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Kool Keith amazes us with another mysterious character

A new music classic is born from Hip Hop's most outrageous and unpredictable artist, Kool Keith

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW YORK, NY, February 10, 2006 - A new classic is born from Hip Hop's most outrageous and unpredictable artist, Kool Keith (Black Elvis, Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom). "Nogatco Rd." is Keith's most inventive and highly anticipated album in years. Complete with UFO conspiracies, alien autopsies, coded space raps, and an amazing array of some of the most original tracks in years. Nogatco Rd. features strong and intricate Hip Hop production that is dusted with a dabble of hard rock, electronic and celestial soundscapes. The "Nogatco Rd." album is also an Enhanced CD that is loaded with features including a 50's style Sci-Fi mini-movie starring Kool Keith (viewable on a computer CD-ROM drive). Other features also include a digital comic book, digital photo album and other treats. Produced by Iz-Real (of acclaimed releases such as the MF Doom/Viktor Vaughn "Venomous Villain", "The Mic Planet Sessions", and "The Drastic Jungle Project"), "Nogatco Rd." also features guest appearances from progressive Hip Hop stars Sage Francis aka Xual Zan and the king of hard hitting avant-garde Hip Hop, Sole (of Anticon). Talented beatmakers DiViNCi, Jahson, Mr. Hill, EDK, Carl Kavorkian, Broken Klutch and D. Watcher also contribute. Welcome to the world of Hip Hop music's most enigmatic figure; a sinister, scientific Hip Hop genius known as Mr. Nogatco aka Kool Keith; reborn in rare form.

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Lil J Brings The Music Industry 'Somethin'

/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW YORK, NY, February 10, 2006 - MC. Dancer. Actor. Lil J, the triple threat best known from the Disney Channel's "That's So Raven" always knew he would be a star, now the rest of the world is experiencing the brilliant glow. The young superstar is poised to release his second record, Back Like I Left Somethin (845 Entertainment/SMC Recordings), an album produced by some of today's most esteemed urban hit-makers.

At the tender age of seven, he was rhyming outside his local K-Mart in Long Beach, California. An ambitious youngster, he collected enough tip money from these impromptu performances to pay for his own demo tape.

While Lil J grew up emulating greats like Michael Jackson, Will Smith, and New Edition, it was his impromptu performance in front of another legend that gave him his first taste of the limelight. At an in-store function, the young rapper showcased his very best LL Cool J impersonation in front of the superstar and was then invited to accompany him to the House of Blues.

By his early teens, J was signed to Trans Continental Records, best known for their affiliation with the hottest teen pop groups of the time including the Backstreet Boys, O-Town, N-Sync and LFO. His debut album All About J exploded on the scene in 2001 and boasted some of the industry's top producers like Jermaine Dupri, L.E.S. and L.T. Hutton.

Back Like I Left Somethin is a versatile mixture of urban-savvy tracks sporting a slew of influences. It showcases a young MC whose on-point flow commands instant attention. Featuring the lead single "I Know - (When We First Met)," Back Like I Left Somethin features collaborations with Mac G, Tiana Soleil and Melvin Riley of Ready for the World, among others.

Of the album, he says: "I would say the whole album is a lot more mature than my last one. Even though there are a lot of familiar themes, this is a record that people of all ages can relate to. The album is just me and the things that I do. The majority of the album gets you pumped up because a lot of the songs are fast. Everybody loves those party tunes you can bump in your car during the summertime." Greg Miller, co-CEO of 845 Entertainment adds, "We are thrilled to have Lil J as the newest addition to 845 Entertainment's ever growing roster".

Already an executive at his own Federation X Entertainment company and not yet 20 years old, Lil' J is well on his way to becoming a self-made entrepreneur. Also look for him in an upcoming Reebok commercial. This young man is truly an incredible talent, and this is just the beginning.

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Indie Powerhouse Suburban Noize Records Sets Industry on its Ears & Eyes Podcasting Music & Video for Free.

In A Realm Where Video Downloads Cost $1.99, The Home of Kottonmouth Kings Sets Trend For Industry By Podcasting Music Videos For Free.

(PRWEB) February 10, 2006 -- It had to happen sooner or later, thanks to Suburban Noize Records, the thriving indie label that launched the anti-establishment heroes Kottonmouth Kings into a global phenomenon. Subnoize continues its trademark of going against the grain, or hopefully starting a new trend for the industry by making a series of its videos available by Podcastingfor Free!

Four videos currently offered on the companys website are also now available for downloading as PodcastsPut It Down by Kottonmouth Kings featuring Cypress Hill, Paint It Black by Last Laugh, White Trash Renegade by Big B. and a live snippet from a performance by One Session. New videos, along with new audio Podcasts, will be made available on an ongoing basis.

Subnoize President Kevin Zinger believes that offering these Podcasts for no charge is a way for the label to stay one step ahead of the industry in the emerging arena. For a company like Suburban Noize, it makes sense for us to have this content available for free, he says. Every kid went out and got a new video iPOD for Christmas. And there is only so much content that is available now for them. If we give it away for free, it will drive fans to our site to get it."

Those people will be showing their friends, which will motivate people who may have never heard of Suburban Noize or the bands on the label to come to our site, Zinger adds. A new kid is not going to take the chance on an independent artist to download their video for a $1.99 but for free, why not?. At the end of the day, an independent label needs to worry about the long term exposure for the bands, not the small amount of money that is available to have your fan base download a video.

Fans using PCs can download these videos to their iPods in five simple steps:

1) On the Subnoize homepage, click on the icon that says Subnoize podcasts, Click Here To Subscribe. Users are then urged to open their iTunes program;

2) Copy this link:;

3) Pull down the Advanced menu on the top toolbar (This is the list of menus across the top of the screen that reads: File, Edit, Controls, Visualizer, Advanced, Window, Help);

4) Select Subscribe To Podcast; 5) Paste the link from Step 2.

ITunes will automatically redirect to the Podcast window and will automatically connect. Subnoize recommends that the user have Itunes 4.9 or higher to use the program.

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Rocwell Releases 'Welcome to the Chop Shop' Now at cdbaby

Renaissance Records is proud to announce the new single from Rocwell called "Welcome to the Chop Shop". His new album is primed to be a smash startimg with this hot new track.

(PRWEB) February 10, 2006 -- Renaissance records are proud to present Rocwellss newest single Welcome to the Chop Shop. Now available at

Hip Hop songwriter Rocwell is a maverick in the Orlando hip-hop community. He thrives on defying any easy pigeonhole.

His project deals with life, women, and the fast pace world of hip-hop with an energy that will appeal to all listeners. He has created a distinct sound of east coast dialect and lyrics with his dirty south roots.

He has been a mainstay on the rap circuit in Orlando, Florida. Rocwell has two albums to his credit, but its his latest single Welcome to the Chop Shop thats creating a buzz. He performed in concert with rap stars such as Trina, Big Tymers, and Mystikal, and has featured at clubs and car shows, like Hot Import Nights.

Rocwell is available for interviews. Please contact Winston Cole to set up a time that is convenient at jerzykidd @ Please visit Rocwell on the web at or at for more information.

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Underground Hip-Hop Invasion Strikes DC: Camp Lo & Kenn Starr Storm the Stage at Yuca

Hip-hop performance at Yuca Lounge in Washington D.C. Feb. 19, 2006 featuring Camp Lo, Ken Starr, and the Roll Wit Us Allstars.

(PRWEB) February 10, 2006 -- Flow, a weekly music showcase kicking off on February 19th 2006, will invade DC on its debut night with a double pronged assault from underground stars Camp Lo (whose debut album Uptown Saturday Night received massive critical acclaim) and Kenn Starr (who garnered major praise for collaborations with Geffen Records star Talib Kweli and Atlantic recording artists Little Brother). As if that wasn't enough, this powerful bill is further enhanced by the addition of local underground luminaries; Roll Wit Us All Stars and J.V.P. (whose main producer Frank Nitti has produced for platinum celebrity Young Jeezy). The party continues after the show with DJ Jesse Tittsworth (the organizer behind the massively successful Krunk event that rocked Montgomery County) and WPFW-FM's own RBI.

This weekly music showcase/party promises future performances over the next few months from the likes of CL Smooth (of the legendary Pete Rock & CL Smooth), M-1 (of recording group, dead prez), Nouveau Riche (a rock band fronted by The Roots crew's own Dice Raw) and Stiffed (fronted by Santi White, who penned the majority of the lyrics on MCA recording artist Res acclaimed debut How I Do). Be the first to cover the next movement in live music and partying in DC!

Yuca is an upscale Cuban restaurant and lounge that features three bars, two lounges, a dining area, and spacious room for performances and dancing. Located at 1800 M St NW. Doors for the show open at 8pm. Cover is $10. 18+

For more info on Camp Lo, Kenn Starr, and Roll Wit Us Allstars, check them out on the web: and

For any artists bookings for the Roll Wit Us Allstars, please contact Roshanda Duncan of Bubblelistic Management via email.

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DJ Warrior of the Cali Untouchable DJs and release "Ill Street Dues Part 3" Hosted by Talib Kweli and Glasses Malone

The "Ill Street Dues Part 3" double disc features 63 hot tracks from artist such as: Ras Kass, Dogg Pound, Jay Z, Lil Kim, Keak Da Sneak, Bishop Lamont, E40, Planet Asia, Gza, Self Sceintific, Mitchy Slick, Juelz Santana, Lil' Wayne, Pitbull, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Paul Wall, Warren G, Mike Jones, B. Real , Game, Kam, Sly Boggie and the list goes on. Not to mention, Warrior continues to break un-signed talent with several features from underground rappers like Scipio, Mykestro, Rob G, El Dorado Red, Quiz, Tri-Star, and Prime.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 10, 2006 -- West Coast mixtape mogul, DJ Warrior, is at the turntables again with his hottest release yet, "Ill Street Dues Volume 3", set to hit the streets February 2, 2006. This double disc CD is the third addition to the Ill Street Dues series of mixtapes, which have been feature in Scratch Magazine and on MTV's Mixtape Mondays. Although Warrior represents the West Coast to the fullest, this CD signifies the merging of west and east coast hip hop with Talib Kweli, one of the illest rappers from the east coast and G. Malone, a west coast rapper who just signed to Sony Urban, hosting this third edition.

What sets this long awaited third volume apart from any of DJ Warrior's past mixtapes are the exclusive cuts and new joints that only can be heard on Ill Street Dues Volume 3. The double disc features 63 hot tracks from artist such as: Ras Kass, Dogg Pound, Jay Z, Lil Kim, Keak Da Sneak, Bishop Lamont, E40, Planet Asia, Gza, Self Sceitific, Mitchy Slick, Juelz Santana, Lil' Wayne, Pitbull, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Paul Wall, Warren G, Mike Jones, B. Real , Game, Kam, Sly Boggie and the list goes on. Not to mention, Warrior continues to break un-signed talent with several features from underground rappers like Scipio, Mykestro, Rob G, El Dorado Red, Quiz, Tri-Star, and Prime. Exclusive production done by none other than DJ Warrior, hot mixes, and banging beats that are unstoppable can all be found on the new Ill Street Dues 3. This third addition proves to be one of the hottest CDs in the bunch.

Look out for DJ Warrior's debut album to drop later this year on Angeles/Fontana/HipHopWest "Cali Untouchable Radio".

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Independent Musicians and Their Fans Embrace MyxerTones

Bands Turn Tunes into Ringtones, Which Fans Download Free

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent musicians are embracing MyxerTones (, a groundbreaking technology that enables bands to create mobile phone ringtones from their own music. In a simple process, musicians select a song or sound file and receive a MyxerTag html tag to paste into their website, blog, or MySpace profile. Then, a fan clicks on the MyxerTag, enters his or her mobile phone number, and receives the band's content as a ringtone.

mVisible Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of technology, services, and programs to intelligently manage and deliver content to mobile devices, launched MyxerTags as an adjunct to their popular MyxerTones offering. According to mVisible Founder and Chief Technology Officer Myk Willis, "MyxerTags are snippets of html code that are automatically created by MyxerTones. They're used by bands, artists, or anyone who wants their music delivered through MyxerTones as a ringtone."

Musicians are enthusiastic about the new service. "I built a MySpace profile just so I could build ringtones from Cogburns songs that other people could download," said Jennifer Hicks from The Cogburns. "It's a trip to hear these on other people's phones!" She particularly appreciates the simplicity of selecting a song or sound file, providing basic information to identify it - such as the artist, title, and genre - and receiving the tag. "It's as easy as cut-and-paste," added Hicks. "You don't have to worry about different file formats, the types of phones fans are using, or any of that. MyxerTones takes care of everything."

Anyone visiting a musician's website is one click away from downloading their ringtone. According to Scott Kinnear, CEO and President of mVisible, "The site's visitors click the MyxerTag, which takes them to, where they simply enter their phone number and receive the band's ringtone for free."

mVisible Technologies, Inc. provides uniform access to digital media, such as music, photos, and video, via mobile phones - regardless of the type of phone, network carrier, calling plan, or file format. mVisible allows users to tap into existing digital media from virtually anywhere on the planet.

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Cingular Launches First Ever Made-for-Mobile Concert Series, Cingular Sounds Live

Cingular Sounds Live will give customers exclusive access to see and hear concert performances by some of today's most popular artists - all from their wireless phone

Innovative Music Program Debuts in Los Angeles with Performances by Daddy Yankee with special guest The Pussycat Dolls

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Adding yet another musical element to its repertoire, Cingular today announced Cingular Sounds Live, a unique concert series that is designed to generate exclusive content specifically for the mobile environment.

Cingular will create, produce and host a series of regular music events throughout the country in which the taped footage from each event will be used as part of the company's exclusive video offering. Utilizing the company's soon-to-be launched on-demand streaming video service, Cingular Video(TM), customers will be able to use their 3G-compatible wireless phones to watch concert highlights just days after the live event.

"Showing video content on wireless devices is not necessarily new anymore, but what makes Cingular Sounds Live so unique is that we aren't chasing music concerts to get this footage. Instead, we are actually creating these mobile music events for the sole purpose of making the content available for our customers to access and enjoy on their wireless phones," said David Garver, executive director of segment marketing and sponsorships, Cingular Wireless.

Cingular Sounds Live is the latest development in the company's successful Cingular Sounds program. The creation of Cingular Sounds Live demonstrates Cingular's leadership in wireless music innovation, as well as the natural synergies between wireless and music.

"With the advancement of wireless networks and handset technologies, the cell phone is becoming a true entertainment device. Innovative programs like Cingular Sounds Live allow us to address the needs of many consumers who want to stay connected to their lives - and their music - while mobile," added Garver.

Cingular Sounds Live Concert Premiere

On February 9, the company will kick off its first invitation-only Cingular Sounds Live concert in Los Angeles featuring performances by Reggaeton artist and Latin Grammy Award winner Daddy Yankee with special guest The Pussycat Dolls, whose singles "Don't Cha" and "Stickwitu" have become major pop hits.

Cingular and Music

Cingular has a long history in leading the convergence of wireless and music.

* July 2003 - Introduces First Music Phone, the Nokia 3300
* March 2004 - First to Offer Music Tone Ringtones From All Major Music
* April 2005 - Debuts Cingular Sounds with Never Heard Before Music as
* September 2005 - Launches World's First Phone with iTunes
* September 2005 - First to Offer Billboard Mobile Music Application
* November 2005 - Unveils MobiRadio with more than 40 Streaming Music
* December 2005 - Releases Sony Ericsson W600i Music Phone
* December 2005 - Announces Exclusive Ringtone "Don't Give Up (Africa)"
Performed by Alicia Keys and Bono, with Proceeds Supporting AIDS Relief
Organization, Keep A Child Alive
* January 2006 - Cingular launches the exclusive SLVR featuring iTunes
* February 2006 - Cingular launches Cingular Sounds Live

About Cingular Wireless

Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 54.1 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between AT&T Inc., formerly SBC Communications Inc., (NYSE:T) , and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE:BLS) , has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(TM) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is a leader in third generation wireless technology. Its 3G network is the first widely available service in the world to use HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) technology. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at Get Cingular Wireless press releases e-mailed to you automatically. Sign up at

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SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT Announces Management Realignment

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz and Andrew Lack to Assume New Positions

NEW YORK and GUETERSLOH, Germany, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the successful creation of the global recorded music joint venture SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT 18 months ago, the parent companies Sony Corporation of America and Bertelsmann AG are moving forward with a management realignment that will further strengthen the operation of the company. Effective immediately, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, formerly Chairman of the Board of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, is named Chief Executive Officer, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. Andrew Lack, who has been Chief Executive Officer, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, assumes the position of Chairman of the Board, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, which is headquartered in New York, will continue to be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of six representatives of Bertelsmann and Sony.

In his new position Mr. Schmidt-Holtz will have overall management responsibility for the company and be based in New York. Mr. Lack, as Chairman of the Board, will lead the company's public policy and industry initiatives, and assume operating responsibility and oversight for the theatrical film business of Sony BMG, and be based in New York. The senior management team will also include the Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Kelleher, and a Chief Operating Officer to be appointed shortly.

The joint venture SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT was formally announced on August 5, 2004. It is 50% owned by Bertelsmann and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America. It encompasses some of the most influential and successful record labels in the world and a wide array of recording artists, and operates worldwide. Messrs Schmidt-Holtz and Lack were instrumental in joining together to begin the negotiations and ultimately implement the joint venture.

"We are very fortunate to have executives of this high caliber at SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Together Andy and Rolf worked tirelessly to bring about the merger and begin the integration of our global operations. Thanks to that effort SONY BMG is well-positioned to deal with the complex issues and rapid changes facing the music industry, and it continues to maintain strong market position as well as a particularly strong performance in this past quarter in comparison with the industry overall. With this management change Rolf and Andy are now aligned in positions that will take advantage of the significant progress the company has already made, as well as their formidable business skills and respective management experiences. Together they will continue to strengthen the company's relationship with artists and the creative community, secure its global reach and provide great entertainment to music lovers around the world. I want to thank them both for the successes of the past 18 months and say that we all look forward to working with them in their new positions."

"Sony BMG is gaining a media executive who is as experienced as he is successful. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has impressively proven his flair for the creative and economic aspects of success in the music business -. and under the most difficult of market conditions -- at the helm of the Bertelsmann Music Group. I wish him all the best and continued success for his future assignment. Andrew Lack successfully led the organizational integration process following the merger. This achievement is a real milestone for SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT," said Gunter Thielen, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG.

"I am honored to be asked to lead Sony BMG and to take us forward as a leader in music and entertainment. I know a deep commitment to our artists and our shareholders is shared by our employees worldwide, and by working together we will continue to grow Sony BMG as a creative powerhouse," said Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

"I am extremely pleased to take on this new leadership role with the company and to continue to help SONY BMG accelerate its tremendous growth and performance," said Andrew Lack, Chairman of the Board, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. "Rolf and I are fortunate to have a roster of extraordinary artists and a top notch team of creative executives around the world. Now, with the integration behind us, SONY BMG is poised to achieve outstanding success."

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz Biography

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz served as Chairman of the Board of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT from August 2004 to February 2006. Since January 2001, he headed the Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG), New York, as Chairman and CEO. He led BMG into the merger of the recorded music business with Sony Music Entertainment International in August 2004 and, since, assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of the joint venture.

At the same time, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was a member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board and headed the BMG division which, today, consists of the joint venture share in SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT and of BMG Music Publishing. He also served as Chief Creative Officer of Bertelsmann AG.

His career spans high-profile positions for major European television and print media, having worked as a journalist, TV editor and correspondent, magazine editor in chief and publisher, newspaper publisher and TV executive. In 1986 he was appointed Editor in Chief of German public broadcaster WDR where he ran a weekly political talk show. In 1988, he became publisher and, two years later, Editor in Chief of Gruner + Jahr's Stern news magazine, halting the circulation decline by reestablishing the publication's reputation. From 1989 he also served as a member of the Executive Board of Gruner + Jahr. In 1994, he was appointed CEO of Bertelsmann's television business UFA which he led into the merger with Luxembourg based broadcaster CLT to form CLT-UFA in 1997. As CEO of CLT-UFA he orchestrated the combination with Pearson Television to form RTL Group in 2000.

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, born on August 31, 1948 in Martinsreuth, Germany, is an examined lawyer and studied political science as well as psychology.

Andrew Lack Biography

As CEO of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT from August 2004 to February 2006 Mr. Lack oversaw all operations of the global recorded music company, a leading producer and marketer of pre-recorded music and video. From January 2003 to August 2004 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music Entertainment.

Previously, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer for NBC since June of 2001. During his tenure with NBC he oversaw Entertainment, News, including MSNBC and CNBC, NBC Stations, Sales, and Broadcast & Network Operations.

