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Holy Hip Hop Music Enters into Strategic Alliance To Distribute Minister of the Gospel: 'Urban D' - Worldwide Via EMI Gospel

CD Release Slated for: September 2006

Atlanta-based Holy Hip Hop Music announced today that it has entered into a multi-year strategic alliance to exclusively distribute, as a part of its agreement with EMI Gospel, Tampa-based Crossover Community Church Renowned Minister of the Gospel: Urban D.

Atlanta (PRWEB) January 6, 2006 -- Atlanta-based Holy Hip Hop Music announced today that it has entered into a multi-year Strategic Alliance to exclusively distribute, as a part of its Agreement with EMI Gospel, Tampa-based Crossover Community Church Renowned Minister of the Gospel: Urban D.

"Urban D, Founder of the World's First Hip Hop Church - Crossover Community Church, has sold thousands of albums over the past several years, through consistently effective grassroots marketing efforts (with a passionate fan-base), combined with powerful ministry and lyrics that inspire, uplift and edify the soul. Recently featured in the USA Today (see below), Urban D is a recognized and respected leader in Street Ministry Evangelism and also has an upcoming national book release titled: Unorthodox...Where Hip-Hop meets the Church. EMI Gospel and Holy Hip Hop Music are proud to be in covenant with Urban D and very excited about Urban D's upcoming September 2006 CD Release to be distributed worldwide by EMI Gospel," said Panchetta Harris, General Manager-Holy Hip Hop Music.

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EMI Gospel, a division of EMI CMG, is a global leader in the production, marketing and distribution of the best in Gospel music (including but not limited to: Kierra Sheard, Smokie Norful, Bishop Eddie Long, Bishop T.D. Jakes and more). For more information, log on to:

About EMI CMG: Billboard Magazine's annual Top Christian Music Distributor since 1995, EMI CMG Distribution was founded in 1994 to serve as the main distribution outlet for EMI CMG's owned and distributed labels to the US Christian and general retail marketplace, and the international Christian marketplace. Awards given to EMI CMG Distribution include CBA Supplier of the Year 1998, 1999 & 2002, CBA Customer Service & Distribution Award 1998-2002 and CBA Impact Award 1998 & 1999. EMI CMG Distribution is a division of EMI CMG, which is a unit of EMI Music. EMI Music is the third largest recorded music company in the world operating directly in 50 countries. EMI Music represents more than 1,000 artists spanning all musical tastes and genres.

Holy Hip Hop Music, distributed world-wide by EMI Gospel, committed to consistently adhere to the following three (3) principles: (1) Provide Affordable Music; (2) Provide Music of Sound Production Quality; and (3) Provide Music that is Inspiring and Enlightening to the Heart, grounded in Christian Ministry First, and devoid of obscenities and innuendo harmful to children, youth, adults, the community and interests of mass media, in general. Holy Hip Hop Music, in strategic alliance with EMI Gospel, serves as the exclusive distribution partner for Arrow Records Recording Artist: Canton Jones, Holy South Recording Artist: Mr. Del; SGR Music Recording Artist: Tragegy; and Crossover Community Church Recording Artist: Urban D. For more information, go to:


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THE 3XGP TOP 50 OF 2005

-- Annual Year End Music Chart Now Published --

TORONTO - December 30, 2005 - Rick From Chicago, Music Director of The 3XGP Countdown, has published his annual end of year countdown: THE 3XGP TOP 50 OF 2005, a look back at the year's biggest songs in urban music. Available exclusively on, the list was compiled on a variety of factors that were determined by record sales, music video rotation, radio play and overall influence in urban music.

In addition to THE 3XGP TOP 50 OF 2005, a brand new year end chart also is available. THE 3XGP TOP 30 REMIXES OF 2005 is posted for music fans to look back on hip-hop's biggest records that were remixed this past year. The list is geared towards the more hardcore urban fan who will unquestionably agree that retired rapper Jay-Z was the king of the remix in 2005.

From an advertising perspective, continues to add more affiliate partnerships to a long list of respected clients. Rick From Chicago is pleased to welcome 30 new advertising partners, offering new and exciting products. These include, A&E The History Channel Affiliate Program, Apple Store U.S. and Canada, BMG Direct, Busted Tees, Cingular Wireless, DIRECT TV Satellite Systems by, DISH Network Satellite TV by, Dr., eBay, eBay Canada, eBay stores, Footlocker,, Jewelry Television, Kodak EasyShare Gallery, Macromedia, Mexx, Mitchell & Ness, Napster, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Softmoc, Sony - Computers & Electronics, Sony Style Canada, Starbucks Store, T-Shirt King, The Candy Depot, The Shopping Channel, Verizon DSL Online, and continues to reach new audiences, as the website has already surpassed 600, 000 hits in less than two months. With a strong following in North America, visitors from all around the world throughout Asia, Europe, South America and Australia, have all stopped by to check out the world famous, world renowned 3XGP Countdown, the most advanced music chart system circulating the Internet. Rick From Chicago continues to provide urban music fans with new and exciting content within the music industry.
About Rick From Chicago

Rick From Chicago is the founder and Music Director of He has a historic track record of calling the next big record. Time after time he has distinguished himself by selecting hit songs prior to public release, building a popular online following. Born in Chicago and now residing in Toronto, Richard F. Holla is a York University graduate, with a double major honours degree in Communications Studies and Sociology. He is currently studying for his Masters in Nonsense at Degrassi.

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Underground Hip Hop Forerunner to Channel Nervous Energy

Profiled by MTV in the late 90s as representatives of the sound of New Yorks underground, Nervous Records is back in action and poised to regain its position at the forefront of hip hop with A-Alikes forthcoming release, I Eat You Eat.

New York (PRWEB) January 5, 2006 -- Profiled by MTV in the late 90s as representatives of the sound of New Yorks underground, Nervous Records is back in action and poised to regain its position at the forefront of hip hop with A-Alikes 2006 release, I Eat You Eat.

The ambitious label that pioneered the success of notable acts such as Funkmaster Flex, Smif-N-Wessun and Black Moon, emerged in 1991 when Manhattans 12 vinyl stores were teeming with activity on Friday nights. Nervous President Michael Weiss recalls, when local indies would make drop offs, the deejays hanging by the counters would nervously grab at records when the boxes were opened.

This energy of anticipation ignited Weiss to get in on the action, and also inspired the labels name and logo. I remember a time at Vinylmania when a worker tossed a 12 to an anxious customer and mistakenly hit someone in the head.

Since then the NY-based attorney helped make a few hits of his own while fostering Nervous objectives to represent the hottest, newest sound of the East coast and give that talent the means to develop, expand and finally be discovered. This mission was exemplified in Black Moons Enta Da Stage (350K), Smif-N-Wessuns Dah Shinin (300K) and Mad Lions Real Ting (200K).

Like any other burgeoning label, Nervous has endured its share of bumps and bruises. One of the more publicized challenges stemmed from their parting of ways with Buck Shot and Duck Down. In an attempt to dispel rumors, Weiss states, Buck Shot never had any equity in Nervousour breakup was simply a case of too much happening too soon. Both parties would have probably been better off had we stayed together, but it wasnt meant to be.

Despite all of the animosity and hostility that existed between Nervous and Duck Down during our break up, currently both entities have a solid working relationship. We are collaborating on a DVD anthology that will include nine original videos from Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun, Weiss added.

No stranger to the industry, Weiss musical lineage dates back to the early 50s when his father Sam Weiss got his start in the jukebox business and eventually opened Win Records, NYs first record distribution company. Prior to this landmark, few major labels controlled their own distribution. Sams brother Hy Weiss headed the promotions department at Staxx Records in the 60s, ruling the R&B genre with artists like Isaac Hayes and Johnny Taylor.

Keeping inline with such ground breaking style, the A-Alikess I Eat You Eat project according to Weiss, poses the perfect opportunity to give back to music consumers what seems to be missing in this current force-fed climate of empty lyrics and mediocre talent.

Nervous Records remains true to their commitment to put out music that is not watered down by commercialization or internal corporate politics. We will continue to allow people to hear music as the artist wants it to be heard, the A-Alikes and their strong messages deserve that voice, proclaims Weiss.

With the release of the single Whats Your Politic?, I am confident that Nervous will supersede its success with Black Moon that lead to Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah and the Boot Camp CliqueI would like to see this happen for the Guerilla Nation and RBG Movement.

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WorldSpace(R) Satellite Radio Premieres DJ Rekha Live From Legendary New York City Club

Exclusive Bhangra/Hip Hop Content to Be Featured Monthly on UPop, Other WorldSpace Channels

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WorldSpace(R) Satellite Radio, (NASDAQ:WRSP) , one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, today announced the broadcast premiere of DJ Rekha -- British-born Indian disc jockey recognized as the pioneer of bhangra beats in the U.S. -- live on its UPop channel.

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Broadcasting from New York City's legendary S.O.B.'s (Sounds of Brazil), a nightclub known for its hot global rhythms and world dance beats, DJ Rekha's 'Bhangra Beats' will air live on UPop via WorldSpace's AsiaStar(TM) satellite on the first Thursday of each month, with encore performances carried on WorldSpace channels Spin, Flava, and World Zone. This exclusive program is being made available to current subscribers in its coverage areas of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East at no additional cost. It can also be heard in America via XM Satellite Radio, which carries UPop and World Zone.

"DJ Rekha not only introduced basement bhangra to the New York club scene, she brought this hip-hop infused genre into the mainstream," said Billy Sabatini, vice president of global programming, WorldSpace. "The live broadcasts should be a real hit with our global subscribers, and we are very excited to deliver this high-quality, exclusive content across our channels each month."

Named one of the most influential South Asians in the United States by Newsweek magazine, Rekha Malhotra (a.k.a. DJ Rekha) is described as the creator of bhangra beats. She has played with famous world music artists, including Soundlab, the Roots and Duran Duran. As a social activist, she lectures extensively on bhangra and hip-hop music's influence on South Asian youth and culture.

WorldSpace provides more than 40 channels of diverse, commercial-free radio content -- news, sports, information and music -- on a 24X7 basis. For more information on DJ Rekha's live performances featured on WorldSpace Satellite Radio, please visit for times and channel listings.

About WorldSpace, Inc.

WorldSpace(R) (NASDAQ:WRSP) is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WorldSpace delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WorldSpace subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WorldSpace content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio UK, NDTV and RFI. WorldSpace's satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage area. WorldSpace is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit

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New Interactive Game Lets Students Experience the World of a Record Company Executive

Created to Interest Them in Business and Accounting

NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- High school and college students who wonder what it would be like to run a record company may now get a taste through a new online game produced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

The Turnaround Game ( asks the players to develop a winning proposal to save an ailing record company called BigNoizz. The interactive game introduces students not only to the music industry, but to the wider experience of the business world -- specifically, that of the CPA.

The AICPA developed The Turnaround Game with its marketing communications firm, Wunderman New York, as the latest installment of its award-winning Start Here Go Places campaign (, designed to interest high school and college students in an accounting career.

In creating The Turnaround Game, the AICPA tapped into two abiding passions of students: video games and music.

"We want to reach out to younger audiences and give them a sense of what being a CPA is all about," said Barry Melancon, AICPA President and CEO. "Since students are so interested in games and music, we believe a vehicle like The Turnaround Game clearly demonstrates the challenges and rewards that CPAs face every day."

Indeed, Melancon noted that a number of today's music stars are also successful business professionals who rely on the talents and expertise of their CPAs.

The accounting profession has gained a higher profile among students in recent years. According to a 2005 AICPA survey of U.S. colleges and universities, enrollments in accounting programs have increased 19 percent over a four-year period.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants ( is the national, professional association of CPAs, with approximately 350,000 members, including CPAs in business and industry, public practice, government, and education; student affiliates; and international associates. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies; federal, state and local governments; and non-profit organizations. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: To log onto the game, your username is and your password is "press." Concert Travel Meta-Search Site Launched

New site helps you follow your favorite band on the road.

(PRWEB) January 5, 2006 -- is a travel meta-search site designed with music lovers in mind. Visitors can search for an artist or venue to get to the show.

This is not just another ticketing site full of "fantasy" packages and tours. is a free search engine that helps consumers tailor an experience to fit their schedule and budget. provides a unique travel search experience. Tune Trips stores the details for thousands of events (including the address and closest major airport) to allow users to select a show as the criteria that drives the travel search.

Searching is free, and all purchases are completed at the providers' web site. Just find an concert, select travel details based on price, schedule, or personal taste, and directs users to the sites with the best deals. was created by Ron Lohse, a computer programmer in the travel industry and founder of, the innovative boutique travel search engine for sports fans. "The concert travel site was launched in response to the overwhelming positive feedback from Sports Groupie users, " Lohse said. "Many users suggested that the same model would work well for other events such as concerts."

TuneTrips is a free travel meta-search site that focuses on concert fans that want to follow their band on the road. tracks thousands of concert events and maintains information about each venue including address and nearest major airport. TuneTrips users select a show, then the site searches the Web for the best airfares, hotel rates, and car rentals. The site also contains sponsored links to online ticketing outlets.


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The Jaci Rae Show Interviews Legendary Music Icons

One of the most popular outlets for Indie artists to obtain information is The Jaci Rae Show

Los Angeles (PRWEB) January 5, 2006 -- Jaci Rae The Rae of Hope is an award winning artist, #1 nationally best selling author, and motivational speaker/teacher. She has helped independent artists with their careers worldwide through her many books such as, The Indie Guide to Music, Marketing and Money and valuable consultations on the phone and via the web. One of the most popular outlets for Indie artists to obtain information is The Jaci Rae Show, heard live around the world every Thursday night at 8 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

Former and present guests on The Jaci Rae Show includeBig Brother and Holding Company (Janis Joplin's Group), Mike Corbet (former A&R for Mariah Carey and George Michael), Jordan Keller (legal counsel for the Backstreet Boys), Derek Sivers (CD Baby), It's a Beautiful Day with Linda & David LaFlamme.

A matter of interest for all independent artists is upcoming guest Peter Visavardis (former A&R Director at Columbia Records before he recently resigned his position this past year). There will be a two part series with Peter teaching artists how to get signed and how NOT to get ripped off.

In addition to Peters expert tutelage, DJ H. Vargas will be teaching about Record Pools and how they can help you with you Indie Music and Bob Francis, who works with Event Management, a premier Publicity Firm, will be teaching how to market your music and products effectively without spending a lot of money. Francis specializes in infomercials and commercial spots that have aired on Oprah, hit commercials such as 8 minutes Abs, Have a Good Hair Day and others. Since then he has broken records providing clients with spectacular results.

Jaci Rae Radio First Schedule:
All Shows are 8 - 9 pm Pacific Standard Time /11-12 pm Eastern Standard Time

January 5, 2006 Peter Visavardis Part I

January 12, 2006 Bob Francis

January 19, 2006 Peter Visavardis Part II

January 26, 2006 Kenneth Fournier, V.P. Stretch the Skies

February 2, 2006 Mike Corbet

February 9, 2006 Big Brother and Holding Company and again in June 1, 2006

March 9, 2006 - Jordan Keller Backstreet Boys Legal Counsel

March 14, 20069 Miller Hogan Top Entertainment Attorney

March 30, 2006 Rev Moose Editor-in-Chief CMJ Magazine

April 6, 2006 Ernie Ashworth, Grand Ole Opry Star and Country Hall of Fame Inductee

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Hip-Hop & R&B Beats Website Quickly Becoming the #1 Spot for Independant Hip-Hop & R&B Artists is a place where Hip-Hop & R&B Artists can download original instrumentals to use for thier albums, demos, mixtapes, and promotional uses. It is quickly growing and becoming a great resource for independant artists to get the music they need for thier projects, and to recieve valuable information pertaining to getting music heard.

(PRWEB) January 5, 2006 -- HTTP://WWW.AARONBEATS.COM was a vision of a Chicago Producer known as Aaron B. He has had his works played on many popular radio stations, and has made a career for himself in the music industry at the very young age of 20, but that's not where it all began. For the past 10 years of his life, he has been developing himself as a skilled musician, teaching himself to play they keyboard/piano, lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and the tenor saxaphone. By the age of 13, he was skilled in all of these instruments, and began to apply his musicianship to the genres of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Gospel.

