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3/17/2006

 
Independent Hip Hop group M.P.C takes over N.Y.C

NEW YORK, NEW YORK Magnetic Entertainment Inc. manages a hip hop group out of New York named M.P.C. The group has sold over 120,000 units hand to hand on the subways of NYC. M.P.C does positive and progressive hip hop and is comprised of three college graduates. All members have earned four year degrees from South Carolina State University.

"It's a unique story" said Eshawn Hall, Magnetic Entertainments CEO, "because we bring together some of the most important original and often times excluded segments of hip hop, the music and the message. Listeners these days seem to believe that a shooting is more credible than an education."

The name M.P.C stands for Most Popular Criminals. Criminals in the fact that the group is a rebel in the music industry, choosing to go against the grain and not conform to draconian recording industry practices. The images we see in daily life that depict negativity are reality, however, M.P.C prefers to look at the positive aspects of urban life and takes hip hop back to its essence with clever word play and creativity.

Direct marketing has never been conducted in this fashion or at this rate, 120,000 units and counting. M.P.C sells 1,400 to 2,000 units per week. The group sells units out of their book bags on the subways of NYC. Promotional material is handed out with each purchase made, and buyers have an opportunity to physically speak with the group members Hall said. "We wanted to tell the story of our struggles, which are not unique, family issues, going to college, struggling to get a career, and loving and making hip hop music. We knew it would appeal to people, so we built our studio, and got to work on distributing our product."

The songs selected have significance too, explained Hall. "They layout the time, energy, creativity and beauty that exists in hip hop. These recordings document the vision of hip hops founders." At the rate and persistence that M.P.C is going doors have opened in the form of concerts and television appearances.

M.P.C performances can be viewed and orders can be made online for $10 + shipping at http://www.mostpop.org

The Magnetic Entertainment Inc. web site also provides detailed information about the origin of M.P.C and a history of the group.

Magnetic Entertainment Inc. is a New York based entertainment company specializing in production, music and marketing. The company's "dedication to originality and respect in hip hop" has been sold in more than 10 countries and have been featured in articles by the Bronx Times and Bulldog Press, as well as featured on ABC World News Now, Bronx Talk AM, Orangeburg Inside/Out, GeoVision, The Ron Alexander Show, and NY1. MPC has also performed with LL Cool J, and the Notorious B.I.G.

Contact:

Eshawn Hall, 917/568-8995
Fax: 718-752-1596
Email: Eshawn_3@hotmail.com
http://www.mostpop.org

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Write On Point Magazine Speaks To Hip Hop Legend Kool G Rap

London -- (ArriveNet - Mar 17, 2006) --Almost twenty years has past since the legendary Kool G Rap entered the music arena and introduced an entire generation to his brand of reality Hip Hop. G Raps graphic tales of life on the streets has proven to be an inspiration to many of todays artists, which includes the likes of Jay-Z, Nas, Wu Tang and the late Tupac Shakur. Its the acknowledgement and respect garnered from these particular artists that has helped to keep the G-Rap legacy alive, some thing of which he is truly grateful for. In his first ever interview with UK online publication Write On Point Magazine, G Rap says, I really appreciate it when an artist such as Jay-Z lets it be known that this was a great dude. Let's not forget this dude, he was one of my inspirations, he was an inspiration to many. That's my reward from the game. I can watch the film "Tupac- Resurrection" and see my name in Tupac's notes listing his inspirational figures. That's major to me. I definitely feel good about that, it's definitely an honour.

Even though G Rap has already cemented his place in the Hip Hop history books, he is not prepared to rest on his laurels. Within the next couple of months expect to see the release of a new solo project, the release of a mixtape with Green Lantern and an as yet to be titled autobiography which will chronicle his early success, his absence from the scene and his turbulent relationship with the now infamous Karrine Superhead Steffans. Also expect to hear more from his group, 5 Family Click who he says will all be dropping solo projects in the very near future.

On the topic of his group, 5 Family Click and its growth, G Rap explains 5 Family Click is a click that currently consists of three different clicks so far. We are going to get out the five to make the whole 5 Family thing official, but we are not rushing. We are very selective on who we recruit. My company Igloo Productions is currently looking at other artists that we have just come across, but nothing has been solidified yet.

To read full interview visit: www.writeonpoint-magazine.moonfruit.com/koolgrap

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

Contact:
Janice Spence
Founder/Editor-In-Chief
Write On Point Magazine
Email: janice@writeonpoint.co.uk
Website: www.writeonpoint.co.uk


 
The Orchard Launches High-End Production Service for Distributed Labels, Digital Services

Orchard Offers Labels Innovative Way To Generate New Masters and Retailers Custom, Exclusive Music

eMusic To Launch Dedicated Programming Area To Promote The Music

NEW YORK, and AUSTIN, Texas, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard, the world's leading digital distributor and marketer of independent music, today announced the launch of a new offering for its top distributed labels and the digital retailers and mobile operators that The Orchard services. This follows Orchard's recent investment in providing its labels a no-cost, high- quality solution to create digital masters for their out-of-print and limited- release vinyl for digital sale in its "Digital Wax" program, to be branded "When It Was Wax" at digital and mobile retail.

This latest program is the result of a collaboration between The Orchard and Paul Wolff of Tonelux. Wolff, a legendary audio designer and engineer and former owner of API, is widely known for his landmark designs, including API's Legacy and Legacy Plus consoles, and the Vision, a complete surround recording/mixing console.

The fully-portable recording and mixing solution is centered around a full-feature, 24-track Tonelux console -- a revolutionary approach marrying full-console functionality with state-of-the-art sonics in a modular and portable design. The console will track to a Radar V-Nyquist 24-track hard disk recorder, the leading and most "analogue" of all digital recording solutions (and easily exportable for post-production and mixing work in any digital workstation, including ProTools(TM)). Microphones range from multiple channels of the acclaimed Tracy Korby Audio KAT-4 large diaphragm system, vintage offerings from Neumann and Schoeps, and the unique SoundField Mark V microphone.

The system, located in New York, offers a fully portable, yet extremely high-quality tracking and mixing solution. Top Orchard labels will have access to the equipment and The Orchard will work to facilitate live recordings at New York venues, but also to broker access to unique New York spaces for innovative projects outside of the traditional "studio" environment. The program offers labels a way to generate new and interesting music for their artists' fans. For digital retailers and mobile operators, The Orchard will use the system to produce targeted, exclusive music for featured placement in their digital stores.

The initial and diverse group of artists scheduled for sessions in the program include breaking indie rock bands Art Brut and The Hold Steady; jazz guitar great Peter Bernstein (who plans to release his next album, on the landmark Xanadu jazz record label, through the program); the acclaimed Harlem Gospel Choir; and local Brooklyn genre-bending virtuoso Jeremiah Lockwood (a member of Balkan Beat Box), who plans to use the program to create a live recording that captures his unique country blues busking style familiar to New Yorkers through his ongoing participation in the Music Under New York program. Importantly, all artists and labels retain full rights for physical distribution-artists and labels own their masters.

"The Orchard is first and foremost a marketer, and they have helped Fierce Panda and Art Brut in ensuring that our digital efforts complement and are in sync with our larger promotional goals for the band. The Orchard is the most creative digital marketer in the industry, and no doubt, this has helped Art Brut. With this new program, they have made yet another innovation available to its labels that will lead to more and better music for fans, and more and better audiences for artists," said Philip Ingles, Label Manager of Fierce Panda.

eMusic, the world's largest and leading digital retailer focused exclusively on independent music, has agreed to create a dedicated programming section featuring music from this Orchard program. Live performances will be featured in a special programming area within eMusic's existing eMusicLive area, while other recordings will be merchandised as appropriate to the genre, and all retail branding will focus on the artists and labels themselves.

"Through this new program, our labels and retailer partners can capture great and unique music and make it available to their customers. New York's five boroughs are one of the creative hubs of the music industry, and we are fortunate to experience a regular flow of talent in and out of the city. We are excited to work with the labels that represent these great artists to produce and distribute new music from them," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard. "Great work can be produced with blunt instruments, but we feel just because something is sold digitally doesn't mean the sound quality should suffer. Every year, resolution will improve and eventually, investments now in high-quality masters will pay off in the ears of consumers."

"The Orchard continues to be one of eMusic's largest and most valuable partners, in terms of the size and scope of its catalogue; and on an absolute basis, as-by far-our biggest-selling supplier. We are pleased that they continue to support the important labels they represent, and to invest heavily in programming highly desired by eMusic's customers," said David Pakman, President and CEO of eMusic.

"In the past, the concept of using an extremely high quality, yet portable recording system meant hiring a recording truck and its associated crews along with the expenses that came with it. In today's world of music recording, the issue becomes 'what can deliver the same quality and still capture the immediate mood of the artist and performance without sacrifice?' The idea behind Tonelux was created from my 30 years of recording and manufacturing of recording equipment experience. The Orchard's pioneering adoption of this solution to provide their label and retail partners with a new, flexible, cost-effective and creative way to capture unique artistic performances will be great for music fans," said Wolff.

Interested labels should contact Jordy Trachtenberg at Jordy@theorchard.com. Interested digital retailers and mobile operators should contact Jaclyn Ranere at Jaclyn@theorchard.com.

About The Orchard

The Orchard (http://www.theorchard.com/) is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 800,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The company is headquartered in New York and London, with operations in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Kolkata, Johannesburg, Moscow and Melbourne, and local representatives in Paris, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona, Lausanne, Ramallah, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo.

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com/) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 4.5 million downloads each month; eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalogue of 1,000,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country.

About Tonelux

Tonelux (http://www.tonelux.com/) was created in 2003 after Paul Wolff, previous owner of API (Api Audio Products or Automated Processes, Inc) sold the company, then left the new company to explore a new direction in recording systems. Mr. Wolff purchased API in 1985 and through that period, designed and built more than 30 all discrete recording and mixing consoles, including the Legacy, Legacy Plus and the last console, the Vision, which was a complete surround recording/mixing console. Other innovative products included the 200 series outboard line, the famed 2500 bus compressor and one of the first external bussing mixers, the 8200 series. Wolff left those products behind as he saw a shift in the professional recording industry that called for a more compact, affordable recording product line with superior quality and tone. With the advent of the Digital Audio Workstation, recording was changing direction rapidly and the need to change direction in other areas was required. Having a visionary outlook at the industry, Mr. Wolff created a whole new product line with a whole new concept in design, which in only a few years has been used on many high profile recording and mixing projects and is rapidly becoming the go-to line for every aspect of recording. The Tonelux idea is to allow an artist or engineer the ability to custom build any size or format console like unit from 8 to 80 channels without any quality or tonal compromises. Paul Wolff began to see that with the change in recording direction, artists and engineers were re-inventing the process much like it was in the early days of recording where they were writing the rules as they recorded the band. This is why Mr. Wolff says, "It's like 1967 all over again". He also feels that the industry is not dying, it is growing from new roots into a whole new plant, and those of us who take care of the plant will reap the benefits of its fruit.

Media Contacts:
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466
andy.morris@morris-king.com
justin.kazmark@morris-king.com

All other inquiries:
info@theorchard.com

Source: The Orchard

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, andy.morris@morris-king.com, or
Justin Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, justin.kazmark@morris-king.com, both of The Morris + King Company


 
PASTOR TROY'S LATEST SERMON USHERS IN NEW ERA OF HIP HOP

Congregations of hip hop lovers everywhere are being drawn into the world vividly described by Pastor Troy on his latest offering Stay True (845 Entertainment).

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW YORK, NY, March 17, 2006 - Congregations of hip hop lovers everywhere are being drawn into the world vividly described by Pastor Troy on his latest offering Stay True (845 Entertainment).

Upon first listen, it becomes clear that Troy is no longer preaching to the choir. Instead, he takes aim at the unconverted -- the nonbelievers -- and gives them a deliciously devilish dose of their own medicine.

Boasting the talents of much-touted producers Cooley C, Drumm, P.NO and Shawty Redd.

Stay True finds Troy mixing it up with a new crop of music makers. The sound is still recognizable, however, and stays true to the renown, get-crunk-represent-the-dirty-south style that he introduced with his 1999 debut We Ready- I Declare War and 2001's Face Off.

The first single is "Well - Un - HUH," a song best described as up tempo, rugged and real. Of the track Troy says: " This song is a trademark phrase of mine that I made into a hook which I feel my fans will enjoy."

Born Micah Levar Troy in College Park, GA, Troy, 24, is the son of a drill sergeant-turned-pastor who laid down strict household rules and made sure his son was introduced to the church at an early age. But like most kids on his block, the young Troy was also exposed to street life. It is that dichotomy, that contradiction of influences, that continues to be reflected in his music today: the respectful preacher's kid who knows better but can't resist indulging his naughty side; the gentlemanly boy next door who seems oblivious to the wiles of his street corner friends but, in actuality, is far craftier than they could ever be.

On Stay True, Troy flirts with religion in one breath, embraces street life in the next and somehow manages to treat them with equal reverence.

Recording the album proved to be a cathartic experience for the rapper. "This album was very relaxing due to the creative control I had in putting it together," he said "I really enjoyed myself."

Since his beginnings, Troy's ascension in rap has been steady, earning him the respect of his peers and his fans. This release marks Troy's first release on (845 Entertainment Distributed by SMC/Fontana Universal). The move to an indie label is proving fruitful for the rapper - "This is cool because you don't have to sell a million records to get paid and you have more artistic control."

Whether at zenith of a mountain, or in the pulpit, Pastor Troy will continue his unique brand of proselytizing - he will always Stay True.

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Superstar Nick Cannon to Perform at McDonald's(R) All American High School Basketball Games(TM)

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 16, 2006--Rounding out the all-star lineup of the McDonald's All American High School Basketball Games and Powerade Jam Fest, hip hop artist & award winning entertainer Nick Cannon will perform his new single, "Dime Piece" during the highly anticipated halftime show of the All American Boys' Game on March 29th in his hometown of San Diego, CA.

It was announced this last week that "Dime Piece", the debut single off of his forthcoming solo album, Stages was the # 1 Most Added record in both Urban Mainstream and Rhythm Crossover radio formats. Due in stores later this spring, Stages will be the first release under his own label imprint, Can I Ball Records/Universal Motown.

"I'm looking forward to putting on a memorable performance for my hometown of San Diego, but most importantly, I am happy to have the opportunity to support the McDonald All American Games and the Games' mission of raising money for Ronald McDonald House Charities," said Cannon.

A San Diego native, the 25-year old Cannon is also the creator, director, writer and host of the number one rated show in cable television -- the sketch-inspired MTV's "Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'n Out." His other small and big screen hits include Nickelodeon's award-winning "The Nick Cannon Show," as well as a breakout role in the 2002 movie "Drumline."
Cannon is currently starring in three soon-to-be-released movies, including the Emilio Estevez directed Robert Kennedy assassination picture "Bobby," the highly anticipated animated film "Monster House," and the gritty indie release "Weapons."

Game organizers say Cannon's performance is an added bonus for basketball and music fans alike.

"The McDonald's All American Games and Powerade Jam Fest offer a multifaceted week of fun that combines the best of sports with the best of musical entertainment," said Michon Ellis, director of the McDonald's All American Games. "For just $30 for both events, attendees will get to see world-class entertainer Nick Cannon perform, enjoy a shootout contest and watch high school's best basketball players make history."

In addition to Cannon, the All American Games festivities will feature an all-star cast of basketball enthusiasts who are lending their talents to support the Games and Ronald McDonald House Charities. Celebrity judges for the high-energy Powerade Jam Fest, March 27 at SDSU's Peterson Gym, include Drew Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman, WNBA star Nikky McCray, who will also perform the national anthem at the event, four-time NBA champion Steve Kerr, and Sonny Hill and Howard Garfinkel, both original members of the Games selection committee.

Tickets for the All American Games, March 29 at Cox Arena, start at just $15, and prices include admission to both the Boys' and Girls' Games as well as Cannon's halftime performance. Tickets can be purchased at www.sdmcdonalds.com, at all TicketMaster outlets and by calling 866/909-GAME.

Tickets for the Powerade Jam Fest are available for $15 and can be purchased at the Aztec Center Ticket Office at San Diego State University or at the Aztec Athletic Ticket office at Qualcomm Stadium, window "E." Jam Fest tickets can also be ordered by calling 866/909-GAME.
For more than 25 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego (RMHC-SD) has helped children and families. RMHC-SD provides comfort, strength and stability for families with children in medical crises by operating Ronald McDonald House, a "home away from home," and supporting synergistic programming for the San Diego community. Since its opening in 1980, the Ronald McDonald House has provided more than 100,000 nights of lodging and support to more than 10,000 families whose children face cancer, leukemia and other life-threatening illnesses.

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer, with more than 30,000 restaurants serving over 47 million people each day. Approximately 95 percent of San Diego McDonald's restaurants are owned and operated by independent local businessmen and women.

Editor's Note: High-resolution images of Nick Cannon are available. To obtain, please contact Lauren DiGeronimo at 619/296-0605, ext. 247 or ld@nstpr.com.

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Lauren DiGeronimo, 619-296-0605, ext. 247
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HIP-HOP STAR T.I. TO PREVIEW HIS UPCOMING ALBUM KING EXCLUSIVELY ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO

WHO: Atlanta-based rap star T.I., whose fourth album King
(Grand Hustle/Atlantic) will be released on March 28

WHAT: In an exclusive Personal Preview Special, T.I. will preview his upcoming album King and talk about each track with Shade 45 channel host DJ Drama (of the Atlanta DJ crew The Aphilliates)

WHEN: Monday, March 20 from 8 pm to 10 pm ET

WHERE: Exclusively on Shade 45 (channel 45) on SIRIUS Satellite Radio

MORE: T.I. is the latest artist to present his upcoming album exclusively for the Personal Preview Special on Shade 45 before it hits the streets. Previous Personal Preview Specials, during which artists with highly-anticipated albums sit with a Shade 45 on-air personality and go through the album track-by-track, providing exclusive commentary, have featured 50 Cent, Common and Tony Yayo.

Shade 45 is the totally uncut, uncensored, commercial-free hip-hop channel co-created and produced by recording artist Eminem. DJ Drama, and all of the Aphilliates, can be heard on Shade 45 every Friday from 8 pm to 10 pm ET during their show, The Streets Iz Watchin. Other notable artists who host weekly shows exclusively on Shade 45 include DJ Kay Slay, DJ Whoo Kid and many more.

For more information, visit www.sirius.com.

CONTACT: Andrea Ferguson (andrea_ferguson@dkcnews.com) 212.981-5242


 
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S SKIRBALL CENTER PRESENTS FEST FORWARD: HIP-HOP UNBOUND APRIL 3 - 15

ALTERNATIVE AND WIDE-RANGING EXAMINATION OF HIP-HOP AS A CULTURAL FORCE EXEMPLIFIES SKIRBALL'S YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCE INITIATIVE

Hip-hop permeates todays youth culture around the world as a vibrant, challenging and constantly transforming phenomenon. Early on, the term hip-hop was used to describe the four elements: emceeing (rapping), deejaying (turntablism), graffiti, and breakdancing. Today, however, everything from dance to theater to fashion is encompassed by the genre. Bridging the gap between underground expression and mainstream commercialism, hip-hop has created not only an impressive share of superstars, but also more than a little controversy in innumerable cultural and demographic contexts.

From April 3 to 15, NYU's Jack H. Skirball Centerwhose explicit mission it is to actively engage young adult (1830) audiences through live performancepresents Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound, a singularly expansive array of programs celebrating and re-examining 30 years of hip-hop as a cultural force. Skirball Center Executive Director Wiley Hausam co-curates and co-produces the festival, along with Rika Iino, CEO/Producer of Sozo Media, and Jason King, associate chair of the Clive Davis Program of Recorded Music at NYUs Tisch School of the Arts. Fest Forward will feature performances, discussions and workshops about the many facets of whats out there in the wide world of hip-hop, encompassing the music, theater, dance, video, fashion, politics and ideas that have grown out this urban folk art. As a whole, the programming focuses on the contributions of women, Asians, Latinos, political activists, thinkers, crossover artists (in theater and dance) and young underground artists to draw an alternative portrait of the hip-hop landscape, adding richness and complexity to the common portrayal of hip-hop in the media.

The Fest Forward performances will span a wide range of media, from a theatrical reading and dance pieces to a documentary film and a concert. Armed with a new album, legendary Bay Area rappers The Coup will bring their 14 years of politically charged experience to a show at the Skirball Center. A two-part event focusing on women and dance in hip-hop will feature performances by troupes Decadancetheatre and Full Circle Productions. Deep*NYC, a program integrating fashion, video, and genre-bending multicultural acts will be hosted by MC Akim Funk Buddha, an artist who performs a collage of dance, poetry, and throat-singing. Fest-goers will also have the chance to take a sneak peak at a segment of documentary work-in-progress, Apache Line: From Gangs to Hip-Hop by legendary dancer Popmaster Fabel of the Rock Steady Crew. Called The Great Hip-Hop Swindle, this presentation will also include special dance performances and a panel/Q&A session. Rounding off the performance portion of Fest Forward is a staged reading of a new theater work by cutting-edge poetry and performance ensemble Universes.

In addition to the array of performances, a trio of retrospective panels with high-powered participants, produced by Jason King, are set to take place over the course of Fest Forward. Early hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa calls together the people behind his seminal work, Planet Rock for a
panel discussion on its nexus, moderated by David Toop. Hip-hop has long been a vehicle for outspoken, powerful women to vent their perspectives candidly, but we hardly ever hear from the women who run the businesses behind the scenes.

Fest Forward presents Executive Decisions: 30 Years of Powerful Women in Hip-Hop as probably the first public showcase of the legendary female movers and shakers in the music industry who have helped push hip-hop forward over the years. Finally, a discussion entitled The Future of Hip-Hop will give a diverse group of all-star scholars and journalists just five minutes each to offer three wishes for the next thirty years of hip-hop. The Retrospectives are co-sponsored by NYUs Tisch School of the Arts.

Finally, grouped under the moniker Beyond Basic, a series of interactive workshops will provide a behind-the-scenes look at performance aspects of hip-hop, with demonstrations by recognized masters. NYU student participants will learn the technique behind beatboxing, breakdancing, turntablism and rhyme/spoken word. Kid Lucky, an expert practitioner, presents a 14-piece human beatbox orchestra called Nu Voices, while well-known breakdancer Popmaster Fabel will demonstrate hip-hop movement with a group of young dancers. Filmmaker and turntablism guru John Carluccio, along with DJs Excess and IXL, will host a performance workshop focusing on the history and applications of turntable techniques. Finally, Universes will share more about hip-hops relationship with poetry, concluding the series of Beyond Basic workshops.

Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound is part of a program designed to engage college-age youth and young adults under the age of 30 in cultural events at the Skirball Center. The Center presents theater, dance, music, musical theater, and opera, solo performance, comedy, video, film, and public affairs events. Its mission is to serve the NYU community while building young adult audiences (ages 18-30) for live performance by reaching out to them with a broad range of world-class, forward-thinking work at low ticket prices. L. Jay Oliva, President Emeritus of NYU is the executive producer of the Skirball Center. Tickets for NYU students to Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound are $7.

