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12/16/2005

 
Leading D.C. Record Labels, Artists Announce Landmark Project, Joint Venture

Washington, D.C. - December 2005 - In an effort to give the world a panoramic view of the Capital Citys bustling Hip Hop arena, leading D.C. based imprints recentlyput their money where their mouth is by joining forces to launch the landmark project, Joint Venture, a collaborative CD, which features some of the areas premiere Hip Hop artists.

After the owners of three recording imprints and a production company including Mad Power Unit Records, One Way Records, Block Boss Entertainment and One Up Entertainment periodically converged on the nightlife scene and at talent showcases over the years, the entities realized that they had common goals and desires for D.C. Hip Hop that were worthwhile and viable.

For years, D.C.s thriving underground Hip Hop circuit has been a best kept secret.D.C. has been mostly recognized for its dynamic cityscape and gritty politics, rather than its plethora of talented artists, who should be mainstream acts; labels that deserve recognition and distribution deals; and producers who set unparalleled trends.

My vision is to bring Hip Hop to D.C., as Mayor Williams did with baseball. With a field of the best players that the arena has to offer, the Joint Venture project will put all eyeson D.C. Hip Hop, says Tupac D, Mad Power Unit Records.

Certainly, the goal is to establish D.C. as a mega force in the music industry and to unite the city, adds Rich Nieze, One Up Entertainment. One Up has been a -part of a number of platinum and multi-platinum projects. Yet, we always felt we were on an island -- far from other people that shared the vision, until now.

Each of the imprints featured artists saturates Joint Venture with explosive tracks. The project will surely provide listeners with a zesty and flavorful taste of D.C. Hip Hop. The artists pegged for the collaborative CD include: D.E.B.O., MPU and Tone (Mad Power Unit Records); Hots (One Up Entertainment); The Oy Boyz and The Young Farmers (Oneway Records) and Kingpin Slim (Block Boss Entertainment).

Hots boasts an equal mix of street credibility and lyrical skill. His inner-city personna permeates his music, says Rich Nieze, One Up Entertainment. "As a producer that has worked with artists fromIce Cubeto Beanie Segal, I can truly say Hots is ready to shine."

While Hots is recognized for his street sense, Kingpin Slims smoothed out flow is representative of his Uptown, D.C. roots, indicates anofficial of Block Boss Entertainment. Slims top notch lyrics and distinctive voice make him the perfect addition to the already blazing Joint Venture project.

In addition to being a well-respected contributor to Joint Venture, Kingpin Slims debut album, Kingpin Slim, Block Boss Entertainment and Narcotics Present Save The City will drop soon. And the rising artist will be featured on Block Boss 2, the Re'd Up LP,a follow-up to the critically acclaimed release Block Boss the Street LP.

Manuel D.E.B.O. Reynoso is Mad Power Unit Records first draft pick artist. In the newly formed labels exploration of the citys Hip Hop scene, D.E.B.O. has become their greatest investment. We thought that D.E.B.O. was perfect for Joint Venture, as he is young, hungry, lyrically gifted and most importantly, loyal, says Tupac D, Mad Power Unit Records.

Finally, One Way Records brings two phenomenal acts to Joint Venture, Oy Boyz and The Young Farmers. Made up of artists including Boobe, Don Choo and Midnight, the Oy Boyz and Young Farmers shine on tracks with a larger-than-life real street braggadocio.

The highly anticipated Joint Venture will ultimately set standards for the Hip Hop industry. The project, born from the desire of bringing D.C. Hip Hop to light, will skillfully zoom in on the citys finest artists. The project will be heavily promoted until its early March release.

As the contributors goals of providing D.C. Hip Hop with ultimate exposure unfold, an explosive collaborative effort awaits the industry. Inevitably, Joint Venture will thrust D.C. into the position of other Hip Hop epicenters like New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, etc.

For more information on Join Venture or interviews, please contact Flair Lindsey at publicist@madpowerunit.com or (202) 277-8191.

Contact:

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


 
CJ Robinson Creates New Company Division Tsunami Group Music

(New York, NY., December 15th, 2005)

After 2 12 years of success in the PR/Marketing industry, CJ Robinson, President of Tsunami Group Inc branches out with a new division of the company Tsunami Group Music. With such high profile clients as Locman Watches, RIA Handbags and Greenzap.com, Ms. Robinson found there was a need to expand the company in the music arena.

'Our music client roster just keep growing at such a fast pace that I decided to branch off so we could put our focus specifically in that area", says Ms. Robinson. Music clients include Texas Super Producers Carnival Beats, Texas artists NAC & Swift, Andre Delano (Maxwell's Saxophonist), the R&B Group Hi Five among others. Tsunami Group Music also has working relationships with the likes of Lil' Wayne, Trina, Lil' Flip, Mike Jones, Boyz 2 Men, etc. and is in talks with several prominent producers and recording artists to add to it's roster in early 2006.

The music division is a one stop shop for recording artists, producers, label executives, and record labels. With strong beliefs that everything starts from the ground up, Tsunami Group Music builds brands with each project that they are involved with whether a client needs a photo shoot, website development, establishing or reviving an image, creating a buzz or simply getting music to the hottest DJs in the country. The music division also adds cross marketing opportunities to the mix working with major corporations for advertising campaigns, endorsements and sponsorships as well as artist management.

Tsunami Group Inc will focus on the areas of fashion, jewelry and accessories, film, theater, literature, athletes, technology and science. 'I have been lucky enough to come across talented individuals to assist me in taking our clients to the top", says Ms. Robinson 'and each brings experience and great communication skills which gives me the confidence to move forward in developing both companies."

Tsunami Group Music has launched it's new website, www.tsunamigroupmusic.com which joins the already established site, www.tsunamigroupinc.com.


 
Don Omar Breaks a Record; Highest First Week Sales for a Reggaeton Album

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 14, 2005--Machete/Universal recording artist Don Omar scores at hit with the release of his album, Da Hitman Presents Reggaeton Latino. The album debuts at #61 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart selling over 31,000 units in its first week. Reggaeton Latino is the highest selling Reggaeton album to be released breaking the previous record held by Wisin Y Yendel. Fans online were able to preview the tracks from Reggaeton Latino before the album hit stores on December 6th on MTV2.com's The Leak helping Omar make history and proving him to be the King Of Reggaeton.

The first single from Reggaeton Latino, "Dale Don Dale (Remix)" came in at #1 on the crossover chart. "Dale Don Dale" features hip-hop prince Fabolous and produced by the legendary hitmaker Swizz Beatz (Eve, DMX, Busta Rhymes, Cassidy). The original version of "Dale Don Dale" sold more than 100,000 copies in Spanish speaking countries.

A singer and composer, Don Omar has made a significant impact on the Spanish market. Participating in three sold-out concerts which filled the Canary Island's venues with more than 31,000 fans, he was the first to accomplish this feat within his musical genre. Don Omar sold more than 350,000 copies of his most recent release The Last Don and received industry recognition including "Latin Pop Album of the Year" and "New Artist & Latin Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year" by the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2003. He also completed a live edition of the album The Last Don Live which sold over a million copies world- wide.

Omar's impact on Reggaeton has also been felt outside of the studio through his recent partnership with UMBRO, a globally recognized football brand to launch the Don Omar casual clothing collection. The line features urban clothing and is being distributed by Foot Locker in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Reggaeton Latino features guest appearances by Tego Calderon, Hector El Father, Mr. Vegas and Zion. The album also features Spanish and English collaborations and remixes with such star power as Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, and N.O.R.E.

Contacts
Universal Motown Records
Phylicia Fant, 212-841-8640
Phylicia.Fant@umusic.com


 
Pandora Names Cheryl Lucanegro as VP of Advertising Sales

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 15, 2005--Pandora, the only online music service powered by the Music Genome Project, today announced that Cheryl Lucanegro has joined the company as vice-president of advertising sales. Ms. Lucanegro is a media industry veteran with a reputation for building and growing new media outlets. She was part of the founding team at The Industry Standard and has since worked for several entrepreneurial media ventures, from Salon.com, where she served as senior vice president of integrated sales, to Edutopia, a magazine and website aimed at teachers started by the George Lucas Foundation, where she most recently served as founding publisher. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lucanegro worked for Ziff-Davis Publishing and Upside Media.

Launched on August 29, 2005, Pandora's online music discovery service is based on the Music Genome Project, the most thorough analysis of popular music ever undertaken. Music lovers need only enter the name of their favorite song or artist and Pandora does the rest -- creating a tailored stream of songs that share key musical characteristics. Listeners can create up to 100 of these online radio stations, refine them by providing feedback and even email them to friends.

"Pandora's popularity among younger audiences makes it the perfect vehicle for advertisers trying to appeal to this hard-to-reach demographic," said Cheryl Lucanegro, Pandora's new VP of advertising sales. "Perhaps most important, the music fans fueling Pandora's double-digit growth are interested in discovering new music, and are therefore inherently open to new ideas, products and services." Early advertisers include Apple Computer and Fox Searchlight.

About Pandora:
Pandora is the leader in music navigation and discovery. The foundation of Pandora is the Music Genome Project(TM), the most sophisticated taxonomy of musical information ever collected. Each song in the massive database -- which includes Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, R&B, old, new, big names, and small acts -- is analyzed by trained musician analysts along 400 distinct musical attributes to capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of consumers. The Music Genome Project is updated on a continual basis with the latest releases, emerging artists, and an ever-deepening collection of catalogue titles. Founded in January 2000, Pandora Media's music discovery solutions were previously used by such leading music retailers and portals as Best Buy and America Online.

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

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


12/15/2005

 
SCION ANNOUNCES NEXTUP EMCEE WINNER

December 12, 2005

Scion's 2nd annual online NextUp Emcee contest has come to a close and
it is
time to reveal the talent who takes the top prize. And the winner is
Kansas City's own Reach!

The old school style rapper, whose blue collar rap is the very
essence of
keeping it real, made quite an impact with his entry "Comin For You,"
a
feel-good party tune that wowed voters with its refreshing groove and
positive vibes.

The winning song offers a compelling alternative to current bling
obsessed
rap hits, and Reach's mesmerizing style is sure to win over new fans as
he
embarks on the exciting journey that lies ahead as Scions 2005 NextUp
winner.

The Scion:NextUp emcee competition is about shining a light on
undiscovered
artists, says Dawn Ahmed, Scion national sales promotions manager. We
look
forward to helping Reach develop as an artist through the production of
his
music video.

Scion's NextUp Emcee contest was more popular than ever this year,
offering
aspiring rappers a place to expose their work and music fans a place to
discover new sounds. There were over 1,700 entrants during the
month-long
entry phase in July, almost doubling the amount of entrants from the
2004
competition. The entrants were whittled down to the top 10 by a
formidable
judging panel including: former Eminem collaborator Green Lantern, Sean
Cane
(of X-Ecutioners fame and A&R giant from Terror Squad), and DJ Premier
(super producer and track-master for Gang Starr).

Thousands of online voters chose their favorite from the Top 10, and it
was
Reach who rhymed victoriously, winning $5000 in cash, the opportunity
to
perform at Scion events, and a fully produced music video. If the
success of
last years winners, Brooklyn's Junk Science (who released both a video
and
an EP in conjunction with Scions A/V music project) is any example,
Reach
is sure to have quite an experience.

Like Scion's other promotions, such as its "Free Up Your Mix" DJ
contest,
the Scion A/V project (which releases acclaimed and undiscovered
artists'
music), and xPress Fest filmmaker competition, NextUp provides a
high-profile platform for voices that deserve to be heard but sometimes
fall
under the mainstream radar.

With the proliferation of homegrown sounds and online sharing, the
landscape
of the recording industry is constantly evolving and advancing. The
Scion:NextUp competition is part of this music industry revolution and
will
help it to evolve into exciting new directions.

For more information about the contest and to schedule an interview
with the
winner please contact Yosi Sergant at ScionPR@inform-ventures.com or
323.906.0731.


 
FORT MINOR ON TOUR

Fort Minor is finally going on tour in the U.S. and Canada in January and February. Fort Minor, featuring Mike Shinoda and Styles of Beyond, will be touring with Little Brother and Demigodz with a one-night appearance by Ghostface in NY. Check out Fort Minor on their first U.S. and Canada tour performing tracks from The Rising Tied, including Remember the Name, Believe Me, and Petrified.

Public onsale tickets will be available starting this weekend (see dates below), but Fort Minor Militia members have the opportunity to buy presale tickets on Ticketmaster starting today, Dec 14 at 10 am EST. If you are a member, login to www.fortminormilitia.com to get the exclusive presale password. Fort Minor Militia members also have the chance to attend exclusive meet & greets and meet Fort Minor at the shows. If you're not a member yet, sign up now at www.fortminormilitia.com. Check out the Fort Minor Media Player as well for the tour dates and buy links soon.

Jan 28: Quest Club, Minneapolis, MN
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/17 at 11am CST

Jan 29: House of Blues, Chicago, IL
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/17 at 10am CST

Jan 31: Clutch Cargo, Pontiac, MI
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/16 at 10am EST

Feb 1: Phoenix Concert Theater, Toronto, ON
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/16 at 10am EST

Feb 3: Avalon Ballroom, Boston, MA
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/16 at 10am EST
Feb 4: Lupos Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, RI
Fan Club Presale: 12/16 at 10pm EST
Onsale: 12/19 at 12pm EST

Feb 6: Nokia Theatre Times Square, New York, NY
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/17 at 12noon EST

Feb 7: Nation, Washington, DC
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/17 at 11am EST

Feb 9: Roxy Theatre, Atlanta, GA
Fan Club Presale: 12/14 at 10am EST
Onsale: 12/17 at 10am EST

******
Greg Sato | Machine Shop Marketing
Director of Marketing
8820 Wilshire Blvd. | Suite 300 | Beverly Hills, CA 90211
p 310.358.0260 | f 310.358.0242
www.machineshopmarketing.com
www.machineshopmixtape.com
******


 
UPSET RECORDS THE HOTTEST HIP-HOP/RAP LABEL OUT THE MID-WEST!

THE LATEST INFO FOR HIP-HOP FANATICS

12/14/05

THE 2006 MIDWEST TOUR IS ON!!Happy Holidays from Upset Records! The
holiday season is sure to be a good one for Upset Records and its
family of talented artists as we begin our 2006 Midwest Tour! Well be
touring CO, KS, MO and surrounding areas beginning in February 2006.
This tour is sure to bring out our loyal fans all across the Midwest as
well as attract an entirely new fan base. The Midwest Tour Kickoff date
has been set for February 4th, 2006 at The Granada Theater in Lawrence,
KS (1020 Massachusetts, in between 10th and 11th on Mass.). This
77-year
old theater has been host to some greatly historic names, and Upset
Records recording artists Doe and Ray Ray will continue this tradition.
Doors open at 8pm. Ticket information will be available soon at
www.thegranada.com and on Doe and Ray Rays myspace.com accounts,
located at www.myspace.com/upsetrecordsdoe and
www.myspace.com/upsetrecordsrayray.

Every tour stop scheduled will be accompanied by an in-store appearance
by Doe, Ray Ray and other artists on Upset Records. The in-store
appearance will consist of CD signings, meet and greets with the
artists and even intimate, sneak performances! So make sure you hit up
the Hastings, FYE or Sam Goody that were in that afternoon to meet the
artists youll see performing later that night! Keep your eye on those
myspace accounts for the updated tour schedule to see where and when
well be in your area! You can also check out our online calendar at
http://www.hbltimetool.com/chooser.cal?orgldx=2613 for a color-coded
lay-out of where well be, what were doing, and when were doin it for
yall!

GET AT THOSE MAG RACKS THIS MONTHWeve been telling you about the
recent press Upset Records has been getting lately. Well, you know we
gotta finish out the year right with even MORE press coverage for
your reading enjoyment! You can still read up on Doe and Gloc 9 of
Upset Records in back issues of The Buzz Magazine, where Does 2005
releases were reviewed by Roland S. Howard. Howard had this to say of
Does On The Run Getting Money; its a well-produced disc with
seriously thought-out arrangements and interludes (Oct. 2005, p.14).
And of Does 2005 follow-up, Big City Big Dreams; I dont think Ive
ever sampled a local hip-hop record this diverse. And that my friends,
is a good thing. Check it out (Oct. 2005, p.14).

Some of you may be familiar with Murderdog Magazine? If so, or even if
youve never heard of it before, look for it on shelves on 12/21/05
featuring an ad and editorial content on Upset Records. Downlow
Magazine hits the shelves on 12/30/05, which will prominently display
Doe on the cover along with photos of Collision and Doe on the inside
pages. Look for CD reviews and other editorial features in this issue
as well! As a heads-up, look out for a review of Ray Rays 2005 release
Back On Da Bricks by www.thuglifearmy.com where rap, hip-hop and
spoken word artists are represented! And one last mention were very
excited aboutXPlosive magazine will be featuring Upset Records in an
issue to be coming out in either Jan. or Feb. 2006 just in time for
our 2006 Midwest Tour!

