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Loud Dust Recordings Announces the Release of RAW BIDNESS, the 2nd Album from Chicago Hip-Hop Artist HXN, on February 28, 2006

The Hi-Priest HXN announces the release of his 2nd album RAW BIDNESS by Loud Dust Recordings on February 28, 2006.

(PRWEB) March 3, 2006 -- Loud Dust Recordings announces the release of RAW BIDNESS on February 28th. This is the 2nd album in the discography of Chicago hip-hop artist HXN (pronounced hex-zen) and its sure to be well received by hip-hop, rap and urban listeners.

After a stint with the crew thing, The Hi-Priest HXN decided to take matters into his own hands by going solo. He released his debut album, The Hi-Priest, and started a buzz with it in early 2004. Receiving airplay on underground and college radio across the US and in Canada.

From psychedelic patterns and hard beats to rock rhythms and drum rolls, HXN possesses the variety not many rappers have. Standing in on many spots in the big list of performance roles in his music, HXN the Producer, MC, musician, vocalist & rapper continues to evolve the influences and add electronica, rock and intriguing rhythm into the HXN hip-hop brand which has previously pointed to creative guidance from old school LL Cool J to Cypress Hill to Rage Against The Machine to Ozzy.

HXNs Raw Bidness will be available through well-known music brands such as iTunes, Best Buy, Sony Connect, Ruckus, Musicnet, VCast Music/Verizon Wireless, Yahoo Music, MSN Music, Musicmatch, Panasonics Musicstream, Cdigix, Rhapsody, Real Music, Emusic, Napster, AT&T Wireless, BuyMusic, Tower Records, AOL Music, MyKazaa Gold, Coke Music, Powerslave, Media World, Cora Music, Bitmunk, Netmusic, Virgin Digital Music, M6 Music, Big Noise Music, Musicnow, HMV Digital Music, Wanadoo, Snocap, Jbox, V CAST Music, Tiscali Music, Nareos, Passalong, Xingtone, Aeon Digital, Charter Music and many more.

By the end of 2006 the music on HXNs Raw Bidness will be available in over 17 countries, including Italy, U.K., France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Austria, Australia and Japan. Keep ears tuned for the stand out RAW BIDNESS tracks To My People, Miracle Of Man, Shark In The Water and Sikwidit. For more information on HXN email e-mail protected from spam bots or visit and


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Trina Brings the "Live and Uncut" to DVD

Own a piece of "THE GLAMOUREST LIFE."

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 3, 2006 -- Not everybody can be as glamorous as the sexy 5'3' rapstress known as Trina, but her new DVD promises to give us some pointers. The DVD, which is called , Trina Live and Uncut, shows Trina is finally ready to give the world a peak into what it's like to be the one and only diamond princess.

The DVD, being released by 845 Entertainment and distributed by SMC Recordings/ Fontana Universal, features a live show where she performs some of her biggest hits like "Here We Go" and "Baddest Bitch." Fans of the artist will delight in the up close and personal look at the star as she tours the country. Also included on the DVD is a one hour behind the scenes documentary titled Sex, Money, and Jewels, featuring da baddest bitch in action - recording at the studio, shooting videos and even giving lap dances on stage. Speaking on Trina, Jarred Weisfeld, co-CEO of 845 Entertainment says "Doing a Trina DVD was a no brainer everyone knows that Trina is both a sexy and dynamic figure in the Hip Hop world. Guys want to date her and girls want to be her. She has mass appeal and this is definitely groundbreaking material. Sex sells".

Trina debuted in 1998 on Slip-N-Slide labelmate Trick Daddy's 'Nann,' and quickly became a household name in hip-hop. GLAMOUREST LIFE differs from her previous offerings, DA BADDEST BITCH (2000) and DIAMOND PRINCESS (2002) in that it showcases a more mature Trina - not just a seductress, but also an artist.

As one of the hardest working women in show business, Trina says "I'm a chick in the game who is working, and people respect that. Yes, it has a lot to do with the whole sex appeal, but it's a mixture of that image and me as a person. It's my whole strong attitude."

With Trina the excitement never ends and the Live And Uncut DVD is no exception. Trina is hotter than ever - let her show you how to live the life.