By the age of 16 he had acquired a $60,000 Music Production Studio, and he grew a portfolio of clients in the Hip-Hop and R&B genres and made a name for himself among Chicago's Top Producers. His music has been heard all over the world, and he is said to be the next Super-Producer, event though he expresses that he doesn't want to be in the limelight.

He started to help aspiring artists in the fields of Hip-Hop & R&B to reach thier goals with thier music carreer. At his website, artists can listen to and download the beats of thier choice, and they can also give him opinions on the type of beats they would like. The website also offers information to aspiring artists ranging from help with recording hit songs, to getting industry contacts and getting your music heard. "I wanted to construct a movement, where artists don't have to live life doing something they hate, simply because they could not afford music production for their real dream, music" says the young entrepreneur.

The website also features an "Artist of the Month" page where artists who use beats from are displayed. The page consists of thier picture, a biography, some of thier songs, and a link to thier website. This is another valuable tool for the artists to help them get more exposure.

The website is quickly becoming the #1 spot for Independant Hip-Hop and R&B artists. This is great for him as a producer, and his clients as artists...


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Discovering Music the New-Fashioned Way: NPOWR's stimTV Launches Expanded Version of Revolutionary Online Independent Music Channel

NPOWR Digital Medias stimTVmusic channel has launched an expanded version of the groundbreaking site. The company is actively pursuing unsigned bands, as well as other music professionals to add to the rapidly growing entertainment channel. stimTVmusic is the first of many upcoming channels that will soon comprise the stimTV Network.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 3, 2006 - NPOWR Digital Medias stimTVmusic channel has launched an expanded version of the groundbreaking site. The company is actively pursuing unsigned bands, as well as other music professionals to add to the rapidly growing entertainment channel. stimTVmusic is the first of many upcoming channels that will soon comprise the stimTV Network.

stimTVmusic ( embraces todays informationhungry generation by blending the ease of channel surfing with the elegance of a search engine. The stimTVmusic channel presents an endless stream of seven-to-ten-second video clips, which allow viewers the ability to opt in for a completely personalized and anonymous entertainment experience. When a video of particular interest appears, a click of the mouse shuttles viewers to longer clips, where they can also see artist profiles and in-depth interviews, purchase DVDs and CDs or download songs from places like iTunes. The stimTVmusic channel is a one-stop independent music portal, incorporating original interviews, concert footage and music video clips.

stimTVmusic is a revolutionary new tool for unsigned and independent artists, says Sarah Saturday, Vice President, stimTVmusic. We want stimTVmusic to be home to every unsigned and up-and-coming band out there. Bands can send us their music videos or edited live performances and the videos will go up alongside well-known, even mainstream artists -- which means every artist on stimTVmusic gets the same amount of exposure. No other music television channel or website can boast the same claim. We also send our interview crew out to at least three shows a week to interview and film touring bands. Nobody else pays this much attention to the underground music scene.

The site already has an extensive list of interviews in its repertoire, including interviews with artists such as My Chemical Romance, Ben Lee, MxPx, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, and Motion City Soundtrack.

stimTVmusic isnt only looking to interview bands. The site has also interviewed other professionals in the industry, such as Bob Clearmountain, Kevin Lyman, and Al Schmitt.

Were always looking to interview lighting designers, stage directors, tour managers, anyone involved in the music scene, says Dwight Marcus, President of the stimTV Network. Our viewers want to know, for example, what happened that time all the house power went down five minutes before the gig, or what it takes to put on a good light show. Theyre also extremely interested in the business side of the industry.

stimTVmusic is currently being promoted on community websites such as, as well as music message boards and blogs. The site also has banner ad campaigns running on such sites as and, informing bands of this great opportunity to be added to the channel. To receive more information regarding being added to stimTVmusic, contact Sarah Saturday at e-mail protected from spam bots.

About the stimTVNetwork
The stimTVNetwork is the worlds first truly personalized viewing experience. Everyone who watches sees something different - something right for them. Its true unicasting, available to everyone with a broadband internet connection. stimTV has fused browsing with entertainment. A completely new kind of viewing experience, stimTV works like automatic channel surfing which has been pre-filtered to deliver a unique flow of personalized content to each viewer. The patented Video Assembly Engine selects and assembles short video clips into a high-powered stream of previews from which viewers may opt in to watch longer clips, order merchandise or acquire additional related information. Viewers will soon be able to further fine-tune their stimTV experience by creating very brief and completely anonymous profiles that enable the software to deliver a truly tailored stream of videos. stimTVNetwork channels include stimTVmusic, stimTVcinema (coming Q1 2006) and others to be launched in the coming year. For more information, visit

About NPOWR Digital Media, Inc.
Incorporated in July 2001, California-based NPOWR Digital Media, Inc. is fast becoming a leader in next-generation technologies facilitating personalized media viewing over the internet. The company is utilizing these breakthrough technologies in the progressive launch of the stimTVNetwork, an internet broadband network which delivers an audience-pleasing viewing experience. The stimTVNetwork offers an effective e-commerce forum to artists, media content owners, viewers, product purveyors and advertisers. For more information, visit

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Verizon Wireless Introduces V CAST Music

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- 2006 International CES Show -- It's the revolutionary intersection where music and mobility meet. Verizon Wireless announced today that it is launching the world's most comprehensive music service, V CAST Music, which offers customers the ability to download music over the air directly to their wireless phones or straight to their Windows(R) XP PCs and transfer digital music between the PC and the phone. On January 16, 2006, V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless will give customers immediate access to songs from well-known artists at major music labels Warner Music Group, EMI Music, Universal and Sony/BMG, as well as indie provider The Orchard, and will let them play music on their wireless phones -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. The company said more than one million songs will be available for purchase in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store by spring.

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V CAST Music combines the immediacy of over-the-air, full-music downloads with the ability to move a digital music collection between a Windows XP PC and a wireless phone. The service lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or online in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store. Purchases from the phone also feature a dual-download of the song, giving customers the ability to get the same song on both their phone and their PC for one price. V CAST Music also allows customers to take digital music already downloaded to their PC and sync it with their handset via USB cable, using the most widely-respected and comprehensive Digital Rights Management (DRM) standard, from Microsoft, available in the United States today.

V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' award-winning broadband network. The V CAST coverage area, which mirrors the company's broadband network, is already available to 150 million Americans, coast to coast.

Denny Strigl, president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, said at the news conference today, "Verizon Wireless kick-started the convergence of wireless and entertainment at CES last year with our launch of V CAST, the first wireless broadband multimedia service in the country. Today's announcement of V CAST Music emphasizes the leadership role we're playing in bringing customers the entertainment content they want and the mobility they need in today's fast-paced world. V CAST Music is the mobile music experience that consumers have been craving."

With the launch of V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless reinforces its position as the industry's multimedia leader, providing revolutionary new services from the company known for the most reliable network in the nation. The company continues to introduce services that are innovative, cutting edge and hip; with the introduction of V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless breaks into the new world of mobile music, opening a broad music distribution front. With a few million portable digital music players in use in the U.S. today -- compared with more than 200 million wireless phone users -- Verizon Wireless will meet the dual needs of customers who want mobile music and the ease of carrying just a single device, opening a whole new untapped consumer market.

John Stratton, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless, said at the CES press conference, "By offering direct, on-the-go access to a half a million songs today, and more than one million by spring, V CAST Music allows people to punctuate everything they do with the music that matters most to them -- wherever they are. Music is a natural on the one device people don't leave home without -- their wireless phone -- making V CAST Music the ultimate combination of content, mobility and convenience for the music-lover in us all."

Windows Media from Microsoft

With V CAST Music, Microsoft and Verizon Wireless are collaborating on a service that enables music to be purchased and delivered directly to wireless handsets and Windows XP PCs, allowing customers to access and enjoy music whenever and wherever they want. Microsoft's Windows Media technologies are powering next generation digital entertainment scenarios on wireless phones and enabling a simple, connected digital media lifestyle with access to content virtually anywhere. Microsoft has been an integral part of bringing V CAST Music to market, enabling an end-to-end mobile music experience with direct delivery to the phone and the Windows XP PC.

Verizon Wireless also uses Microsoft's Windows Media technologies to power its existing V CAST service, the nation's first broadband entertainment service providing high quality video content to wireless handsets.

V CAST Music Service Details

* Customers purchasing songs from the V CAST Music Store from the phone
get two copies of every song -- one for the phone and one for the
Windows XP PC.

* Purchases from the PC cost $0.99 and may be transferred via USB cable
to the phone; purchases from the handset cost $1.99 for both copies.

* V CAST Music customers will also be able to purchase entire albums via
their Windows XP PCs; prices vary by album.

* One million songs will be available on V CAST Music by spring;
songs will be from artists at major music labels (Warner Music Group,
EMI Music, Universal and Sony/BMG), as well as independent providers
(The Orchard).

* Several V CAST Music-enabled phones will be available at launch,
including the LG VX8100 and the Samsung a950.

* V CAST Music launches on January 16, 2006, and will be available
through Verizon Wireless' 1,900 Communications Stores and Circuit City
locations and online at

* The V CAST Music Online Store will be located at:

V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the nation's first wireless broadband multimedia service for consumers that brings high-quality video, 3D games and music straight to hot new phones. V CAST customers have access to the most content from top content providers available -- whether their interest is in games, news updates, sports or celebrity entertainment.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 49.3 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at
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Multimedia News Release - Intel CEO: Latest Platforms, Processors Form New Foundations for Digital Entertainment and Wireless Computing

Otellini Introduces Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology; AOL, ClickStar, DIRECTV, NBC Universal Alliances; Launches Next-Generation Intel(R) Centrino(R) Duo Mobile Technology to Advance Laptops; New Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo Processor Redefines Performance-Per-Watt

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Intel Corporation President and CEO Paul S. Otellini today unveiled two platforms and several content alliances that provide the foundation for new experiences from digital entertainment and wireless laptops -- and include the new high-performance, low-power Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor.

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Noting the transformation now underway in entertainment, Otellini introduced the company's new home platform -- Intel(R) Viiv(TM) technology -- and several commitments from top U.S. and international entertainment companies including AOL, DIRECTV, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting's GameTap, ESPN, Televisa and Eros. ClickStar announced its first feature film, "10 Items or Less," with a plan for an Internet premiere within weeks of its theatrical release, an industry first. These and other developments will bring millions of songs, movies, programs and games to the PC in 2006.

Intel Viiv technology-based entertainment PCs will help make it easier for families to download, store, view, manage and share all kinds of digital entertainment and information on a choice of TV, PC, laptop and hand-held viewing screens.

Intel(R) Centrino(R) Duo mobile technology improves performance and battery life for the fast-growing wireless laptop market segment. Otellini also introduced the ground-breaking Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor -- powerful dual core silicon supporting the Intel Centrino Duo and certain Intel Viiv technology models. The processor is well equipped to deliver performance-per-watt efficiency and sleek designs for entertainment PCs, notebooks and CE-like devices.

"With our new platforms, we're not only boosting wireless computing, but also advancing digital entertainment a few steps closer to effortless," said Otellini. "Just as we enabled exciting new norms with wireless broadband laptops, we're working with computer, CE and entertainment companies to make home entertainment easier. Our unique processors, tailored platform features and joint work with these industries exemplify our push to advance on-demand delivery of movies, TV, music, games and photos to any home on virtually any screen."

New Intel Home and Mobile Platforms

Intel Viiv (rhymes with "five") technology includes a suite of Intel-based hardware and software that, along with Microsoft* Windows* XP Media Center Edition 2005, offers exciting new entertainment experiences. Based on a choice of powerful Intel(R) Pentium(R) D, Pentium Processor Extreme Edition and Intel Core Duo processors, these PCs will reflect a variety of features, prices and stylish designs -- including "all-in-one" hybrid TVs and book-sized PCs.

PCs based on the platform will have a variety of entertainment options including support for both a minimum of 5.1 or higher surround sound and high-definition video. Systems may also instantly turn on and off with the touch of a button (when enabled, after initial boot) and could be used with TV-like remote controls when included with the system or purchased separately. Intel Viiv technology platforms will include the new Intel(R) 945/955/975 Express Chipset family and Intel PRO/1000 PM or Intel PRO/100 VE/VM network connection.

Later this year, the platform will add features that will simplify the set-up of a home network and the ability to transfer digital content from the PC to other devices.

Otellini also pointed out a number of features that can make Centrino(R) Duo mobile technology the ultimate on-the-go entertainment system. In addition to performance, battery life and wireless connectivity options, systems will be available in variety of sizes from thin and light laptops to more powerful ones with 17-inch plus widescreens -- and surround sound, enhanced graphics and high-definition TV support depending on the model. The Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset family and Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection also are new.

Intel plans to introduce more than 20 new processors, chipsets and other products this month. Pricing for each varies and processors will be listed by product numbers. For more information, visit

More than 200 PC makers plan to sell hundreds of unique PC and laptop models using these new products and platforms. Intel expects to sell tens of millions of these platforms and processors in 2006 using its industry-leading 65-nanometer and 300 millimeter manufacturing capabilities that enable more energy efficient and affordable consumer products.

Goal: Infinite Hours of Digital Programming Available Worldwide

Otellini also highlighted several new worldwide entertainment commitments to make digital programming available through Intel Viiv technology and PCs, including:

-- AOL - AOL Music On Demand*, AOL Radio* featuring XM* Satellite Radio
and AOL Pictures* this month; AOL Music Now and AOL Video* AOL Video
featuring the "AOL Hi-Q" high-quality video format coming later this
-- ClickStar - The entertainment company will introduce its first film,
"10 Items or Less," via the Internet just weeks after its theatrical
-- DIRECTV - The leading digital TV service provider will make its
programming seamlessly available on PCs, laptops and media players
through its verified set-top.
-- ESPN - Motion* will feature sports highlights in high
definition plus Full Court* with 300 collegiate basketball games in
full-screen broadcast quality.
-- Eros - The largest international distributor in the Indian film
industry ("Bollywood") plans to make its digital content portal and
future digital video services available on-demand.
-- Grupo Televisa - The largest media company in the Spanish-speaking
world will provide a wide choice of popular soap operas, sporting
events, news and music.
-- MTV Networks - MTV said it will optimize a number of its channels for
Intel Viiv technology ranging from Comedy Central's "MotherLoad" to
MTV's "Overdrive."
-- NBC - NBC will deliver select highlights in high resolution of all
17 days of the 2006 Winter Olympics exclusively to Intel Viiv
technology-based PCs, with other joint efforts later.
-- Shanghai Media Group - China's top media group will deliver its digital
movies, TV dramas, exclusive interactive programming and other live
-- Turner Broadcasting's GameTap - A first-of-its-kind broadband
entertainment network, GameTap will bring hundreds of diverse videos
and games to the "10-foot" TV screen.

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at

System performance, battery life, high-definition quality and functionality, and wireless performance and functionality will vary depending on your specific operating system, hardware and software configurations.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others -- Intel, the Intel logo, Centrino, Intel Core, Intel Viiv and Pentium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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Obie Trice Recovering in Detroit After New Year's Eve Shooting

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Shady Records recording artist Obie Trice is home recuperating after being shot on a Detroit freeway in the early morning on December 31st.

The shooting left Trice with a bullet lodged in his skull. He was treated and released on the same day at an area hospital, after doctors concluded that the position of the bullet in his head proved too risky for surgery. Further medical evaluation in the coming days will determine whether the bullet can indeed be removed at a later date.

"This is living in Detroit, and that's all," said Trice. "You hear about it because it's me, I got ties to Eminem or whatever, but I got people that are out there dealing with it every single day where I'm from. As far as all the rumors and guessing games, people talking road rage and all that nonsense, I'm not getting involved in any of that right now."

Obie Trice's debut album, "Cheers", was released in 2003 and has sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide. His follow-up, "Second Round's On Me", is scheduled to be released this spring.