What follows is a lineup of Fest Forward: Hip-Hop Unbound events at the Skirball Center in April:

FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES:

Decadancetheatre + Full Circle Productions: Wednesday, April 5 at 7:00P.M.; Friday, April 7 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $25 general public; $15 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

A two-part evening of women and hip-hop dance from New York City.
Decadancetheatre is made of up young women from the U.S., Colombia, and Japan, who acquired the common language of hip-hops urban folk culture in the clubs and on the streets of the cities where they grew up. Led by artistic director, Jennifer Weber, her leading dancers bring . . . the feminine mystique to hip-hop. (Village Voice)

Full Circle Productions, led by Ana Rokafella Garcia and veteran B-boy, Gabriel Kwikstep Dionisio, is a hip-hop collective of women and men that brings the positive image of women in full command of the hip-hop culture. Their recent works include Soular Powerd (New Victory Theater) and the current, Innaviews (Dance Theatre Workshop).

The Great Hip-Hop Swindle: Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 P.M.
Tickets: $15 general public; $10 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

A premiere screening of a segment of the new documentary-in-progress by legendary dancer and V.P. of the world-renowned Rock Steady Crew, Popmaster Fabel. Apache Line: From Gangs to Hip-Hop documents the foundations of b-boying, popping and rocking as it emerged from the gang era of the mid-1970s in Spanish Harlem. The screening will be followed by a performance with special guests in which dance legends meet new jacks, and will close with a panel/Q & A with members of this community. Produced by Thomas O. Kriegsmann.

Ameriville: A Staged Reading by Universes Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $7

The acclaimed performance ensemble Universes present a first-look concert reading of their newest creation Ameriville. Comprised of Gamal Chasten, Mildred Ruiz, Ninja and Steven Sapp, Universes is best known for their ground-breaking off-Broadway hit Slanguage. Ameriville has been developed in part through a residency at the Skirball Center.

Deep*NYC
An evening of music, fashion, and video
Produced by Rika Iino (Sozo Media)
Thursday, April 13 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $15 general public; $10 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

Dig deep into unstoppable urban expressions by NYCs hottest emerging talents. A multimedia marathon hosted by MC Akim Funk Buddha, featuring Bi-Trip, a Japanese hip-hop dance group, Dujeous, a live hip-hop sensation, and other genre-breaking multi-cultural acts, fashion shows, a DJ, video and a very special guest. Produced by Rika Iino (Sozo Media).

The Coup: Saturday, April 15 at 10:00P.M.
Tickets: $25 general public; $15 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

The Coup's new album, Pick A Bigger Weapon, kicks off with a classic Boots Riley line I'm a walking contradiction/Like bullets and love mixin... and then it just gets better. The Coups newest songs capture the collisions between economics and everyday life, the political and the personal. After a 14-year career that has defined the word uncompromising, the Coup return armed with bigger funk and taller tales.

WORKSHOPS:

Beyond Basic

Beyond Basic is a series of four performance workshops designed to encourage NYU students to get up-close and personal with the makers of live hip-hop. From b-boys to turntables to human beatbox, take your knowledge to the next level. Go back stage and behind the scenes with the pioneers and see how they do it. Go beyond basic.

Beyond Basic: Human Beatbox
NU VOICES by Kid Lucky and Beatboxer Entertainment
Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00P.M. Tickets: $7

Beatbox movement pioneer Kid Lucky presents NU VOICES, a 14-piece human beatbox orchestra. From vocal scratching to scatting to Tuvan throat singing, the all-star vocal band will demonstrate mouth-watering original improvisations, combined with urban dance remixes you know and love by such artists as Mary J Blige, P Diddy, Dr. Dre, KLF, Soul II Soul and even Metallica. Produced by Rika Iino (Sozo Media).

Beyond Basic: Popping & Locking
Thursday, April 6 at 3:00P.M.
Tickets: $7

Jorge Fabel Pabon, a/k/a the legendary Popmaster Fabel leads a group of young dancers through the basics of hip-hop movement. Fabel teaches in the Experimental Theatre wing of NYUs Tisch School of the Arts.

Beyond Basic: Turntablism
Hop-Fu: Hip-Hop Meets Kung Fu
Saturday, April 8 at 2:00P.M.
Tickets: $7

Hosted by filmmaker and turntablism guru John Carluccio and DJs Excess and IXL, this performance workshop will take you through the history, the techniques and the application of turntables. Their ground-breaking collaboration, Hop-Fu: Hip-Hop Meets Kung Fu will unveil film sound track and scratch techniques like youve never seen and heard before. Produced by Rika Iino (Sozo Media).

Beyond Basic: Art of Rhyme/Spoken Word
Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00P.M.
Tickets: $7

The Universes will conclude the series of four Beyond Basic sessions by sharing their art and technique, derived from the New York poetry scene, with a group of verbally adept NYU students.

RETROSPECTIVES:

Hip-Hop Retrospectives

Hip-Hop Retrospectives is a three-part discussion series that takes a look back at the road paved by hip-hop pioneers and a look forward at a global culture that some feel has yet to realize its greatest potential. Produced by Jason King. Co-sponsored by Tisch School of the Arts.

The Making of Planet Rock
Monday, April 3 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $15 general public; $10 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

Performed by hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force, Planet Rock is arguably the most classic recording in hip-hop history. For the first time in a live setting, The Making of Planet Rock will bring together the original creative team behind the song - artists, producers, engineers, record company executives and special guests - to reflect on the making of the record, more than 20 years after its release. Speakers include Afrika Bambaataa Arthur Baker, Fab Five Freddy, Monica Lynch, John Robie, Tom Silverman and special guests. Moderated by pioneering author David Toop.

The Future of Hip-Hop
Saturday, April 8 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $15 general public; $10 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

We've given some of the sharpest critical minds in music five minutes each to offer three wishes for the next three years of hip-hop. Destined to be a controversial evening, the panel includes luminaries: Ta-Nehisi Coates (Time, Village Voice), Jaylah Burrell (Pop Matters), Richard Goldstein (former Voice editor), Margo Jefferson (Pulitzer Prize-winner, New York Times), Bakari Kitwana (Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop), Sacha Jenkins (Ego Trip co-founder), Cristina Veran (One World, Spin) and Oliver Wang (Classic Material, Vibe).

Executive Decisions: 30 Years of Powerful Women in Hip-Hop
Monday, April 10 at 7:00P.M.
Tickets: $15 general public; $10 NYU faculty & staff; $7 NYU students

This exciting event will bring together some of the pioneering women in hip-hop who have worked as record label CEOs, presidents, and senior executives to reflect on the challenges they faced climbing to the top of a male-dominated industry. Panel includes: Ann Carli, former senior executive at Jive; Lisa Cortes, former president of Loose Cannon; Carmen Ashhurst, former president of Def Jam; Monica Lynch, former president of Tommy Boy, Denise Brown, former head of Warner Bros. Urban, many others. Moderated by acclaimed author and journalist Danyel Smith.

TICKETS:
UNBOUND PASSES:
$100 General public / NYU faculty & staff
$50 for NYU students

Go completely unbound and enjoy the ultimate, all-inclusive hip-hop experience by purchasing a festival pass. These Unbound Passes are good for admission to all events. Pass holders do not require tickets to access events, workshops, performances, and panels. To guarantee admittance you must be present at the venue 30 minutes prior to the events scheduled start time. A limited number of Unbound Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These passes are non-transferable.

Online Ticketing Fees Apply
www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu
In Person No Ticketing Fees
Two Locations:
Shagan Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place
Hours: TSA 12:00 to 6:00P.M. and two hours prior to performances.
Ticket Central, 416 West 42nd Street.
Hours: Daily, 12noon 8:00P.M.
By Phone Ticketing Fees Apply
Ticket Central, 212-279-4200
Hours: Daily, 12noon 8:00P.M.
The Skirball Center at NYU is located at 566 LaGuardia Place on the south side of Washington Square Park between Washington Square South (4th Street) and 3rd Street.
The Skirball Center is close to most subway lines:
West 4th Street - A, B, C, D, E, F, V
8Th Street & Broadway N, R
Astor Place 6
Christopher Street - 1
Union Square L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6
Buses serving the area: #5, 6, 8, 12
The PATH trains stops at 9th Street and 6th Avenue

For more information, please contact
Blake Zidell, Brian Shimkovitz or Carla Sacks at
Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000,
blake@sacksco.com, brian.shimkovitz@sacksco.om or carla@sacksco.com.


 
MusicIP Partners with Key Industry Leaders

MusicIP, the first global music relationship engine, today announced that 15 music industry leaders have joined the MusicIP partner program, enhancing technology and solutions available to consumers, artists and enterprises. The partnerships provide strong validation for the newly launched company and the industrys desire for a solution that more effectively connects consumers, artists and enterprises.

AUSTIN, Texas (PRWEB) March 17, 2006 -- MusicIP, the first global music relationship engine, today announced that 15 music industry leaders have joined the MusicIP partner program, enhancing technology and solutions available to consumers, artists and enterprises. The diversity of MusicIPs technology platform accounts for the variety of partnerships announced today. The partnerships provide strong validation for the newly launched company and the industrys desire for a solution that more effectively connects consumers, artists and enterprises.

The new partners include:

AOL has deployed MusicIP's MusicDNS service and MusicIP's Acoustic Discovery Framework for global use in Winamp, one of the most popular media players in the world with nearly 52 million unique monthly visitors worldwide according to comScore Media Metrix, January 2006. The technology offers Winamp users the benefits of instant-playlists and new-music discoveries.

BigChampagne and MusicIP have established a strategic alliance in which MusicIP provides anonymous data to BigChampagne, allowing the technology and market research company to turn that data into industry actionable wisdom.

Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, will work with MusicIP to provide a layer of copyright enforcement within the MusicIP ListenerLink service, allowing for music makers to expose their music to listeners in a highly targeted fashion.

FIQL, an online music community, partnered with MusicIP to expose community members to more playlists. Music fans using MusicIP Mixer can post playlists directly to FIQL.com and fans can import any playlist they see on FIQL directly into MusicIP Mixer.

MusicBrainz, a user-maintained music encyclopedia, partnered with MusicIP to provide Open Source, Open Data music identification.

Magnatune, an independent, online record label, partnered with MusicIP to better analyze their music collection, as well as to provide an avenue for their artists to be discovered.

ElatinMusic, the premier Web site for Latin music, is incorporating MusicIPs MusicDNS service to identify the master recording of each song of their vast catalog. The partnership also includes bundling the MusicIP Mixer into ElatinMusics Web site.

Boombang, a product business design firm, has developed a deep understanding of the MusicIP technology platform, which gives them a unique value-add in their design work with consumer electronics and interface partners.

Waterloo Records, one of the countrys most revered music stores, partnered with MusicIP to drive highly targeted buyer traffic from both Web and desktop applications with the BuyHear program. Waterloo is an affiliate of the BuyHear program.

Hungama Mobile, the largest collection of Bollywood music, licensed MusicDNS and bundling MusicIP Mixer to provide stronger connections to between their audiences.

U3, a software platform company that transforms USB flash drives from simple storage devices into U3 smart drives, bundled the MusicIP Mixer into their existing technology to provide a solution to better manage, enjoy and grow digital music libraries on their smart drives.

.Songs, aims to revolutionize the online professional song placement market. .Songs utilizes MusicIPs fingerprinting and acoustic discovery Open Fingerprint technology to expand its song catalog and drive their business.

StreamCast Networks, Inc., developers and distributors of the popular Morpheus file-sharing and search software, is incorporating Music IP's web-based Acoustic Discovery Framework, allowing millions of Morpheus users to discover music they would otherwise never find.

MusicToDigital.com, which converts compact disk music collections into digital format, licensed MusicIPs MusicDNS service and is helping customers better manage, enjoy and grow their digital music libraries by bundling the MusicIP Mixer within their service.

Applian Technology Inc. provides software solutions that turn PCs into streaming media recorders. Applian Technologies Inc. will enhance the companys online media recording tools, including a soon to be released tag fixing product, by incorporating MusicIPs MusicDNS service and bundling the MusicIP Mixer.

About MusicIP
Known as the Global Music Relationship Engine, MusicIP is the axis of the digital-music technology ecosystem with scalable services and products for every major industry niche. Founded in 2000, MusicIP provides revolutionary solutions that connect listeners, artists and enterprises. In addition to the low-cost Music Digital Name Service (MusicDNS) and patented Acoustic Discovery Framework, MusicIP's language-independent technologies include: the free MusicIP Mixer application for consumers to rediscover their own collections and discover new music; MusicIP's ListenerLink service which connects musicians directly to new fans worldwide; and a variety of services for music enterprises that connect, personalize and expose more music to more customers. For more information, visit www.musicip.com.

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Lindsey Tishgart
http://www.musicip.com/
512-527-7022


3/16/2006

 
Hip-Hop Artist Timbaland Joins Verizon to Recognize Area Teens' Entrepreneurial Talents

BET Personality, 'Big Tigger' to Host High School 'Shot Caller Showdown' Competition

PHILADELPHIA - Aspiring young entrepreneurs from two area high schools will compete to test their business acumen at the Verizon "Realize Ambition: The Shot Caller Showdown." The event, hosted by BET personality, Big Tigger will be held at The Enterprise Center on Friday, March 17. Hip Hop hit maker, Timbaland, will provide encouragement and business advice for the budding entrepreneurs. Addye Durant, the Philadelphian who spent 21 days in the Dream254: The Verizon Incubator on South Street will also be in attendance.

Student business teams from Overbrook High School and Germantown High School will present business plans crafted from a specially designed curriculum (created by The Enterprise Center) for an audience of fellow students, parents and community leaders. A panel of judges from the Philadelphia business community will select two winning teams to receive the title of "Ultimate Shot Caller." Each member of the winning teams will receive new laptops and have their business presentations placed on the www.realizeambition.com site.

During the event, Verizon will also present each participating school with two Verizon Realize Multimedia Centers, which include computers, educational software, cameras and printers.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 17

WHERE: The Enterprise Center
4548 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19139
(Pre-event media registration highly recommended; please call
C. Brown, below)

WHO: Clinton Arnold, director, business partnership channel,
retail markets, Verizon; Big Tigger, BET personality and Hip
Hop producer, Timbaland

Big Tigger:
10:30 a.m. - Beginning of "Realize Ambition: The Shot Caller
Showdown"

Clinton Arnold:
10:45 a.m. - Presentation of student business plans
11:15 a.m. - Announcement of Shot Caller Showdown winners
11:45 a.m. - Donation of Verizon Realize Multimedia Centers

Timbaland:
11:30 a.m. - Special remarks

BACKGROUND:

"Realize Ambition: The Shot Caller Showdown" is an extension of the Verizon Realize advertising and marketing campaign, which tells stories of budding entrepreneurs who rely on Verizon broadband. The showdown gives students at two local high schools the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and the importance of personal empowerment.

From January to February, teams of students developed business plans -- complete with marketing, financials, human resources issues and solutions -- for a business of their choice. The objective of the competition is to encourage the students to use entrepreneurial thinking and business practices in developing their business initiative.

Verizon worked with The Enterprise Center of Philadelphia to develop The Realize Road Map curriculum, which guides teachers in working with high school students in the four markets to create innovative and viable business models. The Enterprise Center is a non-profit community advocate for minority entrepreneurship. The Road Map curriculum also will be available to teachers across the country on the www.realizeambition.com site.

The selected schools will receive Verizon Realize Multimedia Centers, featuring computers, educational software, cameras and printers. Each member of the winning teams will receive new laptops and the teams will have their business presentations placed on the www.realizeambition.com site.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Christopher Brown, IV, Burrell
312-297-9752 / 312-498-8734 (cell)
freelancevz@burrell.com

Sharon Shaffer, Verizon
215-963-6200/ 215-990-6499 (cell)
sharon.b.shaffer@verizon.com

PRNewswire -- March 16
Source: Verizon

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


 
Tupac Shakur Immortalized in Wax at World-Famous Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in Exclusive New 'Tupac Eternal' Exhibit

Unveiling Ceremony - April 5, 2006 - 11 AM

LOS ANGELES, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Tupac Shakur, the rap world's greatest figure, will now be immortalized in wax at the world-famous Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas at the glorious Venetian Hotel. The brand new sculpture will be part of the "Tupac Eternal" exhibit that is the latest contemporary addition to the gallery. The statue and exhibit will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at a special ceremony commencing at 11:00 A.M.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060316/LATH043 )

The wax portrait of Tupac is being sculpted by Jeni Fairey of The Tussauds Studio London, who has previously worked on Beyonce for the museum. The sculpture will be based on the now-iconic image of a shirtless Tupac sporting a bandana and proudly displaying his tattoos.

The Tupac wax figure has been created from hundreds of photographs and measurements provided to Madame Tussauds by Ms. Afeni Shakur. Each of Tupac's tattoos will have been redrawn and individually hand-painted onto the sculpture. The finished effigy has taken months to complete, involving more than 700 hours of work and over 330 pounds of clay. The entire wax figure will weigh approximately 55 pounds. To place Tupac in his own environment and make the "Tupac Eternal" exhibit a complete sensory immersion, Madame Tussauds is attempting to obtain the rights to use some of 2Pac's music through Interscope Records and Universal Music Publishing, which will add a further layer of reality to the unique "Tussauds experience."

To commemorate the historic 10th Anniversary of Tupac's passing, Madame Tussauds is considering sending the new wax figure on its own world tour later this year. Once it has been viewed at the Las Vegas museum, the sculpture is destined to travel to the galleries in New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and London before it will be exhibited at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) in Atlanta for a full month. The figure is scheduled to arrive at the Center by the end of this memorial year.

Tupac Shakur has consistently been the celebrity most requested to receive a wax tribute from Madame Tussauds Las Vegas museum. The sculpture's unveiling arrives nearly ten years after Tupac's death in Las Vegas and it will be exhibited for 300 years to come.

www.TASF.org www.2PAClegacy.com

CONTACT: Versa Manos at 323-658-9146 or versa@gorgeouspr.com.

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060316/LATH043
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN4
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation; Madame Tussauds

CONTACT: Versa Manos, +1-323-658-9146, versa@gorgeouspr.com, for Tupac
Amaru Shakur Foundation

Web site: http://www.2paclegacy.com/

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


 
The Now That's What I Call Music! Launches Its First Spanish Language CD Now Latino - Esto Es Musica!

Now Latino Features 20 Top Latin And Reggaeton Hits In Stores March 21 2006

NEW YORK, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 21 the Now That's What I Call Music! series debuts its first ever Spanish language hits compilation -- Now Latino - Esto Es Musica! Following the footsteps of the well-established top selling brand, Now Latino features 20 of today's hottest Latin and Reggaeton hits (see track listing at the bottom).

Including several #1's and Top 10's hits, Now Latino represents the best of current Latin and Reggaeton music available on one CD. Collectively the artists on Now Latino have sold over 20 million units in the U.S. to date.

Now That's What I Call Music! is the most consistent multi-platinum-selling music brand today -- it has achieved US sales of more than 55 million units to become the most successful multi-artist series of all time. NOW is an unprecedented cooperative project between EMI Music, The Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and the Zomba Group of labels. Since it was introduced in the United States seven years ago, the series has been known as a harbinger of contemporary tastes and a reflection of the most popular music of the day. Every single CD in the Now That's What I Call Music series has been certified platinum or multi-platinum, and NOW remains the most successful branded compilation ever launched in the music business, with continual, massive chart and sales successes.

The series debuted in the United States in 1998 after the NOW brand had been an enormous, multi-platinum international success for nearly 20 years, with some 56 volumes featuring pop hits released in the UK alone. To date, the NOW series has generated sales of 146 million albums worldwide. Every album in the US NOW series has reached the Billboard Top 10 and eight have now debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, making NOW the only non-soundtrack, multi-artist collection to occupy the top spot on this distinguished album sales chart.

Track Listing

1. Rompe -- Daddy Yankee,
2. Ella y Yo -- Aventura, featuring Don Omar
3. Para Tu Amor -- Juanes
4. Daria -- La 5ta Estacion
5. Nuestro Amor -- RBD
6. Na Na Na (Dulce Nina) -- A.B. Quintanilla III presents Kumbia Kings
7. No Te Preocupes Por Mi -- Chayanne
8. Llame Pa' Verte (Bailando Sexy) -- Wisin & Yandel
9. Malo -- BEBE
10. Acompaname A Estar Solo -- Ricardo Arjona
11. Estoy Perdido -- Luis Fonsi
12. Seduccion -- Thalia
13. La Locura Automatica -- La Secta Allstar
14. Eso Ehh..!!! -- Alexis & Fido
15. Yo Voy -- Zion & Lennox
16. Van Bailalo Angel & Khriz
17. Amor Eterno -- Christian Castro
18. Noviembre sin ti -- Reik
19. Suelta Mi Mano -- Sin Bandera
20. Para Vivir -- Alejandro Fernandez

Source: Sony BMG Music Entertainment

CONTACT: Angela Salomon of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, +1-212-833-8575
Angela.Salomon@sonybmg.com

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


 
Verizon Wireless and MySpace Announce 'Calling All Bands' Semifinalists

Winner Will be the First Band to Launch Their Career on V CAST Music

BEDMINSTER, N.J. and AUSTIN, Texas, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, as the SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Conference kicks off in Austin, 15 bands are one step closer to having the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be the first unsigned band to launch their career on a wireless phone. From more than 4,000 bands that entered from across all music genres, 15 were selected by Verizon Wireless and MySpace as the semifinalists in the "Calling All Bands" contest. The lucky winning band will have the opportunity to have their song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone released on Verizon Wireless -- the nation's leading wireless provider with 51.3 million customers.

Semifinalists in the "Calling All Bands" contest include:

Artist Song Title Genre Hometown URL
Aroarah "Unfold" Pop/ Sacramento,
Hard Rock CA www.myspace.com/aroarah

Berto "Shadows" Hip Hop/ Chicago,
Ramon Latin IL www.myspace.com/bertoramon

Code- "Saturn
breaker Life" Electronica Milwaukee,
WI www.myspace.com/codebreaker

Donora "She's Just Indie Dance Pittsburgh,
a Girl" Rock PA www.myspace.com/donora

F. "Nvr Trusted R & B/ Bronx,
ANTHONY U" (NTU) Soul NY www.myspace.com/thefam2

Hepburn "Frequencies Post Boston,
Set" Hardcore MA www.myspace.com/hepburnmusic

Hitch- "Summer Hip Hop Capitol Heights,
hiker Feeling" MD www.myspace.com/hikervision

Holiday "Crimson Acoustic Roswell,
Parade Red" Pop GA www.myspace.com/holidayparade

Jim Van "No Country Orlando,
Fleet Way" FL
and the
Reign www.myspace.com/jimvanfleet

Modico "Dead Decoy Indie Rock Forth Worth,
Days" TX www.myspace.com/modico

Mouse "Beneath Indie Rock Tampa,
Fire All" FL www.myspace.com/mousefire

Parlour "Lovers" Indie Dance Lexington,
Boys Rock KY www.myspace.com/parlourboysmusic

The "Inside of Emo/Post Madison,
Arrival This" Hardcore AL www.myspace.com/thearrival

Tim "Summer's Acoustic San Diego,
Corley End" Pop CA www.myspace.com/timcorley

Unset "The Wait Emo/ San Diego,
is Over" Metal CA www.myspace.com/unset

Until March 22, the MySpace community of more than 60 million users can listen to the semifinalists and vote online for their favorite band at www.myspace.com/callingallbands.* The top five entries to receive the most votes will become finalists; Verizon Wireless will select the winner from the finalists and the winner will be announced on MySpace on March 29.