LOOKING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALLAs you know, we get plenty of love from
DJ2FREAKY and reewinemusic.com down in Pensacola, FL and our local
radio stations here in COand while we are more than appreciative,
were also looking at a broader, bluer sky! Radio networks such as XM
and Sirius radio are currently reviewing works from Doe, Ray Ray and
Collision as are over 15 Midwest stations in the KS, MO and NB areas.
So please listen up for Does Yell It Out which has already been
getting play nationwide. If you havent heard it hit up those request
lines and show some love for Upset Records!!

Check out music from Doe, Ray Ray, Collision and more at these sites:
www.upsetrecords.com
www.reewinemusic.com
www.cornerband.com
www.garageband.com
www.rockkansas.com
www.myspace.com/upsetrecordsdoe
www.myspace.com/upsetrecordscollision
www.myspace.com/upsetrecordsrayray
www.myspace.com/upsetrecords

To become an official sponsor of Upset Records please call 303.202.6738
and speak with Bridget OBrien. With all the press and ads were
putting in nationwide publications, and now with our 2006 Midwest Tour
getting underway, there is no reason NOT to want to join our team! Lets
help each others businesses blow up!

STREET TEAM MEMBERS WANTED!!! Now is your chance to become a member of
the Upset Records Street Team. If you have a sincere love for all
things hip-hop and want to join up with others who feel and think the
same way, get a hold of Bridget at bridget@upsetrecords .com and become
a major player in the Upset Records promotional team today!!

Stay up with the hottest label puttin it down for the Mid-West UPSET
RECORDS.

For more information on Upset Records, artists, Upset gear, touring
schedule, show dates/times, get a hold through one of these:

bridget@upsetrecords.com

303.202.6738

5825 W. 6th Ave., Suite 3-PB
Lakewood, CO 80203

www.upsetrecords.com

Official Sponsor:
Check out the site: www.odapparel.com


 
For the 06: The "I Am Whatspoppin Next" Tour

New York Platinum Enterprise, home of www.whatspoppincentral.com , wants to give unsigned artists their time to shine. Want to reach hundreds of thousands of 18-35 year olds? Want the chance to meet others in the rap and r&b game? Look no further than the I Am Whatspoppin Next Tour!

If you or someone you know have got that unsigned heat and want an opportunity to perform at the largest urban events of leisure:

BLACK COLLEGE REUNION
TEXAS BEACH PARTY
URBAN BEACH WEEK - MIAMI
INDIANA BLACK EXPO

you need to contact Ty Wilson ASAP.

Each event brings hundreds of thousands of African-American 18-30-something-year-olds to the area where the events take place. What better way is there for anyone in the rap/ r&b game to get an entertainment career off the ground?

In addition to your performance receive all of the marketing tools youll need, including a street team, radio/television spots, hotel accomodations, and more.

Prepare your press kit and radio-edit your singles now. Join the I Am Whatspoppin Next Tour today! SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE.

Ty Wilson
Multi Media Director
Platinum Enterprise Group Services
877- 521- 4686 ext 4
MMD@PEGSONLINE.COM


 
Termanology builds off Source buzz and releases first Street LP, Out The Gate, on January 31st 2006

December 14th, 2005

"I like TERMANOLOGY because he dedicates his rhyming ability with the
beats and these rappers nowadays have no clue, or respect for this
culture..." - DJ Premier (Gangstarr, Legendary Producer)

Termanology shows he could be a leader of the new school.- Source Magazine (Unsigned Hype)

Born & raised in Lawrence MA, a city 25 miles north of Boston, Termanology, now all of 23 years young, has been consumed with Hiphop and perfecting the craft of emceeing since the age of 15. Waving the Puerto Rican flag proudly, Term has spent the better part of the last two-years pounding the pavement from Boston to New York collaborating with artists such as Guru of Gangstarr, Mobb Deep, Royce Da 5'9, Nottz, Shells, J.R. Writer, Prospect & Tony Sunshine of Terror Squad, Joell Ortiz, Krumbsnatcha, Baby Paul and performing with the likes of 50 Cent, G-Unit, Fat Joe, Wu-Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Lil Scrappy, Fabolous, Chingy, Tego Calderon, Akon and Saigon.

Terms unrelenting grind includes releasing four mixtapes in the past year and a half including three volumes of Hood Politics and Terms first single, This Is Hip Hop has reached #3 on both the CMJ and Rapattack charts. Further, Term has been spun by renowned DJs such as Clinton Sparks, Green Lantern and Tim Westwood and received heavy rotation from Bostons biggest radio DJs Geespin & Chubby Chubb. And Terms mixtape favorites such as "Desert Eagle" w/Tony Sunshine, "55 DJs", and "22 Years" have shown up on dozens of CDs including DJs Big Mike, Absolut, Envy, DJ Premier, Kool Kid, Hot 97 Hits, P Cutta, Eclipse, Marley Marl, The Cornerstone and Statik Selektah.

Proving that hes primed to break out, Termanology is featured in the current issue of The Sources highly influential Unsigned Hype column (a column that has gained notoriety for highlighting the best up-and-coming artists) and so far in 2005 has been featured in major newspapers (Boston Globe), as a guest emcee on BET's 106&Park Freestyle Fridays and was recently profiled on Hiphopgame.com. While Termanology is currently working on his official debut and being courted by a host of major labels, he just put the finishing touches on a collaborative street LP, Out The Gate, with producer DC, which will be released on January 31st 2006. Out The Gate will be released via Terms own St. Records/Showoff imprint and will be exclusively distributed by Amalgam Entertainment, LLC."

With a budding buzz in New York, this Puerto Rican Massachusetts native is headed for the top; and it all starts with Out The Gate!

***** The mailout for Termanology & DCs Out The Gate is in the process of being accomplished now, so expect full copies of the LP in 1-2 weeks. In lieu of that, I have attached some audio streams for your convenience.

22 Years:
http://www.termanology.com/streams/22years.ram

The Anthem:
http://www.termanology.com/streams/TheAnthem.ram
Motion Picture:
http://www.termanology.com/streams/Motion_Picture.ram

This Is Hip-Hop:
http://www.termanology.com/streams/ThisIsHipHop.ram

****If youre kind enough to post any of these tracks anywhere please let me know.

Tracklisting and credits for Termanology & DCs Out The Gate:

1.) Statik Selektah Intro
2.) This Is Hip-Hop
3.) Motion Picture
4.) 22 Years
5.) Welcome 2 The Hood f/Krumbsnatcha & Hectic
6.) Out The Gate f/ ST Da Squad
7.) Brotherly Love f/ Ed Rock & Snuk
8.) Circle Of Life f/ Lee Wilson
9. ) When We Were Kids f/ Akrobatik & Jordan
10.) Baby f/ Lee Wilson
11.) My Life f/ L Da Headtoucha
12.) Ain't Gonna Be Rich 2 Ball f/ Shells & Snuk
13.) Mommy, Daddy, Grandma
14.) Never Be The Same f/ Ed Rock, Ghetto & Checkmark
15.) Takin You With Me
16.) Ain't Fuckin With This f/ Prospect (of Terror Squad)
17). Ready f/ Esoteric & Gutta
18.) P-N-C Outro
19.) The Anthem (bonus track)

* All tracks produced by DC The MIDI Alien, except #19 produced by DC & PT

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

http://www.myspace.com/therealtermanology
http://termanology.com/
www.movementmarketing.net


 
KIM OSORIO Presents RHYMES & WOMEN (RAW) MIXTAPE MAGAZINE

KIM OSORIO, former Editor In Chief for Source Magazine, brings to you:
RHYMES & WOMEN (RAW) Mixtape Magazine.

RAW drops monthly and will focus on both the hottest signed and
unsigned artists from around the country as well as in-depth articles, DJ
features, mixtape reviews, and cover stories.

RAW features interviews and centerfold pinup posters of the hottest
models and video chicks from around the country in every issue. This
issue features a 54 caramel honey straight out of Harlem, USA.

RAWs inaugural issue blasts off with a cover story on Dipset Capo and
Warner Bros exec Jim Jones. HOT 97s Miss Info gives you her views on
the 50 Cent/Game beef. And the one and only Kid Capri shares his
views on the state of Hip Hop today, the mixtape game, and the role of the
DJ.

Each issue of RAW contains a fully licensed Mixtape Album complete with
exclusive and original songs by signed and unsigned artists complete
with production by some of the hottest up and coming producers. This
months Mixtape Album is hosted by the Kid Capri and contains exclusive
songs by Jim Jones, Cassidy, Royce Da 59, and others that you wont hear
any place else except in RAW.

Rhymes, Women, Mixtapes, Interviews, Controversy, DJs, and more come
together in the all new RAW MIXTAPE MAGAZINE. Get yours today!

Big Dev
Konkrete Kaos Ent
www.redcafemusic.com
www.allertonburke.com - Web Design
RAW Magazine- Rhymes and Women- Mixtape Magazine

SALES, ADVERTISING, & INFO: info@rawmag.com


 
The Big Give Back Friday December 16th @ The Berkeley Cafe

21st Records presents: The Big Giveback @ The Berkeley Cafe, Friday
December
16th! This yearly event invites the hip hop supporters to give non
perishable foods, clothes, toys, and etc. to the needy. We will provide
a
truck courtesy of The Helping Hand mission of Raleigh, N.C. Make sure
you
come down and see and hear some of the best hip hop in the
triangle..and
give back to the community at the same time. For more information
contact
www.21strecords.com or www.berkeleycafe.com.

The Berkeley Cafe
217 W. Martin St
Raleigh, N.C. 919-821-0777
Doors open at 9pm
Showtime 11pm
admission $6...$1 off with food, clothes, toys, etc....

All donations are tax deductable


 
Maestro/Deejay Ra Encourage 'Tookie' Reading.

Wes 'Maestro' Williams (who played Tony Bogard in the "Redemption"
film) and Raoul 'Deejay Ra' Juneja were shown on the Canada's CityTV News
and CTV Newsnet the night of December 13th to speak about their support
of Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Stanley 'Tookie' Williams, and why
Tookie's books should be taught in Canadian schools and libraries.

A live 'Save Tookie Canada' radio vigil was also held with guest Deejay
Ra on Toronto campus radio station CHRY 105.5 FM in the hours leading
up to the execution, playing a variety of speech clips and 'Rap
Redemption' Tookie mixtape tribute songs including "Letter To Stanley" by
Muslim-Canadian rapper Imaan Faith, a single co-written and co-produced by
Deejay Ra.

In 2003 Barbara Becnel also arranged for actor Maestro, a rapper known
in the 90's as the founder of Canadian hip-hop, to speak personally to
Stanley 'Tookie' Williams when the "Redemption" movie starring Jamie
Foxx as Tookie and Lynn Whitfield as Barbara was being filmed in Toronto.
Maestro currently stars in a Canadian sitcom "Metropia" and has been
seen in many US films shot in Toronto such as "Conviction" with Omar Epps
(a movie in which Deejay Ra also made a cameo).

On the 2004 "Redemption" producer's commentary Ms. Becnel admits to
getting emotional whenever she sees Maestro's performance as Tony Bogard,
Tookie's former Crips lieutenant turned peace ambassador, since Tony
was killed shortly after negotiating the truce between Crips and Bloods
(known as "Hands Across Watts") thirteen years ago in 1992.

Tony Bogard's 1992 peace protocol work with Stanley 'Tookie' Williams
led to the gang homicide rate dropping from the 800 level to half that
rate in a few short years, specifically in South Central from 466 in
1992 to 223 by 1998. The LA Times reported that "police and residents of
Watts confirm that gang-on-gang slayings over emotional issues of turf
boundaries or gang clothing have virtually disappeared."

"It felt like angels were on the set while we filmed Tookie's movie in
Toronto," explains Maestro in his CTV interview. "It was a beautiful
thing to be involved, and I told Tookie I was proud to make my
contribution to his legacy - he's saved thousands and thousands of lives."

To view Deejay Ra and Maestro speaking about Tookie visit:

http://www.pulse24.com/News/Top_Story/20051212-009/page.asp

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20051208/tookie_clemency_051208/20051209/

_____________________________________
94.9 CHRW
519-661-3601
chrwradio.com


 
Multi-Platinum Super Producer Scott Storch Hires 5W Public Relations as Agency of Record

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- 5W Public Relations, the fastest growing PR agency in the US, announced today the addition of multi-platinum super producer Scott Storch to its growing roster of celebrity clientele in the Entertainment division. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Storch has no shortage of accolades. His chart sales have exceeded 150 million units and he is responsible for 12 Gold, 20 Platinum and 18 Multi-Platinum albums. He has most recently been Grammy nominated for Best Song on 50 Cent's smash single "Candy Shop." 5W will handle media outreach and branding for Storch.

Nicknamed the "Boss of Beats" due to his undeniable musical talents, Storch has propelled artists as diverse as Dr. Dre, Britney Spears, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, and Christina Aguilera into sales chart stratospheres. His resume reads like a Who's Who of Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop chart toppers. Over the past 5 years, Storch has had a hand, as either a musician, producer or songwriter, in a long list of mega songs recorded by the biggest names in the business which Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent, just to name a few.

"We are thrilled to be chosen by Scott Storch, who is one of the hottest forces in the music industry today," said Ronn Torossian, President & CEO of 5W Public Relations. "Due to our tremendous success in the entertainment arena for our current clients, we are confident we will succeed in taking Scott's respected career to the next level."

About 5W Public Relations

5W Public Relations (http://www.5wpr.com/ ), the nation's fastest growing independent PR firm, maintains practice areas specializing in technology, corporate, consumer, politics, crisis communications and public affairs. Described by a leading PR trade magazine as "aggressive in a way that clearly resonates with clients looking for a firm staffed with type A-plus personalities, a BS-free approach, and results from Day One," 5W's culture is aggressive, energetic, fast-paced and focused. The Company boasts a diversified client roster second to none, including: Fortune 100 mainstay EDS, NICE Systems, McDonald's, Evian Bottled Water, 500 store retail chain United Retail Group/Avenue Stores, Seagram's Coolers, Grolsch Beer, Russ Berrie & Company, multi-platinum recording artist Ciara, Twista, Lil' Kim, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group, NBA Star Jalen Rose, Sean John Boys, the Natural Colored Diamond Association, and a plethora of publicly traded technology companies, global interests, national corporations, high-profile individuals, regional businesses, government agencies and academic institutions. The agency was recently named "Boutique Agency of The Year" for 2005 by a leading PR trade magazine.

Press Contact: Christine Garabedian

212-999-5585

Source: 5W Public Relations

CONTACT: Christine Garabedian of 5W Public Relations, +1-212-999-5585

Web site: http://www.5wpr.com/


 
RMD Entertainment Group to Provide Entire Video and Music Catalogue to EWAN1

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Dec 14, 2005) --  RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced a Letter of Intent from eWAN1, Inc. (EWAN) to acquire a significant volume of music and video content for its growing library of quality entertainment for broadcast through its exclusive "Triple Play" set- top device that combines IPTV, VOIP, data and video capability.

Specializing in broadband network solutions including high-speed Internet access, data, gaming, voice and video services, EWAN utilizes the most advanced network design and architecture in the industry, based on building its telecommunications network "on top" of major metropolitan fiber optic interconnection points within class 'A' carrier facilities, and by incorporating the fastest, most reliable, redundant and scalable hardware available. At present, EWAN is the only midsize ISP offering "wire-speed" networking in every device, at every access point.

William J. Kettle, EWAN's CEO, said, "We will shortly begin broadcasting nationally to our customers who will be among the first to experience the EXPANDED choices, lower cost and new services we offer via high-speed broadband connection. Consumers will eventually receive the majority of their information and entertainment over the Internet, and we envision our 'Triple Play' device as the indispensable mode of choice. Quality music and video content such as that provided by RMD will be critical to our success."

Giorgio Costonis, CEO, of RMD Entertainment Group remarked, "As one of the leading producers and distributors of Hip Hop music entertainment, it is vital to our artists, as well as our company, to gain the maximum visibility for our product. Our association with EWAN provides national exposure to a new and virtually unlimited audience. In preparation for our key music releases in 2006, we continue to be aggressive in increasing our potential marketplace for all of our products on a global scale."

About RMD Entertainment Group

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

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

About Sciax Defense

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

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

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

Investor Relations
KBM Consulting, Inc.
Greg Weissman
516-498-9890
www.kbmworldwide.com


 
MTV Networks and Amp'd Mobile Announce Strategic Alliance to Deliver Mobile Entertainment Content to 3G Wireless Platforms

Amp'd to Feature Popular Programming from COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, mtvU, TV Land, Spike TV and Logo

Companies to Co-Develop Exclusive Original Content for Amp'd Mobile Subscribers

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks and Amp'd Mobile, the first mobile entertainment company created specifically to bring next-generation broadband wireless services and applications to young adults, today announced a strategic alliance that will combine Amp'd's innovative mobile platform with extensive content and marketing expertise from MTV Networks' world-renowned brands, including COMEDY CENTRAL, MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, mtvU, TV Land, Spike TV, Logo and iFILM.