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Go Behind-the-scenes With the Hottest Music Movement Sweeping the South

New York, NY December xx, 2005 - Dubbed as the "Dirty South," the rise of the "crunk" sound has made the southern states home to some of hip-hops hottest style. For the past couple of years, southern artists have been bringing hot new style, experiences and vocabulary to the rap world. KOCH Vision takes music fans to where it all started with the DVD release of CRUNK & FAMOUS. Featuring the "king of crunk" Lil John along with T.I., Jazze Pha, Jurmaine Dupri and other famous southern rap artists, CRUNK & FAMOUS will be released on February 7, 2005. The DVD will have a suggested retail price of $14.98. DVD extras are set to include Behind the Scenes footage, Free-Styling Outtakes, and a Photo Gallery.

CRUNK & FAMOUS features rap artists who are pushing the Crunk movement forward. Get a behind-the-scenes look at Lil Jon in the studio recording his hit "Get Low", join Mannie Fresh and Jazze Pha at work in the studio, see T.I., the self-proclaimed King of the South, up close from the studio to the stage and get the true story from Pastor Troy about why he recorded "No Play in GA" and his beef with Master P.

Crunk is the term popularized by Lil' Jon, the Atlanta born megastar Hip-Hop artist and producer, to describe a style of music that influences the youth and street scene of the entire southern United States. For over a decade, Lil' Jon has put his signature crunk sound to this music Lil' Jon and other southern hip-hop artists explain that the word crunk also means letting loose, feeling free, and expressing yourself.

About KOCH Vision
KOCH Vision (, a division of KOCH Entertainment, is the fastest-growing independent video company in North America. Featuring production, theatrical and video divisions, KOCH Vision has a diverse catalog of properties, including LA DOLCE VITA, the SELF Magazine fitness series, the Soundstage music series and the first FANGORIA BLOOD DRIVE. KOCH Entertainment also represents many classic genre titles, including RE-ANIMATOR, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, FEMALIEN and NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD - MILLENIUM EDITION.

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Mr. Pookie Set To Release "Return of the Rippla" January 24th

"Leading off with some sizzling singles, the Top 10 Billboard Urban Singles Sales charter Dont Test Us, featuring Mr. Lucci and Mr. Montis, and the anthemic Heads Up, featuring Lil Yo, the CD will make it clear to all both inside and outside of Texas why Mr. Pookie is considered The King of Dallas Rap."

Mr. Pookie
Return of tha Rippla
Crawl 2 Ball Records / Boss Entertainment

Crawl2Ball Records

Two heads are better than one. For sure, that works well for Dallas/Ft. Worth rappers Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci. Both accomplished MCs with their own strings of successes, theyve teamed up numerous times to slay listeners with their hot buttered Southern-style lyrics and delivery. The two head up their own record label, Crawl 2 Ball, and are now signed to New York-based Boss Entertainment, a label distributed by UMVD through Fontana.

Twice as nice, the dangerous duo has cooked up some hotly-anticipated new music to lay on hip-hop fans, and will appear on the music scene in a one-two punch. Mr. Pookies RETURN OF THA RIPPLA will be released on January 24, 2006, followed soon after by Mr. Luccis new release, THE GOLDEN CHILD.

In the beginning...Mr. Pookie established himself with his first CD, Tha Rippla, back in 2000, which sold some 100,000 copies around the Dallas area and laid down a unique countrified hip-hop sound for the D/FW area, fueled by the hits Southern Made Playa, Crook For Life and the title cut. Then came his protg Mr. Lucci, with his debut album, Diabolical, which sold an equally impressive 60,000 units locally, assisted by the killer track Lifted, and the title cut. The pair, who met back in 1998, formed their own label, Crawl 2 Ball, in 2002 after a dispute with their old label, and continued their assault on the region with successive collaborative efforts, including their much-talked-about underground double CD release (with screwed version) in 2002, My Life. The pair of hip-hop artists/entrepreneurs pulled off the unheard of coup of selling more than 30,000 units themselves (according to Soundscan), and charting for several weeks on Billboards R&B/Rap Albums chart, with smashes Gangsta and Texas. As independent artists with limited distribution, marketing and promotion, Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci demonstrated all their strength in both music and marketing. From their solo albums to the collaborative projects, to their appearances on the popular chopped & screwed mix CD compilations, and the new Dallas Crooks: Southern Smoke Special Edition compilation CD by mixtape icon D.J. Smallz, Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci have sold an astounding 300,000 units in and beyond the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Even internationally-renowned DJ radio personality Greg Street has proclaimed them as the hottest rap artists ever to come out of Dallas. its time for the rest of the country to check them out.

First up, the laid-back Mr. Pookies RETURN OF THA RIPPLA will pick up where his first album left off five years ago, and go deeper into his flow. Leading off with some sizzling singles, the Top 10 Billboard Urban Singles Sales charter Dont Test Us, featuring Mr. Lucci and Mr. Montis, and the anthemic Heads Up, featuring Lil Yo, the CD will make it clear to all both inside and outside of Texas why Mr. Pookie is considered The King of Dallas Rap. Other stand-out tracks on the CD include player song Ride, Roll And Smoke, the R&B -leaning male/female duet Feelin U, and the autobiographical Young Man, his personal favorite. And listeners should also look out for Robbin Tha Game, Texas Niggaz, Hold Down, Playa From Tha Start, Feel Like I Feel and Times Get Rough (Wont Give Up).

Next up, the introspective Mr. Luccis THE GOLDEN CHILD will present his creative new joints, since his last solo project four years ago. War, the hardcore street/club tune, featuring Mr. Pookie, Nitty & D, is the first single. Also notable are the positive message laden Stay Committed, the catchy, street-anthemic My Nigga, the story-telling Im Gonna Make It, and Trouble, which contains an interesting Mahalia Jackson sample. And Southside, Chill Wit You, They Shady, Cant Take It, Day By Day, and Have U Eva Loved (a personal dedication) are not to be missed, along with Mr. Luccis song for the ladies, Im Tired. All the tracks lay Mr. Luccis electrifying creativity out in front of the listener.

J.R. Ewing did it big -- everybody everywhere knew he was the man -- in 2006 and beyond, whether doing it solo or on a collabo, Mr. Pookie & Mr. Lucci are the Southern lyrical assassins and pair of hip-hop visionaries to rep Dallas in the same big way!

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Joint Venture CD Brings D.C. Hip Hop to Life with Promotional Peformances

Washington, D.C. -- January 2006 -- In an effort to further promote the highly anticipated Joint Venture CD, which showcases some of D.C.s hottest Hip Hop talent, Mad Power Unit Records, One Up Entertainment, One Way Records and Block Boss Entertainment have planned a series of high-energy promotional performances.

Joint Venture will officially come to life on Friday, January 6, 2006, when the CDs featured artists including, D.E.B.O., MPU, Hots, Kingpin Slim, The Oy Boyz and The Young Farmers take center stage at The Avenue night club from 9 pm to 12 am in Washington, D.C. for a concert officially billed, Thank God for Hip Hop Volume 4: The Joint Venture Series.

Rather than talk about it, the organizing entities have decided to be about it. They believe that showcasing Joint Ventures artists will add to the growing excitement of the upcoming release, which is receiving a wealth of attention from Hip Hop fans and the media.

The energy of Joint Venture will surely come to life at this performance, says Tupac D. of Mad Power Unit Records. This promotional performance, the first of several, is the ideal platform for the artists to display their skills and give the audience a flavorful taste of D.C. Hip Hop and Joint Venture.

The featured artists will perform a number of songs slated for the 18-track Joint Venture CD including My City, an ode to Washington, D.C., which captures the complete essence of the Joint Venture effort. My City, which was originally a solo song of Kingpin Slim, boasts a group symphony performance.

After Joint Venture's organizers regularly converged at showcases and on the D.C. night life scene, they realized that they shared a common passion and goal, specifically, a desireforgreater visbility and respectof D.C. Hip Hop artists. Through this passion, the concept for Joint Venture was born.

Joint Venture hits stores in early March 2006.

For more information on Joint Venture or interviews, please contact Flair Lindsey at (202) 277-8191.


Flair Lindsey
Mad Power Unit
(202) 277-8191
(301) 576-1954 fax

Fedd Hill Helps Feed the Homeless

Fedd Hill Helps Feed the Homeless

Providence, RI Providence hip-hop group Fedd Hill helped to organize and execute a free warm meal and canned food drive for the homeless at Garcias Bar and Grille on Smith Street. The members of Fedd Hill diligently collected hundreds of canned foods in the weeks leading up to the event. The artists of Fedd Hill cooked food for the homeless and then served warm meals to the less fortunate. Fedd Hill also prepared gift baskets full of canned goods and oversaw the distribution of these meaningful gifts.
One gentleman, known to the community only as "Harmonica Man" expressed his appreciation to Fedd Hill, noting that "any warm food is better than the food at the shelter." Tom Betrand, another food recipient also thanked Fedd Hill for their involvement, saying "you have to give back sooner or later."

The members of Fedd Hill feel very strongly about the need to give to the community that supports them. Alipone states, "We know what its like to be homeless, so now that we have some resources as a result of our success in music, its time to give back." Trens elaborates, "Our fans come from all walks of life and they have given so much to us, so its only natural that we seek out opportunities to help the people of our city." Rhode Island State Representative Thomas C. Slater was on hand to help out and to thank Fedd Hill for their generous donations of time and resources. "The young men of Fedd Hill see the larger picture. They realize that their success in life and their success in music rests largely on their ability to serve as mature and responsible citizen role models for the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island."

Fedd Hill played an integral role in the operation of the free warm meal and canned good distribution at Garcias Bar and Grille. The humility that the members of Fedd Hill showed in their efforts to feed the homeless will no doubt come in handy when the group achieves the highest pinnacles of success in the music industry.

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Providence hip-hop group Fedd Hill join Rhode Island State Representative Thomas C. Slater to serve a warm Thanksgiving meal to the homeless at Garcias Bar and Grille
Front row: Jolaon Bautista
Middle row from left: Lloyd, Jahpan (FH), Alipone (FH),
R.I. Representative Thomas C. Slater, Trens (FH)
Back row: Tom

For more information please contact:

kyle b. jones
636 Hartford Ave
Providence, RI 02909
(336) 287 - 8965

Warner Music Group Joins the Motorola iRadio(R) Revolution

Warner Music Group to Provide Content From Its Expansive Music Catalog for the Forthcoming Motorola iRadio(R) Service

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) announced that Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE:WMG) will provide music performed by its world-renowned artists to expand the music selection available on the award-winning Motorola iRadio(R) service.

Motorola iRadio launched earlier this week with 435 commercial-free radio channels, already one of the widest selections of subscription music entertainment available. The service brings content portability together with acquisition and discovery of music. This creates a powerful new medium for artists and labels to directly connect with fans, and for wireless service providers to deepen relationships with subscribers.

Through the iRadio service, including exclusive WMG artist and genre channels, iRadio listeners will enjoy and discover music from the company's expansive catalog of emerging acts, popular favorites and established legends.

Motorola iRadio is unlike other subscription radio services in that it offers a continuous listening experience that seamlessly moves from home, to car stereo, to wireless headphones -- powered from the one device you're never without: your mobile phone.

"Warner Music Group is excited to partner with Motorola for its iRadio service," said Michael Nash, Senior Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development, Warner Music Group. "This innovative and unique music service is another example of how the digital music experience for consumers continues to expand and improve. Portable music devices are essential to consumers and we're pleased to see the demand for personalized mobile music services like iRadio continue to grow. Warner Music Group is committed to making its vast music library and world-renowned artists available to music fans on as many devices and over as many platforms as possible."

"The addition of the Warner Music Group and its labels is a major milestone for the Motorola iRadio service as we look to provide consumers with true musical diversity," said Mike Gaumond, vice president and general manager, Motorola Digital Media Solutions. "The Motorola iRadio experience enables consumers to hear album tracks and discover new performances wherever and whenever they want, and this relationship with Warner Music will enrich that experience considerably."

Motorola is demonstrating the iRadio service at the 2006 International CES (Booth #8545, Central Hall) on a variety of music-optimized Motorola devices, including the recently announced ROKR E2.

Consumers can subscribe to the Motorola iRadio Service by simply tapping an icon on an iRadio-enabled mobile phone, available through wireless service providers later this year. Individuals interested in previewing the Motorola iRadio service now may contact .

About Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group 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, Cordless, 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.

About Motorola

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

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

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+1-212-275-2213, or

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XM Satellite Radio Tops Six Million Subscribers

Nation's Number One Satellite Radio Company Extends Lead Over Competitor

XM Projects More Than Nine Million Customers by Year-End 2006 on Strength of Powerful Content Lineup and New Breakthrough Products

WASHINGTON and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM Satellite Radio, the nation's leading satellite radio company, today announced that it has more than six million subscribers, and projected it will end 2006 with more than nine million subscribers on the strength of breakthrough products introduced today at the Consumer Electronics Show, its powerful content lineup and growth in the factory-installed new car market. XM extended its lead over its competitor in 2005 by adding 2.7 million net new subscribers, and expects more than three million net new subscribers in 2006.

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The latest XM subscriber numbers come as the company launches the most innovative and highly anticipated products in its history: the world's first portable, handheld devices that receive live satellite radio programming and play MP3 music, combining the two most popular forms of audio entertainment of the past 20 years.

"XM added a record number of new subscribers in 2005, representing 84 percent growth over prior year ending subscribers," said Hugh Panero, President and CEO, XM Satellite Radio. "We have more than six million subscribers today, and we expect to reach more than nine million subscribers by the end of 2006."

XM also had a record holiday selling season with more radios sold as Christmas gifts than ever before. More than 85 percent of XM's nearly 900,000 net new subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2005 came from retail sales. XM ended 2005 with 5,933,000 subscribers, not including radios purchased as Christmas gifts that were not activated before December 31 and will be activated during the first quarter of 2006.

XM today joined world-class consumer electronics manufacturers Samsung and Pioneer in unveiling the portable Pioneer Inno XM2go and the Samsung Helix XM2go satellite radios. These wearable devices represent an enormous breakthrough in portable audio, giving consumers the power to play live XM on the go, as well as MP3s, WMA files, and stored XM content. The user can even bookmark songs heard on XM, connect the device to the PC, and purchase bookmarked songs from the XM + Napster online service.

"For the first time ever, you can listen to XM live and play your MP3s on a single, handheld device," Panero said. "This is a major milestone for both satellite radio and MP3, and it promises to fundamentally change the way people enjoy their music. For music fans, these products from Pioneer and Samsung offer the very best of both worlds: XM and MP3 on the go."

The Inno and Helix are the latest example of the cutting-edge technology that has helped make XM the market leader in satellite radio. This technological superiority complements XM's award-winning, industry-leading programming, which offers the most commercial-free music, premier sports, news, talk and entertainment programming on satellite radio. Exclusive shows on XM include one-of-a-kind music programs hosted by music legend Bob Dylan, hip-hop superstars Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, rock hero Tom Petty, and jazz giant Wynton Marsalis. XM is also the exclusive satellite radio home for Public Radio icon Bob Edwards, Opie & Anthony, Air America, Major League Baseball, World Cup, NASCAR, "Good Morning America Radio," and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

About XM Satellite Radio

XM (NASDAQ:XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than six million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM offers 160 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: the most commercial-free music, premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche, and Volkswagen/Audi, is available in more than 130 different vehicle models for 2006. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide. For more information about XM hardware, programming and partnerships, please visit

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this press release include demand for XM Satellite Radio's service, the Company's dependence on technology and third party vendors, its potential need for additional financing, as well as other risks described in XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.'s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on 11-07-05. Copies of the filing are available upon request from XM Radio's Investor Relations Department.

