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Benny Blanco's New Album Positions Him as One of the Fastest Rising Stars in East Coast Hip-Hop

Early adversity toughened Blanco for his current success. Now as a successful solo artist and label owner, Benny Blanco is set to put Tampa on the Southeast Hip-Hop map.

(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) November 3, 2005 -- Benny Blanco, Tampa's latest Hip-Hop Mogul, is making his play for the top of the charts with Operasione Leak Proof The Mixtape, a new mixtape album from his label, It's Nuffin' Records.

Blanco's career so far is the stuff of which champions are made and legends are born. His refusal to quit against long odds and adversity has only made him better. Benny Blanco is set to emerge as one of the rap games latest upcoming artists. This rapper and producer has not only displayed his proficiency on and off the mic, but has extended his efforts and passion for the music industry to create his very own label.

It's Nuffin' Records is set to become not just a hot new label, but a place where Blanco's business savvy and artist-friendly attitude will allow his stable of budding superstars to shine.

Early buzz for Blanco's mic skills was strong after his rhymes were featured on several New York City compilations. Quickly, the promise dimmed and Blanco struggled with record labels and several legal battles and decided to market himself overseas. Confidant in his ability as an artist, and backed by determination, he created his first solo album. The Bronx Tale was released to a receptive audience in Asia. It was an introspective album revealing his struggles as a new artist. Solid sales in Asia got Blanco sponsored onto his first major tour, solidifying his ability on the mic and giving him fresh momentum.

Blanco proved that a Latin rapper does not need to be a mere clich. He started his own record label, Its Nuffin Records, in 1996 so he could pave his own way to success while maintaining his roots. Since he made his own way toward a successful career, Blanco decided to build his own empire rather than sign his career away to a major label.

His relentless dedication to his music now has Blanco signing and working closely with his own artists as well as producing his own music. He currently has three new mixtape releases and a full album in the works. His early struggles in the U.S. and his hard-won success in Asia forced this young artist to grow in a very short period of time. His choice to strike out on his own has not only made him a successful entrepreneur but has positioned him to make serious noise within the music industry.

Its Nuffin Records released Benny Blancos latest project titled Operasione Leak Proof The Mixtape album this October 18th. Early reaction is building the street appetite and momentum for Benny Blancos upcoming album titled Water Front Rackets scheduled for release in early 2006. Production credits include, The Justice League (Young Jeezys Dont get Caught Toni Braxton, Juelz Santana), Decap Beats and many more.

The hot single to watch on the Album is titled Blow Feat: 2Pac Shakur which was released last October as a 12 Vinyl Test Press and helped Benny Blanco rocket up the Indie Charts at #3 by Star Fleet Music DJs and Record Pools along the Eastern Coast. Internet fans across the world have swiftly downloaded over 100,000 copies and counting. Operasione Leak Proof The Mixtape Album contains a Remix version of the Single Blow Feat: 2Pac Shakur as a hidden track on the CD.

For more information on Benny Blanco, visit and check out one of Hip-Hop's fastest rising young stars.


Tyrone Torres
It's Nuffin' Records Inc.

Deeyah Teams up with Rapper Young MayLay for New Single "What Will It Be"

Deeyahs new single "What Will It Be" features mixes by LA Rapper Young MayLay and mixes by the UK's very own JD. The New single is out in January 2006.

(PRWEB) November 4, 2005 -- Deeyah, who is known to her fans around the world as the Muslim Madonna has teamed up with LA rapper Young MayLay for her new single What Will It Be. The new track will be released early next year and will deliver a strong statement about Deeyahs beliefs regarding the rights of women from all faiths and cultures; their right to speak out about social issues, sexuality, empowerment and to lead their lives the way they choose without the fear of reprisals or judgment.

Deeyahs new video (shot in LA and India) features the images of many women who have tried to lead their lives with freedom of expression in the way they dress and speak. Every image in the video has a story behind it, and in some cases, with very shocking endings. The women featured in the video images include: Heshu Yones, Hatin Surucu, Ghofrane Haddaoui, Fadime Sahindal, Sonay Mohammad and Afghanistans only female TV music presenter, Shaima Rezayee who was forbidden to go to school and murdered on the 18th May 2005 - The Afghani Police believe the way of she dressed and how she presented her TV show. was the sole reason she was killed.

What Will it Be also features hot rapper Young MayLay, who in currently the lead character of Carl CJ Johnson in the ever popular game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. MayLay was born on the West Coast and raised in Los Angeles amidst the turbulence of riots and gang violence and has been cultivating his lyrical skills since a teenager.

The Sunday Times have predicted Deeyah as the next big thing and her next single has already been played on specialist shows on Kiss 100, BBC 1xtra and Radio 1. The new single also features a mix by the talented producer JD whose version is proving popular on radio and clubs alike.

Born in Norway and living between the UK and US, Deeyahs influences are varied and range from Madonna to Dr Dre to Metallica. She has spent the past year working with the legendary producer, Darin Prindle, who has worked with Destinys Child, TLC, Madonna, Jermaine Dupri, Boyz II Men and Usher. Deeyahs latest video is self directed with the aid of John Lindauer whose past clients include Lauryn Hill, Mary J Blige, Lisa Stansfield, and Christina Aguilera to mention a few. With the last single In the UK Top 40, Deeyah is here to leave her mark

The new single, What Will It Be will be released in the UK on January 16th 2006 followed by the album titled Plan Of My Own via Brainwash Records. You can watch the video on Channel U (Selection 572) as well as many more soon. /

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Tom Joyner's REACH Media Inc. to Affiliate Russ Parr's Weekend Radio Show

Deal Will Enhance Programming and Syndication Opportunities for REACH Media Inc.

DALLAS, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Joyner's REACH Media Inc., formed by the top-ranked and award-winning nationally syndicated radio and television personality and businessman, has acquired the syndication rights to Russ Parr radio show, On the Air with Russ Parr, today in a deal with parent company, Radio One. Parr's show is the first new radio show added to the multi-media company's roster.

As of January 1, 2006, REACH Media Inc. and Radio One will be solely responsible for syndication of Parr's weekend radio show, On the Air with Russ Parr. Terms of the deal include syndication rights, overseeing advertising sales, and the creation and development of show content. Superadio, the company that currently distributes Parr's On the Air show, will continue to syndicate the show through the end of the year. Premiere Radio Networks will be handling the sales for the network.

David Kantor, CEO, REACH Media Inc., said, "The addition of Russ Parr is just the kind of talent we've been looking for to add to our programming line up."

Parr joins REACH Media and Radio One with an impressive and extensive resume. On the air since the late 80's with stints on the legendary KDAY - Los Angeles (the nation's first 24-hour hip hop station) and KJMZ - Dallas. Parr then became a permanent fixture on the airwaves of Radio One's 93.9 WKYS - Washington DC and became nationally syndicated shortly thereafter. Parr has also had his own record label, Raspur, and signed with the late Easy E's Ruthless Records. A devoted husband and father, Parr wears many hats including DJ, stand-up comedian, actor, film director and philanthropist.

Darryl Huckaby, vice president of operations for Russ Parr, added, "Russ Parr and his team have established themselves as the country's premier Hip Hop and R&B syndicated radio show. Reach Media brings a wealth of support and resources that will enable us to grow the Russ Parr brand tremendously in 2006 and beyond."

About REACH Media Inc.

REACH Media, founded by radio and television personality, philanthropist and entrepreneur Tom Joyner, is a multi-media company formed in January 2003 as the parent company of all of The Tom Joyner Morning Show and several other businesses that will target African-Americans through radio, television, event production and the internet. Its website, (, which has more than 900,000 members, is a virtual town square for visitors to get daily news, play games, search for jobs and listen to the Morning Show online. REACH Media also produces the Tom Joyner Family Reunion @ Walt Disney World Resorts (, a three-day Labor Day Weekend event, featuring top-name performers, comedians, seminars and access to the theme parks and the "Tom Joyner Show," a nationally syndicated television show that will reach 70% of the general market and 85% of the African-American audience across the United States.

About Radio One

Radio One, Inc. ( is the nation's seventh largest radio broadcasting company (based on 2003 net broadcast revenue) and the largest company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. Pro forma for all announced acquisitions, Radio One owns and/or operates 69 radio stations located in 22 urban markets in the United States and reaches approximately 13 million listeners every week. Radio One also owns approximately 40% of TV One, LLC, an African-American targeted cable channel, which is a joint venture with Comcast Corporation and programs "XM 169 The POWER" on XM Satellite Radio.

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Nonpoint - The Black Maria - DJ Green Lantern - The Bob Greco Band are Touring the US and Will be at the Connexion International Music Festival

November 11-13, 2005

A festival for up and coming artists/bands. This is one festival that will dedicate itself to helping the unsigned artists/bands. We will bring the industry to them.

(PRWEB) November 3, 2005 -- The Connexion International Music Festival will take place this November 10-13, 2005.

Connexion International Music Festival is the top music festival in its area and through its strategic relationships and stable funding and high profile sponsors is looking to become the premiere music festival internationally

The ConneXion International Music Festival will be held in Jacksonville Florida at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential Drive Jacksonville, FL. 32207

There will be THREE (3) days of musical performances, speaker panels, parties and one hell of a pool party. Musicians from all over the world and from all genres will showcase their talents in front of influential members from the entertainment industry. Live performances will take place at the Radisson Riverwalk out doors stage.

The Festival will host a KICK OFF opening night networking party to welcome participating artist and Industry November 10th, 2005. Some past performers of the CIMF are going to grace us with their music that are guaranteed to ROCK YOUR WORLD..

The panels are designed to help participants gain knowledge about the many facets of the music business and will include representatives from major and independent record labels as well as music critics, publishers, marketing specialists, publicists managers and entertainment attorneys.

Industry, Press/Media and accepted Artists get complimentary passes to all events. The Festival is designed to help artist grow both personally and professionally. The Festival is very affordable and prides itself on developing new artists with honesty and integrity.

Press and Industry can get all-access VIP complimentary passes by registering on our web site once registered we will add your name and company to our web site as Confirmed Featured Guest. Industry and Press can pick up their respective passes Thursday, November 10th from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Radisson Riverwalk Hotel or at the time of arrival. Please bring your credentials to prove who you are.

About CIMF:
The ConneXion International Music Festival (CIMF) was founded in 2003 by Leslie Rovero. Rovero attended several festivals with artists that she managed only to discover that the organizers paid more attention to making money than to artist development. Soon after, the CIMF became a reality. Last year's inaugural festival in Jacksonville, Florida featured more than 100 artists and industry representatives from all over the world. CIMF was so successful that they were approached by several different sponsors in different cities all offering to host this year's festival. But our focus has always been on the artists and the overwhelming feedback that we received was for two annual festivals. CIMF East in Florida and CIMF West in Las Vegas.

The festival provides a platform to discover and develop new talent and promises to give exposure to a diverse range of promising performers. Artists from all over the world have the chance to showcase their talents and network with invited A&R executives, producers, publishers, music journalists, talent scouts, casting agents and filmmakers. Musical genres include Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Reggae, Latin, Folk, Country, Gospel ..all genres.

Leslie Rovero
Executive Producer
LR Productions & Management, Inc.
136 7th Ave. South
Jacksonville Beach, Fl. 32250
904) 242-4630

"It is better to be boldly decisive and risk being wrong than to agonize at length and be right too late."


Leslie Rovero

Worldwide Music Wholesaler, Super D, Ranks #304 on the 2005 Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Super D, a Worldwide Music Wholesaler was ranked #304 on the 2005 Inc. 500 list of Americas Fastest-Growing Private Companies with a three year revenue growth of 426%. Revenue from 2001 to 2004 grew from $16M to $87M. Sales are still exploding as revenue in the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2005 was up 40% from 2004. Super D has grown into the first Worldwide One-Stop with an in stock product selection of music and video of 216,463 unique items from 24 countries in its Irvine, CA warehouse.

IRVINE, CA (PRWEB) November 4, 2005 -- Super D, a Worldwide Music Wholesaler was ranked #304 on the 2005 Inc. 500 list of Americas Fastest-Growing Private Companies with a three year revenue growth of 426%. Revenue from 2001 to 2004 grew from $16M to $87M. Sales are still exploding as revenue in the first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2005 was up 40% from 2004. Super D has grown into the first Worldwide One-Stop with an in stock product selection of music and video of 216,463 unique items from 24 countries in its Irvine, CA warehouse.

How is Super D growing rapidly while the music industry is shrinking? Super D has been focusing on Superior Service, Selection and Technology in a worldwide marketplace and there are unlimited possibilities, said Jeff Walker, Founder and President. When you combine Superior Service, The Largest Selection, and Leading Edge Technology in the Worldwide Marketplace, you can produce exceptional results even in a declining industry. Super D has created the first Worldwide One-Stop for music where a brick and mortar or internet retailer anywhere in the world can purchase efficiently from one supplier.

Service - With thousands of music industry jobs being shed over the past few years, Super D has been able to build an experienced team of industry veterans. Super D currently has 180 employees up from 40 in 2001. In 2003, Super D was awarded the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Medium Wholesaler of the Year.

Selection - With over 216,463 unique music and video items in stock from 24 countries worldwide, Super D has the largest selection of products offered in the world.

Technology - In 2002, Super D was awarded the Pinnacle Award for Innovation by Microsoft for Microsoft Business Solutions Software.

Super D is committed to continuing to grow in service quality, selection and improved technology to provide its customers the most efficient purchasing worldwide.


Jeff Walker

BarrioMobile(TM) Teams Up With Emilio Estefan to Bring a Latin Beat to Your Phone

Partnership Brings Exclusive Latin Content for Your Cell Phone

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Latin Superstar & Grammy Award winning producer, Emilio Estefan signs exclusively to BarrioMobile(TM), the Latin sister brand of BlingTones(TM). Like BlingTones, BarrioMobile -- a division of Lagardere Active North America (LANA) -- is a wireless service committed to producing and distributing exclusive, original content for cellphones including music, pictures, video, games and wallpapers.

Estefan will be joining the BarrioMobile family creating exclusive ringtones, ringbacks, and voicemail greetings. The decision to partner with Estefan was easy for BlingTones' Vice President of A&R Jonathan Dworkin as he explains, "Emilio is the veritable king of Latin music. BarrioMobile is about bringing the hottest, hippest music to the Latin community and he was a natural choice."

Emilio Estefan adds, "Our business has entered into an era whereby downloading ringtones and music over wireless networks is as common as rice & beans. Having the opportunity to partner with a global media company like Lagardere and to create and provide original content is just one more way that our unique style of writing and producing latin music can be exploited and heard world-wide."

BarrioMobile is the world's first wireless Latin record label, signing artists and producers to create exclusive, original, 30-second songs and full- length tracks for cellphones. BarrioMobile(TM) serves the Latin community by providing cellphone users content in Latin genres ranging from Reggaeton and Hip-Hop Latino to Dance and Rock en Espanol. Already on their roster are prominent Latin stars, including Pitbull, Tego Calderon, Don Dinero, Yerba Buena, Cuban Link, Louie Vega and many others. BarrioMobile is also committed to developing talent, and have signed up-and-coming artists like Gemstar & Big Mato, who were featured on N.O.R.E.'s crossover smash hit "Oye Mi Canto."

BarrioMobile's partnership with Estefan is the perfect extension to the booming Latino music scene. "We couldn't be happier about this new relationship with Emilio. He is a leader and an innovator, and he and his team really understand the power of what we are building. Most importantly, it's the opportunity to be creative in a nascent medium and to deliver exceptional music in a totally new way," says LANA CEO, Julien Mitelberg.

About Emilio Estefan

Estefan has been honored as a record producer with 28 Grammy nominations and 14 wins, including a Grammy for Producer of the Year. He has received the highest recognition a songwriter can achieve, being inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2001 and was named the 2004 BMI Songwriter of the Year. Most recently, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Estefan is credited with the global crossover success of his superstar wife Gloria, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and others. Although best known for his accomplishments in the musical arena, he has also successfully ventured into the film and television industry, executive producing the Latin Grammys, Superbowl halftime shows, Olympics opening and closing ceremonies and various music specials for CBS, NBC, Univision, Telemundo, HBO and Showtime.

About BlingTones

BlingTones(TM) launched in September of 2004 as the world's first wireless record label and has sold over 4.5 million downloads in that time. BlingTones(TM) represents the next level in the ringtone phenomenon, bringing exclusive and original content to cellphone users including music, wallpaper, voice ringers, ringbacks, images, video, etc.

About Lagardere Active North America

Lagardere Active North America (LANA) is the U.S. division of Lagardere Active Broadband, the new media subsidiary of Lagardere SCA. LANA, which launched operations in January 2004, creates branded content for cellphone subscribers. In addition to BlingTones(TM), LANA created BarrioMobile(TM), a sister brand serving the Latin community by providing cellphone users with exclusive ringtones in popular latin genres ranging from Reggaeton and Hip-Hop Latino to Dance and Rock en Espanol. LANA, in collaboration with sister company Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., a leading special interest magazine publisher and has also launched Car and Driver Mobile, ELLE and ELLE Girl Mobile and based on Hachette's successful brands.

