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Marc Ecko Brings Kanye West, Ludacris, Nas, Lil Jon, Ciara, Rascalz, Kardinal Offishall and More to Toronto August 13, 14, 2005

TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Fashion designer MARC ECKO is proud to announce
the first MARC ECKO'S GETTING UP FESTIVAL. Presented by Solo Mobile,
Marc Ecko's Getting Up Festival will be Canada's largest hip-hop lifestyle and
culture event, on August 13 and 14, 2005 in Toronto at the Polson Street Pier
(The Docks). One day Tickets start at $49.50 (+ tax and service charges) and
go on sale June 11 at 10 a.m. though, 416-870-8000 and at
most ATHLETES WORLD locations.
Solo Mobile presents Marc Ecko's Getting Up Festival is a 2-day cultural
and musical experience that will include a variety of attractions encompassing
the hip hop lifestyle. The festival shares its name with Marc Ecko's fall 2005
Atari video game release. The Festival will include live performances by the
world's leading recording artists. Scheduled to appear are:

- Kanye West, Grammy winner
- Ludacris, NAS, Lil Jon, multi-platinum selling artists
- Busta Rhymes

Canada's own:
- Swollen Members
- Kardinal Offishall
- Rascalz

- Brooke Valentine
- Ciara
- Melanie Durrant

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Solo Mobile presents Marc Ecko's Getting Up is directed creatively by
Toronto's own internationally renowned music video Director, Lil X. The
festival goes beyond music with many attractions including a car show,
graffiti expo, art and fashion museums, b boy and mc battles, fashion shows,
'the next Video Vixen' contest, collectible and novelty vendors, retail
outlets, interactive gaming lounges, dj sets and more. 'Getting Up' aims to
showcase and educate the public on the positive nature of the hip hop culture
revealing the inspiration for the Ecko Unltd. clothing line that debuted
twelve years ago.


Marc Ecko's empire, which ranges from fashion to footwear and gaming to
publishing, has grown from his ability to relate to and understand the urban
multicultural lifestyle. Ecko selected Toronto as the location for the
'Getting Up' Festival because he believes the city is a true reflection of
this culture.
"Toronto is an epicenter of multiculturalism and diversity, with hip-hop
style and savvy. I am honored to present Canada with the first year of this
groundbreaking event and we hope that it will attract people from all over the
country," says Ecko.
Six people Solo Mobile contest winners will have the opportunity to get
the ultra VIP experience at 'Getting Up'. This will include flights to Toronto
for one person and five friends, accommodations and a chance to party with the
artists on the Solo Mobile yacht. Details are available at
Marc Ecko's 'Getting Up' is unique in that it brings together Canada's
leaders of urban art and culture with America's top players. Toronto's
Goodfoot sneaker retailer will be paired with to present a unique
shoe museum and an exclusive sneaker outlet. Picture Perfect Motoring will
pair with top American celebrities to present Canada's first Super Luxury Car
Show. Graffiti legends West One, Dash and Cope 2 will collaborate with
Canada's Skam and Virus to produce live art work on site. Canada's top names
in dj's, mc's, b boys and musicians will perform. An autograph signing booth
will give festival-goers the chance to meet celebrities and sports icons face-
Title sponsor Solo Mobile stepped-up for Marc Ecko's Getting Up.
According to Stewart Ellis, Managing Director, Solo Mobile, "Hip Hop culture,
as embodied by Marc Ecko and all of the projects he's involved with, is a
driving force in our society that's often overlooked and even dismissed. We're
thrilled to help make this festival happen. With top talent from both sides of
the border, 'Getting Up' will showcase everything that's great about Hip Hop
Marc Ecko and Solo Mobile are pleased to announce that they will donate
fifty cents from the sale of each ticket to Kids Help Phone
( and the Tikva Children's Home


Marc Ecko founded Ecko Unltd. the world famous rhino brand in 1993. In
twelve years, the company has grown into the largest urban lifestyle brand.
Product categories include; Ecko Unltd. men's and women's apparel, outerwear,
footwear, watches, eyewear, underwear, belts, bags, hats, formal wear and
more. Marc Ecko Enterprises also includes Marc Ecko 'Cut & Sew' a premium
collection of men's clothing and accessories, Avirex, the G-Unit Clothing
Company, launched with multi-platinum recording artists 50 Cent and Zoo York a
line of skateboards and skate influenced apparel. The company also publishes
COMPLEX magazine, a young men's consumer magazine.
Solo Mobile launches this summer and will be the nation's pre-eminent
mobile cellular service for Canadian youth.
Caccia Fashions is the Canadian home of the apparel brands Ecko Unltd.,
Ecko Red, Marc Ecko 'Cut & Sew', G-Unit Clothing and Zoo York.

For further information: AJ Klapka, Marc Ecko's Getting Up Festival,
(514) 983-7472,; Tara McCarthy, Optimum PR for Solo Mobile, (416) 934-8409,



Premier Independent Hip-Hop Publication Taps The International Authority on All Things Flavor For an Exclusive Monthly Advice Column

Brooklyn, NY Elemental Magazine, the worlds premier independent publication that accurately represents all elements of the hip-hop culture, proudly announces the addition of Archbishop Don Magic Juan to its staff of monthly contributors. Beginning with issue #69 (July), The Chairman of the Board will hold court in an exclusive advice column for game-challenged and guidance-seeking readers.

Im giving it to you straight with no chaser, declares the Archbishop. An endless source of players wisdom and the planets foremost authority on gamesmanship, the founder of the members-only World Famous Players organization has been delivering the goods since his pimping days in Chicago. Upon receiving a vision from the Most High in 1985 the Archbishop retired from pimping and dedicated himself to church and the community. He has since established a unique legacy in the hip-hop industry, writing books, touring the world with Snoop Dogg and appearing in such films as Starsky & Hutch and Old School. The Players Ball, held on Bishop's birthday each year in Chicago and featured on HBO's Pimps Up, Hos Down, has become the world's most authentic street gathering of hip-hop stars, athletes, pimps, and hustlers.

Elemental Magazine is published monthly by Elemental Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of nothing and answering to nobody except Freddie Foxxx.

Contact: Michelle Mayumi McDevitt
Audible Treats, Ltd.

Hayti Heritage Center Presents the FANTASTIC FOUR

Durham, NC (June 122005). In response to feedback from the first annual Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Festival, the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Inc. / Hayti Heritage Center is proud to present an artist showcase and networking event called the FANTASTIC FOUR, representing the four traditional elements of Hip Hop: DJing, B-Boying/B-Girling, MCing, Graffiti Art, Sunday, June 12, 2005 at 6PM. The showcase will be hosted by Language Arts, Zayd Malik, and DJ India,WXDU 88.7radio personality,Special guest DJ will be DJ Skaz of the Butta Team and we will also have a guest appearance by Durham?s own Nasty Fruit.

The event will begin with the hour long networking and listening party for those that wish to get feedback on their music and make the connections w/ the areas tastemakers, movers and shakers. Then there will be an artist showcase featuring some of the best performers in the area. The networking portion of the evening will be held from 6-7pm. The Showcase will begin at 7pm.

Featured artists have been chosen through a committee selection process. The showcases will allow artists to come together and present their element of the Hip Hop culture. The artists participating include Felicia of 18 Wheeler, Alpha 2 Omega, B.I.P., Val Richardson, All-Stars from the B-boy crew the Mighty Arms of Atlas, and more. A networking session will provide artists, managers, label reps, producers, and DJs a chance to meet and build new relationships. The networking session will include a new music listening party, promotional items from up and coming artists, and special gifts from label street teams. All artists represent at least one of the (4) elements of Hip Hop.

Admission for the general public is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door.

The submission process is ongoing for future consideration. The selection committee will review submitted materials the first Monday of each month. Submitted materials will not be returned. Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to:

Hayti Heritage Center
C/O Fantastic Four
804 Old Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27701

For more information please visit or call the Hayti Heritage Center at (919) 683-1709. All events are held at the Hayti Heritage Center located at 804 Old Fayetteville Street.


What: Grand Opening of the Peace Garden and
Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts

When:Saturday, June 11, 2005
11:30 AM

Where:Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts
5616 Memorial Drive / Stone Mountain
Atlanta, GA. 30083

Why: The Grand Opening of the Peace Garden and Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts will memorialize the legacy of the legendary rap icon Tupac Shakur.

The opening will feature an exclusive exhibition of 60 pieces of artwork by 2Pacs fans.

Ms. Afeni Shakur, Tupacs mother, will be opening the Center, along with Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Contact: Versa Manos/Gorgeous PR

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Cassidy Brings The Hustle on June 28 with Sophomore Release I'm A Hustla

Makes History as The First Hip Hop Dualdisc

'B-Boy Stance' #2 Most Added at Urban Mainstream, MTV And BET Adds Video Out of The Box!

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Full Surface/J Records rapper Cassidy is set to release his highly anticipated sophomore disc, I'm A Hustla, on June 28, 2005. The release will be the first hip-hop DualDisc in music history, complete with exclusive footage and bonus tracks.

Executive produced by Swizz Beatz, the audio side of the disc features Cassidy's current single, "B-Boy Stance," the hit street anthem, "I'm A Hustla," as well as the remix featuring Mary J. Blige. Other standout tracks include "Get 'Em," "A.M. To P.M., " "On The Grind" and more. Producers Neo Da Matrix, DJ Scratch, L.E.S., Hot Runner and others add their hit production skills to the album, while Nas, Fabolous, Mario and Lil Wayne make guest appearances.

The DVD side of the DualDisc will feature the director's cut of the controversial new "B-Boy Stance" video, "I'm A Hustla" video, behind-the- scenes footage from the set of "I'm A Hustla," photo gallery and the entire album in enhanced stereo with bonus tracks.

Cassidy's new single "B-Boy Stance" is currently the #2 most added song at Urban Mainstream Radio, while "I'm A Hustla" remains on the tops of the charts at #7 and #9 on Billboard's Rap Monitor Chart and R&B Monitor Chart, respectively.

In 2000, 23-year-old Philadelphia native Cassidy received national notoriety with the release of his Gold debut album Split Personality, which featured the hit single "Hotel" with R. Kelly.

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Teen Entrepreneurs From St. Paul, Minn., Win National Youth IT Challenge

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs Awards Winners with Prizes Valued at $15,000

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Academic Par Excellence, a student-created business plan for online tutorial programs for ACT and PSAT test preparation for high-school students, won top honors at the second annual "Making the Business: Youth IT Challenge" hosted by Ed Gordon of National Public Radio's "News & Notes." The Youth IT Challenge (YITC) program is a technology-based business plan competition, which began in January throughout the U.S. and hosted more than 150 students vying to compete in the national event by winning locally sponsored Youth IT Challenges in their home communities.

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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, celebrity advocate and hip-hop mogul, declared team Academic Par Excellence Preparatory Inc. the national champion of the program sponsored by Microsoft Corp. and National Urban League (NUL) and presented the team with prizes valued at $15,000.

"I work with a lot of young people, and I know it takes a special kind of person to make it in the business world," Combs said. "These students, as they have shown us here today, all have what it takes to make successful entrepreneurs. They have come a long way from the start of the competition, and that was only a few short months ago. Imagine what these kids could do with a few years of experience under their belts! Bill Gates, watch out! I know we'll see the names of these students in the business pages and boardrooms across America one day."

The Making the Business: Youth IT Challenge is one of the nation's only entrepreneurial and technology-based competitions aimed at minority youth. The competition was designed by NUL and Microsoft to engage 14- to 18-year-old youth in the development of an original IT-based business.

The competition was held in the historic Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., where student teams followed an age-old Apollo tradition of rubbing the Tree of Hope, a tree stump located on stage, for good luck. Guest judges included two-time NAACP Image Award winner Camille Winbush of the "The Bernie Mac Show"; Fox news anchor Julian Phillips; Amsterdam News Editor in Chief Elinor Tatum; and Keith Clinkscales, president of KTC Ventures and former president and CEO of VIBE magazine.

As the national champion, team Academic Par Excellence received $15,000 in prizes from the program sponsors. Each student received an HP laptop; a printer; software including Microsoft(R) Office 2003, Digital Image Suite 10 and Plus! SuperPack for Windows(R) XP; a notebook optical mouse; and a $719 U.S. Savings Bond.

Coming in second was team Search It! from Seattle, which created a customized search engine for scholarships, grants and loans for college-bound students, educators and organizations. Each team member received a Canon digital camera. The third-place winner was Team District Couture of Washington, D.C., which created a business plan for an online advertising site for small urban fashion vendors. Each member of that team received a Dell Pocket Digital Jukebox with a MusicMatch software gift certificate.

All remaining team members received $100 gift certificates.

In developing this program, Microsoft and NUL aimed to emphasize the real- world implications it would have for its participants. "Too often students are told they have to wait until college or beyond to gain practical experience and explore career options," said Michael Robinson, general manager, New York/New Jersey District, Microsoft. "YITC provides students with a unique opportunity to get an early start and gain firsthand experience working with experts and realizing their potential in the IT field."

This year's 10-week program was hosted by NUL affiliate offices in nine cities: Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Paul and Washington. The affiliates and local business professionals assisted students in learning basic research techniques and market analysis so they could evaluate viability of ideas and develop presentation skills. NUL President and CEO Marc Morial lauded the students for their efforts. "For many of our students, this is an opportunity of a lifetime," Morial said. "They are acquiring skills that will help them advance to a university, become IT professionals and become our future business leaders."

About the National Urban League

Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

About Microsoft

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

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eMusic Launches 'The eMusic Dozen'

Leading Music Authorities Offer eMusic Subscribers Their 12 Essential 'Must Have' Albums

World's No. 2 Digital Download Service Continues to Create New Ways for Fans to Discover Music Across All Genres

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service -- selling more than two million tracks monthly -- today announced the debut of "the eMusic Dozen." Compiled by a "who's who" of influential musicians, rock critics and authors, the eMusic Dozens represent their personal picks of the 12 most significant albums in each of more than 60 sub-genres-from Roots of Nirvana to Old School Punk to Modern Gospel and Eastern European Classical. The eMusic Dozens is the first in a series of exciting service enhancements that eMusic will roll out this summer.

eMusic is unique among download services in offering a world-class team of music curators who pen authoritative, impassioned album picks, regular columns and feature stories. Its celebrated roster of curators includes such luminaries as: editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad, an acclaimed author and editor; former New York Times pop music critic Ann Powers (Rock/Pop); founding rock critic John Morthland (Blues); Pulitzer Prize-winning Justin Davidson (Classical); and No Depression co-editor Peter Blackstock. eMusic also features more than 100 new album reviews a month, written by a vast team of prestigious critics, including renowned blues journalist Robert Gordon, post-punk and electronic guru Simon Reynolds, jazz scholar James Lincoln Collier, MTV News anchor Kurt Loder and Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, American Splendor Comics author Harvey Pekar and author, producer and musician Lenny Kaye.

"This isn't your grandfather's 'desert island discs,'" said David Pakman, COO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing. "While other music services deliver the same old 1999-era functionality, eMusic subscribers gain another innovative way to discover music from more than 700,000 tracks in the world's greatest independent catalogue. The eMusic Dozen includes rich and enlightening commentary from rock legends like Lenny Kaye, the man credited with coining the phrase 'Heavy Metal.' He delivers his dozen most vital albums, alongside NPR reporter Chris Nickson who offers up his 12 essential Bollywood albums. eMusic's editorial content rivals that of many great offline music magazines-and Dozens expands upon this tradition."

