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1/13/2006

 
DMC RELEASES NEW ALBUM MARCH 14TH

Los Angeles, CA January 12, 2006 - Darryl McDaniels, or DMC as most of the world knows him, helped transform the musical landscape as one-third of the trailblazing, multi-platinum rap group Run-DMC. They sold more than 30 million album and singles worldwide and the rest is now a matter of musical history. Since forming the legendary band with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell, DMC has remained in the public eye. He is recognized as a pioneer in stoking the popularity of rap and hip-hop into the best-selling and most influential musical genre that it is today.

DMC will release the first singles, Machine Gun and Watchtower, from his much anticipated, forthcoming solo album, Checks, Thugs and Rock n Roll (RomenMpire Records/Rags 2 Riches Records) due for release in early 2006. Acclaimed filmmaker and music video director Ondi Timoner who recently won the grand jury documentary prize at Sundance Film Festival for her feature-length documentary, "Dig!" directed the video for Machine Gun. The video also features Gary Dourdan, an accomplished musician best known for his starring role on CSI. He makes his vocal debut on Machine Gun.

Four years in the making, Checks, Thugs and Rock n Roll features a virtual whos who of artists from various musical genres. They include Sarah McLachlan, Run, Doug E. Fresh, Gary Dourdan (CSI), Romeo Antonio, Kid Rock, Fieldy (Korn), DJ Lethal, Ms. Jade, Sonny Black and Napoleon (Outlawz). The music of Checks, Thugs and Rock n Roll is sure to introduce DMC the solo artist, to a younger audience that challenges those in his own generation to re-embrace hip-hop. Musically rich, the title of the album eviscerates the lifestyle-driven mentality that has come to dominate the rap world at the expense of authenticity. In addition, the album celebrates some of DMCs own musical influences including Bob Dylan, Harry Chapin and Jimi Hendrix.

Theres old-school fans whove grown up and said, I dont listen to rap any more, said DMC. But if theyve tuned out due to the direction that rap has gone, emphasizing the bad-ass lifestyle over the music, well then thats something that the community has to address. I hope that this album can put the spotlight back on the music, which is where it belongs. And DMC is no stranger to that formula.

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If you'd like more information on, Checks, Thugs and Rock n Roll, or would like to request an interview with DMCplease contact:

Staci Brooks

stacib@fanscape.com

323-785-7786


 
Holy Hip Hop Music Enters into Strategic Alliance - To Distribute Ministers of the Gospel: 'Carriers of the Cross' & K-Drama- Worldwide Via EMI Gospel

Holy Hip Hop Music announced today that it has entered into a multi-year Strategic Alliance to exclusively distribute, as a part of its Agreement with EMI Gospel, Renowned Ministers of the Gospel: (1) Orlando-based: Carriers of the Cross; and (2) Cincinnati-based: K-Drama.

(PRWEB) January 13, 2006 -- Atlanta-based Holy Hip Hop Music announced today that it has entered into a multi-year Strategic Alliance to exclusively distribute, as a part of its Agreement with EMI Gospel, Renowned Ministers of the Gospel: (1) Orlando-based: Carriers of the Cross; and (2) Cincinnati-based: K-Drama.

"Carriers of the Cross and K-Drama, well-known and respected Hip Hop Missionaries with a combined 14 years of dedication to advancing the Gospel, have worked steadily to build fan-bases stretching from coast-to-coast as well as putting in the time necessary to solidify key media relationships (radio, TV, internet, print) for the global advancement of their music ministry.

Carriers of the Cross and K-Drama will serve to expand established exclusive distribution and marketing partnerships currently in place, as well as provide a platform for continued innovation and growth, as music continues to serve the evolving musical tastes of the dynamic and growing 14-40 consumer demographic.

EMI Gospel and Holy Hip Hop Music are honored to be in partnership with Carriers of the Cross and K-Drama in the advancement of Street Ministry Evangelism, and are looking forward to their respective August and October 2006 CD Releases to be distributed worldwide by EMI Gospel,” said Panchetta Harris, General Manager-Holy Hip Hop Music.

For more information on K-Drama, Click Here; or go to: http://Sonicbids.Com/kdrama.

For more information on Carries of the Cross, Click Here: http://www.sonicbids.com/carriers or go to: http://www.CarriersOfTheCross.com.

EMI Gospel, a division of EMI CMG, is a global leader in the production, marketing and distribution of the best in Gospel music (including but not limited to: Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard, Smokie Norful, Bishop Eddie Long, Myron Butler and more). For more information, log on to: http://www.EMIGospel.com.

About EMI CMG:
Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Awards given to EMI CMG Distribution include CBA Supplier of the Year 1998, 1999 & 2002, CBA Customer Service & Distribution Award 1998-2002 and CBA Impact Award 1998 & 1999. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, which is a unit of EMI Music. EMI Music is the third largest recorded music company in the world operating directly in 50 countries. EMI Music represents more than 1,000 artists spanning all musical tastes and genres.

Holy Hip Hop Music, distributed world-wide by EMI Gospel, committed to consistently adhere to the following three (3) principles: (1) Provide Affordable Music; (2) Provide Music of Sound Production Quality; and (3) Provide Music that is Inspiring and Enlightening to the Heart, grounded in Christian Ministry First, and devoid of obscenities and innuendo harmful to children, youth, adults, the community and interests of mass media, in general. Holy Hip Hop Music, in strategic alliance with EMI Gospel, serves as the exclusive distribution partner for Arrow Records Recording Artist: Canton Jones, Holy South Recording Artist: Mr. Del; SGR Music Recording Artist: Tragegy; Crossover Community Church Recording Artist: Urban D; Carriers of the Cross Ministries Recording Artists: Carriers Of The Cross and This Click Records Recording Artist: K-Drama. For more information on the global movement to Take the Gospel to the Streets, log on to: http://www.HolyHipHop.com

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Holy Hip Hop Breaking News
http://www.HolyHipHop.com
404-893-5752


 
Barbara Britton Launches Multicultural Consumer Marketing Firm and Becomes ESSENCE Publishing Advisor

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- After 17 years at the helm of sales at ESSENCE magazine, Barbara Britton will launch a new multicultural consumer marketing firm. The company is designed to address the needs of corporations in today's rapidly changing consumer marketplace. ESSENCE is the firm's first client to utilize the vast knowledge that she brings to this increasingly important segment. She will transition from Vice President and Associate Publisher into the consultant role of Publishing Advisor to ESSENCE.

In her role as Publishing Advisor, Britton will continue to represent the ESSENCE brand within the advertising community, at marketing events and industry-wide. Britton's over 25 years of experience in print, cable and television, have been integral in building the ESSENCE brand.

Essence Communications publishes ESSENCE, the preeminent lifestyle magazine that reaches more than seven million African-Americans each month. For over 35 years, the company has provided cutting edge reporting and service on every aspect of the lives of African-Americans. Essence Communications also produces the Essence Music Festival; Essence Books; http://www.essence.com/, and has brand licensing agreements for Essence Eyewear and Hosiery.

Source: ESSENCE

CONTACT: Sonya McNair of ESSENCE, +1-212-522-1634

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


1/12/2006

 
Special Exclusive Announcement With Hip-Hop Icon DMX

Who: Hip-Hop Icon DMX

What: A press conference to announce the recording future of Hip-Hop icon
DMX (conference will include a very special surprise)

Where: Sony Music Studios (447 West 53th St, New York, NY)

When: Friday, January 13th, Beginning at 12 noon (MEDIA CALL: 11am)

Friday, January 13th, beginning at 12 noon sharp, there will be an exclusive announcement regarding the recording future of record-breaking artist DMX at Sony Music Studios, 447 W. 53rd St, New York, NY (Media Call: 11am).

Media Call: 11:00am Television Crews
11:30am Photographers & All Other Media
12:00pm Press Conference will promptly start at 12 noon.

DMX is a record-breaking Hip-Hop icon. His 2003 release Grand Champ made him the only artist in the history of the Billboard Top 200 to have his first five albums all debut at #1.

For more information on DMX, please contact:
Edwin Banacia, Sony Urban Music, New York, 212-833-5072
email: Edwin.Banacia@sonybmg.com

http://www.sonybmg.com/
http://www.columbiarecords.com/


 
CHOCOLATE THAI RELEASE THE REAL McCOY / PRESS DAY

If the name Chocolate Thai sounds familiar to you, you've probably seen her on Showtimes Next Up contest presented by Interscope. Thai was one of the finalists and althought she didn't win, she is making big moves in the industry. She just dropped her debut CD/DvD which is hosted by MC Lyte. She's got crazy support from industry heavyweights like Angie Martinez, Heather Hunter, Remy Ma and the list goes on.

Thai can currently be heard on the radio and in the clubs featured on remixes for hit singles "Can I Have It Like That", "Touch It" and "Tip The Bar".

click the following link to check out the offical REAL McCOY commercial: http://ebongue.samuel.free.fr/ChocolateThai2nddraft.wmv

Chocolate Thai will be doing phone interviews Wednesday, January 18th from 1PM - 4PM. If you'd like to schedule time with Thai e-mail rsauthoff@gmail.com. Any other interview requests or inquiries may also be directed to that e-mail address.

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Rob Sauthoff
Writer/Publicist/Event Promoter
Tele: 646.573.2841
E-mail: rsauthoff@gmail.com
www.floanthonysblacknoir.com
www.deve8magazine.com
Current Clients:
Chocolate Thai - www.myspace.com/chocolatethainy
Indira Khan - www.daughtersofsoul.com
House of Soles - www.houseofsoles.com


 
HOT 97 PRESENTS FULL FRONTAL HIP HOP

NEW YORK'S # 1 STATION FOR HIP HOP AND R&B
PRESENTS THE THIRD ANNUAL
FULL FRONTAL HIP HOP FASHION SHOW
WITH PERFORMANCES BY
BUSTA RHYMES, KEYSHIA COLE AND NE-YO
FEBRUARY 3RD AT THE HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

AKADEMICS, GILYARD, WHITE BOY CLOTHING AND LAQUE
RIP THE RUNWAY

January 10, 2006--HOT 97 FM, New York's number one station for hip hop and R&B will kick off fashion week with its third annual FULL FRONTAL HIP HOP FASHION SHOW on Friday, February 3rd, 2006 at 7PM at the Hammerstein Ballroom located at 311 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001.

Hip Hop icon Busta Rymes will perform his new single Touch It" off of his new album "The Big Bang, that is climbing the charts. Performances also include R&B songstress Keyshia Cole and Ne-YO. Some of the hottest urban labels in fashion including Akademics, Gilyard, White Boy clothing and Laque will showcase the latest looks for Spring 2006. HOT 97's Full Frontal Hip Hop Fashion show will be the premier hip hop event for Fashion Week 2006. Bigger and better every year, this year will top the rest as additional designers will be announced soon.

HOT 97 morning show personality Miss Jones, will host a VIP Players Lounge with special gifts and prizes all night long. Tickets are $47.50 and $97.50 available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 212-307-7171.

FULL FRONTAL HIP HOP is presented by HOT 97 and Red Ginseng Plus and Aloe Vera Energy Drinks and produced by Trevanna Entertainment.

For Media Credentials Please Contact
Dan Klores Communications
Andrea Ferguson
Andrea_Ferguson@dkcnews.com
212-981-5242


 
Politics Collide With The Streets A-Alikes New Single Poses Question; What Side Are You On?

Avid proponents of the RBG (Red Black & Green/Revolutionary But Gangsta) Movement, made popular by comrades dead prez, the A-Alikes represent the everyday struggle of Black and Brown youth in Amerikkkas ghettos. The Nervous Records artists are ushering in a new epic of expression and asking some real questions with the release of their new single, "What's Your Politic?"

New York (PRWEB) January 12, 2006 -- Having garnered critical acclamation domestically and overseas, Source magazine "Tale of The Tape" and "Unsigned Hype" alumni A-Alikes, are gearing up to drop their anticipated LP I Eat You Eat (Guerilla Nation/Nervous) in April, 2006. Gaining momentum on urban airwaves across the globe, their first single "What's Your Politic?" goes beyond entertainment by asking listeners how they view the world.

"What's Your Politic? Allows the A-Alikes to come to the people as the people. This ain't your everyday rap sh#@t, our music is more than that! We recognize that Hip- Hop is a weapon, and we acknowledge that our words are powerful. This song simply asks, what side are you on?" explains A-Alikes members K and Ness in regards to their hope that the single will provoke critical thought among listeners.

The Brooklyn-based duo, met in Tallahassee in 1996 and connected with M1 and Sticman (dead prez)and Hedrush's Tahir and Abu among other young freedom-minded soliders desiring to find their way and use music as an outlet for messages of empowerment. Dead prez led the pack with their move to NY where they were signed to Loud Records. Ness, known also as P. Red and K a.k.a A. Black describe their music as "the soundtrack to the grind," honed their sound and headed north one year later to take their own bite out of the apple, where they've since continued to build and organize.

Notorious for rambunctious live stage shows and philosophy-centered messages, the A-Alikes explain, "We strive to make statements without being overly complex." The name A-Alikes, means people of like minds, according to the charismatic duo who explain, "I Eat, You Eat is not just a title, it's a goal. We use Hip Hop as a tool to go at our oppressors."

While the upcoming project promises to give listeners something to think about, it also boasts strong production, punchy lines and lacks nothing in the way of entertainment. "What's You Politic?" is produced by D/R. Period (M.O.P., Jay-Z, Nas), I Eat You Eat features tracks by Black Jeruz (G Unit), Canadian producer Saukretes (Nas, Redman), 4th Disciple (Wu Tang), appearances from dead prez and production from Stic.man.

