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Debut Single Run It Featuring Rapper Juelz Santana Quickly Climbs Pop, Rhythm and R&B Formats

New R&B Artist Chris Brown Set to release Self-titled album November 29th!!

Debut Single Run It Featuring Rapper Juelz Santana Quickly Climbs Pop, Rhythm and R&B Formats, with early adds at Z100, and KISS in LA, as the video is in rotation at MTV, MTV2 and BET.

(New York, NY) Jive Records recording artist Chris Brown proves that an ambitious 16-year old can succeed at what he sets his mind to. His blazing first single Run It featuring Juelz Santana steadily moves up on several charts. With a Billboard Hot 100 listening audience of almost 14 million, Chris Brown has tapped into every format # 8 on the Top 40 Rhythm Monitor, # 13 on the R&B mainstream chart, and # 24 on the Hot 100 Charts!!!!! The single also was #2 most added at Pop Radio (1 week before the official add date)! Major radio stations that came in early are Z100 (NY), KISS (LA), Y100 (Miami), WLFZ (Tampa), WKSC (Chicago) and WRKW(Nashville). His single has the highest charting debut on the Mainstream Top 40 chart as his inaugural single entered # 29 this week. Brown's debut single is the best the Mainstream Top 40 chart has seen by an artist's first Billboard charting track since Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn" entered at No. 26 in February 1998. It is the best by a male artist since Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses" came in at No. 29 in May of 1997.

RUN IT, is an irresistible up-tempo dance joint with an attention-grabbing hook. Says Chris, Its basically saying to a girl If youre at the party by yourself, show me how you get down but if your mans here, tell me first. So basically its talking about runnin it. Go ahead, do your thing.

The single is the first hit single from his self-debut album, which arrives in stores November 29th. Tracks on the album are produced by Scott Storch, Underdogs, Andre and Vidal, Cool and Dre, and Jazze Pha.

The promotional video for Run It has been completed with Erik Wright whose credits include videos with B2K, Nelly, Bobby Valentino and Jo Jo. The video is currently on MTV, MTV2 as well as the BET network.

Previous Press includes features/profiles in Vibe, Billboard and several teen magazines including Twist, Pop Star, Black Beat, and Right On. Upcoming Print Press includes features in Rolling Stone, Interview, Teen People and Trace.

TV Appearances/Performances Scheduled on MTVs TRL (October 4), Soul Train (November) and Showtime at the Apollo (December).


STREET TALK: Da Official Guide to Hip-Hop & Urban Slanguage

STREET TALK: Da Official Guide to Hip-Hop & Urban Slanguage could easily be titled Hip-Hop & Urban Slang for Dummies. In his easy-to-read easy-to-follow dictionary/guide, Moe Deezy has done for the Hip-Hop and Urban slang vernacular what Merriam-Webster has done for English.

Nowhere will you find such a complete, thorough, and authentic array of Hip-Hop and Urban street speak as you will find in this unique literary lexicon.

STREET TALK is the perfect reference guide for all those who want or need to understand Hip-Hop and Urban lingo. Young people as well as adults will find STREET TALK the go-to guide for this fascinating style of verbal word play, covert meanings, and hip expressions.

With over 700 pages, 10,000 entries and more, STREET TALK covers every facet of Hip-Hop & Urban culture and the language which defines it. With Hip-Hop and Urban cultures major influence on popular culture today, slang language has finally found its place in the mainstream. Some of the verbiage referenced in STREET TALK, is some of the same slang used by many of todays biggest rappers, actors, and those who have their finger on the pulse of Hip-Hop and Urban culture.

STREET TALK is Hip-Hop & Urban cultures 1st OFFICIAL slang dictionary/guide!

.STREET TALK is something that both the streetz and mainstream can feel. We stamp this the CERTIFIED Ghetto-Webster.
-Susan Hampstead, Senior Editor, DON DIVA Magazine
President, Hampstead Publishing

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Interview with Compton Rap Royalty - Lil Eazy-E

Lil Eazy E, oldest son of the legendary west coast gangsta rap icon Eric Eazy E Wright, will drop his debut album on Virgin Records The Prince of Compton this January 2006. In this interview with he covers everything from himself to his legendary father Eric 'Eazy E' Wright.

(PRWEB) October 6, 2005 -- This January brings a new generation of west coast rap or should we say gangsta rap to the forefront. Not being able to call it hip-hop but pure west coast gangsta rap, from one of the realest artists has ever interviewed.

Lil Eazy E, oldest son of the legendary west coast gangsta rap icon Eric Eazy E Wright, will drop his debut album on Virgin Records The Prince of Compton this January 2006.

It is said that first impressions are lasting impressions. If this is true the entire game of hip-hop and rap better be aware that it is time to take it up a notch or two if they want to stay up with Lil Eazy E.

You can have respect for artists in the game but the best kind of respect is respect that is gained; and this interview did just that for and hopefully for you. Much respect was gained for Lil Eazy E and knowing that he is busy finishing his album, and with all the other things going on that he has; to take time for his fans and to sit and chew it up and not rush thru this interview shows his appreciation for his fans and the fans of his father.

He is the type of artist that is needed in hip-hop and rap today. Everyone is complaining about the state of rap and hip-hop and where it is headed; well with Lil Eazy E you get the feeling it is headed in a new direction; a real direction.

In reading the interview with Lil Eazy E you will notice he used the phrase Real Talk a few times and to borrow that from him this interview is Real Talk with an artist who has a plan and you can tell he is going to make that plan work.

No matter what you may have heard or read other places, Lil Eazy E is the next generation of gangsta rap period. Check out the interview and learn the real on Lil Eazy E in his words, not from someone who really dont know - but get it from the dude who lives it.

Read the full interview and hear the first single off Lil Eazy Es debut album The Prince Of Compton at



Star choreographer hits it one more time with new Hip Hop dance DVD: DARRIN'S DANCE GROOVES 2

Darrin Henson, MTV Award Winner and choreographer to some of the biggest stars is set to break new records with the release of his new dance choreography video this fall. Darrin's Dance Grooves 2 is the follow-up to Darrin's Dance Grooves which got America groovin in 2002, selling over 3,000,000 copies and becoming one of the most successful dance videos of all time.

Without any formal training Darrin Henson became one of the hottest dance choreographers around and began his career with C & C Music Factorys hugely successful, Things That Make You Go Hmmmm, and from then on his career went from strength to strength and he became one of the most sought after choreographers in the industry.

Hes just better than everybody...

With over ten years in the industry, an MTV Award under his belt for *NSYNCs Bye, Bye, Bye, and a list of clients including the artist formerly known as Prince, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Usher, J-Lo, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Spice Girls, Jordan Knight and MVP, Darrin Henson the man for whom the phrase superstar choreographer was created is one of the hottest dance choreographers in the industry today.

Darrins new video, Darrin's Dance Grooves 2 is must have for any dance or fitness enthusiast, the DVD comes with 5 new cutting edge street routines and new bonus material that includes information on how to get an edge in the dance world: from creating your own routines to getting the right head shot

Produced and directed by Henson and his production company, New Found Productions, the DVD is set to cause a storm this Christmas.

RRP $19.99.


Darrin DeWitt Henson, Bronx born, is one of six brothers who grew up with a passion and desire to perform. While growing up, Darrin learned his craft on the streets of New York and danced with DJ Scott La Rock, a world renowned music and dance producer. After a successful run on Broadway, Darrin set out on his massive career as choreographer.

Darrin has worked with all of the major players in the music industry including LL Cool J, Michael Jackson, Prince, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Usher, Justin Timberlake, N SYNC and J-Lo. His skill and dedication as dance teacher has won him numerous awards including the highly prestigious MTV Music Award for Best Choreography.

Since the release of Darrins Dance Grooves I, Darrin has extended his interests and has shown his talent for acting and fashion. He starred in a hit TV show Soul Food, for five seasons and played the lead alongside Vivica Fox in The Salon (release Christmas 2005). Henson, is currently filming The Last Stand with Anthony Anderson and Guy Tory, and later this year will produce and star in his first feature, In The Groove, with Loretta Devine. In 2004, he launched the street clothing and accessories label, Groove Gear.

Despite his successful foray into acting and fashion, Darrin maintains his top spot in the dancing world and has just finished directing and choreographing MVPs Rock Your Body with Stagger Lee. The video, produced by Robert Clivilles from the famed C&C Music Factory, is due for release late November this year.

NuTech Digital Inks Exclusive Agreement for ``Battle of the Rappers'' Concert DVD Series

VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 2005--NuTech Digital, Inc. (OTCBB:NTDL), a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of original and licensed DVD content, today announced the execution of an exclusive production and distribution agreement with Bizarre and Proof, Platinum Artists from the rap group D12. The production will result in the creation, by Bizarre and Proof, of a DVD Concert series entitled "The Battle of the Rappers." The series will be produced in Hi-Definition, utilizing state-of-the-art audio and video technology, which will best capture the rap battles on stage as various artists compete in the elimination contest for #1. Bizarre and Proof will be hosting and guest judging the battle tournament. The production shoot is scheduled for October 12, 2005, at the Alvin Theater in Detroit, Mich., and this first DVD in the series will be released in the beginning of the first quarter 2006.

Both Bizarre and Proof are members of Detroit rap group D12, whom NuTech recorded in Chicago on August 23, 2005. In addition to their involvement with D12, both artists have successful solo careers. Having the recent experience of working with NuTech, they came up with the idea to create the "The Battle of the Rappers" Series, which as of now, is undetermined as to how many volumes will be produced. Essentially, the series will document a concert-like event, which will play out in the form of a contest. In such contests, many of which take place in underground hip hop clubs, various aspiring rappers will challenge each other for crowd approval and recognition. In doing so, they will use lyrical content, wit and other methods of delivery to put down, or "diss," their opponent; unfortunately, fun sometimes erupts into frenzy on the stage. In some cases, the crowd will determine the winner, while in this case, Bizarre and Proof will guest host and be the judges.

Commenting on the signing, NuTech Digital CEO Lee Kasper stated, "When I relayed the concept of filming the underground activity of rap battling to entertainment industry experts who help advise us, they absorbed the information quietly. As we discussed Bizarre and Proof's idea further, they became more excited as they applied the concept to their business model metrics. While it is ultimately more difficult to anticipate sales in the case of this project, as opposed to an established artist, we do know for sure that this idea is groundbreaking. For the first time that we know of, this facet of rap will be exposed nationally to all fans in a full High Definition, 4- camera production, not just Detroit rap fans, where it has been very popular for a very long time. It is anticipated that the effect could become cultish amongst rap fans."

Kasper continued, "Bizarre and Proof are ingenious with this idea, and NuTech is the type of company that will make commitments in new and ground breaking areas of the entertainment industry. I am very pleased to be involved with this project."

About NuTech Digital
NuTech Digital is a pioneer in the home entertainment product market, with more than 600 exclusive DVD titles and a growing library of High Definition music concerts. The Company recently launched its Platinum Concert Series with plans to produce and distribute many more Hi-Definition concert DVDs annually, featuring the biggest names in music today. NuTech Digital offers original and licensed content via a worldwide network of distributors, retailers and Internet entities, including Warner Music Group and CinemaNow. NuTech Digital also has broadcast availability, DRM and video on demand for many of its new products. NuTech Digital recently introduced its DRM technology, which enables the secure distribution of high-resolution digital content via the Internet NuTech's Digital's DRM platform allows its feature films, concerts, Japanese animation and late-night programming to be accessed via secure downloads and included in online subscription services. NuTech Digital also facilitates authoring services to content providers in the entertainment industry.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause NuTech Digital, Inc.'s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any projections of earnings, revenue or other financial items, any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations, any statements concerning proposed new products, services or developments, any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, statements of belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These statements are based on expectations as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in NuTech Digital, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

NuTech Digital, Inc.
Jackie Fowler, 818-994-3831, ext. 10

Founding Member of The Aphilliates Named Mixtape DJ of The Year

ATLANTA (PRWEB) October 7, 2005 -- The reigning mixtape king of the South was honored by his peers and fellow industry tastemakers last week during the 7th Annual MixShow Power Summit in Freeport, Bahamas.

In an award ceremony on Thursday, September 29, 2005, DJ Drama was named Mixtape DJ of the Year. Presented to the most influential and innovative DJ, the category was dedicated to Justo Faison, founder of the original Mixtape Awards, who is heavily credited with making the mixtape game what it is today.

