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2/17/2006

 
Heads Up for Hip Hop Press Newsletter Shift

The shift from Bloglet to FeedBlitz will occur this weekend. You should be receiving Monday's email from hiphoppress@netweed.com rather than from FeedBlitz. However, be sure to check your bulk/junk mail if you don't see it Monday.

By the way, that's what's been happening to many FeedBlitz newsletters so if you signed up via FeedBlitz and haven't gotten one, please check your bulk/junk mail folder for that.

Concerns? Questions? Write me:
hiphoppress@netweed.com


 
dead prez's M-1 To Release Solo Album Confidential on KOCH Records and Sotti Records

dead prez's M-1 To Release Solo Album Confidential on KOCH Records and Sotti Records

(February 16, 2006 - Brooklyn, NY) dead prez partner M-1 will release his debut solo album entitled Confidential on March 21st on KOCH Records and Sotti Records. The album features appearances from artists Styles P, Q-Tip, K'naan and Cassandra Wilson.

M-1, who makes up half of the highly respected hip-hop group dead prez, is excited about his solo release. He wants to make clear that he's not leaving dead prez but that this album represents a new platform, making it appealing to current dead prez fans and new M-1 fans. Confidential showcases another dimension of M-1's ingenuity and talent while encompassing the same empowering culture fans have come to know and respect. "Confidential is the next chapter in the dead prez book," explains M-1.

The track listing consists of:
1. One side (The Anthem)
2. Early (feat. Sticman)
3. Land, Bread & Housing (feat. My Momma' & Re')
4. For You (feat. Scrap Daddy)
5. Confidential (feat. Re')
6. Love You Can't Borrow (feat. Q-Tip & Cassandra Wilson)
7. 5 Elements
8. Gunslinger
9. Comrade's Call (feat. Styles P & Bazaar Royale)
10. Don't Put Down Your Flag (feat. Young Dre')
11. The Beat (feat. Bang Double)
12. Been Through (feat. Re')
13. 'Til We Get There (feat. K'Naan & Story James)
14. Too Smart

M-1's MySpace page is: http://www.myspace.com/m1rbg
M-1's video for "Till We Get There" feat. K'naan:
Windows Media
high: http://www.audibletreats.com/download/M-1/M-1_Till_We_Get_There_high.wvx
low: http://www.audibletreats.com/download/M-1/M-1_Till_We_Get_There_low.wvx

Real Player
high: http://www.audibletreats.com/download/M-1/M-1_Till_We_Get_There_high.smi
low: http://www.audibletreats.com/download/M-1/M-1_Till_We_Get_There_low.smi

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For more information and interviews with M-1 please contact Audible Treats: Michelle Mayumi McDevitt @ 718.768.7275 or email michelle@audibletreats.com.


 
DJ ECLIPSE PENS NEW COLUMN IN ELEMENTAL MAGAZINE

Veteran Radio Personality and One of Hip-Hop's Most Influential Voices Joins the Elemental Staff; Will Contribute Monthly "Halftime Highlights" Recommended Listening Column

Brooklyn, NY (February 17, 2006) Elemental Magazine, the hip-hop industry's foremost urban lifestyle monthly, has recruited DJ Eclipse for a monthly record review column. Beginning with Issue 75 (March; Mobb Deep cover) "DJ Eclipse's Halftime Highlights" will feature choice 12-inch singles and album cuts hand-selected by the omnipresent hip-hop veteran.

Eclipse feels his column will be a refreshing break from the hype-over-substance world of hip-hop that is pervasive these days. He explains, "The game is so divided right now that there needs to be some sort of balance restored. If records are good then they're good, period. My column will show what's really hot from both the major's and the indies. Music shouldn't be judged by the amount of units its sold but rather the impression that it leaves on you after listening to it. I've always stood behind the music I believe in. I think Elemental does the same with their magazine, which makes this the perfect combination."

DJ Eclipse of Non Phixion is co-founder and co-host of "The Halftime Show" on New York City's WNYU 89.1-FM (Wednesday nights, 10:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.). He also manages Fat Beats' New York store, handles daily operation of independent rap label Uncle Howie Records and is a member of the legendary Rock Steady Crew.

Elemental Magazine is published monthly by Elemental Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of nothing and answering to nobodyexcept Freddie Foxxx.
www.elementalmag.com
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Digital photos and bio available at http://www.audibletreats.com/download/Elemental
For more info contact:
Michelle McDevitt Audible Treats, Ltd 718.768.7275 michelle@audibletreats.com


 
Mystik, The Hottest White Female Rapper on Da Planet Just Released her Highly Anticipated CD Unknown Celebrity

In an industry saturated with booty-shaking females and dudes oozing with street credibility, they say only the realest remain. Enter Mystik; 5"1, white female Philly-bred MC releasing her much anticipated CD "Unknown Celebrity."

Downingtown, PA (PRWEB) February 17, 2006 -- Mystik just released her latest creation Unknown Celebrity. This 22 track CD has something for everybody. You got the club bangers and you got the Down South joints. Shes got drops from everybody from MC Lyte, DJ Doc B & DJ FLOW(Power 99), Mossburg of the INC to Dave Park of Sony Music.

Mystik recently performed in January in San Antonio for a MLK Hip Hop Summit. Slim Thug also appeared at this event. She was recently added to the play list of http://www.stadiummusic.net, Australias #1 internet radio station. She is working on a drop for a hip hop station in Miami. This past December, Mystik filmed a 5 episode pilot for a reality show on VH-1. MC Serch, Prince Paul and Jim Jones from the DipSet all participated in the taping.

Armed with the audacity of a gangster, the flow of a veteran, and the style to make even the most skeptical take a second look, she is definitely turning heads for all the right reasons. Raised in the streets of Coatesville, PA, a city of the greater Philadelphia area, she was of course no stranger to the crime wave. As an early teen she refused to run the scene with the local kids, and looked to music as an outlet in her troubling life. Mystik discovered hip hop for the first time at the age 16 then, she couldnt comprehend the power it had over her. Armed with a tape deck and a small microphone, she started perfecting her craft over the radio and tapes her friends would bring over. Four years later, Mystik is now a respected member of the female mc community and the rap game in general. Blazing mix tapes, rocking shows, and representing for all females, large and small. Demanding respect with her raw, gritty style, she shows that its time to let a WHITE female really show the industry what time it is.

They say its a mans world, but it's definitely under Mystiks supervision. Check her out on MYSPACE at http://www.MYSPACE.com/mystikmusic. Listen to Dear jay which is attached. She wrote this track for Jay-Z to hear, so that he knows she is READY!

For more information on Mystik or to schedule an interview please contact Robert Williams of T-Marquise Entertainment (www.tmarquise.com) at 609-576-2705.


 
H3's Ready to Rumble in Houston

First-Ever NBA "Rap Battle" Highlights H3Enterprises All Star Presentation

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. has become a leading participant in this year's NBA All Star Weekend festivities beginning today in Houston with its first-annual "NBA Rap Battle". H3 will be offering cash and prizes to the winning performers in this highly competitive event that will take place at the National Basketball Players Association "All Star Gala" Saturday night at the Brown Convention Center. The contest will be hosted by HTRE co-founder and Clear Channel's Internationally Syndicated #1 Cleveland DJ, "JNiice", and will be judged by the newest member of TeamH3, Hip Hop superstar Juelz Santana.

All NBA players in attendance (both past and present) as well as up-and-coming rappers from NBA player-owned record labels have been invited to compete in this freestyle event. The top finishers will be showcased in a new video display on hiphopsodashop.com as well as a promotional DVD being produced for the SodaShops that will include a "Best of All Star Weekend" feature.

The "Rap Battle" will take place inside H3's HipHopSodaShop booth, complete with a fully mic'd stage, plasma screens, and a surrealistic surround sound system. The HipHopSodaShop booth has been built to replicate many of the other cutting edge technologies that can be experienced in all the SodaShops including HD Hip Hop Videos and Sportscasts, a competitive CyberSports arena, and a merchandising area that will feature free H3 T-Shirt giveaways. The booth will also be utilized to introduce the HipHopSodaShops and H3's Exclusive Area Development Program to the NBPA and its members.

HTRE President Brian "H3" Peters this morning issued the following statement: "Everyone involved with TeamH3 is extremely gratified by the tremendous response our breakthrough businesses continue to receive from the brightest stars of Hip Hop and the NBA. We are all committed to putting our money to work in our own communities, investing in our own culture, and fully capitalizing on the unprecedented financial success and celebrity being experienced by today's Black athletes and entertainers; not just for ourselves, but for the good of the entire hood. We have created the first public company dedicated to the Hip Hop Generation and Community and have given all of our people the opportunity to share in the economic miracle that is Hip Hop (30 years young and more dominant and pervasive than ever). HTRE is about investment, economic empowerment, creating good jobs and equal educational opportunity, and above all else, HTRE is about the power of teamwork. As rumored celebrity signings and franchise acquisitions swirl all around us and meaningful negotiations continue to take place, I will and must only make factual announcements as events warrant and deals are officially completed. Right now all I can say is please stay-tuned."

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 and ask for Public Relations http://www.hiphopsodashop.com/

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

CONTACT: Public Relations for H3Enterprises, Inc., 1-877-H3-HIPHOP

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


 
Super Producer Dame Grease to give away a $20,000.00 beat on MYSPACE for FREE!

New York, NY (February 16, 2006) MySpace.com has generated an unrivaledpopularity amongst celebrities in recent months - especially the hip-hop community! Everyone from Kanye West to Common to Mary J. Blige to beat maestros like the infamous Dame Greaseare members. In an unprecedented move,Harlem'shome bredPlatinum Producer Dame Grease hasposted a $20,000 beat for FREE.

Dame Grease, known for hisground breakingproduction on DMX's first album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot and super hit single"Get At Me Dog," decided to join MySpace.com and post a free down loadable beat for all the hip-hop fans and aspiring artists who don't have the budget to solicit aseasoned and successfulproducer like Grease.
"I remember how hard it was for me to even get my music heard, and even today you have all these producers competing for that one single. So I decided togive away one of my jewels and see who makes ithot!" Grease explains of thismajor move. Grease also has plans to develop a mix tape fromthe hottest songs he receives. In addition, one lucky artist will get the chance to work besides Dame Greaseon their demo. The beat will be up for one week only, so go get it! www.myspace.com/damegrease.

for more information contact Cynamin Jones - Vacant Lot Records: email: greasebeats@gmail.com


 
Honda Civic Tour Gives Fans a Chance to Drive Away With The Black Eyed Peas 'Pimped-Out' Civic Hybrid Featured in the New 'Pump It' Video

Tickets Available Now for 2006 Honda Civic Tour with Headliners The Black Eyed Peas

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Black Eyed Peas "pimped out" Honda Civic Hybrid made its public debut co-starring along side the band and rival Skunk2 06' Civic Si in their latest video "Pump It" -- An action packed video with high energy dance battles. The one-of-a-kind Honda Civic Hybrid was "hooked up" by the band with customized designs and individual autographs. Fans can enter to win the Honda Civic Hybrid by logging on to www.hondacivictour.com.

The newly designed Honda Civic Tour website not only gives fans a chance register to win the now famous customized Hybrid but allows fans to receive up-to-the minute tour news as well plenty of exclusive interview clips from The Black Eyed Peas. The car featured in the video will be showcased at each venue along the tour where an electronic kiosk will be set up for on-site registration.

The Black Eyed Peas kick off the Honda Civic Tour on March 23rd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. Newly added to the roster of opening acts is the up-and-coming hip-hop/rock band, Flipsyde along with previously announced Pussycat Dolls.

Tickets for the 2006 Honda Civic Tour go on sale President's Day weekend (February 17-20), check local listings for more information.

Special features of this uniquely designed car, as seen in the video, include; custom metallic paint designs, The Black Eyed Peas logo embellishing the rear passenger doors, headrests and floormats, the bands autographs, custom embroidered leather interior, an Alpine Electronics state-of-the art mobile multimedia system, XM Satellite Radio, Konig racing rims, Dunlop sport tires, Sprint Performance Suspension, Borla Polished Exhaust Tip and a special Honda Civic Tour Black Eyed Peas PA system.

Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda now employs more than 30,000 associates in North America. Honda currently has 12 manufacturing plants in North America, producing automobiles, light trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, engines, transmissions and other components. Nearly 8 of 10 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks sold in America are assembled in North America as well. Many of these products are now designed and developed at one of Honda's U.S. R&D centers. Honda annually purchases more than $12 billion in parts and materials from suppliers in North America.

Produced by ignition, Inc., the Honda Civic Tour now in its 6th consecutive year brings innovation and environmental consciousness to the masses by combining the hottest in automotive technology with the hottest in music. The Honda Civic was recently recognized as the prestigious 2006 Motor Trend Car of the Year. Honda is also proudly introducing an impressive new Civic Hybrid for 2006 that is more than a redesign; it's a reinvention.

Source: Honda Civic

CONTACT: Fran Curtis, +1-212-445-8423, or fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com, or
Jason Padgitt, +1-310-854-8140, or jpadgitt@rogersandcowan.com, or Heather
Lewandoski, +1-310-854-8147, or hlewandoski@rogersandcowan.com, all of ROGERS
& COWAN for Honda Civic Tour; or Hillary Siskind of The Black Eyed Peas,
+1-212-841-8055, or Hillary.Siskind@umusic.com

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


 
The New PlatterPicks.com Gives Straightforward Album Reviews

New website offers critiques and contests for music lovers everywhere

MALVERNE, NY (PRWEB) February 17, 2006 -- The creators of TheCelebrityCafe.com proudly announce the introduction of the new PlatterPicks.com. This site offers simple reviews of CDs covering a variety of genres. It is a comprehensive collection, covering everything from A Capella to Punk and just about everything in between. Visitors to PlatterPicks.com can also partake in an assortment of industry-related contests.

Dominick Miserandino, creator of the site explains, "From the perspective of a devoted music fan, I recognized the need for a website dedicated to a single purpose to offer knowledgeable reviews. We've stripped way all of the unnecessary extras that normally clutter music-oriented websites and provide the information that hard-core fans truly want, which is honest and educated CD critiques. By organizing albums into forty-five specific categories, guests will find the site easy to navigate as well. And we are always on the prowl to discover new talent to review."

The staff of parent site TheCelebrityCafe.com writes all of the reviews. Currently, PlatterPicks.com impressively boasts more than 1,600 reviews that can be viewed alphabetically or by genre. Categories include mainstream, such as Alternative, Adult Contemporary, Country, Pop, Rock and Rap or more obscure varieties such as Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana.

Contest participants can enter to win a Sony PSP, a pack of sixty CDs, a Barbra Streisand DVD set, or a Loggins/Messina Autographed Poster.

For more information, visit http://www.PlatterPicks.com

PlatterPicks.com is owned and operated from the same founding team as TheCelebrityCafe.com. PlatterPicks.com was developed in 2005 to provide album reviews of all genres and entertainment-based contests. Categories ran the gamut of Pop, Rock, Acoustic Rock, Classical, Children, Reggae, Hip Hop and World. Reviews come from the dedicated staff of TheCelebrityCafe.com.

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Dominick Miserandino
PlatterPicks.com
516-812-8611


 
"ABOVE THE LINE: THE SEARCH FOR AMERICA'S NEXT MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTOR" Partners With Gorilla 3.0 Software for Reality Show

Jungle Software (http://www.junglesoftware.com) and Shrivastava Media Group (http://www.thesmediagroup.com) announced an exclusive partnership today to provide Gorilla 3.0 production software for contestants on the reality show Above The Line: The Search For Americas Next Music Video Director (http://www.nextmvdirector.com).

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2006 -- Jungle Software (http://www.junglesoftware.com) and Shrivastava Media Group (http://www.thesmediagroup.com) announced an exclusive partnership today to provide Gorilla 3.0 production software for contestants on the reality show Above The Line: The Search For Americas Next Music Video Director (http://www.nextmvdirector.com).

Above The Line features two teams of seven potential directors pitted against each other in a series of production related challenges for the ultimate prize of shooting a high-budget music video for a major artist and signing a year-long director representation contract with a well-known music video production company. Each episode will focus around the teams attempting to shoot a music video for an emerging artist on a $30,000 budget. Gorilla 3.0 will be the program the contestants use to plan their production schedules, production budgets, and organize their locations, cast and crew.

A trial download of the Gorilla software is available at http://www.junglesoftware.com. Above The Line is scheduled to start shooting in Los Angeles at the end of May 2006. Contestant submission details can be found at http://www.nextmvdirector.com.

About Above The Line:
Above The Line is a production of the Shrivastava Media Group and MediaVision International (http://www.mediavision.tv). The show is being executive produced by Mark Hason, former Senior Director for Clive Davis at Arista, video commissioner at Tommy Boy Music and current President of MediaVision International; Danny Wright, former Director of Artist Development for Arista Records, head of video promotion for Universal Records and current Partner, GM of MediaVision International; Preeti Shrivastava, former music video director and current President of Shrivastava Media Group. Above the Line is also being produced in collaboration with the Music Video Production Association (http://www.mvpa.com).

About Gorilla 3.0:
Gorilla 3.0 is a product of Studio City, California-based Jungle Software. Features of the program include the ability to import screenplay information from Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter as well as the ability to track cast, crew, locations, vendors, rehearsals, budgets, profit sharing, expenses, storyboards, shots, and film festivals. Gorilla is available in three editions: the Pro Edition (retail price $399) which offers unlimited shoot days and budget, the Standard Edition ($299) which can handle up to 48 shoot days and a $625,000 budget, and the Student Edition ($199) which can handle up to 14 shoot days and a $50,000 budget. Gorilla runs on Windows XP and Macintosh OS X.
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Contact:
Jyoti Shrivastava
Shrivastava Media Group
Tel: (310) 980-0723

Contact:
Ethan Markowitz
Jungle Software
Tel: (818) 580-7090


 
Flipsyde Announce 1st Ever US Tour: The 2006 Honda Civic Tour With The Black Eyed Peas & The Pussycat Dolls

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Flipsyde, the hip-hop/rock aggregation on Cherrytree/Interscope Records, will join The Black Eyed Peas and The Pussycat Dolls to kick off the Honda Civic Tour on March 23rd at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California. This will be Flipsyde's first ever US tour in support of their debut album, We the People, hailed by the Washington Post as the "best hip-hop album of 2005."

Flipsyde's infectious single, "Someday," was tapped as the theme song to the Winter Olympics. The correlating TV spot, featuring the band & numerous athletes, is getting substantial airplay on NBC, while receiving the majority of viewers' votes on Fuse's Oven Fresh & is featured on ITUNES, as a free download, for the month of February. The band has also appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night With Conan O'Brien & Soul Train.

Tickets go on sale President's Day weekend (February 17-20), check local listings for more information.

Past headlining artists on the Honda Civic Tour include top acts: Blink-182, Everclear, Incubus, Good Charlotte, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional and most recently Maroon5.

The Honda Civic Tour is scheduled to visit the following cities (dates and venues subject to change):

DATE VENUE CITY
March 23 Save Mart Center Fresno, CA
March 24 Arco Arena Sacramento, CA
March 25 Reno Events Center Reno, NV
March 26 Bayside Concerts San Diego, CA
March 28 Gibson Amphitheater Los Angeles, CA
March 29 Gibson Amphitheater Los Angeles, CA
March 31 Dodge Theater Phoenix, AZ
April 7 Smirnoff Amphitheater Dallas, TX
April 8 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
April 9 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater San Antonio, TX
April 11 USF SunDome Tampa, FL
April 13 Bank Atlantic Center Sunrise, FL
April 14 UofF O'Connell Center Gainesville, FL
April 15 Chastain Park Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
April 18 Booth Amph @ Regency Park Cary, NC
April 21 Theater @ Madison Square Garden New York, NY
April 22 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
April 23 Tweeter Waterfront Camden, NJ
April 25 Mullins Center @ UMASS Amherst, MA
April 26 Sacred Heart Univ/Wm. Pitt Center Fairfield, CT
April 28 Turning Stone Casino Verona, NY
April 29 Agganis Arena Boston, MA
April 30 Bryce Theater @ Bryce Jordan Ctr State College, PA
May 2 Value City Theater Columbus, OH
May 4 Fox Theater Detroit, MI
May 6 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL
May 7 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN
May 12 Oakland Arena Oakland, CA
May 14 Theater in the Clouds Portland, OR
May 15 Everett Events Center Everett, WA
May 16 Star Theater @ Spokane Arena Spokane, WA
May 19 Idaho Center Theater Boise, ID
May 20 E Center Ford Theater Salt Lake City, UT
May 21 Universal Lending Pavilion Denver, CO

For more updated information, visit the official 2006 Honda Civic Tour site at http://www.hondacivictour.com/.

For additional information on Flipsyde, visit: www.flipsyde.com

Source: Interscope Records

CONTACT: Fran Curtis, +1-212-445-8423, fcurtis@rogersandcowan.com, or
Jason Padgitt, +1-310-854-8140, jpadgitt@rogersandcowan.com, or Heather
Lewandoski, +1-310-854-8147, hlewandoski@rogersandcowan.com, all of ROGERS &
COWAN, for Honda Civic Tour; or Hillary Siskind, +1-212-841-8055,
Hillary.Siskind@umusic.com, for The Black Eyed Peas; or Tracy Bufferd,
+1-212-777-5110, tracy@tracybufferd.com, for Flipsyde; or Corey Gresen,
+1-310-865-4539, corey.gresen@umusic.com, of The Pussycat Dolls

Web site: http://www.flipsyde.com/
http://www.hondacivictour.com/


 
ALL RED CAFE "NBA ALLSTAR" PERFORMANCES CANCELLED DUE TO CAR ACCIDENT

Due to a car accident suffered this past weekend in the record setting
blizzard, Red Cafe will be unable to make it to NBA All Star Weekend in
Houston, TX.

Red was released from Long island Hospital early today and we had hoped
that he would attend his All Star Weekend performances but doctors have
advised against that.

Red Cafe would like to thank his fans & colleagues for their concern
and wants everyone to learn from this and to "never drive in the snow
unless it is absolutely necessary."

Red would like to thank all the DJ's from around the country and out of
the USA who have been blasting off his new single: Jeep Shit ft
Fabolous & Paul Wall and promises to keep the joints coming.

BIG DEV
Konkrete Kaos/Shakedown
www.red-cafe.com


 
DJ Crucial keeps producing despite controversy with MCs

Recently F5 Records founder and producer, DJ Crucial found himself in a
sticky situation when two artists he has created beats for in the past
year turned on each other. According to Soundslam.com, "MF Doom, an
underground fan favorite, has gained a cult-like following in recent
years. Born Daniel Dumile, the rapper/producer is now the subject of a
diss track from his former friend and group mate, MF Grimm. ??Grimm
recently recorded the track "Book of Daniel" and made no qualms about
aiming the lyrical content at Doom. The two had been previously
involved in groups such as KMD and Monsta Island Czars, but hatchets
thought to be buried have since resurfaced." The breaking point for MF
Grimm, however, appears to have been a lyric from Doom's most recent
album, The Mouse and the Mask, collaboration with Adult Swim and DJ
Danger Mouse says the Riverfront Times's Ben Westhoff.

Crucial produced the beat for "Book of Daniel" as well as provided Doom
with the remix for "Ghostwhirl", a 12' single that came out in August.
Crucial exclaims, "(Grimm) picked a couple beats from me and we met
back at the studio for the next session. He came back in and said
'Crucial, you're gonna flip when you hear this song' Continuing, DJ
Crucial said, "I didn't even know what it'd be about and then he gets
into the booth and starts ripping it. This is some real stuff." The
producer also adamantly details that he is in no way caught in the
middle of crossfire and had nothing to down with the song's topic or
direction."

Crucial is releasing an album April 4th, entitled 'Test Presses and Dub
Plates'. The project will feature both Grimm and Doom on separate
tracks. For more information contact HYPERLINK
"mailto:Aaron@f5records.com" Aaron@f5records.com

Sources:
HYPERLINK "http://www.f5records.com" www.f5records.com
HYPERLINK "http://www.soundslam.com" www.soundslam.com
HYPERLINK "http://www.riverfronttimes.com" www.riverfronttimes.com

Zenobia Simmons
Zenobs Music Management
400 First St. #1
Jersey City, NJ
07302
646-724-6371


 
Be the DJ(TM) at BlueBeat.com Customized Internet Radio Channels Available To All

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wanted to legally share your favorite tunes with the world? BlueBeat.com is officially launching Be the DJ(TM), instantly granting members the power and stature of a disc jockey. As DJs, users can add anything to their DJ "Crates": world famous BlueBeat proprietary channels, entire artist collections, favorite albums, and/or even individual songs. The new creations are immediately posted for the growing BlueBeat community to enjoy. Far more than just a top ten list, a DJ Crate is a live streaming channel for everyone to hear.

BlueBeat.com offers a vast catalog of over 500,000 tracks, amassing over 400 theme- and genre-based channels, hand-picked and maintained by dedicated professional DJs and musicians. Artists ranging from Mozart to Mac Dre are just a mouse click away! Since its inception in 2003, users and press alike consistently rave about BlueBeat's highest-fidelity music streaming at 320 kb/s and 160 kb/s. All BlueBeat channels are kept 100% DMCA-compliant by custom technology designed by Media Rights Technologies' founder and CEO Hank Risan for the benefit of both artists and listeners.

Risan explains, "BlueBeat taps into the MySpace and Facebook generation, the most musically sophisticated demographic on the Internet, by providing our users the deepest and most diverse catalog on the planet. It kicks ass and has no equal!"

Be the DJ(TM) has already garnered a cult following on the Internet, and the race for popularity is heating up, as the highest ranked Crates are posted on key BlueBeat pages and occasionally "promoted" to full-fledged Killer Playlists. As such, the new channels hold court with the Internet's best musical creations. With such fierce competition, users are taking their fun seriously at BlueBeat!

What's in your Crate? BlueBeat.com invites everyone with a taste for music to visit www.BlueBeat.com. Sign up today for your free account.

About BlueBeat

BlueBeat, a subsidiary of Media Rights Technologies, supplies over 500,000 tracks of CD-quality music in over 100 genres and 400 channels, covering more than a century of music, and streams secure MP3s at 160kb/s and 320kb/s. BlueBeat delivers content for home entertainment systems and cell phones branded by major consumer electronics and cell phone companies, respectively.

