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Hip Hop Superstar & 'College Dropout' Kanye West Returns to Chicago State University as mtvU Surprise 'Stand In' Professor

Kanye West Returns to Former University In Special mtvU 'Stand In' Episode Premiering Monday, September 19th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, jump started the fall semester by hosting hip hop superstar, VMA and Grammy Award winner, and self proclaimed "college dropout," Kanye West as a "Stand In" professor. With mtvU cameras following, Kanye paid a surprise visit to his former college, Chicago State University on Thursday, September 1st where he greeted a group of unsuspecting music students.

"Just a few years after he would have graduated, Kanye West is at the epicenter of new music, at the top of his game as an artist and producer, "said Stephen Friedman, GM of mtvU. "Who better than Kanye to inspire and educate the next generation of student talent."

As "Stand In" professor for the day, Kanye taught a master class in song writing and arranging as part of the University's music program. Providing his unique perspective on music, life and culture, Kanye's visit comes on the heals of his sophomore release Late Registration, which hit stores August 30th.

The mtvU "Stand In" with Kanye West will premiere on air and online at at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT on Monday, September 19th and will repeat throughout the week. mtvU is viewed by over 6.5 million college students on over 730 campuses nationwide.

The anticipated release of Late Registration, follows Kanye West's hugely popular debut album, The College Dropout, which has sold over 3 million copies to date. The release also earned widespread critical acclaim including the 47th annual Grammy's where Kanye topped all nominees with an historic ten nods and took home awards for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best R&B song. Most recently, Kanye was honored at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, winning Best Male Performance for his video "Jesus Walks."

Kanye West is the latest national public figure to participate as a guest in mtvU's "Stand In" event series. Each stepping in as guest professor and teaching a class unique to their experience and background, previous participants include Elie Wiesel, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Ashley Judd, Russell Simmons, author Tom Wolfe, rapper Nas, Marilyn Manson, Snoop Dogg, Senator John McCain, and Sting.

mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they hang out, through a three pronged approach -- on-air, online and on campus. mtvU focuses on content including music programming, news, student life features, events, pro-social initiatives and more.

For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

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CONTACT: David French, +1-212-846-6698,; or
Ariana Urbont, +1-310-752-8079,, both of mtvU

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LeBron James, MTV2, Comcast, Charter, and Nike Join Forces for 'Nike Battlegrounds: King of the Court'

NBA Superstar LeBron James, NBA Rookie Sensations Andre Iguodala and Ben Gordon to Host Popular MTV2 Basketball Series Premiering Sunday, September 18th at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Nike Battlegrounds Preview Special Set to Exclusively Premiere with Comcast and Charter ON DEMAND September 7th

Platinum Recording Artist, T.I. Creates Theme Song and Performs During Season Finale as the Worlds of Music and Basketball Collide in Third Season of Nike Battlegrounds

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV2 and Nike are teaming up for the biggest season of Nike Battlegrounds ever -- "Nike Battlegrounds: King of the Court." Airing on MTV2 beginning in September, the weekly, popular basketball series will be hosted by NBA star LeBron James as the show takes on a new twist by focusing on the team aspects of the sport, as opposed to an individual 1-on-1 elimination process. National bragging rights are at stake as Nike Battlegrounds documents the search for the best hometown basketball players in Chicago and New York, creating two teams that will have an eventual face-off in the series finale in the ultimate showdown. Nike Battlegrounds will feature a performance by Grand Hustle recording star T.I., hip-hop's self-proclaimed "King of the South," and his song, "Battlegrounds: King of the Court," which will serve as the Nike Battlegrounds theme song.

Comcast ON DEMAND and Charter OnDemand will premiere the Nike Battlegrounds preview special exclusively on September 7th and then on MTV2 on September 11th at 8pm ET/5pm PT. The series premiere of Nike Battlegrounds will debut on MTV2 Sunday, September 18th at 8pm ET/5pm PT and then on Comcast ON DEMAND and Charter OnDemand the following week. In addition, and MTV Overdrive will have all the Nike Battlegrounds episodes on demand from your desktop immediately following their premiere on MTV2.

"With each new season of Nike Battlegrounds, MTV2 and Nike aim to raise the level of competition as well as the musical talent involved with the show," said Paul DeBenedittis, SVP, Programming, MTV & MTV2. "This year undoubtedly promises to be the best yet. With hosting duties provided by the NBA's brightest superstar, LeBron James, alongside Andre Iguodala and Ben Gordon, the NBA's newest rookie standouts, music provided by hip-hop's latest heavyweight, T.I., and by partnering with Comcast and Charter, Nike Battlegrounds will continue to be the premier destination for fans to check out the lifestyle and stories behind some of the country's most competitive and passionate basketball players and their raw, competitive desire to be the king of the court."

LeBron James will send two of the hottest NBA rookies back to their hometowns to coach the young talent and develop the teams. New York native and the first rookie ever to win the NBA 2004-2005 Sixth Man Award, Ben Gordon will return home from his first successful season playing for the Chicago Bulls to coach the New York squad. After thriving in his first season playing for the Philadelphia 76'ers, Illinois native Andre Iguodala will lead the Chicago team. The series will follow each team from the earliest selection process until the final match-up. Episodes of Nike Battlegrounds will highlight the team as it takes shape through practices, the cities they represent, and the courts they grew up on, before the players meet in a bragging rights battle to see which city is really king of the court.

"Today's game goes beyond flashy playground tricks," said Adam Roth, Nike's Director of Global Content & Partnerships. "Basketball is a team sport epitomized by the way a guy like LeBron James plays. For this season's Nike Battlegrounds series, we wanted to focus on that 'all for one' theme by following the ups and downs of some of Chicago and New York's best young ballers as they work hard to come together to represent their respective cities. Given Chicago and New York's historic hoops rivalry, it's a challenge that both Ben (Gordon) and Andre (Iguodala) take very personally as well."

The partnership between MTV and Nike began in 2003 when MTV chronicled Nike's Battlegrounds tournament, showcasing the best street ball players in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Toronto. The special aired in September of 2003 and is currently available on DVD nationwide. Last year's season of Nike Battlegrounds took the series international as it focused on one-on-one street battles between players from Paris, Chicago, Germany, Los Angeles, Italy, Philadelphia, Barcelona, and New York in order to find the true street ball "King of the World."

Nike Battlegrounds is a Nike, Wieden + Kennedy Entertainment and production in partnership with MTV2.

With the evolution of MTV2 in 2005, the channel continues to deliver the hottest mix of music videos, music long form programs, and cross platform programming. The ongoing strength of MTV2's signature music blocks is further exemplified by the hip-hop powerhouse, "Sucker Free Sundays," which has grown 17% among P12-34 and 52% among Teens vs. last year. MTV2's success with music continues with shows such as the $2 Bill concert series, Video Mods, Playlistism, and Discover and Download. The first full season of the Sic 'Em Friday programming block which consisted of "WildBoyz," "Wonder Showzen," "Team Sanchez" and "Damage Control", was seen by over 26 million viewers.

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About Comcast

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) (NASDAQ:CMCSK) ( is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 21.5 million cable customers, 7.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 1.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable networks and in the delivery of programming content.

The Company's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, Outdoor Life Network, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One and four regional Comcast SportsNets. The Company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76'ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia. Comcast Class A common stock and Class A Special common stock trade on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK, respectively.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter Digital(TM), Charter High-Speed(TM) Internet service and Charter Telephone(TM). Charter Business(TM) provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to organizations of all sizes through business-to-business Internet, data networking, video and music services. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Media(R) brand. More information about Charter can be found at

About NIKE

NIKE, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Bauer NIKE Hockey Inc., a leading designer and distributor of hockey equipment; Cole Haan(R), which designs, markets, and distributes fine dress and casual shoes and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks owns and operates the cable television programming services MTV: Music Television, MTV2, mtvU, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, TV Land, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television, Comedy Central, and Spike TV, as well as The Digital Suite from MTV Networks, a package of thirteen digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks also operates and offers joint ventures, licensing agreements and syndication deals whereby its programming can be seen worldwide.

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CONTACT: David French of MTV2, +1-212-846-6698,, or Nate Tobecksen of Nike, +1-212-367-4445,

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Ellis "Nittie" Jenkins to Release Debut Single

Not Gone Lose is Nittie's introduction to the hip-hop world with smooth sounds and club groves.

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) September 2, 2005 -- Not Gone Lose is Nittie's introduction to the hip-hop world with smooth sounds and club groves.

Nittie, a San Francisco California native, was born into a musical family of platinum producers, consisting of three famous uncles. George "G1" Archie, who produced hits for R Kelly, DJ Quik and Tone Tony Toni. Uncle Jarvis La Rue Baker who produced and wrote hits for Shanice (I Love Your Smile), Al Jaurreau, Howard Hewitt, Pia Zadora and Ralph Tresvant. Nittie's uncle Larry White turned around the sounds for the Whispers' The Beat Goes On and Rock Steady, and Bobby Browns Dont Be Cruel album.

Nittie's style is unlike any other. Nittie started writing and rapping at the age of 5. Now, 22 years later, he owns his own publishing and entertainment company and also is a writer for other R & B artists. Nitties main focus in music is to bring the Bay Area sound back and the live music and vibe of such artists as Tower of Power and En Vouge, but with the hip-hop style reminiscent of northern Californias Dj Quik.

Nitties first single offers four tracks for a peak at the rich influences that go into Nitties writing and production style. Not Gone Lose puts you in the mode to dance and just lay back and vibe album set to release in the winter or 2005.

For more info on Nittie or other Hate Me Now Artists, Email Nittie call Ellis "Nittie" Jenkins at (702) 604-1089 for booking and sales.

To listen to a live radio program where Carletta will interview Nittie, turn into at 4 p.m. Eastern on September 8th.

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Ellis Jenkins
702 604-1089

The Amazing New Hip Hop Group ChillQuest Has Exploded Onto the Entertainment Scene

ChillQuest is a hot up and coming teen group from Upstate New York. They're currently on tour in the US and hitting a Mall near you.

(PRWEB) September 2, 2005 -- As the group begins its steady incline to fame, it continues to be a positive influence and entertaining role model to young people, here in the state of New York, and now, far beyond those borders.

On their new promotional CD, entitled Take Your Time, ChillQuest displays a technique that confirms them already establishing their own unique style and flavor. The CD, featuring three hot tracks, includes School Daze, featuring Marcyah on vocals and Movin It Right, (the club banger). Any hardcore music fan will appreciate the flip that this group has done to the legendary SOS Bands killer hit, Take Your Time. Set to an updated rendition of the already stellar original track, these handsome teenagers are telling young women to treat themselves like the queens that they are and for them not to run through relationships like they change clothes. The title song, Take Your Time, features Cindy Bolton on vocals. All three tracks on the promotional CD are produced by D. Carter, aka "Drawzilla," of Inasirkl Music Group. A 12-track album is scheduled for release summer 2005.

Already on a promotional tour promoting the new independent CD, the group will be featured at MediaPlay at the South Hills Mall, Poughkeepsie, NY on May 7, 2005 and MediaPlay in Middletown, NY on May 14, 2005.

Seeing the state that many of their peers were in or were heading, ChillQuest HAD OTHER IDEAS.

In 1997, this Hip Hop teen dance/rap group was formed by three cousins, Romance Luv Reed (16), Mario Supa Lopez (13), and Ridasha Dazzle D Anthony (17), who is also one of the songwriter and producers for the group. In 2004, a forth member was added, David McFaddgen III, aka "D3"(16).

From its inception, the group was determined to promote positive messages to the youth of today. For them, it is all about giving back, as they realize their own gigantic dreams. Loving rap music, but wanting to bring it back to its original form, when it was a more conscientious rap and fun party music, the group began to study and emulate the dance/rap masters of the past, such as the legendary Heavy D & the Boys, and Kid n Play. Infusing their own style and updating the dance moves, music and lyrics, they have successfully combined the past with the present, while forging into the future. The result has been that ChillQuests exceptional rap style and dance moves have generated comparison to the likes of many teen idols, such as renowned groups New Edition, BBD, and TLC.

During the eight years that they have been performing professionally, their gigs have included blockbuster performances at the Annual Prestige Awards (2002-2004) in upstate New York, The R&M Latin Day Summer Festivals in New York City, and recently a showcase performance at P.Diddy's Justins restaurant in lower Manhattan, which garnered glowing reviews. For two consecutive years they have performed at the Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City, one year aboard the GOYA Float, along side Brenda K. Starr, Tito Nieves, and the Newburgh Free Academy All-Star Dance Team.

Their first release, entitled Let's Go, a high energy tribute to the late, great Barry White, is a true testimony that the group will soon be placed in the entertainment industry among those with the greatest appeal to teens and young adults alike. Response was so great from their in-store listening party that store manager, Bonnie, states that Lets Go has acquired the highest in-store selling record for a local release to date! These events have been so successful that store managers continue to request more products!

This notoriety in the upstate communities has placed ChillQuest in the unique position of conducting a School Boy Educational Tour, which has them traveling and performing at schools, conventions and educational seminars, including one for the New York State Board of Education in Albany, NY, under the auspices of the New York State Higher Education Department. The tour is paneled by entertainment and music industry professionals that educate students about careers and opportunities in the music industry. Their consistent, professional performance record has gained them increased popularity, generating continuous requests for performances throughout New York's Hudson Valley.