For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Erin Burke


Erin Burke
Erin Burke PR

Hip-Hop Rivals Jay-Z and Nas Open Up on BET News Special to Bring Final Closure to Controversial Feud

BEYOND BEEF: JAY-Z & NAS Premieres Tomorrow at 10:00 P.M. ET/PT

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Their lyrical battles and personal feud became more than just hot news in the hip-hop world. The clash of rap impresarios Jay-Z and Nas was legendary. But after five years of opposition, the powerhouse MCs have reconciled under a new alliance. In a ground-breaking BET News Special BEYOND BEEF: JAY-Z & NAS, the two hip-hop superstars open up about the intense conflict; their move toward reconciliation; and what the future holds for them. Hosted by BET News correspondent Toure at BET Studios in New York, this half-hour summit between two of hip hop's strongest personalities premieres tomorrow (Friday, March 3) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, with encore showings on Saturday, March 4 at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT, and Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 pm. ET/PT.

With the recent signing of Nas to the Def Jam recording label where Jay-Z is President, the former enemies have ended a notorious feud. This turn-of- events is not only significant for hip-hop music, but also impacts the image of Jay-Z and Nas to their millions of fans. How did it all come about? What actually sent the two rappers into this war-like siege? BET News and Toure get to the truth in this uncut conversation that tracks the feud from ignition point to peaceful resolution.

Following are excerpts of the comments from rappers Jay-Z and Nas in BEYOND BEEF premiering tomorrow on BET:

Rapper Jay-Z On How Media May Portray Hip Hop Following His Reconciliation with Nas...

"When they write about hip hop, they write about it a certain way. They write about it like these guys is wild...They really killin' each other. Now they have to write about hip hop in another way."

Rapper Nas On Why Some 'Beefs' Happen in Hip Hop...

"(Artists) whole purpose of beef is to be stars. That was never ours. (Jay-Z) had a career before we did that. I had a career. We didn't need to jumpstart our careers by beefin'. So the artists that do are trying to make their names bigger by beefin'. How can they think about reconciling when they haven't even arrived yet?"


PREMIERE TELECAST: Friday, March 3, 2006 @ 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (30-Minute

ENCORE SHOWINGS: Saturday, March 4 @ 12:30 p.m. ET/PT; Sunday, March
5 @ 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

HOST: Toure

IN CHARGE: Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment
Nina Henderson Moore, Executive Vice President --
News & Public Affairs

BET PRODUCERS: Selwyn Hinds -- Executive Producer; Nelson George --
Consulting Producer; Shannon Love -- Show Producer;
Carlito Rodriguez -- Segment Producer

Source: BET (Black Entertainment Television)

CONTACT: Michael Lewellen of BET, +1-202-608-2003, or

Web site:

American Idol Underground Announces the Winners of Their First Online Music Competition

Celebrity Reviewers, Including Kimberly Caldwell and Isaac Hayes, Help Select Winners

LOS ANGELES, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- American Idol Underground (, grants its first artist and listener prizes to competition winners in 13 music genres. Fluid Audio Networks, a Los Angeles-based Internet company, and FremantleMedia, co-producer and licensor of American Idol and one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, teamed earlier this year to create American Idol Underground. The Web site allows emerging artists to get their music heard and compete for exposure and prizes in 13 different music genres, simply by submitting their music and paying a nominal entry fee via

Artist winners were selected based on listener votes, with input from celebrity reviewers in each category. Celebrity reviewers included Isaac Hayes, famed R&B singer/song writer; Kimberly Caldwell, finalist on television's American Idol 2; Verdine White, founding member and bassist of the Grammy winning group Earth, Wind & Fire; Speech, leader of Arrested Development; Collin Raye, country musician with five Platinum records and 10 No.1 singles; and David Benoit, contemporary jazz pianist and five time Grammy nominee.

"We are excited for the inaugural group of American Idol Underground winners," said Justin Beckett CEO and founder of Fluid Audio Networks. "In addition to winning valuable prizes, these emerging artists are getting great exposure for their music."

Prizes were awarded for first through fifth place winners in each of the 13 genres supported in the American Idol Underground system. Winners include Bettina (Pop), Dominiq (Rap), Deadwood Revival (Folk), Matt Roberts Quartet (Jazz), Jag (R&B), Katie Minor (Faith-Based), Tony Ramey (Country), Orchestronics (Classical), Mitch Fatel (Comedy), Chris Burton Jacome (World) and Such a Lazy Snob (Electronica).