Media Contacts: Quake Cox, BlueBeat.com

831.426.4412, Quake@BlueBeat.com

Source: BlueBeat.com

CONTACT: Quake Cox of BlueBeat.com, +1-831-426-4412 or
Quake@BlueBeat.com

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


 
Volkswagen Creates VIP Atmosphere in Houston

- Cars, Prizes, Refreshments, Gaming, Celebrity Sightings -

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. is going all-out to treat the adults in Houston, TX like stars in their own right from Friday, February 17th through Sunday, February 19th. With the creation of the Volkswagen Important People (VWIP) Lounge, the car maker brings its fun and all-inclusive attitude to the city.

For the weekend, athlete & celebrity programs will be coupled with a consumer promotion that will include print and radio advertising, as well as promotional components including prize giveaways, street teams, and the creation of an 8500-square-foot branded lounge, called the VWIP Lounge.

In addition to the consumer promotion, VW will reach out to the celebrities in Houston, and will offer 6 personalities each a chauffer-driven Phaeton or Touareg for their use during the weekend. VW will also provide these vehicles as shuttle service for celebrities to events such as Zo and Magic's 8 Ball Challenge, a charity pool tournament, the Kenny Smith All-Star Party, and the VWIP Viewing & After Party, hosted by hip-hop legend Biz Markie.

VW will also showcase cars modified by Detroit Custom Concepts, a car customization shop owned by Detroit Piston Lindsey Hunter.

The concept behind the VWIP Lounge is to create a daytime destination where anyone can be treated like a star, as a way for Volkswagen to create a one-to-one connection with the African-American target audience.

The VWIP Lounge will be located at Cabo, the Original "Mix-Mex" Grill, a restaurant that has been on the scene in the heart of downtown Houston since 2000. The 8500-square-foot, two-story VWIP lounge will be open to the public from morning to evening, offering a full restaurant menu of food & drinks, games, guest DJs, prize giveaways and celebrity appearances; all at no cost.

The promotion will be supported by print ads in "Rolling Out" magazine, two wrapped shuttle buses in Houston, street teams, wild postings, and a partnership with KBXX-FM, Houston's Hip Hop and R&B radio station. KBXX (97.9, "The Box"), will provide the DJs for the lounge, run ads, offer on-air giveaways, and broadcast a live remote from the lounge on Friday, Feb. 17th. The radio promotion began January 30th and runs through the weekend.

Food and drink in the VWIP Lounge will be ordered directly from Cabo's "Mix-Mex" menu, a fusion of South American, Central American and Southwestern influences. Owned by two long-time Houstonians, Michael and Anthony Roberson, these African-American entrepreneurs started out as servers and bartenders and worked their way up to own one of the most successful restaurants in Houston. Hosting the VWIP lounge is the latest in their long string of accomplishments.

Throughout the day, the VWIPs will have the chance to win tickets to the hottest private parties & events happening around Houston. The VWIP Lounge will be a daily destination for the many stars of screen, sound, and sport that will be in town that weekend.

Entry into the VWIP lounge is reserved for those people over the age of 21 who test drive one of the 10-15 new VW vehicles on site. The new 2006 GTI, having just arrived in the US one week prior, will be ready to run through its paces on the city-block-big, custom-designed closed course, as will 2006 Jetta, Passat, and Touareg models. Any current VW owner merely has to show his or her car key to gain immediate entry to the VWIP lounge.

The VWIP lounge will be open from 11am to 6pm on Friday the 17th & Saturday the 18th and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday the 19th. The VWIP Lounge is located at 419 Travis Street, accessible from the Preston Street station on the light rail system.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen of America and its affiliates employ approximately 3,000 people in the United States and are responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley, and Volkswagen products through retail networks comprising in total more than 900 independent U.S. dealers.

CONTACT: Stephen Winkler (215) 525-1407

Source: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

CONTACT: Stephen Winkler, +1-215-525-1407, for Volkswagen of America,
Inc.


 
Dunkadelic Terminology is a 'Slam Dunk' with Merriam-Webster On-Line Dictionary Says, Dunkadelic.com

First "dunk" definition applied to the American English Dictionary since dunk-shot in 1967. Iverson wore the Dunkadelic shoe for Michael Jordans' last NBA game on 4/16/03. Dunkadelic is also listed on sportsdictionary.com

(PRWEB) February 15, 2006 -- Dunkadelic is the fusion of "Basketball and Hip-Hop" inspired by the cultural aesthetics of urban style, fashion, and attitude. The basketball/sport term and its definitions are now in Merriam-Webster On-Line open dictionary. The dunk was banned from college basketball from 1967-76. When the dunk was reinstated back into the game and, along with the NBA/ABA merger. The 30 year evolution of the Dunkadelic term had begun. Dr. J with his R&B soul laid the groundwork for Michael Jordan and, the early years of Hip-Hop that would later give you Allen Iverson and, the present day world of Hip-Hop.

Dunkadelic the term was created in 1997 by Derrick E. Vaughan of Baltimore, Maryland as a brand name for performance athletic apparel. The term was first used as an (adjective) in December 2001 by Tom Kertes of Basketball Digest. He wrote that Adam Hall of the Virginia Cavaliers was a "dunkadelic swingman." The term was later used by Kertes in June 2002 when he wrote for nyknicks.com that Antonio McDyess and Chris Wilcox were both "dunkadelic power forwards." In August 2002 at the annual Rucker Park Entertainer's Tournament in New York he was inspired by the term again and, wrote Golden State Warriors' "dunkadelic" almost-Rookie of the Year guard Jason Richardson was in the house... Teachers, students, sportswriters, and enthusiast from all over the world can now log on to Merriam-Webster.com to view and learn about the Dunkadelic terminology.

Dunkadelic has various term definitions in Merriam-Webster including Dunkadelic League, Dunkadelic King and, Dunkadelic Mega-Star

Dunkadelic hit the big-time in 2003 as the name for a line of basketball sneakers. Dunkadelic was the name of the sneaker that Allen Iverson wore for Michael Jordans' last NBA game in Philadelphia on April 16, 2003. The Greatest player ever was playing the last game of his historical career and, Iverson wore the Dukadelic sneaker not his own signature shoe. Iverson who is the face of "Basketball and Hip-Hop" decided to make history with the term that defined him and his culture.

In May 2003 NBA Street Volume 2 the video computer game was summarized by Todd Zuniga of Tech-TV: It's dunkadelic, it's phat, it's frizzesh. So get on the court already.

Since the "Dunkadelic" shoe of 2003 the term has been used by various sportswriters of magazine and newspapers. NBA Inside Stuff published the Special Collector's Edition "Dunkadelic Issue" for Dec/Jan 2005 with Kobe, LeBron, T-Mac, and Vince Carter on the cover. It was the first and only time all 4 star players were on the same magazine.

USA Today wrote that LeBron and Vince were the "Dunkadelics of the NBA" after their spectacular dunks during the 2005 NBA All-Star game.

ESPN was the first to use the term when showing basketball highlight's of dunks by LeBron, Kobe, and Kevin Garnett in March 2005.

ESPN the Magazine in March 2005 quoted an e-mail statement from Derrick in reference to 'How Hip-Hop Amped Up the NBA' issue. He wrote in (Hip-Hop and Basketball, now that's Dunkadelic)!

In June 2005 Dunkadelic.com released the 1st Annual All-Dunkadelic Team with Vince Carter, LeBron James, Kenyon Martin, Amare Stoudemire, and Dwayne Wade on the first team. It was the first time that an All-Dunk team was assembled.

The 2nd Annual All-Dunkadelic Team will be released the day after the NBA Draft in June 2006.

The NBA All-Star game and Slam Dunk contest will be on showcase this weekend. Which hi-flyin' stars will be the next to carry the title "Dunkadelics of the NBA " for 2006?

In honoring the 5 Greatest dunkers of the Slam Dunk contest Dunkadelic.com has created signature catch phrases for their dunks using the dunkadelic terminology.

Dr. J, 'The Retro Dunkadelic Afro Jam'-1976 (Julius Erving)
Nique, 'The Thrill Dunkadelic Windmill Jam'-1985 (Dominique Wilkins)
MJ,'The Back-In-The-Day Dunkadelic Rock-This-Way Jam'-1987 (Michael Jordan and RUN-DMC)
VC, 'The Flashy Dunkadelic Ill' Nasty Jam'-2000 (Vince Carter)
J-Rich, 'The Crunk Dunkadelic With the Funk Jam'-2003 (Jason Richardson)

Dunkadelic is the evolution of its base name dunk. Its meaning goes beyond a spectacular jam it defines the current time and era of sports and music in American pop culture. Big-time basketball is more than a "Slam Dunk", it's Dunkadelic.

The Dunkadelic definition is also listed on sportsdictionary.com with a perfect 10 rating. Sportsdictionary.com was the first on-line dictionary dedicated to sports terms.

For more information or interview request on the Dunkadelic word history or term/definitions in Merriam-Webster dictionary email Derrick E. Vaughan of Dunkadelic.com.

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Derrick E. Vaughan
DUNKADELIC INC.
http://www.dunkadelic.net/
410-659-0330


2/16/2006

 
A Salute to Heroes of Hip Hop & Those Who Follow Celebrating Black History Month

NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As Black History Month quickly comes and goes, it is necessary not only to pay tribute to the heroes of the past, but also to honor today's role models and the powerful influence they have on the future. In commemoration of this important time of year, Double XXposure and the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS) is sponsoring its first ever Salute to the Heroes of Hip Hop, a one-day event celebrating those individuals who have made significant contributions to the success of African Americans in the music industry.

This event will expose the talented youth of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services to a star-studded team of panelists which include the legendary Big Daddy Kane, the illustrious DJ Premiere, and Power 105.1's extraordinary Ed Lover hosting the festivities. As an additional treat, Teflon (formerly of MOP), up and coming rap artist LA, and Mike Watts, a down-south success story, off the Double XXposure roster will be performing. Several participants will be rewarded with a one-on-one consultation/advisement session with the panelists to provide guidance on how to become an industry leader.

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services (JBFCS), one of the nation's largest and most respected nonprofit mental health and social service agencies, has been a trailblazer in treating social problems for more than 110 years.

Double XXposure, the well-renowned publicity and artist management firm, is responsible for creating superstar images for some of the industry's most notable celebrities, the likes of Mary J. Blige, Patra, Shabba Ranks, Changing Faces, Jade, Shai, The Emotions, Laura Branigan, Dru Hill, Father MC, Big Daddy Kane and many, many others. Often revered as the "Charm School" for rappers, teaching their artists the survival techniques of the business is what they are known for.

We are asking the press community to come out and share as we would like to have this event presented on your airwaves or newspaper pages. Transportation will be provided from the Double XXposure office, located at 1 West 34th Street, Suite 201, to Hawthorne, NY and back. Pease RSVP by February 20, 2006.

Source: Double XXposure

CONTACT: Lyn Keller, Publicist, Double XXposure, +1-212-629-9404,
khala123@yahoo.com

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


 
Top Music Producers Share Secrets from the Studio in Producing Hit Records

The art of recording exposed in new book by David John Farinella

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- From the Rolling Stones to Solomon Burke, Pink to George Strait, record producers have always played an integral role in the success of an artist.

Producing Hit Records: Secrets From The Studio (Schirmer Trade Books), gives you the scoop on how today's music gets made from the most successful producers in the field. In this fascinating account of how record producers shape the hits and the careers of major artists, author David John Farinella talks to the men and women who've launched a thousand careers and pushed their collaborators to multi-platinum success. The impressive list of producers includes such renowned names as Rick Rubin (Tom Petty, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Johnny Cash), Tony Brown (Reba McEntire, George Strait, Emmylou Harris), Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Barbara Streisand), Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Sleater-Kinney, Low, Sparklehorse) and Howard Benson (P.O.D., Hoobastank, Papa Roach, My Chemical Romance). Artists who offer their viewpoint as both producers and musicians include Joe Henry, Ben Harper, Rufus Wainwright, David Lowery and Linda Perry. The book brilliantly covers a wide spectrum of musical genres, providing useful studio information suitable for various aesthetic tastes and diverse production styles while exploring the unique chemistry between artist and producer. The book presents a treasure trove of sound practical tips for anyone wanting to produce.

David John Farinella has been writing about the music industry since 1990, which has allowed him to encounter some of today's best-known singers, songwriters and producers. His work has appeared in Billboard, Mix, Alternative Press, Performing Songwriter, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and many other well-known publications. He was also associate editor for The Encyclopedia of Record Producers.

For more information on the book and David John Farinella visit http://www.producinghitrecords.com/

Published by Schirmer Trade Books,

An imprint of The Music Sales Group ISBN 0.8256.7299.6 $17.95 Paperback April 2006

Source: Schirmer Trade Books

CONTACT: Alison Wofford for Schirmer Trade Books, +1-212-254-2100 ext.
131, alison.wofford@musicsales.com

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


 
RMD Entertainment Group and Network Solutions Pioneer eWAN1 Align to Offer Full Cable Lineup on Mobile Phones Worldwide for Three Year Term

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Feb 16, 2006) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) proudly announced today that they have signed a distribution letter of intent with Southern California-based broadband network solutions company and internet service provider eWAN1.

Recently, eWAN1 released its plans and timetables for competing in the global entertainment and content delivery business. With key acquisitions like the 52-year-old cable broadcaster ClearWave Communications, eWAN1 has set its sights on competing with veteran cable operators like Comcast, Time Warner and Cablevision Systems Corporation, to name a few. With their recent content acquisitions and superior technology, eWAN1 has amassed the tools necessary to deliver up to 175 channels of cable television programming to any broadband-equipped device. The lineup is slated to include premium channels such as HBO and other movie channels as well as most of the major network affiliates such as NBC, ABC and CBS. The lineup is said to be comprable to other major cable operators' lineups. According to the agreement, RMD will become a worldwide distributor of all eWAN1 network content via cell phones and PDA devices.

With the recent acquisition of MoTV, RMD has the perfect delivery platform for the extensive eWAN1 lineup. RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis offered, "The only thing more exciting than the emergence of the MoTV technology is actually watching the MoTV platform streaming eWAN1 content worldwide. Both eWAN1 and RMD have worked extremely hard to provide the end-user with the best possible viewing experience, the fact that we are able to work together to make that happen makes it that much sweeter. This alignment has just raised the bar in the mobile content community."

Anthony Lucas, CEO of MoTV, offered, "This product is unlike any other on the market. Now people will get real time streaming of their favorite programming without having to access mundane dated downloads that are repackaged poorly. MoTV and eWAN1 will bring what you see live in your living room straight to your mobile handset without limitations."

eWAN1 CEO Bill Kettle added, "We like the agressive approach that RMD and MoTV bring to the table in this venture. Our management was impressed with their plan to exploit this venture on a global scale now and their technology package makes it available to consumers around the world without any hardware or backbone structure requirement. We believe this will be a fruitful deal for both firms which will produce significant revenues through a significant increase in our customer base."

Both companies tentatively scheduleded the product being available for the public by the end of March. In another development, negotitiations are ongoing between the firms for additional original programing to be produced by RMD Entertainment for eWAN1's content catalogue.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

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

About Sciax Technology

Sciax Technology is an emerging company 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 RMD Entertainment Group (www.rmd-entertainment.com) 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 RMD Entertainment Group., 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.

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


 
PassAlong Networks Introduces 'The Concert-of-the-Future' featuring Brad Paisley

At the 2006 Concert Industry Consortium / Pollstar Conference and Awards

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PassAlong Networks, developer of innovative technologies for digital music, today announced its solution to power The Concert-of-the-Future(TM), the newest component of its p2pREVOLUTION(TM) platform.

Welcome to PassAlong's Concert-of-the-Future -- a WiFi-enabled experience featuring exclusive pre-concert footage, artist interviews, and a digital store for wireless purchases, all accessible before, during and after a concert to any attendee carrying a WiFi-enabled device. PassAlong's technology is available to venues, artists and managers today, seamlessly extending the concert experience while filling downtime with feature-rich content delivered to the most appropriate audience -- an artist's fans.

"We launched p2pREVOLUTION last August as the ultimate platform to combine various media that enrich the artist-to-fan experience," said PassAlong Networks CEO Dave Jaworski. "Our ability to convert today's traditional venues into digital entertainment destinations is the culmination of these media, enhancing the true p2p relationship -- the connection between the passionate fan and the performing artist."

PassAlong recently unveiled its ability to control player-to-player digital rights management while empowering users with a legitimate solution for sharing songs and playlists without being bound to a traditional computer. Now this excitement can be tied into the live concert experience, presenting advancement in the flexibility and extensibility of portable media.

The inaugural Concert-of-the-Future featured Platinum-selling country artist Brad Paisley during his Time Well Wasted tour. For his January 22 show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the MTS Centre was converted into an 802.11 WiFi- enabled arena, allowing for on demand delivery of exclusive, value-added content to any wireless device.

"I've been wondering how long it was going to take for these things that are revolutionizing everything about downloading music and video and everything that is available on the Internet to catch up to the concert world," said Paisley. "To be able to go to a concert now and take something home or to go home and enhance that experience is priceless."

"Converting our arena to be 'Concert-of-the-Future-ready' was easy and took only a few minutes," said MTS Centre Chairman Mark Chipman. "Thanks to PassAlong, we now have the option to work with a touring artist to provide a richer experience for our customers, making the entire evening more memorable and having them look forward to the next event at our venue."

The Concert-of-the-Future follows an earlier move by PassAlong which provided exclusive downloads from former Dire Straits front man Mark Knoplfer's Shangri-La tour, including next day availability of his show from historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. Additionally, PassAlong offers customizable versions of its OnTour(TM) application, a free software download that notifies end-consumers to when their favorite artists will appear in their town, prompting users with a variety of ticket providers from which to purchase tickets to attend shows of interest. The convergence of these technologies solidifies PassAlong's p2pREVOLUTION platform as the engine to power the Concert-of-the-Future, from notification of the event to exclusive content from the event.

About PassAlong Networks

PassAlong Networks provides solutions that revolutionize the way people experience digital entertainment. Its B2B2C technology platform -- p2pREVOLUTION(TM) -- includes a suite of private-label applications that enable clients to offer their customers a unique digital media experience. All PassAlong powered digital music stores provide the end-consumer with 1.6 million licensed songs, more than 1.25 million available songs, and the industry standard Passing-and-Points(TM) program. p2pREVOLUTION offers interoperability through FREEDOM(TM) which provides cross-platform, multi-format security, rights protection, and media empowerment for both content creators and content users. PassAlong's Concert-of-the-Future(TM) initiative extends the live experience beyond traditional limits, empowering fans with detailed, accurate and relevant concert notifications through OnTour(TM) and empowering venues and artists to offer exclusive, wirelessly-delivered content before, during and after an event. Founded in 2002, PassAlong Networks is privately held and based in Franklin, Tenn. For more information visit http://www.passalongnetworks.com/.

Source: PassAlong Networks

CONTACT: David Wright of PassAlong Networks, +1-615-425-5898,
dwright@passalongnetworks.com

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


 
How to Become a Hip Hop Producer PDF eBook by OD Hunte Packs a Big Punch in a Little Package

Music producer and entrepreneur OD Hunte has released a new instantly downloadable PDF reference eBook for aspiring Hip Hop Producers which reveals proven strategies for generating income from your music.

London,UK (PRWEB) February 16, 2006 -- Music producer and entrepreneur OD Hunte has released a new instantly downloadable PDF reference eBook for aspiring Hip Hop Producers which reveals proven strategies for generating income from your music.

Topics contained in the 25-page reference book include: Where To Get All The Contacts You Need, How To Make Real Money From Production, How To Get Your Music Into Film and TV Shows, How To Get Your Music Into Games and All The Music Conferences You Should Know About. In addition, the eBook suggests the best recording and production schools and magazines tailored for producers education, awareness and inspiration.

In effect Ive created a virtual starters kit based on over 10 years of experience as a producer/writer. I wish Id had this guide when I started out. It would have saved me a lot of time and effort and boosted my earnings states OD Hunte. Obviously we all want to get on a 50 Cent or Jay-Z record but for a lot of producers that will never happen. However, there are other ways you can make a decent living he continues.

Presenting How To Become A Hip Hop Producer ( PDF eBook) by OD Hunte in a PDF format allows for another unique feature and benefit, namely the inclusion of Google OneClick search technology enabling online readers to perform Google searches on specific topics that OD Hunte has predefined. This technology allows for the most up to date search results as opposed to a static link which could go dead at any time. Ive never seen this before so I am excited to offer this feature to further enhance my eBook concludes OD Hunte.

OD Hunte has recently placed his production Crook Dancin by US rapper Slic One in the EA Sports Game Fight Night Round 3 and has his music running in hundreds of TV and film shows including Ride With Funkmaster Flex, The Osbournes, Dirty Pretty Things, Knock First, Las Vegas (New), Constant Craving, Night and Day, Africa Within, Resurrection Boulevard, Girlfriends, Switched!, Hollyoaks, Bargain Hunt, Sausage Factory, Black Like Beckham, Child Of Our Time, Four Fathers, Miss Universe Pageant 2002, Everything Must Go, Futbol Mundial, Trefor Only, Velvet Soup, Si J Etais and Garden Makers.

ODs discography also includes productions, remixes and mixes for many major labels such as SonyBMG and Warners Music, the most recent being Leela Jamess Music (OD Hunte Remix) and Ellie Lawsons The Philosophy Tree album (Barnes and Noble).

How To Become A Hip Hop Producer (eBook) by OD Hunte is priced at $14.99 and is available as an instant download from http://www.musicedocs.com

For interviews or more production information contact OD Hunte via his website http://www.odhunte.com

ABOUT OD HUNTE

OD Hunte runs Treasure Hunte Productions which specializes in Hip Hop and RnB production, writing, remixing and mixing. OD is currently providing tracks for TV and film through MTV, ESPN, Fuel TV and many other international brand networks.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

OD HUNTE
Treasure Hunte Productions
London, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7774 265 211

www.musicedocs.com
www.odhunte.com

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OD Hunte
musicedocs.com
440777426521


 
Mr. Dead Releases Third Album 'MV3 Dynamic Tension' on February 21st! Stars in New Jean Grae Music Video

Hip Hop lyricist, Mr. Dead, hailing from the Cypress Hills projects of East New York, Brooklyn returns with Metabolic Vol. 3 - Dynamic Tension on Raptivism Records February 21st.

(PRWEB) February 16, 2006 -- Hip Hop lyricist, Mr. Dead, hailing from the Cypress Hills projects of East New York, Brooklyn returns with Metabolic Vol. 3 - Dynamic Tension. This album which will be released February 21st on Raptivism Records is the third installment following, Metabolics The M-Virus and Metabolics Vol. 2- Dawn of the Dead.

Mr. Dead, a disciple of Prince Paul knows theres more to life than the average and his continued diversity in hip hop is the perfect example of him going above the threshold. He is fresh off the 2005 release The Art of Picking Up Women as a member of The Dix a fictional r&b group whose other members where Prince Paul and Mr. Len.

Mr. Dead is currently in Europe on the Gold Dust Tour (February 6th 19th) as a special guest of Prince Paul and can also be seen in the new Jean Grae music video The Jam where he plays the hysterical Creeqo Valencio, a character he first introduced in The Diary of Prince Paul.

MV3 is classic Mr. Dead with production by Prince Paul, Mr. Len, DJ 3D and Mr. Dead himself. With tracks like Return of the Pimp Daddy Shrimp, Rhyme & Punishment and Dynamic Tension youll definitely get the full effect of Mr. Deads diverse talents as a lyricist, comedian, writer, producer and more.

Track Listing for MV3 Dynamic Tension:

1. Not 2 Be Fucked Wit!
2. Rhyme and Punishment
3. Return of the Pimp Daddy Shrimp
4. Tyme Bandits
5. More Good Shit
6. Dynamic Tension
7. Burial Ground
8. Hostyle Takeover
9. Love Ones Self
10. Whats 4 Lunch
11. Shallow Grave
12. You Dont Wanna!
13. Sweet Lady
14. Lessons in Life
15. Dope Fiend
16. Huggin Tha Block
17. Standing Upright
18. Deadworld Productionz
19. That Sounds Personal

To view Jean Graes The Jam starring Mr. Dead as Creeqo Valencio visit: http://www.okayplayer.com/jeangrae/thejam

For interviews, promotional materials and press information contact: Rain Dazed Entertainment

Mr. Dead Bio

Hailing from the Cypress Hills projects of East New York, Brooklyn, Mr. Dead knows all too well about the real life trials and tribulations that life can deliver in the ghetto from the never ending drug game to everyday gunplay to chickenhead hos and our reckless lost teens. He also knows theres more to life than Thug Life. As a result his debut album Metabolics- The M-virus proved to be a refreshing change from the regular rap fare that clogs the charts these days.

That album some of the most prolific producers to come together for the ultimate adventure including Prince Paul, Scotty Hard and Bimos. Dead displayed his dizzying verbal dexterity (Create & Define), his acute sense of humor (Stiff Soul Train) and his ability to get low down and dirty(The M-Virus) He even showed his production skills (Tearz of a Clown).

The second time out the gate Dead continued to deliver the goods with the second installment titled Metabolics Vol. II Dawn of The Dead Along with the same tightknit production family including some new blood such as M. Sayyid of Anti-Pop and Michael Woodruff.

Dead makes sure each track has as much damage to your mindstate as the next (Lungevity). Prince Paul comes to the table with a rendition of a classic old school jump-off (Dawn of the Dead). The cerebral damage continues with (Spit Sumthin) warning corn ball MCs of their evident demise (End of Days). Dead brings a dark yet refreshing approach to the hip-hop genre.

When Dead isnt spitting or producing tracks he is a the helm creating special effects make-up for horror films and music videos. He is currently working on his directorial debut with his own horror film and his imagination with a conceptually tight package of bangin hip-hop, The M-Virus which infected heads worldwide.