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RealNetworks Inks Major Agreement with Cox to Bring Rhapsody to Nation's Third Largest Cable Operator

Cox Will Promote Rhapsody to More Than 3 Million Broadband Subscribers in 2006

SEATTLE, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RealNetworks(R) (NASDAQ:RNWK) , the leader in digital music subscription services with more than 1.3 million subscribers, and Cox Communications, Inc. are teaming up to bring Real's award-winning Rhapsody(R) music service to the cable operator's High Speed Internet (HSI) customers. Cox, the nation's third largest cable operator, will offer Rhapsody to its HSI customers in 2006. Cox will also offer certain Rhapsody Web Services to it customers via its portal.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cox HSI customers will have access to the award-winning Rhapsody music service which provides unlimited on-demand access to a vast library of music, streaming radio services, and much more. users will also be able to access certain Rhapsody services, without the need to download PC jukebox software, from Windows, Mac or Linux computers. In addition, for the first time, Rhapsody will be conveniently integrated into a customer's cable bill.

"Combining Cox's award-winning high-speed Internet service together with Rhapsody's music service is a win for our customers and our two companies," said Steve Gorman, Cox's vice president of marketing & management for Cox High Speed Internet. "Our customers won't have to bother with filling out yet another online subscription form or be asked to provide personal information such as a credit card number. With our integrated billing system, Cox customers can experience great music and continue enjoying the convenience of a single bill."

"Real is committed to serving the needs of today's cable operators, and we are very pleased to be working with one of the nation's premiere cable operators to bring our digital music to their subscribers," said Dan Sheeran, Senior Vice President of the Music and Video Division at RealNetworks. "By pairing Rhapsody with Cox's High Speed Internet service, millions more consumers will be able to experience our award-winning music service further solidifying Real's leading role in online subscription music services."

Since launching in 2001, Rhapsody has received multiple industry awards and honors. Last month PC Magazine honored the service with a Best of 2005 Award, naming Rhapsody "Best Music-Streaming Service," the latest in a string of honors for Rhapsody. In March 2005, PC World awarded Rhapsody its coveted Best Buy Award, and in 2004, Rhapsody was recognized as the 'Best Downloadable or Subscription Music Service' in the Billboard Digital Entertainment Awards.


RealNetworks, Inc. is the leading creator of digital media services and software including Rhapsody, RealPlayer(R) 10, and casual PC and mobile games. RealNetworks has more than 2.2 million paid subscribers to its premium digital media . Broadcasters, network operators, media companies and enterprises use RealNetworks' products and services to create and deliver digital media to PCs, mobile phones and consumer electronics devices. RealNetworks' corporate information is located at .

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CONTACT: Matt Graves, +1-415-934-2159, or, or
Ronda Scott, +1-415-934-2016, or, both of RealNetworks

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Sony Ericsson Launches Stylish W810 Walkman(R) Phone

New Quad-Band EDGE Walkman Phone Delivers High-Quality Music Experience With Two Megapixel AutoFocus Camera and Removable Memory

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW -- Sony Ericsson today announced the latest addition to its line-up of Walkman(R)- branded mobile music phones to further enhance the consumer's mobile music experience, the sophisticated, Satin Black W810. The Sony Ericsson W810 is a Quad-band EDGE phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), enabling people to easily transfer their CD collection while staying connected to friends, family and business colleagues anywhere in the world.

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The Sony Ericsson W810 offers the latest in mobile multi-media functionality. The W810 lets you listen to hours of music, capture and send high-resolution images, access the Internet, as well as take advantage of fast data download speeds for games and streaming video and stay connected through instant messaging or email. The latest Walkman phone comes with a 512MB removable Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM), which can be upgraded to a 2GB Memory Stick already available in retail stores, allowing consumers to store a wealth of music tracks, photos, video and other multimedia files on the phone.

Extending the highly acclaimed Sony Ericsson Walkman phone line-up, the stylish black with orange trim W810 advances the mobile music experience by seamlessly blending together entertainment and advanced mobile phone technology to offer a truly credible digital music experience supporting industry standard MP3 and AAC music file formats. The phone comes complete with quality HPM-70 stereo headphones which feature a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for personal customization.

Consumers can easily and quickly load music to the phone by uploading their CD collection on to the W810 from a PC via Memory Stick PRO Duo or USB 2.0 using the provided Disc2Phone music management software. This enclosed PC software makes it easy to sort, browse and transfer files on the 512 MB Memory Stick PRO Duo, which provides capacity for approximately 150 music tracks -- the equivalent of around 15 full length CDs.

Enjoying music on the Sony Ericsson W810 Walkman phone is extremely simple because a dedicated Walkman button quickly pulls up the music menu regardless of other applications in use. The most common music controls needed (Play/Pause/Stop/Skip Track/Volume) are positioned just below the phone's screen which allows people to move easily between tracks or adjust the volume on the speaker or headphones. Engaging Mega Bass(TM) improves the sound experience when listening to music through the external speaker or the high quality headphones provided.

"Sony Ericsson's Walkman phones are redefining how consumers listen and enjoy music. Since the launch of the W800 flagship Walkman (R) phone in August 2005, consumers across the world have been embracing the concept of the mobile phone as a credible digital music player. It is very exciting to see how Walkman phones are allowing people around the world to enjoy high quality music anywhere, anytime," said Miles Flint, president for Sony Ericsson.

"Like the popular song 'Born in the USA', the W810 Walkman phone was specifically designed with the needs of North American operators and consumers in mind, and it is the most advanced Walkman phone to date created for this region," said Najmi Jarwala, president and head of North American operations, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA), Inc. "If the sales of the current Walkman phones are any indication, we are expecting big things for the W810. It is an exciting time to be at Sony Ericsson in North America as we are starting to rapidly roll out innovative designs and feature-rich devices at all price segments for North American consumers."

The Sony Ericsson W810 features an integrated high-quality 2 megapixel auto-focus camera with photo light. It also features an easily recognizable digital camera-like interface enabling you to capture quality pictures and video.

As with all Walkman phones, your music automatically pauses when an incoming call is received and begins playing again when the call ends. The phone also offers a music-only mode for those occasions when the phone function must be disengaged, such as during air travel.

The W810 is equipped with EDGE technology, to allow quick and easy data transfers and Internet access, and Bluetooth(TM) Wireless technology for connectivity with Bluetooth handsfree headsets and sharing data with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. A range of Walkman phone accessories including speakers and desk stands will also be available.

The Sony Ericsson W810 is a Quad-band EDGE phone available in Satin Black and starts shipping in Spring 2006.

W810i Quad Band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz for Europe, Middle East,
Africa, Asia Pacific and Americas
W810c Quad Band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz for Mainland China

W810 - Features at a glance:

Imaging and messaging 2 Mega pixel camera with AutoFocus
4 x digital zoom
176 x 220 pixel, 262K colour, 1.9" TFT display
Video recording
Email, SMS and MMS
Internet browser

Entertainment Speakerphone
MusicDJ(TM) and VideoDJ(TM)
Media player (MP3/AAC)
3D games
Java applications (games)
Video playback and streaming
OMA DRM phase 1
40 polyphonic ringtones
20 MB Internal memory
512 MB External/Removable memory

Connectivity Quad-band EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
USB 2.0
PC synchronization
Bluetooth(TM) and Infrared

About Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and its affiliated companies serve the global communications market with innovative and feature-rich mobile phones, accessories, PC-cards and M2M solutions. Established as a joint venture by Ericsson and Sony in 2001, with head quarters in London, the company employs 5,000 people worldwide, including R&D sites in Europe, Japan, China and America. For more information, please visit . To purchase Sony Ericsson products please visit .

Walkman(R) is the registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Bluetooth is the trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and is used under license. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

Any product features, specifications or statements in this document that are not historical facts are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual product features, specifications or forward-looking statements are subject to change.

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CONTACT: Sony Ericsson Corporate Communications, +44-0-208-762-5858, or , or Corporate Communications - North America,
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, +1-919-472-1400, or ; or Christine Danuser of GolinHarris,
+1-972-341-2577, or , for Sony Ericsson North

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XARC Mastering Announces Revamped Website, World's First Mastering Blog, Exciting Affiliate Program

XARC Mastering, the world's premier on-line CD & Vinyl (pre-)mastering studio, has recently announced a series of exciting new developments, each linked to its web presence.

(PRWEB) January 4, 2006 -- XARC Mastering, the world's premier on-line CD & Vinyl (pre-)mastering studio, has recently announced a series of exciting new developments, each linked to its web presence. The company has today released a revamped website and the world's first "blog" devoted to the mastering industry. These new expansions to XARC's brand come on the eve of its second anniversary.

Lorenz Vauck, XARC's Managing Director & Chief Mastering Engineer, explains these developments were prompted by the company's increasingly growing clientele (now numbering nearly a thousand clients from over sixty countries): "With the consistent growth we had experienced last year, we felt it was important to 'give something back' to our clients, by adding further value to our mastering services and the XARC brand," indicates Vauck. "The end result is made up of the three very exciting new developments we have officially announced today," Vauck continues.

The first development, the new XARC website, reflects a major upgrade to XARC's web presence. "The new website is another very exciting new development for us," states Vauck. "I think it really sets us apart in the industry, in terms of providing not only substantial information on XARC's specific services, but also offering a comprehensive, easy-to-understand perspective on mastering in general."

Next, is an industry first a blog specifically devoted to the mastering industry, authored by a mastering engineer. Available at , the blog provides a very personal, deep insight into the mastering industry and the life of a mastering engineer. "I think a mastering blog is something long overdue and I am very proud to be able to take the initiative to contribute back to the music industry by authoring one," says Vauck. "The new blog will also enable us to better demonstrate both the incredible diversity of our clients, and how that is critical to artistically enriching XARC's mastering work," Vauck continues.

The final development, the affiliate program, is offered to both current XARC Mastering clients and other interested parties from throughout the world. All affiliates are empowered to earn cash payments whenever prospective mastering clients are referred to XARC's website. Those interested in more information about the affiliate program can visit XARC's new affiliate program home page at .

Speaking about the affiliate program, Vauck explains: "We recognized that referrals from our current clients drive a substantial portion of our current growth, and that this really should be rewarded. We're now providing that opportunity." Vauck also detected that such a program would also be of interest to a wider audience: "The other benefit of the affiliate program is that it allows absolutely anyone with an interest in XARC to form a very profitable, mutually beneficial relationship with us. Truly, everyone can win with this arrangement."

In all, these developments cap off a year of continued growth for XARC. Consistent with its business philosophy, truly everyone benefits XARC affiliates can earn revenue ($17 USD per qualified lead) by referring others to XARC, while the broader Internet community can more efficiently learn about XARC's services in particular and mastering in general.

Moreover, the media also continues to take considerable notice in XARC; Vauck was recently interviewed regarding XARC, for a recent issue of Computer Music Magazine. Both XARC and Lorenz's new blog are prominently featured in the magazine's January 2006 issue, in an article entitled "Masters of the Net." Also inspiring is Computer Music's conclusion that "XARC's detailed service is outstanding, and the mastering itself is absolutely up there with the best." The article is available at .

Vauck jokingly states, that the ultimate benefit of these recent developments may be to his own 'mental sanity': "With the blog at least I now have an outlet to talk about more than just the business -- I'll think it'll really be emotionally cathartic," he laughs. "All kidding aside though, the new site, the blog, and the affiliate program are very powerful and really inspiring developments, and very much build upon our tradition of mastering excellence," Vauck adds.

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Take Center Stage With Motorola's Next ROKR

Newest Music-Optimized Mobile Delivers More Tunes Much Faster

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today is unveiling the Motorola ROKR E2 -- the newest member of the company's ROKR family of music-optimized mobile handsets. Designed for the music enthusiast who wants to carry one device, ROKR E2 lets you take hundreds of your must-have music selections with you -- and delivers a world-class wireless communications experience.

Motorola is showcasing ROKR E2 as part of its rapidly evolving vision of Seamless Mobility for consumers at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Central Hall Booth 8545, where visitors can experience innovations that enable enriched wireless communications, home entertainment, and on-the-go productivity.

Delivering a powerful mobile music experience, ROKR E2 lets you switch seamlessly between phone calls and music play lists simply by touching a button. Based on a Linux operating system to enhance speed and flexibility, ROKR E2 also features a robust MP3 player compatible with a variety of different audio formats -- making this mobile handset a powerful example of what it means to be "the device formerly known as the cell phone."

"No matter what consumers listen to -- rap, hip hop, country, classical or pop -- one thing is for sure, they want their music with them, wherever they go," said Richard Chin, corporate vice president, Global Products Marketing, Motorola Mobile Devices. "Motorola is driving the convergence of music and mobility by combining the device you never leave home without, with the entertainment consumers crave. We're giving people a seamless, mobile music experience with a portfolio of devices like the new ROKR E2 leading the way."

More Music, Faster

ROKR E2 makes loading music simple. Users make a fast connection from the device to a compatible PC using a USB 2.0 cable.* Next, they "drag and drop" digital music files from their PC-based music collection directly to the phone. Each song takes only seconds to transfer from the PC to the ROKR E2. With up to 2GB of optional removable SD(TM) mass memory*, ROKR E2 lets you store as many as 500 of your favorite tunes, as well as create and manage playlists. And, when you're ready to listen to what's on the airwaves, ROKR E2 also comes equipped with built-in FM radio functionality.

Richer Audio Experiences

ROKR E2's features are built for ease-of-use. Dedicated music keys on the handset's side and front let you navigate playlists, as well as play/pause, skip backward/forward, and hold. Connect to ROKR E2 via a standard 3.5mm headset or wirelessly via the built-in stereo Bluetooth(R) audio connection**. Motorola offers a wide range of music accessories to optimize your ROKR E2 experience including the newly announced O ROKR Eyewear, Motorola Bluetooth DJ Headphones S805, and JBL OnTour(TM) Mobile. Additionally, ROKR E2 comes with airplane mode, allowing you to safely listen while on the ground or in the air. Other multimedia features include a 1.3 megapixel camera for pictures, video capture and playback and SCREEN3 technology for zero-click access to news, sports and entertainment content***.

Technically Savvy

ROKR E2 is also part of Motorola's growing portfolio of Linux-based handsets. Open software solutions such as Linux help Motorola create the best mobile experiences for wireless operators and consumers. By leveraging Linux, Motorola can deliver products to market faster, reduce costs and create more innovative products and experiences for mobile music, productivity, and entertainment. The company's first "mid-tier" Linux-based device, ROKR E2 further demonstrates Motorola's commitment to driving Linux-for-mobile innovation across the company's device portfolio.

ROKR E2 Availability

The Motorola ROKR E2 is expected to be available in the first half of 2006. Specific details will be announced upon consumer availability.

About Motorola

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

Certain mobile phone features may not be activated by your service provider, and/or their network settings may limit the feature's functionality. Contact your service provider for details. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

Actual capacity is subject to available storage space on the phone's memory card. Storage capacity is approximate and based on 4 minutes per song and 128Kbps AAC encoding.

*Some accessories may not be included with the phone. More details will be provided upon consumer availability.

**The ROKR E2 phone supports Bluetooth "headset", "hands-free", and "music" profiles. Your compatible Bluetooth accessories must support these profiles. To determine the compatibility of Motorola accessories, visit the customer support page at . For other accessories, contact the manufacturer.

***Network and/or SIM card dependant feature, not available in all areas. Airtime, data charges, and/or additional charges may apply.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used by Motorola, Inc. under license.
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The NBC Agency Produces Music Video Featuring Hip-Hop Group Flipsyde to Promote NBC's Coverage of the Upcoming Torino Olympic Winter Games

Flipsyde Performs Their Top Single 'Someday' in the Special Promotion

BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The NBC Agency, a unique, full-service agency servicing the marketing, advertising and promotional needs of all NBC Universal-owned entities, has produced a music video in partnership with the popular Hip-Hop group, Flipsyde, ( as a unique promotional element in support of NBC's coverage of the upcoming Torino Olympic Winter Games. Featuring the hit single "Someday," the video salutes the athletes striving to make the team that will represent the United States in Torino, Italy, February 10-26, 2006.