Through consistent constructive guidance, top notch production and ever evolving talent, ChillQuest has already and will continue to carve an irrefutable positive niche in the lives of all they touch.


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Major/Indie Labels Look for BreakThru Artists

Unsigned Artists perform for record labels and get the chance to meet with the executives. Artists are educated on documentation needed to copyright and register their material for radio play.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) September 1, 2005 -- Record Label executives from Warner Music Group/Atlantic Records, Universal/Motown Records, Virgin Records and WP Records, are participating in BreakThru Orlando a music showcase for unsigned artists to perform for record labels.

Breaking into the music industry has always been an uphill battle with more focus being on industry contacts rather than talent alone. WP Records brings industry insiders and independent artists together on October 14th and 15th, 2005 at The Haven, 6700 Aloma Avenue from noon to midnight.

Registered artists will also be competing for a DEMO package* with WP Records. One band or artist selected by a panel of judges and fan ballots will receive 50 hours of Studio Time at WP Studios, 500 CD Covers and 500 Music Submissions.

Central Florida has been known for talented pop groups, but record labels involved are hoping that Orlando has outgrown its pop roots. "We are looking to showcase the many talented artists in Central Florida that just need the chance to be seen by the right people", says WP Records (A&R Director) J.P. Charriez.

BreakThru Orlando gives up and coming artists and bands of all genres the amazing opportunity to audition and meet with record label executives. The event provides artists with an inside look at characteristics that label executives look for when signing new talent.

The event is designed to educate independent artists by also providing them with the necessary documentation to register with performance rights societies such as ASCAP and BMI. Also, documentation for artists to copyright songs and register their sound recordings for radio play will be available to participants.

Artists/Bands interested in performing in BreakThru Orlando can register online at The registration deadline is September 30, 2005.

For additional information on BreakThru Orlando, please contact Jordan Shorr or visit


Jordan Shorr, Media Relations
WP Records
(407) 650-8169

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The Orchard Joins American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) As a Founding Associate and Its First Digital Distributor

Orchard Records Joins As a Founding Label

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard today announced that it has joined the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) as a founding associate member and the first digital distributor to financially support the new organization. Based in New York, The Orchard is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world. A2IM is the United States music industry's preeminent independent trade association. Newly incorporated, A2IM was created to represent the interests of independent labels in business, government and the media. It will also serve as the leading edge for the exploration of new and innovative forms of music exposure and distribution.

The Orchard represents thousands of independent labels and artists spanning 72 countries and all music genres. It distributes and markets to more than 120 of the world's leading digital music stores, including iTunes, eMusic, Napster, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo! In addition, The Orchard provides content to the leading mobile companies around the world, including Sprint, Dwango Wireless, Zingy, 9 Squared, HIFI Ringtones, IAM Mobile, Securycast, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft.

"The Orchard is proud to be a founding associate of A2IM," 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. "A2IM speaks to the issues facing independent artists and labels, and will help level the playing field which for years has disproportionately favored the major labels. We are confident that the A2IM team will focus on the right issues in a constructive and participatory manner, and will play a pivotal role in maintaining a strong voice for independents during this critical transition period from physical to digital."

"The Orchard is a leader in facilitating independent music into the digital world," said Don Rose, Acting President of A2IM. "We are proud to embrace them as a founding associate member and thank them for their support for the independent label community."

In addition, Orchard Records, a subsidiary of The Orchard, also joined A2IM as a founding member. Headed by legendary songwriter, producer and Orchard co-founder Richard Gottehrer, Orchard Records will issue its first release in September of new material by legendary rock and roll hall of fame artist Dion.

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 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 & Co.
Andy Morris
(212) 561-7465

Source: The Orchard

CONTACT: Andy Morris, Andy Morris & Co., +1-212-561-7465,, for The Orchard

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eMusic Adds Podcasts and RSS Feeds - Takes Music Discovery to a Whole New Level

Editorial Luminaries to Provide Audio Reviews and Commentary

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's No. 2 digital download service, selling more than 2.4 million tracks monthly, today announced that it is making podcasts and RSS feeds available to its subscribers. These new media delivery features will take eMusic's discovery process to a new level-complementing their industry-leading editorial content with unique "play anywhere" audio broadcasts, and offering users real time access to the latest tracks, music reviews, charts and news available on eMusic.

Over the next several weeks eMusic will release podcasts featuring eMusic Dozens, columns and music guides, culled and created by eMusic editors in every genre. In addition, eMusic introduces podcasts of their "Best Albums of 2005 (So Far)" infusing song clips with editor commentary. These on-demand podcasts will guide users through the year's best selections while allowing them the opportunity to sample and discover music in new ways. Among eMusic's celebrated roster of curators who will contribute exclusive podcasts are: editor-in-chief Michael Azerrad, an acclaimed author and editor; former New York Times pop music critic Ann Powers; Pulitzer Prize-winning Justin Davidson; renowned blues journalist Robert Gordon; post-punk and electronic guru Simon Reynolds; jazz scholar James Lincoln Collier; MTV News anchor Kurt Loder; Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore; and author, producer and musician Lenny Kaye.

By subscribing to an RSS feed through any of eMusic's unique channels for discovery -- "Browse," "Power Charts" or "New on eMusic" -- users can now be automatically informed about newly added tracks that match their individual preferences. As eMusic's diverse catalog is updated, tracks are continuously selected by a filtering process that uses highly customized refining criteria and then delivered to users via their favorite RSS feed reader.

"eMusic podcasts will bring to life the passion that our staff of writers feel for music," said David Pakman, CEO 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. "Incorporating RSS feeds extends our commitment to enhance the music discovery process by allowing our great human editorial guidance to be delivered to our members at their convenience, automatically."

To subscribe to eMusic's "Best of 2005" podcast, simply type the following URL ( into your personal podcast aggregator. You can download a podcast aggregator, like iPodder, at

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 2.4 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.

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

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CO: eMusic
ST: New York

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465, or, or Justin
Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466, or, both of Andy Morris and
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Canadian Hip-Hop Personalities Endorse 'Metronome' Foundation

"Multicultural states have often resulted from conquest or colonialism
- in Canada, a country blessed with more prosperity and political
stability than most, we are making ours methodically and democratically."

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, [1968] Ottawa Speech

August 30th, 2005
Toronto -- "Uniting a nation through music" is the inspiration behind
the debut 'Metronome' Artist Support print PSA from Canada's
award-winning Lyrical Knockout Entertainment imprint featuring Hip-Hop Canadian
personality elite, in support of Metronome founder John Harris' planned
Canada Music Museum and world's first Music City in Downtown Toronto's
Harbourfront district.

Produced by rap radio host of Indian heritage Raoul Juneja (a.k.a.
Deejay Ra), the Metronome Artist Support print PSAs are also aimed at
stronger integration of Canada's Hip-Hop personalities in the country's
music and media industry at large, starting with Canadian Hip-Hop founders
Wes 'Maestro' Williams and Michelle 'Michie Mee' McCullock who Juneja
claims "are long overdue for stars on Canada's Walk of Fame and numerous
Canadian award show tributes."

"Maestro and Michie introduced Canada to forms of music that were
unheard of and even ridiculed by many at the time," explains emcee Tara
Chase, who helped Juneja launch the first Canadian 'Hip-Hop Appreciation
Week' May 2003 with the support of the National Film Board of Canada.
"Maestro and Michie did for Hip-Hop in this country what Alanis Morissette
and Bryan Adams did for rock, and should be held in the same regard,"
adds Spade of Juno-nominated rap group Citizen Kane.

More details about the Metronome Foundation and additional Artist
Support quotes available at and

Attached 'Metronome Rap' print PSA courtesy of Bluetree Graphics, with
support photography by Holly Mitchell.
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Ebony Eyez - 7 Day Cycle in stores SEPTEMBER 13

About Ebony Eyez
In the hip-hop world, its rare to get a womans perspective. Its even more rare to have a woman deliver a knockout of a rap album. Ebony Eyez does both on her masterful debut album, the exceptional 7 Day Cycle.

The St. Louis rapper, who appeared in 2004 on J-Kwons platinum Hood Hop album and in 2005 on the XXX2 soundtrack, wants her album to present a balanced look at the life of a strong, confident modern woman. Seven is the number of completion and were looking at the typical seven days of a woman, she explains. Its about the typical emotions we go through in a 7 Day Cycle. Im trying to represent and speak from a womans point of view and let people understand everything. Weve got songs for Friday and Saturday, when maybe you want to go to the club. Weve got the relationship songs where everything is going bad for you. Its all about the different things women go through in seven days.

One of the best club songs of the new millennium, lead single In Ya Face features a thumping, infectious beat courtesy of The TrackBoyz, who produced J-Kwons hits Tipsy and Hood Hop. Ebony Eyez got the concept for monster club song after being propositioned by one too many overeager men.

It was kind of a joke song at first, she recalls. We were out one night at the club and this dude came up to me and was like, Let me see you bend over. I was like, If I bend over will you let me put my ass in your face? Then I came to the studio and I was like, Let me do this song. Its not meant to be taken so literally. Its an equal opportunity song. If you think its OK to say those kind of things to me, then I feel its OK for me to say that.

Ebony Eyez again takes an assertive approach on Lame Ass, another future club smash, and on Act Like A Bitch, a defense of her self-assertiveness. I like to be in control of things, she explains. I dont like lame dudes coming up with no personality and no persona about himself trying to holler. So I have to tell those types of dudes to move with their lame ass. I like a strong, confident man, someone thats sure about himself. If youre not sure about yourself, you cant really go nowhere in life. Youre going always be a follower, not a leader.

So it should come as no surprise that Ebony Eyez takes the lead and dismisses a no-good boyfriend on Take Me Back. Ebony Eyez explains the reasons for her dissolution of the relationship through the smooth song, which was inspired by her real-life experiences. Ive been in a few bad relationships with a few brothers that should have done things a certain way and didnt, she says. Now they want to call me and ask them to take me back. No, its not happening and Im going to tell you why Im not going take you back. Im going to start from the beginning and on the last verse, Im speaking to the women and giving them instructions on how they should do it.

Elsewhere, Ebony Eyez details a loving relationship on the smooth Hot Chick and hits her creative apex on Dear Father, an impassioned, guitar-driven song she wrote as if she were talking to God. On the emotional song, she frankly discusses the failing health of family members, her financial struggles and her relationship problems. Its a real look at how my life is at the moment, she says. A lot of people think everything changes overnight once you get a record deal. Im trying to let it be known that its not the case. It means that youve got to work harder when it happens. Im still dealing with the same problems, driving the same car, living in the same place right now. I was up late one night and started feeling the urge to write. I had the track already and I felt like I needed to write a letter to God right now.

With so many different sounds and musical feels on 7 Day Cycle, it is no wonder that Ebony Eyez often vibes off the beat before she starts writing her lyrics. I like to listen to the beat and let it talk to me, she says. It gives me the instructions of what to do with the song a lot of times. I make sure that I flow for a minute, but I always kind of go somewhere else for a few bars to make sure that I keep peoples attention. I like to give people that like to really hear lyrics something and then people who dont really pay attention to lyrics sometimes.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Ebony Eyez has been a microphone fiend since she was a child. By age 9, she was already in a local group and spent most of her free time practicing her rapping and dancing skills. The group never took off, but after a few years off from music, she resumed writing lyrics.
Ebony Eyez then tried college, but music was still calling her. She formed a rap duo with another female rapper, but her partner in rhyme soon deserted. Ebony Eyez decided that was a sign to push even harder to reach her dream of rap stardom.

I realized that I had put so much time and energy into this and Im not the type of person that can do something and just give up on it, she says. Im too stubborn for that, so I was like, Its time to go hard. I just went hard with it.

Through a mutual friend, Ebony Eyez got in touch with rising music executive Big Bob, who was managing J-Kwon. Bob reconnected her with her friends The TrackBoyz, then riding high thanks to their work with J-Kwon. The TrackBoyz were impressed with Ebonys work and started recording with her.

Ebonys energetic rhymes earned her slots on J-Kwons platinum Hood Hop album and the XXX2 soundtrack. Now, with the buzz surrounding In Ya Face and 7 Day Cycle building, Ebony Eyez is ready to show why shes the first female rapper from St. Louis to break nationally.

Im trying to stand on my own two feet, she says. Im raw, real and ready to show what Ive got. Im trying to make a statement.
Consider it done.

