network.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group's turnover was £18,623 million with profit before taxation of £2,354 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

A wide selection of BT images are available for download via the image library at www.vismedia.co.uk.

Media Contacts:
Amanda Collins
WMI
212/275-2213
Mike Jarvis
BT Newsroom
0044 207 356 6045


 
THE JUMP OFF UK MC STREET BATTLE TOUR PART 1

MIC ASSASSIN(South East London) & STIG(Newcastle) are the 2 Hip Hop MCs who will be going on the UK MC Street Battle Tour 2005. By proving themselves the toughest in the latest run of London Street Battles, they now go head to head against the UKs best battle MCs from across 11 cities. Whichever of the two racks up the most victories, will advance onto New York in January 2006, where they will represent the UK in a series of Street Battles against New Yorks top 5 battle MCs.

The Jump Off UK Street Battle Tour runs from Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th December. Battles will take place at historic or famous landmarks in each city. The exact location and time of the battles will be kept secret. Each Battle is for a purse of 50 and will be over 3x1min acapella rounds and will be judged by a Jump Off official.

Battling is deep rooted in Hip Hop history and tradition, from the Bronx streets in the late seventies to street corners all over the United Kingdom today, MC battling is still relevant and represents Hip Hop in its purest form. The Jump Off is the UKs Biggest Hip Hop Battle Promoter. The Jump Off @ Mean Fiddler is set to re-launch in 2006 with a new international format.

Dates, Cities & MCs:

Thursday 8th December
Bournemouth 6pm: Nathaniel/Pride
Bristol 10pm: Jinxsta/Genius
Cardiff 2am: Muddmouth/Ruff Stylz
Friday 9th December
Ipswich 4pm: Truth/Arkaic
Brighton 8pm: Koaste/Heins
Saturday 10th December
Birmingham 130pm: Sonny Jim/Kosyne
Liverpool 530pm: Lee Scott/TL
Manchester 830pm: Strategy/(tbc)
Sunday 11th December
Leeds 130pm: D.Brown/Dangerman
Newcastle 5pm: Subliminal/(tbc)
Glasgow 10pm: Respekt BA/Freestyle Master

CONTACT:
Harold Anthony
harry@jumpoff.tv
www.jumpoff.tv


 
The Sneakerographer

This is the world's first and only international sneaker petition with over 2000 signatures from over 30 countries in less than 10 days. The petition has also gotten newspaper and blog coverage in USA, Italy, Japan, France, Russia, Chile, Spain, Hong Kong, China and Canada. Talk about"sneaker activism", eh?

Below is an excerpt from The Boston Phoenix.

The Boston Phoenix
Remember Marty McFly's grey moon-boot-styled Nikes from Back to the Future II? The ones Michael J. Fox wore in 2015? Those high-topped kicks you could never buy?

Al Cabino remembers them well. So well that he wants his own pair. Minor problem: Nike never actually made any for public consumption McFly's futuristic shoes were movie props.

So last week he created an online petition "to request that Nike create a pair of these kicks to be sold to the public." He plans to hand-deliver the petition to Nike's Oregon headquarters when he gets "a respectable amount" of signatures.

"We're talking the most mythical sneaker in film history," says Cabino, over the phone from Canada. "The Holy Grail of the movie sneaker is the McFly one."

There's been this rumor that Nike had planned to make the McFlys anyway. "There was actually a street legend that in 2015 these sneakers would be made available by Nike," says Cabino. "But I'm not going to wait 10 years. Almost 900 people that signed [the petition] so far, they don't want to wait 10 years."

This past Sunday, three "celebrity" autographs appeared among the online signatures: Nicole Richie's fiance Adam Goldstein (DJ AM) (#11), Kanye West protege Lupe Fiasco (#591), and Bill McMullen (a/k/a Billions McMillions), Def Jam Recording's former design director (#770). Cabino had also started receiving hate mail from people critical of his appropriation of the word 'activist'. "Im not saying we're ending world hunger," Cabino says in his defense. "We're enjoying life. I live and breathe sneakers. I'm not taking anything away from the fight for workers' rights."
Cabino, who earlier this year commissioned a pair of Swiss-chocolate Nike Vandals, "the world's first-ever chocolate sneakers," also claims that he's not a covert Nike agent trying to drum up faux-grassroots press for the corporate monolith.

"This is a pure petition," he insists. "I've been involved in sneaker culture for the last two years. I don't work for Nike."
View Al Cabino's petition online at
http://www.petitiononline.com/future2/petition.html
--
The world's most famous sneaker activist now has a blog for the world's first and only international sneaker petition, over 2000 signatures from over 30 countries in less than 10 days.

Operation McFly is LIVE !

http://operationmcfly.blogspot.com/


 
TIME TO THINK B.I.G.- THE AVE MAGAZINE MOVES BACK ON NEWSSTANDS WITH ITS 2-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

New York The Winter 06 edition of THE AVE Magazine, hip-hops
official
street movement in print, celebrates its 2-yr anniversary with the
release
of its 22 TWOs issue.

Gracing the cover of this milestone edition Ms. Volleta Wallace, mother
of
the late-great fallen Brooklyn rapper, Biggie Smalls, breaks down her
battles with breast cancer, her struggles as a single parent, the
legacy
of her son and her recent book penned about his life.

In recognition of its turning two, THE AVE honors 22 of modern
historys
greatest dynamic duos. From hip-hop moguls Jay-Z and Dame Dash; to
social
revolutionaries like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro; to film legends
Denzel
Washington and Spike Lee, find out who made it to the top of this list
of
powerful pairs.

On the second cover of its anniversary issue, THE AVE reveals a
hustlers
ambition through an in-depth talk with Def Jam recording artist, Juelz
Santana. The baby-faced MC shows theres more to him than just music.

Other highlights include, an examination of pedophilia and the millions
of
sexually-abused children affected by it; the accomplishments of media
mogul and billionaire Oprah Winfrey; platinum-selling British imports
Floetry discussing friendship, family, and avoiding the sophomore jinx;
a
critical look at BETs programming; an expos on how phone companies
are
taking advantage of prisoners; and old school rappers cashing in on
commercials.

From the biggest stars to relevant community issues, THE AVE is truly a
street movement in print. To read exclusive stories and subscribe, log
on
to www.theavemagazine.com.

THE AVE magazine is a quarterly hip-hop publication that covers music,
fashion and entertainment, while addressing important social and
political
issues relevant to hip-hop culture. THE AVE is distributed nationally
on
newsstands and at all Tower Records, Virgin Mega Stores, Barnes &
Nobles
and Borders Books.

###

CONTACT: Hanif Sumner
Email: hanif.sumner@gmail.com
Mobile: 347-365-0900


 
THE AVE ON MTV'S NEW NETWORK

WHO: Hip-Hops official street movement in print, The AVE Magazine

WHAT: SPEAKS OUT ON HOMOPHOBIA IN HIP-HOP

WHERE: MTV NETWORKS NEW CHANNEL, LOGO
(WWW.LOGOONLINE.COM)

WHEN: DEC.11TH, 2005
10:00 PM 11:00 PM

WHY:
Mentioned by NEW YORK TIMES and NEW YORK NEWSDAY
Quoted in XXL MAGAZINE
Featured in ID MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, CRAINS NY
BUSINESS, ALLHIPHOP.COM, and SOHH.COM

New York- THE AVE Magazine, hip-hops official street movement in
print,
will be seen one air as a part of Advocate Magazine & LOGOs one-hour
original magazine-style special that features a topical new piece about
hip hop and its history of homophobia

The novel channel is looking to break new ground with its original
programming and tapped THE AVE Magazine as a credible source with in
the
hip-hop community. Editor-in-Chief, Anslem Samuel, explains the plight
of
most hip-hop enthusiasts when it comes to gay and lesbian issues.

Please log onto (www.logoonline.com/about/#where) to find out if LOGO
is
carried in your area.

Press inquires: Please contact Hanif (hanif@theavemagazine.com) at
347-365-0900 or Kaajal (kaajals@theavemagazine.com) at 917-539-7762


12/07/2005

 
Cash Money's Lil Wayne Brings The Heat With 'Tha Carter' In Stores Now

'Fireman' #1 Most Played Video At MTV2 and BET

NEW YORK, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash Money signature artist and crescent city superstar Lil Wayne brings the heat with his newest album, Tha Carter II - in stores now, with The NY Times already hailing the much anticipated album as a masterpiece, raving that Tha Carter II " ... is an impressive CD, and in some sense historic..." The video for the debut sizzling single, "Fireman" is currently the #1 most played video on MTV2 and BET. Accolades for Tha Carter II continues to pour in from taste making magazines such as Rolling Stone, which proclaims that Wayne's "... fifth solo CD finds him in excellent lyrical command ."

Other notable tracks include one of the New York Times' picks, the "woosey, bluesy" highlight, "Shooter." The song is a departure from Wayne's early musical formula, flexing a more complex lyrical delivery and rhyme scheme as he addresses the regionalism so pervasive in hip-hop: "So many doubt cuz I come from the south/But when I open up my mouth, all the bullets come out .... it's outrageous/you know how sick you make us/I wanna throw up like chip in Vegas/But this is Southern face it/If this is too simple then y'all don't get the basics." The tracks from the breakthrough disc include "Money On My Mind," "Hustler Musik," and "Grown Man," which features Young Money Records protege Currency.

Along with Tha Carter II, the 23-year old rapper also simultaneously released a deluxe package of Tha Carter II which contains the new CD and a chopped and screwed version of some of Lil Wayne's biggest songs including: "Go DJ," "Tha Block is Hot," "Get Off The Corner" as well as the new single, "Fireman."

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

Lil Wayne is currently winding down a national tour with fellow Southern rapper T.I. and Young Jeezy.

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Sindy Gilbert, +1-323-467-7274, or Vickie Charles,
+1-212-373-0783, both of Universal Records

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


 
DBANDS Now the Official Headband of the ABA

Acquisition of DBANDS by RMD Entertainment Group Still on Track for December 13th Close

PHILADELPHIA, PA and INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (Market Wire - Dec 07, 2005) --  RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG). The ABA continues to be innovative in its approach to bringing safer, fast-paced, fan friendly, exciting and affordable basketball to its fans. The league has agreed to make DBANDS the Official Headband of the ABA. DBANDS are the first new patent design for sweatbands in fifty years, designed with extra material on top for improved function, safety and a completely new look. They won't slip and protect the eyes much better than conventional sweatbands and absorb more sweat.

DBANDS were first introduced during the 2003-2004 seasons when it signed six NBA players, including Eddie Curry (NY Knicks), Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings), Jamal Crawford (NY Knicks), Ron Artest (Indiana Pacers), James Posey (Miami Heat) and Linton Johnson III (NJ Nets) to endorse the DBANDS. This past summer, DBANDS sponsored a team at the Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) at Rucker Park in Harlem, NY and became the Official Headbands of EBC. During the 8 weeks of the EBC tournament, DBANDS gained great national exposure on ESPN and NBA TV and continue to do so.

"We applaud the ABA for its commitment to provide safer equipment for its players," said Vincent Norment, Inventor of DBANDS. "This was a no brainer as they say." Tom Chichester, ABA Director of Officials added, "Safety first for our players. Many players have been temporarily blinded by sweat bands slipping, obscuring their vision. And to prevent sweat from spilling onto the floor, a major cause of injuries, DBANDS are icing on the cake."

"The ABA provides a great environment and community for DBANDS. I expect it to go over well with the fans and all over the country and overseas. We're looking forward to a great relationship," further commented Norment.

Giorgio Costonis CEO of RMD Entertainment Group added, "Congratulations to both the ABA and DBANDS. We are extremely pleased with this undertaking by DBANDS. To be named the official gear of a professional sports league such as the ABA demonstrates the viability of the DBANDS product and its company's leadership. We remain on schedule for our acquisition of DBANDS to be signed on December 13th. Their product is hot right now and makes a great addition to our entertainment and lifestyle portfolio. DBANDS offers us the opportunity to increase our revenues significantly in 2006. Our strategy will be to make our music product and apparel lines one in the same in the eyes of our customers because the consumer demographic for our entertainment division and DBANDS is so similar. This will allow us to execute numerous cross promotion campaigns for our entire product line world-wide. Our goal is to sell every clothing customer music and each music customer clothing. The best customer we have is a repeat customer."

For more information, email venorment@dapparel.com or visit http://www.dbands.com/ or call 212 464 8345 or visit http://www.abalive.com/.

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 Video and Music Distribution -- 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


 
BET Goes Wireless in Venture With Motricity

Mobile Content From Cable Network to Include Popular Ring Tones, Games and Graphics Now Accessible to Cingular, Sprint & T-Mobile Subscribers

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Wireless content has a brand new player in the marketplace -- BET. Signaling its most extensive branded product launch since the BET.com Web site in 2000, BET is expanding into wireless data and applications in conjunction with its mobile solutions provider, Motricity, a Durham, North Carolina-based company that is one of the world's leading mobile content and solutions providers. The new BET wireless service will be marketed under the "BET Mobile" brand, and will include popular ringtones, graphics, games, alerts and social networking features.

BET is the leading cable network source for entertainment and information targeting the African-American consumer, and is distributed to more than 80 million homes in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET will extend its leading media franchise into the wireless sector by giving viewers direct access to tailored and BET-branded mobile content via their mobile phones and the Web. By texting 'BET' to BETTV (23888) viewers will be able to access the BET Mobile storefront. In addition, viewers will be able to access popular ring tones and other mobile content via short message service and text message codes displayed during music videos and other programs or by visiting BET.com. BET is among the first mobile services to integrate downloadable ring tones into music videos as they play. The vision is to start with ring tones and progress into other personalized entertainment such as full-track music and videos.

"BET viewers are sophisticated and heavy users of the latest mobile devices, services and content. For us to extend our programming and presence into the wireless market is the perfect next-stage evolution for the BET brand," said Debra Lee, BET President and CEO. "BET made history in 1980 as the first television network of its kind. Now we are ready to make mobile phone history in partnership with Motricity for content specially geared toward our audience."

The new offering will be promoted with in-show mentions on BET's most popular music video shows 106 & PARK, BET'S TOP 10 LIVE and RAP CITY. Dedicated advertising is also planned on both BET and BET.com. The BET Mobile offering will immediately be accessible by subscribers using Cingular/AT&T Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile wireless services. In the first quarter of 2006, customers using Verizon and Alltel will be able to access BET's wireless content.

"BET's move to extend its brand and content beyond its traditional channels to the wireless network is a bold and smart move," explained Roger Entner, vice president of Wireless Telecom for Ovum. "BET and other media companies are beginning to see the potential revenue and consumer loyalty advantages that platforms like Motricity's Fuel make possible. In turn, Motricity is broadening its footprint within the mobile ecosystem by accelerating the availability of off-net content with existing wireless data services."