Highlights of eMusic Dozens available at launch include:

* Crooners by pioneering rock critic and legendary musician Lenny Kaye.
* Avant Jazz Albums and Jazz Guitar Albums introduced by famed jazz
critic Bill Milkowski.
* Jeff Chang's Can't Stop Won't Stop Dozen reflecting the name of his
best-selling book on the Hip Hop Generation.
* Extreme Metal by Jeff Darnielle, leader of the critically acclaimed
band Mountain Goats.
* NPR's Chris Nickson with a variety of Dozens on world music including:
Balkans, US World Music, Middle East & North Africa, Middle East &
North Africa, Bollywood, English folk and Irish Folk.
* Jambands by Dean Budnick, author of Jambands: the Complete Guide to
the Players, Music and Scene.

Other Dozens available at launch include:

* Country for People Who Think They Don't Like Country and Contemporary
Country by Kurt Wolff;
* California Avant Punk by Julianne Shepherd;
* Jazz Drummers and Stax Records Essentials by Fred Goodman,
award-winning author;
* Stax Rare Gems and Black Power by Ron Wynn;
* Boomer Music and Neo-Garage by Dan Epstein;
* Progressive Blues and Blues for People Who Think They Don't Like Blues
by legendary critic John Morthland;
* Gospel for Rockers and Modern Gospel by Mike McGonigal;
* Zappa, Avant Rock, Noise, Underground and Hip-Hop by Christopher
* Classic Rock and Comedy by Keith Harris;
* Southern Rawk by critic Kandia Crazy Horse;
* Electro and House by Michaelangelo Matos;
* Jazz Piano by Thomas Bartlett;
* Post-Rock by Andy Battaglia; and
* Post-Hardcore by Yancey Strickler.

In coming weeks, eMusic subscribers can look forward to the following eMusic Dozens:

* Chuck D by Hua Hsu;
* Pedal Steel by Peter Blackstock;
* Albums About Cats, Oddballs, eMusic Oddities, Indie Rock Obscure Gems
and Indie Rock Classics by Michael Azerrad;
* Cool Indie Rock for Aging Hipsters, Italian Soundtracks, and Down
Underground by Elisabeth Vincentelli;
* Gospel for Mothers by Michael McGonigal;
* Managing Editor's Dozen by Yancey Strickler
* Memphis by Alex Abramovich;
* Roots of Nirvana by Douglas Wolk;
* Soundtracks by Blake Lee;
* Colin Meloy's Dozen by Colin Meloy;
* Cool Chicago Indie by Greg Kot;
* The Dirty South by Jon Caramanica;
* Classical Music in the Movies by Anastasia Tsioulcas; and
* Creedence Key Tracks by Stanley Booth.

About eMusic

eMusic ( 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 2 million downloads each month, eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalog of 700,000 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. eMusic subscription plans start at $9.99 per month for 40 downloads. A free trial is available to all new users. Based in New York and San Diego, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

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VH1 Premieres '100 Greatest Kid Stars' in a 5-Night Series Hosted by Christopher Knight Beginning Monday, June 13 9PM

IT'S ALL SHINY AND NEW - VH1 Premieres/Encores For The Week of June 10 - June 16, 2005

Check out all of the brand new premieres headed to VH1 and VH1 Classic this week:

Charlie Bucket Makes The Cut and Mary Kate and Ashley Are at the Top of the Heap

NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- They were young, cute and occasionally, annoying. But we loved them all the same. They were the kid stars of TV, movies and music. And now VH1's bringing them back with "100 Greatest Kid Stars," a countdown of the most awesome kiddie celebs of all time. Host Christopher Knight helps us look back at what made them famous, plus check out what they're up to today.

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Who could forget the super-nerdy antics of Steve Urkel -- what did he do after he hung up his suspenders? How about the Musical Youth -- did they ever stop passing the dutchie? And Tatum O'Neal ... remember her leading the Bad News Bears to victory? What happened to her? (Well, OK, we kinda know that one, but you get the picture.)

These are just some of the adorable little faces we'll be featuring in "100 Greatest Kid Stars." Others include: Drew Barrymore back in her firestarting days; Little House's "Half-Pint" Melissa Gilbert; Saved by the Bell's resident geek "Screech," a.k.a. Dustin Diamond; hip hop's backward pants-wearing Kriss Kross; and of course, the little big man of kid stars, Mr. Gary Coleman.

In the tradition of other successful "100 Greatest ... " specials, VH1 has assembled the definitive list of child stars, and we'll count them down over five hours. Using new, exclusive interviews with many of the stars themselves and that golden footage from way back when ...

*all times ET/PT

Contacts: Michelle Clark/VH1 Ariana Urbont/MTVN
212-846-5576 310-752-8079

On Saturday, June 11

"Gameshow Moments Gone Bananas 4"
Catch this brand new episode hosted by Ben Stein featuring the most
hilarious moments from classic game shows around the world.
(Premieres at 10 p.m.)

On Sunday, June 12

"America's Next Top Model: Season One Marathon
See how it all began with this mega-model-marathon. No Nigel Barker in
the beginning, but there's still Miss Jay Alexander!
(Begins at 1:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 13

"100 Greatest Kid Stars"
See description above
(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Backstreet Boys: Behind the Music"
Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough and AJ
McLean sit down for our cameras and share their story of brotherhood,
deaths, drug addictions and success. Even as they each hope to recapture
the same success they had years before, The Backstreet Boys, with their
undeniable talent prove that they are not your typical boy band. The show
features rare and never-before-seen archival video, film and concert
clips and songs, plus exclusive interviews with the artists, their
friends and colleagues.
(Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 14

"100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Don't miss this second hour with flashback and updates on Menudo, Kirsten
Dunst, Elijah Wood and more.
(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 15

"100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Don't miss this third hour with flashback and updates on Hanson, Mayim
Bialik, Joey McIntire and more.
(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Inside/Out: Juliette Lewis"
Juliette Lewis is an A-list Hollywood actress at the top of her game. So
why is she turning her back on fame, fortune and makeup artists to try
and make it as an alt-rock chick? That's the question Juliette seeks to
answer as she embraces the role of lead singer for "Juliette and the
Licks." We pick up the story in Tennessee, on the set of "Daltry
Calhoun", where Juliette leaves the cozy star trailer for the brutal
reality of life on the road with an indie rock band.
(Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 16

"100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Don't miss this fourth hour with flashback and updates on Jonathan
Lipnicki, Alyssa Milano, New Edition and more.
(Premieres at 8:00 p.m.)

"Kept #104"
Jerry packs her nine men off to the country to stay in the castle home of
Anne Boleyn where they must prove themselves as proper houseguests.
There, the boys learn to write poetry and then present their devotions to
Jerry at a special dinner party with her friends. But on a night out, one
guy loses his head and his lips leaving him on the wrong side of the
(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Strip Search #104"
In this episode, Billy names two team captains in a challenge to learn
the choreography of Britney Spears and O-Town videos. While one team
strategizes, the other team battles with their leader and struggles to
put together their performance. Meanwhile, one guy questions his
decision to leave his two daughters behind to be part of the troupe, and
another realizes that his out-of-shape body may cause him to be the next
one sent packing.
(Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)


"VH1 Classic In Concert" airs on Friday, June 10 at 9:00 PM. The hour- long series showcases live, full-concert performances from some of the greatest names in rock, pop & soul. Up on deck this week: "Siouxsie and the Banshees."

On Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 PM VH1 Classic presents an all-new hour of "Super 70s" with Derek Schulman of Gentle Giant. Schulman stopped by the VH1 Classic studio to discuss the re-release of "In A Glass House" and "Free Hand."
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Clear Channel Music Group Makes It All About the Fans

Top Artists, Lower Prices, Special Promotions Mark Summer 2005 Season

Inclusive Pricing, New Food Choices and a Picnic Plan

Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, Subway, Au Bon Pain and Legal Sea Foods Lead List of New Food & Beverage Choices

New Research Shows Amphitheatres Second Only to Clubs as Favorite Live Music Venue - 77% Love the Lawn!

LOS ANGELES, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Clear Channel Music Group (CCMG) is
revitalizing the outdoor music scene this summer at its amphitheatres with top
artists, lower prices, ticket/parking/concession deals and new audience perks
including new food choices and the chance to bring in food, blankets and lawn
"It's time to put the focus back on the fan," said Michael Rapino, CEO of
Clear Channel Music. "We're bringing back the fun and excitement of the great
outdoor concerts we pioneered in the '80s. The changes at many of our
amphitheatres will be striking."

Fans will experience the improvements immediately:

-- Lower ticket prices. Lawn seats at hundreds of concerts will be just
$20. CCMG is including parking, capping ticketing surcharges and
eliminating facility fees.

-- Inclusive packages. Breaking new ground at select shows, CCMG's new
"Grass Pass" will include ticket, parking and a $10 food and beverage
voucher - all for $39.

-- Better food and beverages. CCMG is increasing the number of
concession points of sale and tapping favorite local eateries to roll
out a more diverse and tasty array of foods. Fans will see
improvements in selection and price as Legal Sea Foods, Au Bon Pain,
Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's and Subway are all participating.

-- One-of-a-kind memories. CCMG's hugely popular Instant Live(TM)
program will offer live recordings of shows for purchase as fans exit
select shows.

* Fans Speak Up
The changes were guided by two custom fan surveys conducted for CCMG. The
first, by youth-marketing specialists Streetwise Concepts & Culture, polled
1200 members of the company's exclusive "Sound Board" and had a 53% response
rate. The second, from interactive marketing firm Modem Media, tabulated
responses from 1100 concertgoers across the full range of fan demographics.
"We asked how we could improve the experience -- what they missed, what
they liked, what turned them off," added Rapino. "Not surprisingly, fans
panned rising ticket prices, facility and ticketing fees, and limited food
choices the most. But we feel really great about the level of affection
everyone still has for amphitheatres."
Indeed, some 69% of concertgoers in the Modem Media poll said that
"sitting on the lawn at a concert is something I really enjoy." A full 77%
said they were likely to sit in a lawn seat.
And across the board, the passion for outdoor music remains strong. A
full 72% of respondents to the Modem Media poll said they were "very likely"
to attend an outdoor concert.
Top artists appearing at CCMG amphitheatres this summer include: Coldplay,
Dave Matthews Band, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg, Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney,
Hilary Duff, Duran Duran, Motley Crue, 3 Doors Down, Brooks & Dunn, James
Taylor, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band, Santana,
Brian Wilson, Toby Keith, Ozzfest, The Anger Management Tour (Eminem, 50 Cent,
Obie Trice, etc.), and Warped Tour (Billy Idol, Transplants, My Chemical
Romance, The Offspring, etc.).
Fans can enjoy the enhanced outdoor summer concert experience across
33 amphitheatres in the following cities:

Amphitheatre City/State
Alltel Pavilion Raleigh, NC
Alpine Valley Music Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Chronicle Pavilion Concord, CA
Cricket Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center Darien Center, NY
Ford Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
Ford Pavilion at Montage Mountain Scranton, PA
Germain Amphitheatre Columbus, OH
Hyundai Pavilion Devore, CA
Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theatre Wantagh, NY
Journal Pavilion Albuquerque, NM
Meadows Music Theatre Hartford, CT
Nissan Pavilion Washington, DC
PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ
Post Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA
Riverbend Music Center Cincinnati, OH
Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA
Sleep Train Amphitheatre Marysville, CA
Sound Advice Amphitheatre West Palm, FL
Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
Starwood Amphitheatre Nashville, TN
Tweeter Center Chicago, IL
Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA
Tweeter Center at the Waterfront Camden, NJ
UMB Bank Pavilion Maryland Heights, MO
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, CA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Indianapolis, IN
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Virginia Beach, VA
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, NC
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Kansas City, KS
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre San Antonio, TX
Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham, AL
White River Amphitheatre Auburn, WA

About Clear Channel Music Group
Clear Channel Music Group, a division of Clear Channel Entertainment,
focuses on global, national and local promoting, venue and festival management
and artist touring services. The Music Group promotes live music concerts by
a majority of the world's most popular performers, as well as many new up-and-
coming artists. Clear Channel Music Group comprises of 13 business units:
Bill Graham Presents, Avalon Attractions, Evening Star Productions, PACE
Concerts, Cellar Door - North, Cellar Door - South, Belkin Productions,
Elevated Concerts, Electric Factory, Jim Koplik Presents, Ron Delsner
Presents, Tea Party Concerts and Chuck Morris Presents. It currently owns,
operates, or exclusively books approximately 80 live entertainment venues in
the U. S., including 41 amphitheaters, 10 indoor theaters, and 25 clubs plus
8 venues in Europe. Clear Channel Entertainment is a subsidiary of Clear
Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home
advertising industry. More information may be found by visiting and .

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Burger King Corporation Celebrates Black Music Month with the Return of Its BK GOT MUSIC!(SM) Summer Extravaganza

MIAMI, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Burger King Corporation (BKC) today announced its role as the leading sponsor of the BK GOT MUSIC!(SM) summer extravaganza June 10-12 in conjunction with entertainment powerhouse VIBE magazine. The "VIBE MusicFest Presented by BURGER KING(R)" will bring R&B, hip-hop, world music and gospel to Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

"In the past few years, BKC and its franchisees have established a solid reputation for bringing our guests tremendous entertainment. This year all roads point to Atlanta, and we're proud to participate with the renowned VIBE magazine in what promises to be a great music festival," says Andy Bonaparte, senior director, advertising and multicultural marketing, Burger King Corporation.

"The city of Atlanta is excited to recognize Burger King Corporation and its franchisees for their corporate sponsorship and the economic and cultural impact we anticipate 'VIBE MusicFest Presented by BURGER KING(R)' will have on our city," said Shirley Franklin, mayor of Atlanta. "Burger King's presence is a vital and integral part of our community, and we are particularly pleased to have them as a corporate partner for this first-ever event."

The "VIBE MusicFest Presented By BURGER KING(R)" will celebrate the impact of black music and entertainment through a series nighttime concerts and daytime. Featured activities include an interactive gaming lounge, fashion shows, beauty makeovers and a car show. Fest fans will also have the rare opportunity to meet their favorite musical artists, celebrities, comedians and sports icons face to face at scheduled meet and greets. As an added attraction, VIBE will also kick off an informative panel and seminar series featuring senior-level professionals and inspirational speakers from music- and entertainment-related industries as well as from politics, business and academia.

VIBE magazine will donate a portion of ticket sales to the Endowment Fund of the Burger King/McLamore Foundation; these monies will be used to award scholarships for deserving students wishing to attend a member HBCU (Historically Black College & Universities).

The Burger King/McLamore Foundation, established in 1997 in honor of BKC Co-founder James W. McLamore, unites the entire BURGER KING(R) system in one philanthropic effort that provides deserving youth with the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

Since the inception of the Burger King Scholars Program in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships to approximately 8,500 students for college or post-secondary vocational/technical school to deserving youth throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

About Burger King Corporation

The BURGER KING(R) system operates more than 11,000 restaurants in all 50 states and in 65 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of BURGER KING restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades.