Source: BarrioMobile

CONTACT: Simone Smalls,, or Tamar Juda,, both of Susan Blond, Inc., +1-212-333-7728,
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ABSOLUT(R) VODKA Brings the Ultimate Bar to the 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY(R) After-Party

The Official Spirit Mixes the Greatest Latin Music Artists and ABSOLUT(R) Drinks to Cap the Night's Festivities

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ABSOLUT(R) Vodka, the official Spirit of this year's Latin GRAMMY(R), will add its distinctive sense of style and fun to the official Latin GRAMMY after-party with the illuminated ABSOLUT(R) BAR. The after-party will feature a true ABSOLUT experience -- from the drinks to the decor to the partygoers. The statuesque and dazzling Sofia Vergara will blaze through the party with Award winning Latin Hip-Hop band Akwid. This trio will spice up the party while ABSOLUT keeps the drinks flowing. THE ABSOLUT BAR will feature the latest "it" cocktails, including Atrevete, Coqueta and Antojo, as well as seven of ABSOLUT's evocative flavors. The celebration kicks off at 8:00 PM sharp on the glittery balcony of the Pacific Design Center, with views of Hollywood and beyond.

"Latin GRAMMYs and ABSOLUT(R) make the perfect duo; both celebrate Latin culture and musical achievement, which is why this marquee sponsorship is perfect for our brand. The ABSOLUT(R) BAR will complement the glamour of the evening's festivities," said Matthias Aeppli, Vice President of Marketing for the Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.

The 6th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on the Univision Network (8 p.m./7c) from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Nov. 3. The after-party will begin immediately following the show.

ABSOLUT(R) VODKA is a premium vodka and the third largest international spirits brand in the world. ABSOLUT continues to lead the flavored vodka segment with the first and third best selling brands, ABSOLUT CITRON(R) and ABSOLUT MANDRIN(R), respectively. Since the introduction of ABSOLUT PEPPAR(R) in 1986, its first flavored vodka, the ABSOLUT Family has continued to excite the category with flavors like ABSOLUT MANDARIN, ABSOLUT CITRON, ABSOLUT KURANT(R), ABSOLUT VANILIA(TM), ABSOLUT RASPBERRI(TM) and ABSOLUT APEACH. To maintain premium quality all ABSOLUT VODKA is made using a continuous distillation process and created from all natural ingredients in Ahus, Sweden.

About The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.

The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc., headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of V&S Group and operates under the auspices of V&S Absolut Spirits in Stockholm, which produces and markets ABSOLUT VODKA, ABSOLUT CUT, Level Vodka, DANZKA Vodka, FRIS Vodka and Plymouth Gin. The Absolut Spirits Company, Inc. imports ABSOLUT VODKA, Level, DANZKA Vodka and Plymouth Gin in the US and distributes the brands through FutureBrands LLC, a joint venture with Jim Beam Brands.

About the Latin Recording Academy

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit ENJOY WITH ABSOLUT RESPONSIBILITY(TM).

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Jeffrey Moran
The Absolut Spirits Company

Andrea Sahakian
Axis / The Multicultural Agency

Source: Absolut Spirits Company, Inc.; Latin Recording Academy

CONTACT: Jeffrey Moran of The Absolut Spirits Company, +1-212-641-8720,; or Andrea Sahakian of Axis / The Multicultural
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SIRIUS Canada to Broadcast 100 Channels of Satellite Radio

* 60 Channels of Commercial-Free Rock, Pop and Classical Music

* 40 Channels of News, Sports and Entertainment

* 30 Games of Play-by-Play NHL Action per Week

* 10 Channels of Canadian Content

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) today announced that its Canadian affiliate, SIRIUS Canada, will offer 100 channels of programming when it begins broadcasting next month. With a full 100 channels of the best music, news, sports, and entertainment available, SIRIUS Canada will provide the most comprehensive satellite radio service in the country. SIRIUS Canada will also be the only satellite radio provider to include 10 Canadian music and information stations in both English and French for all Canadians, including a multilingual service.

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"We are launching SIRIUS Canada with 100 channels of music, entertainment, sports and information -- the true A-List," said Mark Redmond, President and CEO, SIRIUS Canada. "With 60 channels of commercial-free music, incredible sports coverage from the NFL, NHL and the NBA, great entertainment programming from Maxim to Martha Stewart and up-to-the-minute news from CBC/Radio-Canada and the BBC, SIRIUS Canada will have it all."

"Canadians will be able to experience SIRIUS Canada's programming in time for the holidays. As the fastest growing satellite radio provider in North America, SIRIUS will have the greatest depth and variety of any satellite radio company in Canada," he added.

SIRIUS Canada's premium satellite radio service will be available soon at Future Shop, Best Buy, London Drugs, The Source by Circuit City, Canadian Tire and many other leading retailers throughout Canada. Consumers wanting more information on the SIRIUS Canada service can do so at: SIRIUS Canada premium subscription service will be priced at $14.99 (CAD) a month.


SIRIUS Canada will offer a total of 60 commercial-free music stations to make up the widest range of music available. SIRIUS programmers will feature the best selections in rock, pop, country, Christian, jazz, hip hop, electronic, dance, R&B, Classical and show tunes.

* Pop - Featuring the top music from today and everyone's favorites from
yesterday. Pop channels include SIRIUS Hits-1 playing the songs at the
top of the charts, Rock 'n roll from the late 50's to the early 60's on
SIRIUS Gold, the best music from the 80s on Big 80's and BBC Radio 1
featuring new music from the U.K. Listeners will also be able to hear
French artists like Jorane and Pierre Lapointe on Rock Velours and

* Rock - From today's cutting-edge new sounds to all the great classic
rock from yesterday. Rock channels include classic rock on Classic
Vinyl, the latest alternative hits on Alt Nation, pure hard rock on
Octane, Jimmy Buffet's Radio Margaritaville, Stephen Van Zandt's
Underground Garage and Faction an action sports lifestyle channel.
Listeners can also tune in to Canadian rock on Iceberg Radio and hear
up-and-coming Canadian Francophone artists on bandeapart and English
artists on CBC Radio 3.

* Electronic, Dance, Hip-Hop/R&B - Electronic and dance channels include
trance and progressive house on Area 33, downtempo electronica on Chill,
and the sounds of classic dance on The Strobe. Hip-Hop/R&B channels
include raw Hip-Hop on Hip-Hop Nation, uncensored tracks on Eminem's
self-styled channel, Shade 45 and classic soul and Motown on Soul Town.

* Country - Featuring a wide range of country music from yesterday and
today. Country stations include today's biggest stars on New Country,
classic country from The Roadhouse, the genre's renegades and rogues on
Outlaw Country and homegrown, heartfelt bluegrass music on Bluegrass.

* Jazz & Blues - Jazz & Blues channels featuring contemporary jazz on
Planet Jazz, smooth jazz on Jazz Cafe, new age instrumental music on
Spa73, and authentic blues on Sirius Blues.

* Standards and Classical - Featuring classic singers, big band music and
show tunes. Channels include Standard Time, Broadway's Best, Symphony
Hall and SIRIUS Pops.

* Latin & International - The best in Latin and world music. Channels
include today's top Latin music on Universo Latina and music from around
the world on The Globe.


SIRIUS Canada will provide the best in-depth sports coverage that will satisfy even the biggest Canadian sports fan. With live, play-by-play action on three dedicated SIRIUS play-by-play channels, Canadian sports fans will be able to tune into their favorite NBA and NFL games throughout the season. In addition, SIRIUS Canada will broadcast a wide variety of NHL hockey games on a nightly and weekly basis. SIRIUS Sports channels will also feature news, talk and athlete interviews on ESPN Radio and ESPN News, live coverage, news, talk and opinion of the NFL on SIRIUS NFL Radio. In addition, SIRIUS Canada will be offering hard core Canadian sports fans the best in sports and talk on Hardcore Sports Radio, provided by Score Media.

SIRIUS News and Public Radio

SIRIUS Canada will carry a variety of news and public radio programming. These channels include CBC Radio One and Première Plus featuring Canadian news from CBC/Radio-Canada in both French and English, call-in talk radio from NPR Now, up-to-the minute financial and business news from Bloomberg Radio, and international news from CNN, BBC World News and RCI Plus - a multilingual news and information channel.

Especially for Women

SIRIUS Canada will offer channels and programming geared toward Women including Martha Stewart Living Radio featuring shows on cooking, home and pet keeping, gardening, collecting and crafts as well as Cosmopolitan Radio (February 2006).


SIRIUS Canada will feature comedy channels that include uncensored comedy on Raw Dog and comedy for everyone on Laugh Break.


SIRIUS Canada will offer diverse talk-radio stations as part of the Canadian subscriber package. SIRIUS Canada Talk stations include news, information and entertainment for the Gay and Lesbian communities on SIRIUS Out Q, SIRIUS' flagship talk station SIRIUS Stars, talk radio for guys on MAXIM Radio, entertainment industry news on E! Entertainment Radio, breaking news on ABC News/Talk, and news and information for commercial drivers on SIRIUS Trucking Network.


SIRIUS Canada will bring subscribers the world including Spanish-language entertainment and talk on Hispanic Talk, and Latin American news on BBC Mundo.

Canadian Channels

Within the 100 channel line-up, SIRIUS Canada is pleased to announce a total of 10 Canadian satellite radio channels in both English and French and one multilingual service. Canadian channels on SIRIUS include:

* CBC Radio One - Canada's top-rated radio news and information source,
featuring national and international headlines, in-depth business,
political and arts reports and award-winning documentaries.

* CBC Radio 3 - dedicated to Canada's burgeoning indie music and culture
scene and the place to discover the best in new Canadian music first.

* Iceberg Radio - commercial free Canadian Rock provided by Standard
Broadcasting and programmed by leading Canadian music programmer Liz

* Hardcore Sports Radio - Canadian sports news and talk provided by Score
Media delivers sports information to the Canadian sports fan 24-7.

* Premiere Plus - A Radio-Canada channel providing French language daily
reports and magazines covering news, current affairs and culture at home
and abroad.

* InfoPlus - All French language news 24 hours a day, combining the best
of Radio-Canada and public broadcasters from around the world, including
Radio France Internationale.

* bandeapart - a Radio-Canada channel dedicated to the best emerging
Francophone pop, rock, electronica, hip-hop, punk and world music.

* Rock Velours - A French-language channel playing the best Canadian soft
rock provided by Astral.

* Energie2 - A French-language channel playing pop, modern rock and urban
music in both French and English provided by Astral.

* RCI Plus -Radio Canada International programming for Canadians in
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Ukrainian and
Mandarin, which will be enhanced by programs from around the globe.

About SIRIUS Canada

SIRIUS Canada is a Canadian corporation owned by CBC/Radio-Canada, Standard Radio Inc. (Canada's largest privately-owned radio network) and SIRIUS Satellite Radio (U.S.), the fastest growing satellite radio company in North America. The SIRIUS satellite radio service is a world-class digital audio platform that will offer Canadians high-quality digital music, news, sports and entertainment programming, including an exclusive line-up of Canadian channels. Key sports programming will include the NFL, NBA and NHL games. SIRIUS Canada is committed to supporting Canadian musical talent and will be investing $20 million toward local development initiatives over the next seven years. SIRIUS Canada will reach Canadians wherever they live, from urban centers to the most remote regions of the country.


SIRIUS delivers more than 120 channels of the best commercial-free music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and the most extensive sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality sound. SIRIUS offers 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by- play games of the NFL, NHL and NBA and is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL and NHL.

SIRIUS products for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are distributed by Alpine, Audiovox, Brix Group, Clarion, Delphi, Directed Electronics, Eclipse, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Magnadyne, Monster Cable, Pioneer, Russound, Tivoli and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000 retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Costco, Target, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and RadioShack. SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers, truck stops and travel centers nationwide.

SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep(R), Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at major locations around the country.

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

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


Media Contacts:

Jim Collins

Jeff Roman
Edelman for SIRIUS Canada
416-979-1120 ext. 246

Source: SIRIUS Satellite Radio

CONTACT: Jim Collins of SIRIUS U.S., +1-212-901-6422,; or Jeff Roman of Edelman, +1-416-979-1120 ext. 246,, for SIRIUS Canada

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VH1's Music Radar

Wed. November 2, 2005 - Tues. November 8, 2005

NEW YORK, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Notable this week . . .

New Video Adds:
Beginning Monday, November 7
Fiona Apple "O'Sailor"
James Blunt "You're Beautiful"
Lisa Marie Presley "Idiot"
Goo Goo Dolls "Better Days"
The Eurythmics "I've Got a Life"

"You Oughta Know" - VH1 fills you in on artists on the rise. Get acquainted with these essential new artists.

James Blunt - This ex-soldier has gone from riding in tanks to topping the UK charts with the ballad "You're Beautiful," that Elton John has compared to his own hit "Your Song." The candor and catchiness of Back to Bedlam is the reason for Blunt's success -- the CD showcases a disarmingly tender voice that speaks with the heart of a true romantic.

Leela James - This pint-sized dynamo with the huge voice and the thick cloud of hair is sick of modern hip-hop's skanky side and wants to get back to the gritty sounds made by heroes like Al Green, Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. Her debut "A Change is Gonna Come" should have any fan of old school R&B jumping for joy. She calls her music "back porch soul;" it bursts with deep grooves (courtesy of Kanye West and Wyclef Jean), and songs to make you sob and shout.

Aqualung - London-based Matt Hales aka Aqualung started getting involved in music at a young age, composing a symphony at age 16. Hales landed one of his songs "Strange and Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You)," in a UK VW Beetle commercial which coincided with the release of his self-titled debut. People started clamoring to find THAT song and his album of dark and haunting songs became a hit. He renders his heartbreak with subtlety, preferring to let whispery vocals create a string of moody atmospheres. And believe it or not, he says he's never heard the Jethro Tull tune.

* all times ET/PT

What's on

Hear Music First
Floetry: Flo'ology - (Dreamworks)

One sings. The other's a poet. Together they'll knock your socks off with their smart, funny and touching rap-soul.

Cyndi Lauper: The Body Acoustic - (Epic)

She gives the hits you love some cool makeovers, and Sarah McLachlan, Ani DiFranco and Shaggy are along for the ride.

This Weeks Top 20 Countdown:
1. Kelly Clarkson "Because of You"
2. Kanye West "Gold Digger"
3. Mariah Carey "Shake It Off"
4. Green Day "Wake Me Up When September Ends"
5. Black Eyed Peas "My Humps"
6. Nickelback "Photograph"
7. Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc"
8. Weezer "Beverly Hills"
9. Sheryl Crow "Good is Good"
10. Pussycat Dolls "Stickwitu"
11. Santana featuring Michelle Branch & The Wreckers "I'm Feeling You"
12. Coldplay "Fix You"
13. Aqualung "Brighter Than Sunshine"
14. The Killers "All These Things That I've Done"
15. Leela James "Music"
16. Audioslave "Doesn't Remind Me"
17. Ricky Martin featuring Fat Joe and Amerie "I Don't Care"
18. Destiny's Child "Stand Up For Love"
19. Alanis Morissette "Crazy"
20. Franz Ferdinand "Do You Want To"

What's on VH1 Classic?

On Sunday, November 6 at 12 noon and 12 midnight VH1 Classic premieres an all-new "Alternative" which gathers together your favorite -- and forgotten -- videos by such pioneers as The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, Bauhaus and The Smiths among many clove-cigarette smoking others. Up on deck this week: Depeche Mode.

Members David Gahan, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore visited the VH1 Classic studio to promote their new album "Playing The Angel." The legendary group discussed the creation process of their new record, the overlaying theme of the album, and the impact their individual side projects had on the new record.

David Gahan on why Depeche Mode, "There was this underlying feeling of unfinished business. I've always feel like that with Depeche. I feel we've got more to do. And I can't really describe it any better than that. It's like we're not done yet. Martin [Gore] and I will know when it's time to hang up the hat and leave it alone, and not mess with it anymore."

Contacts: Lori Hornik/VH1


Source: VH1

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

Web site:


Energizer Bunny(R) Rolls With DUB Magazine

Leading battery maker joins forces with the authority on urban automotive lifestyles to promote its Energizer(R) e2(R) Titanium Technology(R) batteries

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Energizer is announcing a partnership with DUB magazine, the authoritative voice of urban automotive lifestyles, to promote Energizer's innovative e2 Titanium Technology batteries through an extensive marketing program in 2006.

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DUB's roots in the hip-hop and car customization cultures, combined with Energizer's commitment to high performance, longer-lasting products makes for an unexpected partnership. But together they are reaching out to those who value their own unique style -- including the "tuner" culture, which exploded onto the scene after celebrities like 50 Cent and Latrell Sprewell have spent millions of dollars customizing their rides. The collaboration supports Energizer's continuous effort to keep the music going by tapping into the trend-setting DUB lifestyle of individualism.

"Most people associate DUB with celebrities, music and customized automobiles, so they may ask why Energizer?" said Myles Kovacs, founder of DUB magazine. "In actuality though, we both focus on providing consumers with top-of-the-line products that will in one way or another, allow them to express their individuality and uniqueness."