"Someday," from Flipsyde's recently released debut album, "We The People" (Cherrytree/Interscope Records), encourages everyone to strive for their dreams, a belief shared by Flipsyde's band members, Piper, Steve Knight, Dave Lopez and D-Sharp, as well as the Olympic athletes who appear in the video. Shot on location at a Los Angeles-area ice rink owned by Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, the video showcases the message in Flipsyde's music by illuminating the determination, heartache and triumph experienced by world class athletes in their drive for Olympic gold. In addition to Kwan, Olympic gold medalist, Apolo Anton Ohno, America's best short track speed skater, took to the ice for the production.

The video was produced by The NBC Agency in a variety of lengths and is being run on the network as well as online, on cable and in retail. The agency is working closely with the band's label, Interscope, on a variety of promotional elements to drive awareness of both NBC's coverage of the upcoming Games and the Flipsyde debut album.

Flipsyde's music, which combines the urgency of Hip-Hop with the power of Rock, also incorporates and promotes, "unity, peace and the empowerment of people." Their aptly entitled debut album represents "We the People ... of the world," stressed, MC, Piper. "A new declaration of independence without political boundaries."

Flipsyde recently enjoyed a well-received European run touring with the likes of Snoop Dogg and the Black Eyed Peas. Their first single, "Someday," has garnered phenomenal support from influential radio stations stateside and has sold thousands of online downloads. The correlating video, directed by James Cox (Wonderland), was recently a top winner on FUSE-TV's "Oven Fresh."

Flipsyde will make their national television debut performing "Someday" on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, January 5th 11:35/10:35c on NBC.

About The NBC Agency

The NBC Agency, founded in November 1999, is a multi-award-winning advertising team that made "Must See TV" a household slogan and reinforced the term "appointment television" for NBC programming. It is a unique, full- service advertising agency servicing the advertising and promotional needs of all NBC-Universal owned entities, which include entertainment, news, sports and corporate divisions of NBC as well as the cable, internet and syndicated properties and brands that the company owns or holds an equity interest in, such as CNBC, MSNBC and, Bravo, USA, SCI FI, Trio, Telemundo and NBC-Universal Television Distribution.

Source: The NBC Agency

CONTACT: Maryann Ridini of The NBC Agency, +1-818-884-0104,

Nominees Announced for the 7th Annual Black Reel Awards

Crash, Hustle & Flow and Lackawanna Blues Get High Nods

WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Nominations for the 7th Annual Black Reel Awards hosted by the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) were released today and Terrence Howard's award-winning career year continues. Howard received a total of three nominations, including Best Actor (Hustle & Flow), Best Supporting Actor (Crash) and Best Supporting Actor, TV (Lackawanna Blues).

Leading the theatrical category with 6 nominations each are Crash (Lions Gate Films) and Hustle & Flow (Paramount Classics). Roll Bounce (FOX Searchlight) follows with 5 nominations.

In the television category Lackawanna Blues (HBO) leads with 9 nominations. Their Eyes Were Watching God (ABC) follows with 7 nominations and Sometimes in April (HBO) and Miracle Boys (Noggin) both received 5 nominations.

Other multiple nominees included Idris Elba (The Gospel and Sometimes in April), Rosario Dawson (Rent and Sin City) and Tyler Perry (Diary of a Mad Black Woman).

The winners will be announced at the Black Reel Awards Gala on February 18, 2006 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The awards gala will be part of the 2006 BRA Gala Weekend February 15-18, 2006 scheduled to take place in various locations throughout Washington, D.C.

"We are pleased to announce the nominees for the 7th Annual Black Reel Awards," said Tim Gordon, FAAAF Executive Director and Black Reel Awards founder. "For the seventh year, the Black Reel Awards is extremely proud to pay tribute to the outstanding achievements of African Americans in cinema. We congratulate all of the nominees."

Nominees for the 7th Annual Black Reel Awards were selected by a panel of national television, radio, print and website film critics. The same panel of film critics, along with past Black Reel Awards nominees will select the winners. The nomination criteria was based on films that were written, directed, produced, executive produced or featured African-Americans.

The complete lists of all nominees can be found at

In its seventh year, awards are being given in 22 categories along with special recognitions highlighting the exceptional accomplishments of individuals in three Special Achievement Awards given by the governing body of the Foundations for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF). They include the Lifetime Achievement, The Mayor's Award and the Vanguard Award for Entertainer of the Year. In 2005, Oscar winner, Jamie Foxx was the first recipient of the Vanguard Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Founded in 2000 the FAAAF/Black Reel Awards was developed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of African Americans in feature, independent and television films from their character portrayals on screen, to their technical artistry behind the scenes. The FAAAF/Black Reel Awards benefit the Foundation for the Advancement of African American in Film (FAAAF), a non- profit arts organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to the next generation of minority film executives. Through the FAAAF's "Producer's Institute," scholarships are awarded to graduate students pursuing a business career in the movie and television industry.

For a complete list of nominations, schedule of events and additional information about ticketing the FAAAF and the Black Reel Awards, please contact the FAAAF offices at 202.463-0511 or visit

Media Contacts:

C. J. Burrows
CJB Public Relations

Monica Wood
MWPR, Inc.

Source: Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film

CONTACT: C. J. Burrows of CJB Public Relations, +1-303-250-3668, or email; or Monica Wood of MWPR, Inc., +1-443-538-4184, or email

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Motorola Rocks the House ... and the Car ... and the Mobile Phone ... Rolls Out iRadio(R) Service

Award-Winning Service Incorporates Portability, Acquisition and Discovery of Music, Debuts With 435 Commercial-Free Channels

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) revolutionizes radio with the public introduction of the award-winning Motorola iRadio(R), a subscription music service that seamlessly moves from home, to car stereo, to wireless headphones -- powered from the one device you're never without: your mobile handset.

Motorola iRadio is initially launching with 435 commercial-free radio channels, already one of the widest selections of subscription music entertainment available. The service's unique delivery platform enables it to bring content portability together with acquisition and discovery of music. This creates a powerful new medium for artists and labels to directly connect with fans, and for wireless service providers to deepen relationships with subscribers.

"Motorola iRadio is truly a revolution in digital radio -- offering more choice, higher audio quality than satellite radio, and features that allow listeners to identify and purchase the music they like," said Mike Gaumond, vice president and general manager, Motorola Digital Media Services. "Today, we've taken a giant leap beyond traditional and Internet-delivered radio by introducing a single service that incorporates incredible choice, the discovery of new music, impulse acquisition, and seamless portability."

Motorola is demonstrating the iRadio service at the 2006 International CES (Booth #8545, Central Hall) on a variety of music-optimized Motorola devices, including the recently announced ROKR E2.

Seamless Portability

ONE DEVICE YOU ARE NEVER WITHOUT. 700 million mobile phones were sold worldwide in 2005(1), making the mobile phone a ubiquitous hub to distribute music, talk and other digital content. Motorola iRadio unifies content that has historically been segmented across different devices and mediums, such as traditional radio, MP3 players, Internet radio and car audio.

LISTEN WHEREVER YOU ARE. Using Bluetooth(R) wireless technology, a user's customized choice of content moves automatically from the phone, through the car stereo, across the home stereo system or on-the-go. When a call is received on the phone, the music is automatically paused, resuming after the call has been completed.

"Motorola iRadio lets us deliver top-rated talk content and custom music channels to listeners wherever they are throughout their day," explains Jeff Littlejohn, executive vice president at Clear Channel Radio. "Whether they're underground in a subway tunnel or traveling outside their local radio market, they can still take along their favorite Clear Channel Radio content. We believe iRadio is an important addition to the choices now available to consumers and the service has our unqualified support."

Motorola offers optional Bluetooth accessories to extend iRadio, including stereo headphones for on-the-go use, an adapter for a home stereo, and a wireless car kit compatible with virtually all car stereos from major manufacturers such as Pioneer, Alpine, Sony and Kenwood.

"Motorola has really raised the bar for consumer choice and portability," said David Del Beccaro, president and CEO of Music Choice. "We're thrilled to be a part of this radio revolution."

Bringing Together Music Discovery and Acquisition

UNPARALLELED CHOICE. Motorola iRadio's initial 435 commercial-free channels cover genres and styles that break the mold of competing radio services. Consumers can personalize their radio listening by choosing from a comprehensive selection of musical styles, including:

-- Over 40 styles of Rock, from Grunge to Heavy Metal to Hair Bands to
Classic Rock
-- Twelve different Jazz stations, from the fusion sounds of Miles Davis
to the smooth stylings of Lee Ritenour and David Sanborn
-- Individual artist channels, such as 12 stations featuring the music of
Nashville's top Country stars
-- Genre channels for every decade since the 1900's
-- Specialty channels spotlighting specific themes such as 1 Hit Wonders,
Rockin' Cowboys, Just Broke Up, and Angry Women

EXPANDING SELECTION. Unlike other radio services, iRadio's proprietary technology frees it from bandwidth limitations. This means the service can offer a nearly unlimited selection of channels, and new ones can be added without removing older ones. Motorola currently has a number of new channels in development to expand iRadio the service offering even further.

GET HEARD. The Motorola iRadio platform also allows independent artists, radio personalities and talk show hosts to create their own iRadio channels. The Motorola iRadio Get Heard Network provides a digitally protected distribution channel for music and spoken word artists to expand their audiences and to be discovered by new listeners.

New Options for Monetizing Content

DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN ARTISTS AND FANS. Motorola iRadio establishes a more personal connection between artists and fans. Listeners can go far beyond the Top 40 to discover new genres and artists. Labels now have a new, low-cost forum for introducing music or reviving long forgotten songs from the back catalog.

Legendary multi-platinum musician Graham Nash, who will contribute music and interview material to an upcoming Crosby, Stills, and Nash channel, noted that, "Motorola iRadio is a fantastic new way for us to reach our fans with our music. We can improvise, and experiment, and let the people decide what they like to listen to."

Another exclusive independent artist channel is produced by Academy Award- winning writer, actor, director, and musician, Billy Bob Thornton. "Motorola iRadio is the best thing to happen for variety in music since Jimmy Hendrix opened for the Monkees," said Thornton. "This is radio like it used to be, like it's supposed to be."

NAME THAT TUNE. Listeners can bookmark an individual song by simply pressing a button on their phone or car stereo, making it easy to recall the name of a long-forgotten favorite or to discover a new artist. Artist, album and song information along with offers to purchase downloads, CDs or even concert tickets will appear on the iRadio "Wish List" viewed on the computer.

SECURE PLAYBACK. Motorola iRadio's proprietary rights management technology offers content owners and artists an advantage. Using the single- play model of radio, labels can introduce consumers to new content and be protected from piracy and unauthorized file-sharing.

Completing the Wireless Carrier Music Offering

ACQUISITION AT THE POINT OF DISCOVERY. Motorola iRadio completes the music service ecosystem for the wireless carrier, by placing the element of discovery right on the mobile device. Carriers can now introduce subscribers to new music played from the handset, and drive them to their wireless music store for over-the-air acquisition of the tune they just heard. For example, listeners can hear a song on their car stereo, and simply press a key to purchase and download the track over-the-air.

INCREASED REVENUE AND CUSTOMER RETENTION. Wireless carriers can extend their relationship with the customer beyond the handset, by offering a branded music service that's accessible from the mobile phone and the car stereo. This seamless service offers the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and monthly subscription revenue.

TURNKEY. Motorola iRadio has aggregated hundreds of channels of content through agreements with major labels and other producers, and continues to develop compelling new content. Carriers can differentiate and customize iRadio's vast selection to enhance their existing music offerings.

EASY TO DEPLOY. Motorola iRadio can be deployed to subscribers through a simple software application that can be downloaded to a handset over-the-air.

NETWORK EFFICIENT. Motorola iRadio combines over-the-air delivery with a sophisticated caching system that reduces the cost of delivery for wireless carriers.

Award-Winning Variety, Innovation and User Experience

The Motorola iRadio(R) Service was recently honored as the "Best Radio Service" at the 2005 Digital Entertainment and Media Excellence Awards, recognized by a panel of judges from across the entertainment and digital media industries as the "the best radio service (digital, Internet, satellite or other format) with respect to variety, innovation and user experience." Other finalists in this category included XM(R) Satellite Radio, America Online's AOL(R) Radio Network, and Yahoo! LAUNCHcast Music Radio Service.

The award ceremony was part of the two-day Digital Entertainment and Media Expo (DEMXPO), co-sponsored by Billboard(R) Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, AdWeek, Nielsen Entertainment and Digital Media Wire.


Consumers can subscribe to the Motorola iRadio Service by simply tapping an icon on an iRadio-enabled mobile phone, available through wireless service providers later this year. Individuals interested in previewing the Motorola iRadio service now may contact

System requirements include:

-- iRadio-enabled mobile phone
-- High-Speed Internet connection (cable modem or DSL) (2)
-- PC running Windows XP
-- USB port on the PC

For more information, visit .

1 Strategy Analytics, "Wireless Device Strategies," June 30, 2005
2 Additional service fees may apply.

About Motorola

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

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Adweek, Nielson Entertainment and The Hollywood Reporter are trademarks or registered trademarks of VNU Business Publications USA. AOL(R) is a registered trademark of America Online, Inc. Billboard Magazine is the trademark property of Billboard. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. The XM name is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio Inc. Yahoo! and Yahoo! LAUNCHcast are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Yahoo! Inc.

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Director Matt Parker Binds With Artist International

BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- (Market Wire - Jan 03, 2006) -- Artist International Management (OTC: DHWS) CEO Steven Saxton announced today the signing of Director Matt Parker to be represented for commercials, music videos, television and film. Parker has established himself as one of the nation's premier up-and-coming music video directors. Parker studied film at the prestigious School of Cinema Television at the University of Southern California and launched his own music video production company in 2003. His most recent work includes music videos for Miami-based MEG, AKA the Samantha Gibb Project, Katie Stuart, LetLive, and a commercial campaign for the record release of hip hop artist Jimmy Brinx. Parker's "Midnight Rider" music video for Country recording artist Rick Monroe has seen heavy rotation on CMT and has been featured on NBC's "Extra."

Parker will be represented by Artist International Managing Director Joel Newton in the Los Angeles office.

"Matt's talent has generated such excitement for us as a company. We're looking forward to creating a platform for his vision," said Newton.

Matt Parker is now available for music video and commercial direction.

About Artist International Management (

Artist International provides professional representation to actors, models, writers, directors, athletes, music performers, artists, and other entertainment properties. Its four divisions -- music, literary, sports, and talent -- operate with the singular focus of understanding the goals and talents of clients and maximizing their potential. The company exists to create award-winning entertainment that succeeds both artistically and commercially through the inherent synergies of combining elements of the traditional studio system with the structure of artist management.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Although Doc Hollywood Studios, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any assumption could be inaccurate, and therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the objective and plans of the Company will be achieved.

Artist International Management
Joel Newton

Gamer Graffix Worldwide, LLC. Announces Partnership with 50 Cent and G Unit Records

CRANSTON, R.I., Jan 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Gamer Graffix and 50 Cent/G Unit today announced a new partnership which includes a three year endorsement deal with 50 Cent and G Unit.

The terms of this endorsement deal will kick off with 50 Cent: Bulletproof Gamer Graffix Skins for video game consoles, inspired by Vivendi Universal Games' upcoming 50 Cent video game, 50 Cent: Bulletproof and will grow into an entire Gamer Graffix product line and other endorsement opportunities with 50 Cent and G Unit Records.

"I'm excited about this new partnership with Gamer Graffix. I like to stay on the cutting edge of product development and I look forward to us working together. The skins we created to support my video game, Bulletproof, are outta control," says 50 Cent.

Chris White, Founder, President & CEO of Gamer Graffix stated, "I am excited about the new partnership with 50 Cent. I look forward to working with him and making our partnership a success."

About Gamer Graffix

Gamer Graffix is the most prominent Skin company in the industry; distributing console and Multimedia Skins to major retailer's world wide.