Winners received a wide range of prizes including digital recording equipment, instruments, cash, gift certificates and Spin Credits good for song submissions to American Idol Underground. Web site listeners are also eligible to win cash and prizes by rating music in any of the 13 genres.

The American Idol Underground Web site is powered by Fluid Audio's proprietary self-publishing software. American Idol Underground is a service of Fluid Audio Networks, licensed by FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas, the US licensing division of FremantleMedia, one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world.

About Fluid Audio Networks

Fluid Audio Networks ( is a Los Angeles-based interactive entertainment company whose applications feature emerging artists. Fluid Audio will build the largest network of emerging artists and fans by partnering with some of the world's most recognized entertainment brands including American Idol (

About FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas

FremantleMedia Licensing Worldwide, Americas (FLW, Americas) is the licensing arm of FremantleMedia for North and South America. FremantleMedia one of the largest international creators and producers of program brands in the world, with leading prime time drama, serial drama, entertainment and factual entertainment programming in over 40 territories. FLW, Americas exploits FremantleMedia's many strong brands, including the award winning, American Idol, the world's longest running gameshow The Price Is Right, the ever-popular Family Feud, and other classic gameshows, across multiple off-screen platforms including merchandising campaigns, live events, sponsorship, interactive and wireless support, home entertainment and music publishing. FLW, Americas is also responsible for additional business diversification initiatives including 'Thumbdance', a pioneering wireless channel delivering original made-for-mobile video content on demand.

FLW, Americas is part of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA). FMNA is on the leading edge of global broadcast production, developing some of television's most innovative and watched new programming. Based in Santa Monica and with offices in New York, FMNA has produced such genre-bending shows as the musical/reality phenomenon American Idol. In 2005, FremantleMedia programs garnered 16 Emmy nominations, including six for American Idol. Other credits include The Price Is Right (CBS), the longest-running gameshow in television history, the daily syndicated gameshow Family Feud, the hotly debated reality series The Swan (Fox), the breakout hit lifestyle show How Clean Is Your House? (Lifetime), Distraction (Comedy Central), Property Ladder (TLC) and the upcoming American Inventor (ABC) and The Gameshow Marathon (CBS).

FremantleMedia is the production arm of the RTL Group, Europe's largest television and radio broadcast company. With interests in 34 television channels and 30 radio stations in 10 countries, RTL Group is a division of leading integrated media and entertainment company Bertelsmann AG. For further information, visit

Source: Fluid Audio Networks

CONTACT: Jordan Fischler of Allison & Partners, +1-212-302-5460, ext. 7,, for Fluid Audio Networks

Web site:

RMD Entertainment's CEO Giorgio Costonis Kicks Off National Media Blitz With ``TECHLINK TV'' Interview

PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2006--RMD Entertainment Group (Pink Sheets:RMDG) announced today that company CEO Giorgio Costonis recently kicked off his national media tour with an in-depth interview on the widely viewed entertainment-technology television show "TECHLINK TV".

Produced by Adelphia Communications, "TECHLINK TV" ( airs in millions of homes throughout the Adelphia Channel Network and can be seen in several states including California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, and Vermont (check your local listings). The show's host and creator Tony Kinkella spoke at length with Mr. Costonis about the magnitude of RMD's "where hip-hop meets Wall Street" philosophy and acknowledged the company's acute forward thinking vision. During the interview, Mr. Costonis had the entire studio's attention as he broke down the importance of incorporating technology into every aspect of RMD's plan. From their clothing line (D-Bands) to their high impact mobile television platform (MoTV), RMD is leaving no stone unturned as it takes all of hip-hop's revenue generating nuances and introduces the phenomenon to Wall Street.

Mr. Costonis had this to say: "The fact that the RMD vision and philosophy are being called 'cutting edge' by journalists like Mr. Kinkella tells us that we are exactly where we want to be. It is undeniable that a company as diverse as RMD will generate interest from the media; however, the most important goal we have is to open the eyes of the youth to the importance of financial responsibility. We are in a unique position to offer the consumer more than just a product, we can offer them an opportunity to become familiar with Wall Street - while supporting the industry they love most...hip-hop."

About RMD Entertainment Group.

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

RMD is a company with well over 60 years combined experience in the music industry. Its staff producers have collaborated with some of the most influential names in the music scene today, such as Sting, David Byrne of the Talking Heads, George Kranz, Freedom Williams of C & C Music Factory, Steve Winwood, Robin Scott, and jazz saxophone legend Bill Evans, among others.