Which brings us to now. Dead has revolutionized the genre with Metabolics Vol 3 Dynamic Tension in which he pulls out the barrage of what listeners want. Pure lyrical fire with more dimensions than any lament configuration can configure. This album also recruits some new members to the production situation such as Dummy Smacks owner Mr. Len and DJ 3D and Mr. Dead begins the journey with an intro that we can only hope for in our wildest true hip-hop dreams. What follows is the purest diamonds in the ruff you will ever hear (Rhyme & Punishment). The hilarity continues (Return of the Pimp Daddy Shrimp) and lifes daily struggles (Love Ones Self) and the killer titled track (Dynamic Tension).

This third installment packs more bangers than the lord of war could ever hope for. Its guaranteed to leave you speechless and breathless. Be impressed. Be very impressed.

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RAin
RAin Dazed Entertainment
646-552-7104


 
African American Churches Reach out to the Hip-Hop Generation

Promoting solutions to the decline in African Americans attending church, Kymo Dockett the editor of What's The Word magazine is sponsoring a nationwide campaign, appealing to the hip-hop generation.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 16, 2006 As this country celebrates Black History Month, it is imperative that African Americans take a moment to not only examine the Black community but the condition of the Black church. While America remembers Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King, it is vital that we never forget the key role played by the Black church in past successes of the Black community.

Many credit Blacks faith in God as the source of support that helped them endure slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, ten years of the Depression, no representation in government, the Ku Klux Klan, no police protection, and many other problems. This current generation has a different set of values that are often communicated to them via the hip-hop community rather than the church. Because many young African Americans now subscribe to a culture that has pushed God out, many experts are predicting record low numbers in church attendance among the next generation.

Rev. Rivers who serves as Co-Chair of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation stated that, The church is too disconnected from growing numbers of our youth in general and young urban black males in particular. They exhibit little awareness of how they might collectively reverse the deepening spiritual and cultural decay of our inner-city neighborhoods.

Kymo Dockett the editor of What's The Word magazine is promoting solutions to why the hip-hop generation does not serve God in a new book entitled The Lost Generation. This book examines how the Black church went from one of the most influential institutions within the Black community to an organization that seems to be losing its relevance.

When Dr. Carter Woodson started Black History Month, he not only sought to celebrate the accomplishments of the past, he also wanted African Americans to deal with current struggles. Mr. Docketts book The Lost Generation helps to fulfill Dr. Woodsons vision as he provides practical solutions in dealing with the troubles of the Black church. The Lost Generation e-book is currently on sale for $6.99 and the paperback version can be ordered for $9.99 on wtwmagazine.com or Amazon.com.

Contact: Kymo Dockett
200 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 635-8222
http://www.wtwmagazine.com

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Kymo Dockett
What's The Word Magazine
http://www.wtwmagazine.com/
202-635-8222


 
DJ Kool Herc Selects Foot Klan Entertainment to Represent Hip Hop Pioneers

Dancers to Represent Sedgwick & Cedar Clothing Company At MAGIC, Feb. 21-24

PHOENIX, Feb. 15, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- DJ Kool Herc, ``The Father of Hip Hop,'' recognized for laying the foundation of the culture at the Sedgwick Avenue & Cedar Park intersection in New York City's Bronx Borough in 1973, has selected Foot Klan Entertainment featuring ``Mr. and Miss Soul Train'' Darryl Khalid and Luciana Bell to represent his clothing company Sedgwick & Cedar as well as the Pioneers of Hip Hop at events across the country and the world, starting with the MAGIC International Fashion Show, Feb. 21-24, 2006.

The group will be at the Sedgwick & Cedar MAGIC booth (ST No. 30618) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where more than 100,000 attendees from around the world come to see and buy what's new in fashion. Sedgwick & Cedar, The Heritage Brand of Hip Hop, will be launching limited edition Retro T-shirts that combine powerful imagery of the early raw environment where Hip Hop was born, combined with rare images of the Pioneers who paved the way. They will also launch high-end Vintage Track Jackets, Leather Jackets, Varsity Wool Melton Jackets and Retro Hoodys. In addition to the backing of the Founding Pioneers, Sedgwick & Cedar has the exclusive world-wide clothing and footwear rights to Universal Zulu Nation and Wild Style.

``To us, Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and the Zulu Nation represent true Hip Hop, by bringing awareness to what we define as 'Higher Inner Peace Helping Other People,''' Foot Klan' founder, Khalid, said. ``Foot Klan is honored to join with Kool Herc, the Pioneers, and Sedgwick & Cedar, with whom we share the same belief that Hip Hop really is 'come as you are.'''

Ray Riccio, Founder and CEO of Sedgwick & Cedar, adds, ``Our alliance with Foot Klan demonstrates that we are committed to paying respect to the entire Hip Hop culture representing not only the early DJ's, MC's and Graffiti Writers but B-boys and B-girls around the world. DJ Kool Herc actually coined the term B-boy back in 1973. It was important that his clothing company show that he respected the B-boys back then, and he and Sedgwick & Cedar continue to have respect for the movement today and always.''

For more information about Sedgwick & Cedar, visit http://www.sedgwickandcedar.com.

Foot Klan has been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 15 years, with members dancing weekly on national television and at concerts, special events, sports venues, trade shows and more. This full-service, international award-winning group includes professional dancers, choreographers, champion martial artists and fitness trainers, college professors, videogame rendering artists, DJ's, actors, models, rappers and singing artists. Foot Klan's Khalid and Bell have studied and perform all the original styles of Hip Hop dance including ``popping,'' ``locking,'' ``break dancing'' and ``House.'' For more information, visit http://www.footklan.com.

Contact:

blue 22 pr
Ken Reinstein
(480) 634-4188
ken@blue22pr.com

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Source: Foot Klan Entertainment


 
Hip Hop Star Lady Sovereign To Visit With Fans At Habbo Hotel This Wednesday, February 15th

On February 15th at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. EST), pint-sized hip-hop star Lady Sovereign will check into Habbo Hotel (www.habbohotel.com), one of the worlds largest and hottest on-line destinations for teenagers. She will be on hand to chat about her EP Release, Vertically Challenged, released by Chocolate Industries.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 15, 2006 -- On February 15th at 4 p.m. (7 p.m. EST), pint-sized hip-hop star Lady Sovereign will check into Habbo Hotel (www.habbohotel.com), one of the worlds largest and hottest on-line destinations for teenagers. She will be on hand to chat about her EP Release, Vertically Challenged, released by Chocolate Industries.

During the visit, Lady Sovereign using her specially created Habbo character -- will check into Habbo Hotel's Teen People Terrace for her interview, as well as hang out with fans and answer questions about her music style and new CD. The interview will be broadcasted live over Habbos exclusive Internet Radio Stream, dnD Power Hour hosted by Dubya and Dileas (www.dndpowerhour.com).

A product of 90's youth culture, Lady Sovereign began recording rap performances on her home computer at fifteen. Today, her music is the current sound of inner city estates, with obvious influence taken from popular dance movements such as grime, garage and jungle, while also embracing hip hop, R&B, hardcore, country and western. Her Vertically Challenged EP was released last November and featured a remix by the Beastie Boys Adrock. INgrooves (www.ingrooves.com) managed the digital distribution of the album for Chocolate Industries. Lady Sovereign recently signed an deal with Jay Zs Island Def Jam label and will be releasing her next album, Public Warning, this summer.

Teens interested in becoming members of Habbo Hotel and participating in this exciting event should go to www.habbohotel.com and click on the check in button.

Habbo Hotel is a richly colorful, multi-dimensional virtual meeting place and game environment for teens. Users join by creating a fully-customized online character called a Habbo. From there, they can explore many public hang outs, play a variety of games, connect with friends, decorate their own hotel rooms, and have fun through creativity and self expression. Since its launch in 2000 by Sulake, an interactive entertainment company that specializes in developing, publishing and distributing multiplayer online communities and games, Habbo Hotel sites have been introduced in 16 countries, with more than 41 million Habbo characters created and more than 5.4 million unique users each month. The highly-trafficked U.S site, www.habbohotel.com, is visited by over 1.5 million unique users per month who spend on average more than three hours a week on the site (Nielsen Net Ratings).

For More Information Contact:
Kristi Blicharski / aLine media public relations
310-371-8795

Visit the website at www.HabboHotel.com

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Kenn Henman
ALINE MEDIA PUBLIC RELATIONS
310-371-8795


 
The Podcast Hotel: An Unconference About Independent Culture, Podcasting and Digital Music: Seattle, WA. February 23-25, 2006

Register Today at www.podcasthotel.com

Meet the people shaping podcasting and its growing importance in the world of digital music and the news media in a setting that is more like a studio than a conference. Podcasters, artists and musicians, digital music executives, mobile technology experts and media will all be there. Performances and live recordings over three nighs by more than ten bands from Seattle, Portland, Or., San Diego, Bend, Or., Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC.

(PRWEB) February 16, 2006 -- After a very successful first event in Portland, Oregon, the Podcast Hotel World Tour makes its second stop in Seattle, Feb. 23-25 with performances and discussions on podcasting, licensing, promotion, distribution and the importance of independent culture.

The show starts Feb. 23 with live performances at the Thinkspot, 11 W. John Street, a loft space near downtown where we will feature musical and video performances from local bands and performers that will be recorded and made available as podcasts on KSSX, a platinum sponsor of the Podcast Hotel. Recordings from the Podcast Hotel will also be distributed on mobilecast, an application from Melodeo that delivers podcasts on your mobile phone. Melodeo is a founding sponsor of the Podcast Hotel. Sponsors also include KEXP, Hotel Max Seattle, IODA, Libsyn, Kliptronic, Rumblefish, Rain City and CD Baby.

Day time sessions run Feb. 24-25 at the Triple Door, 216 Union Street. At the Triple Door, the main stage will be for discussions and the balcony suites will become podcast studios with demonstrations by Melodeo, IODA, Kliptronic and Libsyn. From these suites and throughout the Triple Door, instructors will demonstrate how to make a podcast, video podcast and videoblog. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment for the conference so they may be part of the studio and create their own shows.

Our speakers include:

Paul Anthony, who will keynote a session on podcasting and how to compensate artists fairly

Alex Steininger, vice president, marketing, CD Baby

Corey Dennis, Independent Online Digital Alliance and Colin Brumelle, Bryght, who will discuss podcasting and digital music distribution

Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, who will discuss the impact of podcasting, video podcasting and blogging on the news media

CC Chapman of Accident Hash and the Podsafe Music Network, who will discuss podsafe music and what it means

Eric Rice of KSSX will discuss podcast promotions

Chris Macdonald of indiefeed will moderate an artist round table discussion about podcasting with Dave Dederer of the Presidents of the United States of America, musical artist and podcaster Samantha Murphy and Cilette xxx of Gypsy Soul

Chris Pirillo will talk about podcasting business models

Bill Valenti of Melodeo will discuss podcasting over mobile phones with a group of music executives

Music is a big part of the Podcast Hotel. Over three nights, we'll hear from more than ten bands and musicians that we will record and podcast to the world. Bands performing at Thinkspot include Samantha Murphy; bill of San Diego; The Philharmonic of Vancouver, BC; Jacob London of Seattle and Chris Tsefalas, of Portland, Or., who recently teamed up with Everclear front man and producer Art Alexakis. Alexakis is co-producing Tsefalas second record and co-writing a few tracks. In exchange, Tsefalas will lend his vocals on a few tracks for Everclear's upcoming full-length record.

People in other parts of the world may also participate in the Podcast Hotel by adding their feed at the Podcast Hotel, entering the Paper Napkin Awards and contributing to the Haiku Garden.

What Makes The Podcast Hotel a Success?
The Podcast Hotel looks at the culture that makes podcasting possible. Speakers demonstrate to attendees the different tools that you can use to podcast. Attendees eat dinner together and listen to music.

“The goal is to spend an intensive 48 hours studying, discussing and producing podcasts and having a great time listening to top-notch, local indie music,” said Alex Williams, producer of the Podcast Hotel. “Independent culture is thriving but it also faces threats. The Podcast Hotel is the place to explore what podcasts mean for us all. We like to think of the event as a place where art and commerce come to stay.”

February 2006 is Podcast Month at PRWeb. This press release distributed by PRWeb, the Online Visibility Company.

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Alex Williams
PODCAST HOTEL
http://www.podcasthotel.com/
503-473-6237


 
2006 Southeast Community Fest Brings Music Education to Charlotte

World Wide Flava and Bo2 Productions in collaboration with Its Cool To Be Smart and the Single Parent Initiative will present the 2006 Southeastern Music Community Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 10-11, 2006.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB) February 16, 2006 -- The Southeastern Music Community Fest (SMCF) is a one-day music conference focused on empowering and raising awareness of aspiring entertainers / artists striving to succeed in the entertainment industry. Conference registrants will have an opportunity to interact with a host of music industry expert panelists, from all aspects of the music industry. In addition, Its Cool To Be Smart will award funds to support the rebuilding the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA and YWCAs on the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The 1st Annual 2006 Southeastern Music Community Fest (SMCF) will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the Grady Cole Center conveniently located at 301 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina.

The SMCF reception on Friday will present the former Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem with a humanitarian award, and the former Mayor will in turn present the 2006 SMCF Achievement of the Year award to R&B recording artist, Anthony Hamilton. Saturdays conference will begin with a music appreciation panel presented by the Boys & Girls Club and will be followed by several industry breakout sessions geared towards educating participants on How to make it happen in the Music Industry. Industry experts and an A-list roster of celebrities will provide expert advice for registrants. Saturdays agenda also includes a celebrity autograph session, fashion show featuring North Carolina Central University / Evalesco Modeling Troupe and will close out with an evening of showcase performances from up and coming artists and an after party featuring a special celebrity guest.

Current sponsors for the 2006 SMCF include: ASCAP, Enchanted PR, Eklectik Genes, Atlantic, WEA, Big Oomp Records, the Aphilliates, MEG, BREAK magazine, Streetmasters magazine, College Talk, Clear Channel, Up All Nite and the Chop Shop.

For more information, or to register for the 2006 Southeastern Music Community Fest visit www.smcfonline.com.

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Christal Jordan-mims
Enchanted PR
678-499-0297


2/15/2006

 
MC Eiht Announces New Label Deal

MC Eiht Announces New Label Deal

(Compton, CA)---Veteran hiphop artist MC Eiht has just signed a distribution deal for his record label, West Music, Inc. in a joint venture with Paid In Full/Koch. The prominent, longtime rap icon, who played the role of A-Wax in the feature film, Menace II Society, and also performed the soundtracks hit single, Streiht Up Menace, will release a new album, Affiliated, this spring.

Eiht, who also played the role of Ryder in the mega-hit video game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, says this record deal differs from his past independent signings. "The promotion will be better, the distribution is better", he confirms. "The label that I have the joint venture with this time is more professional than what was happening with my other independent projects. They don't hesitate to get things done."

The albums first single will be the track Say Nothing/Comptons Back. In addition to the Compton rap legend, the song also features Comptons Most Wanteds Chill and Bam, along with King T, who rides shotgun. The Compton-bred banger is already receiving airplay on Los Angeles radio station KDAY.

The Dub-I.N.C.s upcoming Affiliated title is a natural for Eiht, who explains, "I named it that because there are a lot of misconceptions in the street as far as West Coast music, namely, what we do as far as West Coast music, how we get down with it, and what we represent. A lot of my fans have been anticipating a new record from a true West Coast artist. I get a lot of emails asking me questions like, When are you going to come back and spit the real, because there is all this fake-ism in the game out there right now." As Eiht points out," You've got a lot of cats from everywhere out there, trying to do whatever, and a lot of it makes utterly no sense." Eiht remarks, "This album title lets people know I'm still affiliated with the streets, with the neighborhoods, and what people are going through out there on the streets; it's not being about glamour and glitz." Eiht adds, "I saw something in the internet, where somebody commented on a quote made by a rapper, who said that he isn't doing my type of music anymore, and that he was just going to go for the money, and that artist then went on to say, So now Im going to do the club shit, the booty shaking shit, and right there, he lost a fan, because his fan could no longer respect him because of that."

Eiht contends, "As everyone has seen, I just have to remain true and humble, and after all that, things will fall into place. The upcoming album that has yet to be turned into the distributor, is already receiving a kilo of industry buzz, and is expected to become classic ghetto gold."

One of the most respected hiphop artists on the West Coast, Eiht articulates, "I am still making my music, just being affiliated with the streets. I'm still in Compton, representing truth."

Media Contact: Phyllis Pollack
Def Press Public Relations
18907 Vincennes St.
Northridge, CA 91324
818-349-2282
Route66@socal.rr.com


 
MTV2 CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH WORLDWIDE THING: AFRICA HOSTED BY LUDACRIS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th AT 2PM (ET/PT)

New York, NY, February 15, 2006 -- MTV2 announced today that as part of Black History Month it will air Worldwide Thing: Africa. Hosted by Ludacris, the half-hour special will spotlight videos by some of the hottest African Hip-Hop artists. From Senegal to the Ivory Coast, viewers will enjoy some of the most creative and original new hip-hop to come out of Africa.

As part of the special, Ludacris will also share his experiences performing with Skwatta Kamp and 2 Face in South Africa and Nigeria.

"In my opinion Africa is the biggest untapped hip hop market in the world. So many creative artists have a real life story to tell and I instantly connected to them and their music. I am just as much a fan of there work as they are of mine." said Ludacris.

The videos and artists featured are:

Artist Song Country
Daara J "Boomerang" Senegal
Skwatta Kamp "Clap Song" South Africa
2Face Idibia "Ifana Ibaga" Nigeria
K'Naan "Soobax" Somalia
Thandiswa "Lahl'Umlenze" South Africa
Tiken Jah Fakoly "Y'en A Marre" Ivory Coast

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the worlds leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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FROM: MTV2
Melissa Barreto
212-846-7226
melissa.barreto@mtvstaff.com

Jeff Castaneda
212-846-6774
jeff.castaneda@mtvstaff.com


 
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation to Host an Online Celebrity Auction With Proceeds Benefiting Habitat for Humanity Families in the Gulf Coast

Coldwell Banker(R) 'Housewarming for Habitat' Celebrity Auction Bidding Opens Feb. 20 at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Thousands of homes across the Gulf Coast of the United States were destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. To help in the rebuilding efforts, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is launching the "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity charity auction on eBay Feb. 20 through March 9. One hundred percent of the gross proceeds will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Operation Home Delivery Fund to rebuild homes obliterated by the storms. Habitat for Humanity has been the Coldwell Banker(R) national charity of choice since 1993.

A preview of the Coldwell Banker "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity auction items became available at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker on Feb. 13. Live bidding will begin on http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker at 4 p.m. EST on Feb. 20. Additional items will be added on Feb. 27.

The Coldwell Banker "Housewarming for Habitat" celebrity auction will feature a variety of one-of-a-kind, personal items donated by television and movie stars, sports legends, and renowned recording artists. They include personal VIP experiences, items from the sets of popular television shows and films, red carpet premiere tickets, and signed memorabilia.

Some of the charity auction items include: a round of golf with Academy Award(R)-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson; an hour in the studio with hip-hop recording superstar Snoop Dogg; a round of golf at a Houston country club with 10-time NBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist and one of the "50 greatest players in history" Clyde Drexler; a copy of the script of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" signed by Michael Douglas, who produced the film; a Hawaiian shirt signed by "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen; a soccer ball signed by Mia Hamm, widely recognized as the world's best all-around women's soccer player; and many other items. The celebrity charity auction can be accessed at http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker.

"I toured the Gulf Coast region after the storms and the devastation was absolutely overwhelming; television pictures did not do it justice," says Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. "Now, six months out, it is critical to continue fundraising so that the destroyed areas can be rebuilt. With the help of generous celebrities like Dr. Phil, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and Mia Hamm -- and there are many more -- we hope to raise significant dollars for the Operation Home Delivery Fund.

"Since beginning our relationship with Habitat for Humanity in 1993, the Coldwell Banker(R) system has raised millions of dollars and helped build hundreds of Habitat homes across the country," Gillespie adds. "We are looking forward to the 'Housewarming for Habitat' celebrity auction raising significant dollars to help with the reconstruction process."

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. To learn more, visit http://www.habitat.org/.

About Kompolt

Kompolt was retained to manage the auction. Kompolt is the highly regarded "go-to" online auction agency for creating successful, high value, and high profile promotional and charity auctions for top brand companies and nonprofits. For more information, go to http://www.kompolt.com/.

About Coldwell Banker(R)

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker(R) organization has been a premier provider of full-service real estate. In 2005, Franchise Times magazine's prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate and number nine among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has approximately 4,000 residential and commercial real estate offices and 126,400 Sales Associates in 30 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International(R) division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge(R) Service Program and award-winning Web site, http://www.coldwellbanker.com/. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country and the Coldwell Banker Commercial(R) network is an industry leader in providing commercial real estate solutions that serve the needs of tenants, landlords, sellers and buyers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition and management of all property types. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) . Coldwell Banker(R) is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Each office is independently owned and operated except for offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated.

Source: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation

CONTACT: David Siroty, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, +1-973-
496-7199, cell - +1-908-337-5865, David.Siroty@cendant.com; Catherine
Sullivan, Publicis Dialog, +1-212-279-6345, cell - +1-917-699-3629,
Catherine.Sullivan@publicis-usa.com

Web site: http://www.ebay.com/coldwellbanker
http://www.habitat.org/
http://www.kompolt.com/
http://www.coldwellbanker.com/


 
Interactive Television Networks, Inc. Announces the Launch of PULSE, the First Internet Protocol TV Music Video Network

Revolutionary Music Video TV Network to Offer 30,000 Music Videos From Every Major Recording Label

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interactive Television Networks, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ITTV.OB) (ITVN), a leader in Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), today announced the launch of PULSE, the first IPTV music video network.

PULSE will offer unlimited video-on-demand access to a commercial free library of more than 30,000 music videos from all the major recording labels, with new videos added weekly. Videos will be organized into dozens of 24/7 channels, classified by specific group and genre. Channels will include "The Heartland" for country music fans, "Old School Jamz" which will show favorite hip-hop videos and "Rock ON!" showcasing classic rock videos, among many others.

Subscribers will also be able to create playlists of their favorite videos, which can be viewed in order or at random and can even be shared with other subscribers.

"PULSE is a great example of what ITVN does best," said Charles Prast, CEO. "We deliver the content that people want, when they want it, in a format that they can control and at a price they can't believe."

According to a recent report by AccuStream iMedia Research, "overall, streaming media subscription and download revenue grew by 150% from 2003 through 2004, 109% from 2004 through 2005 and is currently forecast to increase by another 45% in 2006. The market is forecast to reach $2 billion in total revenue in 2006, with music, sports and entertainment subscription and download revenue the leading content categories" and music is leading the pack.

"The number of people streaming media through their PC and iPod is massive," continues Prast. "ITVN offers broadcast quality, streaming video on users TV, the viewing platform of choice. We can only imagine how huge this is about to become."

PULSE will be available in May of this year, at a cost of $4.95 per month.

What is IPTV?

IPTV is broadcast-quality television delivered over standard home broadband Internet. While offering the same quality as satellite or cable, IPTV has many advantages, such as virtually limitless programming and on-demand content because only channels selected by consumers are delivered over home broadband networks. All content -- including HDTV -- can be distributed on a subscription or pay-per-view basis with content promotion integrated into the user experience. Best of all, IPTV offers true interactivity for the customer, allowing two-way communication with services comparable to the Web, creating a better environment for users, programmers and advertisers.

About ITVN

ITVN manufactures a low-cost, compact set-top-box that links the home television to IPTV networks and services without the need for a personal computer. In addition, ITVN is a provider of proprietary interactive content networks delivered to the television over home broadband. ITVN owns or controls all aspects of its business from content licenses, management, billing, and streaming software to its low-cost compact set-top-box.

ITVN is making IPTV relevant to the everyday consumer by offering a growing number of niche-market networks while keeping the service affordable. Current and future networks include movie channels, music channels, news channels, and many other options where the overall viewing environment is enhanced by ITVN's true interactivity.

In October of 2005, ITVN was named the "Innovator of the Year" at DigitalLife, a three-day consumer event produced by Ziff Davis Media. For more information please visit http://www.itvn.com/ .

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements, including risks or uncertainties related to the release of ITVN's network and products, the market acceptance of its products and services, competition from companies that provide, or have announced an intention to provide IPTV, the need for subsequent substantial additional financing, and the company's ability to successfully market ITVN's products and services. Additional uncertainties and risks are described in ITVN's most recently filed SEC documents, such as its most recent current reports on Form 8-K. All forward-looking statements are based upon information available to ITVN on the date the statements are first published. ITVN undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Source: Interactive Television Networks, Inc.

CONTACT: Amy Orebaugh of Terpin Communications Group for Interactive
Television Networks, Inc., amy@terpin.com, +1-310-821-6100, ext. 107

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


 
Nike Teams With Rihanna & Celebrity Director/Choreographer, Jamie King, for Music Video Featuring 'Nike Rockstar Workout'

Unique Interactive Music Video Allows Viewers to Learn 'Nike Rockstar Workout' Dance Moves Online; Class Available at 24 Hour Fitness Locations Nationally

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today Nike unveils its new women's fitness dance collection along with a music video featuring Def Jam artist, Rihanna, and celebrity director/choreographer, Jamie King, performing moves from the "Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop by Jamie King." The interactive music video at nikewomen.com features Rihanna's latest single, "SOS" and allows viewers to pause the video to pull up a screen with King teaching dance moves from the video.

The hour-long, high-energy cardio class, "Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop," will be available at 24 Hour Fitness locations throughout the country beginning February 16, 2006.

Nike's dance inspired footwear and apparel collection is designed for the quick, high-energy moves of a dance workout and is worn by Rihanna and her dancers throughout the music video. The pieces are comfortable, stylish and allow for optimal performance in the studio during routines like the Nike Rockstar Workout.

"Nike knows that sport goes beyond the traditional courts and playing fields. Women's fitness has focused on the athleticism of dance with new product and workout content for the past year," said Darcy Winslow, General Manager of Women's Fitness. "This Spring, we continue to innovate in fitness dance with Nike's unique collaboration with music artist, Rihanna, and celebrity director/choreographer, Jamie King, by creating a music video featuring Nike Rockstar Workout dance moves and product."

The Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop is the fourth in a series of dance-based workouts created the past year for Nike by MTV and Emmy Award nominated celebrity director/choreographer, Jamie King. King has collaborated with some of the country's top artists including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, Pink and Shakira.

"Dance is my passion, so I'm thrilled that Nike continues to embrace dance as a fitness trend with its latest collection and the Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop," said Jamie King, acclaimed director/ choreographer. "Collaborating on Rihanna's music video to include Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop moves, truly makes this workout 'rockstar.'"

Rihanna released her latest single, "SOS" early for the creation of the Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop music video on nikewomen.com

"Making a music video is hard work, but lots of fun, just like the Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop," said Rihanna. "Working with Nike and Jamie King on my 'SOS' music video was great, and I love that my fans can learn my dance moves at nikewomen.com."

In addition to learning Nike Rockstar Workout dance moves at nikewomen.com, fitness enthusiasts can also take the workout class at 24 Hour Fitness locations nationally.

"Offering the Nike Rockstar Workout - Hip Hop at 24 Hour Fitness allows us to continue to bring innovative programming to our members," said Donna Meyer, 24 Hour Fitness corporate director of Group Exercise. "This class gives participants a great workout and the unique opportunity to learn music video-worthy moves from Jamie King and Rihanna."

About Nike

NIKE, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan, a leading designer and marketer of luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories and Exeter Brands Group LLC, which designs and markets athletic footwear and apparel for the value retail channel.

About 24 Hour Fitness

Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness, an innovative leader in the health and fitness industry, serves more than 3 million members in more than 350 clubs across 16 different states and four countries in Asia. Founded in 1983 as a one-club operation by Chairman and CEO Mark S. Mastrov, 24 Hour Fitness pioneered the concept of making fitness accessible, affordable and a way of life for everyone. Supporting the communities it serves, 24 Hour Fitness sponsors many charitable events and organizations including the 2004- 2008 U.S. Olympic Teams and the Magic Johnson, Andre Agassi and Lance Armstrong Foundations. Please call 1-800-204-2400 or visit www.24HourFitness.com for more information and to find the location nearest you.

About Jamie King

Emmy Award and MTV Award-nominated director/choreographer Jamie King, host of MTV's The Grind and Fox's Dance Fever, is one of the most innovative artists working in the entertainment industry today. The director of Madonna's acclaimed Re-invention Tour, the highest-grossing concert tour of 2004, King has worked with an impressive array of artists including Prince, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Britney Spears, Shakira, Elton John, George Michael and Michael Jackson and is regarded a master at creating sensational musical and dance performances. www.jamiekingofficial.com

About Rihanna

Mixing island rhythms with R & B soul, 17-year-old Barbados-born singer Rihanna possesses a powerful voice that quickly earned her a contract with Def Jam Records. Her first single "Pon de Replay" was the most downloaded song of 2005 and several of her infectious dance tracks are prominently featured in the new Nike Rockstar Workout Hip Hop. Rihanna's single "SOS" is featured in the Nike Rockstar Workout music video. Rihanna will release a new studio album, A Girl Like Me, April 2006. www.thisisrihanna.com

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PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: NIKE, Inc.

CONTACT: Nike Media Relations, +1-212-367-4447

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

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

Web site: http://www.24hourfitness.com/

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


 
MUSIC ICON CHUCK D TO APPEAR IN ONE-ON-ONE Q&A SESSION AT BILLBOARD MECCA 2006

--The Official CTIA Mobile Entertainment Conference--

NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2006) Billboard, the worlds most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, announced today that Chuck D, Founder of Chuck D Mobile and Co-Founder of Public Enemy, will appear in the Q&A keynote series at Billboard MECCA 2006, part of CTIA Wireless 2006, taking place April 4th at the Las Vegas Hilton Center. Tamara Conniff, Billboards executive editor and associate publisher, will lead this series.

Chuck D is a prolific musical artist, composer, actor, author, radio personality, producer and businessman. As the leader and co-founder of groundbreaking rap group Public Enemy, Chuck D redefined rap music and hip hop culture. With a jolting combination of intelligence and eloquence, his lyrics addressing weighty issues about race, rage and inequality have translated into three multi-platinum albums, three gold albums, four gold singles, and a platinum-selling home video. The group has also embarked on a staggering 33 tours, performing over 1200 concerts in 40 countries. In addition, at the close of 1999, The New York Times named Public Enemys music to its list of the 25 Most Significant Albums of the Last Century.

The critical and commercial success of Public Enemy opened the doors for Chuck D to deliver his message through a number of different mediums, extending his reach to all segments of the population. He has hosted his own segment on the Fox News Channel, published a best-selling autobiography, Fight The Power, is a highly-sought after speaker on the college lecture circuit, is a prominent member of non-profit organizations including MusiCares and Rock The Vote (which honored him with the Patrick Lippert Award in 1996 for his contributions to community service), served as national spokesperson for Rock The Vote, the National Urban League and the National Alliance of African American Athletes and appeared in public service announcements for HBOs campaign for national peace and Partnership for a Drug Free America. In 2004, he also signed on to co-host a show on the ambitious Air America radio network.

Chuck will announce the launch of Chuck D Mobile, a global mobile distribution company, at Billboard MECCA 2006. He currently is also overseeing his hip hop web portal, www.rapstation.com, working on a second book, a pair of albums, and recently opened his own SlamJamz Record label, which will release a dozen albums this year.

Were thrilled to have Chuck D at Billboard MECCA 2006, stated Conniff. Chuck is an entertainment industry pioneer, who has embraced the digital ecosystem for content delivery. As the first major artist to distribute a full-length album on the Internet, he is now approaching the wireless industry with the same enthusiasm.

During this one-on-one fireside chat, Chuck D will discuss his vision of where wireless fits into the broader digital content landscape and what the wireless industry can do to entrench itself deeper into the entertainment industry mindset.

Billboard MECCA 2006, presented by Sennari and also In Association with AG Interactive, will shed new light on the continually evolving mobile entertainment industry with key insights from the most diverse gathering of top decision makers, creative visionaries and savvy business minds from all corners of the converging mobile and entertainment fields. This one-day event at CTIA Wireless 2006 will encompass the current state of mobile entertainment and what the future might hold. Guided by Billboard's global editorial team, CTIA and industry experts, attendees will discover how they can participate in and profit from the mobile entertainment revolution.

This event will feature keynote speakers, supersessions, drilldown sessions and case studies examining the state of mobile entertainment through in-depth analysis, debate and discussion on the details necessary to succeed in the mobile entertainment marketplace. Attendees will learn from and network with the visionaries defining the mobile space today, and gain development, marketing and consumer insights from leading analysts and end users. All attendees will also receive custom research on mobile content consumption trends.

For information about Billboard MECCA 2006, visit www.billboardevents.com or contact Michele Jacangelo at 646-654-4660. For information on registration and group discounts, contact Kelly Peppers at 646-654-4643. For sponsorship information, contact Karl Vontz at 415-738-0745. For press credentials, please contact Lila Gerson at 212-255-8455.

About Billboard:
Now in its 111th year, Billboard is the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events and brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends. Billboard is the flagship property for the Billboard Information Group, which also consists of Billboard.biz, Billboard.com, Billboard Chart Alert, Billboard Information Network (BIN), Billboard Directories, Billboard Books, Billboard Licensing & Events and Billboard Radio Monitor. Billboards many strategic partners include Fox-TV, Microsoft, mForma, Reuters, Sirius Satellite Radio, Telemundo, Univision Radio, ABC Radio Networks, Azteca America and Billboard sister companies Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. These partnerships leverage Billboards proprietary data, charts and information resources to develop broadcast entertainment, digital and mobile platforms and contextual commerce applications that expand Billboards franchise and consumer reach.

About Sennari:
Sennari offers the first mobile customer relationship management (mCRM) platform that helps carriers and content providers know their customers. Sennari's services are designed to increase loyalty and revenue potential by enabling all forms of consumer relationships within mobile content applications, including real-time events, customer interaction, friend based referral programs, opt-in marketing and SMS campaigns. For more information, visit www.sennari.com.

About AG Interactive:
AG Interactive (AGI) is a global leader in licensing and creating original self and social expression products for online, instant messaging and mobile platforms. To create its premier content, the company leverages one of the worlds largest creative studios and digital library of award-winning expressive content as well as an extensive international distribution capability.
AGI attracts more than 30 million unique visitors per month in 18 countries to its popular websites AmericanGreetings.com, BlueMountain.com, and Egreetings.com as well as through Instant Messaging or online partnerships with AOL, MSN, and Yahoo!. The company has one of the largest online subscription services with over 2.5 million paying subscribers. AGI reaches over 200 million subscribers per month globally through major wireless carriers including Bouygues, Cingular, KPN Mobile, Mobistar, Proximus, and Verizon Wireless. AGI also maintains significant global content partnerships with Def Jam Enterprises, Nickelodeon, Sports Illustrated, Univision Online, Inc., and Warner Bros. Online.
AG Interactive is a subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM), one of the world's leading manufacturers of social expression products generating annual net sales of approximately $2 billion. American Greetings Corporation is the creator and owner of many celebrated character properties, including Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Holly Hobbie, Bubblegum and Twisted Whiskers. For more information, please visit www.aginteractive.com

About CTIA WIRELESS 2006:
As the premier global event representing the complete wireless, mobile computing and wireless Internet industry and the largest wireless show in the world, CTIA WIRELESS 2006 brings together all industries within the communications ecosystem and all those affected by wireless technology for three days of intense learning and networking. For more information, visit www.ctiawireless.com.
CTIA-The Wireless Association is the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, representing carriers, manufacturers and wireless Internet providers. Visit www.ctia.org.


 
Calling All Bands: Verizon Wireless and MySpace Want to 'Sign' You to V CAST

BEDMINSTER, N.J., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Now one band has the chance of a lifetime: to be the first unsigned band to launch their career on a wireless phone. Leveraging the newest medium for artists to reach their fans, the "Calling All Bands" contest from Verizon Wireless and MySpace offers one lucky unsigned band the opportunity to have their song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone released on Verizon Wireless -- the nation's leading wireless provider with 51.3 million customers.

Verizon Wireless will release the "Calling All Bands" winner's song on V CAST Music -- marking the first time an unsigned band will release its first single on a wireless phone. The winner will also work with Verizon Wireless to produce a music video that will be released on V CAST, plus a ring tone and ring back tone of the winning song that will be available for purchase by Verizon Wireless customers. MySpace, with more than one million registered bands, helps Verizon Wireless bring authentic bands to the mobile world, further extending the music experience on customers' communication devices they use most every day -- their wireless phones.

Beginning today, any unsigned band on MySpace can submit an original song for the "Calling All Bands" contest. From all submissions, 15 semi-finalists will be selected and the MySpace community of friends and fans can listen and vote online for their favorite band from the contest page. The top five entries to receive the most votes will become finalists; the winner will be chosen among the finalists by Verizon Wireless and MySpace and will be announced on MySpace at the end of March.

Save These Dates:

* February 15 - March 1: Entrant submission period
* March 13 - March 22: The 15 semi-finalists, chosen by MySpace Music
Editors, will be linked to or posted on the contest page where MySpace
bands, their friends and fans can vote for their favorite band
* March 24: The five contest finalists are announced on
http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands
* March 29: "Calling All Bands" contest winner is selected by Verizon
Wireless and MySpace and announced online on http://www.myspace.com/

John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said, "V CAST, with music that crosses all genres, has quickly become the hottest medium for artists to reach new and existing fans. Verizon Wireless V CAST Music customers love music and many of them are plugged in to the latest music trends -- the "Calling All Bands" contest is another opportunity to discover new artists, which makes this the perfect way for lesser-known artists to showcase their music to an entirely new audience."

V CAST Music

V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless lets customers play music on their wireless phones from well-known and independent artists -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. The V CAST Music Store already boasts a collection of more than a half-million songs and will contain a million songs by spring and lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Online Store. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music phone.

V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation, available to about 150 million people from coast to coast. Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music and music videos on their phones. For a limited time, customers who sign up for V CAST receive one month of V CAST service free. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs in the V CAST Music Online Store can do so without a V CAST VPak.

V CAST Music is available through Verizon Wireless' 2,000 Communications Stores and Circuit City locations and online at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/music.

"Calling All Bands" Contest Rules

Contest runs from February 15 at 9:00 p.m. PT through March 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT and is open to any unsigned band. Interested entrants can submit an original song online by March 1 at http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands that will be judged on quality, originality and popular appeal of the submission by MySpace Music Editors. Bands must be registered on MySpace to participate and registration is free. Bands need to upload their digital music file and fill out an entry form at the site. From all submissions, MySpace Music Editors will select 15 semi-finalists that will be linked to or posted on the contest page from March 13 through March 22 where MySpace bands and their community of friends and fans can listen and vote for their favorite band. The five entries to receive the most votes will become finalists and Verizon Wireless and MySpace will select and announce the "Calling All Bands" contest winner online on http://www.myspace.com/ on March 29. For a complete list of contest rules, visit http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands. No purchase necessary. Void outside the U.S. and where prohibited.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, 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: Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands
http://www.myspace.com/


 
Fox TV Show 'America's Most Wanted' and St. Louis Rapper Penelope Jones Team Up

Penelope Jones Appears On 'America's Most Wanted' To Help Solve The Senseless Murder Of Her Brother

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Penelope Jones, a bourgeoning Motown Records hip-hop star, will appear on the FOX TV's long running crime-fighting show, America's Most Wanted, to help solve the murder of her brother, Tony Jones. Tony was fatally shot in October, 2003 in front of his six-year-old son in their Illinois apartment. The program will air on FOX, February 18, 2006, at 9:00pm ET/PT (8:00pm CT). Penelope Jones, a St. Louis native says, "not only is he my brother, but I'm part of that community. I hope that my presence will help generate leads and make people who may know something about my brother's murder come forward."

A single mother and a self-admitted 'reformed hustler' herself, Penelope has worked hard to turn her own life around, becoming a fitness trainer before signing to Motown Records as a much sought after rapper, with her debut solo album scheduled for release later this spring. Her debut single, "Miss You (With That Foolishness)" will be going for radio adds in a few short weeks.

America's Most Wanted, hosted by John Walsh, has already captured over 850 fugitives in its 18 year run. Anyone can contact AMW anonymously by calling 1-800-CRIME-TV or by visiting www.amw.com.

Source: Universal Motown Records

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

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


 
Start & Run Your Own Record Label Full Day Seminar

Annual seminar in NYC conducted by indie music guru, Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of the bestselling Start & Run Your Own Record Label (Billboard Books) and I Don't Need a Record Deal! Your Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 15, 2006 -- Revenge Productions' next Start & Run Your Own Record Label seminar is on Saturday, February 25, 2006; 11AM - 5:30PM at the New Yorker Hotel, on the NW corner of 34th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City. Registration is $99 in advance; $125 at the door.

The seminar leader is Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of the best-selling Start & Run Your Own Record Label, I Don't Need a Record Deal! Your Survival Guide for the Indie Music Revolution and The Real Deal: How to Get Signed to a Record Label (Billboard Books). Daylle has been presenting these seminars for 15 years. People come to her seminar from all over the country, especially women, since Daylle is considered a role model by many in this very male dominated industry. She is often the only female on a panel at music business conferences.

This will be the only private full day seminar that Daylle will present in New York this year. She recently returned from a 3-month road trip, driving around the entire country by herself to speak at over 50 colleges, music organizations and bookstores, to provide musicians tools to empower themselves. http://www.daylle.com/seminar.html

The seminar will cover:
* setting up a business
* retail marketing and promotion
* radio promotion
* doing your own publicity
* marketing and promoting on the internet
* international marketing
* income streams for licensing CDs
* street promotion
* distribution
* manufacturing
* financing
* legal issues

There will be guest speakers: music attorney Wallace Collins, Patrick Arn, founder of Gotham Records, publicist Ellyn Harris (Buzz Publicity) and someone from DiscMakers with tips on manufacturing.

# # #

Daylle Schwartz
REVENGE PRODUCTIONS
http://www.daylle.com/
212-688-3504


 
BurnLounge Launches New Community-Powered Digital Music Service for Passionate Music Fans

Unique Service Enables Music Lovers to Create Their Own Digital Music Stores and Sell Their Favorite Music to Consumers

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- BurnLounge, the next-generation community-powered digital music service that enables passionate music fans to sell the music they love to friends (or) like-minded individuals/people, today unveiled its consumer offering with the formal launch of a public beta. The unique service provides fans with proprietary software and an expansive catalog of music from major and independent record labels, giving users the ability to create and operate their own digital music stores.

Consumers are able to download music directly from BurnLounge with content provided by Loudeye. Currently, the service includes repertoire from major labels including EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group and WARNER MUSIC GROUP. Independent content comes from CD Baby, IODA, IRIS Distribution, as well as unsigned artists who can place their music on the 'shelves' side-by-side the mega stars. In addition, BurnLounge offers a compelling and innovative community chat function called BonFire. BonFire enables users in the network to chat openly with buddies on AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger or ICQ.

"We are thrilled to launch a service that enables music fans to have their own online 'corner record store' and promote the music they love," said Ryan Dadd co-founder, president and COO of BurnLounge. "BurnLounge allows a fan to have a fully-functioning download store without knowing anything about site design, credit card processing or licensing. All they need to know is what music they love and then tell their friends about it."

"BurnLounge is a great promotional tool for artists and labels alike, providing a platform for them to compensate devoted fans for promoting music to their friends," said Stephen Murray, co-founder, president of entertainment and CCO of BurnLounge. "We are excited to offer a new means for emerging and established artists to meaningfully connect with more fans."

The BurnLounge beta is live and currently available at www.burnlounge.com. In the coming weeks, additional features will be available to the community, including merchandise for purchase from top name brands.

For those interested in operating digital music stores, BurnLounge offers a proprietary software for purchase called Independent Content Editor (ICE) that allows invited participants to become part of the BurnLounge retailer community. Participants may join by an invitation from any BurnLounge affiliate. The ICE software costs $29.95/year and uses a simple point-and-click interface to help retailers develop their own customizable, fully functional music download stores that suit their own styles and preferences. They are then able to draw from a vast music catalog from major and independent artists alike, which they can sell per download. Once they've hung their digital shingle, retailers are able to decide what degree they want to build their seller community using three subscription levels:

* Fan: Free with purchase of site's Independent Content Editor (ICE)
software. Music fans are able to sell their favorite music or
anything from the BurnLounge catalog, and earn BurnRewards points,
which can be exchanged for products, services or music downloads.

* Affiliate: $29.95/year and an additional $6.95/month. Same as above,
but affiliates can redeem BurnRewards points for cash. At this level
they also have access to BurnLounge Business Management Software Gold,
which helps track sales and trains them to grow their business by
allowing them to recruit their own team of affiliate retailers.
Affiliates can also receive income from a portion of the team's revenue
generated through the BurnLounge shared compensation program.

* Music Mogul: $129.95/year and $14.95/month. Everything above and
retailers have access to Business Management Software Platinum, which
allows their teams to build teams. Moguls can apply the shared
compensation plan to their community of music fans, affiliates and
other music moguls, which they can manage and build. Also at the Mogul
level retailers have access to VIP events, discounts on exclusive
merchandise and services, and more.

To support its community of retailers, BurnLounge offers a range of training and educational materials, including a special package called BurnLounge University, which retailers can purchase for information and tutorials on the history of the music business, technology, business development, and more. They also have access to marketing tools, such as letterhead, posters, templates and a free professional glossy magazine called BurnLounge which is the "voice of the digital culture" and features editorial about the hot trends and topics in the business.

About BurnLounge

BurnLounge is the first, next-generation, community-powered digital music service enabling music fans to discover and enjoy music, as well as operate their own digital music stores and evangelize the music they love. Through this innovative model, BurnLounge provides record labels and artists with a new fan-driven promotional channel.

Source: BurnLounge

CONTACT: Karen DeMarco, kdemarco@mprm.com, or Ayn Allen,
aallen@mprm.com, both of mPRm Public Relations, +1-323-933-3399, for
BurnLounge

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


 
New Era Cap Launches National Brand Energy Tour

'Fit for the Streets' Tour Launches in Houston During 2006 NBA All Star Weekend

60 Foot Articulated Prevost Bus Customized into a New Era Mobile Showroom

DERBY, N.Y., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- New Era Cap Co., Inc., the premier, global headwear designer, developer and manufacturer, announced today that it will launch "Fit for the Streets," a brand energy tour, during the 2006 NBA All Star Weekend in Houston, TX. Houston is the first stop on the company's nationwide tour running through November 2006; other cities include Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

New Era's "Fit for the Streets" tour will deliver the New Era experience directly to New Era's biggest fans; where they live and breathe. The tour will tell the story of New Era's signature headwear, including the New Era 59FIFTY, from its roots in fashion hats in the 1920s to its 8 decade history in baseball to its last 10 years as an icon in music and culture. The vehicle will feature a mix of products ranging from recent releases to new and yet to be released styles. Making visits to retail, community events and other consumer related activities, the tour will present a personal and intimate brand experience, growing brand awareness, while celebrating the brand loyalty that exists across the country.

"The New Era brand is one that has evolved over our 86-year history," said New Era Cap's Vice President of Global Marketing, John DeWaal. "It's an experience fostered in a great history, one that we want to share with our consumers in a direct and intimate way. We believe that New Era 'Fits,' and this tour will exhibit how New Era has organically become integrated into people's lives and how it has come to fit into a great cross section of lifestyles."

"Fit for the Streets" will make its way across the country on a newly customized 60 foot articulated Prevost tour bus featuring external New Era branding applications in paint and vinyl; the bus' interior is split into two sections: the front portion, a public showroom, and the rear is a VIP lounge. The showroom highlights New Era's product and its relationship with sports and music: features include product displays, six Technics turntables, six LG plasma TVs, a JBL home and car audio system wired by Tsunami Audio and a photo installation exhibiting images taken by Hip Hop's premier photographer Jonathan Mannion. The VIP lounge, outfitted with plush magenta banquettes, features product displays, a Harman Kardan sound system, two 42 inch LG plasma TVs, and wireless Xbox 360.

While in Houston, New Era and the "Fit for the Streets" tour will host a celebrity gifting suite; will co-sponsor the Alonzo Mourning & Magic Johnson 8Ball Tournament @ Jillian's; and make two retail visits, Athletes Foot, 11281 Fondren Rd. and Sports Wrap, Sharpstown Mall.

The "Fit for the Streets" tour was created and will be managed by Buzztone Inc., an integrated marketing firm based in New York and Los Angeles, and will be supported with a "Fit for the Streets" portal, supported by GPS technology, on http://www.neweracap.com/ , that will follow the tour as it crisscrosses the country, meeting New Era fans and introducing the brand to new ones.

New Era Cap is a Derby, NY-based sports headwear designer, developer and manufacturer, with sales offices in Canada, Europe and Japan. Making more than 25 million licensed and non-licensed, performance and fashion units per year, New Era is 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. Founded in 1920, New Era is a privately owned company employing more than 1,500 people in New York and Alabama and overseas. New Era is a Category A affiliate of the Fair Labor Association.

Source: New Era Cap Co., Inc.

CONTACT: Crystal Howard of New Era Cap, +1-716-400-3057 - cell,
crystal.howard@neweracap.com; or Elana, Elana@therosegrp.com or Lauren,
Lauren@therosegrp.com, both of The Rose Group for New Era Cap, +1-310-280-
3710

Web site: http://neweracap.com/


 
Image Entertainment and Hip Hop Magazine ``The Source'' Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Branded Video and Audio Projects

Two Companies Settle Existing Litigation and Move Forward with Popular "Hip Hop Hits" Series and Other Releases from Leading Hip Hop Artists

CHATSWORTH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2006--Image Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:DISK - News), a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, today announced it has amicably resolved all existing litigation and arbitration with Source Entertainment, Inc., the sister company of Source Enterprises, Inc., publisher of hip hop magazine The Source, clearing the way for the two companies to strongly reestablish their years-long business relationship with a series of Source-branded DVD and CD products.

As a result of the agreement between the companies, Image now possesses the exclusive rights to all Source video and audio projects, the first one being "Hip Hop Hits Volume 11," slated for release in the fall. The popular Source "Hip Hop Hits" series is expected to continue with additional releases for the foreseeable future.

"We were extremely excited to meet The Source's new management team," said George Steele, vice president of Image Music Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Image Entertainment, Inc. "They have been very professional and really understand the business and the need to forge ahead together. The Hip Hop Hits series in particular has been wildly successful for us, and we're glad to be able to continue working with The Source on this and other projects."

In addition to helping select hit compilation tracks and co-producing other new Source-branded video and audio projects, The Source will provide advertising support in its print magazine and on its websites for DVDs and CDs that it releases with Image.

"I know I speak for everyone at The Source when I say we are thrilled to resume our strong relationship with Image Entertainment," said Jeremy Miller, President and CEO of The Source. "We have a history of success together, and our content and brand combined with their deep distribution channels and unsurpassed knowledge of retail is truly a winning combination."

About The Source:

The Source is the most widely recognized and well-respected brand name in communications for Hip Hop fans across the globe, earned through The Source Magazine's role as the most trusted media voice for the hip hop movement for over 18 years. The Source is the #1 selling music magazine on newsstands in America, reaching nearly 9 million readers per month. The Source business brand has been built into a renowned trademark, with extensions in music, television and consumer products. Most recently, they have launched The Source Latino and The Source Japan magazines. The company is headquartered in New York City at: 11 Broadway, Suite 360, New York, NY 10004.

About Image Entertainment:

Image Entertainment, Inc. is a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, with approximately 3,000 exclusive DVD titles and over 200 exclusive CD titles in domestic release and approximately 300 programs internationally via sublicense agreements. For many of its titles, the Company has exclusive audio and broadcast rights and, through its subsidiary Egami Media, Inc., exclusive video on demand, streaming video and download rights. The Company is headquartered in Chatsworth, California, and has a domestic distribution facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Company's subsidiary Image Entertainment (UK) maintains a content acquisition office in London, England. For more information about Image Entertainment, Inc., please go to www.image-entertainment.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 relating to, among other things, our goals, plans and projections regarding our financial position, results of operations, market position, product development and business strategy. These statements may be identified by the use of words such as "will," "may," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "believe," and other terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. All forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause action outcomes and results to differ materially from current expectations.

