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3/10/2006

 
Relive 'Dave Chappelle's Block Party'; Soundtrack in Stores March 14th!

Features Music From Erykah Badu, The Roots, Jill Scott, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and the Exclusive New Track 'Born & Raised' From Black Star

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A historic day in Brooklyn, the party of a lifetime -- the idea behind the "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" film was simple; America's hottest comedian, Dave Chappelle, went to his small hometown in Ohio to pass out golden tickets, inviting people of all races and ages to join him, his friends and the people of New York for a comedy and musical extravaganza featuring all of the superstar comedian's favorite artists. The celebration caught on film by Academy Award-wining director Michael Gondry turned out to be one of the most important events in music history; the film blends Dave Chappelle's signature style of comedy with performances by today's most progressive urban artists. The film is already accruing rave reviews; Vibe hails it "incredibly important" and GQ labels it "blissful perfection," while Elle affirms "it makes you feel ridiculously hopeful for the human race".

The CD is equally as vibrant and vital. "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" soundtrack is being released on Geffen Records on March 14th and is executive produced by Corey Smith (Blacksmith Music) & Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson (The Roots). Boasting the music of chart-topping and critically acclaimed superstars like Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, The Roots, Bilal, Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, the "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" soundtrack is a sonic celebration of music and comedy, history and community.

"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" Track Listing:
1. Hip Hop - Dead Prez
2. Definition - Black Star
3. Golden - Jill Scott
4. Universal Magnetic - Mos Def
5. The Blast - Talib Kweli feat. Erykah Badu
6. The Light - Common featuring Erykah Badu & Bilal
7. Boom! - The Roots featuring Big Daddy Kane & Kool G Rap
8. Back In The Day - Erykah Badu
9. The Way - Jill Scott
10. Umi Says - Mos Def
11. You Got Me - The Roots feat. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott
12. Born & Raised In Brooklyn - Blackstar

* The soundtrack also contains hilariously funny interludes featuring
snippets of conversations between Dave Chappelle and various people.

Source: Geffen Records

CONTACT: Junior Suriel, +1-212-841-8272, or fax, +1-212-841-8167,
Junior.Suriel@umusic.com, or Steven Victor, +1-212-841-8268, or fax,
+1-212-841-8167, both for Geffen Records


 
Independent Musicians Adopt MyxerTones

Popular MyxerTags technology now supports MySpace

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The popular MyxerTones website (http://www.myxertones.com/), featuring groundbreaking MyxerTags technology that allows bands to easily create and distribute mobile phone ringtones to their fans, has been enhanced with new features aimed at bands using MySpace to host their music. In a streamlined process that takes less than two minutes, an artist specifies an existing song file and MyxerTones creates a MyxerTag they can easily add to their MySpace profile, website, or blog. All fans have to do to get the ringtone is to click on the MyxerTag and enter their mobile number.

mVisible Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of technology, services, and programs to intelligently manage and deliver content to mobile devices, has enhanced MyxerTags to allow bands to quickly create ringtones from music hosted on their MySpace profile. According to mVisible Founder and CTO Myk Willis, "With the release of our new web-based MyxerTags for MySpace feature, we've made it incredibly easy for bands with songs hosted on MySpace to give their fans ringtones. A band member simply points us at their MySpace profile, and we provide a bit of HTML that they add to their page."

Musicians and others in the music industry are enthusiastic about the new service. They appreciate the simplicity of selecting a song or sound file, providing basic information to identify it and being able to use the tag to provide their fans with a ringtone. Users don't have to worry about the technical details since MyxerTones ensures the ringtone is converted to the right format for each phone. According to the CEO of Nimbit (http://www.nimbit.com/), Patrick Faucher, "I like the MyxerTag solution because it offers a very straightforward way for bands to promote their music with ringtones. Eventually, we see this as a unique opportunity for our artists to connect with their fans through their mobile phones in a number of ways."

Anyone visiting a musician's MySpace page is one click away from downloading their ringtone. "The site's visitors click the MyxerTag, which takes them to MyxerTones, where they simply enter their phone number and receive the band's ringtone for free," says Scott Kinnear, CEO and President of mVisible. "Independent musicians and Internet music aggregators are embracing MyxerTags as an easy way to make their songs available as ringtones."

MyxerTones(TM) (http://www.myxertones.com/) is a website that lets people make their own ringtones from music they already own.

MyxerTags(TM) (http://www.myxertones.com/tags) is a service of MyxerTones specifically designed to allow independent musicians to "go mobile" with a minimum amount of hassle.

About mVisible Technologies, Inc.

mVisible Technologies, Inc. provides uniform access to digital media, such as music, photos, and video, via mobile phones - regardless of the type of phone, network carrier, calling plan, or file format. mVisible allows users to tap into existing digital media from virtually anywhere on the planet.

Contact:

Marsha Creely
561-289-2403
marsha.creely@mvisible.com

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

Source: mVisible Technologies, Inc.

CONTACT: Marsha Creely of mVisible Technologies, Inc., +1-561-289-2403,
or marsha.creely@mvisible.com

Web site: http://www.myxertones.com/
http://www.myxertones.com/tags


 
TOP ARTISTS MAKE NEW SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO HIP-HOP SHOW "STREET CERTIFIED"

WHAT: Street Certified, a new weekly, completely uncensored and
commercial-free SIRIUS Satellite Radio program that allows top hip-hop artists
to "take over" the SIRIUS studios and airwaves for two full hours.
Artists can play and hype their music, and talk directly to SIRIUS
subscribers across the U.S. about whatever is on their mind.

WHO: The premiere show on March 4 featured Juvenile. Other scheduled
artists include:

March 11 E-40
March 18 Lil Brother
March 25 T.I.
April 1 Bubba Sparxxx
April 8 Mobb Deep

WHEN: Street Certified can be heard every Saturday night, from 8 pm to
10 pm ET.

WHERE: Exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 40, Hip-Hop
Nation.

CONTACTS: Andrea Ferguson (andrea_ferguson@dkcnews.com) 212.981.5242

About SIRIUS

SIRIUS delivers more than 125 channels of the best commercial-free
music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and the most extensive
sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality
sound. SIRIUS offers 68 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and
features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and
weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS is the
Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NBA and NHL and broadcasts
live play-by-play games of the NFL, NBA and NHL.
SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are distributed
by Alpine, Audiovox, Brix Group, Clarion, Delphi, Directed Electronics,
Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Magnadyne, Monster Cable, Pioneer,
Russound, Tivoli and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000
retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers
including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's
Club, RadioShack and at shop.sirius.com.
SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW,
Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep , Land Rover, Lexus,
Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche,
Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at major locations
around the country.

Click on www.sirius.com to listen to SIRIUS live, or to find a SIRIUS
retailer or car dealer in your area.

Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to,
expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance
with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts
and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve
estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results
to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking
statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety
by reference to the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K
for the year ended December 31, 2004 filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on
our operational results are: our dependence upon third parties, including
manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers, automakers and programming
partners, our competitive position and any events which affect the
useful life of our satellites.


 
Robin M. May and Edward "Young Dirty" Long featured panelists for Black College Expo

Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Cobb Galleriafrom 10 am - 4 pmET

Atlanta, GA (EnvisionPR.com) -Envision clientele will be featured in this weekend's Black College Expo on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA.Entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author of TheHBCU Guide, Robin M. May,will be a guest on the panel discussion,"Why Attend an HBCU"; and BELL Records Vice-president and CEO/Host of The Good Life Radio, Edward "Young Dirty" Long, will be a guest on the panel discussion, "Hot Careers."

The purpose of the Black College Expo is:

To promote higher education and self-development in a positive atmosphere.

To empower African American youth to strive for the best, regardless of their background.

To provide a mixture of education, information, and entertainment.

To touch one's lifestyle in hopes of opening one's mind towards a higher education...An Infotainment College Fair.

Robin is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University(CAU) andEdward of Florida A&M University (FAMU). Bothfeel that a large portion their currentaccomplishments and future goalsare attributed to theirexperiences attending an HBCU.

For media relations regarding Envision clientele, please contact Candace Reesevia phone at (678) 754-8881 or email at Candace@EnvisionPR.com.

www.blackcollegeexpo.com

www.hbcuguide.com

www.thegoodliferadio.com

www.BELLRecordings.com


 
DJ Strong and DJ Warrior Get Rave Reviews in the New Scratch Magazine, Import Tuner Magazine, and Ruckus Magazine

Scratch Magazine, Import Tuner Magazine, and Ruckus Magazine all give DJ Strong and DJ Warrior, from the Cali Untouchable DJ crew and HipHopWest, reviews for their recent mixtapes.

(PRWEB) March 10, 2006 -- Scratch Magazine, Import Tuner Magazine, and Ruckus Magazine all give DJ Strong and DJ Warrior, from the Cali Untouchable DJ crew and HipHopWest, reviews for their recent mixtapes.

Scratch Magazine said about DJ Strong's HipHopHoneys Mixtape:
"Before I elaborate on this mixtape, look at that cover! That alone makes this a collector's item! Now as far as the music, it's a bunch of booty-shaking music so you can throw this on when you girl is about to give you that striptease you've been begging her for. I Personally prefer M.O.P. for that, but thats' just me. HOOD"

Ruckus Magazine - Cali Untouchable Radio Pt 7 Review:
"LA's West Coast Mixtape King, DJ Warrior puts and all-star bottom of the map left coast blast all co-signed by underground
king of the south, Bun-B. With exclusive Bun-B tracks and a classic UGK DJ Warrior quick mix, the latest installment Cali Untouchable Radio keeps the West Coast mixtape game movin' (Ruckus Staff)"

Import Tuner Magazine - Mash Up Radio 2:
"I didn't think the first Mash Up could be topped, but I should get punched in the face for thinking otherwise. I thought that the first one was really good and it seemed that it'd be a cool, occasional, mediocre, production release. I really should get punched in the face for my short-sightedness. In short, if you like any of these groups, buy this CD. Big Tymers, Weezer, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Audio Slave, Game, Kasabien, G-unit, Citizen Cope, Nas, Korn, Biggie, Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Black Diamonds, 50 Cent, Rage against the Machine, Louis the XVI, D-12, Tool, 311, Nine Inch Nails, Gza, Sneaker Pimps, Common, Sublime, GangStarr, The Clash, Lil Flip and perfect circle. (Joel Marisigan) Forget about the West, The Cali Untouchables do it like nobody else!"
http://www.hiphopwest.com

# # #

StrongHouse
STRONGHOUSE RECORDS LLC
http://www.stronghouserecords.com/
866-754-6588


 
Choi Pushes the Bounds of the Digital Frontier with LiveDigital.com: Entrepreneur Ushers the Launch of Multi-Communication Entertainment Site

Los Angeles based entertainment veteran Carl Choi, has joined LiveDigital.com to deliver a unique packaged offering of communication technology and entertainment. Choi, a founder of deejay industry companies R.E.H.A.B., DJCity.com and Scratch DJ Academy, decided to sell his shares in December and take on the new partnership of LiveDigital.com.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 10, 2006 -- Los Angeles based entertainment veteran Carl Choi, has joined LiveDigital.com to deliver a unique packaged offering of communication technology and entertainment. Choi, a founder of deejay industry companies R.E.H.A.B., DJCity.com and Scratch DJ Academy, decided to sell his shares in December and take on the new partnership of LiveDigital.com.

Just pulled out of beta phase, LiveDigital.com has quickly become the fastest growing internet destination for users to host & upload photos, videos, audios and blogs. In addition, LiveDigital offers functionality for users to interact with one another by commenting on content & profiles, messaging and staying connected with other users.

Choi wanted to leverage his promotion expertise and entertainment network to reach tens-of-millions of users. Together with technology entrepreneur, Lawrence Ng, CEO & cofounder of Oversee.net, Choi plans on marketing LiveDigital.com nationally beginning in March.

"Joining LiveDigital.com as a partner was an easy decision. My events marketing company (The Plan C Group) and music group (Catch Music Group) has grown exponentially within the last few years," said Choi. "Their continuous growth and success has made LiveDigital a natural fit for me.

LiveDigital.com's multi-faceted interface and vast categories, diverse enough to attend to every whim, was designed for constant communication.

"I believe that the future of entertainment lies in delivering a product that speaks to a universal trend sharing and staying connected. That is what LiveDigital.com delivers," stated Choi.

About Carl Choi
As the CEO of The Plan C Group, Choi has been a key player in the company's remarkable accomplishments and growth. Choi's emphasis on strategic business planning has been the driving force for also co-founding compani es such as Catch Music Group, i5 Studio Consulting, DJCity.com and the R.E.H.A.B. Projects Hip-Hop Lifes tyle Store, a holding zone for the late Jam Master Jay's Scratch DJ Academy.

Choi first began his career by bridging entertainment and niche markets. Choi's management of Far*east Movement, one of the most well known Asian American music groups in the United States, and promotion of artist Jin Au-Yeung, who was able to inspire millions by winning the BET 106 & Park freestyle battle for seven weeks in a row, then helped to catapult Catch Management Group's success.

About Catch Music Group
Catch Music Group (CMG) is here to create the next generation of world icons. As pioneers of this industry, CMG work exclusively with talented individuals who share its vision in creating ventures that impact audiences on a global scale. Founded in 2003, the company serves their clients with the best business practices based on creative strategies, global achievements and timeless appeal.

About The Plan C Group
The Plan C Group, a holdings company for Climax Global Entertainment, DopeUSA and Plan C Agency, is an events production and marketing company based in Los Angeles with operations in every major city in the United States. Founded in 1995, the company aims to become the premier entertainment, media and marketing conglomerate by producing social and commercial events and marketing campaigns that shape fashion, trends and the lifestyle of Asian Americans. With ten years of industry expertise, Plan C is uniquely positioned to influence the four hundred billion dollar market.

# # #

Sum-sum Chan
Fresh Chatter
310-428-6610


 
Soup Up Your iPod - Bling Software Launches PodMaxx Affiliate Program with Share Results

The Share Results affiliate network welcomes Bling Softwares PodMaxx affiliate program this March, offering 30% commission on all sales of its PodMaxx, PodMaxx Video and Ring Factory software.

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) March 10, 2005 -- Share Results, a pay-for-performance affiliate network, is pleased to welcome Bling Softwares PodMaxx affiliate program this March. By combining iTunes with the Podmaxx suite of products, music and DVD lovers can fully sync their iPods, easily transferring songs and video between home, office, desktop and laptop.

Affiliates joining the PodMaxx affiliate program through Share Results earn a flat 30% commission on every download of a Podmaxx product, with Podmaxx and Ring Factory retailing for $19.99; PodMaxx Video for $24.99; and the full suite of products selling under Podmaxx Gold for $29.99.

Wondering what advantages the full Podmaxx suite delivers? Affiliates can use the programs many creatives, promotions and marketing tools to highlight the softwares ability to:
Copy music both on and off an iPod;
Rip DVDs to iPods;
Create ringtones from any mp3 or audio CD;
Sync with MS Outlook;
Access the Internet; and
Backup data and music.

iPods have become a global obsession, with fans praising its cool design, high quality sound and sleek brand, says Nicky Senyard, CEO of Share Results. Given its popularity, we know our affiliates will see high conversions and profits as Podmaxx makes it even easier for iPod users to build, transfer and store music and DVD collections.

The PodMaxx affiliate program is currently welcoming new affiliates through the Share Results affiliate network:
http://www.shareresults.com/local_affiliate_desc.php?mid=2199

About Share Results
http://www.shareresults.com/
Share Results prides itself on its boutique service approach to Affiliate Marketing, building personalized, mutually-rewarding partnerships with select online merchants and quality affiliates.
Merchants and affiliates within Share Results benefit from:
*Complete affiliate marketing services, uniquely tailored to partner business models;
*Dedicated senior level expertise paired with an experienced marketing team;
*Proprietary and proven affiliate platform software; and
*Shared performance, with our success directly based on the success of our network.
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada since 2002.
For a free consultation, please call 514.849.8595

About Bling Software Podmaxx
http://www.podmaxx.com
Earn 30% commission on software that makes iPods better. With the PodMaxx suite, buyers can: copy music on AND off any iPod and PC, rip DVDs to iPod, create ringtones, etc. With Bling Software, know that were committed to our affiliates and ready to provide you anything you need please dont hesitate to contact us with special requests.
iPod and iTunes are (R) trademarks for Apple Computers and not affiliated with PodMaxx. PodMaxx, PodMaxx Video, and Ring Factory are (R) trademarks of Bling Software Limited.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Susan Arts
VP, Business Development and Marketing, Share Results
+1 (514) 849-8595

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Nicky Seynard
Share Results
http://www.shareresults.com/
514 849 8595


 
Zingy Commemorates the Life of Notorious B.I.G. with Exclusive Mobile Content

Zingy to Offer Original Games, Videos, Voicetones, and Wallpapers Featuring Hip-Hop Icon; Never-Before-Seen Images of Biggie Now Available

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2006--Zingy, the leader in mobile media, announced today that it has reached an exclusive licensing deal with the estate of hip-hip legend Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, for the worldwide rights to develop, publish, and distribute a full range of mobile content featuring the likeness of one of rap's most influential artists.