Burger King Holdings Inc., the parent company, is private and independently owned by an equity sponsor group comprised of Texas Pacific Group, Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Burger King Corporation has system-wide sales of approximately $12 billion. To learn more about BURGER KING, please visit the company's Web site at

Source: Burger King Corporation

CONTACT: Deryck Thompson of UniWorld Group Inc., +1-212-219-7275,; or Laina Kawass of Burger King Corporation,

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Def Jam Mobile Launches BREW(R) Applications and Services for Operators Around the World

AG Interactive and Def Jam Enterprises Introduce the Definitive Hip Hop Mobile Service with Original Content from more than 50 Artists and Celebrities

LOS ANGELES, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- AG Interactive, the new media subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) , and Def Jam Enterprises, a subsidiary of Rush Communications Inc., today announced Def Jam Mobile, the premier platform for Hip Hop wireless services. The first seven Def Jam Mobile services -- including personalization, entertainment, information, and messaging applications -- are now available to wireless operators in North America that deploy applications and services developed for QUALCOMM's BREW solution as well as from . AG Interactive pre-viewed all seven of their applications at Booth #69 at the BREW 2005 Conference, June 1-3, in San Diego.

As part of today's announcement, AG Interactive also debuts its Sportz Tonez product line, leveraging the industry's widest array of talent and content from star athletes such as Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz, New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury, Dallas Cowboy's Roy Williams, Minnesota Twin's Torii Hunter, and boxer Roy Jones Jr. Def Jam Mobile leads these offerings with Basketball Tonez, which it co-produced with the original sound design team from the hugely popular Nike Freestyle commercials.

Def Jam Mobile represents a milestone in the mobile entertainment marketplace, leveraging the strength and success that Russell Simmons and Def Jam Enterprises have earned in the Hip Hop community. The brand expands the Hip Hop empire that Mr. Simmons has built over the past two decades including Def Jam Recordings, Def Comedy Jam, Def Poetry Jam, Phat Farm, Baby Phat, Def Jam University, Run Athletics, Phat Farm Footwear, Def Jam Interactive, Def Films, and Def on Demand cable network, among others. Def Jam is a uniquely enduring lifestyle brand, which possesses unrivaled customer loyalty characterized by both a sense of community and shared cultural experience.

"The Hop Hop lifestyle has proven to be a global financial powerhouse," stated Russell Simmons, CEO, Rush Communications. "The launch of Def Jam Mobile represents more than music, it represents the entire Hip Hop lifestyle through games, film, television, video, comedy, sports, fashion and news."

AG Interactive and Def Jam Enterprises now provide consumers with the most comprehensive line of mobile Hip Hop content available today including:

- Sportz Tonez: Keep the game going on your phone with 30 Def Jam
Basketball Tonez, the industry's first ringtones to emulate the sounds
of the game
- Def Jam Mobile 411: The industry's first Hip Hop mobile news service
with four channels of information services ready to inform, educate and
entertain you including exclusive offerings from the leading source of
industry news:, Russell Simmons' Hip Hop Laws of Success,
Reverend Run's (Run-DMC) Daily Affirmations, and Simmons/Lathan's
History Makers
- Def Jam Mobile Lip Service: Send animated greetings from your cell
phone to anyone's e-mail on the run with the first Hip Hop mobile
- Ce-Lo: Amass cash and bling with a game of "street smart" craps on
your phone
- Def Jam Mobile Snipes: Download ill art and bring images from
Method Man, Redman, Mr. Cartoon and other celebrities and models to
life on your phone
- Def Jam Mobile Beatz: Download the most popular Hip Hop polyphonic
ringtones from more than 100 different music publishers
- Def Jam Mobile Trackz: Customize your phone with more than 700
ringtones including music tones, celebrity voice tones, sound effects,
comedy shorts, film clips, and mixtapes

"The launch of Def Jam Mobile is a major expansion of one of the most powerful brands in the U.S., and we are thrilled to be introducing it to BREW operators globally," stated Bryan Biniak, senior vice president and general manager of mobile at AG Interactive. "The Def Jam lifestyle will be rolling out to consumers worldwide through our comprehensive mobile marketing channels as well as instant messenger, online, print, broadcast, event and retail distribution channels."

AG Interactive has signed more than 50 celebrities to produce original mobile content ranging from Method Man and George Clinton to chart-topping Hip Hop rapper Chingy, MTV's LaLa and superstar model Melyssa Ford.

"Def Jam started the Hip Hop revolution 20 years ago. Being a leader has always been a cornerstone to our success," stated Lauren Wirtzer, vice president of marketing, Def Jam Enterprises. "Creativity has been the heart and soul of the Def Jam brand, and that will hold true with Def Jam Mobile's original content creation."

AGmobile, AG Interactive's mobile division, has grown to a force of 150 employees worldwide and has accelerated to profitability in less than a year since its inception. AGmobile has launched 17 unique BREW applications in the past year supporting Def Jam Mobile, Univision Movil, MIDIringtones, and Blue Mountain Mobile.

"QUALCOMM is excited to work with industry innovators like Def Jam Enterprises and AG Interactive to make this trend-setting content available for wireless users with BREW handsets," said Dr. Peggy Johnson, President, Internet Services, QUALCOMM Incorporated. "AG Interactive continues to bring advanced content to market and these new titles are sure to be a hit with consumers looking for the latest in entertainment, sports and music."

About Def Jam Enterprises

Def Jam Enterprises, a subsidiary of Rush Communications' fashion and entertainment empire, offers consumers a wide range of popular products and services in a variety of industries including fashion, film, gaming, and mobile. By leveraging the power of the Def Jam brand, Def Jam Enterprises has co-produced two highly successful video games with Electronic Arts: Def Jam Vendetta and Def Jam Fight For NY. Since its launch last year, Def Jam University has already established itself as a premier urban fashion brand. Def Jam Mobile, in partnership with AG Interactive, is the premier provider of Hip Hop content for wireless consumers. Def Jam Enterprises will continue to expand into new arenas by staying true to the logo.


QUALCOMM's BREW solution is designed to meet the distinct and varied needs of wireless operators, handset manufacturers, publishers, developers and end users around the world. BREW products and services include: an open, extensible client platform that supports robust system and application software including personalized and branded user interfaces for mass market devices; a J2EE(TM)-based, modular delivery system that enables the distribution of content, applications and user interfaces to wireless devices across all air interfaces; a dedicated professional services team that supports the integration of customized implementations; and the wireless industry's first global marketplace to support the monetization of applications and services developed in all programming languages. The BREW solution can make the wireless visions of innovative companies a reality.

About AG Interactive

AG Interactive is a leader in mobile content development and multi-channel distribution solutions. The company offers innovative multi-cultural expression solutions for consumers for wireless and multimedia platforms. The company operates a network of the industry's most popular sites including Def Jam Mobile, Univision Movil,,,,, and The company has site partnerships with Internet services innovators AOL(R), MSN(R) Yahoo(R) and Earthlink(R) and content partnerships with brand icons such as Warner Bros. and Rush Communications. The wireless division has partnerships with all leading branded content and cellular providers who maximize American Greetings Corporation's massive retail and online distribution network. With over 20,000 high quality greetings and other types of expressive content available, AG Interactive sites are the premier online greeting card destinations - attracting more than two million paying subscribers and millions of unique visitors per month. Located in Los Angeles, CA, AG Interactive is the new media subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation (NYSE:AM) , one of the world's leading manufacturers of social expression products.

QUALCOMM and BREW are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Source: AG Interactive

CONTACT: Pamela Preston of Breakaway Communications, +1-212-590-2554, or
+1-917-575-5830, or, for AG Interactive; or Lauren
Wirtzer, VP of Marketing of Def Jam Enterprises, +1-212-840-9399

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Billboard Signs Exclusive Recording Deal With Immediatek's DiscLive

DiscLive to Record Conferences and Events

DALLAS, TX -- (Market Wire - Jun 08, 2005) -- Immediatek (OTC BB: ITEK) announced today that its DiscLive unit has signed an exclusive agreement with Billboard, the world's most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, to record and produce onsite discs for Billboard's various conferences and events held throughout the year. Included are the 2005 Billboard R&B Hip Hop Conference and Awards which will be held in Atlanta, GA, on Aug 3-5 and the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards, which recently took place in Miami.

DiscLive will record each panel and roundtable at the conferences, providing complimentary copies for attendees immediately afterwards. In some cases, DiscLive will make multimedia compilation discs of entire conferences available for sale as well.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Billboard for these events," said Zach Bair, CEO of Immediatek and DiscLive. "We look forward to giving attendees the opportunity to listen and engage in these valuable conferences while we take care of taking notes."

"As we continue to grow our audience and reach, Disclive will extend the longevity to our conference content," said Tamara Conniff, executive editor of Billboard.

DiscLive ( is a pioneer and the leader in the new business of recording concerts and distributing mass CDs immediately after the show. The company is expanding its business rapidly as the live disc phenomena continues to grow. The company has completed tours from Vermont to California as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom, with its state-of-the-art mobile recording and production facilities that can produce 1,000 high quality CDs in less than 20 minutes. The company is headed by CEO and musician Zach Bair. A May 2, 2004, headline in The New York Times dubbed the DiscLive offer of legal, high-quality CDs made available immediately after the concert "Rock's Best New Souvenir."

Immediatek (OTC BB: ITEK) is the parent company of DiscLive, and is the developer of NetBurn Secure(TM) (, the only "single-click CD download and burn" software product on the market that helps record labels, artists, and content providers curb Internet piracy and protect their revenues by providing copy control even after digital music has been burned to disc, and which provides a new paradigm in digital delivery through the NetBurn Portal System. Immediatek is combining technologies to create new and exciting product offerings, all geared for creating new revenue streams for artists and labels, and implementing copy management to help reduce illegal file-sharing activity. Immediatek was founded by CEO and musician Zach Bair, who also founded venture-backed Voyence ( as PowerUp Networks in 2000. NetBurn Secure(TM) also employs technology by third parties such as Microsoft and includes security components by SunnComm International. Immediatek's company website is

About Billboard:

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

Billboard is headquartered in New York with bureaus in Boston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville and Washington DC. The Group is a unit of VNU Business Media, a worldwide media company that provides specialized publications, electronically delivered data, expositions and marketing services and is owned by VNU Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Netherlands-based VNU, an international publishing and information company.

Safe Harbor Statement: This press release includes forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks, uncertainties and other factors, including but not limited to, changes in the retail market place, changes in underwriting results affected by economic conditions and other factors described from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10KSB for the year ended December 31, 2002. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on information presently available to management of the Company. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

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Investor Relations:
The Eversull Group
Jack Eversull

Premier Beverly Hills Film Finance Professional Joins the 1st Annual Houston Black Film Festival Panel to Look at Potential Projects

The 1st Annual Houston Black Film Festival & Book to Film Screenplay Search Festival is June 22-26th 2005, at the Omni Houston Hotel Four Riverway, Houston. This is the first ever Black film festival in the fourth largest metropolis in the United States. According to Rick Ferguson, Executive Director of the Houston Film Commission, over 150 films have been shot in and around the great filming Mecca of Houston, Texas.

(PRWEB) June 8, 2005 -- New Panelist Announced - Some of our diverse panel guest include well-known Hollywood decision-making executives as Kathy Busby, Sr. VP Head Development Carsey- Werner-Mandabach, Fox Pictures Producer, Dawn Carter, UPN's Andrea Wiley, executive director of the Parkers, HBO's Real Women Have Curves producer, Marilyn Atlas, Mark Hernandez, Cresenda Entertainment and many others who will converge on Houston for a roundtable discussion and to review screenplays derived from works by nationally known best-selling novelist. We hope to generate the end product, a number of quality screenplays that will result in a better selection of projects for filmmakers, actors and actresses as well.

Panelist newcomer, Brenda Doby, is Vice President, Senior Account Relationship Manager , Union Bank. Ms. Doby is one of the premier finance professionals in the entertainment industry. She has utilized her expertise to finance over 50 films during the last ten years,that have ranged from independent ventures such as director Peter Bunches's "Butter" and "Behind the Red Door" staring Keifer Sutherland to blockbusters such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". She has also financed studio Negative Pick-up transactions with all of the major studios.

Screenings, Authors
We have a ground breaking agenda with the launch of our Book to Film Screenplay Search where novels by nationally known best-selling authors have been nominated for film development by book clubs, bookstores, and book reviewers across the nation. The festival also encompasses discussion panels, pitch sessions, on site casting opportunities, the screening of features, documentaries and shorts screenings by major film makers as well as well films produced on shoestring budgets. We have a host of superior entries including independent films such as "Industry" by the Russell Simmons (Simmons Lathan Media Group) "Intersection", "Au Pair Chocolat," "Endangered Species" and more. Also a celebrity golf tournament at Hermann Golf Course, a celebrity fashion show, comedy showcase, and gospel jamboree culminating with an awards gala.

There are several panels planned including a pitch fest, on site open casting call and more. The Page to Stage panel will be hosted by Houston's dynamic duo, Executive Producers, Gary Guidry & Je'Caryous Johnson of I'm Ready Productions. I'm Ready Productions brought us the stage production adaptation of Michael Baisden's "Men Cry In the Dark," & "Maintenance Man." They are currently producing, Carl Weber's "Married Men," & Eric Jerome Dickey's "Friends & Lovers." Nationally know best selling authors as Pat G'Orge- Walker and others will be on hand to sign their works. Authors interested in signing at the event or businesses interested in vendor space may contact us at e-mail protected from spam bots

Vendor Opportunities
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About Houston Black Film Festival
The Houston Black Film Festival was founded in 2004 to bring a collective, cohesive and creative environment for the Houston, Texas Film Mecca; the fourth largest metropolitan city in the nation. Our focus is to proactively enhance the process of developing, producing and distributing films by black filmmakers. Its goal is also to bring a unique dominion to films by providing a program that will directly impact the viability of the quality of films introduced to the market by the implementation of such 'special projects' as The Book to Film Screenplay Search Project which aims to become an amenable bridge between proven published authors and filmmakers to bring a book to film adaptation and final projects into fruition.

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Rock Band Crankcaller Finds Rapper and Producer for Re-Mix of Hit Song

Rap and Rock come together to make beautiful music when Rock band Crankcaller is in the remix.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 8, 2005 -- After an alarming amount of responses to a bulletin post, Crankcaller finally found what they were looking for. Warner Brothers rapper Chance and famed producer George Tutko, were chosen to help work on the rock/rap re-mix of the hit song High Frequency.

Tutko, the long-time producer and engineer, has a radiant resume flourished with experience and star-studded credits to his name. Rod Stewart, Lita Ford, John Mellencamp, Pat Benatar and Ozzy Osbourne are among the few that Tutko has worked with over the years.

There were a lot of qualified candidates out there, and a lot of them had the skills and background of what we were looking for, says ThecounT, the lead vocalist and creator of the band. George and Chance will hopefully bring a whole new dimension to High Frequency as we try to add an new angle to the song. We just hope our fans and critics like the re-mix.

Crankcallers current album, Altogether Darker World, has broken though the top 15 in album sales and includes the smash hit, I Am Vampire, which is in the top 20 singles.

The recording of the re-mix is set to take place in Las Vegas, which is the hometown for the band. Crankcaller plans on releasing the single in mid-summer.

For more information, visit the Crankcaller web site at or call Brad Bender at (909) 762-3610.