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

V CAST Music

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

V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation, available to 150 million people from coast to coast. Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music and music videos on their phones. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs in the V CAST Music Online Store can do so without a V CAST VPak.

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

* No purchase necessary. Void outside the U.S.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
Jeffrey.Nelson@VerizonWireless.com

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


 
Hip-Hop 'Hitchhiker' From Capitol Heights, MD in the Running to Launch Music by Cell Phone on V CAST Music

LAUREL, Md., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Local Hip Hop band Hitchhiker is one step closer to being the first unsigned songwriter to launch a musical career on a wireless phone. Hitchhiker was selected by Verizon Wireless and MySpace to be one of the 15 semifinalists in the "Calling All Bands" contest (http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands) from more than 4,000 bands across all musical genres. The winning band or songwriter will have the opportunity to have their song, music video, ring tone and ring back tone released on Verizon Wireless.

From March 13 through March 22, the MySpace network of more than 60 million users can listen to Hitchhiker and all the semifinalists and vote online for their favorite at http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands.* The five entries receiving the most votes will become finalists; Verizon Wireless will select the winner who will be announced on MySpace March 29.

Hitchhiker is both the nickname and musical brainchild of Antwane Smith of Capitol Heights, Maryland, a new father who served in the US Army in Bosnia and Kosovo. He's one of two Hip Hop artists selected as a semifinalist. He describes his song "Summer Feeling," as "emotional and passionate; soulful with a touch of the unpredictable."

Hitchhiker began his music career at age 14, but he describes his musical education and his nickname starting around age seven when his parents' separated.

"All those years of traveling between cities to visit parents and family exposed me to all kinds of music and influences, and that's where the universalism in my own music comes from," said Smith. "I love all kinds of music -- jazz, reggae, pop, rock, Latin -- everything. I'm trying to relay a positive message so people can both listen and find something that might help them to grow."

Verizon Wireless will release the "Calling All Bands" winner's song on V CAST Music -- marking the first time an unsigned band will release its first single on a wireless phone. The winner will also collaborate with Verizon Wireless and a MySpace Independent Filmmaker to produce a music video that will be released on V CAST and the Calling all Bands Community on MySpace, plus a ring tone and ring back tone of the winning song that will be available for purchase by Verizon Wireless customers. The program Verizon Wireless is running on MySpace helped Verizon Wireless introduce up and coming bands to the mobile world, further extending the music experience on customers' communication devices they use most every day -- their wireless phones.

Listen to Hitchhiker's music and more and vote for your favorite new artist at http://www.myspace.com/callingallbands. Smith's own website is http://www.hikervision.com/.

V CAST Music

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

V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, the most robust, award-winning wireless broadband network in the nation, available to 150 million people from coast to coast.

Customers need a V CAST-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak, which is $15.00 monthly access, added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan to access V CAST Music and music videos on their phones. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs need Windows Media Player 10; a free download of the player is available online in the V CAST Music store.

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

* No purchase necessary. Void outside the U.S.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE:VOD) . Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Sherri Cunningham, +1-202-364-5856, or John Johnson,
+1-240-568-1429, John.H.Johnson@VerizonWireless.com, both of Verizon Wireless

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


 
The Orchard Announces Global Distribution Partnership With Industry Pioneer Nettwerk Music Group

Orchard To Represent Nettwerk Artists Globally Across Digital Retail and Mobile Outlets; Nettwerk Also To Serve As Orchard's Distribution and Marketing Partner for Canada

NEW YORK, and VANCOUVER, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard, the world's leading digital distributor and marketer of independent music, today announced a sweeping partnership agreement with Nettwerk Music Group to distribute and market music from Nettwerk's recorded music division across digital retail and mobile operators worldwide. In addition, Nettwerk will serve as The Orchard's new regional partner for Canada, assisting in sourcing artists and labels to take advantage of The Orchard's unmatched distribution reach and marketing capabilities.

Nettwerk is a multi-dimensional management company, record label and publishing business helmed by industry pioneer Terry McBride, Nettwerk's chief executive and founder of Nettwerk. McBride, a master manager/promoter, was recently ranked number 33 out of 100 Most Powerful people in music and represents many of today's top world-wide recording artists including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, and Dido.

The Orchard's Label Services group represents an unprecedented digital catalogue of the best independent music from around the world, including landmark indie rock and punk from SST (Black Flag, Minutemen) and Lookout! Records (The Donnas, Ted Leo), classic hip-hop from Delicious Vinyl (Tone Loc, Young MC) and Nature Sounds (MF Doom, Immortal Technique), world-renowned classical music from Analekta and Qualiton, Bollywood hits from Saregama (Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar) and other top Indian labels, and much more. The Orchard catalogue also includes music from multi-platinum acts such as Green Day, Coldplay, and Ray Charles from their early years, before they were signed to major labels, and breaking bands like The Hold Steady and Bedouin Soundclash. Overall, The Orchard's catalogue encompasses music from thousands of record labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard's Retail Services group works closely with all of the leading digital retailers and mobile operators worldwide to market and sell its catalogue and also, assist them as a close merchandising partner with respect to independent music more generally.

"It is a privilege for us to support Nettwerk globally as their digital distribution and marketing partner, and have them support us within the important Canadian music market. Nettwerk is a company that has consistently been at the forefront of creativity and innovation, pushing a recalcitrant industry towards needed change. It is also a great pleasure to work closely with Terry, whose values and vision we share," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing.

"We believe The Orchard represents a vision consistent with our view of where the music business is headed and will play a key role in the direction of the industry as the inevitable shift to digital sales continues. As the largest but also the best digital distributor and marketer in the business, The Orchard is a logical choice to represent Nettwerk globally, and we are pleased to serve as their partner for Canada. We also believe Nettwerk will derive great value across all aspects of our business by being a part of the unprecedented global partner team The Orchard has assembled," said McBride.

About The Orchard

The Orchard is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 800,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The company is headquartered in New York and London, with operations in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Kolkata, Johannesburg, Moscow and Melbourne, and local representatives in Paris, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona, Lausanne, Ramallah, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo.

About Nettwerk

Nettwerk Music Group is Canada's leading privately owned record label and artist management company. Nettwerk is responsible for managing some of Canada's biggest artists like Sarah McLachlan, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies and many others. Nettwerk has several offices located around the world including offices in New York, Los Angeles and London; with our main office right next to Granville Island in Vancouver, B.C.

Media Contacts:
For The Orchard:
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466
andy.morris@morris-king.com
justin.kazmark@morris-king.com

For Nettwerk:
Danielle Romeo
Nettwerk Music Group
(310) 855-0643
romeo@nettwerk.com

Other Orchard inquiries:
info@theorchard.com

Source: The Orchard

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, andy.morris@morris-king.com, or
Justin Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, justin.kazmark@morris-king.com, both of The
Morris + King Company, for The Orchard; Other Orchard inquiries -
info@theorchard.com; Danielle Romeo, Nettwerk Music Group, +1-310-855-0643,
romeo@nettwerk.com


 
Independent Music From IODA Now Available on Verizon Wireless' V CAST Service

AUSTIN, Texas, BEDMINSTER, N.J. and SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- From SXSW (South by Southwest) today, IODA (the Independent Online Distribution Alliance) and Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless provider in the U.S., announced they will distribute IODA's music catalog to Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service, adding more than 1,500 independent labels from around the world to the recently launched mobile music service. The music from IODA-distributed labels is available today on V CAST Music.

IODA's music catalog brings a rich and diverse array of content from independent labels and distributors around the world to V CAST Music, including artists and labels from KOCH Entertainment Distribution, China Record Corporation, Shellshock (UK), Outside Music (Canada), Inertia Distribution (Australia) and Daiki Sound (Japan). Its eclectic catalog ranges from established classics to modern up-and-comers, and includes the following labels and artists:

ABB (Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, Defari)
Absolutely Kosher (The Wrens, Pinback, Mountain Goats)
Ark 21 Records (Belinda Carlisle, Howard Jones)
Anticon (Sage Francis, Why?)
Badman (My Morning Jacket, Mark Kozelek)
Birdman (Gris Gris, Paula Fraser, Boredoms)
Bomb Hip Hop (Cut Chemist, DJ T-Rock)
Cantaloupe Music (Philip Glass, Bang On a Can)
Chancellor Records (Frankie Avalon)
Corazong Records (Flying Burrito Brothers, John Lee Hooker)
Cornerstone RAS (AWOL One, Dr. Dog)
DV Music, Inc (Louie Devito)
Delmark (Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams)
Easy Star (Easy Star All Stars)
Equity Records Inc (Clint Black)
ESP Disk (Billie Holiday, Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker)
Everest Record Group (Bill Haley & the Comets, Patsy Cline, Jimi Hendrix,
Ray Charles)
Fat Cat Records (Animal Collective, Mum)
Fat Possum Records (R L Burnside, deadboy & Elephant Man)
G7 Welcoming Committee Records (Noam Chomsky, Propaghandi, Weakerthans)
Gearhead (The Pink Swords, Electric Eel Shock)
Guerilla Funk (Public Enemy, Paris)
Harmonia Mundi USA (Tokyo String Quartet, Anonymous 4)
Hieroglyphics (Del the Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief)
KAB America (Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Liquor Barrel (Planet Asia)
LSO Live (London Symphony Orchestra)
M.C. Records (Odetta, Pinetop Perkins)
MAXJAZZ (Erin Bode)
Naxos of America, Inc (Royal Philharmonic, Russian Philharmonic
Orchestra)
New Albion Records (Anthony Braxton, John Adams)
Ondine Inc (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony
Orchestra)
Other Minds (Ezra Pound, George Antheil)
Quango (Bliss, Talvin Singh)
Quannum Projects (Blackalicous, Lyrics Born)
RER USA (Fred Frith, Faust)
Ropeadope Records (Charlie Hunter, Christian McBride)
Rubric Label Group (Brian Jonestown Massacre, Gogel Bordello)
Six Degrees Records (Bebel Gilberto, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Issa
Bagayogo)
System Recordings (Diesel Boy, Sasha & Digweed)
Taxi (Sly & Robbie, Horace Andy, U Roy, Black Uhuru)
UrbanDigital (Master P, Romeo)
Trax (Scramin Rachael, Joey Baltran)
True North (Bruce Cockburn, Howie Beck)
What Are Records? (Stephen Lynch, The Samples)
World Music Network (Rough Guides Series, Nuru Kane, Emmanuel Jal)
World Village (Boubacar Traore, Christopher O'Riley)
Wrasse Records (Seu Jorge, Fela Kuti)

"Mobile distribution and strong carrier relationships are essential to a healthy future for independent music," said IODA vice president of marketing and business development, Tim Mitchell. "With V CAST, Verizon Wireless has established itself as an important and innovative pioneer in the digital music space. IODA is excited to bring high levels of quality and variety to this ground-breaking service."

John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said, "Since the inception of V CAST Music, indie music has been an integral part of the service and IODA brings an important catalog of music to our V CAST Music customers. The addition of IODA's indie artists, from the U.S. and around the globe, furthers our goal to offer our customers wireless phones with access to the most diverse selection of mobile music."

Already available to 150 million Americans, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' award-winning broadband network. IODA currently distributes its catalog to more than 150 digital music stores, subscription services and mobile platforms around the world.

Songs purchased from V CAST Music from the PC cost $0.99 for a single download to a Windows(R) XP PC using Windows Media Player 10 that may be transferred to the V CAST Music phone via USB cable. For music lovers who want immediate gratification, song purchases made from a V CAST Music-capable handset cost $1.99 for a copy sent immediately to the phone and a second sent to the customer's V CAST Music online account for download to a Windows XP PC. Customers can also purchase entire albums from the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store via their Windows XP PCs; prices vary by album.

For over-the-air downloads, customers need a V CAST Music-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, which is $15.00 monthly access. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs can do so using Windows Media Player 10; a free download of the player is available online in the V CAST Music store.

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

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About IODA

IODA -- the Independent Online Distribution Alliance -- is the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community. IODA provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, and artists, including license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; and royalty payment administration and reporting. The company also provides promotional support through the IODA Digital Marketing division and through Promonet (http://promonet.iodalliance.com/login.php), IODA's promotional distribution network which provides qualified podcasts, blogs, Internet radio, e-zines and other promotional sites with access to thousands of pre-cleared, legal music tracks, videos, artwork, and other promotional assets from IODA's roster of leading independent labels. Founded in 2003, IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of over 300,000 tracks from more than 1,500 independent labels around the globe. IODA was named one of FORTUNE magazine's 25 Breakout Companies for 2005. The company's web site is located at http://www.iodalliance.com/.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com; or Jill Mango, Jill Mango Media for IODA, +1-201-729-1939, jill@jillmangomedia.com

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
http://www.iodalliance.com/
http://promonet.iodalliance.com/login.php
http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia


 
Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Customers Can Now Access Digital Rights Agency Catalog of Indie Music

AUSTIN, Texas, BEDMINSTER, N.J., and SAN FRANCISCO, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- From SXSW (South by Southwest) today, Digital Rights Agency (DRA), a leading worldwide digital music distributor, and Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, announced the companies will deliver full track downloads of the DRA catalog through Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service. Music from DRA's catalog is available today to V CAST Music customers.

Digital Rights Agency client catalogs feature key titles by recording artists including Daddy Yankee, Chamillionaire, Lil Jon, Death Cab for Cutie, Yellowcard, Bloc Party, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, RJD2, Smokey Robinson and Count Basie. In total, the DRA catalog includes 185,000 recordings by 7,000 artists on 250 leading labels in 12 countries.

"We are pleased that Verizon Wireless recognizes the importance of making indie catalogs available to their V CAST Music customers," said DRA managing director, Tuhin Roy from a news conference at South by Southwest. "We strongly believe that over-the-air downloads will rapidly become an important part of the digital music mix and Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service is leading the way."

"Because indie music represents twenty-five percent of all music sales today, it was critical for us to include these labels in the V CAST Music catalog," said John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "Our relationship with Digital Rights Agency helps us deliver the most comprehensive full-track catalog to our customers."

Already available to 150 million Americans, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' award-winning broadband network. V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless signals the availability of revolutionary new services from the nation's leading wireless service provider.

Songs purchased from V CAST Music from the PC cost $0.99 for a single download to the Windows(R) XP PC using Windows Media Player 10 that may be transferred to the V CAST Music phone via USB cable. For music lovers who want immediate gratification, song purchases made from a V CAST Music-capable handset cost $1.99 for a copy sent immediately to the phone and a second sent to the customer's V CAST Music online account for download to a Windows XP PC. Customers can also purchase entire albums from the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store via their Windows XP PCs; prices vary by album.

For over-the-air downloads, customers need a V CAST Music-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, which is $15.00 monthly access. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs need Windows Media Player 10; a free download of the player is available online in the V CAST Music store.

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

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About the Digital Rights Agency

The Digital Rights Agency distributes independent record label catalogs to digital outlets around the world. Labels distributed by DRA, either directly or through sub-distribution relationships, include Asphodel (DJ Spooky, Ryuichi Sakamoto), Barsuk (Death Cab for Cutie, They Might Be Giants), BCD Music Group (Lil Jon, Lil Flip and Snoop Dog & Friends), Orbison Records (Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis), Definitive Jux (Aesop Rock, RJD2), Rocketown Records (Chris Rice), Darla (My Morning Jacket), Tiger Style (American Analog Set), Kill Rock Stars (Sleater-Kinney, Elliott Smith, The Decemberists), Oarfin Records (Yellow Card, Chingy, Susan Tedeschi), Dim Mak (The Von Bondies, Bloc Party, Pretty Girls Make Graves), Ipecac, (Kid 606, Dalek), Talent House (The Presidents of the United States of America), Stony Plain Records (Ronnie Earl, Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard), Reality Entertainment (Marcy Playground, Krokus), Om Records (Ming and FS), Moonshine Music (Carl Cox, D:Fuse), Wide Hive (DJ Zeph) and Ubiquity Recordings (Greyboy, Francisco Aquabella). DRA also back-ends digital distribution offerings for leading distributors Navarre, Inc., Oarfin Distribution, BCD Music Group and The Talent House and operates in France, Italy and the UK. The company manages all aspect of the digital distribution process including the negotiation of collective licenses, data delivery, marketing and consolidated electronic royalty reporting. By eliminating duplicative negotiations, content deliveries and accounting, DRA drives significant cost savings for both labels and digital outlets. DRA's outlet partners include download stores, subscription music services, Internet-connected jukeboxes and ringtone providers. The company's website is located at http://www.digitalrightsagency.com/.

The Digital Rights Agency is a trademark of Digital Rights Agency LLC. All other trademarks are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com; or Kurt Foeller of Foeller Communications
for DRA, +1-415-578-3251, DRA@foellercom.com

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
http://www.verizonwireless.com/music
http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia
http://www.digitalrightsagency.com/


 
Verizon Wireless and CD Baby Team Up to Deliver Independent Music to Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music Service

AUSTIN, Texas and BEDMINSTER, N.J. and PORTLAND, Ore., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- From SXSW (South by Southwest) today, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, and CD Baby, one of the largest distributors of digital music, announced they will offer a wide array of indie music from CD Baby on Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service. The agreement solidifies the position of Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music as a leader in mobile indie music with the deepest independent music catalog available for download on mobile phones. The V CAST Music catalog features both independent and major label artists in one convenient locale. CD Baby's music catalog is available today to V CAST Music customers.

V CAST Music opens up an entirely new way for Americans to get, manage and listen to their music by bringing together over-the-air full-music downloads with the ability to move music from a digital music collection to the mobile phone. With more than 200 million wireless devices in use in the U.S. today, music is a natural on the prevalent mobile device -- the wireless phone.

"The accessibility and convenience of V CAST Music gives customers a lot of choices and options, allowing them to download a song and have it on their phone," says CD Baby's head of digital distribution, Gray Gannaway. "V CAST Music allows those that have a lot of digital music already purchased on their computer to transfer it to their phones, so they can listen to it on the go. This is revolutionary, to say the least, for both music consumers and the music industry as a whole -- and gives the indie artists we work with another platform on which to bring their music to market."

John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless, said, "V CAST Music has made the ability to obtain music easier than ever -- especially when you consider the wide array of indie music V CAST now offers. Customers don't need to plan a trip to a record store or sit in front of their computers to preview and purchase music they want immediately; with the addition of CD Baby artists we are able to further expand the selection of indie music our customers crave."

Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music, which runs on Verizon Wireless' award- winning wireless broadband network, is one of the world's most comprehensive mobile music services. V CAST Music is one of the few full-function mobile music services that lets customers download music over-the-air, onto their Windows(R) XP PCs, and transfer their own digital music from their PCs to their phones.

For music lovers who want immediate gratification, song purchases made from a V CAST Music-capable handset cost $1.99 for a copy sent immediately to the phone and a second sent to the customer's V CAST Music online account for download to a Windows XP PC using Windows Media Player 10. Songs purchased from the PC cost $0.99 and may be transferred to the customer's V CAST Music phone via USB cable. Customers can also purchase entire albums from the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store via their Windows XP PCs; prices vary by album.

For over-the-air downloads, customers need a V CAST Music-enabled phone and a subscription to the V CAST VPak added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan, which is $15.00 monthly access. Customers interested in managing their music from their PCs need Windows Media Player 10; a free download of the player is available online in the V CAST Music store.

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

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About CD Baby

CD Baby provides independent artists an outlet to sell their music online, and handles digital distribution. Founder and musician Derek Sivers was selling his own CD online in 1997, and he eventually asked a few friends if they'd like to sell their CDs there, too. Friends told friends and now over 125,000 artists sell their music through CD Baby. CD Baby has sold over two million CDs to customers worldwide, and paid over $25 million dollars to musicians. CD Baby's Digital Distribution program has deals with all major digital outlets such as Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music, Apple iTunes, MSN Music, Rhapsody, Napster, and Sony Connect, making CD Baby one of the leaders in the aggregation of digital content. For more information visit http://www.cdbaby.com/.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Jeffrey Nelson of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4824,
Jeffrey.Nelson@verizonwireless.com; or Alex Steininger of CD Baby,
+1-503-255-2569, alex@cdbaby.com

Web site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/
http://www.verizonwireless.com/music
http://www.cdbaby.com/


 
Verizon Wireless Expands Relationship with The Orchard, The First Independent Music Supplier for V CAST MUSIC

Verizon Wireless Customers Will Have Access to Full-Length Tracks, Mastertones and Ring Back Tones from The Orchard

NEW YORK and BEDMINSTER, N.J. and AUSTIN, Texas, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- From SXSW (South by Southwest) today, The Orchard, a leading digital distributor and marketer of independent music, and Verizon Wireless, the company with the most reliable wireless network in the nation, announced the latest extension of their landmark relationship. Under the expanded agreement with Verizon Wireless, The Orchard will become the first independent to directly supply indie music for full-song downloads on V CAST Music as well as mastertones and ring back tones.

The Orchard currently provides indie music for Verizon Wireless' V CAST Music service, which offers full-track downloads culled from The Orchard's licensed catalog of more than 800,000 tracks, the largest in the industry.

Along with mastertones from chart-topping artists like Green Day and Coldplay, international superstars like Bob Marley and Ravi Shankar, and a vast array of unique tones offering unprecedented personalization alternatives, The Orchard will offer some of the most unique and innovative tones in the market. For example, customers will be able to choose from Tolstoi's voice, a message of peace from the late Pope John Paul II, quirky mobile-only mini- songs by cult favorites Ween and ring tone comedy from Lewis Black.

The Orchard offers an unprecedented and peerless digital catalog of the best independent music from around the world, including landmark indie rock and punk from SST (Black Flag, Minutemen) and Lookout! Records (The Donnas, Ted Leo), classic hip-hop from Delicious Vinyl (Tone Loc, Young MC) and Nature Sounds (MF Doom, Masta Killa), world-renowned classical music from Analekta and Qualiton, Bollywood hits from Saregama (Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar) and other top Indian labels and much more. The Orchard catalog also includes music from multi-platinum acts such as Green Day, Coldplay and Ray Charles from their early years, before they were signed to major labels, and breaking bands like The Hold Steady and Art Brut. Overall, The Orchard's catalog encompasses music from thousands of record labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre.

"Extending our artists' and labels' music into ring tones and ring back tones provide yet more choice for V CAST customers who want music beyond the Billboard Top 40," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, the company that owns The Orchard, eMusic and Dimensional Music Publishing. "We are pleased to work with Verizon Wireless to enhance the V CAST customer experience and provide some of the best independent music from around the globe to Verizon Wireless customers in new and innovative ways."

John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said, "We want our customers to have maximum choice in music and formats. Since the launch of V CAST Music, The Orchard has been a trailblazer for independent music purveyors and an invaluable resource for us, providing a diverse catalog that's unmatched by any other supplier. With our latest extension of Verizon Wireless' Orchard relationship into mastertones and ring back tones, The Orchard continues to be first to market in helping position V CAST Music to become the biggest and best music service."

The Orchard represents a growing catalog of more than 800,000 tracks which it markets to all of the world's leading digital music stores, including eMusic, iTunes, Napster, MSN, Yahoo!/MusicMatch and Real/Rhapsody. The Orchard also distributes thousands of ring tones to the leading global mobile companies, maintaining the largest mobile network of any music distributor.