Avid supporters of the RBG (Red Black & Green/Revolutionary But Gangsta) Movement, made popular by their comrades dead prez, the A-Alikes represent the everyday struggle of Black and Brown youth in Amerikkka's ghettos. Joining forces with independent New York label Nervous Records in 2005, the A-Alikes are ushering in a new epic of expression. Their uniquely pioneered music perfectly meshes with the raw sound of former Nervous acts Funkmaster Flex, Black Moon and Smif-n-Wessun.

Nervous Records is committed to putting out music that is not watered down by commercialization or internal corporate politics. "We will continue to allow people to hear music as the artist wants it to be heard, the A-Alikes and their strong messages deserve that voice," proclaims label President Michael Weiss. "The first single "What's Your Politic?", poses a real question to the Hip Hop community and beyond with respect to where they are with the major movements that are going on in the world right now."

"Allowing artists an outlet for their vision contributed to Nervous' success with Black Moon that lead to Smif-n-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and the Boot Camp Clique. I would like to see this happen for Guerilla Nation and the RBG Movement," Weiss added.

To learn more about the A-Alikes, Guerilla Nation or Nervous Records,check out the Official A-Alikes E-Card by clicking on this link: http://www.suprememanagement.net/Artist/aalikes/ecard/ or visit www.aalikes.net and www.nervousnyc.com.

Direct all Media/Music Requests to Trea Day Management & Publicity at 404 460-5557 or visit www.treaday.com.

Please Give Proper Credit: All materials and content is provided courtesy of TreaDay.com


 
SubCon Prepares SubTalk Release on Eastern Conference

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2006 -- SubCon (also known as Sub-Conscious) is both a connoisseur and creator of pure music. His adept lyrical ability and remarkably solid delivery bring weight to his songs, while the fluidity of his cadence gives way to a diverse array of impressive rhyme schemes. Think thats a mouthful? Its all breezy to this New York native, and SubCon has teamed with Eastern Conference to give Hip Hop fans a refreshing perspective with his new album SubTalk.

After releasing various independent projects in the late 90s with the group Sight Beyond Light, SubCon set out to pursue a solo career in 2001. He released several singles and special projects, including work with Bobbito Garcias Fruitmeat Records. In early 2005, SubCon released The Holdoverz to prepare fans for the new full length album SubTalk.

Produced fully by SubCons longtime friend DJ Eli, guest appearances on SubTalk stay in the family as well. Poison Pen of the Stronghold Crew, Breezly Brewin of the Juggaknots, and jazz songstress Tess Marsalis each grace the album with their exciting brand of talent, making for a pleasurable musical journey.

For more information on SubCon, and to hear the tracks "Don't Go", "Gabriel's Trumpet" and "Gaintainin" from the SubTalk LP, go to www.tygereye.net/subcon.

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


 
$10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard Pixel Ad Site Joins Forces with New Reality Show Independent Music Revue

IMRs Reality TV Show Promotes Indie Billboard Pixel Website to promote Independent Music

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) January 12, 2005 -- The Ten Million Dollar Indie Billboard today announces that it has joined forces with reality TV show "The Independent Music Revue" in Atlanta, Georgia (UPN-Atlanta, Sundays@ 10am) to promote Independent musicians on air and online. The Independent Music Revue will produce the commercial and feature it throughout the season of its new series. The 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard was created to promote the compilation CD U Heard it Here First The Best in Independent Music' featuring 20 tracks from Independent artists.

In addition to his commercial for the 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard, Aaron will be showcasing his new fashion label Groove Rock Gear. The 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard launched its official website to promote independent recording artists by selling 1 million pixels of internet ad space at (www.10milliondollarindiebillboard.com) for $10 per pixel in December, 2005.

Beegle is not only the producer of the new compilation CD, but he also will have some of his newest tracks featured on the EP. Proceeds from the billboard will be used to distribute and promote his independent artist CD online and on TV. The biggest advertiser will also get 2 percent of the CD sales. This new CD will feature 20 of the hottest independent artist tracks. In addition to the CD and website promotion, artists will also get immediate airplay on the radio station Groove Rock Radio, (http://www.grooverockgear.com/radio). One of the core missions of the 10 million dollar Indie Billboard is to promote artist advocacy and social consciousness by donating 5 percent of all CD sales to charity. The CD will be available once completed at (http://www.grooverockmusic.com.)

The 10 Million Dollars Indie Billboard was created to promote artists in a fresh new way. Independent music has a huge following. said Aaron Beegle, Co-founder of the 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard. I get thousands of plays daily on sites like Pure Volume and Number One Music. My companies are designed to bring the same level of advertising and promotion I get to all Independent musicians nationwide. Joining forces with The Independent Music Revue will allow our companies to add new marketing opportunities normally out of reach for the Independent band. It also allows our CD to get valuable air time on TV in a major metropolitan area.

About Independent Music Revue
The Independent Music Revue (IMR) will be broadcasting the new television series titled The Independent Music Revue. Within this one-hour weekly series (UPN-Atlanta, Sundays@ 10am) will be musicians and artists from varying genres of music, performing and promoting their talents. Within a one hour show, there are five segments and five independent music videos. Each segment is designed to magnify a particular step in the process of being an entertainer. The "Sneak Peek" gives a look at the single to be released or that has been released for sale, in record stores, websites, etc. "Comin' to Your Camp" invites viewers into the recording studio along with the artist(s) as they record. The "Artist Spotlight" segment is an exclusive interview with the artist that allows them to promote and also perform "live" during the interview. Contact the Independent Music Revue for more information or visit www.independentmusicrevue.com.

About Aaron Beegle
Nashville Independent Rock/Soul artist Aaron Beegle has grabbed the attention of listeners around the world. Mr. Beegle has fused a rock/soul blend both vocally and musically to create a sound uniquely his own and is seen as a pioneer of Groove Rock. Currently he is working with Dojo Productions (www.dojopro.com) and major studios in Nashville. The song 'Breaking Time' [2003 version was featured on Garage Bands (www.garageband.com) Groove Rock front page. Featured awards including best male vocals, best keyboards, Grooviest Rhythm etc. 'Resisting Red' climbed the charts (topped at #1 for two weeks) on Internet radio stations nationwide. In addition to being a singer, musician and songwriter, Mr. Beegle is also Groove Rock Gears president. For more information on Aaron Beegle, including downloads and photos go to www.aaronbeegle.com.

About 10MillionDollarIndieBillboard.com
10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard is an online pixel advertising website similar to the Million Dollar Homepage www.milliondollarhomepage.com where Alex Tew raised 1 million dollars to pay for his university fees. Launched in December 2005, this billboard allows businesses to advertise their website with a direct link allowing them to get traffic for a five year period. Advertisers who purchase pixel space on the 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard can also opt in to sell their pixels via EBay auctions. The top advertiser will be given 2% of proceeds of CD sales. The purpose of the billboard is to promote independent bands by raising funds to distribute and advertise a compilation CD. Proceeds from the CD sales will also be donated to charities. Additional information on 10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard is available at www.10milliondollarindiebillboard.com

Media Contact
10 Million Dollar Indie Billboard, LLC
Laurie Champagne
760-715-9054

Independent Music Review
Nikki Brooks
659 Auburn Avenue, Suite 147
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
404.221.1165


 
First Annual En Sound Music Awards Will Take Place August 19, 2006

Over the last five years, En Sound online radio has been providing a worldwide forum for unsigned and independent gospel recording artists. Within the last year alone, the www.ensoundentertainment.com site has experienced massive growth and received over 2.5 million hits.

Bronx, NY (PRWEB) January 12, 2006 -- Over the last five years, En Sound online radio has been providing a worldwide forum for unsigned and independent gospel recording artists. Within the last year alone, the www.ensoundentertainment.com site has experienced massive growth and received over 2.5 million hits. The station has regular online listeners in over 65 countries and spins virtually every type of gospel music including: urban, reggae, soca, Holy Hip Hop, CCM, traditional and Jazz. One of the first platforms of its kind for unsigned artists; the artists are profiled, interviewed and celebrated on this channel and can even listen to the music on their cell phones.

In a further step to recognize indie artists, En Sound Entertainment has announced its first annual En Sound Music Awards (ESMA). The indie star-studded event will take place on Saturday August 19, 2006, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. Awards will be handed out in several categories including: Best Female Vocalist, Best Male Vocalist, Favorite Choir, Favorite Group, Best Holy Hip Hop Artist, Best Traditional Gospel Artist, and Best Caribbean Gospel Artist, among others.

The purpose of the ESMA is to honor and bring more exposure to independent gospel recording artists, says En Sound Entertainments founder, Delroy Souden, who got the idea for the awards program four years ago while he was watching the Grammy Awards on television. I believe having such an awards program would boost the moral of these artists who sometimes spend their last dime to produce their recordings and get discouraged shortly thereafter because they cant get them played on the radio and because retail stores wont stock them.

Unsigned artists are encouraged to send their media kits and cds to be reviewed for airplay on the station to:

En Sound Entertainment
P.O. Box 319
Bronx, NY 10453

Please visit our website at: www.ensoundentertainment.com

Contacts:
Delroy Souden/CEO
Telephone: 718-741-3271

Kevin James/Marketing & Promotions
Telephone: 301-809-6633


1/11/2006

 
EA Announces Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover; The Officially Licensed Hip Hop Fighting Videogame to Make its First Appearance on the PSP(TM)

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 11, 2006--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS), the world's leading independent videogame publisher, and Def Jam Enterprises, LLC, a media and marketing affiliate of Rush Communications, announced today that Def Jam(R) Fight For NY(TM): The Takeover will ship to retail outlets nationwide this spring on the PSP(TM) (PlayStation(R)Portable) system. Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover, the prequel to the award-winning Def Jam Vendetta, lets you experience the ultimate hip hop fighting game anywhere you go.

Playing as the hottest artists and celebrities in Hip Hop including Busta Rhymes, Carmen Electra, Lil' Kim, Ludacris, Method Man, Redman, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit, you'll be able to unravel the events that lead to Def Jam Vendetta and find out how D-Mob got to rule NYC. Featuring new fighting moves and new venues, where players can gain respect by winning fights and rising among the ranks of the crew. Players can create their own fighter with gear from Def Jam University, Phat Farm, Brand Jordan, Ecko Unlimited, Enyce, Rocawear, Sean John, State Property, Reebok, and more. For the first time ever players can battle in 1-on-1 death matches using PSP's wireless functionality.

"We are excited to continue our strong relationship with Def Jam and bring this critically acclaimed franchise to the PSP for the first time ever," said Craig Rechenmacher, Senior Director of Marketing for EA. "The exclusive new fighting moves, new gameplay content and original story mode bring a completely fresh Def Jam experience to the handheld."

"Def Jam Interactive's first PSP title has proven to be an exciting and entertaining product. Again, EA has developed an unparalleled title and we are confident that Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover will go far beyond everyone's expectations," said Lauren Wirtzer, VP of Marketing for Def Jam Enterprises.

The game is being developed by EA Canada in conjunction with Japan-based AKI Corporation for a scheduled ship in spring 2006 under the EA brand. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Screenshots of the game can be found at http://info.ea.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM) and POGO(TM). In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

About Def Jam Enterprises

Def Jam Enterprises, an affiliate of Rush Communications, offers consumers a wide range of popular products and services in a variety of industries including fashion, film, gaming, and mobile. By leveraging the power of the Def Jam brand, Def Jam Enterprises has co-produced two multi-platinum video games with Electronic Arts: Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam Fight For NY. Since its launch last year, Def Jam University has already established itself as a premier urban fashion brand. Def Jam Mobile, in partnership with AG Interactive, is the premier provider of hip hop content for wireless consumers. For more than 20 years, the executive team behind Def Jam have helped guide the most successful careers in entertainment, such as Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Ludacris, T.I., Kanye West, Bon Jovi, The Killers, Ja Rule, DMX, Missy Elliott, and many more. For more information, please visit defjamenterprises.com.

Electronic Arts, EA, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG, and POGO are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Def Jam(R) and Fight For NY(TM) and all associated logos and marks are used under license from DJR Holdings, LLC and Simcoh, LLC. PlayStation is a registered trademark and PSP is a trademark of SCEI. Memory Stick Duo(TM) may be required (sold separately). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts
Electronic Arts
Amanda Hatton, 604-456-4386
ahatton@ea.com
Robin Chandler, 650-628-3610
rchandler@ea.com
or
Def Jam Enterprises
Allison Rhone, 212-997-3056
arhone@defjamenterprises.com


 
RMD Entertainment Group Releases Shareholders Letter

BAY CITY, MI -- (Market Wire - Jan 11, 2006) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) today released a letter to the shareholders from Mr. Giorgio Costonis, CEO of RMD Entertainment Group.

To the Shareholders of RMDG

It is my sincere pleasure to address you all in regards to the significant progress that we have made during my tenure here at RMDG as Chief Executive Officer. Let me first touch upon the fact that I appreciate that the shift from defense contractor to Hip Hop Entertainment Company was a significant and radical change in the eyes of shareholders that invested in our company back in the days of Sciax Corporation. To me, the question is not whether we manufacture counter terrorism products or become a significant world entertainment entity. It is simply a question of economics. I was very encouraged by the economic opportunity for RMDG in the entertainment field and that is why we changed our main focus to that initiative. With that in mind we had several key goals that we set out to meet head on and were very successful in reaching them collectively. They are as follows:

1. Reduce past debt to the company and secure financing options for capital
requirements.
2. Create a world market for our product.
3. Complete products for sale in this market.
4. Engage in strategic alliances with technology driven vendors of music
and video.
5. Diversify our product offering to our target audience (sell more than
music).
6. Examine Sciax Defense and come up with a plan that will benefit
shareholder value going forward.