The two companies will develop joint marketing and promotions across MTV Networks' brands and screens. Additionally, MTV Networks will make an investment in Amp'd and appoint Jason Hirschhorn, MTV Networks' Chief Digital Officer, to the Amp'd Board of Directors.

"When we began this company, partnering with MTV Networks was our #1 goal, not only because of their unrivaled understanding of today's young adults, but also because we share the same goal of delivering the most original and compelling content across the rapidly evolving wireless space," said Peter Adderton, CEO, Amp'd Mobile. "By adding the incredible breadth of content that only MTV Networks' brands can provide to our already stellar line-up of music, lifestyle, sports and gaming, we're confident that Amp'd Mobile will provide the best broadband mobile entertainment experience in the market. With MTV Networks' investment, we're also assured the ongoing involvement of the world's foremost youth culture experts. This is a big win for us."

Under the terms of the agreement, Amp'd Mobile will deliver video clips, ringtones, ringbacks, screensavers, wallpapers and more from MTV Networks' leading properties to its subscribers over its 3G broadband wireless platforms. Additionally, the two companies will collaborate on original made-for-mobile content created exclusively for Amp'd Mobile subscribers, including interviews, behind-the-scenes clips, and other short-form video programming. MTV Networks also is working with Amp'd to make URGE, MTV Networks' forthcoming digital music service, available to Amp'd subscribers.

"Our evocative short-form, music and entertainment programming is a driving force in youth culture," said Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music/Logo/Films Group. "With Amp'd's innovative service, today's youth will be able to interact with our cutting-edge content through the coolest, wireless entertainment service."

"Amp'd is a welcome addition to COMEDY CENTRAL's multiplatform strategy of delivering premium content anywhere, anytime," said Doug Herzog, President COMEDY CENTRAL. "We're excited to be in business with Amp'd, a company whose brand complements our viewers' attitudes, and we look forward to providing our viewers with another opportunity to personally connect with COMEDY CENTRAL and our content via Amp'd's wireless network."

"With its soon-to-be-legendary ease-of-use and state-of-the-art interface, Amp'd's new service will be the perfect soul mate to our vast libraries of content -- an unrivaled combination that will set the standard for mobile entertainment," Hirschhorn added.

Amp'd Mobile is set to launch limitedly online, exclusively at Ampdmobile.com, on December 15 with more extensive distribution announced by the end of the year.

About Amp'd Mobile

Amp'd Mobile will be the first integrated mobile entertainment company for youth, young professionals and early adopters. By leveraging the power of broadband wireless (EVDO), Amp'd will offer traditional services such as voice and text within a completely fresh user interface designed specifically for the "mobile graduate" and third-generation (3G) technology. With a myriad of customizable options to meet each person's individual needs, Amp'd will bring a more relevant, personal experience to wireless lifestyle with unique music, video, community, entertainment, sports and gaming offerings divided into various channels for quick and easy access. Launching in late 2005, more information can be found at www.ampdmobile.com.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services. All of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 80 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.

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Melody Brue Parette, Amp'd/LPI Communications, +1-858-793-1079;
Matt Hutchison, MTV Networks Music/LOGO/Film Group, +1-212-846-8052; David
Bittler, MTV Networks Corporate Communications, +1-212-846-5263

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


 
MusicGremlin Unveils Direct-to-Device Digital Music Service, Wireless Digital Audio Player

Company Completes Fully Integrated Platform for Secure, Legal Wireless Distribution of Digital Music

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MusicGremlin, Inc., today announced that its groundbreaking wireless digital audio player and integrated music store will debut during the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 5-8, 2006.

MusicGremlin is launching a WiFi digital audio player pre-loaded with an embedded direct-to-device content service. The first of its kind, MusicGremlin's integrated offering allows a user to acquire and wirelessly share digital music from the palm of their hand. Users will be able to download music from a catalog over two million available songs over-the-air and on-demand. MusicGremlin branded players will be available for sale to the public during the first quarter of 2006.

"MusicGremlin is redefining portable audio," said Robert Khedouri, co- founder, MusicGremlin. "By developing a licensed digital music service together with our wireless player, MusicGremlin ensures a seamless and reliable experience for end users who want to download music to their portable devices. MusicGremlin makes it easy."

With a MusicGremlin device, users can download music anywhere they can connect to an available WiFi network. The device's WiFi manager scans and connects to available networks in the background, without interrupting a user's listening experience. Even when not connected, users can browse and purchase new music, which is then delivered to their device the next time they connect.

"IDC forecasts that the combined portable flash and jukebox MP3 player market will exceed 157 million shipments worldwide in 2009, and a key market driver will be the availability of easy-to-access sources of compatible music content," said Susan Kevorkian, Program Manager, IDC Consumer Markets. "By integrating wireless access into portable devices and combining these products with online services, vendors can reach out to consumers in new ways by offering greater flexibility in finding and acquiring music."

MusicGremlin Direct(TM) -- A Record Store in Your Pocket(TM)

The MusicGremlin player gives users access to more than two million songs from the MusicGremlin Direct service. MusicGremlin Direct offers consumers the option to subscribe to an unlimited "all-you-can-eat" monthly subscription service or to purchase downloads "a la carte" for permanent ownership. Customers can also purchase and download music and manage their accounts through a Web-based version of the service that can be accessed through a PC. Built through a partnership with MusicNet, the world's leading business-to- business digital music service provider, MusicGremlin Direct includes content from all four major and 25,000 independent labels.

"MusicGremlin's unique platform gives consumers the freedom to go about their daily lives without compromising their access to today's hottest music," said Alan McGlade, President and CEO of MusicNet. "Imagine standing in line at a store during your holiday shopping and being able to download and listen to an entire album and share it with your friends while you wait. That's how easy it will be."

MusicGremlin Direct subscribers also gain access to MusicGremlin's proprietary Gremlist(TM) service, which provides users with added convenience by offering pre-programmed, commercial-free music playlists which are automatically pushed to their devices as part of their subscription service. This no-hassle feature allows users to regularly get fresh content on their devices with no additional effort.

Connecting Music Lovers Like Never Before

The MusicGremlin player wirelessly connects to other MusicGremlin-enabled players, either locally or over the Internet, creating the first-ever portable music community. With permission, users can browse music collections of other users, and, if subscribers, can download desired songs.

"For music enthusiasts this is a dream come true," said Jonathan Axelrod, co-founder, MusicGremlin. "Peer recommendation has always been a key part of how music fans learn about new music. By letting users connect to each other and share music directly from their portable players, MusicGremlin adds a whole new dimension to today's digital music experience."

Immediate Licensing and Availability for OEMs

MusicGremlin's production-ready hardware reference design and embedded software solution is also immediately available for licensing to consumer electronics partners. The technology has been developed to allow partners to easily integrate MusicGremlin's innovative features into their own product lines across a variety of device classes, including portable digital media players, home audio devices, and next-generation mobile phones. Qualified OEMs should contact the company for additional information and to schedule an appointment with a MusicGremlin representative during the Consumer Electronics Show.

About MusicGremlin, Inc.

Based in New York City, MusicGremlin, Inc. has created device-based software technology that connects to its proprietary digital music store, providing consumers with the next generation of benefits promised by digital music. MusicGremlin's powerful combination of device software and secure digital content distribution allows users to discover, purchase, manage, control and legally share their digital music collections directly from their digital audio players-wirelessly and without requiring a PC. MusicGremlin's patent-pending technology allows devices to access the MusicGremlin Direct(TM) music service and download tracks directly to MusicGremlin-compatible consumer electronics devices using wireless high-speed networks. MusicGremlin's end-to- end system benefits content owners by providing a secure and exciting new distribution channel, and MusicGremlin's device technology benefits consumer electronics partners by providing next-generation functionality to their digital audio products. For more information, visit http://www.musicgremlin.com/

MusicGremlin(TM), MusicGremlin Direct (TM) and the record store in your pocket(TM) are trademarks of MusicGremlin, Inc.

Source: MusicGremlin, Inc.

CONTACT: Karen J. Novak for MusicGremlin, Inc., +1-212-431-0703,
knovak@musicgremlin.com

Web site: http://www.musicgremlin.com/
http://cesweb.org/default_flash.asp


12/14/2005

 
1st Unified Memphis Artists Assoc. Benefit Concert & Awards Show Brings Together Pioneers of Memphis Rap

& Brings Hope For The Holidays To Needy Families

Unified Memphis Artist Association is holding it's first fundraiser and awards show "Hope For The Holidays" organized by UMAA founder Jackson Brown and former Blackgroud Records Executive. The event will be honoring those such as Eightball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Jazze Pha, Al Kapone (music producer Hustle & Flow), Yo Gotti and more.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- In an effort to support families during the holiday season and also to honor the legendary pioneers of the Memphis Rap/Hip-Hop scene, Unified Memphis Artist Association is holding it's first fundraiser and awards show "Hope For The Holidays". Founder Jackson Brown and former Blackgroud Records Executive stated, "The main concept of the Unified Memphis Artist Association for it's first project is to get artists together and to get also the artists themselves, businesses and even other families to sponsor a family in need during the holidays. We're trying to help at least 50 families and possibly more. Anyone can sponsor a family just by either calling the radio stations and letting them know or just by calling me".

The event will be honoring those such as Eightball & MJG, Three 6 Mafia, Jazze Pha, Ray The J, Freakmaster, and many others. There will also be performances by the legendary "Scarface" Al Kapone (Hustle and Flow music producer "Whoop That Trick"), Gangsta Boo (formerly of Three 6 Mafia, Mista Ian, Shane Gutta (Cash Money Records), DJ Squeeky and more.

The UMA Benefit Concert and Awards Show will be held at the Plush Club located at 380 Beale St. Memphis, TN (Downtown) on December 16, 2005 at 8:00 PM and doors open at 7:00PM.

For more information log on at: http://www.memphisrap.com.

About Unified Memphis Artist Association
Unified Memphis Artists Association was founded by radio personality and former Blackground Records Executive Jackson Brown in 2005. Unified Memphis Artists Association concept is to get music professional and local artists together to give back to the community.

Event/VIP info:
Jackson Brown
901-230-0902

MemphisRap.com
media[at]memphisrap.com
901-789-4643
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D Smith
MEMPHISRAP.COM
http://www.memphisrap.com/
9017894643


 
Reggaeton Nation Claims The Number One Spot In The Mobile Space

- Exclusive Reggaeton and Latin Hip-Hop mobile content via The Nickels Group -

/24-7PressRelease/ - MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, December 14, 2005 - From Chile to the United States, The Nickels Group brings Reggaeton Nation to the epicentre of two emerging trends: Mobile distribution and the exploding musical genre, Reggaeton. Reggaeton Nation, the cult Reggaeton and Latin hip hop brand founded in 2004, has struck numerous deals to provide its fans with mobile phone truetones, wallpapers, ringbacks, video tones and videos of its artists. The content, including material from all the major Reggaeton stars from Cuban Link, The Co-Stars, and Bimbo plus new star Miky Bad Boy will launch on a global basis via a digital rights management deal arranged by Daryl " Dogman" Young and Jonas Hudson (aka "The Kings of Rings"), co-founders of the digital entertainment production house, The Nickels Group, through leading mobile distributors in over 20 countries and over 200 mobile web and wap sites.

Reggaeton Nation has introduced Latin content to the Mobile space and has secured distribution on over 30 carrier decks spread across North, Central and South America including Sprint, Nextel, Telcel (Mexico), and others. The Reggaeton Nation global reach touches over 850 million mobile phone users. Reggaeton Nation offers traditional ringtones, ringbacks and other audio content from artists such as Cuban Link, Bimbo, Miky Bad Boy and other Reggaeton and Latin Hip Hop giants. Other content offerings include mobile episodes that feature exclusive interviews with today's entire roster of top Reggaeton and Latino hip hop stars plus tomorrows up and coming artists.

Reggaeton Nation has a network of DJs and film crews that obtain exclusive interviews with all the major superstars in the Reggaeton and Latin Hip Hop music scene. Hip hop superstar R. Luna, MTV sensation Cuban Link, Reggaeton producing superstars The Co-Stars, and international sensation Miky Bad Boy are some the big names that have participated in making Reggaton Nation the trusted brand when it comes to Reggaeton and Latin Hip Hop content.

Jonas and Daryl confirm: "With Reggaeton Nation, we have created a digital distribution channel for a tremendous amount of timely Latin material with original and exclusive content produced for the mobile space. This should prove to be a real draw for Reggaeton and Latin hip hop enthusiasts, The demand is enormous."

About Reggaeton Nation
Reggaeton Nation supports the emerging Latino culture in the US. With Latinos representing the fastest growing portion of the population, Reggaeton Nation hopes to expand Reggaeton's audience outside the major cities and Latino audience. Through Reggaeton Nation's Brew application and mobile platforms, top artists are able to spread their message to the fastest growing distribution segment in the world - The Mobile user. As its popularity continues to grow steadily, Reggaeton Nation mobile will act as a necessary outlet for upcoming artists to stimulate the forefront of the "Urban" Latin America.

About The Nickels Group

The Nickels Group is a consortium of film, music and event producers who produce and acquire traditional and mobile/online content. They have created alliances with celebrities, filmmakers, musicians and athletes to provide unique and entertaining content for all global mediums from digital distribution to major theatrical film releases.
The Nickels Group mobile distribution reaches nearly 850 million users worldwide and has distribution deals with Vodafone (Aus), Sprint (US), Telcel (Mexico), Vodafone (UK), Teljoy (South Africa), and others.
Current Nickels Group projects include the feature documentary film "Reggaeton Nation: Volume 1 - Cuba" and the first Reggaeton based feature narrative "Spin" (currently in Post-Production) Plus, the hottest Reggaeton compilation entitled "Reggaeton Nation compilation CD - Stars of 2006 Vol.1"

The Nickels Group is a consortium of film, music and event producers who produce and acquire traditional and mobile/online content. They have created alliances with celebrities, filmmakers, musicians and athletes to provide unique and entertaining content for all global mediums from digital distribution to major theatrical film releases.
The Nickels Group mobile distribution reaches nearly 850 million users worldwide and has distribution deals with Vodafone (Aus), Sprint (US), Telcel (Mexico), Vodafone (UK), Teljoy (South Africa), and others.
Current Nickels Group projects include the feature documentary film "Reggaeton Nation: Volume 1 - Cuba" and the first Reggaeton based feature narrative "Spin" (currently in Post-Production) Plus, the hottest Reggaeton compilation entitled "Reggaeton Nation compilation CD - Stars of 2006 Vol.1"
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Press Release Contact Information:
Jonas Hudson
The Nickels Group, Inc.
CEO
1601 Sepulveda Blvd. #752
Manhattan Beach, CA
United States 90266
Voice: 310-200-4570
Fax: 310.496.0528
E-Mail: info@thenickelsgroup.com


 
Playa Rabbit Second "Street Album" Strictly Business to Release January 24th

Playas Dream Entertainment's C.E.O. Playa Rabbit is set to release his Second Independant album. This Texas artist has relly used networking to become a well known independant Rap Artist.

Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Rap Artist Playa Rabbit is set to release what he call's his best work yet, "Strictly Business", the new album set date for January 24th from the Fort Worth "Indie" Label Run by Playa Rabbit.

Playa Rabbit has had A phenominal year with his website banner popping up everywhere , colaboration's with various artist, new Independant Label and his buzz getting bigger he's one of Fort Worth's premier Artist.

His presence on http://www.myspace.com/playarabbit has been felt with 3663 profile views since Late October He's becoming A well known artist, Since November 1st, the first new single "It's Time Again" has been played on myspace 635 times already and 3258 total song plays. He's been at a constant buzz with yahoo group's and now has 4181 member's and over 35,000 hits since June 9th 2003 http://groups.yahoo.com/group/playarabbit

He currently has over 6600 hit's on his website and is self-promoting throught his ability to network with other companies, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the Hottest Artist out of Fort Worth, Texas,

The album features hometown production with Rebel Alliance, Cooly Coo of Druma Boy Productions, to name A few and features A cast of artist Who outshine with equal amout's of talent it's no wonder why Playa Rabbit belives this to be his best work.

Establishing A audience with his first solo effort "Rhyme And Poetry" and Mixtape "Strictly Business (the Prequal)" He fill's the Texas independant market is wide open for artist to make a good living with enough exposure.