About Sciax Technology

Sciax Technology is an emerging company in defense imaging systems for law enforcement and military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism and other special security operations. Sciax America Inc. and Sciax Technology Inc. are wholly owned subsidiaries of RMD Entertainment Group (

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

RMD Entertainment Group, Philadelphia
Jed Wallace, 310-234-3200

The Motion Picture Group, Inc. Appoints Award Winning Management Team

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2006--The Motion Picture Group, Inc. (Pink Sheets: MPRG), a film and entertainment financing and production company, announced today the appointment of its executive management team: Henri Kessler as Chairman and President, Pliny Porter as Chief Executive Officer, and Scott Franklin as Executive Vice President.

Collectively, the newly-appointed management team has produced and/or developed over 25 titles that have earned combined global revenue exceeding $1 billion. In addition, the team has won such prestigious awards as the Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Cannes Camera d'Or, IFP Gotham Award, Open Palm Award, and the IFP Independent Spirit Award. They also received nominations for the IFP Independent Spirit Award, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama.

Mr. Kessler began his film career as an actor in film and television and progressed to an Executive Producer with a long list of credits. Mr. Porter's almost twenty year career in both independent projects and big budget studio pictures has given him significant expertise in development and production. As one of the premier hip-hop and R&B music video producers in the United States, Mr. Franklin has longstanding working relationships with almost every major record label including Universal Records, Sony Music, Atlantics Records, Bad Boy Records, and Island Def Jam.

President Henri Kessler said: "We are a well-rounded team with extensive experience covering everything from physical production to creative development and film finance. With that balance we intend to create a slate of 15 feature-length motion pictures in the $1 to $20 million range with bankable talent attachments and the flexibility to produce larger budget films with certain studios."

Pliny Porter, the Company's CEO, indicated: "Our Company has just the right chemistry and resources to expedite an extremely effective film business model." Scott Franklin, Executive VP added: "And it is a plus that we will be able to capitalize on the crossover talent opportunities and relationships we have in the industry."

The Motion Picture Group ("TMPG") is a finance and production services company created to meet the needs of the international entertainment industry. For full executive bios, please email a request to Corporate offices of TMPG are located at 7995 Briar Summit, Los Angeles, California 90046. Questions may be directed to Henri Kessler, President at (310) 492-5560 or emailed to

The Motion Picture Group, Inc.
Henri Kessler, 310-492-5560


Snoop Dogg Unveils New Video Game League for Hip Hop Stars

The Hip Hop Gaming League (HHGL) Announces Inaugural Season Lineup of A-List Music and Pro Sports Competitors

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Global Gaming League (, experts in online competitive video game tournaments, and Snoop Dogg jointly announced the formation of the Hip Hop Gaming League (www. Snoop will serve as the league's first commissioner ensuring that all matches played online via Xbox Live for the Xbox 360(TM) are electrifying but fair.

The inaugural season player lineup includes stars such as Proof (D12), Paul Wall, Just Blaze, Krazyie Bone of Grammy winners Bone-Thugs-n-Harmony, MLS soccer star Cobi Jones, Murs, Kaine (Ying Yang Twins), NBA Star Jalen Rose, Twista, Fredwreck, BReal of Cypress Hill, Eric V. of the Baka Boyz, and Wutang Clan founder Method Man. Players were selected based on their reputations for top video game skills, as well as for their prominence in the hip hop community.

The inaugural season kicked off with three major events: Snoop's Press Conference, Snoop's Player Draft announcement, and the HHGL Launch Party at the NBA All Star Game in Houston. Extensive video footage from each of these events is available exclusively online at

League matches begin online starting in March 2006 and conclude in May with a live Finals event in Las Vegas presided over by Snoop himself. At the finals event, the first ever HHGL World Champion will be crowned and awarded eternal bragging rights. Also, a substantial donation will be made to the Snoop Youth Football League on the champion's behalf.

"I'm an initiator, and this new intersection of hip hop and video gaming is something that's ready to happen," said Commissioner Snoop. "Hip hop loves video gaming, and I've been watching this develop into the next big sport. The HHGL is my way of taking it to the next level. We're going to take this thing straight over the stratosphere, and the whole world can watch and participate as people like myself -- who hate to lose -- put it on the line."