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Milestone Media presents.THE ONE MIC MC BATTLE 2 BIG BOY GAME

October 6, 2005 at the 5 Seasons in Baltimore, MD

Milestone Media known for its groundbreaking
television shows, commercials, specialty video
projects and events will be hosting it most
anticipated event to date THE ONE MIC MC Battle.. This
highly anticipated event is considered the most
revolutionary events to come out of the Baltimore, MD/
Washington, DC area hip-hop movement. This event has
sparked many other battles in the region. With this
years upcoming battle Milestone Media will solidify
their spot as true contenders in music on a national

The ONE MIC MC Battle will be the second battle that
Milestone Media will be hosting. This event has
showcased some of Marylands hottest talent, such as:
106 & Park Allstars, Red Dot, White Out and Backland,
all whom are retired champions of the show. The event
has also featured Def Jam recording artist COMP, and
many other top independent artists in the
Baltimore-Washington D.C. area. The event will feature
over 40 MCs in the one night battle royal for the
crown of top MC in the Mid-Atlantic area. The event
has attracted many record label and music industry
personnel. This years battle plans to be no different
with special celebrity guest judges and surprise
performers, who will truly make it a night to

To promote the ONE MIC MD BATTLE Milestone Media has
filmed commercials featuring highlights from the last
event. The ONE MIC MC BATTLE commercials which will
air on BET, MTV, TV-ONE and other cable stations in
Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Virginia, North
Carolina. The commercials began September 2005 and
will air until October 6, 2005. If interested in
sponsoring the event your company will be added to
local ads with TV and radio stations and placed on
over 5000 flyers. Your product and advertisements will
be presented during the taping of the event.. Previous
Sponsors for this event have been Survival
Entertainment, NO LIMIT AUTO, and Mars Music
Superstore, Downtown Locker Room. To find out more
about the event or to become a sponsor contact Regg
Hatcher at (410) 655-6315 or email us at

Rap Ireland Magazine goes nationwide

The rise of Hip-Hop in Ireland has once again been proven with Number 1 Hip-Hop Magazine Rap Ireland securing nationwide distribution from Easons within its first year of publication. Originally released under the name Hip-Hop Ireland, Rap Ireland has built up a strong following from street level to mainstream media, as proven by the sales figures of previous issues and the amazing attendances at recent Rap Ireland club nights.

Now in its fourth issue, the innovating magazine continues to support local Irish Hip-Hop while promoting the wider Hip-Hop culture in Ireland. As CEO/Founder Kev Storrs said in interview:

This is the music, the culture, of a new generation. For too long Irish culture has been pigeonholed into the old Irish stereotypes. Those stereotypes are far from reality in todays Ireland, where the culture is fast becoming a huge melting pot. Hip-Hop music has the ability to bring people of all nationalities, all creeds and all religions together in a way no other musical genre can do. Our aim is to document this new Irish revolution. From the Irish kids making refreshingly different rap music to the internationally infused flavours of the immigrant communities, Rap Ireland is giving these people a voice.

And once given the voice these guys are shouting! In the last 12 months Irish based Hip-Hop has skyrocketed, with the number of recording artists fast multiplying and international artists clamouring to get in on the action. Rap Ireland has covered these stories diligently, interviewing high-flyers such as Rob Kelly, The Elements and Geneseas, while securing exclusive stories from international acts visiting these shores. On September 1st Rap Ireland hits stores nationwide with a bang. Dont miss out on this unfolding story

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Three 6 Mafia - Most Unknown Known SEPTEMBER 27

Much has changed in the lives of DJ Paul, Juicy J, Crunchy Black and Lord Infamous since their humble days of hawking TDK mix tapes on the streets of Memphis' world-renowned chit'lin circuit. It's been more than a decade since the group dropped its first indie album, Mystic Stylez, and Three 6 Mafia has gone from being known as a local phenomenon to creating one of the most consistent catalogs in hip-hop history.

Year after year, this dynamic super group continues outdoing itself with chart-topping albums and club-smashing singles without ever missing a beat: Chapter 2: World Domination (released November 1997, RIAA Gold); When The Smoke Clears Sixty 6, Sixty 1 (released June 2000; RIAA Gold and Platinum); Da Unbreakables (released June 2003; RIAA Gold). While a mantle-piece of RIAA gold and platinum plaques has earned Three 6 Mafia more cred in the rap game than a zebra has stripes, the group has yet to receive major mainstream attention. Hence the name of the fourth Three 6 Mafia major label release, Most Known Unknown.

The album's release date is preceded by the history-making lead single, "Stay Fly," whichfeatures the Three 6 henchmen riding a soulful yet energetic mid-tempo track beside G-Unit guerilla Youngbuck and fellow southern trailblazers Eightball and MJG--all of whom call Tennessee home.
"A lot of people know or heard of us but don't know everything that we actually did. We had a bunch of platinum and gold albums. We even got some underground albums that went gold, still independent," says DJ Paul AKA King of Memphis. "A lot of people don't know that cause you don't really see Three 6 Mafia. We are real successful, but we never had the cover of no national magazine. We're known in the hood, but then again it's a lot of people that don't know about us."

Known around the M-town as Backyard Posse back in the day when the clique first hit the scene with the underground debut Smoked Out, Loced Out, Three 6 was formed by cross town rivals DJ Paul and Juicy J. Both had their respective sides of town on lock with volumes of mix tapes, but when they joined forces in the early 90s, nobody could touch 'em.

After adopting the name Three 6 Mafia, the group dropped its regionally distributed debut, Mystic Stylez, in 1995. The album sold a whopping 80,000 units, an impressive number for a local release. The group's subsequent full-length effort, Da End, more than doubled those numbers with an astonishing 200,000 units, prompting Relativity Records to sign Paul and Juice to a major label deal giving Three 6 its own Hypnotize Minds imprint.

And Three 6 has yet to let up as the group generates hit after hard-hitting hit. While battle anthems like "Who Run It," "Tear Da Club Up" and "Ridin' Spinners" will forever cause dance riots in da clubs, label owners Paul and Juicy J (AKA Juice Man) have also loaned their frenzied production skills to such musically diverse artists as Mike Jones, Remy Martin, Ludacris and Ying Yang Twins. But despite all the cred and collegial props and consistent hit-making, the gentlemen in Three 6 Mafia are still the most under-appreciated pioneers in southern rap today.

"A lot of times we'll do songs like 'Sippin' On Syrup' or 'Who Run It' at shows and people are like 'I didn't know y'all sung that,'" Paul says. "A lot of other people probably got the credit for the songs that we did because they didn't know whose song it was.

He continues, "When you're drunk in the club, you be getting buck. When the song is over, you ain't gone walk to the DJ booth and ask whose song that was."

Most Known Unknown will undoubtedly add new tunes to Three 6's long list of club bangers with cuts like the braggadocios "Don't You Get Mad," the pimped-out groove "Poppin' My Collar," featuring Houston hard hitter Lil Flip, and the angst-filled "Run Into Your Ass" featuring headlining label signee Project Pat, who was recently released from prison on probation violation charges.

Whether or not Three 6 Mafia is ever recognized as one of the most consistent and prolific groups to arise from the south, the Three 6 legacy will continue to speak for itself. Real will always be recognized amongst the real.

"We ain't gone say we started it, but we are a part of the down south movement," says Juicy. "Even if you don't see it on TV or hear about it, we're still selling." With that, Three 6 Mafia's moving ahead full-blast letting the world know that the Most Known Unknown is for real and for keeps.

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Big Boy returns with "El Comeback"

The "Biggie Boy" is back...
A true pioneer of today's highly successful Reggeton movement...
The artist who opened the door to Reggeton worldwide...
The voice behind smash hits like: "Mis Ojos Lloran Por Ti", "Que Vayas Con Dios" and
"Donde Est El Amor".

This album represents a new stage in Big Boy's artistic career, bringing together his unique flow and his distinctive way of rapping with a whole new world of fusions of Reggeton beats, with Mariachi, Merengue and Bachata, amongst others.

"El Comeback" is Big Boy's new musical adventure that gives witness to his talent and consistency, featuring 16 infectious tunes all written by the talented rapper himself, and produced by the biggest Reggeton producers in the industry, including: Echo, Rafy Mercenario, DJ Blass, DJ Frank David Durn, Sosa and Kenny Santiago.


El "Biggie Boy" est de regreso...
Un verdadero pionero del exitoso movimiento del reggeton...
El artista que le abri las puertas al reggeton mundialmente...
La voz detrs de xitos como "Mis Ojos Lloran Por Ti", "Que Vayas Con Dios" y "Donde Est El Amor".

Big Boy regresa con "El Comeback".

Este lbum representa una nueva etapa en la carrera artstica de Big Boy, que une su indiscutible flow y su distintiva forma de rapear, con todo un nuevo mundo de fusiones de reggeton con mariachi, merengue, y bachata, entre otros.

"El Comeback" es la nueva aventura musical de Big Boy que da fe de su talento y constancia, presentando 16 contagiosos temas todos escritos por el talentoso rapero y producidos por los ms importantes productores del reggeton incluyendo a Echo, Rafy Mercenario, DJ Blass, DJ Frank David Durn, Sosa y Kenny Santiago.

Danixa Lopez
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(cell) 305-467-5592
2638 NW 97th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172

MTV, VH1, and CMT Launch Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign

Live Multi-Artist, Multi-Genre, Multi-Platform Special

Set for Saturday, September 10th Featuring Ludacris, Green Day, Gretchen Wilson, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and More

Special to Direct Donations to The American Red Cross and Promote Volunteerism

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV, VH1, and CMT today announced the first stage of an ongoing Hurricane Katrina relief campaign -- a multi-artist, multi-genre, multi-platform live performance special set to air across all three networks on Saturday, September 10th. The special will seek to raise much needed funds for The American Red Cross and similar organizations as they continue their relief efforts. The campaign will also seek to activate the diverse audiences across MTV, VH1, and CMT to drive volunteerism, donations, and general awareness.

"In the face of a tragedy of this scope, we simply have to do everything in our power to offer support, comfort and hope to all the people directly impacted by the hurricane. This is always the first and best instinct of all our millions of viewers, and the artists we know so well. If we can offer a platform to contribute in some meaningful way, all of our MTV Networks brands will be there," said Judy McGrath, Chair and CEO, MTV Networks. "Our goal is to join forces on every medium to get involved, to volunteer, to contribute in any way we can."

"There's been an outpouring of support and concern and a desire to help from the artist community, our audiences and our employees. We feel fortunate to be able to provide a forum to channel all of this energy and good will and to let the people in the affected states know that we're there for them," said Van Toffler, President MTV Networks Music Group. "Many of the artists across our channels are from the affected areas and have a strong connection to the south. We are looking to activate every hip-hop, rock, country, R&B, and pop music fan out there to get involved and help support the relief efforts."

The ongoing relief campaign will kick off with a live programming block from locations in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville featuring Ludacris, Green Day, Gretchen Wilson, Usher, Alicia Keys, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, David Banner, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, and more. The special will feature performances from country, pop, rock, and hip-hop artists and will be simulcast across all three networks, as well as MTV2, mtvU, VH1 Classic, plus MTV Overdrive and VSpot, the broadband video networks. Additional details will be announced shortly.

Starting immediately, all CMT, VH1, and MTV platforms will begin an awareness campaign to provide information to viewers on how to get involved and participate in the relief efforts. Viewers and users will be directed to web sites and numbers where they can make donations of money, clothing, equipment, and anything else that may help the affected areas

MTV News also announced today that it will air a special on the hurricane relief efforts which will also air on Saturday, September 10th and feature news correspondents Gideon Yago, Sway Calloway, and SuChin Pak filing from the hardest hit areas.

mtvU also announced today that it will be partnering with its nearly 7 million college students, national fraternities and sororities, other student organizations and Urban Outfitters to mobilize clothing drives, donations and volunteer relief efforts. mtvU will also continue to broadcast special features from the universities most affected by the hurricane, and will highlight the relief work of the thousands of college students who have been displaced and cannot return to their schools.

Viacom, MTV Networks parent company, is making a $1,000,000 cash contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Effort and is also instituting a worldwide employee matching gift program for employee donations. For any donation made by a Viacom employee to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Effort, Viacom will match the amount, over and above the company's direct cash contribution.

Additionally, Viacom's other media properties, including BET, CBS, and UPN, as well as Infinity Broadcasting and Viacom Outdoor have a variety of support efforts underway ranging from special programming, to the donation of significant air time for public service announcements for the American Red Cross and other organizations that are coordinating relief and fundraising efforts. Local television, radio and outdoor operations are also involved in organizing and supporting community-based relief efforts.

The total value of these efforts including donated airtime and ad space is estimated to total tens of millions of dollars overall.

The American Red Cross is asking people to help by making an online contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund at or by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW to donate, signing up with a local chapter to volunteer or making a blood donation.

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

Source: MTV

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+1-615-335-8404,, or Lisa Chader, +1-615-335-8405,, both of CMT for MTV

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BET, National Urban League, American Red Cross to Announce Prime Time Telethon to Benefit Hurricane Katrina Victims

Details to be Unveiled at New York Press Conference on September 1 at 12:30 p.m. ET

In the aftermath of this week's devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, BET is partnering with the National Urban League, American Red Cross, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Chairman Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles and the Warner Music Group, Essence Communications and numerous concerned celebrities in a telethon to raise financial aid to benefit the storm victims. The telethon is set for Friday, September 9 on BET, starting with a special benefit episode of 106 & PARK: BET'S TOP 10 LIVE at 6 p.m. ET*, followed by the telethon from 7:30 - 10 p.m. ET* (*tape delayed to the West Coast; pledge phone lines will be open).

Numerous celebrities from across musical and entertainment genres will be involved as performers, hosts, presenters and special guests. Viewers of the telethon can call designated toll-free phone numbers to make financial pledges to the Red Cross relief efforts.

Here are details of an upcoming press conference to unveil plans for a Hurricane Katrina telethon:

WHAT: Press Conference Announcing Hurricane Katrina Telethon on BET

WHEN: Thursday, September 1 @ 12:30 p.m. ET (Media check-in and set-up
begins at Noon ET)

WHERE: American Red Cross in Greater New York
150 Amsterdam Avenue (at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10023

WHO: Debra Lee, President and CEO, BET
Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment, BET
Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League and former
New Orleans Mayor
Ed Lewis, Chairman and Founder, Essence Communications
Russell Simmons, Chairman, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network
Rick Pogue, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, American Red Cross
Theresa A. Bischoff, CEO, American Red Cross of Greater New York
Grammy Award-Winner Jazz Artist Wynton Marsalis
Rapper Master P
Rapper David Banner

RSVP: Michael Lewellen, BET -- (202) 608-2003;
Michelle Moore, National Urban League; (212) 558-5328;
Larry Geiger, American Red Cross -- (212) 875-2132;


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.