Exposure Magazine ( http://www.exposuremag.net ) posted him in thier Artist spotlight due to his unique combination of his sound and buzz

Other Magazines are currently interviewing him, it's no wonder if he is ready to be recognized for his talent's, when asked what he thought he replied "Hey man i'm just happy to be here, but if I can do what i'm doing and help my family then I'm gonna be in the music business as long as I can".

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Rodney Warren
PLAYAS DREAM ENTERTAINMENT
http://www.playarabbit.com/
817-451-5790


 
Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter II' Scores Huge Breakthrough: Debuts #2 on Top Albums Chart

Acclaimed Disc Marks the Biggest-Selling Debut in Cash Money Records' History

Sizzling Debut Comes on Heels of Wayne's First Ever Grammy Nomination for Destiny's Child/ T.I. Collaboration, 'Soldier'

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Cash Money Records' hottest rising superstar, Lil Wayne, scores a breakthrough debut this week on Billboard's Top 100 Albums chart, coming in at #2 with his new album, Tha Carter II. The New Orleans native's critically-acclaimed CD comes right behind Eminem, and ahead of several other top tier album releases such as Korn, Ja Rule, Tori Amos and others. Lil Wayne's astonishing debut is Cash Money Records' biggest-selling debut in the hip-hop dynasty's history. Although the label boasts many top- selling artists and achieved many multi-platinum successes, this current accomplishment re-affirms Cash Money's continued prominence within the music world.

"This truly is an historic moment for Lil Wayne and the entire Cash Money family," stated Cash Money co-founder Ronald 'Slim' Williams. "This album shows his growth as a young man and artist. He's changing the game from top to bottom and this is just the beginning for him." Ronald's brother, and Cash Money co-CEO, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, added. "He's like a son to me, so I'm proud of him. This isn't just a big win for him and the label, he delivered big time for New Orleans as well," says Bryan Williams.

The stunning debut of Tha Carter II comes on the heels of Lil Wayne's first ever Grammy nomination in the "Best Rap/Sung Collaboration" category for his work with Destiny's Child and T.I. The album continues to garner outstanding reviews: The LA Times describing the album as "explosive" and "poetic;" The New York Times raves "Lil Wayne's voice, like his flow keeps getting better;" and USA Today praises Wayne's "sharper-than-usual production and more diverse than ever lyricism."

The lead single, "Fireman," from Tha Carter II has been burning up the radio charts, and the video remains a Top 10 staple on MTV2 and BET. Along with Tha Carter II, Cash Money/Universal Records has also simultaneously released a deluxe package of Tha Carter II which contains the new CD and a chopped and screwed versions 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, who was born and raised in the infamous poverty-stricken section of New Orleans' 17th Ward, has become an inspiring symbol of the crescent city's tenacity, beginning with his rise to stardom in 1995. Lil Wayne was only 12 when he made his debut on his former label mates' B.G's True Story CD. Success with the group Hot Boys followed, featuring 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. His first solo album, 1999's Tha Block Is Hot achieved platinum status. He released Lights Out in 2000, 500 Degreez in 2002 and his touchstone album, 2004's gold certified, Tha Carter, which featured the hit single "Go DJ."

Cash Money was launched in 1991, with the Williams Brothers creating the New Orleans based company that would eventually become a national phenomenon. In 1997 the label inked a breakthrough deal with Universal Records, making the Cash Money moniker synonymous with platinum selling artists and ground breaking entrepreneurship. The hip hop empire has sold more than 25 million records since their inception, claiming an explosive array of artists from Juvenile, to Lil Wayne, to Big Tymers, Hot Boys and Teena Marie, whose new album Sapphire is due out in the spring of 2006.

Source: Universal Records

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

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


 
Premiumbeat.com Launches Its New Royalty Free Music Library

Premiumbeat.com, a new provider of high quality royalty-free music, announced today that their online service is now in full operation. Premiumbeat.com offers music for new media and traditional productions. All music files are downloadable instantly.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Web designers, Flash animation agencies, computer games developers, video artists and many others are often looking for good music. They want to find it rapidly and download it to their desktop immediately because they work at the speed of the Internet. Now Premiumbeat.com (http://www.premiumbeat.com) has launched a service that provides what they need.

Ive been a Flash developer for 8 years and Im always on the lookout for music myself, says Francois Arbour, one of the partner at Premiumbeat.com. So I decided to not only create a music library that would entirely meet my needs, but to also provide the same service to everyone else doing the same kind of work.

According to the Computer Industry Almanach, the worldwide number of Internet broadband subscribers will surpass 215 million in 2005up from less than 5M in 1999, and 67M in 2002. Worldwide broadband Internet subscribers are forecasted to reach 500M by the end of 2010. This market has created an explosion of rich media productions. Companies are now demanding music enriched websites, and advertising and e-learning tools to serve a growing clientele. Music is being integrated at every step.

Nobody wants to go through endless pages of music files to find what they want. Premiumbeat.com offers a user-friendly system that makes it an easy proposition. The feedback from players in the industry has been excellent says Francois. People appreciate our advanced search capability. They say they are finding what they need easily and quickly. Visitors also like the relaxed feeling of the website. Our goal was to provide a focused commercial capability in a comfortable, lounge-like environment, and people are telling us that weve succeeded.

Premiumbeat.com, a royalty-free music library, is the property of Franois Arbour and Gilles Arbour. Franois Arbour, an award-winning Macromedia certified Flash Developer, has been working in the multi-media industry for the last 8 years. Gilles Arbour has trained thousands of people in sales and marketing during the last 20 years. Both have seen, over and over, that music makes an enormous difference in a presentation, because it moves people to action. For additional information go to: http://www.premiumbeat.com

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Gilles Arbour
PREMIUMBEAT.COM
http://www.premiumbeat.com/
450-446-5041


 
Tradebit.com Adds Digital Music Download Channel

Users can search and download over 700,000 MP3 songs from a wide variety of genres legally and can buy and download MP3 music without any subscription or registration. Artists can upload tracks for a flat monthly fee.

(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) December 14, 2005 -- Today Tradebit.com, a digital goods sales platform based in Delaware, went live with a new music sales service for independent musicians on http://music.tradebit.com/. Tradebit is revolutionary, offering advantages to buyers and sellers. Buyers can pay for downloaded music on a per track basis. Artists can place their tracks on the site for a flat fee each month, and Tradebit has already licensed CD Babys digital distribution catalog.

Tradebit.com was established in January 2005 to offer anyone a chance to sell a variety of digital goods using the PayPal payment methods. The site now contains all kinds of software programs, documents and templates, pictures, and programmer and developer tools.

By negotiating a licensing deal with Portland, Oregon's CDbaby.com, Tradebit.com is able to initially offer over 700,000 songs for 99-cents each. Songs cover a wide range of genres from alternative rock and pop to classical and bluegrass.

Buyers can instantly download songs to iPods or other MP3 players and begin a journey of discovery into some of the best, but little known, music being made today.

In an interview, Ralf Schwoebel, the German CEO of the company said, "I think people enjoy the fact that they can buy and instantly download files without any memberships or registrations."

By using PayPal on Tradebit.com, US merchants can sell products for less than 1 US$ and keep 90% of the revenue. Tradebit charges a monthly flat fee for a set amount of server space from 40 MB to 5 GB. New users qualify for a seven day free trial. Artists can upload graphics and comments to illustrate and describe their musical tracks.

Over the past 10 months, over 3,000 merchants joined the Tradebit.com platform. The products range from statistic documents about weddings or blog usage, web page templates and graphics to sound, and movies.

About Tradebit Inc.
Tradebit.com started at the end of 2004 and is a Delaware registered incorporation. The company is 100% privately held by Ralf Schwoebel, a 32 year old German businessman and Linux evangelist.

For further information see: http://www.tradebit.com/

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Ralf Schwoebel
URL-Services e.K.
+49-6123-60166


 
Music downloads on Broadjam.com, Leading Underground and Indie Music Site Opens Online Music Store

Broadjam.com, one of the worlds largest websites serving unsigned musicians, now sells music downloads. The companys net payout to artists is among the highest on the Web. Broadjam also offers turnkey websites, song contests and reviews, and services for musicians and the music industry.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Underground and indie music fans just gained a huge new source for downloadable music.

Broadjam.com, one of the worlds largest websites serving unsigned musicians, has now empowered fans to purchase original music. And the companys payout to artists is among the highest on the Web.

Broadjam.com is currently home to over 40,000 artist members, and 170,000 songs have already been uploaded to the popular site.

One feature that makes Broadjam appealing for fans is its search capability, which is very easy to use and can be extremely targeted. Dozens of search fields include genre, mood, lyrics, subject matter, tempo, and geography. And music lovers can browse over 175 Top 10 charts to audition the highest rated songs.

Broadjam also has a song review system that enables listeners to evaluate and give specific feedback about music, selecting songs by favorite genres or sampling the whole collection at random. Reviewers can have a voice about everything from lyrics to arrangements; results from reviews feed into the Broadjam Top 10 charts.

Downloads are priced at 99 cents, with a net payout to artists of 80 cents, one of the highest in the industry. Artists do not earn what they should under the old way of doing business, stated Broadjam CEO and founder Roy Elkins. And we believe that the kinds of fans who love indie and underground music will also love supporting those artists directly.

Broadjam operates one of the world's largest web communities focused on music. In addition to download sales and song reviews, the company offers turnkey websites, song contests, and services for musicians and the music industry.

To learn more about Broadjam music downloads, please visit www.broadjam.com.

About Broadjam Inc.

Broadjam Inc. provides web-based technology, software and services for music fans, the music industry and independent musicians around the world. The company operates one of the world's largest web communities for musicians and hosts a massive online database of searchable independent music. Broadjam.com also offers artist services such as turnkey website hosting and desktop promotional tools. The Broadjam Pro Services group designs and builds custom technology for music industry clients such as Warner/Chappell, Academy of Country Music, Peavey, Yamaha and others.

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Stephanie Elkins
BROADJAM INC.
http://www.broadjam.com/
608-271-3633


 
Mercora Introduces New Self-Service Music-Centric Advertising Program -- MadWords

A powerful new, highly-targeted music-centric advertising medium called MadWords will be available next week by Mercora. The first targeted self-service advertising framework for music, Mercora brings the efficiency of search advertising to music and audio. A simple fill in the blanks interface is all it takes to start advertising on Mercora MadWords to reach consumers that are predisposed to buy. The interactive MadWords service allows advertisers to create, target, test, deploy, and measure results.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Mercora Inc., developer of the innovative music search network, today launched the beta version of its new Mercora MadWords, the first targeted self-service advertising framework for music. Advertisers can test drive this new program by visiting http://www.mercora.com/madwords. It lets advertisers choose music keywords such as genre, artist or band names, and similar or related artists, so that relevant advertisements are displayed while users perform searches or listen to music on the Mercora Network.

The Mercora MadWords program is aimed at anyone interested in advertising to a primarily young, broadband-connected audience (more than 65% of Mercora users are between the ages of 18 and 35). The October, 2005 Pew Research study, Digital Divisions, calls this group the highly wired broadband elite, which makes up 33% of all US Internet users. Mercora MadWords should instantly appeal to a broad range of advertisers, including the following:

- Promoters of music either music labels that want to contextually promote new releases, or artists and bands that want to promote their own work and build their fan base;
- Retailers of music such as online and terrestrial CD stores, specialty music stores, and digital download and subscriptions services;
- Concert and event promoters who can very specifically target their offerings to consumers;
- Consumer electronics equipment manufacturers and retailers that want to promote and sell devices such as portable music players, cell phones, and audio accessories to a young, wired, and tech savvy consumer base; and
- Manufacturers and retailers of musical instruments and audio equipment to people who are active consumers of music.

Mercora has created a fast growing network for people to search, listen and discover music for free, said Srivats Sampath, president and CEO, Mercora. Mercora MadWords now gives advertisers a chance to serve focused and targeted advertising that is both relevant and in context with the music discovery experience.

How Mercora MadWords Works

Mercora MadWords provides advertisers with a simple and flexible self-serve mechanism. Specifically, the system enables advertisers to do the following:
- Create, target, deploy, and measure their music keyword-based advertisements placed on the Mercora Network. Advertisers can start with a minimum budget of $5. Anyone can try the system at: http://www.mercora.com/madwords;
- Target advertisements based on keywords such as music genres and artist names;
- Deploy Google-style text ads, in-line ads or graphical ads that are presented to the user in the context of a music search or when they are listening to the music; and
- Measure results on a Targeted CPM basis (TCPM), which delivers highly contextual search placement without the risk of click fraud.

Focused and Active User Base for Advertising

Mercoras music search and user-contributed music discovery network has grown into the largest catalog of music on the Internet, with over 3 million unique tracks and over 50,000 channels of music available at any time. Mercoras user base exceeds two million downloaded clients, 85% of whom are broadband users, over 90% have made a product purchase online in the last six months, and more than 65% are between the age of eighteen and thirty five. These users like to consume music in both a lean back and lean forward manner where they can apply the familiar search and find metaphor of the Internet to music discovery and enjoyment. By providing a highly immersive experience, Mercora has the average user logged in daily for more than three hours and twenty minutes, and spending approximately 43 minutes listening to music every day.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing by TCPM is based on a variety of parameters. Advertisers are given an automatic price quote online immediately when they choose the type of ad they wish to run, the number of impressions they want to obtain, and the degree of targeting they wish to engage. Introductory pricing starts at $2/TCPM.

About Mercora, Inc.
Mercora's mission is to catalog and organize the world's music and audio content and make it universally searchable and legally listenable for everyone. Mercora (www.mercora.com) is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA.

Media Contact:
Paula Dunne, Contos Dunne Communications for Mercora
1.408.776.1400 office; 1.408.893.8750 mobile


 
StreetandIndustry.com Intends To Turn World Of Hip-Hop, R&B Music, and Urban/Black Talk-Radio Inside Out

Today marks the debut of StreetandIndustry.com, the brand new website that takes the general public, entertainment, business and cultural media deep inside the underexplored world of Urban music, and Black talk radio. Focusing on Hip-Hop and R&B record labels, Urban music and Black talk radio format stations - on AM, FM and satellite radio - StreetandIndustry.com breaks news heard first and only on the streets, and Wall Street; analyzes radio ratings, record sales and spins; and removes the veil that hides who brokers power, what's next in popular demand, and how business models and politics collide in the world of music and broadcasting.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- Today marks the debut of StreetandIndustry.com, the brand new website that takes the general public, entertainment, business and cultural media deep inside the underexplored world of Urban music, and Black talk radio. Focusing on Hip-Hop and R&B record labels, Urban music and Black talk radio format stations - on AM, FM and satellite radio - StreetandIndustry.com breaks news heard first and only on the streets, and Wall Street; analyzes radio ratings, record sales and spins; and removes the veil that hides who brokers power, what's next in popular demand, and how business models and politics collide in the world of music and broadcasting.

The debut issue features: The Soundscan/BDS-Mediabase War; Jay-Z's Briefing Book; The 'Unknown' Connection Between Lobbyists, Record Labels and Broadcasting Companies; The Inside Story On Rev. Al Sharpton's Negotiations With Clear Channel, XM, and Radio One; and more...

About: Street and Industry is a music industry and radio business information and opportunity match-making company founded by experienced music, media, and radio professionals and entrepreneurs, to serve and inform the general public, aspiring artists, media outlets and individuals working within the entertainment and broadcasting businesses.

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Street Industry
StreetandIndustry.com
http://www.streetandindustry.com/
609-977-8417


 
FUBU Co-Founders Keith Perrin and Damon John Answer All The Public's Questions

FUBU Co-Founders Keith Perrin and Damon John started Hip Hop Music's biggest fashion trend known to date. And while the streets are buzzing about how the line is on a demise, the owners worked an exclusive deal with URB1 Magazine to explain what's really going on.

(PRWEB) December 14, 2005 -- With only a year of success, URB1 Magazine has changed Hip Hop Fashion in many ways, predicting coming trends and lending a source of public views to designers both major and upcoming. For URB1 Mag's fifth and end of the year issue, it's going to be a stunning cover story that many would ask questions about.

"Yes, URB1 Magazine has been trying to get with the founders of FUBU for maybe a year now. After meeting co-founder Keith Perrin out in Las Vegas during the MAGIC Fashion Convention, he gave URB1 Magazine a chance to call him in New York, and Hip Hop Fashion History has been made now," said Rodrick Rainey, founder of URB1.COM and co-founder of URB1 Magazine.

URB1 Magazine promises this is one of the most intriguing interviews of the year in Hip-Hop culture, period. The cover story, an interview with FUBU co-founders Keith Perrin and Damon John, features information every Urban, Hip Hop, and general fashion entreprenuer should read and use as a reference for their future.

Going in depth about how FUBU started the interview also gives their education backgrounds, what they've used to understand the fashion business, how they've maintained a stronghold in fashion internationally, and much more that can help people see into what they are doing today.