Brad Bender
909 762-3610

Snoop Doggs Brother Bing And DJ Quiks Cousin, Hit, Flaunt Their Lifestyle

(Los Angeles, CA)---The soundtrack to the West Coast lifestyle is soon to be set to music on an upcoming album from Snoop Doggs brother, Bing (AKA Bing Worthington) and his partner, H.I.T., (ne Michael Anthony Tyler), otherwise known as Hit. Hailing from Long Beach, California, they are announcing the formation of their rap duo Lifestyle. Lifestyle has tracks so tight, they require lubrication. With family being a relative matter, while Bing is Snoop Doggs younger brother, H.I.T. is DJ Quiks cousin, which he and Quik both discovered when they met at a funeral. H.I.T. confirms they are related through relatives from Compton. While Bing is sometimes known as his alter-ego, Pimpin Game Pretty Toni, H.I.Ts name stands for Highest Intellect Talent. Bing is sometimes also referred to as Bada Bing. This is the Bing that will bring the bling.

The duo is currently recording their first album, and at press time, they have five tracks completed. Arguably, these are some of the strongest tracks to arise from the West Coast in the last decade. Among them is the song Bottoms Up, which flaunts early Sixties and Seventies influences, samples the late R & B artist, Lee Dorsey, and features Snoop Dogg. Among the producers who will be contributing to the album are such luminaries as Daz Dillinger, Jelly Roll (Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre), Fuzzy Felix, and Meech Wells, son of Motown legend Mary Wells (Snoop Dogg). H.I.T. explains the albums title, Lubrication, by cutting straight to the chase. It means something loose, something fun, energetic and exciting, he confirms. Once you hear the words Lifestyle and Lubrication, you know what that album is going to be about. It is still a metaphor though. Its not about having sex every song. He adds, It also has an implied meaning about protecting yourself and being cautious. Although lubrication is slippery, you do have to have a proper hold on things in your life.

Although the albums retail date has not yet been confirmed, their highly-anticipated debut album Lubrication is slated for release on Lethal Entertainment, headed by Greedy Greg Jessie and Thomas Bruno, a club owner in Houston, who also books concerts in the Midwest. Greedy Greg has executive produced a slew of platinum and gold albums that include A.M.G.s Bitch Betta Have My Money, DJ Quiks Quik Is The Name and Way Too Fonky, Tone Locs Locd After Dark (featuring the mega hits Wild Thing and Funky Cold Medina), Dominos first two albums on Def Jam Records, and Big Lurch, who is featured in an interview in the July issue of "XXL Magazine."

Media Contact: Phyllis Pollack
Def Press Public Relations

Regan Books to Publish Kimora Lee Simmons

NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Judith Regan, Publisher and founder of Regan Books, today officially announced that she will publish the first book by celebrity entrepreneur Kimora Lee Simmons, creator of the chic fashion label Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons.

The book, set for publication in February 2006, is a how-to lifestyle guide with inspiring and personal stories from the former model and mother of two who married a music mogul and built her own ultra successful lifestyle empire.

"I am excited to finally be able to write a book that advises, uplifts, and inspires women to live the best life they can, and I am pleased to be able to do so with Regan Books," states Kimora Lee Simmons.

"Kimora Lee Simmons is a stunningly beautiful woman with two stunningly beautiful children and an amazing husband. However, if you think she got there just by being beautiful and marrying well, wait till you read the real story behind this remarkable woman. This book reveals how she did it and how you can too, no matter what your circumstances are today. Creating opportunities is what her life is all about. She is a great inspiration and she has a great sense of humor as well. Beauty, brains, wit and drive -- she tells you how to develop and discover those things within yourself," says Regan.

Kimora Lee Simmons will also publish a children's book slated for late 2006 as part of the two-book deal with ReganBooks.

Simmons started the clothing label Baby Phat in 1999 and has since transformed the brand into a successful fashion/lifestyle empire which includes fragrance, jewelry, sneakers, and an exclusive diamond encrusted mobile phone. She is married to Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons.

Judith Regan is the founder and CEO of ReganMedia, a multi media company comprised of books, television, film, and radio. ReganBooks has published a wide range of authors including award-winning-novelists Wally Lamb (I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE) and Gregory Maguire (WICKED), as well as a list of high profile personalities including Sean Hannity (DELIVER US FROM EVIL), Bernie Mac (MAYBE YOU NEVER CRY AGAIN) and General Tommy Franks (AMERICAN SOLDIER).

For any further information, please contact Paul Crichton at 212-207-7066

Source: Regan Books

CONTACT: Paul Crichton, Director of Publicity of ReganBooks,
+1-212-207-7066,; or PR: Keesha Johnson of Dan
Klores Communications, +1-212-981-5212,

Cingular Wireless Announces First-Ever Wireless Content From Chart-Topping Music Artist Gwen Stefani

Cingular Sounds(TM) Momentum Continues with Exclusive Addition of 'Hollaback Girl' Music Tone and Video Postcard

ATLANTA, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Cingular Wireless today announced the first-ever wireless content release from chart-topping artist Gwen Stefani, including a 30-second Master Tone and Video Postcard from her new hit single "Hollaback Girl." The Video Postcard is a new component to the Cingular Sounds(TM) music program, and offers yet another innovative method for delivering exclusive music content to Cingular customers and music fans across the country.

To view the Multimedia Press Release, go to:

"The success of Cingular Sounds has allowed us to continue working with today's top artists and industry labels to provide the hottest and most exclusive music content to our customers," said John Burbank, vice president of marketing, Cingular Wireless. "This latest announcement with Gwen Stefani represents two 'firsts' for Cingular -- the first ringtone from Stefani and the first time we are launching a Video Postcard of the ringtone. Plus, our customers can share the Video Postcard from our web site for free."

Go Bananas with Gwen's "Hollaback Girl," Animated Style

Stefani worked directly with Cingular on the creative process and development of the Video Postcard to create another vehicle for delivering music and entertainment to her fans. The "Hollaback Girl" Video Tune from Stefani's solo debut album "Love, Angel, Music, Baby," will air on a multitude of popular web sites or can be seen at or The Video Postcard can be sent to a specified email address directly from Cingular's web site for free; it is not available for download on the handset.

"Gwen Stefani continues to explore new forms of musical entertainment that allow her fans to experience her music in new and different ways," said Courtney Holt, head of new media and strategic marketing, Interscope Geffen A&M. "This latest venture into the wireless arena will allow her to reach a new fan base and continue to share her talents across many mediums."

Cingular Sounds has added even more exclusive content from such leading artists as Coldplay, Fat Joe, Natasha Bedingfield and The Bravery. Other artists spanning a broad section of musical styles -- alternative/rock, hip- hop/R&B, pop, Latin, country, and more -- will become part of Cingular Sounds in the coming weeks and months.

Cingular Wireless customers can now order exclusive ringtones from Stefani including: "Hollaback Girl (I Ain't No)," "Rich Girl (Hook)," "Hollaback Girl (Bananas!)" and "What Are You Waiting For (Hook)."

There are four easy ways to download these ringtones:
- Go to
- Go to sounds
- Go to
- Order directly from your phone

To download these ringtones from a phone, Cingular customers should:
- Go to Media Net home on their phone
- Select "Tones, Games, Pics"
- Select Cingular Sounds
- Follow the onscreen prompt to get the ringtone

After downloading, the ringtone can be launched from the phone's Main Menu. Cingular customers are charged a one-time download fee of $2.49 for ringtones, plus a charge for the number of kilobytes or minutes used to download the ringtone to a wireless phone. Additional information on music ringtones is available at or

Cingular has a long history in leading the convergence of wireless and music. In April, Cingular made music history when it announced the Cingular Sounds program, and debuted the Coldplay single "Speed of Sound" as a Music Tone ringtone before it could be heard anywhere else. Also, in March 2004, Cingular became the first wireless provider to offer authentic music content from all major record labels, including: EMI Music (Capitol Records' parent company), Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music.

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving more than 50.4 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications (NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE:BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(SM), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at

About Interscope Geffen A&M

Combining the legacies of three significant record companies, Interscope Geffen A&M embarked on a new tradition of musical achievement with its combination on January 1, 1999, as a subsidiary of Universal Music Group, the global music leader. Headed by Chairman Jimmy Iovine, Interscope Geffen A&M is a major force across a wide range of musical genres including rock, rap, pop, alternative, Latin, gospel and soundtracks. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

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AG Interactive and Legendary Urban Trendsetter Russell Simmons Unite to Bring Hip Hop Culture to a Wireless Generation

Def Jam Mobile will provide a vast array of personalized mobile content ranging from messaging and ringtones to graphics, games, greetings and news

CLEVELAND, June 7, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AG Interactive, the new media subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation, and the renowned hip hop mogul and visionary Russell Simmons, have joined together to provide a new arsenal of cutting edge wireless offerings and avenues of personal expression through content-based products, services and applications to millions living the hip hop lifestyle.

AG Interactive and Def Jam's branded Def Jam Mobile is designed to offer a new voice for the hip hop generation by developing a substantial suite of new wireless applications and products to the mobile marketplace. Under the agreement, the partners will jointly develop, distribute and market mobile content offerings in the music, film and videogame area as well as other forms of self-expression including personalization, messaging products and entertainment. The content will be produced and marketed to create meaningful connections with the hip hop audience, providing an innovative way to express personal choices and lifestyle.

The partnership brings AG Interactive together with one of hip hop's most historic entrepreneurs. Simmons founded seminal rap label Def Jam, launching the careers of legendary artists including LL Cool J, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. He revolutionized urban fashion by creating the Phat Farm clothing line, launched popular television projects including Def Jam Comedy, and Def Jam Poetry and created the influential Hip Hop Summit. All these achievements have made Simmons the most sought-after thought leader in the urban market. Just as importantly for AG Interactive, Simmons has already enjoyed success producing branded mobile phones through deals with Motorola.

Simmons will now bring his magic touch to AG Interactive, which is already creating buzz in the urban wireless arena with its upcoming Univision Movil content which is targeted to the Hispanic market. Def Jam Mobile will cement AG Interactive's growing reputation as a wireless content innovator.

"This major partnership with Russell Simmons enables AG Interactive to establish a leadership position in a market that wireless content providers are eager to penetrate," notes Josef Mandelbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer, AG Interactive. "When looking to partner with an organization that best represents this lifestyle, there is no more authentic and influential brand than Def Jam."

"It's only natural to extend hip hop into new avenues of self-expression," states Kevin Liles, President and Chief Executive Officer, Def Jam. "Def Jam Mobile will allow us to be able to provide new ways for our audience to access and use wireless content to further their own individuality."

"The buying power of the hip hop generation has evolved into a multibillion dollar economic force," notes Russell Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Rush Communications. "We're confident Def Jam Mobile will bring the most desirable, targeted mobile content to the core, hip hop demographic."

Hip hop has come to dominate both urban communities and traditional suburbia with CD sales topping $1 billion in 2003, largely due to the 45 million hip hop consumers between the ages of 13 and 34. This group is 80 percent white, according to Simmons Lathan Media Group, and has an annual spending power of $1 trillion. The new partnership seeks to provide an unparalleled opportunity for those living this hugely popular and influential culture to extend their self-expression into the mobile marketplace. To gain wide distribution for Def Jam Mobile, AG Interactive will draw on partnerships with more than 25 carriers.

About AG Interactive

AG Interactive, the new media subsidiary of American Greetings, operates Internet and mobile businesses including a network of sites such as,, and global brand The sites together offer over 20,000 high quality greetings and other types of expressive content and is the number one online greeting card destination with over 2 million paying subscribers and tens of millions of unique visitors per month. AG Interactive's mobile brands include MIDIRingTones, Kiwee, BlueMountain, Univision Mobile and Def Jam Mobile. In addition, AG Interactive has partnerships with more than 25 carriers and all major Internet portals. AG Interactive directs several business units including a wireless entertainment division providing innovative personal expression solutions for consumers through wireless and other multi-media platforms and international and new product units. AG Interactive is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with offices in New York, Los Angeles, St. Paul (MN), Paris, Hanover (Germany), Madrid, London and Bucharest (Romania).

AG Interactive is part of American Greetings Corporation, one of the world's leading manufacturers of social expression products. American Greetings companies also include Carlton Cards(R), Learning Horizons(R), Balloon Zone(R) and DesignWare(R). American Greetings is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. For more information on the corporation, visit

About Rush Communications

Rush Communications was founded in 1990 by Hip Hop mogul and visionary Russell Simmons to maximize the numerous business and creative opportunities he perceived within the entertainment industry. Committed to creating dynamic, urban-based entertainment that captures the raw energy and creativity of American youth culture, Rush Communications has become a multimedia conglomerate synonymous with innovation, independence and integrity.

From its roots in music -- Simmons brought rap into the cultural mainstream through his founding of the legendary music label Def Jam -- to its diversified interests in film, television, publishing and fashion, Rush Communications' preeminence rests on its prescient identification, interpretation and development of provocative synergistic content. Among its flagship businesses is Phat Fashions which has achieved great success over the past 12 years in conveying the All-American lifestyle.

The collection includes apparel, jewelry, eyewear, loungewear, fragrance, footwear, suits and accessories. Visionary in its scope and breadth, Rush Communications is also mindful of its social responsibilities which it pursues through the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, which work to empower and enlighten urban youth across the country.

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Produced by the same filmmakers who made the 2005 Sundance Audience
Award Winning documentary film "Murderball". Directed by Kevin Fitzgerald
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& Project Blowed Open-Mics in LA and created along with other
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preview on MTV Networks/Vh-1, was released on DVD last week in the US
by Palm Pictures (Scratch); in the UK on July 4th, and in Canada via
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Agent155 Media Group Adds MTV Networks Music Programming Director and Former iTunes Senior Producer to Its Board

Joseph McKesson's Vision and Extensive Industry Experience Tapped to Lead the Digital Revolution

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Market Wire - Jun 07, 2005) -- Agent155 Media Group, Inc. (OTC: AGMG), a provider of multi-media content management tools, providing exposure, networking and collaboration opportunities to models, performers, artists, athletes, musicians, filmmakers and agencies worldwide, today announced that it has added MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom (NYSE: VIA) Music Programming Director Joseph McKesson to its Board.

McKesson's experience includes a Senior Producer position with iTunes Music Store, a division of Apple Computer (NASDAQ: AAPL), where he oversaw the cyber DJ tools, content operations, label relations for over 200 labels and metadata standards projects. McKesson has always been at the forefront of digital media. As an undergraduate at Indiana University he worked on one of the very first digital music projects in the country, The Variations Music Project at the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, sponsored by IBM.

" is the foundation of something big and unique for artists in the digital space," commented McKesson. "With as a media partner to digital services, the possibilities are endless. The platform is technically solid, and for the artist, limited only by their imaginations." He added, "As a board member for Agent155 Media Group I will bring all my experience, ideas, colleagues and passion to help create a truly definitive arts experience. I believe in, and I will put all my energy into making it the best destination for artists on the internet."

Early in his career, McKesson started his own production company, Shared Thunder, which produced works for Apple Computer, MarchFirst, Planet Out and the LA Film Festival. As a consultant he has developed digital media architecture for Kinko's, a part of FedEx Kinko's, Chiat-Day, and Mattel, before landing a position at Apple Computer as their first Digital Asset Manager. McKesson helped to develop a digital database for the graphic design, motion graphics, and marketing departments within Apple. After the iTunes launch, he moved into programming and label relations as a Music Director, programming genre pages, playlists and researching indie music labels for iTunes.

Currently, McKesson is a Director in Music Programming working for MTV Networks, where he is contributing to all of the MTV Networks digital media initiatives.

Christopher Martinez, CEO of Agent155 Media Group, stated, "This is an unbelievably positive step for our company. Joe is the kind of industry professional needs to jump to the next level. With his extensive experience, contacts and understanding of the industry, we will be able to penetrate the market more effectively and align the brand with top tier industry players."