All HHGL players will have custom Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system's professionally installed in the location of their choice (crib, tour bus, favorite club, etc), and all competition will take place over the Xbox Live(R) network. Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are the official console and online gaming sponsor of the HHGL inaugural season, joining platinum sponsor Sprite in promoting the league and making exclusive content available to its customers.

All HHGL matches will be officially sanctioned by the GGL meaning that they are guaranteed to have no lag and to be completely fair. The video games selected for the inaugural season were still being reviewed by Commissioner Snoop and the GGL at press time with an announcement expected shortly. It is projected that Xbox 360 sports games will figure prominently in League play.

"There will be no place to hide," said GGL Chairman Ted Owen. "Both the online and live play will be real matches played under pro competition quality conditions. Commissioner Snoop and GGL's expert pro gamers, tournament organizers, and match broadcasters will all assure that this thing is very real," said Owen. "These stars love to compete, but they are rarely in the same place at the same time. So, GGL's ability to organize them online through the Xbox Live network allows them to pursue their gaming passion wherever they may be. This is how the world will play as this exciting broadband-driven competition rapidly moves forward."

HHGL fans will be able to follow all the action 24-7 -- including watching matches, listening in on outrageous trashtalk, viewing highlights, accessing a deep archive of video clips, tracking results and stats, and sharing their own comments, blogs and videos -- all at

ABOUT THE HIP HOP GAMING LEAGUE: The Hip Hop Gaming League is the GGL's newest online video game community designed to introduce the world of hip hop to the world of competitive online gaming. The HHGL website is the battleground where MCs and international gaming champions compete and showcase their skills for a global audience. The HHGL kicked off its inaugural season in 2006 with an A-list celebrity tournament commissioned by Snoop Dogg. Ensuing seasons of the HHGL will involve both celebrities and non-celebrities. The GGL monitors and manages all league operations for the HHGL. For more information, visit:

ABOUT THE GLOBAL GAMING LEAGUE: Global Gaming League is a worldwide leader in organized competitive online and live video game tournaments and events (V-Sports). GGL services its worldwide community of video game enthusiasts via its state-of-the-art online gaming network, led by its destination website, its year-round live video game events, and by providing a broad array of gaming-oriented services and content of deep interest to video gamers in the U.S. and abroad. Through these offerings, GGL creates an immersive entertainment experience for a rapidly growing community of connected gamers. For more information, visit

Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy to find the friends, games, and entertainment people want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. The Xbox Live service connects more than two-million members across more than 24 countries together to enjoy more than (400) hardcore and arcade multiplayer games, free playable game demos, music videos, movie trailers as well as new game levels, characters, and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at

Source: Global Gaming League

CONTACT: Valerie Michaels, +1-310-633-3165, or Jay Marose,
+1-213-841-7813, both of City Publicity; or David Tractenberg of Traction
Public Relations, +1-310-593-4719, for Global Gaming League

Web site:

World Wide Flava and Bo2 Productions to host the 2006 Southeast Music Community Festival, March 11th

Charlotte, NC - Feb. 28, 2006 Charlotte, NC WorldWide Flava Television and Bo2 Productions will host the 1st Annual Southeastern Music Community Fest in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 11, 2006. The conference will award proceeds to a New Orleans family now residing in Charlotte that was affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Southeastern Music Community Fest is a one- day entertainment conference that focuses its efforts to educate, empower, and elevate awareness to aspiring entertainers / artist on "How to Make It Happen in the Entertainment Industry" and a Music Appreciation segment for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charlotte. Registrants will have an opportunity to interact with the panelists and other music professionals from all aspects of the entertainment industry. The conference will honor the Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon for his contributions to the Charlotte community and tenure as a City Councilmen. In addition, Mayor Pro Tem will present Anthony Hamilton with the SMCF Achievement of the Year Award and Brentson Buckner(Carolina Panthers) with the SMCF Industry Trendsetter of the Year Award. SMCF will also award DJ Toomp with the 2006 SMCF Legendary Achievement Award.