From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Lack was the president of NBC News, where he transformed the News division into the most-watched news organization. NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Meet the Press, and The Today Show each became No. 1 in their time periods, and the primetime franchise Dateline NBC became a significant part of NBC's primetime programming strategy. Mr. Lack quadrupled the number of Dateline programs produced by NBC news, expanded the Today show to three hours, and was responsible for the creation of Today's streetside, "window on the world" studio in New York's Rockefeller Center.

Before going to NBC, Mr. Lack spent much of his television career at CBS News, where he created and served as the executive producer of the groundbreaking newsmagazine West 57th (1985-89). He served as the senior executive producer of the landmark CBS Reports for nearly a decade (1978-85), producing acclaimed documentaries such as "People Like Us" (1982), "Teddy" with Roger Mudd, "The Boat People" (1979), "The Defense of the United States" (1981), and "Bittersweet Memories: A Vietnam Reunion" (1981). He joined CBS News in 1976 and by the next year had become a prominent producer for 60 Minutes.

Mr. Lack's broadcasts at CBS earned numerous honors, including 16 Emmy Awards, 4 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, 5 Ohio State Awards, an Oversees Press Club Award, 2 Gravel Awards from the American Bar Association, a George Polk Award and a Clarion Award.

Andrew Lack attended the Sorbonne and received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Fine Arts at Boston University in 1968. He lives in New York with his wife, Betsy Kenny Lack, and their children.

The media company Bertelsmann commands globally leading positions in the major markets. Its core business is the creation of first-class media content. Bertelsmann includes RTL Group, Europe's No.1 in television and radio, as well as the world's biggest book-publishing group, Random House, with more than 100 publishing imprints (Alfred A. Knopf, Bantam, Goldmann). Gruner + Jahr, the European No.1 in magazine publishing (Stern, Geo, Capital) and the BMG music division -- comprised of the Sony BMG joint venture (Anastacia, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Dido, Usher) and BMG Music Publishing -- also stand for creativity and powerful brands. The Arvato division bundles the group's media services, which include the expanding units Arvato Logistics Services and Arvato Direct Services (distribution, service centers, customer relationship management), along with state-of-the-art printers, storage media production and comprehensive IT-services. Bertelsmann's direct-to-customer businesses are bundled in Direct Group: book and music clubs with more than 35 million members all over the world.

Sony Corporation of America, based in New York City, is the U.S. subsidiary of Sony Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo. Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, motion picture, television, computer entertainment, and online businesses make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal U.S. businesses include Sony Electronics Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., and a 50% interest in SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, one of the largest recorded music companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $67 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, and it employs 151,400 people worldwide. Sony's consolidated sales in the U.S. for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 were $18.4 billion. For more information see

SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT is a global recorded music joint venture with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars, as well as a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. SONY BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann A.G. and 50% owned by Sony Corporation of America.

Source: Sony Corporation of America

CONTACT: Elizabeth Young of Bertelsmann Inc., +1-212-782-9009,, or Andreas Grafemeyer of Bertelsmann AG, +49-5241-80-2466,, or Jennifer Glass of Sony Corporation of
America, +1-212-833-6975,, or Mack Araki,
+1-212-833-6821,, or Cory Shields for SONY BMG MUSIC
ENTERTAINMENT/ US/ Germany, +1-212-833-4647,

Web site: is 'The Music Video Model Directory' is a website dedicated specifically to models that have appeared in music videos. What would a music video be without a beautiful video model?

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) February 8, 2006 -- Claude Julian (Makeup Artist/Talent Manager/Creative Director, Claude Julian Enterprises LLC and Matthew Cherry (Founder/CEO/Webmaster), Video Vixens LLC/ have teamed up to create the hottest music video model directory in the world. Matthew Cherry is a former star wide receiver from the University of Arkon. In February 2006, Matthew is headed to Hamburg, Germany to represent the Carolina Panthers in NFL Europe.

This dynamic team have joined forces to create They are the premier experts on music video models in America. They have collaborated with Chief Fashion Photographer Chicago's own Lawrence Brown ( to capture the beauty of all the music video models in upcoming photo shoots and national marketing campaigns. They have assembled quite a style team with HiStyle ( supplying the jewelry, Tia Lyn ( and Dedric DeShon with Next Level is the Chief Hair Stylist for all photo shoots.

Video is a website dedicated specifically to models that have appeared in music videos. Music Videos are the medium where an urban model can shine and not worry about if she is tall enough or skinny enough to be considered for work. Video Vixens come in all shapes and sizes and music videos embrace all that is beautiful about a woman. Honestly do you think anybody would watch music videos if it weren't for the models? has broken the art of video modeling into three separate categories:

VIDEO VIXENS: A Video Vixen is what would be considered to be a veteran in the music video modeling game. A Video Vixen is a model that has been cast in at least one major music video in featured or a principal role as well as having appeared in a major magazine publication such as KING, Black Mens, Smooth, or XXL. There are several types of video vixens from the fresh new faces who have just recently gotten their first music video feature like Ahni Luv, Chessika Cartwright, Nancy Ermina, Miya Granatello, Vanna Black, Nicole Narain, LaShontae Heckard, Shauna Faith, Amber Burnside aka Absolutely Amber, and Janelle Stein to the already established vixens who have several features in music videos to their credit like The Glenn Twins, Erica Mena, Azzareya Curtis, Esther Baxter, Buffie the Body, Simone Baptiste and Summer Walker to the OG veteran Video Vixens who have careers that span over 5 years in the industry like Melyssa Ford, Gloria Velez, Sincerely Ward and KiToy Johnson.

VIDEO HONEYS: A Video Honey is what is considered to be a rookie to the music video modeling game. They are young ladies who have modeling experience and have appeared in at least one music video but not necessarily in a feature or principal role and they have not appeared in a major magazine publication. They are the next in line to shine and are one step away from becoming Video Vixens themselves. They have been on music video sets before and they know about the process and the long hours that come with the job so they have a little experience.

In December 2005, Hot Video Honeys 2006 (National Video Models Poster Search) was developed through a national casting at that attracted hundreds of music video models from all over the world. Through this casting process video honeys were selected from Atlanta, L.A., Canada, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Miami, and Washington D.C. These are a few of the Hot Video Honeys 2006 that the video music industry should keep an eye on: Jazmin Velazquez, Donna Baker, Ajay Milan, Rose Washington, Michelle Attai, Jackie Pitcher, Rayne Craft, Amanda Davis, Dazelle Yvette, Norionna Porter, and Mandy Marie.

VIDEO DIMES: A Video Dime is considered to be a recruit to the music video modeling game. They are young ladies who have modeling experience as far as dealing with photographers and agencies but they have no experience on music video sets. They have the look to be considered the next new hot thing in the industry but they lack the experience. A Video Dime has not appeared in a music video or in a magazine spread but they hope to in the near future. These are a few of the Hot Video Dimes that the video music industry should keep an eye on: Michelle Rivers, Rabbitt, Gia Jai, Naiya, Amrit Dhaliwal, Shawna Philips, Milena Roucha, Amber Ettinger, Dalene Costley and Nashifa Bhagwandin.

The exposure a model can gain from being cast in a major music video can lead to opportunities in other aspects of the entertainment industry. Several actresses and entertainers got their start by being a Video Vixen such as LisaRaye, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Traci Bingham, Nia Long, Keshia Knight Pulliam, K.D. Aubert, Leila Arcieri, Angell Conwell, Regean Gomez-Preston and Taraji P. Henson.

At it is the mission of this dynamic team to focus on the positives of video modeling and show aspiring models how to parlay the exposure gained to branch off into all aspects of the entertainment industry. is so unique because of its international appeal and interest of the careers of top music video models that you have seen on BET, VH-1, and MTV. This website allows for the first time in the history of the music video world the opportunity to plug into the national fan base and media interest of these radiant beauties. will showcase the hot video projects, video vixens, honeys and dimes spotlight, casting calls, photo shoots, interviews, information directory on music video models, featured websites, corporate banners, video model search, and streaming music videos that are heating up the charts.

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The Game Partners with 310 Motoring to Launch Footwear Line

Hip-Hop Superstar's ``Hurricane by 310'' Sneaker Line to Debut in Europe at Select Specialty Retailers

The multi-platinum hip hop star The Game launches signature 310 sneaker.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 8, 2006--310 Global Brands, the marketing and merchandising company of the high-end automotive specialists 310 Motoring, announced today that it is launching multi-platinum hip-hop superstar The Game's signature sneaker line, "Hurricane by 310," in Europe in March 2006.

The European launch at key specialty athletic and urban lifestyle stores in France, Germany, Holland, Spain and the United Kingdom follows the successful Holiday 2005 debut in the United States. The American launch at select athletic specialty stores resulted in high double digit sell-thrus.
"The Hurricane line is not just about signing one of the largest and most respected hip hop artists -- it's about relationships," said Marc Laidler, founder of 310 Motoring. "My history with The Game goes back to when he was an aspiring artist -- and I feel blessed to be working with him. He is sharp, articulate and creative, and is integrally involved in developing the Hurricane line -- a natural progression for 310 Motoring as it grows into a global luxury brand."

Recording artist The Game stated: "I'm ecstatic to present my shoe -- Hurricane by 310 -- to the world. It's an original design that is the result of a creative collaboration with Marc and the 310 design team. It's the highest quality. It is going to be big and I feel honored to be doing it with Marc and 310 Motoring."

Under the agreement, 310 will design, market and distribute the Game's signature footwear line. Reflecting The Game's tastes and personality, the initial Hurricane by 310 style is a street athletic sneaker in all-over white and all-over black. Additional styles and colorways are planned in 2006.
310 Footwear reflects the quality, integrity and design of the high-end customized automobiles bearing the same moniker. Each detail of fabrication speaks of the very special attention paid to quality and evokes absolute exclusivity. It is an utterly unique collection that is not designed to be unique. It is designed to capture a feeling, a culture, a lifestyle. It is the quintessential luxury brand.

ABOUT The Game
The Game (aka Jayceon Taylor) is the ideal personality for 310 to partner with for its first athletic line. The Game was a star shooting guard at Compton High School and briefly enjoyed a college basketball scholarship before succumbing to the life of the streets that eventually fueled the fire of his multi-platinum debut album "The Documentary." From the birthplace of gangsta rap, Compton, CA, The Game's success signifies the West Coast's return to hip-hop dominance and his partnership with the LA-based global brand 310 Motoring only strengthens this power.

ABOUT 310 Global Brands
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, 310 Global Brands was founded in 2003 as the marketing, merchandising and licensing arm of high-end automotive customization specialist 310 Motoring. The Company was the first to offer custom design innovations and services to create one-of-a-kind vehicles for an extensive clientele list comprised of celebrities, entertainers, athletes and trend-setting urban consumers. 310 Motoring Footwear is available in department, specialty stores and boutiques in the United States and select countries worldwide.

310 Global Brands
Jennifer Clay, 1-310-937-1326

Dallas does Houston during NBA All Star

New York Platinum Enterprise, home of , presents a pair of rising stars.

The first I Am Whatspoppin Next Tour artist LG3 of D Town Records will perform at the All-Star Yacht Party in Kemah, Texas, the 3rd largest boating community in the country, Houston Sunday Feb. 19.

LG3 is a pair of young women reppin Dallas. They have performed all over Texas and have asked to bless our yacht and the tour during our first stop, NBA All Star in Houston.

Hear their music:

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If you want to go to the party...there are still tickets left. It goes down at 7pm on All Star Sunday, just so you'll know.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of the tour, and perform during:


you need to contact Ty Wilson ASAP.

Want to reach hundreds of thousands of 18-35 year olds? Want the chance to meet others in the rap and r&b game? Look no further than the I Am Whatspoppin Next Tour!

Ty Wilson
Multi Media Director
Platinum Enterprise Group Services
877- 521- 4686 ext 4


Reggaetons King of Kings is the first urban Latino artist
to sell out Los Angeles premier venue

Los Angeles February 6, 2006 Don Omar, the ultimate reggaeton
hit-maker put on a show to remember in front of a sold out audience in
Los Angeles this Saturday, February 4, 2006. The first urban Latino
artist to sell out Gibson Amphitheatre, Don Omar closed out his
California appearances in front of a packed audience of 6,000 people.

Hennessey, Universal Pictures new release Doom, and radio station
Latino 96.3 FM sponsored the show, which was brought to Los Angeles by
Orjuela Entertainment, Machete Music and Total Entertainment Group.
For those who couldnt get tickets, or those who simply want to relive
the moment, the show was also taped by Cingular Wireless and is
available in streamable content to Cingular Wireless customers.

Reggaeton, as a part of urban Latino music, is arguably the most
influential musical movement of the past year. As a cross-cultural
genre, reggaeton is influenced by Jamaican music (reggae), Latin
tropical music (bomba/plena/salsa/merengue/ bachata, etc.) and urban
hip-hop music. In 2004 and 2005, reggaeton drove Latin record sales,
making Latin the only music category to register growth, according to
Nielsen SoundScan and the Recording Industry Association of America.

Urban artists have begun to see their influence on reggaeton and have
responded by welcoming reggaeton into urban music. This is evidenced
by the fact that many multi-platinum hip-hop and R&B artists are
collaborating with reggaeton artists and doing reggaeton remixes of
their own songs.

On the West Coast, reggaeton has taken off. As a reggaeton
groundbreaker known for delivering hit after hit, the performance on
February 4 was Don Omars first solo show in Los Angeles. He performed
his hit songs, Reggaeton Latino, Dale Don Dale, Pobre Diabla, Dile and
more accompanied by a live band and famed DJ Eliel. Surprise guest DJ
Nelson joined the King of Kings on stage. This show is the Don Omar
event that Southern California will never forget. His album, Kings of
Kings will be released on Machete Music in May.

Contact: Talia Rodrguez-Shakur
(323) 644-0606


Historic In-Depth Interview Airs Thursday, February 16 at 11 PM on MTV

New York, NY February 9, 2006 MTV News will premiere the first interview with rap megastars Jay-Z and Nas as they end one of the most publicized lyrical battles of all time. All Eyes on Jay-Z and Nas premieres on Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 11 PM on MTV.

In an intimate conversation with MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway, the two artists give MTV the scoop on the years of battle (and mutual respect), reveal why the two artists finally decided to stop hating and come together, and unveil current plans to work together. Now that Nas is signed on to Jay-Zs Def Jam label, the very public animosity has turned to talk of a duet is in the pipeline.

Its bigger than both of us.Its more about the culture, about showing people another way, because [the battle we staged] was something that stopped the world Now everyone emulates the battle, Jay-Z tells Sway, So now we have to show them another way.

Preview clips of will air on Direct Effect, TRL and MTV Overdrive all week, and reporting on takes a comprehensive look at the interview and its implications.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the worlds leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

Press Contact:
Diane Domondon
Phone: 212.846.6613

Rap Artist, Juelz Santana, is Making Moves Other than Music

Juelz Santana launches new clothing company, Mazia and becomes a partner with H3 Enterprises Hip Hop Soda Shop.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 9, 2006 -- LaRon James mostly famously known as Rap Artist, Juelz Santana, is making some huge moves in his career other than music. With his sophomore album, WHAT THE GAMES BEEN MISSING certified GOLD (selling well over 500,000 copies) on Diplomat/Def Jam Records, he has started to make his mark in the fashion industry with his new clothing company, The Z-Line and the stock market by partnering with H3 (HTRE) Enterprises, Inc.

This fall, Juelz will be launching his clothing company, MAZIA licensed by Z-Line Clothing, Inc. I want to be a driving force in the Urban Market.MAZIA will be a vengeance against all other brands that have taken the style from my generation and attempted to duplicate what we do naturally. Other labels have tried and just haven't gotten it right because they were missing that key ingredient me, says Santana.

MAZIA's mission is to hit the fashion industry over the head with a look that is overzealous, powerful, and magnetic. We will provide a look that will give urban apparel what the games been missing, says Lawrence Arthur of Z-Lineclothing.

H3Enterprises, Inc. (HTRE) has also entered into a multi-faceted Agreement with the #1 Recording Artist. The Agreement includes Juelz hosting H3's first Cyber Sports One-on-One Challenge during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston where many celebs are expected to participate in this fan-friendly event. Juelz has also agreed to become
a financial partner in H3's flagship Hip Hop Soda Shop on 125th Street in Harlem, as well as in HTRE itself.

Its great to add another home-grown Harlem hero to H3, said Brian H3 Peters, President and Founder of HTRE, the first publicly traded Hip Hop Company. Juelz is the future of hip hop and a bonafide star. Having him as part of Team H3 should be a great benefit for our shareholders and community alike.

In addition to his new ventures, Juelz is expanding his recording studio, Santana Studios and is actively assisting his Mother, Deborah James with the operation of his familys Harlem based clothing store, Santanas Town , and touring. CamRon and I are extremely proud of Juelz and his desire to become more than just an Artist, says his Manager, Joseph Big Joe Sherman of New Era Entertainment. To make a mark that can not be erased is something that Juelz aspires to do and his new ventures are a reflection of his goals being reached.

For more info, visit our website at To purchase What The Game's Been Missing CD visit:

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Album Alert The U-N Delegations Crew set to release first LP.

February 7, 2006 New England and New York based powerhouse team The U-N Delegations, made up of Dj Dax, Epic Visions, Furyus and Wize, officially announce the planned release of their much anticipated debut album to be titled Closed Captioned. The album will feature guest appearances by Killah Priest, Shabazz the Disciple, Amadeus the Stampede, R.H. Bless, Brix, NLZ, Radix, The Middlemen, Jimmy Sprinkles and others. Production work for the album is being handled by Dj Dax and Epic Visions.

The tentative date for release is Tuesday April 25th, 2006. The album aims as a unique throwback to the pureness of Hip Hop that incorporates raw lyrics & energy with innovative, forceful production and beats. Lyrically the album is an edgy blend of spiritual, social, hardcore and golden age get down while musically it masterfully blends profound orchestral cliffhangers with hard, deep, dark and funky bangers.

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For Interviews or Press Requests please contact us.

Jive Turkey Productions. Home of Dj Dax, Epic Visions, Wize and Furyus. Record Label, music publishing, web design, graphic design, concert promotions, club promotions & radio promotions.Dj Dax
Dj / Producer Jive Turkey Productions
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Manchester, NH 03104 mobile: (603) 339-0009

Slim Devices Squeezes Pandora Into the Box

Helps Users Discover Music They Will Love, for Free

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Slim Devices and Pandora announced a partnership to support Pandora Radio on the Squeezebox Internet music player, creating an exciting new way to discover music from the comfort of your living room.

Simply enter the name of your favorite song or artist into your Squeezebox, and Pandora creates a custom radio stream based on songs with musical similarities to your choice. Imagine having an unlimited number of personalized, commercial-free streams delivered to your Hi-Fi!
"The first time I used Pandora on my Squeezebox, I was glued to my listening chair for the entire weekend," said Sean Adams, CEO of Slim Devices. "I used to get the thrill of finding a new song I liked once a week. Now I feel it one song after another, listening to any style of music."

Starting March 1st, Squeezebox v3 and Squeezebox2 owners can listen for free to Pandora for 90-days by using SqueezeNetwork. Customers can continue their Pandora service for only $36 per year. Slim Devices operates SqueezeNetwork, a free service that lets owners access a vast array of music and news through their Squeezebox without a computer.

"Pandora was founded by musicians and Slim Devices was started by music-lovers," said Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora. "Together, our mission is to help everyone connect with the music they like in the most enjoyable environment possible. Squeezebox is the best way to extend the Pandora experience into every room of your home."

For six years, Pandora has been developing the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken. A team of thirty-five musician-analysts listen to music, one song at a time, collecting 400 attributes that only human ears can capture -- melody, harmony, instrumentation, rhythm, vocals, lyrics and more. The musical connections this approach creates will surprise even the most experienced music lover.

About Slim Devices(TM)

Slim Devices, founded in 2000, is the worldwide pioneer of network entertainment products for users of personal computers and the Internet. Slim Devices' innovative hardware and Open Source software are setting the standard for an exciting new product category. The Slim Devices logo and Squeezebox are trademarks or registered trademarks of Slim Devices, Inc.

About Pandora Media(TM)

Pandora is dedicated to the enjoyment and discovery of music. After six years of extensive development, Pandora released the first version of its personalized listening service, powered by the Music Genome Project, the world's richest and most comprehensive musical taxonomy.

Each song in this massive database -- which covers Pop, Rock, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop, Country, Blues, R&B, and more, is analyzed by a trained musician along 400 distinct musical attributes to capture its unique musical identity. Pandora uses this information to build playlists based on musical similarity. By simply entering a favorite song or artist, a listener is instantly launched into a personalized listening experience, full of new discovery as Pandora journeys across the genome.

The analyst team works daily to keep the Music Genome Project updated with the latest releases, emerging artists, and an ever-deepening collection of catalogue titles.

Source: Slim Devices, Inc.