"Financially, we are at this moment the number one brand in Korea and the number one streetwear brand in France. We have stores in South Africa and in Japan," is a response from Damon John to one question that surprised URB1 Magazine's staff members hosting the live interview.

"People don't properly recognize what FUBU did for Urban and Hip Hop fashion and music. Nor how big of a fashion trend they created. Even crazier, people think FUBU has declined in worth, while fact of the matter, from the owner's mouth, they are doing great sales annually and grown greatly in popularity internationally. There's much to be learned from Perrin and Johns. The knowledge they are passing is what URB1 is about. Educating, entertaining, and influencing trends as well as ambitions," said URB1 Magazine's co-founder in post-event comments.

Other features in URB1 Magazine's #5, Holiday issue includes Young Jeezy's coming clothing line USDA and what's been going on nationally with the "snowman tee", Tyra Banks retirement from modeling, the NBA's fashion requirements of players, and more.

Those interested can subscribe to URB1 Magazine at URB1MAG.COM or request the magazine at their local Hip Hop clothing retailer.

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Shawndrea Oliver
URB1 Magazine
http://www.urb1mag.com/
212.937.7789


 
RISE UP! A Benefit for the GuluWalk

December 14, 2005

On Saturday, January 14, 2006, Torontos hip hop community will be coming together at the Drake Hotel to bring awareness and raise funds for GuluWalk. This campaign was created to bring attention to and create support for the children of northern Uganda, who are caught in a civil war that has been ravaging the country and its people for over 19 years.

The roster for this monumental evening will include Toronto favourites; BrassMunk, Citizen Kane, Mathematik; as well as DJs Starting from Scratch (Flow 93.5), P-Plus (Real Frequency), Son of S.O.U.L., DJ Linx, Taktiks, Seven:30 and Big Jacks of CKLNs Mixtape Massacre show; as well as some special guests to be announced shortly. These artists have joined forces to make this night possible, with the intention of bringing international attention to this cause, and generating funds for programs working on the ground in northern Uganda.

We are looking for support from our community in order to make this event a success. As a prominent member of the media, coverage in your programming and publications will have a tremendous impact on our efforts to bring attention to this worthy cause. The artists and organizers of Rise Up! are available for comments and interviews, and would greatly appreciate your assistance and interest in this campaign. As well, P.S.A.s for this event are available in audio and print formats. Your generous contribution of airtime or space in your publications for these announcements would greatly benefit this cause.

GuluWalk has captured the attention of the international community and caused the worlds citizens, politicians and media to take action. Rise Up! will be no exception. We are in a position to make a positive impact the lives of each and every one of the children and families who are affected by these conditions every day. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in telling their story.

For more information about the history and the future of the GuluWalk and the situation in northern Uganda, visit www.GuluWalk.com. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please contact Bryce Seefieldt, seven30@gmail.com, to further discuss what you see as possible for your support of this event. Feel free to forward this information to any colleagues and friends who might also be interested in helping us bring attention to this situation.
A Call for Action

U.N. Under-Secretary General of Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland has called the situation in northern Uganda the worlds most neglected humanitarian crisis and one of the biggest scandals of our generation.
The war in northern Uganda has been ravaging its people for nearly 20 years and has gone largely unnoticed by the mainstream media and the general public. Over 20,000 children have been abducted by the rebel-led LRA to be used as soldiers and sex slaves, over 90% of Acholi people have been displaced in camps that offer neither security nor basic provisions. This war has paralyzed an entire nation with fear, forever altering families, cultural traditions and way of life for an entire generation.

The Night Commuters

Children are lucrative resources for the LRA rebels. The atrocities committed against these children are impossible to imagine: in captivity children as young as seven years old are tortured, beaten and raped. They are then forced to become rebel soldiers, sexual slaves, porters and labourers. Some are forced to kill, maim, beat or abduct innocent victims, including family members and neighbours, or to look on as these abuses are committed. Girls are used as domestic servants or forced into sexual slavery as LRA commanders wives. They are subject to rape, unwanted pregnancy and the risk of infection, including HIV/AIDS.

Child abduction is clearly a major security concern for northern Uganda. Desperately afraid of abduction, vulnerable children as young as four years old will walk from their homes or displacement camp to a large urban centre every night.

These night commuters travel as far as 20km on a daily basis without any adult supervision, subjecting them to a wide range of violence. They gather in schools, hospitals, district offices and NGO compounds - wherever they believe they can spend the night in safety. They settle to sleep in the open, where they are often abused and exploited.

This temporary night displacement has destroyed family and cultural roles, and has deprived an entire generation of children from a primary education. At the peak of the conflict, the UN estimated the number of night commuters in Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts to be 40,000.

For more information please visit www.GuluWalk.com


 
A HIP-HOP UNION MADE IN HEAVEN

Popular, FREE online Hip-Hop entertainment magazine, Grind Mode Magazine (www.grindmodemag.com) & its sister Hip-Hop website, Grind-Mode.Com (www.grind-mode.com) team up in a POWERFUL urban RE-LAUNCH

Grind Mode Magazinemade just like a print publication & Grind-Mode.com unite to give those interested in the urban entertainment genre, everything they need in one collective unit...

New Jersey, December 13, 2005: Grind Mode Magazine housed at www.grindmodemag.com and Grind-Mode.com have taken an effortless vow over the years in uniting the mainstream music industry, underground and DJ Sector, while restoring the urban culture back to its essence.

Starting out in 2003, Grind-Mode.com (www.grind-mode.com) and Grind Mode Magazine have paved the way for many underground artists, and have been a consistent viable resource for those aspiring to achieve greatness in the music business, while still making sure that they also continually become a reliable, respectable and professional journalistic place for mainstream artists and DJs to get the representation that they are deserving of.

With this powerful re-launch, Grind Mode Magazine returns better than ever with its new interactive format (continuing in its elevation process), and its ever popular reporting and interviewing style, that only they can provide to the public. The re-release issue catches up with Tony Yayo of G Unit in a candid mood and interview like you have never seen him in before as he goes into depth about his crews beef with The Source Magazine and their allegations that they were just 50 Cents Toy Soldiers, the fall and rise of East Coast Hip-Hop, holding it down for his crew when the beef starts, his jail time, their new video game, as well as his real thoughts on The Games reason for joining G-Unit this is not one to miss! Also, Ill Miami female lyricist LadyFace, joins them as the first female underground artist to ever grace the cover of Grind Mode Magazine

Elsewhere, Grind Mode Magazine gets close to super-songwriter (penning songs for Usher and Madonna, just to list a few), Donnell Jones as he talks about why he feels hes underrated as a singer and his new album-- Journey Of Gemini. We also chat it up with actress/pioneer rapper, MC Lyte, and catch some real knowledge from Poor Righteous Teacher's Wise Intelligent, as he continues to live up to his moniker, and we sit sidewayz with SwishaHouse's Paul Wall.

And while youre waiting for a monthly installment of Grind Mode Magazine, they have you covered as they re-introduce to the entertainment world

A powerful Hip-Hop entertainment portal that gives you all of the latest music reviews, videos, polls, free e-mail account, audio, a place to add your events for free, homepage chat room and more! More consisting of frequently updated editorials and resources geared towards assisting in the elevation process of those who are trying to get a concise understanding of the music industry, and a Grinder's Hall of Fame, where new inductees are inducted every month--if they are true 'grinders,' in any capacity of the music business. All of this to hold you over while they work on releasing their FREE monthly installments of Grind Mode Magazine. So make sure to log on today and everyday thereafter, and tell a friend about this real life Hip-Hop movement...Grind-Mode.Com (www.grind-mode.com) and Grind Mode Magazine (www.grindmodemag.com).


 
Bow Wow's Triple Holiday Threat!!!

Bow Wow Tops Most 'Wanted' Stocking Stuffers Lists With the Ultimate Collector's 'Wanted Reloaded' DualDisc, 'Scream IV Tour Heartthrobs Live" DVD, & 'Roll Bounce' DVD

In Stores NOW!

NEW YORK, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The multi-platinum hip-hop heartthrob Bow Wow is back in the retail racks this holiday season with three new releases: "Wanted Reloaded," a super-deluxe collector's edition of his latest best-selling album; "Scream Tour IV Heartthrobs Live," a DVD of new and classic hits from Bow Wow and fellow chart-topping hip-hop heartthrob, Omarion, lensed live from Miami during the SRO Scream IV tour; and a DVD of Bow Wow's coming of age roller skating comedy hit film, "Roll Bounce."

The deluxe "Wanted Reloaded" gift set comes packaged with a "Wanted" DualDisc and DVD featuring Bow Wow's "Big Dreams" mini-movie, shot exclusively for this new edition, the new "Fresh Azimiz" video, the unreleased "Caviar" video featuring Snoop Dogg, the "Like You" video, featuring Ciara, an exclusive "Let Me Hold You" with an interactive interface, and a pull-out autographed Bow Wow poster.

The "Scream Tour IV Heartthrobs Live" DVD captures one of the hottest performances from the year's most exciting hip-hop tour including Bow Wow and Omarion's version of R Kelly & Jay-Z's "Best Of Both Worlds," "Like You," featuring Bow Wow and Ciara, and Bow Wow and Omarion's best-selling duet, "Let Me Hold You." The DVD also features behind-the-scenes footage, an exclusive photo gallery from the tour, and a special live guest appearance by Ciara.

Though only 18, Bow Wow's already a veteran rapper with a string of multi-platinum successes behind him. The original edition of "Wanted," his eagerly-awaited fourth album, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart and has already sold more than 700,000 copies. Bow Wow's latest has generated two smash singles to-date: "Let Me Hold You" (featuring Omarion) and "Like You" (featuring Ciara).

Produced by superstar hitmaker Jermaine Dupri, "Let Me Hold You," a collaboration with fellow hip-hop heartthrob Omarion, has been the #1 record on the Urban Mainstream Monitor and the #1 record on the Top 40 Rhythm chart.

Bow Wow's tantalizing video for "Like You" has been a #1 downloaded clip on Launch.com and was AOL's #1 video worldwide, with more than 1.4 million plays.

Bow Wow's singles -- "Let Me Hold You" and "Like You" -- have sold more than 2.1 million ringtones.

A recent New York in-store appearance celebrating the release of "Wanted" was the scene of pure pandemonium with thousands of delirious and frenzied fans lining up for hours for their chance to meet Bow Wow in person. New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reportedly "met with a mob of screaming teenage girls on his way to work ... " (New York Daily News (Wednesday, July 13, 2005).

The fan-driven hysteria at the Bow Wow in-store provided a fitting prelude to the hip-hop icon's SRO "Scream Tour IV Presents: The Heart Throb Tour," which fans can relive on the DVD version.

http://www.bowwowwanted.com/
http://www.columbiarecords.com/
http://www.screamtour.com/

Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

CONTACT: For more information on Bow Wow: Edwin Banacia of Sony Urban
Music, New York, +1-212-833-5072, Edwin.Banacia@sonybmg.com; or Patti Webster of W&W Public Relations Inc., +1-732-469-5955, patti@w-wpr.com, for Sony Urban Music

Web site: http://www.columbiarecords.com/
http://www.bowwowwanted.com/
http://www.screamtour.com/


12/13/2005

 
St. Louis Rap Group 'Hot 50 Productions' Without Radio Air Play Has Managed To Move 1,000s of Units

'Hot 50 Productions' has managed to move units without air play; nothing against radio, most of our music is non air play friendly.

STL.(PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- 'Respect It Cause You Ain't Gon Check It' is the Title of the future multi-platinum 1st Album release of Hot 50 Productions now being distributed through: Tower Records, Apple iTunes, music net, Rhapsody, MP3Tunes, MSN Music, Napster, Sony Connect, Best Buy, CD BABY; and several other digital distributors.

The main seasoned artist: Tone Rebel, and Ill-Pop were on Nelly's first Album release Tour. Tone Rebel released an independent album in 1994 titled "Holy War," which received spins in London and over 10,000 scans locally.

Tone Rebel has opened shows for the likes of: 50cent, Nelly, Roots, common, 8-Ball and MJG. Tone Rebel is by trade, a multi-talented producer, who has worked with the likes of Derrty ENT, Family, Sucka Free Records, Rap-a-Lot Records, B.G., Mc Eiht, J-Kwon, crooked I, Esco Music Group.

Ill-Pop is a lyrical beast who truly represents the streets of St. Louis, (he would put you in mind of 2pac and Bob Marley rolled into one). Ill-Pop has worked with Lil' Jon & The Eastside Boys, Track Boys, Knocturnal as well opened shows for: 50Cent, Nelly, Lil' Scrappy & Trillville. Ill-Pop has a diverse array of musical influences, like 2Pac, Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, E-40, Jay-Z, Nas, Nelly, Run DMC, Biggie Smalls.

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

The Cd also features Jewele who worked with Dr. Dre, 2PAC, and Snoop Dogg; The Cd as well has features from Taylor Made of Derrty Ent. Nelly's Label.

Tour dates.
http://www.floridaentertainmentsummit.com/home.html

The entire album can be reviewed free:
www.myspace.com/hot50productions
www.hot50productions.com
www.cdbaby.com/cd/hot50productions

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

Contact:
Gerald Marvolus
314-359-2643

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Gerald Marvolus
HOT 50 PRODUCTIONS
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hot50productions
314-359-2643


 
MuBiz.com Begins Online 'Real Time' Music Business Course

MuBiz.com has begun its new weekly online real-time Music Business 101 course for musicians.

(PRWEB) December 13, 2005 -- MuBiz.com, a noted multi-service music firm that provides radio promotion, media publicity, gig promotion, video promotion, and a number of additional business services for musicians has begun its new online real time music business course, appropriately titled, Music Business 101.

"Not every musician can afford professional radio promoters and media publicists, even at our low rates," says MuBiz.com president Kenny Love who created and instructs the course. "However, some of these same people will invest a nominal and reasonable class fee in the interest of learning how to be more competitive in marketing and promoting their music releases," he adds.

The Music Business 101 course is the result of numerous artists requesting and seeking simplistic, affordable and strategic publicity techniques for getting their music out to both the media and the general public. The online syllabus/outline for the course includes the following:

* Course Description
* Goals and Objectives
* Course Outline
* Course Information
* Instructor's Bio

The Music Business 101 course, which is held each Monday evening, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (U. S. CST), is only $15 (USD) and is payable in advance online via http://www.PayPal.com.

The weekly deadline day is the Wednesday prior for the following Monday class. There is a limit of ten (10) students per class session. Late signups will automatically be placed in the following week's class.

"The best asset of this online course," says Love, "is that it is available to anyone in the world with Internet access, who can immediately become highly competitive in marketing their music."

Interested musicians and recording artists can get complete details at http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/klmb101.

Also, get more information regarding Kenny Love at http://www.myspace.com/kenlove and MuBiz.com at http://www.MuBiz.com.

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Kenny Love
MUBIZ.COM
http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/klmb101/
936-545-2092


 
Feeling the 'URGE,' MTV Networks Announces a New Digital Music Service in Collaboration With Microsoft

URGE Unites Powerful Music DNA of MTV, VH1 and CMT With Microsoft's Industry-Leading Technology and Consumer Reach to Deliver an Immersive Entertainment Experience

NEW YORK and REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc., (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) and Microsoft Corp. today announced they have collaborated on the design and development of MTV Networks' new digital music service called URGE. Set to debut domestically in 2006, URGE will provide an immersive music experience and will be integrated into a forthcoming version of Microsoft(R) Windows Media(R) Player. The collaboration unites MTV Networks' music DNA, marketing strengths and powerful MTV, VH1 and CMT brands with the technology leadership and consumer reach of Microsoft.

URGE will offer rich entertainment programming and innovative tools designed to guide musical discovery and connect fans to the artists and music they love. Offering more than 2 million songs from the major labels and thousands of independents, URGE will encompass all musical genres, from alt-country to zydeco. In addition to a broad catalogue of music choices, URGE will deliver a deep well of exclusive MTV Networks programming and original, hand-crafted content.

URGE has garnered early support from Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO BMG U.S., Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, and musical superstars Alicia Keys, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Gretchen Wilson.

"We live to connect artists and fans in the most imaginative ways possible," said Van Toffler, MTV Networks Music Group President. "With our new service, we will be able to satisfy music lovers' urges for all things music. In many ways, URGE will serve as a 'psychic concierge,' introducing fans to new artists and helping them to develop a deeper connection to old favorites."

"By combining our expertise in digital media with the music leadership and marketing savvy of MTV Networks, we have created a powerful and unique way to experience music," said Blair Westlake, Corporate Vice President of Media Technology and Convergence at Microsoft. "This landmark collaboration will bring innovative new experiences to millions of music fans."

"As with everything we do at MTV Networks, every element of URGE is being developed with our audience in mind," said Jason Hirschhorn, MTV Networks' Chief Digital Officer. "Beyond providing a simple transactional service, URGE will provide a musical playground where fans can explore, customize, discover and download new music."