Under the terms of the agreement, Zingy will offer a complete suite of exclusive Notorious B.I.G. mobile content including voicetones, wallpapers, and videos, as well as a series of original mobile games starring Biggie. Never-before-seen images of Biggie in concert and as a child are currently available by Zingy.

"Nine years after Biggie's death, his impact continues to have a huge influence on hip-hop music and urban culture," said Scott Debson, Vice President of Licensing and Publishing, Zingy Inc. "Not only are we allowing fans to stay connected to Biggie, but we are also lucky enough to have access to content that has never been seen by anyone outside of his Wallace family. We are excited to be able to help his legacy live on."

Fans can now download wallpapers and ringtones featuring Notorious B.I.G. from Zingy (www.zingy.com) and through a selection of leading mobile carriers in the U.S. Additional Biggie content, including the exclusive mobile games, are in development and will be made available to mobile phone customers in the months ahead.

About Zingy
Zingy Inc. is the leader in mobile media. Zingy licenses, publishes, and distributes market-leading content, products, and services across all major mobile categories including personalization, entertainment, information, and community. Innovative services include ringtones and ringbacks, wallpapers, games, celebrity news, maps, photo sharing, and more. Zingy also offers a comprehensive, one-stop mobile marketing solution to advertisers, presently serving more than 150 blue-chip brands.
Zingy features the most extensive, diverse portfolio of mobile content and products in the industry, distinguished by exclusive licensing and publishing relationships with pop culture's most famous names and brands, as well as by original proprietary content and games. Based in New York, Zingy has offices in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Montreal. Zingy is a wholly owned subsidiary of For-Side.com.

Contacts
Zingy Inc.
Chris Bellitti, 212-590-6906


 
Press Release for Dollar Bill

March 9, 2006
Dollar Bill, Independent Rap Artist out of Phoenix, AZ announces the release of six track EP entitled In Your Pocket. Zia Records will be retailing the cd in Arizona and Las Vegas. CdBaby will be handling the global digital distributor. A video of the track Yo What's Up! is being shot using local production and talent.

For more info go to www.ADOLLARSIGN.com

Media inquiries:
Warren Vincent
Starr Management
480-580-1774
adollarbill@cox.net


 
Dead Prez's M-1 to Release Solo Album, "Confidential," on March 21, 2006

Currently Touring U.S. With Ghostface Killah; Dead Prez Featured in "Dave Chapelle's Block Party" in Theaters Now

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Mar 09, 2006) -- Just weeks before dropping his solo effort, "Confidential," on March 21, 2006, M-1's group dead prez (with partner sticman) can be seen in comedian Dave Chapelle's feature documentary, "Dave Chapelle's Block Party." Contrary to rumors, dead prez is in fact still together, and plan on releasing a new album in 2006. In "Dave Chapelle's Block Party," the group performs "Hip Hop" and "Turn Off the Radio," two of their most popular hits. Dead prez has generated a fervent underground following and respect within the hip hop community. Their notoriety is furthered by a reputation for dealing head-on with black power and politics in their music and everyday life.

M-1 has partnered up with famed jazz guitar player and producer Fabrizio Sotti's (Cassandra Wilson) Sotti Records and KOCH Records to release his debut solo LP, "Confidential." The album features Styles P, Q-Tip, K'naan and Cassandra Wilson, among others. M-1's intentions are clear, as he envisions "Confidential" as the next chapter in the book dead prez is writing with their career.

M-1 is currently on a 40-date national tour with Ghostface Killah.

The track listing for "Confidential" is:

1. One Side (The Anthem)
2. Early (Feat. Sticman)
3. Land, Bread & Housing (Feat. My Momma' & Raye)
4. For You (Feat. Scrap Daddy)
5. Confidential (Feat. Raye).
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. Ghostface & Raye)
13. 'Til We Get There (Feat. K'Naan & Stori James)
14. Too Smart

About KOCH Records

KOCH Records is a division of KOCH Entertainment, the fastest-growing music company and the market leader among independents in North America. The KOCH Entertainment corporate umbrella encompasses the KOCH Records label, KOCH Vision home video, KOCH Music Publishing and KOCH Entertainment Distribution with operations in both the U.S. and Canada. KOCH Records proudly claims the largest number of Billboard charting albums among independents for each of the last five years (2001-2005). For additional info on the KOCH Records label and its roster of artists, please visit www.kochrecords.com

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For more information, please contact:
Michelle Lin
646.526.3638

Or Giovanna Melchiorre
212-353-8800x257

www.sottirecords.com
www.kochrecords.com


 
LADIES STILL LOVE COOL JAMES!

GRAMMY AWARD WINNING HIP-HOP ARTIST
TO HEADLINE OXYGEN'S "LL COOL J CUSTOM CONCERT FEATURING NE-YO AND SPECIAL GUESTS"

Hip-Hop Legend And New York City Native Joins With TBD Special Guests
For One-Night Only Performance
One-Hour Special Premieres On Oxygen March 18 at 10:30p.m.*

NEW YORK, February 14, 2006 -- LL Cool J, Def Jam Record's premiere
multi-platinum artist and New York City's native son returns when Oxygen
provides viewers with a one-night performance by one of hip-hop's
sexiest and biggest names in the "LL Cool J Custom Concert Featuring Ne-Yo
and Special Guests" airing Saturday, March 18 at 10:30p.m. Grammy Award
winning hip-hop artist and Queens, NY native LL Cool J will join with
rising Island Def Jam R&B recording artist Ne-Yo and other special
guests to perform songs from his forthcoming 12th studio album and some of
his most popular hits decided on by Oxygen viewers in a special Friday,
March 3 concert taping in New York City.
Beginning February 17, viewers can log onto www.oxygen.com and vote to
determine the hit songs LL Cool J will perform during the show. He will
also perform selections from his latest Def Jam Records release Todd
Smith, hitting store shelves on April 25th, including his smash single
"Control Myself" which features pop songstress Jennifer Lopez. Viewers
can also submit personal questions online for LL Cool J to answer
throughout the show.
"We love LL Cool J because he is a hip-hop legend and a star with a
huge female fan base," says Julie Insogna, Senior Vice President of
Talent and Music Programming for Oxygen. "It is an honor to feature an
artist who has not only been incredibly important to hip-hop and the music
industry overall, but also appeals to women across generations."

A Queens, NY native, LL Cool J embarked on his rap career in 1984 at
the age of 16. LL Cool J is a music legend who has remained an innovator
in the hip-hop and rap genres for over 20 years. He is also a two-time
Grammy Award winner in the "Best Solo Rap Performance" category for
his hits "Mama Said Knock You Out" and "Hey Lover." LL Cool J extended
his talents to acting in recent years, appearing in his own sitcom, over
20 films and making memorable television guest appearances. His
credits include his mid-90s sitcom "In The House," the hit action feature
"SWAT," the romantic comedy "Deliver Us From Eva," FOX's "House," and most
recently, the hit comedy "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah. LL Cool J's
12th studio album Todd Smith debuts on April 25th.
Island Def Jam's newest R&B addition, Ne-Yo began his career as a
songwriter providing songs for such accomplished performers as Destiny's
Child, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Evans. He also wrote Mario's 2005
breakout hit "Let Me Love You," which went on to become one of the most played
records in radio airplay history. Currently #3 on the Billboard Music
charts for his single "So Sick," Ne-Yo's debut album In My Own Words is
in stores now.


3/09/2006

 
Beastie Boys Film to Play One-Night-Only Big Screen Concerts(SM) Event Nationwide on March 23rd

Exclusive Hornblower Mini-Movie Starring David Cross to Accompany 'AWESOME; I ... SHOT THAT!' in Unique Showing in Advance of Theatrical Opening

NEW YORK, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- THINKFilm and National CineMedia today announced an exclusive one-night only Big Screen Concerts presentation -- An Awesome Night with Beastie Boys -- on Thursday, March 23rd featuring the Beastie Boys' musical extravaganza "AWESOME; I ... SHOT THAT!" and the world premiere of "A Day in the Life of Nathanial Hornblower," a 30-minute short created specifically for this one-time event, which will be digitally shown on nearly 200 screens at 8:00pm local time at movie theaters across the country. For a list of theaters, please go to www.awesomeishotthat.com/march23/. Tickets are currently on sale at participating Regal, United Artists, Edwards, Cinemark and AMC movie theatre box offices and online at www.BigScreenConcerts.com. "AWESOME; ... I SHOT THAT!" begins its ongoing commercial engagements in select cities on March 31st.

Enhancing this special event screening of "AWESOME ... " is the world premiere of "A Day in the Life of Nathanial Hornblower," a 30-minute short starring comedian David Cross as the mysterious director of "AWESOME ... " The Suisse Cineaste Bi-Annual described the mini-movie as "a docu-drama that gives viewers a glimpse into the dark, strange world of one of the most elusive and controversial filmmakers working today." (As band aficionados know, Hornblower is a pseudonym for Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who directed "AWESOME ... " as well as "A Day in the Life ... ")

THINKFilm Head of Theatrical, Mark Urman, says, "Nothing about the way 'AWESOME ... ' was made was conventional, so we are trying to be as imaginative in our release strategy as Adam was in making the film, and as the band has always been. Fans have been waiting for this film since it popped at Sundance and now, they can be the 'first kids on the block' to see it everywhere before it starts key city engagements on March 31st. As for the Hornblower mini-movie, it will self-destruct right after it is presented on March 23rd, never to be seen again."

To create additional frenzy, THINKFilm is continuing its partnership with MySpace.com, the leading lifestyle portal for online networking, with a special promotion tied to the March 23rd event. In celebration of the newly launched MySpace Film application, MySpace will give its more than 60 million members the opportunity to win free tickets to attend the one-night only screening of the film in select cities. To visit the film's official MySpace page, please go to www.myspace.com/awesomeishotthat.

"AWESOME; I ... SHOT THAT" is a formally innovative feature film experience starring director Nathaniel Hornblower/Adam Yauch and fellow Beastie Boys Mike D and Adrock, along with Mix Master Mike and other special guest appearances. The documentary began at one of their concerts at New York's famed Madison Square Garden in October 2004, as Beastie Boys handed out 50 cameras to audience members at their sold-out performance. These 50 different passionate perspectives shot from the point-of-view of the audience take the viewer deep inside the world of a live Beastie Boys show, prismatically and kinetically capturing the experience of a live musical performance like no film has ever done.

About THINKFilm

THINKFilm, a privately held distribution company now in its fourth year of operation, has emerged as a distinctive force in the world of independent and non-fiction film. Boasting four Academy Award nominations in as many years, and a win with BORN INTO BROTHELS in 2005, upcoming releases will include the Ray Romano road trip documentary, 95 MILES TO GO, on April 7; the Edward Norton/Evan Rachel Wood drama, DOWN IN THE VALLEY, on May 5; the Gael Garcia Bernal/William Hurt thriller, THE KING, on May 19; the Amy Sedaris/Stephen Colbert/Paul Dinello comedy, STRANGERS WITH CANDY, on June 28th; and the highly acclaimed Ryan Gosling drama, HALF NELSON, on August 2nd. For more information, please visit www.thinkfilmcompany.com.

About National CineMedia, LLC

National CineMedia, LLC is a venture of AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA, Inc. and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE:RGC) , three of the world's leading theatrical exhibition companies. The company develops pre feature entertainment; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services; and alternative forms of entertainment content for approximately 13,000 screens operated by its owner theatre circuits and other theatre affiliates. National CineMedia distributes its products and services across its Digital Content Network (DCN), the world's largest in-theatre digital distribution network. Once installation of its DCN technology is completed in Cinemark theatres, National CineMedia's network will comprise approximately 11,000 digital North American theatre screens in 150 markets (49 of the top 50), reaching 525 million movie patrons annually. For additional information, please go to www.ncm.com.

About MySpace.com

MySpace is the premier lifestyle portal for connecting with friends and discovering popular culture. By integrating web profiles, blogs, instant messaging, e-mail, music streaming, music videos, photo galleries, classified listings, events, groups, college communities and user forums, MySpace has created a connected community. As the second ranked web domain in terms of page views, MySpace.com is the most widely-used and highly regarded site of its kind. With more than 60 million members, MySpace is committed to providing the highest quality user experience and will continue to innovate with new features that allow its users to express their creativity and share their lives, both online and off.

About Oscilloscope Laboratories

Oscilloscope Laboratories is a research facility based in the Galapagos Islands dedicated to finding the reasons that human beings are drawn to violence. Established in 1928 by the revered Dr. Tim K Smithelington, the ground-breaking work that they have done has been incomparable in its field. Recently their studies have expanded to the Komodo dragon and it's mating habits.

Source: THINKFilm

CONTACT: Alex Klenert of THINKFilm, +1-212-444-7900,
aklenert@thinkfilmcompany.com; or Tom Piechura of The Dart Group,
+1-212-277-7555, tompiechura@thedartgroup.net, for THINKFilm; or Amy Jane
Finnerty of National CineMedia/Big Screen Concerts, +1-212-931-8117,
amy.finnerty@ncm.com; or Hannah Kampf of Scoop Marketing, +1-213-639-6159,
hkampf@solters.com, for Big Screen Concerts

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

Web site: http://www.myspace.com/awesomeishotthat

Web site: http://www.thinkfilmcompany.com/
http://www.awesomeishotthat.com/march23


 
The Black Eyed Peas' 'My Humps' Achieves Milestone - Industry's First 2 Million Selling Master Tone

Hit Single From Triple-Platinum MONKEY BUSINESS Album on A&M, 39 Weeks On Chart

RENEGOTIATIONS: THE REMIXES, 8-song EP to Be Released March 21st on iTunes, and March 28th as Physical Exclusive for Best Buy Stores

The Black Eyed Peas to Headline 2-Month Honda Civic Tour, Opening March 23rd in Fresno, With The Pussycat Dolls and Flipsyde

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum 2-time Grammy-winners The Black Eyed Peas cross an historic threshold as their hit single "My Humps" passes 2-million Master Tones sales in the US this week according to Universal Music Mobile, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG) -- making it the top selling Master Tone of all time, and the first to reach this 2-million landmark. (A Master Tone is an excerpt of the actual master recording rather than a synthesized ringtone used to personalize a mobile phone.) "My Humps" is the longest-running hit from the RIAA triple-platinum CD MONKEY BUSINESS, which has sold more than six million plus copies worldwide since its release back in June 2005, and is in its 39th week on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

"Throughout their career, The Black Eyed Peas have pursued the most innovative strategies to get their music heard by the widest possible audience," said Steve Berman, President of Marketing, Interscope Geffen A&M. "Taking advantage of every technological breakthrough is part of what defines today's true innovators. The Black Eyed Peas have harnessed the Master Tones media as an extremely effective method of outreach to their fans."

The follow-up to the RIAA gold Grammy Award-winning "Don't Phunk With My Heart" -- "My Humps" became available in August 2005 as a Master Tone for mobile phone personalization via all US wireless operators, including Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Amp'd and Boost Mobile. In October, as the video for "My Humps" was premiered, the Master Tone began its 6-week run at #1 on the weekly Infospace Mobile chart. The track eventually peaked at #1 on the Hot Digital Songs chart, #2 on the Pop 100, #3 on the Hot 100, and #4 on the Rhythmic airplay charts.

The news comes in advance of the March 21st iTunes release of RENEGOTIATIONS: THE REMIXES, an 8-track EP that arrives in stores one week later as a physical exclusive piece for Best Buy. The final sequence is as follows: 1. "Like That" (album version); 2. "Ba Bump" (Erick Sermon Remix); 3. "My Style" feat. Justin Timberlake (DJ Premier Remix); 4. "They Don't Want Music" feat. James Brown (Pete Rock Remix); 5. "Feel It" (Jazzy Jeff Soulful Remix); 6. "Audio Delite" (album version); 7. "Disco Club" (Large Pro Peas Remix); 8. "Like That" -- Video (iTunes only).

Meanwhile, The Black Eyed Peas are preparing for the kick-off of the annual Honda Civic Tour, their first major tour since the release of MONKEY BUSINESS. The two-month, 35 city tour, which features opening acts The Pussycat Dolls and Flipsyde, begins March 23rd at the Sav-Mart Center in Fresno, and wraps up May 21st at Universal Lending Pavilion in Denver. For tour info, go to www.hondacivictour.com and www.blackeyedpeas.com.