Energizer and DUB are kicking off their partnership at the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas the week of October 31, 2005. As part of the program, consumers can enter a sweepstakes to win a tricked-out Dodge Charger, dubbed the Orange Whip, in the fall of 2006. A prototype of the custom DUB-produced Charger will debut at the SEMA Show.

In addition to the sweepstakes, consumers can view the DUB-produced Charger on the 2006 DUB Magazine Car Show and Concert Tour, which hits 14 cities nationwide, beginning in February. The partnership includes promotional support and retail-tainment events, limited edition collectible die-cast cars at retail, a custom Web site for consumers to download screen savers and other offers, and featured programming on MTV's hit show, Cribs. Selected advertising support also is being finalized for the remainder of 2006.

"We're thrilled about the DUB partnership, because it demonstrates our company's mission to find innovative ways to engage consumers," said Jeff Ziminski, vice president of marketing for Energizer. "Our focus for the e2 brand is a younger audience who lives and breathes its individualism in every aspect of their being, and the partnership makes complete sense to accomplish this goal."

Additional information on Energizer e2 Titanium Technology batteries can be found at To learn more about DUB magazine and the 2006 DUB Magazine Car Show and Concert Tour visit, or check out DUB's booth at SEMA in Las Vegas for more information on the program.

Energizer(R) e2(R) Titanium Technology(R) batteries provide longer lasting power in high-tech devices.(*) They are manufactured by St. Louis, Mo.-based Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR) , one of the world's largest manufacturers of primary batteries and flashlights and a global leader in the dynamic business of providing portable power. In addition, Energizer is the parent company of Schick-Wilkinson Sword, the second largest manufacturer of wet shave products in the world. Visit for more information.

(*) Vs. Energizer(R) MAX(R), in average of industry standard tests

For more information, contact:
Christine Johnson, Weber Shandwick: 314-552-6747 or
Jackie Burwitz, Energizer: 314-985-2000

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PRN Photo Desk,

Source: Energizer

CONTACT: Christine Johnson of Weber Shandwick, +1-314-552-6747, or
Jackie Burwitz of Energizer, +1-314-985-2000, both for Energizer

Web site:

Nikki Woods Hosts Fashion S.O.S. Benefit to Help Relocated Victims of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita Prepare For Winter in Chicago

Chicago-- Local designers have come together to host a winter benefit fashion show. Proceeds from all ticket sales will help purchase winter clothing items for relocated hurricane victims. Nikki Woods of WGCI-107.5 FM and the Crazy Howard McGee Morning Show will serve as the guest emcee.

What: Fashion S.O.S. - a benefit show featuring local designers

When: Friday, November 4, doors open at 7 p.m. show starts at 9 p.m.

Where: Chicago: Catalyst Ranch, 656 W. Randolph

Who: This is an opportunity to for all Chicagoans to come out and support our newest residents as they get ready for their first windy city winter.

Tickets are $15 in advance and available by contacting Will Larkin at 773-704-7485 or Raschanda Hall at 773-802-7423. Identity Clothing, Undeniably You is the organizing designer for this charity event. Other presenting designers include Kifani, MEEKIS Designs, Plum de'Shel - Fashion for the Future....Why Wait, C. Farr Dezignz, Fashion Fetish, and Maria/Marie Fashions. In-kind sponsors for "Fashion S.O.S." include Catalyst Ranch, D'Lonzo Artistry and Kulture's Salon & Spa.

For more information or to register as press, please email

Raschanda Hall
Show Publicity Coordinator

Super Producer Daz Dillinger has announced that he, Arnold White and Kurupt will search for new artists to include in their smash hit group DPGC

Announcement comes on the heels of the release of Daz and Kurupt's highly anticipated album Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez

Los Angeles, California -- November 2, 2005
This contest will allow more artists the opportunity that they would otherwise not get if they were just knocking on the record label doors. The record label is actually knocking on their doors, this is a wonderful opportunity.

Arnold White explains, "The contest is a very fun contest. We announce the winners on DPG TV and the four final contestants will get the opportunity to battle it out right on television. While Daz, Kurupt and myself judge their performance. It will definitely be a DPGC Idol. And my television viewers will get the opportunity to judge as well. This is a perfect opportunity for an artist to really determine if he will be the next Tupac, wherever he or she reside."

Daz Dillinger explains, "This announcement should come as no surprise because I love to develop new artists." Dillinger continues, "I chose November 1st as the day to start the contest because it is the debut of me and Young Gotti's reunion album- Dillinger II Young Gotti The Saga Continues. I think that with this reunion we need to celebrate it by adding on additional members to the group. We need to spice it up a bit."



Beginning Tuesday, November 1, and until 12 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 the Dog Pound Gangster Crip Artist Idol will begin


Mail your music, including bio and photo with contact information to:
The Best Pitch
DPGC Idols
Post Office Box 16254
Savannah, Georgia 31416

The Best Pitch will then forward the packages to DPGC headquarters all contestants who qualify based on the contest rules listed below:


Participants will find out that they have won by 3 different ways:

*DPG Television, Arnold White or another representative will announce the winners on his hit television show DPG TV, channel 66.

*Participants must sign up to the website , and the Forum Administrator will email the forum informing the winners of who won.

*The Best Pitch will call you to let you know that you have been picked as the final contestants. If you sign up to the website

If the artist is ineligible, elects not to participate, or is not available within 24 hours of the winner announcement then they will void their ability to win, and we will pick another artist to take their place.


DPGC runner ups will appear on the DPG Television show
DPGC winner will get to go on tour with Daz Dillinger and Kurupt, win a record label deal and become produced by Multi-Platinum artist Daz Dillinger

What's POPIN Names T.Julian Gipson as Director of Multimedia and strategic partnerships & Branding.

Miami Fl- Wells Wright, Founder Of ,Popin Party Pass, and Platinum entertainment group, today named Entertainment Executive and Marketing consultant ,T. Julian Gipson Director of multimedia and Strategic partnerships/branding. and is the first and most successful entertainment service online to offer affordable hotels and event/party passes
To the most popular urban minority party destinations such as , Black college reunion
Essence festival, NBA all-star weekend, Kentucky Derby , bayou classic ,kappa beach week, Soul train awards, Indiana Black expo,Cancun memorial day party, Source awards
And many more.

T. Julian Gipson is a former IBM executive who is currently founder and CEO of Brilliant Marketing & consulting, an Internet marketing company with clients such as Nellys applebottoms clothing line, Lisaraye, Viacom, Atlantic records, NBA & NFL sports teams, Clear Channel, Secure cash network, and First Debit- debit card to name a few.

Wells Wright recently made the announcement in Miamis south beach as he and Gipson prepare for the 2006 schedule. Troy Julian Gipson will bring experience, and three things I need to the table, internet technology, west coast and Midwest events, and
Important entertainment relationships with record labels, film companies and corporate entities said Wright , We are happy to have him help us reach new levels .

Gipson stated: Whats popin and Platinum entertainment group is poised to move beyond southern events & parties and bring their unique services and fun to the masses, by adding Hollywood and Midwest parties, events and expos.

Platinum entertainment group PEGS.COM offers branding and marketing solutions for artists , models, labels, corporations, programmers and multi media outlets.

Contact: platinum entertainment group- or
At 1888-555-1212
or email multimediadirector@pegs
Fax 1-305.777.1234

Websites: -


Stoni Is The First Hip Hop Producer To Be Endorsed As A Professional User Of PreSonus Audio Products

New York, November 1, 2005- PreSonus Audio, developer and manufacturer of music studio equipment and software, has selected a new face to market their music production interfaces, announcing Stoni as their newest artist spotlight. A new face in hip hop music production, Stoni knows the process of making great music and the importance of reliable production gear. In the spotlight, Stoni breaks down how PreSonus gear plugs into her studio set up.

With our latest spotlight, we hope to tap into the world of hip hop music and bring a new force of energy into the production studios. Because Stoni understands music production and stands behind our products, the possibilities are endlesss says Brad Zell, Marketing Manager.

About PreSonus
Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics is known for delivering professional quality audio products at affordable prices to audio professionals, musicians, and hobbyists around the world. The PreSonus staff in the sales, engineering, and customer service departments all have years of experience in professional audio as musicians and sound engineers which brings passion for music-making to every facet of the company. PreSonus founder and President Jim Odom is credited with two RIAA Certified Gold Records, one Certified Platinum Record along with two Ampex Golden Reel Awards as a musician/producer/engineer.
About Stoni

Initially gaining her buzz after winning a beat battle competition in New York City, Stoni has become a new face in hip hop music production. Her introduction to the world of hip hop came after she was the first female hip hop music producer to be featured in Scratch Magazine, the bible for hip hop music producers. Expect to hear from Stoni as she continues to go hard in the studio, working on upcoming projects.

PreSonus Audio Electronics,

Stonis website,

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Contact: L'ay / WordsForward PR

THINKfilm Makes 'Awesome' Acquisition

First Feature Film Creation for Beastie Boys

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to AWESOME; I F**KIN' SHOT THAT, a cinematic celebration of the hugely popular music group Beastie Boys, it was announced by President and CEO Jeff Sackman. A formally innovative feature film experience, it was directed by Nathaniel Hornblower (a.k.a. "M.C.A," a.k.a. band member Adam Yauch) and produced by Hornblower and Jon Doran. THINK plans to open the recently-completed film in Spring, 2006 following significant festival presentations early next year.

On October 9, 2004, the Beastie Boys handed out 50 cameras to audience members at their sold-out performance in New York's famed Madison Square Garden. These 50 different passionate perspectives shot from the point-of-view of the audience take the viewer deep inside the world of a live Beastie Boys show, prismatically and kinetically capturing the experience of a live musical performance like no film has ever done.

"'Awesome' is the only word that can describe the experience of watching this film," says THINK theatrical division head Mark Urman. "It's totally modern and witty aesthetically, but also fabulous to watch and listen to." Sackman adds, "We have been pursuing this film aggressively since we first read about it and think that Adam, Jon, and the rest of their team at Oscilloscope Films are the equal of any filmmaking team we've worked with when it comes to having a vision and realizing it to its best and fullest potential." Yauch added "I'm glad that the film has found a home with THINK. Sh*t has been bubbling for a minute and now THINK is gonna light a match."

The first white rap group of any significance, The Beastie Boys have enjoyed two decades of top-of-the-charts success since their 1986 album "License to Ill" and its hit single, "Fight for Your Right," catapulted them to international acclaim and fame. Their last three albums ("Ill Communication," "Hello Nasty," and "To the 5 Boroughs") were best-sellers, each reaching #1 on the American Album charts. Their latest, "Solid Gold Hits," a compendium of career highlights is about to be released by Capitol Records. In 2000 A two-disc video set with many of the band's videos -- most directed by Hornblower/Yauch -- was created by Yauch and released by The Criterion Collection. It remains the only music-video anthology released by the noted archival brand. The most unique feature of the DVD is the ability to switch audio tracks and video angles in any number of combinations. Yauch intends to author similar features on the AWESOME DVD, which THINK will release next summer.

Beastie Boys Mike D (Michael Diamond) and Adrock (Adam Horovitz), star in AWESOME along with Yauch and guests. The film was photographed, as Yauch says, by "a bunch of untrained camera operators. But that gives the film sincerity. The people that shot it, were feeling it."

The deal was negotiated by Sackman, Urman, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs Randy Manis, and Acquisitions Vice President Daniel Katz on behalf of THINK. Roger Arar and Ken Anderson of Loeb & Loeb represented the filmmakers.

THINKFilm is a privately held company with offices in Toronto and New York.

Source: THINKFilm

CONTACT: James Lewis of mPRm, +1-323-933-3399,, for
THINKFilm; or Alex Klenert of THINKFilm, +1-646-293-9400,

NOTE TO EDITORS: If you need high resolution artwork from the film to accompany this announcement, please email your request to

Jack Knight attends the Hip-Hop Association's 3rd Annual Educational Summit

Schedule of Events:
November 4th 5th, 2005
3rd Annual H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education] Summit: Activate!
Bronx Museum of The Arts

New York NY (November 1, 2005) The Hip-Hop
Association [H2A], a non-profit organization dedicated
to facilitating, fostering and preserving Hip-Hop
culture and its community, invites Award Winning song
writer Jack Knight to attend their annual arts and
culture events for 2005.

Jack Knight is a hit urban songwriter and producer
whose credits include hit singles by Monifah, Total,
Carl Thomas, Faith Evans, Guru, Loon, P. Diddy and
Usher. Jack initially came to the forefront as an
urban soul writer and producer, working with the likes
of Total, Monifah, Blackstreet and Chico DeBarge.

After scoring a couple of hits behind the scenes,
Knight decided to move into the realm of recording,
releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, Gypsy
Blues (Universal) in the summer of 1999. He was the
first writer signed to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs
publishing company, "The Writing Factory" a subsidiary
of Bad Boy Entertainment where he continues to write,
record and produce hit records on a regular basis for
artists including Mary J. Blige, Lil' Kim, J. Lo and
P. Diddy.

Jack is currently collaborated with award-winning
songwriter and co-founder, Sara Light, on a
book about writing well-crafted songs geared toward
the urban market. Recently Knight finished working on
the Biggie Duet Album and Lil Kims record the Naked
Truth. A dedicated member of the Grammy board and a
volunteer with the New York School of the Art system
this young, intelligent man is on a journey to teach a
and change peoples life through the teachings his
gift, writing from the soul.

The Hip-Hop Association utilizes Hip-Hop culture as a
tool to effectively encourage critical thinking,
social change and unity, while empowering communities
through educational and cultural initiatives. This is
accomplished through two media and education programs:
H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] and H2Ed [Hip-Hop Education]

Knight speaks on how Hip Hop Education is important,
" I truly believe that there are two things in our
world that Transcend Race, Culture, Politics, and
Religion. To me those two things are Self-education
and Music. I say self-education because the effort it
takes for a young person from the inner cities of New
York, Europe, Africa, and Latin America to read and
educate them, helps build an unseen force of
intellectual understanding and communication.

Music on the other hand, in particular music of
the hip hop genre. Brings the Urban and world
culture's together with no concern's other than
recognizing our struggle, at the same time we still
have a good time dancing, Rapping, and dressing.

The Hip-Hop education summit is both brilliant and
pioneering in bringing these two elements of culture
together in a fun and exciting way. I'm honored to be
apart of this movement the same way the forefathers of
this country were honored to be apart of the
declaration of independence"

Check out for more info on Award Winning Song
Writer Jack Knight

JMedia..(Bright Ideas)
Jessica Taylor-Publicist
New York, New York

Harris Nesbitt Announces Agenda for Media & Entertainment Investor Conference

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Nesbitt, the U.S. investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO) Toronto, will host its Media & Entertainment investor conference on Monday, Nov. 7, and Tuesday, Nov. 8, with a full slate of corporate presenters from the broadcasting, entertainment, Internet media and interactive entertainment industries.

Harris Nesbitt equity research analysts Jeffrey Logsdon (Entertainment), Lee Westerfield (Media) and Edward Williams (Interactive Entertainment) will host the event. The two-day conference, taking place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, features corporate presentations and Q&A with senior management from leading media and entertainment companies. Highlights for the event's first day include author/media commentator Ken Auletta as the keynote speaker during the luncheon as well as a roundtable discussion with buyside analysts. The second day features an overview of the interactive entertainment industry by Mr. Williams.

Members of the media are asked to call (312) 461-6625 if they would like to attend the event and/or schedule an interview with Harris Nesbitt's equity research analysts.

Presentations are being broadcast live via the Internet through a special link that can be accessed at:

Harris Nesbitt is an investment and corporate bank offering clients access to a full range of products and services including investment and corporate banking, treasury services, market risk management, institutional investing and research. Harris Nesbitt is part of Harris, an integrated financial services organization providing more than 1 million personal, business, corporate and institutional clients with banking, lending, investing and financial management solutions. Harris Nesbitt is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE:BMO) Toronto. For more information, please visit .


Harris is a trademark used by various financial service subsidiaries of Harris Financial Corp. Banking products and services are provided by Harris N.A. and other bank affiliates. Members FDIC. Insurance and annuities are offered through Harris Bancorp Insurance Services, Inc. (HBIS). Securities are provided by Harris Nesbitt Corp. (HNC), a registered broker dealer, member NYSE, NASD and SIPC. HBIS and HNC are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Harris Financial Corp. Products offered by HBIS and HNC are Not Insured by the FDIC or any Government Agency - Not a Deposit of or Guaranteed by any Bank - May Lose Value. The purchase of insurance or an annuity is not a condition on any bank loan or service. Financial planning and investment advisory services are provided by Sullivan, Bruyette, Speros & Blayney, Inc., an SEC-registered investment advisor. Family Office Services are provided by Harris my CFO, Inc. Investment Advisory services are also offered by Harris my CFO Investment Advisory Service LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris myCFO, Inc. Not all products and services are offered in every state and/or location.