CONTACT: Patrick Cosson of Slim Devices, Inc., +1-510-743-1152, ext. 2,
or; or Marivi Lerdo de Tejada of Pandora,
+1-415-577-4318, or

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Feedback Request for Hip Hop Press - One Blog or Two?

I like the current mix of hip hop and music industry press releases at Hip Hop Press. But I think it might all work better if I split Hip Hop Press into two press release blogs, one focused on hip hop and one on the music industry.

What do you think? Talk to me, please!

Clyde Smith



/24-7PressRelease/ - NEW BRAUNFELS, TX, February 08, 2006 - A brand new "Hitz and Stabs" disk is the latest addition to Syntaur Productions' MegaDisk collection for the Akai MPC samplers. This single floppy disk offers 32 separate hits and stabs geared toward HipHop and RandB productions. The radio-ready samples on this disk - such as Dre Hitz, Ethnic Stabz, and Jazzy Hitz - have been extensively hyped up and tweaked out in Syntaur Productions' studio located deep in the heart of Texas. Designed to add extra punch and excitment to a song, the new MegaDisk contains 32 Programs, each with 4 variations in Banks A-D.

The "Hitz and Stabs" MegaDisk is programmed for the Akai MPC2000, 2000xl, 3000, and 4000; it is available for $18.95 from Syntaur Productions. Audio demos and online ordering are available at, or customers can call Syntaur Productions at 800-334-1288. Orders are shipped the same day (or by the next business day, for evening or weekend orders).

Syntaur Productions has been producing sounds for nearly two decades, and has supplied sonic ammunition to Outkast, Wu Tang Clan, Nelly, Kanye West, Black Eyed Peas, Brandy, Elton John, Fishbone, and many others.

Syntaur Productions
1418 N. Walnut Ave.
New Braunfels, TX 78130
(800) 334-1288

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Syntaur Productions
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Evol Records Hires Lifestyle Brokers Inc. to Introduce a Program of Building Social Capital to Enhance Awareness of Hip-House Artist Chad Love

To initiate the program Evol Records will release promotional Chad Love Speak No Evol CDs to qualified LifestYle Brokers worldwide. Additionally, both parties will be developing a strategic marketing campaign that will enable people to contact Chad Love through a variety of social networks.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 8, 2006 -- Evol Records announces a partnership with LifestYle Brokers who will be developing a program to build social capital amongst the fan base of Chad Love listeners. Chad Love (CEO by Day, Rapper by Night) has a strong following of entrepreneurial creative warriors and independent professionals that can appreciate the positive and historical messages in both his music and the principals taught through the LifestYle Broker Network, which encourages Trust, Loyalty, Participation and Reciprocity.

We believe in creating value and rewarding value creators and that is possible to break the silos of identity by encouraging immerging professionals to build social capital. Life is filled with silos, social clicks and pockets of corporate cultures that need to be transcended if you want to harness the collective power of the people you know. Craig Pravda, President, LifestYle Brokers Inc.

We like that Lifestyle Brokers is very selective in who they chose to represent. Their qualifying criteria are based on the established principals of social capital and the development of social networks. Chad Love was interviewed to identify if he plays a central role, is recognized as a thought leader or expert in his field. Scott Holland, V.P. of Marketing, Evol Records.

LifestYle Brokers didn't promise me success, but they promise to deliver opportunity. Chad Love

In less than 48 hours, after our initial meeting we received positive feed back that our ideas had been received by members of their organization in important knowledge centers in the US, Canada and Australia.

About Chad Love:

Chad Love is the next generation in the ever-growing hip-house game. After years of researching and experiencing the music and the Industry, Love has launched a new and fresh style, hip-house, upon the music world. Chad Love does not restrict himself to a single technique when taking control of the microphone, he is a chameleon who has the ability to make you laugh, cry and be energized through his creative lyrics, unique personal style and positive beats. For further information on Chad Love, visit the website at or

About LifestYle Brokers:

LifestYle Brokers designs and markets ideas, that build community and strengthen identity. LifestYle Brokers aids people with passion to identify trends, capture attention from like-minded people and provides Personal PR to developing creative talent. Currently, LifestYle Brokers is the founder of Officehomes -- A franchise of housing for independent professionals in New York, NY and Vancouver, BC.

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Promo Only MPE Digitally Delivers First Music Video Single Through Promo Only MPE 2.0 System

I Need You To Love Me by BarlowGirl distributed minutes after release.

(PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 8, 2006 -- Promo Only MPE last week delivered the first music video through the Promo Only MPE 2.0 System in conjunction with Word Label Group. I Need You To Love Me by Fervent Records acclaimed three-sister rock band, BarlowGirl, was distributed to over 700 radio stations and other entertainment outlets across the U.S. minutes after its official release.

Promo Only MPE recently added the delivery of music videos to their Promo Only MPE 2.0 System to enable record labels to securely distribute music video content to radio and other media outlets.

We were delighted to be the first label to deliver a music video through the Promo Only MPE System, said Derek Jones, Word Label Groups VP of National Promotions. It is a real bonus for us and our artists to be able distribute music and video content in such a timely manner. BarlowGirl was the perfect choice to launch this through Promo Only MPE.

To be able to securely deliver music videos immediately upon their release is a first for us and the industry, said Dean Ernst, director of Promo Only MPE. We are excited that the breadth of content we can service through the Promo Only MPE System continues to expand. Continuing to innovate is what has distinguished Promo Only MPE in this industry.

BarlowGirl recently won Yahoo Musics Whos Next, claimed the top sales for a new Christian artist in 2004 and received four Gospel Music Award nominations in 2005.

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

About Word
Word Label Group, comprised of Word Records, Fervent Records and Myrrh Records, is a division of Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company. The artist roster heralds some of today's top Christian music performers and songwriters including Amy Grant, Point Of Grace, BarlowGirl, Jaci Velasquez, Building 429, Big Daddy Weave, By The Tree, Nicole C. Mullen, Randy Travis and American Idol's George Huff. The Word Label Group leads the industry with over 50 years of music-making history.

Media Contact:
Alastair Duncan
310 300 0950 x 234

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Marc Ecko and Atari, Inc. Embark on Nationwide Store Tour

- Store Visits to Support Launch of Innovative 'Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure' Video Game -

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) and Marc Ecko, the visionary behind several of today's most respected youth lifestyle brands, today announced a nationwide tour of in-store appearances to celebrate the launch of Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure. Shipping to stores nationwide on February 14th, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is a gripping digital adventure that fuses innovative gameplay, a provocative storyline, an eclectic and renowned cast, and a musical score featuring some of the most influential voices and sounds of the generation.

The "Getting Up" tour will stop in some of the country's biggest cities, including New York, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. During these stops, Marc Ecko and friends -- ranging from hip-hop artists to acclaimed graffiti artists -- will appear at several retail stores, such as GameStop and Virgin Megastores, to sign copies of the new game. They also will give away special gifts that include the official Getting Up Blackbook, which features an exclusive collection of graffiti art and an insider's look at the game's development process.

"Producing a game that encompasses such originality and innovation has been an incredible experience and we are very excited to unveil Getting Up," said Marc Ecko. "This tour is our way to celebrate its launch and say thanks to all of our supporters."

The tour kicks off at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square, NYC on Thursday, February 16th at 6 PM with Marc Ecko, The RZA, Rakim and legendary graffiti artists Cope 2, T-Kid and Seen. The Getting Up tour will conclude a week later at the Virgin Megastore in Chicago on February 23rd.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is a sprawling tale in which freedom of expression is suppressed in the name of maintaining public safety by a tyrannical government. Gamers assume the role of Trane, an unlikely hero just looking to "get up," or gain fame by making his graffiti "tag" in as many places as possible, until he realizes there is so much more at stake. Players learn and master various "graf" skills while navigating through the vertical landscapes of the fictional urban city of New Radius. During their quest, players must sneak past and battle against rival crews, a corrupt Mayor, and the city's brutal Civil Conduct Keepers (CCK). The goal: to reach the sweet spots of New Radius, where a well-placed tag at first brings respect and reputation but later becomes the platform upon which to expose the oppressive mayor, spread the voice of a revolution, and set a city free.

With themes related to the balance of freedom of expression and the pressure to maintain civil order that echo contemporary headlines, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure offers diverse gameplay and an impressive array of graffiti tags to provide a creative, rewarding and challenging experience to the player. More than 65 graffiti artists have lent their signature tags and art to the urban environments, while six legendary artists -- Cope 2, FUTURA, OBEY: Shepard Fairey, Seen, Smith and T-Kid -- serve as in- game mentors to its protagonist, Trane.

In addition, Mr. Ecko, through the support of Sean "Diddy" Combs' legendary A&R skills, has assembled a soundtrack featuring an array of licensed music and various original tracks, including an exclusive version of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya," remixed by Serj from the band System of a Down; "Clik, Clak, and Spray" from Pack FM; "Book of Judges" from Pharoahe Monch; and "Getting Up Anthem: Part 1," performed by legendary Hip-Hop artist Rakim and Talib Kweli.

Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure also includes a variety of star-studded voice talent such as Sean "Diddy" Combs, Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, George Hamilton, Giovanni Ribisi, Adam West, Andy Dick, Charlie Murphy, The RZA and Michael "M.C. Serch" Berrin.

Developed by The Collective, Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure is rated 'M' for Mature and will be available for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows. A mobile version is currently available through Glu Mobile. For additional information about the game please visit

About Marc Ecko Enterprises

The youngest member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America's board of directors, Marc Ecko is founder of *ecko unltd., the world famous rhino brand. In eleven years since its creation in 1993, the group of companies that comprise Marc Ecko Enterprises has grown to include: *ecko unltd.(R) men's and Eckored(R) women's apparel, as well as outerwear, footwear, watches, eyewear, underwear, belts, bags, hats, small leather goods, formalwear and more.

Marc Ecko Enterprises also includes Marc Ecko "Cut & Sew" (a contemporary menswear line launched Fall 2004); G-Unit(R) clothing and accessories (a joint venture with multi-platinum musician, 50 Cent); Zoo York(R) (a line of action sports-inspired clothing and accessories); and Avirex(R) Sportswear Collection (a mid-tier brand launched Spring 2005). The Company also publishes Complex(R) magazine, a men's consumer magazine with a rate base of 335,000, and is developing Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure(TM), the first truly authentic video game based on urban culture and graffiti art debuting February 2006. *ecko unltd. products are available in over 5,000 stores domestically and in over 45 countries internationally, as well as through 38 of its own retail stores across the country. For additional information, please visit

About The Collective

Part of Foundation 9 Entertainment (, the largest independent game developer in North America, The Collective is a leading developer of console video games, and known for groundbreaking third-person action adventure games, including the critically acclaimed Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb(TM), Buffy the Vampire Slayer(TM) and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(TM). The Collective is based in Newport Beach, CA and can be found on the web at:

The Collective, along with Backbone, Pipeworks, ImaginEngine, and Digital Eclipse make up Foundation 9 Entertainment. The company's studios have developed more than 250 titles, including more than 50 in 2004 alone. Foundation 9 Entertainment employs more than 325 employees, and has offices in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Emeryville, Vancouver, Boston, Eugene, and Honolulu. For more information on Foundation 9 Entertainment, please visit:

About Atari

New York-based Atari, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVER(TM), The Matrix(TM) (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), Stuntman(TM) and Test Drive(R); and mass- market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM) and Dora the Explorer(TM), and Dragon Ball Z(R). Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR- 0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit

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Clive Davis Hosts Legendary Pre-Grammy Extravaganza

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- All eyes were on the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night as the legendary music mogul Clive Davis hosted his annual pre-Grammy bash. Touted as THE Grammy event by Hollywood and the music elite, this event always attracts the biggest names in entertainment -- with this year being no exception.

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Guests were treated to an unprecedented night of music featuring both solo performances and the most intriguing pairings of the industry's biggest names. With an introduction from famed LA Reid, Grammy winning artist Rod Stewart opened the show with a medley of his rock & roll greatest hits, Chris Brown and Heather Headley -- whose debut album charted at #5 this week -- followed as did Grammy nominee Kelly Clarkson who garnered a standing ovation with her performances of "Since U Been Gone," and "Because of You." The evening continued with the Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas' Grammy-winning duet "Smooth," followed by a fan-favorite medley by multi-Grammy winner Barry Manilow along with his rendition of "Unchained Melody." Jamie Foxx brought the audience to their feet with his performance featuring Ludacris, Jodeci, Kanye West, Snoop and Doug E. Fresh, and the evening capped off with a Luther Vandross tribute by Grammy nominee Fantasia & Anthony Hamilton singing "Til My Baby Comes Home" with additional artists Natalie Cole, Mario and Alicia Keys joining for "The Power of Love" finale.

Onsite to enjoy this incredible evening were many of today's hottest stars and industry executives including Terrence Howard, Sharon Stone, Selma Hayek, Pharrell, Aerosmith, Diana Ross, Fantasia, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Velvet Revolver, Ashlee Simpson, Foo Fighters, Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Crow, Tyra Banks, Maroon 5, Brett Ratner, Michelle Williams, Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union, John Voight, Randy Jackson, Bill Maher, Babyface, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Dixie Chicks, Penny Marshall, executives Les Moonves, Reginald Hudlin, Lyor Cohen, Russell Simmons, Ron Perelman, Hugh Panero, Rob Glaser, Don Ienner, Andre Harrell, Simon Fuller and Dana Walden, among others.

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B|W|R Public Relations

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CONTACT: Kelly Striewski,, or Dvora Vener,, both of B|W|R Public Relations, +1-310-550-7776, for Clive Davis

BiZBash to Launch Los Angeles & Southern California Edition

Elisabeth Familian Named President, Bobbi Proctor Named Publisher, Alesandra Dubin Named Editor and Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BiZBash Media, the publisher of trade magazines, Web sites, and producer of live events servicing the corporate special events industry in major markets including New York, Toronto, and Florida, is launching in the Los Angeles/Southern California markets February 15, 2006, with a Web site dedicated to the event planners market.

BiZBash LA & Southern California will include a biweekly, electronic newsletter that will showcase the most interesting events and feature listings of the latest venues and resources in each market. The first issue of the L.A. version of BiZBash magazine is scheduled for later this year.

Elisabeth Familian, founder and former C.E.O. of Masterplanner Media and publisher of Inside Events magazine, has been named president of BiZBash's California operation, and Bobbi Proctor, former regional sales manager for Meetings West and associate publisher of Agenda Magazine, has been named publisher. Current associate editor Alesandra Dubin will move to Los Angeles to become the Southern California editor and bureau chief.

"BiZBash will centralize resources for event planners, providing a much needed tool within the event planning world," said David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BiZBash Media. "The network, which has proven highly successful in New York City, will become the ideal springboard for event planners in generating ideas for their clients providing useful resources in more than 200 categories of goods and services within the industry. The Web site will cover everything from the hippest and most unique venues to valuable information on event promotion."

Adler continues, "We are what Variety is to the entertainment industry, and Women's Wear Daily is to fashion. The special events industry finally deserves a first-class media outlet that will make it easier for professionals to do their jobs. We have assembled an all-star team to bring the unique vision of BiZBash, as a tool for passionate event planners and marketers, to the Los Angeles and Southern California market."

More about BiZBash New Personnel

Elisabeth Familian -- President, BiZBash Los Angeles & Southern California

Familian was the founder and C.E.O. of Masterplanner Media, the multimedia event conflict resolution calendar in multiple markets, publisher of Inside Events magazine, and cofounder of Most recently, Familian, who is active in nonprofit and community organizations in California and New York, was vice president of relationship development for Kintera Inc., following its acquisition of both Masterplanner and

Bobbi Proctor -- Publisher, BiZBash Los Angeles & Southern California

Most recently, Proctor was the regional sales manager for Meetings West magazine. She spent nine years as associate publisher for Agenda Publications, handling the launches for Southern California, Las Vegas, and Arizona.

Alesandra Dubin -- Editor and Bureau Chief, BiZBash Los Angeles & Southern California

Dubin most recently served as an associate editor in BiZBash's New York office. She has a background in retail, fashion, and entertainment writing, and a master's degree in journalism from New York University. The relocation to Los Angeles marks a return to her hometown.

About BiZBash Media

In the Los Angeles/Southern California market, it is estimated that there are more than 80,000 corporate and nonprofit events held annually, in more than 1,000 venues. While the entire event industry nationwide is responsible for more than $13 billion in spending, the Los Angeles/Southern California market represents approximately $2 billion and is second only to New York, which represents $3.5 billion.

BiZBash is the authority for anyone who plans, designs, or influences corporate and nonprofit events. The company publishes magazines, hosts Web sites, and produces trade shows for the event industry in New York, Florida, and Toronto and now Los Angeles/Southern California.

In just six years, BiZBash has become the largest Web site serving New York City event and meeting planners, event producers, and marketers responsible for producing the more than 110,000 corporate and nonprofit events held annually. In Southern California there are an estimated 80,000 corporate and nonprofit events annually.

Source: BiZBash Media

CONTACT: Howard Bragman of Fifteen Minutes PR, +1-323-656-2700,, for BiZBash Media

BET'S Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition Returns for a Third Year of Addressing HIV/AIDS in the Black Community

Winning Film Will Be Televised on BET and Submitted to Independent Film Festivals

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BET, the Black AIDS Institute, and the Kaiser Family Foundation today announced the 3rd Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject (RIU/BASS) Film Competition. Following two successful years that include over 1000 screenplay submissions and four winning short films, the competition provides a platform to creatively explore issues that surround HIV/AIDS in African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin communities in the U.S., including stigma and discrimination, Black male sexuality, homophobia, and perceptions of masculinity, femininity and gender roles. The winning film will televise on BET sometime around World AIDS Day (December 1, 2006), and be submitted for viewing at independent film festivals around the world.

Today in the United States, Black Americans represent the majority of people living with HIV/AIDS, dying from HIV, and being diagnosed with AIDS. Black men have the highest AIDS case rates of any group in the nation, followed by Black women. In some cities, Black men who have sex with men are estimated to be infected with HIV at rates as high as those in sub-Saharan Africa. Screenplay submissions that address these issues are welcome.

The competition seeks to encourage attention to fresh and culturally unique storylines that encompass HIV/AIDS issues within the Black community, including bringing attention to under explored topics. Entries are due by May 26, and will be carefully reviewed by a prominent panel of judges. The winner will be announced on August 1 and will receive up to $25,000 to produce their winning short film.

"Presently, minority Americans represent seventy-one percent of new AIDS cases, while at least half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be among young adults under the age of twenty-five," said Kelli Richardson Lawson, BET's Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing. "Our Rap-It-Up films serve as an important resource in educating viewers about a deadly epidemic that continues to disproportionately affect African Americans at an alarming rate. This film competition not only explores social issues and themes that are rarely discussed in our communities, but also arms everyone with the information necessary to prevent the disease."

"The shocking truth is that in 2006, AIDS in America is a Black disease. Behavior determines who is and who isn't at risk for HIV. Cultural norms dictate behavioral norms, and films have the power to drive cultural norms," stated Phill Wilson, Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute. "Recently released statistics show an AIDS epidemic among Black Gay men that outstrips anything we are seeing in the worst hit parts of sub-Saharan Africa. When nearly 50 percent of Black gay and bisexual men in some of our nation's cities may already be infected with HIV, we have a pandemic in this country of catastrophic proportions and each of us must rise to the occasion."

"The Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS short subject film competition has proven to be a powerful way to explore critical issues that affect African Americans in communities throughout the U.S.," said Tina Hoff, Vice President and Director of Entertainment Media Partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Given the epidemic's significant and disproportionate impact on African Americans in this country, it's essential to bring attention to the personal challenges related to HIV/AIDS."

Last year's RIU/BASS film competition awarded two winners for their powerful screenplays depicting HIV/AIDS in the Black community. The extraordinary writing team of Drew Anderson, Justin Follin, Charneice Fox and Michelle Sewell from Washington, DC, won for their stirring screenplay "Multitude of Mercies," a story depicting how a young Black minister personally deals with HIV/AIDS in his church. Michelle Lynne Coons of Los Angeles also won for her poignant screenplay, "Let's Talk," which deals with how to raise the issue of HIV testing in the context of a burgeoning relationship.

Following is information regarding the application process and competition deadlines:

*Competition Deadlines: The RIU/BASS competition is open to all races
and ethnicities; however submissions are to
address the issue of HIV/AIDS and the Black
male. The film competition begins February 7,
2006 and ends May 26, 2006. Early submission
deadline is May 2 ($55 entry fee); the
submission deadline is May 26 ($80 entry fee).
The 10 finalists will be announced on June 27;
and the winner will be announced on August 1,

*Application Guidelines: The application package is available for
download at and; or can be obtained by
mailing a request to the Rap-It-Up/BASS Film
Competition; c/o RIU/BASS Competition
Coordinator; 1833 West Eighth Street, Suite 200;
Los Angeles, CA 90057-4920. Five copies of the
completed application package are to be mailed
to the Rap-It-Up/BASS Film Competition; c/o
RIU/BASS Competition Coordinator; 1833 West
Eighth Street, Suite 200; Los Angeles, CA

*General Information: Competition information can be found at or Specific questions
can be directed to toll-free number,
1-877-757-AIDS (2437).