The Black Eyed Peas are signed to A&M, a part of the Interscope Geffen A&M Group, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

Source: A&M Records Santa Monica, CA

CONTACT: Hillary Siskind, +1-212-841-8055, or fax, +1-212-841-8050,
hillary.siskind@umusic.com, for A&M Records Santa Monica, CA

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


 
Turn Ideas Into Events With EVDB's 'Eventful Demand' - a New Free Service for Building Viral Demand & Facilitating Bookings

Bring VIPs, Authors, Indie Bands, Conferences & More to Town

SAN DIEGO, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference -- Power to the people has now reached the world of event bookings with EVDB Inc.'s new Eventful Demand, a free online service for mounting grassroots campaigns to attract performers, personalities, conferences and more to local venues. This new addition to EVDB's Eventful.com website uses the viral power of the Internet to build a critical mass of supporters for a given request, then alerts promoters or venues when certain thresholds are reached. This mix of petitioning and matchmaking helps turn event ideas into reality.

e-Petition Power

Visitors to http://eventful.com/ can now set up a "Demand" for a particular indie band, mystery novelist, little-distributed Sundance flick, animal rights advocate, political blogger or any other desired attraction by clicking on the Demand tab on the site's home page. Demands can also take the form of requesting a professional organization to hold its next conference in a certain city, asking a local store to host a private sale, inviting a well-known entertainer or public figure to give a lecture or serve as the master of ceremonies for a community event, and so on.

In addition, performers of any type can announce their availability and encourage fans to create requests by posting special "Demand me!" buttons that link directly to Eventful.com on their blogs or websites.

Once a demand is created, the service provides spread-the-word tools such as emails inviting friends to sign on, e-stickers resembling wanted posters for use on personal blogs and websites, and links to social bookmarking sites where users can further publicize their efforts. All tools link directly back to Eventful.com so that like-minded individuals can easily add their votes to any request.

Eventful.com will consolidate demands from contiguous zip codes to create a true picture of local support, help rally additional support by enabling users to search the entire demand database by performer and/or city for campaigns of interest, and post detail pages for each performer or personality on the current demand list. The service will also regularly update the number of demands for each campaign to provide user feedback, and notify the appropriate parties of the "we want you" activity to help secure bookings.

More Votes, More Events

These tools empower local residents by helping them shape their entertainment calendars. Performers and others can now book dates and venues knowing how large a house they can fill in a particular city. Smaller bands might have house concerts. Independent film directors might agree to screen their latest movie and host a post-show discussion. Even better-known figures might respond to a local demand by adding a special appearance or lecture to their itinerary when they are in town for another event.

"Until now, consumers had to sit back and wait for events to come to them. Eventful Demand not only gives them a vehicle for initiating and publicizing event requests and building demand, but it also acts as their advocate by proactively contacting the performers and their representatives to get them involved in making the event happen," said Brian Dear, EVDB founder and CEO and the creator of Eventful.com. "This is something completely new."

Eventful Demand adds to the functionality of Eventful.com, a worldwide calendar of event listings that can be searched and browsed by keyword, geographical region, date and time. The site also allows users to contribute their own public or private events, receive notification of new events via RSS and iCalendar feeds, create and join groups of like-minded users, and create and share personal calendars through their own websites or blogs.

About EVDB

EVDB Inc. is a provider of search engine and web services technology for event and venue data worldwide. The company operates Eventful.com, a website that enables people to discover, contribute and share events of all kinds around the globe, and makes its EVDB API available to developers for building tools and desktop, web, and mobile applications that interact with the EVDB database. The San Diego-based firm was founded by Brian Dear, an experienced Internet entrepreneur, and is backed by investors including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Omidyar Network. For more information, visit http://www.eventful.com/ .

Source: EVDB Inc.

CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt for EVDB Inc., +1-847-415-9330, or
lkornblatt@sspr.com

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


 
HolyHipHop.com Reaches 100,000 Digital Downloads MileStone

HolyHipHop.com announced today, as a part of its ongoing global Digital Music Initiatives, that the 100,000 Digital Downloads' Milestone has been reached with Digital Music Downloads by Aficionados of Holy Hip Hop Trax, fueling interest and demand for physical CD's and genre mainstream awareness and visibility.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 8, 2006 --HolyHipHop.com announced today, as a part of its ongoing global Digital Music Initiatives, that the 100,000 Digital Downloads' Milestone has been reached with Digital Music Downloads by Aficionados of Holy Hip Hop Trax, fueling interest and demand for physical CD's and genre mainstream awareness and visibility. HolyHipHop.com focusing digital platform on video in 2006.

“Steve Jobs and Apple Computer are now selling one-hundred (100) iPods every sixty (60) seconds, with over 44 million iPods now in use worldwide and growing at a phenomenal rate, so a future where music is delivered and consumed digitally is no longer just a dream but becoming more and more of a pressing reality each and every passing minute, affecting each and every genre and classification of music worldwide.

Although Mr. Jobs and Apple are relentless in their pursuit of digital music utopia, during this sea of change, the greatest opportunity is for emcees, distributors and labels to reinvent the CD as the most: (1) reliable; and (2) secure medium for the masses, who either: (a) are satisfied with the consistent quality of CD/DVD technologies; or (b) are uneasy about the security and long-term durability of digital music files, thereby demanding a more permanent medium to preserve collections of treasured titles.

Through 100,000 Digital Downloads, HolyHipHop.com is focused to confirm in 2006 and 2007: (1) that there can be a direct, positive correlation between downloads and demand for physical CD's, as customers who like a particular emcee may be apt to also want to have the actual music on CD, as a part of a physical collection to supplement/safeguard digital music files; and (2) the more digital files that are in the marketplace and being shared across multiple platforms (web, tv, radio, iPod, etc.), the more generally visible an emerging music genre can become, as music is talked about more, shared globally and for those who can not afford or are fearful of or reluctant to adopt Digital Music technologies, a keen interest in having the physical CD of a liked emcee becomes even more critical.

To the over 2000 active Ministers of the Gospel, continue to march forward (weathering and overcoming adversity), remain steadfast and focused on advancing ministry and goodwill outside of the four walls of the Church, in the streets, schools and community where it is needed and demanded the most - now more than ever before. The time is right and the time is now.

To our global alliance partners, radio pd's, djs, retail-stores, magazines, ministers, churches, websites, supporters and friends who are participating in, advancing, speaking about or keeping a pulse on the movement, we appreciate all that you do in sustaining momentum and visibility for the cause that is now accelerating and gaining momentum worldwide; and HolyHipHop.com remains focused and committed to the global mission to Take the Gospel to the Streets, through the global proliferation of Street Ministry Evangelism, by any means necessary. May GOD BLESS You Always,” said Abe Manear, General Manager, HolyHipHop.com and CEO, FullEffects Digital Media.

For more information on the Global movement to take the Gospel to the Streets, log on to the Internet at: http://www.HolyHipHop.Com.

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HOLY HIP HOP BREAKING NEWS
http://www.HolyHipHop.com/
1-404-893-5752


 
Atari Announces 'Driver: Parallel Lines' Goes Gold

Next Installment in Blockbuster Series Featuring Hollywood-Style Action- Driving is Set to Ship March 14 in North America

NEW YORK, March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) today announced that Driver: Parallel Lines, the upcoming Hollywood-style action driving game, has gone gold and is on schedule to ship to stores nationwide on March 14 in North America. Driver: Parallel Lines is the fourth installment in the blockbuster Driver franchise that has achieved sales in excess of 12 million units worldwide. Developed by award-winning studio Reflections Interactive, Driver: Parallel Lines will be available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Driver: Parallel Lines offers an open, fast-paced driving action-movie experience and features an unfolding storyline of double crossing and revenge set over two distinct decades in New York City.

"Driver: Parallel Lines returns to its original franchise roots with a very heavy focus on driving, including unmatched driving physics," said Gareth Edmondson, Studio Manager, Reflections Interactive. "With its fast-paced driving, top-notch soundtrack, and a new storyline and cast of characters, Driver: Parallel Lines will be the Hollywood-style action driving game fans have been clamoring for."

Driver: Parallel Lines places gamers in New York City during two distinct eras -- the 1970s and today -- and centers on TK, an 18 year-old driving prodigy seeking fortune and fame. Gifted, popular and arrogant as hell, TK is one of the best drivers-for-hire in town and is known by everyone - from the pimped-out street hustlers, petty criminals, and racer boys to the shadowy crime figures that pay for his skills at the wheel. TK gets involved with a scheming group bent on taking down one of the biggest names in the underground crime scene. However, TK gets double crossed and ultimately is imprisoned for 28 years.

Fast forward to 2006 where the action kicks back in, and TK is older, meaner, and hell bent on settling some serious scores. TK needs to call on every driving trick in his considerable repertoire to tame the over-powered road machines that 2006 presents him. After twenty-plus years in jail, it's time to hit the streets once again.

Driver: Parallel Lines boasts a diverse in-game soundtrack consisting of 80+ songs from both eras. A number of hip-hop, punk, rock and dance tracks from a varied roster of artists like Blondie, David Bowie, Funkadelic, Iggy Pop, WAR, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Kaiser Chiefs, Secret Machines and The Dead 60's are included on the soundtrack. Driver: Parallel Lines also features several amazing new exclusives from ground-breaking artists such as Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold, Lifesavas featuring Vernon Reid, and the Audio Bullys.

Driver: Parallel Lines tempts gamers to modify and juice up cars while engaging in the most thrilling Hollywood-style car chases ever. Driver: Parallel Lines provides a free roaming, stylized New York City. With over 30 diverse missions and nearly 50 mini missions that load without wait times, incredibly realistic driving physics, a brand new story and a top-notch soundtrack, Driver: Parallel Lines will be a must-have title for action driving fans. For more information visit www.atari.com/driver.

About Atari

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

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.

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

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

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

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: 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 x. 302, tara@highwatergroup.com

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


3/08/2006

 
Sight and Sound Logo Designer's Competition for 2006

Red Gorilla Clothing launches the 6 week fashion logo designer competition across the United States

Atlanta, GA (March 8, 2006) - Now accepting original logos, print screens, and designs, Red Gorilla Clothing (RGC), the Atlanta-born fashion icon for urban wear, announces the Sight and Sound Logo Designers Competition for 2006. This 6 week competition, open to logo designers across the U.S, will combine the untapped talent within the fashion world and the Red Gorilla style. Together they shall produce the official tee of the 2nd Annual Sight and Sound II: Underground Logic Fashion Extravaganza, to be premiered at the show late May 2006.

Leave the stamps at home, and the elementary sketches in the pads, because were not looking for that, states Mack Dip Austin, VP of RGC. Bring that fire, that hotness that aligns with the Red Gorilla name! Sight and Sound II is going to be bananas!

Using the label that is commonly recognized through the letters RGC, the words red gorilla, or the face of the silent, but deadly primate, RGC challenges fellow fashionistas world-wide to use it or lose it! Entries can be one color, two colors, or 50.just be original! The most original logo design using any of the RGC emblems aforementioned, shall win a prize package worth over $5,000 including designer credits, a magazine spread with the RGC label, inclusion in the RGC Fall 2006 collection, scenes in the up-and-coming Sight and Sound II: Underground Logic Fashion Show and Concert, web advertisement, and much, much more!

RGC has been featured throughout the Atlanta area with several business, events, and organizations including BAMM Entertainment, DV8 Magazine, Street Magazine, Tiwaworks, BlackBigs, BlackAtlanta.Com, and the Alpha Lines Tradeshow, just to name a few. As 2006 unfolds, it shall expand its market to be seen in surrounding states including Texas, Lousiana, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida. To enter the Sight and Sound Logo Designers Competition for 2006, please email or call L. Evette Williams of the Amazon Group PR for registration materials and contest rules and guidelines at evettewilliamspr@yahoo.com and 678-358-1570. All entries must be postmarked by April 22, 2006. Registration fee is required!
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In a SATURATED world of fashion, politics, endless rhetoric, and the like.Red Gorilla Clothing (RGC) emerges to bring forth something different. We at RGC have an explicit understanding of our urban consumers they know what they want and how they want it. Red Gorilla Clothing therefore brings the best in QUALITY, STYLE, AND VERSATILITY to every garment. Visit www.redgorillaclothing.com.

Media Inquiries:
L. Evette Williams
Lead Publicist/Event Management
The Amazon Group
C (1): 678-358-1570
C (2): 404-668-0948
evettewmilliamspr@yahoo.com


 
Newly Formed Kreativ Network Creates a Stir in the Underground Art Scene

The Kreativ Network officially launched its underground art program earlier this week. Funded entirely by various members of the elite organization, the Kreativ Network is exactly what it suggests- an independent league of some of the most creative minds in the history of underground art, skate lifestyle and street culture.

(PRWEB) March 8, 2006 -- The Kreativ Network officially launched its underground art program earlier this week. Funded entirely by various members of the elite organization, the Kreativ Network is exactly what it suggests- an independent league of some of the most creative minds in the history of underground art, skate lifestyle and street culture. Contributing designer Kelly D. Williams states, Its always exciting to be a part of something new. I think this will be a refreshing fixture to the street art community, and [Kreativ Network] is full of artists that represent our culture well. Im appreciative of a quality venue that wants to help get my art out there.

The network also offers an online boutique full of hand-selected commodities from the finest designers, street artists, musicians and cultural brands. Each item is a limited edition expression from influential artists such as Mark Gonzales, Pushead, Damion Silver, Kelly D. Williams, Futura, Ryan McGinness, Neck Face, Giant, Jeremy Fish, Gary Baseman and many others. These are self-made artists who have a uniquely honest style that has inspired many since their skateboarding youth, and we want to be able to offer these items to the public with one fresh website. So far we have had an overwhelming response, says Vending Representative Jenna Hanley, People have been looking for a way to obtain items from these important artists and we are glad there is such a positive energy associated with the Kreativ Network.

Following a minimalist approach, the Kreativ Network brings to light the hard-to-find items on your cultural shopping list. Skateboards, toys, books & zines, organic t-shirts, clothing, albums and original art are now accessible with the Network.

For additional information, visit the Kreativ Network at www.kreativnetwork.com

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Rolande Irons
KREATIV NETWORK
http://www.kreativnetwork.com/
208-359-9482


 
Lil Jon Invites You to Join His 'Vivid Vegas Party' -- His First Adult Movie with Vivid Entertainment

Hip Hop Artist Writes Sensual Score for Movie in Stores March 6th

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2006--Famous hip hop artist Lil Jon was involved in every detail of "Lil Jon's Vivid Vegas Party," from coaching the actresses in their fine art to writing a sensual score to accentuate the storyline. The DVD of the movie goes on sale in explicit and non-explicit versions in video stores and by mail order nationwide today, March 6th.

"Lil Jon's Vivid Vegas Party" is the first of two movies he will do with Vivid Entertainment, and in it the King of Crunk shows he can get down with the XXX starlets.

As the on-screen host of the movie, the multi-platinum rapper shows he had a very direct role in its direction. Although his role is billed as a "non-sex" performance, at one point he holds one of the actresses in his arms as she is being pleasured by another actress.

In the opening scene, Lil Jon tells viewers, "We're going to show you how we party. We'll show you how we get down and how freaky wild we get." He then climbs out of his limo as he arrives at the famous AVN Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, which has been dubbed the "'Oscars of adult" and proceeds to get very friendly with the sultry adult stars in attendance.

For the next two hours the movie directed by C-Mizzle and Shy-Dawg with help from Mr. Jon, does just that. At times it literally gets steamy, when the camera follows a couple into the shower to record a sizzling sex scene.
Throughout the film Lil Jon's driving musical score accentuates the sexual action.

Lil Jon was on set throughout the production, which took place in Vegas hotel rooms as well as on studio sets. He pops up throughout the film during its many intimate scenes and at one point exclaims, "I love my job!"
He interacts frequently with the performers, who include former Vivid contract actresses Mercedez and Lexie Marie, Angel Eyes, Ayana, Fire and Cherokee. Male performers who make appearances include the award-winning African American adult actor Mr. Marcus, Brian Pumper and Tony Gunn.

About Vivid:
Vivid Entertainment Group is the world's leading adult film company and its "Vivid Girl" concept brings together top adult film stars who are signed to exclusive agreements styled on the old Hollywood contract star system which it pioneered in the adult entertainment industry. Vivid has wide brand-name awareness through its films and licensing programs that extend to advertising, apparel, book publishing, virility supplements, condoms, snowboards, calendars, comic books and a variety of other products.

Contacts
Vivid Press Office
Ellie Reeve, 800-762-4761
rm@vivid.com


 
DJ Dagwood Models

Atlanta, GA March 7, 2006
DJ Dagwood Models introduces the new generation of beauty and class. Everything elegant, ethnic, exotic and full of expression is embodied in the fashion industrys #1 source of model representation. As Atlantas economy and urban entertainment market continue to grow, so does its demand for top models. Many businesses are recognizing the valuable marketing potential of visually enhancing their respective products and services, including print publications, CD/Video production, clothing lines, jewelry and accessories businesses.

In 2001, DJ Dagwood began his internship at So So Def Records in the promotions department. Here he developed himself not only as a DJ, but also as an entrepreneur. Through his expert networking capabilities and business know-how, he was able to branch out into the world of marketing. His umbrella company offers DJ services, urban record promotion, special event planning and most recently spokespersons.

DJ Dagwood Models provides that extra edge and grace for fashion shows, print, music video, trade shows, conventions, event marketing, and runway. Having a DJ Dagwood model showcase a product or service increases the purchasing potential associated with an advertisement. It sparks interest, demands attention and arouses the senses. By recruiting a highly-selective, elite group of models, DJ Dagwood Models is able to present the right look to complement the vision set forth by its clients.