Source: Harris Nesbitt

CONTACT: Chris Nardella, Chicago, +1-312-461-6625, or Kevin Windorf, New
York, +1-212-885-4111, or Mirette Ghanem, Toronto, +1-416-867-4924, all of
Harris Nesbitt

Web site:

DUB Magazine - The Magazine of the 'Stars And Their Cars' - Turns Up the Music at SEMA Showcasing Digital HD Radio(TM) Broadcasting in Custom Vehicles

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) -- DUB Magazine, the publication dedicated to the lifestyle which runs parallel with custom car enthusiasts, has integrated Kenwood HD Radio(TM) Receivers into 10 customized vehicles at this year's SEMA Show. DUB Magazine has combined exotic and highly customized vehicles that are commonplace in celebrity circles with cutting edge HD Radio technology at this year's show.

Customized vehicles with HD Radio can be found at the following locations at SEMA:

* Tony Stewart DUB Edition HUMMER H2 -- American Racing (TIS) #40527
* Shaquille O'Neil Cadillac Escalade -- DUB Magazine Area (outside front
South Hall)
* DUB Edition Jeep Commander -- Mopar Alley
* DUB Edition Jeep Commander -- DUB Magazine Area (outside front South
* Budweiser DUB Edition Dodge Magnum -- DUB Magazine Area (outside front
South Hall)
* Cadillac Escalade Ext -- DUB Magazine Area (outside front South Hall)
* DUB Edition Chrysler 300C -- Mopar Alley
* DUB Edition Chrsyler 300C -- DUB Magazine Area (outside front South
* DUB Edition Dodge Magnum -- Mopar Alley
* DUB Edition Dodge Magnum -- DUB Air Booth

"The DUB lifestyle is about individualism, being unique, along with seeing trends and setting them before they happen," said Myles Kovacs, DUB Magazine publisher. "HD Radio will change the way the influential urban youth listeners experience terrestrial radio stations. The technology offers radically improved audio, more choices with new programs and visual elements taking the vast world of car customization to new heights."

About HD Radio

Over 2,800 radio stations in the U.S. are in the process of converting to the HD Radio system with more than 500 HD Radio broadcasters currently on the air. HD Radio technology transmits digital audio and data alongside existing AM and FM analog signals, allowing listeners with HD Radio-compatible receivers to enjoy CD-quality sound, while virtually eliminating the static and hiss typically associated with analog radio. Beyond delivering superior sound, the technology provides a platform for advanced new services, including scrolling text on receiver display screens (e.g., artist names & song titles, weather forecasts, school closings); delivery of real-time traffic updates to vehicles; and multicasting -- a feature that allows FM stations to broadcast up to eight digital streams of programming over a single frequency and in addition to existing analog signals. HD Radio receivers are now available or expected later this year from: ADA, Alpine, Boston Acoustics, DaySequerra, JVC, Kenwood, Panasonic, Radiosophy, Rotel, Sanyo, and Yamaha, with many more under development.

About DUB Magazine

DUB Magazine is the authoritative voice of the urban automotive universe. We chronicle the ever-changing landscape of automotive accessories and combine it with the appeal of celebrity driven vehicles and their personal flavor. At DUB, we pride ourselves in being the first publication dedicated to covering celebrity-driven vehicles and giving you a first-hand look at the expansion of a multi-billion dollar industry which revolves around the vast world of car customization. DUB has become the official voice of the powerful and influential urban youth segment and is officially recognized as the pioneers of what is now know as the DUB revolution. It's no wonder that industry professionals and tastemakers look to DUB as the only real source for future trends in the urban automotive market.

Source: iBiquity Digital Corporation

CONTACT: Vicki Stearn of iBiquity Digital Corporation, +1-410-872-1565,
mobile: +1-301-233-0200,, or Frank Guglielmi of Hass MS&L
Public Relations, +1-248-458-8828, mobile: +1-248-705-7567,, for iBiquity Digital Corporation

Groove Mobile Teams With Sprint to Launch First US Mobile Music Service

Full Tracks Download Direct to Mobile Phones and Computers

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Groove Mobile, the world's leading mobile music service, is teaming with Sprint (NYSE:S) to power the first mobile music service available in the United States. Packed with hundreds of thousands of songs and the latest technological innovations, the Groove Mobile platform bridges the PC-mobile phone divide by downloading full music tracks direct to mobile phones and computers.

"Sprint is partnering with Groove Mobile because of their global leadership in providing innovative features to their mobile music service platform," stated Paul Reddick, Sprint's vice president for business development and product innovation. "The Sprint Music Store extends our leadership in the delivery of easy-to-use mobile music services that are instantly accessible with the push of a button, right from the phone."

Where other services fail to link the phone with the PC, Groove Mobile and Sprint provide simultaneous dual-downloads as well as enhanced audio quality for tunes downloaded to computers. Groove Mobile also offers users the ability to transfer songs from their computer to their mobile phone. The new Sprint music player is extremely easy to use, and features album art while tracks are playing. In addition, it allows users to make custom playlists of their favorite tracks. The store features Weekly New Releases, What's Hot, Breakthrough Artists, and Special Featured Charts, in addition to the ability to search by artist and/or song title

Groove Mobile is the world's leading provider of music from both major label artists and independent artists. Following today's expansion with Sprint into the American market, Groove Mobile is now operating mobile music platforms in the US, UK, EU and Asia.

"The first US launch of a mobile music service solidifies our worldwide leadership in bringing music direct to mobile phones," stated Bathsheba Malsheen, Groove Mobile's President and CEO. "Our constant innovations, including simultaneous dual downloads direct to phones and PC's, are driving our expansion in the UK, EU, Asia and now the US."


Groove Mobile is the world's leading mobile music service. Groove Mobile's Complete Music Gateway includes Full Track Mobile Downloads, Peer-to-Peer Sharing and Personalized Music Recommendations, in addition to providing Personalized and Programmed Streaming Radio, Music Subscriptions, and more. Groove Mobile powers the #1 rated mobile music service in the UK, Orange's Music Player. Groove Mobile launched the world's first secure peer-to-peer distribution in the mobile space, with its pioneering TELL-A-FRIEND feature. Groove Mobile's direct download service is available in the UK, EU and Asia and provides access to music from EMI, Warner Music International, V2, and Beggars Group libraries. On the Internet, Groove Mobile is located at

CONTACT: Bennet Ratcliff of Group SJR, +1-310-806-6200, or, for Groove Mobile.

Source: Groove Mobile

CONTACT: Bennet Ratcliff of Group SJR, +1-310-806-6200, or, for Groove Mobile

Web site:


Hip Hop fans across the world can now access the world's only live
freestyle battle website. Emcees eager to test their skills with other
for free.

November 1, 2005, Freestyle Battling online, now all you need is a
microphone. Web Developers Trailblaze Studios have launched a website
allowing users worldwide to engage in live hip hop battles. has managed to eliminate all of the inconveniences of
battling online, and created a user-friendly system which allows
instant audio recording online over real instrumentals.

The online audio interface gives Emcees a chance to work on their
anytime, and has eliminated the need for you and your opponent to be
available simultaneously. is an environment where you get
quality feedback from other users, and improve your craft.

"I have never seen or experienced anything as remarkable as the ground
breaking, Online Audio MC Battle website" states Nebula
from Champ Entertainment NYC, owner and creator of the largest Hip hop
beats database exclusive at

Trailblaze Studios specializes in advanced web and multimedia
development. Our team, based out of Toronto, Canada is comprised of
leading edge web designers and programmers. Contact
Varun Malhotra
Trailblaze Studios
Cell Phone: (647) 887-1678


SmartSMS Corp and Higher Ground Records Promote Contest to Win Spectacular Prizes Including Choppers, Furs, and Jewelry

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Market Wire - Nov 02, 2005) -- American IDC/SmartSMS Corp.'s (OTC: ACNI) CEO Gordon Lee announced today that Hip-Hop's up and coming icon "V," short for (Villain: Very Intelligent Legend Living As Inspiration Nationally), has announced that he has chosen SmartSMS text messaging to promote a contest giving away many valuable prizes.

This amazing new text campaign kicks off just as SmartSMS starts to "roll-out" its multitude of campaigns in the exploding world of text messaging. SmartSMS is at the forefront of Premium SMS Campaigns to sweep America.

The artist "V" and his independent record label "Higher Ground Records LLC," have combined a number of sponsors together to provide the following giveaways for his SMS Fan Club:

-- There will be Two Custom Choppers, one for a male and one for a
female, built by Lucky 7 Chopper and designed by Infinite Design, both
located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

-- There will be Two Fox Fur Coats, one for a male and one for a female,
courtesy of Good Brothers located in NY, NY.

-- There will be a selection of Belt Buckles and Trinkets from Silver
Star located in San Clemente, CA.

The opportunities are endless when dealing with Higher Ground Records LLC, as anything can happen. A compilation of all of the registered entries that are text messaged to SmartSMS will determine the contestants for each prize. The winners will then be chosen randomly from those groups.

Complete competition details will be available on under RULES.

It is easy to vote for a chance to win:
(1) On your mobile phone, type in the letters: HG
(2) Send to: 76278
(3) You will immediately get a response.
(4) Reply HG YES to 76278 and your entry will be registered!

Remember to enter the access code "HG YES" to register your entry. You must be registered to enter for a chance to win one of the many prizes. Visit for details on the contest, the artists, and all the prizes. 0.99 cents per/msg.

American IDC/SmartSMS Corp. owns and operates the technology developed by Smart Entertainment. Smart Entertainment was the first premium text messaging company to emerge from Europe, making it the pioneer of Premium Mobile Entertainment worldwide.

Most text messages cost less than one dollar per message received, and callers have the option to cancel instantly.

For further information and a brochure, please contact Gordon Lee, CEO at 310-999-1984.

See also: ,

About American IDC/SmartSMS Corp.:

American IDC (American IDC Corp.), a public company (OTC: ACNI), is an Internet entertainment company that specializes in mobile marketing campaigns for major brands. American IDC owns and operates the SmartSMS Text Messaging technology. This technology, which was originally developed and deployed in Europe, provides keen insight into the consumer market in creating branding and marketing campaigns that produce results. To date, the platform has successfully launched over 300 campaigns worldwide. Both Smart Entertainment and American IDC are headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional presence in New York, Europe, Mexico, South America and Asia.

About Smart Entertainment:

Smart Entertainment ("SMART") is a leading consulting and advertising firm that specializes in developing marketing campaigns for major brands. SMART has come to rely on invaluable experience from Europe for keen insight into the consumer market in creating branding and marketing campaigns that produce results. To date, Smart Entertainment has successfully launched over 300 campaigns worldwide. SMART is headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional presence in New York and Europe. Smart Entertainment and its companies are privately held. SmartSMS is a trademark of Smart Entertainment. American IDC Corp. owns the SmartSMS technology and is a significant shareholder of Smart Entertainment.

Forward-Looking Statements: With the exception of historical information, this news release and accompanying information may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated as a result of various risks. There are numerous factors that could contribute to such differences; therefore such projected events and anticipated results are not warranties or guarantees that such events will occur or that the Company will achieve such results. For more information about this corporation and risks involved in the investment of their publicly traded shares, please see the company's web site(s), and/or documents filed with the SEC, which are easily accessible in the EDGAR database system.

Higher Ground Records
Josiah Bruny

American IDC/SmartSMS Corp.

Investor Relations/Media Contact
Gordon Lee
Smart Entertainment
Halldor Sanne
310-666-7340 -- For All Your Music Discussion

Think you know music? In a band you want people to know about? Want to know where the best gigs are? Then is for you.

(PRWEB) November 2, 2005 -- is a new forum for the discussion of music, MP3s and related topics. On you can exchange recommendations for music, discuss your favourite bands, talk about the best MP3 players around, proclaim your love (or hatred) of the iPod, and much more. has a rapidly growing member-base, all of whom are interested in music to varying degrees. The staff are all music lovers, and the forums have a lighthearted, welcoming tone.

If you want to discuss anything relating to music, MP3s, bands, gigs, new releases, audio technology and maybe even some general chat, is the place to be.

The Staff

Breaking New Ground in Internships Sophist Productions Present Sophist Label Launch

Internship educating College students in music business begins its second semester.

(PRWEB) November 2, 2005 -- When the Sophist Label Launch Internship Program began in Spring 2005, Sophist Productions CEO Reed Baker could not predict the wild success of the program. Ten interns participated in the first internship program, mostly in the New York City area, yet this Fall semester the program jumped to 25 interns in 14 states.

The goal of the Sophist Label Launch is to supply college students with the know-how, support and real-world opportunities needed to launch a record label and release an album in an environment congruent to the city, state or even nation as a whole. The program condenses all the major movements a label goes through in order to release its first project, Baker explains.

Students hit their home campuses hard securing campus radio and newspaper coverage of Sophist events, setting up and managing contact lists to disseminate Sophist happenings and distributing merchandise such as the clever Get your REED on bookmarks. Students are encouraged to set up listening parties and attempt to book members of Sophist Productions at a campus event to interact with students. Skills covered include public relations, marketing, radio promotion, mobile marketing, event planning, and retail promotion.

Candidates are selected from all colleges and universities and there is no major requirement to participate in the program. Internships should not require experience since the primary purpose of such programs is to give an interested participant a foot in the door. All candidates need are a strong interest in the music business - we teach everything else, said Internship Coordinator Danielle Culmone.

Since participating in the program, Sophist Intern Peter Brunwasser, a Communications and Media Arts major at Rockland Community College, has gone on to manage his own hip hop artists as well as found the first hip hop music club on his campus. REED was the main motivation I had when I created the club. Now I manage my own artists and Ive improved my networking skills. My personal goal is to create a buzz about REED and make him a part of my campus, Brunwasser said.

Interested undergrad and graduate students can apply as Sophist Productions seeks to give everyone a chance to experience the music industry. Recruitment has begun for the programs third semester starting in February 2006. Interested students should contact Danielle Culmone at 646.226.5861.


Ida S. Langsam

RMD Entertainment Group and Big Kuntree Align to Bring the Dirty South to Wall Street

BAY CITY, MI and PHILADELPHIA, PA--(MARKET WIRE)--Nov 1, 2005 -- RMD Entertainment Group (OTC BB:RMDG.OB - News) announced today that their entertainment division has put the finishing touches on a deal with Big Kuntree. Following RMD's deal announcement with Philadelphia phenomenom Roc Monee, Big Kuntree's deal is a three-album agreement that will allow both Roc Monee and him to fortify RMD's strong foundation in the hip-hop community.

Similar to Roc Monee, Big Kuntree is a force to be reckoned with on the microphone and in person. Formerly a standout athlete at the University of Tennessee, Kuntree combined his wisdom from the streets with his athletic focus and developed a formula for hip-hop success. His current album (2006 release) couples his raspy southern twang with highly intellegent ryhmes and take the rap game in a whole new direction.

While the dirty south continues to elevate hip-hop to new heights, Big Kuntree has refined his southern skills and added a healthy dose of East Coast flavor to deliver a diverse experience that RMD Entertainment feels will enhance their repertoire.

RMD President and CEO Giorgio Costonis had this to say, "Much like the Roc Monee deal, Kuntree will be brought into our corporate fold by not only signing on for a three-album deal, but he will also be occupying a position within RMD. The foundation of dirty south hip-hop reaches far beyond a specific sound, style, or flow; it is a frame of mind that Big Kuntree was born with and we are fortunate to have on our roster."

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

Truly a global company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry, RMD has had nothing but success on the international level and its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Defense

Sciax Defense is an emerging leader in defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations. Sciax America Inc. and Sciax Technology Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Sciax Corp. ( Wolf Pack, the company's tactical remote viewing system, is manufactured under license from Eomax Corp. and is used by law enforcement and military organizations in North America and Europe. Customers include military and law enforcement agencies of the U.S. and German governments, contraband interdiction units of Canada Customs, and LAPD-SWAT.

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


Jed Wallace
Phone: (310) 234-3200

Elliott Nadel
Investor Relations

Source: RMD Entertainment Group

VH1 Classic Sets the Table for Its Annual 'A Very Classic Thanksgiving' Special

With Clarence Clemons, Patty Smyth, Wonder Mike (Sugar Hill Gang), Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) and Host Dee Snider

'First Course' to Debut on VH1's Broadband Entertainment Network Vspot Seven Days Before the Special Debuts on VH1 Classic

VH1 Classic Invites Viewers to 'Pay to Play' in Music Video-Thon for Hurricane Katrina Relief Up to Thanksgiving

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- VH1 Classic is serving up its annual "A Very Classic Thanksgiving" special on multiple platforms this year including dishing out the "first course" on Vspot, VH1's broadband entertainment ( seven days before the special bows on VH1 Classic.

"A Very Classic Thanksgiving" invites some of the most accomplished names in music to the VH1 Classic family table for a four-course, holiday dinner set to premiere on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 at 7:00 PM.* DEE SNIDER (Twisted Sister) hosts this year's gathering which includes CLARENCE CLEMONS (The E Street Band), PATTY SMYTH (Scandal), WONDER MIKE (Sugar Hill Gang) and CHRIS BARRON (Spin Doctors).