Since 1997, the Kaiser Family Foundation and BET: Black Entertainment Television have partnered on an extensive public education campaign to inform young people about sexual health issues, including HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs). The partnership includes special programming, public service advertisements (PSAs), online content on, and a free resource and referral service. In 2000, the campaign launched a grassroots initiative to complement the on-air and online components of Rap- It-Up. Program elements include teen forums, mobile HIV testing events, and a middle and high school curriculum on HIV/AIDS. The campaign was nominated for an Emmy for Best National Public Service Announcement in 2002 and 2001, and has received numerous other awards, including the 2002 Cable Positive POP Award for Outstanding Newsmagazine Series, the 2002 CTPAA Joel Berger Award, the 2002 NAACP Image Award, the 2002 Academy of Television Arts & Science TV Cares "Ribbon of Hope" Award, and the 2002 NBACA Community Service Award.


BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:and) (NYSE:VIA.B) , is the nation's leading television network providing quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 80 million households according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET is a dominant consumer brand in the urban marketplace with a diverse group of branded businesses:, the Number 1 Internet portal for African Americans; BET Digital Networks - BET Jazz, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; and BET Event Productions, specializing in a full range of event production services, including event management, venue selection, talent recruitment, sound, lighting and stage production.


Founded in 1999, The Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS thinktank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute offers training and capacity building, disseminates information, and provides advocacy from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.


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

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Lyntina Townsend of BET, +1-202-608-2745, or; or Phill Wilson of The Black AIDS Institute,
+1-213-353-3610, or; or Rob Graham of The Henry J. Kaiser
Family Foundation, +1-650-854-9400, or

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University of Michigan Music Symposium in Ann Arbor February 11 to Highlight Motown Records Founding Publicist Alan Abrams

The University of Michigan's Music of the Americas Study Group 2006 Symposium, "Ear Candy: the Pleasures and Politics of Pop," will be presented Sat. Feb. 11 at the university's Haven Hall in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) February 7, 2006 -- The University of Michigan's Music of the Americas Study Group 2006 Symposium, "Ear Candy: the Pleasures and Politics of Pop," will be presented Sat. Feb. 11 at the university's Haven Hall in Ann Arbor.

Journalist and author Alan Abrams, the founding publicist of Motown Records, will speak at the event's second session on "Marketing Motown: Tales from the Trenches of a Revolution." At the age of 18, Abrams became the first employee of what was to become Berry Gordy, Jr's music empire. Abrams began as the national record promotion man for the Detroit labels in 1959 and eventually became Motown's Press Relations Director.

The University of Michigan has posted a site, "Selling the Motor City Its Sound," which highlights a lengthy interview with Abrams. The interview is part of the University of Michigans School of Music Living Music series in cooperation with the American Music Institute, and details Abrams experiences in marketing Motown to the media and the masses. The link to the site can be found at:

Author of 11 published books -- none self-published -- including the highly acclaimed and pioneering Holocaust study, "Special Treatment: The Untold Story of the Survival of Thousands of Jews in Hitlers Third Reich," Abrams is currently writing his story of the early days of Motown with an emphasis on the marketing of the Detroit Sound. Abrams Motown and Stax-Volt archives are held in the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library.

The program for the event follows. Admission is free and open to the public.

EAR CANDY: the Pleasures and Politics of Pop
Saturday, February 11
10 AM 4 PM
Haven Hall 3512


Coffee begins at 9:00 am

Session I:
9:30 am (Mark Clague, moderator) Shirli Gilbert, "South African Popular
Music and the International Anti-Apartheid Struggle"
Lori Brooks, "'Sousa Played in Ragtime': Paul Laurence Dunbar and the
Emergence of A Ragtime Sensibility".
Christi-Anne Castro, "Universal Sound and Embodied Difference: Asian
Americans Making Pop Music

Session II
11:30 am 12:15 pm (Mark Clague, intro)
Alan Abrams (former publicity agent for Motown Records)
Marketing Motown: Tales from the Trenches of a Revolution

Lunch at Cottage Inn
12:30 pm (Paul Anderson, moderator)
Keynote Talk: Charles Kronengold (Wayne State University) The Pop
Song's More and Melancholy Democracy

Session III
2:30 pm (Charles Garrett, moderator)
Walter Everett, "Painting Their Room in a Colorful Way: The Beatles'
Exploration of Timbre.
Todd Decker, Fred Astaires Bugle Call Rag
Paul Anderson, Willow Weep for Me: The Jazz Ballad, with and without Romance

Closing Discussion
End ca. 4:30 pm
Book Table provided by University of Michigan Press

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N. Cecilia Abrams

Kanye West to Perform 'Mission: Impossible III' Theme

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy Award-winner Kanye West will interpret the theme to "Mission: Impossible III," bringing his inventive, masterful, and dynamic style to the iconic song. Dubbed "the smartest man in pop music" in an October '05 TIME Magazine cover story, West -- who is also nominated for an additional eight GRAMMYs at the upcoming 48th annual ceremony -- continues the tradition of groundbreaking and innovative artists performing the classic theme, as members of U2 did in 1996 for "Mission: Impossible," followed by Limp Bizkit in 2000 for "M:I-2."

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Tom Cruise said, "As a fan of Kanye's work, I was thrilled at the prospect of him contributing his talents to 'M:i:III.' We wanted to take this installment of 'Mission' to the next level and Kanye's music definitely added to accomplishing that goal. As we've done with the film, what he's done with the 'Mission' theme is going to blow people away."

Director J.J. Abrams said, "My goal is to take the 'Mission' franchise and re-interpret it to make a movie that is familiar, but absolutely brand new. Kanye has done just that with his version of the classic Lalo Schifrin theme, and we're thrilled to be working with him."

Producer Paula Wagner added, "With each 'Mission' installment, we have always put a team together that was representative of the very best at their respective crafts. With the addition of Kanye West's music to 'M:i:III,' we continue that tradition. His powerful, emotional style is the perfect complement for the mix of drama and action that is in this film."

"Mission: Impossible III" stars Tom Cruise and is directed by J.J. Abrams. The film also stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ving Rhames, Billy Crudup, Michelle Monaghan, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Laurence Fishburne. The action thriller was shot on location in Shanghai, Rome, Berlin, and parts of the United States. "Mission: Impossible III" is scheduled for release on May 5, 2006.

Tom Cruise returns as Special Agent Ethan Hunt, who faces the mission of his life in "Mission: Impossible III." Director J.J. Abrams ("Lost," "Alias") brings his unique blend of action and drama to the billion-dollar franchise.

Paramount Pictures presents a Cruise|Wagner production, "Mission: Impossible III." The film is directed by J.J. Abrams, from a screenplay written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & J.J. Abrams, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. The film is produced by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner.

About Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIAB) , one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment news, sports and music.

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CONTACT: David Waldman, VP, Publicity, Paramount Pictures,

H3's Ballin'!

H3Enterprises Signs Sponsorship Package With National Basketball Players Association

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- H3Enterprises, Inc. has today announced the signing of a "Gala Sponsorship Package" with the National Basketball Players Association that will give H3 premier visibility and exposure at this years NBA All-Star Weekend to be held in Houston the third weekend of February. H3 ( is set to present a "Rap Battle" as well as a "One on One" Video Challenge with cash prizes going to the winning players. Both events will be hosted by the newest member of Team H3 and one of the fastest rising stars of Hip Hop, Harlem's Juelz Santana. The H3CyberSports and rap battle events will give fans attending All-Star Weekend the opportunity to meet and take on their favorite players and rappers in a highly competitive fun-filled contest.

H3 will also be unveiling its HipHopSodaShop booth at the NBPA All Star-Gala, to be held in the Brown Convention Center from 9:00 PM - 3:00 AM, Saturday, February 18. The goal of this presentation is to create brand awareness for the SodaShops and explain the benefits of becoming a HipHopSodaShop Area Developer to the top players in the NBA. HTRE hopes to enter into Joint Venture Agreements in every NBA market with a premiere player in that market and maintain a close relationship with the Players Association. HTRE is currently in talks with several NBA superstars interested in becoming a part of Team H3.

Brian "H3" Peters the newest and youngest mogul on the Hip Hop scene and founder of HTRE, the first publicly-traded Hip Hop Company, will be bringing his own high powered all-star team to Houston. Among others working at All-Star Weekend on behalf of Team H3 will be Company Chairman and Creative Director, George "I Want My MTV" Lois, the incomparable NY adman behind the best known culture changing campaigns of modern times; Former NBA Champion and noted Black Vegas business and construction giant, Jackie Robinson, Director of H3's West Coast Operations; Co-founder Jamar "J Niice" McNeil who is Clear Channel and Cleveland's #1 DJ and personal friend to many of Cleveland's elite athletes, Lou "The Idol Maker" Pearlman, who recently got involved with HTRE as a Florida Area Developer and significant financial backer; and Harlem's Gift To Street Ball and Team H3, "Whole Lotta Game" aka "A Butta" aka "Hollywood A" aka Adrian Walton, 3-time EBC Champion and a member of H3's double-overtime victims to Black Wall Street in this year's classic Championship game. Hollywood will invite everyone present to "put up or shut up" in his one-on-one NBA Live Challenge. "I've already kicked a whole lotta NBA ass at Rucker and now I'll torture 'em in CyberSpace," said the usually soft-spoken Walton.

This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 or Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject to the safe harbor created by these sections. Certain information included herein may contain statements that are forward-looking, such as statements relating to plans for future expansion and other business development activities. Such forward-looking information is subject to changes and variations which are not reasonably predictable and which could significantly affect future results.

Contact: 877-H3-Hiphop ask for Public Relations

Source: H3Enterprises, Inc.

CONTACT: Public Relations: 877-H3-Hiphop

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5W Public Relations Signs 3 New Clients to the Entertainment and Lifestyle Division

Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Music Icon, Ice Cube, Superstar Nick Cannon, and the Irreverent Humanitarian and Beauty, Anna Benson, Hire 5W Public Relations

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- 5W Public Relations, the fastest growing PR agency in the US announced today the addition of three new clients in the entertainment and lifestyle division. Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Music Icon Ice Cube, Superstar Nick Cannon and the Irreverent Humanitarian and Beauty, Anna Benson have each been added to the firm's growing client roster. 5W has been retained to handle and oversee strategic PR campaigns, the day- to-day communication efforts, as well as assist on a variety of non- traditional marketing initiatives for each individual brand.

"We are honored to have been hired by such a respected entertainer such as Ice Cube. His mark in the music, film and television world has been nothing short of legendary and we are very much looking forward to introducing his best work to date in the shortcoming months with the highly anticipated release of his seventh solo album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later," says Tracy Nguyen, Associate Vice President & Group Director of 5W Public Relations. "Nick Cannon's rise to success, in his 10 + years of show business at only the age of 25 is incredible. He is a Superstar and one of the hardest working entertainers out there right now. From running his own record label, Can I Ball/Universal Motown, to creating, writing and directing Cable Televisions' #1 rated show, MTV's Wild N Out, to re-launching the highly respected and most sought after street wear label, PNB Nation, there is nothing that this multi- talented entertainer and businessman cannot do."

Nguyen adds, "Anna Benson, whose generosity, humanitarian efforts, political and business smarts, which are often out shadowed by the selective coverage of her tough as nails attitude and sexy outfits has recently launched her own online gambling website, in addition to shooting the cover of the forthcoming, April issue of FHM. We are excited to introduce the other side of Ms. Benson, a loving wife, mother of three and hardworking entrepreneur via the media. We are thrilled to have been selected by Ice Cube, Nick Cannon and Anna Benson and look forward to taking their brands to the next level."

Ice Cube: A dynamic force in both the world of film and music, Ice Cube is regarded as one of the most prominent figures in rap history. After six years, the music icon returns back to his first artistic love, rapping, with his solo album, Laugh Now, Cry Later. With explosive producers and artists on the album such as Scott Storch, Lil Jon, and Snoop Dogg, the highly anticipated album will be released in June 2006. 5W Public Relations will handle all media relations as they relate to Ice Cube's musical career. Ice Cube's long time publicist, Matt Labov from BWR P.R. (LA) will continue to handle all press efforts as they relate to his film and television career.

Nick Cannon: It might be easier to ask, "What hasn't he done already?" Recognized as an 'industry chameleon,' Nick Cannon is highly respected in the world of comedy, music, film, TV and fashion. As cited by People Magazine's Top Ten Most Successful Young People in Hollywood and featured on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine's 40 Under 40, Cannon is the owner of his own record label, Can I Ball/Universal Motown, owner of clothing label, PNB Nation, and the creator and director of Cable Television's #1 rated show, MTV's Wild N Out. Cannon will be releasing his new album, Stages in Spring 2006, as well as featured in a number of scheduled to be released, big picture films later this year.

Anna Benson: A pretty face and a body sought after by a myriad of magazine layouts, (FHM, Sports Illustrated, the New Yorker) are not all Anna Benson has to offer. And with her tell-it-like-it-is approach, she will be the first one to let you know. Benson has spread herself far beyond photo shoots and interviews and has taken on a humanitarian role within her community. Her charitable endeavors started in 2001 with husband, Baltimore Oriole's pitcher, Kris Benson, and the establishment of Benson's Battalion, a nonprofit organization started, devoted to fighting terrorism in local communities. Her passion for human rights, women's issues and children's issues has led her to dedicate countless hours to charities such as The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, St. Barnabas Hospital, and her personal favorite, The Children's Hospital. Her all-out approach to life has extended her to Extreme Fighting and a crash course on the game of poker, where she not only did she compete in the 2005 World Series of Poker, she outlasted more than half the field of experienced poker players.


Headquartered in New York, with an office in Los Angeles, 5W Public Relations (, the nation's fastest growing independent PR firm, maintains practice areas specializing in technology, corporate, consumer, entertainment, crisis communications, event management and public affairs. Described by a leading PR trade magazine as, "aggressive in a way that clearly resonates with clients looking for a firm staffed with type A-plus personalities, a BS-free approach, and results from Day One," 5W's culture is aggressive, energetic, fast-paced and focused. The Company boasts a diversified client roster second to none, including: Fortune 100 mainstay EDS, Evian Bottled Water, NICE Systems, McDonald's Corporation, the 5th largest Internet travel agency, OneTravel, operating under the name, 530 store retail chain United Retail Group/Avenue Stores, VeriSign, Seagram's Coolers, Russ Berrie & Company, Benny Hinn Ministries, Empire Resorts (operator of Monticello Raceway and Mighty M Gaming), celebrities including NBA Star Jalen Rose, Lil' Kim, DMX, Ciara, Warner Music Group executive Kevin Liles, producer Scott Storch, a plethora of publicly traded technology companies, and a variety of other global interests, national corporations, high-profile individuals, regional businesses, government agencies and academic institutions. The agency was named "Boutique Agency of The Year" by a leading PR Trade Magazine.

Source: 5W Public Relations

CONTACT: Christine Garabedian of 5W Public Relations, +1-212-999-5585,

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Remy Ma Releases New Album on the Anniversary of the Late Rapper & Mentor Big Pun's Death

'There's Something About Remy: Based On A True Story' In-Stores Now

Album Features Collaborations With Keyshia Cole, Fat Joe, Ne-Yo and Big Pun

NEW YORK, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The award-winning hip-hop maven, Remy Ma releases her controversial debut album, There's Something About Remy: Based On A True Story today. The critically-acclaimed disc hit stores on the six-year anniversary of the death of her mentor, Big Pun. The first single, "Conceited," the 'ladies anthem of 2006' was produced by Scott Storch, the man responsible for her group Terror Squad's 2004 Grammy-nominated #1 hit single, "Lean Back." Her own feisty "Conceited" single continues to steadily grow at key radio and video outlets.

Backed by super producers Scott Storch, Swizz Beats Miami's Cool and Dre and labelmate David Banner, Remy Ma's talent and solo efforts have earned early praise and raves from a wide array of critics: Playboy calls Remy, "one of hip hop's most talented MC's;" XXL describes There's Something About Remy ... as "lyrically daring;" Spin calls it as "creative;" and Vibe names Remy as a "fresh, intriguing new voice." The 18-track CD features guest appearances by Terror Squad mate Fat Joe on "Tight," Keyshia Cole sings on the soulful. "What's Going On;" the new R&B sensation, Ne-Yo guests on the radio-friendly "Feels So Good" and "Thug Luv" is a very special duet between Remy and the late Big Pun.

"Pun was always a guy that thought ahead of time," Remy states in this month's issue of XXL. "He was actually plannin' my album the day he met me ..." Although her skills are the focus of There's Something About Remy ... the album is also a testament to Pun's belief in his protege, Remy Ma. On February 6th, Remy attended an in-store autograph signing and meet and greet with fans in her hometown, The Bronx, to celebrate the release of the new album.

Remy broke onto the hip-hop scene in 2000 when she was known as the hardcore femme fatale featured on M.O.P.'s "Ante Up-Remix." She went on to forge legendary MC battles on several underground mixtapes, culminating with her joining forces with the Terror Squad and their subsequent 2004 summer smash "Lean Back." That same year, she became the only female rapper nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group" and was the winner of two Source Awards for "Best Female Rap Collabo" and "Best Rap Group Of The Year" along w/ Terror Squad. The success continued in 2005, when she won the BET "Best Female Hip Hop" award. Now with her soon to be released solo debut Remy possesses both street credibility and undeniable mainstream appeal.

For more information please contact:

Sindy Gilbert

Shirronda Sweet

Source: Universal Records

CONTACT: Sindy Gilbert, +1-323-467-7274,; or
Shirronda Sweet, +1-212-841-8622,,

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HK Choi to Leave MTV Networks Korea

SINGAPORE, HONG KONG and SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 7 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- MTV Networks Asia today announced that HK Choi, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of MTV Networks Korea has decided to leave the company to pursue other business opportunities.

Nigel Robbins, President, MTV Networks Asia Pacific commented, "We have benefited greatly from HK's leadership as Managing Director for MTV Networks Korea. His passion and expertise helped the networks significantly in promoting our businesses in Korea. We thank HK for his substantial and invaluable contribution and wish him well in his future endeavours."

"I am proud of my achievements at MTV Networks Korea and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated and talented team," added HK Choi. "It is with mixed feelings that I have decided to move on to pursue other opportunities."

HK played a key role in developing and expanding MTV Networks Asia's operations in Korea. His extensive contributions have helped make MTV Networks Korea into the success it is today.

Luke Kang, Senior Vice President -- Corporate Strategy and Business Development, MTV Networks Asia will oversee the business operations of MTV Networks Korea in the interim till a replacement is announced.

About MTV Networks Asia Pacific

MTV Networks Asia Pacific comprise of three distinctly branded channels in the region reaching more than 180 million households across the region: MTV, the world's largest television network and the leading multimedia brand for youth, Nickelodeon, the leading entertainment brand dedicated exclusively to kids and VH1, the music video network that keeps adult viewers connected to the music they love. In Asia, MTV and Nickelodeon's businesses also include branded consumer products, programme sales and digital media comprising of eight websites and mobile platforms. MTV Networks Asia Pacific has a total of 20 channels which are seen via 24-hour and programming blocks.

For further information:

Hemant Kenkre
Senior Director, Network Communications
MTV Networks Asia (Singapore)
Tel: +65-6420-7109 (direct)
Tel: +65-6221-8166 (switch)
Fax: +65-6221-6016

Hoyan Mok
Director, Marketing and Communications
MTV Networks Asia (Hong Kong)
Tel: +852-2313-8018 (direct)
Tel: +852-2312-0555 (switch)
Fax: +852-2312-0066


Web sites:

Source: MTV Networks Asia

CONTACT: Hemant Kenkre, +65-6420-7109, or +65-6221-8166, or fax,
+65-6221-6016, or, or Hoyan Mok, +852-2313-8018, or
+852-2312-0555, or fax, +852-2312-0066, or, both of MTV
Networks Asia

''Hip Hop Builder'' Hosts Grand Opening of First ''P-Lo'' Model; Reynolds Family Homes to Announce New Development

COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2006--RPM Ventures, LLC dba Reynolds Family Homes ( announced that Columbus City Councilwoman Charleta B. Tavares, Chairwoman of the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, will join a Grand Opening ceremony for it's first model (the P-Lo or ) and announce a new affordable housing development, which will be held 12 pm Thursday February 23, 2006 at 2402 Palmetto St, according to Tony Reynolds, RPM Ventures, LLC chief managing member.

"This is an exciting time for Reynolds Family Homes," Reynolds said. "We have proven we can create viable opportunities for the Columbus community. We created work and commerce in this neighborhood, as well as revitalized a portion of this block," Reynolds said.
"Columbus Mayor Coleman has previously said, 'We're rebuilding America's 21st Century City as the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family,' and Reynolds Family Homes feels proud to have built upon his vision," Reynolds said.