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003,; or Michelle Moore of National Urban League, +1-212-558-5328,; or Larry Geiger of American Red Cross, +1-212-875-2132,

PRNewswire -- Aug. 31

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

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Biz Markie, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Fat Joe, T.I. and The Roots Join Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott

As Performers on 'VH1's Hip Hop Honors' Premiering Monday, September 26 at 9pm*

Russell Simmons and Reverend Run Host The Second Annual Hip Hop Celebration Which Will Feature Tributes To LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt -N- Pepa, and The Film: Boyz N The Hood

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 pays homage to the hip hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon with the second annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors." Hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run, this year's celebration will honor LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Notorious B.I.G., Ice T, Salt -N- Pepa, and the film Boyz N The Hood.

Premiering on VH1 Monday September 26 at 9PM*, "VH1 Hip Hop Honors", which will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on September 22, will include performances by Kanye West, Eve, Nelly, Common, Jazzy Jeff, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Biz Markie, En Vogue, Faith Evans, Fat Joe, T.I. and The Roots with appearances by Anthony Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, Nas, Jerry Ferrara, Terrence Howard and Ludacris.

The music and influence of each of the honorees will be recognized through performances by classic artists in collaboration with today's hottest new talent. Generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked and inspired the evolution of the music.

Last year, VH1's inaugural show honored DJ Kool Herc, DJ Hollywood, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Rock Steady Crew, Run DMC, Sugarhill Gang, Tupac Shakur and The Graffiti Movement and featured performances Kid Rock, Fat Joe and Terror Squad, Nas, Beastie Boys, Anthrax, MC Hammer and Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Sugarhill Gang, Chic, Doug E. Fresh and Kid Capri and appearances by Ice T, Method Man, Salt-n-Pepa, Roselyn Sanchez, Taye Diggs, Reverend Al Sharpton, James Brown and Debbie Harry.

*all times ET/PT

Contacts: Tracy McGraw/VH1 Toni Herron/VH1
212-846-7879 212-846-7528

Scott Acord/MTVN Tina Wynn and Toni Brown/T&T
310-752-8075 201-886-8770

Go now to for artist and music information and check soon for interactive honoree profiles, exclusive programming, show information and more.

"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" are executive produced by Lee Rolontz for VH1 and Jac Benson for Blackjac Entertainment. Louis J. Horvitz will direct. Nelson George and Fab Five Freddie are consulting producers.

Source: VH1

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Missy Elliott, DJ AM & Samantha Ronson on Tap for the Biggest Post-Emmy Bash of the Year

TV Guide & Inside TV After Party Following the Emmy Awards on September 18, 2005

3rd Annual After Party Celebrates Primetime Emmy Awards in BIG Style at Historic Hollywood Landmark The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Guide and Inside TV magazines announced today that the celebrated Missy Elliott, fresh off two wins at last weekends Video Music Awards, will perform at the magazine's third-annual after party celebrating the biggest night of the year in television. Taking over the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, the TV Guide and Inside TV after party will immediately follow the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 18th. Also on tap to spin at the event are DJs DJ AM and Samantha Ronson.

From the Library Bar and legendary pool-side oasis, The Tropicana Bar, to the lobby and Blossom Room ballroom, The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will be transformed into a sumptuous setting, where the hippest in Hollywood will converge to toast 2005's Emmy nominees in lush style. Invitations to this year's VIP-only event will be distributed to Emmy nominees and key industry players in the weeks leading up to the event.

Guests will enjoy poolside cabanas accented with elements from their favorite Emmy-nominated shows such as "Desperate Housewives," "Scrubs," "Lost," "Arrested Development," "Will & Grace," "24" and more. LipFusion will host a Beauty Bar for guests where they can retreat for hair and make-up touch-ups, mini-massages and specialty cocktails and gifts.

Debuting with the October 17th issue, the new format TV Guide will be larger, easier-to-use, and more entertaining to read -- with more breaking news and features, more eye-catching photos, more insights and behind-the- scenes information on viewers' favorite shows and stars, and more reviews and recommendations. A leading weekly television entertainment and guidance magazine, TV Guide will include approximately 100 full-color pages with approximately 40 pages of program listings, highlights and recommendations.

About Gemstar-TV Guide

Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMST) is a leading media and technology company that develops, licenses, markets and distributes technologies, products and services targeted at the television guidance and home entertainment needs of consumers worldwide. The Company's businesses include: television media and publishing properties; interactive program guide services and products; and technology and intellectual property licensing. Additional information about the Company can be found at

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks and uncertainties related to declines in our magazine publishing business; timely availability and market acceptance of products and services incorporating the Company's technologies and content; our investment in new and existing businesses, including TV Guide magazine, Inside TV, and TV Guide Spot; limitations on our ability to control certain joint venture or partnership businesses; the impact of competitive products and pricing; ongoing and potential future litigation; and the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the most recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward- looking statements.

Note to Editors: Gemstar, TV Guide, TV Guide Channel, i-Guide and TVG Network are trademarks of Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. The names of other companies and products used herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

About Inside TV

Inside TV ( is a weekly entertainment magazine designed exclusively for women who love television. Created by the TV Guide Publishing Group, INSIDE TV provides breaking news and stories featuring television's hottest shows and stars, as well behind-the-scenes information on the latest styles, fashions, and trends influenced by television.

Source: TV Guide; Inside TV

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The best music transports the listener to another world, a place where they can see, hear, touch, smell and imagine -- all because of the music coming from their speakers. One listen to Mack 10s Hustlas Handbook and you are transported to the rugged streets of Inglewood, California, where ballers glide through the streets in the freshest cars, drug dealers rule the block, women are as scandalous as they are beautiful and getting money by any means necessary is the primary goal.

If you want to hear about hustlin and the streets, then this is the record to buy, Mack 10 says of his sixth album. Its a handbook of stuff that people love to hear from me. A Mack 10 fan is not interested in anything other than what hes been hearing for a decade from me. I did it well on Hustlas Handbook and I think I did it in a rough type of way because my fans always want me to keep it so gangster.

Mack 10 kicks the album off with the pounding Like This, an explosive song in which the Westside Connection member outlines his hood rich lifestyle over an innovative, bottom-heavy beat. Everything that Im talking about in the song, thats how you do it, Mack 10 says of the song, which also features Nate Dogg on the chorus. Thats why I called the song Like This. Its a club banger, but its hood and its street. Its like a Foe Life in 05.

Mack 10 then gets controversial on the riotous Im A Star, a sinister crunk cut that features talented underground St. Louis rappers Ruka Puff and Bigga Brown. Mack 10 happened upon the rappers while he was on St. Louis filming the movie Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen, in which he stars. I just happened to go out with the guys from the movie set and they took me to this underground club, Mack 10 recalls. Ruka Puff and them were there performing. When I saw them on stage, I went crazy. I had to do something with them.

On My Chucks, Mack 10 explains Southern Californias affinity for Converse All Stars, while on Step Yo Game Up he showcases his lyrical agility with a clever rap about his longevity. Elsewhere, on the mesmerizing Pop, he is joined by protgs Red Caf and Wanted (Skoop Delana & Young Soprano), all of whom describe what they want a woman to do on the dancefloor. On Pop, Mack raps in a hushed, controlled manner that demands attention, something he also does on the intense, understated Da Bizness.

While recording the gangsterfied Da Bizness, Mack and cousin Young Soprano (who also produced the cut), came up with the idea of rapping in a different style for the unnerving song. I knew that it was way different, Mack explains. I laid the first verse and halfway through I told them to stop it, start it over and let me go again. I knew that was it. I wanted to do it right.

If Mack 10 seems to have a heightened sense of focus on Hustlas Handbook, its because he was more comfortable than ever while recording this album. Macks easygoing side, something seldom seen on record, shines throughout Livin Just To Ball. On this feel-good cut, Mack reflects on his life and his success over a warm, piano-driven beat from Fredwreck. I was just having fun, Mack 10 says of recording the cut. It was one of the type of songs that I didnt even take it seriously when I was doing it. I was just doing it. People that would hear it would tell me that they liked the song.
Mack 10 got similar feedback from The Testimony, a song that he wrote as if he were talking to God. With a ponderous, keyboard and horn-driven beat, Mack delivers one of the most introspective songs of his career. Its a conversation with God and its cold, he explains. Im talking to him about life and thanking him for any and everything thats gone right for me, and Im giving people a little game, telling them, Turn to the Lord for hes the best to console you/And thats the realest thing that Mack 10 ever told you. Its another side of me and that only people that really know me know that I have and I think The Testimony is one of those songs that youve got to focus on.

Truth is, ever since he debuted on the Friday soundtrack in 1995, Mack 10 has been the focus of the hip-hop nation. Each one of his albums -- Mack 10 (1995), Based On A True Story (1997), The Recipe (1998), The Paper Route (2000), Bang Or Ball (2001) -- has gone gold and has served as a snapshot of West Coast rap. Mack 10s ability to infuse his gritty lyrics with wit, insight and realism makes him one of the best hard-core rappers the genre has ever seen.

As one third of Westside Connection (with Ice Cube and WC), Mack 10 formed in 1996 hip-hops first supergroup and proved that gangster rap, especially from the West Coast, was alive and well, despite naysayers in the media and within hip-hop itself.

With Hustlas Handbook, Mack 10 continues his remarkable recording career, which has stretched more than a decade and has been one of the most consistent hip-hop has ever seen. Now, with an album that harkens back to the energetic and clever raps that made him a star a decade ago, Mack 10 has come full circle.

I wanted to regain the form of some of my earlier stuff, he says. I was in a good frame of mind and I wasnt under any pressure doing the record. I had a lot of fun doing this record, more than any record Ive ever done.
It shows.

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phone: (212) 461-2186


Double Empak, the producers who shows major credits for their productions of DMX, SHYNE, JA RULE, just to name a few, has signed a new young artist named STIZZ AGGRESSION.

After winning the respect of Double Empak, with his live performances and skilled talent as an artist, rapper and producer, STIZZ, the artist known for his captivating style of hip hop and rap skills, has entered into a producers agreement with the prestigious production company as one of their producers.

Double Empak has Dame Grease who is better known as Vacant Lot.

At a talent showcase for rappers/hip-hop artists in New Haven, Connecticut, artists and fans are sitting down, drinking and listening to the performances, some even rising to join in on the refrains. Nobody is sitting, though, when Stizz takes the stage. He is apparently popular with the other artists, and many dedicate a shout-out to him when they take the stage. But now that he is on stage, everyone stands, gathers around the stage and enjoys pure entertainment. It is almost impossible to see him through the crowd that gathers, dancing, bobbing heads, and joining in joyfully on the chorus. Stizz has a high energy style, and is a natural performer. With an engaging smile and the ability to get an audience whipped into a frenzy, it is easy to see why Stizz is one of New Havens most popular music artists.

Stizz, now in his early 20s, looks back five years to the time when he decided to become a rap/hip-hop artist. Previously, he had worked as a DJ at several local venues and had been teaching a class on the art of being a DJ to the local children in the projects. Although he did teach them the skills to DJ, his message was more important: you can do anything as long as you put your heart and soul into it. After years of spinning other artists work on the turntable, he decided to give it a try himself, and the response was very positive. Now, five years later, the native New Haven residents music is heard on such programs as MTVs Pimp My Ride, The Newlyweds, The Osbournes, The Jessica Simpson Show, Trippin and a new show called NEXT. Even putting a couple of quarters in a video game might give you a look at his talent, as he has contracted to create several tracks for Midway Games, the video game company.

With a major label contract coming soon, Stizz is getting ready to explode onto national radio, music stores, and into the public eye, due to his Producers agreement with a highly recognized production company, Double Empak, that produces artists such as DMX, Camron, and Shyne.

With a creative ear for beats and an interesting turn of a phrase, Stizz's music goes from violent to funny, tense to seductive. His popular track, "Tear Da Club UP" adds rowdy violence to a beat that makes you want to get up and do just that. "All This Money" is a seductive song of passion and fun. His music definitely illustrates the joys and sorrows, the hope and the violence that make up life on the streets.

Stizz endured many hardships as a youth . He has adapted well to his condition and hopes that his presence on stage and in the public forum may act as encouragement to others to fulfill their dreams. "It doesn't matter who you are or what you are, you can do anything your mind tells you to do, so handle your business!" Stizz informed me at a recent interview. Between finishing his first album and finishing his contract with Midway Games , he also sells beats from his studio to other rappers. By the time this artist celebrates the releasing of his first album, he will have had quite a busy time.