To complement VH1 Classic's multiplatform approach this holiday, classic music lovers will be able to download polyphonic ringtones from some memorable songs by the featured artists at

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, these artists who represent different musical styles and eras join together and celebrate the one common passion that they are all thankful for -- their love of music. They gather at the "grown ups' table" at New York's Hard Rock Cafe and answer questions submitted by VH1 Classic viewers. During the special we learn:

-- The first time that Clarence Clemons saw a rock band live was Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band -- the first time that he performed
with them.

-- Patty Smyth opened for Andy Kaufman when she was only 14.

-- Chris Barron would like to write a song with Willie Nelson.

-- If Wonder Mike wasn't with the Sugar Hill Gang, he'd be the quarterback
of the Dallas Cowboys because his throwing arm was that good.

VH1 Classic Invites Viewers to "Pay to Play" in Music Video-Thon for Hurricane Katrina Relief Up to Thanksgiving

VH1 Classic has partnered with renowned pop culture artist Peter Max to launch its "Pay to Play for Hurricane Katrina Relief" campaign on the VH1 Classic web site ( Viewers can make financial donations to Mercy Corps and in return request their favorite classic rock, pop & R&B music videos to be played on the channel. Mercy Corps is an international humanitarian relief organization currently providing assistance to families in the Gulf Coast who have been impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

VH1 Classic and Peter Max have devised a "scale of support" based on the amount of money that viewers donate:

-- For every $25 donation, a viewer can request one video to be played on
VH1 Classic. Donors will be notified by email when their video request
will be played.
-- For a $200 donation, a viewer can request eight (8) separate videos and
receive a Peter Max limited edition poster specific to hurricane relief
autographed by the artist himself.
-- For a $35,000 donation, Max will paint your very own portrait. You
will also get to program VH1 Classic for a whole hour with your
favorite music videos from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s.

VH1 Classic on-air hosts Amy Scott, Eddie Trunk, Toni J and Lynn Hoffman are now introducing the requested videos -- and who requested them. The video-thon, airing throughout the channel's music video blocks, will run through Thanksgiving.

Launched in 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents music videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. VH1 Classic is available on all digital cable satellite platforms, reaching 33 million households across the country.

* all times ET/PT

Contact: Brett Henne/VH1 Maura Wozniak/VH1 Erica Cantwell/VH1
212-846-6752 212-846-7325 212-846-3683

Source: VH1 Classic

CONTACT: Brett Henne, +1-212-846-6752; Maura Wozniak, +1-212-846-7325;
or Erica Cantwell, +1-212-846-3683, All of VH1

Web site:

EMI Music Selects RightsLine to Help Streamline the Company's Licensing Operations

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- RightsLine, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise solutions for rights management, today announced that EMI Music North America went live with RightsLine software to streamline processes and improve the performance of its licensing business. RightsLine's software will give EMI real-time access to valuable business information that will streamline its licensing and clearance process, making it more efficient while also optimizing costs.

"By using RightsLine's software, EMI Music has more efficient and timely access to asset rights ownership information, content availability, deal activity status, and financial analysis," said Colin Finkelstein, CFO, EMI Music North America. "Furthermore, this will help us speed our clearance processes and increase our responsiveness to our licensing clients."

"EMI initially considered expanding its existing licensing system, but ultimately decided that was too risky and costly," said Mike Ballanco, senior vice president, Information Technology, EMI Music North America. "Only RightsLine provided us with a centralized, flexible system that could meet our regional needs."

"We are excited to work with EMI Music, a global leader in their market," said Russell P. Reeder, Chairman and CEO, RightsLine, Inc. "By selecting RightsLine, EMI clearly sees the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace while simultaneously improving the overall performance of their licensing business.

Over the last twenty years, companies have been implementing new enterprise software applications to streamline their financial, manufacturing, human resources and service processes. Now, companies recognize the next opportunity for major improvement in business performance comes from automating their intellectual property business processes by implementing a new type of enterprise software -- Enterprise Rights Management."

About EMI Music

EMI is the world's largest independent music company, operating directly in 50 countries. Its EMI Music division represents more than 1,000 artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin.

About RightsLine

RightsLine, Inc. is a leading provider of business applications software, enabling companies to increase revenue and lower operating cost from licensing content, trademarks, and copyrights. In a time when shareholders are pushing management to do more with less, RightsLine provides the first software solution focused on increasing revenue from intellectual property while driving down overhead costs. From automating licensing and sales divisions to improving financial accountability, RightsLine provides a proven set of rights management, licensing and royalty products, allowing our customers to increase revenue, satisfy compliance requirements and improve efficiencies.

For more information about RightsLine, please visit us on the web at

(C)2005 RightsLine, Inc. All Rights Reserved. RightsLine is a trademark of RightsLine, Inc. All other products and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Source: RightsLine, Inc.

CONTACT: Brian Deeley of RightsLine, Inc., +1-310-281-6494,

Web site:

MTV Networks Names Michael J. Wolf President and Chief Operating Officer

Media Industry's Leading Business and Advertising Strategist Joins Executive Leadership Team in Newly Created Position

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B) , today announced that Michael J. Wolf, former managing partner of McKinsey & Company's Global Media, Entertainment and Information practice, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer.

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In this newly created senior executive position, Wolf will lead the Company's business and technology operations, including Advertising Sales, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Business and Strategy Development, Business and Legal Affairs, Finance, Information Systems and Technology, and Production Operations. He will also help in setting and implementing the Company's evolving multiplatform strategy to serve its audiences across all screens with the most compelling content. He will report directly to Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks.

"As one of the most respected business and advertising strategists in our industry and our trusted senior advisor for over a decade, we're thrilled that Michael is joining MTV Networks," said Judy McGrath. "His incredible operational, digital media and marketing expertise will help us further extend our global brands across multiple platforms. He will also help us become an even more valuable partner to our advertisers, distributors and international business partners looking to solve their most difficult marketing challenges in today's changing media landscape."

McGrath continued: "I know that Michael's compelling vision about the digital future of our industry will allow us take full advantage of new and emerging opportunities in today's marketplace. And as we continue to transform every aspect of our business, Michael will ensure that we're running as agilely, effectively and strategically as possible. We're very lucky that he is joining us, and I'm very excited to work with him."

"Judy is one of the most talented and visionary executives in the media industry, and I'm delighted to join her and her team to help implement global business strategies," said Wolf. "I look forward to helping the Company accelerate its transformation into a multiplatform business and partnering with advertisers to help them connect with our audiences, wherever they are, in ever more compelling and meaningful ways."

Wolf added, "MTV Networks is the one company in the entertainment industry where the Internet meets television and television meets the Internet. It's the nexus of the new and the old. It's an exciting time to partner with these world-renowned brands that have always been global leaders in both driving and embracing change and innovation."

Wolf has been the leading consultant to the CEOs and senior managers of many of the world's leading media, information, and entertainment companies for the past 16 years and has led a number of the major transactions, strategic alignments and innovations in these industries.

During his tenure at McKinsey & Company, Wolf focused on helping senior management define the future of their companies while solving their most important and complex business problems, including issues surrounding operations, organization, strategy and marketing.

He joined McKinsey in 2001, in an unprecedented move as the firm's first-ever outside senior partner hire. He subsequently built McKinsey's partner group and capabilities into the largest global practice serving the media, entertainment and information industries.

His clients have included many of the top global media conglomerates that are leaders in filmed entertainment, cable television, music, broadcasting, home video, interactive video games, online, magazines, newspapers, educational publishing, sports, DBS, theatrical, theme parks and book publishing. He has also advised companies in the related areas of merchandising, direct marketing, themed retail, toys and consumer electronics.

Before joining McKinsey, Wolf was a Senior Partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he founded and led the Media and Entertainment Group and built it into one of the largest segments of the firm. He served on Booz Allen's Board of Directors and Executive Management Committee and was also the firm's Chief Marketing Officer. In 2000, his partners recognized him with the firm's Professional Excellence Award.

He is a member of the boards of trustees of WNET and WLIW (New York's Public Television Stations), The International Radio and Television Society, the Museum of Television and Radio Media Center and PENCIL (New York's Principal for a Day Program). He is Chairman of the UJA Federation's Entertainment & Media Division.

About MTV Networks:

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS which includes LOGO, NOGGIN, VH1 Classic and 10 additional digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Photo: NewsCom:
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PRN Photo Desk,

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Carole Robinson, +1-212-846-8760, or Lauren Hurvitz,
+1-212-846-8036, both of MTV Networks

Web site: the First Web Magazine Dedicated to the Business of Hip Hop and Urban Culture

New York, NY. November 1, 2005 -- was launched on November 1st of 2005 by Valcourt Media Group and Oxygen Studios, as a means of communication for industry professionals. offers information relevant to the music, fashion, and media industries, including artist interviews, business-related articles, company updates, job listings, a business directory, and a community section.

IndustryPlug's goal is to serve as the primary outlet connecting the individuals and businesses who serve as major contributors to the growth and development of Hip Hop as a business. We also offer support to those looking to get into the business by providing editorials that are both informational and motivational.

IndustryPlug is about lending a helping hand and providing an innovative, professional, and convenient means of networking. "We are devoted to uplifting a culture by informing and educating a new generation of business execs," said Erica Valcourt, IndustryPlug's co-founder.

IndustryPlug takes pride in being the 1st web-magazine dedicated to the business of hip hop and urban culture. The site has experienced rapid growth and is looking forward to being of service to those interested in the music/fashion/media industries.

For more information, questions or comments, please contact:

Erica Valcourt

General inquiries:

Burt Bacharach on The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston

Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM on WFUV (90.7 FM,

New York, NY-- Multiple Grammy Award-winning composer Burt Bacharach joins WFUV Music Director Rita Houston for a performance and interview on The Whole Wide World on Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM. The accomplished composer recently added the title of "lyricist" to his resume with the release of his new CD, At This Time. Produced with the help of Dr. Dre, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Chris Botti, At This Time marks Bacharach's first-ever venture into lyric-writing. The Whole Wide World with Rita Houston airs on WFUV 90.7 FM in New York City and around the world on the Internet at

Every Friday night from 8:00-11:00 PM, the genre- melding Whole Wide World showcases host Rita Houston's famously wide ranging musical tastes. The show mixes rock, pop, world, electronica, lounge, soul and dance tunes into a mellow Friday night soundtrack, punctuated with interviews and in-studio performances. In its four years on the air, The Whole Wide World has welcomed a diverse array of artists ranging from the likes of Rilo Kiley and the Kings of Convenience to Nancy Sinatra and Mavis Staples, among many others.

WFUV (90.7 FM, is a non-commercial, member-supported public radio station, licensed to Fordham University for more than 50 years. Serving 300,000 weekly listeners in the New York area, and a leader in contemporary music radio, WFUV offers an eclectic mix of rock, singer-songwriters, blues, world and other music with its influential City Folk format, plus headlines from National Public Radio, local news and sports and Metro Traffic.


Health Disparities in a Hip Hop Context

As Health Care Gets Grayer and Browner, Kaiser Permanente's 28th Annual Diversity Conference Examines the Next Generation of Health Care Issues

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A special appearance by one of America's most versatile actors, a perspective on the connection between hip-hop culture and health care, and a Socratic dialogue on widening health disparities will highlight Kaiser Permanente's 28th annual National Diversity Conference being held November 2-4 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel.

B. D. Wong, the acclaimed actor best known to television viewers as forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang on NBC's Law and Order: SVU, will share personal insights about racial self-image, race-based rejection, and the "model-minority myth". Kevin Powell, hip-hop poet, journalist, essayist, and widely considered "one of America's most brilliant young cultural critics" will look at today's hip hop culture and its implications for health care. Acclaimed Harvard legal scholar, author and orator, Charles Ogletree, Jr., will lead a distinguished panel in a discussion on widening health disparities in the United States. The discussion will be taped by Fred Friendly Seminars for distribution, and will be webcast by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. In addition, the conference will explore:

-- Religious diversity in the workplace
-- Cultural perspectives on weight
-- Implications of demographic changes -- the graying of health care
providers and patients, and the browning of the US population
-- Cultural perceptions of pain. Is there a difference?
-- The successful blending of alternative and western medicine to meet
patient needs
-- Cross-cultural mentoring

This highly popular event, Kaiser Permanente's premier celebration of diversity as a core value and key business strategy, is the organization's longest-running conference. The annual 2 1/2 day event hosts an impressive array of experts on leading-edge diversity issues, concepts, practices and trends in diversity management, culturally competent care delivery, workforce diversity and marketing to diverse populations.

"Kaiser Permanente has long been recognized nationally for its commitment to diversity, and as a leader in the development of culturally competent care and linguistic proficiency programs," said Ronald Knox, vice president and chief diversity officer. "This conference offers extraordinary learning opportunities, and is a showcase for creativity and innovative approaches."

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group practice program headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves more than 8.3 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses the not-for-profit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 142,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 12,000 physicians representing all specialties.

Source: Kaiser Permanente

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Underground Sounds Podcast Gives Much Needed Exposure To Talented Performers

Chiku Urban teams with Sonicbids to deliver a needed service to emerging artists.

Memphis, TN (PRWEB) November 1, 2005 -- Chiku Urban Marketing and Promotions continues to push the envelope with its latest incarnation...The Underground Sounds Podcast. This innovative initiative delivers music and interviews from some well known and not-so well known artists. It just made sense, says Chiku President, Tonya Dyson-Jerry. Weve been providing new music from emerging artists with our live shows, so Underground Sounds is merely a natural extension of our ethos.

Many of the artists that we feature are at the top of their game but for whatever reason they havent garnered mainstream success, says Dyson-Jerry. A classic example is Frank McComb ( Here is a young man, a Cleveland native, whose talent is definitely undeniable and has a huge following overseas but no release support stateside. Thats where Underground Sounds comes in. Were not playing the political games of label/radio/retail. Were just about exposing people to some of the best music theyve never heard, exclaims an enthusiastic Dyson-Jerry. The podcast debuts Tuesday, November 1 with an impressive lineup of talented artists such as McComb and newcomer Anthony David (

To help make the artistic community aware of this tremendous opportunity, Chiku has teamed with Sonicbids ( an innovator in Electronic Press Kits (EPKs) for performers. This move allows Chiku to extend its talent pool exponentially. Aspiring and emerging artists can submit their EPKs online through Sonicbids for inclusion in an upcoming episode of the Underground Sounds Podcast which will be upated weekly. Subscribers can pick up the pod for free from the Chiku Urban website, iTunes or other podcatching software such as iPodder (

Please contact Chiku Urban at (901)276-4335 for photos, interviews, press passes, etc.

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About Chiku Urban Marketing & Promotions
Chiku is the premiere resource for quality marketing/promotions in the southeast region. Relying on sound principles and a proven track record Chiku is constantly pushing the envelope on creativity. For more information please visit

About Sonicbids
In business since 2000, Sonicbids has become the standard way for people in the music business to send and receive press kits online. The company's main product is the Sonicbids EPK (Electronic Press Kit), an easy-to-use, web-based graphic interface that contains all the basic information of a musical act such as music, photos, date calendar and riders. The EPK can either be emailed to anyone with a click of the mouse or submitted in online promoter accounts through a virtual "Drop Box". Sonicbids currently has over 40,000 bands and 3,600 exclusive partners, a list that includes prominent North American events and festivals such as MIDEM, CMJ, Summerfest, North By Northeast, Jagermeister Band Sponsorship Program, NEMO, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance, Locobazooka!, and the Billboard Song Contest. The rapidly growing size of Sonicbids' network and widening acceptance of its product have helped it quickly become the leading online submission platform for some of the world's best-known music events. The company is headquartered at 580 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. For more information, please visit

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PodcastSPOTS Launches Podcast Promo Exchange & Promo Voting

Just days after another Podcasting milestone was reached with Yahoo launching their Podcasting directory, PodcastSPOTS adds Promo Voting and a Podcast Promo Exchange to the cake.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) November 1, 2005 -- Just days after another Podcasting milestone was reached with Yahoo launching their Podcasting directory, PodcastSPOTS adds Promo Voting and a Podcast Promo Exchange to the cake.

"We had a promo exchange service built into our software from day one, and now we made it even better", said Mark Kanter, co-founder of PodcastSPOTS. "Now you can easily preview, download, or vote for a podcast promo from our Top Promos of the Week charts. When you insert a promo, the system sends an email to the promo owner. And by inserting promos, you rank on our Most Neighborly Podcasters Chart."

PodcastSPOTS has been leading the way in building tools for podcasters and songwriters. PodcastSPOTS' podsafe song base is growing rapidly. They have established relationships with the likes of Podsafe Audio, DMusic and others to be announced. Using their patent pending system, Podcasters and Artists share in the revenue from song sales and ads through iPod Plugins. Their Top 20 Podsafe Songs of the Week Chart makes it easy for a podcaster to find good music for their show. CaseysTop10 is one such podcast using their software to deliver a weeky, podsafe music countdown show. Caseys is located at PodcastSPOTS is at

The system also lets podcasters easily track their song preferences and make music playlists.

"We're very pleased with our recent site makeover," said Kanter "and next up is release 3.0 of our software, which will further simplify the creation of music podcasts." The new release is expected later this week.