Available to 150 million Americans coast to coast, V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' award-winning broadband network. V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless signals the availability of revolutionary new services from the leading U.S. wireless provider.

About The Orchard

The Orchard is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 800,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music retailers and mobile operators throughout the world. The company is headquartered in New York and London, with operations in Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong, Toronto, Kolkata, Johannesburg, Moscow and Melbourne, and local representatives in Paris, Milan, Berlin, Barcelona, Lausanne, Ramallah, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

Source: Verizon Wireless

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

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


 
Sunset Records Group (SRG) and Play Fair Entertainment Announce the Merge of Disc Logic and Sunset-Digital Creating eSunset Records

Sunset's Digital-Only Record Label

In a merge and buy out agreement, Sunset has completed a buy out of the DiscLogic company for an unspecified amount of money, and in that deal, it will begin to consolidate the two entities into the one branded digital-only label.

(PRWEB) March 16, 2006 -- Sunset Records Group and Play Fair Entertainment announce the merge of Disc Logic and Sunset-Digital creating eSunset Records, Sunsets digital-only record label. eSunset will continue to be used as one of the main A&R sources along with being Sunsets digital distribution tool for its current artists. eSunset will continue to distribute its music as a label partner with Sony Digital Entertainment and with iTunes and every artist, including the entire DiscLogic catalog, will have a physical option to run any music through Sunset Records and its' distributor, Sony RED.

eSunset will release more than 330 never before released songs by Boy George, AKA, Fat Boy Slim, Sneaker Pimps, Gavin Friday, Tommy Conwell, Charlie Gracie, Eve Gallagher, Crystal Method, Goldie and more at every online retailer around the world beginning next month. Disclogic will start to run its' catalog of studio downloads and live downloads which they get the digital rights, through the Sunset Digital Entertainment system starting this month. In some cases, the artists will retain ownership of their masters and copyrights while signed to the label, and in some cases the label will own the copyright, and in all cases, the company has the ability to spread their music at the top retailers all over the world.

This has always been in place since starting Sunset last year, and I have always said that when the day comes where consumers do not demand where our industry has to manufacture CDs and DVDs, it will be an amazing day, says Chief Executive, Don Lichterman from his New York City office. This is just another way for our company to poise ourselves for that time, says Lichterman, while at the same time, making our entire industry one step closer to being environmentally sustainable when we manufacture our product. Lichterman also says this is the best form of artist development today and continues to say that with Doug Rayburn running the digital division, we will not only see a great boom in sales at our company, we will gain great value as a company.

Doug Rayburn, the President of the entire Sunset Digital Division and the eSunset Record label says, Between the eSunset label and Sunset-Live.com, we will be able to find some of the best talent from all over the world and then give them the ability to release their music all over the world without either parties going into debt. Rayburn, who is the founder of DiscLogic.com will start to move its catalog through the Sunset Digital system with live concert downloads by artists like The Disco, Biscuits, Leftover Salmon, Umphreys McGee, moe. and up to potentially over 2800 live concert download titles. It is the best of every world for a band because we have the best of every world as far as our global distribution, says, Rayburn who will be based in Denver, Colorado. If we see a band do well at either eSunsetRecords.com or at Sunset-Live.com, we pick up that band with a physical option to manufacture and distribute products the traditional way with brick and mortar retail outlets.

In a merge and buy out agreement, Sunset has completed a buy out of the DiscLogic company for an unspecified amount of money, and in that deal, it will begin to consolidate the two entities into the one branded digital-only label. DiscLogic.com employees will now be employed at various areas of the Sunset Company as part of the overall consolidation.

Rayburn and Lichterman can also now boast to having the largest live download catalog once the integration is completed this month. Lichterman says, We have now become second in that market share at the close of this deal. Lichterman goes onto to answer that Rayburn, in his job duties, will also oversee Radio Sunset, and its move to satellite radio, along with Sunsets Mobile ringtones while reporting to Lichterman as a board member for the entire company.

About Sunset Records Group (SRG):
Founded by Don Lichterman in 2005, Sunset Records Group (SRG) is one of the fastest growing Independent Record Labels and Distribution Companies in the world. The company has four major divisions, the Sunset Records Group Of Distributed Labels, the Sunset Strategic Marketing & Licensing Division, the Sunset-Digital Entertainment Division and the Sunset-Filmed Entertainment Division. SRG now distributes over 105 CD titles, 17 Boxed Set titles (www.MadHatterRecords.com) and over 81 DVD titles (www.SunsetHomeVisual.com), along with 330 digital downloads, ringtones (www.Sunset-Digital.com), 5 Internet Radio Programs (www.Radio-Sunset.com) and over 350 live concert downloads (www.Sunset-Live.com). The Radio-Sunset web site is at www.Radio-Sunset.com. All corporate information and all information about the Sunset Records Group of Companies is available online at www.SunsetRecordsGroup.com.

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Jennifer Billings
SUNSET RECORDS GROUP OF DISTRIBUTED LABELS
http://www.SunsetRecordsGroup.com/
212-252-2220


 
RADIx-THE STAPLE IN STORES MARCH 21st 2006!!

"Radix showcases the sort of teamwork that brought home the championship. With two MCs connecting like David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, this ones a celebratory must have.?
Chris Faraone (The Boston Herald)

"They got the tightest flows, they got the hot beats, they got that real hip-hop... Listen up!!"
- Q-Unique (Uncle Howie Recording Artist, Rock Steady Crew, formerly of the Arsonists)

March 16th, 2006
Boston, MA---After a busy summer of non-stop touring (Vans Warped Tour, 28th Annual Rock Steady Crew Event, & Early Spotter East Coast Promo Tour), the group known as RADIx (pronunciation Rated X), comprised of emcees Quite Nyce and Seek, are in motion to drop their first official full length debut entitled The Staple. The groups own production imprint label, Abstrak Recordings have joined forces with fellow independent label, Early Spotter Recordings (home to Access Immortal, Ambidex, Shed Light), to promote and release The Staple on March 21st 2006. The album will feature Mista Sinista (The X-Ecutioners), Mr.Eon (The High & Mighty), Insight, Akrobatik (The Perceptionists), Rock Steady Crews own DJ JS1 and will be distributed exclusively by Amalgam Entertainment, LLC worldwide.

RADIx have already managed to top all collage radio charts in 2005 with their 12? vinyl single Rush b/w DJ/Emcee taken from the forthcoming The Staple. This endeavor is nothing new to RADIx as Quite Nyces first solo 12 release Nyce Like That also charted #1 in its first two weeks in August of 2003.

Showcasing the ability to perform outside the studio, RADIx have shared stages alongside the likes of Kool G Rap, Talib Kweli, Sage Francis, MixMaster Mike, Afu Ra, 7L & Esoteric and many others. In doing so, they have induced a broad spectrum of eclectic fans ranging from hip hoppers to indie punk rockers by performing for thousands at the 28th Annual Rock Steady Crew Event and Vans Warped Tour; best known for its eleven years of giving exposure to punk bands.

The Hustle doesnt stop there as RADIx are also the featured artists on the newest Shadyville mixtape Prelude To The Staple hosted by DJ Opal, which also features illustrated cover art of RADIx members Quite Nyce & Seek designed by Shomi (designer for Neptunes / N.E.R.D.)

In addition RADIx have witnessed the exponential growth of a hometown buzz since receiving spins on commercial stations in Boston, MA (JAMN 94.5 and HOT 97.7) and continued radio play for the citys newest hometown anthem entitled Jus Believe, a definitive Red Sox tribute freestyle by RADIx over Fabulous Breathe instrumental complete with play-by-play rhyming. This track is also dominating the local DJ mixtape circuit in New England.

The Song DJ/Emcee was a featured finalist chosen by Activisions WorldWide Executive of Music during this years 40th annual Midem Music Conference in Cannes, France for the True Crime Video Game soundtrack licensing / listening session. The song was selected from over 100 submissions and played live for over 140 record label execs, A&Rs, and major players in the music industry from all around the world. The song is an ode to hip hop culture, produced by Dr. SixShot with cuts from The RockSteady Crews own DJ JS1.

At the RADIx of these milestones are emcees Quite Nyce & Seek and the album that holds them all together is The Staple!
Tracklisting and credits for RADIxs The Staple:

01.) Staple (produced by TaeOne)
02.) Brother Through Design (produced by Tuned Beats)
03.) AkroRADIX f/ Akrobatik & Mista Sinista (produced by Mista Sinista)
04.) 3 Words (produced by TaeOne)
05.) Air (produced by Dr. Sixshot)
06.) Dotted Line (produced by Mefe)
07.) R.A.D.I.x (produced by Tuned Beats)
08.) Rush f/ Mr. Eon of High And Mighty (produced by Dr. Sixshot)
09.) Pain (Produced by Dr. Sixshot)
10.) From Ground Up f/ Insight (produced by Insight)
11.) DJ/Emcee f/DJ JS1 (produced by Dr. Sixshot)
12.) AkroRADIX(Remix) feat. Akrobatik (produced by Legendary Masterminds)
13.) Hip-Hop f/DJ BGee (produced by Dr. Sixshot)

# # #

To obtain a press copy of RADIxs The Staple for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell#: 410-903-7568
E-Mail: Matthewbrn@aol.com
AOL IM: Matthewbrn

More information on RADIx and there forthcoming album is available at:
www.EarlySpotter.com


 
BABYGRANDE RECORDS, IN CONJUNCTION WITH KOCH RECORDS, PRESENTS PURPLE CITY THE PURPLE ALBUM

FEATURING JIM JONES, B.G., MAX B., BOOT CAMP CLICK ON MAY 2ND

ALBUM EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY: JIM JONES

(March 14th, 2006) - New York, NY Harlems own Purple City movement returns to the spotlight with its new release, The Purple Album.

Consisting of core members Shiest Bub The Emperor, Un Kasa and Agallah The Don Bishop, the Purple City movement is infamous for its storied mixtape collaborations with Camron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones and other Diplomat crew mainstays. The Purple Album further highlights the tight-knit affiliation between emerging crossover phenomenon Jim Jones, the Dipset family and the burgeoning Purple City street movement. This album features long-awaited, fresh material from this thriving street phenomenon at the epicenter of the Harlem, NY-based Dipset movement.

After watching their Road To The Riches: The Best of the Purple City Mixtapes soundscan over 40,000 records independently, and their French collabo album Paris to Purple City perform well in the international market, Shiest Bub and company return with their highly-anticipated follow up. With dozens of mixtapes circulating, a stronger focus on quality songwriting and neck-snapping production, as well as a sizable dosage of purple haze by their side, the gang seems set for a hostile takeover.

The album features Jim Jones, former Hot Boy B.G., Max B., Brooklyns own Boot Camp Click and more. With production in tow from multi-platinum producers Dame Grease (DMX, Nas), Derrick D Dot Angelettie (Biggie, Jay-Z), Scram Jones (Mariah Carey, Lloyd Banks), as well as resident boardsman Agallah, and even Shiest himself, The Purple Album is gearing up to be the next evolutionary stepping stone for Purple City.

For more on Purple City, log on to www.purplecity.com / www.babygrande.com / www.kochrecords.com or

Contact Giovanna Melchiorre at 212-353-8800x257 / gio@kochent.com or Matt Conaway at 410-360-5957 / Matthewbrn@aol.com


 
Hip Hop's Run DMC Co-Founder Darryl ''DMC'' McDaniels Officially Launching Fan Club, Web Site With Release of First Solo Album

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 15, 2006--Hip-hop legend and Run DMC co-founder Darryl "DMC" McDaniels today announced the launch of his fan club, The City of DMC, and his newly redesigned personal web site, www.ME-DMC.com that are developed and managed by Paid Inc. celebrity services (OTCBB:PAYD - News). Both officially kick-off today, on the heels of the March 14 release of "Checks Thugs and Rock 'N' Roll," DMC's first solo album -- including an exclusive DVD disc -- on RomenMpire Records/From Rags 2 Riches Records.

The long-anticipated "Checks Thugs and Rock 'N Roll," hit stores on Tuesday, March 14. It was preceded by the VH1 special "DMC: My Adoption Journey," which premiered February 25. The VH1 documentary focuses on DMC's discovery that he was adopted and his new perspective on the world as he explores his biological birthroots. The documentary includes footage from the new video, "Just Like Me" featuring Sarah McLachlan as well as music clips from DMC's forthcoming album.

At the newly redesigned www.ME-DMC.com, fans can:

* watch "Just Like Me" video featuring Sarah McLachlan
* watch the "Machine Gun" video featuring CSI's Gary Dourdan
* watch DMC telling the story of the making of his album, the songs, the videos
* listen to "DMC's What's What" audio diary, with regular updates including his recap of the Super Bowl and preparation for his album launch
* buy official DMC merchandise
* participate in the "Pass the Mic" DMC forum message board
* view concert and behind-the-scenes photos
* access the "Talk to DMC" feature where DMC leaves messages for fans
* join DMC's mailing list
* sign up for DMC Mobile to get the latest from D sent right to their phones and be notified when new ring tones and wallpapers are available,
* ADDED BONUS -- When fans sign up for the mailing list or join DMC Mobile, and they are automatically entered in a drawing to win a phone call from DMC and an autographed copy of his new "Checks Thugs and Rock N' Roll!" album

DMC's most loyal fans who join the City of DMC fan club for $29.99 will receive an exclusive DMC logo T-shirt, a DMC poster and a personalized membership card, to name just a few of the perks. They'll also be the first to know about opportunities to interact with DMC and receive special deals for merchandise.

"A lot of artists have 'fans.' I have 'friends," said Darryl McDaniels. "I want my friends to have a place where they can access me, DMC, to see what I'm doing, hear what I'm saying and tell me what's going on. Paid celebrity services has done a great job with Me-DMC.com in creating the 'place to be' for my friends and me."

In creating and managing every aspect of DMC's first official fan club and fan club web site, Paid celebrity services' creative team collaborated with McDaniels to develop innovative and unique fan club activities that will keep ME-DMC.com the place to be. Future activities for DMC's fans will include access to exclusive content, contests, giveaways, limited-edition memorabilia and online celebrity interaction. By making fans the priority, DMC aims to build the long-term relationships that foster and sustain true fan loyalty.

"As we saw at the Live 8 concert in Toronto, Darryl can bring an audience of thousands to its feet. DMC is legendary among both hip-hop and rock fans," said Paid CEO, Greg Rotman. "DMC has a reputation of dedication to his fans, and fans will have unprecedented access to him via the fan club and the activities we've developed in collaboration with DMC. Darryl's formidable talent and magnetic personality catapulted rap music and hip hop culture to the forefront of pop culture beginning in the 1980s. Fans can expect that he will continue to influence the next decades of music as a solo artist and will set new standards for interaction with his fan base."

For more details on Darryl "DMC" McDaniels -- www.ME-DMC.com is the place to be!

About Paid, Inc.

Paid, Inc.'s celebrity services provides famous people with official web sites and fan club services that include e-commerce storefronts, ticketing and fan experience packages, and web site content to attract tens of thousands of visitors daily. The Company also sponsors autograph signing events and other sports marketing services for sports clientele. Using proprietary technology, Paid's innovative AuctionInc brand shipping calculation and auction management software and services are utilized to streamline online auctions, ecommerce and web site development and hosting. For further information, visit http://www.paid.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This Press Release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that are based upon current expectations or beliefs, as well as a number of assumptions about future events, including matters related to the Company's operations and expectations for DMC's Fan Club activities. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements and the assumptions upon which they are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations and assumptions will prove to have been correct. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, as these statements are subject to numerous factors and uncertainties. In addition, other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed in the Company's most recent filings, including Form 10-KSB with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

For DMC:
PFA
Allison Elbl, 212-334-6116 ext. 225
aelbl@pfamedia.net
Paul Freundlich, 212-334-6116 ext. 224
paulf@pfamedia.net
or
For Paid Celebrity Services and DMC's Fan Club:
Accentuate PR
Julie Shepherd, 815-479-1833
Julie@paid.com
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Source: Paid Inc.


 
Former Member of Hip-Hop duo South Circle releases new music!

March 10, 2006
Columbus, Ohio - Mr, Mike, former lead member of the hip-hop duo South Circle, has witness the ups and downs of the streets and the music business. Born in Texas, Mr. Mike (Michael Walls) achieved success in the early 90s as part of the rap duo South Circle. South Circles debut album Another Day Another Baller produced two hit singles; Attitudes and a solo remix by Mr. Mike titled New Day.

With the success of the single New Day, Mr. Mike established a strong fan base and a few months later, released his first solo project Wicked Ways which made him more than just another down south gangster rapper. A few years later, he released his second solo project Rhapsody and recorded songs with artist Mac 10, Ice Cube, MJG, Eightball, Bunn B and many others. Despite his success, personal issues and problems with his former label caused Mr. Mike to step away from the mainstream music scene for a while, but he continued to record and release several underground mix tapes.

In 2005, he started working on his next solo project and a collaboration CD with Midwest rapper, Bluv (Brandon Scott).

Mr. Mike and Bluv (Gary, Indiana) hooked up in 2004 to record a song on Bluvs solo project Immortal, their chemistry in the studio was crazy, so they stayed in touched and in 2005 started on their collaboration CD Gutta To Glama. They consider this project a Dirty South-Midwest Connection and are planning a release date of June, 2006 under the Independent label, Immortality Muzik. The first single from the album, The Streets Got Me At It Again will be released in April. Mr. Mike will also be releasing another solo project this year titled Rise To Power and is working on a new South Circle project with partner Through.

This spring Mr. Mike & Bluv will be hitting the road touring the South and Midwest to promote both projects.

For interviews, booking or additional information contact Tracy Taylor at (614) 348-4119.


3/15/2006

 
VH1's 'Flavor of Love' Ends Its Season With Record Success on VSPOT at VH1.com and VH1 Mobile

'Flavor of Love' Delivers 1.1 Million Streams in Two Days - Breaks VSPOT Streaming Record for a Single Show

NEW YORK, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1's "Flavor of Love" continued its success across all platforms -- VSPOT, VH1's broadband channel, VH1 Mobile, and on-air -- with Sunday's season finale. In addition to breaking a new 2-day streaming record for a single show on VSPOT, "Flavor of Love" remains the most popular VH1 Mobile content, and scored a 3.5 on-air rating in the key 18-49 demo, making it the #1 show in VH1's history.

"The success of 'Flavor of Love' on VSPOT and VH1 Mobile points to how well VH1 integrates its programming across all platforms," said Tina Imm, Vice President, VH1 Digital Media. "In addition to extending our on-air programming with on-demand VSPOT coverage, we create exclusive broadband 'extras' for all of our programming, giving viewers more of the shows they love before and after they air on TV."

In addition to on-demand clips from the show, outtakes, and sneak peeks each week, "Flavor of Love" programming on VSPOT includes bonus footage and "extras" like "Flav's Filosophies," Flav's take on some of life's not-so-burning questions.

VSPOT (http://vspot.vh1.com)/

* Continuing the buzz after Sunday's on-air season finale, "Flavor of
Love" yielded 1.1 million streams (Monday and Tuesday) on VSPOT, VH1's
broadband channel -- setting a new 2-day VSPOT record for a single show.

VH1 Mobile:

* "Flavor of Love" has been the top performing VH1 Mobile content
throughout the months of February and March.

* "Flavor of Love" streams accounted for 4 of the top 10 VH1 Mobile clips
and over 30 percent of total VH1 Mobile streams in the last two weeks.

* Exclusive "Flavor of Love" ringtones continue to be VH1.com's
top-selling ringtones.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array for digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

VSPOT at VH1.com (http://vspot.vh1.com/) offers distinct channels of original and exclusive music and pop culture programming that allows VH1's upscale adult audience to take VH1 with them wherever they go. Leading with music programming, VSPOT offers thousands of music videos, artist interviews, live events coverage, behind-the-scenes access, and exclusive in-studio performances from artists like The White Stripes and INXS. Users can also watch VSPOT originals, movie clips and trailers, and VH1 shows like "The Surreal Life" and "Hogan Knows Best" on VSPOT.

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

Contact: Erica Cantwell Luis Defrank

212-846-3683 212-846-7012

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Erica Cantwell, +1-212-846-3683, or Luis Defrank,
+1-212-846-7012, both fro VH1

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


 
'Drug Dealing' Online Hits an All-Time High

Virtual Crime Pays: The Chronic 2005 Experience

SEATTLE, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- MnMStudio, an online entertainment company, today announced the release of the highly-anticipated online game Chronic 2005 (http://www.chronic2005.com/).

"We wanted to take online gaming to a new level and allow people to experience an exciting journey into the seedy underbelly of society," said Michael Dixon, lead developer of Chronic 2005. "In the real world crime does not pay, with Chronic 2005 we decided it should! We're offering prizes such as an Xbox 360 and even cash to the best dealers based on scores submitted online."

Chronic 2005 is an open ended adventure allowing you to play as one of four distinct characters, each with their own special skills and abilities. With $2,000 in cash and $5,000 in debt to the loan shark, your journey begins at the Los Angeles airport as you explore the neighboring cities in search of the best suppliers and buyers. Upgrading your guns, armor, hiring thugs and staying ahead of the cops soon becomes the way of life.

"Pimpin' ain't easy, but if you want to get to the top, visiting the car dealership and buying a van to transport all the Chronic Girls will make you some fast cash," said DMC, writer and producer of the "Chronic 2005 Anthem" title track.

The free version of the game allows you to experience up to 31 days of the adventure. A Premium Membership account that allows you to play as long as 120 days and hire mercenaries, drivers, bodyguards and pimps is available for as little as $2.49 per month.

Chronic 2005, a highly popular yet controversial game, has been met with open arms by the online gaming community with over 250,000 games being played world-wide. Currently ranked in the Top 10 "Most Popular Simulation Games" on CNET's Download.com, Chronic 2005 is pushing the limits in online adventure gaming.

Chronic 2005 is available for the PC as a free download on the game's website http://www.chronic2005.com/.

This game has not been rated. Chronic 2005 contains drug references, strong language, violence and use of drugs.

For more information on the product, visit http://www.chronic2005.com/

This release was issued on behalf of the above organization by Send2Press(R), a unit of Neotrope(R). http://www.send2press.com/

Source: MnMStudio

CONTACT: Max Bolotnikov of MnMStudio, +1-253-951-8481,
maxb@mnmstudio.com

Web site: http://www.send2press.com/

Web site: http://www.chronic2005.com/


 
NARM Report Reveals Opportunities to Bolster Sales of Physical Music Products in an Increasingly Digital World

MARLTON, N.J., March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As the music industry continues to confront shifts in the way consumers acquire music and competition from other forms of entertainment, a new study conducted for the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) by The NPD Group reveals that there are opportunities in the near-term to increase sales among an active group of consumers who still purchase physical music products. In addition, the report counsels the industry to exploit digital music technologies to spur greater overall music sales in the future.

"The digital revolution is an unquestionable reality, and there's more competition than ever for the music shopper," said NARM President Jim Donio, "but consumers report they still enjoy and value physical music products, which accounted for 94 percent of total music sales in 2005."

"Consumers are clearly making the most of all the choices they have to discover and purchase music, and physical product is still a very large part of the equation," said Russ Crupnick, vice president and senior industry analyst for The NPD Group. "For example, among teens, sales of CDs are up five percent in 2005, illustrating a halo effect from digital music, interaction with video games and other venues for new music discovery."