2006 Industry Trendsetter award to honor Brentson Buckner of the Carolina Panthers

Brentson Buckner is the Team Captain of the Carolina Panthers. Through much discipline, hard work, great work ethic and prayer Brentson has been afforded the opportunity to play actively in the NFL for twelve seasons. Not only is Brentsons voice heard across the radio but his face is seen around the world on NFL Networks Total Access. Brentson analyzes football plays, players, and teams. This venture has taken him as far as London, England where he served as an American Analyst of Super Bowl XXXIX. ESPN has utilized his skills as an articulate spokesman for ESPN show, COLD PIZZA. Brentson has also made an appearances on ESPN Budweisers Hot Seat. Considering life after football, Brentson has already began expanding his entrepreneur career. He is part owner of the up and coming premier Shie Salon and Spa that will cater to the needs of African American Women and Men at a level that is unheard of in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Brentsons NFL career is one of great accomplishments on and off the field which have aided in his maturation as a role model for youth and young men in the communities in which he embraces. Brentson has participated in programs with the March of Dimes based out of Columbus, Georgia and the Charlotte area where he has been a significant supporter of the programs. Throughout his career Brentson has been a keynote speaker to companies such as Wachovia, many schools, The Panthers organization events, and churches. Brentson is an active participator of the Read Across America Program, the NFL Take A Player to School Program and the NFL Make A Wish Program.

Brentson also reached out to families that have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. Every Christmas Brentson adopts a child with a local orphanage in Charlotte. As a veteran on the team Brentson mentors many of the younger men who come into the NFL. Some of Brentsons off the field achievements include being the official spokesman for RAIN, Regional Aids Interfaith Network, based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Brentson is also a member of the No Limit Larry Morning Madhouse Radio show on POWER 98 WPEG, which is the #1 urban morning show in the Carolinas.

Brentson is also CEO of B2 Inc. which will include a Music Studio, CD pressing company, and music promotion. Buckner is also part-owner of the famed Patchwerk studio in Atlanta, GA.

With all these accolades Brentson still finds time to share with his family and friends. His motto is to put God first and everything else will fall in place.

The Southeast Music Community Fest will honor Buckner with the 2006 Industry Trendsetter of the Year award for his contributions to the community and the entertainment industry.

In addition to Anthony Hamilton, Brentson Buckner and DJ Toomp, the 2006 SMCF will welcome a list celebrities and industry movers and shakers such as DJ Drama (the Aphilliates) Tremayne Anchrum (ASCAP), June Grant (Warner Music), Chris Williams (Clear Channel), Terry Avery (WPEG Power 98), Ric Ross (Atlantic Records), BJ Murphy, Rick Walk (Purple Ribbon), DJ Drama (Aphilliates), Jay Jackson (Virgin Records), DJ Shakim (So So Def / Super Friends), Allen Johnson (Music Specialist), Platinum Bros, Break Magazine, Street Masters, Tap Money (102 Jamz), & many more...

Sponsors include Eklectik Genes, ASCAP, Enchanted PR, Atlantic Records, Zomba Ent. and many more......

For media inquiries please contact Christal, Enchanted PR at or 678-499-0297. To register for the 2006 SMCF visit

Learn more...
About World Wide Flava / BO2 productions

World Wide Flava is a female lead media company dedicated to making positive contributions to the entertainment industry. Bo2 Productions is also a female lead company which specializes in artist management and production. Presently Bo2 represents the hot up and coming female R&B duo Emerge. Emerge will be featured at SMCF on Saturday, March 11, 2006.

About Enchanted PR

Enchanted PR is a full service entertainment public relations firm. Enchanted PR is headed by president Christal Jordan-Mims and recently added senior account Angela Crabbe. Enchanted PR specializes in creative public relations campaigns tailor-made for each client.


Concert and Benefit Event on May 13 at New Orleans House of Blues
Will Raise Funds for Local Musicians, School Music Programs

New Orleans Music in Exile Feature-length Documentary to
Premiere on Starz InBlack Saturday, May 20, 2006

Englewood, Colo., March 1, 2006 With New Orleans still recovering from the devastation by Hurricane Katrina, Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) announced today that it will premiere an original documentary, New Orleans Music in Exile which chronicles the horror and heartbreak of musicians who lived through the disaster. But the music doesnt stop there. The Tipitinas Foundation, in conjunction with SEG, will launch a fundraising campaign to benefit local musicians and junior and high school music departments throughout New Orleans.

The Starz original production New Orleans Music in Exile will premiere exclusively on Starz InBlack at 8 p.m. et/pt Saturday, May 20, 2006. SEG will host the documentarys world premiere screening on Friday, May 12 at the House of Blues in New Orleans. The following night, artists featured in the film, along with some very special guests, will return to the House of Blues for the New Orleans Music in Exile Concert and Benefit.