Gamer Graffix creates high quality epoxy coated Skins for many multimedia and gaming consoles that are available in a large variety of unique and licensed designs. All Gamer Graffix Skins are removable, washable, and come with a limited lifetime warranty; "anything else is just a sticker". Gamer Graffix Skin licenses include: 50 Cent/G Unit, Playboy, Marvel (Spiderman, Hulk, Punisher, X-Men, Ghost Rider), Nintendo (Mario Kart, Zelda, Nintendogs), and Sega (Sonic Rush).

50 Cent has infiltrated every section of Gamer Graffix including their website, With the new 50 Cent partnership it looks like the future holds more than just Skins for Gamer Graffix.

Don't get caught naked, Get Skinned(TM)

SEGA is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. SEGA logo and Sonic Rush are either registered trademarks or trademarks of SEGA Corporation. (TM) & (C) 2005 MARVEL. Gamer Graffix(TM) Skins including: Spiderman, Hulk, Punisher, X-Men, and Ghost Rider are all produced under MARVEL License. Playboy and Rabbit Head Design are trademarks of Playboy and used under license by Gamer Graffix(TM). (TM) & (C) 2005 Nintendo. All rights reserved. Gamer Graffix(TM) Skins including: Mario Kart, Zelda, and Nintendogs are all licensed to (C) 2005 Gamer Graffix(TM).

About 50 Cent: Bulletproof

In 50 Cent: Bulletproof, 50 gets caught in a web of corruption, double- crosses and shady deals that lead him on a bloody path through New York's underworld. Backed-up by his G Unit soldiers, the streets heat up as 50 Cent takes on the most dangerous crime families in the city. Players assume the role of 50 Cent in a fictitious story, where they will use an arsenal of tactics including more than 25 dramatic counter kill moves, evasive rolls and mobile cover to stay alive while the bullets fly.

Penned by Emmy(R) award winner Terry Winter, 50 Cent: Bulletproof stars an unprecedented lineup of the hottest recording artists in the music industry today, including 50 Cent and G Unit's Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck, as well as other hip-hop superstars.

The game also includes exclusive new tracks and remixes from 50 Cent, music from Get Rich or Die Tryin', The Massacre and more than a dozen 50 Cent and G Unit music videos.

50 Cent: Bulletproof is was created in partnership with Interscope Records, Shady Records and Aftermath Records and became available November 2005.

More information about the game can be found at

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games)

Vivendi Universal Games ( is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is a leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online (MMO) games category, holds leading positions in the PC, console and handheld games markets, and is an emerging player in mobile and wireless games. Its development studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment(R), Radical Entertainment(TM), Sierra(R) Entertainment, Massive Entertainment(TM) and Swordfish Studios. VU Games' library of over 700 titles features owned intellectual properties including Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), Diablo(R) and World of Warcraft(R) from Blizzard Entertainment; Crash Bandicoot(R), Spyro The Dragon(R), Empire Earth(R), Leisure Suit Larry(TM), and Ground Control(R). VU Games also maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox and Ludlum Entertainment.

Vivendi Universal Games and the Vivendi Universal Games logo are trademarks of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. Developed by Genuine Games, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Source: Gamer Graffix

CONTACT: Gary Marcotte Jr., Public Relations and Marketing Director of
Gamer Graffix, +1-401-946-7273,; or Nikki Martin of
G Unit Records, +1-212-359-3000,; or Chris
Lighty of Violator Management, +1-646-486-8906,; or Erik
Reynolds of Vivendi Universal Games, +1-310-431-4530,; or Yvette Gayle of Interscope Publicity, +1-310-
865-6278,; or Dennis Dennehy of Interscope Publicity,

Web site:

" Gives it to Them Straight with 2005's 'Year End Crack Down'"

50 Cent and The Game named this year's "Top Artists", while Fat Joe and Memphis Bleek make the "Trash Bin"

Manhatten, NY (PRWEB) January 3, 2006 -- After emerging as the fastest-growing hip hop website in 2005, has released a "Year End Crack Down", including accurate lists for "Album of the Year", "Sleepers of the Year", and the "2005 Trash Bin". Most notably however,'s critical breakdown includes a diverse "Outlook for 2006" section, in which the industry-insiders note next year's heat-seekers sure to appear on everyone's radar.

It is no surprise that the "Artists to Check for in 2006" list mentions rising stars such as Cory Gunz, K-CINO, Saigon, Nickelus F, Papoose, Spider Loc of G-UNIT and Stimuli of Virgin Records. Providing detailed information as well as links to live streams of unreleased music from each artist, demands you start off 2006 in the know.

"Keeping 18-35 year old's entertained is no easy task, so we gotta make sure we stay fresh. We use the relationships we have with the top artists and producers to provide people with music as it's recorded, news as it's made, and interviews with the hottest rising stars in the game." Staff

Since inception less than a year ago, has climbed 3.5 million spots in's rankings to become one of the world's leading providers for digital music, free downloads, and up-to-date news.

To view's "Artist's to Check for in 2006," and other lists from the "Year End Crack Down," visit:

*website ranking information provided by: - "Straight Hip Hop, NO GAMES!" Announces Banner Year with Launch of First-Ever Commercial Usage of iPod Technology

iPod technology used commercially for first time.

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) January 3, 2006 --, a Toronto-based entertainment company that employs iPod technology (combined with revolutionary computer technology) to provide hours of continuous background or foreground music at corporate and private events, has announced that the companys first year garnered double the amount of bookings originally projected, said Sebastien Centner, co-founder of, which is the only company in Canada holding multiple licenses from the AVLA to utilize iPods commercially, is designed as an alternative low-cost music rental service for corporate and private events that do not require a live disc jockey. fills a very large niche. Through our experience in the event and entertainment industries, we discovered that clients were anxious for a low-cost alternative to hiring a disc jockey, said Bram Goldstein, co-founder of, offers clients the ability to have top quality music of any genre, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional dj.

This past year, some of the largest and most recognized companies and venues in Canada used at their events, including Manulife Financial, BMW, Bayer Canada, Porsche, the CN Tower and Panorama Lounge.

The cost of renting a system starts at only $175 including three four-hour playlists. All music can be selected on-line through a catalog offering over 30 genres of professional arranged playlists ranging from Jazz, to Lounge, to Top 40. Additionally, offers customized playlists developed by professional disc jockeys, as well as celebrity playlists created by some of the countrys hottest new disc jockeys.

We have developed a service which enables us to legally utilize the iPod in a commercial setting without breaching any music copyright laws, say the company founders.

For more information about, please visit the companys website at


Rap / Hip-Hop Web Site Adds Urban Culture Blogs - Authors Wanted, hip-hop and rap music news site, along with there other network site, for unsigned artists, are adding to their growing network with the introduction of the newest addition to the site Tha Spot.

Tha Spot is a collaboration platform which includes: forums for discussions, blogs: which offer a voice to the voiceless, content management, and photo gallery. Members are encouraged to participate and to share their opinions on the many topics offered. Beyond hip-hop culture and rap music, serious social issues and cultural topics are also investigated with many view points and sources of information. is seeking the voiceless for owners of their own blogs.

Each owner of their blog will have total control of it and it will also be available for syndication thru RSS and or Atom feed. Blog owners can pass the feed address along to others who may be interested in your blog. is encouraging all to investigate Tha Spot at - - and if you are interested in having a blog please email .

Although will not accept all blogs, they are interested in blog authors who can contribute to the culture of hip-hop and to those who can give news and opinions on urban culture struggles.

So if you have something to say and can keep your blog active with new posts and or opinions ThugLifeArmy.coms Tha Spot is looking forward to hearing from you.

Covering not only hip-hop and rap, is hoping to attract those with an urban culture view also. Many in hip-hop culture know there is a real struggle going on in the real world and would like some intelligent people to have their own blogs to keep their visitors informed.

Although the site is not live yet, asks that you please check it out and register if you feel lead to do so.

They are looking forward to a great 2006 and with the addition of Tha Spot, hopes that they can become a total news and information site for hip-hop, rap and urban culture issues.

Grass roots activist, hip-hop and rap music fans, and artists everyone is welcome to get their own blog and hopefully join in all that Tha Spot has to offer.

If you are interested in a blog you will need to register and then email them at . Let them know your user name and what kind of blog you want to have.

Please take time to visit .

Tha Spot should be Live in a few days, so this is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor and help set the direction of Tha Spot and have your opinions and news be seen.

Contact for more information or visit - or .

HAPPY WU YEAR: 2005 Wu-Summery [End Of Year Review]. Wu-Tang Clan & Affiliates

End of Year Reviews Of The Wu-Tang Movement,Hip-hop/Rap, Music, What did each clan members get up to, Album releases, Highlights, Lows, Disappointments, Best of bests, Beefs, New members, Power Moves, Expectation and predictions for next year.

wu-international -- (ArriveNet - Jan 01, 2006) -- It is once again another end of the year, 2005 has had its ups and downs, fast and slow moments, 2005 (MMV) is/was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. It corresponds to the years 5765-5766 in the Hebrew Calendar and 1425-1426 in the Islamic Calendar. 2005 is the World Year of Physics, the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar, and the International Year of the Eucharist in Catholicism.

What does 2005 mean to the Wu-Tang fans? How significant was it? How many albums came out this year from the clan and Wu-fam? Slamming albums? Who or what groups got initiated into the Killa Beez? Did we lose any members this year? Wu disappointments? Qualms / Beefs, list goes on, One thing is for sure, Wu-Tang fans worldwide sure have something to admire or criticize about the Wu, For every time some one dies, another is born, so for every good moment, there is also unfortunately a bad one. Wu-International has compiled a small list of some of the memorable moments, Recommendations, Power Moves, Special Shout Outs to contributors in the Wu-tang movement in 2005, Expectations for 2006, and so on

Ghosface Killah releases Dolls, and teams up with M.F Doom, Masta Killa preps new album, Method Man working with RZA again, RZA steals the shine on Derailed movie, Where is Warcloud from Westcoast Black Knights? Ol' Dirty #### albums? Will Cilvaringz release an album next? Welcome back to Killa Sin (Killarmy), Darkim Be Allah & Allahwise releases best indie album of the year, GZA/Genius Vs DJ Muggs best album of the year, Raekwon preps "Built For Cuban linx II", Think Differently Music and ChamberMusik Swarms the industry with the killa beez sting, What's up with the official site Wutangcorp, Find out all and more by logging on to

DJ Warrior, DJ Strong, Cali Untouchable DJs, 2005 ReCap

(PRWEB) January 2, 2006 -- We've seen nominations for Warrior and Strong for mixtape DJ of the Year on numerous levels and platforms:
The Power Summit, Justo's 9th Annual Mixtape Awards. Warrior's named Top 10 mixtape DJ of the World in Rolling Stone Magazine, Infusion Magazine names West Coast Mixtape Kings Vol. 1 #1 Mixtape of 2005, and now The Source Magazine has nominated Warrior Mixtape DJ of the Year.

We've released over 20 projects this last year including some of our best titles to date:
DJ Warrior/Bun B Cali Untouchable Radio 7: Southwest Trill Edition
DJ Warrior/DJ Strong/Julio G/Kam West Coast Mixtape Kings Vol. 1
DJ Warrior - EMI Urban Noise Vol. 5
DJ Warrior/DJ Muggs Mash Up Radio Vol. 2
DJ Warrior/DJ Muggs Mash Up Radio Vol. 1
DJ Fatal 2Pac Tribute Shining Serpent Cali Untouchable DJ produced remixes
DJ Strong Hip Hop Honeys Las Vegas Official Mixtape!
DJ Warrior/DJ Fatal C.U. Club Hitz Vol. 1
DJ Warrior/New Balance - Hip Hop Mix 2005
DJ Warrior - Longest Yard Soundtrack Mixtape
DJ Strong/ DJ Warrior/Kurupt/ Roscoe/Y.A - Cali Untouchable Radio Part 5
DJ Warrior/DJ Strong/Big Dee El Reggaeton Mix Vol. 2
DJ Warrior/DJ Strong/Big Dee El Reggaeton Mix Vol. 1
and many more....

We've been featured in over 25 Magazine publications and countless DVDs, Online sites including:
Source, Vibe, XXL, Ozone, Connex List, Dub Magazine, Fresh Coast, King, Mixtape Magazine, Down, Soutwest Bound, Rime, Rolling Stone, Scratch, Tight (Japan), True, Infusion, Tha Block, and many more...

We've been featured on TV shows and Radio all over the country.

We've DJed/Thrown Parties at over 300 clubs this year.

We've turned into the top multimedia company for whats hot on the streets.

We've turned Cali Untouchable DJs into the #1 Street DJ Crew on the West.

We've turned StrongHouse RDMM into the only Southern CA independent music marketing and distribution company.

We've seen our friends get deals and bring the West Coast back and the New West is coming big in 2006.

We've done it all with no publicist, no manager, and no assistants, and we're just getting started.

2006 is gonna be a big year for us. We already have projects set to release through March 06 and we are currently working on DJ Warrior's first major label compilation album to be followed by DJ Strong's first major label release.

Thank you for all the continued support, help, love from everybody because we couldn't
get here without you.....Thanks and God Bless.

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Stronghouse Marketing

2006 International CES Draws Hollywood Celebrities and Rock Royalty; Celebrity Guests Promote the Latest Products in Consumer Electronics

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2006--Hollywood celebrities, rock and roll icons and professional sports legends will converge at the 2006 International CES(R) to experience the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The 2006 International CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow, returns to Las Vegas, January 5-8.

Verizon will host comedian, Dana Carvey, at CES Unveiled on Tuesday, January 3, from 4-7 p.m. located at Innovations Plus at the Sands, in the Bellini Ballroom. The former "Saturday Night Live" star will appear with Verizon, celebrating the company's FiOS fiber-optic broadband and television services.

For music lovers at the show, several CES exhibitors are planning live entertainment in their booths. Gibson Guitar will host live performances throughout the show with two nights of headlining performances by rock-blues guitarist, George Thorogood, on Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m. Legendary Elvis guitarist, Scotty Moore, will perform on Saturday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gibson booth, as part of an Elvis Presley birthday celebration. Gibson will host daily performances with recording artists that include, The Kevin Maney band, Jagged Ann and rising country music artist, Jace Everett.

Legendary music icons, including Butch Vig of Garbage and Miles Copeland, will perform at the WorldSpace booth #8260, in the Central Hall, throughout the duration of the show. Live performances will be followed by exclusive interviews with the artists. All WorldSpace entertainment at CES will broadcast live across WorldSpace's UPop 29 and in the U.S. on XM 29.

Additionally, a number of CES exhibitors will hold invitation-only events featuring major music artists. Monster Cable Products will host the annual Dealer Awards, on Friday, January 6, featuring a live performance by Stevie Wonder. The CES Jazz Club will hold a special invitation-only concert on Thursday, January 5 at the Bellagio, featuring the next-generation in jazz music with performances by rising artists from Concord Music Group, including Erin Boheme, Taylor Eigsti and Christian Scott.

For sports enthusiasts at CES, ESPN will play host to some of the biggest names in the industry. Brian Roberts, the All-Star second baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, will make a special appearance at the ESPN stage in the LVCC, Grand Lobby on Thursday, January 5, and John Abraham, the three-time Pro Bowl defensive end for the New York Jets, will make an appearance at the ESPN stage on Friday, January 6.

NFL superstars Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Steve Young and Boomer Esiason will take center stage at Samsung's booth #11033, in the Central Hall on Thursday, January 5 from 11:30-4 p.m. and Friday, January 6 at 10 a.m. Photo opportunities will be available as the NFL legends greet the crowd and test the latest Samsung products debuting at the show.

Other celebrities appearing at the show to sign autographs, greet fans and promote the latest in consumer electronics include:

Sports Stars Troy Aikman, Terry Labonte, Tony Rains and Roger Staubach - Texas Instruments DLP Products will feature an autograph session with the NFL and NASCAR super stars on Thursday, January 5 from 4-5 p.m. and Friday, January 6 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in their booth, Central Hall #8602.
Olympic Gold Medalists Dan Jensen and Bonnie Blair - The Olympic champions will greet CES attendees at the AT&T booth #31578, in the South Hall. Dan Jensen will appear on Thursday, January 5 from 2-4 p.m. and Bonnie Blair will meet guests on Friday, January 6 from 2-4 p.m.