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060315/LAW019 )

Even with gains among teens, the data indicates that the music industry is losing older consumers at an alarming rate. "Older adults have the interest and the disposable income, so the industry can't afford to take them for granted," Crupnick said. "To spur greater sales among this audience, it's important to make them aware of available music that might interest them, so they shop for music more often."

Although consumers are buying and sharing digital music at increasing rates, the report shows they rate physical music product as a good entertainment value. Heavy buyers spent nearly $250 on average last year on CDs. These core music consumers, who represent 41 percent of music revenue from CD purchases, remain passionate about collecting physical music from their favorite artists, whether on CD, or on CD/DVD and DualDisc formats that also offer video content. They're also learning about music from sources other than traditional radio, including video games, TV shows and movies.

A majority (54 percent) said they felt music was an excellent or very good value, which compares favorably to their views of the value of DVDs (58 percent). A growing number of music buyers of all ages now patronize mass merchants and stores where they can also buy DVDs, consumer goods, health and beauty aids, and other products. This trend represents another challenge for traditional music retailers, since it increases competition for shoppers' attention and wallet share.

"It's obvious that there is a core group of current consumers who are still predisposed to buying CDs in retail stores, so record labels and retailers should capitalize on this group now by creating demand and curiosity for music before consumers ever leave their homes," added Donio. "When consumers hit the store, they want great selection and merchandise that is well organized and easy to search. They're also looking for discount bins where they can find new music or old material to round out their collections. In addition, while today's digital experience may be about home and friends, there may be some areas where stores might be able to cultivate digital opportunities."

About The NPD Group, Inc.

Since 1967 The NPD Group has provided reliable and comprehensive consumer and retail information for a wide range of industries. Today, more than 1,400 manufacturers and retailers rely on NPD to help them better understand their customers, product categories, distribution channels and competition in order to help guide their businesses. Information from The NPD Group is available for the following industry sectors: automotive, beauty, consumer technology, entertainment, fashion, food and beverage, foodservice, home, software, sports, technology distribution channel, toys and wireless. For more information, visit www.npd.com.

About NARM

Established in 1958, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) is a not-for-profit trade association that serves the music retailing community in the areas of networking, advocacy, information, education and promotion. The Association's membership includes music and other entertainment retailers, wholesalers, distributors, record labels, multimedia suppliers, and suppliers of related products and services, as well as individual professionals and educators in the music business field. Retail members operate 7,000 storefronts that account for almost 85 percent of the music sold in the U.S. music market. For more information, visit www.narm.com.

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060315/LAW019
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: NARM

CONTACT: Sue L'Ecuyer of NARM, +1-856-596-2221, lecuyer@narm.com; or Lee
Graham of The NPD Group, +1-212-333-4983, lee@leegraham.biz

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

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


 
Buzz Suits: Trio of Mpls. Entertainment Lawyers to Discuss Hot Music Biz Issues at SxSW March 17-19

Against the dizzying sounds of South By Southwest buzz bands this week in Austin, Texas, the shape of the music business -- including how record labels are now asking for more artist revenue streams than ever before -- will also be discussed by the leading entertainment law firm between the coasts, Lommen Abdo, which is also cosponsoring the legal forum this year, which has doubled in size. As CD sales decline, record companies increasingly want to participate in music artist income like t-shirt sales, web-site ownership and commerce, ring tone and other digital sales and other revenue-generating activities. Before now none of that was any of their business. And much of it did not even exist!

MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) March 15, 2006 -- As CD sales decline, record companies increasingly want to participate in music artist income like t-shirt sales, web-site ownership and commerce, ring tone and other digital sales and other revenue-generating activities. Before now none of that was any of their business. And much of it did not even exist!

Meanwhile, artists and record companies sell-out with ease by seeking music placement in advertising and TV as well as invite a host of tour sponsors and commercial endorsements. Why is this happening? In part because new artist development and CD sales by record companies are decreasing while alternative artist revenue sources, plus music licensing deals for film, video games, DVD and in other media are increasing.

These and other timely issues will be discussed by a trio of veteran Minneapolis entertainment lawyers from Lommen Abdo Law Firm and their colleagues from around the country. From an unlikely part of the country, Lommen Abdo has grown to be the largest entertainment law practice is the Upper Midwest and a national player in the music law business.

The firm is also a co- sponsor with Minnesota-based Thompson West, the leading publisher of integrated information solutions to the legal profession, of this years Continuing Legal Education program, Legal Issues in the Music Industry.

Nels Jacobson, a founding organizer of SXSW and San Francisco-based attorney, chairs the legal panel events, which have now doubled in size from 12 to 26 panels and will attract some of the most prominent names in entertainment law as well as next-generation legal talent.

New Story Opportunities
Lommen Abdos entertainment law department co-chairs, Ken Abdo, Dan Satorius, and firm colleague Tim Matson, along with other attorneys, will participate in key panels based on their years of work with in the entertainment industry. If youre fatigued from chasing down the latest buzz bands, sitting in on endless music critic panels, or want to connect with some great suits/sources, this years SxSW event in Austin March 17-19 offers a variety of new story ideas about and insights into the business of making music, including those sessions with Lommen Abdo: Here is a sample of 3 of the 8 panels that can be found at www.sxsw.com

1) Working with Developing Bands: Agreements, Intellectual Property Protection, and Shopping, featuring Lommen Abdos Tim Matson (March 17: 12:30-1:30)

2) Acquisition and Licensing of Music for Film/TV/DVD, Moderated by Lommen Abdos Dan Satorius (March 17: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM

3) New Realities in Record Deals: Label Participation in Artist Revenue Streams Moderated by Lommen Abdos Ken Abdo (March 18: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM)

South by Southwest is one of our countrys great annual gathering places for anyone working in the music business at any level, says Abdo whose Minnesota-based firm has an unusually active client base in Minnesota and across the country. Abdo and Satorius, have represented a range of music clients from The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Jonny Lang, Semisonic, NPG Records (owned by Prince), Michelle Branch, and Garrison Keillor to rising stars such as Anna Nalick, Vienna Teng, Rockie Lynn, Kristen Hall (Sugarland) and Keri Noble. Clients also include numerous award wining motion pictures and television programs and producers including Academy Awards, Peabody Awards, Emmy Awards, and Sundance Film Festival awards and nominations (see www.lommen.com).

Weve seen how huge the showcase has grown through the years and a how influential the legal seminar has become for music attorneys, and music business insiders to help better understand the legal developments that help shape the music business. Along with Thomson West, were proud to be able to sponsor this years discussions, Abdo continues.

Artists face a whole new set of challenges today that were almost unheard of even three or four years ago. Everything from licensing melodies for ring tones to file sharing online have turned copyright and IP issues into front-page news. We are here, with colleagues from around the country, to teach and learn as much about developments in the recording industry, as we are to network and hear some great new music.

For more information or to interview the Lommen Abdo attorneys -- please contact Martin Keller at Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585.


 
Inaugural Hollywood and Games Summit to Celebrate Collaboration Between Movies and Video Games

Conference to Provide Forum for Sharing of Methodologies for Pitching Projects, Funding Models, Production Methods, Marketing, Distribution and More

LOS ANGELES, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The inaugural Hollywood and Games Summit, presented by the CMP Game Group, host of the industry-leading Game Developers Conference (GDC), and entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, will allow top executives to address the increasing collaboration between film and interactive entertainment and the resulting opportunity to improve production methods and business models. The event will take place on June 27, 2006 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The Summit will feature business and creative visionaries from both industries addressing topics such as synchronized production, who and how to pitch to the other side, capturing the movie feel in game play, sharing marketing buzz, and cross-pollinating production techniques (such as pre-visualization). The event will include focused sessions, small-scale exhibits and will close with a reception, enabling both sides to network.

"Success in collaboration has to date been sporadic, and our goal here is nothing less than bringing the top creative powers of the two most culturally influential art forms together," said Jamil Moledina, director of the GDC. "By featuring AAA talent and decision-makers in both fields, we'll have the critical mass to generate a whole new level of informed collaboration and a higher standard of quality entertainment."

"Movies and games are inspiring some of the most dynamic creative talents in the world today," said Chris Marlowe, editorial director of digital media for The Hollywood Reporter. "Hosting this timely event is a logical way to bring together everyone interested in the exciting artistic and business opportunities to be found where the two art forms intersect."

The summit will include:

* Neil Young, Vice President & General Manager, Electronic Arts Los
Angeles, giving pointers on the who, when, why, where and how of
pitching projects

* Chris Archer, Executive Producer, Spider-Man 3, Treyarch, and Kevin
Feige, President of Production at Marvel Studios, Inc., looking at a
property that has retained its identity across all platforms

* A session on establishing buzz for collaborative franchises led by
Gordon Paddison, Vice President, Worldwide Interactive Marketing &
Business Development, New Line Cinema

* A discussion about funding models, methods and budgets with Steve Krone,
President and CEO, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Dave Perry, founder,
Shiny Entertainment, Atari

* A session on the future of movie and game revenue and distribution
featuring Greg Canessa, General Manager, Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft
Corporation, and Dennis Quinn, Executive Vice President, Business
Development, Turner Network Sales

* Steve Gray, Executive Producer, Lord of the Rings Franchise, Electronic
Arts Los Angeles, discussing the "cross-pollination" of creative
techniques

Speakers will continue to be added to the lineup. More information about the Hollywood and Games Summit including registration is now available online at www.hollywoodandgames.com.

About the CMP Game Group (www.cmpgame.com)

A core provider of essential information to the professional game industry, the CMP Game Group offers market-defining content, and drives community through the Game Developers Conference, GDC Europe, the Serious Games Summit D.C., GDC Mobile, GDC Asia, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, the Independent Games Festival, the Game Developers Choice Awards, and GDCTV. For more information, please visit www.cmpgame.com.

About CMP Media (www.cmp.com)

Through its market-leading portfolio of trusted information brands in the technology, healthcare and lifestyles industries, CMP Media has earned the confidence of more professionals and enthusiasts in these fields than any other media company. As a result, CMP is the premier provider of access, insight and actionable programs designed to connect sellers and buyers in each of these industries in ways that yield superior return on investment.

About The Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter is a must-read for entertainment's most powerful, influential professionals. More than 144,000 key decision makers worldwide rely on the publication for fuel for thought that enables success in a continually evolving business and creative environment. The Hollywood Reporter provides comprehensive coverage of the global entertainment industry with six editions: Daily; Weekly International; Special Issues; E-Mail; THR-East; and its Neal Award-winning Web site -- www.HollywoodReporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter is published by Netherlands-based VNU, the world's largest organization of entertainment-related publications and services.

Source: CMP Game Group

CONTACT: Sibel Sunar of The Bohle Company, +1-310-785-0515, ext. 271,
sibel@bohle.com, for CMP Game Group; or Tara Gibb of CMP Game Group,
+1-415-947-6219, tgibb@cmp.com; or Lynda Miller of The Hollywood Reporter,
+1-323-525-2153, lmiller@hollywoodreporter.com

Web site: http://www.cmpgame.com/
http://www.hollywoodandgames.com/


 
Relevant Music Content Important for Web Sites and Blogs

UK based startup Tunecast.co.uk provides real-time music feeds and podcasts to use on any web site or blog

A Bristol based entrepreneur has created an online service that enables any web site - including blogs - to feature new independent music content. Tunecast.co.uk the only online music resource that allows you to feature audio, cover art and podcasts on your own website has over 100 sites already using its free service.

The service described as "pretty cool" by Peter Cooper, founder of FeedDigest, provides new music for your website from not just the traditional pop, rock and rap, but also over 30 other genres* and even allows your site to "watch" a certain label or artist. "Personalised music discovery is here and what better way to discover it than on a website that you are already familiar with" said the services creator, Mark Panay an entrepreneur and music lover from Bristol, UK

"Browsing through Tunecast I am over the moon, this is a fantastic service" said Kerry from musicfactory2.co.uk one of the first websites to feature music from Tunecast. The service is designed to give all webmasters the choice of music they want on their sites, a Trance site wants the newest underground trance featured on its site whilst an upfront Hip-Hop site wants just that, upfront Hip-Hop. With the streaming audio and cover art the service compliments any website that wants frequently updated music content.

Panay, previously founder of the UK mobile music company YRMedia, said he created the service after observing the amount of fantastic independent music that never gets heard anywhere because of dwindling marketing budgets or small labels that do not have budgets at all. "It just occurred to me that if all of the websites who are into a particular sound featured the music that they were into, it would make their sites look good and help market the Indie record labels too, if we made it easy for them, potentially we could create a vast global network," Panay said.

Panay explained that any website or blog can add the latest music and cover art to their site, using a small plugin that webmasters paste into their pages. The whole process takes just a few minutes, and if a webmaster wants to change the look of the music feeds they can either choose a different preset or design their own look using cascading style sheets. "Web standards are very important to us and all of our feeds stick to the W3C guidelines making them easy to style if you choose to," Panay said, "although if your CSS skills aren't up to it you can just use one of our professionally designed presets".

About Tunecast.co.uk
Tunecast.co.uk ( http://www.tunecast.co.uk ) is two months old and has over one hundred websites featuring new Tunecast music on their websites and over 20,000 unique visitors every week discovering new music that they like. The company is privately held and is headquartered in Bristol, England.

*List of Available Genres
Alternative Rock, Breaks and Beats, Dance, Deep House, Downtempo and Chillout, Drum and Bass, Dub and Reggae, Electronica, Euro Trance, Country, Easy Listening, Folk, Funk and Soul, Funky House, Nu Jazz, Hard Trance, Heavy Rock, Hip Hop, House, Indie, Jazz, Leftfield, Metal, Pop, Progressive House, Punk, R n B/Urban, Rock, Tech House, Techno, Trance

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Mark Panay
MediaTank
+44 02071935559


 
ANNOUNCING NEW "FEATURED" LINK SECTION AND VIP PASS ON JOE JACKSON'S HIP HOP BOOT CAMP SITE

March 14, 2006
Los Angeles___ Joe Jackson's Hip Hop Boot Camp is excited to announce some new additions to our website. We also want to take this opportunity to thank the many fan club/communities from around the world for allowing us to exchange website links. Go to http://www.hiphopbootcamp.com/featured_links.html to view how Joe Jackson's Hip Hop Boot Camp has proudly displayed your logos. We love having the fan community as a part of our Hip Hop Family. We welcome anyone who is interested that hasn't sent in their URL/Logo yet, to send an email to Gail.F@hiphopbootcamp.com or just go to our contact page.

VIP PASS: http://www.hiphopbootcamp.com/sign_in.php All you have to do is register! It's Fast, Free, and Easy!

We want to welcome you to THE HIP HOP BOOT CAMP CLUB. Once you join, your VIP pass is activated.
Your VIP pass is your chance to get:
Free tickets to concerts
Hip Hop Boot Camp Gear
Chances to meet your favorite Celebrities
Win prizes
Exclusive backstage passes

The Joe Jackson Hip Hop Boot Camp invites you to stay tuned for upcoming events, chats, contests and more.

Source:
Angel Howansky and Gail Felix
You're Joe Jackson Hip Hop Press Team


 
New Hip-Hop Business Book Examines the Success Strategies of the Rap Moguls

Hip-Hop, Inc. examines the entrepreneurial empires built by hip-hop lifestyle mavens Sean "Diddy Combs, Damon Dash, Russell Simmons, Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, Percy "Master P" Miller, and other multi-millionaires.

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 14, 2006 -- Thunders Mouth Press, a division of Avalon Publishing Group, has released "Hip-Hop, Inc.: Success Stories of the Rap Moguls." The title examines the rise of the rap music industry from obscurity in the South Bronx to a worldwide sales phenomenon. It shows how a few street-smart, savvy entrepreneurs parlayed growing success on the music side into lifestyle empires that spread across fashion, films, beverages, restaurants, finance, and technology.

In just two decades, rap music co-opted the mainstream music industry and created one of the most enduring, global success stories in American music history. At the heart of the hip-hop music industry are its brilliant entrepreneurs. These guys may not have an MBA, notes co-author Dr. Richard Oliver, but they have innately figured out most of the principles we teach at the classroom. Especially when it comes to product line extensions and cross-promotion, they are relentless.

To the casual listener, hip-hop music may seem unsophisticated, says Tim Leffel, the other co-author of Hip-Hop, Inc. When you really look at the people running these companies, however, you find entrepreneurs who are as savvy as any well-known CEO.

"Hip-Hop, Inc." reveals the strategies and success stories behind Bad Boy, Def Jam, Roc-A-Fella, No Limit, Aftermath, Death Row, and all the extending product lines that came with them. It looks at the new generation of moguls coming up, especially in the exploding southern rap scene, and lays out the path to riches many of them are following.

The book is distributed by Publishers Group West and is available now in bookstores and at online book retailers. For more information on the book and authors, see www.hip-hopinc.com

For review copies, please contact:
Rose Carrano
Rose Carrano Public Relations
646-638-2181

For interview requests, please contact:
Tim Leffel
Co-author
615-429-2718


3/14/2006

 
DV8 MAGAZINE HEADS SOUTH TO MIAMI WITH RADIO ONE FOR SPRINGFEST MIAMI WITH THE "OFFICIAL SO SO SEXY SPRINGFEST GUIDE"

Atlanta, GA, March 12, 2006: DV8 Magazine teams with Radio One to produce the "Official Radio One Springfest Guide" for the Springfest Miami events May 5 - 7, 2006, in Miami, Florida. Jermaine Dupri and the So So Def Family will host the Radio One, INC. event dubbed the So So Sexy Springfest. The event will include a host of events and concerts with performances by Sean Paul, Beanie Man, Juelz Santana, Chris Brown and more.

The guide is the official reference for more than 15,000 visitorsneeding to know where the parties are, who will be there, who is performing,the hottest hotels and most likely places to find the sexiest people of Springfest Miami.

For companies supporting the event and its audience,ad space is currently available.The guide will feature interviews and coverage of the events, performers, promoters, clubs, restaurants, hot spots, shopping, real estate, salons and more.

Ad space although limited is available at affordable rates. Regional and national sales people are taking orders for the remaining spaces. For more information on DV8 Magazine and the official guide please call 404.756.9868 or email info@deve8magazine.com

About DV8 Magazine:

DV8 Magazine is a high quality bi-monthly nationally distributed better urban lifestyle print publication. The magazine features include special sections on fashion, lifestyle, politics, celebrity, technology, music and sports. DV8 Magazine is a property of Deviate Publishing based in Atlanta, Georgia. www.deve8magazine.com

About Springfest Miami:

For more information on Springfest Miami please visit www.radioonespringfest.com.

About Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2004 net broadcast revenue) and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 70 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches more than 13 million listeners every week. Additionally, Radio One owns 51% of the common stock of Reach Media, Inc. (www.blackamericaweb.com), owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and other businesses associated with Tom Joyner, a leading urban media personality, and programs XM 169 The POWER on XM Satellite Radio. NASDAQ Stock Exchange

Contact: Tiffany Carr
Phone: (850)980-6578
BHPR-PR/Marketing/Sales
Email: tiffany@bellashouseofpr.com


 
H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] Film Submissions Start April 1st

The 5th Annual H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival Announces Call For Submissions

New York, NY (March 9, 2006) The Hip-Hop Association, producers of the largest International Hip-Hop film festival in the world, will begin accepting submissions for its Fifth Annual H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival (H2O IFF) starting April 1, 2006. In 2005, the festival gathered the support of over 5,000 festival-goers, screening over 75 films in just 6 days. In our fifth year were celebrating the Golden Years, where the 90s Hip-Hop art, rebellion, business, unity and conscious soul movements soared to the next level. It was a great time of diversity; different hoods, musical sounds and struggles were all being represented. At the same time people were uniting and demanding more, all for the love of Hip-Hop. Were celebrating that spirit expect an amazing year, says Rolando Brown, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Association.

Taking place from November 28, 2006 December 8, 2006 in New York, USA, this years theme Whose World Is This? highlights the Hip-Hop community of the early/mid 90s; a time when youth in the community began stepping up and demanding money, power, and respect. In 2006, accepted films will be competing for a variety of awards, including cash awards, opportunities for distribution dealsDVD, broadcast, and web streamingas well as inclusion in hundreds of community screenings and events.

H2O IFF showcases films that include one of the elements of Hip-Hop culture in the films theme, story or subject matter, i.e. Breaking (B-Boy/Girl), DJ'ing, MC'ing, Graffiti/Aerosol Artistry, Beatbox'ing, Knowledge, Culture, and Overstanding. Films categorized as "Under the influence" need only depict content that is relevant to the overall culture and may contain, but are not limited to, a focus on fashion, music, language, location, theme and/or characters influenced by Hip-Hop culture. All genres welcome: Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, Animation, PSA (Public Service Announcements), Freestyle/Experimental, Music Video, Trailer, and Youth Media.

We use media as a tool for empowerment, education and social awareness within the Hip-Hop community, so open up your boxes, and lets get to work!, says Stacey LAir Lee, Director of the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] media initiative.

Until then, filmmakers can take advantage of two weeks of discounted early submissions from March 15, 2006 to March 31, 2006. Regular submission deadline is June 31, 2006. For more information, and a downloadable submission application visit http://www.h2oiff.org.

About the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] Media Initiative

Social Awareness Through Media! The H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] is the media initiative of the Hip-Hop Association. With programming like the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, the Freshest Youth Program, the Odyssey Awards, and the Defuse Media Lab, its mission is to create cultural sustainability & industry longevity by supporting the use of Hip-Hop culture as a tool for social awareness & youth empowerment. The initiative also includes the acquisition of media properties that the H2O directors, staff, and advisory board believe will support this mission. Defuse News is one such media property. For more information please visit http://www.h2oiff.org.

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Press Contact:
press@hiphopassociation.org
646.421.9574


 
RMD Entertainment Profiled in One of America and London's Most Widely Circulated Hip-Hop Publications

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Market Wire - Mar 14, 2006) -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC: RMDG) proudly announced today one of the most influential company profiles to date. Referred to by industry insiders as the hip-hop bible, Murder Dog magazine has the 'Midas touch' with regard to selecting and profiling tomorrow's biggest success stories -- RMD is no exception.

Traditionally, the pages of the magazine are reserved for the artist's themselves; however, the executives at Murder Dog felt that it was time to take a look at a publicly traded company like RMD and introduce their revolutionary "hip-hop meets Wall Street" philosophy to the world by not only profiling their first breakout artist, Roc Monee, but also taking a look at the executives guiding the ship.

RMD CEO Giorgio Costonis had this to say; "Having our 'hip-hop meets Wall Street' philosophy recognized by a publication as influential as Murder Dog is an honor and reaffirms the fact that RMD is breaking new ground; however, what is most important to this company is conveying the appropriate message. We are seizing this particular opportunity to let the hip-hop community know that we are here to change the way fans interact with artists and their labels. This is no longer a one-sided relationship; our mission is to bring the younger consumers into the fold by teaching them financial responsibility and introducing them to the stock market under the right circumstances."

With a circulation of nearly a quarter million in the U.S. alone, Murder Dog magazine has been delivering the most prolific artists to its readers for nearly ten years, In fact, Murder Dog was the first nationally distributed magazine to cover Master P, Biggie Smalls, Fugees, Hot Boys, Busta Rhymes, Mystikal, and now RMD's own Roc Monee.