In order to reduce past debt to the company we had to change the existing capital structure of the company. This was accomplished by restructuring the company through a stock reversal which was also accompanied by the name change from Sciax Corp to RMD Entertainment Group. Although this decision was not popular among shareholders at the time it allowed us to be very proactive in resolving any issues with past vendors of the company and allowed us the possibility of several options for financing the current initiatives of RMDG. We have paid a significant amount of the debt down in the company and will continue to do so until it is completed. We are hopeful that we will be very close to completing any remaining financial clean up by the end of 2006. I am also pleased to announce that we now have a financial vehicle in place that I am confident can meet our needs as we continue to grow as a major player in the one billion dollar a year Hip Hop Entertainment market.

We have been extremely successful in creating a world market for RMDG music products. Our staff has successfully signed 56 distribution deals world wide for our music catalogue to date. There is not a continent in the world that our product will not be available in this year. Hip Hop is a world-wide phenomenon so we aggressively targeted the globe in our business practices. We are now positioned to be key players in 2006 and beyond in both the traditional sales of CD format product with our deals in North America with Bungalo Records (Exclusively distributed by Universal Music and Video Distribution) and The Pickwick Group for our European distribution. In addition, we have consummated deals with 54 distributors throughout the world for digital download and mobile ring-tone distributors. The mobile ring-tone market was very big on our radar screen as it is a $350 million a year business and continues to grow at a rapid pace. One again, for more information on the distribution of RMDG product I invite you to visit our new website at www.rmd-entertainment.com for a detailed account on all contracts and territories that we currently cover. It is with great pride I can say that our products truly span the globe.

The mandate was given to our staff that while we were increasing our overall potential market on a global scale we would create music products simultaneously to sell in those markets. To this end we signed two key artists onto our roster that we planned on releasing at the end of the first quarter of 2006 and the beginning of the second quarter of 2006. These artists are Roc Monee and Big Kuntree. We actually used their music material as the basis to continue to secure distribution deals world wide as we were in the process of recording their debut albums for our record label RMD. The initial response to their material has been very positive and we remain confident that both artists will bring significant earnings to RMDG in 2006. Roc Monee is putting the finishing touches on his album currently with a tentative release schedule of March on our books and Big Kuntree is half way through his recording with a tentative release date of the end of April on RMD. In addition, we entered into a joint venture with Bungalo Records for Platinum Artist Heavy D's new album scheduled for end of March early April release.

Technology is the new voice in entertainment currently. Our management wanted to find additional ways to exploit our music outside of traditional formats. There is an ongoing war for musical content and we intend to capitalize on every title that we own going forward. We have begun to forge relationships with several alternative content delivery providers such as Real Networks and Ewan 1 to maximize our revenues on all music releases. We continue to forge these relationships with great vigor and will have several key announcements in this regard in the coming months. I am pleased with our progress thus far in this growing market.

While we feel confident that we are able to reach our target demographic with music products on a global scale we are not satisfied with selling music products to our consumers exclusively. We have been searching for the perfect compliment to our record label RMD where we could significantly increase our overall earnings and engage in heavy cross promotion between the two entities. We found that match with D'Apparell the maker of DBands. DBands are the patented design sports safety/hip hop lifestyle headbands and hats that have been gaining significant exposure this past year not only because of their performance during sporting events but also their unique design that has made them the newest and hottest street wear in Hip Hop today. This company has the potential to earn significant revenues in 2006 and beyond and discussions are under way currently for major distribution for the product on a world wide basis. Management believes that the Dbands line can expand to the point where we can eventually compare it to successful Hip Hop apparel lines like Sean John by Diddy for Bad Boy Records and Roc A Wear for Roccafella Records. Both of these companies, once established, earned well into the tens of millions of dollars and even outperformed their record label's earnings during certain time periods.

Sciax Technology's defense business has been examined very carefully by management and we have formulated a plan that I am confident will benefit our shareholder base. Currently there is a substantial royalty payment due to Sciax Technology from an existing contract. We will collect any funds owed to us in this regard and continue to examine all opportunities in the defense business. This decision will be made with the utmost care with shareholder value and economic benefit being the focus.

In conclusion I say this to you. We have taken every step necessary to put RMD Entertainment Group in a position to win. I am confident that I have made the right decisions and that we have undertaken all compulsory actions needed to create a high powered entertainment entity that can effectively compete with any similar company within its realm on a global basis. The earnings that we are positioned for this year are considerable. I anticipate a significant upswing in stock value during the year if we reap these earnings. It is my personal goal to make RMDG the most recognized Hip Hop Entertainment on the planet and you have my pledge that my staff and I remain completely dedicated and focused in this regard. I thank you for your continued support and look forward to our future successes together.

Best Regards to All,

Giorgio C Costonis
Chief Executive Officer
RMD Entertainment Group

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


 
UPSET RECORDS TO TOUR IN '06: MIDWEST TO BE TAKEN BY STORM

Denver, CO -- (ArriveNet - Jan 11, 2006) --Upset Records the hottest hip-hop/rap label to come out of the Midwest will be headlining the Colorado, Kansas, Missouri I-70 Tour, kicking off on 2/4/06. The tour features not only Ray Ray and Doe of Upset Records, but their opening acts, Nykeloc, Evil Loc, Young Doe, Dope, D-Lok, Big Rat, Dirty Work, St. Nick and Young Dice. As a whole, the artists on the tour represent all three states on the tour. Doe, an artist, producer and one of the founders of Upset Records, Inc. is originally from Topeka, Kansas and determined that Kansas would be the state in which to kick-off the 2006 tour. Following the first show the tour will continue into the Spring months.

The tour kick-off date is set for 2/4/06 and will be held at The Granada Theater in Lawrence KS. Doors open at 8pm. This is an 18+ show and tickets are $15 at the door on the night of the show for anyone 21+. Anyone aged 18-20 can purchase tickets for $17 at the same location. The Granada Theater is located in between 10th and 11th on Massachusetts in Lawrence, KS 66044. This theater, originally opened in 1977 has been home to some very influential acts and Doe and the family of Upset artists and their guests are no exception.

The 2006 Upset Records Midwest Tour will hit not only Topeka and Lawrence, but will be stopping in cities all throughout Kansas, including Manhattan and others. The tour will also hit Missouri cities such as Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis and more. Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Ft. Collins stops are also planned throughout Colorado. Along with every tour stop Upset Records will do in-store promotions at local Hastings and FYE stores. CD signings, appearances, meet and greets with the artists and even performances will be part of these in-store stops.

For more information on this tour or Upset Records in general, contact Bridget OBrien at 303-202-6738 or through email at bridget@upsetrecords.com. Information will also be posted on www.myspace.com/upsetrecordsdoe.


 
Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R.'s Always debuts at #6 on Billboards U.S. Hot R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart

The lead single from the album This Herre City ranked #81 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs Charts

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) January 11th, 2006 Hassle Life Entertainment announced today that rap artist Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R.s lead single Always, from his upcoming album This Herre City, has debuted at # 6 on Billboards U.S. Hot R&B/Hip Hop single sales chart and #81 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart that measure airplay and sales of singles throughout the country. The chart was released January 7th .

The number one selling R&B/Hip-Hop single in the U.S. is Chris Browns Run It, followed by Dem Franchise Boyz remix to I Think They Like Me featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow. Ray Js One Wish is number three.

On the airplay charts, Mary J. Bliges Be Without You is the countrys most played R&B/Hip Hop song followed by Mariah Careys Dont Forget About Us and Nellys Grillz featuring Paul Wall and Kinfolk and Franchises I Think They Like Me.

The Always single was officially released in stores December 13th, and its sales position is based on data provided by Nielsens Soundscan from retail outlets across the country. The airplay position is determined by data from Nielsens Broadcast Data Systems.

Were definitely proud of Spaide and all that he has accomplished so far with (Always), says Hassle Life CEO BooO. However, this is just a start for us. We plan on making some major moves in the 06 and we look forward to dropping hit single after hit single.

Spaide R.I.P.P.E.Rs spot on the Soundscan chart shouldnt come as a surprise to rap fans, as Always has been burning up the airwaves on radio stations in and around the Midwest and Dirty South for the last few months. The independently released single has also had dance clubs and adult gentlemens clubs throughout those regions going hard as well.

Timing is everything, says BooO, and right now we feel as if its Spaides time to shine and show music fans across the country how talented a performer he really is.

Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R, dubbed the People's Champ of St. Louis, is the dread-locked emcee known for his profanity free lyrics. Recently voted the St. Louis Hip-Hop Artist of the Year by both the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Evening Whirl, Spaide continues the independent grind that has lead to overtures from major labels. His album This Herre City will drop in early 2006. For more info, please visit www.spaideripper.com.
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Toriano L. Porter
IMPUBLICITY PUBLIC RELATIONS
314.680.6542


 
El Da Sensei Returns With "The Unusual"

El Da Sensei returns with "The Unusual", a new album on Fat Beats Records.

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) January 11, 2006 -- Widely known as a former member of the legendary Hip Hop duo The Artifacts, lyrical icon El Da Sensei is gearing up for the release of his second solo album, "The Unusual", which will be released on February 28th on Fat Beats Records. This album brings a new edge to the New Jersey emcee that fans know and love.

El Da Sensei started his phenomenal career over a decade ago with The Artifacts, and released his independent solo debut album entitled "Relax, Relate, Release" in 2002. "The Unusual" will deliver a different aspect of his versatile talent. I definitely didnt want to come like the last album, explains El. I felt like 'Relax, Relate, Release' was a little bit personal for everybody. With this album I just wanted to go back to basics and bring a certain kind of fire back to myself.

A creative mix of traditional Hip Hop pairs true-school rhymes over heavy-hitting beats for The Unusual, and the exciting lineup of producers includes Jake One, Saukrates, DJ Revolution, Illmind and Fusion. Inspired guest vocals come from Boot Camp Cliks Sean Price on No Matter and DITC member O.C. on Nothing To Lose.

For full bio and more information on El Da Sensei, and to hear the official single "Crowd Pleasa" b/w "Natural Feel Good", go to www.tygereye.net/eldasensei.

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


 
Snoop Dogg, 3 Doors Down Headline Bud Bowl 2006

'Club 1620' at Tiger Stadium Hosts Gridiron Gathering

DETROIT, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg and rock band 3 Doors Down will headline Bud Bowl 2006, two special concerts in advance of the professional football championship in Detroit. The concerts will be held at "Club 1620" at Tiger Stadium, a special climate-controlled environment created for Bud Bowl 2006.

Budweiser and Bud Light will stage two of Detroit's must-see "One Night Stand" events on Feb. 3-4, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Snoop Dogg will perform on Friday and 3 Doors Down will perform Saturday. Adult consumers 21 and older must have an invitation to attend these concerts, which can be obtained through Budweiser promotions in area bars, clubs and restaurants and through radio station giveaways. There will be no invitations/tickets available at the door of Club 1620.

"The Bud Bowl events at Tiger Stadium will allow our friends in Detroit to experience 'The Corner' one more time and will provide top entertainment perfect for a championship weekend," said Phil Kazer, region vice president, Anheuser-Busch. "Our company is also excited to give Detroit sports fans a rare glimpse of Tiger Stadium, one of sports greatest venues, by reopening it during this historic weekend."

Club 1620 will be situated on the infield of Tiger Stadium, enclosed in a 132-foot by 230-foot climate-controlled expo hall. Guests will enter at Trumbull Avenue and will be welcomed by Budweiser and Bud Light ambassadors who will escort them into the entertainment area where music, dancing and a light show set the tone for the evening. Club 1620's intimate atmosphere will allow Bud Bowl guests to mingle with scores of celebrities in town for championship weekend events.

Anheuser-Busch (NYSE:BUD) is now in its 18th straight year as the exclusive beer category sponsor of TV broadcasts of the big game. The company is scheduled to air the equivalent of 10 30-second spots, including the coveted first ad after the opening kickoff during the 2006 game broadcast on ABC.

Bud Bowl 2006 is presented by Budweiser and Bud Light. The "King of Beers" has sponsored the Detroit Lions for more than 25 years and Budweiser and Bud Light are the "official beer sponsors" of 28 of 32 NFL teams.

Source: Anheuser-Busch

CONTACT: Bill Mueller of Anheuser-Busch, +1-314-577-4017,
william.mueller@anheuser-busch.com

Web site: http://www.anheuser-busch.com/


 
The Idol Maker's Ready to Ride H3

H3Enterprises signs JVA with legendary music mogul Lou Pearlman

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. has announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with Lou Pearlman, the man behind several of the most successful music acts of recent memory, including Justin Timberlake, N Sync, and The Backstreet Boys.

The Agreement calls for HTRE and Pearlman to jointly develop H3's award winning HipHopSodaShops throughout the Orlando and Tampa markets. Pearlman will be paying HTRE an undisclosed amount of cash to participate exclusively in the development of these markets. Pearlman will also be bringing his wealth of entertainment, media, and franchise contacts to H3 including a potential National Television deal with a major network.

"Having Lou Pearlman join Team H3 is as good as it gets," said HTRE founder and President Brian "H3" Peters. "The man has proven over and over again that he has his hands firmly on the pulse of the entertainment industry and always stays ahead of the curve. We are truly honored that he has chosen to become an integral part of our Company's ongoing development."

"I'm totally impressed with everything I see surrounding HTRE", said Pearlman. "The HipHopSodaShop is maybe the best new franchise concept I've come across, giving the most sought after demographic a place they can truly call their own. George Lois and H3 have managed to incorporate all the most popular and profitable elements from the Hip Hop culture into the SodaShops, while making sure that the stores are all inclusive and very community conscious. I look forward to bringing everything I can to this extraordinary Company and team."

H3Enterprises is the first publicly traded company devoted to the Hip Hop culture and community. H3s HipHopSodaShops are expected to create thousands of jobs and scholarship opportunities throughout communities across America. HTRE is the owner, creator, licensor, and franchiser of HipHopSodaShops, H3Raps, H3WhiteTeaBeverages, H3Merchandising, H3CyberSports, H3'sWorldSeries of CyberSports, and HipHopHeaven.