These factors include, among other things, our inability to raise additional working capital, changes in debt and equity markets, increased competitive pressures, changes in our business plan, and changes in the retail DVD and entertainment industries. For further details and a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Unless otherwise required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Press/Corporate Contact:
THE HONIG COMPANY, INC.
Steve Honig, 310-246-1801
press@honigcompany.com
or
Investor Relations:
MKR Group, LLC
Charles Messman or Todd Kehrli, 818-556-3700
ir@mkr-group.com


2/14/2006

 
DV8 MAGAZINE TEAMS WITH CREATIVE CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT TO PRODUCE THE 2nd ANNUAL HIP HOP FILM FESTIVAL COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE

ATLANTA (Feb 12, 2006) DV8 Magazine teams with Creative Circle Entertainment to present the Commemorative Issue at the 2nd Hip Hop Film Festival, to be held in Atlanta, April 28- 30th, 2006.

As the music, artists, culture and social impact of hip hop continues to flourish in film, the Hip Hop Film Festival offers a rare chance for filmgoers and hip hop enthusiasts alike, to experience the undeniable power and synergy of merging the two artistic mediums together. As the sole publisher of the events exclusive magazine, DV8 will retain the prominent responsibility of capturing the 3 day event, comprised of exclusive film screenings, panel discussions with entertainment industry leaders, meet and greet sessions, performances and the award ceremony.

The Hip Hop Film Festival is a unique opportunity for DV8 Magazine to showcase the undeniable power that emerges from the marriage of hip hop and film. I look forward to producing a commemorative issue that will truly capture the collaborative energy of the two, says Desmick Perkins, DV8 Magazine publisher.

DV8 Magazine has substantial experience in producing numerous ommemorative issues for several highly publicized events, including the1st Annual Dirty Awards and the Negro League Baseball Museums Legacy Awards. In addition to producing the commemorative magazine for the Hip Hop Film Festival, DV8 Magazine is also set to debut its Preview Issue in March. An innovative new lifestyle publication, highlighting the people, places and things that deviate from the norm, DV8 is being widely touted in the publication world as one of the most promising new lifestyle magazines on the market today.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Commemorative Issue of the Hip Hop Film Festival, including advertising opportunities, contact Desmick Perkins at 404.756.9868 or email ahhffcommissue@deve8magazine.com.


 
PHUTUREHYPE - STEADILY RISING TO THE TOP

London -- (ArriveNet - Feb 14, 2006) --At the end of 2005 Denise Destini, CEO of Phuturehype and the brainchild behind the annual UK Female Rapper / MC Competition, pledged that 2006 was going to be the year that she took her burgeoning company to the next level, ultimately creating more awareness of the competition in the process. Staying true to her word Denise has already set out to preach the Phuturehype word and has cemented interview spots in The New Nation (Britains number one black newspaper), Whats Poppin Magazine, Rago Magazine, Rapnews.co.uk, Write On Point Magazine, BBC One Music, and recently hit the airwaves with 2005 runner up NChyx, courtesy of the popular community radio station Flames FM.

Thanks to the numerous features in well sort after print publications and online publications, Phuturehype has now caught the attention of exciting new London based clothing label 84 Fresh (www.84fresh.com), who have now become the official clothing sponsors for the event. I am pleased that they embraced us and agreed to jump on board for this years competition. This is yet another major coup for us, says Denise. But we still have a long road ahead of us and Im still hungry to create even more awareness. So be on the lookout for numerous TV appearances by myself, and listen out for more radio interviews. By the end of 2006 the name Phuturehype will be on everyones lips.

To read online interviews visit:
www.bbc.co.uk/onemusic
www.rapnews.co.uk
www.ragomagazine.com
www.writeonpoint.co.uk

The first Female Rapper/MC 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, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. The aim of the documentary was to find six talented artists, fly them over to New York, and see if they were able to succeed in cracking the hardest music market in the world, all under the watchful eye of Fat Man Scoop.

Phuturehype has also helped to launch the careers of 2004 runner up Lady Sovereign, who then went on to sign with Universal / 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.

To register for the auditions email: DeniseDestini@phuturehype.com
(Please note that this competition is UK based only)

Media Contact: Janice Spence.
Email: janicespence@gmail.com


 
RHYME AND REASON: BUSTA RHYMES AND SPIKE LEE FEATURED IN THE AVE MAGAZINE'S SPRING 06 ISSUE

New York, NY (February, 2006) The spring 06 edition of THE AVE drops this March with two in-depth cover stories: one of hip-hops biggest icons reinvents himself and Hollywoods most outspoken filmmaker comments on the film and music industries.

Often referred to as hip-hops Energizer Bunny, Busta Rhymes slows down to discuss his new label, new direction and new album, The Big Bang. Despite 15 years in the limelight and a long list of platinum plaques, the rap vet still has the hunger for more as he teams up with super producer Swizz Beatz on his latest hit single, Touch It.

Spike Lee, the outspoken and often criticized Tinseltown veteran, sits down for a hearty discussion about his 20-year career. In addition, the celebrated director continues his recent critique on the problems with hip-hop, and talks about reuniting with Denzel Washington in his latest film Inside Man.

Continuing to address critical social topics, this edition of THE AVE examines eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia, which have become increasingly common in the African-American community; questions Americas claims of being a civilized society when men like Stanley Tookie Williams are executed; and explores the problems within the child welfare system as numerous battered children continue to die at the hands of their abusive caretakers.

Also in this issue, Paul Wall speaks about his recent wedding; BETs 106 & Park host Julissa tests out a batch of consumer products in a new section called Style & Profile; and THE AVE puts a spotlight on Ne-Yo and R&Bs other rising stars.

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

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

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Contact
Hanif@theavemagazine.com
Bkallday@tmail.com
Phone: 347.365.0900


 
Dem Franchize Boyz "On Top Of Their Game" With Million-Plus Ring Tune Sales

So So Def/Virgin Snap Music Innovators Move More Than One Million Ringtones Before Album Street Date

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Feb 14, 2006) -- So So Def/Virgin Records' 'Snap' music innovators DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ have surpassed the million-selling milestone with master ring tune sales of 1,056,924, a full week before their debut album street date. With a hardcore club sound now acknowledged as the new national wave in hip-hop, DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ' ("DFB") So So Def/Virgin album, "ON TOP OF OUR GAME" hits stores on February 7, 2006.

DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ struck a chord with mobile music fans, crossing the million sales threshold for master ring tunes from four tracks from "ON TOP OF OUR GAME," with the best sellers being the ring tune version of their Number One urban hit "I Think They Like Me," as well as their fast-rising Top Ten follow-up "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It." Other DFB tracks ringing up mobile music sales include "Ridin' Rims" and "Stop Callin' Me."

With two smash singles, videos and ringtones driving album sales, the album is expected to have a strong debut this week in the national Billboard Top 200 and R&B charts.

Virgin Records Urban Music President Jermaine Dupri said: "Ring tunes are a personal expression for fans, and it's not a surprise to me that Dem Franchize Boyz, who have pioneered their own style, have been in demand in the mobile format. It's off the hook." Commenting on the market surge behind DFB, and the mounting successes of the department, Dupri added: "I'm jus' gettin' started."

Virgin Records Chairman Jason Flom commented: "Jermaine Dupri and his staff have hit a home run with Dem Franchize Boyz. This phenomenon began back in July with the launch of the first single as a ring tune on the same day it went to radio."

"Lean Wit It" continues to scorch its way up the charts, this week bulleting at No. 23 on Billboard's pop Hot 100, No. 9 on Billboard's R&B Hip-Hop Songs, and No. 9 in the airplay-based Urban chart.

The group's 'Snap' music breakthrough, "I Think They Like Me," continues to display extraordinary staying power in its fifth chart month, currently standing at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 12 on Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Songs, and No. 13 in Urban airplay.

DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ, hailing from Atlanta's Westside, are Gerald "Buddie" Tiller, Bernard "Jizzal Man" Leverette, Maurice "Parlae" Gleaton, and Jamal "Pimpin'" Willingham. They debuted on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 2004 with the top 25 single "White Tees," but enjoyed their true breakthrough as So So Def/Virgin artists with the single release of "I Think They Like Me," featuring guest appearances by Bow Wow, Da Brat and So So Def founder Jermaine Dupri.

For more information, please contact:
Patti Conte
Virgin Records
(212) 786-8350

Melissa Victor
Virgin Records
(212) 786-8318

Samantha Bowman
Virgin Records
(212) 786-8371


 
RMD Entertainment Group Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Top Mobile Content Delivery Platform - MoTV

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Feb 14, 2006) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) announced today that after over eighteen months of research and development, the mobile content delivery platform known as MoTV, is now owned and operated under the RMD corporate umbrella.

MoTV, formerly a privately owned entity, has been working alongside an RMD development team for the last year and a half to bring a brand new mobile experience to the marketplace in 2006. The finished product can best be explained as a real-time broadcast similar to the original MTV (Viacom) platform -- coupled with an interactive retail element reminiscent of the Home Shopping Network (Interactive Corp.). This new hybrid mobile network not only delivers a totally new experience for the viewer, it also introduces three distinct revenue streams for network supporters: advertising, subscription, and retail.

RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis offered, "This technology by itself provides an unparalleled experience to the end user by delivering entertainment and retail interactivity to any mobile phone or device. This goes far beyond the current goal in the industry, which puts such a heavy emphasis on content; we are delivering real-time interactive content, which empowers the audience with the tools necessary to be entertained and shop simultaneously. Utilizing RMD's global hip-hop influence, we structured MoTV technology in such a way that there doesn't need to be one central hub for global content delivery. This means that we are not limited by traditional bandwidth issues and our network is ready for implementation on a global scale. This is a step forward for RMD's Hip Hop business. The Hip Hop industry has grown from backroom record labels in New York to a ten billion dollar a year business world-wide. Technological advancements and change in delivery platforms have positioned RMD to successfully compete in this business. Now MOTV offers us the ultimate promotional tool for our music releases on a global scale. "

MoTV CEO Anthony Lucas had this to say, "It was a natural fit from the beginning of our research and development. With our proprietary interactive software and compression technology, and RMD's business background with regard to entertainment and product driven content, MoTV technology now ready for the marketplace in 2006 supercedes anything else being offered to the public on a global scale. Our product offers urban music consumers the ability to view original uncensored video driven programming at a rate that offers stereo sound and picture quality very close to television quality. Furthermore it is live. Today's generation of consumers wants what is happening now. We see other major opportunities on the horizon for our product besides our initial offering of the MOTV programming and have already begun to develop those opportunities with RMD. This is IPtv taken to the next level with PDA and mobile phones serving as portable viewing centers and music marketplaces for our customers."

According to research conducted by Infonetics, IPtv service providers spent $304 Million in IPtv-related infrastructure in 2004, a number that is expected to grow to $4.5 Billion by 2009. Infonetics also asserted that there were 2.1 Million IPtv users worldwide in the first quarter of 2005, which research suggests will increase to 53.7 Million worldwide users by 2009 along with $44 Billion in service revenues. The number of IPtv subscribers in North America alone is expected to increase 12,985% over current levels by 2009.

RMD also confirmed that Giorgio Costonis would be very active in MOTV as he accepted the position of President of Business Development for the company.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

RMD is a company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry. 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 Technology

Sciax Technology is an emerging company 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 RMD Entertainment Group (www.rmd-entertainment.com) 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 RMD Entertainment Group., 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.

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 RMD Entertainment Group, 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


 
Hip-Hop / Rap Exclusive: Pam Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Slim Thug and Others Show Support for The Cipher Show

A quirky president of a foster care agency becomes a television producer overnight and soon finds personal success and celebrity support on the red carpet in Hollywood. Everyone from Pam Anderson to Alec Baldwin are telling people to stay tuned to "The Cipher Show."

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 14, 2006 -- Steven Jennings aka Mikey Jukes is not the average guy. He has served his country in The United States Army, has been the president of a state funded DCFS foster care agency and has achieved a Bachelors degree in Sociology and a Masters degree in Education Administration within the first 29 years of his life. Then one day as he was watching a TV show, he had a bright idea. Although he had no training in film and had never held a camera in his life, he wanted to become a TV Producer. So he scribbled his concept on a notepad and from that day on, Mikey was on a mission to make it to Hollywood. Mikey created The Cipher Show. It's an entertainment news and music video program, which he put together while running a Medicaid mental health center, a foster care program, a group home and a youth leadership development program in Southwest Florida. The first market he aired his TV show on was WEVU, southwest Florida's UPN affiliate.

Mikey couldn't give up on his mission. So with the help of his small team of Producers, Mikey aired The Cipher Show on KJLA Channel 57 & 33 in Los Angeles from 3/4/05 to 3/25/05 reaching 3 million households weekly.

He would then sign a contract to air on WTVK Southwest Florida's WB channel 6, starting Friday June 24th 2005 at 2:00pm. The Cipher Show aired for 4 consecutive weeks in Florida as well. It was at this time that Mikey began to attract star power. On June 28th 2005, The Cipher Show was on the red carpet of the 2005 BET Awards Afterparty. They interviewed Celebrities such as Rap Star Slim Thug, Actor David Fobbs, Actress K.D Aubert and others.

Mikey was determined to continue his course, and his determination placed him in similarly interesting situations, as he maneuvered his camera backstage at a Clear Channel Radio concert and interviewed rap star Mike Jones, Cuban Link and The Youngbloodz. In the fall of 2005, he would fly to Los Angeles where he was invited to his own spot on the red carpet of The 2005 Peta Awards. He collected a variety of supportive words for The Cipher Show, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Mikey and his camera crew spoke with celebrities such as Pamela Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Jamie Lee Curtis and a host of others. In Spring of 2006, Mikey Jukes is preparing to launch several versions of his TV show. The Cipher Show has joined forces with PLAE.TV to bring the Internet the ultimate music and video competition. Be the top public "PLAER," get the most PLAE's on their MPEG site and win major prizes including a chance to host a TV show and a free music video shoot. The Cipher Show is currently available for television broadcasting, podcasting and internet broadcasting.

You can view episodes of The Cipher Show here:

The BET Awards: Featuring Slim Thug and More!
http://winyourowntvshow.com/new2/show2.html

http://www.winyourowntvshow.com/new2/trailer1.html

http://www.winyourowntvshow.com/new2/show.html

Featuring Little X, Pam Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Mike Jones, Jamie Lee Curtis, Pink and More!
http://stickmanproductions.biz/VIDEO/ciphershow_four.wmv

http://winyourowntvshow.com/new2/trailer3.htm

http://www.TheCipherShow.com

For legal Information Re: Steven Jennings,
Please contact, Clark Law Office, C/O Jim
2340 Stanford Court, Naples FL. 34112
213-804-0516

Hennix M.
FOR HHHH, LLC. NEWS
213-804-0516


 
Atari Ships 'Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure'

Original Action-Adventure Video Game Featuring Over 65 Legendary Graffiti Artists, an Incredible Cast of Hollywood Talent and an Amazing Soundtrack Hits Retail Stores Nationwide

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) and Marc Ecko, the visionary behind several of today's most respected youth lifestyle brands, today announced that Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure has shipped to retail stores nationwide. Developed by The Collective, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is rated 'M' for Mature and is available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure fuses innovative gameplay, a provocative and controversial storyline, an eclectic and renowned voice acting cast, and a musical score featuring some of the most influential voices and sounds of this generation. Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure includes a variety of star-studded voice talent such as renowned hip- hop artist Talib Kweli, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, George Hamilton, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam West, Andy Dick, Charlie Murphy, The RZA and Michael "M.C. Serch" Berrin. The soundtrack features an array of licensed music and various original tracks, such as an exclusive version of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya," remixed by Serj from the band System of a Down; "Clik, Clak, and Spray" from Pack FM; "Book of Judges" from Pharoahe Monch; and "Getting Up Anthem: Part 1," performed by legendary Hip-Hop artist Rakim and Talib Kweli, the voice of the game's lead character, Trane. More than 65 graffiti artists have lent their signature tags and art to the game's urban environments, while six legendary artists - Cope 2, FUTURA, OBEY: Shepard Fairey, Seen, Smith and T-kid - have served as in-game mentors to the game's lead protagonist.

"Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure breaks the mold of the current crop of games by fusing authentic urban culture with truly diverse gameplay," said Marc Metis, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Atari, Inc. "With its unique story, talent, music, and gameplay design, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure answers consumers' call for innovation and originality in gaming."

Set in the city of New Radius, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure features a world where freedom of expression is suppressed by a tyrannical city government. In the game, players assume the role of Trane - an unlikely hero just looking to get up until he realizes there is much more at stake. Gamers learn and master various graf skills, starting as a toy (beginner) graffiti artist and using street-smarts, athletic prowess and vision necessary to become an "All City King," the most reputable of all graffiti artists. During their quest, players risk their lives navigating vertical landscapes while battling rival crews, a corrupt Mayor and the city's Civil Conduct Keepers (CCK) all in an effort to reach the sweet spots of New Radius, where a well-placed tag brings respect and reputation. Gamers also find themselves with an even greater burden - to use their high-wire graffiti talents to expose the oppressive mayor and set the city free.

A limited edition of Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is also available at select retailers nationwide. The Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Limited Edition is packed into a collectible Getting Up tin case and in addition to the game, includes Marc Ecko's Blackbook, offering an exclusive look inside the game's development process, a disc featuring a collection of short films, level rundowns, game tips, and "making of" footage, and a silver pen with the Getting Up "X" logo.

The Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Limited Edition also features a soundtrack with four tracks executively co-produced by Sean 'Diddy' Combs, including an exclusive version of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya," remixed by Serj from the band System of a Down. Other Combs' tracks include "Clik, Clak, and Spray" from Pack FM, "Book of Judges" from Pharoahe Monch and "Getting Up Anthem, Part 1," performed by Talib Kweli, the voice of the game's lead character, Trane, and legendary Hip-Hop artist Rakim. These songs, plus Rhymefest's "Wanted" and various scoring pieces from RJD2, are only available on the limited edition.

A mobile version is currently available through Glu Mobile. For additional information about the game please visit http://www.gettingup.com/.

About Marc Ecko Enterprises

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

Marc Ecko Enterprises also includes Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" (a contemporary menswear line launched Fall 2004); G-Unit(R) clothing and accessories (a joint venture with multi-platinum musician, 50 Cent); Zoo York(R) (a line of action sports-inspired clothing and accessories); and Avirex(R) Sportswear Collection (a mid-tier brand launched Spring 2005). The Company also publishes Complex(R) magazine, a men's consumer magazine with a rate base of 335,000, and is developing Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure(TM), the first truly authentic video game based on urban culture and graffiti art debuting February 2006. *ecko unltd. products are available in over 5,000 stores domestically and in over 45 countries internationally, as well as through 38 of its own retail stores across the country. For additional information, please visit http://www.marceckoenterprises.com/.

About The Collective

Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment (http://www.f9e.com/), the largest independent game developer in North America, The Collective is a leading developer of console video games, and known for groundbreaking third-person action adventure games, including the critically acclaimed Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb(TM), Buffy the Vampire Slayer(TM) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(TM). The Collective is based in Newport Beach, CA and can be found on the web at: http://www.collectivestudios.com/.

The Collective, along with Backbone, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, and Digital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company's studios have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50 in 2004 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 325 employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville, Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Honolulu. For more information on Foundation 9 Entertainment, please visit: http://www.f9e.com/.

About Atari

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

Safe Harbor Statement

With the exception of the historical information contained in this release, the matters described herein contain certain "forward-looking statements" that are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements in this release are not promises or guarantees and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions and are naturally subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. We caution you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein. Some of the factors which could cause our results to differ materially include the following: the loss of key customers, such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, GameStop and EB Games; delays in product development and related product release schedules; inability to secure capital; loss of our credit facility; adapting to the rapidly changing industry technology, including new console technology; maintaining relationships with leading independent video game software developers; maintaining or acquiring licenses to intellectual property; fluctuations in the Company's quarterly net revenues and results of operations based on the seasonality of our industry; the termination or modification of our agreements with hardware manufacturers; and other factors described in our SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2005 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company's expectations.

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

The ESRB rating icons are registered trademarks of the Entertainment Software Association.

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

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

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Atari, Inc.

CONTACT: Andrea Schneider of Atari, Inc., +1-212-726-4259,
andrea.schneider@atari.com; or Tara Bruno of HighWater Group (For Atari),
+1-212-338-0077 ext. 302, tara@highwatergroup.com

Web site: http://www.atari.com/
http://www.f9e.com/
http://www.collectivestudios.com/
http://www.marceckoenterprises.com/
http://www.gettingup.com/


 
Ten Days of Ticket Giveaways to the 3rd Annual World of Rap Awards on In Da Mix/ 28 Days of Premieres

Lady Leo is giving away free tickets to an Award show in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) February 14, 2006 -- On February 23rd at 5 pm at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas The World of Rap Awards presented by G Money Productions will be giving honors to Music, Artists, Producers, Writers and others who have accomplished higher standards in the business.

The event will be recorded and an edited version will rebroadcast at a later date.

Come out and see this fun evening of positive rap. Find out more by going to www.worldofrapawards.net.

Some Special guests scheduled to appear include:
Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, Twista, George Clinton, Guerilla Black, LAX, Nelly, Toni Tony Tone, Foxy Brown and many more.

Some awards that will be presented include:
Album of the Year Female/ Male
Most Positive Rapper of the Year Female/Male
Latin/ Reggaeton Rapper of the Year Female/Male
Rapper of the Year Female/Male
Best New Latin/Reggaeton Rapper of the Year Female/Male
Best Collabo of the Year Male and many more.

Be apart of the event by winning tickets on your one and only Xradio.biz. Log onto www.xradio.biz/lasvegas for Lady Leo's "In Da Mix" 6am-8am Monday through Friday starting on Monday Feb 13th through Thursday 23rd for Ten Days of Ticket Giveaways and be the 4th caller to win. Also you can check out Vegas York Connection with Nome at 10 pm-12pm to win tickets also.

Continuing with 28 Days of Premieres there will be all new premieres this week including an interview with Las Vegas Latin Artist Veronica Lopez on Friday at 7am.

If youre interested in possibly being interviewed or showcasing your music on Lady Leos In Da Mix please email your request. Other genres of Reggae and Reggaeton, DJs and Comedians are welcomed as well.

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PodShow and Limelight Networks Launch PodShowPDN - The First High Performance Delivery Network for Podcasting

-PodShowPDN Already Successfully Delivering Millions of Downloads, Leveling the Playing Field for Independent Podcasters and Mainstream Media Companies-

SAN FRANCISCO, and TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PodShow, Inc., the premier brand in podcasting, and Limelight Networks, Inc., the world's leading digital media delivery network, today announced the launch of the PodShowPDN(TM) (PodShow Podcast Delivery Network), the first high-performance content delivery network that addresses the specific needs of podcasting. In an era that finds independent podcasters competing directly with mainstream media for audience share, the PodShowPDN provides the tools and services producers must have in order to be on par with mainstream media. For mainstream media companies seeking to create fresh content, expand their reach and find new distribution and marketing opportunities, the PodShowPDN is a perfect solution.

The PodShowPDN provides the scalability to manage, deliver and track tens-of-thousands of shows, millions of episodes and hundreds-of-millions of downloads, with a complete set of tools for creating, publishing and up-loading content. PodShowPDN is providing a powerful solution at a critical time in podcasting, as explosive growth in the medium is underscoring the weaknesses of traditional services having problems ranging from broken files and lost connections to complete service overloads and system blackouts.

"Until now, we have found ourselves in the middle of a social media revolution armed with the technological equivalent of muskets and rubber knives. Now we have leveled the playing field," said Ron Bloom, CEO and Co founder, PodShow, Inc. "In order to move podcasting to the next level, we had to do three things: enable the highest level of production; guarantee delivery; and provide an entirely new class of reporting. PodShowPDN solves these issues for everyone."

"Podcasting is much more than MP3 files on a server -- it is a unique environment requiring a combined skill set and awareness of media development and production, as well as guaranteed content delivery," said Bill Rinehart, CEO, Limelight Networks. "Our partnership with PodShow, which combines these key elements with Limelight's advanced network -- the world's highest performance delivery network for digital media -- creates a powerful podcasting solution for both individual podcasters and for media companies."

"Prior to the PDN, talented producers were creating the world's freshest content only to have it destroyed in delivery by networks pieced together with the digital equivalent of duct tape and bailing wire," said Adam Curry, President and Co founder, PodShow, Inc. "Over the last few months alone, we've rescued dozens of podcasters and they've been blown away by the results. With this launch we will be able to provide the same opportunity for thousands more who have been struggling technically and economically."

The PodShowPDN was developed over the course of 2005 and is already delivering millions of downloads from thousands of episodes of PodShow's core line-up of shows. PodShow is delivering national advertising and sponsorship from over a dozen leading US brands across these shows. In Q1, PodShow will unveil a special promotion that will open the PDN to all podcasters -- from amateurs to professionals. Additionally, PodShow and Limelight are in discussions with mainstream media companies seeking to use the PodShowPDN to bridge into high-quality audio and video podcasting.

"PodShow is delivering hundreds-of-thousands of downloads of our show with no hiccups," said Drew Domkus, Producer and Co Host of the wildly-popular The Dawn & Drew Show ( http://dawnanddrew.podshow.com/ ). "PodShow has really worked hard on this -- I can't wait for all podcasters to experience the 'PDN'."

"I thought that we were going to have to stop podcasting," said Cali Lewis, Host of the Geek Brief ( http://geekbrief.podshow.com/ ) podcast, part of a new generation of video podcasts. "One call to PodShow solved our technical difficulties -- everything just works and our viewership is exploding."

About PodShowPDN

The PodShowPDN combines a single-click approach to creating, producing, uploading and monetizing content with expertise in developing customized Content Delivery Network (CDN) solutions for major digital media and entertainment companies. The Network is built to support high-bandwidth distributed delivery of rich media directly to end users and will support virtually unlimited growth by leveraging Limelight's globally distributed network of servers and interconnects to the world's largest broadband networks and Tier-1 Internet services providers.