Presented by DJ Clue, the competition for the Mixtape DJ of the Year award was certainly a close one this year, as all five nominees are internationally known and respected. Drama beat out DJs Big Mike, Green Lantern, Kay Slay and Whoo Kid for the honor, and was the only Southern mixtape DJ nominated. It was a great look, says Drama, It felt good to be handed an award by DJ Clue, who I grew up listening to and studying! I was very honored and grateful for the recognition.

And what better year for Drama to receive this accolade than 2005? To date, hes dropped sixteen new mixtapes and two Chopped n Screwed remixes this year. Starting with Young Jeezys now legendary Trap or Die mixtape, with 300,000 copies distributed, Drama has consistently hit the streets with some of the hottest mixtape releases of 05. Gangsta Grillz: Dedication, hosted by Lil Wayne has become a Certified Street Classic. The Chopped n Screwed version of the same title, remixed by Paul Wall, was released only a couple of months later to equal success. In July, Gangsta Grillz: Boss Basics, hosted by Slim Thug may have served as one of the best promotional tools for the artists debut album, with 25,000 units pressed. Dramas latest offering, The Ultimate Hustler Mixtape hosted by Dame Dash was released this week, coinciding with the premier of Dashs BET reality show of the same name.

A founding member of Atlantas premier DJ family, The Aphilliates, DJ Drama has rapidly become one of the most sought after DJs in the country. His Gangsta Grillz series is a coveted promotional opportunity for any artist seeking to strength their fan base in the streets, and is recognized by the industry as one of the premier sources for the Souths best new talent. Past hosts include established artists like 8Ball & MJG, Big Boi, Bun B, David Banner and Diddy; and newcomers Stat Quo, Smitty, P$C and Slick Pulla. In addition to a busy touring schedule with T.I. & P$C, DJ Drama can be heard alongside his Aphilliates brethren Friday nights on Sirius Satellite Radio station Shade 45 from 8-10pm, hosting The Streetz Iz Watchin and on Saturday nights from 8-10pm, when Gangsta Grillz Radio takes over Atlantas Hot 107.9 (WHTA-FM). Drama is also preparing for the release of the Gangsta Grillz DVD and Gangsta Grillz The Album.

Orlando R. McGhee
The Aphilliates
(404) 524-1266

Tai Saint-louis


October 6th, 2005 (Jacksonville, FL) - 6 Hole Records proudly presents The Return of Otis Holdem Mixtape from Jacksonville's native sons Asamov previewing their highly anticipated debut album "And Now..." dropping October 18th, 2005. The new mixtape was mixed by the world famous DJ Shotgun of The Crate Bullies former DJ for Atlanta's Goodie Mob and features the hit new single "Supa Dynamite" feating Mr. Lif of The Perceptionists.

The Return of Otis Holdem Mixtape is being made available to introduce the Hip-Hop World to one of the best kept secrets on underground hip-hop music scene - Asamov! The mixtape will be made available for an undetermined limited amount of time and can be downloaded for free at the following url:

For more information on Asamov please visit:

Download Free Asamov Mixtape
"The Return of Otis Holdem Mixtape"
Hosted By DJ Shotgun
(6 Hole)

1)Asamov intro
2)Don't stop (Otis remix)
3)Move to the left (Otis remix)
5) (commercial break)
6)Squad car all-stars
7)Rock like this break
10)Blow your whistle (orig.)
11)Blow your whistle (remix)
12)Duval (interlude)
14)Don't stop (orig.)
17)Cafe LGA
18)Asamoutro (Shotty speaks with his hands)
19)Blow your whistle (Jihad remix)
20) Hookslide (Therapy Verse)
21) BoomBox
22) Desi Interlude (drop)
23) Supa Dynamite feat Mr. LIF


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To obtain a press copy of Asamovs And Now for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
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Producer Needlz Laces Trina, 50 Cent, Lupe Fiasco and more

Needlz Sets Off Projects For Trina And 50 Cent -- New Tracks With Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Rich Boy and more

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 7, 2005 -- Multi-platinum producer Needlz has enjoyed a number of recent successes, including his contributions to Platinum albums for Young Buck, Game, G-Unit and Ludacris.

His work on 50 Cent's monster album The Massacre, with over 4.6 million copies sold to date, has been highly regarded by fans and critics alike. An animated video for the Needlz-produced "Piggy Bank" is available on The Massacre re-release, and the song will be featured in 50 Cent's upcoming film Get Rich Or Die Trying.

Needlz has an arsenal of new songs brewing with the likes of lyrical phenom Talib Kweli, Interscope's highly-touted up-and-comer Rich Boy, Miami veteran Trick Daddy, and Def Jam's youngest emcee Cory Gunz. Needlz' track "Throw It Back", a crunk duet with the Diamond Princess Trina and G-Unit's Young Buck, is currently featured on Trina's new album The Glamorest Life.

Lupe Fiasco, the Chicago newcomer who recently garnered some attention from his Kanye West collaboration "Touch The Sky" on the Late Registration LP, has been working with Needlz as well. The two recorded "Hurt Me Soul" and "Tilted" for Lupe's upcoming Atlantic Records debut album Food & Liquor, and "Tilted" is also featured on the NBA Live 2006 video game.

In addition to his major label accomplishments, Needlz has been focusing on his own Dry Rain production company. He has been helping to develop fresh sounds for some emerging talent, namely the enigmatic Fight Klub battle champ Serius Jones. Between Needlz' melodic beat mastery and Serius Jones' incredible songwriting abilities, music fans can look forward to some true heat in 2006.

For more information on Needlz, go to


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Radio Going Crazy Over DJ Don Cannon's Go Crazy: Young Jeezy Track Heating Up Nationwide

ATLANTA, GA (October 6, 2005)-- DJ Don Cannon, one sixth of the Philadelphia bred, Atlanta based deejay collective known as The Aphilliates, is gaining national recognition as an up and coming producer on the rise. His production work on the single, 'Go Crazy', from the highly acclaimed debut album from Young Jeezy entitled, Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101, is creating a buzz on the streets and radio. The remix track is a hidden surprise for the consumers, as it features none other than the legendary lyricist and current Def Jam Records President: Jay-Z.

Go Crazy is getting love across the board, with increasing airplay from DC to Illinois to California. From Jeezys perspective, this song doesnt sound like any other song on his album, says Cannon, Its well-rounded and universal. Its an anthem for him. Cannon has also made mention that additional versions of the song may feature appearances from artists such as: Juelz Santana, Fat Joe, and Jadakiss.

With a focus on longevity, the DJ has constructed a full-service production company, Cannon Music, and has produced tracks for some of Hip Hops notable acts such as: Phillys Most Wanted, Jermaine Dupri, and Bow Wow. Cannon is currently being sought after from well known acts and developing his own artists, including three new rap acts: -Willie the Kid, Detroit Red, and The Replacementz.

In addition to his production work, Don Cannon is currently completing working on an upcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape will fellow crewmember, DJ Drama. Cannons top mixtape, The King Series, has catapulted his career and has led to national recognition. He was voted Seagrams DJ of the Year in 2003, worked parties for the 2003 Super Bowl and Essence Magazines Yard Parties College Tour, and has made appearances on MTVs Spring Bling and The Ricki Lake Show. But he is not one to forget where the love comes from, therefore he continues to spread the Cannon brand across Atlanta by DJ_ing the hottest parties and doing live remotes with radio stations like 97.1 Jamz and Hot 107.9.

Cannon and The Aphilliates crew now have their own radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio called Aphilliates Radio Streetz Iz Watchin, which began in September 2004 on Eminems Shade 45 station. In addition, he can also be heard on Gangsta Grillz Radio airing on Radio Ones Hot 107.9 every Saturday night from 8-10 p.m. He is the official tour DJ for BME recording artist Lil Scrappy. Additionally, Cannon has also been featured on BETs Rap City.

For more information on Don Cannon and The Aphilliates, please visit For press or media inquiries, please contact Syreta Oglesby at or (201)-658-3711.

Crown City Rockers hit the road again

What happens when you combine trained musicians from the world-renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston, with an articulate emcee and breathtaking beat-wizard both born and raised in sunny, southern California?

Crown City Rockers, that's what - a genre-blending hip-hop sollective whose music is original, powerful and provocative all in the same breath and follows in the storied footsteps of such pioneers as The Roots, De La Soul and Tribe Called Quest.

With an organic blend of lush, funk-drenched grooves, riveting classic soul samples, sharp live instrumentation and of course old-school inflected rhymes, Crown City Rockers is a welcome breath of fresh air in today's commercially cluttered hip-hop cosmos.

Check out the group's new tour dates:
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10/5 - Portland, OR @ Berbati's Pan  w/Lifesavas and The Coup
10/6 - Eugene, OR @ U of O's EMU Ampitheater
10/7 - Bend, OR @ The Grove
10/8 - Spokane, WA @ The B Side
10/9 - Sand Point, ID @ Synergy
10/11 - Whitefish, MT @ Flannagan's Central Station
10/12 - Bozeman, MT @ The Baxter Ballroom
10/13 - Missoula, MT @ The Other Side
10/15 - Fort Collins, CO @ Colorado State University
10/16 - Durango, CO @ the Abbey Theater
(the following dates are with Digable Planets)
10/31 - San Antonio, TX @ The Engine Room
11/1 - Dallas, TX @ The Gypsy Team Ballroom
11/2 - Lawrence, KS @ the Granada Theater
11/3 - St. Louis, MO @ The Blue Note
11/4 - Chicago, IL @ The Metro
Stay tuned for more dates to come!

Meet film director, editor and cinematographer Tim Greene @ Tripeg Film Studios next Saturday!!

New Haven, Connecticut The public is invited to attend The Global Entertainment and Media Summit on Saturday October 15th starting at 11am at Tripeg Film Studios located at 2155 State street in Hamden Connecticut, Hip Hop film director Tim Greene will be on hand to show you how to get in on the multi billion dollar film business without having a multi million dollar budget. Tim is known worldwide for green lighting his own feature films and then getting them on the shelf right next to big multi-million dollar Hollywood studio films in record breaking time in 21 countries. Tim will give you secrets on how to:

Market your film worldwide for only $9.99.
What to look for in your actors.
Get any location you want to film on for free.
Be a millionaire indie filmmaker in 3 years or less.
Get your film seen by millions without a movie theater.

After a recent standing room only speaking engagement in London England Tim Greene returns to the United States and hits the east coast for a two-week tour before heading back to Hollywood to start production on a hot new documentary film about the Masi Tribe in Africa. I usually do comedy films, but when this project came my way I could not pass it up, and all of the proceeds from the film will go back to The Masi Tribe to help them build a water well for their village and to buy new books to educate their kids says Greene. Philly filmmaker Crystal Gaines contributed to the cinematography and interviews on the film. Tim plans to release the new Masi documentary in the first quarter of 2006. Tims new Kids comedy feature film will be released in the 2nd quarter of 2006.

At the Global Entertainment And Media Summit you will also be able to meet other industry movers and shakers like:

Michael Butler Producer of Broadway Musical Hair

Hank Bordowitz, Bordowitz Media Werx

Publicist, Howard Bloom

Lee Abrams, XM Satellite Radio

Keynote Open Steve Zuckerman

Neal Thomassen

Q & A with Jeff Greenfield

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Rush To Win as Midway Announces MTV and MTV2's L.A. Rush(TM) Promotional Sweepstakes

Two Grand Prize Winners Each to Receive a Fully Pimped Out and Juiced Up 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

LA Rush Ships to Stores Nationwide on October 10, 1005 (Graphic: Business Wire)

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 5, 2005--Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced MTV's L.A. RUSH(TM) Watch 'n' Win sweepstakes and MTV2's L.A. RUSH sweepstakes, as well as MTV Networks' lineup of promotional activities on-air on MTV, MTV2 and online with and to coincide with Midway's launch of the action-packed arcade-style racing thriller, L.A. RUSH. Two lucky grand prize winners will win a completely pimped out 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI courtesy of MTV and MTV2. L.A. RUSH is scheduled to ship on October 10th for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, and December 12th for PC.

MTV's L.A. RUSH "Sneak Peek" will take place on October 16th during MTV's Sunday Stew, featuring an exclusive preview for L.A RUSH.
MTV's L.A. RUSH(TM) Watch 'n' Win sweepstakes is to begin on October 14, to coincide with the "Sneak Peek." Entrants must log on to and fill in an entry form, including trivia questions about L.A. RUSH, to be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win a fully pimped out and juiced up 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. The winner of the sweepstakes vehicle will be announced on MTV at a later date. No purchase is necessary, and for the official rules see when the sweepstakes begins.