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Warner Music Group Corp. to Conduct Earnings Conference Call on December 1, 2005

NEW YORK, NY -- (Market Wire - Nov 01, 2005) - Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) will release its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2005 prior to the opening of the NYSE on Thursday, December 1, 2005 and will hold an earnings update conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

To access the conference call, please dial 888-810-5901 or 517-308-9009 and ask for the Warner Music Group earnings call. We suggest you call in 10 minutes prior to the start time. You will be able to replay the conference call up until December 8, 2005 at 11:00 p.m. ET by dialing 800-288-9658 or 203-369-3658. The call will also be available via webcast at

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group (WMG) became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Bad Boy, East West, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

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Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Amaru Shakur in Pictures and Words

The world has been without him for nine years and yet legendary rapper Tupac Shakur continues to generate intrigue and interest in his movies, music and words. To date, his CDs, spoken word projects and movies continue to sell, recently surpassing half billion units sold and a staggering four billion dollars in combined revenue.

In celebration of his life, one of Tupacs close friends and director of his last three music videos, Gobi has authored, Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Amaru Shakur in Pictures and Words (Atria Books; November 1, 2005; $19.95; ISBN: 0-7434-5700-5), a color and black & white portfolio of 50 intimate photographic images, along with personal commentary. These never-before-published pictures of the late music genius were captured in 1996 the last year of Tupacs life. During this time Gobi became intricately involved with Tupac producing and directing his music videos and preparing to launch Tupacs feature film production company. Tupac and Gobi became intimate friends and creative partners. As told in the Thru My Eyes Tupac launched Gobis career as a music video director with 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted as Gobi has since directed videos for Yoko Ono, Missy Elliot and Mary J. Blige.

Thru My Eyes is packed with Gobis intimate reflections and first hand observations of Tupac, until his unfortunate dying day. From the shooting incident that cost Tupacs life to back stage humorous and candid photographs that show Tupac many personalities and moods. Gobis first hand observations and photos make Thru My Eyes a definite must read for any Tupac fan or rap historian.

The book includes a Foreword by Tupacs mother, Afeni Shakur who states that Thru My Eyes offers a personal view of Tupac that warrants exposure.

Through pictures and words, Gobi portrays Tupac in a light some fans may not be familiar with.

Gobis photos reveal how Tupac was no manufactured pop idol. Photos taken on video and film sets underscore Pacs true work ethic, says Gobi. Tupac could work twenty-two hours-a-day, raising the bar for everyone working alongside him. A true revolutionist, Tupac understood tomorrow was promised to no one.

In the final pages, Gobi also gives a historic narrative account of what it was like for him to sit vigil during the seven days in 1996 while Tupac remained hospitalized.

A portion of the authors proceeds will be donated to the Tupac Amaru Shakur foundation. Please visit the foundations Web site at

In 1997, his mother, Afeni Shakur, established The Tupac Amaru Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, dedicating Tupacs legacy to youth. Earlier this year, Tupacs new album, containing previously unreleased songs entitled Loyal to the Game, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. An amazing array of rap artists read and rap Tupacs poetry on The Rose 2: Music Inspired By Tupacs Poetry, a tribute album created back in 2002.

Tupac Amaru Shakurs impact on urban and American pop culture during his lifetime and beyond his death is undeniable

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About the Author

gobis early experience working with Shakur on music videosfor 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted, How Do You Want It, and Hit Em Upmarked the beginning of what has become a successful career making music videos, motion and still pictures. Thru My Eyes is an act of gratitude and a loving tribute, showing the world and sharing with a legion of fellow fans the tremendous and positive impact Tupac Shakur had in his short life and his lasting legacy. Gobi lives in Los Angeles. This is his first book. In March 2006, Gobi will direct Live 2 Tell, the only script written by Tupac. You may visit Gobis Web site, for more information.

Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Amaru Shakur in Pictures and Words
By Gobi
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Pub Date: November 1, 2005
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Legendary Artist DMC Returns with First Solo Album ''Checks Thugs and Rock 'N Roll'' and an Upcoming VH1 Special

Prime Multimedia Shareholder Update: Publicity on RomenMpire and DMC; Legendary Artist DMC Returns with First Solo Album ''Checks Thugs and Rock 'N Roll'' and an Upcoming VH1 Special

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 2005--
Album Features All-Star Appearances by Sarah McLachlan, Kid Rock, Elliot Easton, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Josh Todd, Fieldy, Run and Many More

Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, known to most of the world as the leading pioneer of hip hop and one of the founding members of the multi-platinum legendary group Run-D.M.C, will release his first ever solo album Checks Thugs and Rock 'n Roll this January on RomenMpire Records / From Rags 2 Riches Records and he will also be the subject of a new VH1 documentary.

The documentary will be part of a new franchise called "VH1 Rock Docs," an all new slate of high-end feature-length programs which will reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music. DMC's compelling discovery of his adoption will be the subject of one of these documentaries. DMC's life-changing quest will unfold over the course of the program and will reveal his new perspective on life as he discovers his birthroots and determines who he is and where he comes from.

DMC has completed two videos for the new album including "Just Like Me" and "Machine Gun." The video for "Just Like Me" was directed by Shawn Papazian and produced by Mike DeLorenzo and Romeo Antonio. "Just Like Me" tells the story of DMC's adoption with stark visuals and will be featured in "VH1 Rock Docs." Sarah McLachlan makes a special guest appearance in the video and also provides backing vocals.

"Machine Gun" was directed by Ondi Timoner, winner of the grand jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her documentary "Dig." "Machine Gun" addresses the issue of war and paints a realistic picture of the current conflict in Iraq. The powerful new video features a breakout performance by backing vocalist Gary Dourdan of the CBS' hit series "CSI" and was co-written by DMC and produced and co-written by Romeo Antonio.

"I wanted to make an album that speaks to issues that are deeply personal and universal at the same time. The last five years of my life have been an emotional storm of change," said DMC. "The profound personal loss with the deaths of Jam Master Jay and my father, the shocking discovery that I was adopted and the pain of the impact of living in a world where the ravages of war continue to destroy so many lives, this album is not something I wanted to do - its something I had to do. With the support of my brothers at RomenMpire Records and Prime Multimedia I have a chance to emerge from Run-DMC as DMC, in a solo career to say what I have to say with the words and music of this album."

The title of the album, Checks Thugs and Rock 'n Roll, eviscerates the lifestyle-driven mentality that has come to dominate the rap world at the expense of authenticity. Musically rich, the album features a virtual who's who of artists from various musical genres. They include Sarah McLachlan, Kid Rock, Elliot Easton (The Cars), Joey Kramer and Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith), Run, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Doug E. Fresh, Gary Dourdan ("CSI"), Fieldy (Korn), DJ Lethal, Ms. Jade, Sonny Black, Napoleon (Outlawz) and Romeo Antonio. Other songs featured on the recording include "Watchtower," "Freaky Chick" and "Just Like Me," with backing vocals by Sarah McLachlan.

RomenMpire Records is an independent record label and joint venture partner with DMC and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Prime Multimedia Inc. (PRMX)

DMC fans can track the latest news on DMC's videos, album and related activities via, his newly redesigned official fan club web site.

Prime Multimedia Inc.
Arastou Mahjoory, 508-679-5071
President & CEO

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Greatest Hits Chopped & Screwed in stores November 1st

After years of little activity, Bone Thugs returned with a vengeance in 2004 and 2005. With releases by Bizzy and Krayzie, the Bone Brothers (Bizzy and Layzie), and Layzie Bones solo debut Its Not A Game.

On November 1st, Bone Thug fans will receive a special treat, when the group releases Bone Thugs N Harmonys "Greatest Hits": Chopped & Screwed.

Bone Thugs have teamed up with the hottest screw music DJ in the game, SwishaHouse producer Michael 5000 Watts, to present: Bone Thugs N Harmonys Greatest Hits: Chopped & Screwed. Michael 5000 Watts is hotter than fish grease. The Houston-based dee-jay is the certified hit-master of Houstons own Screw Music scene. Watts produced major hits for some of 2005s hottest acts including Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug.

He is also best known for his chopped and screwed mixtapes by which he takes current hip-hop and R&B hits and remixes them to a super-slowed down pace that allows southern playas to floss in their vintage rides and club-goers to get their grind on up in the danceclub.

Now its BTNHs turn to slow it down to a sweet Texas drawl. Michael Watts has blessed this double CD with over twenty chopped and screwed remixes of virtually all of the multi-platinum groups hottest songs titles.

Some of the more notable remixes include 1st Of The Month, Foe The Love of $ and the award-winning song, Tha Crossroads. The double CD also contains several of the groups amazing collaborations, including Thug Luv (featuring Tupac) and Notorious Thugs (featuring Notorious B.I.G.). All chopped and screwed by Swishahouses Michael 5000 Watts.

Simply a must-have for Bone fans and screw music fans alike!!!

Why Black Business Must Rebuild New Orleans

November's BLACK ENTERPRISE Examines the Devastating Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Black Businesses and How to Save Them

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the biggest casualties of Hurricane Katrina has been black business. In the November BLACK ENTERPRISE special report "Blown Away By Katrina," Features Editor Alan Hughes found that approximately 60,000 black-owned companies along the Gulf Coast had been ravaged by the hurricane. The impact on black businesses in the gulf region will be "dire," says Eugene Cornelius Jr., district director for Louisiana Office, U.S. Small Business Administration. The immediate effects are obvious: the instant devastation of businesses and the complete loss of markets. In Mississippi alone, more than 2,000 black-owned businesses generating sales and receipts of $126 million were severely affected. In Louisiana some 20,000 black companies that generated nearly $866 million were impacted by the storm. In total, black-owned businesses in the region, formerly generating $3.3 billion a year, could be irretrievably lost.

Although rebuilding New Orleans should give the economy a boost, the question at hand for black entrepreneurs is whether African American businesses will get a shot at the billions in reconstruction contracts. "By late September, minority business owners across the Gulf Coast claimed they were being shut out of the rebuilding process and that contracts were being doled out to white business owners who had longstanding connections with federal officials," says Hughes. "Also posing a challenge to business owners is that there are few black enterprises of scale that can handle such daunting projects. It's the proverbial catch 22; black-owned firms need to be large enough to handle these projects but need the business to get to that scale."

President George W. Bush addressed some of the black business community's concerns in his Sept. 15 address to the nation. "What wasn't mentioned were contracting opportunities which would grow black business and in turn, increase the number of black employees and generate higher average incomes in a city that has long been plagued by poverty and crime," says Hughes. "With rebuilding costs estimated at well over $100 billion, African American business participation could provide the stimulus needed to create jobs and bring some of the displaced African American city residents back home. But that's only if the black community is included when contract recipients are decided."

Alden McDonald, president & CEO of New Orleans-based Liberty Bank & Trust Company, who was recently named to the rebuilding commission formed by Mayor C. Ray Nagin (eight blacks and eight whites sit on the 16-member board), is optimistic. "We have our work cut out for us, but black folks have never had it easy. We've always had to work as if there was a Depression." The SBA's Cornelius is also optimistic about opportunities for black business. "I can assure you that we're going to rebuild New Orleans ... and we're going to have good and solid representation of African Americans in those rebuilding efforts."

"Many questions remain regarding the fate of black business in the hurricane affected region," says Hughes. "But without significant representation in the rebuilding process these businesses and the jobs they create will be swept away."

The November issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE is available on newsstands now.

BLACK ENTERPRISE, your ultimate guide to financial empowerment, is the premier business and investment resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. The publication provides 3.8 million readers with monthly information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, BE is the authority for business news and trends. The magazine is published by Earl G. Graves Publishing Co., New York.


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iTunes Music Store Sells One Million Videos in Less Than 20 Days

CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today announced that iTunes(R) Music Store customers have purchased and downloaded more than one million videos since they debuted on October 12. Customers can choose from over 2,000 music videos, Pixar short films and hit TV shows for just $1.99. Top downloads include music videos from Michael Jackson, Fatboy Slim and Kanye West; Pixar's "For the Birds" and "Boundin'"; and episodes of ABC's hit TV shows "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives."

"Selling one million videos in less than 20 days strongly suggests there is a market for legal video downloads," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "Our next challenge is to broaden our content offerings, so that customers can enjoy watching more videos on their computers and new iPods."

Music videos are available from artists including Madonna, U2, Eurythmics, Coldplay and Kanye West, and animated shorts are available from Academy Award-winning Pixar Animation Studios. In a landmark deal with ABC Disney, the iTunes Music Store also offers current and past episodes from the two most popular shows on television, "Desperate Housewives" and "Lost" as well as the new drama series "Night Stalker" and the two most popular shows from Disney Channel, "That's So Raven" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

With Apple's legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated Podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPod(R) and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Music Store is the best way for Mac(R) and PC users to legally discover, purchase and download music online. The iTunes Music Store features more than two million songs from the major music companies and over 1,000 independent record labels, 11,000 audiobooks, gift certificates and exclusive music not found anywhere else online.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning desktop and notebook computers, OS X operating system, and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital music revolution with its iPod portable music players and iTunes online music store.

NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iTunes and iPod are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James Will Host GMA Music Awards on April 5 in Music City Dove Tickets Now On Sale Online at

Gospel musics highest honor, the Dove Award, will be handed out on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in Nashville when two of gospel musics brightest personalities, Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James, host the 37th Annual GMA Music Awards, announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and executive producer of the awards show. Styll also announced that tickets to the GMA Music Awards show are now on sale online at The awards show will be held at Nashvilles Grand Ole Opry House at 8:00 p.m. CT and will provide the only live opportunity to see Dove Awards presented before the GMA Music Awards is televised in national syndication in April and May.

MUSIC CITY, USA (PRWEB) October 31, 2005 -- Gospel musics highest honor, the Dove Award, will be handed out on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 in Nashville when two of gospel musics brightest personalities, Kirk Franklin and Rebecca St. James, host the 37th Annual GMA Music Awards, announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA) and executive producer of the awards show.

Styll also announced that tickets to the GMA Music Awards show are now on sale online at The awards show will be held at Nashvilles Grand Ole Opry House at 8:00 p.m. CT and will provide the only live opportunity to see Dove Awards presented before the GMA Music Awards is televised in national syndication in April and May.

Few in gospel music have both the gifts of music and speaking that Kirk and Rebecca possess, making them a perfect pair for hosting the GMA Music Awards next April. Their musical styles and journeys are different, but they share a common charisma that has gained them admiration and respect worldwide. They will be joined by a line-up of artist performers and award presenters that will showcase the best in gospel music, making it not only a night of honors, but an exceedingly entertaining and diverse evening.

With seven RIAA-certified Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum selling releases, nine Dove, 33 Stellar and three Grammy Awards to date, Kirk Franklin is one of the biggest selling gospel artists in the history of SoundScan. In October 2005, Franklin released HERO, his sixth CD and the first release on his new Fo Yo Soul Entertainment label (a joint venture with Zomba Gospel/Jive Records). Franklin, whose 1993 debut album Kirk Franklin and the Family was the first gospel album to sell more than a million units, has long been celebrated for weaving seemingly disparate musical influences R&B, modern rock, hip-hop, pop, jazz, gospel into a seamless fabric, creating his own singular style and sound that truly transcends any and all boundaries of genre, race, denomination or social background. Most recently, Franklin has joined forces with the Childrens Defense Fund and will serve as an Ambassador for the childrens advocacy organization, helping to raise funds and serving as a spokesperson to bring attention to and assist in carrying out their mission of Leave No Child Behind.

Both a multiple Dove and a Grammy Award winner, Australian-born Rebecca St. James has been a defining voice in contemporary Christian music for more than a decade, selling millions of records internationally, becoming the author of two #1 books, and most recently a celebrated speaker. Along the way, she made a successful acting debut in the Dove Award-winning rock opera musical !Hero, and became the first artist to enter the world of VeggieTales as a voice character. The twenty-something St. James has, in fact, become known as the voice of a generation, in speaking out articulately and passionately in support of Christian values. Her highly anticipated new studio album If I Had One Chance To Tell You Something releases (EMI CMG) on November 22. Her song Lion is currently featured on the official album inspired by Disney/Walden Entertainments forthcoming movie (releasing in December) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. St. James will headline a major U.S. concert series in February in support of her latest album.

The broadcast taping of the GMA Music Awards will begin at 8 p.m. and feature artist performances and the presentation of a number of key Dove Awards. The opening ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include the announcement of most of the 44 categories of Dove Awards. Tickets to the show include seating at both events.

The GMA Music Awards will be televised in national syndication starting on Easter weekend April 15 through May 21. Central City Productions of Chicago, Ill., is handling first run syndication through network affiliates and independent stations nationwide, with an expected audience reach of at least 75 percent of U.S. television households. Steve Gilreath Television will produce the awards show.

Founded in 1964, the 4,500-member Gospel Music Association ( is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music. The GMA represents all styles of gospel music including contemporary pop, rock, urban gospel, praise & worship, Southern gospel, country and childrens gospel music. The GMA produces the GMA Music Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of gospel music and are voted on by members of the GMA.