About the Podcasting Industry

In the last 18 months, podcasting has moved from a fad to a recognized competitor for media market share. Industry experts estimate that US podcast audience is now between 10 and 15 million people, and a conservative research analyst projects the audience to reach nearly 57M by 2010. Recent industry surveys indicate that 2-in-5 US podcasters have commercial ambitions.

About Limelight Networks, Inc.

Privately held Limelight Networks is the leading content delivery network for Internet distribution of video, music, games, and downloads. Limelight's advanced content delivery network provides the world's top media companies high-performance delivery of media and software via the Internet, making Limelight Networks the content delivery network of choice for more than 400 world-class customers including Akimbo, ABC Radio Networks, Belo Interactive, "BuyMusic" @ Buy.com, DreamWorks, LLC, IFILM, Live365, Marimba, MSNBC.com, NC Interactive, NPR, Real Networks Rhapsody, Radio Free Virgin, Valve Software, and Xbox Live. For more information, visit: http://www.llnw.com/ .

About PodShow, Inc.

The PodShow Podcast Network is the premier network in podcasting, assembling the leading communities in podcasting, as well as a host of the most popular personalities and podcasts in podcasting. PodShow also offers professional production and directory services to major media companies and traditional businesses. PodShowPDN is the first high-performance content delivery network meeting the specific needs of podcasting, delivering a comprehensive creation, production, delivery and monetization solution for independent podcasters and mainstream media companies. PodShow makes podcasts more accessible to a growing legion of listeners, provides resources for podcast producers, and enables marketers to take part in the podcast explosion. In the process, the company has greatly simplified the podcasting experience for artists, producers and listeners alike. PodShow is a privately-held company, backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures. For more, visit: http://www.podshow.com/ , and for all queries visit: http://www.podshow.com/contactus.html .

NOTE: PodShow and PodShow Podcast Delivery Network are trademarks of PodShow, Inc. Limelight Networks is a trademark of Limelight Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

PodShow:
Aaron Burcell
aaron@podshow.com
(ph) 415-247-8612
(m) 650-740-3134

Limelight Networks:
Wynne Ahern
Communications Strategies
wynne@commstrat.net
(ph) 510-658-8870
(m) 510-206-2161

Source: Limelight Networks, Inc.

CONTACT: Aaron Burcell of PodShow, phone, +1-415-247-8612, or mobile,
+1-650-740-3134, or aaron@podshow.com; or Wynne Ahern of Limelight Networks,
phone, +1-510-658-8870, or mobile, +1-510-206-2161, or wynne@commstrat.net

Web site: http://www.podshow.com/
http://www.llnw.com/
http://www.limelightnetworks.com/


 
Ford Fusion and Daddy Yankee: Two Young, Hot, Energetic Brands 'On Fuego'

Ford Fusion will be the exclusive automotive sponsor of reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankees new national radio show

Reggaeton is sweeping the nation; in June of 2005, four of Billboard's Top 10 Latin albums were from the reggaeton genre

In an unprecedented agreement, Daddy Yankee will be hosting a national radio program on ABC Radio Networks en Espanol Weekend Show beginning March 4, 2006 entitled On Fuego (On Fire)

Dearborn, MI--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--February 13, 2006--Ford Fusion has signed on as the exclusive automotive sponsor of reggaeton superstar, Daddy Yankees new On Fuego national radio program on ABC Radio Networks en Espanol. The program hosted by Daddy Yankee will feature the hottest music, cultural insight and commentary about the Latino experience from the King of Reggaeton himself, whose combination of musical skills and verbal virtuosity have made him reggaetons first superstar. The show will premiere on March 4th and run on weekends in top U.S. Hispanic markets for 52 weeks.

Ford Fusion is a young, energetic brand with style and attitude that is appealling to todays youth market, said Ben Poore, car group marketing manager of Ford Motor Company. Now, as reggaeton music has become one of the most influential radio formats for todays urban youth, we are strengthening our connection with this market, and Daddy Yankee we will be with us as we go to the next level.

Fords partnership with the Daddy Yankee On Fuego radio show includes the sponsorship of billboards, 60 second commercials and features in the weekly two-hour program. In addition, the Ford Fusion will be included in Daddy Yankees En La Avenida (On the Avenue) segments, through which Yankee will provide updates on what is going on in his life and in the Latin music industry. These updates will run during ABC Radio Networks Hispanic Morning Drive and ESPN Deportes programs every day of the week. The third element of the partnership will include a national contest featuring the chance to attend a private Daddy Yankee On Fuego radio show broadcast, Live from South Beach, featuring special guest appearances from major celebrities and performances by some of the hottest acts in reggaeton and hip-hop.

Were excited to partner with ABC Radio en Espanol and Daddy Yankee in this unprecedented radio show, said Dave Rodriguez, Fords multicultural marketing communications manager. Ford Fusions partnership with On Fuego demonstrates the companys commitment to catering to the spirit of todays Latino youth that have embraced reggaeton music, one of the fastest growing music genres in the U.S., and its superstars. Ford has always prided itself in uniquely reaching the Hispanic market and supporting reggaeton is yet another example of our customer driven focus."

About the Ford Fusion

The 2006 Ford Fusion is one of the most distinctive sedans on the road. It offers a unique combination of styling, spacious and versatile interior, and superior driving experience. Fusion achieves very good fuel economy, thanks to advanced engine and transmission technology - the 160 hp 2.3L Duratec 23 I-4 engine delivers an EPA-estimated 24 city and 32 highway mpg. It is also very affordable: a well-equipped Fusion has a low base MSRP of $17,795. http://www.ford.com

About ABC Radio Networks en Espanol

ABC Radio Networks has over 4,500 affiliate radio stations reaching 106 million people age 12 and over each week. Programs and services include ABC News Radio, Paul Harvey News and Comment, The Sean Hannity Show, Satellite Sisters, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Doug Banks Morning Show, MoneyTalk with Bob Brinker, The Mark Davis Show, The Larry Elder Show, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks, The Dan Patrick Show, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Mike and Mike in the Morning, The Michael Baisden Show, Dick Bartley's Rock & Roll's Greatest Hits, The John Batchelor Show, Todd Pettengill at the 80s, Renn Almendrez Coello-El Cucuy de la Maana, El Vaciln de la Maana with Luis Jimenez and Moonshadow,

El Vaciln de la Maana with Enrique Santos and Joe Ferrero, Daddy Yankee On Fuego Radio Show and ESPN Deportes. Other ABC broadcast services include ABC Sports Radio, Radio Disney, syndicated music and talk programs including Flashback, format-specific ePREP and production libraries, ABC's Jack FM(TM) and eleven other 24-Hour Formats, including Scott Shannon's True Oldies Channel and ESPN Radio, which is the exclusive network radio home of Major League Baseball, the NBA and the Bowl Championship Series.

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CONTACT
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Eddy Davis
(305) 913-2416
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Whitney Drake
Brand Public Affairs, Ford Division
(313) 323-8564


2/13/2006

 
Abe Froman Showmen & Inhumanz DJ's Blend Underground and Commercial Hip-Hop On Backpack Thugs 2005 Megamix

February 13th, 2006
LAS VEGAS, NV As rising stars in Vegass burgeoning nightclub DJ scene, members of respective crews The Abe Froman Showmen and The Inhumanz pay tribute to the greatest hip-hop songs of 2005 with Backpack Thugs 2005 Megamix.

DJ Five (Abe Froman Showmen) and Pizzo (The Inhumanz), have come together to produce this mix CD, which bridges the gap between the best mainstream and underground hip-hop of 05. Taking songs from both sub-genres, each song on the CD is a blend (or mash-up) of an underground song with a commercial one. This unique mix not only showcases a new twist on last years fan favorites, but excellent deejay skills as well.

Kanye Wests Golddigger is re-imagined on a DJ Premier track (borrowed from AZ), while 50 Cents Just A Little Bit trades the so seductive sounds of Scott Storch for bluesy, lo-fi boom-bap on Atmosphere's Smart Went Crazy track. On the flipside of things, Edan is found delivering his hip-hop history lesson from Fumbling Over Words That Rhyme over the beat from Ying Yang Twins Wait, while Little Brother Play on last years David Banner banger. Even cross-genre hip-hop is covered, as Mike Jones spits Still Tippin over Gorillaz Feel Good Inc, or M.I.A. and Blackalicious exchange beats for Galang and My Pad and Pen.

The approach for the mix CD was to basically showcase everything we liked last year, but to do it in a different way, says Pizzo. We didnt want to just give you Lose Control or Hollaback Girl all over again, because youve heard those songs too many times already. We wanted to also spotlight some of the best stuff you didnt hear, but present it in a familiar way, he added.

We wanted to make the mix as smooth flowing as possible, so cats would be able to enjoy the CD from start to finish without having to skip to the next track, says Five. I threw in a few of my signature scratches and juggles, but without over killing the track, he continued.

As an added bonus, Skillz tops off the disc with his 05 Wrap Up, which looks back at the past year with humorous lyrical insight and commentary.

Tracklisting and credits for Backpack Thugs 2005 Megamix:

1. Common Dreams Game Vs. Common
2. Corner Blueprint Common Vs. Blueprint
3. No Cam Buckshot Vs. CamRon
4. Remember I Used To Love You John Legend Vs. Fort Minor
5. We Want Preemo Kanye West Vs. AZ & DJ Premier
6. Smart Went 50 50 Cent Vs. Atmosphere
7. Just A Lil Scenester Cage Vs. 50 Cent
8. Joy Live J-Live Vs. Missy Elliot
9. Play Some Little Brother Little Brother Vs. David Banner
10. Fumbling Over Ying Yang Edan Vs. Ying Yang Twinz
11. Wait For Meat Ying Yang Twinz Vs. Danger Doom
12. Go Quasi Common Vs. Quasimoto
13. Watch Out For 1 Thing Atmosphere Vs. Amerie
14. Galangalicious M.I.A. Vs. Blackalicious
15. Hollaback Vegas Felt (Murs and Slug) Vs. Gwen Stefani
16. Random Shake Lady Sovereign Vs. Ying Yang Twinz
17. Stay In Control Three Six Mafia Vs. Missy Elliot
18. Tippin Feels Good Mike Jones Vs. Gorillaz
19. The Is Have It T.I. Vs. Zion I
20. Hate All Or Love Together GZA/Genius Vs. Game
21. Crazy Memorial Day Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) vs. Young Jeezy
22. BONUS TRACK: 05 Wrap Up Skillz

To obtain a press copy of Backpack Thugs for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
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Essence Bestseller, Crystal Lacey Winslow, Debuts Highly Anticipated Street-Lit Anthology, MENACE II SOCIETY

New York, NY (February 13, 2006) Crystal Lacey Winslow, Essence magazine bestselling author and founder of the small press company, Melodrama Publishing, releases its first ever, highly anticipated, street-lit anthology, Menace II Society (ISBN: 0-9717021-7-9; $15/U.S.) a compilation of five short stories written by the industrys top street and urban authors. It is the first urban anthology to feature a four male, one female ensemble.

Isadore Johnson, Mark Anthony, Crystal Lacey Winslow, Al-Saadiq Banks, and J.M. Benjamin have written stories with fast-paced action, high-crime drama, and gritty-hood realism thatare sure to create an adrenaline rushmore commonly associated withmovie watching than story reading. Menance II Society opens with a foreward by acclaimed author Shannon Holmes (B-More Careful, Bad Girlz) in which he breaks down the difference in the commercialization of street life portrayed in our advertising and media world to the rawness of the real streets of which he, as well as the other five authors in this anthology, have personally experienced.

Crystal Lacey Winslow, coined by her fans as the Quentin Tarantino of urban literature decided to publish a street lit/hip-hop lit anthology after many requests from her fans to write more on the street characters incorporated in her stories and an innocent discussion with a colleague that ended up lending his talent to the project. One day I was talking with Al-Saadiq Banks and I told him that I wanted to publish a street anthology. He encouraged me to move forward, not knowing that I had him in mind as one of the writers. I chose these authors because I admire their work. All of them are vicious with their pen game.

Like hip-hop music, street lit is now recognized as an authentic voice that is here to stay and not just a fad. According to Publishers Weekly Street lit -- or hip-hop books -- is the hottest item in literature right now.

The Deceitful; Hunted by Isadore Johnson (Drug Dealer Part 1& 2) tells the story of Quawi Ubatis desperation to hold on tohis billion dollar cocaine empire built by blood and fear that has led him to hunt down two men responsible for the ultimate betrayal. This notorious Nigerian drug lord unleashes havoc, that not even the powerful F.B.I. could withstand, in order to find and kill these individuals who he once trusted before planning the ultimate escape.

Snake Eyes by Mark Anthony (Essence bestsellers-Paper Chasers, Dogism, Ladys Night) is about keeping your friends close and your enemies closer. Thats the old adage in the hood. But what happens when your friend is your enemy? All hell breaks loose in Snake Eyes. Mark Anthony weaves a dramatic street tale that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Cagney & Lacey by Crystal Lacey Winslow (Essence bestsellers-Life, Love, & Loneliness; The Criss Cross) - when two felons growing up on opposite coasts meetthe attraction is magnetic. When Laceys
past comes back to haunt her Cagneys love is put to the test. Will Cagney ride or die for his lady? Just like a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, these two embark on a killing spree in the name of love and in their quest to leave the past behind.

Walk With Me by Al-Saadiq Banks (No Exit, Block Party, Sincerely Yours and Caught em Slippin) - Newark, New Jersey is eager to get rid of the infamous, Miracle. A predicate with a long list of felonious crimes. When hes arrested for the brutal murders of his two co-defendants, he realized that his life is over. Walk with Me walks you through the seemingly dark life of Miracle, capturing the ironic circumstance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Keepin It Gangsta by J.M. Benjamin (Down In The Dirty) written while incarcerated, his story: Keepin it Gangsta is the only way the notorious Dicer knows how to live. Feared by many because of his murderous and infamous reputation, he still finds a soft spot in his black heart to hold down the only woman that ever truly loved him. But in true Dicer fashion down to the very last second, he can only keep it gangsta.

About Melodrama Publishing
Founded by author, Crystal Lacey Winslow in 2001, Melodrama Publishing is an African-American owned small press company located in New York City whose mission is to maintain, publish, and create quality novels designed to enlighten, educate and entertain the public. In 2004, Crystal Lacey Winslow was named Self Publisher of the Year by Black Issues Book Review. Now, Melodrama Publishing currently has 7 titles in its catalog with more releases to come in the very near future Essence bestselling novels: Wifey by KiKi Swinson ($15), The Criss Cross ($15), and Life, Love & Loneliness ($15) both by Ms. Winslow as well as Im Still Wifey (the follow-up to Wifey-$15) by KiKi Swinson, A Twisted Tale of Karma, by Amaleka McCall ($15), Up Close& Personal (an intimate book of poetry by Ms. Winslow - $9.95), and Menace II Society ($15). Melodrama Publishing, and Ms. Winslow have been featured in Black Enterprise, VIBE, Upscale, BET.com, Black Issues Book Review, Today's Black Woman, BET Nightly News, Essence, NY Daily News, Black Hairstyles & Trends and Vibe.com.

TITLE: Menace II Society
PUBLISHER: Melodrama Publishing, LLC.
PUBLISH DATE: February 13, 2006
PRICE: $15 U.S. / $21 Canada
ISBN #: 0-9717021-7-9

For more information on Melodrama Publishing and Crystal Lacey Winslow visit www.melodramapublishing.com. For press inquiries please contact, Katrina Boswell at 212.465.3375 / publicity@katwalkmedia.com.

Contact: Katrina Boswell
Kat Walk Media, Inc.
212.465.3375
publicity@katwalkmedia.com


 
Eva Longoria and Queen Latifah to Coach Fellow Stars In McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented By 2K Sports

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--NBA:
-- Nelly, Nick Cannon, and Ice Cube to Hoop it Up at NBA All-Star Jam Session --

-- ESPN to Televise Celebrity Game on Friday, February 17 at 7:00 p.m. (ET) During NBA All-Star 2006 --

2006 Golden Globe(TM) nominee Eva Longoria, star of ABC's hit "Desperate Housewives", and Academy Award nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago, 2002) will coach stars such as Nelly, Nick Cannon, and Ice Cube during the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports as part of NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston. The game will be televised live on ESPN on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 pm (ET) from NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by NOKIA.

The All-Star Celebrity Game will feature two teams: H-Town, coached by Longoria vs. Clutch City, coached by Queen Latifah. In addition to stars from the music industry, television stars such as Carlos Benard from hit show "24", "Scrubs" star Donald Faison, the "Bachelor" Andrew Firestone, and "Law & Order: SVU" star Chris Meloni.
ESPN's Stuart Scott will host the event, Mark Jones will call play-by-play with Tom Tolbert and Sal Masakela serving as courtside reporters.
The game's halftime performance will feature a special musical performance by the chart-topping rock group Lifehouse.
The roster for the McDonald's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by 2K Sports is as follows:

Clutch City
Coach: Queen Latifah
GM - ESPN's Greg Anthony
Bow Wow, hip-hop artist/actor
Andrew Firestone, ABC's The Bachelor
Donald Fasion, actor
Chris Meloni, actor
Ice Cube, actor/performer
Kevin Frazier, Entertainment Tonight
Swin Cash, WNBA's Detroit Shock

H-Town
Coach: Eva Longoria
GM - ESPN's Stephen A. Smith
Nick Cannon, actor/singer
Chris Brown, R&B singer
Carlos Bernard, actor
Nelly, hip hop artist
Brandon Routh, actor
Tony Potts, Access Hollywood
Becky Hammon, WNBA's NY Liberty

Participants in the Celebrity Game will wear uniforms outfitted by Reebok, the exclusive uniform supplier of the NBA. The home team will wear the Houston Rockets' Hardwood Classics' Night uniform, while the away team will wear the Rocket's red jerseys.

Title sponsor McDonald's and presenting sponsor 2K Sports will also participate in a number of NBA All-Star activities throughout the weekend. McDonald's is the Official Quick Service Restaurant of the NBA and will have a restaurant on-site at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by Nokia, as well as being presenting sponsor of the Mascot Slam Dunk to be held Saturday, February18 at Jam Session.

NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston will feature a week of activities that will showcase the greatest athletes in the world playing basketball at the highest level on an international stage and will display the league's deep commitment to its community. The week will culminate with the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, which features the top players from the Eastern and Western conferences going head to head. The Game will be televised on TNT on Sunday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m. (ET).

Contacts
NBA,
Kristin Conte, 212-407-8534/917-699-1941
kconte@nba.com
Veronica Ramirez, 212-407-8353
vramirez@nba.com


 
The Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami, an Innovative New Destination to Discover and Purchase Music, Opens on South Beach's Lincoln Road

SEATTLE & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2006--

-- Sergio Mendes and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas to Attend Private Opening Event to Announce Sergio Mendes' Timeless, a Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music Co-Release

-- Sonya Kitchell, Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut Artist, To Attend the Launch Event

Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) Hear Music announced that its third Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse, located at 605 Lincoln Road in South Beach, will open to the public today at 1 p.m. ET. This innovative retail store blends the classic Starbucks coffeehouse experience with an extensive selection of physical CDs and the next generation of the Hear Music(TM) media bars which provide customers with an easy, fun, self-service way to discover and customize music on CDs drawing from more than 1 million digital tracks -- offering a fully integrated coffee and music experience. The opening of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami follows the launch of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in San Antonio, which opened in December 2005, and the flagship location in Santa Monica, Calif., which opened in March 2004.

On hand for a private media-only preview of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami this morning will be Sergio Mendes and will.i.am -- leader, producer and chief writer of the The Black Eyed Peas -- who will make remarks about their collaborative album, Timeless. The highly anticipated new album will be co-released by Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music and was produced by and features will.i.am as well as an exciting array of guest artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Jill Scott, John Legend, Q-Tip, and india.arie. Timeless will be available at Starbucks Company-operated locations and traditional music retail beginning February 14, 2006.
In addition, Sonya Kitchell, the second artist to be featured in Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut CD series, will perform acoustic songs from her upcoming album, Words Came Back To Me, which will be co-released by Starbucks Hear Music and Velour Music Group simultaneously at both traditional retail and Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S and Canada beginning on April 4, 2006.

"Miami is not only one of the world's great cities, but it is home to a rich and diverse music community, which makes it an ideal place for the newest Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse," said Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment. "We're excited to be a part of this vibrant community, and look forward to becoming an important new destination on Miami's cultural scene. We are thrilled that three of the artists with whom we'll be launching significant CD projects in the coming months -- Sergio Mendes, will.i.am and Sonya Kitchell -- will be on hand to celebrate the opening. Their participation reflects Starbucks Hear Music's ongoing commitment to introducing our customers to the most unique and compelling new releases from established and emerging artists alike."

About the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami
Like the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse which recently opened in San Antonio, the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami further extends the concept of the initial Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Santa Monica, California. Starbucks assessed many different variables when selecting Miami for the next Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse, including location, foot traffic, the music culture of the city, population of tourists and residents, and visibility for these unique stores. Based on these criteria, the Company found Miami's Lincoln Road to be an ideal location.
Additionally, Starbucks sought out prominent architects Charles Gwathmey and Kang H. Chang of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates to design both the San Antonio and Miami Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouses. Their imaginative approach takes the original concept to a new level and offers a music retail environment that transforms the way consumers discover and acquire music and represents the full integration of a classic coffeehouse experience.

The Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami was also tailor-made for its specific market, not only through the architectural design, but also with music selected by the Hear Music content team with regional preferences in mind. The unparalleled combination results in a compelling third place destination for customers to connect over coffee as well as explore, discover, personalize and buy quality music in a warm and inviting environment.

With more than 3,300 square feet of retail space, the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Miami offers customers the ability to browse through the extensive physical CD inventory, which includes a music selection that has been hand-picked by the Hear Music content team to appeal to the local and regional tastes of Miami. Customers can also explore a digital inventory of more than one million digital tracks featured on the more than 25 Hear Music(TM) media bars throughout the store.

In addition to burning custom CDs using these next generation media bars -- which boast new technology with increased capacity, a touch screen interface and new features, such as the ability to store a song list on a Starbucks Card to be burned at another visit -- customers can also sample songs from any CD in the store by simply scanning the bar code. These new Hear Music(TM) media bars features create an unparalleled overall user experience and make it even easier for our customers to discover music. As at all Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouses, the price to burn a custom CD at the Miami location will be $8.99 for the first 7 songs, and $.99 for each additional song.

About Timeless
Sergio Mendes' Timeless, which is Mendes' first new album in more than eight years, further builds on a growing relationship between Concord Records and Starbucks Hear Music and is the fourth album the companies have co-released since 2004. The other titles include the GRAMMY(R) Award-winning Ray Charles album Genius Loves Company, Carole King's The Living Room Tour and Zucchero's Zucchero & Co.

Produced by and featuring will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas, Timeless is a wholly original blend of music (fifteen tracks) from one of the most internationally successful Brazilian musicians of all time, Sergio Mendes, who -- 40 years ago -- brought Brasil '66 and "Mas Que Nada" to the world. will.i.am and Sergio Mendes brought in The Black Eyed Peas, one of hip-hop's premier artists, and also recruited some of pop music's biggest artists, each a Sergio fan, to contribute to various tracks, including: Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, india.arie, Black Thought of The Roots, John Legend, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5, Jill Scott, and Q-Tip, among others.

"From the beginning, will and I decided to revisit many of the classics of the Brazilian songbook that I had recorded in the past," said Sergio Mendes. "The combination of those great melodies and will.i.am's urban vision inspired me to bring those classics to a new dimension and to the streets of the world. I'm excited to be collaborating with Starbucks on this album. It's more important than ever these days to develop innovative ways to market and distribute music."

"Hip-hop is urban to America, but samba and bossa nova are urban to Brazil," adds will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. "These are two urban cultures clashing and fusing together beautifully, because they share a lot of the same qualities. I'm excited that we have this great opportunity with the opening of the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse to introduce Miami music fans to the album -- it's a great venue to discover new music."
Of working with Sergio Mendes, Justin Timberlake said, "Sergio's creation of chord progressions has heavily influenced modern R&B, specifically now. He is a legend and a beautiful person. It was a pleasure to work with him (on Timeless)." Black Thought of The Roots adds, "I've had the opportunity to work with just about everyone I've desired to work with and now the legendary Sergio Mendes! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with such a cool, unorthodox, timeless and well-rounded musician. He's quite an inspiration."

The album's first radio track, "Yes, Yes Y'all" (featuring Black Thought of The Roots and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5) has already hit number 1 on the Top 50 Airplay Chart at KCRW, the influential Los Angeles public radio station. KCRW Music Director Nic Harcourt calls Timeless, "A new spin from a timeless master. will.i.am's brilliance will bring Sergio's music to a whole new audience." Sergio and will.i.am performed their song, "Surfboard" on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, February 2, 2006, representing the first national broadcast performance in support of the album.

About Sonya Kitchell's Words Came Back to Me
Words Came Back To Me, the debut album from singer, guitarist and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, will be released on April 4, 2006 as a collaboration between Velour Music Group and Starbucks Hear Music. A collection of twelve original songs (all penned by Kitchell) that critic Anthony Decurtis calls "extraordinary...a remarkably sophisticated collection of songs that belies the age of its creator," the new album represents a dazzling debut by a remarkable young artist, blending pop, jazz, folk and blues into a thing of soulful beauty."

Though only sixteen, Kitchell has built a formidable reputation both as a performer and recording artist. "Her engaging voice is only one part of the package," raved Don Heckman in a L.A. Times feature in May. "Add to that her songwriting, her expressive interpretations, her sophisticated musical choices and her slender, blond beauty. It seems only a matter of time before this fascinating performer moves into the national spotlight."

Recorded in Vermont, New York City and at home in the Berkshires, Words Came Back To Me features Kitchell on acoustic guitar and vocals, backed by musicians from her regular band of roots/jazz aces, all under the age of 30.
Sonya Kitchell is only the second artist to be selected for the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Debut CD series, which was created to introduce emerging artists with great talent and long-term career potential. Words Came Back To Me will be available at Starbucks Company-operated locations in the U.S. and Canada beginning April 4, 2006. It will be simultaneously released in record stores and music retailers nationwide.