MTV2 will be promoting L.A. RUSH through a number of initiatives including the premiere of brand new Video Mod featuring Twista and his song, "Hit The Floor," on October 10th as a part of Sucker Free Week. Twista, featured as a character in L.A. RUSH, will also host MTV2'sT-Minus Hip Hop Countdown during the week of October 24th and promote the game during one segment per day.

From October 10th - 24th, entrants can log on to win their own 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI, courtesy of MTV2's L.A. RUSH sweepstakes. No purchase is necessary, and for the official rules see when the sweepstakes begins.

L.A. RUSH is the first of three titles to ship under the recently announced, strategic relationship between MTV and Midway to jointly market video games.

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.

About L.A. RUSH
In L.A. RUSH, join the crew at West Coast Customs to pimp your ride and live the fabulous lifestyle of an L.A. street racer. Feel the rush as you race over 36 licensed rides including muscle, tuner and exotic vehicles as well as exclusive tricked-out racers designed by West Coast Customs and RIDES Magazine. An exciting and unique story-driven experience will allow you to race through 5 fully-open Los Angeles city re-creations while finding treacherous shortcuts and surviving death-defying jumps. L.A. RUSH is the next evolution in the highly addictive Rush franchise! About Midway
Headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Munich, Germany, London, UK, and Adelaide, Australia, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY) is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major video game systems and personal computers. More information about Midway can be obtained at

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Grafh Prepares Release With Black Hand, DDMG, and Def Jam

Grafh and Black Hand Team With Dame Dash and Def Jam -- New Single 'Ain't No Tellin' f/ Swizz Beatz -- AUTOGRAFH The Album Coming 2006 -- Grafh To Appear In BET's Ultimate Hustler Series

Jamaica, NY (PRWEB) October 6, 2005 -- Queens, New York has spawned legends in the music world, and Grafh is on his way to being the nation's next lyrical icon. With his new single "Ain't No Tellin", featuring and produced by Swizz Beatz, the multi-talented emcee is making a statement to his fans, not just rapping for sport.

Chaz Williams' Black Hand Entertainment has moved to team with Dame Dash Music Group and the Island/Def Jam system, and will release Grafh's highly-anticipated debut album AUTOGRAFH in early 2006. "My album will be my signature," explains Grafh. "My goal is to etch my name on the streets, the hearts and minds of the people."

Grafh recently filmed his video for "Ain't No Tellin". He will also be featured on Damon Dash's upcoming series Ultimate Hustler, which will air every Tuesday night beginning October 4 on BET. A part of the contestants' challenges involve working on a record and promoting a show performance for Grafh.

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Grand Entertainment & Music, Inc. Announces New Movie and Film Sub-Division

MONTREAL -- (Market Wire - Oct 06, 2005) - Grand Entertainment & Music Inc. (OTC: GENM) announced today that it has formed a new corporate sub-division. This wholly owned subsidiary, Grand Entertainment & Film Works Inc., will focus on the company's movie and film industry pursuits. All paperwork has been signed and filed with the federal government of Canada and should be finalized by the end of this week.

The company will utilize this subsidiary to participate in key film acquisitions as well as to broaden its existing markets. The company is considering several projects that range from feature films to small independent endeavors. In addition to investments and acquisition prospects, Gem will employ this sub-division to aggressively pursue soundtrack and other marketing opportunities. The company will announce more information as the details are finalized.

Fred Berlin, CEO of Grand Entertainment & Music Inc. stated, "I am very excited about the potential of this subsidiary. Grand Entertainment & Film Works Inc. will add a new dimension to our company and allow us to participate in a broad range of projects. We have already begun developing key industry contacts, which will greatly benefit our future efforts." Berlin further stated, "I am enthusiastic about the soundtrack opportunities and believe that our efforts through this sub division will gain significant exposure for our current and future artists. I look forward to announcing new developments soon."

About Grand Entertainment & Music Inc.

Based in Montreal, Quebec, and incorporated in November 1998, the company is an independent music company that produces, promotes, markets and controls the copyrights on music recordings in multiple formats. Additionally, the company's multi-million dollar studios produce voice-overs and sound tracks for commercials and film, which are used on the radio, on television and in theatres. Cherry Studios has produced thousands of records in its studios and has to its credit a total of 23 gold and platinum records. GEM also controls its own catalogue with hundreds of current titles. GEM, a pioneer in the Internet distribution and digital download field, currently owns and controls all its content and distribution rights. Having both content and distribution rights will enable the company to fulfill its mission of becoming a leading consolidator of quality music catalogues as well as a premier production, recording, publishing and Internet distribution company in the music industry.

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Three 6 Mafia Rolls Into the Billboard 200 at #3 with Hot New Album 'Most Known Unknown'

Hardcore Hip-Hop Ensemble's Winning Streak Continues with Pair of #1's as Most Known Unknown Tops R&B and Rap Album Sales Charts

NEW YORK, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Known Unknown, the new album from Three 6 Mafia, the dirty south's most uncompromising hip-hop ensemble, has entered the Billboard Top 200 album sales chart at #3, with true first week's sales of more than 125,000 pieces. According to SoundScan, the album also debuts at #1 on the R&B Album Sales and the Rap Album Sales charts.

Most Known Unknown once again ups the ante on Three 6 Mafia, whose last album, the RIAA Gold-certified Da Unbreakables, debuted at #4 on the Top 200 in 2003 and the Rap album sales chart at #1. Driven by the album's first hit single, "Ridin' Spinners," featuring Lil Flip, Da Unbreakables became the #1 best-selling album in Birmingham, Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville, Little Rock, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, and Paducah.

Garnering a cult-like following since their humble beginnings peddling TDK mix tapes, the Memphis, Tennessee-based Three 6 Mafia personify the essence of Down South Hip-Hop. With an ever-growing string of gold and platinum accomplishments, the group maintains its core connection to the pulse of the underground. Three 6 Mafia has had a series of successful recordings dating back to 1995 and the group's initial releases: the first independent release, Smoked Out, Loced Out, the first full-length album, Mystic Stylez (which sold more than 200,000 copies), and the Live By Your Rep EP.

Three 6 Mafia scored its first major label success in 1997 with Chapter 2: World Domination (Relativity), which sold over 800,00 copies. The group claimed gold status on the destructive lead single, "Tear Da Club Up." Even more success came with the follow-up album, When The Smoke Clears, in 2000. That album debuted at #6 on Billboard's Top 200 album sales chart, and has sold well over one million copies. As if musical success weren't enough, the group moved into the video realm, releasing the Choices DVD and Choices soundtrack album in 2001. The Choices DVD has sold more than 100,000 units (which is platinum status for home DVDs/videos). A well-received follow-up DVD, Choices II: The Set-Up, was released in March 2005.

Source: Hypnotize Minds/Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records

CONTACT: Tony Ferguson of Sony Urban Music, New York, +1-212-833-4595, or

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 -- Legendary hip hop and rap artists Heavy D and Tone-Loc guest star on YES, DEAR, Wednesday, Oct. 12 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

In preparation for a big Pay Per View wrestling event, Roy (Phill Lewis) brings over some of the best barbecue Jimmy (Mike O'Malley) and Greg (Anthony Clark) have ever tasted. Wanting more, Greg volunteers to go get brisket…until he finds out the restaurant is in a rough part of town. Challenging Jimmy's accusation that he is scared, Greg decides to risk it and drives alone to Phillip's barbecue where he befriends Charlie (Heavy D) and Dave (Tone-Loc). When he is gone a little too long, Jimmy and Roy become worried and venture down to save him. But "Greg & the Boyz" have a little fun at Jimmy's expense when they sic some "wild things" on him.

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Harlequin Enterprises Limited purchases the assets of BET Books

Popular imprints Arabesque, Sepia and New Spirit added to Harlequin portfolio

TORONTO, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited today announced the purchase of the assets of BET BOOKS, the publishing arm of Black Entertainment Television. The new ownership deal is expected to close November 30, 2005.

This is a key acquisition for Harlequin, and represents a strengthening of the Company's strategic position as one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction. The addition of BET Books, a leading publisher of African American women's fiction and the imprints Arabesque, Sepia and New Spirit, to the Harlequin portfolio will enhance the position of Harlequin within a strong growth segment in the US book market.

"This acquisition supports a key strategic initiative for Harlequin of offering greater breadth in publishing niches that can create future growth for the overall Harlequin franchise. The BET editorial strategy dovetails perfectly with that of Harlequin - romance, women's fiction and inspirational publishing," states Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO. "We are delighted that Linda Gill has agreed to join Harlequin and lead the growth of this new venture, which combines BET Books with Harlequin's own African American program. We are also very pleased to associate ourselves with such an excellent group of authors and are confident that under Linda Gill's strong leadership, we will continue to build a strong publishing program for these authors," says Hayes.


Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 25 languages and sold in 94 international markets. The company produces over 115 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.nv.b). Harlequin's Web site is located at Harlequin has offices in 18 countries including Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit or


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE: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 79 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production; and BET Books, the nation's leading publisher of African-American themed romance novels under the Arabesque imprint which also publishes compelling fiction under the Sepia imprint and inspirational fiction and nonfiction under the New Spirit imprint.

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CONTACT: Katherine Orr, (416) 391-7025; Christine Saunders,
(212) 553-4226


Producer Ron Browz Blazes New Tracks For 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Killer Mike and More

Producer Ron Browz Maintains Platinum Status

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 5, 2005 -- Harlem native Ron Browz stands out as one of the few producers in today's beat-saturated market to consistently raise the bar. From his early work on Big L's classic album The Big Picture and pulsating backdrop for the infamous Nas battle track "Ether", Ron Browz has made a name for his memorable street anthems. With tracks this year for 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Jae Millz, Killer Mike and more, Ron is set for the next big moves in 2006.

From Ron's first work on Big L's single "Ebonics" in 2000, he has since cracked out unique, multi-platinum sounds for the likes of Fat Joe, Ludacris, DMX, Lil Kim, Snoop Dogg, and Lloyd Banks. In 2005, his hard-hitting track for Jae Millz' single and video "Who" captivated fans of New York Hip Hop with renewed energy. There is no denying the signature flair a Ron Browz beat can bring to a song, and the industry is taking hold.

Tony Yayo enlisted Ron to produce "G-Sh*t" for his current album Thoughts Of A Predicate Felon, and in November, 50 Cent's highly-anticipated film Get Rich Or Die Trying will feature the Ron Browz sound on 50 Cent's track with Young Buck, "Whip Ya Head". Atlanta's Killer Mike also took on Ron's Harlem style for "Choose Me", a track featured on his upcoming album Ghetto Extraordinary.

While his production continues to flow through the studios of award-winning artists, Ron has been quietly building the foundation for his own label, Money Ave. His first artist, T-Rex, has already appeared on a number of popular mixtapes, and is enjoying a strong buzz in the streets of New York. With eight gold and platinum plaques already in-hand, Ron Browz is creating a legacy for the next generation of music lovers.

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Ringtones Provide Fashion Statement for Women

Females are the biggest buyers of ringtones. Over 21 million Americans purchased a ringtone last month.

Philadelphia (PRWEB) October 5, 2005 -- When it comes to ringtones, the battle of the sexes continues. While ringtones are universally popular with both males and females, females tend to purchase them more, according to a recent study by M:Metrics.

The measurement firm reports that 11.6 million American females downloaded a ringtone in August compared to 9.9 million American males. Theres also a difference in the genre of music that the sexes prefer. Females purchased 66% of the pop ringtones sold and 65% of the country ringtones sold. Not surprisingly, males dominate in the testosterone-laden world of heavy metal and hard rock ringtones where males purchase 68% of such ringtones.

The findings are not a surprise to Anthony Wayne who publishes the Cool Ringtones Blog ( Males were the early adopters of ringtone technology, but now ringtone providers are seeing their largest orders being placed by females who want to accessorize their cell phones the same way that they accessorize their outfits. Ringtones provide personalization and a fashion statement to females and allow males to project their masculinity to those around them.

The most popular kind of ringtones is rap ringtones; 6.7 million Americans downloaded a rap ringtone in a recent month. The next most popular categories are rock or alternative ringtones, pop ringtones, TV/movie/game theme ringtones, and classic rock ringtones. Rounding out the top 10 ringtone genres are country ringtones, hard rock and heavy metal ringtones, voice ringtones, oldies ringtones, and dance or electronic ringtones.