When asked what he feels his biggest strength is, he replied "I would say it's my sincerity. When I'm rapping, you believe what I'm telling you in the song." Stizz looks many places for the inspiration to create his beats. During the interview, I spy a vinyl copy of a collection of music by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. When I look at him inquiringly, he grins. "I found some really good ideas on that one." He is a modest man with a good sense of humor and an engaging personality. He has the same strong moral convictions that he shares with his mother/manager Ms. Thomas. They work well as a team, she plotting strategy and him making his magic in the production studio to bring that strategy to completion. When asked about her son as a client, Ms. Thomas smiles warmly. "He is a very sweet man and is very easy to manage. Some artists I work with are difficult to handle, constantly arguing and wanting to do things their own way, but Stizz is great. He leaves the business up to me, and I leave the music up to him." This seems to be a successful strategy, as his popularity on internet radio shows that listeners like his music. I believe that this young artist will descend on the music scene like a tornado, and leave the listeners gasping in surprise in his wake.

Double Empak released Stizzs first album, on August 30, entitled THE PREVIEW which is an introduction to Stizz to the world of the mainstream industry.

This hard hitting impacted album is produced, composed and written by Stizz to let the world know that his talents in the studio are as hard impacted as they are on stage.

You can get more info on Stizz by going to


Written by:
Debra Albright
VA Publicist
August 30, 2005

Dove and Stellar Award Nominee, Lil iROCC will Rocc with Tom Joyner at Disney World

New Kensington, Pennsylvania August 23, 2005 Whitaker Entertainment rapper Lil iROCC will be setting the stage on fire at the most anticipated fall event of 2005, the annual Tom Joyner Family Reunion.

On Sunday, September 4 at 11 am, Lil iROCC will perform at Disneys Coronado Springs Resort as part of the Tom Joyner Family Reunion. This event features a musical lineup of hip-hop, R &B, and gospel greats ranging from Ashanti to Lionel Richie to Shirley Caesar. Lil iROCC will be performing songs from his latest album release The Sequel. His evocative lyrics and Christ-centered message are quite astounding, considering Lil iROCCs young age.

Dont miss your chance to meet Lil iROCC and pick up a signed copy of The Sequel on Saturday, September 3rd at 2 pm at:

Family Christian Store #131
8303 S. John Young Parkway
Sand Lake Corners Shopping Center
Orlando, FL 32819

About Whitaker Entertainment:

Whitaker Entertainment is the music distribution division of Whitaker House. Located outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Whitaker House has more than 30 years of experience in producing biblically based products that minister to the needs of people around the world.

Whitaker House Publicist
800.444.4484 ext. 283


Security Concerns and Alleged Concealed Weapons Keep Hip-Hop Artist The Game Out of MAGIC

Scheduled Appearance at the 310 Footwear Booth at World's Biggest Fashion Trade Show Cancelled

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Due to security and public safety concerns, hip-hop artist The Game was not provided access to the world's largest fashion trade show event, the MAGIC Marketplace, today, officials confirmed. The artist -- who was accompanied by bodyguards allegedly carrying concealed weapons -- had been scheduled to make a booth appearance on behalf of one of MAGIC's exhibitors, 310 Footwear.

The Game was not "kicked out" of the show for possible involvement in the recent Suge Knight shooting, as has previously been reported. According to Las Vegas Convention Center Building Users manual, Nevada Revised Statute 202.3673 prohibits concealed weapons of any type on LVCVA property.

On Sunday, August 28, a representative from 310 Footwear's security team contacted MAGIC's security representatives, Special Operations Associates (SOA) Security, to solicit assistance with The Game's scheduled appearance. SOA was also contacted by the Las Vegas Police Department, which had earlier been informed by 310's security as well. SOA then briefed MAGIC representatives of this communication.

Show and security officials concluded that 310 Footwear was not equipped to handle the additional security measures required, and other options should be considered. In response, an alternative appearance location was offered, one that would be potentially less disruptive to business being done on the show floor. After reviewing the space, 310 Footwear declined the offer.

On Tuesday morning, August 30, The Game arrived at the event site an hour earlier than scheduled accompanied by five bodyguards -- at least two of whom were allegedly armed. After being informed by security officials that this was a direct violation of trade show rules, all were escorted off the show premises. MAGIC officials attempted to re-schedule The Game's appearance contingent on adherence to the concealed weapons policy, but the rapper's camp refused.

Source: MAGIC International

CONTACT: Doug Piwinski of BNC, +1-310-228-8801, for MAGIC International

BET Links With Wal-Mart in Ground-Breaking Urban Marketing Campaign for BET-Branded Entertainment Product and Retail Space in Wal-Mart Stores

Exclusive DVD Starring Hip Hop Sensation Kanye West is First BET-Branded Offering

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- BET, the most dominant brand in Black entertainment, and Wal-Mart, the world's leading retailer, are forming an unprecedented marketing alliance to meet the demand for urban-oriented music and movie offerings with BET content and branding. BET President and CEO Debra L. Lee and Wal-Mart Vice President of Merchandising David Porter made the joint announcement today at BET headquarters in Washington and Wal-Mart's global headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Under the alliance, BET will provide Wal-Mart with DVDs containing exclusive BET programming and other content related to featured urban-oriented music and movie releases. These DVDs will be packaged with the featured releases and sold as "BET Official(TM)" branded two-packs in BET-branded retail sections and other merchandising displays throughout thousands of Wal- Mart and SAM'S CLUB locations.

First to hit Wal-Mart stores on August 30 under the new BET Official(TM) brand will be a companion DVD featuring multi-talented, Grammy Award-winning rapper/producer Kanye West. The DVD will be paired with West's highly- anticipated new CD project "Late Registration" in a special CD/DVD two-pack available exclusively at SAM'S CLUB locations and Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

"This marketing and promotion alliance with Wal-Mart pairs BET's powerful brand and stellar content with trend-setting, urban-oriented music and movies to enhance Wal-Mart's appeal in urban entertainment product," said Lee. "Over the years, we've sought creative ways to deliver more BET programming content through retail channels. And what better way than combining the ultimate retailer with the greatest Black consumer brand on the planet."

"We're excited to be able to bring our customers some of the most popular music and movie titles in this category and our relationship with BET allows us to offer exclusive releases with award-winning artists," said Wal-Mart's Porter. "This is a relationship that will bring cutting-edge entertainment for customers of all ages."

The BET Official(TM) Presents Kanye West DVD contains BET-produced programming along with never-before-seen footage of the superstar rapper, producer and urban icon. Included on the DVD is a dynamic mix of content featuring the BET behind-the-scenes "docu-feature" ACCESS GRANTED(R) with West on the set of his music video Diamonds From Sierra Leone; West's interview and performance on 106 & PARK: BET'S TOP 10 LIVE(R), television's top music video countdown show; and a series of West's popular music videos including Diamonds From Sierra Leone, Through the Wire, The New Workout Plan, and a previously unreleased version of the multi-platinum and BET Award winning Jesus Walks. The CD/DVD package will retail for $13.88, and will be promoted through specially-designed BET-branded merchandising displays, print and electronic advertising, in-store promotions and other marketing executions.

"There are mutual wins for both BET and Wal-Mart in this relationship, and we're pleased to be working with a company that has already been a strong advertiser on our network for many years," Lee added. "There is tremendous flexibility in the structure of this arrangement and ample room for BET- branded product in other entertainment platforms and retail categories. The biggest beneficiaries ultimately will be BET viewers and Wal-Mart customers."


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.


Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) operates Wal-Mart Stores, Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and SAM'S CLUB locations in the United States. Internationally, the company operates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The company's securities are listed on the New York and Pacific stock exchanges under the symbol WMT. More information about Wal-Mart can be found by visiting Online merchandise sales are available at

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003,; or Karen Burk of Wal-Mart, +1-479-273-4314,

Web site:

All American Gospel Launches Nationwide Faith-Based Vocalist Competition for American Youth

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Church Communication Network (CCN) Entertainment, together with BarnaFilms, today announced a partnership that will create All American Gospel (, a nationwide youth vocal competition. The initiative will mobilize 345,000 churches, and 10,000 churches and schools will participate as audition sites.

The undeniable popularity of Gospel music and the increasing number of 'cross-over' artists from gospel to mainstream music is a testimony to the popularity of the genre.

Solo vocalists between the ages of 14 and 22 are eligible for this competition which will welcome entries from a diverse range of musical influences -- hymns, pop, alternative, even hip-hop. Twelve finalists will compete on national simulcasts for a recording contract, and will join program sponsor World Vision to encouraging giving back from the abundance they have.

Unlike other competitions, live audiences will vote via ballot at the church and school audition sites, and during the final rounds of the competition, satellite audiences at thousands of churches will view the performances and vote via phone and internet.

As many as one million contestants will be reduced to 500 in a few short weeks in October. Leading local and regional music personalities will select 24 semi-finalists from which the 12 finalists will be chosen via online voting by the All American Gospel audience.

The 12 finalists will produce a Christmas single with a popular gospel recording artist, and participate in 6 simulcasts broadcast into churches around the country. The final simulcast will introduce the All-American Gospel winner who gets a recording contract with Doxology Records, distributed by Word/WEA.

Stated Bill Dallas, founder of Church Communication Network, "This promotional partnership is an unprecedented alliance between two dynamic groups and represents a perfect opportunity for young people across the nation to demonstrate their gifts and talents."

"The All American Gospel experience brings together four of the most powerful influencers in our culture today: music, film, relationships and faith," said George Barna, Directing Leader of the Barna Group, Ltd.

Two leading faith-based organizations had the vision to join forces to bring the contest to life -- CCN and BarnaFilms.

Church Communication Network (CCN) is a satellite and Internet communications network serving the local church. BarnaFilms, a division of The Barna Group, develops, produces and markets television, video, film and music products.

Sponsoring organizations include World Vision and Group Publishing.

Source: Church Communication Network; BarnaFilms

CONTACT: Howie Simon of All American Gospel, +1-323-822-0884,

Web site:

Web site:

You Can See Me!: WWE(R) Champion John Cena(R) & Tha Trademarc to Meet & Greet Fans at Six Best Buy Outlets

Steady Sales Continue for Cena's Debut Album, 'You Can't See Me'

Album's 2nd Single, 'Right Now,' Hits the Airwaves While Brand-New Video Breaks on Video Channels Worldwide

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- World Wresting Entertainment(R) Champion and Columbia Records recording artist John Cena and Tha Trademarc (Marc Predka) will meet and greet fans at six of the nation's Best Buy stores on Tuesdays this September and October (see schedule following). These appearances coincide with Monday Night Raw(R), where John appears every Monday night, Live, on Spike TV at 9:00EDT (see schedule following; starting 10/3 RAW will appear on USA)

John Cena has recently lensed a video for "Right Now," the latest single from You Can't See Me, shot on location at Hampton Beach, New Hampshire and Cena's hometown of West Newbury, Massachusetts. One of the summer's hottest hip-hop jams, the "Right Now" video brings to life John Cena's revolutionary powder-keg of slammin' street beats and patented new school rhymes.

Cena and Tha Trademarc will travel to Italy from September 13 through the 17 to promote their debut album, You Can't See Me, and perform a live concert in Milan. Cena's Italian concert will be the artist's first since his series of triumphant performances at five club venues along the East Coast this past July.

Released in mid-May 2005, Cena's debut album, You Can't See Me, entered the Billboard Top 200 bestselling albums chart at #15 after selling a remarkable 43,000 units its first week in stores. The album remains comfortably lodged in the Top 200 and has sold more than 200,000 copies to- date.

Recorded in 2004 at Chaos and Order Basscamp Studios during Cena's rare breaks from the ring, YOU CAN'T SEE ME features 17 original tracks. Paying tribute to the classic two-man rhyming crews of the past, Cena and Tha Trademarc (Marc Predka) nimbly trade verses throughout the album. "You almost never hear a rap crew today working like EPMD or 3rd Bass," says Cena. "I wanted to bring that style back a little and get away from one MC up there doing his thing. Working this way let us attack a song from different directions and create a more dynamic flow."

The album's first single, "Bad, Bad Man," is backed by Chaos' insistent beat and respected rap legend Freddie Foxxx (a/k/a Bumpy Knuckles), who created the song's chest-pounding chorus. The video for "Bad, Bad Man" parodies the classic A-Team television show, features modern special effects and stars: John Cena as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, Bumpy Knuckles as Sgt. Bosco Albert "B.A." Baracus, Tha Trademarc as Capt. H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock, also a cameo with Different Strokes star Gary Coleman.


Monday 9/5 WWE RAW - Gaylord Entertainment Center (Nashville, TN)

Tuesday 9/6 BEST BUY Nashville, TN
1600 Service Merchandise Blvd.
Brentwood, TN 37027

Monday 9/19 WWE RAW - Kay Yeager Coliseum (Wichita Falls, TX)

Tuesday 9/20 BEST BUY Wichita, TX
4100 Kemp Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Monday 9/26 WWE RAW - Mississippi Coast Coliseum (Biloxi, MS)

Tuesday 9/27 BEST BUY Mobile, AL
Springdale Mall
3250 Airport Blvd. #4
Mobile, AL 36606

Monday 10/3 WWE RAW - American Airlines Center (Dallas, TX)

Tuesday 10/4 BEST BUY Dallas, TX
2800 N Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074

Monday 10/10 WWE RAW - American Bank Center Arena (Corpus Christi,

Tuesday 10/11 BEST BUY Corpus Christi, TX
4717 South Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Monday 10/17 WWE RAW Arco Arena (Sacramento, CA)

Tuesday 10/18 BEST BUY Sacramento, CA
1236 Galleria Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678

Trademarks: The names of all WWE programming, talent, images, likenesses, and logos, are the exclusive property of WWE. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information on John Cena please go to:

Source: Columbia Records

CONTACT: Neil Lawi, World Wrestling Entertainment, +1-203-352-1010,

Web site:

Trilateral Wins 'Most Promising Hip Hop Group Award' At the 3rd Annual Underground Music Awards

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- One of the hottest up and coming Hip Hop groups to come out of the Bronx in years, took a giant leap towards getting the recognition they deserve as a force to be reckoned with in the rap game. Trilateral (TriFam) walked away with the prestigious ``Most Promising Hip Hop Group'' award at the 3rd annual Underground Music Awards. The star studded event hosted by Urban Threshold and included appearances by MTV, DJ Kay Slay, Remy Ma from Terror Squad, Papoose, Killah Priest from Wu-Tang, and many other established and up and coming Hip Hop artists.