Collectively, DJ Dagwood Models have been featured in numerous publications such as F.E.D.S. Magazine, Black Man Swimsuit Issue, Riding Big Magazine, Smooth Magazine and countless others. They also have a strong presence in music television. Their portfolios include B.E.T.s Spring Bling Runway Show, Lil Waynes Fireman video, Gucci Mans So Icy video, Three 6 Mafias Poppin My Collar video and many more. In addition to their modeling skills, all members of the DJ Dagwood team are intelligent, motivated and geared toward success.

The main focus for DJ Dagwood Models is not only to offer a powerful marketing tool, but also to protect aspiring models from the scams and rip-offs that are tarnishing the modeling business. DJ Dagwood states, The modeling industry can be a rough, often times degrading, career for women. I wanted to create an atmosphere where our models are empowered, not taken advantage of.

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The Duval Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting ....Jacksonville's Hip Hop Community campaigns

To change the city's view of Hip Hop Music, Social, Political & Economic Impacts.

Jacksonville, FL Troy McNair, formerly of Rush Artist Management/Def Jam Records, and CEO of Hip Hop Economy Network, Inc., a Non-Profit Organization, in conjunction with the Jacksonville Urban League, will bring together the entertainment industry in the Hip Hop community to address the serious issues about the Hip Hop culture with Jacksonvilles first ever Duval Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting. We will be addressing a series of topics in the Hip Hop community. Key people, such as Damian Marley from 904hiphop.com and Brian Arnold from Disc Copy Inc., will play vital roles in bringing this forum together.

The agenda for the Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting is as follows:

Where it all began the birth of the Hip Hop culture
State of Hip Hop
Diversity in the Hip Hop Community
Economic Impact
Social Impact
Political Impact/Voter Registration
Radio Play for local Artist
National Distribution for local Artist
Hip Hop Community using the N word
Music videos showing false wealth in the Hip Hop community
Hip Hop Community taking responsibility for its actions
Stopping the Violence
Conflict resolution
Our incarcerated youth
The business side of Hip Hop
HIV/AIDS Awareness

The Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting will be an open forum for: Students, Parents, Teachers, Professors, Fraternitys, Sororitys, Members of the Faith-based Ministries, Record Labels, Producers, Retail Merchants, Politicians, Media, Radio Stations, Ministers/Pastors, Not for Profit Organizations, Rappers, Singers, Artist, Community Leaders, Community Citizens, High Schools, Colleges, D.J.s, Break Dancers, Graffiti Artists

The Duval Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting is being convened at a very important time in American History, a time when there is a focus on rap profiling, racial profiling and division. The hip hop generation has impacted all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. It is truly a transcendent cultural art form. The Duval Hip Hop symposium in Jacksonville will bring together some of the diversity of the hip hop generation, but they will transcend their divisions and provide an opportunity to have a unity of focus.

The goal of the Duval Hip Hop Symposium/Town Hall Meeting is to initiate positive, proactive reforms from inside the music industry and hip hop community.

Date of event will be held at the Ritz Theatre on Saturday, March 25, 2006 ~ Doors will open at 11 am ~ Symposium/Town Hall meeting will be held from 12-3 ~ Exhibits will be from 3-4pm.

The Panelist & Guest Speakers will consist of artist; politicians; ministers/pastors; radio DJs; Media; Business Owners; Non-profit Organizations; Community Activist

Contact: Lisa Joseph
Hip Hop Economy Network, Inc.
Wk: 904-353-6566
www.h2en.org


 
Most HiFi institutes new order for hip hop

Most Hi Fi combines contemporary beats, jazz, old-school, soul and live music to create a unique sound

Atlanta, GA - Mar 06, 2006 Rap duo Most HiFi represents a change in the winds of hip hop as their debut album features social and politcally conscious lyrics set to contemporary basslines with an alternative appreciation for live instrumentation. With the release of their debut album, 'Everything's Gonna be Alright' the group is set on establishing a new order for hip hop.

Comprised of Mecca, an up north emcee inspired by Public Enemy, KRS-One and Rakim and Vel, a New Orleans born southern rapper who lists 8 Ball and MJG along with early Ice Cube as inspiration, Most HiFi represents a balance of east coast and down south contributions to hip hop.

When it started, hip hop was a reference tool, says Mecca 12 of the new rap duo Most HiFi, of his earliest music-related memories. That substance was there when hip hop as an art form was born. We want to be a part of the movement that is innovating todays hip hop culture. We want our music to leave people with perspective, inspiration, and substance.
Most HiFi will drop debut album, 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' nationwide March 7th

The name Most HiFi, was bestowed upon the duo by their mentor, Chuck D. who says the moniker is a culmination of the group's dedication to excellence, the Almighty and also out of reverence to the quality of their sound (High Fidelity).

From Meccas prolific way of addressing anything hip hop related, to the Public Enemy legacy passed down to the duo, there are imminent signs that Most HiFi is preparing to spearhead a revolution. Revolution is a concept that certainly is not far from the groups definition as Most HiFi is the first project to debut on Public Enemy front man Chuck Ds new record label, SlamJamz.

The group's first single, 'Here we Go Now' has received rave reviews from critics and tastemakers everywhere. The melodic track is reminiscent of old school hip hop mixed with a contemporary appeal and has old school hip hop heads in concert with new school hip hop fans moving their feet on the dancefloor. Besides a loyal grassroots fanbase in the northeastern and southern markets, Most HiFi is quickly hipping fans nationwide to their signature sound.

Most HiFi's debut album is a combination of several elements such as soul, old-school hip hop, funk and jazz. It seemed a natural progression for a group spearheaded by a legacy of hip hop to bring hip hop full circle with this new genre of hip hop.

"Most HiFi is more than just a sound," says Vel, "we believe this is the beginning of a movement. A movement of quality music, even further than that quality entertainment."

With tracks like 'Pimp or Preach', a musical expose on corrupt preachers, and the radio ready 'Let it Be' the album serves as a documentary on real life issues everyone can relate to. The second single 'Be Alright', is an encouraging message of possibility and purpose, woven through an almost vintage sound. The groups anthem, 'Here We Go Now', is a feel-good track filled with creative metaphors over a classic Issac Hayes sample.

In addition to the album, which hits stores nationwide on Tuesday, the duo also inked a deal with Mecca Clothing to participate in the 2006 ad commercial campaign for the brand. The Mecca ads will showcase Mecca and Vel wearing the new 2006 line of the Mecca clothing. Ads will run in various entertainment magazines over the next nine months. "With Mecca clothing it was just a good fit. I think they appreciate what we're bringing to hip hop and we in turn appreciate what the brand represents," says Mecca.

Look for Mecca ads featuring Mecca and Vel in an upcoming issue of URB and also the April issue of Elemental magazine, along with issues of Streetmasters and BREAK magazine.

Most HiFi will also release the movie version of the album late summer 2006. commercial campaign for the brand.

'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' will be available for purchase, March 7, 2006, in record stores, nationwide, on amazon.com, overstock.com, and connect.com.

For more information on Most Hi-Fi's debut album 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright', visit www.mosthifi.com or www.myspace.com/mosthifi

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The WB Network Brings Down the House with Nation's Hottest Hip-Hop Performers!; ``The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special''

America's hottest hip-hop performers The JammX Kids are set to ignite The WB Network prime time with an array of celebrity guest stars in "The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special," Sundays, March 12 and March 19 from 7 pm - 8 pm. (Photo: Business Wire)

Superstar Queen Latifah guest stars in the "JammX Kids All Star Dance Special" on The WB Network Sundays, March 12 and March 19 from 7 pm - 8 pm. (Photo: Business Wire)

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 2006--Warner Bros. Worldwide Television:
-- Superstar Queen Latifah, NBA All Star Shaquille O'Neal and uber-music Producer Randy Jackson with Recording Sensations JoJo, Rihanna & Natasha Bedingfield
-- Pump-Up Prime Time on The WB Network Sunday, March 12 and March 19 at 7 pm
-- Encores on Kids' WB! Saturday, March 18 and March 25 at 11 am
America's hottest hip-hop performers The JammX Kids are set to ignite The WB Network prime time with an array of celebrity guest stars in "The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special," bringing down the house two consecutive Sundays, March 12 and March 19 from 7 pm - 8 pm, with encores on Kids' WB! Saturdays, March 18 and March 25 at 11 am. Unveiling grooving dance moves in their first-ever prime time performance, The JammX Kids -- nine kid wonders of the hip-hop world aged 10-17 -- join a bodacious bevy of celebrity talent, including superstar Queen Latifah, NBA All Star Shaquille O'Neal, uber-music producer Randy Jackson, along with recording sensations JoJo ("Leave, Get Out"), Rihanna ("Hey Mr. D.J.," "S.O.S.") and Natasha Bedingfield ("Unwritten"), as they get children everywhere up off the couch and onto their feet movin', groovin' and dancin' toward a healthier, more physically active lifestyle.

Promising the latest poppin'-lockin'-rockin' dances designed to spur kids on to better health and physical fitness, "The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special" presents a one-of-a-kind opportunity for kids to learn their favorite moves while getting active through engaging family entertainment. The heart-pumping, foot-stomping interactive specials will also feature The JammX Kids performing their crowd-pleasing hits before a live audience and premiere the electrifying music video from their new single "Keep U Dancin.'"

"The JammX Kids All Star Dance Special" premieres Sunday, March 12 from 7-8 pm, and encores on Kids' WB! Saturday, March 18 from 11 am - 12 pm. Fans can jam once more as "The Second JammX Kids All Star Dance Special" debuts Sunday, March 19 from 7-8 pm, with encores on Kids' WB! Saturday, March 25 from 11 am - 12 pm. The JammX Kids' specials are produced by Bob Bain productions.

In conjunction with the two one-hour specials airing on The WB Network and Kids' WB!, Warner Home Video releases the highly anticipated DVD "JammX Kids: Can't Dance Don't Want To," executive produced by the legendary Merv Adelson ("Dallas," "The Waltons," "Falcon's Crest," "Full House"). Available in Wal-Mart on March 21, 2006, the DVD guest-stars Shaquille O'Neal and features three original songs produced by Randy Jackson. Chocked-full of more than 80 minutes of JammX fun, the DVD is perfect for kids of all ages and from all backgrounds. In addition to the Kids' first adventure as heroes who rescue a kid who just can't dance there are exciting special features including some of the hottest hip-hop dance instruction around, an introduction by Randy Jackson, "JammX Jams with Shaq," "JammX Kids Tell All," a behind-the-scenes interview with Shaq and Randy, lunchroom dance battles, and a 1ive charity performance by the JammX Kids. The Kids' out-of-this-world adventures are directed by Kevin Tancharoen, who burst onto the scene as director and choreographer of Britney Spears' "Onyx Hotel Tour."

Created and executive produced by Merv Adelson, The JammX Kids were chosen from a nationwide search for kids who sing, dance and act and have the energy to bring their audience along with them on their dancing adventures. The JammX Kids are produced by Lightforce Entertainment, with Andy Adelson as consulting producer.

A leader in kids' television, Kids' WB! continues to reinforce itself as a unique destination for kids. Home of such cornerstone hits as blockbuster "Pokemon," white-hot "Yu-Gi-Oh!," Emmy Award-winning series "Xiaolin Showdown" and "The Batman," culturally diverse series "Jackie Chan Adventures" and "Mucha Lucha! Gigante" and breakout hits "Loonatics Unleashed" and "Johnny Test," among many other favorites, kids can find more on Kids' WB!'s web site at www.KidsWB.com.

With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

Founded by Merv Adelson (Co-Founder and Chairman & CEO of Lorimar Telepictures Corporation), Lightforce Entertainment is the parent company for The JammX Kids brand. The JammX Kids is a group of multi-cultural hip-hop performers who range in age from 10-17 to motivate their peers to get off the couch and get active, while building up their self-esteem through original music and dance.

Contacts
Warner Bros. Worldwide Television
Rita Cooper, 818-977-3111
rita.cooper@warnerbros.com
or
Rogers & Cowan for Lightforce Entertainment
Julie Nathanson or Dennis Dembia
310-854-8191 or 310-854-8114
jnathanson@rogersandcowan.com
ddembia@rogersandcowan.com
or
Warner Home Video
Melissa Hufjay, 818-977-7310
melissa.hufjay@warnerbros.com


 
SKECHERS To Launch Skate Footwear with Leading Action Sport Brand Zoo York

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 2006--SKECHERS USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), a global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry, today announced that it has signed a licensing agreement to design, develop and market men's footwear worldwide for the premier action sport lifestyle brand Zoo York. The agreement is the latest milestone in the successful growth of Zoo York, which, under parent company Marc Ecko, has emerged as a prominent lifestyle brand in the lucrative extreme and board sport industries.

"Zoo York has a firm foothold in a number of very tight, exclusive markets," said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. "The brand's credibility has grown beyond its roots among New York graffiti artists and skateboarders to include BMX, motocross and board sport enthusiasts, as well as aspirational consumers who desire that lifestyle. We believe this is an exceptional opportunity for SKECHERS to enter a new consumer and account base -- appearing in skate and surf shops and building our offering in specialty and high-end department stores."

Greenberg added: "We are pleased with accounts' initial reactions at WSA's The Shoe Show and MAGIC last month, where we debuted men's Zoo York product. Seeing the growth potential with this leading action sports brand, some key accounts have already gotten on board."

"Zoo York is a decade into its reign as highly respected skate apparel. Known for its bold style and skateboarding, graffiti and hip hop influences, it's become a major force in streetwear -- and shoes are a natural evolution, especially in the skate market," said Marci Tapper, president of Zoo York. "With SKECHERS' success in the urban, fashion and athletic markets, we believe it's the perfect company for Zoo York to make an even bigger impact in the skate industry as a complete lifestyle brand."

Designed to reflect and appear alongside its popular apparel lines, Zoo York footwear for men is slated for a Back-to-School 2006 launch in the United States and select countries around the globe. SKECHERS also has the rights to Zoo York footwear for women and kids.

SKECHERS' partnership with Zoo York follows the Company's successful introduction of three brands for Marc Ecko: the athletic casual brands Unltd. by Marc Ecko for men/boys and Rhino Red Footwear for women/girls in 2004, and the recently introduced fashion brand Red by Marc Ecko Footwear for women.

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., designs, develops and markets a diverse range of footwear for men, women and children under 14 unique brand names. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States via department and specialty stores, Company-owned SKECHERS retail stores and its e-commerce website, as well as in over 100 countries and territories through the Company's global network of distributors and Canadian and European subsidiaries. Please visit www.skechers.com or call the Company's information line at 877-INFO-SKX.

This announcement may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which can be identified by the use of forward-looking language such as "may," "will," "believe," "expect," "anticipate" or other comparable terms. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements and reported results shall not be considered an indication of the Company's future performance. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international, national and local general economic, political and market conditions; intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; changes in fashion trends and consumer demands; popularity of particular designs and categories of products; the level of sales during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; the ability to anticipate, identify, interpret or forecast changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for its products and the various market factors described above; the ability of the Company to maintain its brand image; the ability to sustain, manage and forecast the Company's growth and inventories; the ability to secure and protect trademarks, patents and other intellectual property; the loss of any significant customers, decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments; potential disruptions in manufacturing related to overseas sourcing and concentration of production in China, including, without limitation, difficulties associated with electrical shortages, labor shortages or work stoppages that may lead to production delays; changes in monetary controls and valuations of the Yuan by the Chinese government; increased costs of freight and transportation to meet delivery deadlines; business disruptions due to energy shortages or natural disasters such as an earthquake in California where its domestic warehouse, headquarters and a substantial number of its retail stores are located; changes in business strategy or development plans; the ability to obtain additional capital to fund operations, finance growth and service debt obligations; the ability to attract and retain qualified personnel; compliance with recent corporate governance legislation including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002; the disruption, expense and potential liability associated with existing or unanticipated future litigation; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2005.

Contacts
SKECHERS USA, Inc.
Jennifer Clay, 310-937-1326
or
Zoo York
Marci Tapper, 917-262-1095


 
JUNO Nominees Black Eyed Peas and Hedley to Perform on The 2006 JUNO Awards, April 2 on CTV

TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - Global hip-hop wonders Black Eyed Peas and Vancouver rockers Hedley are the next acts to join the lineup for The 2006 JUNO Awards broadcast, it was announced today by CTV and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The two groups join previously announced artists Bedouin Soundclash, Broken Social Scene, 2006 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Bryan Adams, Coldplay, Michael Bubl and Nickelback. Hosted by Pamela Anderson from Halifax, Nova Scotia, The 2006 JUNO Awards airs Sunday, April 2 from 7 - 9 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings).