Ringtones are all about making a personal statement of who you are, especially in the teen and young adult demographics, said Wayne. And 22 million Americans are making personal statements every month.

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Starz InBlack Takes the Freedom of Speech to Another Level With Its New Exclusive Stand-Up Comedy Series

'The 1st Amendment Stand-up' Features 27 Up-and-Coming Comedians

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The founding fathers certainly weren't thinking of anything quite as funny or off-the-wall as "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" when they drafted the Bill of Rights. Even so, you can give that venerated document at least some credit for "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" a new, 13-episode, late-night raw and revolutionary exclusive stand-up comedy series from Starz InBlack. "The 1st Amendment Stand-up," which takes the freedom of speech to a whole new level, will premiere at 10 p.m. et/pt, Friday, October 14th and every Friday night following with an encore broadcast every Wednesday following "Top Slot" only on Starz InBlack.

"We've been the destination for the biggest and the best Hollywood movies and now Starz InBlack gets busy with a new realm of hip, urban entertainment with our new exclusive stand-up comedy series, 'The 1st Amendment Stand-up,'" said David Charmatz, senior vice president, channel management Starz Entertainment Group. "This series gives voice to a talented new generation of some of the funniest comedians. Be prepared to get your laugh on every Friday night."

Taped before a live audience in Atlanta, Georgia, each installment of "The 1st Amendment Stand-up" is hosted by comedian Doug Williams ("Premium Blend") and directed by Mike Bohusz ("Comic View"). Some of the featured comedians include Ralphie May ("Last Comic Standing"), Dr. Ken ("Comic Groove"), Annie McKnight ("Comic View"), Thea Vidale ("Thea"), Shang ("Comic View Grand Stand"), Lonnie Love ("Comic View"), Miguel Nunez ("Joey") and more. Adding more flavor to the show is the multi-talented DJ Nabs of Atlanta who spins the latest hip hop hits in between the laughs.

"It was a pleasure and a dream come true for me to host 'The 1st Amendment Stand-up,'" said Williams. "Thanks to Starz, America will have the opportunity to see some of the most talented underground comedians across the country. We truly exercised our freedom of speech and I am convinced this series will launch a new generation of untapped, hip, raw talent."

"Starz InBlack is run by a bunch of cool folks," said Bohusz. "So often in our business street credibility gets washed away by censorship and executives who have never seen the inside of an urban comedy club. With '1st Amendment Stand-up,' Starz Entertainment Group is giving the power back where it belongs -- with the comedians. Thank you Starz."

Starz InBlack is the source for the biggest, coolest movies and urban entertainment. Starz InBlack has produced several original film projects, most recently, UNSTOPPABLE: A Conversation with Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks and Ossie Davis, The Last of the Mississippi Jukes, and the Peabody Award-winning and NAACP Image Award-nominated A Huey P. Newton Story starring Roger Guenveur Smith and directed by Spike Lee. Other productions include the critically acclaimed Funny Valentines (in association with Studio USA Pictures and STARZ! Pictures), starring Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine and CCH Pounder, plus original documentaries Scandalize My Name: Stories from the Blacklist, hosted by actor Morgan Freeman and the highly regarded Classified X by the godfather of contemporary African American cinema, Melvin Van Peebles.

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 179 million pay units. SEG offerings include the Starz Encore Movie Pack with 13 digital movie channels and more than 750 movies per month, Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand, and Starz Ticket, an on-demand premium Internet movie subscription service available on the broadband platform. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation,

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MIKE AND IKE(R) Brand Sends Lucky Winners to New York City

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its summer radio program, MIKE AND IKE(R) chewy fruit-flavored candies awarded six lucky winners a trip to New York City with an exclusive tour of fuse TV's studio and the opportunity to be part of the live audience for one of fuse's hottest shows, "Daily Download."

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MIKE AND IKE(R) ran radio spots and on-air promotional programs in 20 markets nationwide hitting 35% of their core teen target audience. Various on-air promotions and live event contests were executed by the local DJs including "Play Tangy Twister with MIKE AND IKE(R) Candies" where participants vied to be the ultimate winner of the Twister(R) game. At other live events, teens were asked to show how they FlavUp(TM) with their unique moves at skate parks. DJs chose the winners and presented them with a MIKE AND IKE(R) branded skateboard.

Within six of these markets, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago, DJs asked their listeners to repeat the MIKE AND IKE(R) flavor combination of the day. Those that repeated the correct combination won a daily prize of MIKE AND IKE(R) candy or other branded giveaways. The daily winners were then entered into the grand-prize drawing to win a trip for two to fuse's state-of-the-art, street-front studio in New York City on Sept. 30th or Oct. 7th.

Some of the winners include: Judy Paz of Los Angeles, CA; Jeanette Redding, Port Jefferson Station, NY; Kelly Castro, Miami, FL; Antonieta Martins, Brockton, MA; Kalik Booker, Philadelphia, PA. Check out to see these winners.

MIKE AND IKE(R) Original Fruit Flavored Candies and MIKE AND IKE(R) Tangy Twister(TM) Candies were sampled during the summer-long program. Over a million samples were distributed to consumers at over 300 events.

In addition to the radio program, MIKE AND IKE(R) launched a summer-long ad campaign on fuse spotlighting its on pack promotion and the MIKE AND IKE(R) Hip Hop Spot Show. The MIKE AND IKE(R) Hip Hop Spot ran for 13 weeks ending September 24th. The integrated campaign delivered the brands positioning to FlavUp(TM) with MIKE AND IKE(R). Fuse is the fourth most highly recognized teen TV brand in the US, with the single highest concentration of teen audience on cable or broadcast TV.

MIKE AND IKE(R) Brand has shown continuous double-digit growth since the brand re-launched in 2004 with new packaging graphics, pumped-up flavor and its integrated FlavUp(TM) campaign targeting teens. Earlier this year, MIKE AND IKE(R) Tangy Twister(TM) was introduced as a line extension to continue the excitement on the brand.

Doreen Perini, Group Product Manager, commented, "We continue to reinforce our 'FlavUp(TM)' positioning with our core teen audience through our marketing activities. The radio program is just one tactic that has been a perfect fit for the MIKE AND IKE(R) brand and its audience and the numbers show it's working."

Along with the promotional 2.12-oz. bag, MIKE AND IKE(R) brand candies are available in 1.1-oz., 3-oz., 8-oz., 16-oz., and 5 lb. packs. FlavUp(TM) at

The Company that makes them so fruity ...

Just Born, Inc. is a privately owned company founded in 1923. Just Born also manufactures MARSHMALLOW PEEPS(R) brand candies, HOT TAMALES(R) chewy cinnamon-flavored candies, PEANUT CHEWS(R) candies, and TEENEE BEANEE(R) jelly beans. The company employs over 600 associates and markets its candy in over 50 countries.
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Will Smith Executive Produces Heavy D in the Re-Mounting of the Stage Play 'Medal of Honor Rag'

Heavy D Makes a Commitment to Donate 100% of the Proceeds to Benefit Victims of Hurricane Katrina

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- An overwhelming number of requests has lead to the return of the play "Medal of Honor Rag" starring rapper/actor Heavy D. The play will return to the Egyptian Arena Theater in Hollywood. Will Smith will Executive Produce this compelling stage production which will re-open on Thursday, October 13th and run through November 6th.

Determined to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, the play's star, Heavy D, set a personal goal to raise funds through his performances of "Medal of Honor Rag," and donate 100% of the proceeds to hurricane victims. He's reaching out to friends, colleagues, businesses and the general public for support of his efforts.

Hailed by L.A. Weekly as an "Editor's Pick-Of-The Week," "Medal of Honor Rag," written by Tom Cole, tells the true story of Vietnam veteran Dale "DJ" Jackson and his psychiatrist. Dale "DJ" Jackson returns home from a brutal war, with a nation celebrating his heroic deeds while he secretly suffers from tremendous guilt and clinical depression.

This past June and July, the play entertained a packed house every night with standing room only. Crowds of theater goers were turned away and the who's who of Hollywood came out including Quincy Jones, Will Smith, Jay Z, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Regina King, Laurence Fishburne, Mary J. Blige, Scott Caan, Eve, and Gayle King just to name a few.

Heavy D made his theatrical debut in the one-act off-Broadway performance of "Riff Raff," written and directed by Laurence Fishburne, for which Heavy D was nominated for a prestigious Drama Desk Award. While in production on "Riff Raff" he fell in love with the theater experience. It was during this time that Fishburne presented Heavy D with the idea to perform "Medal of Honor Rag." Heavy D, however, didn't think he was ready to take on the project. With a passion for DJ's story he states, "I wanted to be fully committed to the process, and portraying a character of this magnitude requires certain training." He adds, "Since then, I've worked with notable actors and directors on projects like 'Cider House Rules' that have provided me with the training to bring 'DJ's' character to life."

Actress/Director Denise Dowse is set to direct the return of "Medal of Honor Rag." Denise recently co-starred in "Ray" and "Coach Carter" and has directed numerous theatrical performances in the Los Angeles area.

"Medal of Honor Rag" is Executive Produced by Will Smith, Produced by Heavy D, Kenadie Cobbin and Avery O. Williams and Directed by Denise Dowse.

For press inquiries, please contact Lisa Sorensen at 818.761.0430 xt. 223. Tickets available at

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50 Cent Announces November 8 Release Date for Album to Accompany His Major Motion Picture Debut

"Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

Features All New Music From 50 Cent, G Unit and More

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- 50 Cent is putting the finishing touches to what is looking to be another blockbuster release this year, the soundtrack to his film debut "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'". The album, ""Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture Get Rich Or Die Tryin'"", will be released on November 8. The film, directed by Jim Sheridan (In America, My Left Foot) will open in theatres on November 9. The soundtrack will be released on G Unit/Interscope Records and will feature all new music from 50 Cent, and the entire stable of artists on his G Unit Records Imprint.

The first single, "Window Shopper," is a track that exposes the mentality of a rapper who can't afford to buy the things he wants and feels he deserves. It also serves as a focal point for some of the movies most poignant scenes.

Earlier this month, the album track "Hustler's Ambition" was dropped to give people a taste of what to expect from the soundtrack. Its grimy nature will take you back to where it all began, the hungry streets of Queens. DJ's across the country are spinning this track uncontrollably in the clubs.

"I created the music for the soundtrack while I was actually filming the movie. I had a studio trailer with me and would record every day between takes," comments 50 Cent. "I keep telling you, I'm the hardest working man alive."

50 Cent executive produced the album. Sha Money XL is co-executive producer with Dr. Dre and Hi-Tek providing further production. Mase, Nate Dogg and newly signed G Unit members Mobb Deep and M.O.P are also featured on the album.

Source: Interscope Records

CONTACT: Greg Miller of Interscope Records, +1-310-865-7632,

Legion of Doom celebrates 2nd anniversary with huge bash and music showcase

(Atlanta)The Legion of Doom record breakers2nd AnnualBash & Music Showcase is set for October 11, 2005, in Atlanta, GA. The celebratory tribute to DJs, mixers, producers and the Atlanta entertainment industry will take place at Park Tavern, located at 500 10th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309. Atlanta definitely has the bragging rights when it comes to networking opportunities in the music industry. If you look at the Billboard charts, you will see the south and especially ATL are well represented, says LOD President Ray Hamilton.

The LOD 2nd Anniversary Bash & Showcase is expected to draw over 1,000 participants with DJs from all over the Southeast as well as producers, radio jocks, record retailers, media , A-list Artists , tastemakers, etc. Artists will have the chance to walk The LOD Red Carpet and be special guests in the Legion of Doom VIP Area.

Hamilton says the anniversary bash will launch a monthly urban music series collaboration between LOD and Park Tavern. Park Tavern provides a great venuebecause ofits wonderful location overlooking Piedmont Park. Its staff has been wonderful and we expect this to be the new Mecca for hosting urban based events, he says.Hamilton adds that major and independent music labelsalong withbrand companies will be in full effect every month as tastemakers and media can expect performancesfrom some of the hottest new acts, as well as established acts performing at the monthly urban music series. The series will also feature product sampling from record labels and brand companies in addition to good food and monthly surprises.

The LOD 2nd Annual Record Breakers Anniversary Bash & Showcase is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2005 at Park Tavern, located at 500 10th St. NE, Atlanta October from 7 pm-1am.