About Agent155 Media Group, Inc.

Agent155 Media Group Inc. is based in San Diego, where its Web site ( and related services are produced for worldwide distribution. The company offers an affordable, high-quality online presence for the global artistic and athletic communities through its website, offers models, performers, artists, athletes, musicians, filmmakers and agencies a multi-media content management solution, enabling the creative world a collaborative forum to network and develop. provides talent agencies, agents, producers, directors, and recording companies a one-stop location to search and view the profiles and work of emerging talent. Agent155 Media Group, Inc. also re-distributes member content through traditional media channels like TV, radio, film and print. Agent155 Media Group, Inc. produces films, music tours, commercials, and various events using talent exclusively from

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QPromos Next Up Industry Showcase Reviews

Hip Hop performances by Legacy Starr, A Few Hood Men, Gage, Loe, Murdakkh, Glacius, Ace of Spades, RemiRaw, Lost, Ghost and Mad Child

(PRWEB) June 7, 2005 -- QPromos and Area 51 presented a classic Hip Hop showcase. These performances were filled with some of the best up coming talent out of New York City. Lost aka Tee Two hosted and announced the entrance of Legacy Starr. He opened up the show with a performance to amp the crowd. He was Followed up by A Few Hood Men who simply electrified the stage.

Although they were a hard act to follow, Gage came to show his talent. This young mcee straight from Williamsburg Brooklyn tore down the house. Murdakkh performed two songs that had the crowd bouncing from beginning to end. Glacius and Loski repped for Wille bee. Ace of Spade had the crowd moving with his remix of Biggies Juicy.

RemiRaw hit the stage hard spitting the controversial track Bust Back and Just Another Day. Ghost hit the stage showing whos the pimp of New York and Mad child Closed the show like a true finishers. Overall the show was a success and look out for the A.W.O.L DVD feat Performances and interviews from these artists.

Mike Stevens

ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE: Snoop Dogg, Daz and Kurupt - Tha Dogg Pound - Reunite and Talk With The Source's West Coast Editor Ryan Ford

The Dynasty Continues As Hip-Hop's Greatest Magazine, The Source, Delivers A Triple Threat Cover Split With Its July Issue #189

Daddy Yankee and The Latin Hip-Hop Explosion Grace The Source's Second Cover Which Includes A Preview Of The Source Latino Spanish Language Magazine

Cover 3 Features Atlanta's New King of The South - T.I. and His P$C Crew

NEW YORK, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Snoop Dogg told The Source exclusively that he wants to put beefs behind him for the interest of Hip-Hop and for the West Coast overall. Snoop's music career recently hit a high point with a number 1 single entitled, "Drop It Like It's Hot." He also became one of Hip-Hop's most bankable on-screen presences. But with great power comes responsibility. The Doggfather was concentrating on ways to help bring order to his own home on the West Coast and to his lingering beefs with the Dogg Pound Gangstas.

Kurupt says, "There was a lot of people involved in all of us getting back together, from the street angle and the industry angle. But it was really about us ourselves coming up with an agreement. Cause when we got back together, everything flowed so cool." Daz adds, "I hooked up with Kurupt and I let him and Snoop talk. Then I came back in town and we went right to the studio and it was just like it never changed." Read more on the coming together of Hip-Hop legends -- Tha Dogg Pound -- in the July issue of The Source.

The July issue also features Daddy Yankee, one of the pioneers of Reggaeton (a mix of Hip-Hop, Reggae and tropical flows.) Daddy Yankee broke onto the mainstream American music scene with his mega-hit "Gasolina." The single has crossed all languages and has helped to sell over a million copies of his Barrio Fino record. He topped the Billboard Latin charts for 25 weeks at Number 1 and won this year's Billboard Latin Music award for best reggaeton album. Now, Daddy Yankee is poised to take reggaeton to the next level. Daddy Yankee says, "As the movement grows it fuses and blends with other styles of music besides Hip-Hop and Reggae, such as salsa. I see the union of Hip-Hop and reggaeton in the future." For more on Daddy Yankee and the explosion of reggaeton music, pick up the July issue of The Source on stands now. Also in the new issue look for a 2 page preview of The Source Latino written completely in Spanish.

The third split cover in the new issue tells the story of T.I. Years after calling himself King Of The South, T.I. is stepping up his executive game by bringing out his P$C posse and ending his beef with Lil' Flip. While T.I. was serving time in a Georgia correctional facility for a parole violation, Lil' Flip used his spring 2004 concerts to dis the self-proclaimed King Of The South, according to T.I. Flip, denied ever dissing T.I. The beef simmered for more than a year as the two rappers exchanged disses on wax and in interviews. In April 2005, T.I. and Flip agreed to sit down at a closed doors meeting to settle their differences. Neither party wanted to go the way of 2Pac and Biggie. Catch the whole story in the July issue.

The Source is the most widely-recognized and well-respected brand name in communications for Hip-Hop fans across the globe, earned through The Source Magazine's role as the most trusted media voice for the Hip-Hop movement for over 16 years. The Source is the #1 selling music magazine on newsstands in America, reaching nearly 9 million readers per month. Co-founder and CEO David Mays, along with Co-founder and Chief Brand Executive Raymond Scott, have successfully built The Source business brand into a renowned trademark, with extensions in music, television and consumer products such as clothing and DVD's.

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BET AWARDS '05 'Top Secret' Promotional Campaign Supports Network's Drive to Deliver an 'Off The Meter!' Telecast on June 28th

Innovative Marketing Campaign Launched to Support the LIVE June 28 Telecast Features Hosts Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Specifics on the BET AWARDS '05 are "Top Secret" -- only a few details have been leaked and all we know for sure is that BET AWARDS '05 is going to be "Off The Meter!" BET is supporting its claim with an extensive national and grassroots marketing campaign valued at more than $2.5 million using "top secret" and "off the meter" as central themes. The campaign includes radio advertising and promotions; national television ads on BET and other Viacom-owned networks; print ads in popular African-American publications; outdoor and transit advertising; in-theater promotions at Magic Johnson properties; local cable buys; contests; an extensive media relations initiative surrounding high-profile celebrity honorees and nominees; a grassroots program utilizing movie theaters, beauty and barber shops and dance clubs; and exciting new innovative elements for national advertisers and sponsors.

The 2004 BET AWARDS telecast smashed records as BET's #1 telecast ever (4.61 overall Nielsen household rating). The Network's 2005 salute to music, sports and entertainment premieres on Tuesday, June 28 "LIVE" from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre with Hollywood actor/actress power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as hosts. In addition to recognizing 14 categories across sports, music and entertainment, BET will also bestow its highest honors on the incomparable Gladys Knight with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award; and Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta with the BET Humanitarian Award. With a growing list of high-powered Hollywood stars, and a lineup of earth-shattering performances, the BET AWARDS '05 telecast is certain to measure "Off The Meter!" in every area.

"With four record-breaking BET AWARDS already under our belt, we are constantly looking for ways to surprise our audience," said Kelli Lawson, BET Executive Vice President for Corporate Marketing. "The 'top secret' and 'off the meter' themes in the advertising campaign help us build viewer anticipation while still keeping an element of surprise for a fifth BET AWARDS telecast. In addition, the dynamic personalities and blockbuster appeal of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are a perfect match for an amazing 'off the meter' show."

Television Campaign

The "Top Secret," and "Off The Meter" advertising campaign was conceived by BET's award-winning Creative Services team and premiered on the network the week of May 29. New spots will be rolled out each week leading up to the June 28 telecast in three phases. The ads are based on the premise that every year the BET AWARDS gets bigger and bigger, drawing the hottest stars for an unforgettable night of music and more -- and this year, the stars, the celebrities and the surprises will be "OFF THE METER!" Phase one of the ads leading up to the June 28 telecast incorporates the "Top Secret" theme and feature the comedic character Chauncey Jankins Jr., a hapless investigative reporter who goes undercover inside BET Headquarters to find out who will be hosting and appearing on BET AWARDS '05. In phase two, Jankins works his way into the BET offices where preparations are underway for the BET AWARDS and runs into problems when he interrupts rehearsals of sultry R&B singer and top BET AWARDS '05 nominee Ciara. The clueless Jankins is the perfect comedic foil to Ciara as he tries to change the choreography in her performance, but doesn't realize who she is.

The third phase of the BET AWARDS '05 promos feature hosts Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and play up the "Off The Meter" theme in two hilarious story lines. In the "Smith Family Robinson" ads premiering June 10, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith along with their three children are shown as a smiling, happy family promising a BET AWARDS telecast that BET viewers of every age can enjoy. As soon as they think the cameras have stopped rolling, viewers see they are really on a soundstage and the family starts bickering with each other. The second series of ads premiering June 17 show Will Smith being forced to play "love doctor" by helping rock legend Ike Turner reunite with Tina Turner.

BET AWARDS '05 television spots will air nationally on UPN, VH1, TV Land and Noggin a week prior to the premiere telecast as well as on 10 local cable markets including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit, Miami, Dallas and Baltimore.

Print & Radio

The "top secret" theme extends into BET AWARDS '05 print advertising with artwork resembling manila file folders featuring snapshot photos of "clues" such as a lock of hair and this year's hosts Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith with the captions "countless yards of silky blond hair weave," and "couple observed during BET Awards rehearsals." The ads are running nationally in the late June and July issues of JET, Essence, Ebony, Vibe, Billboard, TV Guide, Inside TV, and The Source magazines. Outdoor and transit advertising is scheduled for 12 markets, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Detroit, Dallas, Miami, Cleveland, Orlando and St. Louis in mid to late June. Internet users will also find BET AWARDS '05 banner ads on various websites and email newsletters.

Local radio spots will hit 37 markets throughout the country, as well as nationally-syndicated network radio shows hosted by Doug Banks, Russ Parr, Wendy Williams and BET's own, Big Tigger.

Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes

The BET Ultimate Fan Sweepstakes, in which one lucky viewer and a guest win a trip to the BET AWARDS, the opportunity to co-present the Viewer's Choice Award and $2,500, kicked off on April 25. Approximately 30,000 people entered the contest, with ten finalists selected to submit a video demonstrating why they should be the BET AWARDS '05 Ultimate Fan. Based on the creativity of the videos, the best two from among the finalists were selected. The videos were aired on 106 & PARK and posted to for viewers to vote on their favorite. With 9,000 users casting their votes to determine the final winner, Demetrice Jenkins from Greenville, NC emerged as the viewer favorite and has been named the BET AWARDS '05 Ultimate Fan.

Grassroots Marketing

A number of grassroots marketing tactics are underway to encourage excitement among BET viewers, including promotions in Magic Johnson Theaters in 10 markets, 700 in-store Prima Games/FYE retailers, Barber & Beauty Show promotion and retail blitz, a BET Awards DJ send-off and nightclub promotion in 10 markets. The campaign also features a BET AWARDS '05 custom-published "tabloid," loaded with photos, puzzles, quizzes and editorial information about the BET AWARDS, distributed by street teams in 20 markets and sent to DJs across the country.

In addition, BET is kicking off the BET AWARDS '05 celebration in Los Angeles by hosting a "BET - It's My Thing" community block party at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, June 25. This invitation-only event for viewers will include a performance by popular R&B group, B5 and feature games, prizes, food and beverages as well as an opportunity to win a trip for two to the BET*25 Special in October.

Media Relations

BET is executing an extensive media relations effort in support of the BET AWARDS '05 marketing campaign which includes: a nominees announcement and press junket which was held on May 16 at the Hollywood Renaissance to kick off the countdown to the awards show featuring R&B diva and top BET AWARDS nominee Ciara, and R&B star Omarion; a series of "rolling thunder" press announcements related to the special honorees, contests, marketing, talent updates and interactive elements of the Awards program; a special 'Media Day' on June 27 to allow media covering the show with rehearsal day access to the BET AWARDS host, special honorees, nominees, performers and presenters; a considerable red carpet arrivals event featuring a live BET AWARDS pre-show telecast of popular 106 & PARK; and an onsite media operations center that will facilitate coverage opportunities on night of show for credentialed media covering the event. Downloadable images, artwork and the most up-to-date media information related to the show is available via the network's PR website at


BET has partnered with General Motors, Pepsi, Reebok, P&G, Southwest Airlines, Red Lobster and Paramount Studios as BET AWARDS '05 sponsors. Trip promotions surrounding the BET AWARDS '05 include a Red Lobster local radio promotion, a Veet Rasera "Who has the hottest legs in Hip Hop?" sweepstakes, and a Pantene "Girlfriends Night Out" contest at colleges and universities. In addition, select national advertisers will have an opportunity to take advantage of the newly-integrated Live Broadcast Virtual Advertising capability during the BET AWARDS '05 telecast.

BET AWARDS '05 premieres "LIVE" on BET on Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT with a tape delay in Pacific and Mountain Time Zones. Encore telecasts are Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT; Monday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA; VIA.B), is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network 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 a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

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Emerge Media Films has pleasure in inviting you to the world Premiere of
the documentary film "HIP-HOP COLONY" : The African Hip-hop Explosion.

Please help spread the word that...
Kenya is not just about Lions, Giraffe's and fast running men,
it's also about Studios and Hip-Hop - Tedd Josiah
Produced & Directed by Michael Wanguhu
Screening date:June 11th
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: BAYCAT 2415 Third Street, San Francisco, CA

Kenyan Hip-hop was initially regarded as a passing fad. Hip-hop was
eagerly dismissed by the media outlets and the general public during
it's shallow inception in the early ninety's. Hip-hop today has firmly
gained its roots in Kenya, while fusing its traditional music and
drawing major influence from America. This fusion has led to a new
entity-the birth of Genge Music.

Filming the documentary in Kenya, producer/director Michael Wanguhu,
enjoyed collaborative efforts from top-notch Kenyan producers, and
reigning hip-hop acts past and present, seeking to expose a culture
they have whole-heartedly embraced. The film is also punctuated with
footage of engaging live concert events. HIP HOP COLONY richly ties
key elements of hip hop, flexibility and talent which continue to
increase its dominance around the World one colony at a time.



Thank you.
Michael Wanguhu
Producer / Director

Shaman Work Recordings presents the newest addition to their roster C.L. Smooth

Shaman Work Recordings presents the return of C.L. Smooth as their most recent signing. Adding C.L. to the roster shows the continued commitment to diversity, creativity and quality Shaman Work has brought to the music community. Shaman Work's diverse roster includes such artists as Sol Uprising, Scienz of Life, MF DOOM, Ta'Raach, KMD, Wale Oyejide (AKA Science Fiction), Divine Mind, B.I., Finale, Bandwidth and Misters. C.L. Smooth has not wasted any time by hitting the studio to unleash his ideas for the new project. He is an excellent addition to the Shaman Work Recordings Family.

C.L. Smooth is one of those artists who has gained respect and has become a legend in the hip hop community by simply following his heart and letting his lyrical flow on the mic speak for itself. The result has been solid, innovative material that can stand on its own. I just thank Shaman Work for having the vision of me coming on to do this solo record. The EP is just the beginning; we have a lot more in store." (C.L. Smooth on the new deal with Shaman Work and the new EP)

C.L. Smooth has just started working on his latest solo project with Shaman Work Recordings but fruits of this project will be hitting the streets soon. The yet to be titled project will spawn a few hot releases. The first single, with production by Arsonist (Heatmakerz) and Mike Lowe, will drop as early as July as well as a mix CD. Expect to see an EP of C.L. Smooths project in the fall that will be packaged with a special DVD including interviews, tour/show footage, and other exclusives. All of these releases lead up to the unveiling of the already widely talked about full-length album that will drop in 2006.