Reynolds gained the nickname "Hip Hop Builder" from his unique marketing style. "Our main interest and first priority is in building high-quality affordable housing," Reynolds said. "Since Wireless Flash News wrote about us as the 'Hip Hop Builder' we were on two Detroit radio stations, WJIM with Lisa D and WRIF Drew and Mike morning show. It also generated interest from The Wall Street Journal,'Good Morning America' producer, Hip Hop Net, and from Steve Harvey productions."

The latest Census data reflects 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 units.
Reynolds thinks his target market likes Hip Hop names for his home models. He asked his son Anthony Jr to name a model. He said, "The Platinum Grillz Dad," Reynolds recalled. The house features a prominent attached front garage. "It made sense!" Reynolds said.

The following Affordable home models are:
-- The P-Lo - 1100 sq ft ranch
-- T-Squared (T2) - 1400 sq ft two-story
-- Platinum Grillz - 1600 sq ft two-story
Window Rock Capital (OTC:WRKC), Reynolds development partner will be attending the ceremony.

Reynolds Family Homes
Tony Reynolds, 614-367-0315

Fugees Frontman Wyclef Jean Boasts 'Elvis White is a New Movement in Music'

ELVIS WHITE, The Hot New Band from the British Virgin Islands, Gears up for U.S. Debut after Successful European Tour Opening for the Fugees!

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 2006--2005 was an exciting year for British Virgin Island recording group ELVIS WHITE. They opened for two U.S. tours; won the coveted "Best Live Band" award at the Miami Carnival; made a huge splash at the celebrity-studded Hollywood Diversity Awards; recorded a single for their U.S. release with rap superstar AKON; then capped off the year with a whirlwind European tour opening for The Fugees. The band is now gearing up for the biggest party in the Caribbean, The Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, and readying their first single, "I Promise You," featuring AKON, to hit the U.S. mainstream airwaves in February.

"It was a natural gel," states Wyclef, in reference to ELVIS WHITE opening for rap icons, The Fugees. "It was just a natural connection. I am heavily into the Islands and I think it was smart that we had a hot band from the Caribbean opening for us. We could have had a hip hop group open, but it would not have had the same effect. I would look out into the crowd when we hit the stage and see the audience wearing the black who is elvis white? T-shirts... that said ALOT."

ELVIS WHITE, a six-member band from the British Virgin Islands, features a similar front lineup to the Fugees. Both Elvis and his sideman, rapper/singer Toro, hold down lead vocals and "The First Lady" of ELVIS WHITE, Shekera Wheatley, holds down both lead vocals and the female rap lead. The three leads are backed up by one of the hottest Caribbean bands on the planet, a combination that has made ELVIS WHITE one of the hottest new bands to emerge in 2006.

"America is opening up to Caribbean music more than it has ever done," states Clef, "...and watching this movement, it feels like the Elvis movement. It's like Elvis is the Godfather and these are all his kids."

The album features production by Salaam Remi (The Fugees, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Nas); Cory Rooney (Jennifer Lopez, Destiny's Child, Marc Anthony, Michael Jackson) and rap superstar AKON, who produced and is featured on ELVIS WHITE's first U.S. single, "I Promise You." ELVIS WHITE is slated to release their debut U.S. album, entitled PROMISE, May 16 on 17.20/Bungalo/Universal Records.

The Favored Group
17.20 Records
Dawnalisa Johnson, 770-239-7531

Fashion Mogul Marc Ecko Celebrates President's Day with Video Game Signing at Fort Lewis Base

SEATTLE, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ --
Who: Marc Ecko, the visionary behind several of today's most
respected youth lifestyle brands and creator of Atari's Marc
Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure, the first truly
authentic video game based on urban culture and graffiti art.

What: Marc Ecko celebrates President's Day and honors members of the
military by autographing copies of Marc Ecko's Getting Up:
Contents Under Pressure -- one of the most innovative, unique
and compelling video games of the year available for
PlayStation(R)2, Xbox(R) and Windows platforms.

Getting Up features more than 65 legendary graffiti artists; an
incredible cast of Hollywood talent such as Sean "Diddy" Combs,
Rosario Dawson, Brittany Murphy, George Hamilton, Giovanni
Ribisi, Adam West, Andy Dick, Charlie Murphy, The RZA, and
Michael "M.C. Serch" Berrin who lend their voice to in-game
characters and an amazing soundtrack including an array of
licensed music and various original tracks, such as an
exclusive version of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Who Shot Ya," remixed
by Serj from the band System of a Down; "Clik, Clak, and Spray"
from Pack FM; "Book of Judges" from Pharoahe Monch; and
"Getting Up Anthem: Part 1," performed by legendary Hip-Hop
artist Rakim and Talib Kweli, the voice of the game's lead
character, Trane.

Where: Army & Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) Fort Lewis
Building 5380, Pendleton Avenue
Fort Lewis, Washington

When: Monday, February 20, 2006
1 - 3 PM

Important: This event is limited to military personnel and their families
only; Media interested in attending event need to secure
advanced entry pass. To schedule entry, an interview or photo
opportunity with Marc Ecko, please contact:

Contact: Tara Bruno at 212-338-0077 x302 or via email at

Source: Atari Inc.

CONTACT: Tara Bruno at 212-338-0077 x302,

Web site:, One of the Largest Fresh Roses Sites, Releases Theme Song from Hip/hop Artist Fokissed on their Site

Hip/Hop artist "Fokissed" from has graciously done a theme song for and it's available on the websites main page at to be heard. which is one of the nets largest rose & flower retailers, is having some great pricing specials on one and two dozen roses, this means low cost to you for delivery by Valentines Day along with many other specials for this special holiday as well so get your order in now before it is too late! Flowers are delivered overnight to guarantee freshness to your loved one.

(PRWEB) February 7, 2006 -- Hip/Hop artist "Fokissed" from has graciously done a theme song for and it's available on the websites main page at to be heard. which is one of the nets largest rose & flower retailers, is having some great pricing specials on one and two dozen roses, this means low cost to you for delivery by Valentines Day along with many other specials for this special holiday as well so get your order in now before it is too late. Flowers are delivered overnight to guarantee freshness to your loved one.

So, if you are looking for one dozen or two dozen roses for Valentines Day for your wife, mother, girlfriend or someone special, will have it for less then a retail flower shop which means a cheap price for you.

"The theme song captures exactly what we are all about!" says Charlie Farricielli, founder and owner of

Charlie Farricielli has been on a 28 year quest to serve his customers with the highest quality products in the world rose market. Mr. Farricielli has traveled abroad to touch and literally live with the rose growers of the world. is completely and passionately dedicated to their customers, quality and price affordability. They demand the best in their flowers & pass that on to their customers.

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Charlie Farricielli International



The Recording Academy(R) announced today multiple GRAMMY(R) winner/rapper/mogul Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will perform with GRAMMY-winning rockers Linkin Park -- nominated for a GRAMMY for their groundbreaking collaboration ("Numb/Encore") -- for what is destined to be an electrifying performance. Newly announced presenters are comedian/actor Dave Chappelle -- who will introduce the previously announced all-star Sly And The Family Stone tribute -- and GRAMMY nominee Alicia Keys. Nominee Anoushka Shankar -- up for Best Contemporary World Music Album (Rise) -- will perform during the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast ceremony.

These outstanding artists join previously announced performers Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West -- all with eight nominations each; Madonna with Gorillaz; Paul McCartney; Kelly Clarkson (who also is an honorary member of The Academy's What's The Download(R) Board); Bruce Springsteen; U2 and Mary J. Blige; Coldplay; Faith Hill and Keith Urban; Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock; Sugarland; Jamie Foxx with Kanye West; an all-star tribute to Sly And The Family Stone featuring Maroon 5, Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas, Robert Randolph, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Joss Stone, John Legend, Ciara and Devin Lima; and nominee Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir join Mariah Carey. Previously announced presenters include Big & Rich, Chris Brown, Michael Buble, Common (who also is an honorary What's The Download Board member), Jenna Elfman, Destiny's Child, Matt Dillon, Tom Hanks, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Bonnie Raitt, and James Taylor.

As previously announced, hosting the Pre-Telecast are revered rock guitarist Steve Vai and TV personality Giselle Fernandez; presenters for the Pre-Telecast include nominees Jars Of Clay, Shirley Caesar, Nnenna Freelon, Delbert McClinton; and K-Mozart radio personality and conductor/composer John Santana. Pop vocalist Michael Buble will be featured in a performance during the Pre-Telecast as well.

The GRAMMY Awards -- the music industry's premier event -- will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at

The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by Cossette Productions in association with Ken Ehrlich Productions for The Recording Academy. John Cossette and Ken Ehrlich are executive producers, Walter C. Miller is producer/director, Tisha Fein is the coordinating producer, David Wild is the writer, and Tzvi Small is executive in charge of production.

Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc., also known as The Recording Academy, is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs -- including the creation of the national public education campaign What's The Download ( For more information, please visit

The Recording Academy
Ron Roecker, 310-392-3777
CBS Television
Susan J. Marks, 323-575-2118
Johanna Fuentes, 212-975-4757


Houston's NBA All-Star Weekend Promises to be LOUD!

(Houston, Texas) It is one of the biggest weekends Houston has seen since hosting Superbowl XXVIII in 2004. Slam dunks? Check.NBA Stars? CheckCelebrity-studded event? Loud!

During NBA All-Star Weekend 2006, will present Shaquille ONeals All-Star Hang Suite on Friday, February 17, 2007 at the Wedge International Tower located at 1415 Louisiana in downtown Houston. The event begins at 9:00 p.m.

In addition to the presence of International superstar athlete Shaquille ONeal, the red carpet event will offer a casino, movies, $10,000.00 cash and prize giveaway, live performances and unique surprises throughout the evening. There are three levels of entertainment available to the attendees, including the 43rd floors Ultimate VIP Lounge with rooftop access.

People should expect an eventnot just a party, said Loud365.coms Chief Executive Officer, Chris Ferguson. Ferguson, went on to say he hopes Houston and everyone attending the event has not just a good time, but a great time, because we have worked extremely hard to guarantee that they do.

The celebrity guest list currently includes legendary disc jockey Cut Creator, who will be providing music along with Houstons own Def Jam Blaster, Vivica A. Fox, Nik from Americas Next Top Model Cycle 5, and R&B artist T-Pain. A complete list of celebrity guests was not available at press time.

Limited edition pre-sale tickets are available at

Additional promotional support is provided by Alize-brand Cognac, and Alize Bleu, Crown Do-Rags, Deja 34 Management and Records, ESPN 790 AM-The Sports Animal, Henley Ice, Kim Tumey Entertainment, the Mercedes Benz E500, Skn for Men, and Radio One.

The Hang Suite is coordinated by exclamation points Urban marketing communications with further assistance from the teams of A-List Events, Blue Moon Cinemas, and Dogazie Public Relations, an exclamation points company. is an emerging lifestyle media company. The company plans to launch its official website in Spring 2006. For more information about the company or Shaquille ONeals All-Star Hang Suite, visit

For sponsorship or promotional inquiries, please call 281.752.0052.

For media inquiries and interviews please contact exclamation points at 281.752.0052 or email

contact: stephanie mckenzie
281.752.0052 x 5

C.W.C. Records and Go-Gitta Ent. Presents Go Git It Saturdays

(Dallas, TX) - C.W.C. Records, a subsidiary of Citywide Entertainment, has partnered with Go-Gitta ENT. to present the first ever Go Git It Saturdays at
The Homebar on Saturday, February 25th.

The first ever Go Git It Saturdays at the Homebar will start at 10pm and is scheduled to end at 2am Sunday morning. Must be 18 or older to enter. Ladies are free till 11pm and $5 after; Men are $5 till midnight and $10 afterwards. $2 discounts all night with college id.

The Homebar is located at 5627 Dyer Street in Dallas, Texas.

Besides being an alternative to partying on Saturday Nights, the first ever Go Git It Saturdays will also be a celebration of Gifted Tha Go-Gittas first mixtape release Go Git It: Volume 1 Mixtape, due in stores February 20th.

Heralded as The Truth in Dallas, Rapper Gifted- Tha Go-Gitta is set to perform songs from his debut mixtape, Go Git It: Volume 1 Mixtape. This 30 minute performance, which will commence around 12:30 am, will include such classics as Underrated, From Tha South, Jockin, and Babygal amongst other songs.

Specially invited guests include Tha Legendary Pimpsta, 3AD, CEO Robert Blaque Rick from Blaque Majik Productions, CEO/Recording Artist J-Smooth of Eclektic Soul Entertainment, Aaron Edwards of Aarons Art Designs plus many more.

About Gifted Tha Go-Gitta/Go-Gitta Ent.:
In an era where everyone wants to be a rap star, few possess the lyrical talent and prowess of Dallas own Gifted Tha Go-Gitta. Heralded as The Truth in Dallas, the former child actor-turned-drug dealer turned to rap after being shot in the lower back 4 days after his 23rd Birthday. Realizing rap was a more profitable and safer route, Gifted Tha Go-Gitta began picking up the microphone and displaying the talent that he was blessed with. As a Rap artist with unique wordplay, unmatched charisma and his own distinct sound, hes in a class of his own. Now managed by Citywide Entertainment/C.W.C. Records, The Truth in Dallas is ready to put his city on the Hip Hop Map. ( (

About Citywide Entertainment/C.W.C. Records:
Citywide Entertainment and its subsidiary, C.W.C. Records, are Dallas, Texas-based companies determined to produce and promote quality Urban Music and Entertainment events while giving back to the community. Not only do we manage Rapper Gifted Tha Go-Gitta and DJ Ogre, but we also are creators for the launching pad for next generations superstars, The High School Hip-Hop Showcase. ( (

Vincent Tucker
Citywide Entertainment/C.W.C. Records
(972) 977-2082

One Man Shot, Another Dies Outside Local Hot Spot In Lawrence, Kansas; Lack Of Security Thought To Be Main Factor.

Two men were shot, critically injuring one and killing another, in Lawrence, KS early Sunday morning. The two men were apparently leaving a hip-hop show done at The Granada Theater. Lack of security thought to be main factor in aiding chaos. All artists on tour remained uninjured.

Lawrence, KS, February 6, 2006 Two men were shot outside The Granada Theater in Lawrence, KS, early Sunday morning (2/5/06). An unidentified 22-year-old man was critically injured and flown to a Kansas City hospital while the other, Robert Earl Williams, 46, died on the way to the hospital. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:15 early Sunday morning as the two men were exiting the theater. A suspect had not been caught at the time of this release.

The Granada Theater (1020 Massachusetts) was home to a hip-hop show the evening of the incident. While there has been speculation that the shooting was in response to the artists performance/musical content that night, no conclusive evidence has been tied to the show that went on earlier that evening. At this time there is no reason to believe the shooter was retaliating or aiming at one of the performers on the bill. Neither victim was a performer. It is unclear if these men were targeted for previous reasons of the shooters own, or if they were innocent, detached victims. Various artists were on the bill, representing Colorado, Kansas and Missouri on Upset Records I-70 Tour. This show was the kick-off show for the tour, which will continue through the three states.

As told to Upset Records representatives by Granada employees, there were no major problems during the show. One scuffle was broken up between a man and his girlfriend. The situation was resolved and at this point has been the only problem reported within the venue that night. At the time of the shooting no security guards employed by The Granada Theater were on hand to be of assistance. A police officer was to be supplied to the artists to escort them out and watch the door as artists and guests left the show. No officer was ever supplied by The Granada Theater. Uninvolved officers arrived to the scene from patrol cars and quickly called an ambulance.

A press conference was held yesterday afternoon (2/6/06) where police declared no suspect has been charged with the shooting.

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Bridget O'Brien
Public Relations
Upset Records
5825 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 3-PB
Lakewood, CO 80214
p: 303.202.6738
f: 303.202.6737


Jacksonville, FL (February, 6th 2006) - The accolades continue to pour in for Jacksonville, FL based hip-hop media darling's Asamov as their debut album "And Now..." picks up yet more critical acclaim. This time its the prestigious Boston Globe out with its list of the "Top 10 Hip-Hop Acts To Watch In 2006" singing the praises of the four man crew and their lyrical word play that has the underground buzzing so heavily. The Boston Globe's list reads as a "Who's Who" of heavy weights in the competitive Hip-Hop arena with both Jay-Z's protege Lady Sovereign and Kanye West's protege Rhymefest checking in to claim their next up status. But its the four fresh faces of Asamov that stick out as a dark horse contender to the crown that has become the true story.

In an attempt to forecast 2006's break out artist in Hip-Hop, The Boston Globe's list adds a good amount of diversity by including major label acts like Def Jam's silky vocalist Ne-Yo and current MTV2 fav Hasidic MC Matisyahu. However, the list does tend to rely on big name producers and major label backing for their proteges to assure the proper buzz will be in place. For instance, Dr. Dre's Stat Quo gets a nod as does Nelly's wonder girl Penelope Jones. But it's the pure "have fun" message of Asamov's underground classic debut "And Now..." and their refreshing sound of unadulterated Hip-Hop that resonated with the Globe writers to place them squarely on this years list minus the marquee names and major label hype of others on the list.

Asamov has recently been featured in URB magazine, VIBE magazine, Blues & Soul magazine (UK),,, and Also, Asamov racked up "Top 10 Rookies for 2005" and honorable mention for "Album of the Year 2005" from

Rounding out the list are Uber producer 9th Wonder (Little Brother, Destiny' Child), DJ A-Trak (Kanye West's DJ), and Mike Shinoda's friend APATHY who's Atlantic debut drops later this year.

About Asamov
Asamov is without a doubt one of the most creative and refreshing groups on the underground urban music scene. With four gifted MCs and two genius producers, they tell down-to-earth, authentic stories laid over brilliant soundscapes. With their roots in the music of classic Native Tongues artists, Asamov is taking hip-hop music into the future with an inspired musical vision and a truly organic chemistry.

For the complete list and article visit:

For more on Asamov visit:

For booking/interviews contact: D Marley


Jacksonville, FL (February 6th, 2006) A cross-section of artist, producers, DJs, B-Boys, entrepreneurs and executives that make up the 904 Hip-Hop community gathered in downtown Jacksonville Saturday after-noon to take part in the official "904 Unity Photo." The photo is being taken in hopes of spreading the message of Jacksonville's urban artist community standing together in the goal of being positive, productive role models for the community which they live and work in. The message will be further spread on March 25th as the Hip-Hop Economy Network holds its first town hall style Hip-Hop Symposium at The Ritz Theater in down town Jacksonville.

The "904 Unity Photo" comes at a particularly troubling time in the Jacksonville area as the city struggles to confront an alarming rise in homicides through out the city in the beginning of 2006. While the city has just begun dialogue with community organizers to find grass roots solutions to the high murder rates, the organizers of Saturday's photo event wish to point out that the 904 Hip-Hop Community has traditionally been both a very diverse and peaceful community of artist who collaborate, network, and co-exist without incident for years.

The organizers of Saturday's event include the Hip-Hop Economy Network, Disc Copy Inc., 6 Hole Records, Cool Runnings DJs, and

Among the attendees of Saturday's event were 904 artist Asamov, Rob Roy, RedRock, Astronatulis, Swordz, Shout Out, Pettidee, DJ Billy "Bigga" Rankin, DJ King Ron, DJ Shotgun, DJ Klever, DJ King Ron, Ms.Rivercity, 80 Proof, No Spade, Flyi DCG, Novacane, Lefty Gunz, Big Chase, Dot 1, Franchise, Rellik, Tandem Records, Duval Streetz Magazine, Big L, S.O.D, J-Baby, The Empire, House Of Representatives, Soul, Ausmoses, Raw No Luv, DVUS, C-Bizil, Life, Tef XL, Lil Dew, J Pimpin', Tarantino, Main Ingredienz, Glamor Girls, Prestige, Hip-Hop Economy Network staff, Derek Washington (Upstart Entertainment), and Desi Relaford (CEO 6 Hole Records).

About The Hip-Hop Symposium
On March 25th at the Ritz Theater the Hip-Hop Economy Network will host the 1st Jacksonville Hip-Hop Symposium. This event is designed to give Jacksonville's hip-hop community an official voice in determining its own destiny and creating a vehicle to address and solve its own challenges. We believe this simple act of joining together for the "904 Unity Photo" will inspire everyone involved to realize all we have in common and work towards bringing prosperity for all involved.

With over 500 registered members is the official website covering the Jacksonville, Florida hip-hop scene with news, events, MP3s, and community! was started in 2004 and has sponsored numerous area events and focuses on indie and underground authentic hip-hop artist and their efforts to grow their music into regional and national exposure.