This is the first Underground Music award received by Trilateral, who was also nominated for song of the year for their underground hit ``Indecent Proposal''. Trilateral Enterprises ( consists of 7 members who produce and compose all of their tracks. Crisis, Toke, Space, and Cambo lead the way with creating Trilateral's unique sound while Burn, B-EX, Crisis, and Desire add the vocals with regular cameos by Cambo and Space.

ADVERTISEMENTTrilateral Enterprises Business Manager Frank Urban was very excited about the group's first award. ``These men work very hard on their craft. Their creativity and talent are evident, but the hard work and late night sessions 7 days a week are what pays off. The level of commitment and dedication by the group's CEO Stephen Ramirez (Cambo), and his Partner Carl Urban (Crisis) have been instrumental in helping Trilateral get the recognition and street credibility that is so important in this business.''

Praise for Trilateral's music is evident on Hip Hop websites across the Internet. The band has received nothing but love and praise from other aspiring artists on websites such as,, and others. ``Trilateral is not just a rap group, they are a movement. They are a brand,'' adds Urban.

The Underground Music Awards continues to grow in popularity and is rapidly gaining the reputation as what many have labeled the ``Grammys'' of the underground. Urban Threshold founder and CEO Jesses Jess along with his partner Mr. Raw and team of DJ Jazz, DWI, and Nemesis continue to raise the bar every year. It's only a matter of time before the networks take notice.


Jordan Kane (Pink Sheets:JKFC)
L. Frank Urban
Chairman and CEO
P: (845) 226-2667
F: (845) 226-3989


ARTISTdirect, Inc. Reports Results of Operations for the Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2005

- Company Reports First Operating Profit in its History

- Quarterly Revenue Grows by 168% Over Q2 2004 to $3.2 million

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ARTISTdirect, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: ARTD) , a leading integrated digital entertainment company providing distribution and copyright protection services for content owners, today announced the results of its operations for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2005. Net revenue for the quarter was $3.169 million, up 168.3% over the prior year's results for the same period. Income from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.604 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share, up $1.056 million from a $0.452 million loss, or ($0.13) per diluted common share, in the same three-month period of the prior year.

"After a significant restructuring and determined effort to focus the company on becoming the independent leader in delivering digital content online, it has been gratifying to see the positive response from music fans, advertisers and our customers who develop digital content," said Jon Diamond, CEO of ARTISTdirect, Inc. "As we move ahead, we will continue to emphasize the profitability of our distribution network while leveraging the unique capabilities of our recently acquired MediaDefender unit -- the leader in Internet piracy protection (IPP) -- to provide additional high-value services to record labels and movie studios looking to direct customers toward legal digital distribution alternatives."

The ARTISTdirect Network currently estimates that it averages approximately 13 million unique visitors per month and 286 million page views per month -- making it the largest independent online music and media platform, and the fourth largest music destination on the Internet. On July 28, 2005, ARTISTdirect acquired MediaDefender, which has a proprietary suite of IPP solutions covering the 15 networks that constitute over 95 percent of all peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing activity, as well as Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and Usenet.

Segment Results

Media revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2005, was $2.517 million, an increase of $2.018 million, or 404.4%, over $0.499 million for the three months ended June 30, 2004, as a result of an increase in the number of online advertisers, an increase in the cost per thousand ("CPM") rates earned from the sales of impression- and non-impression based advertising and offline sponsorships, and an expansion of affiliations with other websites for which the Company both markets advertising and participates in advertising revenues. For the quarter, E-commerce revenue decreased by 4.4% to $0.652 million in 2005 from $0.682 million in 2004, primarily due to a decrease in sales of products related to one music merchandising entity.

For the six months, Media revenue increased to $3.172 million, an increase of $2.433 million, or 329.2%, over $0.739 million for the six months ended June 30, 2004. For the six months, E-commerce revenue decreased by 8.4% to $1.287 million in 2005 from $1.405 million in 2004.

A short-term program with a major advertiser contributed approximately $1.761 million of the increase in revenue during the three months and six months ended June 30, 2005. The program ended June 30, 2005, and is not expected to continue. The Company expects to continue to focus its efforts on increasing media revenue from various advertisers during the remainder of the year.

Discontinued Operations

During December 2004, ARTISTdirect discontinued the operations of its iMusic record label and has therefore accounted for the operations of iMusic as a discontinued operation for all periods presented.

Effective February 28, 2005, ARTISTdirect completed the sale of all of its interest in ARTISTdirect Records, LLC, to Radar Records Holdings, LLC, an entity owned by the Company's Chairman, and has therefore accounted for its interest in ARTISTdirect Records, LLC as a discontinued operation for all periods presented.

About ARTISTdirect

ARTISTdirect, Inc. is an innovative and diversified music and media entertainment company that is home to a critically acclaimed and groundbreaking online destination and is a leader in anti-piracy solutions in the Internet piracy protection industry.

The ARTISTdirect Network is a popular site for high-profile recording artists in the areas of pop, country, rock, hip-hop and R&B to congregate and promote themselves. With over 500,000 artist pages, ARTISTdirect has established brand loyalty by bringing fans and artists closer together through an unparalleled online network of resources, merchandise, promotional assets and original content, including free audio and video streams and downloads, up-to-the-minute music news, a unique online store, ringtones, ticket sales, album reviews and more.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain "forward-looking" statements, which are made pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, among others, statements of expectations, beliefs, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends, and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements in this news release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained herein. Except as required by applicable law or regulation, the Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements contained herein in order to reflect future events or circumstances.

Results of operations for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2005 are summarized as follows (all dollar amounts are presented in thousands):

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2005 2004 2005 2004

Net revenue $ 3,169 $ 1,181 $ 4,459 $ 2,144

Income (loss) from
continuing operations $604 $(452) $229 $(942)

Income (loss) from
discontinued operations:

Loss from operations of
discontinued businesses
(primarily ARTISTdirect
Records, LLC) - (214) (271) (436)

Gain from sale of interest
in ARTISTdirect Records,
LLC (substantially all
non-cash) - - 21,079 -

Net income (loss) $604 $(666) $21,037 $(1,378)

Net income (loss) per common share for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2005 and 2004 is summarized as follows:

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 30, June 30,
2005 2004 2005 2004

Net income (loss) per
common share - basic:

From continuing
operations $ 0.17 $(0.13) $ 0.07 $(0.27)

From discontinued
operations - (0.06) 5.94 (0.12)

Net income (loss) $ 0.17 $(0.19) $ 6.01 $(0.39)

Net income (loss) per
common share - diluted:

From continuing
operations $ 0.15 $(0.13) $ 0.06 $(0.27)

From discontinued
operations - (0.06) 5.70 (0.12)

Net income (loss) $ 0.15 $(0.19) $ 5.76 $(0.39)

Weighted average common
shares outstanding:

Basic 3,502,117 3,502,117 3,502,117 3,502,117

Diluted 3,927,844 3,502,117 3,652,081 3,502,117

Source: ARTISTdirect, Inc.

Michael Gross of Robinson Lerer & Montgomery for ARTISTdirect,
Inc., +1-646-805-2003

This company's web site

WWW.YOURHOMESTUDIO.COM is up and running is a free tutorial on how to set up and run your home recording studio. It provides valuable information on current home studio technologies and techniques.

(PRWEB) August 30, 2005 -- WWW.YOURHOMESTUDIO.COM, a new website from LGM Productions is up and running as of August 29, 2005. Its down to earth explanations of highly technical issues is refresshing and helps the novice home recordist determine their direction in a vastly complex landscape.

In depth explanations of the techniques involved in recording specific instruments and opportunities to explore these subjects in detail give even the most inexperienced a feeling of confidence.

The site features a opt-in newsletter (e-mail protected from spam bots) on new products and services and will increase its scope to more detailed treatments soon.

The author's personal experiences are invaluable in illustrating the proper processes in producing a complete audio CD. Subjects include stand-alone digital audio workstations, computer-based digital audio workstations, microphones, room treatment and recording basics.

WWW.YOURHOMESTUDIO.COM is soon to be "the" destination on the web for all matters pertaining to digital recording, product selection, CD authoring and distribution.


Thomas Rabalais


Phuturehype announces date of 2nd annual Female MC/Rapping Finals

Phuturehype will be holding their 2nd annual Female MC/Rapping Finals on Saturday, Sept 17th in Bethnal Green, London. The finals will be judged by a variety of well known underground artists and our Special Guest Judge is Phoebe One, Veteran British Female Rapper and host of Choice FM UK Cuts radio show. Last year Phuturehype's female mc/rapping finals were recorded and featured in the Channel 4 documentary "Chancers". The finals also featured Lady Sovereign, who is now signed to Island Records, and is currently in talks with Jay Z and LA Reid.

This year, the female mc/rapping finals are sponsored by US clothing label South Pole, Kedoworld, Patrick Kevin Clothing, Brokensouls and UrbanMags.

The Finals will be held at:
Oxford House
Derbyshire Street
London E2 6HG
Nearest Station: Bethnal Green

Start time: 7.30pm
Entrance : £5.00
For more information, please call 07906 058 016 or check out the website:

Denise Destini
Founder, Phuturehype
Tel: 07906 058016

DJ Jazzy Jeff Drops R&B/Soul Gems Behind the Decks on His First Soul Mixtape

Featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff & V, Omar & Angie Stone, Pete Rock & Leela James, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets) & Martin Luther (The Roots), DJ Mitsu & Dwele. In Stores September 27, 2005

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2005 -- Just when you had DJ Jazzy Jeff pegged solely as a hip-hop maven, Groovin Records jettisons The Soul Mixtape chocked full of nu soul and R&B gems on September 27th that will rattle your preconceived notions of his skills. But if youve been watching his career, youd realize that this is no sudden move for the Philadelphia native.

From 1987 to 1993, Jeff along with childhood friend and superstar Will Smith were the groundbreaking hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They successfully made the transition to television with six seasons of the top-rated syndicated show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. But in 1990, Jeff launched A Touch Of Jazz Productions (ATOJ) as a creative hub largely to foster his love of R&B and soul. After a decade of producing for outside artists, ATOJ introduced what would be its first breakthrough artist in Grammy-winning singer Jill Scott while further tilling the soil of the burgeoning neo-soul movement by introducing such artists as Musiq and Floetry. With 10 million albums sold worldwide and an enviable collection of awards, DJ Jazzy Jeff is definitely a man of many accomplishments. But his accomplishments wouldnt be complete without feeding his love of R&B and soul via ATOJ. And that love is further translated in The Soul Mixtape.

Featuring 16 lustrous tracks hand picked by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Groovin Records crew, the disc mixes familiar faces (Dwele, Martin Luther, Pete Rock) with the freshman class of soul (Valencia Robinson, Michael Bohannon, Leela James), making for a best of both worlds listening experience. U.K. acid jazz renaissance man Omar duets with U.S. soul matriarch Angie Stone on a remake of the classic 1974 William DeVaughn hit Be Thankful while former Incognito vocalist Kellie Sae revamps Aretha Franklins 70s gem Daydreamin. The disc also contains two exclusive tracks from ATOJ artist V (She Wants 2 Be, Broken Dreams) not available anywhere else. DJ Jazzy Jeff blends these tracks with extreme care, exemplifying his passion and love for the genre. That same love also lead him to cross paths with soul aficionados Groovin Records, curators of the soul compilation series Neo Soul United (vol. 1-3) and Soul In The City. The Soul Mixtape marks DJ Jazzy Jeffs first release with an American independent label and will be distributed exclusively in North America by Fontana (a unit of Universal).

DJ Jazzy Jeff has been touring with Will Smith in support of Smiths recent Interscope Records album Lost And Found and is scheduled to perform at VH1s 2nd annual televised awards tribute show VH1 Hip-Hop Honors on September 26th.

The Soul Mixtape by DJ Jazzy Jeff is available at Tower Records, Virgin Megastores, F.Y.E., Coconuts, Sam Goody, Best Buy,, and at your local favorite indie music store.

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The Orchard Expands to Kenya and Licenses Entire Catalogue of the Kenyan Copyright Association

Pioneers Digital Distribution and Marketing of Kenya's Rich Musical Heritage, Including Classic Benga, New Taarab, Kenyan Hip-Hop, Rumba-Based Swahili and Lingala Music

The Orchard's Miki Tunis to Oversee Kenyan Operations and Office

NEW YORK and NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orchard, the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, today announced its expansion into Kenya. Kenya marks the twelfth non-US territory to launch Orchard operations to sign local music. The Orchard's Kenyan office will be overseen by Miki Tunis, and managed day-to-day by Adi Vinner. Mr. Tunis is an accomplished music executive with a long track record of successfully sourcing and selling international music, who also serves The Orchard through his position as the head of Carmel Music, the largest digital music distributor in the Middle East, headquartered in Tel Aviv. Mr. Vinner has successfully developed business between Africa and companies in the western world for the past 22 years.