"For the past 25 years, BET has been a pioneer in programming and has created the most widely recognized consumer brand in the urban marketplace. BET continues to serve as a model in the delivery of quality content and creation of meaningful experiences for its audiences," said Ryan Wuerch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motricity. "While many media and broadcast companies are seeing advertising revenue from the promotion of ring tones and mobile content, visionary companies like BET are quickly realizing the potential for hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and the magnitude of the consumer loyalty that can be achieved by launching an integrated mobile service."

Motricity's Fuel technology delivers mobile content to millions of consumers via one of the industry's most scalable platform technology and wireless networks quickly, cost-effectively and reliably. In concert, the company's advanced merchandizing and marketing services allow media companies to market content effectively through near real-time data and expand addressable markets through relevant, personalized and dynamic content segmented for specific subscribers. Through its advanced content management capabilities and support for all major devices, manufacturers and content types, Motricity ensures that mobile content will be compatible with consumers' handsets and enables consumers to receive the right mobile content at the right time, every time.

ABOUT BET

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

ABOUT MOTRICITY

As one of the world's leading mobile content and solutions providers, Motricity's technology solutions enable consumers to receive the right mobile content at the right time, every time. By offering technology and services that unify the mobile content ecosystem, Motricity creates a highly compelling user experience and delivers more profitable mobile content offerings for partners such as BET, Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, China Unicom, O2, Amazon.com, Palm and a network of consumer Web sites, including eReader.com and PalmGear.com. Motricity is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., and has offices in Beijing, London, Munich and San Diego. For more information, please visit http://www.motricity.com/.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003,
michael.lewellen@bet.net, Les Hamashima of Motricity, +1-919-699-4749,
les.hamashima@motricity.com, or Marisa Conway, +1-212-771-3639,
mconway@brodeur.com, for Motricity

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


 
Sierra Leonean Hip Hop Artist Chosan Releases Debut CD "The Beautiful Side of Misery"

Riding high off his collaboration with Grammy-award winner Kanye West on the video for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," rapper Chosan releases his long-awaited album "The Beautiful Side of Misery".

(PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- Riding high off his collaboration with Grammy-award winner Kanye West on the video for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," rapper Chosan releases his long-awaited album "The Beautiful Side of Misery". Written in three different countries, Sierra Leone, UK, and the United States, the album is a poignant look into the life and travels of one of today's most promising talents.

With the premiere single "Ride" heating up the airwaves and an accompanying video in heavy rotation on VJ Ralph McDaniels' legendary "Video Music Box" TV show, "The Beautiful Side of Misery" takes the listener from the slums of war-torn Sierra Leone through the London underground, and finally to the streets of New York's Bedford Stuyvesant. The passion and pain created by the 14 tracks on "The Beautiful Side of Misery" were born out of Chosan's life experiences. After the sudden death of his father, tragedy struck again a few months later when Chosan was hit by an SUV while crossing the street in his Bronx neighborhood. The accident left the talented artist incapacitated and he suffered through therapy for an entire year. After a slow recovery and with a new appreciation for life, Chosan took the little money he had and put his heart and soul into documenting his dynamic life through his music. The result of that roller coaster ride is "The Beautiful Side of Misery". Tracks such as "Built for This" and "Life Goes On" explore the hardship of being forced to leave family and friends behind, losing a loved one, and making your way in a foreign land. With soulful and honest songs all fueled by Chosan's zest for life, the album is required listening for anyone. The album is an outstanding combination of diverse sounds and complex themes which resonate and transcend musical barriers.

Through the hardships of life Chosan has blazed a path as an eloquent, exciting, and engaging performer. His energetic rhyming style and lyrical prowess has earned him spots opening for rap heavyweights such as Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, and Juelz Santana. Chosan's performance at the recent H2O International Film Festival awed a crowd that included hip-hop trailblazers such as Roxanne Shante, Dana Dane, and CL Smooth. Magazines such as Y-Mag (South Africa), Touch (UK), and Blow (USA) among others have hailed Chosan as one of the top artists to watch. With street smarts and raw talent Chosan continues to create fans out of journalists, artists and listeners alike. From every bad situation comes a blessing, growth and strength. That is "The Beautiful Side Of Misery". The album is available on iTunes, AOL MusicNow, and Clabash Music.

Track listing:
1. Intro.
2. Ride Ft Cheryl Denise & J Grier
3. Freetown (Interlude)
4. Built For This
5. Heat Radio (Interlude)
6. Can't Get
7. Yeah Yeah Yeah
8. Relax "Wusahh"
9. Blow
10. Dont Know Why ft Shiji
11. K-Gutta (interlude)
12. Life Goes On ft Phyre
13. Chosan outro
14. When Heaven Sings ft Phyre

For Press Information Contact:
Silver
Phone: (917) 459-9884

For further information regarding Chosan
Please visit his website at www.silverstreetz.com


 
First-Ever Hip-Hop Infomercial 'Phatt Traxx' Airs Wednesdays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21, 2005

Created by Epicenter Music and hosted by Catdogg from 100.3FM The Beat L.A.

Epicenter Music provides Rappers and Hip-Hop singers with a product and an outlet to showcase their talents. Includes music performances by hit Hip-Hop recording artist Lil' Rob, Somer, G.B.N., Nightingale and more.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- Epicenter Music and Incredible Discoveries teamed up to develop the first-ever Hip-Hop infomercial for Phatt Traxx Instrumentals Volumes 1 and 2. The infomercial airs Wednesdays, Dec. 7th, 14th, and 21st, 2005 on KJLA at 11:30PM after LATV. The infomercial offers 36 professionally produced, hit-potential instrumental tracks that rappers and hip-hop singers can use for demo and performance use, without paying royalties, for under $30. All tracks were produced by Billboard charted producer/artist, and C.E.O. of Epicenter Music, Brian Chazz Padilla.

Styles include West Coast, East Coast, Dirty South, Reggae Hip-Hop, Latin Hip-Hop, and R&B/Hip-Hop. In addition, it comes with a one year free subscription to HitQuarters.com, which includes a custom artist web page showcasing three of their own demo tracks, and access to top labels, A&Rs, and managers. Epicenter Music is also taking it one step further, by allowing their customers to submit their vocals over any track off Phatt Traxx for a chance to win a record deal. Epicenter Music will also select 11 finalists to be featured, along with the Grand Prize Winner, on the Phatt Traxx "The Winners" compilation CD. Not only are they selling a great product, but they are giving their consumers an outlet to showcase their talents.

The infomercial is jammed pack with performances by Hip-Hop recording artist Lil' Rob, Somer, G.B.N., Nightingale and more. It includes freestyle battles from upcoming and unsigned talent. "It's nothing like you've seen before; it's entertaining and changing the game!", said Somer, artist and record executive of Epicenter Music. "There are a lot of talented rappers and singers out there that aren't being heard," said Brian "Chazz" Padilla, "We want to empower aspiring Artists to be able to follow their dreams without going broke over it." Finally, there is an affordable alternative for people who don't have the financial means or industry connections to make a good quality hit demo.

Epicenter Music will revolutionize the demo making and shopping process. No longer will Artists have to spend thousands of dollars on trying to make a hit demo. Phatt Traxx Instrumentals is an amazing tool for rappers and hip-hop singers to launch their career. "Giving them access to hit-potential tracks will not only gain them more confidence as they shop their demo to managers, entertainment lawyers, record labels, etc, but will inspire them to bring out their best lyrically and creatively." said Brian "Chazz" Padilla. Through Epicenter Music, more aspiring Artists will have a better chance of being heard and less demos of talented Artists will be tossed in the waste basket because of unprofessional tracks.

Epicenter Music realizes that there is a lot of great talent out there that lack the means to get started. Those are the people they want to help, and are the inspiration behind Phatt Traxx Instrumentals.

The Phatt Traxx Instrumental infomercial will soon air nationally. Chazz is also available for interviews. His new solo debut album LivinIt Up dropped this month on Epicenter Music and is now available at http://www.epicentermusic.com/. To learn more about Phatt Traxx Instrumentals, the contest, or listen to samples, please log on to "http://www.epicentermusic.com/".

Somer Haines-Padilla
Epicenter Music
Office: 818-775-0908
Fax: 818-709-5518
"http://www.epicentermusic.com/"


 
Kanye West in Partnership With Musicland Joins the Free U. College Giveaway

A Nationwide Campaign That Will Award Funds Toward a Four-Year College Education

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2005--To encourage students to go to college and further their education, Kanye West Foundation and entertainment retailer Musicland join in the Free U. Giveaway, a nationwide sweepstakes where the prize of $150,000 will be awarded to put toward the cost of a four-year college education. The winner will be drawn in 2006 from all eligible entries, including entry ballots located in Sam Goody, Suncoast and Media Play stores.

Mr. West's brilliant new album Late Registration debuted at #1 on the charts. It has sold 2 million copies to date, and his smash-hit single, "Gold Digger," sat atop the Billboard Hot 100 for an astounding 10 consecutive weeks. West's classic multi-platinum debut, The College Dropout, was nominated for 10 Grammys and earned him three - including "Best Rap Song' for his anthem "Jesus Walks" anointing him among music's elite.
"I'm excited to have this opportunity to partner with Musicland," West said. "We're not just giving away a significant amount of money; we're sponsoring someone's dreams."

Mr. West is more than just a successful producer, rapper/performer, songwriter and record executive. He has also found a way to give back with his establishing The Kanye West Foundation to support education. The foundation's first program was "Loop Dreams," helping to put music production equipment in schools and establishing an incentive program that appeals to students who, like West in his day, are interested in nontraditional curriculum.

About Musicland

Musicland Group Inc. is a leading national specialty retailer of music, movies and games that appeal to trend-conscious, entertainment-focused consumers. The company is expanding and diversifying its key entertainment offerings to satisfy the changing needs of its consumers. Musicland operates approximately 900 retail stores and online under the names Sam Goody (samgoody.com), Media Play (mediaplay.com) and Suncoast Motion Picture Company (suncoast.com) in 48 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Contacts
Ken Sunshine Consultants
Claudia Chung/David Cirilli, 212-691-2800
or
for Kanye West:
Island Def Jam Music Group
Gabriel Tesoriero, 212-445-3632


 
Boost Digital Radio Launches Online

New internet radio station dedicated to giving independent musicians a distribution platform to present their work to the world now streaming online.

Sydney (PRWEB) December 7, 2005 -- The worlds first on-line content portal for independent music and film has just launched its music stream... Boost Digital Radio.

Speaking at its launch party Boost Digital CEO Graeme Logan said What excites me is our future direction as we take Boost Digital not just online but to the mobile phone and MP3 market.

Boost Digital Radio will only give exposure to independent, unsigned artists and is programmed and operated by experienced radio industry professionals.

Operations Manager Ian MacRae pointed out that: Its an interesting trend that more and more mainstream artists are going independent. For example we are currently featuring tracks from new albums by the Eurogliders and Sophie B. Hawkins.

The search is now on worldwide for music content. All genres of music are acceptable. Unsigned bands and artists can download information from the website about how to submit their music for airplay.

The best music youve never heard is now online at www.boostdigital.com

"A World of Digital Film and Audio Entertainment"

For more information on boostdigital.com and interviews with Graeme Logan please contact e-mail protected from spam bots or Ian MacRae at the above contacts.

From: Boost Digital
Contact: Ian MacRae
Snail Mail: 36 Emmett Street, Crows Nest. NSW 2065, Australia
Phone: +61 2 9555 8671. Cell: 0411 794 445
URL: www.boostdigital.com


 
Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings Enters into Charter Sponsorship with MHD, the New High Definition Music Television Network

From MTV Networks Music Group

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2005--Mitsubishi Electric, a pioneer in the development of high end, high definition televisions, announced today that it has agreed to be the charter sponsor of MHD, the new high definition music channel from MTV Networks Music Group, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIAB).

Launching on January 16, 2006, MHD will embrace the musical sensibilities of MTV Networks Music Group's MTV, VH1 and CMT brands and feature multiple genres - hip hop, rock, country, pop, reggaeton, soul and more - to cover the full spectrum of music enthusiasts. The channel will feature original music-based programming sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from the MTV, VH1 and CMT family of channels. With the sales of high definition televisions expected to grow from 10 million to 30 million over the next few years, Mitsubishi Electric and MHD will lead the charge into the high definition era of music television viewing.

As charter sponsor of MHD, Mitsubishi Electric will receive prominent exposure for its highly acclaimed television sets in a variety of ways. The new MHD studio in Vail, Colorado, will use Mitsubishi technology for its production and feature state-of-the-art HDTVs on-set, further strengthening the scope of the sponsorship. Also, "Powered by Mitsubishi Electric" will appear on MHD tune-in promos and Mitsubishi will be the title sponsor of MHD original programming including "MHD Top 10" and "MHD Video Stew." Additionally, Mitsubishi Electric will be branded on MHD programming menus and in television commercials.

The deal continues a unique relationship that began in 2004 when the two companies joined forces to unveil the world's largest high definition screen built by Mitsubishi Electric for MTV Networks right across from the MTV Studios and MTV Networks' company headquarters. In November 2004, Mitsubishi teamed with MTV to create MTV's "44 1/2" - the largest HDTV in New York's Times Square. With this 25'x 40' screen, MTV and Mitsubishi have been providing pedestrians with custom high definition content, news, music videos, and award winning art breaks.

"Mitsubishi Electric is proud to join in the launch of this exciting new network. MTV Networks broke new ground and established the success of music television broadcasting," said Akira Tasaki, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings. "We look forward to introducing our exceptional brand to the MHD audience, which is known for being ahead of the curve when it comes to new technology."

"MHD and Mitsubishi Electric are perfect partners to take the high definition music television experience to the next level," said Tony Dunaif, senior vice president of business development, MTV Networks Music Group. "There is an obvious demand for music programming to be presented in HDTV, and we're confident that with Mitsubishi we'll quickly establish MHD as the ultimate destination for HDTV viewers and music fans."

The company that introduced big screen and plasma televisions to North America, Mitsubishi Electric has been dedicated to advancing high definition technology. In 2005, they once again established their leadership role by being the first to market with 1080p DLP(R) high definition televisions and introduced the largest 1080p DLP(R) TV available, measuring a full 73 inches. Mitsubishi raised the bar in HDTV performance across their entire line of 1080p HDTVs which feature exclusive 1080p DLP(R) light engine technology with Dark Detailer(TM) to produce images with stunning clarity and quality. Add to this Mitsubishi's patented Plush 1080p video processing and the Mitsubishi 1080p DLP(R) HDTVs deliver the perfect picture every time.

Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc. (MEUH)

MEUH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, is the umbrella organization for six US affiliates of Mitsubishi Electric, and provides business support to those affiliates. Mitsubishi Electric's affiliates in North, Central and South America engage in engineering, manufacturing, sales and after-service in a variety of business areas. Principal businesses include high-definition projection televisions, business-use digital printers, large-scale display systems, optoelectronic and microwave devices, automotive electrical components, industrial mechatronic devices, elevators and escalators, HVAC products (including air conditioners), industrial-use factory automation devices, and infrastructure equipment (including electric power transmission and generation equipment). There is also a technical research facility that conducts R & D in a wide variety of business fields, including imaging, information and biometrics. For the fiscal year 2004, sales in North America totaled approximately $2.0 billion, with 30 locations and 4,000 employees. For more information, visit www.MitsubishiElectric.com. For information about Mitsubishi Electric televisions, visit www.mitsubishi-tv.com.