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results

Contact: 877-H3-Hiphop ask for Public Relations

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

CONTACT: 1-877-H3-Hiphop, ask for Public Relations

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


 
Kids Helping Kids

D.A.R.E. America and the JammX Kids Partner to Promote a Healthy and Active Lifestyle

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- D.A.R.E. America's D.A.R.E. Dance has joined forces with hip hop sensation The JammX Kids to help fight a health crisis facing today's youth. The JammX Kids, nine multi-cultural kids between the ages of 9 and 17, are "kids helping kids" shake off today's more sedentary behavior to move, groove and dance their way into a physically active and healthy lifestyle. The JammX Kids also recently announced their partnership with basketball great Shaquille O'Neal to encourage kids to get active, eat smart and grow up well.

Among the many facets of the partnership between D.A.R.E. and The JammX Kids, The JammX Kids' upcoming DVDs, which will be distributed by Warner Home Video, will become part of the curriculum of the D.A.R.E. Dance program implemented in elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. The JammX Kids will make appearances at D.A.R.E. Dance programs in numerous schools throughout the U.S.; they will appear in PSAs for D.A.R.E; websites of both JammX and D.A.R.E. will feature special activities and link; and D.A.R.E. will provide marketing and promotional support for the March 2006 debut of The JammX Kids DVDs and two television specials on Kids' WB!

According to studies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 25% of kids between the ages of 6-11 are obese, a percentage that has more than doubled since the 1970's. This increase in obesity is linked to higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, certain cancers and other chronic conditions. Unless aggressive efforts are made to slow the rising rates of obesity, the U.S. could be facing its first sustained drop in life expectancy in the modern era, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The D.A.R.E. Dance program and The JammX Kids are tackling the childhood obesity problem by working directly with youths across the nation to fight this obesity trend, teaching them to get movin', groovin' and dancin' into a more active, healthy lifestyle, while also raising their self-esteem.

"The JammX Kids have a singular mission, to help their peers get active and healthy," said Merv Adelson, founder of The JammX Kids. "D.A.R.E. is a leader in dealing with the many problems that face today's young people; D.A.R.E. Dance and The JammX Kids are a powerful combination and winning formula for solving what has become a worldwide health crisis."

"The JammX Kids share our concern for the well-being and health of kids and are a perfect complement to our D.A.R.E. Dance program," said Charlie J. Parsons, President & CEO of D.A.R.E. America. "The JammX Kids are an extraordinarily talented group of youngsters who will be great ambassadors for D.A.R.E. and a huge asset as we continue to build D.A.R.E. Dance."

About The JammX Kids

The JammX Kids is a group of nine multi-cultural kids between the ages of 9 and 17, who use original music, dance, comedy and drama, to influence their peers into healthier, more physically active lifestyles. The JammX Kids are about building strong bodies and positive mental attitudes the old fashion way -- with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise that is fun and effective. To help spread the word, The JammX Kids have enlisted basketball great Shaquille O'Neal and renowned music producer Randy Jackson. Lightforce Entertainment is the parent company for The JammX Kids brand, founded by Merv Adelson, co-founder and chairman & CEO of Lorimar, producers of such classics as Dallas, The Waltons, Full House, Knots Landing, Being There, An Officer and A Gentleman and the Jane Fonda Workout series, to name a few. For additional information on The JammX Kids, please go to www.jammxkids.com.

About D.A.R.E. America and D.A.R.E. Dance

D.A.R.E. Dance, a division of D.A.R.E. America, brings professional dance performances, instruction and scholarship opportunities to kids through various styles such as hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, African, ballet and more. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) brings kids educational programs that teach them to resist drugs and violence and to focus on positive alternatives in their lives. D.A.R.E. has both an in-school and after-school component. The in-school program is a collaborative effort of law enforcement, schools, parents and community leaders to enable children to learn and practice skills proven effective in resisting alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. D.A.R.E.'s after-school programs, such as D.A.R.E. Dance, offer free, safe, enjoyable and educational alternatives to the local streets at the completion of the school day.

For additional information about the D.A.R.E. Program visit www.dare.com.

CONTACT: Jill Roberts
D.A.R.E. Dance Director
Jill.Roberts@dare.com
800.223.DARE

Source: D.A.R.E. America

CONTACT: Jill Roberts, D.A.R.E. Dance Director, +1-800-223-DARE,
Jill.Roberts@dare.com

Web site: http://www.dare.com/
http://www.jammxkids.com/


 
Nation's Heart Health to be Helped by Salsa, Jazz, Hip-Hop in February 'Day of Dance'

Spirit of Women Hospital Network Brings Together Debbie Allen, Patrick Swayze, NHLBI, Kimberly-Clark and Others for Simultaneous Events in 30+ US Cities

CLEVELAND, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit of Women Hospital Network announces that more than 30 cities will host the 2006 Spirit of Women National Day of Dance on February 25, 2006 to inspire women toward better heart health. Proving that exercise can be both fun and beneficial to the heart, the program combines the fun of dancing to different forms of music, such as ballroom dancing, rock 'n' roll, jazz, salsa, swing, and hip-hop, with health screenings and consumer education on heart disease and other women's health issues.

"Ever since I was a little girl, I danced to feel better," said Debbie Allen, well-known performer and a member of the board of the Day of Dance. "Now science tells me that I can live longer because I am dancing my way to a healthier heart. Join me. Dance on February 25 as thousands of Americans celebrate Spirit of Women's Day of Dance for Heart Health."

In line with the goals of The Heart Truth, a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the message behind Day of Dance is unique: Being heart healthy is about being happier and having more fun. Corporate partners such as Poise(R), a brand of Kimberly-Clark Corporation are embracing this innovative approach to health that emphasizes celebration rather than fear.

Several celebrities have also joined the effort to encourage women to dance their way to heart health. Day of Dance celebrity board members include:

* Patrick Swayze - actor/dancer/choreographer
* Christina Applegate - actor/dancer
* Debbie Allen - dancer/choreographer
* Jillian Michaels - fitness personality

Day of Dance events will take place in more than 30 cities across the United States, presented by affiliate hospitals of the Spirit of Women Hospital Network. Lasting from four to six hours, the events will include dancing, prominent physician speakers, screenings, tips on healthy cooking and stress reduction, and other activities to remind participants that heart disease prevention can be a fun and energizing experience.

Nearly 500,000 women die each year of cardiovascular disease, making it the #1 killer of American women. Heart disease kills six times more women than breast cancer. In the fight against heart disease, consumers need to understand risk factors that place women at greater risk for developing heart disease, such as high cholesterol. For example, it is important to know that while diet (food) can contribute significantly to elevated cholesterol, the body's natural chemistry can often produce dangerously high levels of LDL ('bad") cholesterol based on heredity (family) alone. Day of Dance has partnered with http://www.2sourcesofcholesterol.com/ as an online resource to help inform women and their families about cholesterol.

"Heart disease is a serious threat, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun trying to prevent it," said Tanya Abreu, president and national program director of Spirit of Women. "Day of Dance helps to reinforce community awareness of the dangers of heart disease for women and provides educational resources about cardiovascular health and risk factors like cholesterol. The goal is to educate women about healthy choices they can easily incorporate into their lifestyles, as well as warning signs."

Dancing can burn as many calories as swimming, walking, and riding a bike (as many as 200-400 calories per hour). Dancing regularly has many other benefits as well, including leading to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure, and an improved cholesterol profile. Side-to-side movements of many dances strengthen weight-bearing bones and can prevent or slow the loss of bone mass.

The recommended registration fee for Day of Dance is $10, with all monies raised going to the local communities to support women's cardiovascular outreach and education.

The 2006 National Day of Dance for Heart Health is presented by the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, The Heart Truth campaign, Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Good Housekeeping magazine, and 2sourcesofcholesterol.com.

The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign on women and heart disease sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Heart Truth introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2003.

Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals is a joint venture between Merck & Co., Inc. and Schering-Plough Corporation formed to develop and market in the U.S. new prescription medicines in cholesterol management. The collaboration has been expanded to include many worldwide markets (excluding Japan).

Kimberly-Clark Corporation and its well-know brands, including Poise(R), are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 150 countries. Every day, 1.3 billion people -- nearly a quarter of the world's population -- trust K-C brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene, and well-being.

Good Housekeeping magazine -- together with the Good Housekeeping Institute and the Good Housekeeping Seal -- has become synonymous with the gold standard of quality and integrity. Good Housekeeping was founded in 1885, and maintains a commitment to the modern home and to a woman's quality of life. It publishes 15 editions worldwide, and is an internationally recognized brand that sets the standard to which all other women's service magazines aspire.

About Spirit of Women

The Spirit of Women Hospital Network unites the individual efforts of hospitals throughout the United States to educate and care for women in a unique way that emphasizes total well-being -- body, mind, and spirit. It addresses issues of family, health, and work though a variety of means, including educational events, networking opportunities, consumer loyalty programs, national awards, and promotion of research. Spirit of Women hospitals and health systems share a common goal to advance women's wellness in their own communities while building a reputation for regional leadership in women's health services. The Spirit of Women national office is in Cleveland; more information is available at http://www.spiritofwomen.com/. More information on National Day of Dance can be found at http://www.dayofdance.org/.

Source: Spirit of Women

CONTACT: Tara DiMilia, +1-908-369-7168, or Jennifer Turner of Wolf,
Kasteler, Van Iden & Associates, +1-310-205-0618, both for Spirit of Women

Web site: http://www.spiritofwomen.com/
http://www.dayofdance.org/
http://www.2sourcesofcholesterol.com/


1/10/2006

 
LA Hip Hop Film Festival & Conference

Thursday, January 19 Sunday, January 22, 2006
UCLA Campus, Royce Hall 314 & 306

Los Angeles, CA

FREE ADMISSION

Los Angeless first official Annual Hip Hop Film Festival and Conference at UCLA kicks off January 19th 22nd, 2006 in Royce Hall 314 & 306 from 12-10pm on the UCLA campus. Admission is FREE and open to everyone.

The four-day festival will screen numerous feature films, shorts, experimentals, and documentaries such as the classic hip-hop films Style Wars and Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme, while also premiering theatrical films such as Henry Chalfants From Mambo to Hip Hop: Music and Survival in the South Bronx, Doug Prays Infamy, and a selection of films from countries around the globe including Cuba, Kenya, the Netherlands, and Palestine.

The festival will also include a series of round-table sessions on topics such as Hip Hop History, International Hip Hop, and Multiculturalism. Panelists will include a unique mix of renowned filmmakers, artists, professors, writers, leaders, and activists from around the world. There will also be several nights of hip hop performances at private venues throughout Los Angeles, including at Project Blowed on Thursday, January 19th, and at Cinespace on Sunday, January 22nd. For a complete schedule visit http://www.hiphopfilmfestival.com/calendar.php.

The festival is a joint production from the Hip Hop Film Festival, the UCLA Working Group in Hip Hop Studies, UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature, Ethnomusicology, and Musicology, and J.U.i.C.E. (Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy), a non-profit hip-hop community center. For more information, contact Loren Kajikawa at kajikawa@ucla.edu.


 
Starz InBlack Goes Underground With Creature on the 'B Side'

New York Street Artist Creature Kicks Off the First 'B Side Underground' Segment Friday, January 13 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)

National Television Premiere of One of the Most Revered Emcees on New York's Underground Hip-Hop Scene

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz InBlack keeps "B Side's" ear to the ground with the new "B Side Underground," a segment of the series that focuses on underground urban entertainment. Creature, a well-known New York street artist, kicks off the first "B Side Underground" during "B Side" Friday, January 13 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) only on Starz InBlack.

Creature, one of New York's most consistent and celebrated hood celebs, kicks off "B Side Underground" with a short feature on his life and career, including exclusive interviews and his songs "Pull Ya Coat" and "Messin Around" from his album "Never Say Die." For nearly a decade, the Corona Queens native has been offering his blend of metaphor, street prophecy, pain and realism, with a dash of twisted humor.

"'B Side Underground' is a unique look at artists who incite people to think outside of the norm," said Kelly Bumann, vice president, brand strategy, Starz Entertainment Group LLC. "This new segment is an example of the range of music we will cover in 'B Side' -- from uncensored music videos to 'Best of the Unknown,' featuring up and coming artists, to 'B Side Underground.'"

"B Side" is Starz InBlack's late-night original show that features a spicy mix of risque original shorts, urban music, provocative animation and edgy comedy. The show pushes the edge with unconventional programming and the "B Side Underground" segment takes it to a different level, exploring an aspect of urban entertainment that is often ignored by the mainstream media. "B Side" premiered on Starz InBlack December 9 and is a Friday night staple.

Creature started his career in the '90s with Seminal Indie Crew Triflicts, the group exploded onto the scene with an Island Records recording contract and production by The Beatnuts. The group disbanded due to the pressures and tragedies that befall hood life, but Creature persevered, ultimately establishing himself as one of the most revered and talented emcees on New York's underground hip-hop scene.

"There's no demographic we're targeting, people like quality music and want to support individual artists and I'm thrilled that Starz InBlack with 'B Side' is now supporting the work of independent musicians who wouldn't typically have a voice in the mainstream," said Creature. He defines himself as an independent "artistpreneur." "We took our careers in our own hands and are proving that even without major corporate sponsors there's people that still appreciate something that may be a bit under the radar." Creature not only performs, but also writes his own lyrics, co-produces his music, and hits the streets everyday to sell it.

Creature has toured Europe and the U.S. and performed alongside artists like Mike Ladd, Rob Sonic, Anti-Pop Consortium the X-ecutioners, and Mike Patton (Faith No More) among others, while he was working on his own LP "Never Say Die." He was recognized as one of New York's Best One-Man Street Teams in The Village Voice's "Best of NYC, 2005."