Legendary Sports Photographer, Howard Bingham - Known as one of the most famous sports photographers in the world and Mohammed Ali's longtime photographer, Kodak will host an autograph session with Bingham in booth #31400, in the South Hall 3 on January 5, from 1-3 p.m. Bingham will be signing prints of his most historic shots.

NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch - The champion NASCAR driver will appear at the Delphi media open house on Wednesday, January 4 in booth #5206 in the North Hall.

Will Castro of "Unique Whips" - The host of Speed Channels' new hit show "Unique Whips" will host an autograph session on Thursday, January 5, Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 in the Harman/JBL/Infinity booth #1831, located in the North Hall at the LVCC.

Funkmaster Flex - JL Audio will host hip-hop DJ, Funkmaster Flex, on Saturday, January 7, in their booth, North Hall #621. The legendary DJ will meet with JL Audio dealers and industry executives.

Goo Goo Dolls - Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the popular rock band at Samsung Telecommunications America's booth #11033 in the Central Hall at the LVCC on Friday, January 6 at 2 p.m. Samsung will showcase their latest music on demand phones, as the band signs autographs.

Mad Mike from MTV's "Pimp My Ride" - Mitek Mobile will feature an autograph session with the MTV star on Thursday, January 5 - Saturday, January 7, from 3-5 p.m. in booth #1001 in the North Hall. Attendees won't want to miss the chance to talk shop with one of the most innovative members of the West Coast Customs Crew.

Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel - The five time world champion PC gamer and recent CPL Painkiller World Tour Grand Final Winner will host The Fatal1ty Ultimate Gaming Shootout, sponsored by Creative Labs. Fatal1ty Shootouts are open to gamers of all skill levels and will take place throughout the show in the Creative Labs booth, South Hall #30742.

West Coast Customs Crew - Alex Pico, Quinton "Q" Dodson, Dana "Big Dane" Florence and Ish will appear at the Directed Electronics booth # 301, in the North Hall at the LVCC, signing autographs throughout the duration of the show. Don't miss the chance to see Directed's latest products in West Coast Customs' vehicles.

Members of the West Coast Customs Crew also will hold autograph sessions in the Ride Tones Booth #6627 throughout the duration of the show.
For more information about the 2006 International CES before, during and after the show, including celebrity appearances and special events, visit

Note to Journalists:
Press and analyst registration is available at Detailed press conference information also is available in the Press Room section of Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Tuesday, January 3, 2006 to take advantage of all the CES press conferences and events, including CES Unveiled on January 3 at 4 p.m. in the Bellini Ballroom of Innovations Plus at the Sands.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $122 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

Consumer Electronics Association
Tara Dunion, 703-907-7419
Sarah Szabo, 703-907-4368

NuTech Digital Sets Release Date for "Wanna Battle" Concert DVD Series

VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 30, 2005--NuTech Digital, Inc. (OTCBB:NTDL), a worldwide leader in the production and distribution of original and licensed DVD content, today announced the release date of an exclusive production with Bizarre and Proof, Platinum Artists from the rap group D12. The production will result in the creation, by Bizarre and Proof, of a DVD Concert series entitled "Wanna Battle." The series was produced in Hi-Definition, utilizing state-of-the-art audio and video technology, which will best capture the rap battles on stage, as various artists compete in the elimination contest for #1. Bizarre and Proof hosted and judged the battle tournament. The production shoot was October 12, 2005 at the Alvin Theater in Detroit, Mi., and this first DVD in the series will be released in January 2006.

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

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

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

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

NuTech Digital
Jackie Fowler, 818-994-3831 x 10

Reynolds Family Homes is the "Hip Hop" Builder

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 30, 2005--Reynolds Family Homes ( announced two tentative new styles to their home collection, which currently consists of two styles being built by TK Constructors, Inc. ( In a naming scheme to directly relate to what it believes its primary consumers will be, Reynolds Family Homes gave them names to appeal to its young urban consumer base.

"In full recognition of the affordable housing statistics and our efforts to increase young minority home ownership, we have given our names a little Bling Bling," Tony Reynolds, Founder of Reynolds Family Homes said. On December 19th, President Bush said he wanted minority home ownership to rise, and not just in relation to Hurricane Katrina. Reynolds signed an agreement with Window Rock (OTC:WRKC) to finance the development and management.

According to the latest Census data, African Americans in the Columbus market make up a 26% population share. Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) sponsored analysis found a deficit of 22,000 affordable housing units.
"TK had asked us to name one of the models they had discussed building with us," Reynolds said. "I offered T-Squared, or Tony2 named after my oldest son. I don't think they liked the unconventional name I offered," Reynolds said. "Who remembers the name of their house build? My informal survey of my neighbors proved it doesn't really matter to most people," he said. "I mean we don't have a Fitch Rating to be concerned."

Reynolds then decided that his target market might appreciate the naming convention of the homes and it wouldn't really hurt to tinker with it. So he asked his son Anthony Jr to name the tentative third model. He said, "The Platinum Grillz Dad," Reynolds recalled. The house features a prominent attached front garage. "It made sense!" Reynolds said.

Reynolds Family Homes also has names that are more traditional, such as the "Executive Decision" for a 3000 + sq ft two story with a brick facade. All models are also known by their traditional names at TK.

The following Affordable home models are:
-- The PattyLou - 1100 sq ft ranch model
-- T-Squared (T2) - 1400 Sq ft two-story
-- Platinum Grillz - 1600 Sq Ft two-story
-- El Caliente' - 1200 sq ft ranch

Reynolds Family Homes
Tony Reynolds, 614-367-0315


anticon & Presents Alias Weekend in Florida Tour - January 20-22, 2005

Southwest Florida entertainment collective presents anticon recording artist, Alias, accompanied by BleuBird, Astronautalis, and Science-Non-Fiction for three January dates. These artists represent the underground hip hop movement, using melodic electronic music to complement their words that resonate intelligence and reality.

SARASOTA, FL (PRWEB) December 31, 2005 -- Southwest Florida entertainment collective presents anticon recording artist, Alias, accompanied by BleuBird, Astronautalis, and Science-Non-Fiction for three January dates.

Friday, January 20, 2005 in Gainesville at The Side Bar located at 15 SW 2nd Street. Club phone number: (352) 373-4454 This show is 18 & up, $8 at the door.

Saturday, January 21, 2005 in Orlando at Wills Pub located at 5825 S. Orange Avenue. Club phone number: (407) 898-5070 This show is 18 & up, $8 at the door.

Sunday, January 22, 2005 in Sarasota at The Tavern located at 1528 Main St. Club phone number: (941) 330-1387 This show is All Ages ID Required, $10 at the door

About The Artists:

Alias: If it wasn't for Theo Huxtable, Brendan Whitney might still be living in the woods of Southern Maine. Raised by a church organist/hobby store clerk and a firefighting jazz drummer on six acres of land in rural Hollis, little Bren never had cable television. It was in 1998, working in Minneapolis on the seminal Deep Puddle Dynamics project with Sole, Dose, and Atmosphere's Slug, that Alias realized he had no choice but to make music his entire life. He and his wife Jenn were on their way to the Laundromat when they got a copy of the finished record. They sold the car, quit their jobs, packed everything into a U-Haul and headed out west. With $300 left, they moved into an East Oakland warehouse with the rest of the Anticon's first migratory wave. Alias recently started his own label (Goodwithmoney Recordings) and is currently putting the finishing touches on an album that he recorded with singer Tarsier (of Brooklyn-based electronic duo Healamonster and Tarsier) called Oaklyn/Brookland. For more information visit

Bleubird is as zany as Grand Buffet and as thought provoking as Sole, and does it all without spreading himself too thin. Originating from Gainesville, this bird has flown all over the world spreading his wings to touch and perplex audiences. Bleubirds zaniness knows no bounds. He has fused his own words into the lyrics to Chicagos "Glory of Love," on the cover of his album Sloppy Doctor, he portrayed himself as both Osama Bin Laden and the Virgin Mary, has sampled from Sesame Streets Grover, Outkast, and even his cat, Spider. Masked beneath the oddities, Bleubirds true self becomes evident. He is a man on a musical mission who has sacrificed relationships and stability, loves his family, fears for his countrys demise, and refers to God as "she." His story is the ordinary plight of the artist but Bleubird is representing for the team: "Wearing a mirrored suit, reflecting everybodys pity. Right back at ya." For more information, visit

Astronautalis has been part of the underground hip-hop scene for years. He mixes a fast-paced rhyming style with well-timed breaks and lyrical song. His style is definitely reminiscent of the East Coast sound, though you can hear tastes of Southern flavor seeping into his work like brandy to mince meat pie. He dominates the stage as a performer, his freestyle will knock your socks off and his written word has a beautifully artistic focus. Visit for more information.

Science-Non-Fiction combines melodically superior beats and engaging wordplay to present a sound that demands attention. The local indie-hop groups lyrically charged music encompasses the current state of socio-political affairs and the ever-familiar themes of love and life. Their unique and refreshing sound crosses genre barriers and exudes a desire to break free from predetermined formulas. Visit for more information.


Jaime Kozlowski

Kevin Federline Fan Forum Buzzing Entertainment

Emerging hip hop music star Kevin Federline, better known as the husband of famous Pop Star Britney Spears official fan forum buzzing with an overwhelming response.

(PRWEB) January 1, 2006 -- Only 3 days after Kevin Federline announced his website, Kevin Federline's largest fan forum, is buzzing with internet chatter.

Hundreds of messages have been registering, many of them being moderated and deleted due to a lot of hate mail towards Kevin, the website has deemed to be a succesful creation states the website owner.

KevinFederlineMusic.Com is owned by Ivany Media a media firm controlled by Derek Ivany a young entrepreneur and successful business man from Toronto, Canada. Mr. Ivany is most popular for being the youngest CEO of a publicly traded company. Mr. Ivany is also an upcoming DJ/Producer in the techno/house music scene and is rumored to be releasing an album in late 2006. According to records Ivany Media also owns domain rights to countless other celebrities including NicoleRichieMusic.Com and NicoleRichie.TV.

On New Years eve Mr. Federline will be releasing his debut single, PopoZao. Kevin Federlines personal website space on My Space has registered over 75,000 page views and has acquired over 9100 fans awaiting his new release.

Only time will tell if Mr. Federline will become as successful as his wife Britney Spears or perhaps even a one hit wonder. But for all your Kevin Federline Music needs, the internet has become your new playground.

Samantha Costa
Entertainment Today
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Rise to Fame of Hip-Hop Superstar Ludacris Documented in KOCH Visions Upcoming DVD Release, Paper Chasers

Hip Hop's Premiere Players Show The Cameras How They Mastered The Game. Also Featuring Fat Joe, Damon Dash, Russell Simmons, Chuck D and many more.

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2005 -- From Atlanta to New York to New Orleans to Washington DC, director of Paper Chasers, Max Collier, set out to follow those who have "made it and those who are on the verge of success in the hip-hop world. For every one hip-hop superstar, there are hundreds of talented people who simply couldnt make it. KOCH Vision presents Paper Chasers, a documentary about the dream to break out of the ghetto and into the money-making world of hip-hop. During the crews taping in Atlanta, they got a tip from a local hair-stylist about a virtually unknown performer named Ludacris. After tracking him down, the camera crew saw the career of Ludacris skyrocket into superstardom, virtually in front of their eyes. Since the filming, Ludacris has become a multi-platinum selling artist, who has landed a permanent spot in the world of hip-hop.

Examining the emergence of entrepreneurship in hip-hop, Paper Chasers pays homage to some of the most successful names in the industry such as Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records and Damon Dash, co-founder of Rocafella Records. Follow the cameras as they take viewers across the country to see how hard work has paid off for countless names in the industry. Paper Chasers will be available on DVD beginning July 12, 2005. The DVD includes appearances by more than 50 figures in music, film, fashion and beyond. The DVD will also contain over 60 minutes of extras, including never-before-seen performances of Ludacris & Disturbing the Peace, Buckshot and others.

Enter the world of a "paper chaser," where the pursuit of power, respect and money drives the hip-hop industry, which has recently become one of the most influential movements in popular culture. Go behind the scenes with Ludacris, Fat Joe, Master P, Sway and other industry trailblazers, whose stories of struggle, risk and ambition inspire the ultimate survival guide for the hip-hop entrepreneur.

Airing on IFC (Independent Film Channel) in the fall of 2005, Paper Chasers is a documentary about the impact of hip hop entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses in music, film, fashion, TV, print media and now the internet. The film follows director Maxie D. Collier and his close-knit production crew as they travel across the United States in an RV, interviewing hip-hop business owners and executives at all levels of success.

Paper Chasers is director Maxie Colliers third feature project. He previously co-produced the award-winning film, "Detention." His directorial debut was in 2000 with a film entitled "Hacks." Collier is a digital video enthusiast, who recently launched the DV Filmmakers Website and later the self-published DV Filmmakers Handbook, which is currently a leading educational text on digital filmmaking.

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Daniela Markoska

KOCH Vison and Crunk!!! Energy Drink Announce Joint Promotion in Support of the KOCH Vision Release of Don Vito PRESENTS CRUNK & FAMOUS

Don Vito Presents CRUNK & FAMOUS documents the hottest music movement which is sweeping the rap scene and taking over the South. Featuring Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, T.I., Pastor Troy and other rap artists, the DVD gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the recording studios and backstage at events as these artists showcase their Crunk style.

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) December 30, 2005 -- KOCH Vision has collaborated with King of Crunk Lil Jon and CRUNK!!! Energy Drink to present a cross-promotion to launch the highly anticipated DVD release, Don Vito Presents CRUNK & FAMOUS. The campaign will include a consumer sweepstakes which will create major awareness of the DVD within its target audience. Details of the sweepstakes will be promoted on 80,000 specially-marked CRUNK!!! Energy Drink 3-packs. The promotional campaign begins February 1, 2006 when CRUNK!!! Energy Drink is shipped to key markets in Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio.

The National Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner will take home an official CRUNK!!! goblet in addition to a years supply of CRUNK!!! Energy Drink. Ten second-prize winners will win a free DVD of Don Vito Presents CRUNK & FAMOUS, which will be released by KOCH Vision on February 7, 2006.

KOCH Vision will also provide details of the sweepstakes on its DVD packaging of CRUNK & FAMOUS. The company will support the promotion with an extensive marketing and publicity campaign specifically targeting those top Crunk markets. The promotion runs from February 1, 2006 through April 30, 2006 and consumers can enter at

Don Vito Presents CRUNK & FAMOUS documents the hottest music movement which is sweeping the rap scene and taking over the South. Featuring Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, T.I., Pastor Troy and other rap artists, the DVD gives fans a behind-the-scenes look into the recording studios and backstage at events as these artists showcase their Crunk style. The documentary also presents Lil Jon in the studio while recording his hit song "Get Low" and talking about the hip-hop scene and the origins of his signature Crunk sound. Don Vito Presents CRUNK & FAMOUS will be available on DVD for a suggested retail price of $14.98. Bonus features on the DVD include free-styling outtakes and a photo gallery.


Daniela Markoska

Pay Attention: New Aphilliates Mixtape Promises to Change the Hip-Hop Game

The Aphilliates Music Group proudly ushered in a long awaited change to the face of the Music Industry with the release of the new mixtape The Day the Game Changed, showcasing the talents of their artist Willie The Kid. The Day the Game Changed is far from your typical mixtape album. With the help of executive producers Don Cannon, DJ Drama, and DJ Sense, Willie The Kid has crafted an album that will hold its own against that of any artist with the support of a major label machine behind him.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 30, 2005 -- On December 9, 2005, the Aphilliates Music Group proudly ushered in a long awaited change to the face of the Music Industry with the release of the new mixtape The Day the Game Changed, showcasing the talents of their artist Willie The Kid. The 27 track offering combines both freestyles and original songs to present the world with what many Hip-Hop fans feel is missing: a versatile artist dedicated to his craft and determined to re-infect the world with the passion once felt by the under-represented urban youth which, through a need for self-expression, created the Subculture which is now the number one social and economic force in America.