MTV Networks

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

DarkDetailer is a trademark of Mitsubishi Electric. DLP is a registered trademark of Texas Instruments.

Contacts
Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc.
Mark Scott, 714-220-6896
mark.scott@meus.mea.com
or
Bender/Helper Impact
Dean Bender, Adam Fenton, Alex Brewer or Ryan Wallace
212-689-6360
dean_bender@bhimpact.com, adam_fenton@bhimpact.com
alex_brewer@bhimpact.com, ryan_wallace@bhimpact.com
or
MTV Networks Music Group
Todd Phillips, 212-258-7004
todd.phillips@mtvstaff.com


 
Hot Import Nights and Power 96 Team up for the Biggest Car Show and Concert to Hit Miami

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 2005--
Nina Sky to Headline Nation's Largest Lifestyle Custom Car Show Featuring Hundreds of the Hottest Custom Cars in a Night Club Atmosphere with DJs, Dancing and More

Vision Entertainment brings the 2005 XM Satellite Radio Hot Import Nights (HIN) tour to the Miami Beach Convention Center December 10, 5 p.m. to midnight, for a spectacular year-end event showcasing some of the hottest entertainment of the tour season. With special guest host Powermoves CEO Eric Martinez, HIN and Power 96 will feature pop artists Nina Sky in a special one-night performance.

Known for their chart-topping hit "Move Ya Body," Nina Sky debuts at Hot Import Nights as pop's twin-sister singing sensation. Their self-titled album graced the top of music charts throughout 2005, and introduced them to a collaboration with famed Latino rapper Pitbull for their newest single, "Turnin' Me On." Nina Sky's combination of R&B, hip-hop and classic rock, the staple of clubs throughout the nation this year, will grace the Mazda stage in Miami.

In addition to the talent of Nina Sky, HIN welcomes actor, model and musician Eric Martinez as guest host. After appearing in films with Ice Cube and Master P, Martinez built his music career by starting Powermoves Music, now home to many up-and-coming young urban artists. As a member of the Latino Hip-Hip Coalition Board of Directors, Martinez travels throughout the southwest United States as consultant and advocate for the coalition. HIN attendees will have the opportunity to meet Martinez, as well as Ursula Mayes, Miss HIN 2005 and 2004 Maxim "Hometown Hottie" finalist. Mayes recently appeared in Modified Magazine, Import Tuner and Muscle and Fitness.

Additional entertainment includes Moonshine Record's DJ MISS LISA on the Mazda Electronic Music Stage with HIN's Glo-Go dancers; and, live on the Pepsi Street Motion Stage, host DJ Lady Tribe spins hip-hop music while accompanied by local DJs. Showcased throughout the night are performances from local and national artists in the urban community, including dance troupes, DJs and b-boy battles, all competing for the Pepsi trophy.

More information on HIN can be found at www.hotimportnights.com. The XM Satellite Radio's Hot Import Nights, presented by Valvoline Synpower, is also sponsored by Dunlop Tires; Pepsi; Meguiar's; Mazda; Hanes Perfect T; Circuit City; Verizon Wireless; Subaru; NGK Sparkplugs; Overboost.com; Performance Auto & Sound Magazine; Vertical Scope, publishers of Modified Magazine and Modified Luxury & Exotics and Hachette Filipacchi Media, publisher of Road and Track, Car and Driver, Speed and Road Gear magazines.

Hot Import Nights
"Live in '05" Remaining Tour Events

12/10/2005 Hot Import Nights Miami Miami Beach Conv. -
12/17/2005 Hot Import Daze Honolulu Blaisdell Conv. Center

2006 Hot Import Nights/Night Shift and VIP Schedule

2/25/06 Hot Import Nights San Jose San Jose Conv. Center
3/18/06 Night Shift San Diego Qualcomm
3/25/06 Hot Import Nights Chicago McCormick Place
4/22/06 Hot Import Nights Washington D.C. Dulles Conv. Center
4/29/06 Hot Import Nights Boston Bayside Expo Center
5/6/06 Night Shift Austin Travis County Conv.
Center
5/13/06 Hot Import Nights Charlotte Merchandise Mart
6/17/06 Hot Import Nights Indianapolis Indianapolis Conv.
Center/RCA Dome
6/24/06 Hot Import Nights Atlantic City Atlantic City Conv.
Center
7/8/06 Hot Import Nights Orlando Orange County Conv.
Center
7/22/06 Night Shift Chicago Soldier Field
8/5/06 Night Shift Philadelphia Citizens Bank Park
8/19/06 Hot Import Nights Los Angeles Los Angeles Conv.
Center
9/30/06 Hot Import Nights Seattle Stadium Expo
10/7/06 Hot Import Nights Dallas Dallas Conv. Center
10/14/06 Night Shift San Mateo San Mateo Conv. Center
10/21/06 VIP Anaheim Anaheim Conv. Center
11/18/06 Night Shift Phoenix Cricket Pavilion
12/2/06 Hot Import Nights Honolulu Blaisdell Conv. Center
12/16/06 Hot Import Nights Miami Miami Beach Conv.
Center

Contacts
for Vision Entertainment
Cristina Wilson, 213-489-8207
wilsonc@fleishman.com
or
Brendan Flynn, 213-489-8226
flynnb@fleishman.com


 
Podgy Figures ~ First You MC (Now You Rappin)

"Im the best rapper there is. When you talk about British hip hop you should automatically use the name Podgy Figures."

These are the words of Actons own Podgy Figures. The 23-year-old has come straight from the West Londons thriving hip hop underbelly with unique and motivating music which is as real as they come.

Friends who watched the slim youth transform over the years as he put on more weight gave the talented MC the name Podgy and Figures was a later addition to reflect the money he was making. Once the name came together Podgy Figures became more than just a nickname, it was the personality too.

Podgy Figures first came to hip hop like so many, through the streets. His Do It Yourself ethos saw him rapping wherever and whenever he could. As he stated in his recent interview with RWD Magazine; Im repping those on a Do It Yourself tip. Those who are making sh*t happen - anyhow, any way!

His love of music took him to Most Valuable Productions roster. I always loved music but I have been in the studio now making my own stuff for two years. Im better than most these rappers out here now. Rocked Up was the Podgy Figures debut video which was filmed by Jermaine Love who has worked with the likes of Jay-Z, Mary J Blige and RZA. It was immediately play listed on the biggest UK music channels thanks to its unique sound as the MC explains; With Rocked up I tried to hit them differently. You can listen to it in your car, you can listen to it with your girl, and its a straight up party tune.

Now Podgy is back with First You MC (Now You Rappin), which is a track based around one of Podgys main grievances with the game. He questions why so many British rappers feel the need to change what they do to please other people or because their sound isnt popular. If youre a rapper stay rappin, said Podgy. If youre a garage mc stay mc'in! You can't do it right anyway!! Its like P. Diddy doing opera. Im doin hip hop straight

The Podgy Figures debut LP Hood Gazette has tracks for everyone; Every hood has got all types of madness init, he explains Hood Gazette is just my version of everything. With Hood Gazette you get the lingo, the music and the vibe. All the tracks come from my perspective.

Podgy is now available for interviews.
To book interview time or to get more information then please contact:

Angharad Williams
Publicist
Fire Media UK
07946 035 789
angharad@firemediauk.com
www.firemediauk.com


 
Upcoming Hip Hop Producers Compete for Industry Submissions.

New York, NY December 6, 2005

Veteran producer Domingo has partnered with
Bangin-Beats.com to give upcoming producers an
opportunity to produce for rap legend Kool G. Rap.

In a contest slated to start officially December 8th,
producers can submit up to five tracks for a chance to win
one of five open slots. The top producers, as chosen by
Bangin-Beats management, will have music shopped directly
to Kool G Rap through an exclusive agreement between
production guru and producer manager Domingo.

Kool G Rap made recent headlines for a rumored deal on the
table with 50 Cents G-Unit records. To many, the
likelihood of an agreement putting G Rap on G-Unit has
gone up, after a recent project with DJ Whoo Kid. It
Pre-empted a project with Green Lantern, the former Shady
Records DJ who abruptly left the crew earlier this year.

Domingo kept things in perspective on the subject by
stating that Everything is speculation right now.

Solidifying an already strong relationship with the
production community, Bangin-Beats stirred recent industry
buzz when they accepted beat submissions for underground
talent Joell Ortiz, in a deal struck between the leading
sound design firm and veteran Hip Hop industry A & R Mike
Heron.

Asked how their new industry opportunity with Domingo came
about, Bangin-Beats president Kirk Rothrum PKA Kirk T
said: Domingo has been Fam for years, my first experience
with him had me in talks with Yosumi for a Masta Ace
project. Hes about as thorough as you can get.

Were now trying to reach beyond the standard business
model of a sound company. Were staffed by grinding
producers and when given the chance, pass on opportunities
to grinding producers. This contest just takes things to
whats logically the next level.

Kool G Raps impact on Hip Hop cant be overstated, widely
considered a lyrical monster who ate an entire generation
of MCs for lunch, and is poised to do it again without
missing a beat

*Winning does not guarantee Kool G Rap will use your
track. An opportunity for upcoming producers to submit
their music in circles they dont otherwise have access
to, is a prize in itself Their hottest tracks submitted
directly to Kool G Rap, and possibly others, if Domingo is
feelin you like that!

Five lucky producers will also win a $50 Bangin-Beats
soundware credit and a Battle King trophy.

For additional information, visit www.Bangin-Beats.com.


 
L.O.D. & HART'S UNLTD PR (HUTH) PRESENTS: A FREE INDUSTRY NETWORKING EVENT

ATLANTA, GA On Monday, December 12, 2005 Atlanta will party with the industry hottest tastemakers and trendsetter as they experience the staggering momentum of Hart's Unlimited PR in conjunction with Legion Of Doom (LOD). Hart's Unlimited PR, a one-stop shop concierge and PR Company catering to upscale clients in the music, film and fashion industry. CEO Ms. Hartage is a social butterfly that caters to the socialites. Her extensive contacts and expertise makes her a media maven overseeing successful events designed for the entertainment professional community and the social, tastemaker public. According to journalist Rahiem Shabazz, Ms. Hartage represents the next influx of young, influential entrepreneurial minded, ultra successful entertainment providers. A soon to be graduate of Clark Atlanta University Ms. Hartage also represents Legion of Dooms DJ Mel B-EZ, the R&B Mixtape King of the South.

The Legion of Doom (LOD) DJs is the southeast largest collaboration of DJs from Atlanta and surrounding areas, consisting of thirty-seven DJs. Brooklyn, native and Legion of Doom member Mel B-EZ gained international recognition as a tour DJ doing spot dates with R&B singer Case, Stay Fresh (BME) and Funk Master Flex College Tour (2001). The highly in-demand DJ plays a DJ in the acclaimed film Madeas Family Reunion. As one of the music industry's premiere DJ, Mel B-EZ has performed at Evander Holyfields Annual Party and the FHM Magazine Superbowl Party (Jacksonville, Florida). Mel B-EZ continues to pave the way along with his fellow crew members.

Come and experience the nightlife of Atlanta and enjoy the free buffet provided my Big Daddys Catering. Come in and mix it up with Hart's Unlimited PR and the Legion of Doom.

WHERE: CLUB FREQUENCY
220 PHARR RD NE, ATLANTA, GA

WHEN: MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2005

** Arrive early for free buffet from 7:30PM -9:30PM**

Contact:
Chiquita Hartage
404-551-0188
chartage@hotmail.com


 
Teatro Euro Bar to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary With Star-Studded Event Hosted by Jermaine Dupri at MGM Grand

Attention: We Will Be Feeding Satellite Footage at 1:45 A.M. PST

WHAT: Teatro Euro Bar, Las Vegas' premier nightlife destination, will
host its one-year anniversary red carpet celebration at MGM
Grand on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Nationally recognized record producer
and artist Jermaine Dupri will host the event beginning at
10 p.m. Celebrities/musical groups confirmed to attend include:
Mariah Carey, Linkin Park, Carmen Electra, Rosalyn Sanchez,
R. Kelly, Lil' Jon, Ryan Cabrera, LL Cool J, Nick Cannon,
Charlie Wilson, Young Jeezy and MTV VJ Coltrane Curtis.

Dupri is one of the most consistent and successful producers of
this century, producing many of the hottest artists including
Carey, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Usher, Ludacris and TLC.

Teatro Euro Bar has become a Las Vegas hot spot since its
celebrity-packed grand opening one year ago. Some of the top
clientele have included Paris Hilton, Usher, Maroon 5, Nicole
Richie, DJ AM, Petey Pablo, Hoobastank, Jenny McCarthy, Nick
Lachey and The Black Eyed Peas.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 6
Red carpet arrivals from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. PST

WHERE: Teatro Euro Bar
MGM Grand
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

SATELLITE
FEED INFO: B-roll footage will be sent via satellite in two separate
feeds:
Time: 4:45a.m.-5:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on December 7th.
Satellite: Galaxy 11 ku band
Orbital Slot: 91 Degrees West
Transponder: K13
Downlink Frequency: 11960 Mhz, Horizontal Polarity

CONTACT:
Shannon Bentham
Preferred Public Relations & Marketing
Office: (702) 254-5704
Cell: (702) 290-1234
MGM MIRAGE Public Relations
Office: (702) 891-7515
Cell: (702) 604-4133


12/06/2005

 
RMD Entertainment Group Artist Big Kuntree Wraps Filming on New Wesley Snipes Movie

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Dec 06, 2005) --  RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced today that dirty south hip hop artist, Big Kuntree, recently finished filming in the new Wesley Snipes' movie "Hard Luck."

Big Kuntree was cast as the character "Bigs" in the film.

Wesley Snipes and Mario Van Peebles, who teamed up in "New Jack City," are reunited again for "Hard Luck," hoping to realize the same level of success the second time around.

Actress Cybill Shepherd also joined Snipes, to top-line the pulpy thriller, which Van Peebles is directing.

"This was such a great opportunity for me to work with all the established Hollywood names on the project," said Big Kuntree. "Wesley (Snipes) and Mario (Van Peebles) are known for making great urban films. Their movies reach the same people that I want to reach with my music for RMD."

"Hard Luck" is described as a quirky thriller following three converging story lines involving bootleggers, a serial killer and drug dealers. Snipes plays a former drug dealer who is trying to go straight but comes across a stash of stolen drugs. Shepherd plays Cass, a middle-aged suburban housewife who hides a sadistic and vicious streak.