Nick Taylor (C.L.'s manager) on C.L. Smooth's return"It's incredible... Definitely worth the wait."

As Shaman Work continues to build their roster around all genres of music and continues to reveal solid releases, its not surprising that they are becoming a mainstay in the entertainment industry.

Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
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(Chicago, IL June 8, 2005) Corporate America sees hip-hop
and black culture at large as a natural resource to be mined
like diamonds or oil or slave labor, says Hadji Williams, a
long-time advertising and marketing exec. The goal is to
pimp the culture and everything in it until theres nothing
of value left. I know this because I helped them do it.

In his new tell-all book, KNOCK THE HUSTLE: HOW TO SAVE YOUR
(, ISBN: 1-932523-00-6, $24.95),
Williams exposes how the advertising and marketing industry
and Corporate America at large manipulates the images and
cultures of blacks and minorities of color to appease Fortune
500 clients and mainstream consumers. A respected copywriter
and brand consultant Williams has spent the last 12 years
with top Chicago and New York ad agencies and marketing firms
working on clients such as AT&T, Mercedes Benz, Wrigleys
Gum, Cingular Wireless, and Radio Shack.

So much of marketing is about reaching mainstream America
theyre still over 70% of the country. And marketers reach
them by manipulating urban culture to make it non-
threatening, controllable, own-able and disposable to
mainstream consumers. This strategy has worked for decades
because it taps into deep-seeded desires and beliefs that
most Americans have about blacks, hip-hop and ethnic folks in
general. You only manipulate and co-opt that which you dont

And the worst part, contends Williams, is the continuous
inequities it creates. People think rappers, athletes, etc.
make all this money off of marketing deals; and to a certain
degree they do. But compared to what corporations make off of
them, it amounts to sharecropping. Williams explains. Also,
at the end of the day, your culture doesnt belong to you
anymore. Theyve put a price-tag on it, sold it, and given
you a few nickels on the dollar in returnand thats only if
youre in on the hustle. If youre the average B-Boy, MC, DJ
or just a black or Latino kid trying to figure out the truth
of your heritage and culture, then youre irrelevant. Urban
culture and identity is now a product for mainstream
consumers and businesses.

So how does KNOCK THE HUSTLE help?

KNOCK THE HUSTLE is about change. Williams says. Each
chapter of KNOCK THE HUSTLE offers multi-point plans for
consumer activism, building a business from the ground up,
how to effectively work within a corporation, how to create
real diversity and equity, etc KNOCK THE HUSTLE tells you
how to make it in business and in society through respect,
innovation, solid morals and uplifting your community.

So why did Williams write this book?

I wrote KNOCK THE HUSTLE because I came up in the hood
southside and westside of Chicago to be exact. I got into the
business world just to better myself. But after a while, I
realized I was probably doing more harm than good; now I want
to change things. KNOCK THE HUSTLE is about educating the
masses on what goes on in the office suites and how it
affects them and everything they hold dear. I'll get in all
kinds of trouble over this but it'll be worth it.


CORPORATE AMERICA By Hadji Williams (ProdigalPen, Inc., ISBN
# 1-932523-00-6, 380 pp. Price: $24.95.) Available Spring
2005 at plus Barnes & Noble and

Contact Hadji Williams
ProdigalPen, Inc.
Phone: (312) 375-7141

Free film conference on UCLA campus

Los Angeles, Ca All walks of the film industry are invited to come out to the Twyman Creative LA Film Conference to be held on the campus of UCLA at Ackerman Hall. Admission to the conference is absolutely free and will take place on Saturday June 11th 2005 from 11am to 8pm. The goal of the film conference is to network everyone in the industry, from writers, producers, directors, sound people to cameramen and actors. So if you work in the film industry we want you to come out. This industry runs on networking, so come out and meet, greet and network.

You never know who can get your foot in the door. Professionals from every walk of the film and entertainment industry will be speaking
about their prospective on several Panel discussions. You will also be able to meet award wining feature film writer, producer and director Tim Greene of Tim Greene Films and The Ultimate Hip Hop Motion Picture Consortium. Tim will give you innovative tips on how you can really make things happen for yourself in the film business. From making movies to worldwide distribution on low budgets, Tim Greene will get you motivated to move forward with your film project. Tims feature films are now in 21 countries in 3 languages Tims 4th feature film will be released in the fall of 2005.

(213) 368-8100

KNOW HIV/AIDS Encourages Americans to Get Tested For HIV

Viacom and Kaiser's Initiative Features New PSAs, Special Programming and Community Outreach

NEW YORK, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Viacom Inc. and the Kaiser Family Foundation announced today, as part of their Emmy and Peabody Award-winning public education campaign, KNOW HIV/AIDS, a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) and other programming to encourage young people and those at higher-risk for HIV to get tested. The latest wave of the campaign comes in the lead-up to National HIV Testing Day (June 27). Since launching KNOW HIV/AIDS in January 2003, Viacom has committed $600 million in media value as part of its partnership with Kaiser.

Viacom and Kaiser teamed up with Crispin Porter + Bogusky, the Miami-based ad agency, to create the new PSAs launched today. The spots will air across Viacom's television, radio and outdoor properties across the nation. Now in its third year, KNOW HIV/AIDS has created a total of 111 PSAs to promote HIV awareness, testing and prevention messages to millions of people across the United States. In addition, the campaign has taken many of these messages to millions of people in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

"Knowing your HIV status is an essential part of prevention and treatment," said Matt James, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Family Foundation. "Testing provides an opportunity to receive counseling about risks, and early knowledge of HIV status helps link people to care."

Building upon the campaign's momentum and brand recognition, KNOW HIV/AIDS branded its new round of PSAs with the theme "The Know Is Spreading." The series uses upbeat and hopeful images of young adults to encourage HIV testing. Each of the campaign's television spots depicts a young couple meeting in an urban setting, who expand into a larger and larger number of people ... filling the streets of the city with scores of youth ... and, finally, moving together as a human symbol of how knowledge can spread faster than any disease. The outdoor spots reinforce the messages, and the radio spots feature Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Common, who continues his involvement with the campaign by performing spoken word pieces that echo these themes. All of the PSAs are tagged with the KNOW website, , and the hotline 1-866-344-KNOW (Spanish language executions) for those seeking information about the testing process and local resources. Another wave of messages will follow in the fall of 2005.

CBS and UPN affiliate stations will broadcast programming news and support community events to highlight local efforts that are promoting Testing Day, and UPN will rebroadcast the HIV/AIDS-themed episode of Eve. MTV will air a new MTV News report on HIV testing, launch new PSAs and announce a new partnership for a HIV-related film contest, all as a part of the network's new think MTV initiative. BET will present BET Open Mic: My Thing, an hour-long special on HIV testing, and launch new testing-focused PSAs under its Rap-It- Up campaign. VH1 will show AIDS: A Pop Culture History, as well as run two new PSAs. Showtime will air two testing-related films, Damaged Goods and Shook, as well as special introductions before three HIV-related episodes of hit series Queer As Folk.

In addition, Common and other music artists will participate in a radio show, hosted by VH1 on-air personality Aamer Haleem, to commemorate Testing Day and speak about the importance of getting tested. The show will air on Infinity Broadcasting radio stations the weekend before Testing Day.

Also, Common's latest album, Be, released on May 24 by Getting Out Our Dreams/Geffen Records, includes KNOW HIV/AIDS public education material and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, selling more than 185,000 copies.

"As a media company, we are in a unique and ideal position to spread this knowledge of protection and prevention by leveraging our assets across platforms," said Carl Folta, Executive Vice President of Viacom." In collaboration with our partners, we want to highlight and support National HIV Testing Day by continuing to inform, engage and initiate a dialogue on HIV/AIDS, and foster a sense of possibility for the future."

The new PSAs (four television, four radio and three outdoor) are running across Viacom's broadcast networks CBS and UPN; cable networks MTV, Nick at Nite, VH1, BET, TV Land, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV and Showtime; and 180 Infinity radio stations, a majority of which are located in the top 50 markets. Both English and Spanish ads are displayed on billboard, bus and bus shelter advertising faces in the nation's largest markets.

"PSAs tend to be frightening. But you can't scare people into getting tested," said Dave Schiff, Associate Creative Director of Crispin Porter + Bogusky. "No one will get tested unless they understand there is hope. So we took something scary-the way a virus spreads-and made it into something beautiful."

National HIV Testing Day was launched in 1995 by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA-US) to encourage Americans to get tested, and increase overall awareness of the epidemic. To help enhance public awareness about the importance of HIV testing, the KNOW HIV/AIDS campaign has coordinated activities with NAPWA-US.


KNOW HIV/AIDS combines the power of Viacom's media brands and unmatched audience relationships with the public health expertise of the Kaiser Family Foundation to foster awareness of the disease and its prevention. Every Viacom division is involved in the campaign, and 111 messages have aired to date, totaling $600 million in media value. Many of the PSAs are offered rights-free and cost-free to any television or radio network. Additionally, Viacom properties, including CBS, UPN, MTV, BET, VH1 and Showtime, have produced more than 46 television shows with HIV/AIDS themes seen by millions worldwide. The campaign targets areas of the world where Viacom has a concentration of assets, especially the United States and Europe, and it partners with other companies to focus on regions most affected by the disease. Outside of the United States, KNOW HIV/AIDS is branded Staying Alive, building on MTV International's award-winning campaign of the same name, and encompasses the full range of Viacom's international properties.

Through a joint effort of KNOW HIV/AIDS and the BBC World Service Trust, messages in seven languages are broadcast to 60 million people in Africa and the Caribbean. In Russia, the campaign has teamed up with Gazprom-Media, Russia's largest private media holding, to help implement a cross-platform initiative on HIV/AIDS. KNOW HIV/AIDS is working in China with MTV and CCTV for a branded AIDS awareness campaign in the world's largest country.

About Viacom Inc.

Viacom is a leading global media company, with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor advertising, and online. With programming that appeals to audiences in every demographic category across virtually all media, the company is a leader in the creation, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, music, and comedy. Viacom's well-known brands include CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, VH1, BET, Paramount Pictures, Infinity Broadcasting, Viacom Outdoor, UPN, TV Land, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, King World, Spike TV, Showtime, Paramount Parks, and Simon & Schuster. More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at

About The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation dedicated to providing information and analysis on health issues to policymakers, the media, and the general public. It is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries. Information on HIV/AIDS is available at, and a daily news summary report on developments in HIV/AIDS is available on, the Foundation's free health information service.

About Crispin Porter + Bogusky

Crispin Porter + Bogusky is perhaps best known as creators of the 'truth' anti-tobacco campaign as well as for their work with the BMW MINI line of automobiles and Burger King. Based in Miami, CP+B's other clients include Google, EarthLink, Gateway and Virgin Atlantic Airways. In 2003, in an unprecedented sweep, CP+B became the world's most awarded agency by winning the Grand Prix at Cannes, an O'Toole award for overall creative excellence from the American Association of Advertising Agencies, as well as the grand prizes at the CLIOS, EFFIES, Kelly's, OBIES, APG awards and the One Show. The agency and its work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fast Company, Time, Newsweek, Advertising Age, Creativity and Archive. This year CP+B was named "Agency of the Year" by both Advertising Age and Creativity Magazine.

Source: Viacom Inc.

CONTACT: Crispin Porter + Bogusky: Katie Kempner, +1-305-646-7366,; or Viacom: Kristi Gorman, +1-212-846-6261,, or Imara Jones, +1-212-258-6363,; or The Kaiser Family Foundation: Rob Graham,
+1-650-854-9400 x237,, or Tina Hoff, +1-650-854-9400 x210,

Web site:

Orchard Partners with ECD, Significantly Expanding Reach in China

ECD Hong Kong Limited to Immediately License to The Orchard Its Digitized Catalogue Of Over 100,000 Songs From the Top Active Chinese Labels, Including the Most Influential Company in THE Greater China Region, Freeland Films Group

Freeland Films Group Includes the Love Song "Mouse Loves Rice," the Number One Hit in the Download Chart for the Past 3 Months With Accumulated Downloads of 200 Million in Unit Sales in the Region

Jolland Chan and Richard Gottehrer, Legendary Songwriters and Producers, also to Collaborate On Developing Pan US-Chinese Artists

NEW YORK, HONG KONG and BEIJING, June 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard, the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, today announced a partnership with ECD, the pioneer of selling digital content and single-song downloads securely and legally via its "Easy Downloads" multi purpose function kiosk. ECD will make its digitized and ready-for-sale catalogue of over 100,000 songs of top Chinese repertoire -- a broad and diverse selection of music from the latest Chinese Hip Hop, Rap, Rock to Traditional and Cultural Music -- available through Orchard's unparalleled retail and mobile distribution networks. The Orchard maintains digital distribution and marketing relationships with over 100 of the world's leading digital music stores globally, including iTunes, eMusic, Napster, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo!, and has distribution partnerships with industry-leading mobile companies globally, including Sprint, Dwango Wireless, Zingy, 9 Squared, HIFI Ringtones, IAM Mobile, Securycast, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft. The Orchard will also make its existing catalogue of over half a million songs available through ECD's portal and kiosk products, which serve customers in the Greater China Region and the Asia Pacific Region.

The Orchard's newly signed Chinese labels provided by ECD include:

* Freeland Films Group

* Beijing FeiChang Qihua Music Culture Arts Co., Ltd.

* Dajiachang Co., Ltd.,

* First Records

* Starwin Records

* China Records Yi Neng (Beijing) Music Co., Ltd.

* Yi Yang Records

* Guangzhou Yinxiang Publishing Ltd.

* Jinwen Records

* Masterworks Records Beijing

* Scream Records

* Swing Jack Records

* AL-Songs Music Publishing Ltd.

* Bingo Music Ltd.

* Click Music Ltd.

* Hong Kong Association of Christian Music Ministry Ltd.

* Jamaster A Music Productions

* Jer Music Ltd.

* Mad Studios

* Music Man Production Ltd.

* Respect Music International Ltd.


This agreement builds on Orchard's existing relationship with Asia Markets Development Limited (AMDL), based in Hong Kong and helmed by former Cable & Wireless executive Daniel Cheung, a seasoned digital media executive with more than 20 years experience in telecom and global information technology. The Orchard, ECD, and AMDL will work together to aggregate content from the region, market and promote it abroad to both Chinese nationals and non- traditional customers of the repertoire; and also, to sell The Orchard's catalogue in download and mobile services across the Greater China region.

In addition, Jolland Chan, the founder and chief executive of ECD, and Richard Gottehrer, founder and Chairman of The Orchard, will begin collaborating on A&R and marketing partnerships to cross promote breaking Chinese and American artists.

Chan, who uses the author's pseudonym, "Xiang Xue Huai" (meaning "Reminiscences In Snow"), is a legendary songwriter, producer and A&R executive with over 20 years experience in the music industry. He joined Polydor and Polygram Records Company in 1977, which was then acquired by Universal Group in 1999. In 1998, Jolland joined BMG Music Publishing Hong Kong Ltd as Managing Director. He managed and produced many best selling albums in Hong Kong and the Greater China region; the albums have sold over 10 million copies. Jolland has written over a thousand titles of Cantonese and Mandarin pop songs in the Greater China Region, and his honors include Best Lyrics Award, 10 Golden Song Awards, and the Most Performed Work by Media and Society of the Year Award. He is the Vice-chairman of Composers & Authors Society of Hong Kong (CASH), where he has served as a Director since 1998; and served as Director of Music Publishing Association of Hong Kong (MPA) from 1998 -- 2000, Chairman of the Pop Author Society of Hong Kong (PASH) from 1990 -- 2000.