New Orleans Music in Exile presents us with the ideal opportunity to do something about the catastrophic devastation that Katrina had on New Orleans famed music culture, said Robert B. Clasen, president and CEO, SEG. As we prepared for the films premiere on Starz InBlack, we realized that we could use the film as a vehicle to help musicians and their families. The New Orleans Music in Exile Concert and Benefit will help bring the music that we all love and enjoy back to the streets and the schools in New Orleans. We invite anyone who cares about this city to support this event and help us celebrate and restore New Orleans treasured music culture.

Directed by noted music documentarian Robert Mugge (Last of the Mississippi Jukes, Blues Divas), New Orleans Music in Exile is a story of struggle, inspiration and the power of the Crescent Citys music history. Musicians featured in the documentary include Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, the Iguanas, the ReBirth Brass Band and others. In addition to performing they share their personal stories of how Katrina affected their lives, scattering them to other cities, and how theyre getting back on their feet. The films co-producer is Diana Zelman.

New Orleans Music in Exile is a revealing and heartfelt documentary about musicians who are rebuilding their lives, said Michael Ruggiero, vice president of programming for SEG and executive producer of New Orleans Music in Exile. Theres no better home for such an engaging story like this, than on Starz InBlack. But more than that, this film provides us with an opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to a city that still needs our help.

Filming of New Orleans Music in Exile began two months after the muddy waters, roiled by Katrina, drenched homes and neighborhoods like the Lower Ninth Ward, St. Bernard Parish, Treme' and Algiers where many musicians lived but were forced to leave, scattering to other cities.

Viewers will see the devastation first hand. Blues singer Irma Thomas walks through her famous club, the Lions Den, which was destroyed by the storm and will not be rebuilt. We also visit her soaked, soiled and severely damaged home. Kermit Ruffins tells about his lost possessions and move to Houston. Paul Sanchez of Cowboy Mouth shares how he has been living out of his tour bus. He says, My home had ten feet of water and I had nine-foot ceilings. The first month was easy to keep your spirits up, because it was like, this adventure But now, were over two months in and the funs gone out of it and I just want to go home. Phil Frazer, leader of the ReBirth Brass Band says, I lost a couple of cars and the roof was gone from my house. Both of our drummers, their houses were submerged under water completely. They lost everything.

Funds raised from the New Orleans Music in Exile Concert and Benefit on May 13 will support the Tipitinas Foundations
Instruments A Comin and Hurricane Katrina: Artist Relief programs. These efforts provide material support for school music programs and direct assistance to musicians and their families affected by hurricane Katrina. For more information about Tipitinas Foundation, visit,

The Tipitinas Foundation is pleased to be working with Starz Entertainment Group in this fundraising campaign and New Orleans Music in Exile Benefit and Concert, said Bill Taylor, the foundations director. Our efforts are devoted to helping to rebuild New Orleans music culture and heritage. This event will be of great assistance in our efforts. We are honored to be a part of this event and look forward to providing the funds received from this effort to the musicians and their families and the students who need and deserve it.

People interested in contributing to help New Orleans musicians and music programs can send donations to Tipitinas Foundation, Attention: Music in Exile, 800 Baronne Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.

About Starz Entertainment Group
Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) isa premium movie service provider operating in the United States.SEG offers 16movie channels including the flagship Starz and Encore brands with approximately 14 million and 25 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment Group airs more than 750 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services includingStarz HDTV, Starz On Demand and VongoSM. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation,


(Brooklyn, NY- March 1, 2006) Fans of America's Next Top Model will get
taste of urban flavor tonight when Tyra Banks hosts the season preview
"Where Are They Now" episode. So where are they now? Former Top Model
contender Camilla was on the pages of Elemental for Issue 74 ad
fashion story, "Sex Sells' shot by acclaimed celebrity photographer
Hope. The smashing Camilla graced 8 pages of Elemental Magazine, posing
high fashion styles and provocative poses. As part of the Where Are
They Now
episode, Tyra will talk to Camilla about her experiences in the
after her run on the show, and will showcase the Elemental Magazine
as Camilla's featured fashion appearance.

The show airs tonight at 8 p.m. on your local UPN station (that's UPN 9
in New York). Don't miss it!