The film is tentatively scheduled for release in 2006. Big Kuntree's debut album entitled "Hard Drive" will be released on RMD in the spring of 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 Video and Music Distribution -- 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


 
USA Network Lands Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy as Co-Hosts for Nashville Star's Season Four

** Rotating Celebrity Guests to Join Show Veterans Anastasia Brown and Phil Vassar at the Judges' Table **

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Five-time Grammy Award Winning Superstar Wynonna Judd (Curb Records) and RAYBAW/Warner Bros. Record's Cowboy Troy will host the fourth season of USA Network's Nashville Star, it was announced today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's Executive Vice President of Original Programming. The nation's top-rated country music series and original grassroots talent search to find America's next great country music star, Nashville Star, will debut the fourth season in an all-new star-studded fashion on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 from 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT).

"We're thrilled to have an artist of Wynonna's stature, talent and pure- star quality, join this season's Nashville Star. She's a legitimate icon in both the country world and our popular culture," said Wachtel. "By pairing Wynonna with someone as artistically groundbreaking as the MusikMafia's Cowboy Troy, we're truly taking the franchise to the next level."

"Individually, both Cowboy Troy and Wynonna have incredible music careers going for them," explains executive producer H.T. Owens. "But by combining their star-power, Nashville Star will continue to grow as the most entertaining and highest rated country music series in America."

One of the music industry's premiere female vocalists, Wynonna has accumulated sales totals in excess of twenty-nine million units as a solo superstar and as a member of one of the most successful duos of all time, The Judds. She has collected over 60 prestigious industry awards, celebrated 20 #1 hits and is most recently a New York Times best-selling author with her memoir, Coming Home to Myself. For the last two years, she was chosen to be the United States Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a global initiative that generates funding and awareness to help fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among the world's youth, and helps to raise millions of dollars for charities each year. With 20 legendary years and millions of fans around the world, Wynonna's star shines brightly.

The Hick-Hop originator, Cowboy Troy's release Loco Motive debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and at #15 on Billboard's Hot 200 chart. He recently performed on The Tonight Show, Imus In The Morning and Good Morning America. He has been featured in the pages of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. CBT performed on the season finale of last year's show and was on hand to present the winner Erika Jo with a Chevy truck. He is currently touring as part of the "American Revolution Tour featuring Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich."

Returning from last year, famed singer/songwriter Phil Vassar and music and movie industry executive Anastasia Brown are slated to provide their feedback and commentary during each of the live episodes. They will be joined by a rotating special celebrity guest judge each week throughout the season.

"We want to bring a fresh perspective to each episode through the judging table," said Owens. "Expect to see big names in entertainment filling our panel this season, and more importantly, helping find and bring untapped
country music talent, that otherwise wouldn't be heard, to the American people.

NASHVILLE STAR is created by Reveille and executive produced by Ben Silverman ("The Biggest Loser," "The Office") and H.T. Owens ("The Restaurant," "30 Days"). Jeff Boggs will executive produce in association with Reveille again for the second year. The show is produced by Jon Small ("Garth Brooks Live From Central Park," "Billy Joel Live at Yankee Stadium") and his production company, Picture Vision, alongside co-executive producer Mark Koops ("The Restaurant," "Blow Out").

REVEILLE develops produces and distributes new and non-traditional programming formats for television and motion pictures across a variety of genres, including comedy, drama, game, and reality for American and international markets. In addition to selling television formats for independent producers such as NBC Universal Television Studios (USA Network, Sci Fi Channel), BBC Worldwide, Renegade and Princess Productions, Reveille sells its own produced program formats such as "The Restaurant" (NBC), "Blow Out" (Bravo) and "30 Days" (FX). Reveille also distributed the internationally renowned, award-winning "911" documentary and is a world leader in creating integrated marketing opportunities for leading advertisers, developing alternative financing paradigms and selling and distributing television formats in markets worldwide. Reveille has produced projects such as, "Coupling," "The Restaurant", "The Biggest Loser" and "The Office: An American Workplace" for NBC. Cable projects include "Blow Out" for Bravo, "The Club" on Spike, USA Network's "Nashville Star," the Morgan Spurlock project "30 Days" for FX Networks and MTV's "Date My Mom."

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. USA Network is seen in over 89 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com/. USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

Source: USA Network

CONTACT: Kristin Schulman, +1-212-664-4140, kristin.schulman@nbcuni.com;
Kathy Best, +1-615-383-0412, kathy@frontpagepublicity.com, or Mary Hilliard
Harrington, +1-615-383-0412, maryhilliard@frontpagepublicity.com, all for USA
Network

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


 
MemphisRap.com Relaunches Online Music Charts: Indies Get Video Streaming

The new online music charts have brand new features including a display of the Top 40 artist songs this week, a display of their rank last week (showing how far they have climbed or dropped), and a display of how many days they have appeared on the charts. Much like the Billboard Charts we know today, but more focused on the Independent artists of the South.

(PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- MemphisRap.com has relaunched its music website with a brand new online music charts located at http://music.memphisrap.com. The new online music charts have brand new features including a display of the Top 40 artist songs this week, a display of their rank last week (showing how far they have climbed or dropped), and a display of how many days they have appeared on the charts. Much like the Billboard Charts we know today, but more focused on the Independent artists of the South. The MemphisRap.com music charts, doesn't display the artists with the highest soundscan sales, but yet displays the artists that are fans favorite.

"I feel like most of the services that we introduce for Independent music artists focuses more on connecting the Independent artist with the fans first to create the buzz that will lead to bigger and better things, because without the fans no artist would be were they are today. With this in mind, the music charts will give up and coming artists the ability to put their music out there and see what songs the fans likes the most and will give record labels the chance to see who are the hot up and coming artists that are going over well with the fans. This is valuable to the independent artist and independent labels wishing to create a large fan base by getting quality exposure to a targeted audience of Southern rap fans such as the one million plus visitors to MemphisRap.com each month", stated M Town Luv, Director of MemphisRap.com.

"Along with the great artist and label websites and Top 40 Music Charts, MemphisRap.com will be bringing some great new features for the members of MemphisRap.com. We are very proud to introduce all our new features including our new video streaming feature allowing artists to upload their own music videos or any of their videos to their website. At a later time we'll be launching our Top 40 Video Charts where fans will once again be a vital part in determining what and who will be in the Top 40. With this comes MemphisRap.com's membership program meaningfully entitled I-Club short for Industry Club. The I-Club is MemphisRap.com's premium membership which offers independent artists and labels professional multi-media marketing services", states Charla Littlejohn, Online Media Director.

When asked about the name Industry Club, M Town Luv stated, "We choose the word Industry Club because it's more than just websites online and services for more than just artists. Managers, DJ's, promoters and basically everyone in the Industry can benefit by being a part of our club. It helps support our goal which is to support our artists and labels connect to an international audience of fans and along side our Music Club will give fans and industry people discounts and special offers within our online shopping catalog. The E-store is set to re-launch December 2005."

MemphisRap.com has other numerous upcoming projects for the new year including a print calendar inconjuction with its sister site MemphisHoneys.com which will be available in 2006. In addition to the calendar, MemphisRap.com states they will begin the recording of the MemphisRap.com Compilation album featuring the winners of the 2005 MemphisRap.com Urban Music Showcase and more. The next MemphisRap.com Urban Music Showcase that fans and artists have been impatiently awaiting may or may not be held at their upcoming 5th year anniversary celebration in 2006, according to Director M Town Luv.
This and other information may be found at MemphisRap.com.

For more information logon to :
http://music.memphisrap.com

To view the Top 40 Music Charts this week visit : http://music.memphisrap.com/top40charts.php

About MemphisRap.com
Launched in 2001, MemphisRap.com is an independently funded company based in Memphis, TN. Since its launch MemphisRap.com has become the largest local focused Rap/Hip-Hop website over the Internet. With more than 4,000 local artists and labels and 1.5 frequent visitors this has made it the fastest growing city music/entertainment site online. MemphisRap.com features daily news and multimedia, free music websites, streaming custom radio stations, online music store for artists to sell CD's, message boards, music charts, publicity services and several premium services.

More information can be found at http://www.memphisrap.com

To learn about services for independent artists and labels.
Contact: Charla Littlejohn
E-mail : e-mail protected from spam bots
Phone: Fax: 901-789-4643

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D. Smith
MEMPHISRAP.COM
http://www.memphisrap.com/
901-238-7495


 
Hip-Hop Music Video is Taking Top Honors -- Carrying a Human Rights Message Worldwide

The UNITED music video, which screened in September at Hollywood's Arclight Theater Los Angeles International Short Film Festival to thunderous applause, has now taken the Slate Award for best music video at the 2005 California Independent Film Festival. Classed as a short film, UNITED has already copped top awards in more than a dozen film festivals, including the Gandhi Cultural 3rd International Film Festival in Spain, the Giglio D'Oro Film Festival in Italy and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

(PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- The UNITED music video, which screened in September at Hollywood's Arclight Theater Los Angeles International Short Film Festival to thunderous applause, has now taken the Slate Award for best music video at the 2005 California Independent Film Festival. Classed as a short film, UNITED has already copped top awards in more than a dozen film festivals, including the Gandhi Cultural 3rd International Film Festival in Spain, the Giglio D'Oro Film Festival in Italy and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

At its debut during an international youth summit held at the United Nations headquarters, the New York Office High Commissioner for Human Rights called UNITED "a huge step forward for human rights education." Add subtitling in 15 languages accomplished with support from the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology, it has been able to spread its message to discos in Spain, soccer stadiums in Italy, even electronics stores in Hungary and Russia. In addition to honors, kudos have poured in from many notables, including the Prince of Monaco, the Governor of California and the Mayor of Los Angeles. Add to that a long list of police, community and youth groups in dozens of countries seeking to spread its peaceful answers and UNITED is transformed into a virtual human rights movement powered by a hip-hop rhythm that appears to be reaching everyone.

Out of thousands of short films vying for honors, UNITED has proven it has what it takes to stand out. "This production required a 45,000-mile world tour covering four continents and 13 countries. It engaged two thousand volunteers and 150 actors who contributed their time to a global endeavor," says Leslie Brown, UNITED's producer. "With a director and crew that consisted mostly of teenagers and pre-teens, it was truly a youth project," Brown added. Director Taron Lexton, founder of TXL Films, was 19 years old when he shot UNITED in 2004.

Though global in scope, the story depicts an inner-city kid with a heart for basketball (played by 11-year-old Andre Boydon). He is confronted by a gang of bullies and their leader (Eric Forte), and must fight for his right to play. "What makes UNITED a great human rights video is how Boydon's character accomplishes this without violence and how he involves the whole world to win," says Brown.

The UNITED music video was commissioned by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) to accompany a new theme song designed to teach human rights to youth. In a recent interview, the President of YHRI, Mary Shuttleworth, said, "Human rights is something I feel very passionate about. As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated, 'Human rights must be made a fact, not and idealistic dream.'" The film features cameo performances by lsaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman, Catherine Bell, and Linsey Bartilson. For more information about UNITED log on to www.unitedmusicvideo.org.

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Edith Reuveni
http://unitedmusicvideo.org/
818-427-8343


 
Podcast Music Wizard & the Approved Music Partner Network Change the Face of Music Distribution

PodcastSPOTS is giving iTunes and Major Music Label partners a run for their money by empowering an army of podcasters. Podcasters are joining the Approved Music Partner Network and are getting their own music store, free Podcast Recording Software and Priority Cross-Promotion.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 6, 2005 -- PodcastSPOTS is giving iTunes and Major Music Label partners a run for their money by empowering an army of podcasters. Podcasters are joining the Approved Music Partner Network and are getting their own music store, free Podcast Recording Software and Priority Cross-Promotion.

"With our release of the Podcast Music Wizard, its now incredibly easy to make a professional sounding music podcast and earn revenue from the sale of songs the podcaster plays," said Mark Kanter, co-founder of PodcastSPOTS. Listeners of a podcast are directed back to the podcasters site to buy any song they heard on a show. An iPod Plugin appears on the site, automatically loaded with the playlist of songs from the podcaster's episode. The listener simply clicks a song and can preview it and buy it right through the plugin.

Kanter says "It's better than being a radio station. If you've ever heard a song on the radio and said, 'Oh that's a good song - I have to go buy that at the store when I get a chance.' Now you can simply say 'Hey that's a great song I heard on the X Podcast Show, let me navigate to the X Podcast Show's site and buy it.' and you get it that much faster."

And Podcasters agree. Already PodcastSPOTS has over 40 registered podcasters in their network and that number is sure to grow with the release of the Podcast Music Wizard. The software lets podcasters drag and drop songs, promos and sponsors from the PodcastSPOTS Charts into a new Podcast Episode. Podcasters can easily add segways, effects or interviews as well. The Podcast Recording Software is free, for a limited time, to podcasters who get approved. PodcastSPOTS intends to charge $100 for the software in the near future.

"Each episode, we require the inclusion of an Approved Music Partners' Promo, thus insuring the proliferation of our Approved Music Partners", said Kanter. Podcasters have the option on each episode to keep their commissions from song sales or give them back to the artists, or to charity.

Songwriters can add their songs to the PodcastSPOTS database and set the terms of their revenue sharing. A minimum of 20% is imposed and this can be increased if the artist wishes. Most artists are sharing 30%. Songs rank weekly on the PodcastSPOTS Top 20 Songs Chart, based on a patent pending blend of Podcast Plays, Podcast Song Sales, and Listen Patterns.

"Traditionally, it's been pretty tough for an unisgned artist to get their music in front of the masses and thus sold", said Kanter. "We're changing that. No longer do you have to submit to the often lopsided terms of a major label deal. With our army of Approved Music Partner Podcasters, songwriters will be able to get in front of the masses and keep the majority of song sale revenue."

A video tutorial on using the Podcast Music Wizard is here http://PodcastSPOTS.com/PodcastMusicWizardDemo/PodcastMusicWizardDemo.html

The Podcast Music Wizard Software is here
http://PodcastSPOTS.com/PodcastMusicWizardInstall_1_0.msi

Artists who want to gain even more exposure for their songs have a unique opportunity in that PodcastSPOTS is looking for artists who want to include 1 minute of their song in the background of commercials for sponsors. If you have a song on PodcastSPOTS, you can create a commercial for a PodcastSPOTS sponsor, put your song in the background and at the end of the commercial identify the background song and state that it is for sale through PodcastSPOTS. As each episode requires the inclusion of a sponsor, this is a great chance for your songs to get additional PodPlay. Interested artists should send an email to e-mail protected from spam bots

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Mark Kanter
PODCASTSPOTS
http://PodcastSPOTS.com/
407-489-3971


 
Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Ryan Adams, M.I.A., Fall Out Boy and Others Receive Top Honors

From XM Satellite Radio's First Annual XM Nation Music Awards

Fans Cast Nearly 1.4 Million Votes For Awards that Kick off a Full Week of Music Industry Awards and Nominations

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:XMSR) , the nation's leading satellite radio service with more than 5 million subscribers, today announced the winners of the first annual XM Nation Music Awards. Nearly 1.4 million votes were cast by music fans nationwide for nominated artists and categories selected by XM's programming staff in categories range from "Best Pop Sing-Along" to "Dream Duet" to "Artist Most Overlooked By FM Radio."