Upon its debut next year, URGE will be promoted through multiple venues, including the MTV, VH1 and CMT channels, which on average collectively reach more than 165 million viewers U.S., as well as through the respective brands' Web sites and Urge.com. Additional details of the new service will be unveiled in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 80 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.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners

ADDENDUM

URGE has garnered early support from Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO, BMG U.S., Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, and musical superstars Alicia Keys, Coldplay's Chris Martin, and Gretchen Wilson:

"Discovery is an important part of the music business -- from tapping new talent to introducing them to new music fans," said Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO, BMG U.S. "The upcoming music service, URGE, will serve as a powerful new way to connect new and established talent to fans, turning them on to new music they otherwise may never have been exposed to."

"With URGE, MTV Networks is again at the forefront of revolutionizing where and how our combined audiences across the globe can connect with the music and the artists they love," said Lyor Cohen, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Recorded Music for Warner Music Group. "Urge will join the array of powerful new platforms that provide Warner Music Group with an innovative way to launch new artists and celebrate established favorites. With MTV Networks' expertise and global reach, it promises to be the ultimate full service music experience."

"I grew up watching MTV and it's been an important part of how I connect with my fans," said Alicia Keys. "It's great news that the same people who bring you MTV everyday are launching what is sure to be the deepest, richest music service on the net. URGE will be the destination for passionate music fans who want to discover and connect with the artists and music they love."

"VH1's been a great supporter of Coldplay and they really know how to do music right," said lead singer Chris Martin. "With URGE we look forward to reaching even more fans in the online music community, adding a whole new dimension to their music experience."

"CMT already gives country music artists, like me, great exposure to our fans," said Gretchen Wilson. "Now with Urge, millions more will get a chance to check country music's rich heritage."

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Jeannie Kedas of MTV Networks Music Group, +1-212-846-4629, or
Jeannie.Kedas@mtvstaff.com, or Matthew Hutchison of MTV Networks Music Group,
+1-212-846-8052, or Matthew.Hutchison@mtvstaff.com; or Ken Birge of Weber
Shandwick for Microsoft, +1-425-452-5484, or kbirge@webershandwick.com, or
Heather Bott of Weber Shandwick for Microsoft, +1-425-452-5400, or
hbott@webershandwick.com

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

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft(R) Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass on Microsoft's corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft's Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/contactpr.mspx.


 
Legendary rapper/producer Daz Dillinger considered the IT producer in 2006, ranking top 10 in the United States by music industry insiders.

Super Producer Daz Dillinger, responsible for working with Tupac, T.I., Young Jeezy, Young Bloodz, The Black Eyed Peas, and Young Gunz is expected to be the go to producer in 06.

Atlanta, GeorgiaDecember 9, 2005-- Super Producer Daz Dillinger known for his trademark and signature street sound, has recently been regarded as one of the most relevant producers of this time, by music industry when polled by marketing executives at The Best Pitch.

When polled, Daz ranked as one of the top 5 producers in the game.

The producers were ranked as follows:

#1-Dr. Dre known for breaking new artists and creating super stars.
#2-Pharell known for making cross over beats, If anyone wants to cross over to mainstream they should get Pharrell, one surveyor taker commented.
#3-Kanye West known for making music that soothes the soul.
#4-Missy Elliott known for making exotic and unique loops.
#5-Daz Dillinger known for making beats that you ride to. Daz Dillinger is known for making those heavy hitting beats that you can buy your radio system for. He is the reason that we even purchase that sound system. We definitely can test them out with his beats.

Daz Dillinger comments, I am really humbled by the poll. I know that I am going to be more visible in 2006, as I have launched a new label, I have a new group called Men-Nefer that I manage a soulful group that everyone is in awe of. I am launching more music independently. I have a television show that launches January and that can be viewed on http://www.d-p-g-c.com , I am just trying to get my hands on everything. I like being creative.

About Daz Dillinger:

One of the most important members of the West Coast empire is producer/rapper Daz Dillinger. He has worked alongside some of the West Coasts best rappers.

Along with Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Snoop Dogg, Dillinger was one of the Long Beach, CA, clique that had been introduced to Dr. Dre through Warren G during the preliminary stages of the legendary Chronic album.

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

Following the departure of Dr. Dre, the death of 2Pac, and the imprisonment of Suge Knight, Death Row suddenly lost its momentumYet Daz Dillingers career as a producer still flourished working with artists ranging from Black Eyed Peaz to the Souths Kings TI.

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

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

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


 
Disco Inferno nominated for a Grammy!

50 Cents smash hit Disco Inferno which was produced by Chris Styles for Dangerous LLC has been nominated under the 48th Grammy Awards Rap category for Best Rap Performances. It may not come as a surprise to many. Disco Inferno immediately leapt to the top of the charts and received over 2,000 radio spins in its first week.

QUOTE
When asked where he was when he found out about the nomination, Chris Styles said:Somebody hit me on my pager with the news about 50s nomination. I was shocked. I remember saying something like Whoa! I mean, I knew the beat was hot, but for it to have gone this far is CRAZY! Im just happy as hell to have produced a song that has been nominated for a Grammy Award, thats for sure

"Disco Inferno" AUDIO
http://dangerousllc.com/50_cent -disco_inferno.wma
Another HOT one from Chris Styles of Dangerous LLC, for 50 Cent

From the "Get Rich or Die Tryin' SOUNDTRACK
"Window Shopper" AUDIO
http://dangerousllc.com/50_c ent-window_shopper.wma


ABOUT SUPER-PRODUCER CHRIS STYLES OF DANGEROUS LLC

Every time the vessels in and around the human heart pump blood, the organ beats. In turn, each and every being on the earth possesses its own rhythm already embedded within its soul. Building on this natural theory of life; artists, producers, creators and developers alike focus their musical innovations with an emphasis on peoples ability to feel and connect with their ideas. For 28-year old musical mastermind Chris Styles, that connection translates into an emotional attachment every time he steps into the studio.

Hailing from the bustling yet unpredictable borough of Brooklyn, Styles not only infiltrated a volatile business but virtually ousted the competition and took his rightful place as King in this game. In just two short years, everyone from 50 Cent and Mase to Fabolous and Christina Aguilara have come breaking the door down to work alongside this super producer and his eargasmic beats. With a state-of-the-art studio in midtown Manhattan, his own production company - Dangerous LLC an unprecedented management team, a roster of artists and a discography thats only beginning, Styles is truly the breath of fresh air the industry has been gasping for.

This is my passion, he emphatically explains. Mastering my craft inspires me. I dont sleep, I cant sleep, I love the music too much its a part of everything I do. I hate some of the behind- the-scenes politics like waiting two hours to give someone a beat, but Id wake up tomorrow and do it all over again.

After successfully delivering hits like Disco Inferno off of 50 Cents The Massacre album and Window Shopper from the Get Rich or Die Tryin Soundtrack, Styles progresses onward and recently placed the final touches on tracks for Avant and Lloyd Banks upcoming singles, as well as a Mase and Olivia song titled Just Friends. Working with a dynamic team of managers comprised of Shah Money XL (50 Cent, G-Unit), G Robison and Hip-Hop (Kanye West, Just Blaze), the young entrepreneur has laid the foundation for his own empire.

Perhaps the key to Styles accolades of achievements is his ability to fully comprehend the needs of artists because he himself used to be one. As a lead member of the rap group US in the 90s, Styles and his lyrical assassins independently sold 30,000 units and quickly created buzz both within and outside the music business. Though the entourage decided to part ways and pursue individual goals, the complexity of Styles as an artist/producer/businessman has proved an undeniable force.

Although deeply rooted in hip-hop culture, Styles musical talent extends way beyond the genre alone. Producing the pop hit Car Wash for the film Sharks Tail, the eclectic music man also discovered, signed and developed his own R&B sensation - Deemi scheduled for a 2006 release on Atlantic Records. Compared to the likes of Mary J. Blige, this up-and- coming songstress is now ready to showcase her talents much of which was produced by none other than Styles himself.

Thats why my team is so crazy right now, he exclaims. If you want Polka music, Ill give you Polka music. If Gospel is your desire, Ill give you Gospel. Theres no mind, heart or soul unattainable to us right now. My goal is to outwork every single producer out there.

And so the world has taken note. Appearing as a judge on BETs 106&Park, named as a Forthcoming King in the July/Aug issue of King Magazine and a Production Credit in hip-hop bible XXL Magazine, Styles is without a doubt eliminating the word competition itself. But along this uphill climb, the BK representative remains humble and devoted to his roots and the larger picture at hand.

Prior to creating and selling hits, the beat master earned a living assisting others via social services. As an HIV counselor in the state of New York, he educated young adults concerning the dangers of HIV and emphasized the dire need for prevention, he has also worked with disabled adults, and with other human service organizations. And today, along with his plans to build a successful conglomerate, Styles remains committed to giving back.

My long-term goal is to establish and operate a few non-profit agencies, explains the visionary. Especially for young black men between the ages of 19-30. See, the government is sanctioned to take responsibility for those in any social service system until the age of 18, afterwards many are left on their own without any assistance. I want to create awareness and help develop skill sets needed for these young men to further their education or become gainfully employed. Our present social service system doesnt cultivate independence of the system."

As Dangerous LLC continues to take over and build towards the future, keep an eye - and an ear - out the next time you find yourself nodding your head or moving your body to that mind-blowing beat. Take notice when youre amped up and feeling that new track in the club, or when youre on the verge of crying because the rhythm is resonating in your soul; for chances are its the work of the man with Style.

ICED Media
Bahiyah Stewart
email: bahiyah@icedmedia.com
phone: 212.835.9061


 
THIS ISN'T YOUR PARENTS' NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION!

MTV'S NEW YEAR OF MUSIC RINGS IN 2006 LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE ON DECEMBER 31ST AT 10:30PM ET (TAPED DELAYED PT)

FEATURING PERFORMANCES BY KANYE WEST, SHAKIRA, FALL OUT BOY, YOUNG JEEZY, ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, COMMON & ADAM LEVINE AND APPEARANCES BY REV. RUN & FAMILY & MORE.

New York, NY, December 12, 2005 -- MTV: Music Television announced today that it will kick start the New Year with a non-stop music extravaganza. The channels annual New Years Eve bash will air live from Times Square on Saturday, December 31st at 10:30pm ET.

For years, New Years Eve on MTV has always meant showcasing the best new music for our viewers, said Dave Sirulnick, Executive VP, MTV News and Production. 2005 is no different. With amazing performances by some of the biggest artists from the past year, we will feature wall-to-wall music straight through to 2006.

Hosted by MTV VJs Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo, Quddus Philippe, La La Vazquez and Susie Castillo, MTVs New Year of Music features some of todays hottest artists. MTV Fans will enjoy special guest appearances as well as amazing live performances by Kanye West, Shakira, Fall Out Boy, Young Jeezy, All-American Rejects, Common and Adam Levine.

For over twenty years, since 1981, the inaugural MTV New Year's Eveparty was held at the Grand Ballroom of NYC's Hotel Diplomat. The yearly celebration has earned a reputation for being the biggest, baddest and hippest show for real music fans to watch. MTVs New Year of Music will continue the tradition by hitting on all the big places, events, and people that made the year 2005.

As part of the New Years Eve celebration, MTVs cameras followed multi-platinum rapper/actor Ludacris as he provided early Christmas presents for some Mississippi high school students devastated by hurricane Katrina. MTV will air a segment of Ludacris surprising the students with a visit to the school. During the visit, $57K worth of band equipment was donated to the school from the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation and the Grammy Foundation, $10K from MTV for much needed school supplies lost during the hurricane and $10K in scholarships from The Ludacris Foundation.

MTV Overdrive will also participate in the festivities by adding New Years Resolutions from selected artists that will launch on December 22nd. There will also be health tips from top trainers on staying in shape for the New Year and how their celebrity clients do it. In addition, all performances from New Years Eve will be available on MTV Overdrive by 5pm on January 3rd.

Also, in anticipation of MTVs New Year of Music, MTV2 will air The New Years Eve Monster Mix Marathon starting at 10pm on Saturday, December 31st.

The official sponsors of MTVs New Year of Music are Warner Bros. Pictures, GM (Pontiac) and Skechers.

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

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CONTACTS:

Melissa Barreto
MTV
212-846-7226
melissa.barreto@mtvstaff.com

Ariana Urbont
MTV
310-752-8079
ariana.urbont@mtvstaff.com


 
The Flow Online Free Email Magazine features Mike Jones in a rare and Exclusive Interview.

December 12, 2005 - The Flow Online Magazine continues it's quest in generating entertaining Hip Hop content for it's world-wide subscriber list of Hip Hop enthusiast. The Flow has been on the trail of Mike Jones for several months now and the opportunity finally came when Mike Jones' PR manager contacted the Executive Editor of The Flow, Matthew Shack.

"It took several months and a lot of persistance to land a hot Hip Hop celebrity such as Mike Jones. As a young magazine and especially a online magazine it takes a while for people to take us seriously. With so many smaller online Hip Hop magazines it has been difficult for us to separate ourselves from the clutter. But we knew that was the challenge from the beginning. So now with a growing track record that includes Cover Stories like Ice Cube, Chingy, Mike Epps, David Banner and Model features like Vida Guerra people are starting to stand up and take notice. We used to have to call and beg for an interview now we are turning them away. Just last month we got a call to interview Pitbull, the hottest, Latin Rapper on the charts right now... but the timing wasn't right... now we are putting him on hold. It's been a lot of hard work but the world will soon see... A revolution is coming." says, Matthew Shack.

The Flow Online Magazine also landed a collaboration deal with Warren and Baram Management, one of Play Boy Magazine hottest Model Management firms to bring some of the Hottest Hip Hop Models to the forefront. All at The Flow Online.

"We believe in doing whatever it takes to forge new relationships and build our magazine. Collaborations are just one way for us to do so. The Flow Magazine plan is built on a very aggressive strategy and with that strategy we plan to take Hip Hop media publishing to a level no has yet to imagine but us.The Mike Jones issue is a perfect way to end the year. Now we are setting our sites on even a better 2006." says Roger Hooks, Executive Director of The Flow.

The Flow Online Magazine was founded in April of 2002 Itis based in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose, CA with offices in Florida and New York. It's a Free Email Magazine supported by text and multimedia and interactive content. The Online Magazine provides Hip Hop entertainment content as well as user edification tools allowing users to feature and promote themselves in modeling, music, cars, and events.

Technical Contact:
Roger Hooks
rogerh@hookscity.com

Editorial Contact:
Matthew Shack
stercrazyproductions@yahoo.com


 
Jack Knight educates singersroom.com

Jack Knight discusses with singersroom his experiences in the music industry and his vision to educate students the importance of writing. Singersroom.com is a multimedia e-zine, which includes candid interviews, music, videos, fashion trends, technology, and business & educational tips on a wide array of topics. Singersroom.com is dedicated to offering support to unsigned/signed artists, songwriters and music lovers everywhere

Check it out: http://singersroom.com/home.asp

Intelligent. Respectable. Brilliant. These are just a few words that describe this songwriting genius. Not only is Jack Knight a man of style and distinction, he is representative of the next generations of executives of teachers in the industry.

After scoring a couple of hits behind the scenes, Knight decided to move into the realm of recording, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, Gypsy Blues (Universal) in the summer of 1999. Jack initially came to the forefront as an urban soul writer and producer, working with the likes of Total, Monifah, Blackstreet and Chico DeBarge He was the first writer signed to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs publishing company, "The Writing Factory" a subsidiary of Bad Boy Entertainment.

Clearly, his hard work and perseverance did not go unnoticed. As a result of his proven credibility, Knight was chosen to work with the likes of Monifah, Total, Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, P. Diddy Combs and Usher.

Jack has currently collaborated with award-winning songwriter and SongU.com co-founder, Sara Light, on a book called The Art of Song Writing a Hit Song This detailed and informative resource explores the exciting journey of writing hit songs for the R&B, hip-hop, rap, pop and dance markets.

Knight offers his unique insight by revealing personal lessons he learned during the process of writing, producing and recording hit songs. Jacks self-penned songs are used to illustrate each step of the hit songwriting formula he discovered while working with top artist in the music business. The Art of Writing a Hit Song: The Urban Experience is an unprecedented synthesis of personal experience and accessible, practical information from this award-winning songwriter. Overseeing the development of an Urban School of Music at songU.com. Knight plans to use writing as an educational tool to teach all students that the art of writing is used in everyday life.

Jack possesses a creative mind with a unique and innate talent to not only inspire new visions for the company, The Writing Factory, but to execute those ideas and plans with precision and greatness.

Jack's corporate etiquette is admirable and commands the mutual respect of his colleagues, and associates. He is uninhibited and can be a chameleon when needed. Knight is determined to fulfill his commitments in an efficient and meticulous manner.