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SoulStice' Journey Continues with North by Northwest

Chicago, IL--- To say that SoulStice spits knowledge would be an understatement; after all, he does have a Masters Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds down a very good position with the Department of Defense. Yet, SoulStice reiterates that his day job affords him the opportunity to pursue his true passion in life; Hiphop!!

Ten years of grind, development and immersion culminated in the fall of 2003 for SoulStice with the release of, The Melody,? a piano-laden banger that introduced SoulStice to the world. The Melody? quickly climbed up the club and college radio charts, hitting #1 and proving that SoulStice was an artist to watch. The most recent double-single, Always? / The Quickening? hit the streets in early 2005 and culminated in another number one chart position, spending 14 weeks on the club and college radio charts, earning modest BDS-recorded commercial radio spins and critical acclaim in the US and overseas.

Sharing the stage with artists as diverse as John Legend and Wu-Tang Clan has set the proper foundation for SoulStice to shine and lead by the soulful production of Oddisee (who has worked with J-Live, Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli), SoulStice documents his long and winding journey from the windy city of Chicago to the nations capitol of Washington, DC, fusing the signature Chicago funk and groove based sound with the thump of classic East Coast boom bap over the course of his 14-track debut North By Northwest.

Tracklisting and credits for SoulStices North by Northwest: Solid Ground:

1.) The Melody (produced by Oddisee)
2.) It Dont Stop (produced by Oddisee)
3.) Sacred Ground (produced by Oddisee)
4.) Its All Love (produced by Joe Braxton)
5.) Headline (produced by Oddisee)
6.) Movement (produced by Raistlin)
7.) Sleep Walk (produced by sm.arson)
8.) Ebony Sea (produced by sm.arson)
9.) Terra Firma f/Doomsday (produced by DJ Imon)
10.) All I Got (produced by Oddisee)
11.) Free Fall Remix (produced by Oddisee)
12.) Blazin (produced by Kevlar)
13.) Cant Front (produced by Bee.Oh.Bee)
14.) Always (BONUS TRACK)


To obtain a press copy of SoulStice North by Northwest: Solid Ground for review or interview purposes, please contact:
Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957/410-903-7568
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Thursday, The Ave magazine takes over Negril Village!!!

The 5 W's

Who: The Industry Cosign and The Ave Magazine

What: A Networking Event

Why: To celebrate the current issue of The Ave Magazine and to
the most talented staff under 30

Where: Negril Village- 70 West 3rd St.

When: Thursday, October 6th, 6 PM- 11 PM

What do you mean you haven't heard about The Ave? If this is the case,
need to come through on Thursday to not only pick up the current issue,
but meet the staff that puts it all together!!! If you already know
the magazine, then you can thank and acknowledge the people who bring
to you on a regular basis! You do know that this magazine is already
being heralded as one of the best Hip-Hop magazines that keep it tight!
Come through, have some drinks, dine on some Caribbean cuisine, hear DJ
Music Rocka and network with some people who know what they are talking
about!! The Industry Cosign tries to connect you with the very best and
this time, you can't blame us if you don't make it!!

AKIMOR, Inc./The Industry Cosign
Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton
All Around Good Guy

45 W.132nd St.
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Universal Music Group Becomes First Music Label to Join the Motorola iRadio(R) Revolution

A Revolution in Radio Listening Begins as Universal Music Group Will Make Its Entire Music Catalog Available on the Forthcoming Motorola iRadio(R) Service

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Two of the biggest names in music and mobile have come together to revolutionize the radio listening experience. Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) has announced that Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, is the first music company to make its extensive catalog available on the forthcoming Motorola iRadio(R) service.

Motorola iRadio is transforming radio as we know it by making it more mobile and self-expressive than ever before. The service will offer hundreds of channels of commercial-free music and talk stations, pre-programmed and ready to rock. It will also empower consumers to create their very own channels from their personal music collection.

The service uses a high-speed Internet connection, Bluetooth(R) technology, and a mobile phone to offer listeners a continuous entertainment experience that moves from the living room, to the car stereo, to anywhere a consumer brings their mobile phone.

Through UMG, music lovers will be now able to enjoy and discover great songs from the company's chart-topping artists and the most extensive digital catalog in the world. There are thousands of emerging and established artists to discover, including U2, Kanye West, Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Eminem, Shania Twain, The Game, The Killers, Mariah Carey and many more.

"We are excited to be working with Motorola to offer fans an exciting and unique musical experience," stated Larry Kenswil, President of Universal Music Groups' eLabs. "And with the most extensive digital music catalog in the world, we will be able to offer a wide array of choices to fit every musical taste."

"The innovative Motorola iRadio service can securely deliver a customized choice of radio stations right to the fans of virtually any artist. So now, consumers can hear album tracks or discover new performances through their existing car stereo or their always-with-you mobile phone, " said Mike Gaumond, vice president and general manager, Motorola iRadio. "With the world's largest music label on board, iRadio is well on its way to revolutionizing the radio listening experience."

Motorola iRadio is expected to launch during Q1 2006. For more information, visit .

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations.

Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Music Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, and Verve Music Group as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division.

Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.

About Motorola

Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004. For more information: .

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. iRadio is a trademark of Motorola, Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.
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Source: Motorola, Inc.

CONTACT: Paul Alfieri of Motorola, Inc., +1-215-323-1804, or

Web site:


NuTech Digital and Mike Jones Sign Exclusive Concert DVD Agreement

VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 3, 2005--NuTech Digital, Inc. (OTC BB:NTDL.OB), a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of original and licensed DVD content, today announced the execution of an exclusive production agreement with Houston, Texas rapper, Mike Jones Platinum Artist on his first Album released .The exclusive production and distribution agreement will result in Mike Jones' premier concert DVD and be ready for distribution in the beginning of the first quarter 2006. The concert DVD will be produced in Hi-Definition, utilizing state-of-the-art audio and video technology, which will best capture the artist's unique tempo, as well as his charismatic, amusing and witty lyrics. The production shoot is scheduled for October 10, 2005 at The El Rey, in Los Angeles, Ca.

The tentative name of the production release is "Ice Age, Featuring Mike Jones and El Pus". Mike and his friends, El Pus, from Atlanta, Ga, will perform some remixes from Mikes #1 selling debut album, "Who Is Mike Jones?", including some new and previously unreleased tracks. As well, the production will contain some surprise special guest appearances.

Born in Houston, Texas, Mike Jones began rapping in 1991, distributing his first album on his own record label, Ice Age Entertainment. He has marketed himself using an idea his grandmother gave him, by incorporating the phrase "Who Is Mike Jones"? into his rap lyrics, even going so far as including his personal cell phone number into the mix, 281-330-8004. Always ambitious and witty when it comes to his career, he also became known for releasing 'screwed' (slow and warped) versions of his songs along with the originals.

Having been a resounding regional phenomenon since 1991, Mike Jones now finds his success blossoming on the national scene. His April 2005 national debut release, 'Who Is Mike Jones? ' had risen to #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop charts. The title gives the nod to his grandmother's marketing idea, and introduces his unique 'screwed' tempo in the hit single and video," 'Still Tippin'".

Commenting on the signing, NuTech Digital CEO Lee Kasper stated, "Mike Jones created and perfected an image and style that sets him apart from other performers in this genre. We're going to capture that uniqueness on DVD and we expect this project to be very successful for both Mr. Jones and NuTech. I am happy to have the performance scheduled in early October, as we will have this DVD released for the first quarter in 2006."
Kasper continued, "His fame steeply on the rise, Mike Jones is prepared to take the national rap scene by storm. We are very pleased to be involved with him."

About NuTech Digital
NuTech Digital is a pioneer in the home entertainment product market, with more than 600 exclusive DVD titles and a growing library of High Definition music concerts. The Company recently launched its Platinum Concert Series with plans to produce and distribute many more Hi-Definition concert DVDs annually, featuring the biggest names in music today. NuTech Digital offers original and licensed content via a worldwide network of distributors, retailers and Internet entities, including Warner Music Group and CinemaNow. NuTech Digital also has broadcast availability, DRM, and video on demand for many of its new products. NuTech Digital recently introduced its DRM technology, which enables the secure distribution of high-resolution digital content via the Internet NuTech's Digital's DRM platform allows its feature films, concerts, Japanese animation and late-night programming to be accessed via secure downloads and included in online subscription services. NuTech Digital also facilitates authoring services to content providers in the entertainment industry.

Cautionary Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could cause NuTech Digital, Inc.'s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any projections of earnings, revenue, or other financial items, any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations, any statements concerning proposed new products, services or developments, any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, statements of belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These statements are based on expectations as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially from those projected because of a number of risks and uncertainties, including those detailed from time to time in NuTech Digital, Inc.'s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Jackie Fowler, 818-994-3831 x 10

K-Hill's "Stamps Of Approval"

"Stamps Of Approval" is K-Hill's collaboration mixtape featuring production from 9th Wonder, Krhysis,K-Slack,The Gyphted and others...Guest includes Kaze, Legacy, Pumpkinhead, and others

Durham, NC (PRWEB) October 4, 2005 -- Emcee/Producer K-Hill is currently making his rounds on the commercial, college, and Internet radio stations to promote his upcoming 10 song pre-album "Stamps of Approval".

Mostly known for his college topping lead single "Da Instigator" from the Neblina Records debut album "Defintion". K-Hill is set to climb the charts just as high again with his "Stamps of Approval" album. Having released a compilation album titled "Feast 4 Tha Streetz" and producing all but 3 tracks in 2000, K-Hill returns to the same format but this time shouldering most of the tracks with street-wise but soul consious rhymes and passing most of the production to outside producers.

"Promoted entirely as a collaboration prequel leading up to his solo debut "Memoirs Of A Premature Legend" available first quarter of 2006
"Stamps of Approval" features K-Hill sharing rhyming duties most notably with Brick Records artist Kaze, Hall of Justus artists L.E.G.A.C.Y., The Away Team, Pumpkinhead and others.

Production credits are split between K-Hill, Khrysis (Masta Ace,Sean
Price, and Smif N Wesson), 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Destiny's Child,
Buckshot,Little Brother), K-Slack of The Thyrday, Muneshine of Wax
Reform , new comers Analogic, The Gyphted and others.


K Hill
Kick-A-Verse Media Group


It is with great pleasure that we announce that the hosts of Channel Us inaugural Best of British urban music event will be Simon Webbe and Makosi Musambasi.

The countdown is on to the Channel U Best of British Awards 2005. Channel U viewers are now voting for their favourite artists and the top 15 will perform and receive a Best of British Award in recognition of their talents at Londons Shepherds Bush Empire on the 15th October.

Originally from Zimbabwe Makosi has become a household name thanks to Big Brother 6. The 24-year-old former nurse was a popular personality and although she did not win the cash prize she was one of the standout characters of the show.

Fresh from the massive success of his debut solo single Lay Your Hands, Simon Webbe finally will be releasing his highly anticipated debut solo album Sanctuary on November 14th. At only 26 years old, Simon has already gained more experience in the music industry than many artists attain in a lifetime thanks to his time with the million selling group Blue.

Makosi and Simon are pleased to be a part of an event celebrating the raw cutting edge of the UK urban music scene.

Tickets to the Channel U Best of British are now on sale. Tickets can be booked at Ticket Web or by calling 08700 600 100.

Vauxhall sponsors the Channel U Best of British Awards in association with Choice FM and Virgin Mega Stores.
For all enquiries contact:
Angharad Williams
Fire Media UK
07946 035 789

The event is managed by Trinity Media Group. + 44 (0) 20 8728 0374

1st Annual Florida Entertainment Summit Debut in Downtown Miami on October 29, 2005

Miami, FL (Oct 3, 2005) The First Annual Florida Entertainment Summit
will debut in Downtown Miami on Saturday, October 29, 2005. The one day
summit will feature film, modeling and music panel discussions in
addition to artists showcases. The Florida Entertainment Summit was
created by E. Mason & Associates and coordinated in association with T.Y.
Entertainment, Strictly Streets Marketing and

The Florida Entertainment Summit will provide small and independent
entertainment professionals the opportunity to become more knowledgeable
about music publishing, film/DVD distribution, securing sponsorship,
public relations, soliciting endorsements and a host of others. With the
abundance of growth in Floridas Entertainment Industry, the organizers
of the Florida Entertainment Summit wanted to create an entertainment
networking event that included empowering the small entrepreneur with
new industry specific trends in addition to showcasing various talent in
film, music and modeling.