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

Some of the winners include:

[Note from Hip Hop Press - the short list was removed due to formatting problems, however, the complete list is available below and also at:
http://awards.xmradio.com/]

"This year's XM Nation Award winners really reflect the diversity among the music universe that XM brings to music fans," said Eric Logan, XM's executive vice president of programming. "The goal of the XM Nation Music Awards is to honor some of today's most talented and interesting musicians. We have struck a chord with music fans across the country by giving them the opportunity to show support for the artists they love."

The awards highlighted unusual face-offs between some of the industry's biggest names including: Shakira and Usher beating out Britney Spears and Snoop Dog for "Dream Duets," Ryan Adams defeating Sigur Ros and Bright Eyes for "Artist Most Overlooked by FM Radio," Faith Hill and Tim McGraw edging out Hillary Duff and Joel Madden and Beyonce and Jay-Z for "Favorite Music Couple," and U2 triumphing over Green Day and Kanye West for "XM Now -- Most Important Established Artist."

The XM Nation Music Awards set a precedent for a week of music awards and nominations, allowing music fans to be engaged in the voting process and giving them the opportunity to directly recognize and celebrate their favorite musicians. With such a high level of participation from both XM subscribers and dedicated music fans, XM plans to host the awards annually.

A complete list of winners is available at http://awards.xmradio.com/.

* Editors' Note: Complete list of categories and winners is below.

About XM Satellite Radio

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

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

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-7-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

XM NATION MUSIC AWARDS
2005 WINNERS

"XM NEXT" -- MOST IMPORTANT INDIE EMERGING ARTIST: M.I.A.

"ON THE RISE" -- MOST IMPORTANT MAINSTREAM EMERGING ARTIST: FALL OUT BOY

"ON THE REBOUND" -- BEST COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: MARIAH CAREY

"DEJA VU" -- BEST COVER SONG BY AN ESTABLISHED ARTIST: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART BY D.H.T. (ROXETTE)

"THE SINGLE LIFE IS GOOD" -- BEST SOLO CAREER: GWEN STEFANI

"DREAM DUET" -- ARTIST COLLABORATIONS WE'D LIKE TO SEE: SHAKIRA & USHER

"DASHBOARD ANTHEM" -- BEST POP SING-ALONG SONG OF 2005: SINCE U BEEN GONE BY KELLY CLARKSON

"TURN UP THE HEAT" -- SEXIEST SONG: DON'T CHA BY PUSSY CAT DOLLS (FEAT. BUSTA RHYMES)

"SOLID AS A ROCK" -- FAVORITE MUSIC COUPLE: FAITH HILL & TIM MCGRAW

"SO YOU WANNA BE A MOVIE STAR?" -- ARTISTS WE'D LIKE TO SEE CROSS OVER TO FILMS: KEITH URBAN

"WHERE'S MY LIGHTER?" -- MOST LIKELY TO HAVE ANOTHER 'FINAL' TOUR: CHER

"UNDER THE RADAR" -- ARTIST MOST OVERLOOKED BY FM RADIO: RYAN ADAMS

"ON THE BRINK" -- BEST UNSIGNED ARTISTS: LAST CONSERVATIVE

"XM NOW" -- MOST IMPORTANT ESTABLISHED ARTIST: U2

40's ICON: FRANK SINATRA

50's ICON: ELVIS PRESLEY

60'S ICON: BEATLES

70'S ICON: THE EAGLES

80'S ICON: MADONNA

90'S ICON: GARTH BROOKS

BEST NEW ROCK ARTIST: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: GREEN DAY

BEST NEW ACOUSTIC ROCK ARTIST: TOM LANGFORD

ACOUSTIC ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR: RAY LAMONTAGNE

BEST NEW POP ARTIST: THE CLICK FIVE

POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KELLY CLARKSON

BEST NEW COUNTRY ARTIST: SUGARLAND

COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KEITH URBAN

BEST NEW URBAN ARTIST: JOHN LEGEND

URBAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: KANYE WEST

BEST NEW JAZZ ARTIST: MADELEINE PEYROUX

JAZZ ARTIST OF THE YEAR: CHRIS BOTTI

BEST NEW BLUES ARTIST: ZAC HARMON

BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR: B.B. KING

BEST NEW DANCE ARTIST: D.H.T.

DANCE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: JENN CUENTA

BEST NEW CHRISTIAN ARTIST: BETHANY DILLON

CHRISTIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SWITCHFOOT

BEST NEW GOSPEL ARTIST: KIKI SHEARD

GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: YOLANDA ADAMS

BEST NEW LATIN ARTIST: MARIANA SEOANE

LATIN ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SHAKIRA

BEST NEW CLASSICAL ARTIST: YUNDI LI

CLASSICAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: YO-YO MA

BEST NEW XM KIDS ARTIST: UNCLE JIM

XM KIDS ARTIST OF THE YEAR: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

BEST NEW COMIC: GARY GULMAN

COMIC OF THE YEAR: DANE COOK

MOVIE SOUNDTRACK OF THE YEAR: JOHN WILLIAMS/STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH

BEST MODERN DAY COMPOSER: DANNY ELFMAN

BROADWAY COMPOSER/SCORE OF THE YEAR: ERIC IDLE & JOHN DUPREZ/MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT

BROADWAY COMPOSER ICON: RICHARD RODGERS

BEST NEW REGGAE ARTIST: JAH CURE

REGGAE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: DAMIAN MARLEY

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000724/XMSATLOGO
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: XM Satellite Radio

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

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


 
PLUG INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS ANNOUNCES THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES

Indie Music Represents at the 3rd Annual PLUG Awards

New York, NY (November 21, 2005) Today the PLUG Independent Music Awards announced the nominees for its 2006 show. Voting will now be opened to fans everywhere at www.plugawards.com and will continue online daily until January 20, 2006. PLUG is different from all of the institutional accolades for the music industry the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Radio Music Awards, GRAMMY Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Music Awards, etc. etc. Those are all devoted to recognizing the mainstream hits. Very rarely do these honors reach, let alone embrace, independent music or the community of artists and fans who now represent 25% of all global music sales. This is a community that thinks for itself, without taking cues from mainstream media and marketing likewise many of the artists it cultivates and celebrates have flourished outside those margins.

Every year there are incredible records released by independent labels and artists. We fans pledge our devotion by making mix tapes, squeezing into cramped venues, sharing MP3s, writing blogs, sporting our favorite concert T's...even getting into the biz. For all of us, these records are vital, relevant, even revolutionary. PLUG seems to have struck a chord with fans from all corners of the world, and the groundswell of support its received has been incredible.

Indie music is enjoying a growth period unseen in decades, and the PLUG Independent Music Awards are fast becoming the most respected call-to-action for this part of the music industry and the indie community as a whole, said Amaechi Uzoigwe, co-owner of Definitive Jux. The aim of PLUG is to not only recognize artists, but to throw this entire segment of the industry into the spotlight, and give fans everywhere a unique opportunity to get connected, get involved and be heard.

This years categories include:

Album Of The Year
Artist Of The Year
New Artist Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Female Artist Of The Year
Male Artist Of The Year
Hip-Hop Album Of The Year
Punk Album Of The Year
Metal Album Of The Year
Electronic/Dance Album Of The Year
Americana Album Of The Year
Indie Rock Album Of The Year
DJ Album Of The Year
Avant Album Of The Year
Record Label Of The Year
Live Act Of The Year
Music Festival Of The Year
Record Producer of the Year
Music Video Of The Year
Album Art/Packaging of the Year
Music Website Of The Year
Magazine Of The Year
Zine Of The Year
College/Non-Comm Radio Station Of The Year
Specialty Show Of The Year (Commercial Radio)
Internet Radio Station of the Year
Record Store of the Year
Best Music DVD of the Year

This years nominees include (partial listing):

Arcade Fire
Devendra Banhart
The National
Animal Collective
Antony and the Johnsons
Bloc Party
Cage
Sleater-Kinney
Spoon
Wolf Parade
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Danger Doom
Sufjan Stevens
Laura Cantrell
Pelican
M83
Four Tet
The Books
Bright Eyes
Decemberists

How It Works
Nominees are selected each year by the PLUG Cartel (Advisory Board) whose members are particularly vocal and active in the independent community. These are people who fight tirelessly to raise the voice of independent artists and music releases in every medium. While the Cartel includes musically minded celebs like David Cross and Jason Lee and well recognized writers like Dave Eggers, Jon Caramanica, it is held down by 200 of the most devoted and important indie retailers/buyers, commercial specialty and college radio programmers, celebrities, artists, writers, filmmakers, music supervisors, managers, agents, label A&R, bloggers, webmasters and, most importantly, fans (complete 2006 PLUG Advisory Board can be seen at www.plugawards.com/cartel.php ).

Awards Show
Last years PLUG Awards saw performances from nominees and award winners like RJD2, Saul Williams, Ted Leo + The Pharmacists, Sufjan Stevens, Dillinger Escape Plan and Aesop Rock play to a packed house that included many winners like TV On The Radio and Jean Grae.

This year the 3rd Annual PLUG Independent Music Awards will return to NYCs historic Webster Hall on February 2, 2006, one week before the Grammys. PLUG is proud to announce that Beggars Group artist The National, who are nominated for a record six PLUG Awards this year, will be one of the nights headliners. More performances from nominees will be announced in the coming weeks.

We can do more. Be heard. Vote PLUG.

(ballots are at www.PLUGawards.com)

About PLUG
PLUG is about the independent community coming together to celebrate its own. It ain't about the scans or the scrilla, it's about the music. It's about the artists who inspire and the music that disrupts the artistic and corporate mediocrity that so often dominates our culture. PLUG, for us, is the experience of trading that music with friends. Our goal is simple. We all know that when we hear these great records that as revolutionary and even sublime as they sometimes are, they too often won't get the recognition we hope & fight to give them. PLUG is about bringing fans and biz alike together and giving them that recognition.

For more information regarding the PLUG Independent Music Awards or to speak with a PLUG representative, please contact Pitch Control PR; Sarah Cirkiel (scirkiel@pitchcontrolpr.com) or Jill Meisner (jmeisner@pitchcontrolpr.com) at 212.475.4919.

Press Contacts:
Sarah Cirkiel / Jill Meisner
Pitch Control PR
212.475.4419
scirkiel@pitchcontrolpr.com
jmeisner@pitchcontrolpr.com


 
JACKSONVILLE AREA ARTIST NETWORK TOGETHER TO PROMOTE THEIR CAREERS

Jacksonville, FL ( December 5th ) - While logging on to your Myspace account in recent days you may have been surprised to see some of Jacksonville's most prominent Hip-Hop artist and DJs starring right back at you promoting the Myspace Florida Invasion Tour! Starting Friday night anyone logging in to their Myspace account were greeted by Duval's Finest including Asamov, Rob Roy, DJ Shotgun, and DJ Infader of the Crate Bullies DJ crew. The exposure has been the talk of Myspace message boards and comment boxes making these artist over night celebrities as other artist desperately try to figure out what exactly was going down and how they could get involved...

The events being promoted are two underground Hip-Hop showcases sponsored by MYSPACE being held Friday night in Orlando at The Metropolis (9101 International Dr.) and Saturday in Miami at Harrison's (411 Washington Ave.) on South Beach. Being dubbed THE MYSPACE FLORIDA INVASION TOUR!, the party will include celebrities, go-go dancers, artist performances and even "Tom" from Myspace will be in the house as well as reps from the newly formed Myspace Records. For the 904 artist featured, the exposure has given them an amazing boost in friend request and MP3 plays and set them apart as headliners in the already too crowded game of online promotion.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
The promotion is being targeted to Florida area Myspacers who log on to their account leading up to the actual events. Once logged in MYSPACERS can explore each artist information and hear music samples from each artist simply by clicking on the artist's promotional picture. Considering Myspace has 35 million world wide users and 10's of 1000s in Florida, the exposure can only be compared to a Super Bowl type ad right in their own back yards.

"I think this particular incident of exposure will be helpful in establishing a regional fan base for myself." said Rob Roy.

DJ Basic of Asamov elaborates, "This exposure is very big for us (because) one of our goals is to lock down Florida, and with this Myspace event happening in Florida this gives us the opportunity toshow other people that have never heard of us what we're all about. At the end of the day, we get tons of hits on our page, people giving us props, people getting excited to see us perform...etc..you can't beat that."

Explaining how his group Asamov was booked for Friday night's event DJ Basic said "We got picked for this Myspace event through one of DJ Shotgun's longtime friend Roslyn (Third Floor Radio), whom i believe works for Myspace, i believe she reached out to Shotty about djing the event...and from there worked his way into getting us on the bill to perform...and that was it."

Asamov's J-One-Da adds "It was a fortunate situation. At this point in time in our careers Asamov has been bringing a lot of attention to the Southeast, with our debut album "And Now". Maybe they felt that currently we are a few of many faces that represent true hip hop and good music, that's making noise in the south. Also, with the support of our manager Damian Marley and family members like Dj Shotgun a phone call and a email never hurts."

Also on the bill for the night will be Orlando's X:144 & SPS who explained how they got on as well "By our good friends over in Jacksonville, Asamov. Damian Marley who is apart of their management referred us to myspace, it's pretty much a rap from there."

SHOWTIME
So will these 904 groups live up to there Top Billing status? What can people expect to see when they make the trip to Orlando to support these 904 Hip-Hop artist?

"People can expect a very live show." said Asamov's Basic. "Even if you are not a fan of hiphop music...you will definitely find the show entertaining and find yourself bopping your heads to the beats unknowingly.You can expect a big party whenever we're on stage. The energy is felt through tout the room...and we find ourselves in a zone when we rock and the energy that we receive back from the crowd...makes our show that much hyper!...every time we perform....i can always make eye contact with someone in the crowd and see a big smile on there face...it doesn't get better then that."

"Cats who love what they do. Expect a lot of energy and fun. A party ain't a party until Asamov steps on stage." added Asamov's J-One-Da.

"They should expect a lot of skin. I've been working out." ROB ROY commenting on what fans can expect from Friday Night's main event.

And what can people expect who haven't seen an X:144 & SPS show " A breath of fresh air... We're both very passionate about what we do, especially when we're doing it. So you'll definitely feel as if you're apart of that energy.... because you are."

And as for the DJs, what do they have in store? "Just get ready to party... i try and please everyone in every genre when i play my sets." adds DJ Infader.

"This is an amazingly good look for all these artist and they deserve it with out a doubt," said Damian Marley Asamov's Manager. "This proves the old adage its not what you know, its who you know and what they will do for you - don't burn bridges and learn how to network your ass off and good things will happen for you career."

View Myspace Promo Image: http://www.globitron.com/myspace/florida/takeover_florida.html

For more Info on Asamov visit: http://www.myspace.com/asamov

For more info on Rob Roy visit: http://www.myspace.com/RobRoy


 
World-famous artists hit Neal Street

Leading names in the fields of art, fashion design and music are being showcased in a new-style exhibition-retail space which opened in Seven Dials this December. On the 7th Day showcases a 50-strong collective of world-famous artists and the prolific breed of fashion designers who have worked together to create an inspirational gallery, boutique and showcase symbiosis.