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


12/12/2005

 
Minorities in Business Magazine Celebrates Its 10th Annual Multicultural Prism Awards Gala

'Tragedy to Triumph...Hollywood Cares'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosts Ananda Lewis (NBC's "The Insider"), and Taraji Henson (Hustle & Flow) will kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Multicultural Prism Awards to be held Thursday December 15, 2005 at the Universal City Hilton Hotel located at 555 Universal Hollywood Dr. Universal City, CA 91608.

Celebrities and musicians from today's hottest films and TV shows will be presenting the awards to honorees such as Vivica A. Fox, John Singleton, Jimmy Smits, Naveen Andrews (Lost), Vanessa Marcil, Kellita Smith, Constance Marie, Mike Tyson, Farrah Gray, Joe Jackson, Edgar Zamora, Verena Mei, Philip Hart, Robert Blackwell, and more! The show will feature performances by a diverse group of legendary musicians and today's hottest artists including R&B sensation Tyrese, Elise Neal, dancers from the hit movie "RIZE," the opera of Three Mo' Tenors, Gospel Artists William Murphy and Vicki Yohe, Latin sensation Serralde, Lorenzo Owens of Oprah's Pop Star Challenge, Hip Hop Artist Jin, and others. Celebrities expected to attend include: Anthony Anderson, Nona Gaye, Angela Bassett, Golden Brooks, Tracey Ellis Ross, Ludacris, Warren G, Orlando Jones, Adrianne Curry and Christopher Knight, Cris Judd, Page Kennedy (Desperate Housewives), Kristoff St. John, Casts of the "Bernie Mac Show" and "Everybody Hates Chris", Bokeem Woodbine (Ray), Shawn Pyfrom (Desperate Housewives), Dorian Gregory (Charmed), James Lesure (Las Vegas), Bree Turner (Masters of Horror), Sprague Grayden (Over There), Ralph Tresvant (New Edition), Kaylee DeFer (The War at Home), Jaime Gomez (Training Day) and many more!

The 10th Annual Multicultural Prism Awards Gala reaches a milestone. This star-studded celebration will benefit displaced children through the Katrina Missing Children's Coalition. This year's theme, "Tragedy to Triumph...Hollywood Cares" aims to support those affected by the physical and economic devastation caused by hurricane Katrina. The awards gala will celebrate and honor outstanding artists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and corporations who set trends, make history and act as ambassadors whose direct efforts encourage positive change in their businesses and communities. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. Proceeds from charitable donations will be used to help displaced children and minority business owners rebuild and reclaim their businesses.

4:30 PM - Press Check-in
5:00 PM - Red Carpet Arrivals
5:30 PM - VIP Reception
7:00 PM - Dinner / Ceremony (taping begins @ 7:15 p.m.)

Source: Minorities in Business Magazine

CONTACT: Charmaine Blake, Publicist, +1-310-659-3715,
charmaine@charmainepr.com, for Minorities in Business Magazine


 
Serious Lord Alleges Reprise Records and Warner Brothers Music Mishandled Crunk

Officials from Warner Brothers Music and Reprise Records allegedly aided Lil Scrappy and his attorney, Leron E. Rogers, in committing several crimes against Serious Lord of Crunk.

Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) December 12, 2005 -- Frank Sinatra, Founder of Reprise Records, is gone, but is surely missed. Today, the Founder of Crunk Incorporated, Serious Lord of Crunk, takes the first step in his pursuit to seek justice against Lil Scrappy, his attorney Leron E. Rogers, and officials from Warner Brothers Music/Reprise Records. Lord has just finished a one year probationary sentence stemming from an incident with the Orlando Police Department. In fact, Lord was arrested for protecting Lil Scrappy from receiving bodily harm as the Orlando Police tazered and fought children at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida. Lil Scrappy never appeared in Court to aid Lord in his Defense ( Case # 48-2004-cf-002794-O/a, DC # X47308).

Once Lord returned to the Business of Crunk, he was met with disturbing news. Not only had shares of Crunk Incorporated been allegedly manipulated, but monies had allegedly been dispersed by Warner Brothers Music/Reprise Records to Crunk, and divided without payment to Lord.

Lord says, "Several false allegations were made against me by my business partner Lil Scrappy and Crunk Incorporated artists' Crime Mob in an attempt to gain more money and power. Officials from Warner Brothers Music/Reprise Records and Lil Scrappy's new attorney, Leron E. Rogers, allegedly assisted them in their perpetuation of lies and deceit in order to smear my name. In order to gain the trust of these young people, I suspect that Warner Brothers Music/Reprise Records and Mr. Leron E. Rogers attempted to destroy a hero. I'm the only person who took them in, and made their dreams come true."

Lord began Crunk Incorporated in 2003 when he took on the responsibility of managing a then 18-year-old high school drop out, Lil Scrappy. He provided an excellent lawyer for Scrappy in Attorney Lee B. Beitchman, Esq., who is responsible for the annual Atlantis Music Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, among other notable accreditations. Lord and Beitchman together negotiated a long term recording contract with Lil Jon's BME Recordings and Warner Music's Reprise Records for Lil Scrappy. Lord and Beitchman continued moving the vision of Crunk Incorporated by signing Atlanta based teen group Crime Mob. This six member high school group suffered from serious problems with behavior and academics which led to four of the members being expelled from the Dekalb County School System. Lord took them in.

At that time, Crunk Incorporated was divided into shares. Lord received thirty percent (30%) of Crunk, Scrappy received thirty percent (30%)of Crunk, Harry Bing received thirty percent (30%) of Crunk, and Beitchman received ten percent (10%) of Crunk. Harry Bing is the original producer of Lil Scrappy's hit song "Headbussa", says Lord, not Lil Jon as the publishing records indicate (Harry Bing for G.I. Joe Muzik). Publishing records will also indicate that Crunk Incorporated owns all the publishing for Crime Mob, not Warner Brothers/ Reprise Records. Lord and Beitchman negotiated a long term production deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records for Crime Mob worth several million dollars.

Another keystone in the foundation of Crunk was a business alliance made with Lil Jon's BME Recordings. To this very day, Crunk Incorporated and BME Recordings have a Profit Participation Agreement. But, Warner Brothers and BME Recordings have an agreement as well.

Lords says, "I suspect that Warner Brothers/Reprise, Lil Scrappy, Leron E. Rogers, Crime Mob, and BME Recordings acted in unison to remove me from my earned position in Crunk Incorporated and in the Music Business. That attempt allegedly was made using lies, deceit, and their positions of power; in order for them to gain more money and more power. I truly suspect that these people have conspired to commit fraud, tortured interference, slander, corporate sabotage, defamation of character, malicious prosecution, institutional racism and extortion."

Lord continues by saying, "I have suspicions about: Patrick Sabatini, Head of Legal for Warner Music, Naim Ali, Head of A & R, and Johnnie Cabbell, new manager and booking agent for Crime Mob. Naim Ali was fired from MCA Records for allegedly stealing money and Johnnie Cabbell is currently being indicted for First Degree Assault on Lord while he served out his Orlando probation. ( Fulton County, Georgia Case # 214259mc ) I am no coward. I guess I was just born to be a martyr for Crunk."

In this time of war, intelligence still reigns supreme and should be used to solve any serious situation. Lord says, "I have tried to reach out to Warner Music Group Chairman Lyor Cohen and Warner Music President Tom Whalley. They have both refused to intervene and to settle this situation. Where is Mo Ostin, Larry Waronker, Rich Fitzgerald, Howie Klein, and Mickey Rudin? My signature is on every major contract from artist management to the Crunk Incorporated label. I have no fear. Warner Brothers Music has exploited so many artist before me. And, now, they seem to be ruining the great name of Frank Sinatra and his Reprise Records".

google: Serious Lord of Crunk

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Tommy Phillips
Crunk Incorporated
http://www.seriouslordofcrunk.com/
404.349.1972


 
Cashak Magazine Covers Z-Trip at Axis Radius

The new Cashak Magazine photographed DJ Z-Trips performance at Axis Radius.

Scottsdale, Arizona -- (ArriveNet - Dec 13, 2005) --On Cashak Magazines website visitors will find the publications exclusive photographs of DJ Z-Trip performing at Axis Radius in Scottsdale Arizona. Viewers will also find pictures of the VIPs in attendance, crowd and all the action of that night published on the magazines site.

The Z-Trip event was photographed by Cashak Magazines exclusive photographer, the world famous Christopher Cashak. He is a well known photographer on six continents in over thirty countries. His unique style of photography has revolutionized the way events are captured. With technically complex motion shots and perfectly posed crowd portraits the energy of this event will be remembered forever. Christopher Cashak's name is one of the few recognized enough to receive media coverage when he photographs an event.

Cashak Magazine is a new nightlife publication. The magazine is available in multiple digital formats and distributed around the world. A printed edition of Cashak Magazine is planned for 2006.

Photographs from Z-Trip at Axis Radius in Scottsdale, Arizona are now available on Cashak Magazines website- http://www.cashakmagazine.com/

Cashak and Cashak Magazine are trademarks of Christopher Cashak.


 
Common Receives Four Grammy Nominations For His Critically Acclaimed BE & Another Notable Nomination For His Appearance On Floetry's 'SupaStar'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a fitting end to what has been a wildly successful year, both critically and commercially, Common has been nominated for four Grammys, including Best Rap Solo Performance for "Testify," Best Rap Performance by a duo or group for "The Corner" featuring The Last Poets, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "They Say" featuring Kanye West & John Legend, and Best Rap Album for BE. Common also receives a nomination for his guest appearance on the dynamic duo Floetry's "SupaStar" track. "As an artist, you always want to be recognized for the music you create and now to get 5 Grammy nominations is an affirmation that the truth will always come to the light," says Common. While he has always been considered one of the best lyricists and most incredible artists in hip-hop, the Chicago native has reached a new stratosphere this year with this Getting Out Our Dreams/Geffen release, BE, which is quickly approaching platinum status and has been hailed by critics as "a classic," "flawless" and "the best hip-hop album of the year."

Be is the second release on Grammy winner Kanye West's Getting Out Our Dreams label, and it debuted #1 on Billboard's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, his highest debut ever, and #2 on Pop charts, selling 184,617 units the first week. Guest artists joining Common on the new CD are The Last Poets, John Mayer, Bilal, John Legend, Pops and Kanye West himself. Common has kept a strong buzz around the album with his epic video, for "Testify," which starred an all-star cast including Bill Duke ("Menace II Society," "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'," "X-Men 3"), Steve Harris ("The Practice," "Minority Report"), Wood Harris ("The Wire," "Remember The Titans," "Paid In Full") and Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle & Flow," "Four Brothers," "Baby Boy"), staying in heavy rotation. With the unbelievable response the album has received, Common has enjoyed his new platform as a superstar splitting time between dropping in for spot dates on Kanye West's "Touch The Sky" tour and shooting his 1st major movie role in Smokin' Aces with Ben Affleck and Don Cheadle.

In addition the savvy entrepreneur has created new ventures that serve as outlets for his impeccable fashion sense and profound concern for educating the youth by launching his very own hat line "Soji," and writing his own children's books ("Mirror In Me," "I Like You, But I Love Me," and "ME: Mixed Emotions"). The father of one continues to dedicate time to his Common Ground Foundation, which organizes and runs seminars for kids about health, self- esteem and understanding the often controversial images seen in hip-hop videos and the lifestyle. Most recently the Common Ground Foundation donated proceeds from a special screening of his new video to Hurricane Katrina survivors who are being relocated to the Chicago area. Common is also known for his continued commitment spreading the word on protection by being the voice of the "Knowing Is Beautiful" HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

Common previously won a Grammy in 2002 for best R&B song with "Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop)" featuring Erykah Badu. His nominations this year are proof of the amazing year he's had and will go a long way towards cementing his future status as a musical icon.

Source: Geffen Records

CONTACT: FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Junior Suriel of
Geffen Records, +1-212-841-8272, or Junior.Suriel@umusic.com


 
The Economics of On-Demand Programming: Video Downloads, Cable VOD, Internet TV, Music Downloads and Movie Economics

Released Today by Nielsen Entertainment

'The question is not whether on-demand is the wave of the future. The issue is how to best monetize the opportunity and understand the underlying economic models.'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Amidst a din of news stories, announcements, and conferences proclaiming On-Demand the current "it" format of entertainment consumption, Nielsen Entertainment Reports releases today The Economics of On-Demand Programming, an original analysis of current and proposed financial models supporting all varieties of on-demand programming.

Through analysis of several recent on-demand deals and exclusive conversations with industry executives, pioneering programmers and select news analysis of early on-demand endeavors, Economics maps out the new value chain for both content owners and advertisers and provides econometric and comparative media models for the revenue and cost of movies, television shows, music and other content in the on-demand world of VOD, downloading and streaming. Included in the Report are analyses of:

-- Transactional, Subscription and Free VOD Economics:
> For example, how do the economics of server-based
channels break down?

-- Ad Supported Models and CPM Premiums:
> For example, how do on-demand CPMs compare with traditional media
CPMs, such as broadcast networks, spot TV, radio and magazines?

-- Downloading and Streaming of Both Video and Music:
> For example, from the content owner's perspective, how do the
revenues from a video download compare to the advertising revenue for a prime time show?

-- Movie Windows, from Theatrical to DVD to VOD:
> For example, what do studios earn from domestic home video for each
$1 million in domestic box office and how does the shortening of a
DVD window impact this equation?

The Report also introduces new economic models based on a thorough quantitative exploration of on-demand variables, an original TV-VOD ad-supported model, including net annual revenues, and a glossary of terms.

"On-Demand means consumer-centric, and I can tell you unequivocally that there is not an advertiser, producer or distributor of creative content in the marketplace today who is not totally focused on the consumer, their experience and their preferences," said Andy Wing, President and CEO, Nielsen Entertainment. "The pace of change -- from channels to personalized entertainment networks -- has less to do with the penetration of new devices, and more to do with business' ability to plan and model. We're publishing our Economic analysis of the 'consumer as programmer' knowing explorations such as this can expedite the pace of this change."

The Economics of On-Demand Programming can be purchased through December 31 for $1,495.00 by emailing Reports@NielsenEntertainment.com or by calling 323/817-1958. Effective January 1, Economics will be available at the regular purchase price of $1,995.00.

Nielsen Entertainment

Through custom research, consulting and the world's most comprehensive network of entertainment measurement systems, Nielsen Entertainment delivers Actionable Entertainment Intelligence to clients engaged in the business of selling entertainment and trading in the marketplace of our popular culture.

Nielsen Entertainment's AEI products give clients unrivaled perspective from which to steer business decisions, providing the measure and the motivation in one package; comparing what the consumer says they do and what they actually do, in any given environment including film, television, music, books, and interactive media.

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

Source: Nielsen Entertainment

CONTACT: Davina Harilela of Nielsen Entertainment, +1-323-817-1958, or
davina.harilela@nielsenentertainment.com

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


 
New Service Eyes Next Step in Digital Music Revolution

Captures Non-Digital Elements, Converts Album Art to New Formats

MADISON, Wis., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Album artwork and packaging that was once an integral part of the music experience has either been overlooked completely or made into low-resolution thumbnail images on today's digital music sites. TuniPop reconnects consumers with the non-musical elements of their favorite artists with services that convert record album covers to new formats, such as framable art prints and apparel.

"Music merchandising is out of sync with the growing trend towards digital music consumption," says TuniPop founder Andy Young. According to Music Week, about 2% of global music market, or nearly $1 billion is spent annually on mass-produced music posters and t-shirts. "As stylish as iPods are, they are also ubiquitous, and the passionate music fans will ultimately want to outwardly express themselves through merchandising that is individualized to their own tastes and desires," adds Young.

Initially, the company will focus services on the generations of music fans who recall vinyl records. "It's interesting how many people still have record albums sitting around even if they haven't had a turntable to play them on for 15 or 20 years," says Young. Thanks to on-line music sites, baby boomers and older generation"Xers" are rediscovering songs from their past, which is creating a renewed interest in old records, not for their music, but the tangible qualities of the packaging and visual imagery. The service also has appeal for younger consumers interested in retro artists and styles from decades past.

TuniPop's services effectively turn album covers into one-of-a-kind works of art suitable for home or office, and reflect a stylish vintage look. The conversion process incorporates the entire album cover as the subject matter; worn surfaces, taped edges and ripped sides, details that may signify special meaning to the owner. The result is an aesthetic form that is completely organic and not seen in mass-produced posters or t-shirts.

"This is a first step for TuniPop," says Young, a 25-year veteran of the graphic arts industry and serial entrepreneur. "Unfortunately, the current model for merchandising is centered around mass-production, not discreet manufacturing. For now we will service customer-supplied materials in a limited fashion. However, I envision an environment where an artist's non- musical assets are digitally managed in a way that benefits everyone, and is compelling to consumers."