Gottehrer, also, is a music industry veteran as a legendary songwriter ("My Boyfriend's Back," "I Want Candy," "Sorrow," "Nightime"), multi-platinum producer (Blondie, The Go-Go's, The Raveonettes, Joan Armatrading), and music industry executive. His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, George Thorogood, Aaron Carter, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Richard co-founded Sire Records (later sold to the Time Warner Corporation) which quickly became one of the industry's leading independent record companies. Its roster included Madonna, the Talking Heads, the Ramones, the Pretenders and Depeche Mode.

"Jolland has been in the music industry for a long time, working in various positions: from writer, producer, artist management to content provider. He has extensive knowledge on various sectors of the music markets and is well connected with music companies in Greater China," said Flora Yip, Vice President Asia Region Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

"Jolland Chan is a prominent writer in Hong Kong with over a thousand works published over the past decades, many of which have become canto pop classics. He has significantly contributed to the music industry through experience and creativity," said Elton Yeung, chief executive of Composer Author Society of Hong Kong (CASH).

"As one former colleague and observer of Jolland's advancement in the music industry, I am glad to see that he never rests with his past success but moves on to new forms of music business that is 'now.' I wish him success in his new venture," said Ricky Fung, chief executive of IFPI Hong Kong.

"China is the most dynamic market in the world, and the music scene there is as diverse and cutting-edge as anywhere in the world. China remains one of the most important regional areas of focus for The Orchard, and with the addition of Jolland and ECD to our already-great team, we now offer an unparalleled selection of Chinese content to the Western world for the first time," said Greg Scholl, chief executive of The Orchard and managing director of Dimensional Associates, Inc, the private equity fund that owns The Orchard, eMusic, eMusicLive and Dimensional Music Publishing. "Richard and I also look forward to working with Jolland, one of the most accomplished music executives in China, to develop artists and forge creative partnerships that have never before existed in the music industry. Once again, The Orchard, an independent company, is leading the way."

About ECD

ECD Hong Kong Limited ( is a pioneering digital music company that revolutionized the digital distribution market in Hong Kong and China through its "Easy Downloads" multi purpose functions kiosks. The kiosks, which offer a secure and legal retail alternative to help combat China's rampant music piracy, provide real-time multimedia digital content downloading services so customers can "buy what they really want, the way they want it," offering a vast content selection of music, video and images downloadable to any device available in the market, or sent automatically to any cell phone handset. ECD aggregates content from the Asia Pacific Region using its proprietary Digital Asset Management Platform.

About The Orchard

The Orchard ( is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 72 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 600,000 tracks to all of the leading legal digital music stores and services throughout the world. Headquartered in New York, The Orchard maintains operations in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv and Melbourne.

About AMDL

Asia Markets Development Limited (AMDL), headquartered in Hong Kong, is focused on real-time collaboration with industry leaders for new digital media content, the next generation applications and devices, and the new business opportunities they will create. The company continues to work with the Hong Kong government and key private sector companies on anti-piracy initiatives throughout the Greater China region.

About Dimensional Associates, Inc.

Dimensional Associates, Inc. is the New York-based private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc. Its portfolio companies include eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing (formerly DreamWorks Music Publishing).

Andy Morris & Company
Andy Morris / Carol Klenfner
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7467 /

Source: The Orchard

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465,, or Carol
Klenfner, +1-212-561-7467,, both for The Orchard


And Glory is Her Name

After a string of successful singles and catchy sexy phrases as "Dame mas Gasolina," this sexy Puerto Rican is ready for her debut.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 6, 2005 -- Reggeaton has come a long way since its inception. Limited to only being played in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to add-ons as regular rotated singles on major Latin radios stations to being some of today's hottest Latin hits on Anglo radio stations.

Many voices have been heard but none as recognizable as the vocals behind such hits from Reggeaton's biggest acts like; Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" to Don Omar's "Dale Don Dale."

In the history of this genre no other female voice has been so known by both the Anglo and Latin Reggeaton fan base and yet unknown to mainstream media. The woman behind the catchy and sexual phrases like "Suelta como Gabete" and "Dame Mas Gasolina" is called Glory.

Glory has collaborated with many Reggeaton artists and is now ready to debut as a soloist. She recently released a single with sexual lyrics titled "La Popola" a Spanish slang phrase for a female's genitalia. A sort of similar concept to the very popular 80's song sung by Donna Summers, but Glory's single is highly sexual and with a bit of a twist. Her current single though tremendously popular with her fan base with daily add-ons to many U.S. radio stations was banned by a few Latin American countries because of its highly sexual lyrics.

This talented Puerto Rican vocalist was not deterred; she is currently putting the finishing touches to her self-titled debut album due out this summer and A-PRmedia Group will be handling all publicity for Glory for the Northeast region.

This summer Glory will be promoting her debut album in New York, on June 12 as part of the Puerto Rican Day festivities and from July 5-8 promoting her album. Media kits will to be mailed out next week.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sofia Alayon

Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle, aka So Cold Saves 62% on Advertising the Launch of His New CD

Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle, aka So Cold launches his new CD with help from, the only print advertising marketplace, and saves 62 Percent on Advertising Costs and receives CD Launch Party

Winsted, CT (PRWEB) June 6, 2005 -- Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle aka So Cold, came to Mediabids for help marketing the launch of his second CD, The Icehouse Project, which was released June 1st and will be sold primarily through his website

Mediabids.coms media planner Susan Jackson was able to deliver magazine advertising space and many extras at a savings of over 62 percent. Through Mediabids, So Cold paid $5,700 for advertising and promotional opportunities valued at well over $15,000 in seven national and state entertainment and music magazines; 17 full-color insertions- of which 12 are full pages and 2 are two page spreads, banner ad on magazine website and a CD launch party in a New York club.

"As an independent rap artist I am faced with the challenge of managing my career and marketing my music on a limited budget. Im really grateful to have been introduced to Susan my Media Planner at she guided me through the process on their website and introduced me to magazines that catered to the audience Im trying to reach. Most importantly, this summer I will be visible in seven magazines including a promotional launch party all for $5,700 (basically the price I was given to run one small ad in a music magazine that captured the same audiences that I will be reaching this summer I would have never received this on my own. - Derrick Battle aka So Cold, Rap Artist,

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50 Cent's Winning Streak Continues: Named Artist of the Month for Second Straight Month announced today that it named 50 Cent its Artist of the Month for May, 2005. For the second month in a row, MPFree members downloaded more tracks by 50 Cent than any other artist.

Boca Raton, FL (PRWEB) June 6, 2005 -- 50 Cent's winning streak continues as he is named Artist of the Month by ( for the second straight month. Artist of the Month is awarded each month to the artist whose music was downloaded most frequently by MPFree members. During May, more MPFree members downloaded 50 Cents tracks than any other artist. "50 Cent did it again. That makes two months in a row. The second-place finisher was Mariah Carey, who was helped by the success of her singles "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together," said Phil Nadel, President of MPFree. The third-place finisher for April was Gwen Stefani, who was also April's third-place finisher.

Gwen Stefani had the most popular single during May with "Hollaback Girl". Akon's "Lonely" was second, followed by "Switch" by Will Smith. is a rewards program that provides its members with a legal way of getting totally free music downloads. "Were giving our members the best of both worldsa huge selection of music downloads that are both 100% free and 100% legal," said Bill Diamond, Co-Founder of MPFree. "It sure beats paying for your music."

MPFree members vote for Artist of the Month by downloading music from their favorite artists. "There are now more than 600,000 MPFree members," said Nadel, "and they are downloading a lot of songs for free every month. The Artist of the Month results are really representative of the public as a whole."

The concept for MPFree came from its sister site, PhoneHog is a successful rewards program founded 5 years ago that gives its members free long distance calls when they take advantage of special offers. has more than 4 million members and has given away more than 100 million free long distance minutes to date. MPFree utilizes the same basic model, but gives away free, legal music downloads instead of free long distance

About gives its members the opportunity to earn free and legal music downloads for entering sweepstakes, taking surveys, trying new products and services, referring friends or taking advantage of other special offers from national advertisers. offers more than 500,000 free tracks from artists across all genres and from all of the major record labels. MPFree was founded by the same group of entrepreneurs who own and operate, the worlds largest telecommunications rewards program.

Philip Nadel, President
Phone: (561) 852-7377, ext. 201
FAX: (561) 852-3630 Interview With Rapper/Former Actress Heather Hunter

Former film star Heather Hunter will be releasing her debut rap CD "The Unexpected" this July on Blo Records. Heather is currently promoting her new release and she recently granted the urban entertainment and celebrity interview website a rare exclusive interview.

(PRWEB) June 5, 2005 -- Former film star Heather Hunter will be releasing her debut rap CD The Unexpected this July on Blo Records. Heather is currently promoting her new release and she recently granted the urban entertainment and celebrity interview website a rare exclusive interview.

Heather Hunter, is the first (and only) African-American female to be inducted into the Adult Film Hall of Fame. Heather has since left the adult film industry and is dedicating her time to her recording career. She worked with noted hip-hop producers Scott Scorch and DJ Premiere among others on her debut album. Heather is very impressive as a rapper. She has a deep husky voice and a serious flow. She should definitely be taken serious as a female MC.

In this interview, conducted by author and entertainment journalist Dorrie Williams-Wheeler, Heather answers the questions that her fans have always wanted to know such as how she stays in such good shape and the story behind her famous spiral curls. Girl talk aside, Heather disclosed that she has spent close to seven years perfecting her craft as a rapper and that her first single So Serious, is basically telling people that no matter what she has done in the past take her serious. In addition to a rap career, Heather has a book in the works and plans to open an art gallery very soon. This is an interview that you dont want to miss.

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Hip-Hop Radio Jock Launches New Entertainment Website

Radio personality Friscoe of X102.3FM and B106.3 FM recently launched the Friscoe Entertainment website with covers all of hip-hop entertainment from music and movies to houses.

(PRWEB) June 5, 2005 -- Friscoe, a native of Miami knows how important music and entertainment is to the community. Throughout his shift at X102.3FM a hip-hop music station, Friscoe gives the latest weather coordinates and put listeners live on the air to send messages to loved ones.

Friscoe had hosted a number of popular events this year including the Jazz & Blues Festival and the Love has no boundaries tour with Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffin. He is the official host for Tyler Perry plays in the Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County areas. He is passionate about his favorite artists Anita Baker, Sade and Teddy Pendergrass. Friscoe is the only personality in that state of Florida doing three radio formats' hip-op, gospel, and R&B. If you want the latest information about what going on the the world of entertainment you must check out the Friscoe Entertainment website.

Friscoe will be kicking off the X-Treme Teen Artist Showcase. Xtreme Teen Artist Showcase is a program that gives teens between the ages of 13 to 17 with parent/guardian permission,a chance to showcase their talent through the application and audition process. Teens will be given the opportunity to perfom in front of a live audience for cash and as well as educational opportunites. The categories of Xtreme Teen Artist Showcase includes singing, dancing, rapping and comedy. All acts shall be appropriate for all audiences, i.e., no swearing, lewdness, nudity, etc. Any act that is not considered appropriate by Xtreme Teen Artist Showcase judging committee may be disqualified at any time, including before and during the show. A disqualified act is ineligible for receiving award prizes.

Outside of being a radio personality Friscoe can often be found in schools throughout Palm Beach, Dade and Broward County giving motivational speeches to students about the dangers of drugs, gangs and violence. He can also be found in the pediatric ward of many hospitals dropping off gifts to the children, telling jokes and reading stories. When asked why he does so much to reach out to people and put his safety at risk he simply replied, Because I love helping people.

Mr. Smith
Friscoe Entertainment

Wendy Williams the Queen of 'ALL' Media, Not Just Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B music speaks

Radio DJ Wendy Williams will release her latest project Wendy Williams Brings The Heat, Vol. 1 June 28th on Virgin Records. In this interview she explains a little about herself and her latest project. Press Release -- (ArriveNet - Jun 05, 2005) --Hip-hop culture has many celebrities who we all know and admire. And of course there are those we cant figure out why they are where they are. And then there are those elite few who have rose to their position thru hard work and knowledge of their chosen field.

In the hip-hop and rap radio area there are the DJs that are well known and each of their shows are as different as the personality who leads them.

As far as female DJs, Wendy Williams is among the elite in her field. She is a strong black female who has more than good looks going for her. She is educated, outspoken and has been in the communications industry for almost 20 years and her radio show is syndicated in over 10 different markets. And did I forget she knows her stuff.

Not only a radio personality she is also a New York Times best selling author, has a TV show on VH-1 and now she is bringing the fire in her new venture, a CD release titled Wendy Williams Brings The Heat, Vol. 1 to be released June 28th on Virgin Records.

We had a chance to catch up with Wendy Williams to ask about the new project and to get a little insight to who Wendy Williams really is.

The CD covers different genres of music from hip-hop to rap to R&B to inspirational. These are the songs that Wendy hand picked for her project. The CD is really a reflection of music that Wendy feels.

The artists that Wendy has put together for this CD project is in itself amazing but also is the woman behind this project.

Wendy Williams has supported so many and have always supported her fans, so now it is time to support Wendy and check out her latest project , Wendy Williams Brings The Heat, Vol. 1 to be released June 28th on Virgin Records. And she also reveals that there is another book coming in the fall, her third. would like to 'thank' Wendy Williams for the time. She is a very busy person and finding time for this just shows her commitment to her fans and to all who are interested in her projects. If you are among the lucky people who can get Wendy on the radio check her out. If not check out VH-1 or get one of her books. But if you get this CD you will have an understanding of the music that this lady enjoys when she is just Wendy Williams and the world is not watching.

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5th Annual Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards Announces 2005 Finalists

Lil Jon, 50 Cent and Alicia Keys Lead the Pack

NEW YORK, June 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The 2005 finalists for the 5th annual Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards were announced today. Lil Jon, both as a member of The East Side Boyz and as a producer/songwriter earned a total of 7 nominations. Close behind were 50 Cent and Alicia Keys who tied with 6 nominations apiece. Usher also earned 5 nominations. The complete list of categories and nominees is listed below.

"Billboard is once again pleased to honor the best and brightest that R&B and Hip-Hop has to offer," says Gail Mitchell, senior R&B editor for Billboard. "From Lil Jon and 50 Cent to Alicia Keys and others, these artists have offered some of music's biggest hits."

The star-studded event honoring the best of R&B and Hip-Hop music will mark the fifth annual Billboard awards show dedicated to these genres. The ceremony will be held on Friday, Aug. 5, and will conclude the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Conference. Now in its sixth year, the conference which runs from August 3-5 at the Hotel InterContinental in Atlanta, is the most high-powered networking R&B Hip-Hop gathering of the year.

The Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards honor the genres' most popular albums, songs, artists, and contributors, as determined by the actual sales and radio airplay data that informs Billboard's weekly charts. Finalists and winners reflect performance of recordings on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts, during the one-year period from the May 29, 2004 issue of Billboard through the May 21, 2005 issue of Billboard. A new artist is considered any artist who has not appeared on a Billboard album chart prior to the March 27, 2004, issue or has not been a new artist finalist in the past.