Similar to the multi-platinum, eight time GRAMMY(R) Award-winning Ray Charles album, Genius Loves Company and Herbie Hancock's GRAMMY(R) Award-nominated album, Possibilities, Starbucks Hear Music participated in many facets of Timeless and Words Came Back to Me's lifecycles, including the marketing and distribution of the albums.

About Concord Records
Concord Records merged with Fantasy, Inc. in 2004 to create the Concord Music Group, strengthening its preeminent position as one of the largest independent record companies in the world and keeper of an extraordinarily rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. They include titles from some of the most admired and enduring names in music, including Rosemary Clooney, John Coltrane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson and Mel Torme. The group's current roster of world-class artists includes: Karrin Allyson, Regina Belle, Peter Cincotti, Michael Feinstein, Nnenna Freelon, John Fogerty, LaToya London, Sergio Mendes, Ozomatli, Eddie Palmieri, The Rippingtons, Sonny Rollins and Poncho Sanchez. Late last year, Concord acquired Telarc International, renowned for their roster of artists including Tierney Sutton, John Pizarrelli, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Spyro Gyra.

About Starbucks Hear Music
Founded in 1990, and acquired by Starbucks Coffee Company in 1999, Starbucks Hear Music is the voice of music at Starbucks. Starbucks Hear Music is dedicated to creating a new and convenient way for consumers to discover, experience and acquire all genres of great music through its CD compilations and music programming for Starbucks coffeehouses worldwide, as well as its innovative partnerships with other music labels to produce, market and distribute both exclusive and non-exclusive music. In 2004, Starbucks Hear Music launched a 24-hour digital music channel with XM Satellite Radio (XM Channel 75), the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in Santa Monica where customers can select from over 15,000 CDs or burn their own custom mixes, and the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) media bars, a service that offers custom CD burning at select Starbucks retail locations in Seattle and Austin. In 2005, Starbucks Hear Music opened the Starbucks Hear Music(TM) Coffeehouse in San Antonio, Texas. Starbucks Hear Music(TM) CDs are featured at Hear Music and Starbucks retail locations, as well as online at www.starbucks.com/hearmusic.

About Starbucks Coffee Company
Starbucks Coffee Company is the leading retailer, roaster and brand of specialty coffee in the world, with more than 10,500 retail locations in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. The Company is committed to offering the highest quality coffee and the Starbucks Experience while conducting its business in ways that produce social, environmental and economic benefits for communities in which it does business. In addition to its retail operations, the Company produces and sells bottled Frappuccino(R) coffee drinks, Starbucks DoubleShot(R) coffee drink, and a line of superpremium ice creams through its joint venture partnerships. The Company's brand portfolio provides a wide variety of consumer products -- innovative superpremium Tazo(R) teas and exceptional compact discs from Starbucks Hear Music enhance the Starbucks Experience through best-of-class products. The Seattle's Best Coffee(R) and Torrefazione Italia(R) Coffee brands enable Starbucks to appeal to a broader consumer base by offering an alternative variety of coffee flavor profiles.

About Velour Music Group
Founded by Sean Hoess and Jeff Krasno in 1999, Velour is a hybrid record label and management company focused on quality, adult-alternative music across various genres, including pop, rock, soul and jazz. Velour seeks out "music with soul" -- not soul music, but rather music with heart, music that hearkens to the core values of great songwriting and performance, both live and in the studio. By combining management and label functions under one roof, Velour has created a holistic, stable home for artists that is focused on long term career development yet remains able to nimbly respond to changing industry conditions.


Contacts
Starbucks Entertainment
Emily Glassman, 206-318-7933
emily.glassman@starbucks.com
http://www.businesswire.com/cnn/sbux.shtml
or
Edelman, for Starbucks Entertainment
Sara Campbell, 323-202-1075
sara.campbell@edelman.com
or
For Concord Records, Sergio Mendes and will.i.am:
MSO PR
Todd Brodginski, 818-380-0400 , ext. 239
toddb@msopr.com
or
For Sonya Kitchell:
Shorefire Media
Nick Baily, 718-522-7171 x36
nbaily@shorefire.com


 
Leading Music Performers Bring Message of Copyright Awareness Week to National Audience

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainers such as new Grammy-award winner John Legend, Sir-Mix-A-Lot, 3 Doors Down, and the Ying-Yang Twins are taking on a new mission -- helping young people understand the importance of copyright law in keeping cutting-edge music flowing.

They are participating in Copyright Awareness Week March 6-10 by making public service announcements on the protection of creativity to be broadcast on some 2,000 stations. Other special activities also are planned by The Copyright Society of the U.S.A. to "celebrate creativity" in the electronic age.

The society is building on its successful 2005 activities by expanding programs to educate young people about the value of copyright protection to both creators and consumers.

Artists also participating in the CAW public service announcements include Deborah Allen, Gavin DeGraw, Martina McBride, Paul Overstreet, and songwriter Leslie Satcher.

New performers sharing their ideas on copyright include gospel-inspired sisters Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell of Mary Mary [with Grammy-nominated song "Shackels (Praise You)" as background], Sir Mix-A-Lot [with his hit song "Baby Got Back" as background], and the Ying-Yang Twins [with Grammy nominated song "Wait (The Whisper Song)" as background].

The copyright society is partnering for the second year with MENC -- The National Association for Music Education -- together with new teacher partners that include the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the National Art Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. All teacher members of these organizations as well as any other teachers who are interested in participating are asked to teach students basic concepts of copyright and encourage an understanding of and respect for the rights of creative people provided by federal law.

New curriculum materials for teachers organized by grade level will be available on the Copyright Society's website at http://www.csusa.org/. When users arrive at the website, they are asked to click the CAW button. The materials have been written by a team of teachers and also include curriculums developed by the Business Software Alliance, the Entertainment Software Association, the Film Foundation and MENC together with ASCAP. Lesson plans will document the message that copyright is important not just to the creators, but also to consumers who benefit from the diversity of music, films, games, software and other products that reach the market because copyright law makes it possible to earn a living as a creator.

"We hope that the CAW website will become a focal point for teachers when it comes to education about copyright-- that's why we have been reaching out to many copyright industry trade groups to try to join forces in our efforts to educate students," said Monica Corton, chairperson of Copyright Awareness Week.

The sponsors of CAW 2006 are The Copyright Society, the Motion Picture Association of America, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, ASCAP, BMI, The Harry Fox Agency, Time-Warner, Inc, Bourne Co, Carlin America, EMI Music Publishing, Peermusic, and Shapiro Bernstein Music Publishers.

The U.S. Copyright Office, located in the Library of Congress, also is participating in Copyright Awareness Week. During that week, students may visit the Copyright Office and get an orientation on copyright both as users and creators.

The orientation will include seeing the Copyright Office exhibit, a brief history and overview of current copyright issues and a mini-workshop on how to register claims to creative works. To arrange for a visit to the Copyright Office, contact Peter Vankevich, head of the Copyright Information Section, at 202-707-0600 or pmva@loc.gov.

More information about copyright is on The Copyright Society website at http://www.csusa.org/ and the U.S. Copyright Office website at http://copyright.gov/.

For more information, call or email:
Janet Staihar, 202-237-2080
JStaihar@comcast.net

Source: Copyright Awareness Week

CONTACT: Janet Staihar, +1-202-237-2080, JStaihar@comcast.net, for
Copyright Awareness Week

Web site: http://www.csusa.org/
http://copyright.gov/


 
StarMedia(R) and VOY(R) to Launch Digital Latin Music Service

VOY Music Will Become the New Digital Music Channel on the StarMedia Portal, Offering Users Access to the First and Only Integrated Latin Music Platform

MIAMI, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- StarMedia (http://www.starmedia.com/), a Wanadoo company and leader in Internet media for the global Spanish-speaking audience, and VOY (http://www.voygroup.com/), the integrated media company focused on the Latin market, announced today a strategic alliance through which VOY Music (http://www.voymusic.com/) has become the exclusive supplier of a new digital music channel on the StarMedia portal. This alliance connects millions of avid Internet consumers with a leading-edge digital entertainment platform that is the first and only integrated online Latin music service.

The StarMedia-VOY alliance brings together two experienced companies to launch innovative services that meet the needs of Latin consumers everywhere. StarMedia's strength in both the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets places it in an ideal position to successfully develop the VOY Music model. Since its launch 60 days ago, VOY Music has connected with an audience eager to enjoy a new music experience, in over 150 countries around the world. The Latin music market is the fastest-growing music segment in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan, growing by more than 30% from 2004-2005; global sales of recorded Latin music alone are a $2 billion annual market.

"The agreement with VOY Music gives our audience an innovative digital music service in keeping with our philosophy of constantly improving the user experience with cutting-edge products. An alliance with VOY Music, offering everything from radios to a digital store, is the most powerful way to bring this new music experience to our users. We believe that this agreement will also help to leverage the strength of our respective brands," said Juan Jose Nunez, StarMedia vice president of operations.

VOY Music is a bilingual platform where people can discover, explore and enjoy all facets of the Latin music experience. With a growing network of 26 originally programmed radio stations, a music store, and the world's first Latin music virtual record label -- called VOY eLabel, where artists can post and sell their music to a global audience -- as well as podcasting, news and other interactive features, VOY Music provides an integral experience to its global audience.

"StarMedia is the ideal partner for VOY Music, allowing us to connect with the fast growing markets of Spanish-speaking Internet consumers throughout the U.S. and Latin America. This alliance creates the largest platform for the distribution and promotion of Latin music worldwide. Through VOY Music, StarMedia users will have access to all the VOY Music services and products, enjoying a fresh Latin music experience," said Alejandro Cosentino, president of VOY Music.

The StarMedia-VOY alliance is a new milestone in the Latin music market. The combination of a significant worldwide audience in tandem with the most extensive integrated platform of Latin music will serve to further satisfy the growing international demand for Latin music. Consumers want access to both new sounds and artists; this service directly answers those needs.

StarMedia.com is a free service that connects Spanish-language users through the Internet, providing them with the most relevant services and information. StarMedia has approximately 18 million users in the U.S. Hispanic market and throughout Latin America. It has local operations in Mexico, Spain and the United States (Los Angeles, Miami and New York). StarMedia is 100% owned by Wanadoo, the second largest Internet company in Europe, and a subsidiary of the France Telecom group.

VOY Music (http://www.voymusic.com/) is a division of VOY, LLC, a media company focused on the Latin market and consumers discovering Latin culture. VOY is Spanish for "I go." Through an integrated media experience including Internet, film, television, music and publishing, VOY is creating a community that is culturally relevant and empowering to today's new generation Latinos. VOY donates 10% of its profit to the VOY Foundation, a non-profit company devoted to furthering educational opportunities for Latinos. VOY has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires.

PRESS CONTACTS

STARMEDIA
Enrique Carrillo
pr@starmedia.net
(786) 271-7414

VOY
US Market - New York Office
Gary Rosen
garyrosen@aol.com
(212) 547-8441
(917) 751-9111

US Market - Miami Office
Janice Lusky Greenspan
janicelg@garyrosen.tv
(305) 318-1566

Latin America Market -
Graciela Martini
gmartini@crconsultores.net
+54 11 4805 9944

Source: VOY Music

CONTACT: Gary Rosen, US Market - New York Office, +1-212-547-8441,
+1-917-751-9111, garyrosen@aol.com; or Janice Lusky Greenspan,
US Market - Miami Office, +1-305-318-1566, janicelg@garyrosen.tv; or Graciela
Martini, Latin America Market, +54-11-4805-9944, gmartini@crconsultores.net,
all of VOY

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


 
RMD Entertainment Group Appoints Entertainment Veteran to Board of Directors

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 2006--RMD Entertainment Group (Pink Sheets:RMDG) announced today that Hollywood writing legend, Steve Zacharias, has been appointed to the company's board of directors.

Zacharias' respected career as a film and television writer is underscored by such film classics as 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Johnny Be Good' and shows like 'Happy Days', 'The Odd Couple', and 'Love, American Style' that literally shaped the television comedy landscape. He also served on various projects as a producer, director, and actor, giving him the type of entertainment experience necessary to help RMD bring their creative vision to fruition.
Steve Zacharias commented, "I'm thrilled to be able to contribute to the vision of a company as energetic and focused as RMD. Their future is bright and I'll be there to help guide them on their path and help them avoid typical industry pitfalls."

Zacharias' prolific career has included tenures working directly under Brandon Tartikoff at NBC Productions, now a subsidiary of NBC Universal, Disney (NYSE:DIS) where he made two movies, 'Eddie', and 'In the Army Now', Gulf + Western (Paramount Pictures), now a subsidiary of Viacom, Sony (NYSE:SNE), where he wrote several movie and TV scripts including winning the 'Emmy'-winning 'Edith's Problem', 20th Century Fox, a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE:NWS) where he wrote the 'Revenge of the Nerds' film series, Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) where he wrote several movie and TV scripts, ABC, a subsidiary of Disney, CBS (NYSE:CBS), and many smaller independents.

RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis remarked, "What an honor to have one of Hollywood's journeyman sit on our board and help us guide the ship. His past experience speaks for itself. We are so grateful to Mr. Zacharias for not only bringing his wisdom to the table, but also applying it to the RMD vision."

About RMD Entertainment Group
RMD Entertainment (RMD) is a cutting-edge entertainment company that is primarily focused on the development and international marketing of 'hip-hop' music, including compact discs, digital downloads, and personal 'ring tones' for mobile phone customers, as well as other 'hip-hop' lifestyle products. RMD has significant successes internationally and its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music today including Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Stevie Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others. The Company currently possesses an impressive hip-hop catalogue, which it distributes exclusively through Bungalo Records and Universal Music Group in North America and in Europe through the Pickwick Group Ltd. of London.
RMD also owns Sciax Technology, Inc. and Sciax America Inc., companies that develop and market defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements, which may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of RMD Entertainment Group, Inc., and members of its management as well as the assumptions on which such statements are based. Prospective investors are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, go to the Company's website at: http://www.rmd-entertainment.com .

Contacts
For RMD Entertainment Group, Philadelphia
Jed Wallace, 310-234-3200
jwallace@mphpr.com


 
Aaron Davis Hall (ADH) Continues Its 25th Anniversary Season with Its Harlem Film Festival 2006

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ADH's Harlem Film Festival kicks off Women's History Month with an exceptional season of features, documentaries, shorts, new works-in-progress, and probing stories. We again team up with New York Women in Film and Television for a tribute to Julie Dash, who will join us for a screening of her seminal work, Daughters of the Dust and a discussion with cultural critic Thulani Davis. HFF proudly presents the World Premiere of B.L.A.C.K. -- An Aboriginal Song of Hip-Hop by Grant Leigh Sanders and the New York Premiere of Music is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown, Jr. by donnie l. betts, introduced by special guest, the renowned filmmaker John Sayles. From Cameroon, we welcome Justices Ngassa and Ntuba, the subjects of Sisters in Law. Insightful dialogues with filmmakers follow each program, including Telemundo anchor Odalys Molina for Girls Night Out.

Friday, March 3rd, through Sunday, March 5th, 2006

For more info call 212.650.7100 or visit http://www.aarondavishall.org/

Curated by Michelle Materre and produced by Neyda Luz Martinez

Michelle Materre

With a professional background that spans more than 25 years in the field of television, film and media with a concentration in independent film, Michelle holds the position of core faculty member at The New School. In addition, she has recently held positions as promotional outreach consultant for independent films "The Boys of Baraka," "Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice;" and "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed." She has served in the non-profit and commercial entertainment industry as producer writer, arts administrator and distribution/marketing specialist. Michelle is on the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television. ADH is proud of our ten year working relationship with Michelle bringing these special films to the community.

Neyda Luz Martinez

Martinez is a programming, marketing and publicity specialist with a concentration in the arts: music, theater, fine arts and film. In 2002, she founded MONSERRAT Ltd., to render marketing and business strategies to businesses, individual artists and organizations such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Minority Consortia. She is the curator/producer of HABANA/HARLEM(TM), a music and humanities event also presented at Aaron Davis Hall. Her articles on art and culture have appeared in Latin London Magazine, El Diario-La Prensa and Postmedia (Milan, Italy).

Source: Aaron Davis Hall

CONTACT: Aurora Flores of Aaron Davis Hall, +1-212-876-1936

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


 
WORLDSPACE(R) Satellite Radio to Broadcast Live From Legendary Abbey Road Studios in London

Three Day Broadcast Event to Feature Today's Hottest British Acts as Part of Extensive Coverage of 2006 Brit Awards

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WORLDSPACE(R) Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:WRSP) , one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, announced today that its UPop global pop channel will host three days of live broadcasts from Studio 2 at Abbey Road -- the legendary recording studio of The Beatles -- along with live coverage of the 2006 Brit Awards including back stage coverage and interviews with top performers.

WORLDSPACE subscribers in its vast global coverage area can tune in to the "UPop @ Abbey Road Sessions" beginning Feb. 15th. The Company will feature three days of jam-packed performances and live recording sessions by some of today's hottest new global pop talent, including artists such as Katie Melua, Jim Noir, Kosheen, The Infadels, Backini, Young Knives, Asian Dub Foundation, Ellie Lawson, Jay Sean, Kray Twins and India hip hop stars Mentor Kolektiv.

In addition, WORLDSPACE will deliver pre-show coverage featuring exclusive celebrity appearances and interviews live from the red carpet of London's Brit Awards 2006 at Earl's Court on Wednesday, Feb. 15th. WORLDSPACE will also air the awards ceremony in its entirety as it did last year, with UPop's own Ted Kelly and UK presenter Tania Shillam. The Brit Awards, Europe's biggest music awards show, will feature artists such as Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, James Blunt and Coldplay.

UPop, dubbed the "pop heard round the world," is the Company's global pop channel. It is available to WORLDSPACE subscribers in more than 130 countries and can also be heard in the U.S. exclusively on XM Satellite Radio.

"WORLDSPACE is known for breaking the newest and biggest music stars and introducing them to our global audience, including this year's Brit Award nominees James Blunt and The Kaiser Chiefs," said Billy Sabatini, vice president of global programming, WORLDSPACE.

He added, "By showcasing such a broad variety of musical genres and talent, we continue to give our subscribers an incredible, diverse range of new content to enhance their listening experiences."

For more details on WORLDSPACE "UPop @ Abbey Road Sessions" event and the 2006 Brit Awards, please visit http://www.clubupop.com/.

About WORLDSPACE(R) Satellite Radio

Worldspace, Inc. (NASDAQ:WRSP) , is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WORLDSPACE delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WORLDSPACE subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WORLDSPACE content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio UK, NDTV and RFI. The WORLDSPACE satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WORLDSPACE Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage area. WORLDSPACE is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, http://www.worldspace.com/.

Source: WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio

CONTACT: Judith Pryor of WORLDSPACE, +1-301-960-1242,
jpryor@worldspace.com; or Dacrie Brooks of Brodeur, +1-202-775-2646,
dbrooks@brodeur.com, for WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio

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


 
Bubba Sparxxx Grabs 2006 Spotlight: Third Time's Really, Really "The Charm" New South/Purple Ribbon/Virgin Album

"Ms. New Booty" Single Featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. ColliPark Rumbles Immediately Into Rhythmic/Crossover Top 10 and Seizes Mass Consciousness; Inspires Cyber-Booty Photo Contest

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Feb 13, 2006) -- Georgia's own BUBBA SPARXXX is back with a bang, taking dance floors and television screens by storm with the top 10 Rhythmic/Crossover single "Ms. New Booty." Within weeks of its release to clubs and radio, and sporting one of the year's most outrageously entertaining videos, "Ms. New Booty" is clearly becoming a new fixture in the pop culture lexicon.

The fast-breaking track combines the hard-hitting, minimal sound of trend-setting production mastermind Mr. ColliPark with collaboration from very special guests The Ying Yang Twins, reprising the hushed vocal style of their recent smash "Wait (The Whisper Song)" in their turn on the mic. The track and its video are making for an extraordinarily powerful set-up for the release of Bubba Sparxxx's upcoming New South/Purple Ribbon/Virgin album, "THE CHARM," scheduled to drop on April 4, 2006.

The video clip of "Ms. New Booty" has premiered on BET Network's "106th & Park" countdown show and it has quickly rushed the Top 10 list of most-viewed videos in the online crossover bellwether Yahoo! Music website this week. It is also MTV Jams' "Jam of the Week," for the week of February 6, receiving 170 spins on the all-video channel. The creative five-minute video intersperses performance and dance with a hilarious subplot that portrays Bubba as a TV home-shopping pitchman and door-to-door salesman for a new miracle product.

Next stop: multi-media cyberbooty, as further visual exposure related to the song is certain to explode over the next few weeks, as an online contest invites fans to upload digital shots of their own at www.msnewbooty.com. Voting starts immediately, and the winner will be offered a part in Sparxxx's next video.

The rural Georgia rapper made his original debut on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in 2001 at No. 3 with "Dark Days, Bright Nights," driven by the ingenious radio and video hit, "Ugly." His second album, 2003's "Deliverance," debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200 albums. He was signed to Purple Ribbon by label founder Big Boi following a chance meeting in London.

Bubba's "THE CHARM" will include tracks produced by the top-line hip-hop production talents who have worked with Bubba since his first album project, including Timbaland, producer of his first hit "Ugly," and Organized Noize Productions, celebrated breakthrough producers for OutKast and TLC, among others. Purple Ribbon label head and OutKast member Big Boi has also produced for the album, as have Heatmakers (Brooke Valentine, Cam'Ron, Lil' Flip, the Diplomats); Mr. DJ & Slimm Jim (the latter a programmer on the Outkast album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below"); and Basement Beats.

Bubba Sparxxx has also been rocking mix-show and club DJ playlists in recent months with two tracks leaked from the upcoming album: the Timbaland-produced hard Southern-style track "Hey! (A Little Gratitude)," promoed on vinyl last fall, and "The Otherside," featuring guest spots from top 10 star Petey Pablo ("Freak-a-Leek"), and Organized Noize chart-topper Sleepy Brown (Outkast's No. 1 "The Way You Move"). Now, with "Ms. New Booty," Bubba Sparxxx featuring The Ying Yang Twins and Mr. ColliPark have posted an undeniable new dance classic, in the time-honored hip-hop ranks of "Rump Shaker," "Da Butt," "Get Busy," and "Baby Got Back."

For more information, please contact:
Patti Conte, Virgin Records
(212) 786-8350
Melissa Victor, Virgin Records
(212) 786-8318
Samantha Bowman, Virgin Records
(212) 786-8371


 
SNYP Life teams up with Street Hit Maker Styles P of the L.O.X. to release "Coast 2 Coast"

354 Entertainment Artist SNYP Life releases the potential hit single and video "Coast 2 Coast" featuring consistent hit maker with a message Ruff Ryders/Interscope Artist Styles P of the L.O.X.

Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 -- Consistent success with a ever-growing following from the Underground Hip Hop and DJ mix-tape scene has lead 354 Entertainment (www.354entertainmentinc.com) to announce the national single and video release of Coast 2 Coast from label artist SNYP Life featuring Styles P of The L.O.X. from the forthcoming album release Y.O. Streets SL600 Edition CD and DVD. 354 Entertainment has made the video immediately available for viewing on the Internet at Youtube.com (http://www.youtube.com/?v=Wj7O0U28_L8) and the radio single began circulating nationally on February 10, 2006.

354 Entertainment expectations are high for this Yonkers native. SNYP Life (pronounced Snip Life) comes from the same street pedigree that produced great acts such as Grammy Award Winning, Multi Platinum Artist Mary J. Blige and 16 times Platinum selling Hip Hop artist DMX; with SNYP Lifes head strung attitude to make an impression not just a noise, he is poised to follow the success of his predecessors.

SNYP Life and 354 Entertainment are applying the finishing touches on the anticipated debut national project Y.O. Streets SL 600 Edition that will feature collaborations with consistent street hit makers Ruff Ryders / Interscope artists JadaKiss, Styles P, Sheek Louche and J-Hood, along with 354 Entertainment label mates Hemme and Jigga, Curst, and a few other guest surprises. Y.O. Streets SL 600 Edition CD/DVD is anticipated to reach shelves by mid to late Spring 2006.

Presently, SNYP Life is on a Print Media, Radio and Single Promo tour promoting Coast 2 Coast along with the new underground mix-tape The Best of SNYP Life appearing on popular mix-tape sale sites beginning Feb 13, 2006. The Best of SNYP Life boasts collaborations with Young Jeezy (Bakin Cakes), 3-6 Mafia (Poppin Collar Remix), The L.O.X., and Lil Wayne, along with celebrity production from Alchemist, DJ Green Lantern, Knoxville/Spliffington and others.

SNYP Life is featured in the February issues of AllHipHop.com, Str8Hiphop.com, and January 2006 issue of HipHop-Magazine.com.

Media and Performance Booking Relations Contact:
Playtionics
Atlanta, GA
678.528.5867 (ph)
425-660-7338 (f)

Production Credits Coast 2 Coast SNYP Life ft Styles P was produced by DJ Green Lantern; Video was directed by Jordan Tower;

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Jouran Crosby
PLAYTIONICS
http://www.playtionics.com/
678-528-5867


 
World Premiere of Music Video 'Girl' from Hip-Hop Superstar Paul Wall

World Premiere of Music Video 'Girl' from Hip-Hop Superstar Paul Wall

Platinum-selling artists video of the hit single Girl from his CD The Peoples Champ set to debut on BET and MTV

Houston, TX & Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 -- One of the most anticipated music videos from platinum-selling hip-hop artist Paul Wall premieres tonight on the top-rated program 106 & Park on cable network BET. The video Girl, directed by accomplished music video director Amir Mr.V Valinia, will make its MTV debut in the coming days ahead.

The Swishahouse / Asylum / Warner Records artist has taken the rap and hip-hop world by storm, becoming one of the hottest acts in the country. Pauls current CD, The Peoples Champ, which the single Girl can be found, has earned platinum status, selling well over one-million copies and counting. He was featured last week on ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live performing alongside superstar Nelly singing the #1 hit Grillz.

The music video was directed and produced by Mr. V and his production company, AV1 Productions along with Gatecrasher Films. Describing his work with Paul Wall, Amir stated. It was a beautiful song to work with and Paul and I shared the same vision as to how we wanted to lay out and work the video. The video describes how love and relationships can turn in different directions. Mr. V and Paul worked on another music video for the song Internet Going Nutz, also off of The Peoples Champ CD, to be released in the coming weeks.