Creature is working on his next project "Hustle to be Free," which is scheduled for release this summer. His feature in the first "B Side Underground" segment on Starz InBlack Friday, January 13 will mark the national television premiere of his music. Find out more about Creature and his music at www.creaturenomics.com.

Starz InBlack is culturally connected. It is the source for the biggest, coolest movies and urban entertainment.

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States. SEG offers 13 digital movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) channels with approximately 14 million and 25 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 750 movies per month across its pay TV channels and is a forerunner in offering its subscribers advanced services such as Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand(R) and Vongo(SM). Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, www.starz.com.

Contacts:
Michelle Ellis
Starz Entertainment Group
720-852-6269
michelle.ellis@starz.com

Jonathan Taylor
The Lippin Group
323.965.1990
jtaylor@lippingroup.com

Source: Starz Entertainment Group LLC

CONTACT: Michelle Ellis of Starz Entertainment Group, +1-720-852-6269,
michelle.ellis@starz.com; or Jonathan Taylor of Lippin Group, +1-323-965-1990,
jtaylor@lippingroup.com, for Starz Entertainment Group

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

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

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Rago Magazine becomes a media partner for the 2006 Phuturehype Female Rapper / MC Finals.

Founder and CEO of Phuturehype, Denise Destini officially announced today that popular Hip Hop publication, Rago Magazine, will become a media partner for the 2006 Phuturehype Female Rapper/MC finals, which is set to take place later on in the year.

London -- (ArriveNet - Jan 10, 2006) --During the announcement Denise said of her media partner, for many years now Rago Magazine has been a staunch supporter of underground UK Hip Hop, opening doors for our artists and featuring interviews with acts who hail from all over Britain. I am therefore pleased to have such a well respected and reverred publication on board.

Rago Magazines online editor, Tricksta added we here at Rago have a great respect for what Denise is trying to do for up and coming female Hip Hop talent here in the UK, and we are proud to be a part of such a positive event. We also look forward to working with her and featuring interviews with the five finalists.

The first Phuturehype competition took place in May 2004 and generated immense media attention. British weekend entertainment show T4 featured the finals in the documentary, Chancers which also featured Fat Man Scoop, Damon Dash, Ashanti, Wyclef Jean, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. It has also helped to launch the careers of 2004 runner up Lady Sovereign who is now signed to Def Jam Records, and 2005 finalist NChyx who is featured in female rapper, Baby Blues current music video Sometimes.

The first audition stage of the competition to find the Female MC / Rapper of 2006 will take place on Saturday 8th April, at The London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE, UK.
To register for the auditions email: DeniseDestini@phuturehype.com
(Please note that this competition is UK based only)

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

Media partner Rago Magazine debuted in May 1999 and has built up a huge following. It has also built up a solid reputation for supporting all things underground, as well as informing it's readers on whats happening within the world of UK Hip-Hop and beyond. Visit: www.ragomagazine.com Email: info@ragomagazine.com

For interviews with Denise Destini please contact:
Janice Spence. Tel: +44 07958440823. Email: janicespence@gmail.com


 
Millions 2 Billions Management Presents "LUKAS", A Former Koja Records Superstar Hip-Hop Recording Artist, Looking For His Big Break

He opened up in concert, toured with such names as, Metallica, Sepultra, MC Hammer, House Of Pain Cypris Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, MC Sollar, Run DMC, The Smashing Pumpkins, Warren G & Nate Dogg, Like Boy 2 One Trickly, Masati Lemon Joy, and Turboreanimacija Kvint, he Rock Band called, HC3, BoyzIIMen, Backstreet and Bon Jovi.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 10, 2006 -- Millions 2 Billions Management Presents "LUKAS", a Hip-Hop recording artist, songwriter and producer from Vilinius, Lithuania. He has been writing, producing/recording songs for over 9 years. From 1995-1999, Lukas was signed to the Koja Records Group overseas.

He opened up in concert, toured with such names as, Metallica, Sepultra, MC Hammer, House Of Pain Cypris Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, MC Sollar, Run DMC, The Smashing Pumpkins, Warren G & Nate Dogg, Like Boy 2 One Trickly, Masati Lemon Joy, and Turboreanimacija Kvint, he Rock Band called, HC3, BoyzIIMen, Backstreet and Bon Jovi.

He recorded/released 1 single and 4 albums, which sold a combined total of over 28,495 copies in his hometown of Vilinius, Lithuania. He has also been broadcast on the radio in his home town 4,650 times, for a combined total of over 19,061 minutes worth of commercial radio airplay.

He has also been showcased on TV Antenna Station, Channel 29 in his home town. He's been on numerous of music album compilations,and in video games. He has received much press attention and articles in newspaper and magazines in his country.

His song, "Take It Easy",has been downloaded on http://www.therecordpool.com and is presently being played by over 75 different radio stations DJ's nationwide, and also #54 on their top 150 charts.

LUKAS, has been on http://www.newartistradio.net, receiving regular rotation and voted #4 on the top 40 charts. His press release been featured on PRWeb, his press been read by over 92,161 people, and over 764 media outlets picked up the story.

We of Millions 2 Billions Management would like to ask Record Labels to consider us for a Ink Deal, or a PD Deal.

Contact Information:
Record Manager, Ceo/Owner:
Terrell T. Slaughter
Millions 2 Billions Management
P.O. BOX 1121 - Danville, IL. 61834
Bus.Phone# 217-442-2388


 
Latifah, Petersen, Rock and Sheridan Set as Presenters at Golden Globe Awards

"The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" Will Be Telecast Live on NBC Monday, January 16

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (Market Wire - Jan 10, 2006) --  Queen Latifah, William Petersen, Chris Rock and Nicollette Sheridan have been set as presenters at "The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" to be telecast live on NBC Monday, January 16 (8 - 11:00 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton. They join previously-announced presenters Jessica Alba, Benjamin Bratt, Mariah Carey, Catherine Deneuve, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Evangeline Lilly, Virginia Madsen, Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Emmy Rossum, Hilary Swank, Emma Thompson, John Travolta, and Denzel Washington.

Anthony Hopkins will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."

"The Golden Globe Awards" will be seen in more than 150 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements.

"The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards" will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Allen Shapiro and Barry Adelman are executive producers. Chris Donovan is director. Al Schwartz is consulting producer. Ken Shapiro is producer. Ron Weed is co-producer.

Contact:
Michael Russell
(310) 939-9024


 
UrbanWorld Wireless Rings in the New Year With a Bang!

Most Downloaded Ringtones, Pro Athletes Added to Roster, Mobile Games & More!!

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- UrbanWorld Wireless, the premier leader of original mobile content, is getting the New Year off to a great start and continuing to build from the momentum of 2005. To date, the company has sold more than 1 million ringtones, which is a testament of its ability to provide mobile, wireless content that consumers demand and desire.

Many of UrbanWorld's "Made From Scratch"(TM) ringtones topped lists for the most popular and most downloaded ringtones and voicetones for the year. Included in those accolades, are ringtones from platinum selling rap artists David Banner and 3-6 Mafia. Katt Williams aka "Money Mike" remains the company's ringtone king with his ever-popular ringtone "Pimp Phone Ringing". Two of Money Mike's ringtones were also recently ranked in the Jamster! top five most downloaded, fun-sound ringtones.

NEWEST ADDITION, SPORTS TONES

UrbanWorld has added several premier professional athletes to its roster to launch "Athleticz", a newly developed ringtone category under the UrbanWorld umbrella. Through this new alliance, basketball superstar Jalen Rose becomes UrbanWorld's first professional basketball player to join its roster. In addition, pro running backs Warrick Dunn and Deuce McAllister, wide receiver Roy Williams, linebacker Danny Clark and former all-star football legend, William "The Refrigerator" Perry, are also on board. This innovative concept connects fans with their favorite professional athletes. "This is a great partnership and gives me the opportunity to be a part of the evolution of the mobile industry," says Warrick Dunn.

WHO GOT GAMES?

UrbanWorld, in conjunction with India Games Ltd., unveils its first mobile game, "Hip Hop 101". The game tests players' knowledge about the hip-hop industry, both past and present, and rewards winners with free, exclusive ringtones. The game is available to all Sidekick users for only $2.99 and a new version featuring DJ Kid Capri is scheduled to launch on the Verizon Wireless network in early 2006. "The addition of this new game emphasizes the leadership role Verizon Wireless is playing in bringing customers the entertainment content they want and the mobility they need in today's fast paced world," says Amy Grant, Multicultural Marketing Manager for Verizon Wireless. "We are excited to partner with UrbanWorld in launching this new game specifically made to appeal to an urban audience." This is the first of many more interactive games to come from UrbanWorld.

EXPECT MORE IN 2006

In only a few years, the company has expanded its operations from mobile marketing to include ringtones, ringbacks, wallpapers, mobile games, and coming in 2006, streaming video content. "In 2006, we will continue to explore innovative ways to live our mission statement: to integrate wireless and urban youth lifestyle, changing culture forever," states UrbanWorld Wireless CEO, Mike Johns.

The company has teamed up with some of the hottest video vixens to create mobile wallpapers. Under the categories "Fly Girlz" and "Fly Guyz", consumers can download some of the most alluring wallpapers available featuring African American, Asian & Latin beauties. Verizon Wireless will be the first mobile carrier to launch the new wallpapers.

Closing last year, UrbanWorld's mobile marketing machine was hard at work with its heavy involvement in the film industry. Films include New Line Cinema comedies "The Man," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Eugene Levy, and "King's Ransom," starring Anthony Anderson, and the 20th Century Fox hit, "Johnson Family Vacation," starring Cedric The Entertainer. In addition, the company helped launch Seraphin, a new upscale cognac by famous French cognac producers Camus. This marks the company's first mobile marketing campaign for an alcoholic beverage. In 2006, the company has big plans to expand this offering even more.

Later this year, look for G-Unit deejay, DJ Whoo Kid to kick off "UrbanWorld Order -- We Connect the Streets," the first mixtape to integrate the 5 digit download codes of the ringtones within the actual music content. This new approach will allow listeners immediate access to the featured ringtones.

About UrbanWorld Wireless:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, UrbanWorld Wireless is the first wireless company dedicated to serving the Urban Youth Market. Anchored on the web, the company develops, promotes and distributes mobile content. UrbanWorld's diversified roster includes comedians, sports figures and hip-hop artists, including David Banner, DJ for G-Unit, DJ Whoo Kid and 3-6 Mafia. UWW is a leader in mobile marketing solutions. Clients include Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Chingy, Ja Rule and the Beastie Boys. UWW is at the forefront of integrating wireless technology and the hip-hop lifestyle. More information is available at www.urbanworldwireless.com

Source: UrbanWorld Wireless

CONTACT: Danielle Gibbs of The DanielleVincent Agency, +1-310-402-0500,
or cell, +1-513-225-7575, dgibbs@branddva.com, for UrbanWorld Wireless

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


 
Hip Hop Reality Goes Online With The Podcast Of TyMeLyNe Life

TyMeLyNe Life online reality show is featuring the biggest names in hip hop. The episodes @ www.TyMeLyNe.com are taking full advantage of Apple's Ipod video podcasting technology.

Toledo, OH (PRWEB) January 10, 2006 -- Hip-hop is now being showcased through video online with The TyMeLyNe Life online series located @ www.TyMeLyNe.com. These internet video episodes take an uncensored look into the promotional world of today's major hip-hop and r&b artists. Past, present, and future online shows have featured Lil Wayne, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Brooke Valentine, Trillville, Dem Franchize Boyz, Bonecrusher, Stat Quo, Rhymefest, Ray Cash, 2 Live Crew, and many more rap artists.

The TyMeLyNe Life series is based around the life of Dj One TyMe, a daily on air and mixshow personality at WJUC 107.3 FM in Toledo, OH. By taking the reality show approach, we follow this dj on his weekend adventures of celebrity interviews, appearances, and performances. Dj One Tyme simultaneously, handles mixshow duties for The Danger Room internet radio station through Live365 @ www.DjOneTyme.com. He is also a member of one of the most influential dj organizations in the music industry, The Core Djs (www.CoreDjs.com).

The video content of the episodes and trailers are available for podcasting on PSP's, Ipod's, and other mp4 video players. A podcast is a digital recording of a radio or video broadcast, made available on the internet for downloading to an audio player that supports mp3 music, or mp4 video formats. Available online since February of 2005, each episode is approximately 28 minutes in length. Online shows are broken into 4 segments for faster viewing and downloading. Every show also features a 2-minute preview trailer available for quick downloads. The episodes are available in Windows Media and QuickTime formats.

The TyMeLyNe Life show is now available for viewing at www.TyMeLyNe.com or www.DjOneTyme.com, as well as the many other online affiliate outlets listed on the main site. TyMeLyNe.com also features daily updates of urban entertainment news and events. For media contact, sponsorship opportunities, website advertising inquiries, or information on having an artist featured on a future episode, please contact:

TyMeLyNe L.L.C.
Eric Davis
1-888-419-OHIO

Watch the series online now at www.TyMeLyNe.com

----TyMeLyNe L.L.C., is a multimedia company based out of Toledo, OH. Established in April of 2004, TyMeLyNe L.L.C. maintains online web media portals, special event promotions, and independent music promotion and production.

Eric Davis
TYMELYNE LLC
419-509-8963


 
GLUE - Adeem, DJDQ & Maker February 2006 Tour

Local independent record label freepoets.com presents national hip hop group GLUE with supporting act Science-Non-Fiction for six February 2006 tour dates.

TAMPA, FL (PRWEB) January 10, 2006 -- Southwest Florida recording label FreePoets.com Ramona Records recording artist GLUE with Science-Non-Fiction for six February dates in Florida and South Carolina.