The focus for Londons raw creative energy is the brainchild of a London publishing house that produces P.I.M.P magazine - now one of the citys leading free creative titles. Respected names, who have appeared in the magazine, will be pouring in from all corners of the globe to get involved with a new physical canvas for their work. The Neal Street space has been transformed into a platform of sheer energy where internationally-renowned graff writers, illustrators and fashion designers are presented to new audiences, selling and sharing personal crafts incorporating the marriage of creativity and consumerism with integrity.

P.I.M.P brings 23 leading artists together for the first time with an impressive line up of the worlds most respected heads including Nick Walker, Insa, Wish One, Xenz, Sickboy, D*Face, Noah Butkus and Ron Jonzo. All the artists appearing at On the 7th Day are featured in P.I.M.Ps forthcoming book, P.I.M.P London. The exhibition captures the title in a live environment with a rotating exhibition space introducing a new series of artists every 7 days, plus a launch party held each Thursday night. In addition to their exhibited pieces, the artists have created limited run tees and prints, exclusively for On the 7th Day, which are available to buy in the store.

Each aspect of On the 7th Day has been turned into an artistic installation and live piece of art with garments and artwork all fitting in with the magazines fundamental ethos of showcasing artistic prowess. The new breed of highly-conceptual fashion designers including Victim, Prangsta, The Rubbish Fairy, Agent Anonym, I-SAW, Daisuke Sakaguchi and Charles of London, are currently exhibiting their work in the gallery with specially-created garments now on sale in the boutique.

On the 7th Day acts as a haven for the aspirations and achievements of contemporary pop culture, relating not only to the consumer public, but also the phenomenal talent spawned by Londons niche creative community.

Event Programme:-

Art Exhibition: Part 2
Feat. Nick Walker, Xenz, Sickboy, Noah Butkus, Ron Jonzo, Neasden Control Centre, Nick Purser, Christina Koutsospyrou, Jason Atomic, Elliemay, Galia Durant, Rosa Lykiardopolous and Shifty.
Launch party: Thursday, December 8, 2005 from 18:00. Open to public: Friday, December 9-14.

Art Exhibition: Part 3
Launch party: Thursday, December 15, 2005 from 18:00. Open to public: Friday, December 16-31.
Feat. Wish One, Insa, D*Face, Matt Sewell, Alberto Mieglo, Sam Green, Xenz, Vacant, Scab, Toni Hawkes, Samuel barratt, Elliemay

On the 7th Day Gallery & Boutique
Dec 1-31, 2005
Open: Mon-Wed, Fri 12:00 18:00; Thurs & Sat 11:00 20:00; Sun 13:00 17:30.
Ends

For invites, please email info@pimpguides.com

For interviews, images or further information, please contact: Briony Quested at P.I.M.P
(E: press@pimpguides.com; T: 020 7033 3955).


12/05/2005

 
Mike Jones Stars in Fox's "Prison Break"

12.1 Million Viewers Tuned In

BURBANK, CA -- (Market Wire - Dec 05, 2005) -- Platinum-selling rap star, Mike Jones, made his acting debut on this past Monday on FOX's new drama hit series, "Prison Break." In the episode Jones' character was a key accomplice outside of the prison in a daring escape plan. The cliff hanger episode, which serves as the series "fall finale," garnered the drama's highest ratings to date with 12.1 million viewers and ranked #1 in its time slot among key demos including Women between the age of 18 and 34 and #1 with Teens. Jones will return to "Prison Break" when the series continues in March 2006.

The Houston native's debut album, "Who is Mike Jones?" (Warner Bros./Asylum/SwishaHouse) has remained on "The Billboard 200" chart for 32 weeks, peaking at #3. The album has spawned 3 singles: The chart-topping hits "Still Tippin'" and "Back Then" and now the 3rd single "Flossin'" featuring Big Moe.

Jones, known for his trend-setting approach to marketing his debut album, has performed on outlets such as "MTV Video Music Awards," "The Carson Daly Show," "The BET Awards," "Vibe Awards," and "Jimmy Kimmel." He has been featured in publications such as the NY Times, Rolling Stone, XXL, The Houston Chronicle, Vibe, and The Source. Look out for upcoming features and performances on Mike Jones in Playboy, Spin, BET "Rap City," an upcoming BET News Special on Houston and MTV's "Wild 'N Out." Jones is currently in the studio working on his sophomore release.

A clip of Mike Jones' performance on "Prison Break" is available upon request.

For more information, please contact Tremedia: Tresa L. Sanders or Chanel Green @ 845.623.2325 or tre@tre-media.net or tremedia2@optonline.net respectively or Warner Bros.: Brian Bumbery @ 818.953.3203 or brian.bumbery@wbr.com.

Contact:
Tremedia:
Tresa L. Sanders
Chanel Green
845.623.2325

Warner Bros.:
Brian Bumbery
818.953.3203


 
Lee Trink Appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager, Virgin Records America

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Dec 05, 2005) -- Lee Trink has been appointed Executive Vice President and General Manager of Virgin Records America. The move pairs Trink once again with Jason Flom, Virgin Records America Chairman and CEO, to whom he will report. Trink worked closely with Flom since 1997 when the two were at Atlantic and Lava Records.

In his role, Trink will be based in New York and will oversee all areas of marketing, promotion, publicity, sales, new media and international. He will also work with parent company EMI on human resources matters.

Trink comes to Virgin from Lava Records, where he was General Manager and Senior Vice President, overseeing all label functions except for A&R. At Lava, Trink worked closely with Flom in managing the label's successful track record which included multi-Platinum and Platinum releases for artists ranging from Simple Plan to The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Trink first worked with Flom at Atlantic, when he joined in 1997 as Director of Product Development, working closely with such artists as Kid Rock, P.O.D., Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult, TapRoot and Rush, among others. He began his music career with Track Marketing, working with major corporate sponsors and artists on national tours and music-related promotions. Trink's pre-music business career path includes a three-year stint as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New York.

"Lee is one of the most creative, effective and well-liked guys in the business and I'm very happy he's on the Virgin team," said Flom. "He's tough. He's worked in the Brooklyn D.A.'s office and completed Israeli Army basic training. What better preparation for the music business?"

"I'm thrilled to be joining the team at Virgin and continuing my successful partnership with Jason. I look forward to working with Virgin's rich and diverse roster of artists," Trink commented.

Trink earned a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from State University of New York at Albany.

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'Podcast' Is the Word of the Year

NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Only a year ago, podcasting was an arcane activity, the domain of a few techies and self-admitted "geeks." Now you can hear everything from NASCAR coverage to NPR's All Things Considered in downloadable audio files called "podcasts". Thousands of podcasts are available at the iTunes Music Store, and websites such as iPodder.com and Podcast.net track thousands more. That's why the editors of the New Oxford American Dictionary have selected "podcast" as the Word of the Year for 2005. Podcast, defined as "a digital recording of a radio broadcast or similar program, made available on the Internet for downloading to a personal audio player," will be added to the next online update of the New Oxford American Dictionary, due in early 2006.

Runners-up for the 2005 Word of the Year include:

bird flu (an often fatal flu virus of birds, esp. poultry, that is transmissible from them to humans, in whom it may also prove fatal)

ICE (an entry stored in one's cellular phone that provides emergency contact information)

IDP (internally displaced person; someone forced to relocate within a country because of a natural disaster or civil unrest)

IED (improvised explosive device, such as a car bomb)

lifehack (a more efficient or effective way of completing an everyday task: "I found a great lifehack for getting a cheap hotel room.")

persistent vegetative state (a condition in which a patient recovering from a coma retains reflex responses and may appear wakeful, but has no cognitive functions or other evidence of cerebral cortical activity)

reggaeton (a Latin American dance music which combines elements of reggae music with hip-hop and rap.)

rootkit (software installed on a computer by someone other than the owner, intended to conceal other programs or processes, files or system data.)

squick (cause immediate and thorough revulsion: "was anyone else squicked by our waiter's piercings?")

sudoku (a logic-based puzzle consisting of squares that form grids within a grid. Into each smaller grid, the numerals 1 through 9 are entered but not repeated, and they may not be repeated in any row or column of the larger grid.)

trans fat (fat containing trans-fatty acids, considered unhealthier than other dietary fats.)

Erin McKean, editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, said: "Podcast was considered for inclusion last year, but we found that not enough people were using it, or were even familiar with the concept. This year it's a completely different story. The word has finally caught up with the rest of the iPod phenomenon."

"Choosing the word of the year is incredibly difficult," said McKean. "Not just because of the enormous amount of data we look at-everything from blogs to technical journals to suggestions sent to dictionaries@oup.com-but because everyone has such strong opinions about what makes a word Word of the Year material. You'd be amazed at how hard our editors campaign for their favorites. I'm surprised nobody tried to bribe me -- except that the only thing I really want is more cool new words!"

Source: Oxford University Press

CONTACT: Don Myers, +1-212-726-6057, or donald.myers@oup.com

Web site: http://www.oup.com/us


 
Reebok Signs Reggaeton Sensation Daddy Yankee

LATIN MUSIC ICON IS LATEST TO JOIN BRAND WITH SIGNATURE COLLECTION, DY

CANTON, Mass., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reebok and multi-platinum Latin music recording artist Daddy Yankee have formed a multi-year partnership that includes a signature collection of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories called DY. Regarded as one of the most respected and influential reggaeton artists, Yankee is the latest star to join Reebok's music roster that includes Grammy award winners Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Nelly. DY will launch in the spring of 2006 and the collection will be available at athletic specialty retailers. The collection will consist of sport-inspired designs that exude Daddy Yankee's vibrant energy.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051205/NEM033 )

"Daddy Yankee is a true trailblazer in the music industry and Reebok is excited to partner with someone that has such a strong connection and point of relevancy with today's youth," said Que Gaskins, Reebok's vice president of entertainment and lifestyle marketing. "We look forward to offering product that mirrors Daddy Yankee's style and allows consumers to fully celebrate the culture of reggaeton."

"Reebok is the perfect brand for me to partner with because they believe in what I believe in -- being real and not being afraid to do something that sets you apart from the crowd," said Yankee. "I'm truly honored to be able to share my uniqueness and creativity with the rest of the world through my deal with Reebok."

Known as "the king of improvisation," Yankee's constant focus and rapid development have allowed him to collaborate with artists such as Nas, Fat Joe and DJ Tony Touch. Additionally, Yankee has performed onstage with Grammy award winners Olga Tanon and Diddy.

In addition to having a signature collection, Daddy Yankee will be featured in the brand's "I Am What I Am" global advertising campaign. Created by New York advertising agency mcgarrybowen, the "I Am What I Am" campaign celebrates contemporary heroes of today's global youth including music icons, athletes and entertainers. Daddy Yankee is the newest member to join Reebok's "I Am What I Am" family which includes Christina Ricci, Donovan McNabb, Allen Iverson, Jay-Z, Yao Ming, 50 Cent, Stevie Williams, and many more. The multi- faceted campaign links the entire brand's marketing and advertising efforts under the "I Am What I Am" umbrella, and is supported by the company's largest advertising spend in nearly a decade.

Born Raymond Ayala in Villa Kennedy, Santurce, Puerto Rico, Daddy Yankee, 28, has long been recognized for his lyrical ability and creative registry. A pioneer of reggaeton -- a mix of salsa, hip-hop and dancehall -- Yankee has been active for more than 15 years within the Latin music scene and the entertainment industry. Yankee has been the recipient of numerous awards including "Album Reggaeton of the Year" at the 2005 Billboard Latin Music Awards for his "Barrio Fino" production. His song "Gasolina" became one of the biggest international breakthrough hits in 2004.

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

Contact: Reebok Public Relations

Diane Pelkey (781) 401-7790
KeJuan Wilkins (781) 401-4715

Laforce+Stevens Public Relations
Aja Bradley (212) 242-9353

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051205/NEM033
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN9
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: Reebok International Ltd.

CONTACT: Diane Pelkey, +1-781-401-7790, or KeJuan Wilkins, +1-781-401-
4715, both of Reebok Public Relations; or Aja Bradley, +1-212-242-9353,
Laforce+Stevens Public Relations

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


 
Write On Point Magazine Enters Media Partnership for Second Year Running with Phuturehype's Female Rapper / MC Finals Competition 2006

Write On Point Magazine will once again become a media partner for the annual Phuturehype Female Rapper / MC Finals 2006. Editor-In-Chief of Write On Point Magazine Janice Spence said today that she felt "honoured to be a part of such a positive and successful event for a second year running".

(PRWEB) December 5, 2005 -- Phuturehype's founder/CEO, Denise Destini is now single handily taking on the male dominated world of hip hop, by organising the annual Female Rapper/MC Competition. When asked about her decision to take on such a task, she simply says "I wanted to show that females can spit lyrics as well, and some times even better than males. I also wanted to give females an outlet to express their talent, especially those who had only ever performed in front of their bedroom mirrors. The 2005 competition was such a huge success, with so many people, including sponsors such as South Pole Clothing and Urban Mags, coming out and showing love and appreciation for what we're trying to do for female talent over here in the UK. I am therefore confident that the 2006 competition will be an even bigger success".

The first competition took place in May 2004 and generated immense media attention. British weekend entertainment show T4 featured the finals in the documentary, "Chancers" which also featured Fat Man Scoop, Damon Dash, Ashanti and Wyclef. The aim of the documentary was to find six talented artists, giving them the task of trying to crack the US music market, all under the watchful eye of Fat Man Scoop.

Phuturehype has also helped to launch the careers of 2004 runner up Lady Sovereign, who then went on to sign a four album deal with Universal/Island Records, and 2005 finalist N'Chyx who is featured in female rapper, Baby Blue's current music video "Sometimes".

The first audition stage of the competition to find the Female MC/Rapper of 2006 will take place on Saturday 8th April, at The London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE.

(Please note that this competition is UK based only)

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

For further information on the 2006 Phuturehype Female Rapper/MC finals contact:
Denise Destini (Founder/CEO of Phuturehype)
www.phuturehype.com

For further information about media partner Write On Point Magazine contact:
Janice Spence (Founder/Editor-in-Chief)
Website: www.writeonpoint.co.uk

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Janice Spence
WRITE ON POINT!
07958440823


 
Music Choice(R) Enhances Cox's Free On DEMAND Content With Hundreds of Music Videos and Exclusive Music-Related Content

Music Choice On-Demand Features a Wide Variety of Music Videos, Music Shows, Concerts, Artist Interviews and Studio Performances

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Dec 05, 2005) -- Music Choice, the premier, multi-platform music network, today announced an agreement to enhance the music-related video-on-demand content available to Cox's digital cable subscribers. Beginning in January, Cox's digital cable customers in select markets where its On DEMAND service is offered, will have access to Music Choice On-Demand which features hundreds of multi-genre music videos, exclusive music shows, concerts, artist interviews, and studio performance at no extra charge.