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

RMD is a company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry. Its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Technology

Sciax Technology is an emerging company in defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations. Sciax America Inc. and Sciax Technology Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of RMD Entertainment Group (www.rmd-entertainment.com) This release contains forward-looking statements with respect to the results of operations and businesses of Sciax Technology Inc., Sciax America Inc., RMD Entertainment Inc. and RMD Entertainment Group., which involve risks and uncertainties. The company's actual future results could materially differ from those discussed. Risks and uncertainties of the company will be detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports. The company intends that such statements about the company's future expectations, including future revenues and enforcement and defense imaging system earnings, entertainment product earnings, and all other forward looking statements, be subject to the "safe harbor" provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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

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


 
Yeah Boyeeeeee!

VH1's 'Flavor of Love' Soars as the #1 Rated Telecast Among All Basic Cable Programs This Past Sunday Night and for the Week*

Flavor Flav's Final Decision Attracts Nearly 6 Million Total Viewers

'Flavor of Love' Series Finale Now Ranks as VH1's Highest Rated Show Ever

NEW YORK, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- America can't get enough of Flavor Flav! The "Flavor of Love" series finale was the #1 rated telecast in the 18-49 demo out of all basic cable television networks for the week of March 6-12. The episode was also the #2 most watched telecast out of all cable programs for the week only behind the season premiere of HBO's "The Sopranos."

For year-to-date among ad supported cable television, the "Flavor of Love" finale is the highest rated non-sports telecast among viewers 18-49.

The 90-minute "Flavor of Love" finale became the #1 show in VH1's history, scoring a 3.5 rating in the key 18-49 demo and averaging 5,884,000 total (P2+) viewers and 3,672,000 P18-49 viewers. In terms of overall viewers across the entire television landscape, "Flavor of Love" ranked behind only ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and NBC's "Crossing Jordan" in the Sunday night 10:00 PM time period.

Across its ten premieres, "Flavor of Love" averaged an unprecedented 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, making it the highest rated VH1 series premiere average ever. Three of the "Flavor of Love" premieres reside in VH1's Top Ten-rated commercial telecasts of all time, taking the #1, #3, and #6 spots.

In "Flavor of Love," 20 single women from all walks of life, selected for their expressed love for Flav, moved into a "phat crib" in Los Angeles and vied for his affection. With help and advice from Big Rick, Flav's gigantic body-guard and chauffeur, Flavor Flav dated all of the women, weeded out the ones who are only after his fame and fortune ... and in the end chose his one true love. "Flavor of Love" is a production of Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures. Executive producers are Mark Cronin, Cris Abrego and Ben Samek. Executive producers for VH1 are Jeff Olde and Jill Holmes.

Contact: Maura Wozniak/VH1 Erica Cantwell/VH1
212-846-7325 212-846-3683

The "Celebreality" phenomenon continues on VH1 this Sunday, March 19 beginning at 9:00 PM with the premieres of "The Surreal Life," also a production of Mindless Entertainment and 51 Pictures, and "Hogan Knows Best."

The sixth season of VH1's "The Surreal Life" features STEVE HARWELL of Smashmouth; SHERMAN HEMSLEY aka George Jefferson; the original video vixen, TAWNY KITAEN; C.C. DEVILLE from Poison; Playboy TV's covergirl, ANDREA LOWELL, and ALEXIS ARQUETTE. Special guest star FLORENCE HENDERSON joins the show as the cast's full time and on-call advisor.

Then get ready to rumble as VH1 brings back Hulk-mania when "Hogan Knows Best" returns for a second season. The Hulk might be immune to pain when he's in the ring, but there is one pain that even Hulk cannot escape -- growing pains! As daughter Brooke, 17, continues to pursue her dream of pop stardom, and son Nick, 15, straddles the fence from boyhood to manhood, Hulk and his wife Linda continue to flex their parenting muscles as they get body-slammed in the art of raising teens.

And on Sunday, April 2, VH1 premieres its first scripted comedy series "so noTORIous," starring Tori Spelling.

Learn more about these and all other VH1 programs at http://www.vh1.com/.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 88 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.vh1.com/.

* All data from Nielsen Media Research

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Maura Wozniak, +1-212-846-7325, or Erica Cantwell,
+1-212-846-3683, both of VH1

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


 
BET's Lil' Kim is #1 Original Series on Cable Among Black Households in 2006

Lil' Kim: Countdown to Lock Down Sets New Viewership Mark as Most-Watched Series Debut in BET Network History

WASHINGTON, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to reality programming, there's one simple fact -- when BET builds it, the audience will come. BET again proved this theory correct with a gigantic launch last Thursday of the new reality series LIL' KIM: COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN. Tracking the final 14 days of freedom of hip-hop diva Lil' Kim before she entered prison on a perjury conviction, COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN premiered to a whopping 1.9 million viewers nationally (1.7 rating; 1.4 million households), easily becoming the most-watched series debut in BET's 25-year history. The new show also zoomed to the rank of #1 Original Series on Cable among Black households so far in 2006. A six-episode docu-drama produced in collaboration with Edmonds Entertainment and Queen Bee Entertainment, COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN televises on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060302/NYTH080 )

"When we showed the first episode of LIL' KIM to test audiences, we got the highest scores in the history of the company. So when it became the biggest series debut in the history of the network, I wasn't surprised," said Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment. "As powerful as the first episode is, the series finale is even better. I'm pleased and relieved that my first new series on BET has become a 'must see' for so many people. I'm grateful to Edmonds Entertainment for delivering another great show for the network, and to the entire team at BET for fantastic work in every department."

Lil' Kim is one of the most celebrated rappers in the business, as well as one of the most intriguing and glamorous stars in entertainment. BET's cameras were allowed full access to Lil' Kim, her entourage and family before she headed off to a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania on a conviction for false testimony to a federal grand jury about a shootout involving members of her posse outside a New York City radio station. Lil' Kim was sentenced to one year and a day for protecting friends involved in the 2001 incident.

BET viewers ride along with the rap diva and fashion icon as she sorts out her business and legal affairs, makes her last few public appearances to promote her new CD, shoots a video, attends fashion week, shops, hits the party scene and says goodbye to friends and family before turning herself over to federal authorities. The cameras also capture her private moments as Lil' Kim attempts to come to grips with who she is and where she's headed.

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.

Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060302/NYTH080
AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen, +1-202-608-2003, michael.lewellen@bet.net, or
Tosha Whitten-Griggs, +1-818-655-6712, tosha.whitten-griggs@bet.net, both of BET

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


 
Atlantic and Sprint Launch Exclusive T.I. Campaign

Only Sprint Customers Can Own and Experience Exclusive Content -
including Full Tracks - from T.I.'s New Album ''KING'' Before Its
Release Anywhere Else

Exclusive Video of T.I. During the Launch Week of "KING" Will
Appear on Sprint TV(SM)

NEW YORK & RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2006--Sprint (NYSE:S)

As part of an exclusive campaign, Sprint (NYSE:S) customers will be the first and only ones to download songs from multi-platinum recording artist T.I.'s new Grand Hustle/Atlantic album "KING" before its release, and have access to exclusive ringers, Call Tones and images. In addition, "Life with T.I." during the album's launch week can be seen only on Sprint TV(SM).
Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music Group (NYSE:WMG), and Sprint have announced the launch of a major, exclusive campaign in support of T.I. and his eagerly awaited new album. The campaign will offer an extensive selection of unique mobile content that features an artist who is already very popular with many Sprint customers - T.I. is one of only six artists to ever receive a Sprint Platinum Award, which is presented after more than a million Music Tones have been downloaded from one album (from his #1 album, "URBAN LEGEND").

From now until the release of "KING" on March 28, the following mobile content from "KING" will only be available to Sprint customers:
Full Song Downloads. The nation's first wireless music download service, the Sprint Music Store(SM), will offer "What You Know," the smash first single from "KING," along with another album track, "Ride Wit Me," on Sprint Power Vision(SM) phones.

Music Tones and Call Tones. Every track from "KING" will be offered for both Music Tones, which play a song instead of a traditional ring when a call is incoming, and Call Tones, which play a song for a caller while waiting for someone to pick up the phone instead of the traditional tone.
Following the album's release, T.I. will be Sprint's "Featured Artist of the Month" for April. In support of this high-visibility program, three unreleased non-album tracks, plus instrumental versions of "What You Know" and "Ride Wit Me," will be exclusively available for Sprint Music Store downloads, Music Tones and Call Tones. Sprint will also offer T.I. screensavers, as well as voice ringers and Call Tones, uniquely created by T.I.

Sprint TV customers will have exclusive access to video that is shot by T.I.'s crew during the launch week, or "street week," of "KING." They will also be able to watch full music videos from T.I. on select video-enabled phones, as well as clips from T.I.'s upcoming motion picture "ATL," which Warner Bros. will release on March 31. Additionally, Sprint will offer several T.I. video ringers, including one from the smash new hit, "What You Know."
"We are very excited to be partnering with Sprint to launch T.I.'s new album," said Atlantic President Julie Greenwald. "It is through innovative campaigns like this that we are redefining our release strategy, as we are constantly seeking out unique, non-traditional ways to capture the consumer's attention and drive new music sales. T.I. is our next big superstar, and we are thrilled that Sprint has come to the party with such an amazing rollout."

"Sprint is breaking ground with mobile music with the exclusive and extensive T.I. content offering - including full tracks from his new album that are available now only on Sprint. We are providing customers early access to a multi-platinum entertainer, T.I. With Sprint, customers can get the music entertainment they want, when they want it... and now they can get it first," said Nancy Beaton, director, entertainment and personalization for Sprint.

The March 28th arrival of T.I.'s "KING" follows the breakthrough success of 2004's RIAA platinum-certified "URBAN LEGEND," which spawned such smash hits as "Bring Em Out" and the Grammy-nominated "U Don't Know Me." That same week will mark another landmark in T.I.'s explosive career, as he makes his big screen debut as the star of the Overbrook/Warner Bros. Pictures feature film "ATL," set to open nationwide on March 31st.
"What You Know," the first single from "KING," was the #1 most-added track at both CHR/Rhythmic and Urban radio nationwide upon its release and is now nearing the top of the airplay charts. The single's companion video, which was added this week to both MTV and MTV2, was directed by veteran hip-hop video director and Atlanta native Chris Robinson - who also directed "ATL."

In conjunction with both the release of "KING" and "ATL," T.I. will make appearances at exclusive album listening events and movie premieres in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Detroit the week prior to the projects' release dates. The rapper also plans to be on hand for larger premieres in Atlanta and Los Angeles the week of March 27.

Having exploded into the hip-hop mainstream with 2003's RIAA gold certified "TRAP MUZIK," the Atlanta-based T.I. has become one of rap's hottest artists. The self-proclaimed "King of the South" followed up his Grand Hustle/Atlantic premiere in late 2004 with "URBAN LEGEND." The acclaimed album made a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 on its way to RIAA platinum certification for U.S. sales exceeding one million units. T.I. was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance for his song "U Don't Know Me." He also walked away from the Second Annual VIBE Awards with a win in the Street Anthem category for the same song.

About Sprint Music
Sprint continually provides wireless data services that are first, better and unique, and Sprint's music offerings are a distinct example of this leadership. Sprint was the first U.S. mobile carrier to provide:
-- a service that allows full-length songs to be downloaded over the air via the Sprint Music Store, which soon afterwards became the first mobile music service to announce a million song downloads,
-- live TV and exclusive video and audio of a full-length rock concert (Bon Jovi),
-- streaming music and continues to provide exclusive streaming music channels, including SIRIUS Music and Rhapsody Radio,
-- video ringers, which play clips from music videos instead of a traditional ring,
-- ringers that sound like actual song recordings via Music Tones and to allow customers to create their own original ring tones via ToneMaker DJ, and
-- gold and platinum awards when artists' albums sell 500,000 and one million Music Tones respectively.

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

Contacts
Sprint
Aaron Radelet, 703-433-8246
or
Atlantic Records
Shelia Richman, 212-707-3063


 
UFC Heavyweight Champion, Legendary House DJ Charles Feelgood and Platinum Hip Hop Artists Take Center Stage in Chicago

With the Nation's Hottest Customized Cars

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 2006--
  Hometown Chicago heroes Andrei the Pitbull and Twista to headline XM Satellite Radio's Hot Import Nights in Chicago  

XM Satellite Radio's Hot Import Nights (HIN) 2006, makes its third stop of the season for a star-studded show in Chicago on March 25, 5 p.m. to midnight at McCormick Place. HIN, presented by Valvoline, is the largest lifestyle custom car show in the nation and the only one of its kind that brings together all elements of youth lifestyle and car culture in one night. Chicago's own platinum recording artist Twista will perform live in concert for the first time at HIN with Atlantic Records artist Lupe Fiasco. Celebrity hosts include Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, FHM magazine feature model Jessica Barton and, from NBC's "Deal or No Deal", Ursula Mayes, Miss HIN 2005.

Hip Hop artist Twista, Chicago hometown favorite, will perform live in concert on the Mazda Main Stage and also sign autographs in an exclusive HIN meet-and-greet. His latest album, The Day After, was released last October and featured collaborations with Lil' Kim, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Pitbull (HIN performing artist), Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg and Juvenile. Atlantic recording artist Lupe Fiasco will also join Twista center stage as he performs several songs from his upcoming record, including his hit single with Kanye West, "Touch the Sky" now ranking sixth on MTV's TRL.

The 6-foot-four-inch, 240-pound Ultimate Fighting Champion Arlovski is a Sambo/Kickboxing legend who began his career in Belarus. He received the bronze medal at the Sambo World Championship Tournament at the age of 19 and earned the Sambo World Title at age 20. Currently the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, he now resides in Chicago and will be available for photos with UFC fans exclusively at HIN. Other special guests include Jessica Barton and Ursula Mayes, who will grace the ever-popular M-Lounge with hundreds of other models. Jessica can be seen regularly on ESPN2 hosting the NHRA and is currently featured in the latest issue of FHM magazine. Ursula is currently on NBC's hit show "Deal or No Deal" and will host the search for Miss HIN 2007.

Between the exclusive HIN live appearances and special performances, returning sponsor Valvoline will present Super Street Cars on Tour with the BRS Time Attack FD, Tein Wide Body Civic and C West Carbon Fiber S2000. Show visitors can get up-close and personal with the hottest, trendiest cars in the customized world, straight from the pages of the top tuner magazines.

The XM Satellite Radio booth will feature the Honda Civic Si Extreme concept car, which boasts equipment and styling inspired by Honda's Indy Racing League cars. HIN-goers can check out the highly anticipated Pioneer XM2go Inno at the XM booth, a revolutionary and portable new music player that plays live satellite radio and MP3 music files. In addition, the XM Satellite Radio Stage will feature local club DJs, b-boy competitions and DJ Xclusive from XM Satellite Radio's urban music channel, "The City" and hip hop channel, "Raw". The Mazda Nightclub will feature legendary house and remix DJ, Charles Feelgood. At the Mazda stage HIN's Glo-Go dancers will show off their go-go skills against Chicago's best dancers in the new Rockstar Energy Drink National Glo-Go Dancer Competition, a city-to-city dance rivalry.

In the spirit of city-to-city competition, this year's Miss HIN 2007 pageant will truly be the "queen of the scene," as each city will crown their own queen who will then compete for the title of Miss HIN 2007 against other city winners at the show finale in Miami. With Miss San Jose already crowned and the competition for Miss San Diego around the corner at the XM Satellite Radio Nightshift March 18, competition is in full swing for the title of Miss Chicago.

The Bombshell Models are also back in 2006 to challenge anyone willing to take them on at the poker tables for BombSearch, the poker-playing competition that will test the card skills of local ladies across the nation in the search for the next Bombshell Model.

XM Satellite Radio's Hot Import Nights is presented by returning sponsor Valvoline, in addition to returning sponsors Dunlop Tires; Meguiar's; Mazda; Circuit City; Chevrolet; Subaru; NGK Sparkplugs; BombshellPoker.com; and media sponsors Modified Magazine; Modified Luxury & Exotics, Super Street; Import Tuner; Sport Compact Car; Rides; MPH; Performance Auto & Sound Magazine; Road and Track; C-16; XXL; KING; and Car and Driver magazine. New 2006 sponsors include Rockstar Energy Drink; Shell V-Power; Atomic Loud Speakers; and the National Guard. More information on HIN can be found at www.hotimportnights.com.

About Action Media and Vision Entertainment
Action Media, parent company of Vision Entertainment, is the leading media and event company targeting the Gen X-Y audience, integrating lifestyle events including cars, music, video games and fashion. Producing more than 20 annual events in the top North American markets, Action Media and Vision Entertainment are now one of the leading communities for every positive aspect of youth culture. The current portfolio of Vision Entertainment events includes Hot Import Nights, VIP Auto Fashion Show, Nightshift, the RC Expo (RCX), Fresh Tracks Snow and Skate Expo and Holiday Havoc. Action Media's online assets now include Online Showoff and Model Showoff as well as a partnership with IGN.com.

2006 Hot Import Nights/Night Shift and VIP Schedule

HIN San Jose San Jose Convention Center February 25
NS San Diego Qualcomm Stadium March 18
HIN Chicago McCormick Place March 25
HIN Washington DC Dulles Expo Center April 22
HIN Boston Bayside Expo Center April 29
HIN Charlotte Merchandise Mart May 13
HIN Atlantic City AC Convention Center May 20
HIN Indianapolis Indy Convention Center June 17
HIN Orlando OC Convention Center July 8
NS New York Shea Stadium July 15
NS Chicago Soldier Field July 29
HIN Los Angeles Los Angeles Convention Center August 19
NS Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium Sept 9
NS San Francisco SBC Park Sept 23
HIN Seattle Qwest Field Sept 30
HIN Dallas Dallas Convention Center October 7
NS Phoenix Firebird Intl. Raceway October 14
VIP Los Angeles LA Convention Center Nov 18
HIN Honolulu Blaisdell Convention Center Dec 2
HIN Miami Miami Beach Convention Center Dec 16

Contacts
Fleishman-Hillard
Cristina Wilson, 213-489-8207
wilsonc@fleishman.com
or
Brendan Flynn, 213-489-8226
flynnb@fleishman.com


 
IODA Launches Promonet; Promotional Distribution Network Provides Thousands of Pre-Cleared MP3s to Blogs and Podcasts

Partnerships with MP3.com, TowerPod, hi5.com, Tribe.net and iSound Extend Promotional Network Reach

SXSW 2006

SAN FRANCISCO & AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 14, 2006--IODA -- the Independent Online Distribution Alliance -- today officially launched Promonet, a unique promotional distribution network that provides writers and programmers from blogs, podcasts, Internet radio, e-zines, social networks and other promotional music sites with thousands of pre-cleared, legal music tracks and other promotional assets from IODA's roster of more than 1,500 leading independent labels. The announcement was made today by IODA founder and CEO Kevin Arnold from the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference in Austin, TX.

Since its beta launch last fall, IODA's labels have made over 7,000 songs from all genres available as pre-cleared "Promotracks," including songs from Built to Spill, Public Enemy, The Wrens, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Young Buck, Ambulance Ltd, KRS-One, Pinback, Stephen Lynch, The Dwarves, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Why?, Numatic Soul, and Buckethead. Hundreds of blogs and podcasts have already registered to access music from Promonet, including tastemakers such as DailySonic.com, Indiefeed.com and EricRice.com, as well as podcast networks like the Association of Music Podcasting (AMP) and LibSyn. Partnerships with MP3.com, TowerPod, Live365, iSound and social networking sites hi5.com and Tribe.net further extend Promonet's reach by exposing Promonet content to large, music-loving audiences and user communities. Applications for access to Promonet can be submitted online at http://promonet.iodalliance.com.

"The infinite shelf space of the digital retailer has lowered many distribution barriers but created a new kind of marketing problem," said Tim Mitchell, VP of Marketing and Business Development, IODA. "Our solution uses technology and the viral nature of networks to provide a low-cost, transparent, and results oriented marketing platform to effectively connect independent music with its fans."

"Properly servicing promotional outlets isn't as simple as sending a CD to a magazine or a radio station anymore," said Eric Lemasters, Director Label Relations and New Media, KOCH Entertainment Distribution. "For the label, IODA's Promonet is like having a separate digital promo department to reach all of the pertinent podcasts and blogs with your music. For the podcasters and bloggers, it's like one-stop shopping for legitimate music. Everyone wins. Hats off to IODA for creating such a cutting-edge service that is so badly needed."

In preparation for Promonet's launch, IODA created a groundbreaking promotional license that specifies terms under which qualified blogs, podcasts, and e-zines can use Promotracks on their sites. In exchange for access to the thousands of Promotracks available in the system, qualified Promonet users must comply with a few simple rules designed to raise awareness and drive sales of the music: sites using Promotracks must identify the music and include links to the artist and label web sites as well as "buy" links to at least one digital retail site for each release. IODA provides all of the necessary data and links via the Promonet interface. To date, during the Promonet beta, clicks to nearly 10,000 digital buy links have been logged from the use of Promotracks in blogs and podcasts.
"IODA's Promonet is simply the best choice available in the market for cutting-edge rights-cleared music," said Chris MacDonald, founder of IndieFeed. "The staff at IndieFeed is consistently amazed at the breadth and relevance of the music catalog available for podcast production, in a variety of music genres. This is truly one of those win-win systems where independent labels match with content producers and, ultimately, the discriminating listener, to discover the best music being produced worldwide. Our subscription numbers have increased no doubt to IODA's relationships with incredibly prolific labels and artists."

"I'm impressed with Promonet's library of content and easy to use interface," said Adam Varga, founder of DailySonic.com. "We use it at DailySonic to quickly find all sorts of great pre-cleared music -- from finding a psych rock track used to heighten the mood of a world news segment, to finding an underground hip-hop track to accompany a feature on new forms of graffiti, to new music releases from great indie labels. It's definitely been both a time saver and an ear opener."

IODA-distributed labels can select up to three songs per album for inclusion in Promonet, where other promotional content such as artist photos, bios, album art, one-sheets, and other information posted by labels and artists is available, along with preview clips of all tracks and "buy links" for each release at the many digital music services and retailers to which IODA distributes. Videos will be available through the network next month. Promonet is an extension of IODA's industry-leading technology platform and a companion to its acclaimed Rightsholder Dashboard. There is no charge to IODA-distributed labels to make their assets available on Promonet.

"With Promonet, IODA continues their leadership of the digital music landscape by providing licensing and promotional tracks for promotional podcasting" said Derrick Oien, President of The Association of Music Podcasting (musicpodcasting.org). "We are excited to be working closely with them."

IODA's Kevin Arnold will be speaking at the "Aggregators Get It Together" panel at the South By Southwest Music + Media Conference, scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 18th at 1:30p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.

About IODA
IODA -- the Independent Online Distribution Alliance -- is the industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music community. IODA provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, and artists, including license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; and royalty payment administration and reporting. Founded in 2003, IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of over 300,000 tracks from more than 1,500 independent labels around the globe. The IODA catalog ranges from established classics to modern up-and-comers in all genres, including favorites such as Animal Collective, Antony and the Johnsons, Fall Out Boy, MF Doom, London Symphony Orchestra, Bebel Gilberto, Billie Holliday, They Might Be Giants, The Hives, The Wrens, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Fela Kuti, Master P, Seu Jorge, Ray Charles, Mariza, and R L Burnside. IODA distributes its client catalog to all major digital music services including the iTunes Music Store, RealNetworks' Rhapsody, MSN Music, Napster, Yahoo!, AOL MusicNow, Sony Connect, MusicNet, eMusic, OD2, and over 150 other retail outlets. IODA was named one of FORTUNE magazine's 25 Breakout Companies for 2005. The company's web site is located at http://www.iodalliance.com.