For sponsorship inquiries contact: Troy McNair (904) 353-6566

To view the "904 Unity Photo" please visit:

For more info. please visit or

Bootie Brown goes for one-two combo with Grammy and Brit Award

(Brooklyn, NY February 6 2006) 16 years after founding one of rap's
influential groups, Bootie Brown remains a force to be reckoned with.
Los Angeles rapper, best known for his work with legendary group The
Pharcyde, has received Grammy and Brit Award nominations for his
on the Gorillaz song "Clint Eastwood."

The two nominations cap a whirlwind year for Brown, who has been
crisscrossing the globe after collaborating with Gorillaz on their
critically acclaimed sophomore release, "Demon Days." After recording
in Los
Angeles with producer Danger Mouse, shooting the music video in the
of the Namibian Desert, and performing 5 sold-out shows with Gorillaz
Manchester, Brown says the experience has given him a new outlook on
"The record has really shown me how much music can transcend borders
genres. I've had people from all over the globe, from punks to hardcore
hip-hop heads come up to me and tell me how much they enjoyed my track
Demon Days. " Brown also feels the project provided new impetus for his
career. "It's definitely made me work harder. I feel reinvigorated and
primed to put this energy into my work with Imani and The Pharcyde."

Brown's nomination for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" will be
at the 48th annual Grammy Awards on February 8th in Los Angeles. He
then perform live with Gorillaz in London on February 16th at the Brit
Awards, the UK's equivalent of the Grammy's.

Contact: Gavin Rhodes at Audible Treats 718.768.7275

Hip-Hop Media Keeps Growing: The Hip-Hop Association partners with the largest and most prestigious Black Film Festival in North America

New York, NY (February 7, 2006) The Hip-Hop Association has partnered with the esteemed Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) through a community collaboration to provide Hip-Hop film programming and a Hip-Hop panel during the 2006 festival.

PAFF, the largest Black Film Festival in the U.S., will be held from February 9 - 20, 2006 in Los Angeles at the Magic Johnson Theaters and Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. The 2006 PAFF program will showcase a diverse selection of quality films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent.

Included in this selection will be a group of global Hip-Hop films from the highly acclaimed H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, a media program of the Hip-Hop Association. These films include Hip-Hop Colony (Kenya); Favela Rising (Brazil/USA); La Fabri-K (Cuba); The Art of 16 Bars: Get Ya Bars Up (USA); Beef III (USA); Resistencia (UK/Colombia); Reflections on Women of Color and Hip-Hop (USA); Bling: Consequences and Repercussions (Sierra Leone/USA); and United Nations of Hip-Hop (USA/Senegal).

The Hip-Hop Association has also produced a panel for the festival entitled, From Music Videos to Hollywood: Transitioning to Feature Filmmaking, which will explore the emergence of a new generation of filmmakers who have been influenced by Hip-Hop culture and are bringing their flavor to Hollywood. Acclaimed music video directors who have successfully crossed over into feature filmmaking will discuss the challenges and secrets of successfully making that transition. The panel takes place February 14, 2006 at 1 pm. Confirmed panelists include: F. Gary Gray, Director, Friday, Set it Off, The Italian Job, Be Cool; Tim Story, Director, Barbershop, Taxi, Fantastic Four; Christopher Erskin, Director, Johnson Family Vacation; Jeff Byrd, Director King's Ransom, and Chris Robinson, Director of the upcoming Warner Bros. film ATL, the PAFF Closing Night film.

"The community of filmmakers inspired by Hip-Hop culture is much larger than many people realize. It is inspiring to see this work gaining increasing recognition with the help of PAFF. These filmmakers have an important voice that resonates globally, enriching the entire filmmaking community," says Rolando Brown, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Association.

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HIP-HOP COLONY | Directed by Michael Wanguhu | Kenya | 90 min.
Feb. 10, 6 pm/ Feb. 14, 1:20 pm

A musically stirring examination of the rooting of Hip-Hop in Kenya where modern rhythms are adapted to traditional elements to create a local off-shoot known as Genge which unifies the countrys youth to creatively address the country's social and political issues.

BEEF III | Directed by Peter Spirer | USA | 84 min.
Feb. 10, 10:45 pm

Delves inside music beefs to illustrate why respect is so important in the Hip-Hop community, how artists deal wth security issues and how we can keep the beef away from the severity of gunplay. From Harlem to Compton, featuring interviews with: The Game, 50 Cent, Nelly, Chingy, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Flip, T.I., Twista, Scarface, Lil' Scrappy, David Banner and more.

FAVELA RISING | Directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Matt Mochary | Brazil/USA | 80min.
Feb. 11, 1:30 pm/Feb. 17, 5:55 pm

Favela Rising documents a man and a movement, a city divided and a favela (Brazilian squatter settlement) united. Haunted by the murders of his family and many of his friends, Anderson S is a former drug-trafficker who turns social revolutionary in Rio de Janeiros most feared slum. Through Hip-Hop music, the rhythms of the street, and Afro-Brazilian dance he rallies his community to counteract the violent oppression enforced by teenage drug armies and sustained by corrupt police.

LA FABRI-K | Directed by Lisandro Perez-Rey | Cuba| 62 min.
Feb. 13, 3:10 pm

Emerging from Cubas cultural vibrancy is a new art form, a unique brand of Hip-Hop. Two of its leaders, the groups Obsesion and Doble Filo, have formed the collective La Fabri-K in an effort to showcase their art and to raise political consciousness. Live musicianship is central to their art, and here we see them travel from shabby Cuban apartments to the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem to open for the Roots and Kanye West.

REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN OF COLOR & HIP-HOP | Directed by Nuala Cabral | USA | 34 min.
Feb. 13, 3:15pm/Feb. 17,6:05 pm
Through honest and at times humorous dialogue as well as personal testimony, young people challenge each other and speak critically about something they love: Hip-Hop. In particular, they explore the controversial relationship between women of color and Hip-Hop music, and try to justify or refute causes, effects and solutions while still embracing the culture they admire.

BLING: CONSEQUENCES & REPERCUSIONS | Directed by Kareem Edouard | Sierra Leone /USA | 11 min.
Feb. 15, 6 pm/ Feb. 19, 8:45 pm

Tackles the issues behind Hip-Hops obsession with diamonds and the continued illegal diamond trade in Africa and aims to educate the Hip-Hop generation about the murder and carnage caused by the worlds greed for diamonds. Narrated by Chuck D.

RESISTENCIA: HIP-HOP IN COLOMBIA | Directed by Tom Feiling | UK/Colombia | 54 min.
Feb. 15, 6 pm/Feb. 19, 8:45 pm

Resistencia offers a rare look at the Hip-Hop street subculture in civil war-torn Colombia, while at the same time exploring how traditional Latino music is being infiltrated by rap. The film explores how young Colombians feel about the crisis afflicting their country and the impact it has on their lives. Caught between left wing guerillas and right wing paramilitaries, these youths turn to Hip-Hop as a way to express their points of view on the realities forced upon them by long-running violence, cultural crisis and the global cocaine trade.

UNITED NATIONS OF HIP-HOP | Directed by Christina Choe | USA/Senegal | 9:30 min.
Feb. 15, 6pm/Feb. 19, 8:45 pm
In this short documentary about Hip-Hop and globalization in Senegal, West Africa, MC's talk about African debt dependency, Islam, unemployment, and poverty over powerful beats. Interviews with the Senegalese Hip-Hop community is accompanied by stunning footage of Tupac murals, mosques, and barefooted b-boys.

THE ART OF 16 BARS: GET YA' BARS UP | Directed by Peter Spirer | USA | 82 min.
Feb. 16, 9:55 pm/Feb. 17, 9:55 pm

Legendary Emcees speak on their approach to live performances, freestyling, songwriting, their environment, getting signed, dealing with the labels, their money and fame. Featuring interviews with Kanye West, Rakim, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Nas, Slick Rick, Q-Tip, Method Man, Common, Russell Simmons, Talib Kweli, 50 Cent, Redman, Jadakiss, Twista, Guru, Raekwon, MC Lyte, and Kool Moe Dee among others.


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New York, NY February 6, 2006--HOT 97 FM (WQHT), New York's number one
station for hip hop and R&B have teamed up with the Grammy's for an
exclusive live broadcast of "The 2006 Grammy's Presents: The Fugees

Innovative hip-hop supergroup the Fugees: Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and
Pras, will perform live from Los Angeles, for an exclusive New York
radio broadcast the night before the Grammy's airing at midnight, on
February 7th (12am EST) on HOT 97 FM (WQHT).

For the legions of fans clamoring for a follow-up to 1996's "The
Score," the biggest-selling hip-hop album of all time, listeners will get a
chance to hear the group perform their first single, "Take It Easy," the
first of new Fugees music in nearly a decade.

HOT 97 is New York's leading station for hip hop and R&B music and was
recently rated number one for the ninth year in a row according to

WHAT: Exclusive live broadcast of "The 2006 Grammy's Presents: The
Fugees Reunited"
WHEN: Midnight, February 7th (12am EST) on HOT 97 FM (WQHT)

For More Information Contact:
Dan Klores Communications
Andrea Ferguson


New Website Provides The Ultimate Fan Experience: Win Prizes from Mariah Carey, Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down, Joss Stone and More By Registering to Play Artist Exclusive Online Games

Los Angeles, CA, February 7, 2006 launches as a one-of-a-kind destination where fans can meet online, compete for valuable prizes and access a wide range of content unique to their favorite music artists, celebrities, or sports teams. ikoncity appeals to the passion of fans by offering arcade and quiz games, an online community, and personalized exclusive offers from top celebrities in entertainment and sports. Combining present and emerging technologies, ikoncity creates a completely integrated entertainment experience.

Music fans can play games from their favorite artists like Mariah Carey, The Click Five, Fall Out Boy, The Ying Yang Twins, 3 Doors Down, Simple Plan, Joss Stone, and others. Those who register with the site are eligible to compete for exclusive artist merchandise including a variety of autographed items, rare memorabilia, personalized celebrity phone calls, and more. Sports fans can compete for prizes from MLB, The Indianapolis 500, and Nike. In addition to competing for prizes, fans can challenge friends, test their knowledge of their favorite celebrities, and meet and interact with other like-minded fans from around the world.

Launched in 2005, ikoncity is the brainchild of a partnership between Declan OFarrell and Chris OFarrell, a father and son team who believe that fans should be rewarded for their dedication and loyalty. Putting fans first and recognizing the opportunity provided by the internet to reach fans the world over, the idea for ikoncity was born: to build an online destination where entertainment fans could compete for valuable prizes unique to their favorite artists and celebrities.

Like any great city, ikoncity will maintain its status as a premier fan destination by putting its citizens (the fans) first, and by delivering the best services, offering a diversity of exciting activities and creating a place where anyone can feel welcome and be rewarded for being a fan. ikoncity continues to add new celebrities to their growing roster and plans to go beyond music and sports to include film & television, as well as college competitions and communities which will allow fans to play for their schools and win prizes.


Christy Wise


Hip Hop Press Newsletter Update

Apparently I jumped the gun and the FeedBlitz version of the newsletter did come out, just later than I expected. If the rest of the week goes well and I don't hear of any problems, I will probably migrate the Bloglet list over to FeedBlitz over the weekend. I'll keep you posted.

PS - I also got off schedule on today's posts. All should be up to date by tomorrow.

Newsletter Weirdness at Hip Hop Press

So, not only did my new FeedBlitz newsletter not go out yet today with yesterday's releases, my Bloglet newsletter came out for ProHipHop but nothing for Hip Hop Press. Yet things look fine at both control panels. Sorry, y'all.

I'm currently staying hopeful about FeedBlitz. Let's see where that gets me!


Multi-Platinum, Award Winning Hip Hop Superstar Ice Cube Returns to the Mic with Forthcoming Album, Titled 'Laugh Now, Cry Later'

Scheduled to Hit Shelves on June 6, 2006

The Godfather of Gangsta Rap's Seventh Solo LP to be Independently Released by His Label, Lench Mob Records

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-Platinum and Award Winning Hip-Hop Superstar Ice Cube makes his highly anticipated return to the mic with the debut of his seventh solo LP, titled "Laugh Now, Cry Later." Following the release of his greatest hits collection in 2001, the West Coast's Greatest Rap Lyrist is back again, bringing forth his best musical work to date. "Laugh Now, Cry Later," which will be released by Ice Cube's independently owned label, Lench Mob Records, will hit shelves worldwide on June 6th.

Boasting production from top level producers like Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and Lil' Jon, and featuring guests Snoop Dogg and WC, Ice Cube looks to settle back into his position as Rap's Heavy Weight Champion, showcasing his creative and lyrical genius throughout 18 solid tracks. With the streets already talking about the buzz single & video "Chrome & Paint," which blends low-riders and the West Coast lifestyle, the album's first official single will be Scott Storch produced "Why We Thugs," which delves into social commentary about weapons, narcotics, politics and the ghettos of America over a heavy baseline. Always a true MC at heart, Ice Cube has spent this past year away from the big screen to create a well thought out and complete album which mixes rider music, club bangers and soon to be classics through his unique talent of cinematic storytelling.

Regarded as one of the Most Important figures in rap history, Ice Cube began his career with the Notorious West Coast Gangsta Rap Group N.W.A a little over 15 years ago. At the height of the group's success, Ice Cube broke away to start his own solo career. His initial release, "Amerikkka's Most Wanted" (Priority, 1990) sold over a million copies. His sophomore solo effort, "Death Certificate" (Priority, 1991), a concept album about the fall and rise of the black man, debuted at #1 on the R&B Album chart, #2 on the Top 200 album chart and went on to sell over two million copies. His impressive musical career also includes the multi-platinum success of both his double album "War and Peace," and hit albums "Lethal Injection," "Bootlegs & B-Sides," and "The Predator." Ice Cube has sold over ten million albums to date.

Contact: Tracy Nguyen or Reggie Dance
5W Public Relations
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Hip-Hop Pioneer Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels Goes On the Search of His Life in VH1's 'DMC: MY ADOPTION JOURNEY'

Documentary First In 'VH1 Rock Docs' Franchise, Debuts On Saturday, February 25 at 9PM

This VH1 Rock Doc Coincides With The Release of DMC's First Solo Album Checks Thugs and Rock 'N Roll On March 14

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Five years ago at the age of 35 hip-hop pioneer and co-founder of the multi-platinum legendary group Run-D.M.C., Darryl "DMC" McDaniels made a startling discovery: he was adopted. Suddenly everything he thought he knew about himself changed.

This revelation occurred after the death of Jam Master Jay and while DMC was going through a deep depression. He began to question his purpose and place in life. DMC invited VH1 on his journey to track down this other family he never knew was out there. Premiering Saturday, February 25 at 9PM, "DMC: MY ADOPTION JOURNEY" documents that search as the first special from the "VH1 Rock Docs" franchise.

Born on May 31, 1964, DMC grew up in a loving household with his mother, father and older brother. He was raised in the middle class neighborhood of Hollis, Queens in New York City amidst the burgeoning hip-hop scene. It was there that he formed Run-DMC and forever changed the face of music.

As DMC embarked on this courageous search for his birth mother he had little information to go on. Given only what might be his biological mother's name DMC sought help in many places. He visited various government agencies and the hospital where he was born. He then turned to The New York Foundling, an organization in New York that specializes in child welfare and family services. With their guidance, he worked with Pam Slaton, an adoption search specialist and also attended Adoption Anonymous meetings for support.

The four month search created a roller coaster of emotions as DMC was faced with daily disappointments mixed with hope. All the while, his adoptive family struggled to understand his need to search for his roots. The end result provided closure for DMC and an important piece of clarity on life that he was looking for.

In addition, this life changing journey also prompted DMC to put his experience to music in hopes that it would help people who may be struggling just as he was. On March 14, DMC will release his first ever solo album Checks Thugs and Rock 'n Roll on RomenMpire Records / From Rags 2 Riches Records. Musically rich, the album features a virtual who's who of artists from various musical genres.

They include Sarah McLachlan, Kid Rock, Elliot Easton (The Cars), Run, Josh Todd (Buckcherry), Doug E. Fresh, Gary Dourdan ("CSI"), DJ Lethal, Ms. Jade, Sonny Black, Napoleon (Outlawz) and Romeo Antonio. Other songs featured on the recording include "Watchtower," "Freaky Chick" and "Just Like Me," with backing vocals by Sarah McLachlan.

"DMC: MY ADOPTION JOURNEY" is the first documentary to premiere under the "VH1 Rock Docs" franchise; an all new slate of high-end feature-length programs. Each of the documentaries will reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries will tell some of the most unique stories of the artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives.

Log onto for more information on "DMC: MY ADOPTION JOURNEY" and links to adoption resources. Be sure to also check out VSPOT, at on Saturday February 25 for exclusive bonus footage not seen in the on-air documentary.

DMC fans can track the latest news on DMC's videos, album and related activities via, his newly redesigned official fan club web site or, by joining DMC Mobile, by sending "DMC" to 22122.

"DMC: MY ADOPTION JOURNEY" is a production of VH1, directed and produced by Rick Sasson, edited by Pierre Takal. Warren Cohen serves as Supervising Producer and Brad Abramson as Executive Producer. Michael Hirschorn and Shelly Tatro also serve as Executive Producers.

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

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Contacts: Lori Hornik/VH1

Scott Acord/VH1

For more information on DMC please call:
Allison Elbl
212.334.6116 x. 225

Paul Freundlich
212.334.6116 x. 224

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Acord, +1-310-752-8075,, both of VH1; For more
information on DMC - Allison Elbl, +1-212-334-6116 x. 225,,
or Paul Freundlich, +1-212-334-6116 x. 224,, both of PFA

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Verizon Wireless Unites The Fugees for an Exclusive V CAST Concert

Video and Recordings from the Concert will be Available Exclusively on V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless

BEDMINSTER, N.J., and LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless helps kick off music's biggest week with the reunion of one of the hottest hip-hop groups: the Fugees. Verizon Wireless is bringing the Fugees back on-stage tonight for a ticketed free open-air concert on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles, creating a historic live performance. Following the show, concert footage and audio recordings will be available exclusively to V CAST customers. The Fugees -- Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel -- will world-premiere new songs from their unreleased album for fans clamoring for a follow-up to their 1996 album, "The Score," the biggest-selling hip-hop album of all time. Starting tonight after the show, V CAST customers can watch highlights from the Fugees's exclusive concert right on their V CAST-enabled phones. Both highlights from tonight's concert and concert clips from previous Fugees concerts will be available on V CAST.

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An event entirely for the people, the Fugees will perform new music to a crowd of over 8,000 fans on one of Hollywood's hippest street corners -- Hollywood and Vine. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are being distributed to fans in the Los Angeles area through local radio contests, TXT and PIX Messaging offers, at local area Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and by members of the Verizon Wireless Street Team.

The Fugees' became legendary in the mid-1990s because they brought together music styles including hip-hop, soul and Caribbean music -- particularly reggae -- that appealed to the American public. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers can check out the concert performance within V CAST in the Entertainment -- Music Videos -- V CAST performances category -- for a limited time, concert video from this exclusive performance will be available free.

"We are excited to perform at this exclusive Verizon Wireless concert to kick off Grammy week in L.A. Verizon Wireless understands that the future of the music industry is to create a direct link between artists and their fans," said the Fugees. "As artists, we realized that there was more music we needed to make together. Verizon Wireless' V CAST allows us to connect directly to our fans by placing the music from our hearts into the palms of their hands."

Deriving their name from the term "refugee," the Fugees is noted for the integration of soul and reggae into their work, and one of their albums, The Score, was a multi-platinum and Grammy-winning success. With songs such as "Killing Me Softly," "Fu-Gee-La" and "Ready or Not," the Fugees cemented themselves in music history. The group went their separate ways after 1997 but reunited in late 2005 for a European tour. The show tonight will be one of their first performances together in the States since the breakup in 1997.

"The Fugees have legions of fans from coast to coast who crave their music," said John Harrobin, vice president of marketing for Verizon Wireless. "The availability of songs from this exclusive Fugees concert on V CAST -- in both the video and music formats -- gives our customers a front row seat in a truly mobile format while giving legendary bands, like the Fugees, a new way to connect with their fans. Music is a natural on wireless phones, and V CAST Music is the ultimate combination of content, mobility and convenience for the music fan in all of us."

In the coming weeks, V CAST Music customers will also get exclusive access to audio recordings from the show and have the ability to purchase recordings from the Fugees triumphant reunion performance on their V CAST Music-enabled phones. Within V CAST from Verizon Wireless, songs are located in the V CAST Music section.