For more information regarding the Florida Entertainment Summit,
including the organizing team, itinerary, sponsorship packages and strategic
partnerships, please log on to or
contact E. Mason & Associates by calling 305-756-8181(New number
effective 10/04/05 - 305-755-9272) or email

Editors Note: Conference Founder is available for interviews. Florida
Entertainment Summit banner(s) and logo are available upon request.


E. Mason & Associates
Elora Mason
(New # effective 10/04/05 305-755-9272)

Hanibal Chancellor presents the eagerly- awaited, highly anticipated soundtrack OVERDOSE Vol: 1

Washington, D.C. Underworld Records is set to release their debut album OVERDOSE; which is accompanied by a Bonus DVD. The soundtrack is to the recently released mini-movie documentary OVERDOSE Vol. I. With this release, Underworld has set a new standard in hip-hop. This soundtrack has the makings of a bona fide hip hop classic with its sonically detailed production, live instruments, rolling bass lines and syncopated lyrics. OVERDOSE takes you on a musical odyssey that is guaranteed to rattle your speakers!

The OVERDOSE soundtrack features some of undergrounds most sought after artists and producers such as, Big Duce aka Mr. Greedy a rising producer from Pittsburgh, PA; who has recorded with the likes of Hypnotize Minds, 3 Six Mafia and Rocafella Records - Young Gunz. Slash, another hot and smoking producer from H-town, TX, with the hit Tops Drop by underground legend Fat Pat. Also, Big Pokey of the Screwed Up Click (SUC) is just one of the many featured artists on the OVERDOSE soundtrack. He is currently having success on Paul Walls hit record Sittin Sideways. Big Pokey has also had a tremendous amount of success as an independent artist selling over 200,000 units nationwide!

OVERDOSE has generated a tremendous amount of street buzz with the release of the DVD. Overcoming all odds, Michael Anthony aka Hanibal, the soundtracks executive producer, has assembled this musical masterpiece through blood, sweat and tears. It has been a long rough road but we are finally here. Its now our time to shine and make our presence known, says Hanibal.

To get more information on Underworld Records and to place your order for this blazing hot soundtrack and the highly demanded DVD OVERDOSE which has been selling out of stores nationwide; log on to

Contact: Hanibal Chancellor
Underworld Records


WASHINGTON, D.C.-- UNDERWORLD RECORDS and FISHSCALE FILMS, a DC-based record label and film company has just released a DVD called OVERDOSE. This mini-movie documentary experience is your chance to witness some of the nations most notorious

street corners without having to board a plane or leave your living room. OVERDOSE brings you two hours of comedy, action, and real life situations raw and uncut; capturing everything from extreme beach parties, live shootouts, live fights, exhilarating skits, music videos, and exclusive bonus footage!

OVERDOSE brings reality directly to the screen and gives you a tour of seven cities: Houston, TX, Miami, FL, Toronto Canada, New Orleans, LA, Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, MD. OVERDOSE puts me in touch with home, says LaVar Arrington, star linebacker for the Washington Redskins. Im impressed by the hard work and professionalism put into this DVD, says J Prince, CEO of Texas based Rap a Lot Records. OVERDOSE contain appearances from some of the hottest A-List celebrities in the entertainment industry, assisting the sales of over 11,000 units sold independently and counting.

Logging on to will give you access to experiencing this innovative masterpiece. Although a movie, OVERDOSE comes with a platinum potential ground-breaking soundtrack, which features new up and coming artist, giving consumers even more for their entertainment pleasures.


Contact: Hanibal Chancellor
Underworld Records
(202) 270-0039

Ultimate Shootout: 7 Music Production Software Products Rated

The Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular music production software products from DigiDesign, Steinberg, Cakewalk, and Sony. The analysis evaluates 130 different factors on a scale of 0-5 (5 being best) which are combined to arrive at an overall rating. Steinberg Cubase SX 3 achieves the highest rating followed closely by Cakewalk Sonar 5 Producer Edition.

(PRWEB) October 4, 2005 -- The Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular music production software products from DigiDesign, Steinberg, Cakewalk, and Sony. The analysis evaluates 130 different factors on a scale of 0-5 (5 being best) which are combined to arrive at an overall rating. Steinberg Cubase SX 3 achieves the highest rating followed closely by Cakewalk Sonar 5 Producer Edition.

Cubase SX 3 (4.6)
Sonar 5 Producer Edition (4.4)
Cubase SL 3 (4.0)
Sonar 5 Studio Edition (3.9)
Pro Tools LE 6.9 (3.2)
Pro Tools M-Powered 6.8 (3.0)
Acid Pro 5 (3.0)

The 130 individual functions are summarized into four main categories, each with several subcategories which provide overall ratings for such functions as mixing, MIDI editors, recording, and track management:


-General: User Interface, Track Management, Recording, Operating Environment
-Audio: Audio Environment, Editing & Processing, Mixing, Audio File Management
-MIDI: Setup, Processing, Editors
-Special Functions: Surround Mixing, Video, Soft Synths & Rewire, Loops & Remix

The analysis also includes an explanation for each rating as well as a description of what a particular function is and why it is important.

This study is based on the training materials used in the interactive video courses produced by Digital Music Doctor, Pro Tools LE-MPKnow It All!, Sonar 5Know It All!, Cubase SX 3Know It All!, and Acid Pro 5Know It All! The complete analysis is available at the Digital Music Doctor web site,


Clark Murray


Wanted: Hip Hop Videos for Mobile Network

A note from Clyde, the "brains" behind Hip Hop Press, netweed and ProHipHop.

San Francisco, October 3, 2005

ProHipHop is doing some video scouting for a mobile hip hop network that Mobile Lingo is considering launching in the next few months. Right now I'm just looking to hear from folks who have or are shooting hip hop music videos and would be interested in providing short clips, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes long, to be shown on cellphone. We're primarily interested in unsigned and independent artists as well as artists on small labels that would be interested in providing the clips for free. Obviously, the payoff would be in promotion and we are planning a related website to feature the best clips and information about the artists.

Our use would be nonexclusive, so you could do whatever else you want with the clips. However, currently we can't handle material involving violence, displays of weaponry, drug use, nudity or profanity. I know that may cause some difficulties but we're dealing with the major carriers and that creates a variety of limits. However, if you've shot a full length music video, you could do a special edit for the shorter clip that would meet those requirements.

If you have video posted online, please let me know. Otherwise, simply send me an email letting me know that you're interested and that you'd like to be updated as information becomes available. Also, if you have other ideas that you'd like me to pass along to Mobile Lingo, send those as well to:

For now, please don't send any attachments but let me know what's up, ask any questions you have, etc. I'm kind of excited about this because I've mostly had to ignore requests to check out music and that kind of thing, so I'm glad to be involved with a project that should be helpful for artists as they build.

David Banner, G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid, Adult Film Icon Heather Hunter, Radio Personality Fatman Scoop and King of Comedy Michael Blackson

Plan to Create Exclusive Ringtones for UrbanWorld Wireless

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- UrbanWorld Wireless (UWW) introduces noted artists and comedians to its rapidly growing celebrity roster including David Banner (, G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid, world famous adult film icon turned Hip-Hop artist, Heather Hunter (, and the ubiquitous hype-man and New York's Hot 97 radio personality Fatman Scoop (

David Banner's new album "Certified," released on Universal/Motown Records on September 20, has already reached the #3 position on Billboard's top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. Banner's first single "Play" has become an instant hit, receiving massive radio and video airplay as is a top selling ringtone. A Mississippi native, Banner, under the newly-inked deal will create new and personalized ringtones to be distributed exclusively through UrbanWorld Wireless. "I'm bringing that Dirty South flavor in full force to this ringtone space; when you purchase one of my personalized tones all eyes will be on you!" says David Banner.

G-Unit's deejay & Sirius radio personality, DJ Whoo Kid, adds his touch to UrbanWorld's ringtone roster. "Sada Pop and Pizzle are the words I created for the Hip-Hop groupies of the world," says DJ Whoo Kid of his new personalized ringtone. "So rep it on your phone right now. Sada Pops and Pizzles are everywhere!"

Heather Hunter, aka Double H, is ready to begin another phase of her long spanning career as a rap superstar. Hunter's new album, The Unexpected, currently in stores, features tracks by some of Hip-Hop's biggest names including Scott Storch and DJ Premier. The first single, "So Serious" featuring Wyclef Jean is already setting the streets of New York City ablaze and has commanded the coveted attention of all of the hottest DJs. Along with Heather Hunter UrbanWorld Wireless adds producer and well-known hype-man Fatman Scoop, to the existing roster which includes the World Famous DJ Kid Capri, DJ Clue, E-40, 3-6 Mafia, Bonecrusher, Yukmouth, and Hip-Hop legends Kurtis Blow, Special Ed, Big Daddy Kane, Spinderella, creating a true home for hip hop in the world of wireless entertainment.

Expanding UrbanWorld Wireless' ringtones offerings is celebrated comedian Michael Blackson (, "The African King of Comedy" who gave an unforgettable performance in "Next Friday," and who, in working with UrbanWorld, will join a host of some of the funniest men in the country such as Joe Clair, Alex Thomas, Michael Colyar and the ringtone champion Katt Williams, aka "Money Mike."

"Our motto is simple -- we connect the streets," explains UrbanWorld Wireless CEO Mike Johns. "What separates us from other brands is staying alert to what's happening on the streets; we've found our niche and it's working."

About UrbanWorld Wireless:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, UrbanWorld Wireless is the first wireless company dedicated to serving the urban youth market. Anchored on the web, the company creates and distributes mobile content including enhanced personalized ringtones, ringbacks, wallpapers, mobile news, and games as well as white label mobile content and services for private branding. UWW additionally provided mobile marketing solutions to a extensive list of clients including Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Chingy, Ja Rule and the Beastie Boys among many others. More information is available on the web at

Source: UrbanWorld Wireless

CONTACT: Public Relations, Echo Hattix of Echoing Soundz, Inc.,
+1-818-787-7633,, for UrbanWorld Wireless; or
Mike Johns, CEO of UrbanWorld Wireless, +1-310-430-0030,

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And the Beat Goes on With 'VH1 Rock Docs'

'The U.S. vs. John Lennon,' 'The Last Days of Lisa Lopes,' 'DMC: The Real Me,' and a Four-Hour Definitive History of Heavy Metal Lead the List of VH1's All New Franchise of Music-Based Documentaries

NEW YORK, Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 will launch "VH1 Rock Docs," an all new slate of high-end feature-length programs in 2006. Each of the docs will reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries will tell some of the most unique stories of the artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives. The "VH1 Rock Docs" slated for premiere in 2006 include "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," "The Last Days of Lisa Lopes," "DMC: The Real Me," and a four-hour definitive history of heavy metal. Additional documentaries will be announced shortly.

"This new franchise is a living dynamic visual history of some of the most important artists and movements in popular music," said Brian Graden, President of Entertainment, VH1 and MTV. "By tapping into the sounds of each decade and creating unique ways to tell these stories, we're confirming our commitment to being the destination for adults who are passionate about music."

"John Lennon, Run DMC, and TLC were the voice of their generations. The music that sprung from them defined whole decades," said Michael Hirschorn, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, VH1. "This kind of filmmaking is important to our viewers and important to VH1."

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

"The U.S. vs. John Lennon" is set for a theatrical release in 2006 through Lions Gate Films. The film, co-produced with Lions Gate Films ( and LSL Productions (, tells the story of John Lennon's transformation from beloved musical artist to anti-war activist to iconic inspiration for peace, and recounts the story of the U.S. Government's efforts to deport him. This feature-length documentary, by filmmakers David Leaf and John Scheinfeld, has the support and cooperation of Yoko Ono. The film covers the period of 1966-1976 and includes rare and unique audio/visual archival material. "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," will also show that this was not just an isolated episode in American history, but that the issues and struggles of that era remain relevant today. Most recently, Leaf wrote and directed "Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE and Scheinfeld" wrote and directed the just-completed "Who Is Harry Nilsson (and Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)."

Contact: Lori Hornik/VH1

The Last Days of Lisa Lopes

Produced and directed by Academy Award nominee Lauren Lazin, this documentary filled with exclusive and never before seen footage captures the final month in the life of Lisa Lopes, who was killed three years ago in a tragic car accident. Charismatic and complex, Lopes rose to fame as the hip-hop voice of TLC, the best-selling R&B group of all time. She documented her final days in journals and private home movies shot at her spiritual retreat deep in the jungle of Honduras. During this month Lisa reflected on her triumphs and mistakes with an eye towards the spiritual transformation she so desperately sought. What emerges is an intimate and surprising journey into the soul of a beautiful, talented and still-provocative artist.