Mr. V has directed music videos for various artists including Daz & Kurrupt, La Mafia and multi-platinum selling artist Juvenile among others. He has also directed several feature films including Block Party, starring Clifton Powell, Ms. Dupree and Kane & Abel. In addition to his production banner Mr. V is a partner in Gatecrasher Films with his management representative and producer Ming Wang. In addition to their current work they are in talks with several studios and production companies on future projects.

For media, sales and production inquiries please contact:
Ming Wang
Gatecrasher Films
310.592.8416

Amir Mr. V Valinia
AV1 Productions
713.680.0554


 
COPE '06 Confab(Club Owners,Entertainment Executives and Entrepreneurs) To Address Saving the African American Nightclub

As Cultural History and Business Opportunity

National COPE '06 Convention convenes in Augusta, Ga.at Radisson Riverfront Hotel, June 25-29, to network and strategize the "Club Culture-Political, Social and Financial Power." Salutes the inimitable James Brown and bluesman, Bobby Rush with Legends Award.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 13, 2006 -- From Happy Hour to After-Hours nightclubs have historically been an economic and social cornerstone of African American life. For generations of Black performers, the jook joint, honky tonk, chitlin circuit, or da club, is where they cut their musical teeth and perfected skills for national debut. African American club owners are well-known influentials in community life and as trendsetters of Black style.

Despite these deep roots in the Black Experience, many African American-owned nightclubs and touring companies, today face extinction and extraordinary challenge from gentrification, restrictive liquor laws, political agenda, extortion, violence, escalating security and insurance costs and an inexplicable lack of affordable live entertainment.

The National Club Owners, Promoters and Entertainment Executives & Entrepreneurs Conference (COPE) will convene its Sixth National Conference COPE 06, June 25 -29, 2006 at the Radisson Riverside Hotel, Augusta, Georgia to confront these and other issues; and to network and strategize the Club Culture Political, Social and Financial Power.

We're going to tackle some serious issues confronting our members, supporters, and community this year, states COPE Executive Director, Libby Anthony. "Our goal is to develop constructive solutions, enjoy the camaraderie, and pay homage to the success of our peers."

In making the first time move to Augusta, Libby commented, "Were going to the home of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. James Brown, and will honor him and bluesman, Bobby Rush with our Living Legend Award." "The relocation, Anthony further stated, connects the conference to Augusta-based COPE 06 production partner, D-Firm Productions and President/CEO Sam Busseys desire to showcase his native home and its terrific pool of undiscovered talent."

The COPE 06 Conference will feature 4 days of seminars, workshops and presentations by industry experts, performances by up-coming and chart-topping talent, a CD of unsigned artists, and samplings of spirit brand products. America's first and only cognac imported by an African American Carnivo XO and Menuet Cognac, will be among those featured.

For conference registration and additional information: www.clubCOPE.org.

About COPE:
COPE was organized in the mid 90s as a advocacy organization for African American club owners, event promoters and booking agencies; spirits and beverage brand agents, record company representatives, DJs and other entertainment industry related professionals. Its mission is to strategize for greater political leverage, social outreach and financial profitability for its members. Since its inception, COPE has sponsored five national COPE conferences and organizes regular empowerment sessions in the Atlanta area. COPE originated the quarterly newspaper, The COPE Times, and co-founded Atlanta's hottest Monday night party - the "COPE Xpress" - a entertainment round robin that includes four of Atlanta's hottest nightclubs.

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Vern Goff
EMERALD CITY COMMUNICATIONS
202 488-1124


 
'The 4th Annual TRL Awards,' Celebrating the Show's Most Exciting Artists and Moments, Set to Air on February 25th at 12:00PM (ET/PT)

The Star Studded Awards Show To Feature Appearances By Mariah Carey, Bono, Madonna, Kanye West, Christina Aguilera, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, Stephen Colletti from Laguna Beach And A Special Performance By Chris Brown

Starting On February 13th Viewers Can Vote on MTV.com To Determine Outcome of The 'TRL Awards' With MTV Overdrive to Feature Footage of Nominees and Winners

Madonna To Be Honored With 'Lifetime Achievement Award' And Bono With "Most Inspired Artist Award."

NEW YORK, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees "The 4th Annual TRL Awards" set to air on Saturday, February 25th at 12PM ET/PT. MTV's "TRL Awards" will recognize and honor the people that make TRL one of the most diverse and dynamic live shows today. This year's edition will be the most star-studded show to date with some of today's hottest celebrities accepting and presenting awards, live performances by some of your favorite TRL artists and a few more surprises along the way.

Hosted by MTV VJs Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo and Susie Castillo the "TRL Awards" will celebrate some of the most exciting artists and moments. The awards special will include appearances by Mariah Carey, Bono, Madonna, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, Stephen Colletti from Laguna Beach and a special performance by Chris Brown, we also go exclusive in the studio with Christina Aguilera and talk to her about her new album and more.

This year's "TRL Awards" will present its most coveted awards to two of the biggest names in music. "The Lifetime Achievement Award" will be presented to Madonna who over the course of her career has impacted not only her fans, but other musicians. By always reinventing herself, Madonna has stayed popular and relevant throughout her career. The massive success of her album, and her video "Hung Up" on the TRL countdown, shows her popularity with the MTV viewers. Past recipients of this award have been P Diddy and Eminem. The "TRL Awards" will also acknowledge Bono, for his incredible humanitarian efforts, with the "Most Inspired Artist Award." This award was created for artists who transcend the world of music to make a profound impact on MTV's audience, as well as people around the globe. By giving Bono this award, MTV will thank him for all of his amazing work, and give viewers yet another opportunity to become more involved with issues that truly matter.

Viewers can vote to determine the outcome of the "TRL Awards" on MTV.com starting February 13th through February 21st. In addition, fans can log onto MTV.com to watch select clips of the nominees, and other streaming videos leading up to the big February 25th show. Viewers can also go to MTV.com to check out flipbooks of celebrities presenting and performing, red carpet flipbooks, backstage flipbooks and in the studio highlights as well as highlights from last year's show. MTV Overdrive the network's broadband channel will also take part in this special night by providing details on video playlists of hit singles from this year's nominees. Viewers will have access to interviews, backstage and red carpet action. They can also get access to the winner's video playlists and several other video playlists from the night's winners; each playlist will include acceptance speeches. In addition fans can get up close with Christina Aguilera as she talks about her new album on MTV Overdrive. For more details, go to MTV.com.

Following are the nominees for the "TRL Awards:"

TRL's 1ST LADY
Kelly Clarkson
Gwen Stefani
Shakira
Mariah Carey

MAN OF THE YEAR
Kanye West
Eminem
50 Cent
Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance

BEST NEW ARTIST
Ciara
Fall Out Boy
Chris Brown
My Chemical Romance

ROC DA MIC (Best Live Performance)
Green Day (Spankin' New Music Week)
50 Cent (Spankin' New Music Week)
Gwen Stefani (Spankin' New Music Week Vegas)
Black Eyed Peas (Spankin' New Music Week Vegas)

FAKE ID (Best Guest Under 21)
Chris Brown
Daniel Radcliffe
Lindsay Lohan
Hilary Duff

BEST GROUP THAT ACTUALLY PLAYS INSTRUMENTS
The Killers
Fall Out Boy
My Chemical Romance
Green Day
Simple Plan

WET YOUR PANTS (Funniest Guest)
Jamie Foxx
Vince Vaughn
Jack Black
Anthony Anderson

QUIT YOUR DAY JOB (Best Guest Host)
Shia LaBeouf & Amanda Bynes
Hilary Duff
Jessica Alba
Snoop Dogg & Ludacris

CRASH AND BURN AWARD (Guest Who Shot Down Damien the Best)
Jennifer Aniston
Charlize Theron
Jessica Alba
Suchin Pak

The official sponsors of the "TRL Awards" are Taco Bell, Virgin Mobile and MSN Messenger.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Andrea Manning, MTV, +1-212-846-5793,
Andrea.manning@mtvstaff.com, or Melissa Barreto, MTV, +1-212-846-7226,
Melissa.Barreto@mtvstaff.com

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


 
Surreal Life All-Stars Set to Return to Compete in VH1's First Ever 'The Surreal Life Fame Games' in Las Vegas

With Brigitte Nielsen, Ron Jeremy, Chyna Doll, Vanilla Ice, Traci Bingham, Jordan Knight, Pepa, Emanuel Lewis, Andrea Lowell and C.C. Deville

Hosted by Robin Leach

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- This time, what happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas. It will be telecast on VH1's first ever "The Surreal Life Fame Games" and hosted by the certified bearer of champagne tastes and caviar dreams, Mr. Robin Leach himself (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous).

VH1 is set to begin production on the fourth spin-off of the successful Surreal Life franchise. This time, ten of the most memorable cast members from all six seasons will come together in Las Vegas to compete in a series of "Fame Games" which will whittle them down to just one winner of a $100,000 grand prize.

"The Surreal Life Fame Games" will be a ten episode elimination featuring tongue-in-cheek competitions that parody the trappings, costs, conceits and drama of being famous. The Surreal celebrities will have their Hollywood survival skills challenged, their popularity measured and their ability to navigate the treacherous world of tabloid stardom put to the test.

The hour long show will be hosted by Las Vegas local Robin Leach and feature many Vegas locations, events and celebrity cameos. Surreal Life all-stars returning to compete include: Brigitte Nielsen (Season 3), Chyna Doll (Season 4), Vanilla Ice (Season 2), Pepa (Season 5), Emmanuel Lewis (Season 1), C.C. DeVille (yet to air Season 6), Ron Jeremy (Season 2), Jordan Knight (Season 3) and Tracy Bingham (Season 2).

"It'll be enormous fun to bring all of these larger than life Surreal Celebrities to live together in one place as they compete for the Grand Prize -- there's no way there won't be fireworks," said series Executive Producer and co-creator Mark Cronin. "Hollywood celebrities tend to take themselves too seriously -- we're going to have a great time lampooning the whole celebrity process," added Cris Abrego, the other half of the successful production team behind the Surreal Life, Strange Love, My Fair Brady and Flavor of Love.

Fame Game competitions will include everything from the "Red Carpet Fashion Showdown" to "Paparazzi Hide-and-Seek" to the "Hotel Room Trash-a-thon" to a funny little game called "What's Charo Saying?" While the premise of all the games will be fun, the competitions will be real -- and in the end, only one Surreal All-Star will claim the final prize.

The Surreal Life Fame Games is executive produced by Mark Cronin and Cris Abrego for Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures. Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes oversee the series for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in nearly 84 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno, VH1 Mega Hits and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

VH1 is a registered trademark of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

Contacts:

Scott Acord/VH1
310-752-8075
scott.acord@vh1staff.com

Michelle Clark/VH1
212-846-5576
michelle.clark@vh1staff.com

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Scott Acord, +1-310-752-8075, scott.acord@vh1staff.com, or
Michelle Clark, +1-212-846-5576, michelle.clark@vh1staff.com, both of VH1

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


2/12/2006

 
Hip Hop Press Newsletter Changes to Affect All Subscribers

Here's a heads up about upcoming changes.

Hip Hop Press will be moving to FeedBlitz within the next week. The move should include receiving the newsletter from hiphoppress(at)netweed(dot)com rather than from FeedBlitz, though FeedBlitz will be providing the service. Hopefully that will help keep them from being labeled sp@m.

All current subscribers at FeedBlitz and Bloglet will be migrated to the new service except for those who registered anonymously. However, you can reregister anonymously at FeedBlitz via the subscription box in the left hand column.

The xml feed remains the same:
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To register for the newsletter, please see the subscription box in the left hand column.

Questions, etc:
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Bay Area Legend E-40 and MySpace.com Team Up to Promote My Ghetto Report Card

Platinum Selling Artist E-40 and MySpace.com join forces to promote 40's album

(Brooklyn, NY February 10, 2006) Rap icon E-40 and the premier lifestyle and networking portal, MySpace.com are teaming up to promote E-40's 12th CD release, My Ghetto Report Card which will be released on March 14, 2006 on Sick Wid It Records/BME/Warner Bros. Records.

Myspace.com is playing a pivotal role in increasing the awareness of E-40's upcoming album. Not only is E-40 making MySpace history as the first hip hop artist to have his video prominently featured on the Music & Videos pages, but MySpace also has exclusive access to the hip hop legend. MySpace will debut an exclusive video interview, host an exclusive album listening party, and launch a fly-away contest where contestants can enter to win tickets to New York to meet with E-40 and executive producer of the album, Lil" Jon for the album listening party.

Representatives for both Warner Bros. Records and MySpace are equally excited about the relationship. "We're thrilled to get involved with E-40's project. He's a celebrated pioneer in the hip hop community that has taken the unique 'do it yourself' approach to handling his career that MySpace encourages," says MySpace Urban Marketing & Events Coordinator Roslynn Cobarrubias. "Official MySpace DJs across the country are excited to take the hyphy movement national."

Platinum-selling artist E-40's twelfth CD release, My Ghetto Report Card, will be executive produced by BME head Lil' Jon and features other notable producers Kanye West, Rick Rock, and E-40's son, Droop-e of the Pharmasutides, with guest appearances by Lil' Scrappy, Mike Jones, Juelz Santana, Turf Talk, and B-Legit.

MySpace.com is the 2nd ranked web domain. They have over 50 million registered users among which over 800,000 are artist/band profiles.

E-40 Personal Profile:
http://www.myspace.com/e40
E-40 "Tell Me When To Go" video on the Music page:
http://music.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music
E-40 "Tell Me When To Go" video on the Video page:
http://videos.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=videos

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For more information and interviews with E-40 please contact Audible Treats: Michelle Mayumi McDevitt @ 718.768.7275 or email michelle@audibletreats.com.


 
Producer OD Hunte Takes EA Sports Crook Dancin' On Fight Night Round 3

UK-based Hip Hop Producer/writer OD Hunte is continuing to celebrate placing his productions in major international media as his production Crook Dancin' featuring New York rapper Slic One has earned a place on the new EA Sports Fight Night 2006 Round 3 game soundtrack.

London, UK (PRWEB) February 11, 2006 -- UK-based Hip Hop Producer/writer OD Hunte is continuing to celebrate placing his productions in major international media as his production Crook Dancin' featuring New York rapper Slic One has earned a place on the new EA Sports Fight Night 2006 Round 3 game soundtrack.

Crook Dancin is a track off of the album My Mind State which was written, produced, played, recorded and mixed by OD Hunte largely in Pro Tools. My Mind State received a soft launch in 2005 through retail outlets such as iTunes and CD Baby.

Hip Hop luminaries present on the EA Sports Fight Night 2006 Round 3 game include Obie Trice (Interscope Records), Dipset (Dipset Records), Dilated Peoples (Capitol Records), Akon (Universal Records), Consequence (Columbia) and UK producers The Kray Twinz (Gana Records).

This is a fantastic start for Slic Ones album even though this isnt the lead single. It just shows what a solid album weve made if EA picked an album track for their game says OD Hunte. This is also a victory for indie labels and producers such as myself because it shows that you can get your tracks onto mega-projects and be among the Interscopes and Columbias. Thats a really positive message, continues an un-published OD.

OD currently has tracks in hundreds of TV shows including Ride With Funkmaster Flex, The Osbournes, Dirty Pretty Things, Knock First, Las Vegas (New), Constant Craving, Night and Day, Africa Within, Resurrection Boulevard, Girlfriends, Switched!, Hollyoaks, Bargain Hunt, Sausage Factory, Black Like Beckham, Child Of Our Time, Four Fathers, Miss Universe Pageant 2002, Everything Must Go, Futbol Mundial, Trefor Only, Velvet Soup, Si J Etais and Garden Makers.

ODs discography also includes remixes and productions for many major labels such as Sony, BMG, Warners Music the most recent being Leela Jamess Music (OD Hunte Remix)

My Mind State is available now from iTunes, CD baby and most digital outlets.

For further information and interviews contact OD Hunte via odhunte.com

About OD HUNTE
OD Hunte runs Treasure Hunte Productions which specializes in Hip Hop and RnB production, writing, remixing and mixing. OD is currently providing tracks for TV and film though networks such as MTV, ESPN, Fuel TV and many other international brand networks.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
OD HUNTE
Treasure Hunte Productions
London, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 7774 265 211
www.odhunte.com
www.southerncubarecords.com

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OD Hunte
TREASURE HUNTE PRODUCTIONS
http://www.odhunte.com/
4407774265211


 
THE ATLANTA HIPHOP FILM FESTIVAL HONORS JACK "THE RAPPER" GIBSON

The HipHop Pioneer Award, to be renamed The Jack "The Rapper" Award

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February, 2006 -- The Atlanta HipHop Film Festival announced the renaming of the HipHop Pioneer Award to honor the legendary Jack The Rapper Gibson. We are honored to announce the renaming of our HipHop Pioneer Award to the Jack the Rapper Award. Mr. Jack Gibson has been very instrumental in the careers of some musical icons andallowing unsigned talent a voice to be heard among the masses with the historical Jack the Rapper Conventions." stated Shameka Gumbs, Founder. Awards Show Producer, Dee Dee Cocheta adds, "Without Jack "The Rapper" Gibson, Atlanta and the nation, for that matter, wouldnt know the essence of the element rap or what it means to the culture. Jack waspure in his form of rap and beyond just being the father of black radio, he is one of the godfathers to our HipHop world."

This years recipient of the newly named Jack The Rapper Award is Ice T. "Its an extreme pleasure to honor Ice T with our first Jack the Rapper Award. Ice T has proven the ability to be an exceptional actor as well as being one of HipHop legends, Gumbs shares. Ms. Jill Bell, Jack The Rapper Gibsons daughter states, My father would be proud to see Ice T be honored as the first Jack "The Rapper" Gibson HipHop PioneerAward recipient. Jack was friends with ICE T and knows Ice is morethan deserving of this award. This award will be presented April 30, 2006 during the 2nd Annual Atlanta HipHop Film Festival.

About Jack The Rapper Gibson
Jack The Rapper, known as one of the fathers of Black radio, started his career in the late 30s, creating a unique on-air announcing style, which incorporated rhymes in his daily chatter. By 1949, Gibson was chosen to lead Atlantas first national black radio station, WERD as Program Director. Gibson, also, established the National Association of Radio Announcers (NARA) and founded the first Black music trade magazine called Jack the Rapper Weekly. Additionally, Gibson was the first National Director of Promotions and Public Relations for Motown Records. Within modern day HipHop, Gibson continued discovering new talent allowing DJs and A&R reps access to new talent at his music convention Jack the Rapper. Started in the early 90s out of Atlanta, the Jack The Rapper Convention was considered the first music convention where aspiring HipHop artists could showcase their talent and possibly earn a record deal. The Jack The Rapper Convention earned national notoriety, thus, helping to stamp Atlanta as the new hot bed for the music scene.

About Ice T
Ice T, a HipHop artist, well known as the father of gangsta music, has spawned the careers of artists like N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and The Geto Boys. He is the first known rapper who ever performed the notorious C-Walk dance in front of cameras in the early 80s. Ice T has recorded or has been featured in thirteen albums and soundtracks and produced six films. The film that changed his career and declared him a bona fide actor was New Jack City. Since New Jack City, Ice T has appeared or starred in over 60 films and television series.

About AHFF
HipHop has captured the fascination of young people from New York Citys South Bronx parks in the 70s to the bullet trains of Tokyo today. These youth can be seen and heard expressing themselves through the language, fashion and music that are HipHop culture. The Atlanta HipHop Film Festival is dedicated to creating an event that encompasses all these elements mentioned bonded by the common thread of social responsibility to ensure positive, beneficial messages are conveyed to HipHops invaluable on-screen audience.

The 2nd Annual Atlanta HipHop Film Festival takes place April 28-30, 2006. This year Honorees are: LAURYN HILL, LL COOL J, ICE T and F. GARY GRAY. For more info on the Atlanta HipHop Film Festival, visit www.AtlHipHopFilmFest.com

Media Contact:
Jonnice Slaughter
Chatterbox Publicity
678.438.8820 - Direct
jonnice@chatterboxpublicity.com - Email


 
HIP-HOP'S OFFICIAL HYPE MAN AND POPULAR HOT 97 NY RADIO PERSONALITY STEALS TWO GRAMMY'S

New York, NYFebruary 9, 2006Fat Man SCOOP, Hip-Hops official hype man, took home two Grammys last night. His first Grammy came as part of Mariah Careys win for Best Contemporary R&B Album. SCOOP collaborated with Mariah on her first single Its Like That also featuring Jermaine Dupri. Its Like That ft Jermaine Dupri & Fat Man SCOOP was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, but lost to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."

SCOOP took home a second Grammy for his highly publicized collaboration with Missy Elliott on her chart topping single, Lose Control also featuring Ciara. The song won for Best Short Form Video. Lose Control ft Ciara & Fat Man SCOOP was also nominated for Best Rap Song, but failed to take home the Grammy.

Fat man SCOOP had this to say this is a great way to start the year. The year is only going to get better when I drop my new material. I expect to be right back here next year. But Ill be here on the strength of my own album. He also added they should add a new Grammy category -- Club Hit of the Year or Hype Man of the Year cause Id surely take both of them. Wishful thinking huh.

With all the excitement and success Fat Man Scoop has endured in the past year -- its safe to say that he is truly the real deal. The momentum continues as Fat Man SCOOP readies his first full-length album for release in the coming months. The album will feature collaborations with some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop, R&B and Dance Hall. Stay tuned! In the meantime you can tune into SCOOPs much talked about radio show on NYs Hot 97 between 10am and 3pm, Mon Fri.

From: Bernard Smith
UA Marketing & Management
917-492-7716 | Office
Bernard@uamarketing-ny.com


 
Full Sail Graduate Phil Tan Wins GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album!

Tan Wins for Mariah Carey's Album, 'The Emancipation of Mimi'

WINTER PARK, Fla., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Full Sail Real World Education is proud to announce that Full Sail 1990 Recording Arts graduate, Phil Tan, was awarded a GRAMMY of his very own at the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards that aired live February 8, 2006 on CBS.

Tan won for serving as a Mix Engineer in the Best Contemporary R&B Album category for Mariah Carey's album, The Emancipation of Mimi.

Tan received a total of five nominations this year. In addition to the Best Contemporary R&B Album win, he also received four other nominations including: one in the Album of the Year category for his mixing work on Carey's album, The Emancipation of Mimi, and one for Gwen Stefani's album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. He also received one each for Record of the Year for Carey's #1 single, "We Belong Together," and Stefani's hit release, "Hollaback Girl."

Joining Tan in the nominations was fellow Full Sail 1995 Recording Arts graduate, Andrew Coleman, who also received three total nominations: one each for his work on the albums for Carey and Stefani, and one as a Recording Engineer for "Hollaback Girl."

As an employee of Atlanta-based Rapper/Producer/Songwriter/Record Mogul, Jermaine Dupri, Tan has a history of proven success in the music industry. "Phil is the best engineer I've ever worked with because he makes it a point to understand the music that he's mixing, so it makes your work sound ten times better -- and P.S., that's my engineer, everybody else get your own!" said Dupri.

This year, a remarkable 110 Full Sail graduates were involved in the production of 76 individual projects nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 66 separate categories. This is a record number of Full Sail graduates who have worked on nominated projects in any single year. In addition, for 13 out of the last 13 years, a Full Sail graduate has worked on projects nominated in the Album of the Year category, and for 12 consecutive years, a Full Sail graduate has worked on every GRAMMY-winning Album of the Year including:

Norah Jones, Come Away With Me, OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and last year's Album of the Year, Genius Loves Company by Ray Charles.

Also, this year as in year's past, Full Sail graduates worked on many GRAMMY-winning categories including the following: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (This Love, Maroon 5), Best Pop Vocal Album (Breakaway, Kelly Clarkson), Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (We Belong Together, Mariah Carey), Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (So Amazing, Beyonce and Stevie Wonder), Best Urban Alternative Performance (Welcome to Jamrock, Damian Marley), Best R&B Song (We Belong Together, Mariah Carey), Best Rap Album (Late Registration, Kanye West), Best Male Country Vocal Performance (You'll Think of Me, Keith Urban), Best Country Collaboration with Vocals (Like We Never Loved At All, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw), Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (Overtime, Dave Holland Big Band), Best Gospel Performance (Pray, CeCe Winans), Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album (Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs, Donnie McClurkin), Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Purified, CeCe Winans), Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album (Mexico En Piel, Luis Miguel), Best Traditional Blues Album (80, B.B. King & Friends), Best Reggae Album (Welcome to Jamrock, Damian Marley), Best Musical Album for Children (Music of Mister Rogers, Songs From..., Various Artists), Best Musical Show Album (Monty Python's Spamalot, Original Broadway Cast), Best Engineered Album (Back Home, A. Douglas & M. Guzauski, E. Clapton), and Best Short Form Music Video (Lose Control, Missy Elliott Feat. Ciara, Fat Man Scoop).

Garry Jones, President of Full Sail, said, "This year's GRAMMY celebration has been such an exciting and memorable experience for Full Sail! With 110 Full Sail Recording Arts graduates working on GRAMMY-nominated projects overall, and Phil earning a GRAMMY Award for his outstanding individual achievement, we could not be more proud of the staff, faculty, and student accomplishments that make honors like this possible. We salute them, their tireless efforts, and their courage to pursue their dreams."

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. With over 20,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour five out of the last five years. Full Sail's 91- acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from all 50 states and 35 countries worldwide. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Recording Arts and Show Production & Touring.

Full Sail has been named one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University; Electronic Gaming Monthly named Full Sail one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world; Rolling Stone Magazine recently named Full Sail one of the Best Music Programs in the country, in addition to one of the Best Music Business Departments in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and UNleashed Magazine has just named Full Sail one of the Best Film Programs in the country.

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Contact: Kristin Weissman
Director of Public Relations
407-679-0100, ext. 5908
407-252-1179 (cell)
Kweissman@fullsail.com

Source: Full Sail Real World Education

CONTACT: Kristin Weissman, Director of Public Relations, Full Sail Real
World Education, +1-407-679-0100, ext. 5908, or cellular, +1-407-252-1179, or
weissman@fullsail.com

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