To see the complete announcement, go to: www.ctvmedia.ca

About CTV and The 2006 JUNO Awards broadcast, please contact: Rene Dupuis, CTV, (416) 332-4596 or reneedupuis@ctv.ca; Scott Henderson, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5305 or shenderson@ctv.ca; For information about CARAS and The 2006 JUNO Awards, please contact: Adrienne Kakoullis, HCC, (416) 628-5607 or akakoullis@hccink.com; Chris McDowall, HCC, (416) 628-5648 or cmcdowall@hccink.com


3/07/2006

 
P.U.T.S. to release "Stepfather" April 18th Through RSM/SonyBMG

People Under the Stairs formed when Mike Turner (Double K) and Chris Portugal (Thes One) met on the fringe of L.A.'s late-'90s hip-hop underground. The duo, devoted to jazzy samples, danceable beats, intricate rhyming skills, and laid-back humor, debuted in 1998 with the acclaimed The Next Step and followed it up in 2000 with Question in the Form of an Answer. Gathering heavy praise and touring with De La Soul, the group took their road experiences and brought it to the studio to record their next album. The final results appeared in the summer of 2002 under the name O.S.T. This highly acclaimed release, which sound-scanned over 35,000 to date, brought People Under The Stairs to the forefront of underground hip-hop. Its follow-up album, Or Stay Tuned complemented this release and allowed the group to headline nation-wide tours.

Known for serving up playful back-and-forth rhymes set to vinyl-centric production, Thes One and Double K are now back with Stepfather. "People are really going to be surprised by this album, says Thes One, Were flipping the script on this one, coming with an extremely progressive approach. We study a lot of music theory and classic material, and this album reflects that. Even when we did the old school tracks on the album, we still tried to push the envelope with vocal settings and drum patterns. Using obscure vintage drum machines and running mic pre-amps to the point of intentional distortion, PUTS created a sonic kaleidoscope of textured and layered beats which are complimented by their refreshingly cool narratives of the L.A. Hip Hop life. A better description of Stepfather might be that of a Hip Hop history book on tape. From the old school beats with those classic SP 1200 drums and rich Hammond organ keys to new school progressive tracks with live guitar and bass, Stepfather is by far PUTSs most intricate and musically advanced album.

Production aside, Stepfather also offers a much more personal perspective into the lives of Thes One and Double K. On the track Days Like This, Double K reflects on his modest upbringing and the struggles that his mother endured in order to provide for the family, while Thes One offers a personal thanks to his father who labored has a fruit field worker so that his son may live a better life. On Reflections, Double K and Thes One lament in vivid detail their recognition of the moral vacuum that plagues todays society. From these heavy hearted songs to the light and head nodding barbecue anthems such as Jamboree pt. 1, Thes One and Double K explore the spectrum of human emotions and offer their most personal music to date.

With an amazing live show and a loyal fan base hungry for their next album, People Under The Stairs Stepfather will undoubtedly be one of Hip Hops biggest releases of 2006! Stepfather features guest appearances from legendary Funkadelic and Parliament member George Clinton, Monty Stark (Stark Reality), and Kat of Crown City Rockers. The album also includes a bonus documentary-style DVD that includes show footage and a short film.


 
2006 Hip-Hop Summit Action Network 'Get Your Money Right' Financial Empowerment Tour Launches March 25

Tour to Raise Consciousness of Youth on Importance of Financial Literacy in Response to Growing Debt in America

NEW YORK, March 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The press asked last year, "Can Russell Simmons make debt consolidation hot?" The answer, a resounding yes. Following the tremendous success and positive feedback of the 2005 "Get Your Money Right" financial empowerment national tour, The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) along with, title sponsor Chrysler Financial and presenting sponsor Anheuser-Busch, Inc., are gearing up to launch the 2006 "Get Your Money Right" tour. The financial empowerment tour will kick off on March 25, 2006 at Wayne State University's Bonstelle Theater in Detroit, Mich.

According to research conducted by the Economic Policy Institute, debt in U.S. households has risen nearly 36 percent over the last four years. As a result of bad credit, spiraling debt and financial mismanagement in our communities, HSAN is continuing its national financial empowerment tour for a second year. The 2006 tour will feature a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President and CEO of HSAN which will include Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN, hip-hop artists and financial specialists as well as review the "Get Your Money Right" workbook, being distributed in both English and Spanish. This year, the tour will touch down on college campuses across the country, an ideal audience for its message on improving financial literacy.

The "Get Your Money Right" tour will include stops in five additional cities, including April 22 in New York, May 20 in Miami, September 16 in Atlanta, September 30 in Los Angeles and October 14 in Dallas. The agenda includes a focus on financial literacy, basics of banking, repairing and understanding credit scores, asset and wealth management, vehicle financing and home ownership.

"Poverty and basic lack of knowledge must be challenged," emphasized Russell Simmons, Chairman of HSAN. "'Get Your Money Right' is more than a theme. It is an achievable goal when you have the right information. We have high aspirations, but we know to fulfill the aspirations of the hip-hop generation, we have to take the subjects of financial literacy and empowerment seriously and talk with youth in a manner appealing to them."

"HSAN understands attainment of financial literacy is a life long process and with their support we have found a way to provide the basics of money management with the ultimate goal of raising the awareness and importance of sound financial habits in summit participants," said William F. Jones Jr., Vice President - Chrysler Financial. "Artists sharing their personal stories have been an effective teaching method."

"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network consistently taps into the consciousness of our youth, providing them with not only knowledge, but tools that will help them prepare for a future in which the decisions they make today will determine the opportunities they have tomorrow," declared Johnny Furr, Vice President, Urban Marketing and Community Affairs, Anheuser-Busch, Inc. "Anheuser-Busch is proud to continue our partnership with, and support of, the Summits and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which make a real and lasting difference in the lives of young people in communities across the nation."

"We have found there is an urgent hunger among 18-35 year olds for vital financial empowerment facts, programs and activities that are participatory," concluded Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President/CEO of HSAN. "Young people want to participate in their own empowerment, and our Hip-Hop Summits this year and our Web site -- http://www.hsan.org/ -- are designed to raise consciousness for millions of people about this important subject."

For more information on the 2006 "Get Your Money Right" national tour, go to http://www.hsan.org/ .

About Chrysler Financial

Chrysler Financial offers a complete line of world-class automotive financial products and services for both dealers and consumers of Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge vehicles. In addition to offering vehicle wholesale and retail financing, Chrysler Financial provides fleet management and lines of credit to Chrysler Group dealers. As an industry leader in automotive financing, Chrysler Financial provides its customers with the most innovative and efficient methods of doing business. For more information on Chrysler Financial visit http://www.chryslerfinancial.com/ .

About Anheuser-Busch

Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc. is the leading American brewer holding 50 percent of the U.S. beer market. The company is American- owned and brews the world's largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser-Busch is ranked first in the U.S. beverage industry in Fortune magazine's 2005 "America's Most Admired Companies" and in the top 30 on Fortune's 2005 "Global Most Admired Companies" list. The company is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and is the world's largest recycler of aluminum beverage containers. For more information, visit http://www.anheuser-busch.com/ or http://www.africanamericanbud.com/

About Hip-Hop Summit Action Network:

Founded in 2001, the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) is dedicated to harnessing the cultural relevance of hip-hop music to serve as a catalyst for education advocacy and other societal concerns fundamental to the well being of at-risk youth throughout the United States. HSAN is the largest non- profit, national coalition of hip-hop artists, entertainment industry leaders, education advocates, civil rights proponents, and youth leaders united in the belief that Hip-Hop is an enormously influential agent for positive social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and injustice.

Source: Chrysler Financial

CONTACT: Jody L. Miller of JLM PR, Inc., +1-212-431-5227,
jody@jlmpr.com ; or Amber Gowen of Chrysler Financial, +1-248-427-3126, cell:
+1-248-930-6174, arp11@daimlerchrysler.com

Web site: http://www.chryslerfinancial.com/
http://www.daimlerchryslerfinancialservices.com/na
http://www.hsan.org/
http://www.anheuser-busch.com/
http://www.africanamericanbud.com/


 
NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony Announces New Endeavor with the Launch of Kross Over Entertainment

Denver Nuggets Superstar Carmelo Anthony launches new record label, Kross Over Entertainment, featuring Berg, Sounds and Alesia Miller.

Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 7, 2006 -- NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony is constantly reaching new heights of success on and off the basketball court. After achieving a NCAA title win and Final Four MVP, major endorsement deals with Brand Jordan (http://www.jumpman23.com) and other top companies, not to mention a forthcoming wireless communications firm. Carmelo Anthony is now focused on taking his winning ways to the boardrooms of the elite heavy hitters in Recording Industry with the launch of Kross Over Entertainment.

Carmelo Anthony has positioned Kross Over Entertainment to experience immediate growth in the mainstream by assembling an high powered team featuring Kross Over Entertainments debut Atlanta based hip hop artist Berg and the classic lyrical flows of the infamous Bun B of UGK to break the underground smash hit single Hold UP. Along with Berg, Kross Over Entertainment has signed the platinum potential producer/artist Soundz, and the beautiful, sensational R&B songstress Alesia Miller.

Kross Over Entertainment understands that to make it in the aggressive, often unforgiving of mistakes Recording Industry, a successful label always has experienced executives in place. To balance day to day Operation and Marketing responsibilities, Carmelo has recruited assistance from Whop of 354 Entertainment and Parrish Johnson of Inde First. Whop has worked in many roles with both Rising and Platinum artists such as SNYP Life, Big Mike, The L.O.X. (JadaKiss, Styles P, Sheek Louche and J- Hood), Jaheim, to highlight a few. Parrish Johnson of Inde First adds unheralded promotional marketing skills groomed through the years by working with an array of successful record labels like Death Row Records and Colombia Records.

A talented roster of hidden gems and experienced executive management team, Kross Over Entertainment and Label President Carmelo Anthony anticipate achieving a duplication of success enjoyed by this NBA Superstar on the hardwood at every level.

Hold Up, the debut single from Kross Over Entertainment Artist Berg featuring Bun B of UGK can be heard and downloaded for a limited time at www.playtionics.com/pr/354.htm.

For Kross Over Entertainment Media Relations and Press Inquiries Contact:

Jouran Crosby
Playtionics
Atlanta, GA
678.528.5867 (ph)
425-660-7338 (f)


 
Do You Know Youngface? The New Jersey Born Million Dollar Baby in the Making

The New jersey Born BusinessMan/Rap Artist is currently working on his Mixtape called the Co-sign, Which will be released in late march.

(PRWEB) March 7, 2006 -- The New jersey Born BusinessMan/Rap Artist is currently working on his Mixtape called the Co-sign, Which will be released in late march. Youngface will have some heavy features & co-signers on the Co-sign mixtape.The Mixtape will feature the hit song the underground world has been talking about The Hustler Ambition Remix Featuring 50 Cent (Produced By Breez), The Corner Featuring DefJam's new singing sensation Neyo and More.The Co-sign Mixtape also will be Co-signed by some of todays top Notch Hiphop Artist and Dj's.

To name a few, you will hear the voices of Jada kiss, Dj Absolut,Grafh, Jody Breeze,Dj Clue, Fabolous and more that will co-sign his talent.Murda Mamis Dj Mami Chula(107.9 Atl) is one of the people thats working with youngface to help the rap artist achieve success in this business we call music. Youngface has Produced his own reality show, clothing line, mixtapes, and beats to date. He has sold 10,000 copies of his reality show dvd and moved over 200 dozens of his cookieman shirts.

Not Only is Youngface a Rap Musician he is a businessman. Some are comparing his business style to Sean Diddy Combs, Master P, Dame Dash,50 Cent, and Jay-Z. Others Compare his rap style to Mase, Kanye West,50 Cent, and Tupac Shakur. Youngface definds the meaning of the word hustler, From carrying DJ Absolut crates to help market Jada Kiss debut Album Kiss of Death. Youngface has worked hard to get to where he has to go from the ground work he has done for the hiphop game.

At this point in time youngface has got contacted by A G. Unit A&R and more Labels that has followed his grind to date. He believes that promotion is the key to success in the hiphop industry.Youngface also paid out of his own pocket to shoot a video for his smash single Rock Tha Party( directed by Mic Jacks).He will be the voice of the unsigned artist that struggle everyday to get that deal or grind to be notice by their peers . Youngface is the future and you will see and hear more from him in the future.Look Out for the Co-sign mixtape and more projects by Youngface coming soon.

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Fasean James
FIREWORKENT
http://www.myspace.com/fireworkent
8626842421


 
PRODUCER DAWGS DABATO WINS TOP 10 HONORS AT THE 2006 LISTEN AND EXCHANGE

DALLAS, TX: Producer Dawgs Dabato was hand selected by The Worldwide Music Producers' Listen and Exchange as one of the Top 10 producers for 2006. The Listen and Exchange is an annual worldwide producer competition hosted by entertainment attorney Dedra Davis in Houston, Texas. The event gives an outlet to up-and-coming producers to showcase their music to industry insiders.

"I'm just happy to be here representing Dallas. It's an honor to be in the Top 10 at the Listen and Exchange. I know itfs a lot of producers, like myself, trying to get exposure for their music, and I thank Dedra Davis for giving producers the opportunity to have our music heard by music industry insiders" , says Dawgs Dabato. "Artists and artist managers looking for tracks hit me up at 214.914.1046."

"The Listen and Exchange is a great opportunity for unheard producers. This event reaches out to a new breed of production talent that will deliver hip hop to the next generation of listeners. What we heard at the Listen & Exchange is where hip hop is going", said Drew Diggs general partner of Blacklight Management. "Dedra Davis has her ear to the streets for what's next in music."

CONTACT
Blacklight Management
214.914.1046
E: blacklight@onebox.com
www.listenandexchange.com


 
Peer Impact Partners With promosquad HitPredictor Allowing Members to Rate New Music and Earn Free Downloads

-Music Fans Can Now Help Determine the "Hit" Potential in New Tracks While Earning Points Redeemable for Peer Impact Digital Content-

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y., March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Wurld Media, creators of Peer Impact, the world's first legitimate P2P to have secured license agreements with all four of the major record labels, announced today that they have entered into a partnership arrangement with promosquad HitPredictor, the nation's leading predictive song research company. This partnership creates the opportunity for music enthusiasts to rate new music before it hits the market and to shine a spotlight on up-and-coming artists; while at the same time, earning points redeemable toward Peer Impact digital downloads.

Launched in the second half of 2005, Peer Impact's legal P2P file-sharing network offers a revolutionary model by allowing members to legally purchase and share digital content such as music, video games, and soon, movies and television shows, while earning cash-credit for serving as paid redistributors of this content to other members of the network. Peer Impact's unique technology rewards consumers for both sharing their bandwidth and for recommending digital entertainment selections to others.

Promosquad HitPredictor has predicted hundreds of hits over the past few years. Many major and independent record companies, artists, and artist managers now utilize promosquad HitPredictor's music research as a regular and essential part of their rollout of new music. Additionally, HitPredictor has become a popular tool used by radio programmers in guiding them to new songs which show the best potential to be added to their play lists.

With today's announced alliance, members of both services benefit from a cooperative model which allows promosquad members, who already earn points for rating songs, to redeem those points for cash-credit to spend on the Peer Impact Network. At the same time, Peer Impact members now have access to promosquad HitPredictor's charts, where they'll find songs which have been identified to possess "Hit potential" based on HitPredictor testing and analysis. Recent activity in preliminary market tests has shown significant results, highlighting the value for both music fans and tastemakers in this new endeavor. In addition, Peer Impact members are encouraged to join promosquad and "make a difference" by rating new songs and providing feedback on these tracks through their online polling system.

"We are very excited to enter into this partnership with promosquad which we feel adds another layer of value to our service and to our members," said Gregory Kerber, chairman and CEO of Wurld Media, creators of Peer Impact. "We are currently in the planning phase for further initiatives to include joint offerings with our friends at promosquad."

"Working with a truly unique model like Peer Impact is simply a natural fit for us at promosquad HitPredictor," says promosquad HitPredictor's managing partner Doug Ford. "Allowing music fans to become directly involved and truly make a difference is at the core of both our businesses. This is an exciting partnership on many levels, and we are very much looking forward to watching it grow into the future."

Peer Impact strategically continues to expand their digital entertainment offerings as well as enrich their members' online experience. New features and service enhancements are expected to be released in the coming months, including the addition of NBC Universal movies and television event content. Wurld Media is slated to make several more announcements outlining additional agreements shortly.

About Wurld Media, Inc.

Founded in September of 1999, Wurld Media, Inc. is a privately held company based in Saratoga Springs, New York. In 2005, Wurld Media launched Peer Impact(TM), the first legal peer to peer (P2P) network to have successfully secured distribution agreements with all four major record labels, as well as a growing list of leading independent music labels. The company is continuing to expand its service to include the leading publishers from the video game, motion picture and audio book industry to complement its existing digital media marketplace. Peer Impact is unique in that it offers users cash back for sharing approved content over its network. Members essentially act as "paid redistributors" of legal content and can earn credit toward future purchases of digital media through the Peer Impact network. For more information, please visit www.wurldmedia.com or www.peerimpact.com.

About Promosquad HitPredictor

Promosquad HitPredictor has become the undisputed #1 brand of predictive music research in the nation, with charts featured in Billboard magazine, Billboard Radio Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly. HitPredictor performs online predictive music research at their website www.promosquad.com with a huge nationwide database of music fans who rate songs, with results determining their "Hit" potential before they are released to the radio and retail. HitPredictor's results are incredibly accurate, and are used to guide labels in picking which singles to release to radio, and even on which artists to sign to record deals.