Tour dates & Venues:
Tuesday, February 7th in Orlando, FL at PUSH Tuesdays with Madillz & Skip. Located at Island Oasis on 2716 North Forsyth Rd in Winter Park, FL. Club phone number: 407-657-6047 This show is 18 & up, $8 at the door.

Wednesday, February 8th in Tampa, FL at the New World Brewery. Located at 1313 East 8th Ave. Club phone number: 813-248-4969 - This show is 18 & up, $7 at the door.

Friday, February 10th in Gainesville, Fl at The Side Bar with OneDrop. Located at 15 SW 2nd Street. Club phone number: 352-373-4454 This show is 18 & up, $8 at the door.

Saturday, February 11th in Plantation, FL at Kings Head pub with Second Hand Outfit. Located at 2692 North University Drive in Sunrise, FL. Club phone number: 954-572-5933 This show is 18 & up, $5 at the door.

Sunday, February 12th in Sarasota, FL at The Tavern. Located at 1528 Main Street. Club phone number: 941-330-1387 - This show is All Ages, $10 at the door.

Tuesday, February 14th in Charleston, SC at Johnsons Pub with DJ Kurfu. Located at 12 Cumberland Street. Club phone number: 843-958-0662 This show is 18 & up, $8 at the door.

About The Artists:
GLUE is a power trio made up of Adeem, djdq, and Maker. Glue performing over 120 shows in 2005. They performed on the entire VANS WARPED TOUR and 2 nationally booked tours surviving on D.I.Y. hustle and product sales. Known for their live performance and intense mc/dj presence, GLUE has been making fans and believers out of crowds of 30 to 1000. They show no signs of slowing down.

Fresh from the success of their critically acclaimed debut album Seconds Away GLUE is back with their follow up Sunset Lodge. Far from the clich so called concept albums, Sunset Lodge explores the idea of change in a brand new way. Each song takes the listener from beginning to end evoking every type of mood we posses reaching out to thinking minds and bleeding hearts. This EP connects with the pulse of a concerned world living in a Political mess, it looks away from technology with analog sounds and hard work on a 16 track, and it calms the desperate feeling associated with our concern for tomorrows uncertainty by way of a clap, stomp, and harmonica based spiritual. GLUE invites you to lose yourself for 30 mins in the Sunset Lodge as we transition from the old to the new. The genres are falling down and the destruction never looked so good.

Science-Non-Fiction combines melodically superior beats and engaging wordplay to present a sound that demands attention. The local indie-hop groups lyrically charged music encompasses the current state of socio-political affairs and the ever-familiar themes of love and life. Their unique and refreshing sound crosses genre barriers and exudes a desire to break free from predetermined formulas. Visit www.sci-non-fic.com for more information.

Visit www.ramonarecords.com for more information on Glue, www.freepoets.com for more information about Science-Non-Fiction.

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Jaime Kozlowski
FREEPOETS.COM
http://freepoets.com/
941-223-2506


 
Renown Southern Rapper to Participate in New Era Capture the Flag Design Project

Scarface to Design a Limited Edition New Era 59FIFTY

New Era Slated to Conduct Design Meeting in Houston Saturday, January 14

DERBY, N.Y., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- New Era Cap Co., Inc., the premier, global headwear designer, developer and manufacturer, announced today that it will collaborate with famed member of the Geto Boys, Rapper Scarface to design a Capture the Flag, limited edition, celebrity designed New Era 59FIFTY.

Scarface will join other icons in music, sports and entertainment that have collaborated with New Era to design specialized, limited edition caps with the company. He is slated to meet with New Era for a "design session" on Saturday, January 14; his cap will release later in this year.

Known for its highly anticipated launches of the hottest fitteds, New Era's Capture the Flag series of headwear, designed by select Celebrities, was launched in 2004 in celebration the New Era 59FIFTY's 50th anniversary. New Era designs for the Capture the Flag, limited edition guest designer series, launch the last Thursday of select months throughout the year. A Portion of the proceeds for each Capture the Flag design will go to the charity of the guest designer's choice. The Capture the Flag series highlights New Era's ability to produce highly customized headwear that is driven by and made for the most unique individuals in the world.

Capture the Flag's alumni include Filmmaker Spike Lee, Bobbito Garcia, MLB Pitcher Roger Clemens, Rapper Fabolous, MTV VJ La La, Cam'ron, DJ Green Lantern, NFL Player Kyle Turley, NBA Hall of Famer George "Iceman" Gervin, Actor Danny Masterson, Rapper Dizzee Rascal, Designer Wale Adeyemi, Skate Boarder Stevie Williams, Snowboarders Mark Frank Montoya and Trevor Andrew, NBA Forward Chris Webber, Rapper Game, Rapper Fat Joe, Bucky Lasek, and MLB First Baseman David Ortiz.

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

Source: New Era Cap Co., Inc.

CONTACT: Crystal Howard of New Era Cap Co., Inc., +1-716-562-3069, or
cell +1-716-400-3057, or crystal.howard@neweracap.com

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


 
RMD Entertainment Group Announces Launch of New State of the Art Website www. rmd-entertainment .com

CEO to Address Shareholders in Open Letter Tomorrow on Current Status of the Company

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Jan 10, 2006) --  RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced the official launch of its new website www.rmd-entertainment.com. The site is separated into two sections. The Corporate side and the Entertainment side have their own sites within the site itself.

"We designed the site with our consumer base of 14 to 24 year olds in mind as well as our shareholder base and strategic business partners," says Giorgio Costonis, CEO, RMD. "I purposely oversaw the design of the corporate portion because I think there is still some confusion within our shareholder base in regards to how we bring our product to market internationally. We have listed all of our 56 distributors within this portion of the site. To have that many distributors worldwide is a huge accomplishment for us to this point. The website is the first step in communicating our prospects for 2006. My open letter to shareholders tomorrow should answer any other questions that shareholders have as to our progress and direction at RMDG. I am sure it will leave our audience with a renewed sense of confidence and vigor going forward. I am extremely pleased with our current position."

In related news, Costonis also announced plans for periodic video addresses to stockholders on the website. He is also considering a video or text blog so that stockholders can see the progress of the company on a weekly or even daily basis.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

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

About Sciax Defense

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

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

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


 
Jill Scott, Timbaland, and Grammy-Nominated Artists George Duke, Mary Mary, and John Rich Among Top Music Creators Added to ASCAP "I Create Music"

Expo Line-Up

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Jan 10, 2006) --  ASCAP confirmed today that more major talent has been added to its already stellar line-up of songwriters, composers and producers who will participate in the ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO -- the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The three-day event, scheduled for April 20-22, 2006 at The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles, California, is designed to bring together music creators with music industry professionals who want to work together to achieve greater success.

GRAMMY-nominated artists George Duke ("T-Jam," "No Rhyme, No Reason"), Mary Mary ("Shackles (Praise You)," "Heaven"), and John Rich of Big & Rich ("Redneck Woman," "Mississippi Girl") together with Jill Scott ("Golden," "Cross Your Mind"), Timbaland ("Work It," "More Than A Woman"), Obie Bermúdez ("Antes," "Me Cansé De Ti"), Gary Burr ("Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me," "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely"), DJ Quik ("Mercedez Benz," "Get Down"), Barry Eastmond ("You Are My Lady," "I Apologize"), Goapele ("Closer," "Romantic"), Wayland Holyfield ("Could I Have This Dance," "You're My Best Friend"), Stephen Paulus (Opera: The Postman Always Rings Twice), Jaci Velasquez ("You're My God," "Jesus Is"), and Doug Wood (The Omni Music Library) will join a Who's Who list of some of the most accomplished songwriters, composers and producers in the world at this must-attend event for music creators. 2006 Golden Globe nominee James Newton Howard and GRAMMY nominees Glen Ballard, Michael Giacchino, Jimmy Jam, and Linda Perry are also scheduled to participate. For a complete list of panelists, and more detailed information, go to www.ascap.com/expo.

Several music organizations have pledged their support for the 2006 EXPO including the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), The Harry Fox Agency, Inc., International Songwriting Competition (ISC), The National Association of Music Educators (MENC), Music Publishers Association (MPA), National Music Publishers' Association, Inc. (NMPA), Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), The Recording Academy, The Society of Composers & Lyricists, Songwriter's Guild of America (SGA), Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF), TAXI, and West Coast Songwriters. Special registration discounts are available to affiliates of these organizations.

Media partners include AllHipHop.com, American Songwriter Magazine, Bass Player Magazine, CMJ Magazine, EQ Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Keyboard Magazine, Music Connection Magazine, Performing Songwriter Magazine, and Westwood One.

The ASCAP "I Create Music" EXPO is the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing that is designed to bring together music creators with music industry professionals who want to work together to achieve greater success. All music creators, producers, publishers and executives, regardless of affiliation, will benefit from this unique creative event, which will be presented in a stimulating format designed to facilitate personal interaction, education and networking. Programs will include, panels, workshops, master classes, keynotes, mentoring, song critiquing, product displays, state-of-the-art technology demonstrations, performances, and more.

About ASCAP

Established in 1914, ASCAP is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 225,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com

Contact:
Bobbi Marcus Public Relations & Events, Inc.
Bobbi Marcus
(310) 889-9200
- or -
ASCAP
Pauline Stack
(212) 621-6278


 
Universal Music Group and MobiTV Break Wireless Ground With 24 Hour Music Videos

Alliance Brings Mobile Phone Users Largest Label Supported Content Offering: Hundreds of Top Artists Including 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, Kanye West, Gwen Stefani, U2 and More

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, and MobiTV, Inc., the global leader in television and digital radio services for mobile devices, today announced the immediate availability of more than 1100 music videos from the Universal Music Group and four new mobile music television channels available on the MobiTV(R) Service. The MobiTV branded music channels will showcase full-length music videos from more than 375 Universal Music Group hip hop, pop, alternative, rap, rock and metal artists.

"Bands get frustrated when their music videos only get seen on the lunar eclipse," emphatically stated Lifehouse lead singer, Jason Wade. "To have our Lifehouse videos on millions of cell phones, our fans will be happy!"

In contrast to other mobile offerings that require a user to purchase access to each video, MobiTV subscribers will have unlimited access to music videos from artists such as 50 Cent, Beck, No Doubt, U2 and others streamed right to their mobile phones for no additional charge beyond the standard MobiTV subscription fee.

"Universal is an ideal music partner for us, allowing MobiTV customers access to a roster of incredible music talent," said Phillip Alvelda, Chairman and CEO of MobiTV. "This alliance with Universal further illustrates our commitment to deliver the very best music content, and provides our subscribers and carrier partners all the great content that drives enjoyment and usage."

"MobiTV is one of the key innovators in the delivery of broadcast media over the mobile networks," commented Larry Kenswil, President of Universal Music Group's eLabs. "Distributing our music videos through MobiTV enables us to reach hundreds of thousands of music lovers through the mobile platform."

"Universal is truly a music industry innovator, sharing their impressive library with the mobile market," said Nancy Levin, Executive Producer of Music Television for MobiTV. "It's been years since fans could get non-stop videos from the industry's hottest artists and we're proud that MobiTV will be the first in the mobile landscape to offer such awesome content."

MobiTV will initially offer four channels of music videos by genre focused on hip-hop, pop, rap, rock and metal, and alternative. It's as simple as accessing the MobiTV channel guide, picking the genre, and enjoying the music video from the artist of your choice.

About MobiTV

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

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

NOTE: MobiTV, the MobiTV logo, MobiRadio, and the MobiRadio logo are trademarks, service marks, and/or registered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. Palm, Treo and LifeDrive are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, and product names used herein are the property of their respective owners.

Source: MobiTV, Inc.

CONTACT: Jason Taylor of MobiTV, Inc., +1-650-346-5643, or
jtaylor@mobitv.com; or Erika Shaffer of SutherlandGold Group, +1-415-934-9600,
ext 309, or erika@sutherlandgold.com, for MobiTV, Inc.

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


 
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HOUSE OF BLUES(r) LENDS MUSCLE TO INDEPENDENT ARTISTS

New Artist Incubator Program "ONES TO WATCH" Highlights Developing, Raw Talent for the Masses

HOLLYWOOD, CA - January 10, 2006: Although House of Blues Entertainment, Inc. has become a concert promotion giant in recent years, the
company remains true to a core philosophy, "Unity In Diversity," an idea
that helped spawn an exciting new program, "Ones To Watch." This
progressive new artist series, designed to reward developing, talented
musicians with a worldwide platform from which to share their art, will also
give true music fans an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the
creative process undertaken by lesser known artists in an effort to gain
recognition for their music.

"Ones To Watch" will expose music fans to new sounds and the
personalities behind them with an online micro-site www.hob.com/onestowatch/
loaded with artist bios, photos, website links and FREE downloads from
each one of the featured artists. The ongoing program will highlight
five artists at a time artists who have produced their own records,
artists who are selling records from the trunks of their cars, artists who
are not signed to major labels, artists who are driven by their love of
music and who are making daily sacrifices to enable the creative process
will be featured prominently.

"It's great to finally see a company founded on music putting its money
where its mouth is. By supporting the evolving voices of the enduring
American Dream, House of Blues is a maverick in the race to liberate
and elevate music in this age of digital revolution, " says Vonyse, a
soul artist from Indianapolis whose voice is worthy of Aretha Franklin
comparison and one of the first of the original five currently featured as
a "Ones To Watch" on www.hob.com/onestowatch/

In conjunction to accessing the website, music aficionados will get to
know "Ones To Watch" artists through House of Blues' first foray into
podcasts. "The Artist Experience" podcast (available on iTunes and other
podcast engines) shares in-depth interviews with the five featured
artists. In addition to Vonyse, this inaugural group of artists includes
Willie King, a 63-year-old Alabama Bluesman; The Procussions, a
Denver-based Hip-Hop trio; Shurman, a Los Angeles based alt-country act who sold
more than 20,000 records from the back of their van and Yerba Buena, an
afro-Cuban dance collective.