V CAST Music from Verizon Wireless gives customers access to songs from the Fugees and many other top artists, and lets them play music on their wireless phones -- the same device they have come to rely upon for entertainment, information and mobile communication. Music fans can check out V CAST Music on several hot new phones from Verizon Wireless, including the Samsung a950. V CAST Music lets customers browse, preview, download and play high-quality digital music from their phones or online in the Verizon Wireless V CAST Music Store. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music-enabled phone. For more information, visit

V CAST Music runs on Verizon Wireless' broadband network, available to about 150 million people from coast to coast. V CAST Music is available through Verizon Wireless' 2,000 Communications Stores and Circuit City locations and online at

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 51.3 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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CONTACT: Brenda Boyd Raney of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-306-4834,

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Broadcast-quality B-Roll and high-resolution stills of the Fugees and V CAST from Verizon Wireless are available online. Log on to Verizon Wireless' Multimedia Library at to preview and request video segments, which can be received in newsrooms digitally, by tape or via satellite, or to request images.

Hold 'Em Promotions Presents the $2 Million Rapper's Challenge Hosted by Snoop Dogg in Miami, May 5, 2006

The world's Top Poker Players Compete for $2 Million Purse in This No Limit Texas Hold 'Em Challenge

MIAMI, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rapper's Challenge Texas Hold 'Em Tournament is a one-day event onboard a casino ship at the Port of Miami on Friday, May 5, 2006. Hosted by superstar recording artist and movie star Snoop Dogg, this no limit challenge is expected to draw many celebrities and top poker players from across the country. Twenty seats are reserved for pro poker champions and seats are still available for all challengers.

Snoop Dogg will emcee, while his Uncle Reo cooks his famous BBQ on the top deck. There will be live entertainment throughout the day with famous rappers and other hip-hop artists. In the evening, the famed Monday Night FightKlub free-style rappers will be competing for a $25,000 prize.

This tournament will be filmed for a future television airing.

The Entrance Fee for the Rapper's Challenge is $15,000 and includes:

* No limit Texas Hold 'Em Tournament Play
* Pre-Event Celebrity Registration Party
* Monday Night FightKlub
* Uncle Reo's BBQ
* After-Party in South Beach
* VIP admission to South Beach's Hottest Clubs

VIP tickets are available for those who want to watch the tournament, gamble on the boat and join in the festivities throughout the weekend. VIP tickets are $2,000. VIP ticket holders are entitled to all parties and events mentioned above.

The tournament will take place on the main casino deck of the casino boat. There will be food and beverages available for all players. Players that are eliminated will be able to gamble at any of the open gaming tables and slot machines.

To register, please visit .

Photos and interviews with Snoop Dogg and Hold 'Em Promotions are available upon request.

Contact Kim Morgan at (561) 750-9800 ext. 233.

Source: Hold 'Em Promotions

CONTACT: Kim Morgan, TransMedia Group, +1-561-750-9800, ext. 233, for
Hold 'Em Promotions

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Looking For A Record Producer or Engineer? Music Industry's Top Resource Just Released

Introducing the "Record Producer & Recording Engineer Directory," the best way to find producers and engineers in every style or genre of music, plus their full credits and management firms, as well as complete contact data, including phone, fax and e-mail.

Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 5, 2006 -- The Second Edition of "Record Producer & Recording Engineer Directory," was just released. Now you can use the best way to find producers and engineers in every style or genre of music, plus their full credits and management firms, as well as complete contact data, including phone, fax and e-mail.

Produced by RPM Direct in partnership with the Music Business Registry, the "Record Producer &Recording Engineer Directory" contains:

* 1,900 record producers &recording engineers in the USA, Canada and Europe
* Producer &engineer credits
* Phone, fax &e-mail addresses
* Producer &recording engineer management firms
* Management firm staff and client rosters
* Complete index of all personnel
* Interviews and articles with leading producers

Created for professionals in A&R, artist management, recording studios, and at record labels, the 150-page "Record Producer &Recording Engineer Directory" is also ideal for producers, engineers, artists, and remixers. An in-depth and wide-ranging publication, this is a directory
you will find indispensable.

The listings for the "Record Producer & Recording Engineer Directory" come from RPM Direct's online directories located at RPM Direct Inc. was created by Jerimaya Grabher and for nearly 8 years has provided the music industry's leading professional directory of record producers, engineers, mixers and producer management companies.

The RPM Direct website is accessed by subscription from hundreds of creative executives in A&R, music publishing, film & TV music, artist management and more, from 12 countries around the world. These subscribers use RPM Direct as their one-stop source for producer/engineer and recording studio information and contacts they need for their music projects.

The "Producer & Recording Engineer Directory" is $90.00 and is available by phone at 800-377-7411 or may be ordered
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Onlinegigs Announces Launch of Version 4

A comprehensive music management solution, Version 4 of Onlinegig's fully automated booking and promotional suite of tools introduces a one-button solution to many tasks associated with managing a music career or event.

Delray Beach, FL (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 6, 2006 -- Onlinegigs is proud to announce the much-anticipated launch of Version 4 of its fully automated booking and promotional suite of tools for the music industry. V.4 introduces an innovative one-button solution to many of the tasks associated with managing a music career or event. Press Releases, Fan Reminders, Performance Contracts, Driving Directions, Website Updates and much more are easily automated with the click of just one button.

Success in the music industry usually comes down to two things, talent and relationships, said the founder of Onlinegigs, Jay Flanzbaum. The newest version of Onlinegigs fully automates the administration of booking and promoting; giving musicians more time to focus on their craft and giving agents, music managers & record companies more time to focus on their business relationships.

Onlinegigs is a web based solution that eliminates countless hours typically spent searching for booking opportunities, shuffling information around and keeping track of completed or upcoming tasks. V.4 comes preloaded with its own industry directory of booking and promotional contacts. There are thousands of Music Venues, Colleges, Music Festivals and Press contacts as well as very sophisticated Contact Management tools to keep track of everything.

A music booking agent from Pittsburgh can represent a band from Oklahoma thats on a record label from Japan, commented Jay Flanzbaum, But Onlinegigs harnesses the power of the Internet to automatically update each of their websites with new tour dates and remind all of their fans and the local media about upcoming shows.

Because much of todays event and tour management software is desktop based it suffers the limitations associated with being installed on one machine only. Onlinegigs v.4 however, is able to extend even more collaborative abilities so that a whole team of artists, interns and support staff, can all have access to the same information at the same time. Data is always backed up and secure and there is never a risk of losing access to a members important business related information.

Onlinegigs v.4 is a comprehensive artist & event management solution that is revolutionizing the way performance opportunities are tracked, booked and promoted. Historically music booking software has only been accessible to major labels and agencies at exorbitant costs. But Onlinegigs v.4 hands over sophisticated tools and resources to independent bands, agents, music managers and record companies. From finding the right location for an event to automatically reminding fans about upcoming shows right on their cell phone, Onlinegigs v.4 is a powerful solution to an age old problem.

About Onlinegigs: Onlinegigs Version 4 fully automates the booking and promotional process for bands, booking agents, record companies and music managers. Onlinegigs is a comprehensive Artist & Event management solution that streamlines the way gig opportunities are tracked, booked and promoted. It is a web-based, subscription service designed to bring powerful organizational tools and music industry resources to the independent music community.

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Ultimate Record Label Course Shows Musicians How to Start Their Own Successful Record Label

Author teaches young independent artist, musicians and aspiring record label owners how to take their destiny in their own hands by starting their own record labels.

Bridgeport, CT (PRWEB) February 6, 2006 -- Author Ty Cohen has made it his personal goal to help as many singers, musicians and aspiring record label owners as he possibly can to move one step closer to achieving their dream of succeeding in the music business.

Sure he may have written several best-selling music industry how to books, but with an eclectic ear for song, he doesnt just write about music, he lives and breaths it.

After starting an independent record label of his own several years ago, he witnessed first hand the many pitfalls that one can encounter when attempting to make it in the biz. Small label owners normally have to wear many hats in order to keep their companies afloat, and it can often be difficult just knowing where to start, which is why I developed what I call The Ultimate Record Label course says the author.

The course that Ty refers to is a home study course called The Ultimate Record label that has taken him nearly two years to create. Now that the course is completed, Tys next goal is to get into the hands of as many musicians, singers, artist and indie (independent) label owners as possible and has recently made it available to the public.

At first glance of the course, youll immediately notice that it is packed with more information then the typical How to make it in the music business book or guide. Readers will find that there is so much more covered in The Ultimate Record Label that it cant be digested in one sitting, which is just what Ty intended.

As the author states, It is a well known fact, that if an artist, musician or business owner in the music industry wants to succeed, they must be knowledgeable about the industry or they may not survive. This course sets out to answer the questions that most people would have when setting out to start a record company of their own.

Creator Ty Cohen says Independent record labels have more room for growth and profit then larger labels and most allow their artist total creative control over the music they create, which is a plus because it prevents the listeners from being subjected to the cookie cutter sound that major labels focus on, he further states My goal is to provide artist with a means of keeping more financial and creative control over their music.

Most of these money making record labels are extremely small, often low staffed and ran from a relatively small office space or their owners home, Says Ty Cohen. It is in this course that I provide step-by-step instruction and resources to help the average person reach full independent music label status.

Jac D. of Gold Chien Entertainment says I found the section on financing the biggest asset to me. As (owner of) an independent (label), it is difficult to find the money to branch out further in the music industry and this course has given me some great ideas on how to achieve my goals.

While there are a variety of music industry products on the topic of how to start a record label, it appears that Mr. Cohen has taken the learning experience to another level. In the Ultimate Record Label course you are taught how to build and run a successful record company step-by-step, via video, audio and workbook, allowing the student to get completely involved in the learning process.

For more information about The Ultimate Record Label course, visit and to get a free copy of Ty Cohens email mini course 101 Extremely Good Reasons Why You Should Start Your Own Record Label go to

About Ty Cohen:

Ty Cohen, the music industry's most recognizable voice, is author of several best-selling music industry related titles including; Secrets to Making Money in the Music Industry, The Music Business Bundle, The New Music Industry: How to Use the Power of the Internet to Multiply Your Industry Exposure, Fan Base and Income Potential Online! and The Music Business: How YOU Can Make $500,000.00 (or More) a Year in the Music Industry by Doing it Yourself!

Mike Moles, director of public relations
Platinum Millennium Publishing

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Ty Cohen

eMusic - World's Largest Digital Retailer Of Independent Music - Begins Reporting Download Sales to SoundScan

eMusic Now Sells More Than 4.5 Million Downloads Monthly - and Has Sold 45 Million Downloads in the Past 2 Years

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- eMusic, the world's largest digital retailer of independent music -- selling more than 4.5 million song downloads monthly -- announced that, effective today, it will be providing its sales data to Nielsen SoundScan, the information system that tracks sales of music and music video products. Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales of digital music in June 2003. The addition of eMusic data will complement Nielsen SoundScan's existing sales database of independent digital music.

"The independent music sector is enjoying spectacular growth while overall recorded music sales from major labels continue to decline, and yet many in the music industry treat the independent music market as an afterthought. We're certain that independent music market share has been inaccurately reported," said David Pakman, CEO of eMusic and a managing director of Dimensional Associates, the private equity arm of JDS Capital that owns eMusic, The Orchard and Dimensional Music Publishing. "The strong growth of the independent sector can be attributed to the efforts of businesses like eMusic which have invested millions of dollars to promote and carefully merchandise music outside the mainstream top 40. By reporting our sales data to SoundScan, macro digital music sales figures will shift, reflecting a dramatic increase in independent music market share. We are pleased that Nielsen SoundScan will be including the eMusic data in their reporting database of independent music."

eMusic is now second only to iTunes in monthly download sales -- even though its entire one million-track catalogue is comprised entirely of music from independent labels. Over the past 24 months, eMusic has sold more than 45 million tracks -- this represents more music sold by other major music services like Rhapsody, Microsoft's MSN, Yahoo!, and Napster COMBINED*. This accomplishment is that much more remarkable because eMusic has no major label content in its service -- only tracks from 3800 of the world's largest independent record labels including: Rykodisc, TVT, Concord Music Group, Naxos, Beggars Banquet, KOCH Records, Epitaph, Comedy Central Records, Smithsonian Folkways, Dischord, Merge, Razor and Tie and Sun Records.

* Data refers to non-expiring digital downloads -- not rental songs or streams -- and is based on estimates provided by aggregators, published reports, SEC filings, company press releases, and market share data. Not all mentioned music services report sales figures publicly. "Downloads" refers to individual songs downloaded, either individually or together as an album.

About eMusic

eMusic ( stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 4.5 million downloads each month; eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalogue of 1,000,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. Based in New York and San Diego, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management, Inc.

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

Media Contacts
Andy Morris / Justin Kazmark
The Morris + King Company
(212) 561-7465 / (212) 561-7466

Source: eMusic

CONTACT: Andy Morris, +1-212-561-7465,, or
Justin Kazmark, +1-212-561-7466,, both of The
Morris + King Company

Web site:

Citizen Culture Magazine Hosting 'The Next Big Publishing Idea' Contest with All-Star Panel of Judges

NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizen Culture, the first digitally delivered print publication, is hosting "The Next Big Publishing Idea" contest for aspiring, creative "future publishers" around the globe. For the first time in the history of the magazine world, a contestant or team with the best idea will be awarded up to 20 pages in an upcoming issue of Citizen Culture. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with the design and editorial teams at Citizen Culture to watch their ideas come to life, eventually being introduced to the entire publishing industry.

The impressive roster of judges for the contest includes the following media heavyweights:

* Nat Ives, Advertising Age
* Larry Dubrow, MediaPost
* Florian Bachleda, Vibe Magazine
* Justin Smith, The Week Magazine
* Dr. Samir Husni a.k.a. Mr. Magazine, University of Mississippi
* George Sansoucy, NY Magazine Day
* Ann Wilson, Dwell Magazine
* Dr. Abe Peck, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
* Lauren Strom, Time Out New York
* Fiorella Valdesolo, NYLON Magazine
* Laurel Touby, Media Bistro
* Ann Wilson, Dwell Magazine

The judges will be looking at creativity, content and design, and the "Big Ideas" can come in the form of print or digital magazines, online "e-zines," blogs, podcast networks or other innovative forms of audience outreach. Finalists will be showcased in Issue #9 and the winner will be featured in Issue #10 of Citizen Culture.

"Launching a magazine is no easy task. This contest is a unique opportunity for someone to showcase their 'big idea' while getting a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the industry," says Jonathon Feit, Chief Editor & Publisher of Citizen Culture. "And hopefully this competition can spark dialogue on the need to continue creating substantial and meaningful publications for today's readers."

Participants can be individuals or teams, from anywhere in the world, with any kind of idea. The final date for submissions is March 15, 2006. For more information on this contest, please visit


Citizen Culture-recently named a "Digital Driver" by the Magazine Publishers of America-is the world's first all-digitally delivered print magazine targeting young, active professionals worldwide. The magazine fully embraces digital publishing technology as a prime distribution channel, opening the door for a new medium in media and a revolution in the magazine industry. The magazine's format, using technology developed by Zinio Systems, compresses full-motion video and sound media into a small, downloadable interactive PDF file. Embedded interactive content enables travelers without Internet access, parents who want to "disconnect" from the Internet when home with their families, and even readers struggling with slow dial-up connections to enjoy all the magazine's multimedia content anytime, anywhere. Online at


Rachel Cone-Gorham
5W Public Relations

Source: Citizen Culture

CONTACT: Press, Rachel Cone-Gorham of 5W Public Relations,
+1-212-999-5585, for Citizen Culture

Web site:


Nova 4 Jehovah Holdin It Down for G.O.D At Super Bowl XL!!!

Count Down to Super Bowl XL!!!!
If You Are in the Motor City and You Dont Have Your Super Bowl Plans on Lock, Come Watch the Big Game & Check Out Yo Boy Bringing the Best in Holy Hip-Hop at the Redeemed Christian Fellowship Annual Super Bowl Celebration!! Sponsored by the Iron Sharpens Iron Mens Ministry. Going Down Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 5, 2006, 15 Ferris, Detroit, MI 48203, 6:00 PM. Big Screen, Food, Fun & Entertainment for the Entire Family-- Its Gone Be Live!!!

Super Bowl Gospel at Greater Grace Temple!! Nova 4 Jehovah was in the House at the Greater Grace Temple City of David Motor City Gospel Fest Saluting Black Athletes. Thousands Poured In and a Packed House Partied & Praised to Soul-Stirring Performances by Karen Clark-Sheard, Kiki Sheard, Marvin Sapp, Ricky Dilliard & New Generation, Rans Allen, the Soul Seekers and Tim Bowman!! Held Friday February 3rd at Greater Grace in Detroit Michigan, Bishop Charles Ellis, Senior Pastor. It was Hot and Off the Chain!! N4J Exclusive Pics Coming Soon!!!

Nova Staying in the Mix in 2006 at the 21st Annual Stellar Awards!!
Nova Represented strong for G.O.D at the Stellar Awards, Rocking the Mic and Lifting up His Holy Name at the Music City Sheraton on January 21st in Nashville, TN. The event was hosted by Bishop Sam Williams Vice Chair of the Gospel Announcers Guild of the GMWA and featured distinguished panelists, including Stellar Awards Executive Producer Don Jackson, President of Zomba Gospel (Verity) Attorney Max Seigel, Chairman of the Gospel Announcers Guild of the GMWA Al Hobbs, and more!! Nova also Helped to Keep the Youth Encouraged at the Stellar Awards Youth Enrichment Seminar, Along with Byron Cage, Youthful Praise, Lil IRocc, Bro Jamal of BET and Danny Wilson, CEO of Holy Hip-Hop. It was Off the Chain All for Gods Glory!! Click Here to Check Out Novas Exclusive Photos From the Stellars!! And Dont Miss Yo Boys Coverage of the Stellar Awards Weekend--February Generation Hip-Hop Column!!

Kirk & Tammy Franklin
Nova & Yolanda Adams
Donald Lawrence

Keep God in The Mix in 2006!!

Hot New Single ''Private Dancer'' Featured in Smash Hit Movie ''Big Momma's House 2'' Soundtrack, Available at iTunes

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 2006--The hot new hip-hop single "Private Dancer" by We Got Action featuring Rhymefest is the featured song in the new hit movie "Big Momma's House 2" starring Martin Lawrence.
The song from the movie soundtrack is also currently exclusively available for sale at the iTunes Music Store at

Trevor Pryce produced and co-wrote "Private Dancer," which features renowned hip-hop artist Rhymefest, for Denver-based Royal Standard Music, a subsidiary of entertainment marketing company Red Robot. Pryce, a seasoned music business entrepreneur, is also a nine-year veteran defensive end with the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

"I'm excited that 'Private Dancer' represents our inaugural release for Royal Standard Music and I truly appreciate the strong interest that both 20th Century Fox and iTunes have shown in my music by incorporating the song into the soundtrack of 'Big Momma's House 2'," Pryce said.

"Big Momma's House 2,"' a sequel to the 2000 Martin Lawrence comedy, had the second-best January opening ever, taking in $27.7 million in ticket sales at North American theaters during the weekend of January 27 through 29. It is currently the "number one" movie in U.S. theatres.

"Our Royal Standard Music division looks forward to working with innovative film studios, like 20th Century Fox, as well as forward-looking music distribution channels, such as those represented by Apple Computer's iTunes service," said Tom Flanagan, chief executive officer of Red Robot. "This is another example of our ability to partner with leading brands and advertising agencies who understand the unique value of music-based marketing initiatives as well as emerging entertainment marketing techniques."

About Red Robot:
Red Robot, Inc. is a strategic marketing consultancy specializing in non-traditional, niche-oriented, and entertainment marketing initiatives. Red Robot creates value for clients by developing original content-centric marketing opportunities with video, online properties, live events, music, television and motion pictures. Additional information is available at

Red Robot, Inc.
Jim DeLorenzo, 215-564-1122
Mobile Phone: 215-266-5943

Coldfrunt Production's and Tsunami Group Inc's Event Brings STYLE to NBA All Star Weekend

The NBA All Star competitions tip off February 17th 2006 as the League's top rookies and second year players square off in the Rookie Challenge. After the game Dallas based promotion company, Coldfrunt Productions is creating the Most Stylist Event for All Star Weekend on Friday, at Bar Rio, 6400 Richmond (Between Hillcroft and Route 610) Houston, Texas. This is the only celebrity red carpet event that will be filmed by BET STYLES and MADD Sports and hosted by sexy Melissa Ford and her counterpart Bigg Tigger. The event also will be covered by DOWN Magazine. Bar Rio is the backdrop for this spectacular event with it's lavish dcor, multiple flat screens, stage, VIP areas and Skyboxes overlooking the lower level and music will be provided by Texas' own DJ Whodie.

Also hosting the night's festivities will be none other than R. Kelly with special guests Diamond Princess' Trina, FHM Supermodel Vida Guerra, Houston's Own Chamillionaire, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Ruff Rider DMX, West Coast's Warren G, Uchenna and Joyce Agu (Winners of CBS' The Amazing Race), Nik (America's Next Top Model) as well as Jonathan Bender (Indiana Pacers), Dahtnay Jones (Memphis Grizzlies), Robert Griffith (Arizona Cardinals), Kevin Bentley (NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks) and many others.