As a part of this initiative, The Orchard is also pleased to announce a licensing agreement with The Kenyan Copyright Association (KCA), for its entire artist roster, which represents the vast majority of all available Kenyan music. The Orchard will pioneer the digital distribution and marketing of this rich music catalogue across its global digital download and mobile platforms.

The music of Kenya is influenced by its amalgamation of forty different ethnic groups as well as its immigrant population from Europe, India and Arabia. The music encompasses almost the entire Kenyan repertoire in existence-including a wealth of genres such as classic benga, new taarab, rumba-based Swahili and Lingala Music. The current Kenyan music scene centers on a fusion of hip hop and African rhythms, popular with the youth culture.

The Orchard will distribute and promote Kenyan music to more than 125 of the world's leading digital music stores, including iTunes, eMusic, Napster, MSN, MusicMatch, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo! In addition, The Orchard will supply the KCA content through its distribution partnerships with over 100 leading mobile companies around the world, including Sprint, Mobilestreams, Dwango Wireless, Zingy, 9 Squared, HIFI Ringtones, IAM Mobile, Securycast, Arvato Mobile and Hudson Soft.

The Orchard's expansion into Kenya expands on the partnership it established in 2004 with Tunis and Carmel Music. Under this agreement, Carmel Music is working with the leading independent labels in Israel, Turkey and Eastern Europe, as well as Greece, Russia, Bulgaria and Central Africa. In addition, Carmel Music is serving as The Orchard's digital distribution partner in those territories, representing The Orchard's catalogue of more than 600,000 tracks into local digital music services, song tone providers and other legal digital music sellers.

"The catalogue of the Kenyan Copyright Association represents the cultural heritage of one of the most diverse musical traditions of any African nation," 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. "We are honored to announce this agreement and will work hard to expose international audiences to indigenous styles like benga, taarab, Swahili and Congolese. As a part of this program, we are establishing an African office in Nairobi, overseen by Miki and run by Adi, from which we will service Kenya and the surrounding East African countries."

The Orchard has a proven track record introducing other indigenous music styles to western audiences. It began distributing the music of India in September 2004, highlighted by the leading Indian label Saregama, and is about to launch a major initiative around the music of China in September 2005. Thus far, The Orchard's international programs have performed extremely well, providing unique content to digital retailers and new revenue streams to non- Western music copyright holders.

"Africa is a new frontier in the digital music revolution," said Miki Tunis. "Signing The Kenyan Copyright Association represents the first significant step in enabling the free flow of African content across borders and waters to reach global audiences and markets. We at Carmel Music, on behalf of The Orchard, look forward to making other content announcements in the near future."

About The Orchard

The Orchard ( is the leading distributor and marketer of independent music in the world, representing thousands of labels spanning 73 countries and every music genre. The Orchard supplies its catalogue of more than 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, Nairobi and Melbourne.

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).

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Coors Brewing Company Donates $5 to Hispanic Federation for Every Ticket Sold to Libertad Music Festival 2005 in New York City

Hottest Latino Hip Hop and Reggaeton Artists Perform at Coors Light Libertad Music Festival 2005

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- A portion of every ticket sold to Coors Light Libertad Music Festival 2005 in New York City, will support Coors Brewing Company's donation of $50,000 to the Hispanic Federation, one of the Northeast's largest Latino non-profit organizations. The donation is part of a commitment Coors made to Hispanic Federation this year and the money will benefit the second annual Cena en el Barrio program which provides winter holiday food baskets to families in New York City who are struggling financially. Coors will present a check to Hispanic Federation on-stage at the Libertad Music Festival 2005.

"Coors extends a special invitation to New York's Latino community to enjoy Reggaeton and Latino Hip Hop music at the Libertad Music Festival while also helping Coors support Hispanic Federation and New York Latinos in need during the winter holiday season," said Rafael Fantauzzi, corporate relations manager for Coors Brewing Company.

Coors Light is the title sponsor of the Libertad concert in New York taking place on Saturday, September 3, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. The Libertad Tour brings some of the most famous Reggaeton, Hip Hop and Hip Hop en Espanol artists together for a first-ever national tour featuring performances in Dallas, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Artists performing at the New York concert include Fat Joe, Wisin and Yandel, and Hector el Bambino.

"Coors is pleased to sponsor this tour and support Latino musicians across the country," said Paul Mendieta, director of multicultural marketing for Coors Brewing Company. "Hip Hop music is becoming increasingly important to our young adult Latino consumer -- highlighted by the recent explosion in popularity of the Reggaeton genre."

Reggaeton is a musical and cultural phenomenon that has recently taken the music industry by storm sparking the launch of radio stations in major markets across the country devoted to playing Reggaeton and Latino Hip Hop music. Originally popular in Puerto Rico, Reggaeton combines Jamaican-style dance hall rap and salsa and bomba rhythms to create a unique Latin sound that is appealing to Mexican Americans and Central Americans who have traditionally listened to different music than Latinos with Caribbean or South American descent.

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Mobile music awards for ringtones and caller tunes

Telecom New Zealand presents mobile music awards for ringtones and caller tunes

Friday, 26 August 2005
Snoop Dogg, Ciara and UB40 have all topped the Telecom mobile ringtone and caller tune charts with more than 10,000 downloads each for Beautiful, 1,2 Step and Red Red Wine, making these some of the most popular mobile tunes amongst Telecom mobile customers.

At a ceremony last night, awards were presented to international and local record labels for the top 20 songs that Telecom mobile users have downloaded as either a ringtone or caller tune.

Homegrown artists P Money, Scribe and Dave Dobbyn received Gold awards for Stop the Music, Keep on Calling and Slice of Heaven respectively, with more than 5,000 individual downloads for each tune.

"Increasingly mobile users are using music to imprint their individuality onto their phones, heralding an exciting new era in mobile content and entertainment," said Kevin Bowler, head ofmobile marketing at Telecom. "Gone are the days when everyone in a room scrambled for their cellphone when they heard the ubiquitous ring ring. Now it's more like a music fest and you can get an idea of a person's age, tastes and personality by the mobile ringtones they choose."

The awards, organised in conjunction with mobile music content provider Mercury Mobility, follow equivalent levels set by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand for singles sales.

Kerry George, Mercury Mobility Content Manager said; "The sales of mobile ringtone and caller tunes are now just as valid a measure of an artist's popularity as CD or album sales. This collaboration between the recording and mobile industries has created a new channel for artists to reach their fan base."

Telecom has more than 3,500 music content items available to download, meeting increasing customer demand for the latest chart-topping ringtones, tunes and alerts, particularly from younger users.

"Its not just about giving customers the latest phone with the best features. Mobile content including ringtones or caller tunes, video clips screen savers and wallpapers are just as essential to today's mobile user," Bowler said.

The inaugural Telecom Mobile music awards have been presented for the following:
Platinum award (10,000 tru-tone and caller tune downloads):
- Beautiful by Snoop Dogg, EMI
- 1,2 Step by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, Sony BMG
- Red Red Wine by UB40, EMI

Gold award (5,000 tru-tone and caller tune downloads):
- Stop the Music by P Money and Scribe, FMR
- Keep on Calling by P Money featuring Akon, FMR
- Slow Jamz by Twista, Warner Music
- Chop Suey by System of a Down, Sony BMG
- Baby Boy by Big Brovaz, Sony BMG
- Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper, Sony BMG
- Soldier by Destiny's Child, Sony BMG
- Push Up by Freestylers, Shock
- Let Me Love You by Mario, Sony BMG
- Lose My Breath by Destiny's Child, Sony BMG
- American Idiot by Green Day, Warner Music
- Caught Up by Usher, Sony BMG
- Slice of Heaven by Dave Dobbyn, Sony BMG
- Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin, EMI
- Breaking the Habit by Linkin Park, Warner Music
- Naughty Girl by Beyonce, Sony BMG

Press Release: Telecom New Zealand

Trilateral's Remix of the Don Omar and Tego Calderon Smash 'Los Bandoleros' Has the Hip Hop Community Buzzing

NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- How do you get instant credibility in the hard to penetrate Hip Hop industry? By making a hot song or making a hot song HOTTER!

That's exactly what has happened when independent artists Trilateral ( released their rendition of the Regaetton smash hit ``Los Bandoleros''. The song has created a ripple effect in the underground music scene and on the Internet. Bandolero, which is Spanish for outlaw, has been in heavy rotation on stations across the country and in New York where you can hear the song all day long on stations like La Mega 97.9 FM and Univision's La Kalle 105.9, previously known as Latino Mix. While Trilateral's version of the song has not received commercial airplay, it has been heavily downloaded from different websites that have gotten their hands on the track.

What makes the song popular is that it gives non-Spanish speaking Regaetton fans a clear understanding of Tego and Don Omar's message in the song. It has great commercial appeal for both Latin and English Regaetton/Hip Hop stations. The song is performed by Omar Cruz aka Desire and Albert Betances aka Burn. Both members of Trilateral are of Hispanic origin. When asked about whose idea it was to do a re-mix of the song, Burn stated, ``I heard the song last month when I went to visit my family in the Dominican Republic. As soon as I heard it, it made an impression. I immediately thought up an idea for the translation of the song and presented it to Desire when I got back to the states.'' The demand for the song has been so overwhelming that Trilateral was forced to put the song on their website for fans to download it. The song can be heard at


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SCOOP Seminars for the Savvy Publicist to Launch October 2005

Endorsed by Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS)

Time and Money-saving Shortcut to Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Relations, Publicity and Corporate Marketing

Discovery Networks Among Initial Clients

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- SCOOP, a new seminar company designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of public relations, publicity and corporate marketing, will be launching in October, 2005, with the endorsement of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS). The announcement was made today by entertainment marketing and public relations veteran and educator Sandi Padnos, President, SCOOP.

SCOOP, with the tagline "Seminars for the Savvy Publicist," has been developed to offer the equivalent of six months experience in six hours during a one-day intensive skills training for entry level to manager level public relations professionals. The course is also especially effective for senior management and marketing heads responsible for overseeing and understanding the public relations function.

With the proliferation of electronic, print, internet, radio and now podcast media outlets, SCOOP seminars have been developed to teach the fundamental messaging skills, placement tricks of the trade and mindset necessary to achieve a successful media campaign in today's evolving, competitive media landscape.

"Given the increased knowledge, perspective and skill needed by today's publicists and managers of PR departments, SCOOP functions as an intensive PR trade school to expedite what is typically learned on the job, over considerable time and at considerable company expense," according to Padnos. "SCOOP's first one-day seminar, 'Public Relations Skills and Techniques: Tools of the Trade,' is designed to equip PR professionals with the inside 'scoop' on effective strategies, tactics, and trade secret shortcuts."

The seminar is divided into separate training modules called "scoops" including:

* differences between marketing, public relations and publicity
* the media mentality and how to develop key contacts
* designing a PR campaign
* fundamentals of PR writing
* the art of the verbal pitch
* media event planning
* conventions and trade shows
* media training your executives

Annie Howell, senior vice president of communications for Discovery Networks, stated, "In today's competitive environment, there is a huge need to ensure that all members of the public relations team are well-equipped with both traditional PR fundamentals and cutting-edge information to support the overall communications effort. The on-site SCOOP training is a promising way to accomplish this in a convenient, time-efficient manner." Discovery Networks has signed as one of the initial SCOOP clients: other clients are expected to be announced shortly.

According to Henri Bollinger, PR veteran, former Publicist Guild president and EPPS founder, "Sandi Padnos' work has long been an integral part of the EPPS one-day seminars, monthly meetings and newsletter. The EPPS endorsement of SCOOP is in line with our signature educational efforts to provide the information that every PR professional needs to be well-connected, respected and successful."

Discussions are underway for endorsements with additional entertainment industry marketing and public relations groups.

Padnos is an internationally recognized public relations expert whose award-winning skills have benefited numerous high-profile corporations such as The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment Group, Scripps Networks/ Fine Living and Prodigy Services Corp., as well as pop culture icons ranging from Spider-Man to The Lennon Sisters.

In addition, Padnos teaches the popular UCLA extension course "Working with the Media," serves as Education Chair of EPPS, and a guest speaker and/or trainer at various communications industry events. Padnos taps her far- reaching experience as a successful public relations executive, marketing and publicity consultant, educator and trainer, author and columnist in her intensive and hands-on SCOOP, Seminars for the Savvy publicist.

In addition to on-site training at corporations nationwide, SCOOP seminars will be offered bi-monthly on select Saturdays. Group rates are also available.

In keeping with the SCOOP philosophy that the best public relations and marketing campaigns generally include a social service or community relations component, 5% of the proceeds from SCOOP seminars will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

As a special service to SCOOP clients and subscribers, the SCOOP website will report the latest PR techniques and developments in the market from industry conventions and trade shows. For more information and enrollment, visit

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2005 MTV Video Music Awards Rolls into Miami; Green Day Triumphs with Six Moon Men

Beginning on August 29th, Fans Will be Able to Relive the Biggest Night in Music on 'My VMAs' on MTV Overdrive

MIAMI, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The "2005 MTV Video Music Awards," honoring the best in music video, rolled into Miami at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday, August 28th. Hosted by Diddy, the 22nd annual awards show was jam packed with more music and more celebrities than ever before. Repeat air dates of the broadcast include: Sunday, August 28th at 11:30PM(ET/PT); Tuesday, August 30th at 6PM(ET/PT); Thursday, September 1st at 12:30PM(ET/PT); Saturday, September 3rd at 2PM(ET/PT); and Monday, September 5th at 10:00AM(ET/PT).