"We are so excited to be part of House of Blues 'Ones To Watch'
program," says Aaron Beavers of Shurman, one of the bands who will be promoted
in House of Blues-branded clubs nationwide. "This is a great way to
find out about new bands and to connect with those folks who are going out
to enjoy
live music!"

Previously, the House of Blues Emerging Artist of the Month program
recognized artists still in the early stages of their careers (artists
like Kanye West, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Radiohead, Travis, Gavin DeGraw,
Musiq, Hoobastank, O.A.R. and New Found Glory). They started out playing
small gigs at House of Blues club venues and in many cases, graduated
to achieve superstar status performing at amphitheatres and arenas. But
what about the bands that haven't made it to the House yet? What about
the band that's still playing in the garage? What about the bluesman
that takes his music to the front porch, not the stage? In keeping with
the House of Blues commitment to encourage creativity and the broadening
of the music horizon for all, the "Ones To Watch" series promises grand
proportion exposure for many talented artists who aspire to achieving
the next level of success. Please visit www.hob.com/onestowatch/ for
more information and exploration.

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Liz Smith
Publicity Manager
House of Blues Entertainment, Inc.
6255 Sunset Blvd., 16th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90028
ph: 323.769.6507
fx: 323.769.4792
lsmith@hob.com
www.hob.com


 
John Baptiste appointed Manager Urban Music Product Development for RED Distribution

FROM : ALAN BECKER

DATE: January 9, 2006

I am pleased to announce the promotion of John Baptiste to the newly created position of Manager, Urban Music Product Development for RED Distribution effective immediately. He will continue to report to me. In his new position John will assist me in a wide range of activities in the creative as well as business development of urban music at RED.

John's duties will include several key areas such as: research analysis, working with current labels and presentation of perspective labels with a heavier emphasis on developing urban music. In addition, John will help in creating a stronger atmosphere for doing more urban music business with SonyBMG as we have done with RED Strategic Marketing in the rock and pop areas.

For the past 10 years, RED along with Relativity and Loud Records were responsible for several of the very best hip hop albums ever and this legacy continues with Ruthless Records today. I felt the need to create a position that could better meet the demands and challenges of the "new" independent urban music landscape with different approaches and innovative ways to obtain the best product for RED Distribution.

John has played a key role in bringing Rawkus Records and Gospel music label JDI Records to RED.

John has worked with us since 1998 joining Harmony Records as Marketing/Sales assistant shifting to RED in 1999 as Product Marketing coordinator, moving up to the head of that department then Executive Assistant. In each role John has given above and beyond with great passion and keen instincts for our business. RED prides itself on nurturing talented executives and we wish him well in this new role.


 
TWO OF DRAHMA MAGAZINE'S FEATURES TO ATTEND LAUNCH PARTY

FASHION ICON TOMMY HILFIGER WITH SPECIAL GUEST THE PAY PER VIEW BOYZ, YOUNG RICH with FAMOUS ENTERTAINMENT

New York, NY January 9, 2006 --- On January 11, 2006 Drahma Magazine will be celebrating the New Year with its Magazine Release Launch Party at T-NY Night Club (formerly named Temple) located at 240 W 52nd Street (8th/Broadway) in Manhattan, NY . This event will be hosted by CEO, Ray Daniels and it will be one you will not want to miss to start off 2006.

Drahma Magazine, CEO Ray Daniels, whose background includes entertainment and management, started as a promoter for nightclubs that lead him to create his own entertainment company called Ray U-Entertainment while in college. After graduation he worked as a management at two of the countries leading telecommunication companies that staff over three-hundred employees. Ray utilized his background experience of entertainment and management, in addition to, his drive and ambition to start Drahma Magazine in March 2005.

Drahma Magazine will be considered the truth and is the only original hip-hop tabloid in magazine format that will bring the uncut truth to rumors and gossip with a touch of eye candy models. It will also deliver insight on communities and politics both past and present unedited with its street edge conversation by keeping it REAL .

Drahma Magazine will premier this year as a quarterly publication on newsstands but will release specialty DVD magazines monthly starting in February, as well as, Drahma Magazine the Mixtape it will be release twice a month throughout the year and will feature volumes based on music genre.

Drahma Magazine has already featured celebrities such as 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Kay Slay, Remy Ma and Buffie The Body just to name a few. It has been endorsed by Tommy Hilfiger, Wendy Williams, Power 105.1 Star and Buc Wild, Video Vixens Lyric and Pretty.

Doors open at 10pm and event ends at 4am. There will also have a model search to premier in Drahma Magazines next issue. Invited will be artist and celebrities from the Entertainment Industry and the Media. Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger and Young Rich with The Pay Per View Boyz will attend event in addition to many more.

Mark this date on your calendar and look out for your invite. Come make history with this premier event. RSVP email to: macsrsvp@gmail.com, state who you are and who will be attending. Please include all names. YOU MUST RSVP!!!

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Mac-Melius Agency, Inc.
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1/09/2006

 
Media Alert: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson to Attend the UK Premiere of Get Rich or Die Tryin'

LONDON, January 9/PRNewswire/ --

United International Pictures presents the

CURTIS '50 CENT' JACKSON
TO ATTEND THE
UK PREMIERE

OF

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'
TUESDAY, 17TH JANUARY
EMPIRE LEICESTER SQUARE

Press Pens Open: 5.00pm
Press Pens Close: 5.55pm
Doors open: 6.05pm
Film Commences: 7.20pm

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, one of the biggest and most popular stars in hip-hop, is the charismatic driving force behind "GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN'", a hard-hitting drama directed by six-time Oscar(R) nominee Jim Sheridan, about an orphaned street kid who makes his mark in the drug trade but finally dares to leave the violence behind and become the rap artist he was meant to be.

Paramount Pictures Presents an Interscope/Shady/Aftermath and MTV Films production of a Jim Sheridan film, starring Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson. Directed by Jim Sheridan from a screenplay written by Terence Winter, the film is produced by Jimmy Iovine, Paul Rosenberg, Chris Lighty and Jim Sheridan. Distributed by United International Pictures.

GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' opens across the UK & Ireland on Friday 20th January, 2006.

Source: United International Pictures (UK)

For further information or press accreditation please contact: Debbie Turner, UIPUK. T: +44-(0)20-7534-5221 / email: debbie_turner@uip.co.uk


 
5W Public Relations Named Agency of Record for Giant Magazine, Leading Entertainment/Pop Culture Magazine

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- 5W Public Relations, the fastest growing PR agency in the US, announced today Giant Magazine had named the firm Public Relations agency of record, and 5W will provide full service PR campaigns, including media relations, strategic communications counsel and marketing communications support for the magazine.

Giant Magazine is the ultimate entertainment magazine for America's growing and thriving culture of 20- and 30-something pop-culture enthusiasts -- people for whom movies, music, TV, games and books, both new and classic, are the most important thing in their lives. Giant shares a common passion for these subjects with its readers through a fun, humorous tone, exciting photography and graphics and an intense attention to editorial detail and fact. Giant provides information and a unique point of view on current entertainment and pop culture trends, so readers feel smart and excited to tell their friends what they've read. The Publication's website is available at http://www.giantmag.com/

"We are thrilled to be named agency of record for Giant Magazine and look forward to getting the magazine tremendous results and exposure via a targeted, aggressive PR campaign. Giant reached the young, pop culture enthusiasts and we are confident we have the right DNA to help them continue to grow their business, and awareness," said Ronn Torossian, President & CEO of 5W Public Relations.

ABOUT 5W PUBLIC RELATIONS

Headquartered in New York, with an office in Los Angeles, 5W Public Relations (http://www.5wpr.com/), the nation's fastest growing independent PR firm, maintains practice areas specializing in technology, corporate, consumer, entertainment, 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, Evian Bottled Water, NICE Systems, McDonald's Corporation, OneTravel, the 5th largest Internet travel agency, operating under the name Cheapseats.com, 530 store retail chain United Retail Group/Avenue Stores, Seagram's Coolers, Grolsch Beer, Russ Berrie & Company, Empire Resorts (operator of Monticello Raceway and Mighty M Gaming), multi-platinum recording artists Lil' Kim, Ciara, DMX and Twista, Benny Hinn Ministries, NBA Star Jalen Rose, a plethora of publicly traded technology companies, and a variety of other global interests, national corporations, high-profile individuals, regional businesses, government agencies and academic institutions. The agency was named "Boutique Agency of The Year" by a leading PR Trade Magazine.

CONTACT: Christine Garabedian
212-999-5585
Christine@5wpr.com

Source: 5W Public Relations

CONTACT: Christine Garabedian, +1-212-999-5585, Christine@5wpr.com

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


 
No-Budget Graffiti Movie Now Bombing Cell Phones START MOBILE Promotes Independent Film via Phone Art

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Market Wire - Jan 09, 2006) -- START MOBILE, the first art gallery in the world to offer ART FOR YOUR CELL PHONE, today announced a dedicated mobile gallery for the independent film "QUALITY OF LIFE."

START MOBILE features THOUSANDS of original works of NEW ART from HUNDREDS of the world's most prominent emerging + underground artists, all of which are currently available for download onto mobile phones across the United States.

http://www.STARTmobile.net

In another first, START MOBILE has enabled the independent film "QUALITY OF LIFE" to promote their film DIRECTLY to their audience via mobile art marketing.

Without the multi-million-dollar budgets that fuel major Hollywood studio productions, bootstrapped independent films have always been driven by ingenuity and creativity. And with the launch of a dedicated gallery on START MOBILE, "QUALITY OF LIFE" becomes the first independent film to sell wallpaper for cell phones.
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"START MOBILE is a great way for people to DIRECTLY support emerging artists, or in our case, a low-budget indie film," observed "QUALITY OF LIFE" director Benjamin Morgan. "For less than the price of a cup of coffee, our supporters can get an image from the film directly on their phone, and in the process, help 'QUALITY OF LIFE' achieve increasingly broader distribution. It's pretty empowering for our supporters to directly participate in this kind of activism."

"'QUALITY OF LIFE' is a graffiti movie," continues Morgan, "and we have used the Graffiti Model to promote our film with decidedly limited resources -- from street teams + Internet marketing to panel discussions + special events. Promoting 'QUALITY OF LIFE' via START MOBILE is all about 'GETTING UP' and getting the word out. We are pleased to be the first independent film to try this!"

"QUALITY OF LIFE" producer Brant Smith echoes these sentiments. "We are relentless about getting 'QUALITY OF LIFE' out there. We cannot rely on traditional film marketing methods because they are just too expensive. Indie filmmakers have to think outside the box and fight for attention, or we're dead in the water."

"We can't afford billboards or TV spots," Smith continues. "But if we can get our stills + promotional materials on thousands of cell phones across the country -- and help fund distribution in the process, we won't NEED to spend money on ads like Hollywood films do. Our audience doesn't care about print and TV ads. They're on-line and on their mobiles. We need to reach them where they are and do it in the most cost-effective way possible. Our audience appreciates ingenuity in marketing. They know we don't have any money. And most are down to support us in any way possible and help us get the word out about the film. START MOBILE fits this ethos perfectly."

START MOBILE showcases the world's premier emerging + underground artists (now including independent film!), and is powered by ipsh!, the leading mobile marketing + media firm in North America.

The "QUALITY OF LIFE" gallery on START MOBILE features exclusive stills from the film, and is available via:

http://www.startmobile.net/QualityOfLife

"QUALITY OF LIFE" is a narrative feature film that sheds light on a clandestine graffiti subculture, highlighting one artist's personal struggle for identity, acceptance, and recognition. The film was shot and edited in the Mission District of San Francisco with the support of many in the area's renowned graffiti subculture. The raw, low-budget movie opened in 2005 with sold-out film festival screenings in Stockholm, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Spain, and Berlin, where it won a coveted jury award at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival. "QUALITY OF LIFE" stars Lane Garrison, Brian Burnam, Luis Saguar, Mackenzie Firgens ("Groove," "Rent"), and Tajai from Souls of Mischief / Hieroglyphics. The soundtrack features an eclectic mix from the rising stars of hiphop, punk, electronica and indie rock including Andre Nickatina, Modest Mouse, TopR, Sebadoh, Mr. Lif, Lifesavas, Good Riddance, Amon Tobin, and Built To Spill.

http://www.qualityoflife-themovie.com

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Contact:
John Doffing
for START MOBILE
http://www.STARTmobile.net
http://www.STARTsoma.com
415.505.4734


 
Creative Zen Vision:M Wins 'Best of CES' Award in MP3 and Portable Video Category and Also Wins Overall 'Best in Show' Award

Creative Wins 'Best of CES' for the Fourth Consecutive Year

MILPITAS, Calif., Jan. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Creative (NASDAQ:CREAF) , a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced that the Zen Vision:M portable media player won the "Best of CES" 2006 award in the MP3 and Portable Video category and that it also won the overall "Best in Show" award. This is the fourth consecutive year that Creative has won a "Best of CES" award.

Selected by CNET's unbiased, expert editors, winners were recognized as the hottest products in their respective technology categories for their unmatched innovation and creativity, and their ability to excite consumers and make their way into everyday life. CNET's editors received and reviewed hundreds of entries, and combed the CES show floor for products to consider for the prestigious award.

"The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest trade show in the United States, and the Creative Zen Vision:M beat thousands of other companies and all the big names in consumer electronics from all over the world to win not only the 'Best of CES' award for the MP3 and portable video category, but also the overall 'Best in Show' award as the best product at the entire CES 2006," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative. "This is the most powerful endorsement one can have in our industry and it is a reaffirmation of our strategy to provide the coolest-looking, most feature-rich portable media players. The Zen Vision:M outclasses all the competition by providing more features, cooler design, 262,144 vivid colors, longer battery life and supporting numerous subscription and download music sites. It can carry up to 15,000 songs, 120 hours of video or tens of thousands of digital photos, and it comes in five gorgeous high-gloss colors. And now with this prestigious overall 'Best of CES' award, the Zen Vision:M can become the coolest MP3 and media player in the world."