DMC: The Real Me (title tbd)

Three years ago, hip-hop pioneer and Run-DMC co-founder Darryl McDaniels made a startling discovery: he found out he was adopted, and that his birth mother was of Dominican descent. Suddenly everything he thought he knew about himself was wrong. The event triggered an existential crisis and a search for his true identity. It also led to a spiritual awakening -- a transformation, as he says, from 'B-Boy' to 'B-Man.' Now DMC takes the next logical step in his journey of self-discovery: he attempts to track down the family he never knew he had.

Heavy: The Story of Metal (title tbd)

What Ken Burns did for jazz, VH1 does for heavy metal -- only a lot louder. This four-part documentary traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture from Black Sabbath to White Zombie, from Led Zep to Def Lep, from Motorhead to Mastodon. In the same vein as VH1's critically acclaimed 2004 hip-hop chronicle, "And You Don't Stop," this documentary series will use interviews, verite moments and vintage footage to bring metal's history to life, told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades.

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

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

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Lori Hornik of VH1, +1-212-846-7131

Web site:

The Future of Music Achieves Major Landmark as Gwen Stefani Makes Digital History With One Millionth Commercial Download of 'Hollaback Girl'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in the digital age, a recording passes the 1,000,000 mark in download sales. Gwen Stefani makes musical history with the 1,000,000th commercial digital download of "Hollaback Girl," the hit single from her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. With sales as of Friday, September 30th at approximately 995,000 digital downloads, and purchases running at 15,000 per week, "Hollaback Girl" becomes the first downloaded song to ever cross the landmark number. The digital success of "Hollaback Girl" has also reached telephones; the track will soon cross the 1,000,000 mark in mastertone sales (downloads to mobile telephones).

"Gwen is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in music today," said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M, a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG), the global music leader. "That she would make history with digital downloads just emphasizes her role as a leader in so many ways for a new generation and for music. The music industry is changing and this is a major sign that digital downloading has reached the mass market and become a very significant business."

Added Stefani: "It's always an honor to be recognized for your music, and this is really the coolest. It's exciting to see people embrace the song and really make it part of their lives. Whether it's cds, computers, or really is bananas."

The Neptunes-produced and co-penned "Hollaback Girl" first became available, as did all of the tracks on Love. Angel. Music. Baby., with the album's release on November 23, 2004, but the song was not fully promoted on the digital front until May 2005. The tracks have been sold through Apple's iTunes, MSN, Napster, Rhapsody, Wal-Mart, Musicmatch, Sony Connect and other digital distributors.

Reflecting CD sales only, "Hollaback Girl" hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop. Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is currently RIAA- certified triple platinum with "Hollaback Girl" and "What Are You Waiting For?" platinum, and "Rich Girl" double platinum.

Source: Interscope Records

CONTACT: Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934, or Dave Tomberlin,
+1-310-865-4575, both for Interscope Records

CARAS announces call for submissions for the 2006 JUNO Awards

TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announces that submissions are now being accepted for the 2006 JUNO Awards, Canada's Music Awards. Early-bird applications for juried categories will be accepted until October 26, 2005, with a final submission deadline of November 16, 2005. Submissions for categories based on sales will be accepted until January 9, 2006. All forms can be accessed at or by calling 1-888-440-JUNO (5866) (toll-free in Canada).

please contact Holmes Creative Communications: Adrienne Kakoullis, Tel: (416) 628-5607, E-mail:

World Renowned Hip-Hop Conference How Can I Be Down? Makes Its Way to Toronto

TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - From shell toe Adidas to Kangol's, hip-hop
culture has created an impact world wide, particularly the music. To celebrate
and acknowledge the role of hip-hop in the music industry, Peter Thomas
Entertainment Group, in association with Damon Dash Music Group, Vibe Magazine
and Flow 93.5FM, has brought this networking and learning conference series to
Toronto, Canada on December 8th-11th, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Center. Established in Miami, Florida in 1993, How Can I Be Down Inc (HCIBD),
has served as a nation-wide learning and networking platform in the hip-hop
industry. Last year, HCIBD rekindled its mission and kicked off in South
Beach, Florida. It was such a huge success that HCIBD is now bringing its
flavour to Toronto.
"When we observed that no one attempted to fill the void that we left
behind, it became apparent that hip-hop, a 5 billion dollar-a-year industry,
needed the resurgence of How Can I Be Down?" said Peter Thomas, the
conference's founder.
This year, HCIBD will occur in conjunction with the Hip-Hop Summit Action
Network. There will be an extended weekend of informative panels to be
conducted by well-established leaders of the hip-hop industry. One of the
numerous personalities conducting our panels is Damon Dash, co-founder of the
Roc-A-Fella record label and owner/CEO of the Damon Dash Music Group.
For more information on HCIBD, log on to

How Can I Be Down? panel topics:

Touring and Concert promotions
Panelists will discuss the availability of tours for artists, as well as
the importance of touring for an artist's career. Focus will also be placed on
what a booking agent does, how tours are set up, how they are properly
promoted, and merchandising as a source of income.

The publishing deal
We will discuss what publishing deals are, how they work, and how
lucrative they can be. Records companies have been known to ask for an
artist's publishing as part of the recording agreement (the writer's
publishing share and administration). We will highlight why that is and
discuss how to prevent giving anything away for free.

The importance of strong management
The importance of building a team to advance an artist's career will be
analyzed in depth. We will highlight what a manager's responsibilities are,
how to recognize and choose a competent one, and why the manager is so
instrumental to the successful artist's career.

Entertainment law
This will be a discussion of how to choose an attorney, when to hire one
and what they are capable of doing on the artist's behalf to enhance a career.
We will also discuss the attorney's role as a power broker and deal-maker.

Getting a distribution deal
Where to go and how to secure a distribution deal, and what this
agreement actually includes. New labels will gain an understanding of what
distributors are looking for when they give a distribution deal. A clear
explanation of how product gets into the marketplace will occur.

Building a strong foundation - mix shows, college & underground radio
Discussions will be based around the importance of the tertiary markets
as an important stepping stone to successful product promotion and the
necessity of reaching the core market first.

Branded entertainment
From Run DMC's Ode To My Adidas to the and1 mixtapes, Pass the
Courvoisier and the multiple businesses leveraging the G-Unit brand; branded
entertainment is a staple part of doing business in the urban entertainment.
In a 500 channel universe, where the Internet and TIVO are killing the
30-second commercial product, marketers are having a hard time maintaining
relationships with their consumer base. These discussions are designed to
inform delegates how to position themselves and pitch opportunities to have
corporations participate in their rise to fame.

Banking online and mobile media
Online and new media strategies are a must for getting your music sold in
today's market. This panel will discuss how to leverage existing and emerging
digital opportunities. Mobile services are developing large on-demand
entertainment networks similar to the early days of television. What does that
mean for your career? Digital download sales accounted for over 5% of all
sales for the Big Four label distributors during the past 2 quarters and are
expected to account for over 25% of all sales by 2008. Apple's iTunes Music
Store (iTMS) alone is selling over 1.75 million tracks a day, as it is present
in the top 20 markets around the world 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The international market
Discussions will take place regarding the international marketing of
recorded music, marketing strategies and touring opportunities, as well as the
current status of the intellectual property law internationally, and
safeguards for the independent collection of royalties from international
radio exposure and sales. We will also explore the notion of breaking your
artist internationally prior to launching a marketing campaign in the United

The next level - projects in video, television and film
We ask where the urban culture is going as seen through the eyes of mass
media; video, television, and film. What trends are emerging in music videos?
How has music influenced television and films?

Hot producers
This panel will discuss the fundamental skills in music production,
current trends, and the future as seen through the eyes of the panelists.
Highlights include both artistic and business ends of the industry.

My own label
Putting out your own music is more popular than ever. We will talk about
how to start and run a successful label, and the different types of label
deals that exist. Also covered will be the difference between a publishing
deal and a label deal.

For further information: Lorraine Quartaro, Manager, Communications,
Transl8tor Marketing Inc., (416) 367-1222, (416) 433-7232 cell,;


Herschelwood HardHeadz Go 8100% For New Album


Delivering true to life gangsta flows on countless DJ Screws mix
tapes, A Million Dollars Later (1998), All Work, No Play (1999), and
Soldiers United For The Cash: The Sound Track (2001), The Herschelwood
HardHeadz is poised with 8100% Blocked Out, on HardHeadz
Entertainment. Herschelwood HardHeadz has ranked on Billboard Heat
Seekers chart at number 20 and ranked at number 54 for the Top R&B/Hip
Hop Albums for their last album "A Million Dollars Later" in 1998.

Named after the south side Houston Texas neighborhood they grew up in
and their state of mind to "the game", the group Herschelwood
HardHeadz was formed in 1993. Comprising of Duke, Knock, Archie Lee
and former member Lil' KeKe, they made appearances on several of the
late DJ Screw and his collaboration of artists The Screwed Up Click
(SUC) mix tapes and CDs. Gaining a loyal musical following through
their tales of hustling in H- Town's Southpark's hard streets, the
Herschelwood HardHeadz released their first album A Million Dollars

Southern Hip Hop trio Herschelwood HardHeadz are gaining momentum as
they release their full length album "8100% Blocked Out." The
Herschelwood HardHeadz elaborated on 8100% Blocked Out, a two- CD set
(Straight Play and Collector's Edition Chopped & Screwed) after a
recent performance with ScarFace.

"People are going to feel us with 8100% Blocked Out. It shows our
growth musically and business wise. We gonna keep it gangsta," said
Duke aka Pie Face.

"This album is fire man! We're repping our block (Herschelwood) and
the Southern Rap music scene with a sick flows, smooth hooks, and head
boppin' production," he further commented.

8100% Blocked Out features the likes of the late Fat Pat, C- Note and
Billy Cook, with production by The Craft, Beat Brothers, Solo, Da
Assassins, and Kojak.

DJ B- Do produced the Collector's Edition Chopped & Screwed version.

Their singles are "Fire" and "Do Me Regardless."

The album 8100% Blocked Out Single by The Herschelwood HardHeadz,
which includes "Do Me Regardless" and "Fire" is currently available
for review in CD & MP3 format.--

Emerald Records
PH: 281-202-9180
For Radio Servicing or MP3 files call or email

From the Streets to the Boardroom - BET Launches 2005 Fall Season With BET's ULTIMATE HUSTLER

The First Ever Television Series From Hip Hop Mogul Damon Dash

One-Hour Unscripted Competition Will Premiere Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 9:00 ET/PT

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- BET lights the fuse on its new Fall season with the debut of BET's ULTIMATE HUSTLER, an edgy, one-hour unscripted competition that will test 16 aspiring entrepreneurs on their business savvy. Executive produced by entertainment mogul Damon Dash and produced by Kenny Hull and Rabih Gholam (Huck Films); it's the first ever television series from Dash, one of the most prominent business men in entertainment. The surveillance begins Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 9:00 ET/PT.

Over 13 episodes, the competition puts 16 hopeful entrepreneurs through a series of business challenges to determine who has the best combination of business skills and street savvy. In each episode viewers watch as contestants face a series of mental and physical challenges. Tasks put forth by Dash, run the gamut from boxing ring stamina, innovative street sales to all night studio sessions --- the hustle never stops. "You are being watched," is the consistent theme throughout the series with the contestants under constant surveillance by Dash, even in their private quarters.

Get ready to meet a colorful gang of characters, including a party promoter from Atlanta, fashion designers from Miami and New York, a street hustler from New Orleans and even an adult entertainer from Long Island. The ULTIMATE HUSTLER winner receives a position within the Damon Dash Empire to shepherd their winning "big pitch" idea, a platinum and diamond chain worth $15K, a 2006 Jeep Commander, and a myriad of additional prizes (Roc Box, clothing, etc.) fit for an Ultimate Hustler from Damon Dash.

In a departure from other network reality shows, BET viewers will have an insider peek from Dash's perspective on how to "get paper" (make money). From downtown parties to Harlem basketball courts; the "hustlers" will be tested on advertising, marketing, negotiating, work ethic, problem solving, networking, communication skills, as well as their ability to master the art of "hustling" as they vie for the top spot.

"What I love about the series is that beyond Damon's big personality and street swagger, he's teaching fundamental business ethics -- work hard, pay attention to detail, be honest in your dealings with people," said Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment.