Source: Wurld Media, Inc.

CONTACT: Taunia Kipp, +1-518-691-1100, tkipp@wurldmedia.com , or Michele
Fuchs, +1-518-691-1100, mfuchs@peerimpact.com , both of Wurld Media; or Doug
Ford of Promosquad HitPredictor, +1-518-792-8900, or doug@promosquad.com

Web site: http://www.wurldmedia.com/
http://www.peerimpact.com/
http://www.promosquad.com/


 
Turntable Timmy Creators Announce Online Cartoon Based On Their Popular Childrens Book Character

San Francisco, CA- Childrens author, Michael P., and illustrator, Doug DUG1 Cunningham team with startup animation house Rebel Static for a groundbreaking new Hip-Hop cartoon based on the critically acclaimed childrens book, Turntable Timmy (Last Gasp Publishing).

The musical comedy crusade will consist of 90-second short films with full-motion animation, and will debut this summer on www.turntabletimmy.com. The micro-series will detail the exploits of Turntable Timmy and his crew, The Arrowtown Rockers, as they due battle with a corporate crook, Chip Staka, and his conniving cronies, in an attempt to save Hip-Hop from the clutches of wackness. By using the power of the 5 Elements and staying true to themselves, Timmy and his crew are able to combat the evil forces in the music industry.

The series was created out of the necessity to educate the youth and bring forth awareness regarding the foundation of Hip-Hop culture, says Michael P., Through modern technology, we have the ability to produce and distribute, to a worldwide audience, our visions and interpretations regarding the current state of the culture.

Turntablist, Mike Relm, has also been tapped as Music Director for the series. His turntable skills are a valued asset to the Rebel Static team, says Executive Producer, Otto Grajeda, When the question was asked, what producer do we get to perform the task of sound engineer for the series, only one name came to mind, Mike Relm. Hes an amazingly innovative producer, as well as a dope DJ. I sure he will bring a lot to the series in terms of audio quality and style.

To see the Turntable Timmy trailer click: http://www.turntabletimmy.com/t_large.html, or visit http://www.turntabletimmy.com

PR Contact:Adisa Banjoko
adisa@shinkenpr.com


 
Digital Hype Magazine announces new music promotional services

Interactive youth magazine launches sampler CD to give aspiring music artists increased exposure among college fans.

Pensacola, FL Digital Hype Magazine is calling for artists/bands to submit their best songs in competition for possible inclusion on the Digital Hype Magazine new music sampler CD.

Digital Hype Magazines will select 14 winners to be included on every issue of Digital Hype Magazine. If selected, artist will appear on the Digital Hype Magazine sampler CD that will be distributed to subscribers, college campuses, and selected retail outlets.

The Digital Hype music sampler series are produced as a promotional marketing tool for labels, artist and producers. The audio sampler is integrated on every issue of Digital Hype Magazine to bring maximum exposure to the promising music talent around the nation. Each artists selected will receive a slot on the New Music Sampler and a premium listing on the Now playing spotlight feature on Digital Hype Magazine interactive CDROM and website for two months, giving them a chance to display their talents to music fans. Terrance Henderson, Creative Director and founder of Digital Hype Magazine states that the new music sampler will be a great way to serve the music community as a great innovative marketing tool, meanwhile providing fans with new music choices.

To improve the submission process Digital Hype Magazine and its developer Team Media Creations Studios has signed a partnership agreement with Sonic Bids the leader of online press kits distribution that allows musicians, labels, and promoters the ability to submit music through an automated online submission process. Sonic Bids will enable Digital Hype Magazine to take online submissions in minutes and make our selection process effortless.

Artists wishing to participate in the Digital Hype New Music Sampler may summit material online at Sonicbids.com or via digitalhypeonline.com
For further information, please contact

Rodney Williams
Promotion Services
Digital Hype Magazine
Phone 850-969-9092
www.digitalhypeonline.com

Digital Hype Magazine has extended its program to provide mobile content distribution and catalog management services. This service will enable musicians to create, upload, manage, publish and sell content directly to millions of mobile customers across the globe. Interested labels, artist and producers may submit musical content to Digital Hype Wireless for conversion to mobile content ringtones, wallpapers, games, and videos.


 
UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP SUPER-STARS SADAT X, PERCEE P, AND ASAMOV UNITE FOR TOUR

March 5th, 2006 (Jacksonville, FL) - Underground Hip-Hop Super Stars Sadat X, Percee P, Wordsworth, Tableek, Doujah Daze, and Asamov unite for the largest national tour headlined by indie hip-hop artist this year. Officially known as The Video Trapped The Rapper Tour, the 40 plus date tour will circle the entire country starting in New York on March 3rd and finishing up in New York on April 17th. This will be the second year for the tour and represents the growth of independent hip-hop music nation wide. A Jacksonville, FL date is tentatively set for April 8th at THEE IMPERIAL (328 Forsyth St.)

The tour line-up will vary by date but scheduled to appear are Asamov (6 Hole), Sadat X (from Brandnubian- Female Fun), Percee P (Stones Throw), Tableek (from Maspyke- ABB/Bukarance), Count Bass D (Fat Beats), MED (Stones Throw), Earatik Statik (Gravel), Dave Ghetto (Counter Flow), Athletic Mic League (Barak), Maspyke (ABB/Bukarance), CiFi, Chan, Dent, Approach, Truth Universal, Shovel, Genus Pro, Verbal Seed, K-Otix, plus the Culturama indie Hiphop video anthology (www.culturama.org).
The 2006 Video Trapper The Rapper Tour is being sponsored by 6 Hole Records, Stone Throw Records, Fat Beats, Gravel, ABB Records, and Barak...

OFFICIAL TOUR DATES:

* Mar 3 2006 Hudson Duster- Troy, NY Troy, NY
* Mar 5 2006 Blind Pig- Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor, MI
* Mar 6 2006 Abbey Pub- Chicago, IL Chicago, IL
* Mar 7 2006 Cowboy Monkey- Champaign, IL Champaign, IL
* Mar 8 2006 Hangar 9- Carbondale, IL Carbondale, IL
* Mar 9 2006 The Annex- Madison, WI Madison, WI
* Mar 10 2006 Blueberry Hill- St. Louis St. Louis, MO
* Mar 11 2006 Jackpot Saloon- Lawrence, Kansas Lawrence, KS
* Mar 12 2006 Colorado-TBA Colorado, CO
* Mar 13 2006 Ego's- Salt Lake City Salt Lake City, UT
* Mar 14 2006 The Other Side- Missoula,MT Missoula, MT
* Mar 15 2006 Rock Coffee- Spokane, WA Spokane, WA
* Mar 16 2006 The Rainbow-Seattle, WA SEATTLE, WA
* Mar 17 2006 Wow Hall- Eugene, OR Eugene, OR, OR
* Mar 18 2006 Tiger Bar- Portland, OR Portland, OR
* Mar 21 2006 Capital Garage- Sacramento, CA Sacramento, CA
* Mar 22 2006 Pittsburgh, CA-TBA Pittsburgh, CA
* Mar 23 2006 2232MLK- Oakland, CA Oakland, CA
* Mar 25 2006 San Diego, CA- TBA San Diego, CA
* Mar 26 2006 Cooler Lounge- Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV
* Mar 27 2006 Tempe, AZ- TBA Tempe, AZ
* Mar 28 2006 Martini Tree- Taos Ski Valley Taos , NM
* Mar 29 2006 Tom Cat's- Dallas, TX Dallas, TX
* Mar 30 2006 The Parishroom- Austin, TX Austin, TX
* Mar 31 2006 Atomix- San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX
* Apr 3 2006 Spanish Moon- Baton Rouge Baton Rouge, LA
* Apr 4 2006 Apache Cafe- Atlanta, GA Atlanta, GA
* Apr 7 2006 Miami, FL- TBA Miami
* Apr 9 2006 Charlotte, NC-TBA Charlotte, NC
* Apr 10 2006 The Library- Chapel Hill, NC Chapel Hill, NC
* Apr 13 2006 Pittsburgh, PA- TBA Pittsburgh, PA
* Apr 14 2006 Lawrence College- Green Bay, WI Green Bay, WI
* Apr 15 2006 University of Indiana, Bloomington Bloomington, IN
* Apr 16 2006 Webster Theatre- Hartford, CT Hartford, CT
* Apr 18 2006 New York City-NY New York City, NY

Note: For more info. on this tour please visit: http://www.myspace.com/videotrappedtherapper.

For promo flier view: http://myspace-561.vo.llnwd.net/00455/16/57/455737561_l.jpg


 
"Hustle & Flow" Earns Oscar for Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp"

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Mar 06, 2006) -- "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp," from the motion picture "Hustle & Flow," won the Oscar for Original Song at the 78th Academy Awards last night. Written by Jordan "Juicy J" Houston, Cedric "Frayser Boy" Coleman and Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard -- who took home the award -- the song appears on the Grand Hustle/Atlantic soundtrack album, "HUSTLE & FLOW: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE."

"It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" was performed in the film and on the soundtrack by the characters DJay (actor & Oscar nominee Terrence Howard) feat. Shug (actress Taraji P. Henson). On last night's Oscar telecast, the song was performed by the Memphis-based Three 6 Mafia (including Houston and Beauregard), plus Coleman and Taraji P. Henson. This marked the first time that a rap song has been performed on the Academy Awards show.

"HUSTLE & FLOW: MUSIC FROM AND INSPIRED BY THE MOTION PICTURE" was released by Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records on July 12, 2005. The Executive Soundtrack Album Producers were John Singleton, Kevin Liles, Jason Geter and T.I. for Grand Hustle. The Soundtrack Album Producers were Jason Geter and T.I. for Grand Hustle.

The "Hustle & Flow" soundtrack features an extraordinary line-up of hip-hop and urban artists, including T.I. & P$C, Juvenile, Trina, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Boyz N Da Hood, Webbie, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Scrappy, Trillville, Al Kapone, and many others. The album also features the film's star, Terrence Howard ("Crash," "Ray"), performing tracks in his lead role as the street hustler-turned-rapper known as DJay.

The Paramount Classics/MTV Films/New Deal Entertainment motion picture "Hustle & Flow" opened in theatres across North America on July 13th. Written and directed by Craig Brewer, the critically acclaimed film is the redemptive story of a streetwise Memphis hustler trying to find his voice and realize his long-buried dream of becoming a respected rap artist. Winner of the prestigious Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, "Hustle & Flow" stars Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson ("The Shield," "Barbershop"), Taryn Manning ("8 Mile," "Cold Mountain"), DJ Qualls ("Road Trip," "The New Guy"), and Ludacris ("Crash," "2 Fast 2 Furious"). "Hustle & Flow" is produced by John Singleton ("Boyz N The Hood," "2 Fast 2 Furious," "Four Brothers") and Stephanie Allain.

Contact:
Sydney Margetson
Atlantic Records
212-707-2262


 
OneTwoOneTwo.com brings Hip Hop News to HipHopFundamentalz' Myspace Group

OneTwoOneTwo.com has just partnered with HipHopFundamentalz.com (HHF) who has one of the, if not the largest group on the internet Juggernaut Myspace. The HHF group has over 40,000 registered members.

In an effort to make their group stand and out to service the Hip Hop community on Myspace. OneTwoOneTwo and HHF has partnered to provide OneTwoOneTwo.com's RSS feed directly to the HipHopFundamentalz Group page.

At this time not only is it the first Hip Hop group on myspace to provide such information but possibly the first RSS feed to be included on a Myspace group period.

OneTwoOneTwo.com is an online Hip Hop magazine offering news, album reviews, interviews, articles, contest, etc.

HipHopFundamentalz.com is an online 24/7 Hip Hop web radio network that has original hosted programming.

The group is located at http://groups.myspace.com/hiphop

http://www.onetwoonetwo.com

http://www.hiphopfundamentalz.com

http://www.myspace.com/onetwoonetwo


 
Dublin Riots fail to stop Rap Ireland

On Saturday of last week Dublin City was drawn into the worst rioting
ever seen in Ireland, with hundreds taking to the streets in sectarian rage
at a planned march down Dublins main street by the Love Ulster parade
from Northern Ireland. Whilst cars burned and shops were looted, Rap
Ireland was on the ground promoting the biggest afterparty Dublin has ever known.

As the violence spread into the night and police warned to stay away from the
city centre, the Radio City Nightclub was set alight not by the petrol bombs,
but the fearsome Rap Ireland party taking place after Kanye Wests magnificent
live concert. With artists flying in from across the UK and Europe to a city in turmoil,
this afterparty withstood the violent surroundings and proved to be a rose rising
from concrete, with a near sold out venue rocking to the sounds of the best Ireland
and Europe has to offer.

This bright Monday morning, with the mayhem now just a fading memory, Rap
Ireland has taken another gigantic step, with the fresh new-look magazines hitting
shelves throughout Ireland simultaneously. With record breaking pre-orders, a
brand new design and an array of exclusive interviews it looks likely this magazine
will fly off the shelves at an even faster pace than last years offerings. With industry
heavyweights such as FM104 weighing in behind the powerful Hip-Hop brand, it
looks like a formidable year of delights is in store for the Irish Hip-Hop fan. With
nationwide distribution and an almost militant army of grassroot support there is
very little that can stop Rap Ireland this year.

http://www.rapireland.com


 
Driver: Parallel Lines - A Fast Ride with Hot Tunes

- Premiere Hollywood-Style Action-Driving Title Features Era-Defining Music from the 1970's and Today, With Legendary Material and New Exclusive Productions -

NEW YORK, March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) today revealed first details about the soundtrack to its forthcoming Hollywood-style action-driving blockbuster Driver: Parallel Lines. Alongside over 70 legendary tracks which bridge the game's dual gameplay eras -- 1970s and today -- with effortless cool, the soundtrack will include a number of exceptional world-renowned artists from the worlds of hip hop, punk rock and dance to provide brand new music exclusively for Driver: Parallel Lines. The music and artists have been chosen to reflect the two distinct gameplay eras as well as New York City, which has been the inspiration and source to so much of the world's music.

Working with Nimrod Productions Ltd, one of the most established audio production companies in the video game industry, Atari has selected some of the top artists to supply new exclusive material for Driver: Parallel Lines including Public Enemy, Grandmaster Flash, Suicide, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arthur Baker, Mylo, Paul Oakenfold, Lifesavas featuring Vernon Reid and the Audio Bullys. Interviews with some of the artists involved in Driver: Parallel Lines are available exclusively for subscribers to the official website http://www.atari.com/driver.

In addition to the brand new exclusives, the two eras will be underscored by a remarkable roster of legendary music, with David Bowie, Blondie, Iggy Pop, WAR, The Temptations, Funkadelic, Marvin Gaye, Parliament, and Average White Band amongst those scoring the 1970's era, and bands including The Roots, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, Kaiser Chiefs, Secret Machines, The Dead 60's lend their visceral sounds to the New York cityscape of 2006.

"In taking the successful and stylish Driver brand to iconic New York City in the 70's and today, we wanted to make sure the soundtrack captured and evoked the setting to really elevate the experience," said Stephen Baer, Senior Product Manager, Atari, Inc. "The soundtrack for Driver: Parallel Lines draws on an incredible mix of legendary and new talent to create the perfect complement for riveting gameplay."

"The melting pot of the New York music scene stretches across so many musical boundaries that it seems to effortlessly create an infectious mix, from obscure 70's gems to classic tracks, and important new bands to the modern day musical heroes," said Marc Canham, co-founder of Nimrod and the game soundtrack composer and music producer for Driver: Parallel Lines.

Developed by award-winning studio Reflections Interactive, Driver: Parallel Lines is the next installment of Atari's legendary action-driving franchise. Players can modify and juice up cars while engaging in the most thrilling Hollywood-style car chases ever across a free roaming, stylized New York City with over 35 diverse missions, no loading times, incredibly realistic driving physics, and a brand new story set in 1978 and 2006.

Forthcoming Hollywood-style action-driving Driver: Parallel Lines will be available for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. A must-have title for action driving fans, Driver: Parallel Lines Limited Edition will include a separate soundtrack CD featuring tracks written exclusively for the game from music legends Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Arthur Baker and other breakthrough artists. Further information about the Limited Edition will be revealed prior to launch.

For more information about Driver: Parallel Lines and to sign up for exclusive content including weekly artist interviews, trailers and more, visit http://www.atari.com/driver. Additionally, the site features a live MP3 player where visitors can select and play tracks from the game soundtrack.

About Nimrod

Marc Canham is co-founder of Nimrod Productions Limited. Nimrod is one of the most established and successful audio production companies in the video game industry. Over the last five years Nimrod has developed a composition, production and orchestral team that is responsible for some of the most groundbreaking and original game soundtracks to date.