Festivities will also include special performances by Slip N Slide artist Rick Ross, Jody Breeze of Boyz N Da Hood and the first appearance ever of Texas Super Producers Carnival Beats (Responsible for 'Still Tippin', 'Back Then', 'Sittin Sidewayz' and 'Draped Up) artist's NAC & Swift.

General Admission guests will also have the chance to win a VIP gift bag compliments of Tsunami Group and a Caribbean cruise sponsored by Blue Chip Mortgage Company by obtaining a casino chip given to them by either one of the hosts or artists performing on stage. Winners may exchange the casino chip for a gift bag at the end of the evening. Each bag will contain some of the hottest new items pertaining to lifestyle such as skin care products, music, clothing and much more.

Tickets are available for general admission and the VIP areas at The Skyboxes overlooking the venue are also available, parties interested may contact Coldfrunt Productions directly at (972) 934.6717.

Publicists interested in submitting their clients for the event may do so to Tsunami Group Inc's office at (856) 269.9518 or via email

Press and Media wishing to report on or film at the event may also reach out to Tsunami Group Inc at the above number or email to request press passes.

Hip-Hop For Social Change | H2A Offers Films and Speaks on Approach to Community Organizing

The Third Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference in New York

NEW YORK, NY (February 3, 2006) On Saturday February 11, 2006, the Hip-Hop Association will participate in the third annual NYC Grassroots Media Coalition Conference (NYCGMC) at New School University.

During a workshop, titled Using Hip-Hop for Social Change Workshop, Rolando Brown, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Association [H2A], will detail the organizations founding principle; facilitating, fostering, and preserving Hip-Hop culture. Rolando will explore how this approach to community organizing is supporting the work of a variety of individuals and organizations that utilize Hip-Hop culture as a tool to encourage critical thinking, social awareness, educational empowerment, and unity.

The conference seeks to address pressing issues of representation and diversity within the NYC community. A projected one thousand students, activists, media makers, community workers and artists will convene in Manhattan for a day of more than 40 workshops, do-it-yourself (DIY) trainings, discussions and panels. The 3rd annual GMC will house a community art exhibition and film screenings presented by the H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Urban Visionaries, Media That Matters and Third World Newsreel. The conference boasts a youth track of panels for its expected 300 participants under 21 interested in learning more about media production and strategies for realizing change in their communities.

"We are proud to be involved in this year's Grassroots Media Coalition Conference. This event's dedication to forging relationships between independent media and communities organizing around justice and equality is very much in line with our own mission of using Hip-Hop and media to promote community building, social awareness and change," says Mona Ibrahim, Director of Community Partnerships & Preservation.

For more information visit

Hip-Hop's Southern Jewel Set to Sparkle on New CD

The attraction to precious diamonds has been spreading rampant throughout the world of hip-hop leaving its mark and influence. The exuberant stones are one of the most coveted material possessions and serve as a symbol of status and suggest a certain level of success within the culture. It is evidenced by the varying but widespread references of glaring diamonds blinding unsuspecting onlookers, wrists and necks being iced-out or diamonds being pressed against wood-grain steering wheels while rollin expensive foreign automobiles up and down the block. Bodily real estate also seems to be scarce as the number of artists making bling bling apart of their dental records is visibly increasing. This expanding fashion is known as wearing grills, yet another method for displaying the dazzling jewels as teeth serve as the billboard for advertisement. But what makes a diamond truly priceless and invaluable?

The answer lies deep beneath the surface and darkness of the earths core. To truly appreciate a diamond you must first appreciate the process. It takes eons for a diamond to form in the midst of constant exposure to extremely intense pressure and unbearably hot temperatures. Its that contrasting process that has made La Toya Tragedy Burns, a petite but sightly, powerful yet humble, female rap artist out of Houston, Texas, such an inestimable find.

From the moment she was crowned as the Roll Call Queen, over 11 years ago on Houstons KBXX 97.9 (Mad Hatta Show) in 1994, she has had to endure many fiery tests as well as overcome the constant pressures by many industry movers and shakers, to compromise.

Early experiences working with several production powerhouses including super-producer Jazzy Phae and P. Diddys then Bad Boy Hit Man J-Dubb, had the potential and promise to propel her rap career fast forward. However, a change of heart and change of direction led to a change of pace!

A renewed commitment to a higher purpose for her life and music led to many delays, struggles and challenges along the way. Success as many viewed it, was slowly slipping out of her grasp. It would take another eight years and many uphill battles, but her tenacity, determination and above all her faith, would not prove false in the end.

Now armed with the multi-platinum production of Sean Blaze Henderson (50 Cents Get Rich or Die Tryin) and national distribution through Holy Hip Hop/EMI, The stage has once again been set for this Southern Jewel to Sparkle on her upcoming releasePrincess Cut.

To hear the single Man Upstairs or for more information on the sophomore release and national debut Princess Cut please visit To arrange appearances and performances, please contact For more on this Diamond in the Rough and to schedule artist interview contact SGR Music Group at 281-481-6812.

SGR Music Group
10904 Scarsdale #350-240
Houston, TX 77089

Motown Records Signs Nick Cannon

Motown to Launch Cannon Imprint Can I Ball

NEW YORK, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Motown Records has signed celebrated, one-man entertainment arsenal, Nick Cannon, in a venture with the actor/musician, to be called Can I Ball/Motown Records, announced Sylvia Rhone, President of Motown, Executive Vice President of the Universal Music Group. "Nick is one of the most extraordinary, multi-talented stars in the entire entertainment business," stated Ms. Rhone. "His charismatic presence, his endless reservoir of talent, his boundless creative depth and sensitivity toward the human condition makes this a seminal signing for us. Nick's tremendous poise and business acumen also ensures the Can I Ball imprint is destined to become a vital component of the Motown legacy."

Cannon's Can I Ball/Motown debut album, Stages, featuring the first single "Dimepiece," and guest appearance by the first artist signed to his label, Izzy, is slated to be released in spring 2006. The new disc is executive produced by Cannon and Michael "Blue" Williams, and features a host of top notch producers including Kanye West and artists such as Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton and 112.

"I'm thrilled to be able to work with such a passionate, monumental executive like Sylvia Rhone," stated Mr. Cannon. "The new team she has put together at Motown has hit the ground running, and I'm excited to be launching this venture with such a capable and inspiring group of people who love music."

Nick Cannon's rise in the film, music and fashion business has been nothing short of meteoric. Cited by People Magazine as one of the 'Top Ten most successful young people in Hollywood' and featured on the Cover of Black Enterprises' 40 Under 40, the effusive star has been garnering accolades from all corners of the entertainment community. His combined creative endeavors, including breakthrough movie and TV roles, and his own successful multi-million dollar clothing line, have entertainment industry analysts citing him as Hollywood's next one-man power-mogul. Cannon landed his first breakthrough role on the Nickelodeon hit series All That, at only 18, and subsequently was awarded his own starring vehicle on Nickelodeon, winning his first kid's choice award for The Nick Cannon Show, which he starred, directed and executive produced.

The 2002 hit film Drumline would be the breakthrough role for Cannon, leading him to other memorable performances in films like 2003's Love Don't Cost A Thing, and others. That same year he released his own self-titled debut album, and has collaborated with a host of other musicians, such as R. Kelly, E-40, Lil Romeo and B2K on soundtracks and other projects. In 2005 he starred in the movie The Underclassmen, in which he wrote and began hosting, producing and directing his own MTV show, Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out, which is the networks #1 rated show.

Along with an exciting new label deal, Cannon is currently under new management. Michael "Blue" Williams, President & CEO of Family Tree Entertainment who is most recognized as the catalyst behind Outkast's career success, is now also overseeing Cannon's musical career. Williams was instrumental in negotiating Cannon's label deal with Universal Motown Group.

Source: Motown Records

CONTACT: Wendy Washington, +1-212-373-0702,,
or Shirronda Sweet, +1-212-841-8622,, both of
Universal Motown; or Tracy Nguyen, 5W Public Relations, +1-212-999-5585 x 212,

Web site:

The Next Generation of Music and Video Innovation Set to Debut as VMIX Launches in Houston during All-Star Weekend with The Crossover

While the best that the NBA has to offer in professional athletes get set to cap off another All-Star Weekend this February in Houston, another set of professionals will join forces in blending sports and entertainment, with a brand of glamour tailored for an industry crowd.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 5, 2006 -- While the best that the NBA has to offer in professional athletes get set to cap off another All-Star Weekend this February in Houston, another set of professionals will join forces in blending sports and entertainment, with a brand of glamour tailored for an industry crowd.

The Crossover Sports and Entertainment Industry Mixer: Spring Edition, will bring business professionals, entrepreneurs and industry insiders together in Houston for a networking gala built specifically for those working in the entertainment field. In just a single action-filled night, those in attendance will be not only treated to a preview of the latest products in fashion and entertainment, but can also indulge in an equally sophisticated atmosphere throughout the night.

The event will be center stage on Friday night, February 17, with the 8,500 square foot Crome Lounge serving as the official venue for The Crossover, complete with an invitation-only standard that will ensure that those behind the doors will be subject to a tasteful evening of mingling with their contemporaries.

At the forefront of this gathering is the long-awaited launch of VMIX, the trendsetting entertainment outlet that takes music and video the next level through remixing the latest chart-topping tracks with an eye-catching aesthetic that has garnered industry-wide praise.

Setting this event apart from other industry functions is the notion that The Crossover provides a rare opportunity for industry professionals to mix and network with their counterparts in a setting that would otherwise not be possible at such a scale. The proof is clearly in the product, as VMIX has been putting their collective spin on music and videos since 2002 for brands like Vibe, Target, Ford and Pepsi.

With their sights on redefining a segment of the game that they have single-handedly pioneered, VMIX will unveil their new creations and outlook for the future during The Crossover. The All-Star festivities in Houston marks a significant opportunity for the industrys leading professionals to get a glimpse of it all, as some of the most notable namesakes in the game will be on-site and available as the exciting night of showcases unfolds.

The Crossover is sure to set a new standard in networking events for industry movers and shakers, and sponsors, including Merrill Lynch, VMIX, Rucker and Spaulding, have ensured that the event will have just enough flavor to set the weekend off right. And while a description may give you a glimpse of what VMIX has to offer during The Crossover, the real proof is in what will be revealed on February 17, 2006.

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Susan King

Forfeit The Game, Continuing To Grow In To 2006

Forfeit The Game continues its task to become one of the most diverse and unique networks on the internet, increasing in size, and adding new websites on a wide range of subjects and matters.

(PRWEB) February 4, 2006 -- Forfeit The Game will continue its primary task of producing quality websites, with unique and diverse content, new ideas and innovative creations in 2006 with the addition and upgrade of many of the Network's primary websites.

The Linkin Park fan site, situated at, has just had a major revamp, continuing to making it the biggest and most unique Linkin Park fan site on the internet. With a whole host of new features including exclusive media, advanced discography information and an ever growing press archive of articles, interviews and reviews.

The Chester Bennington fan site, situated at has grown to massive proportions, and now holds host to a full Street Team of over 550 dedicated members. The website has continued to grow with more news, media and press being added as they appear.

The Fort Minor fan site, situated at has continued to reign supreme as the biggest and best fort Minor fan site around, and has continued to grow as time goes by. The website will be getting a major update including full archives of press appearances, lyrics and images, as well as all the latest news and features.

New websites in the works include a Sports Guide, run in conjunction with Shreyas Puranik, another fan site for a new up-and-coming artist, as well as continued updates and upgrades to the other existing websites such as the Online Music Magazine, Street Team and Design Studio.

Look out for Forfeit The Game, continuing to expand in 2006.


Pete Crewdson
Forfeit The Game

Creation Festival Partners With' s Indiescovery For Ultimate Battle of the Bands

Contest Winners To Receive Performance Slot At Creation 06 And Demo Recording In Nashville, TN Competition To Be Hosted By Sanctus Real

Medford, NJ (PRWEB) February 4, 2006 -- Creation Festival, the largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind, has partnered with, a fan-driven online community for Christian music fans, to present the Indiescovery Ultimate Battle of the Bands.

We are very excited to be working alongside for this one-of-a-kind talent contest, says, Nick Kulb, VP of Marketing for the Creation Festivals. Both Creation and have the ability to provide a great platform for independent artists to show off their talent and were pleased to partner together to bring national attention to gifted musicians who may have otherwise never been heard outside their hometown.

Through April 14th, independent and previously unsigned artists are invited to submit an original song in mp3 format, along with two photos and a short biography via the Indiescovery section on Each entry must also indicate a preference of battling it out at Creation Northeast in Pennsylvania on June 30th or at Creation Northwest in Washington on July 28th. All submissions will be posted on the website and visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performers April 15th May 15th. The online votes will then be tabulated and the top three artists for each festival will be determined.

The six semi-finalists, three for Creation Northeast and three for Creation Northwest, will have the opportunity to perform live during the Friday night Late Night Caf Ultimate Battle of the Band competition, hosted by Sparrow Records artist Sanctus Real. The winner will be chosen by the audience, with the crowd favorite receiving the loudest response as measured by an applause meter.

"We've performed at Creation for the past four years and always look forward to it every summer. This year we're excited to not only play, but also host the Indiescovery Ultimate Battle of the Bands, says, Matt Hammitt, lead singer of Sanctus Real. Having been an independent band not so long ago ourselves, we understand how important an opportunity like this can be to an undiscovered artist and were honored to play a role in helping an artist live out their dream."

The Ultimate winner at each festival will receive a Saturday morning opening slot on the X2006 Fringe Stage and the opportunity to record a demo in Nashville, TN for a major Christian record label. is all about letting the fans decide for themselves. With the Indiescovery Ultimate Battle of the Bands, fans can become both the artist and the critic by submitting their music and voting on the best bands, explains Mark Adikson, co-founder of In partnering with Creation Festivals, we are creating the stage online and ultimately giving away the stage at the festival.

This years 28th Annual Creation Festival will feature a main stage line-up including Third Day, TobyMac, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp, Audio Adrenaline, Hillsong United, David Crowder, Salvador, Sanctus Real, Stryper, popular mainstream band Relient K and American Idol finalist, George Huff, along with many other nationally known favorites. The Festival will also present many new artists who are on the rise, including Flyleaf, The Afters, Mainstay and M.O.C and the Tooth and Nail Records sponsored X2006 Fringe Stage will feature the best of up-and-coming alternative Christian artists, including Krystal Meyers, Seventh Day Slumber, John Reuben, Hawk Nelson, Falling Up, House of Heroes and 4th Avenue Jones, among others. Creation Northeast will be held June 28th July 1st at the Agape Farm in the beautiful mountain ranges of Mount Union, PA. Celebrating its 9th year, Creation Northwest will be held at the amazing Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA July 26th 29th.

About the Creation Festival
With a record crowd of more than 75,000 at Creation East and over 22,000 at Creation West in 2005, the Creation Festival is the largest outdoor Christian music and teaching festival of its kind. Founded in 1979 in Pennsylvania, Creation added a second event in 1998 on the west coast at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. In 2005, Creation branched out once again, this time internationally with Friendship Fest, held just outside the walls of Marrakech, the cultural capital of the Kingdom of Morocco. Tens of thousands of people attend the Creation Festivals from all across the United States and Canada, as well as many international countries, including Iceland, Switzerland, and France. The Festival has garnered attention from many major media outlets including CBS News Sunday Morning, VH1, CNN, FOX News, Details Magazine, The New York Times and GQ Magazine, who ran a 13 page article in its February 2005 issuethe longest feature story in the history of the magazine. In April 2004, the Creation Festival was awarded the Gospel Music Associations Lifetime Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes major contributions to the gospel music industry through a companys commitment to the Christian community for 20 or more years.

About, a fan-driven community website, encompasses all the sub-genres that make up contemporary Christian music. Started in 1998 with a different format, has been completely revamped to be a one-stop site for the latest on all artists from all labels, with the ultimate goal of integrating and inviting everyone into this growing musical genre.

About Sanctus Real
R&Rs most played Christian rock band of 2004 and recipient of 2005s Modern Rock Album of the Year GMA Award, Sanctus Real, is slated to release their third national studio album, The Face of Love, April 4. Popularly known for its captivating live performances and trio of No. 1 radio hits, including Everything About You, The Fight Song and its cover of U2s Beautiful Day, as well as its best-selling album to date, 2004s award winning Fight The Tide, Sanctus Reals The Face of Love was inspired by real-life heartache and rediscovered joy. The emotions behind each track are vulnerable and undisguised, making this album the bands most accessible project of their career and exhibiting the bands progression both musically and lyrically. Sanctus Real will perform songs from both projects on the main stage at Creation 06, in addition to their Ultimate Battle of the Band hosting duties. Starting out on the Fringe Stage in 2003, this will be the bands fourth appearance at the Festival.

For more information about the Indiescovery Ultimate Battle of the Bands, to make a submission or to vote on your favorite artist, please visit

To learn more about Creation Northeast and Northwest, to view the complete program, or for information on purchasing tickets to the event, please visit and choose the link to the Festival you would like to attend.

For more information about the Creation Festivals or to express interest in covering the events or attending as media, please contact :
Anita Crawford | SPRINGBOARD entertainment
1708 21st Avenue South #129 | Nashville, TN 37212
[ph] 615.353.9021

HBO's Big G from "The Wire" to host Pink Peace: A City Wide Youth Talent Show "Stop The Violence"

Washington, DC students grades 7-12 will showcase their talent for cash prizes in a fund raiser to rally in support of stopping the violence in Washington, DC

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) February 5, 2006 -- The Ivy Foundation and Xi Zeta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. present a community event for Washington D.C. (D.C.) area students---PINK PEACE: A STOP THE VIOLENCE TALENT SHOW. The event will take place Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School located between 2nd and T Streets, Northeast. At the request of local area youth Big G of HBOs hit series The Wire and popular go-go group The Backyard Band, welcomed the opportunity to serve as the celebrity emcee for this event. Along with talent show performers, other surprise guests will be on hand to provide entertainment. Washington Wizards basketball tickets, signed sports paraphernalia and more will be part of the events give-a-way and raffle items.

Pink Peace will galvanize students, teachers, parents, administrators, community leaders and community organizations to demand peace in our schools and throughout the city. D.C. students, grades 7-12, will showcase their talents in music, dance, song and rap. Pink Peace was created at the request of D.C. youth who are fed up with violent acts against them in their city and on their school campuses. D.C. students want more and demand more. Therefore, this event is designed to encourage unity among students with a stop the violence message.

The top three winners receive cash awards:1st Place $1,000; 2nd place $500; and 3rd place $250. Pink Peace judges represent some of the areas most seasoned media and arts industry professionals from Black Entertainment Television (BET), Dance Place, and Howard University School of Music.

Auditions will be held on February 11, 2006 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Washington Middle School for Girls, THEARC Campus 1901 Mississippi Avenue, Southeast.

Pink Peace will benefit the scholarship programs of the Washington, D.C. based Ivy Foundation, which gives over $10,000 to college bound D.C. students every year.

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SSBO Music Launches New Music Download Store for Independent Bands and Record Companies

Music entrepreneur Samuel Beniquez launches online download store for independent bands and record companies.

New York, NY (PRWEB) February 5, 2006 -- SSBO Music today announces that it has launched its official website to promote independent recording artists and record companies by selling its music in the traditional format of CD and MP3 at ( for a membership fee of $35.00 for life. Samuel Beniquez president of SSBO Group (, a public relations agency for bands and record companies disclosed today the launch of his latest music venture the SSBO Music. Samuel, a music entrepreneur decided to create this website, where the Independent Bands as well as also the record companies can sell its music in digital format MP3 and in the traditional format of CD. One of the core missions is to promote artist advocacy and to make social consciousness by donating 5 percent of all CD and download sales to charitable foundations.

Music downloads are raking in millions every day now... all has changed since the early free music downloads from Napster. The music industry last year brought in a billion and a half dollars and expects this year to more than double that figure, selling digital music files to all the new iPod owners. By this reason is that Samuel created the store SSBO Music (, therefore desires that all the Independent Bands and Record Companies can take its portion of these billionaire profits.

SSBO Music is the first music download service that will offer high-fidelity music downloads, prepared also to include the complete digital music libraries of all the major music labels that desire to offer their music through the SSBO Music website. Ordinary music download stores provide music at data rates of 128 to 192 kbps (kilobytes per second); while SSBO Music's Media Audio Downloads reproduce music at up to 1100 kbps, delivering the true sound quality of the original CD.

Our goal is to change the music industry with the SSBO Music. We promote quality music and new artists, allowing people to hear the best in Independent music first before groups become main-stream. Our marketing will give bands all access to promotions to millions of fans of independent music, said Samuel Beniquez, Co-founder of the SSBO Music, Corp.


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Get Going with GarageBand Training and Tutorial DVD

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