Contacts
Jill Mango Media
Jill Mango, 201-729-1939
jill@jillmangomedia.com


 
Wilmer Valderrama's Trash-Talking Series 'Yo Momma' Premieres On MTV Monday, April 3rd at 6:00PM (ET/PT)

'Yo Momma' Joins MTV's Hot Afternoon Line-up That Has Reached More Than 64 Million Viewers (P2+) This Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV: Music Television announced today that "Yo Momma," the trash-talking comedy competition created, executive produced and hosted by Wilmer Valderrama, will premiere on Monday, April 3rd at 6:00pm (ET/PT) and air daily, Monday through Friday. A "Best of the Best" episode will premiere every Thursday evening at 10:00PM (ET/PT), featuring the winners of each rivalry who will put their money on the line to claim the title of Champion of the Week and repeat in the regularly scheduled Friday slot. To raise the stakes, celebrity guests from every corner of the hip-hop and comedy communities will lend their special touch to the episode and also help decide the victor. Celebrity guests include Chingy, Method Man, Mike Jones, Ne-Yo and Donald Faison ("Scrubs").

"Yo Momma" will join MTV's hot afternoon block which currently ranks #1 in its time period among P12-34 across all cable networks and includes shows such as "Next," "My Own," "Room Raiders" and "Date My Mom." Since MTV's new afternoons launched on January 2, the block of programming has resonated with MTV's audience, reaching more than 64.4 million viewers (P2+) to date.

"Afternoons have been hugely popular with our audience, and we are excited to add Wilmer's talent, humor and style to the line-up with 'Yo Momma,'" said Lois Curren, Executive Vice-President, Entertainment and Programming, MTV.

"MTV is excited to welcome Wilmer to the growing list of talented actors and celebrities that have found a home at the channel," said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Talent Series Development for MTV, MTV2, mtvU and MTV Films. "Wilmer is a perfect fit for our audience, and we are thrilled that talent turns to MTV as a place where they can create, experiment and invent."

"Yo Momma" is a no-holds barred competition that pits Southern California's funniest amateur trash-talkers against one another. In each episode of "Yo Momma," Wilmer searches different neighborhoods to find the most astute trash-talkers. The finalists from each opposing area then will utilize information from "targeted home invasions" conducted by Wilmer to make their one-on-one slams incredibly personal. The top two contestants each day will compete for a cash prize and bragging rights of being the best clowner in their neighborhood, as well as the opportunity to move forward in the trash- talking tournament.

On March 22nd, viewers can go to MTV Overdrive to check out the season trailer of "Yo Momma" and a special preview of the "Making of 'Yo Momma.'" Also on MTV Overdrive, viewers will be able to view highlights and recaps of previous episodes in the "Best of the Week" segments that will run throughout the season. MTV Mobile will also allow fans of "Yo Momma" to have 2 minute episode teaser video clips sent to their mobile phones and much more content will be made available on MTV.com.

For "Yo Momma," Wilmer Valderrama is Executive Producer along with Evolution Film & Tape. Wilmer is represented by Rigberg Entertainment Group, UTA and Michael Gendler. Executives in Charge of Development for MTV are Drew Tappon and Lauren Dolgen. Danny Villa serves as Talent Development Executive. Rod Aissa is Senior Vice President, Talent Series Development for MTV, MTV2, mtvU and MTV Films. Lois Curren is Executive Vice-President, Entertainment and Programming, MTV.

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, mtvU, VHI, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, MTV INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 12 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV

CONTACT: Lindsey Schiff-Abrams, +1-310-752-8082, or
Lindey.schiff-abrams@mtvstaff.com, or Andrea Manning, +1-212-846-5793, or
andrea.manning@mtvstaff.com, both of MTV; or For Wilmer Valderrama: Heidi
Lopata Slan of PMK/HBH, +1-310-289-6200, or Lindsey Schiff-Abrams of
MTV Networks, +1-310-752-8082, or fax, +1-310-752-8076, or
lindsey.schiff-abrams@mtvstaff.com

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


 
H3 Goes Long for $1 Million!

H3Enterprises Signs JVA with Dininno Group for HipHopSodaShop Development across Long Island

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. (OTC: "HTRE") has announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with the Dininno Group of New York that calls for the two Companies to jointly own and operate H3's HipHopSodaShops throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. The Agreement also gives the new jointly owned company the exclusive rights to fully develop any and all HTRE related enterprises on the Island. The Dininno Group is owned by noted NY Entrepreneurs Don Dininno, Mike Miniero, Dennis Mineiro, Reid Goldstein, and Bernie Farsky, and will be paying HTRE a one time consideration of $1,000,000 for the rights being obtained in the JVA, the largest sum paid to date for development rights for HTRE.

"The HipHopSodaShops are perfectly positioned to be the 'Next Big Thing' in franchising," said Don Dininno, founder of the Dininno Group. "I can't say enough about the vision, timing, and marketing genius that George Lois and Brian Peters have already shown as a team, and I look forward to participating in their brilliant business model. We're supremely confident in our combined abilities to deliver on the promise of H3's culture changing concept to the maximum benefit of all HTRE shareholders."

"Adding all the players involved with Don to TeamH3 is truly a blessing," said HTRE President and Founder Brian "H3" Peters. "Their proven track record at the very highest level of American enterprise is almost unparalleled. It's all about teamwork and I strongly believe we could not have found better people or businessmen to help get the SodaShops off to a blazing start in one of the most important markets in America."

"HTRE presents an enormous wealth of revenue streams for the new joint Company to fully maximize," said HTRE Director and Principal Stu Yachnowitz of New York who has put together the Long Island development deal on behalf of H3 "We have a number of SodaShop conversions already being lined-up with existing restaurants and fast-food chains, and we expect to have hundreds of major new outlets for our CyberSports, merchandise and beverages in place in short order. We're all extremely impressed with every aspect of H3's ten months of start-up operations and look forward to sharing our future with HTRE's incredibly golden opportunities."

Last Friday, March 10, 2006, HTRE issued the following statement regarding its transfer agent and number of outstanding shares: "In February 2006, the Company changed its transfer agent from Corporate Stock Transfer in Denver, Colorado, to Colonial Stock Transfer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Following the change, Colonial Stock Transfer, the Company and its legal counsel, have determined that numerous documents relating to the issuance and transfer of shares are missing and/or are incorrect, resulting in the overstatement of the Company's outstanding shares in the amount of 132,785,480.25, when the correct number should be approximately 70,000,000 shares of common stock issued and outstanding. The Company is currently working with its legal counsel and transfer agent to effectuate the return and/or cancellation of approximately 60,000,000 shares, and will keep its shareholders and the market appraised of developments to that end."

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

Contact: 877-H3-Hiphop ask for Public Relations http://www.hiphopsodashop.com/

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

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

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


 
OVERGROUND VI

Featuring Keisha White, Tippa Irie, SAS, Ozzie B, Wan-Cee and many more...

POPULAR MUSIC SHOWCASE Overground has announced its return and the line-up for its sixth instalment. Overground VI is set to return on Wednesday 22 March at east London's highly rated venue Cargo.

Background
We all know there is a countless number of acts on the UK music scene. But when and how do they get the recognition they deserve?
Some have broken the mould and brought the sound of the British underground to the mainstream. But what about the others who are equally talented, and struggling to follow suit?
These acts should be getting support from the currently frameless entertainment scene, which they buy into year after year Likewise, they should receive the acknowledgement they genuinely deserve. With help from relevant sources, e.g. the UK music industry and media, their fight to the top need not be so hard.
Triple Vision, comprising of two passionate media professionals, have redressedthe balance by presenting a showcase featuring 10 British acts from a range of genres, which they believe, should be UK chart-toppers.
Overground is a night dedicated to giving underground artists a platform for exposure to their already-dedicated fans, industry notables, journalists and record label executives.
The event showcases the most sought-after, talked about and underexposed acts on the circuit.

OVERGROUND VI takes place on Wednesday 22 March 2006, in Londons premiere music venue Cargo, 83 Riverton Street, Shoreditch, London EC2. Doors open 7pm, first act on 9.30pm.

FINAL LINE UP

Keisha White (r&b)
Tippa Irie (British bashment)
Danielle Senior & Blemish (r&b/hip-hop)
Glideascope (classical/reggae)
SAS (hip-hop)
Carl Ramsey feat. Demon (rap/UKG)
Wan-Cee (hip-hop)

Jim Screechy (British bashment)
Ozzie B (UKG)
Contrast (r&b)
For further information contact
Akosua 07930 188 724
Orantes 07745 396 832

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


 
High Tide of 'Buffed Bods and Sexy Legs' Shifts to Sun-Drenched Miami for BET SPRING BLING March 24-26

T.I., Busta Rhymes, Christina Milian, Paul Wall, Keyshia Cole and Ne-Yo Are Among the Sizzling Performances Guaranteed to Make Spring Breakers 'Shake Somethin''

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- BET is finally heading to South Beach for the hottest party this side of the equator. Get ready to ride the wave as the network unloads this year's smash spring break special. SPRING BLING '06 will feature performances and appearances from Young Jeezy, Busta Rhymes and The Flip Mode Squad, Ne-Yo, T.I., Christina Milian, Juelz Santana and many others.

The sexiest celebs will kick things off as the star-studded three-day affair is guaranteed to ignite the beach. Spring Blingers will definitely "Shake Somethin" with returning SPRING BLING episodes of Revamp (groups from across the country reenact their favorite videos, adding their own flair in a cut-throat competition in front of celebrity judges); Beach Towel Throwdown (back-to-back hip-hop and R&B performances where crowds go wild and energy runs high); Freestyle (the ultimate battle of the mics -- mc's showcase their lyrical prowess to win the title of SPRING BLING '06 Champion); and Rides, Rims, and Runway (featuring the most tricked out celebrity rides, sexy fashion models and music performances to hit South Beach).

BET will also feature new SPRING BLING shows: Get To Steppin' (a national step competition) and Miami Madness (Miami superstars come together on one stage to rep their town and give viewers a tour of their sexy city) all which are sure to surge the Miami heat. The SPRING BLING '06 show tapings will be held from March 24-26 and are open to the public. BET's Rap-It-Up and both the Broward and Miami Dade County Health Departments will be on-site during the tapings to administer free HIV-testing and outreach to event attendees. There will also be contests and gift giveaways for event goers.

Here is the official lineup for BET SPRING BLING '06, guaranteed to kick the sand off the beach:

LOCATION: Haulover Beach Park - Miami Beach, Florida

*SHOW HOSTS: Big Tigger, BET STYLE and 106 & PARK
(*Subject to Change) Julissa, STUDENT CENTER and 106 & PARK
Mad Linx, RAP CITY
Melyssa Ford, BET STYLE
Danella, ROADSHOW
Ray J, BET.com COUNTDOWN
Aleesha Renee, BET's New Faces
Rocsi, BET's New Faces
Paul Wall
Christina Milian
Nick Cannon
Tyrese
Trey Songz

*CELEBRITY GUESTS and PERFORMERS: (*Subject to Change)
Juvenile Ne-Yo Dem Franchise Boyz
Keyshia Cole Sean Paul Busta Rhymes & Flip Mode
T-Pain Pretty Ricky Ying Yang Twins
T.I. Christina Milian Chamillionare
Paul Wall Juelz Santana Lil' Wayne
Pitbull Young Jeezy D4L
Just Blaze Remy Ma E-40
Lil Wayne Lori Anne Gibson Rick Ross
Smitty Uncle Luke Bun B
Baby

*TAPING
DATES: Friday, March 24
(*Times TBD) Saturday, March 25
Sunday, March 26

*TELECAST
DATES: Thursday, April 13 at 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Friday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. ET/PT
Saturday, April 15 -- SPRING BLING all day marathon
(*times TBD)

TICKET
INFORMATION: Individuals who are interested in obtaining free tickets
to attend the 3-day taping should visit
http://www.bet.com/springbling for more information.

MEDIA
COVERAGE: Media credentials are available only for working media who
wish to cover the BET SPRING BLING '06 tapings. To
request credentials, please contact Lyntina Townsend,
(202) 608-2745, Lyntina.Townsend@bet.net; or Tara Smith,
(212) 975-3390, Tara.Smith@bet.net. The deadline to
request credentials is MARCH 20, 2006.

ABOUT BET

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of businesses extensions: BET.com, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; and BET Mobile, a service venture into the lucrative world of ring tones, games and video content for wireless devices.

Visit us @ http://www.bet.com/

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4048, Marcy.Polanco@BET.net, Lyntina
Townsend, +1-202-608-2745, Lyntina.Townsend@BET.net, or Tricia Newell,
+1-212-975-8230, Tricia.Newell@BET.net, all of BET (Black Entertainment
Television)

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


 
Oakland's Slumplordz Release New L.P. After Four Year Hiatus.

Oakland, Ca 03/10/06 The Slumplordz are set to release their new album, The Sweeps in Sav City, on April 20, 2006. The album is now available for preview and purchase at www.slumplordz.com, and will be available nationally on itunes.com, napster.com. yahoomusic.com, rhapsody.com, and at Bay Area retail outlets. Distribution to national retail chains is expected in the coming months.

Sav City is a fourteen-track opus, which Slumplordz fans will recognize as the third installment in their thematically entitled works. Although widely influential in the underground and among the rank and file hip-hop set, The Slumplordz have maintained and embraced the anonymity of their sub-underground hip-hop status.

Although they had limited distribution in the states by WarnerElektraAtlantic, you are more likely to see the Slumplordz featured on a South African website, than you are a state-side publication. When we dropped it was like people felt us. What we didnt have in promotions, we made up with in networking and technology. We built a world wide fan base, and had heads in random places checking for us harder than Dr. Dre or Radio Head.

After releasing 2000s The Slumplordz Present The Yakuza in Dont Worry About The Caliber and 2001s re-release of their 1998 seminal LP SunnMoonSekt, The Slumplordz literally went M.I.A. Among the reasons purported, was a rumored legal battle with the groups former distributor, Stray Records. When asked about their hiatus, group member Hard Rard said, The main reason we havent done anything in four years iswell... we had other shit to do! When pressed about why they were no longer with their former imprint Stray Records, Dave Doses responded, Basically...Stray no longer operates in the Bay (Area). They had a malfunction, and at the end of the day, certain people werent getting paid!

Dave Doses and Hard Rard are the primary producers of Sav City, and are together known as The Sweeps. The album features the entire Slumplordz' camp and special guests including Azeem, Sunnmoon Sekt, Gravanaught, J. Jonah, Tha Littist, Beeda Weeda and L.U.Cien. Of special note is a performance by Danny Sundance Harris, who is an original 1970s Oakland beat poet and father to Hard Rard.

Critics have called them the underground of the underground. Vice Magazine called them too dope for you to understand. The San Francisco Examiner called them, one of the most refreshing takes on bay area hip-hop in years. Ryan Sommers aka Fritz da Cat said, These guys are their own genre. forget crunk. forget grime. get slump.

Get a full press kit, photos, bio and discography info@: www.slumplordz.com
(full press kit at bottom of Bios page or click here)

Daniel Phelan : Launch Fighters Media : (510)774-8309 : dphelan@launchfighters.com
Supporting Artist Independence through Media and Technology.

CONTACT:
Daniel Phelan
Launch Fighters Media
(510) 774-8309
dphelan@launchfighters.com
www.slumplordz.com


 
THE BIG BAD BEAT BATTLE SAT. 3-18-06

The Big Bad Beat Battle is back!!!!! The baddest of the beat battle
returns
to the pour house music hall Sat. March 18th with one of the best
battles
yet!!! Special performances, dope beats, THE greatest crowd, one of the
best
venues, saturday night......what more do you want!!! Come out and
support
the movement!!!!

THE POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL
224 s. blount st.
Raleigh, N.C. 919-821-1120

PS...if you want to enter yourself or one of your friends....just come
out
or return me a email. The rules are very simple. 1 beat cd with 12 to
15
songs, 45 sec each beat,and $15 entry fee. Prepare to hear the best
beatmakers in nc/va/sc.

Travis "Cockpit" Keyes
www.21strecords.com


 
FLOWJACK FAMILY TO ENLIVEN COLUMBUS, GA AUDIENCES AS OPENING ACT FOR LIL WAYNE

MARCH 13, 2006, COLUMBUS, GA-With a slew of show-stopping performances already under their belts, Columbus, GA favorite FlowJack Family will open up for Lil Wayne and others at the Come Together Day? concert at the Columbus Civic Center on March 24,, 2006.

Having already opened up for many top-notch rap artists, such as T.I., Young Jeezy and Bun B, the self-proclaimed presages of the Columbus, GA hip-hop scene will be headliners in no time!

The smoldering rap sextet has already created an unbridled buzz, leaving lasting impressions on throngs of audiences throughout the southeast region.

Serving as the flagship artists of the burgeoning Bases Loaded Records, the FlowJack Familys music offerings are a captivating blend of hood realities, with an additive of south of Atlanta (SOA) twang.

For media inquiries, contact Kayla Calloway at (404) 246-4810 or kaycallowaypr@yahoo.com. To learn more about the FlowJack Family, please visit www.basesloaderecords.com.

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Contact: Kayla Calloway
Kayla Calloway PR
(404) 246-4810
kaycallowaypr@yahoo.com
www.kaylacallowaypr.com


 
eMusic Adds 40 Leading Independent Labels to Its Roster

From Cherry Red to Arhoolie, ATO Records and Ninja Tune, eMusic Has It Covered from Punk to Funk

#2 Digital Download Service Passes 150,000 Subscribers; Sells More Than 9 Million Downloads In January and February

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's largest retailer of independent music, announced 40 new additions to its roster of independent labels, bringing its total number of labels to over 4,000. The company also announced that its paying subscriber base has surpassed 150,000, only six months after hitting the 100,000 subscriber mark. The digital retailer added that it sold 4.9 million digital music downloads in January and 4.5 million in February, second only to iTunes.

"eMusic's growth rate continues to accelerate, and independent labels choose to work with us because they understand that we effectively target and market to their audience," said David Pakman, eMusic President and CEO. "Our rapidly growing subscriber base and focus on merchandising independent artists allows us unusual leverage to help independent labels increase their sales while helping independent artists to build their audience."

Pakman continued, "Over the past 24 months, eMusic has sold more than 54 million tracks. Tracks purchased at eMusic play on any device, including the iPod, and when customers aren't restricted in what they can do with their music, they buy more of it."

From punk to funk, eMusic's new labels cover nearly every genre of music, including rock, dance, blues, country, hip-hop, jazz, classical and more. Notable additions include the UK's legendary Cherry Red, which boasts the punk band Dead Kennedys, and post-punk groups Monochrome Set and Felt among its huge and massively influential catalog. The Dave Matthews Band's label ATO Records(1) also joined the eMusic roster, bringing Mike Doughty and the North Mississippi All Stars.

Some of the most important blues ever recorded arrived via Arhoolie Records, including iconic recordings by Lightnin' Hopkins and Mississippi Fred McDowell, as well as the seminal zydeco of Clifton Chenier. And on the classical side, Harmonia Mundi brings popular and widely acclaimed artists including Anonymous 4, Olga Kern, The Eroica Quartet and Andrew Manze.

In the independent hip-hop world, eMusic added four of the most important labels in existence: New York's Definitive Jux (Cannibal Ox, RJD2), London's Ninja Tune (Kid Koala, Coldcut), Minneapolis' Rhymesayers (Atmosphere, Brother Ali) and Los Angeles' Stones Throw (Madvillian, the late J. Dilla).

Other labels added recently to eMusic's catalog include:

ASV
Auditorium
Bis
Bling 47
Eagle Rock
Fresh Records
GrooveSource.com
Hot Records
Egami Media
Just Music
Justin Time Records
Kudos Records
Larry Coryell Signature
LTM Publishing
Memphis Industries
Morr Music
Mudhut Records
Nublu Records
Output
Play It Again Sam
Real Music
Reincarnate Music
Rendevous
Setanta
Signum Music
Stiff Records
Tompkins Square
Tunecord
Ultra
Upper Class Recordings
Wall of Sound
Within/ Movement in Sound LTD

(1) does not include Dave Matthews Band recordings.

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com/) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 4.5 million downloads each month; eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalogue of 1,000,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. Based in New York, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and eMusic.com is a trademark of eMusic.com Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:

Cathy Halgas Nevins, eMusic
(917) 887-4140 or cnevins@emusic.com

Justin Kazmark / Andy Morris
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561-7466 / (212) 561-7465
justin.kazmark@morris-king.com /
andy.morris@morris-king.com

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Cathy Halgas Nevins of eMusic, +1-917-887-4140,
cnevins@emusic.com; or Justin Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466,
justin.kazmark@morris-king.com or Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465,
andy.morris@morris-king.com, both of The Morris + King Company for eMusic

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


 
ASCAP Adapts to Rapidly Changing Music Marketplace and Reports Record Revenues, Royalty Payments for Year 2005

World's Leading Performing Rights Organization Leverages Sophisticated Technology, New Services and International Partnerships, While Reducing Operating Costs

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Nimbly adapting to the rapidly changing music marketplace with a combination of innovative business strategies and tight cost controls, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) -- the 92-year old Performing Rights Organization (PRO) -- reported record revenues and royalty payments for 2005.

Revenues for the year exceeded $749 million -- an increase of more than $50 million over the prior year -- while royalty payments to members topped $645 million. This royalty distribution is a record amount for any PRO globally.

"At a time when the music industry is in a state of rapid change and many view technology as a challenge to copyright and music creators, we are using sophisticated technology along with other innovative business strategies to grow our participation in the music marketplace and to secure the value our members deserve for their creative efforts," explained John LoFrumento, ASCAP CEO.

According to LoFrumento, ASCAP's success is built on seven strategic thrusts:

1. Capturing licensing revenues from new and growing media channels, such
as cable TV, Internet, mobile and satellite. In 2005 cable TV revenues
grew more than 20 percent to $126 million, while new media revenues
jumped 50 percent to $8.1 million.

2. Growing overseas licensing revenues through the promotion of an
ever-popular ASCAP repertory. In 2005, international revenues
increased 4.3 percent to nearly $215 million, contributing to the
continuing importance of American music's positive impact on balance
of payments

3. Continuing to build valued new member services such as MusicPro
Insurance. Created by ASCAP in 2002, MusicPro has achieved an annual
growth rate of 42 percent.

4. Deploying state-of-the-art technology to more broadly monitor music
usage as well as to more effectively curb infringement activity.

5. Investing in innovative business ventures that enhance capabilities,
reduce operating costs and generate revenue streams. Mediaguide, an
ASCAP joint venture with YES, Inc., provides a comprehensive array of
airplay data products. By incorporating Mediaguide data, ASCAP has
significantly increased the scope of its radio surveys while reducing
overall monitoring costs.

6. Tightly controlling costs. In 2005, ASCAP's operating costs reached an
all-time low of 12.5 percent of revenues. This operating expense ratio
is the lowest for any copyright organization in the U.S. and likely the
world.