Having cut their teeth in the music industry the pioneering composer-production team of Marc Canham and Rich Aitken formed Nimrod Productions in 2000. With over 40,000,000 video game sales demonstrating Marc's instinctive composition style and Rich's detailed and contemporary production techniques this complete team of forward-thinking audio minds have made a huge impact in the world of game audio with their edgy orchestral soundtracks to more contemporary sounding scores and licensed soundtracks. Working from their top-flight studio headquarters in Oxfordshire Marc and Rich have developed Nimrod and the NSO in to one of the most respected orchestras, composers and production houses in the music business.

Soundtracks include: '24' The Game, Driv3r, Driver Parallel Lines, Getaway -- Black Monday, Act of War, Gran Turismo, Stuntman, TOCA Race Driver 3 and Vietcong to name just a few. http://www.nimrodproductions.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.

2006, Atari, Inc. All rights reserved. ATARI, the ATARI logo, and classic Atari game titles and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Interactive, Inc. or its affiliates.

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

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

All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: Atari, Inc.

CONTACT: Andrea Schneider of Atari, Inc., +1-212-726-4259,
Andrea.schneider@atari.com, or Tara Bruno of HighWater Group, +1-212-338-0077,
tara@highwatergroup.com, for Atari, Inc.

Web site: http://www.atari.com/
http://www.atari.com/driver
http://www.nimrodproductions.com/


 
Friendster Radio Powered by PandoraTM Launches in US

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Friendster today announced that its users can now build online radio stations powered by Pandora's Music Genome Project and share them with their friends. "Friendster Radio" leverages two powerful ideas: social networking, pioneered by Friendster; and online music discovery pioneered by Pandora.

Friendster Radio taps into Pandora's Music Genome Project, recently lauded by Rolling Stone magazine, to develop radio stations based on an individual's favorite artists or songs. The playlists are based on the Music Genome Project's exhaustive analysis of thousands of songs across hundreds of musical attributes.

Bringing Friendster and Pandora together takes the experience to another level: Friendster Radio expands the universe of music discovery beyond the individual listener to the listener's friends and the entire Friendster Network. Friendster users build radio stations that can be shared, evolve, and even become 'hits' on Friendster.

According to Larissa Le, Friendster's Product Director, "The combination of the two elements creates a truly unique -- and incredibly powerful -- way to discover and listen to music. There's just nothing like this anywhere else."

Pandora Vice President of Business Development Jessica Stoner adds, "We're excited to bring Pandora to social networking. Enabling people to discover and enjoy great music -- and share it with their friends -- is what Pandora is all about."

About Friendster

Friendster is the leading social site for keeping in touch with friends, and meeting new people. Friendster is a privately-held company based in San Francisco, California, backed by the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

About Pandora

Pandora is powered by the Music Genome Project(TM), the most sophisticated taxonomy of musical information ever collected. Each song in the massive database -- which includes Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, R&B, old, new, big names, and small acts -- is analyzed by trained musician analysts along 400 distinct musical attributes to capture not only the musical identity of a song, but also many significant qualities that are relevant to understanding the musical preferences of consumers.

Source: Friendster

CONTACT: Jeff Roberto of Friendster Public Relations, +1-415-972-1411,
or jroberto@friendster.com; or Marivi Lerdo-de-Tejada of Pandora Public
Relations, +1-415-577-4318, or marivil@onpr.com

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


 
Tzome unveils it's legal music download offering for Independent Artists

Brockville, ON Canada -- (ArriveNet - Mar 06, 2006) -- What started as a simple conversation in January of 2001, has become an obsession for a company called Tzome. The initial focus was to generate additional exposure for new artists and bands. Through evolution, Tzome has developed a legal music download site built exclusively for independent artists and original music. Tzome, which incorporated in mid 2004, has launched its web site, and is in pursuit of attaining the very best artist. The site is scheduled to be open for consumers shortly, offering a diverse library of artists and talent.

Tzome artists are privy to some of the best features in the industry. From free audio and video previews, CD sales, and no membership fees, Tzome has researched and designed to gap the competition. Combine this with easy upload and a pleasingly crafted interface, and you begin to notice Tzome for their artist features. The site also bristles with innovations to industry standards by offering Tzomes Happy Hour three (3) times daily which sells songs for $0.29 exclusively at these times. Couple these originalities with monthly cash giveaways to both Artists and Fans, as well as matching charitable contributions to Musicare. Tzome will also donate 10% of gross annual sales to charity confirming their intention of being more than just a music site.

As for consumers, the same user-friendly interface exists, and enrolling is quick, easy and free. Tzome has designed Happy Hour to allow shift workers and world time zones the opportunity to enjoy new music at deeply discounted prices. All artist songs can be previewed for free, and a detachable MP3 player allows fans to explore the site while listening to music. Tzome will also be offering Bundle programs where fans can purchase 30 songs for $10, setting yet another industry standard.

Auxiliary Tzome features:
Web radio station.
Artist video stream corner.
Reviewers and Music Raters
Message boards
Podcasting Services

For additional information regarding Tzome contact:

Paul Healy
President
1161 County Rd #2 East
Brockville, ON
613-340-1208
paul@tzome.com
www.tzome.com


 
PassAlong Networks Launches OnTour 2.0 at Canada Music Week

New Version of Concert-Finder Application Includes Multiple Ticket Providers, Support for Canadian Artists, Concerts and Venues

FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PassAlong Networks, developer of innovative technologies for digital music, announced Friday at Canada Music Week the launch of OnTour(TM) 2.0, the quickest and easiest method for music fans to stay up-to-date with their favorite artists' touring schedules, ensuring they Never Miss A Concert Again(TM).

OnTour 2.0, a free software download for both Mac and PC at http://www.ontour.net/, matches a user's library to their zip code to notify them when their favorite artists will appear in their town. Users are then prompted to search for tickets from a variety of ticket providers, to map directions to the venue, and to shop for more great music from artists they already enjoy and those recommended to them based on similar tastes at http://www.passalong.com/.

Version 2.0 includes the following updates:

* Concert notifications for users in the United States and all Canadian
Provinces

* Support for multiple ticket providers

* Partner branding integration

* Brand new look and feel

"OnTour is built on our p2pREVOLUTION platform, a convergence of innovations that create the ultimate destination for fans and artists to connect," said PassAlong Networks CEO Dave Jaworski. "OnTour is a great product for the music fan and an excellent opportunity for venues, artists, labels and managers to build a private, co-branded community with their customer base."

"The Internet is where most fans today find out about concerts," said MTS Centre Operator Mark Chipman. "Finding the right online marketing vehicles to reach fans is another matter. OnTour is the best online approach I've seen yet. Everybody wins -- artists, fans and venues."

The release of OnTour 2.0 closely follows PassAlong's introduction of the Concert-of-the-Future(TM), 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 p2pREVOLUTION(TM) platform is available to venues, artists, labels and managers today, providing a better overall concert experience, from convenient notifications of events through OnTour to additional revenue streams provided by exclusive, on-demand content powered by the Concert-of-the-Future.

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/.

PR Contact:
David Wright
PassAlong Networks
615.425.5898
dwright@passalongnetworks.com

Source: PassAlong Networks

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

Web site: http://www.passalongnetworks.com/
http://www.ontour.net/


3/06/2006

 
ProHipHop & Hip Hop Press at MySpace

If you want to link up via MySpace, I now have a MySpace page for networking with hip hop artists and business people:
myspace.com/hiphopbiz

I'll also be featuring a hip hop artist or group each week which will include a featured song at ProHipHop's MySpace page, a MySpace blog entry and bulletin post and a special post at ProHipHop that will be archived in ProHipHop's new MySpace Feature category.

You can have your hip hop tracks (not r&b or other work featuring singers, sorry) considered by just adding me at MySpace. Although I can't guarantee individual feedback, I do look forward to checking out what folks are up to.

Peace,
Clyde


 
Randomly Selected: Hip Hop's Newest 'Staple' RADIx Debut Album Drops Nationwide April 4th

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 6, 2006 -- In a day and age when rap music has become nothing more than a tale of guns, drugs and grills, comes a duo determined to bring hip hop back to its roots. The smooth, almost poetic sounds of RADIx easily takes the genre back to a time when hip hop was a positive, strong force to be reckoned with. With the groups debut album, The Staple set to be unleashed nationwide on April 4, 2006, Quite Nyce and Seek hope to revive the lost soul of hip hop and bring back to the mainstream isolated artists with a socially aware and positive message.

To create the music they believe in, Quite Nyce and Seek formed their own label, Abstrak Recordings in 2003, and now have teamed up with Amalgam Entertainment, LLC, to release and distribute The Staple. The album features Fat Beats recording artist Akrobatik, Insight, High and Mightys Mr. EON, DJ JS1 and the legendary Mista Sinista. On tracks like Rush, AkroRADIx and Hip Hop, the melodic beats and smooth voices that are RADIx will keep any true hip hop fan hypnotized.

Randomly selected college roommates, Quite Nyce and Seeks love of hip hop brought them together and the strength of the music they have created will catapult them to the next level. The duo has already achieved modest success, having performed on The Vans Warped Tour, and received commercial radio play on JAMN 94.5 and Hot 97. The release of several singles also found homes at the top of college charts and received international accolades.

With the release of this full length album, RADIx plans to take the world by storm and share the music they have poured their hearts into. The Staple, dropping April 4th, will be available in major retail outlets nation and worldwide, including Best Buy, FYE, Coconuts and more.

Record Release Previews
Boston
March 24, 2006
McGanns
97 Portland St, Boston,MA

New Hampshire
March 25, 2006
Cinco Nightclub
245 Main Street, Nashua, NH

For More Information: www.abstrakrecordings.com.

About Abstrak Recordings
Abstrak Recordings is not only a label but a movement. The label came about as a necessity to serve artists who were being overlooked in the industry. Abstrak Recordings is dedicated to bringing reality hip hop to the forefront, while staying true to its artists. From our emcees to our producers A.R is forever pushing the envelope of music. A.R. has now aligned itself with some of the biggest independent distributors in the world. This will better help us serve our growing fan base. We are ready to take on the world. One venue at a time.

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Sonya Cosentini
ABSTRAK RECORDINGS
http://www.abstrakrecordings.com/
617.763.9787


 
Groundbreaking Rap Duo Introduces New Genre: Neo Hip-Hop

New rap duo Most HiFi represents a perfect balance of the best the east coast and down south has to offer. Combine their musical influences with a live band, social and politcal conscious lyrics and a contemporary sound and you have a new genre of music: Neo Hip Hop.

(PRWEB) March 6, 2006 -- Comprised of Mecca, an up north emcee inspired by Public Enemy, KRS-One and Rakim and Vel, a New Orleans born southern rapper who lists 8 Ball and MJG along with early Ice Cube as inspiration, Most HiFi represents a balance of east coast and down south contributions to hip hop.

When it started, hip hop was a reference tool, says Mecca 12 of the new rap duo Most HiFi, of his earliest music-related memories. That substance was there when hip hop as an art form was born. We want to be a part of the movement that is innovating todays hip hop culture. We want our music to leave people with perspective, inspiration, and substance.

The group's moniker, was bestowed upon the duo by their mentor, Chuck D. who says the name is a culmination of the group's dedication to excellence, the Almighty and also out of reverence to the quality of their sound(High Fidelity).

From Meccas prolific way of addressing anything hip hop related, to the legacy passed down to the duo, there are imminent signs that Most HiFi is preparing to spearhead a revolution. Revolution is a concept that certainly is not far from the groups definition as Most HiFi is the first project to debut on Public Enemy front man Chuck Ds new record label, SlamJamz.

The group's first single, 'Here we Go' has received rave reviews from critics and tastemakers everywhere. The melodic track is reminiscent of old-school hip hop with a contemporary appeal and has old Public Enemy fans in concert with new school hip hop fans moving their feet on the dancefloor. Besides a loyal grassroots fanbase in the northern and southern markets, Most HiFi is quickly hipping fans to their signature sound: "Neo hip hop".

Most HiFi's debut album is a combination of several elements such as soul, old-school hip hop, funk and jazz. It seemed a natural progression to give the progressive sound a tangible name, 'neo hip hop'.

"Neo hip hop is more than just a sound," says Vel, "we believe this is the beginning of a movement. A movement of quality music, even further than that quality entertainment."

In addition to the album, 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright'which hits stores nationwide on Tuesday, March 7th, Most HiFi will release the movie version of the album late summer 2006. The duo also inked a deal with Mecca Clothing to participate in the 2006 commercial campaign for the brand. The Mecca ads will showcase Mecca and Vel wearing the 2006 line of the Mecca clothing brand. Ads will run in various entertainment magazines over the next nine months. "With Mecca clothing it was just a good fit. I think they appreciate what we're bringing to hip hop and we in turn appreciate what the brand represents," says Mecca.

For more information on Most Hi-Fi's debut album 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright', visit www.mosthifi.com or www.myspace.com/mosthifi

# # #

Christal Jordan-mims
ENCHANTEDPR
678-499-0297


 
Independent Music Links Announces Launch of Independent Music Promotion Site

"Pixel Advertising" concept adopted to promote bands of all genres from around the world.

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) March 4, 2006 -- Independentmusiclinks.com, an innovative new Internet music promotion site, has officially launched. The sites primary objective is to help independent artists gain exposure and increase their website traffic by offering promotional pixel blocks that link directly to the bands web site. For a onetime fee of $70, artists purchase a 50 by 50 block of pixels on any of the genre pages found on Independentmusiclinks.com, ranging from Jazz to heavy metal to urban to spoken word. The artist provides graphics -- album art, logo, etc. -- and the graphic is loaded onto the page and linked to the artists website. Independentmusiclinks.com visitors simply browse the 27 genre pages, hover over the grid of pixels to read a brief description of the artist, and may click on any block to be instantly linked to that artists web site. Per the terms of the contract, pixels will remain active on Independentmusiclinks for a minimum of six years.

Independentmusiclinks.com founder Steven Cravis is a musician himself an accomplished pianist and composer with many New Age/ambient/releases to his name. Cravis took his cue for independentmusiclinks.com from the growing popularity of pixel advertising sites such as milliondollarhomepage.com from Alex Tew, and pinkmilliondollars.com, services which he had tried himself. My web site ranking went up so significantly that I was inspired to start a site that would be geared towards promoting independent musicians. He envisioned a site where pixels would measure a generous 50x50, not only creating an interesting tapestry of independent music images, but also offering musicians an affordable alternative to sites offering a fraction of the size for a much higher price. As an added incentive, The first 800 artists to sign up will also be placed on the home page as well as their genre page, for even more exposure, offers Cravis. Im confident that Independentmusiclinks.com is going to become one of the most highly-trafficked sites of its kind!

For further information, please visit www.independentmusiclinks.com

# # #

Steven Cravis
STEVENCRAVIS.COM
415-586-1878


3/05/2006

 
Soul Rebel Releases Debut Compilation and Rocks DC - Next Stop New York City

Silver Spring , MD Monday, March 6, 2006 February 23, 2006 marked the release of the highly anticipated debut album "The Soulful Rebellion", a compilation disc that features local talent Soul Rebel. The album also includes music from other well-known artists such as Dwele, Kanye West, and Little Brother, just to name a few.

For only $5.00, this 21 track compilation can be purchased at any of their upcoming performances, which are highlighted on their website soulrebelmedia.com. The album is also available for purchase through the website ($7.99, which includes shipping and handling, and $5.00 for the download). The hit single, "Sincerely Yours", has already received multiple spins on MD/DC radio station WKYS 93.9 FM and has caught the eye of music insiders at Russell Simmons Music Group and Warner Music Group. The song was also recently licensed for the soundtrack and score of an upcoming movie starring Clifton Powell, Lisa Raye, and Vanessa L. Williams. Following the success of "Sincerely Yours", Mic Sean and Severe of Soul Rebel were recently tapped to score the independent play 'Samurai' which will tackle the issue of homophobia in Hip-Hop.

At their CD Release Performance, Soul Rebel supported by Ab and The Souljourners(absgreatmusic.com) performed music from the album as well as new music. The event which took place at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC on Thursday February 23, 2006 received an overwhelming response, garnering hundreds of RSVP's to attend the performance. In response to the show having been full to capacity, co-founder of Soul Rebel, Michael Spence, humbly stated "Hopefully this is just the beginning. We've worked hard to get to this point, and to be received so well is a blessing. Now we're just looking forward to big things to come." They have had an opportunity to practice, putting on a successful listening party at The University of Maryland at College Park prior to the show.

In the upcoming weeks Soul Rebel is poised to take their dynamic stage performance on the road, hitting Chocolate Monkey (329 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY) on Saturday, March 11, 2006 and The Apache Caf (64 3rd St., NW, Atlanta, GA) on Saturday, March 18, 2006. For more information regarding upcoming Soul Rebel events email events@soulrebelmedia.com

In 2004, Michael-Sean Spence, Jarrett Hines, and Brandon Smithson founded Soul Rebel Media, a multi-faceted media company that encompasses music, TV/film, and publishing industries with an urban and unique twist. Spence and Smithson, also artists themselves, describe their music as soulful and honest yet uncompromised, separating them from your average rappers. Soul Rebel also includes R&B singers Devin Johnson, 19, a University of Maryland student, and Eric Lamont, 25, who is originally from North Carolina. Their music can be sampled at www.soulrebelmedia.com .