Music Choice On-Demand offers viewers the ability to select from hundreds of music videos across multiple categories to watch whenever -- and however often -- they like. The music video catalog includes today's hottest artists, established performers and emerging musicians who are making their way to the top of the charts from a variety of music genres, including: R&B and Hip Hop, Hit List, Rock, Country, Classics, and Latin. Music Choice On-Demand viewers can also watch pre-programmed video playlists by choosing the 'Hot Video Lists' category which includes National Top 10, Party Videos, Best of, Hunks and Honeys, Dirty South Rap, and Loud & Proud.

In addition, Music Choice On-Demand offers "MC Exclusive," which features a variety of exclusive music content, including the following music shows produced by Music Choice: Tha Corner, the only 'raw and real' Hip-Hop show available on-demand; Fresh Crops, a music video show featuring emerging artists across music genres, and Rock Show which showcases up-and-coming rock artists to watch. MC Exclusive viewers also have access to a variety of current and classic concerts from a variety of rock, urban and country artists and exclusive artist performances and interviews filmed at the Music Choice Studios in NYC. With hundreds of artists stopping by the studios each year, the content is both diverse and abundant.

"Cox is pleased to offer our customers additional content in our On DEMAND FreeZone," said Bob Wilson, senior vice president of programming for Cox Communications. "Music Choice On-Demand will provide our customers with a variety of exclusive content that they can only receive through digital cable."

"We are excited to announce the launch of our video-on-demand content to Cox's On DEMAND markets," says David Del Beccaro, President and CEO of Music Choice. "The viewership stats to date for Music Choice On Demand have been remarkable, and we are anticipating even greater results as we continue to expand and enhance our on-demand offering."

About Music Choice(R)

Music Choice is the premier multi-platform music network that reaches millions of consumers nationwide through their TVs, PCs, and cell phones. Music Choice programs both video and audio music channels, produces exclusive music shows, films in-studio artist performances and interviews, and distributes daily entertainment news. Headquartered in Horsham, PA, Music Choice is a partnership among subsidiaries of Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Inc., Sony Corporation of America, EMI Music and several leading U.S. cable providers: Adelphia Cable Communications, Comcast Cable Communications, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. MUSIC CHOICE(R) is a registered trademark of Music Choice. Visit the Music Choice website at http://www.musicchoice.com.

Contacts:
Karen Doler
Music Choice
p. 215.784.5842

Ed James
The Morris + King Company
p. 212.561.7455


 
Real Introduces Rhapsody.com, the First Web Destination to Offer Free and Legal Access to a Deep Catalog of Full Length Songs From All Major Labels

Also Announces Rhapsody Web Services Initiative to Enable Third Parties to Integrate Rhapsody Music Services Into Their Web Sites

Leading Sites Supporting Rhapsody Web Services Initiative include Comcast High-Speed Internet, MSN, and RollingStone.com

SEATTLE, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RealNetworks(R) (NASDAQ:RNWK) , the leader in digital music subscription services with more than 1.3 million subscribers, today announced the beta launch of Rhapsody.com, a Web-based version of its award-winning digital music service that offers consumers a free and legal way to find, play and share full length songs or albums from a deep catalog that includes all major labels. Any consumer can stream up to 25 on-demand songs per month, while Rhapsody subscribers can stream an unlimited amount via the new Rhapsody.com beta site. Rhapsody.com enables consumers to experience Rhapsody without first downloading a PC jukebox application, and for the first time makes Rhapsody available to Mac and Linux users.

Real is also introducing its new Rhapsody Web Services initiative today, which is intended to enable third party Web sites to access Rhapsody music services via the web. Web portals, community sites, music sites, and other Web sites wanting to integrate music services into their Web experience can now begin to access services such as song playback and editorial content, from the award-winning Rhapsody service.

"With Rhapsody.com, we're bringing the jukebox-in-the-sky to every internet user in America," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "We're also laying the foundation to weave music into the fabric of the Internet with our Rhapsody Web Services initiative."

Rhapsody.com (beta)

For consumers, Rhapsody.com is a first-of-its-kind web destination that enables people to use their favorite Web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari) to instantly find, listen, and share up to 25 full tracks from Rhapsody's library of more than 1.4 million songs per month, for free. Consumers also get free, unlimited access to 25 commercial-free radio stations. In addition, subscribers to premium tiers of Rhapsody, including Rhapsody Unlimited ($9.99 per month) and Rhapsody To Go ($14.99 per month), can now access their accounts via the new Rhapsody.com and stream an unlimited amount of music.

Rhapsody.com makes many of Rhapsody's most popular features available to consumers using Windows and, for the first time, Macintosh and Linux-based PCs. The new web-based service does not require consumers to download additional jukebox software, and there is no credit card registration required to begin using the service. Unlike illegal P2P sites, the music industry is compensated for each song played via Rhapsody.com

Coinciding with the introduction of the Rhapsody.com beta site, Real is also releasing Rhapsody 3.1, an enhanced version of the desktop software version of Rhapsody. Rhapsody 3.1 includes several enhancements that make it even easier for users to buy and share their favorite tunes and know which songs are available for on-the-go enjoyment via Rhapsody To Go.

Rhapsody Web Services Initiative

Real's new Rhapsody Web Services initiative will enable websites to integrate Rhapsody music services into their websites. Real intends to build multiple components for the Rhapsody Web Services initiative in the coming months, and will work to solicit feedback from the broader internet community to enhance the initiative. Initial web services available today for third parties include:

-- Tools for Web sites to create links, called "Rhaplinks," to individual music tracks, full albums, and radio stations that can be integrated into their Web sites and that enable immediate playback from Rhapsody.com;

-- XML feeds, including RSS, of Rhapsody editorial information about music, which third party Web sites can integrate directly into their sites -- such as new releases, top 10 tracks, and top 10 albums.

-- A blog for third party developers to participate in the future roadmap and development of the Rhapsody Web Services initiative.

More information can be found at www.rhapsody.com/webservices.

Industry Support

Initial companies supporting Rhapsody.com and the Rhapsody Web Services initiative include Comcast High-Speed Internet, RollingStone.com, and Microsoft. Specific implementations include:

-- Comcast became the first service provider to launch a new Web-based Rhapsody radio service. The Comcast Rhapsody Web Radio service is currently available to Comcast's 8.1 million broadband customers -- the nation's largest broadband base. The service further complements Comcast's online music offering, which also includes: Rhapsody Radio PLUS, Rhapsody Unlimited, and Rhapsody To Go. Comcast Rhapsody Radio provides 50 commercial-free, genre- based stations. In addition to an extra 25 free stations, Comcast customers also can exclusively enjoy a customized station playing The Beatles (www.comcast.net/music).

-- RollingStone.com, the official online presence for pop culture icon Rolling Stone, has integrated Rhapsody web services technology throughout its site. The new site, www.RollingStone.com, enables visitors to sample full length free tracks in Rhapsody and view music videos along with the magazine's archive of groundbreaking music news coverage, feature articles, interviews, photos, movie/album reviews and in-depth political reporting.

-- In the coming weeks, Rhapsody.com will be available within Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10, and in the coming months, MSN will be using Rhapsody Web Services to integrate Rhapsody into its MSN Search, MSN Messenger and MSN Music services.

"Rolling Stone is continuing to break new ground in helping music fans connect with their favorite artists," said Jann S. Wenner, Chairman of Wenner Media and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine. "Combining Rhapsody's on-demand music with our definitive editorial content makes RollingStone.com one of the web's top music destinations."

"We're thrilled that RealNetworks is bringing their Rhapsody service to Windows Media Player," said Linda Averett, General Manager, Windows Digital Media Division at Microsoft. "This is a fantastic addition to the wide range of choices offered to Windows users, and we're excited to have Real as a partner."

For more information, visit www.rhapsody.com.

ABOUT REALNETWORKS

RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody, RealPlayer(R) 10, and casual PC and mobile games. RealNetworks has more than 2.2 million paid subscribers to its premium digital media http://www.real.com/. Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at http://www.realnetworks.com/company .

NOTE: RealNetworks, RealPlayer, Rhapsody and RadioPass are registered trademarks of RealNetworks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Legal Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements:

This release contains forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated release of one or more products and services and their compatibility and functionality with third party websites and devices that may affect future earnings or financial results. Factors that may impact the forward looking statements include: (a) the success of the deployment and functionality of Rhapsody.com, (b) the success of the development, deployment and adoption of various Rhapsody Web Services; (c) the ability for RealNetworks to obtain and maintain all content rights required from record companies and music publishers to provide various Rhapsody Web Services; (d) RealNetworks' ability to maintain and expand relationships with various third-party partners (e.g. websites, portals, broadband providers and device manufacturers), and (e) other related factors. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements can be found in RealNetworks' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to the most recent reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Copies of filings made with the SEC are available through the SEC's electronic data gather analysis and retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov. RealNetworks assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this document.

Source: RealNetworks, Inc.

CONTACT: Matt Graves, +1-415-934-2159, or mgraves@real.com, or
Ronda Scott, +1-415-934-2016, or rscott@real.com, both of RealNetworks, Inc.

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


 
DJ J-SMOKE

DALLAS, TX DECEMBER 2, 2005 -Since the formation of the world famous
Allies, J-Smoke continues to pave the way along with fellow
crewmembers.
Amongst the latest of J-Smokes exclusive events was Scarlett
Johanssons
21st birthday bash that she celebrated alongside her twin brother
Hunter in
a multi-story loft in Chinatown. J-Smoke kept the crowd alive with
various
tunes old and new. J-smoke has also rocked parties for MTV, Calvin
Klein
and Kenneth Cole in the past.

J-Smoke is a founding member of the world famous Allies. One of the
most
dominant DJ crews in hip hop history, members include DJs like 3-time
world
champion Craze and 5-time world champion, and Kanye West's appointed
DJ,
A-Trak. With credits such as the 1999 ITF World Champion, J-Smoke has
already established himself as one of the best on the international
turntablist stage. Taking his DJ abilities one step further, he is
known
worldwide for creating some of the most hottest mixtapes around, making
people across the globe fiend for the next one. Titled as an MTV
Millenium
DJ by the network, J-Smoke continues to make his name more recognizable
week
after week, rocking some of the hottest venues in the New York City
area as
one of the best all around hip hop/dance hall party rocking DJs.

Combing the best of both worlds of DJing-- turntablist skills plus
party-rocking skills, his reputation has earned him opportunities to
open up
for some of the biggest urban acts like Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Nas,
Jadakiss, Kanye West, and Slick Rick.

For more information, tour dates, interviews and press kits on DJ
J-Smoke,
please contact: Danny Kim at (201) 835-3683 or send an email to
mgmt@jsmoke.com.


12/04/2005

 
DEMO Presents Snoop Dogg with Flash Gold Certification Award

DEMO grants the Flash Gold Certification Award to Snoop Dogg on November 21, 2005 to commemorate the achievement of 500,000 ringtones downloaded music sales of the album 'Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece'.

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) December 4, 2005 -- DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (www.d-e-m-o.com) granted the Flash Gold Certification Award to Snoop Dogg on November 21, 2005. The Flash Gold Certification Award was presented to Snoop Dogg to commemorate the achievement of 500,000 ringtones downloaded music sales of the album 'Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece'. Andre Gray, CEO/Founder of DEMO and inventor of online music sales certifications, states that "Once again, Snoop Dogg continues to expand his commercial appeal to the Internet and his legacy continues to grow."

DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (www.d-e-m-o.com) provides online music sales certifications on a global scale. Andre Gray, inventor of online music sales certifications on a global scale, envisioned the concept of DEMO on October 9, 1999, to create an organization that will award certifications for secured electronic music sales (SEMS) over the internet. The primary purpose of DEMO is to create a global de facto standard for online music sales and to promote all the musical genres of the world as a unifying force.

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Andre Gray
DEMO: DIGITAL & ELECTRONIC MUSIC ORGANIZATION, INC.
http://www.d-e-m-o.com/
212-252-2359


 
NFL Alumni Nate Edwards Owner of D-Town Records Donates Funds for The Dallas Cowboys Long Time Mascot "Crazy Ray" Our Icon Needs Us

"Crazy Ray" Jones - an icon of the city of Dallas. Has he been forgotten? For forty-three years, "Crazy Ray" has been entertaining children of all ages. Now, as failing health and financial troubles come, will Dallas step up and support this man? NFL Alumni Nate Edwards and his company D-Town Records donated funds to NFL Hall Of Famer "Mel Renfro Foundation" and pledged the D-Town Records recording artist for any event.

(PRWEB) December 4, 2005 -- For forty-three years, "Crazy Ray" has been entertaining children of all ages. Now, as failing health and financial troubles come, will Dallas step up and support this man?

Despite their popularity and fame, Ray and his beloved wife Mattie have fallen on hard times. Their failing health and financial trouble have left them in need of your support. Ray is blind now and he can't entertain anymore. His latest stroke robbed his eyesight and the use of one of his hands. He can't fold balloons or even see the smiling faces of the children that he is entertaining.

Will the fans step up and show their support and love for Crazy Ray? His home is in desperate need of repairs and is not handicap accessible. It hasn't had much maintenance since it was built in 1976. We applied with Extreme Makeover Home Edition back in March and haven't heard a response. Ray and Mattie can't wait anymore. They need your support now! Will you entertain this man who has entertained you for so many years?

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Nate Edwards
D-TOWN RECORDS
http://www.dtownrecords.com/
972-934-6592


 
ThunderEcho Drums' Trash Kat(TM), a Trash Can Floor Tom Is Placed on Loan to the Museum of Making Music, in Carlsbad, California

The Museum of Making Music in California invites ThunderEcho Drums to place one of their innovative Trash Kat(TM) drums on loan for interactive display and percussion-related special events. The Trash Kat(TM)is a large floor tom constructed using a garbage can as its shell, giving the instrument both an urban look and a timpani-like sound.

Medina, Ohio (PRWEB) December 4, 2005 -- A museums simple inquiry yields great excitement for local drum builders, Kevin Reed and his mother, Jane. ThunderEcho Drums has loaned one of their Trash Kat drums to the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California. Drum shop co-owner and percussionist Reed incorporates a garbage can in his design of the urban looking Trash Kat, a 20 floor tom. The timpani-like sound of the large drum is popular with both drum set players and auxiliary percussionists from coast-to-coast. It is played with sticks, mallets or hands.

The museum encourages visitors to actively participate in music making while learning about America's rich musical heritage. The museum features over 500 vintage instrument innovations on display and a unique, hands-on interactive area where visitors have the opportunity to play on more than a dozen live instruments, including the recently added ThunderEcho Drums Trash Kat.

Additionally, the museum hosts a variety of special events that engage both students and adults. The museum plans to incorporate the Trash Kat drum during their upcoming music making and percussion-related events.

For more information about the Museum of Making Music, please call
877-551-9976 or visit their website at www.MuseumOfMakingMusic.org.