7. Attracting and retaining as members the most successful music creators.
Based on Billboard's 2005 year-end song charts, ASCAP members secured
eight of the Top 10 Hot 100 Songs, eight of the Top 10 Mainstream Rock,
eight of the Top 10 Modern Rock, eight of the Top 10 Ringtones, eight
of the Top 10 Soundtrack Singles, seven of 10 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop, seven of
10 Hot Rap Tracks, seven of 10 Hot Country Songs, and six of Top 10
Latin Pop Airplays.

"This record year underscores the success of our business strategies and enables us to continue providing the highest level of payments and best service possible to our members," added LoFrumento.

In fall 2005 ASCAP announced the launch of the first and only national conference dedicated to songwriting and composing. The ASCAP "I Create Music" Conference will take place April 20-22, 2006 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, CA (http://www.ascap.com/expo). The three-day event is designed to bring together music creators with music industry professionals who want to work together to achieve greater success.

"Some of the biggest names in music have already signed on for what will be the most important conference ever developed for music creators," noted LoFrumento.

Confirmed panelists include: Glen Ballard (Jagged Little Pill, "Man in the Mirror"); Desmond Child ("Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Invisible"); Hal David ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "Alfie"); Jimmy Jam ("No More Drama," "That's the Way Love Goes"); Tom Petty ("American Girl," "Breakdown"); John Rich of Big & Rich ("Come Cryin' To Me," "Redneck Woman"); Stephen Schwartz (Broadway: Wicked, Godspell, Pippin); Timbaland ("Work It," "More Than A Woman"); and Jimmy Webb ("By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Galveston").

About ASCAP

Established in 1914, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization representing the world's largest repertory totaling over 8 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 230,000 composer, lyricist and music publisher members. ASCAP also represents the repertories created by the international affiliates of 70 foreign performing rights organizations. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances. ASCAP is the only American Performing Rights Organization owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. http://www.ascap.com/

About Mediaguide

Mediaguide provides the world's most comprehensive, accurate, timely, and reliable airplay data products. The company's information products, which span all media types, provide performers, publishers and the recording, advertising, radio, and television industries deep insight into what is being broadcast across America, in order to deliver better products that create broader consumer demand among audiences. Mediaguide, based in Berwyn, Pa., is a joint venture of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and ConneXus Corporation. http://www.mediaguide.com/

About MusicPro Insurance

MusicPro Insurance Agency LLC was created by ASCAP to specifically provide convenient, lower cost insurance to meet the needs of working music professionals. MusicPro offers the advantage of one-stop shopping with low rates, flexible options and excellent service. With coverage for instruments and equipment, studio liability, tour liability, travel/accident, long term care, term life and even medical and dental. MusicPro is now endorsed by virtually every U.S. music organization. http://www.musicproinsurance.com/

Source: ASCAP

CONTACT: Pauline Stack, ASCAP, +1-212-621-6278, pstack@ascap.com; or
Anne Green, CooperKatz & Co., +1-212-455-8017, agreen@cooperkatz.com

Web site: http://www.ascap.com/
http://www.ascap.com/expo
http://www.mediaguide.com/
http://www.musicproinsurance.com/


 
Media Company Launches First National Black Business Radio Series on XM Satellite Radio

The company that brought you the national radio series 'Black Money Minute' is doing it again

RICHMOND, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Achieve Black Wealth, L.L.C., is announcing the launch of the Doin' It Network, which includes a new radio series and streaming media website which will both focus on black business in America. The network launched on XM Satellite Radio and at doinitonline.com on Saturday, March 11th at 1:00 P.M. The program features high profile black business owners, corporate professionals, professors and consultants from a wide variety of professions such as IT, law, sports, politics, and academia. The Doin' It Management team has intentionally kept website subscription rates extremely low to make it accessible for all. A monthly subscription runs only $3.99 and individual shows can be downloaded for just $1.49.

"It was hard to believe that no one was doing programming like this already," says Moses Foster, President and Host. "I know plenty of successful black businessmen and businesswomen. But I can't name a single radio program that speaks to this audience on a weekly basis. That seems a little odd to me considering black-owned businesses are growing four times faster than the national rate, there are over 1.2 million black-owned businesses in America, and they contribute almost $100 billion to the economy."

There are quite a few business programs in existence right now - but as Foster points out, black business owners and black professionals have different needs than other entrepreneurs. Acquiring funds is more difficult, landing contracts can be tricky, corporate opportunities are more limited, and even gaining support in the black community isn't a given.

Doin' It has already rustled up an impressive list of guests. The first show aired on Saturday, March 11th, at 1:00, and featured Choice Hotels' Vice President of Emerging Markets, Brian Parker - the youngest, the first, and the only African-American Vice President at Choice Hotels International. The first full interview is now available online at http://www.doinitonline.com/. More programs will be added each week, and future guests include David Steward, Chairman of Worldwide Technology - America's biggest black-owned business -- and Steven Rogers, distinguished Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management.

As for the stellar array of guests Doin' It has been able to attract, Foster has this to say, "We're getting the best talent already, because the need for this show is so obvious ... hopefully, we'll be talking about the television version of this program six months from now."

What's up next?

"I want to get more exposure for our black businesswomen. Black women business owners generate $25 billion in sales, and over 261,000 jobs, but so far our guests have been mostly male. We intend to change that soon," says Foster.

Doin' It can be heard on XM Satellite Radio's 169 - The Power on Saturdays at 1:00 P.M., and at http://www.doinitonline.com/. For more information on licensing content, sponsorships, partnerships, or speaking engagements, contact information is as follows:

Phone: 804-519-8848,
Email: mofoster@doinitonline.com
Web: http://www.doinitonline.com/

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

Source: Doin' It Network

CONTACT: Doin' It Network, +1-804-519-8848 or mofoster@doinitonline.com

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


 
Ten Questions That Evaluate A Child's Star Potential

Expert vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams poses ten questions that will help parents make the right decision about what to do when their child announces they want to be a superstar.

Nashville, TN -- (ArriveNet - Mar 13, 2006) -- Mom and Dad might not be musically inclined, but their kid has talent. How do they know whether their child has what it takes to be a star? How does a parent know whether they should consider taking out a second mortgage on the house to support little Suzies big ambitions? Expert vocal coach Renee Grant-Williams poses ten questions that will help parents make the right decision about what to do when their child announces they want to be a superstar.

Most importantly, parents need to be absolutely certain that the driving force behind the dream of superstardom is their child and not them, says Grant-Williams, vocal coach to some of the recording industrys biggest stars. Fortunately, in my experience, its more often the kids. When I asked eleven-year-old Yahoo national yodeling champion Taylor Ware what she wanted for Christmas, she solemnly told me that she asked Santa to bring her a tour bus. This girl is clearly in the drivers seat.

As a place to start, parents can answer the following ten questions to gain valuable insight into their childs potential for stardom. The questions address motivation and talent both of which are essential to a successful career in music. Does your child:

1. Appear to be motivated by making music or by the promise of fame and fortune?
2. Willingly pass up other activities in order to practice their music lessons?
3. Study other singers and learn from shows like American Idol and Nashville Star?
4. Seem passionate about singing, always looking for opportunities to perform?
5. Handle constructive criticism and rejection by learning from it?
6. Sing as well a cappella as when they sing along with the radio?
7. Naturally personalize a popular song by adding their own special touches?
8. Sound as good to legitimate music professionals as the singers on the radio?
9. Feel at ease in the spotlight and comfortable relating to an audience?
10. Get frequent requests to perform in public?

If the answer was no to several of these questions, don't rush off to the bank for that second mortgage, says Grant-Williams. Your child may be talented, but most likely may not have everything it takes to have a successful career. Encourage them and give them some time explore their talent. Revisit these ten questions in a year or two and assess your childs progress. If there has not been substantial improvement, consider that your child may be destined to use their talent in the church choir or in a local band for fun, rather than for profit as a professional.

On the other hand, parents who answer yes to most of these questions should seriously consider their childs future as a musician. Encourage your young musician and support them as best you can, says Grant-Williams. Seek professional guidance for responsible ways to help them grow musically. Remember that the drive for a music career must always be theirs, not yours.

Grant-Williams coaches aspiring performers as well as celebrity entertainers like Bo Bice, the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Christina Aquilera, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride. She is the author of Voice Power (AMACOM Books, NY), available wherever books are sold, and has recently released a three-part instructional DVD and warm-up CD that are available on her website.

Grant-Williams has appeared numerous broadcast outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Bravo, CMT, GAC, MTV, BBC, and NPR, and has been quoted by and written for numerous print publications including Cosmopolitan, TV Guide, US Weekly, and Country Weekly. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was later on the faculty there, as well as at the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Director of the Division of Vocal Music.

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For more information, photos, or to schedule an interview with Renee Grant-Williams, call 615-259-4900 or visit www.MyVoiceCoach.com


3/13/2006

 
In Touch Media Group Signs Ice T to Major Endorsement -- Ice Calls Rodedawg Wildest Thing on Four Wheels!

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) March 13, 2006 -- In Touch Media Group (ITOU.OB), a leading edge online marketing and Internet PR firm, announced the signing of Ice T, pioneer of hip hop music and accomplished actor-star in the award-winning series Law & Order SVU, to a major spokesperson agreement with one of its top clients, Rodedawg International Industries, Inc.

In consideration for its services, In Touch Media Group will receive three million restricted shares of RWGI.PK which closed at $2.08 the date of this press release. Of these shares, one million five hundred thousand shares will be issued to Ice T for his endorsement. RWGI.PK has agreed to reimburse ITOU for its expense connected with establishing this endorsement relationship with Ice T and also for the ongoing management of the subsequent Rodedawg public relations campaign which will position this amphibious off-road super-competitor successfully against the Hummer.

We were hired to develop a comprehensive public relations and marketing strategy for Rodedawgs new off-road vehicle launch, stated Laura Betterly, CEO of In Touch Media Group. This on-road/off-road vehicle will be a great competitor against both the upcoming Hummers as well as Jeeps, and it is unique in that it is also amphibious. No other competitor has that feature. Betterly went on to say that In Touch Media Group has strategized the Rodedawgs positioning with various extreme car sports enthusiasts, people who enjoy the outdoors, and those in that highly valued demographic, 20 to 35 years old.

This truck can go literally anywhere and its also the coolest thing on and off the road, remarked Betterly while at a major Internet marketing show in New York City. It will appeal to anyone who is young and looking for the next hottest off-road vehicle, whether youre driving in a country or urban setting.

Betterly decided to show her clients vehicle to Ice T, a.k.a. Tracy Marrow, and get his opinion about a product launch aimed at the 20-35 year old market. Betterly met Ice T while running a music company in 1999 and knew that he had a sharp eye for upcoming trends. I knew Ice T wouldnt hold back his real feelings; he was going to level with me, said Betterly. He has never steered me wrong in the past.

After going out to see the vehicles and after meeting Rodedawgs CEO, Luis Pallais, Ice T was enthusiastic about the launch of the new extreme sports truck. I thought it was the wildest thing on four wheels, and I know it will appeal to people who like to live on the edge, said Ice T. This truck will turn heads. Ice T immediately agreed to represent Rodedawg, and more importantly, he will be deeply involved in all aspects of the product launch itself because of his ties to the extreme sports community through his Final Level Entertainment Group. Ice also wants to see this truck used in relief efforts.

Rodedawg International Industries, Inc. will be distributing this new amphibious 4x4, off-road vehicle that performs on land and water. The new Rodedawg, because it is an amphibious (land and water) vehicle, is filling a space in the market that virtually has no competition. The company owns the trademark rights to "RODEDAWG" (www.rodedawg.com) in many countries around the globe and plans to be the sole distributor of these amphibious off-road vehicles worldwide.

We are very excited about our new relationship with both Ice T and In Touch Media Group, stated Rodedawgs Pallais. I have been a huge Ice T fan, having watched him in Law & Order SVU. He has always pushed the boundaries and definitely has the Street cred this launch needs. The recreational uses of the Rodedawg are unlimited. If one enjoys outdoor adventures, exploring, boating, rugged trails, hunting, fishing or any other thing an adventurer might dream up, then the Rodedawg is the ideal extreme sports utility vehicle. If one is looking to stand out in a city setting, the Rodedawg is a match as well.

In Touch Media Group provides a full range of Internet publicity services, including the development of strategic endorsement agreements on behalf of its clients. The service involves matching up appropriate celebrities with publicly traded companies in order to increase company exposure and build shareholder value.

For more information and media inquiries please contact:

Laura Betterly
CEO
In Touch Media Group, Inc.
(727) 465 0925
www.intouchmediagroup.com

About In Touch Media Group, Inc.

In Touch Media Group, Inc. (ITOU.OB) is an online marketing and PR firm which specializes in generating Website visitors and customers for its business clients using a combination of effective systems, including search engine advertising, publicity and other marketing services. The company employs online market research to dramatically increase the effectiveness of search engine advertising, targeted publicity, and strategically placed Website advertising.

About Rodedawg International Industries, Inc.

Rodedawg International Industries, Inc. (RWGI.PK) is the company behind the revolutionary, new amphibious 4x4 off-road vehicle that performs on land and water. The new Rodedawg, because it is an amphibious (land and water) vehicle, is filling a space in the market that virtually has no competition. The company owns the trademark rights "RODEDAWG" in many countries around the globe and plans to be the sole distributor of these amphibious off-road vehicles worldwide. For more information visit http://www.rodedawg.com.

This announcement contains "forward-looking statements." Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect" and other similar expressions as they relate to the Company and its management are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Although the Company and its management believe that the statements contained in this announcement are reasonable, it can give no assurances that such statements will prove correct. Factors that could affect the occurrence of events or results discussed herein are included with those mentioned in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Bob Cefail
In Touch Media Group
http://www.intouchmediagroup.com/
727-465-0925


 
Ringtones with an Education Message

Real Music ringtones with an educational message. Four educational songs with hip-hop and rap beats with a positive message.

(PRWEB) March 13, 2006 -- Tired of hearing your youth's sexual, offensive ringtones on their cellular phone? Ronald Robinson Entertainment located in Chesterfield, Virginia has introduced its new line of product for the mobile Entertainment Market. Real- Music Ringtones with an educational message. These ringtones are designed to reclaim the value and morals of our youth by offering wholesale alternatives to the current ringtones of today's recording artist that portray gangster and sexula images.

Ringtone are opportunity for youth to express themselves. Youth today want to stand out from the crowd. The most popular ringtones are Rap/HipHop. Rap/Hip-Hop artists accounted for more than half of the $600 million dollars in ringtone subscriber in 2005.

Ronald Robinson Entertainment new line of educational ringtones will give your youth the opportunity to express themselves and stand out from the crowd in a positive light.The four educational ringtones are Read, Children, Read, We Care( a ringtone for teacher) Worth The Wait( A ringtone about abstinence)and Education Makes A Way, which contain Rap/HipHop beats, will shine a positive light on your youth and put a smile on your face. Parents foot the bill of most teen mobile line. Why support a product you don't approve!

The Educational Ringtones will be distributed via the internet at www.Flotones.com. The cost for each ringtone will be $2.99.The Ringtones are from a Full-length CD entitled "EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO LIFE." You can sample the project at www.CDBaby.com/rrobinson. You can read a favorable review at www.ReviewYou.com

For More Information, Contact Ronald Robinson at 804-387-9638 or visit his website at www.knowldgeispower.com


3/12/2006

 
NO SLEEP FOR E-40 AS HE CRAMS FOR THE FINAL DAYS LEADING UP TO MY GHETTO REPORT CARD

(Brooklyn, NY, March 10, 2006) With less than a week away from releasing his 12th album, E-40 is spending every day rushing from interview to promotional appearance to radio station to let everyone know hes received straight As across the board in the school of rap with his album My Ghetto Report Card. The album, which features production from Lil Jon, Rick Rock, and his son, Droop-E of the Pharmaceuticals will be released next Tuesday, March 14th.

In addition to 40 Waters personal appearances, several prominent websites will host listening parties where fans can check out songs from My Ghetto Report Card before and on the release date. MySpace.com, which has played a significant role in promoting E-40, is the first website to hold a listening party. The MySpace listening party, which takes place today, March 10th, is hosted by none other than 40s producer and good friend, Lil Jon. On the following Monday, AOL.com will host another listening party, followed by more listening parties on Rhapsody.com, MSN.com, and mp3.com on the day of release, Tuesday, March 14th.

Several contests will also soon be in effect where websites will give away autographed goodies, E-40 beanies, key chains, and special pee-chee type folders. Fans can look to E-40s message board to keep track of the different contests at http://e40.invisionzone.com/

E-40, the Ambassador of the Bay, is ready to share his good grades with the rest of the world. I feel like I aint never did nothing foul in the game- Ive always had straight As across the board so I said Let me go ahead and name this My Ghetto Report Card, says E-40. 40 Water is ready to unleash his patented slang and unforgettable flow to a new generation of fans with his debut album for Lil Jons BME Recordings, Sick Wid It/Reprise Records, My Ghetto Report card on March 14th.

E-40 Message Board: http://e40.invisionzone.com/
E-40 Homepage: http://www.e-40music.com/
E-40 E-card: http://www.e-40music.com/ecard/
Hyphy Homebase (coming soon) http://hyphymovement.com/

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Digital photos, bio and music available at http://www.audibletreats.com/download/E-40
For more info contact:
Michelle McDevitt Audible Treats, Ltd 718.768.7275 michelle@audibletreats.com


 
LEGENDARY DR. DRE'S DAUGHTER REVEALED, SIGNS WITH WIGGAWRECKORDS.COM

3-11-2006
Unbeknownst to the Hip Hop world, Dr. Dre has a talented daughter. She goes by the name Manaj, and has signed with Judge M at WiggaWreckords.com.

When asked why no one knows she exists and why with all the opportunities that you would expect would open for her she signs with WiggaWreckords.com, Manaj anxiously replies My dad really didnt want me in the rap game. But I got kids, and though I have been offered many deals from the top industry moguls, I decided to go with Judge M and Wigga Wreckords because I liked their ideas and support.

Manaj is coming out with a documentary DVD and CD Mixtape titled Livin in Daddys Shadow. The DVD will include much revealing footage of the interworking of the Dre family network.

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NOTE: To see image of Manaj and here sample music, go directly to: http://www.wiggawreckords.com and enjoy and remember!

ATTENTION EDITORS: Manaj or Judge M are available for in person or phone interviews; photos provided upon request.

Contact: WiggaWreckords.com
pr@wiggawreckords.com
(818) 715-9870


 
Oakland Female Hip-Hop Artist Keldamuzik Signs with Loud Dust Recordings for Debut

The hip-hop world kicks out excitement on announcement of the release of the Keldamuzik debut album SHUT UP. LISTEN from Loud Dust Recordings in April 2006.

(PRWEB) March 12, 2006 -- Loud Dust Recordings is prepared to introduce a dynamic and vibrant female hip-hop artist, Keldamuzik, to the international hip-hop/rap scene with the release of her music in the spring of 2006. Loud Dust Recordings, an east coast label, has signed Oakland, CAs Keldamuzik for the release of her debut album Shut Up. Listen, which was written and recorded by Keldamuzik in 2005 with production help from Squad Music Group. She is expected to be a powerful addition to the Loud Dust hip-hop/rap roster that also includes another Oakland artist Swicious, Chicagos HXN, Philly native Ace Boom Koon and many other new hip-hop and urban artists that have releases slated for the summer of 2006 with Loud Dust. In a mostly male dominated genre, Keldamuzik confidently puts forth her interpretation of the future of hip-hop with the strong appeal of her own freestyle raps.

A native of San Jose, California, Keldamuzik has had successful live performances in the San Francisco area and in Berkeley during 2005. Her immediately attractive look has also landed Keldamuzik in a series of online fashion magazines and advertisements. Seeing her and hearing her once, comments Loud Dust, is sure to get everybody captive to her popping sound, her poetic impact and her engaging rhythm. After brief stints with the R&B trio KE and ethnic girl-group Astra, she was solo by the time she was 18 and began recording a debut release titled Rain, under the name Kelda. Its release was halted after creative differences developed between her and the label and producer. Loud Dust Recordings is happy to be the label to present this hip-hop gold to U.S. and international markets beyond the bay area. Keldamuzik has already gathered eager attention and fans during an initial period of promotion and some shopping around of her finished SHUT UP. LISTEN project. Loud Dust Recordings expects an April release date for Shut Up. Listen and this date will be announced in the early spring. By the summer of 2006 KELDAMUZIKs Shut Up. Listen will be widely available through entertainment stores and brands such as iTunes, Sony Connect, Ruckus, Musicnet, Tower Records, VCast Music/Verizon Wireless, Yahoo Music, MSN Music, Musicmatch, Cdigix, Rhapsody, Real Music, Emusic, Napster, BuyMusic, Snocap, Tiscali Music, Nareos, Passalong, Xingtone and many more. For more information on KELDAMUZIK visit http://www.louddust.com and http://www.keldamuzik.com

Patrick Shea
LOUD DUST RECORDINGS
http://www.louddust.com/
802-249-2081


 
Woman in Business: Realtor Becomes Rap Singer and Brings Greater Success to Real Estate Sales

Phyllis Huguenin, who sells real estate to celebrities, has become a celebrity of sorts herself as she takes real estate marketing to places it has not been before. Thinking outside the box for Huguenin means becoming a rapper and writing an inspirational book.

Miami Beach (PRWEB) March 12, 2006 -- The urban rap music phenomenon has now hit real estate in a big way, with the Realtor (tm) who has become a rap artist -- and a pretty darn good one at that.

Phyllis D. Huguenin has written and recorded the first rap single designed to help sell real estate property. Utilizing a sound engineer and rap producer, the project took several months and in the end the tracks had to be relaid but the product is authentic and so catchy as one industry insider put it "you can definitely groove to it." Hugunien raps along with a professional singer who does background. She chose to spotlight two of her favorite projects on Miami Beach "The Setai" and "Aqua" on Allison Island.

"It was a labor of love. I listen to rap everyday, and brushed shoulders with some of the stars while selling properties so this was the next logical progression for someone like myself who always tries to think outside the box," explained Huguenin.

Created as a demo single, it will be featured on Huguenin's South Florida Real Estate Blog at http://sofla1.blogspot.com and the social networking site MySpace.com where she has amassed a sizeable "friends list" in a very short time.

Huguenin has a reputation for using unique marketing methods. In 2004 she carried a welcome sign when Shaquille O'Neal came to town as a new member of the Miami Heat. That landed her on local and national television, as well as newspaper stories (www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5445237/).

Those news stories resulted in the sale of a condominium to New Orleans Saints corner back Michael McKenzie who, along with fellow Louisiana residents, endured the upheaval of hurricane Katrina and loss of his residence. He purchased a new home through Huguenin because of the Shaq sign she carried in the news story.

Her web sit at http://www.PhyllisHuguenin.net offers real estate agents from all parts of the country an opportunity to participate in a book project that will be a collection of inspiring and motivational success stories.

"These stories will revolve around the practice of real estate, the people we meet, the problems we solve and the day to day triumphs and heartaches of helping people trying to buy that property they've fallen in love with or selling a home they've outgrown," she explained.
Real estate agents are asked to submit inspirational, heartwarming, true stories focusing on faith, love and perseverance with real estate through the web site.

Press Contact:
Phyllis D. Huguenin
786-251-1772

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David Bresnahan
THATPRGUY.COM
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