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Mega Superstars Join in Celebrating BET's Silver Anniversary

Whitney Houston, Diddy, Alicia Keys, Usher, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, New Edition, John Legend and others Commemorate the Network's Monumental 25-Year Milestone

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, October 26 at LA's famed Shrine Auditorium, BET celebrated 25 years of ground-breaking programming with the production of a star-packed 3-hour telecast, 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. This once-in-a-lifetime gala featured performances and appearances by a mix of veteran acts, contemporary artists and A-list celebrities such as Diddy, Bobby Brown, Alicia Keys, Usher, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Nelly, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Serena Williams, John Legend, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Arsenio Hall, Hammer, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Method Man, Donnie Simpson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and New Edition among many other illustrious entertainers, including a surprise appearance from Whitney Houston. This landmark special premieres on BET Tuesday, November 1 at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT.

The night began with a star-studded red carpet arrivals scene, featuring high-wattage celebs in high glam gear strolling down it's length including: Quentin Tarantino, Gayle King, Michael Keaton, Golden Brooks, Anthony Anderson, Nick Cannon, Megan Goode, Duane Martin, Tisha Campbell Martin, Tommie Davidson, Laila Ali, Delroy Lindo, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Christopher "Kid" Reid, Mike Jones, Victoria Rowell, Howard Hewett, Jimmy Jam, Tito Jackson, Judge Mablean Ephraim, Paul Wall, Tamala Jones, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, LisaRaye, Mary Mary, Kenya Moore, F. Gary Gray, Big Gipp, Da Brat, Chante Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Elise Neal, Flex Alexander, Kel Mitchell, Khamani Griffin, Tempestt Bledsoe, Warren G, and others. The BET 25 STRONG: PRE-SHOW hosted by Terri J. Vaughn, Tony Rock and Aly Al (formerly "Hits") kicks things off at 8 p.m. ET/PT tomorrow night with red carpet interviews, fashion footage, an exclusive premiere by Bow Wow, performing his new single "Fresh Azimiz," as well as collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Dem Franchise Boyz.

"It's an incredible night filled with special memories and tributes, wrapped around some of the best performers ever to appear on BET during our 25 years," said BET President and CEO Debra Lee. "We hope viewers will not only remember this fabulous night for the entertainment, but also for the special meaning it has for all of us as BET Founder Bob Johnson receives some well- deserved recognition for his amazing career and contributions."

As soon as the lights went up at the Shrine Auditorium, the night clearly belonged to BET -- from beginning to end the celebration had the standing- room-only crowd of 5,000-plus on its feet. BET has a reputation for pulling out all the stops in their specials, and this event was certainly no different. In addition to celebrating more than two decades of unforgettable entertainment, BET bid farewell to retiring Founder and Chairman, Robert L. Johnson in a special tribute.

The A-list assortment of celebrities inside the house to fete BET's silver anniversary milestone also included Mike Tyson, Tyrese, Bill Duke and Viacom CEO Tom Freston, as well as current and former BET hosts Ananda Lewis, Big Tigger, AJ Calloway, Jacque Reid, Ed Gordon, Melyssa Ford, Joe Clair, Kym Whitley, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Julissa, Mari Morrow, Tanya Hart, Chris Thomas, Aly Al (formerly "Hits"), Anthony "AD" Dorsett, Liza Michelle, Joe Torry, Michael Colyar, Rachel, Madd Linx, Laz Alonso, Kitty Troy ("Cita"), Big Lez, Dr. Rovina "Ro" Brock, who also made appearances.

BET again teamed with Cossette Productions, famed producers of the GRAMMY Awards(R) and five record-setting BET AWARDS shows, to handle production of the telecast. 25 STRONG was filled with emotion, wonderful surprises, exciting performances and memorable moments from BET's past 25 years, divided into five-year segments hosted by Queen Latifah (1980 - 1985); Arsenio Hall (1985 - 1990); Usher (1990 - 1995); Diddy (1995 - 2000); and Bow Wow (2000 - 2005), as well as tributes to recently fallen Civil Rights legend Rosa Parks and the unforgettable Luther Vandross.

"If you've been alive for the past 25 years, it's impossible for you to not love this show," said Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment. "Nights like this, I think I have the best job in the world."

John Legend serenaded the crowd from his piano with an unbelievable tribute to Vandross, which was introduced by Steve Harvey and the incomparable Whitney Houston. Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins rocked the house with songs from the roller-skating era to the present in a funk-inspired old school/new school pairing. New Edition -- joined by former member Bobby Brown in a well-received national television performance comeback -- had the crowd reminiscing of the "Candy Girl," days, and Alicia Keys crooned some of the hits that made her an award- winning superstar.

Hip hop soul diva Mary J. Blige joined Method Man in a rare performance of their classic hit duet "You're All I Need," and also world-premiered a performance of her song "Can't Hide From Love." LL Cool J "Rocked The Bells" from the 80's to the present with a hard-hitting set backed by break dancers, and of course, it wouldn't be a BET celebration without singing the praises of gospel music. The gospel medley featured Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and our very own Dr. Bobby Jones. By the time Nelly blazed the stage accompanied by Jermaine Dupri, Big Gipp, Paul Wall and Ali in a Dirty South-flavored, bling-laced collaboration of his world premiere single "Grillz," the show was a lock as THE hot topic for 'morning- after' water cooler conversation.

"It was clear even in rehearsals that the performers were insistent on bringing their A-game to this production," said Stephen Hill, Executive Producer and BET Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Music Programming. "The love they have for BET...and we for evident and ongoing. There were performances of classics, the electric reunion of New Edition and Bobby Brown, and world premieres from Mary J. Blige and Nelly. And after hearing Nelly's new song," Hill joked, "I think I'ma go visit Paul Wall and get me a grill."

BET wraps up the evening with a half-hour telecast of 25 STRONG: THE POST SHOW at 12 midnight ET/PT hosted by BET News' Jacque Reid and introduces BET's newest face, former CNN Pop Culture correspondent Toure. The show features back stage one-on-one interviews with top celebs such as Usher, Diddy, LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg, and also takes a look at the changing face of BET through intimate conversations with past and present hosts including Ed Gordon, Ananda Lewis, new ComicView host Sheryl Underwood, Dr. Bobby Jones and Donnie Simpson as they recall their own personal favorite BET moments; red carpet highlights; a special feature look at some of the most prolific music video directors of today, Billie Woodruff, Hype Williams and F. Gary Gray; and a post-event analysis of the biggest moments of the night. is giving online users a window into the inner workings and backstage highlights of this huge telecast with their ALL ACCESS feature on the site, hosted by former BET host Big Lez. Extensive photo galleries and other online features put users virtually in the mix with a next-best-thing- to-being-there experience at the hottest ticket of the year. A BET historical interactive timeline chronicles the history of the network since its founding in 1980. The timeline, developed by New York-based digital marketing and branding agency Thrust360, takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through the many milestones of the network through text, photos and exclusive video clips -- from groundbreaking interviews and one of a kind network performances, to flashback clips from BET shows and events.

And the network is marking a quarter century of serving the African American community in other ways as well -- in the most extensive graphic and attitudinal makeover ever by the network, BET is unveiling an all-new look and image campaign whose timing coincides with the premiere of 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Tuesday, November 1. The galvanizing anthem "It's My Thing" remains the network's signature tagline, but is now spread across connective tentacles of culture, style, voice, network, choice and the world as seen through the individual and collective eyes of BET viewers. "Bold . . . Black . . . Beautiful . . . Confident" are just a few of the touchstone phrases motivating the campaign, which launches in massive force with new television advertising on BET and other networks, along with print and on-line creative with leading trade magazines, websites and African-American publications.

BET will air encore performances of 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special on Friday, November 4 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT; Thursday, November 10 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT; and Thursday, November 24 from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT.


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 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; and BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production.


Cossette Productions is Hollywood's most unique and comprehensive production company, with more than 35 years of experience offering diverse and creative consultation, direction and execution of entertainment production. To its credit, Cossette Productions has produced 33 years of the Grammy Awards telecast; eight weekly television series totaling more than 500 episodes; numerous award-winning Broadway theatrical plays and musicals; 50 major performance specials, award shows and celebrity tributes; corporate events for the nation's largest companies; and countless made-for-television motion pictures and mini-series.


The Shrine Auditorium, located at 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., comprises the single largest theater in North America, with some 6,300 seats and an adjoining 54,000 square foot Expo Center. Over six decades old, the Shrine is owned and operated by the Al Malaikah Auditorium Company (part of the Shrine Al Malaikah Temple). On January 11, 1920 the Shrine Auditorium burned to the ground. It took another six years of planning and funding before the new Auditorium was completed. Once rebuilt, it was unique among the theater structures of the world because of its size, versatility and unique interior and exterior design. It is a major cultural center on the West coast and is recognized as a historical monument for its contributions to Los Angeles' history. Playing a dual role as Southern California headquarters for the Shrine fraternity, as well as a public rental facility for live and televised arts and entertainment productions, theater productions, operas, movie screenings, meetings, conferences, trade shows and conventions, today's Shrine Auditorium continues to be improved and renovated and remains one of the most admired and respected Auditoriums in the world.

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Interactive Games Inc. and Subsidiary Launch First Mobile Store for San Diego Indie Band "Spell Toronto"

New Mobile Storefront Solution Allows Artists to Market, Sell and Deliver Their Own Ringtones, WallPapers and Music Downloads

PALM BEACH, FL -- (Market Wire - Oct 31, 2005) - Interactive Games Inc.(OTC BB: IGAM) a developer and licensor of mobile gaming applications and its wholly owned subsidiary, today announced the launch of the first mobile store solution for San Diego based indie band "Spell Toronto." has recently created a turnkey e-commerce application called Sound-link (TM) for independent music artists to market, sell and deliver real-music ringtones, wallpapers and music downloads from the website, or their own fan site. Until recently, only best selling artists' ringtones and wallpapers have been available for mobile phones through the established carriers.

Using the new JamDirect Sound-Link(TM) application, an artist or record label may simply upload a realtone, polyphonic or mastertone to, and through the Sound-Link(TM) technology, JamDirect will integrate the ticketing, ringtones, and music downloads within their current website, as well as manage their store through a secure client login. The JamDirect solution will include development of ringtone or wallpapers, hosting, ticketing, shopping cart, payment processing, and delivery to a fan's mobile phone. Revenues for all created mobile content by Interactive Games and Jam Direct will be split with the artist, record label or publisher.

Ringtones generated approximately $4 billion in sales worldwide in 2004 (Consect, Q1 2005), and are expected to generate $724 million in sales in the U.S. by 2009 as reported by Juniper Research. Fueled by steady growth in cell phone ownership by teens -- nearly half of all U.S. teens and tweens (10-18 year olds) now have a cell phone (NOP World Technology, March 2005). In addition, the total number of wireless subscribers in the U.S. now exceeds 180 million (CTIA, March 2005), and according to an article in the New York Times, cell phone users are increasingly using their phones as their primary phone book. White papers and further details of the study 'Mobile Commerce (M-Commerce) & Micropayment Strategies' can be freely downloaded from

About Jam Direct, a wholly owned division of Interactive Games Inc. (OTC BB: IGAM) is fast being recognized as a premiere entertainment destination portal featuring online tickets to all concert, sport and theater events, download of ringtones, wallpapers and music news and features. will seek to become the premiere portal for Hard-To-Find tickets for sold-out concert, sports and theater events across the United States. The state-of-the-art m-commerce site will enable visitors to purchase online event tickets by providing a connection to buy or sell hard-to-find tickets to any event across the United States. These events include U2, Rolling Stones and Elton John tickets for current touring dates in the music category, New York Yankees, New England Patriots and Miami Heat tickets among others in Sports Categories as well as Wiggles to Wicked tickets in the family and theater categories.

About Interactive Games

Interactive Games, Inc. (OTC BB: IGAM),, is a developer and licensor of interactive casino technologies and mobile gaming applications. Interactive Games has entered into license and distribution agreements with Ed McMahon for the Interactive Games "Million Dollar Madness Class III Slot Machine," 9 Squared, Spin Inc. and other third-party manufacturers and distributors, in which the company has the right to market, sublicense and distribute gaming and mobile entertainmrnt products under the Interactive Games brand.

The statements included in this press release concerning predictions of economic performance and management's plans and objectives constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, factors detailed in Interactive Games Inc.'s Securities and Exchange Commission filings; economic downturns affecting the operations of Interactive Games, Inc. and its subsidiaries; the inability to initiate or complete any contemplated restructuring, offering, acquisition, disposition or other transaction; adverse financial performance by Interactive Games, Inc. or its subsidiaries; the inability to successfully introduce new products or services; the inability to reduce interest costs; and the unavailability of financing to complete management's plans and objectives. Historical financial results are not an indicator of future financial performance. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release speak only as of the date hereof and Interactive Games, Inc. disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Interactive Games Inc.
Michael Friedman
Investor Relations

United States Digital Distribution Leader Promo Only MPE Announces New Milestone as User Levels Reach 4,300

Adds veteran hires as Promo Only MPE continues to set industry standard with highest download rates of any digital distribution system.

Orlando, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) October 31, 2005 - Promo Only MPE, the leading digital distribution system in the United States, today announced a new milestone in adoption as registered user numbers surpassed 4,300. With the highest download rate of any digital distribution system, Promo Only MPE continues to set industry standards. To meet heightened demand and strengthen Promo Only MPEs relationship with stations and labels, three experienced radio and label executives have been brought on board, adding to Promo Only MPEs existing staff of stellar industry veterans.

The growth rate in the past six months has been tremendous, said Dean Ernst, director of Promo Only MPE. These appointments have been made to enhance the user experience and spur further growth and development. We have hired three of the best in the country, increasing the depth of our radio and label industry experience. The addition of these seasoned veterans will ensure Promo Only MPE continues to provide the very best digital distribution system in the United States.

Vel Omazic joins Promo Only MPE from a 15 year stint at Sony Music Canada, where he was Vice-President of Promotion and Media Relations. Omazic brings over 20 years of major label experience to his role as Label and Radio Relations Director at Promo Only MPE. In his new position he will oversee radio and label relations for Promo Only MPE in North America.

Phil Michaels-Trueba has been appointed Director of Programming at Promo Only. Trueba will now coordinate label and radio relations for Promo Only MPE. In addition Trueba will also oversee all content and be responsible for programming on all US Promo Only issues. Trueba brings a wealth of radio experience to this role, having previously spent 13 years at Cox Radio. Most recently, in his time as Program Director for Party 93.1 in Miami, the station became the nations most popular dance music station winning Billboard Monitors first Radio Innovator award.

Laurie Gail will serve as Label Relations Manager at Promo Only MPE. Gails new role will be to manage the delivery of content from labels to the Promo Only MPE System. Her rich radio experience includes lengthy programming stints at WFNX in Boston and Instant Live, a Clear Channel subsidiary.

Promo Only MPE recently unveiled the first ever digital distribution system with Spanish language capabilities, allowing it to serve the growing number of Spanish speaking radio stations and Latin label divisions in the United States.

Promo Only MPE is now recognized as the industry standard in digital distribution, added Ernst. We have the highest download rate of any digital distribution system in the United States and continue to raise the bar across the industry.

Promo Only MPE has been leading the music industry in digital distribution in the United States since its launch in October of 2004. To date 6000 tracks have been distributed through the Promo Only MPE system for labels including Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI Music and Warner Music Group. Additionally Promo Only MPE is utilized by the largest names in Christian music, including EMI: Christian Music Group, Provident Label Group, Word Label Group, Curb Records, Inpop Records and INO Records.

Promo Only MPE is a product of Destiny Media Technologies and is exclusively marketed and distributed by Promo Only.

About Promo Only

With offices in Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Calgary, Chicago and London, Promo Only ( is the world's leader in subscription-based music and music video services. Promo Only offers a complete line of music on CD and music video on DVD designed to meet the needs of music professionals, business owners and retail operations. Jim Robinson and Peter Werner founded Promo Only in 1992.

About Destiny Media Technologies

Destiny Media Technologies, Inc. ( (DSNY.OB) is a leader in developing easy-to-use tools for distributing digital media through the internet.The company's suite of streaming and downloadable products includes: Clipstream(tm), Destiny Media Player (tm), Radio Destiny (tm) and MPE (tm). Established in 1991, the company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

For additional information contact:

Alastair Duncan
Account Executive
Levine Communications Office
T: 310.300.0950 x 234
F: 310.300.0951

Liam Collopy
Account Director
Levine Communications Office
T: 310.300.0950 x 232
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GAWDAM Launches The Blackout Pact Mobile Site with IndieClick

GAWDAM (, the source for alternative and underground mobile content, along with Indieclick (, the network of popular music, community and entertainment sites where cutting-edge online youth gathers, announce the launch of The Blackout Pact mobile site at

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2005 -- GAWDAM (, the source for alternative and underground mobile content, along with Indieclick (, the network of popular music, community and entertainment sites where cutting-edge online youth gathers, announce the launch of The Blackout Pact mobile site.

At, fans of The Blackout Pact can download a variety of content for their mobile phones, including videos, ringtone and wallpapers. This is the first mobile site co-launched by the two companies, combining GAWDAMs mobile content distribution platform with Indieclicks network of popular sites. Future sites from GAWDAM will let Indieclick provide its network of sites with a way to provide mobile content to its fans and customers.