"I started from nothing and built a $500 million dollar empire," said Damon Dash. "I want to teach these young hustlers-in-training how to achieve what I have achieved. This program will be the blueprint on how to become an entrepreneur and BET is the perfect place to demonstrate it to my culture."

With the business capital of the world -- New York City -- as the backdrop, the "hustlers," are put through the ultimate business boot camp. The "hustlers" will live in Harlem in the former home of legendary 1970's gangster, Nicky Barnes; fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology which delivers their weekly challenges. Each task will focus on a different arena of Dash's empire. Dash's vast array of businesses includes America Magazine, Damon Dash Music Group, Dash Films, Armadale Vodka, Dash Management, PRO-KEDS, State Property, Team Roc and Dash/DiBella Boxing. He also owns a Lear jet, a private yacht, custom-made vehicles, deluxe and plush properties on both coasts and a recording studio.

The "hustlers" were chosen based on their drive, personality and entrepreneurial prowess from a nationwide search involving auditions and reviews of video submissions. Dash does not follow the usual formula of one contestant eliminated per episode. Contestants may be asked to leave the show at any given point, sometimes in multiples. Viewers will be introduced to Life as the Dash -- "Business 101" starts October 4th.


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.

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Marcy Polanco, +1-212-975-4154,, or
Tricia N. Newell, +1-212-975-8230,, or Tara Smith,
+1-212-975-3390,, both of BET

Web site:

Red Light District and Platinum X Pictures Team With Interscope Records for Co-Promotion at the 'Mix Show Power Summit'

The Stars of the Leading Adult Entertainment Companies Will Attend Parties and Awards Show During the Weekend-Long Bahama's Musical Event

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Red Light District Video, a leading adult entertainment company that specializes in producing hard-core "gonzo" films and is known for its "1 Night in Paris" video, today announced it will work with Interscope Records, the largest record label in the world, to help promote the Seventh Annual "Mix Show Power Summit" in Fremont, Bahamas.

Actresses from Red Light District and its sister company Platinum X will appear at the Saturday night awards show and receptions that occur throughout the weekend. The "Mix Show Power Summit" annually attracts the major players in hip-hop and urban entertainment, from producers, managers and DJs to record label executives and platinum-selling artists.

"The behemoth adult entertainment industry is no longer considered 'fringe,' and we will continue to make the types of deals with mainstream companies that will elevate brand awareness to each of our consumers," said David Joseph, president and CEO, Red Light District Video and Platinum X Pictures. "It's an honor to work with Interscope Records and we look forward to a long term relationship."

Joseph hopes that his deal with Interscope Records in addition to other corporate alliances he's involved with will result with major artists making cameo appearances in their films.

"We'd like to get well known musicians, actors and other celebrities in our movies. They won't have to perform, but can introduce and participate in other non sexual ways," said Joseph.

The women representing Red Light District Video and Platinum X Pictures include: Stacey Sweet, Mia Bangg, Naudia Hilton, Aaliyah Jolie, Nikki Nievez, Kelly Taylor, Kylie Worthy, Randi Wright, Sara Stone, Trina Michaels, Stephanie Tripp, Staci Thorn, Dillan Lauren, Haley Paige, Jada Fire, Kat, Sydney Capri, Kaiya Lynn, Monica Breeze and Alyssa Knight.

According to Adult Video News (AVN), the leading independent authority in adult entertainment, Red Light District videos repeatedly top the monthly list of best selling DVD sales. In fact, Red Light District's "1 Night in Paris," video has sold more than 500,000 copies and is considered to be the best selling adult video of all time. It recently won "Best Selling Title of the Year" and "Best Renting Title of the Year" by AVN.

About Red Light District Video

Founded in 1999 in Chatsworth, California, Red Light District Video is an award-winning production company specializing in hard-core, "gonzo" films. With hundreds of videos, the company has become known as one of the sexiest and raunchiest in the business. For more information, please visit the company website at www.

Source: Red Light District Video

CONTACT: Larry Schwarz of Red Light District Video, +1-818-678-6690

Bread, Blunts, & Broads produced by Taylormade- CD Available Now

Taylormade finished his compilation album he produced titled Bread, Blunts, and Broads, featuring artists Nijay, Sweet Geez, Cole, Vellqwan, Haze, J-Stalin, AP-9(Mobb Figgaz), and Stace. Taylormades CD Bread, Blunts, & Broads is now available on the Oddballentertainment website and the music can also be purchased by digital downloads.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 2, 2005 -- Taylormade finished his compilation album he produced titled Bread, Blunts, and Broads, featuring artists Nijay, Sweet Geez, Cole, Vellqwan, Haze, J-Stalin, AP-9(Mobb Figgaz), and Stace. Taylormades CD Bread, Blunts, & Broads is now available on the Oddballentertainment website and the music can also be purchased by digital downloads..

Taylormades release of Bread, Blunts, & Broads, features artists Nijay, Sweet Geez, Cole, Vellqwan, Haze, J-Stalin, Stace, and AP-9 (Mobb Figgaz). Taylormade is excited about the album and the sundry collaborations between the various artists. It's a mix of east and west coast sound and its different than anything else out there right now, Taylormade explains. With the instrumentation and hip hop production from Taylormade and the collaboration of different artists that stretch from The Bay to Harlem, this album is definitely going to catch the attention of the Hip Hop industry. Bread, Blunts, & Broads, brings you from the streets of Harlem, back west to San Francisco and Oakland, CA, down the coast to San Diego, and then has the collaboration of both coasts. The lyrics and artists range from talking about the ups and downs of love in the ghetto and sharing the stories of lives in the streets from the East to West Coast.

For additional information contact: Taylor Golonka at (323)316-4016.

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Taylor Golonka

Tupac Shakur's Screenplay To Become Featured Film

Afeni Shakur, Tupac's Mother, teamed up with Insomnia Media Group to produce this film. Production starts next March.

Imperial Valley, California (PRWEB) October 1, 2005 -- 2pac's mother Afeni shakur is set to start production for a screenplay written by her son Tupac Shakur, while he was in jail in 1995, next March.

The plot revolves around a black youth who becomes a drug kingpin, and later on in his life decides to go straight. "Live 2 Tell," is going to be produced as a feature film. The script was acquired by Insomnia Media Group from Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, who will be a producer on the film, which has yet to been casted.

Tupac, who has been the lead role in "Poetic Justice," "Above the Rim" and "Gridlock'd," had written "Live 2 Tell" for himself to star in. Unfortunately the rapper was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip in 1996, and never had the opportunity. His murder remains unsolved.

About Insomnia Media Group:
Other projects by Insomnia include an upcoming film biography of Napster creator Shawn Fanning and the tattoo-parlor reality TV show "Inked."


Ruben Avila

Musicians Worldwide Heed the Call to 'Harmony for Humanity'

Thousands to participate in fourth annual Daniel Pearl Music Days events and e-Stage

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- From Elton John, Los Lobos and the London Philharmonia to Pakistan's MTV award-winning band Strings, hundreds of performances worldwide are scheduled throughout October as part of the Fourth Annual Daniel Pearl Music Days (, a global network of musical events on Oct. 1-10. Concert registrations from both amateur and professional musicians are flowing into the Music Days website daily to join this international phenomenon of "Harmony for Humanity."

Daniel Pearl Music Days began in 2002 as an international "jam session" to commemorate the Oct. 10 birthday of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, who played classical, jazz and bluegrass music wherever he traveled. In addition to the hundreds of live performances scheduled this year, Music Days' "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage will expand the Daniel Pearl Foundation's ( program of promoting cross cultural understanding through an internet radio station that will play original compositions, lyrics, and playlists inspired by the Music Days' theme.

"Music Days is about raising awareness of the universal power of music to bridge cultural divides; it is not a fundraiser," explained Jackie Gelfand, Executive Director of The Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Musicians can register a song or full concert, a DJ can dedicate a radio show or a club set; an orchestra can offer a performance, single composition, or open rehearsal; a youth group can perform at a school event; and music lovers can show their support either by attending performances listed on our website or visiting our online e-Stage radio station throughout October."

Scheduled Music Days dedications will include tributes from a wide variety of musical genres including the Narambi Cultural Festival of Traditional Music in India, Costa Rica's Promising Artists of the 21st Century Showcase, Zubin Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic, San Francisco's Living Word Festival, The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, Nubian music's Hamza El Din, the International Bach Festival in Toronto, Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Masango Band in Cameroon, and Friend Of Danny Festival, FODfest in Southfield, Massachusetts to name a few. Artists in locations as varied as Japan, Germany, Kenya, Poland, Nepal and New Zealand, as well as over 130 in the United States have already registered.

"We are honored to have such a varied and celebrated group of artists joining Music Days and using the power of music to promote cross-cultural understanding," said Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Danny was a talented musician who always connected people through words and music; he truly lived the Music Days theme of 'Harmony for Humanity.'"

The Daniel Pearl Music Days Honorary Committee spans a wide variety of musical genres. Hip hop "godfather" Russell Simmons and jazz, pop, bluegrass and rock superstars Herbie Hancock, Sir Elton John, Mark O'Connor, Barbra Streisand and R.E.M join with classical virtuosos Yefim Bronfman, Ida Haendel, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman; ethnic music masters Salman Ahmad, Theodore Bikel, Hamza el Din, Tania Libertad, Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Ravi Shankar, as well as composers and conductors George Pehlivanian, Zubin Mehta, Steve Reich and John Williams.

"The simple, yet profound message of Daniel Pearl Music Days continues to empower and unite both performers and audiences in a meaningful celebration of the oneness of humanity," said Ruth Pearl, Daniel Pearl's mother. "We are humbled that Danny's belief in music as a universal language has proven to be an inspiring legacy of hope in these troubled times."

To register a Music Days 2005 performance or to listen to the "Harmony for Humanity e-Stage, please visit

Daniel Pearl's murder by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 touched millions. By developing innovative international programs focused on journalism, music and respectful dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation seeks to counter the hatred and intolerance that took his life. For more information please visit

Rochon Perry

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Source: Daniel Pearl Foundation

CONTACT: Rochon Perry, +1-415-346-7392, cell: +1-415-336-1487,, for Daniel Pearl Foundation

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Queen Latifah Encourages Others to Honor Confident, Courageous Women

October 8th Deadline Nearing to Nominate Candidates for Confidence Awards Program

SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Each day, inspiring women across the country help other women gain confidence and self-esteem through community education, fund-raising, self-empowerment and volunteer programs. Queen Latifah is reminding women that they have less than two weeks left to nominate these often unsung heroes for the CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE AWARDS, a nationwide search to recognize women who personify and project the power of confidence. Entries for the awards must be postmarked by October 8, 2005.

"I encourage you to nominate a woman who has inspired you to feel more confident by being instrumental in creating or participating in programs that help women embrace the power of confidence," said Queen Latifah, CURVATION(R) spokesperson, inspiration and creative advisor. "These awards provide a wonderful opportunity to honor someone for their efforts and contribute to their individual program or cause. I'm looking forward to reading the entries about the amazing work women are doing across the country."

Five finalists will be chosen by Queen Latifah and a panel of experts. The finalists will receive a $2,000 grant towards the program or cause with which they are affiliated, so that they can continue their work in building women's confidence. The panel will choose one grand prize winner, who will be awarded an additional $10,000 grant to support her project or program. In addition, Wal*Mart has offered to donate an additional $5,000, adding another $1,000 to each finalist's prize. All finalists will be honored at a CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE AWARDS ceremony, hosted by Queen Latifah, in early 2006.

"I credit much of who I am today to the confidence I was given as a child. Strong, independent women like my mother and grandmother showed me the power of believing in myself. Now I want to pass this message on. By helping women build their confidence, we help them live more fulfilling lives," added Queen Latifah.

To nominate a strong, confident woman, visit or mail in a completed entry form, available by calling 1-800-505-2378.

The CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE AWARDS is part of the multi-year, multi- part CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE initiative, which in turn is part of the extended partnership agreement between the Curvation brand and Queen Latifah announced by VF Intimates in June. CURVATION NATION, another component of CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE, is an online community where women who have embraced the power of confidence can inspire and share their ideas with an ever-widening community. Women who visit the CURVATION NATION website -- -- can opt-in to receive CURVATION(R) product and event updates.

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CONTACT: Stefanie Brychcy, +1-212-598-4400, x157,, or Rudy Young, +1-212-598-4400, x164,, both of Lippe Taylor for CURVATION PROJECT CONFIDENCE

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