TuniPop operates in a manner similar to services that convert music CDs to iPods and other music players. Aware that it has an obligation to protect the interests of copyright owners, TuniPop will only make one reproduction of any single album cover at the specific request of, and for the private, non- commercial use of customers who supply legal copies of records albums, CDs, 45s and similar record types.

For more information, please see http://www.tunipop.com/ or call 1-888-823-2312 ext. 704.

Contact: Andy Young
Phone: 888-823-2312 ext. 704
mail to: news@tunipop.com
web: http://www.tunipop.com/

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

Source: TuniPop

CONTACT: Andy Young of TuniPop, +1-888-823-2312 ext. 704, or
news@tunipop.com

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


12/11/2005

 
Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Appeals to Governor Schwarzenegger to Spare the Life of Stanley ''Tookie'' Williams

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2005--The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, the nation's largest coalition of hip-hop artists and recording industry executives, today released the text of an appeal written to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by Russell Simmons dated December 1, 2005, to spare the life of Stanley "Tookie" Williams.

"It's only three days before the scheduled execution of Tookie Williams and we add our voices to the millions of people throughout the world who believe that clemency is not only appropriate, but also the most moral, humane and spiritual decision Governor Schwarzenegger could make," emphasized HSAN Chairman Russell Simmons.

"Governor Schwarzenegger has the weight of life and death in his hands in regards to the pending execution of Tookie Williams," stated Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of HSAN. "We believe that the Governor should act to spare Williams' life because capital punishment is a final and irreversible act, while sparing Williams' life is an act of mercy in the interest of redemption."

December 1, 2005

The Honorable Arnold Schwarzenegger
Governor of California
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California 95814

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:

May this letter find you and your family in the best of health and
spirit. I am writing to appeal urgently to you for your fair
consideration to grant clemency to Stanley Williams, who is scheduled
to be executed in California on December 13, 2005. I know that you are
facing a very difficult decision in this matter given the fact that
the victims' family members and many in law enforcement are in support
of Williams' execution.

Our special friendship is important to me and I am only reaching out
to you directly about this issue because I believe that you are
struggling to do the right thing both in terms of the law and in the
sight of God. Thank you for agreeing to hold a private hearing on the
Williams case with lawyers from both the Los Angeles County Prosecutor
and Williams' defense team.

My appeal is not limited to the legal issues that have been submitted
to you as outlined in the Petition for Clemency. I am confident that
you have received numerous legal opinions as to the merits of this
case for your timely and responsive intervention. I am, however,
appealing on moral, humane and spiritual grounds for you to use your
good office to spare the life of a man who has taken redemptive steps
in his life while incarcerated in the interests of making our society
and world a safer and better place.

It is by God's grace and love that individuals like Stanley Williams
not only turn their own lives around, but also are able to contribute
significantly to a deeper understanding of the oneness of humanity and
to give love and meaningful life-lessons back to his community, and in
this case to a community that desperately needs to overcome the
decades-long miseries of poverty and ignorance.

Notably, President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Participation
awarded Mr. Williams the President's Volunteer Service Award for his
leadership and worthwhile actions to encourage youth to avoid
self-destruction. As an award-winning author, Williams has been
nominated for the Nobel Peace and Literature prizes. In short,
Williams' life should be spared so that he can continue from prison to
help youth in impoverished communities develop constructively. The
demands of justice and mercy should be served in this case with your
act of clemency.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Russell Simmons

Contacts
JLM PR, Inc.
Jody L. Miller or Ellen Zoe Golden
212-431-5227
jody@jlmpr.com
ellenzoe@aol.com


 
NETWORK LIVE PRESENTS GORILLAZ "DEMON DAYS LIVE" FROM THE MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Rare Chance for Fans to Experience the Live Show Through a Custom Designed Interactive Environment

Experience Includes Exclusive Interviews with Gorillaz and Special GuestsBootie Brown (Pharcyde), De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Martina Topley Bird, the Wynthenshawe Children's Choir and also features footage of the late Ibrahim Ferrer

LOS ANGELES (December 9, 2005) -- Gorillaz, theworld's most successful virtual band, have teamed with the first global multi-platform digital media company, Network LIVE, to bring fans accessto an extremely rare opportunity a live Gorillaz experience. The international cast of musicians that appeared on the award-winning 'Demon Days' performed the album in its entirety to sold-out crowds on November 1 - 5, 2006 at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England. Exclusively through Network LIVE, fans can experience the entire November 5th Gorillaz show through a custom designed interactive environment on AOLMusic.com and on XM Satellite Radio channels.47 and 43.

The Gorillaz Demon Days Live experience combines multimedia elements from this very special event, including live audio coupled with video illustration and animation footage, created exclusively for the show byGorillaz' visual director Jamie Hewlett and his studio team at Zombie Flesh Eaters. Through Network LIVE, for the first time these unique visuals will be broadcast and made available forviewing by Gorillaz fans.

"Gorillaz fans live their lives online, are incredibly savvy, and forward thinking about digital entertainment, and so delivering the live experience over digital platforms made perfect sense," said Noodle from Gorillaz. "Because our fans are so progressive, and live Gorillaz experiences so rare, we are excited to give our fans access to demon days live through Network LIVE, a company that understands how to deliver a unique live experience for a digital culture."

Each songis accompanied by uniqueanimation and illustrations. The encores include never-before-seen footage of the late Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) performing "Latin Simone," from Gorillaz self-titled debut. Additionally, the crowd was treated to the first and only live performance to date of "Hong Kong," from the War Child benefit album 'Help: A Day In The Life,' which was released this year.

Exclusive extras include:
* Rare interviews with featured artists Bootie Brown (Pharcyde), De La Soul, Roots Manuva, Martina Topley Bird, and the Wynthenshawe Children's Choir
* Animated interviews with Gorillaz characters
* Photos from the "Demon Days Live" concert
* Three music videos: "Feel Good Inc.," "DARE" and "Dirty Harry"
* Behind-the-scenes with the Murdoc, featured during the concert.
* Gorillaz 'Bites' - Short animations starring Gorillaz

To get the word out to Gorillaz fans, AOL will promote the feature on AIM and on AOLMusic.com. Visit http://www2.fanscape.com/networklive/redirects/gorillaz.aspx to link directly to the concert on AOL!

About Network LIVE
Network LIVE is the first entertainment network committed to redefining the creation and distribution of live content in the digital age. Network LIVE's rich slate of programming consists of live music, comedy, and live special events, and is distributed through multiple third party global media platforms including Internet, satellite radio and television (SD and HD), and wireless. A joint venture formed by AOL, XM Radio and AEG, Network LIVE leverages the built in audiences and resources of its partners and the proven power of live entertainment to deliver on its vision. Network LIVE has produced and distributed marquee events such as Live 8, as well as concerts from Bon Jovi, Green Day, Madonna, Keith Urban, and John Mayer Trio

Contact:
Christy Wise
Christyw@fanscape.com


 
A NEW DOSE OF MEDICINE FOR THE "BASSAHOLIC"

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW BRAUNFELS, TX, December 10, 2005 - For producers that just can't get enough of the low end, here's a case of bass that is just what the doctor ordered! Syntaur Productions' "Bassaholic" Zip disk and CD-ROM for the Akai MPC samplers contains 344 bass sounds; it is a compilation of the new "Block Bumpin' Basses," "Ghetto Basses," and "Platinum Basses" floppy-disk sets. The bass sounds were created by sampling classic analog synths such as the Minimoog, some of the hottest new virtual synths like the Arturia CS-80 and Native Instruments FM7, as well as the finest-quality electric bass guitars.

Smooth and super low, "Block Bumpin Basses" will have the entire neighborhood bumpin' to the bass line! This 3-floppy-disk set contains 29 instruments, perfect for everything from the boomiest rap tracks to the smoothest HipHop and RnB. And with four variations of each instrument (Banks A through D), there are 116 unique basses in this bangin' set.

"Ghetto Basses" was designed specifically with the rap producer in mind. Syntaur put together 116 of the dirtiest and hardest-hitting bass sounds around (four variations of 29 instruments) and put them all into one collection perfectly suited for today's rap scene. These basses will be a welcome addition to any modern producer's sonic arsenal.

"Platinum Basses" contains 112 of the biggest, brightest, cleanest, most pristine bass sounds (four variations of 28 instruments), perfect for the platinum producers of today. From electric guitars to Minimoogs, these basses covers the bases for RnB, HipHop, and dance tracks.

Each of these sets ships on three floppy disks, with sounds on every pad in all four Banks, for $29.95 per set. The "Bassaholic" compilation (CD-ROM or Zip Disk) contains the entire collection (all three complete bass sets) for $79.95. The sets are compatible with the Akai MPC2000, 2000xl, 3000, or 4000. "Bassaholic" is also offered in WAV format (CD-ROM) for $59.95, or on Compact Flash Card (for the MPC1000) for $79.95.

Hear audio demos and order online at www.syntaur.com/mpc_sounds.html, or call Syntaur Productions at 800-334-1288. Orders are shipped the same day (or by the next business day, for evening or weekend orders).

SYNTAUR PRODUCTIONS
1418 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130
830-627-1530

For more information: Sam Mims, 830-627-1530, sam@syntaur.com


 
Hang 'Em High Productions Presents 3rd Annual Southern Entertainment Awards, January 20-22, 2006

The Hottest Awards Show, Celebrating The Accomplishments Of Top DJ'S, Independent Recording Artists, Producers, And Other Entertainment Comtributors Of The South

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 10, 2005 -- Since 2003, the annual Southern Entertainment Awards has been revered as the first awards show in the South to honor the independent talent of those working within the urban entertainment industry. Its also the first awards show to provide the community, both artists and fans alike, with the opportunity to nominate and vote for the winners in each category. For this reason, the SEAs has quickly become one of the most celebrated events for regional DJs, models, rappers, R&B singers, websites, mix tapes, magazines and more.

We saw a void that other award ceremonies did not want to fill, says Janiro Hawkins, co-founder and event coordinator for the SEAs. Sadly, its rare that independent talent will get recognized for any of their achievements, especially within their local community, until they make it. We have lost great talent in the past because they didnt feel as though they were appreciated. If an artist knows that what they do is important and that people are actually listening [we believe] they will continue to make quality music and that they will continue to get better.

While the SEAs enthusiastically applauds the accomplishments of all urban music entertainers, the founder of the awards, Jesse Johnson (DJ Infamous) especially wanted to provide a platform for those who work within his craft DJs in the South have always been overlooked by other ceremonies and so we took it upon ourselves to highlight the accomplishments of DJs for creatively making the lasting impression on music that they do, he says.

In 2005, the SEAs had over 1200 people in attendance including nationally-known artists like David Banner, Pastor Troy, Yo Gotti, Big V (Nappy Roots) and All Star. This year as the coverage expands to 11 southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee andTexas), it is expected that this number will double thanks in part to scheduled panel discussions including, How To Get A Record Deal, How To Get Your Record Played On The Radio and How To Loose $1 Million: Top 10 Mistakes People Make In The Industry, and the endless networking opportunities that will be available to all attendees over the three-day event.

Next year, our conference will have more to offer than ever before, says Hawkins. Our conference organizer, Wendy Day [of the Rap Coalition] has some new and fresh ideas that will take our show to another level. Also, because all of our events will take place onsite at the Grand Casino Resort (Tunica, MS), people wont have to travel to different venues around town which will give attendees more time to meet with more people in their field. You never know, the artist, DJ or music Exec that you need may be just a few feet away from you. By coming out to see what our event has to offer, it can only help your career in the sense that its a supportive and celebratory environment for all of those in the independent music industry that are trying to make a difference.

Contact:
Jesse Johnson, chairperson/founder
Southern Entertainment Awards
P.O. Box 331695
Nashville, TN 37203
615-456-8854
www.southernentawards.com


 
Check out Guns Down Movement

Guns down is a movement to educate the youth about gun violence and drugs using music/sports &film..

Goals: Guns Down will reach out to the major and independent artist & djs all over the united states .to donate music/money/interviews and voice drops to support the movement ..Guns Down will then travel state to state going to schools and parks ( all the kids local hangouts) speaking with them 1st hand and educating the youth about gun violence and drugs..
Guns Down will give the kids other options besides the easy way out like drug dealing and the fast life.. We will give the youth hope and faith to stay in school and carry out their dreams.
Guns down will give the youth something to join other than a gang.
Being that gangs are back and very popular on our city streets everywhere in the U.S.
Guns down will give the kids a chance to do something they love besides hurting themselves and each other.
Guns down will throw partys hold seminars and other events to prove we can come together and have a good time with out hurting each other.
Guns down will teach the kids how to think differently before making a decision and think about the consequences before their actions.
we will lead by example how togetherness will help each other achieve goals..

Tools: Guns Down will releasing a series of mix cds and a compilation album promoting the movement .Using a street team promotional style guns down will go state to state educating the youth.
Setting up a base in each state guns down will be worldwide in less than 2 years.
The street teams are set up for the kids to have something to be a part of and learn how to get into the business of entertainment or just being positive and staying out of trouble..

40% of Guns down proceeds will goto the H.H.O. ( HELPING HAND ORGANIZATION)Set up by guns down we will help familys who lost loved one to gun violence with burial fees and funeral cost..

NOTE: Its very important that we get celebritys and athletes and others that our youth
look up too involved in the movement especially young adults.
Guns down will lead by example by getting these public figures to take the time out and speak with the youth about the harsh realitys of gun violence. I ts time some one stands up and speak out on the situation especially the people thats making millions ...

Guns down will be taking donations to be used for information booklets business cards/traveling expenses and other things needed to get this movement started..
If you can donate services of any kind please do so ..
call or email us @ cyencelab@aol.com (9173612156)

all artist & dj's send drop's to the reply email. thank you
(remember this is for the kids)
labels can send all promotional package's for our free street team distribution


 
AXSION Brings Reggaeton to SugarHill

Reggaeton sensation AXSION has been creating a storm in the reggaeton music scene in Houston.

(PRWEB) December 10, 2005 -- Reggaeton sensation AXSION has been creating a storm in the reggaeton music scene in Houston. Their new single La Fiestah will be featured in the DVD release of the new Sam Mendes movie Jarhead, in addition to getting their promotional tour sponsored by Heineken.

AXSION are currently at SugarHill Recording Studios completing their new full-length debut album titled Accion with Senior Engineer John Griffin in SugarHills Studio B and C.

Produced by G Lion 808 from Dubtex, Joe B from Rebel Crew, Draw Beatz and Dj GuerroMIX; the album has an eclectic mix of instruments, blending in traditional and new sounds of reggaeton. The album consists of 15 Spanish songs and 5 English versions.

Working with John was great because he didnt make me feel like the clock was ticking and he totally gets the sound that you want. If youre completely comfortable in your studio environment and able to trust your engineer, it doesnt matter how much time you spend, commented lead singer D-MAN Escobar.

AXSION were recently selected to perform at the Megaton 2 Bash; a concert featuring the hottest reggaeton acts, presented by the bi-lingual Houston radio station KLOL Mega 101, where they performed with popular latin/hiphop act Aventura.

The new single La Fiestah will be released in December 2005, and will be supported by a radio campaign and select live performances.

For more information on the Axsion visit: www.myspace.com/axsion, www.axsion.com

For more on SugarHill Recording Studios, visit: www.sugarhillstudios.com

Located in Houston, SugarHill Recording Studios is the oldest continuously operating facility in Texas. With over 60 years of music-making history, we have an award-winning engineering staff and a collection of both leading edge and vintage equipment. For more information, visit our website at http://www.sugarhillstudios.com/

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Heba Kadry
SugarHill Recording Studios
http://www.sugarhillstudios.com/
713-926-4431


 
Broadband Channel Debuts Reggaeton TV Show from Barrio 305

Barrio305 is proud to announce the on-line premiere of its Reggaeton TV Episode One: From Miami 2 Puerto Rico.

(PRWEB) December 10, 2005 -- Barrio305 is proud to announce the on-line premiere of its Reggaeton TV Episode One: From Miami 2 Puerto Rico.

The episode will be broadcast in its entirety under the Barrio305.com site under at http://www.barrio305.com/reggaeton_videos.htm

Episode One features the most comprehensive and in depth coverage ever assembled of the reggaeton/ latin hip hop community. Shot on location in Miami and San Juan Puerto Rico, Episode One uncovers the cultural movement known as reggaeton with special interviews, event coverage and never before seen behind the scene footage of all the top reggaeton artists. Plus Barrio305 always keeps its eyes on street Latino culture, with special segments that feature import tuners and the unforgettable Barrio Babes.

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

About http://www.Barrio305.com:
The name Barrio 305 is a Spanglish term that describes the emerging Latino youth culture in the US. Barrio is Spanish for neighborhood and 305 is the area code for the city of Miami; the name captures the bi-cultural nature of English dominant Latinos living in urban areas through out the US.

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

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Antonio Otalvaro
BARRIO305
http://www.barrio305.com/
305--662-9280