GAWDAM is all about the indie fan site, giving fans an easy way to download ringtones, wallpapers or videos, said Duane Wilson, founder, GAWDAM. Working with Indieclick, we are able to build an indie network of mobile fan sites that brings indie fans the stuff they want, when they want it, on their phones.

With more than 600 Websites in its interactive promotions network, Indieclick is able to use GAWDAMs wireless content distribution system to offer complete solution for its network.

With more and more bands wanting to offer mobile sites for their fans, Indieclick will have a way to provide such sites to its network, said Heather Luttrell, President, Indieclick. Its about connecting with the fans, making the experience great and thats what we are doing with The Blackout Pact and its fans, giving them their own mobile site to get more from the band.

GAWDAM is based on the Totalmass platform, a complete, carrier-agnostic, end-to-end solution for the distribution of mobile content. This includes transaction processing, aggregation of consumer data across carriers, catalog functionality, Web/mobile interaction, and expertise in e-commerce and mobile commerce strategy.

GAWDAM aims to revolutionize the world of mobile entertainment publishing by providing independent developers with an alternative channel for the distribution of games, wallpapers, comics, ringtones, and other mobile entertainment content. GAWDAM is about the democratization of mobile content, helping the user take back their cell phones by working with third-party content developers the more underground, the better suited it is for GAWDAM. For more information about GAWDAM, please visit its Website at

About Indieclick
Indieclick is a Los Angeles-based media company created and owned by 3jane digital holdings, inc. a 6 year old full service, technology driven, web development and design company. Indieclick provides interactive promotions for its network of more than 600 Websites that include many of the top indie, hip-hop and electronica music sites, top independent and cutting-edge entertainment sites, and the most popular social networking sites on the Web. 3jane has built many of the addictive community and social networking sites, including the original SuicideGirls site,, Makeoutclub and many more. For more information on Indieclick, please visit its Website at

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DALLAS, TX OCTOBER 30, 2005 With his mixtape Break You Off! [Coalmine Records] scheduled to be released the second week of November, fans can expect more from the former member of the world renowned Xecutioners. Mista Sinistas debut album, Heartfelt is scheduled to be released early 2006. This LP will showcase Mista Sinistas creativity and ability to experiment successfully with several genres of music. According to Mista Sinista, There will be something on it for everyone and the project itself will be heartfelt. The album will feature joint efforts with some of Hip-Hops best emcees and DJs as well as several cross-genre music collaborations. Expect to experience turntablism as an art form with both of Mista Sinistas forthcoming projects, hes definitely an artistic DJ.

About Mista Sinista
As an 11 year old , Mista Sinistas first influence was the sound of his father (a DJ) spinning old breaks in his house. Naturally interested in the art form, the Hip-Hop sounds of Mr. Magic and Kool DJ Red Alert (on New Yorks WBLS and KISS FM), soon captivated the Queens, NY Youngster. Mista Sinista recently returned from touring with Lauren Hill in Europe, in the past he has also collaborated on various projects with artist such as Fat Joe, Common and Jean Grae.

For more information, tour dates, interviews and press kits on MISTA SINISTA, please contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers at (214) 677-6518 or send email to

Contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers
phone: (214) 677-6518


DALLAS, TX OCTOBER 30, 2005 Along with traditional marketing services such as product placement and name brand marketing, HyPursuit embraces artist tour marketing. A practice which isnt new in the marketing industry but one guaranteed to maximum the exposure of a companys product and/or service. The clients we have available for sponsorship and endorsement are extremely visible in the consumer market. stated Keetria Chambers, President of HyPursuit Inc. I recommend venturing into this trend, she added. Especially for companies with new products and services. Our clients can easily increase a companys profit through one of their tours, a world premiere video or product endorsement. HyPursuit currently has Grammy-Award Winning and Multi-platinum recording artists available for tour sponsorship. The company is also negotiating world wide tours and endorsement projects for 2006. Companies that choose to capitalize on sponsorship and endorsements can be linked into consumer markets through the talent who identify with them. Benefits of sponsoring or endorsing an artist or athlete include:
International/National Recognition
Logo/Product Placement (all concert venues/albums/videos/websites)
Cost Effective and No Longterm commitment
Increase company revenue
Right to create tour themed advertising/promotion

About HyPursuit Inc
Hypursuit is a full service marketing, publicity and management company that specialize in implementing successful awareness and marketing research campaigns. HyPursuit combines strategic planning and creativity in more ways than one. HyPursuit transforms ideas into eye-catching marketing campaigns that allow consumers to identify with products and brands. For more information, interviews and press kits on HYPURSUIT INC, please contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers at (214) 677-6518 or send email to

Contact: Keetria Garner-Chambers
phone: (214) 677-6518


Hip Hop Management Book Released

Chicago (PRWEB) October 30, 2005 -- Cool Runnings Management releases book called "The Art of Becoming a music manager.

In this book aspiring music managers will learn:
*The roles and responsibilites of managers
*An indepth understanding of the music business
*How artist can protect themselves
*The ins and outs of contracts
*How to book shows and plan tours like a pro

About the Author:
Everett"Aquarius" Hardy, CEO established C.R.M in 1998 which he has secured many recording contacts. His clients have opened up for KRS1 and the Boot Camp Click. Currently Everett teaches at the Music Industry Center.

Contact Info:
Everett Hardy
630 631-1796

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Baltimore Hip Hop Lives presents SYNERGY. . . And it Don't Stop, a musical tribute and party to celebrate 31 years of Hip Hop history.

Baltimore, Maryland (10/26/05) - SYNERGY Media Liaison and Baltimore Hip Hop Lives chairwoman, Courtney Love Wheeler is inviting music lovers to join her for SYNERGY. . .And it Don't Stop, Baltimores annual Hip Hop history commemoration celebration. The event will bring together the community from all walks of life to celebrate the true essence and excitement of what Hip Hop was meant to be. The event will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at the 5 Seasons Restaurant and Lounge located at 830 N. Guilford Ave. This years event marks 31 years of Hip Hop and the 2nd year of this annual Hip Hop extravaganza.

For 2005, Baltimore Hip Hop Lives has chosen the theme, And it Dont Stop! At 31 one years young, Hip Hops reach is global. With Hip Hop making its mark in the most unimaginable places during the last few years, it would appear that America has embraced this culture that continues to evolve and morph into new variations daily. This years star-studded lineup of Baltimores very best musical entertainers includes-- Skarr Akbar, E the poet emcee, Plague Up, Sonny Brown, Third Kind and B. Fly of Brown F.I.S.H. Ogun of Real on Purpose Entertainment and the ladies of Rah Energy Promotions will host the festivities.

Hip Hop is not a genre of music; it is a culture. It is a way of life for those that identify with the music, dance, style, writing, etc.the voice. It is the voice of a generation who refused to be ignored because they lack the resources of one that is typically afforded a platform in America. November is a significant month for Hip Hop lovers across the globe. The pioneers, including Africa Bambataa and the Zulu Nation, ask that Hip Hoppers across the world recognize November 12, 1974 as a day of distinction and pay tribute to those who laid the foundation for this revolutionary genre.

I am thrilled to be an insider at this years SYNERGY event! said Courtney Wheeler, organizer of the event. SYNERGY started as a concept and eventually became the name I adopted. The event was all about bringing people together to celebrate when Hip Hop started. As a result of the warm reception the idea [a birthday party for Hip Hop] received last year, I realized that there are still people out here that remember when Hip Hop was fun. Others felt my love for the culture and wanted to help make it bigger. I am very proud to be part of this celebration which will pay tribute to the trailblazers and applaud those maintaining the griot tradition.

The SYNERGY Tastemakers Award is presented annually to the individual whose activities have helped to increase the general publics awareness of Baltimores burgeoning music scene. This years honoree is Tracye Stafford of IKON Entertainment. Over the last year IKON Entertainment has been at the forefront of Hip Hop Entertainment by bringing some of today'sbiggest names in Hip Hop toBaltimore. Through her continued efforts, Hip Hop is becoming seen as an alternative to the typical club environment. Her work directly benefits local artists and media professionals explains Wheeler. She is giving us something to talk about.

DJ's were part of the heart and soulof Hip Hop during its inception. Hip Hop started not with the MCs but rather with the DJ. The DJ essentially was the Master Of Ceremonies; he was the MC. In recognition of this, 2 of Baltimores premier DJs, P-Funk of the Elements Party/Style Warz and WEAA 88.9 Strictly Hip Hop and Baltimore City Papers Reader Poll Best Club DJ 2005 award recipient, Lil Mic, were enlisted to provide the perfect soundtrack for the event. This event is for people that remember when Hip Hop was fun, adds Wheeler. The party is about celebrating our love and admiration for the culture.

2005s SYNERGY celebration is sponsored by The Elements Party, Architects Recording Studios, Rah Energy Promotions, DJ Lil Mic, The Reel DVD, SAMOS Clothing Co. and Real on Purpose Entertainment. Local aerosol writers (graffiti) have donated works for a raffle to benefit families displaced by hurricane Katrina.

The event will be held at the 5 Seasons Restaurant and Lounge (830 N. Guilford Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202) on Thursday November 17, 2005. Doors open at 9:00 pm. General Admission is $10 before 11 pm. Limited $40 VIP passes are available. Tables are available with RSVP only. All of Baltimores newsworthy talent will be in one place. Regional and National media outlets/press agencies are encouraged to attend. A limited number of press passes will be issued with RSVP only.

We succeed when you succeed. SYNERGY is a boutique PR firm based in Baltimore, MD. Their current client roster includes the Elements Party, Style Warz, Ogun and E the poet emcee.

About Baltimore Hip Hop Lives:
Founded in 2005, Baltimore Hip Hop Lives is a collective of promoters, publicists, managers, recording studios, artists (audio and visual), clothiers and friends dedicated to raising the communitys awareness of Baltimores emerging Hip Hop scene. Their sole mission is to supportthe local Hip Hop scene through collective work and responsibility.

Courtney Wheeler of SYNERGY
Bringing artists and media together in the spirit of cooperation
Media Liaison

Hip Hop Musician Claims Trademark Theft By Twista

Hip Hop Musician Claims Trademark Theft By Twista. The idea of "Chi-Roc Entertainment" doesn't sit well with Faheem Shabazz, a hip-hop artist/ executive producer who goes by the name of "BigFa". So when the Atlantic Recording artist called "Twista" started promoting his own music using the Chi-Rock name, Faheem wanted to let others know about it.

(PRWEB) October 29, 2005 -- The idea of "Chi-Roc Entertainment" doesn't sit well with Faheem Shabazz, a hip-hop artist/ executive producer who goes by the name of "BigFa".

Faheem has been a part of the "Chi-Roc Hip Hop Nation" since he and some of his friends formed the organization back in 1985 on the far south side of Chicago. Twenty years later at age 37 he now serves as the group's president.

So when the Atlantic Recording artist called "Twista" started promoting his own music using the Chi-Rock name, Faheem wanted to let others know about it.

"I am the owner of the registered corporation "Chi-Rock" and also "Chi-Roc", which is documented by the Illinois Secretary of State," Faheem says. "This 'TWISTA' is tainting our legacy. My independent record company is called Chi-Rock Records."

Philip Swint aka "Pacman", who is an original member says the rapper "also has had past affiliation with our hip-hop nation to gain notoriety and cannot say that he didn't know that we existed."

"We've worked hard to build our treasured name. We're especially proud of the image we've cultivated as positive role models in the hip-hop community," Faheem says.

Chi-Roc is a shortened form of Chicago Rock Shabazz uses on his two websites, and

Information: Faheem Shabazz (BigFa), 312-388-4183


Faheem Shabazz
Chi-Roc Entertainment

Line 6 TonePort UX1 & UX2 USB Audio Interfaces Now Shipping

- World-Class Tone for Recording Guitar, Bass, and Vocals -

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Line 6, inventors of digital modeling effects, amps and guitars, announced today the release of TonePort, the first line of USB recording and modeling interfaces, bringing world-class Line 6 guitar, bass, and vocal tone to the world of desktop recording. TonePort UX1 and UX2 hardware interfaces are USB-powered and compatible with both Mac(R) and Windows(R) computers. Both TonePort models include Line 6 GearBox(TM) modeling software, which provides a must-have collection of guitar and bass amp/cab models, stompbox and studio effects, and models of high-end studio microphone preamps.

TonePort UX1 features a high-quality microphone input with preamp, a guitar/bass instrument input, stereo line inputs and outputs, stereo headphone jack, and an analog merge monitoring input. TonePort UX2 adds more features like analog VU meters, a second microphone input and preamp, phantom power for both preamps, stereo digital S/PDIF out, a padded instrument input, dual footswitch jacks assignable to MIDI functions such as start/stop and punch in/out, and independent volume controls for the headphone and main outputs. Both units support 44.1/48KHz with 16/24-bit recording, a 96KHz mode, and drivers for ASIO, WDM, and Core Audio. Both units also feature ToneDirect(TM) monitoring -- a unique way of hearing fully processed audio while recording with incredibly low latency regardless of the buffer settings in your recording app.

Included with every TonePort is Line 6 GearBox software that delivers world-class studio tone with a hardware-like, simple to operate user interface. GearBox includes 16 amp models and 24 cabinet models from the studio-standard PODxt, 5 amp and cab models from Bass PODxt, 6 models of the most in-demand microphone preamps ever created, and 24 faithful sounding effects ranging from studio compression to distortion to tape echo with up to 10 at once for adding the perfect vibe to any track. TonePort UX1 and UX2 both ship with Ableton Live Lite -- Line 6 Edition recording software for a complete recording experience right out of the box.

TonePort UX1 MSRP $175.00
TonePort UX2 MSRP $269.00

About Line 6, inc.

Incorporated in 1996, Line 6 is a music gear manufacturer dedicated to developing music products to inspire creativity both on the stage and in the studio. Headquartered in Agoura Hills, California, Line 6 currently has a presence in over 60 countries worldwide with offices in California and the United Kingdom. In just under seven years, Line 6 has grown from an original team of 10 to over 200 employees. As the pioneer of digital modeling guitar amplifiers, Line 6 has created award-winning products for guitarists, bass players and engineers, working both on stage and in the studio. For more information visit

Source: Line 6, Inc.

CONTACT: Krista Gariano Shue of Line 6, Inc., +1-818-575-3824,

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MTV Networks Names Billy Dexter as Chief Diversity Officer

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B) , today announced that Billy Dexter has been appointed the company's first Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). This new executive position creates a senior leader of the Company's global initiatives to foster the highest levels of diversity throughout every aspect of its businesses. Dexter will report to Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, and will represent Diversity issues on her executive Strategy Team.

"The creation of a Chief Diversity Officer at MTV Networks is a crucial next step in building the most diverse culture and creative output in the industry," said McGrath. "We are completely committed to diversity and inclusion, because it's the most creative and vibrant thing we can do for our future. The audience for our content is increasingly global, diverse in thought, demographic and lifestyle. Over the years, no other initiative has so enriched MTV Networks, or made us more relevant and successful. I am thrilled that Billy, with his great expertise, will be leading our work in this area."

As CDO, Dexter will partner with MTV Networks' senior leadership to develop strategies that further diversity throughout the Company and to identify new ways of enhancing existing initiatives. He will also work with MTV Networks' current diversity councils and teams to create more formal structures and processes for implementing key recommendations. Dexter will also continue to forge new partnerships with relevant outside organizations and represent the Company's diversity efforts externally.

Said Dexter, "MTV Networks has a long and proud tradition of fostering diversity throughout its businesses and culture, so I am very excited to help take the company's great work to the next level and move forward towards a true culture of inclusion where all voices are heard. Working together, we have the opportunity to define what a strong diversity brand truly means, and I look forward to being part of this vital work for the Company."

For over 15 years, Dexter has been a leader in diversity-related efforts. Prior to joining MTV Networks, Dexter was Chief Diversity Officer of Hudson Highland Group (HHG), a leading executive search and human resources consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees in 20 countries. Dexter served concurrently as President of Hudson Inclusion Solutions, a global diversity consulting practice he founded within Hudson Highland to provide diversity consulting, training and recruitment solutions to leading corporations.

Earlier, Dexter was Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives for Monster Worldwide, former parent company of HHG. In this position, he was responsible for developing offerings to help Monster's global client base with diversity recruitment solutions. Prior to Monster, Dexter worked for Deloitte & Touche as National Director of International & Diversity Recruitment Solutions, where he provided strategic direction on diversity and international recruitment issues to the Auditing, Risk Management, Tax and Consulting divisions.

Prior to Deloitte & Touche, Dexter worked at Motorola as a Staffing Director, responsible for University Relations and Professional Employment for the company's largest business unit. He has also worked for United Airlines as a Corporate Manager of University and Community Relations, as well as for Michigan State University as Assistant Director of Career Services.

Dexter holds a B.A. in Education from Saginaw State University and a Master's Degree in Administration from Michigan State University.

About MTV Networks:

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS which includes LOGO, NOGGIN, VH1 Classic and 10 additional digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 90 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Source: MTV Networks

CONTACT: Jeanine Smartt of MTV Networks, +1-212-846-7437

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