For information: www.soulrebelmedia.com

Contact: cpean@soulrebelmedia.com

Phone: 347-239-5410

CONTACT:
Cassandra Pean
Soul Rebel Media
347-239-5410
cpean@soulrebelmedia.com
www.soulrebelmedia.com


 
Fedd Hill helps G-Unit and Roc-A-Fella Keep the Hope Alive

Providence, RI, March Providence hip-hop group Fedd Hill highlighted the Keep the Hope Alive concert presented by G-Unit and Roc-A-Fella to assist broken families. Fedd Hill joined Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Teairra Marie, Freeway and the Young Gunz in an energetic and rousing performance at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Providence rap team dazzled the crowd with a heavy mix of emotional lyrics and hard-hitting rhymes. Fedd Hill put on an entertaining show that dared the audience to blink. Complete with eye-catching backup dancers, rotating break dancers and a street team with picket signs, Fedd Hills presentation engaged the crowd from start to finish.

Fedd Hill rapper and street icon Trens spoke about the show saying, "We are thankful for the opportunity to use our music to give back to the community. We have really busy schedules, but we made sure that we were available to do this show, since the dough went to charity. " Fedd Hills charismatic hood politician Alipone added, "Giving back to the community has become one of our trademarks. We put a big emphasis on integrity and always speaking the truth. When we speak about shiny jewelry, its because were flashing it in your face for you to see, so when we talk about helping out the needy, we want to put that in your face too, to encourage everyone to lend a hand." Fellow rapper Jahpan asked, "Whats the point of having fame and wealth if youre not gonna give back to those who are struggling? Weve gotten too much help along the way to just forget about who we really are and where weve been. I might be shining on stage in front of thousands of people on Friday and Saturday, but I know that Ive got to do my laundry and take out the trash on Monday and Tuesday, just like everyone else."

Fedd Hills performance with mainstream artists from the G-Unit and Roc-a-Fella at the DCU Center awed everyone in attendance, but the groups humility and commitment to giving back to the community impressed everyone even more.

For more information please contact:

kyle b. jones
636 Hartford Ave
Providence, RI 02909
contactfeddhill@yahoo.com


 
ToshaMakia Is On The Cover of the Greatest Hits!

Meet one of the music industry's hottest rising stars, ToshaMakia. She
stars on the cover of the latest mix CD from DJ Korrupts' latest Mix CD
"Greatest Hits!" ToshaMakia is an R&B songstress originally from
Bridgeport, Connecticut. She has managed to stay focused and use her
sparkling personality and unique voice to simultaneously make a name
for herself on the Connecticut music scene and land a job as an on-air
personality on WPHI 100.3 The Beat in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with
her own show "ToshaMakia & Da Stripper".

According to ToshaMakia "After the release of my first single the radio
station in Hartford (Connecticut) realized how much love I was getting
from the people so they offered me an opportunity to become an on-air
personality. I jumped at that chance and held down a part time
position at the station while continuing to work on my music." While
grinding in the studio and doing her thing on the air waves she did a
photo shoot for the Source magazine in July 2005. "After being
featured in the Source the call came in from Philly. They (WPHI)
offered me my own show and before we could finish the conversation I
was at the station with my bags."

As an artist ToshaMakia has made many television appearances, she
toured with Angie Martinez (another famous radio personality) and
performed on BET's 106 & Park, The Carson Daly Show and the WB Morning
Show. She has also performed alongside hip hop legends, LL Cool J,
Nas, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim and Ashanti. Her debut single, "Be
Yourself" became the first independent record to ever get added to
regular rotation at Connecticut's leading urban station, getting air
play at as many as 60 stations in 35 markets.

In a long list of recent achievements, ToshaMakia was featured in the
New York Post Tempo section as One of the 50 Sexiest Singles in New
York City. She is also still in the studio recording her debut album
and getting ready to appear in some clothing campaigns. ToshaMakia has
her priorities in order, she says, "Independent artist don't have it
easy. What I really want is a record deal and a radio spot in New York
but ultimately I want for Connecticut to say, that's our girl."
ToshaMakia is showing no signs of slowing down and without a doubt 2006
is going to be her year.

For More Info On ToshaMakia Contact Arrowok Management
Arrowok@gmail.com or 646-263-1519

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


 
EMINEM KICKS OFF NEW SHOW

Shade 45, SIRIUS Satellite Radio's uncensored hip-hop channel
co-created and co-produced by Eminem, is kicking off a new weekly show called
"REPYOUR SET" to debut Sunday, March 5th from 3pm-5pm ET. The new show
will give some of the hottest DJs from around the country the
opportunity to represent new music and exclusive hip hop tracks of artists from
their hometowns. For the first time ever, Shade 45 listeners will get
to hear custom mixes from DJs representing New York, Atlanta, Miami, Las
Vegas, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other cities.

Created by Eminem's manager, Paul Rosenberg, "REP YOUR SET" will kick
off its first show with Queens, New York native, DJ Dirty Harry, whose
infamous mixes include Biggie & Big L, Jay-Z, Game, Young Jeezy and
T.I., 50 Cent, 2pac, Nas and others.

More DJ's will be announced soon. Following are the air dates for "REP
YOUR SET":

March 5 DJ Dirty Harry (Queens,NY)

March 12 DJ Obscene (Miami, FL)

March 19 DJ Reflex (Los Angeles,CA)

March 26 DJ Floyd the Locsmif (Atlanta, GA)

April 2 DJ Kurupt (NY)

April 9 DJ Franzen (NV)

April 16 DJ Kid Scratch (IL)


 
IKONCITY LAUNCHES THE BATTLEZONE!

New Website Hosts Online Gaming Competition for Music Fans; Win a Video iPod, iTunes Gift Cards, & Exclusive Artist Merchandise

Los Angeles, CA, March 3, 2006 ikoncity today, launches THE BATTLEZONE, giving fans the chance to play in online shockwave game competitions on teams sponsored by their favorite artists. Teams will battle to win prizes including a Video iPod, $200 from iTunes, and exclusive autographed merchandise. Fans can register at www.ikoncity.com for their favorite music celebrities including Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, Mariah Carey, The Click Five, The Vines, Yellowcard, Juvenile, and more, to compete head to head with other artist teams to become the Ultimate Fan.

THE BATTLEZONE will include an online competition featuring the arcade puzzle game Bubble Pop, the most popular game on ikoncity. Once registered, fans can immediately join their artist teams, compete in the Battle, and play as often as desired until the challenge has ended. In addition, the team with the highest average Bubble Pop score will win the Battle. The teams corresponding artist will be featured on the home page of www.ikoncity.com and in an upcoming ikoncity newsletter. All members of the winning team will be invited to enter a sweepstakes for their chance to receive over $500 in prizing and exclusive celebrity merchandise.

Ikoncity launched in 2005 as a one-of-a-kind destination where fans can meet online, compete for valuable prizes and access a wide range of content unique to their favorite music artists, celebrities, or sports teams. ikoncity appeals to the passion of fans by offering arcade and quiz games, an online community, and personalized exclusive offers from top celebrities in entertainmentand sports. Combining present and emerging technologies, ikoncity creates a completely integrated entertainment experience.

Those who register with the site are eligible to compete for exclusive music and sports merchandise including a variety of autographed items, rare memorabilia, personalized celebrity phone calls, and more. In addition to competing for prizes, fans can challenge friends, test their knowledge of their favorite celebrities, and meet and interact with other like-minded fans from around the world.

ikoncity is the brainchild of a partnership between Declan OFarrell and Chris OFarrell, a father and son team who believe that fans should be rewarded for their dedication and loyalty. Putting fans first and recognizing the opportunity provided by the internet to reach fans the world over, the idea for ikoncity was born: to build an online destination where fans could compete for valuable prizes unique to their favorite artists and celebrities. By continuing to add new celebrities to their growing roster including film & television stars, as well as college competitions, ikoncity will maintain its status as the premiere online destination.

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Contact: Christy Wise 323.785.7789 Christyw@fanscape.com

Website: http://www.ikoncity.com/

Company Information: http://ikoncityhall.com/wwa_history.htm


 
The first stop of the "Whatspoppin' Next Tour" was literally hot, thanks to the Lava Girls!

NEW YORK -- The first stop of the "Whatspoppin' Next Tour" was literally hot, thanks to the Lava Girls!

The Dallas-based Lava Girls (Shica and Shawneda), the tour's first artists to sign on and perform, delivered a seven minute set that was well-received by a group of almost 200 party-goers.

Dressed in all black, the crowd did not stop dancing when the duo took to the stage, except to witness Shawneda, the singer of the rapper-songstress team, bless the party with an acapella version of Fantasia's "Free Yourself" that would have either made the American Idol star proud...or jealous!

If the NBA All Star leg of the "Whatspoppin' Next Tour" went smoothly, the second installment, where Seattles own Dub-B whose album featuring Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Baby and other major artists drops in March is slated to perform in Daytona during Black College Reunion, will force heads to turn to hear more rising stars.
Sidebar: Daytona is coming up soon. Platinum Enterprise is still in need of two more artists to perform!!!
If you or someone you know have got that unsigned heat and want an opportunity to perform at the largest urban events of leisure

BLACK COLLEGE REUNION
TEXAS BEACH PARTY
URBAN BEACH WEEK MIAMI
ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL
INDIANA BLACK EXPO

you need to contact Ty Wilson ASAP.

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

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

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

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


 
Website: Visit Our Website Indie-Music.com Launches Weekly Independent Music Podcast

Each weekly show features 5 outstanding indie musicians

/24-7PressRelease/ - COLUMBUS, IN - March 04, 2006 - Indie-Music.com has announced a new weekly podcast, with each show featuring 5 of the best new independent songs in all genres, programmed by the veteran independent website's editors. The podcast can be found through iTunes, http://www.indie-music.com, or going directly to http://www.impodcast.com

"We receive a tremendous amount of independent music, and some of it is incredibly good", said Indie-Music founder Suzanne Glass, a long-term supporter of the independent music scene. "Getting it out to new listeners looking for cutting edge music is what our business is all about, so a podcast was a natural extension of our operations".

Songs included on the weekly podcast have been filtered from among hundreds of artists who have created an online presence on Indie-Music.com's website and uploaded their songs for publication. The website's editors listen for the best material every week in all genres, and pare it down to the top 5 for the podcast's Friday broadcast schedule.

Artists interested in submitting music for the podcast can create a free online press kit at Indie-Music.com and automatically be considered. To submit, visit http://www.indie-music.com/join

Since 1996, Indie-Music.com has been serving the Independent Music Community with streaming audio, online artist promotion, monthly CD Reviews, a huge industry search directory, success-building resources, and much-needed recognition. The website offers a wealth of information to artists trying to survive and thrive in today's competitive music industry.

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Press Release Contact Information:
Suzanne Glass
Indie-Music.com
President - Founder
PO Box 602
Columbus, 47202
US IN
Voice: 888-350-0400
Fax: 212-208-2696
E-Mail: suzanne@indie-music.com


 
DIGSOUND and MUSICANE Sign Deal Giving Artists Additional Revenue Streams for Their Music

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (Market Wire - Mar 03, 2006) -- DIGSOUND, Inc. www.digsound.com ("DIGSOUND") (OTC: DGSU) and Musicane, www.musicane.com signed an agreement today to integrate DIGSOUND's music watermarking platform, VR24/7, into Musicane's online download digital music store. The partnership will offer a complete solution for managing the intellectual property rights, to the benefit of the artists.

DIGSOUND President and founder Paul Martin states, "The alliance with Musicane will enable artists to establish new revenue streams for their content. We are now able to increase promotional and distributional opportunities for this music, which will grow additional revenue for all parties. Hearing a theme from your favorite TV show on a ringtone is just one of the many possibilities from this new partnership," Martin concluded.

Vikramaditya Jain, Chief Financial Officer for Musicane, added, "When we met DIGSOUND, we knew this was the deal that made sense for our members. Now artists can have a better opportunity of reach. With Musicane and DIGSOUND, artists can sell their music to their fans and license it to TV broadcasters."

About Musicane

Musicane is a service that allows artists to sell digital downloads seamlessly from their own website, or create a free personalized website from a variety of design templates. Key features include direct digital downloads of music, video and ringtones, real time online reporting, optional Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM), monthly payouts direct to bank accounts, promotional coupon programs for fans and much more. For artists, labels, managers and other music-related companies unsure of how to tackle the digital market or which service to sign up for, Musicane provides a digital option which lets you retain complete control. Notable new artists include The Plebz and The Upwelling, recently nominated as a candidate for Spin.com's band of the year.

About DIGSOUND

Using Nielsen Media Research's Music detection software, DIGSOUND Inc. has created web-based platform (VR24/7) that allows music providers, broadcasters and advertisers an online interface, which enables more efficient methods for distributing and monitoring content usage. VR24/7 allows users to access their content. It also provides broadcasters who use DIGSOUND's watermarked content the ability to automate and manage the process of licensing music.

Safe Harbor Act Disclaimer: Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ from those discussed. This material is information only and is not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell the securities.

Contact:
Karla Lopez
310-566-5087
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DIGSOUND Inc.
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Music Choice Launches the Latest Edition of Its Exclusive Hip Hop Music and Interview Show: Tha Corner

The Current Edition of Tha Corner Features an Up Close Interview With the Self-Proclaimed 'King of the South' T.I., the Music and Words of TRINA, and a Tribute to the Notorious BIG

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Mar 03, 2006) -- Music Choice, the leading multi-platform music network that programs, produces, and distributes video and audio music content for TVs, PCs, and cell phones, announces the launch of the latest edition of Tha Corner, the MC Exclusive show that features the sounds and culture of the Hip Hop community. The current edition of Tha Corner, airing throughout the month of March, features an up close interview with T.I., the self-proclaimed 'King of the South,' who talks about the evolution of his career from recording artist to Movie Star/Rapper/Businessman. T.I. has never forgotten about his roots in Atlanta, and recently produced his first movie entitled "ATL." The current edition of Tha Corner also showcases the music and words of the 'Miami Queen' TRINA. She speaks exclusively to Music Choice about everything from her first big break in the music business to her current success, her new clothing line, and the launch of her perfume. TRINA talks openly about what inspires her lyrics, and her need to lead, not follow. Tha Corner also features a tribute to the Notorious BIG. Mister Cee, Mary J. Blige, Junior M.A.F.I.A., and Ms. Wallace, Notorious BIG's mother, share their memories of the late, great poet, writer and music innovator.

Hosted by D.J. Envy, the current edition of Tha Corner, the highly acclaimed bi-monthly Hip Hop show, will air on MC Exclusive in March. Tha Corner is available to watch any time during the month of March by millions of On-Demand homes nationwide with access to Music Choice On Demand and the new Music Choice music service for cable high-speed Internet.

About Music Choice

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

Contact:
Karen Doler
Music Choice
215-784-5842


 
The Miami Underground Film Festival - 'Its Time!'

MIAMI, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami Underground Film Festival once only the "talk" over Cuban coffee -- has finally taken flight. Created to give the independent filmmaker a forum to screen their work -- The Miami Underground Film Festival is now the buzz of the Miami independent filmmakers. We felt there are many talented artist that do not have a way of exhibiting their work. While other festivals in the area cater to million dollar Hollywood films and "so-called" independent films, it is simply a facade to have expensive parties and rub elbows with movie stars, politicians and socialites.

We cater to the true independent artist and the film fan that likes to see dynamic work that's provocative and cutting edge. While we will always put an emphasis on local talent, we will always exhibit work from around the world.

In this, our premiere year, we have a combination of award winning films as well as world premieres.

Films such as, The Altruist by Mick McCleery, winner of Best Feature at the Bare Bones Film Festival. Director McCleery will be flying in from New Jersey to host a Q&A after his film and to be part of a Filmmakers panel.

Local award winning filmmaker Jeff Carroll will present his film, Golddigger Killer, winner of Best Feature at the H20 Hip Hop Film Festival.

Not to be forgotten will be the Cuban film showcase including; Freedom Flight -- audience favorite at the Chicago Latino Film Festival -- with a 15 week run on the big screen!

Along with those great award-winning films, we have the world premiere of Porkchop and a glass of water by local filmmaker Rafael Diaz-Wagner. The film was shot for less than $20,000 with an all local cast and crew. Some say this is the El Mariachi of the new millennium.

That is just a sample of the many features, documentaries and shorts in this year's Miami Underground Film Festival. Our emphasis will always be undiscovered or neglected talent from around the world. We hope to grow throughout the years and serve as a launching pad for future independent filmmakers in the spirit of Cassavetes, Rodriguez, Meyer and Jarmusch.

The Miami Underground Film Festival is also donating a percent of all ticket sales to a local member of the community -- Victor Borges. A friend of the festival and the community -- Victor has been diagnosed with cancer this past year and is fighting the fight. We will stand by his side and help him battle this uncaring disease until he defeats it and stand strong!

For more information please contact the Miami Underground Film Festival at 305-460-8000.

www.miamiundergroundff.com

Source: Miami Underground Film Festival

CONTACT: Miami Underground Film Festival, +1-305-460-8000

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