"By winning a CNET Best of CES Award, the Creative Zen Vision:M sets a standard within its sector for others to follow," said Brian Cooley, editor at large at CNET.com. "Each year at CES, CNET scours the show floor to bring extensive coverage to our passionate community of consumers, who look to our editors for the best new products at the show, and the Creative Zen Vision:M is without doubt one of the hottest products at CES 2006."

The Zen Vision:M supports music subscription services including Yahoo! Music Unlimited, Napster To Go and Rhapsody To Go. The Zen Vision:M also supports downloads from online music stores including Yahoo! Music, Soundbuzz, Napster, MSN Music and AOL Music Now. The rechargeable battery provides up to 14 hours of music playback. The Zen Vision:M delivers up to four hours of video playback and provides extensive video format support, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Simple Profile formats such as Xvid, WMV, and MJPEG. The Zen Vision:M also supports TiVoToGo for free viewing of TV shows recorded on a TiVo personal video recorder, digitized home movies transferred from the PC, and video blogs from ZenCast.com and companies such as RocketBoom.

About Creative

Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for PC users. Famous for its Sound Blaster(R) sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed Zen(TM) and MuVo(R) MP3 players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.

This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Zen, MuVo and Sound Blaster are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names are trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: Creative Labs, Inc.

CONTACT: Phil O'Shaughnessy of Creative Labs, Inc., +1-408-546-6773, or
poshaughnessy@creative.com

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


1/08/2006

 
Bekay Releases the Mixtape "On Deck" Hosted by the Infamous DJ Kayslay

Rapper Bekay drops "On Deck" mix tape.

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) January 7, 2006 -- Brooklyn's own Bekay releases mixtape entitled On Deck [Coalmine Records] hosted by the infamous DJ Kayslay. Amongst the best mix CDs released in 2005, On Deck displays Bekays use of words and metaphors which catapults his lyrical creativity to extreme heights. On Deck features guest appearances by the late ODB (Old Dirty Bastard), Saigon, Kasual and Jade Foxx.

"I just wanted to make sure I keep it real hip hop, and kill'em with lyrics. In my opinion real hip hop music is dying out and as part of the new breed of MC's, I feel its my responsibility to keep it healthy. I love this culture, and its all I got. It was great to be able to work with Slay and all the other features, and theres only more vicious heat to come"

As the Brooklyn rapper prepares for the summer release of his highly anticipated album Hunger Pains, he stays in the spotlight by appearing on the projects of various artists and rocking live performances. On Deck is in stores now and also available at www.coalminerecords.com.

About Bekay
Once again, "Brooklyn the Planet" has spit out another M.C. that represents the new attitude of the streets. The name, "Bekay" will forever be implanted into peoples collective conscious once we begin to experience the depth of emotion exploding from the mind of this 25 year-old lyrical prodigy.

Bekay personifies the changing definition of hip-hop, as someone very passionate about this culture and eager to let the world in on his story. Bekay's writing talent and unique perception not only enables him to be a cult personality, but also brings credibility and power to the topics and issues found in his music.

For more information, touring & sponsorship, interviews and press kits on Bekay, please contact Coalmine Records: Matt Diamond at (917) 674-5293.

# # #

Keetria Garner Chambers
HYPURSUIT
http://www.hypursuit.com/
214-677-6518


 
J-Tripz & Tha DPGC New Generation

*** Tha Dogg Pound is BACK***

And yes, these new doggs do Bite!

January 5, 2006

Fresh off his Debut Solo CD Chicken Wingz, Gritz & Spitz, 3 Deep Records recording artist J-Tripz has been selected as one of the 12 finalists in a nationwide talent search by the D.PG.C. Family to find,

The New D.P.G.C. Generation

- - West Coast Hip Hop Legend, and Multi-Platinum Producer Daz Dillinger, along with Kurupt and The D.P.G.C. Family announce the D.P.G.C Idol Contest Finalists.

The D.P.G.C., West Coast home for Dazz Dillinger, Kurupt, Snoop, Nate Dogg and the rest of the D.P.G.C. family are kicking down the door and bringing in the New Generation D.P.G.C. 12 of the hottest unsigned Hip Hop artists from around the country have been hand selected by the DPGC staff to compete for a spot in this legendary Hip Hop Family. The winner will receive a major record deal, Production by Daz Dillinger, and go on tour with the D.P.G.C. Family

Daz Dillinger Finds Final 12 For the DPGC Group

You Vote on the next D.P.G. Member

Multi-Platinum Rap Star and Super Producer Daz Dillinger recently conducted a contest in search of the DPG Next Generation. He has narrowed it down to an amazing 12 finalist.

West Coast Rap Legend Daz, Kurupt, and Promotions Director Big A have single handedly picked the most talented 12 members throughout the Nation. The artists each have a dynamic and amazing story to share. All 12 members represent different regions of the Nation. The group members are known as: Liquid Bonez, Ebzar, Dotcom, Lix, Meko, Chaotic, J-Tripz, Mally Geez, Dangerous Rob, Brian Taylor, Loose Canon, and Pain.

The new quest to find the new generation of platinum recording artists will now be televised on DPG Television as well as stream lined for everyone to witness the webisode on their website. Daz explains, "We want DPG to continue to live on, we know that we need some fresh new faces and new talent to bring the fire back into the group." Daz readies the new mixed CD that will introduce the 12 group members. Big A reveals, "We are all here just doing our part to ensure that we expand our movement. I will tell you and be quite honest with you, not one new artist that is out here now can see either one of our artists, so rather they sign with us or not, they can rip out any contenders heart, while its still pumping." Kurupt chimes in, "They have definitely brought thier A game."

The new show is another reality show, and although it is expected to be like all the other latest addicted drama fest and filled reality shows, this reality show does try to pay true homage to Hip Hop, showing the realities of being an artist in this very competitive industry. Daz Dillinger reveals, "Yes there will be drama, but our contest has a learning element that I don't think other reality shows have. We are actually training all the artists rather they make it or not to be business savvy, artistically developed, as well as build character and training leaders. I never had that type of help while I was in the industry. And I see a lot of artists getting raped in their deals, and just making bad business decisions, not being really mature in their actions. And this hindsight allows me to share my little wisdom to the next generation of rappers."

Young Breezy, Online Promotions Director describes the talent, "I must go on record saying that everyone that is currently considered the King or the dominating force in the East, West, South, Midwest better watch out because we have artists that are not gimmicks at all, they have lyrics, they have stories to share, and they are so hungry. You can tell, the way they rap, some of them act as if they haven't eaten in decades. I feel sorry for anyone that steps in the rap ring with them, they came to play." Young Breezy continues, "I mean everyone in our camp our VP of Publicity, Shemia Miller, to our President of Promotions Big A, everyone is really saying that we could eat for the next 20 years based on signing either one of these artists." DPG Television will keep everyone watching and tuned in.

About the show:

DPG has 12 very hungry emcees ready to devour anything moving while they are on different parts of regions of the world trying to show the judges that they should be the final 3 flown to Los Angeles to be considered for the DPG Idols. Audience members are expected to see a very heated and grueling competition, and audience members are also asked to suggest missions, vote members off, and even get to give feed back live. While there are seemingly impossible missions to accomplish, and the most eccentric methods of challenges, DPG maintains that each artist will walk away learning invaluable knowledge and making lifetime connections with industry leaders. DPG asks the Hip Hop community to ensure that the DPG team picks the next generation membe, by staying tune to their website http://www.d-p-g-c.com. DPG Idols will air in February 2006.

For More info on The D.P.G.C. Idol event, and New Music from the D.P.G.C. log onto: http://www.d-p-g-c.com

For More Information on J-Tripz, CD reviews, or to purchase his Debut Solo CD log onto: www.3deeprecords.com

3 Deep Records at My Space: http://www.myspace.com/3deeprecords

J-Tripz on My Space: http://www.myspace.com/bonafydeheavyweightz

For DPGC Street Team info: www.myspace.com/dpgcstreetteam

All Hip Hop.Com Cover Story 1/05/06: http://www.allhiphop.com/hiphopnews/?ID=5218

Contact: Big Mike

3 Deep Records

BigMike@3deeprecords.com

www.3DeepRecords.com


 
Loudeye Sees Record Number of Paid Music Downloads During 2005 Holiday Season

SEATTLE and LONDON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Loudeye Corp. (NASDAQ:LOUD) , a worldwide leader in digital media solutions, today announced it experienced record transactional volume of digital music downloads from its European operations during the 2005 holiday season.

Strong December 2005 downloading drove an increase in transactional volume of more than 200% compared to the same period in 2004. Approximately 85,000 tracks were downloaded on Christmas Day alone, a one-day record for Loudeye's European music store services. Of these, over 60,000 were unique tracks, showing the diverse range of content appealing to consumers.

"These results show that the appetite for legal music downloads continues to grow at a strong pace," said Ed Averdieck, managing director of Loudeye Europe. "Together with our retail partners, we believe we are well placed to capture growing demand for digital music in 2006."

About Loudeye Corp.

Loudeye is a worldwide leader in business-to-business digital media solutions. Loudeye combines innovative products and services with the world's largest digital music archive, a broad catalog of licensed digital music and the industry's leading digital media infrastructure enabling partners to rapidly and cost effectively launch complete, customized digital media stores and services. For more information, visit www.loudeye.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current estimates and actual results may differ materially due to risks, including the possibility of adverse changes in the market for distribution of digital audio and video that Loudeye serves; lack of market acceptance for Loudeye's products and services; adverse or uncertain legal developments with respect to copyrights surrounding the creation and distribution of digital content; pricing pressures and other activities by competitors; and other risks set forth in Loudeye's most recent Form 10-Q, Form 10-K and other SEC filings which are available through EDGAR at www.sec.gov. These are among the primary risks we foresee at the present time. Loudeye assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements.

Source: Loudeye Corp.

CONTACT: Media/press contact (Europe), Chris Owen of Trimedia
Communications UK, +44 (0)207 471 6851, or +44 (0)7787 122 800, or
chris.owen@trimediauk.com, for Loudeye; or Media/press contact (U.S.), Karen
DeMarco of mPRm Public Relations, +1-323-933-3399, or kdemarco@mprm.com, for
Loudeye; or Investor relations, Michael Dougherty of Loudeye,
+1-206-832-4000, or ir@loudeye.com

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


 
The Orchard Selected as Independent Music Provider for Verizon Wireless' New V Cast Music Service

The Leading U.S. Wireless Provider and The Leading Digital Music Distributor to Offer Consumers Variety from Top Independent Record Labels Around the World

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- 2006 International CES Show -- The Orchard, the world's leading distributor and marketer of independent music, yesterday announced a landmark relationship with Verizon Wireless, the leading U.S. wireless provider. Verizon Wireless' new V CAST Music service, launching January 16, will draw from The Orchard's industry-leading catalogue of independent music and leverage The Orchard's music programming expertise in independent music. The Orchard and the four major labels constitute the primary music partners for V CAST Music at launch, further solidifying The Orchard's position as the leading distributor of independent music.

The Orchard will serve as the preferred provider of independent music for V CAST Music. The Orchard's catalogue includes a diverse roster of music: landmark indie rock and punk from SST (Black Flag, Husker Du, Minutemen) and Lookout! Records (The Donnas, Ted Leo), classic hip-hop from Delicious Vinyl (Tone Loc, Young MC) and Nature Sounds (MF Doom, Immortal Technique), world- renowned classical music from Analekta and Qualiton, Bollywood hits from Saregama (Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar) and other top Indian labels, and much more. The Orchard catalogue also includes music from multi-platinum acts such as Green Day, Coldplay, and Ray Charles from their early years, before they were signed to major labels, and breaking bands like The Hold Steady and Matisyahu. Overall, The Orchard's catalogue encompasses music from thousands of record labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre.

As part of the relationship, The Orchard will provide Verizon Wireless with music programming expertise of independent music from around the globe.

"The Orchard's pioneering relationship with Verizon Wireless benefits consumers and independent artists and labels worldwide. Verizon Wireless' choosing The Orchard as its preferred provider of independent music is a privilege, and further solidifies The Orchard as the industry leader serving the best independent record labels in the world. We look forward to serving Verizon Wireless V CAST Music customers in 2006 and beyond," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing.

John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said, "V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless is the most comprehensive mobile music service in the world. We want V CAST consumers to experience their music anytime, anywhere, and have access to a deep and diverse set of music that will appeal to virtually every music fan. The Orchard has helped position V CAST Music to become the biggest and best mobile music service because their catalogue encompasses the top music from outside the United States, as well as music from outside the mainstream."

The Orchard manages a growing catalogue of more than 700,000 tracks, which it markets and distributes to all of the world's leading digital music stores, including eMusic, iTunes, Napster, MSN, Yahoo!/MusicMatch, and Real/Rhapsody. The Orchard also distributes tens of thousands of ringtones to the leading global mobile companies, maintaining the largest mobile network of any music distributor.

About The Orchard

The Orchard (http://www.theorchard.com/) is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 700,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The company is headquartered in New York and London, with operations in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Kolkata, Johannesburg, Moscow and Melbourne, and local representatives in Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Lausanne, Ramallah and Nairobi.

About Verizon Wireless

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

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Andy Morris of The Morris + King Company, +1-212-561-7465,
andy.morris@morris-king.com, for The Orchard, all other Orchard inquiries:
info@theorchard.com; or Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
jeffrey.nelson@verizonwireless.com

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