For more information about ThunderEcho Drums, please call Jane Garson Reed, 330.225.1488 or visit their website at www.ThunderEchoDrums.com. The Trash Kat is available for purchase in continental USA from ThunderEcho Drums by phone, fax, mail or from selected retail stores or online merchants. ThunderEcho and Trash Kat are trademarks of ThunderEcho Drums.

About ThunderEcho Drums:
The ThunderEcho Drums workshop is located in Medina, Ohio. Traumatic brain injury survivor, Kevin Reed and his mother Jane formed the company in 2001. Reed began developing the Trash Kat(TM) while recovering from a catastrophic work injury and ensuing 75-day coma. The Trash Kat(TM) was introduced to drummers at the May 2005 Chicago Drum Show.

Contact:

Jane Garson Reed, Co-Owner
ThunderEcho Drums
620 East Smith Road, Unit W-14
Medina, Ohio 44256
330.225.1488 (office), 330.225.9011 (fax)
http://www.ThunderEchoDrums.com

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Jane Reed
THUNDERECHO DRUMS
http://www.ThunderEchoDrums.com/
330-225-1488


 
DEMO Presents Sir Mix-A-Lot with Flash Gold Award

Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (DEMO) grants the Flash Gold Certification Award to Sir Mix-A-Lot.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 3, 2005 -- DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (www.d-e-m-o.com) grants the Flash Gold Certification Award to Sir Mix-A-Lot on October 31, 2005. The Flash Gold Certification Award was presented to Sir Mix-A-Lot to commemorate the achievement of 500,000 ringtone downloads. Accepting the award on behalf of Sir Mix-A-Lot, Matthew Feldman, President of Versaly Entertainment in Seattle said, "To receive the Flash Gold Certification Award for achieving ringtones sales of 500,000 paid downloads only serves to reinforce long held beliefs that there is a market for digital music ringtones and ringbacks. Both Sir Mix-A-Lot and Versaly Entertainment look forward to continued success and pioneering collaborations in this exciting field." He added, "We felt remixing old classics was highly desirable and it is starting to catch on. We were one of the first." Andre Gray, CEO/Founder of DEMO and inventor of online music sales certifications, states that, "Not only was Versaly Entertainment one of the first companies to utilize the concept of remixing old classics but Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Pick Up the Phone' ('Baby Got Back' remix) is still the most successful selling remix ringtone to date."

DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (www.d-e-m-o.com) provides online music sales certifications on a global scale. Andre Gray, inventor of online music sales certifications on a global scale, envisioned the concept of DEMO on 10-09-1999 to create an organization that will award certifications for secured electronic music sales (SEMS) over the internet. The primary purpose of DEMO is to create a global de facto standard for online music sales and to promote all the musical genres of the world as a unifying force.

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Andre Gray
DEMO: DIGITAL & ELECTRONIC MUSIC ORGANIZATION, INC
http://www.d-e-m-o.com/
212-252-2359


 
Multi-Platinum Hip Hop Producer Reveals Secrets of the Music Industry

The Source Magazine Showcases the Highest Selling Book on Hip Hop Production

(PRWEB) December 3, 2005 -- In the December 2005 issue of The Source Magazine, Multi-Platinum Hip Hop Producer Sahpreem A. King is interviewed on his newly released book Gotta Get Signed: How to Become a Hip-Hop Producer. Sahpreem debunks popular misconceptions in the music industry. Especially noted is his stance on what makes a producer:

With the invention of technology, everyone and their neighbor has the ability to make beats. Whether they download a cracked version of Fruity Loops or actually come out of their pockets and buy an AKAI drum machine. It still doesnt make them a producer. Eventually, if they practice long enough, they may make a hot beat. The odds are definitely in their favor, but that still doesnt make them a producer. What makes a producer? What makes a producer is the ability to take a hot beat, whether you made it or not, and turn it into a hot song. states Sahpreem A. King.

Sahpreems down-to-earth tell it like it is writing style is a fun read, laced with nothing but the facts.

Since February 2005 Gotta Get Signed has only been available from major bookseller such as Barnes & Noble and Walden bookstores. In an effort to make it convenient for readers to get their hands on this information and to allow them to get a preview of his next book release long before it is due, he offers online ordering at http://www.becomeahiphopproducer.com . Readers can place an order online and the book Gotta Get Signed mailed to them. The bonus, not offered when purchased at local bookstores, is that they immediately receive a limited advanced copy of Surviving the Game: The Guerilla Business of Hip Hop.

Both books allow the artist, producer, or anyone remotely interested in the business a birds-eye view in the music industry from a realistic view point.

To find out more, go to the "Become A Hip Hop Producer" website, http://www.becomeahiphopproducer.com.

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Sahpreem King
PUSH MUSIC GROUP
http://www.becomeahiphopproducer.com/
305-895-0089


 
New York Hip-Hop/Rap Artist Minus P to Sue New Line Cinema for Illegal Use of Music

TLA-PROnline.com Press Release / New York -
Just as big music industry moguls look to unsigned talent in the streets to get ideas for their next big act; it now seems that big movie CEOs are looking to steal the music of unsigned artists for their movie scores.

This is the case of tri-state area (NY, NJ, CT) hip-hop entrepreneur Manuel Pimentel (better known as hip-hop rap artist Minus P.)

Minus P has collaborated with some of hip-hops most influential rap artists, such as The Game and B Real. After several years of grinding and promoting his music, he is now found exchanging court papers alongside NJ-based music producer Armando Diaz (better known as Outthere of Kat Klaw Productions) with movie industry powerhouse New Line Cinema.

The reason behind the lawsuit is for the illegal use of a Minus P song on the newly released movie "HAVOC".

Released in late 2005, the film was written by Stephen Gaghan (Academy Award winner for Traffic), directed by Barbara Kopple (two-time Academy Award winner), and starred Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries-2001) and Bijou Phillips (Venom-2005).

The song can be found 28 minutes into the film (scene 6 on the films menu entitled "East Side House Party), and lasts over a minutes time.

This is great promotion for an artist, but the problem is that neither Minus P nor Outthere ever signed any papers giving the film company rights to use the song. Furthermore, no compensation was ever received by either Minus P nor Outthere, and no credit was given for their work.

When contacted about the issue, New Line Cinema declined to comment.

View the movie cover by clicking the following link:
http://www.cduniverse.com/images.asp?cart=289711238&pid=6975027&style=movie&image=front&title=Havoc+DVD

The movie can be purchased by clicking the following link:
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=6975027

Movie info: www.newline.com
Minus Ps Website: www.minusp.com
Outtheres Website: www.katklaw.com
Editor: www.dukeent.com


 
Rapordie.com Re-Releases Special Edition DVD

The people at Rapordie.com are at it again! Any Rap or Die DVD that is sold a free Rap or Die t-shirt will be provided! West Coast rappers flock to be heard on the Rap Or Die Compilation CD: Southeast Streets.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 3, 2005 -- Rap Or Die DVD is being re-released with a brand new cover, bonus freestyles dvd, and free Rap Or Die T-shirt. The San Diego based company also plans to release Southeast Streets, Vol. 1 hosted by 98.9 FM's DJ Bille Knight. Artists featured on the disc include Jayo Felony, The Game, Queenie, Bay Loc, The Cuthroat, Mac Dre, Cyco, C-Bo, E-40 and more. Definately stay tuned for free stickers and posters!

The folks at the Rap or Die website have dedicated themselves to creating an underground hip-hop network, creating a direct pipeline to the streets, and a way to find out who's doing what on the scene. Now, in the first volume of its kind, the RAP OR DIE documentary provides the inside scoop on making it in the industry, through interviews with some of the west coast's established artists, as well as young up-and-comers. Artists at all different levels of success tell what it's like from where they stand, explaining the setbacks they experienced to get there, and the obstacles the remain in their path to achieving their goals. You'll find out invaluable information from rappers such as E-40, Mack 10, C-BO, Jayo Felony, Mitchy Slick, Lil CS, Lil Rob, Luni Coleone, & Rich the Factor, and others. These insiders discuss all aspects of the game, such as getting signed, production, sales, distribution, and promotion.

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Dj Synical
Rap Or Die
http://WWW.RAPORDIE.COM/
619-379-8397


 
BE THE NEXT HIP HOP SUPERSTAR WITH BATTLERAP!!!!!!

Here's a chance to win $100,000 on Battlerap.com

BATTLE RAP IS A CONTEST AND VIDEO GAME ALL IN ONE.
Rappers compete against other Rappers through our Global Battle Ground BATTLERAP.COM. Registered users within the on-line user database have the ability to download original professional beats from celebrity producers, overlay rap tracks via an on-line editing tool and go head to head with other Rappers from around the world.

All officiating is done by celebrity producers from the Hip-Hop industry. Ultimately the Rapper who wins the most Battles will become King of the Battle Ground.

The winner of the Battle Rap Showdown is given a $100,000 and a record deal with Pure Records and an opportunity to show the world what they've got.

Battleraps production team consists of the hottest producers in the Hip Hop industry such as Cool and Dre, DJ Khaled, Zukhan Bey, R&G Productions, Black Out Movement and many more. Our producers have produced hit records for 50 Cent, Ludacris, Beyonce, Fat Joe, Game, Mary J, Nasha, JadaKiss, Puffy, Jay Z, and many more.

1000s of beats to choose from!!!!!!!!!!

Make your PC a full recording studio with our software, simply download the software on you PC and users will be able to edit, record and upload music by simply plugging in a microphone.

Remember all judging is done by Celebrity Producers.

Play for fun or money, a new money game starts ever 10 weeks.

First Round Deadline: February 1st. Limited Entry!
http://www.battlerap.com

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


 
Deux Process In Deux Time Press Release

The last three years have been a commitment to artist development that
few groups are willing to tackle... not so with Deux Process. Formed
while living in Colorado Springs, the group has poured their soul into
"In Deux Time". With Vice Versa, Chief Nek spitting dope rhymes over
banging beats and turntabalist Shaw DubB on the 1's & 2's, Deux
Process music is for the kids.

In Deux Time
1. Make It Through
2. Take The Dance
3. Everyday
4. Sons Of Liberty
5. Paper Trail
6. Compatibility
7. In Deux Time "Produced by Thayod Ausar"
8. The Response
9. My Star
10. Revolutionary
11. Cover To Cover
12. Sweet Music
13. Runthless Ruff (skit)
14. The Process
15. The Response

This summer Deux Process linked up with Thayod Ausar to put the
finishing touches on their debut album "In Deux Time" available
01.10-06 on Avatar Records distributed in the US by Fontana/Universal.
Group member Vise Versa headed the album production and beats also
provide by The Procussions producer Stro the 89th key.
Deux Process will be touring and doing spot dates all of 06.

Thayod Ausar (Credits include Lloyd Banks, G-Unit, Xzibit, Tha Liks,
Tony Tha Skitzo, The Firm, King Tee, Phil Tha Agony & Rass Kass).

www.myspace.com/DeucProcess
www.DeucProcess.com

Business Is Personal
DonnieBo Official the Brand
Phone: 323 906-1500
DonnieBoOfficial@gmail.com
www.Myspace.com/DonnieBoOfficial


 
Ying Yang Twins Are Still United

New York, NY - Named after the Chinese symbol for light and dark, the
Ying
Yang Twins have had an amazing year with their second consecutive
platinum
album, U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta), which featured the hit singles
Wait (The Whisper Song), Badd and Shake. The smash fourth album
debuted as the number one Hip-Hop/R&B album first week and featured the
top-charting single, Wait (The Whisper Song), - which peaked at #3 on
Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The Atlanta-based duo have performed
and/or appeared on a wide range of television programs, including Last
Call
with Carson Daly, UPN show CUTZ, Jimmy Kimmel Live, MTV TRL News
Cooking with Suchin Pak, BETs 106 & Park, and the BET Awards
Pre-Show.
On December 27, 2005, TVT Records will release the remix CD/DVD
compilation,
U.S.A. Still United. The CD/DVD combo will feature 13 rare and remixed
tracks.

U.S.A. Still United will include the hard-to-find remixes: Shake
Remix
featuring Elephant Man and Pitbull and Wait (Ultimix Remix). In
addition,
there will be two side collaborative and five unreleased recordings:
Bun B
(Git It); Wiggle Then Move, Pink Panther, My Cadillac, Duts,
4
OZ. The bonus DVD component offers over an hour of behind-the-scenes
footage, live performances and interviews. The DVD also features Ying
Yang
Twinss U.S.A. video catalog from Wait to Shake.

U.S.A. Still United is one of the many upcoming releases from TVT
Records.
Currently in stores: the certified platinum album by Ying Yang Twins,
Latin
Pop artist Marcos Hernandez, the greatest hits guide to the southern
hip-hop
movement CRUNK HITS, and Pitbulls CD/DVD companion set M.I. STILL A.
M. I.
Upcoming urban releases for 2006 will be MARIEL, the sophomore album
from
gold-selling emcee Pitbull and the debut album from Memphis rap
all-star,
Yo Gotti.

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


 
Russian Megacorporation Targets New York Rock & Roll Businessman

Threatens Acquisition by Force

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- New Sensor Corporation, best known for its Electro-Harmonix line of Rock & Roll music effects, today finds itself in an unlikely battle against SOK, a notorious multi-billion dollar Russian conglomerate with aggressive real estate aspirations.

The Samara-based SOK has made headlines in Russian newspapers recently for its ambitious acquisitions in the city of Saratov. Headed by Yuri Kachmazov, who reportedly travels with ten or more bodyguards, SOK has already purchased Saratov's largest bridge building company, and is seeking control of its port on the Volga River.

Through its subsidiary RBE Saratov (Russian Business Estate), SOK is now planning to acquire ExpoPUL, a factory located in Saratov and owned by New Sensor Corporation in New York City. One of the three remaining vacuum tube factories in the world, it produces technologies that are increasingly rare in the digital age and cherished globally by guitarists and audiophiles.

RBE told ExpoPUL management it would "make big problems" for the company if they refused to sell the building. Shortly thereafter, RBE sent notification to ExpoPUL that its power would be disabled on January 1, 2006, effectively shutting down all production. Despite these threats, New Sensor president Mike Matthews declined to sell.

Matthews, a past winner of the New York State Small Business Person of the Year award and a fairly eccentric Rock & Roll character, is poised to fight for ExpoPUL and its 900 skilled workers. "We don't give into extortion," he says. "We have no intention of selling the factory and jeopardizing hundreds of jobs while letting these valued technologies become extinct." Matthews is currently appealing to the American Embassy in Moscow, along with several other government officials in both the U.S. and Russia.

Source: New Sensor Corporation

CONTACT: Mike Matthews, President, New Sensor Corp., USA,
+1-718-937-8300, mike@newsensor.com, or Irina Gavrilina, Bilingual Liaison,
Russia, +8452-28-53-46, +8927-227-87-71 - Mobile, or Vladimir Chinchikov,
General Director, ExpoPUL, Russia, +8452-67-46-95, +8452-77-63-54 - Mobile,
all for New Sensor Corp.

Web site: http://www.newsensor.com/
http://www.ehx.com/