Green Day was the top winner of the night winning six Moon Men. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" garnered "Video of the Year," "Best Group Video," "Best Rock Video," "Best Direction in a Video," "Best Editing in a Video," and "Best Cinematography." Winners for "Viewer's Choice," "MTV2 Award," and "Best Video Game From a Soundtrack" were not determined at the issue of this release.

Officially launching on August 29th following the live VMA broadcast, "My VMAs," a dedicated channel within MTV Overdrive, will allow viewers to re-live and re-mix their VMA experience by combining their favorite moments from the star-studded night with exclusive, bonus segments, all available in an a la carte, on-demand menu. The expanded VMA footage will include in-depth "white" carpet fashion coverage; arrivals by yacht and tricked out cars; backstage artist interviews; as well as more music performances produced especially for Overdrive. "My VMAs" puts control in the hands of music fans and allows them to experience the VMAs the way they want.

The night started with celebrities flooding the white carpet as they arrived in their tricked out cars and luxurious yachts. For the first time in awards show history, celebrities revved up their engines for a pimped out and tricked out car show. The Game, Green Day, Ludacris, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, and Nelly wowed the white carpet as they showed up in their customized cars. While Usher, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin, Lil' Jon, and Trillville fashionably sailed into the arena. Carpet stopping performances from Fall Out Boy, Houston hip hop stars Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug, and Caribbean phenomenon Rihanna electrified MTV News' "Pre-Show by the Shore." There was so much action on the carpet that MTV News' extended the pre-show to an unprecedented two hours!

Water played a spectacular role in this year's show, omnipresent during performances and presenter moments throughout the evening. The special water effects were produced by Wet Designs, the same production company that designed the fountains at the famous Bellagio in Las Vegas. Inside American Airlines Arena, host Diddy dove right into the awards festivities by launching an explosive and dramatic water and fire show, as lithe dancers amazed the audience with their spectacular aerial moves from 25 feet in the air. Green Day explosively kicked off the music extravaganza with their hit "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," complete with pyrotechnical wizardry!

The party kept sizzling as Missy Elliott and Ciara introduced Ludacris to the stage. Ludacris started a world music party with "Pimpin' All Over the World" as drummers and dancers from Brazil, South Africa, and Trinidad joined his performance. And that was just the beginning of a night filled with music from the ultimate list of performers and star-studded presenters.

The VMAs marked the return of MTV favorites Beavis & Butt-Head. Throughout the show, Beavis & Butt-Head revealed the nominees for Viewer's Choice. Another memorable moment had Grandmaster Flash on the turn tables as Diddy introduced pop-culture icon MC Hammer who busted a move to his hit "U Can't Touch This." Ashlee and Jessica Simpson had a sisterly moment when they announced the nominees of Best R&B Video which were displayed on surfing plasma TVs positioned on the floor where hundreds of fans played an active role throughout the show.

The revelry continued as Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal & Dwayne Wade joined by Jessica Alba announced the next electrifying performance by Shakira. Making a splashy entrance amidst a duel of fire and water, Shakira gyrated onto the stage singing her hit "La Tortura" as Alejandro Sanz joined from the middle of the arena. To announce the winner of Best Dance Video, Usher kept the rhythm going as he brought up the Rize dancers from the popular David LaChappelle documentary. The Rize dancers in full clown make-up had the audience crumping in their seats. In another VMA first, R. Kelly performed Chapter 12 of his hit single "Trapped In a Closet" in theatrical one-man show. Performing in-the-round on center stage, he acted out all of the characters from his dramatical video series.

Hot couple Hilary Duff and Joel Madden, in their first official public appearance on TV together, introduced The Killers who amidst a pool of fire, performed their song "Mr. Brightside" from South Beach Miami's Hotel Victor, one of the remote locations of the night that showcased some of the most extravagant pools in Miami. Back to the arena, Diddy in a poignant moment, honored the late Notorious B.I.G. Diddy conducted a full orchestra as Snoop Dogg joined in this tribute to the famed rapper.

Fat Joe turned the volume back up with an energetic music moment, as Reggaeton superstars Don Omar, Tego Calderone, and Daddy Yankee joined him on stage with dancers working the audience into a frenzy. To keep up the energy of the music celebration, Diddy entrusted his "dogg pound" to cheer him on throughout the show. The show continued with the house lights simmering low as, Coldplay performed a moving rendition of "Speed of Sound," with Chris Martin running into the stands, creating an intimate performance.

Amidst a club setting, Kanye West, after winning Best Male Video, performed his smash hit "Gold Digger" that featured incredible background vocals from Jamie Foxx. At the end of their performance, the audience hit pay dirt as money shot onto the stage. Snoop Dogg introduced Dane Cook who had the audience laughing in their seats as he injected his unique brand of comedy into the show. Eva Longoria took the show to its second remote location, poolside at the National Hotel, as Mariah Carey belted out an energetic medley of her songs, "Shake It Off," and "We Belong Together." Carey was joined by her surprise special guests Jermaine Dupri, Jadakiss, and DJ Clue and Styles P.

50 Cent, joined by Mobb Deep and Tony Yayo, kept the energy up as he performed a medley of "Disco Inferno," "Outta Control," and "So Seductive." 500 tambourines clamored along throughout 50's frenetic performance. Then Diddy surprised the crowd as he brought on surprise performers My Chemical Romance, who rocked their hit "Helena" as 300 white umbrellas appeared in the crowd with Helena revealed under a sole red umbrella. The show came to a dramatic close with Kelly Clarkson's performing her hit "Since U Been Gone" with rain cascading down onto the audience.

The 2005 VMAs included appearances by the biggest names from the worlds of music, movies and television including Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, Lil Kim, Ricky Martin, Ashlee Simpson, Bow Wow, Eva Longoria, Nelly, Hilary Duff, Joel Madden from Good Charlotte, Ciara, Alicia Keys, Usher, Jessica Alba, Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Lindsay Lohan, Joss Stone, Jeremy Piven, and Snoop Dogg.

2005 MTV Video Music Awards Winners:


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films


Kanye West

"Jesus Walks"

College Dropout

Roc-A-Fella Records

Director: Chris Milk

Producer: Gina Leonard

Production Company: Radical Music


Kelly Clarkson

"Since U Been Gone"



Director: Alex De Rakoff

Producer: Billy Parks

Production Company: F.M. Rocks


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films



"Number One Spot"

Red Light District

Disturbing Tha Peace

Director: Fat Cats/Chaka Zulu

Producer: Anke Thommen

Production Company: F.M. Rocks


Alicia Keys


The Diary of Alicia Keys

MBK Entertainment/J Records

Director: Chris Robinson/Alicia Keys

Producer: Meredith Welsch

Production Company: HSI Productions


Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

"Lose Control"

The Cookbook

Gold Mind/Atlantic Records

Director: Dave Meyers/Missy Elliott

Producer: Joseph Sassone

Production Company: Radical Music


Missy Elliott f/ Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

"Lose Control"

The Cookbook

Gold Mind/Atlantic Records

Director: Dave Meyers/Missy Elliott

Producer: Joseph Sassone

Production Company: Radical Music


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films


Kelly Clarkson

"Since U Been Gone"



Director: Alex De Rakoff

Producer: Billy Parks

Production Company: F.M. Rocks


The Killers

"Mr. Brightside"

Hot Fuss

Island Records

Director: Sophie Muller

Producer: Grant Jue

Production Company: Oil Factory Inc



"Feel Good INC."

Demon Days

Virgin Records America, Inc.

Director: Jamie Hewlett/ Pete Candeland

Producer: Cara Speller/Emilie Walmsley

Production Company: Passion Pictures


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films


Gwen Stefani

"Hollaback Girl"


Interscope Records

Director: Paul Hunter

Producer: Rubin Mendoza

Production Company: HSI Productions

Choreographer: Kishaya Dudley



"Feel Good INC."

Demon Days

Virgin Records America, Inc.

Director: Jamie Hewlett/ Pete Candeland

Producer: Cara Speller/Emilie Walmsley

Production Company: Passion Pictures

Special Effects: Passion Pictures


Gwen Stefani

"What You Waiting For?"

Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Interscope Records

Director: Francis Lawrence

Producer: Caleb Dewart

Production Company: DNA

Art Director: Zach Matthewes


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films

Editor: Tim Royes


Green Day

"Boulevard of Broken Dreams"

American Idiot

Reprise Records

Director: Samuel Bayer

Producer: Tim Lynch

Production Company: Black Dog Films

Cinematographer: Samuel Bayer

Salli Frattini and Dave Sirulnick are the Executive Producers for the "2005 MTV Video Music Awards." Michael Dempsey is Producer and Summer Strauch is Co-Producer. Beth McCarthy-Miller is Director. Kathy Flynn is Event Producer.

The "2005 MTV Video Music Awards" will be available to a potential viewing audience of over 1 billion people via MTV's 43 channels reaching 429.1 million households around the world as well as through syndication, and its convergent and original online programming will reach the entire online nation, via MTV's 38 Web sites around the world.

The official sponsors of the "2005 MTV Video Music Awards" are Gap, Jeep, Pantene, Pepsi, Revlon, Saturn, Taco Bell, and Virgin Mobile.

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

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"20 Funerals" from Swirl films set to be released for Sony PSP

Hit Urban film being prepped for multi-format launch

Wilmington, NC -- (ArriveNet - Aug 27, 2005) -- "20 Funerals", the latest feature from Swirl Films ( is joining a growing list of titles to be available for the Sony PSP. The feature is slated to be released on the UMD format in early 2006.

The film, starring DJ Naylor, with appearances by Big Boi (Outkast) and Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys, was released on DVD June 7th.

Written & Directed by Anghus Houvouras, the movie follows the exploits of 4 Atlanta Police Officers who have decided to stop arresting criminals, and start burying them.

The movie has been extremely well recieved, with a multitude of positive reviews, and the title has been briskly moving off the shelf. It's success in the DVD market has prompted a release on the UMD format.

"I'm excited" said Houvouras. "It's great to get a movie out there where people can see it, and as an avid video gamer, a release on the PSP format is something i'm really happy about."

Heatedbeats Recording artist "N-One" impacts BET, MTV, Yahoo and Blastro with the video single "Feel my pain"

Heatedbeats | Hustlewood Media | presents... Recording artist "N-one" preps debut album "Then God Said..." with the release of the video single "Feel my pain" impacting video stations BET, MTV, Yahoo, and Blastro.

Hollywood, California -- (ArriveNet - Aug 26, 2005) - N-One, the rap music industry's most promising newcomer has set a November 24 release date for his upcoming debut album "Then God Said...". Prior to this November release, Heatedbeats | Hustlewood Media | PFNunn Presents... recording artist N-One will release his underground mixtape entitled "Hustlin 101 vol. 1" with features that include 50cent, Snoop Dogg, Supercat, and Justin Timberlake to name a few. The lead video "Feel my pain" impacted video stations such as BET, Yahoo, Blastro, and MTV August 24 with the lead Club single "Tennis Shoe Pimpin" making its way to Record Pools and DJ's this week. In September, N-One and Heatedbeats | Hustlewood Media | PFNunn Presents.. will be teaming up with DJ Mochee and Hip Hop recording artist Bree with free mixtape downloads and scheduled Cd release parties at the Hollywood hotspot Star Shoes Lounge in the city of Hollywood for more info go to,,,, or call 310.860.7676 Patrick F. Nunn | Just Nunn | CEO | Hustlewood Media

The Pitfalls of Digital Music Sampling and the Future of the Music Industry Featured in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine

September issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine cover feature explores recent legal developments digital music sampling

Los Angeles, California (PR WEB) August 28, 2005 -- In Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, September 2005 cover feature story "Sample This!" attorney, Astride Howell, talks about the changes in legal standards for digital sampling of music and what it means for the future of the music industry.

In the article, Astride Howell dispels the famed 30 second rule of borrowing hit songs, expands on the new trend of mashingmixing two or more records together to make completely new song, and clearly sets out the legal benchmarks for those wishing to undertake sampling in the future.

The article is a must read for lawyers, producers, and artists alike. "[Astride] Howells article is informative and easily digestible. Her knowledge of this very complex and ever-evolving subject is unrivaled and this very well makes her an expert is this growing field of law," says Ryan Ford, Senior West Coast Editor of the hip-hop bible, The Source magazine.

The complete article will be published in the September issue of Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, the official magazine of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Astride Howell is a principal of the Law Offices of Astride Howell, a Santa Monica boutique firm specializing in entertainment and business transactions.

For additional information on the Sample This! visit or

About Astride Howell:

Astride Howell is an attorney at The Law Offices of Astride Howell and who excels in advising clients with complex new media transactions in entertainment and fashion. Ms. Howell received her J.D. degree from the USC Law School. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations Entertainment Law and Real Property Sections and the American Bar Association.

About Law Offices of Astride Howell (LOAH)

Founded in 2003 by its principal, LOAH is a boutique entertainment firm that provides professional representation in music, film, television, fashion, corporate, and general business transactions. With experienced transactional attorneys who think outside the box, the firm represents many diverse clients, both in California and nationally. For additional information, please visit

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