2005 Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards Finalists:

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums:

The Massacre -- 50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Destiny Fulfilled -- Destiny's Child (Columbia/Sony Music)

Encore -- Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Confessions -- Usher (LaFace/Zomba)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles:

Diary -- Alicia Keys feat. Tony! Toni! Tone! (J/RMG)

Let Me Love You -- Mario (3rd Street/J/RMG)

Drop It Like It's Hot -- Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (Doggystyle/Geffen/Interscope)

Lean Back -- Terror Squad (SRC/Universal/UMRG)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists:

50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Destiny's Child (Columbia /Sony Music)

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (BME/TVT)

Usher (LaFace/Zomba)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists (MALE):

50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

The Game (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)

T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic/AG)

Usher (LaFace/Zomba)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists (FEMALE):

Mariah Carey (Island/IDJMG)

Ciara (Sho'nuff-MusicLine/LaFace/Zomba)

Fantasia (J/RMG)

Alicia Keys (J/RMG)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists (DUO or GROUP):

Destiny's Child (Columbia/Sony Music)

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (BME/TVT)

Terror Squad (SRC/Universal/UMRG)

Ying Yang Twins (ColliPark/TVT)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists (NEW):

Ciara (Sho'nuff-MusicLine/LaFace/Zomba)

Fantasia (J/RMG)

The Game (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)

John Legend (G.O.O.D./Columbia/Sony Music)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Artist:

50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Alicia Keys (J/RMG)

T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic)

Usher (LaFace/Zomba)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Artist:

50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (BME/TVT)

Usher (LaFace/Zomba)


Top Rap Albums:

The Massacre -- 50 Cent (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Encore -- Eminem (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

The Documentary -- The Game (Aftermath/G-Unit/Interscope)

Crunk Juice -- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (BME/TVT)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (SALES):

Naughty Girl -- Beyonce (Columbia/SUM)

Lose My Breath -- Destiny's Child (Columbia/SUM)

I Believe -- Fantasia (J/RMG)

Gotta Go Solo -- Patti LaBelle feat. Ron Isley (Def Soul Classics/IDJMG)


Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (AIRPLAY):

Diary -- Alicia Keys feat. Tony! Toni! Tone! (J/RMG)

Let Me Love You -- Mario (3rd Street/J/RMG)

Drop It Like It's Hot -- Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (Doggystyle/Geffen/Interscope)

Lean Back -- Terror Squad (SRC/Universal/UMRG)


Hot Rap Tracks:

Slow Motion -- Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim (Cash Money/UMRG)

Lovers and Friends -- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Usher & Ludacris (BME/TVT)

Drop It Like It's Hot -- Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (Doggystyle/Geffen/Interscope)

Lean Back -- Terror Squad (SRC/Universal/UMRG)


Top Songwriters:

Robert Kelly

Alicia Keys

Jonathan H. "Lil' Jon" Smith

Scott Storch


Top Producers:

Alicia Keys

Jonathan H. "Lil' Jon" Smith

Scott Storch

Kanye West


Top Major Label:


Island Def Jam Music Group

Universal Motown Records Group



Top Independent Label:






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Mos Def to Headline Hip Hop's Biggest HIV/AIDS Benefit Concert in NYC & East Africa

Emmy Nominated Actor and Hip Hop Artist Mos Def Will Join a Growing Concert Roster of A-list Hip Hop Artists as Headliner for the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert in NYC This August.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 4, 2005 -- In the month of what is said to be his final CD release date with Geffen Records, A-list Hip Hop artist and Emmy nominated actor Mos Def will hit the stage to headline the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert on Sunday August 7, 2005 in NYC, before continuing on his successful path towards silver screen stardom.

As the largest annual Hip Hop benefit concert to date, this years proceeds will go towards promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and research funding in Africa and the Hip Hop community.

Mos Def, along with this years growing concert roster of chart-topping Hip Hop artists will join a rich tradition of A-list headliners who have donated their time and talent to perform for Black August as a means to champion and raise funds for causes that are held dear to the Hip Hop community. Previous Black August performers have included Fat Joe, Erykah Badu, David Banner, Common, Talib Kweli, and many others.

The August 7th NYC concert will be held at the legendary B.B. Kings Blues Club in Time Square and will kick off two international benefit concert dates to be held on August 18th in Arusha, Tanzania and on August 20th in Dar El Salaam, Tanzania in East Africa.

Black August consistently bridges the gap between Hip Hop communities all over the Diaspora and the world, says Mos Def. The rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Hip Hop community is a serious issue and I am proud to be a part of Black Augusts efforts to help bring awareness to it, he continued.

Tickets for Black August go on sale through Ticketmaster in July 2005. For more information on the Black August concerts in NYC, Arusha or Dar El Salaam, please contact Jennifer A. Williams of J Sharpe Agency Public Relations at 718.774.6264 or e-mail protected from spam bots.

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"Affirmative Action for Caucasian Artist, as K-CINO Makes Waves with "Im Black" Recording Artist Styles P, Kool G Rap, MOP"

Caucasian artist K-CINO leaves race out of the picture with new collaborations featuring racially outspoken, politically conscious rappers Styles P, Kool G Rap, MOP.

Manhattan, NY (PRWEB) June 4, 2005 -- K-CINO, a caucasian artist born and raised in northern New Jersey, has assembled a talented team of producers consisting of DJ Break, J-Glaze, Tempamental, Gangus, M-Rell, Swizz Beats all anchored by Multi-Platinum Super Producer D/R Period, to release his second project entitled, The Bottom Line.

Nothing more interesting, however, than K-cino's expected collaboration with Interscope/Ruff Ryder's recording artist Styles P, creator of the politically consious single, "I'm Black".

Also equally astonishing is the speculation of a collaboration between K-cino and Junior M.A.F.I.A., who has been under heavy scrutiny regarding the Lil' Kim trial. They have released a DVD telling their side of the story, in stores now.

K-cino, along with a host of other celebrity talent, will headline a promotional tour this Fall, featuring a flock of celebrity appearances. Kool G Rap, MOP, Smooth Da Hustler, and Miss B-Rhaka from Missy Elliot's "Road To Stardom" reality show have been named as possible attendees. No details of the tour have been released, but the press is expected to be notified later this month.

As a rising artist and label owner to get the chance to work with a consistent hit-maker that has sold over 20 million albums and produced tracks like Ante Up [M.O.P], Hey Ma [Camron], Put it in the Air [Jay-Z] to mention a few, is a tremendous opportunity stated K-CINO, regarding the new album. Working with D/R gave me a whole new perspective on the recording process. It has enabled me to step outside the box of my usual style and tweak some of my approaches and skills. This experience will without a doubt be beneficial to my growth as an artist and a producer."

K-CINOs The Bottom Line, Executive Produced by D/R Period will feature collaborations with Fly Ty, B-Rhaka, D/R Period himself, and several surprise guests. The first single is anticipated to be released mid-June, internationally.

For more on K-CINO, The Bottom Line, Upcoming Tour dates, and SSC Records visit, or

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Hip Hop & Rap Forum Obtains New Moderator the online audio school, specializing in distance education courses revolving around music production, welcomes a new forum moderator for the popular Rap & Hip Hop section.

(PRWEB) June 4, 2005 -- The Hip-Hop Rap Music Production forum (, (or forum 105) attracts a variety of expertise and oozes with all the latest hip-hop and rap music production techniques.

Recent discussions in "da house" include topical conversations ranging from which pre-amp is the warmest to how to arrange the lead vocals and over dubs for the "killer" chorus hook. Chats have gone on to focus on the widely used technique of hip-hop vocal double-tracking.

The forum is to be moderated by "iNSTiNCT2765" who stems from Denmark and brings with him a vast amount of experience through working in this field himself. iNSTiNCT2765 loves getting passionately involved producing excellent tunes that stand their ground on any hip hop patch!

The forums at are in fact massive with a wide ranging scope of music production genres, and in fact, many music production techniques over-lap a geat deal with each other, which is where the audio school really reaches out and expands on the students' knowledge, effectively empowering them for life-long learning.

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Fuse Launches New Music Video Show with the Premiere of Hip-Hop Confidential

Premieres Monday, June 6 at 8:30PM (ET)

NEW YORK, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Fuse, the nation's only viewer-driven, all-music network, has got it on lock with the launch of Hip-Hop Confidential -- a new daily music video flow show that dishes dirt on today's hottest acts -- which will premiere on June 6th at 8:30PM (ET).

Already a must-stop for Hip-Hop artists including 50 Cent, Beyonce, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, The Game and Young Gunz, Fuse continues the tradition with a new series dedicated to Hip-Hop and R&B. Hosted by Fuse VJ Marianela, Hip-Hop Confidential not only features today's hottest videos from platinum status veterans to those hungry artists still on the come up, but this new music video flow show also hits you with a daily dose of what your favorite Hip-Hop and R&B artists are up to. From tour announcements and new album releases to the latest celebrity clothing lines and couples on the skids, word is out that VJ Marianela can hook you up with what the streets are talking about.

"For the Fuse generation, Hip-Hop is one of the most powerful movements in musical expression and speaks to our audience of music lovers in a uniquely personal and impactful way," commented Robert Weiss, Head of Entertainment for Fuse. "The addition of Hip-Hop Confidential brings the best of Hip-Hop and R&B to Fuse everyday and continues our commitment to put the music back into music television."

Hip-Hop Confidential viewers can also logo onto to learn more about their favorite Hip-Hop artists through the Fuse Artists Directory or vote for the people and topics they most want to hear about through Fuse's online blogs and message boards.

Hip-Hop Confidential will air every Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 9PM ET (encores Monday - Friday at 1:30 AM ET). The premiere episode airs on June 6th and will feature videos from 50 Cent, T.I., Amerie and Wu-Tang Clan. In- studio guests are slated to start appearing in late June/early July.


Fuse, a network of Cablevision Systems Corporation, is the nation's only all-music, viewer-influenced television network, featuring music videos, exclusive artist interviews, live concerts and specials -- all rooted in the music experience. Fuse reflects the rapidly changing interests and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience by uniting the media platforms that are at the center of their communication and entertainment -- TV, online, and interactive games -- and by incorporating their opinions and suggestions into its on-air and online programming. More information about Fuse is available at


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The Biggest Names in Movies & Music Light Up The Night At The 2005 MTV Movie Awards

"Napoleon Dynamite" Takes "Best Movie," Ties With "Mean Girls" For Most Wins - With 3 Golden Popcorns Each

Movie Vet Dustin Hoffman Nabs Best Comedic Performance While Uma Thurman And Daryl Hannah Kick The Competition To Win Best Fight

2005 MTV Movie Awards Airs June 9TH AT 8:30 P.M.(ET/PT)

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With a theme of "behind the scenes at the movies," MTV hosted a star-studded evening at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards. Host Jimmy Fallon was the ringmaster for the fourteenth annual show, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Hollywood, CA. Eminem, Mariah Carey, and Foo Fighters gave electrifying performances - as fans have come to expect from this high-energy event, which airs on MTV Thursday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Napoleon Dynamite and Mean Girls were the big winners of the night with 3 Golden Popcorn statuettes each. Last year's MTV Movie Awards host Lindsay Lohan nabbed "Best Female Performance" for an earnest teen adapting to the social perils of a new school in the hit comedy Mean Girls. Leonardo DiCaprio scored the win for "Best Male Performance" for his role as eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes in the biopic The Aviator.

In recognition of his iconic status to the MTV audience, Tom Cruise accepted the first-ever MTV Generation Award - from none other than his new sweetheart Katie Holmes. The audience also went wild for the nostalgic Breakfast Club reunion, as Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Michael Hall accepted the Silver Bucket of Excellence Award. The band Yellowcard performed a rendition of the movie's legendary theme song, "Don't You (Forget About Me)," as clips from the classic '80s movie played on the giant screens in the background.

Threaded throughout the show were different "backlot scenes," set in giant letters that spelled out MOVIE, to reflect various film genres, which introduced the award categories. When the cast of the upcoming film Fantastic Four presented the Breakthrough Female award, they made their grand entrance through a giant catacomb. Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch were "attacked" by zombie arms as they made their way onstage to present the Best Frightened Performance award. And Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and Jessica Simpson from the upcoming The Dukes of Hazzard movie introduced the Best Musical Performance award by entering through a subway car scene - where they came upon "subway musician" Jimmy Fallon. Other scenes included a nod to Japanese monster movies, a samurai sword fight, and a romantic love scene.

Winners are as follows:

Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight)

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator (Miramax Films)

Lindsay Lohan - Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures)

Dustin Hoffman - Meet the Fockers (Universal Pictures)

Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfriend
Mean Girls(Paramount Pictures)

Ben Stiller - Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (20th Century Fox)

Jon Heder - Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight)

Rachel McAdams - Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures)

Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling - The Notebook (New Line Cinema)

Daryl Hannah vs. Uma Thurman - Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Miramax Films)

Jon Heder - Napoleon Dynamite (Fox Searchlight)

Dakota Fanning - Hide and Seek (20th Century Fox)

"Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from ButcherBay" (Vivendi Universal

Destruction of Los Angeles, Roland Emmerich - Director
The Day After Tomorrow (20th Century Fox)

Other highlights from the show included:

The show kicked off with a hilarious parody of the new Batman film, with host Fallon, Andy Dick, and Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite. This was the first of several parodies that had the audience laughing in their seats. Fallon starred in a spoof of Stars Wars, while Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson spoofed their own film Wedding Crashers, which also featured Justin Long, and Pamela Anderson.

The opening monologue from Fallon led into the first award of the night, BEST ONSCREEN TEAM, presented by MTV Movie Award veterans Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, fresh off their huge box office win with The Longest Yard.

As always, the MTV Movie Awards musical performers blew the roof off the joint. First up was Eminem with a jaw-dropping medley of his new single "Ass Like That" (in his first televised performance of the song) and "Mockingbird." Never one to disappoint the fans who've come to expect over-the-top performances from the hip-hop artist, Eminem's set included a mosh pit full o' puppets. Mariah Carey glammed it up with a romantically retro performance of her sixteenth #1 single, "We Belong Together." Foo Fighters closed the night with a roaring rendition of their new hit "Best of You."

The evening drew to a climatic close as Tom Cruise and his War of the Worlds co-star Dakota Fanning presented the Best Movie Award to Napoleon Dynamite. Cruise and Fallon then walked offstage and straight into the MTV Movie Awards Post Show, which featured an exclusive War of the Worlds clip.

With typical MTV fanfare, the biggest names in Hollywood turned out for the show. Presenters included Tom Cruise, Hilary Swank, Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Connelly, Johnny Knoxville, Hilary Duff, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Simpson, The Rock, Dakota Fanning, Eva Mendes, Rob Schneider, Vin Diesel, Jessica Alba, Sean William Scott, Michael Chiklis, Ziyi Zhang, Paul Walker, Terrence Howard, Jessica Biel, Iaon Gruffudd, Julian McMahon, Chris Evans, and Katie Holmes.

The 2005 MTV MOVIE AWARDS will be seen in 164 countries/territories via 42 music programming services, and in 18 languages in over 418.8 million households.

Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions will serve as Executive Producer for the 2005 MTV MOVIE AWARDS with Salli Frattini serving as Executive Producer for MTV. Rick Austin and Josh Greenberg will serve as producers on the show and Kathy Flynn will serve as Event Producer.

Official sponsors of "The 2005 MTV Movie Awards" are Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper and your local Dr. Pepper Bottlers, Neutrogena, Virgin Mobile USA, Pontiac, L'oreal Paris, and Dentyne Fire.

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