Though it is presented as such, The Day the Game Changed is far from your typical mixtape album. With the help of executive producers Don Cannon, DJ Drama, and DJ Sense, Willie The Kid has crafted an album that will hold its own against that of any artist with the support of a major label machine behind him. In addition to the artists years of practice, remixing hit singles on The Aphilliates ultra successful mixtape series, this project has been carefully A&Rd to make sure that the industry beats selected accentuate Willies talent in such a way that audiences will have a hard time even remembering the original songs for which the beats were created. In addition, The Day the Game Changed boasts production from Don Cannon and Detroit Red, also a member of the Aphilliates family, who together are one of the fastest rising production teams in Hip-Hop. By keeping this project in house, Willie The Kid ensured that his creative vision would not be compromised in any way, something he feels too many artists are made subject to.

Drawing from the bleak landscape of his childhood stomping grounds in Grand Rapids, MI for inspiration, Willie The Kid masterfully blends the lyrical prowess he developed as a teenager during Hip-Hops Golden Age with the cultural influences of the South, which he now calls home, to draw audiences into an exercise in artistry that is rarely attained by his peers. But dont let that fool you into thinking that Willie The Kid cant still get it crackin with the best of them. Hip-Hop is a beverage of choice for a thirsty people, says the self-proclaimed Prince of the Hood. Not just the music, but the culture. Its like the world needs that thing. The status quo, as he sees it, offers to quench that thirst with no more than tap water. Referring to his music as the Evian of this rap s**t, and being a true student of Hip-Hop, Willie The Kid has the versatility to adapt to every style of music, thus avoiding pigeon-holing himself. It is that skill which will assure Willie The Kid a longevity seen in few artists before him.

Attached are the artist's bio and a sample track from the new mixtape. Copies of The Day The Game Changed are available upon request to e-mail protected from spam bots. To hear additional music by Willie The Kid, please visit For more information about The Aphilliates Music Group, please visit

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Tai Saint-louis

New Music Community Website Hits Company Milestone of 1,000 Members

The fee-free music and social networking website that connects bands and fans reaches 1000 members since launching October 1st 2005.

Burbank, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2005 -- The website connects bands and fans from around the world with a fee-free site dedicated to independent musicians and their fans. We are excited with the overwhelming response and feedback from our members that are making a thriving music community, comments founder, SC Smith.

The site is loaded with user-friendly features for bands and fans such as high-quality streaming MP3, upcoming show calendar, unlimited photos, profiles/bios and Fan Footprints allowing fans and bands to leave messages on one anothers pages. is the only website prominently spotlighting fans on its front page alongside the featured artist/band.

The site has paid off for two of the artists, Martin [Laura Martin] and Macek [Erick Macek]. Discovered on the site by the Chrysler Entertainment Group. Martin and Macek singers/ songwriters will be performing at the Chrysler Caf during the Sundance Film Festival taking place in Park City, Utah January 19-29th 2006 real music fan has given me an opportunity to get major exposure to the entertainment industry, comments Erick Macek. is a fee-free music community that connects bands and artists to the worldwide fan base.

Sc Smith
818-842-0205 Retains WDC Media to Promote Innovative Online System Connecting Christian Musicians to Top Ministry and Music Opportunities

NASHVILLE , TN. -- (ArriveNet - Dec 30, 2005) -- The Christian public relations firm WDC Media announced to day that it has been retained by, the innovative online booking and promotional system that effectively connects Christian musicians to thousands of potential ministry opportunities. will officially launch and be fully functional on January 1st.

"Crossdogs is one of the most revolutionary and forward thinking players to arrive on the music scene in a long time," said Dave Bohon, Vice President for Project Management with WDC Media. "We're proud to represent them and we're certain their service to Christian musicians will quickly put thousands of worthy independent bands and artists out where they belong performing and ministering in churches, festivals, and other relevant venues."

Created by two veterans of the Christian music business, Gary LeMaster and Brant Christopher Menswar, is designed to address the two most fundamental issues faced by Christian musicians: Finding relevant places to perform and receiving adequate reimbursement for their time and travel.

"It's been a perennial problem for Christian musicians," said LeMaster. "Traveling hundreds of miles to minister at a church, coffee house, or concert, and then playing your heart out for a meal and maybe a small offering."

With the corporate slogan "Where Potential Meets Opportunity," is set to completely revolutionize how musicians and bands communicate with venues, book dates, and take advantage of the nearly unlimited opportunities that exist within the Christian music industry.

For a small annual membership fee, musicians use to create their own Electronic Dog Tag (EDT), which is a user friendly, web-based press kit that includes all the elements of a traditional hard-copy press kit plus audio and video demos, a photo album, and much more. They then e-mail the EDTs to their own list of churches and other ministry venues, eliminating the high costs of duplicating and mailing hard-copy press kits.

In addition, Crossdogs enables artists to view opportunities from its exclusive list of promoters, churches, festivals, and other venues, and offers them a special option to submit their EDTs to this "A List" of performance opportunities.

Each of the ministry venues that partners with Crossdogs receives a free listing for its available opportunity on the website. "Churches and venues end up with top-notch artists to fill their openings, as well as 50 percent of every submission fee," explained LeMaster.

"What Crossdogs is doing is very simple," he said. "We're giving a major group of independent artists and musicians access to venues they would normally have a very difficult time connecting with. And we're giving venues and churches the resources to bless these artists and ministers."

Added Menswar, "The world needs to hear God's Word in many different ways and coming from many difference sources. Money should never be an obstacle. Crossdogs enables churches to bring in quality Christian artists without the worry of going over budget. Bands and musicians find great places to play and opportunities to minister. It's a win-win format for everyone involved."

Said Susan Zahn, President of WDC Media and an expert in faith-based culture and media, "It's this kind of innovative approach to ministry that is providing opportunities and getting the gospel message out to many different audiences. WDC Media is blessed to be part of Crossdogs' revolutionary endeavor." is an innovative online resource that uses its exclusive Electronic Dog Tag press kit system to creatively connect Christian musicians to relevant ministry and performance opportunities. For more information visit

WDC Media is a leader in Christian public relations and media relations. To learn more visit

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The G-Unity Foundation Spreads Holiday Cheer Across the Country

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Sponsored by The G-Unity Foundation, Inc., its founder 50 Cent and his G-Unit Records recording artists Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Spider Loc, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., and Olivia, surprised children at three nonprofit organizations across the country, making the holiday season bright and cheerful.

On December 23 in Compton, California, Spider Loc visited a nonprofit that he knows well, the Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum. The Museum's main purpose is to make aviation accessible to children who lack the access and opportunity to experience such. One hundred children were treated to iPod Shuffles and a party. Spider also presented director Robin Petgrave with a check for $25,000 to support Positive Vibrations, their youth mentoring program.

Eighty-five children at the Springfield Family Inn in Jamaica, New York were surprised when 50 Cent, Olivia, Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., and Tony Yayo appeared with plenty of toys, winter coats, hats, and gloves for everyone. And to make the celebration even more joyful, the children were treated to a concert given by the incredible Boys Choir of Harlem. In the spirit of giving, a grant for $25,000 was presented to Homes for the Homeless to fund their Healthy Living Center Project expansion project.

Homes for the Homeless (HFH) is the nation's largest provider of residential, education and employment training centers-serving over 630 homeless families and over 1,200 homeless children each day at five separate sites across New York City. Dubbed American Family Inns, these sites function as communities of opportunity, carefully integrating a network of on-site education, employment and family support services that address the multiple causes of homelessness.

Last but not least, on December 19 in Nashville, Tennessee, Young Buck visited seventy children at the Fannie Battle Day Home for Children. The children received toys and were treated to a pizza party. On top of that, the organization was greatly surprised when Young Buck presented a check for $25,000.

"I was very, very taken back," executive director Sara Longhini said. "It's an amazing donation for us and our families." The grant will support establishing a new Infant/Toddler Program, or their Summer Enrichment Program.

A grant of $10,000 was also awarded to the Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc. The G-Unity Foundation previously supported the Choir and its Choir Academy with a grant of $150,000.

The G-Unity Foundation, Inc. is a public foundation that provides grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for low-income and underserved communities.

Source: G-Unit Records

CONTACT: Dennis Dennehy, +1-310-865-7934, for G-Unit Records


JANUARY 1, 2005, ATLANTA- Here to sate the yearnings of bona fide dirty south listeners worldwide enters innovative rap trio ATM (About the Money). The burgeoning rap superstars are preparing to cause mixtape havoc with the release of their audio epidemic ATM: About the Money Vol. 1 on January 17th, 2006.

The audio excursion is a grand and granular embodiment of ATM's abundant individual talents and group synchronicity. In conception since 2003, the talented threesome has played an intricate role in the developed sound of the popular Bankhead hangout the Pool Palace.

The DJ T-Rock hosted mixtape is an infectious miscellany of lyrical prowess, abundant creativity and pioneering production.

For more information on ATM: About the Money Vol. 1 or for ATM media inquiries, please contact Kayla Calloway at 404-246-4810 or


VIVA FIDEL!: The Mix CD w/ DJ Stretch
Urban Crisis Inspired Mix CD, Set to Debut in Jan. 2006
on GPInnertainment

No matter what the time is, a revolutionary is only as powerful as his love for change. With Milwaukee leading the nation in some the worst statistics that effect the black & latino population, resident advocate Fidel is set become one of the most exciting merchants of medicine music to emerge in years. Having over 10 years of understanding as a founding member of the underground group Taste Emcees and the Midwest strong-arm marketing machine Gorilla Promotions International, Fidels ambition and community involvement has quickly made supporters out of many everyday people. Now the world will get to join the movement to reclaim Hip Hop & utilize its phenomenal influence to educate and uplift our youth. The GP Innertainment Group debut, VIVA FIDEL! drops Jan. 2006

Im a messenger, Im not here to promote destruction and death of black people. Im out to overthrow the actor rappers, and the blood-suckin labels that are literally using what Kool Herc and Afrika Bam & nem started to destroy our youth. This mix cd is for all the people who realize the power of our voices and who love that rebel music.

Songs like the instructive Get What U Give show Fidel speaking like a General to his troops calmly explaining his motivations and observations on the battlefield. My songs come from conversations and everyday interactions with the people. Setting the backdrop for his reality is DJ Stretch of the Record Breakers, blending and scratching throughout the Mix CD. Producers include Milwaukee natives Phat Brain, Mario Webb, and even a timeless, self produced Rezurekshun which is a brilliant non-stop build up of one-liners circa 1998 hittin licks for kids that concentrate/fuck catchin a case. Guest appearances include label mates Taste Emcees, 10yr. old Boyman and 1D.

Press handled by Gorilla Promotions International
P.O. BOX 12825 Milwaukee, WI 53212
Email Fidel (Fidel@gorillapromo) Phone # 414-899-1949
For more info and updates go to:
or :

A press tour for the artist is to take place in MKE during the month of December- respond soon to request or reserve time.

Internet's Most Popular Rap/Hip-Hop Podcast is now available in iTunes Music Store

For those who have been keeping up with digital trends in the music world, the concept of podcasting is nothing new. And for those who have also been keeping track of the hip-hop podcast game, the Mixtape Show ( should already be a familiar name. The show is already the most popular hip-hop / rap downloadable show on the internet, and is now the biggest hip-hop download in Apple's iTunes.

The Mixtape Show podcast is essentially a half-hour mixtape show produced and released weekly, with underground and exclusive tracks from some of the industry's most respected and talented players. The show can be played on the site, or downloaded just like any other mp3, allowing users to play them on their computer, burn to CD, share with friends, and enjoy however they like for free.

The podcast feature of the show is similar to Tivo it also allows users to subscribe to the show. Shows can be automatically downloaded every week into iTunes and onto the subscriber's iPod or other mp3 device all for free. The show is also prominently featured in Apple's iTunes Music Store software, meaning that anyone who searches for "rap" or "hip-hop" keywords within the program will easily find the Mixtape Show. Currently thousands of shows are downloaded daily to computers and iPods around the world.

Each weekly show contains live mixes or exclusive interviews. Artists that have been interviewed on the Mixtape Show include O.C. of D.I.T.C., Bavu Blakes, The Source Unsigned Hype alumni Young Hootie, and more. A partnership with Larceny Entertainment is also in place, bringing West Coast rap fans weekly episodes of the Grand Larceny Radio Show, including underground and exclusive tracks from both up-and-comers and major industry artists alike.

The Mixtape Show covers all regions and all flavors of hip-hop from East Coast to West Coast, Dirty South to Canada to Uganda. If it's in the streets or in the suburbs, it's on the show. The site also features reviews and commentary on the aspects of the industry that are usually left out by major hip-hop media.

The show was previously sponsored by Motorola on the old network and currently advertisers are encouraged to contact Dex Digital for sponsorship opportunities. Artists and labels are also encouraged to make contact for track placement and further information.

The Mixtape Show website :
Dex Digital

Let's Get It -, the "entry level of hip-hop", Launches Website

Excitement grows as prepares to unveil their website, featuring: Miami Kaos, DJ Drama, Jae Millz, DJ Chuck T, and Chris Styles

Virginia Beach, VA, December 27, 2005 In a joint venture with S19media, has officially launched its website. Focusing on the entry level of hip-hop, the site will contain but not limited to- exclusive interviews, news, audio, reviews, etc.

As the site makes it debut, Jae Millz and DJ Drama gives an exclusive Gangsta Grillz interview, where they touch on everything from the new mixtape, Ridin Dirty, to the state of hip-hop. Im the first New York dude to hit you with a Gangsta Grillz mixtape. So, this is big, right here, says Jae Millz.

We also had the opportunity to talk to the self-proclaimed Most well-rounded DJ in the south. I basically CREATED the mixtape market down here. I came in at a time when mixtapes were just starting to gain nationwide exposure and be recognized as valuable marketing tools for new artists. The streets ate them up like Star Jones eats Twinkies. Thats what made me realize that I was in the right field, brags Chuck T.

We are really excited, says Shawndrea Oliver, CEO of Our overall goal is to show love to those djs, up-n-coming artist, producers, designers, and everybody that has something to do with the mixtape game, whos not receiving the attention they should by other major websites and publications. Dont get me wrong, we do feature main stream artists, but these are the ones that support the mixtape circuit by dropping exclusives, hosting, doing freestyles, and much more.

Visit today, for this is just the beginning of our movement.

For more information contact:
Shawndrea Shawnie Oliver
CEO/ Owner


Independent rap label, ShowTyme Entertainment, gets rave reviews from fans.

HOUSTON, Dec. 25, 2005 -- The fans have voted! As a result of some very enthusiastic reviews from members, independent rap group, Detox, from Houston record label, ShowTyme Entertainment, wins Garageband.coms Track of the Day. For 24 hours on Sunday, December 25th their latest song titled "Game Over" will be featured on the front page of the websites Rap section.

This is not the first time that the young labels artists have been voted to the websites top singles list. This year alone, four of the labels singles ("Get Loose", "How Many", "Let It Go", and "The Anthem") have gone on to win Hip Hop Track of the Day, leaving the impression that they may be among the next hype out of Houston. The winning tracks are selected based on reviews from the websites members, and the songs with the best reviews climb highest up the rankings to eventually move on to the next rounds.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to more releases by Detox. While the group has its eye on the prize, they are carefully charting out their success by slowly maximizing their local region. "We really want to fill the void left in the Texas underground rap scene and max out independently before we sign or even think about a major [deal]. We want to gain that respect from people," says label President, Doc Quinn.
To review "Game Over visit or

ShowTyme Entertainment is a Houston-based independent record label boasting four underground mix tapes, a full roster of promising talent, and a strong pipeline of music projects underway. The label is striving to establish themselves as a powerhouse independent label in a city spotlighted by the majors.


To schedule an interview, request a CD for review, or for more details, please contact:

Fabiola Fleuranvil, Marketing/PR
ShowTyme Entertainment
(850) 212-1925