Contact: Gavin Rhodes
(718) 768-7275

GoTV Networks Unveils Hip Hop Official

Leading On-Demand Mobile Television Network Introduces Revamped Hip Hop Mobile Channel

Sherman Oaks, Calif. Feb. 14, 2006 GoTV Networks, the innovative on-demand mobile television network, announced today the launch of Hip Hop Official (formerly Pure Phat), a revamped mobile channel devoted exclusively to the hip hop lifestyle.

Hip Hop Official, the only dedicated mobile hip hop channel available on both Sprint Nextel and Boost Mobile, is the ultimate authority for everything hip hop. This urban resource is a new version of Pure Phat, the top-selling hip hop-oriented mobile application, which has produced strong sales since its debut in March 2005 and experienced a 51% increase in its subscriber base in December 2005. The music/lifestyle channel provides access to exclusive artist interviews, reviews and coverage of mainstream and underground hip hop events, and offers highlights of popular award shows such as The GRAMMYs and the Vibe Awards.

For more than 25 years, the popularity of hip hop has shown tremendous growth from the music on the streets to the mainstream of our everyday lives. Hip Hop Official is a response to that overwhelming passion for the hip hop lifestyle, said Daylan Williams, Producer of Hip Hop Official, GoTV Networks. GoTV continues to bring the most cutting-edge content to mobile users, and through Hip Hop Official, we will bring a fresh hip hop experience to both the urban community and wireless subscribers.

Through Hip Hop Official, viewers can access movie updates and trailers On the Reel or get The Dirt on album reviews and celebrity one-on-ones. The Dirt goes beyond just the gossip as the hosts at Hip Hop Official offer a unique look into artists lives, their inspiration and music, including MCs such as Juvenile and Raekwon. The channel also delivers the latest in fashion trends, state-of-the-art gadgets, must-have video games and cultural news geared specifically to the urban lifestyle. An added value, Hip Hop Official includes a variety of on-demand music videos as part of the $5.99 overall subscription cost without per-video fees.
Hip Hop Official is produced by Daylan Williams, an entertainment veteran and hip hop enthusiast. Prior to joining GoTV, Williams served in various content roles at E! Entertainment, Fox Sports and Yahoo! Music. Earlier in his career, he hosted and produced a local, Los Angeles-based hip hop culture program, Tha Session.

About GoTV

GoTV Networks ( delivers instant, on-demand television programming direct to mobile phone handsets or wireless devices, providing news, sports, music, entertainment, and other essential content customized specifically for mobile users. GoTVs on-demand model gives the people what they want with a unique user interface that provides continually updated content yet allows the user to choose what he or she watches at any time. GoTVs staff of Emmy Award-winning producers works with the companys best-of-breed media partners, including ABC News, ABC Entertainment, Univision, Fox Sports, iFilm, Variety, and others to create constantly updated programming optimized for both low-bandwidth and 3G handsets. GoTV products are available on the Sprint Nextel and Boost Mobile wireless networks.

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Media Contact: 
for GoTV
Danit Ross

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Second Wave of the Coldwell Banker(R) 'Housewarming for Habitat for Humanity' Celebrity Charity Auction

Includes Items From Charlie Sheen, Snoop Dogg, Mia Hamm and More

Auction at Raising Money for Habitat for Humanity in Gulf Coast Region

PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-five new items and experiences have been added to the Coldwell Banker(R) "Housewarming for Habitat for Humanity" Celebrity Charity Auction, which runs through March 9 on One hundred percent of the gross proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity Operation Home Delivery Fund to help rebuild homes destroyed by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Habitat for Humanity has been the Coldwell Banker national charity of choice since 1993.

Consumers can still bid on the first wave of 25 online auction items and VIP experiences through March 2. Among the more popular items in the first group are tickets to "American Idol" donated by Ryan Seacrest, the show's host; tickets to the premiere of the "Miami Vice" movie; and a round of golf with Samuel L. Jackson.

Some of the new items included in the second wave of the "Housewarming for Habitat for Humanity" Celebrity Charity Auction are:

* an hour in the recording studio with hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg

* a round of golf with NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler

* a signed bowling shirt from "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen

* two tickets to an Alan Jackson concert, including roundtrip airfare and
a meet-and-greet with the recording artist

* a signed skateboard from Tony Hawk

* a signed tennis racket from the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation

* a personal soccer lesson with Olympic gold medalist Shannon Boxx

* a signed soccer ball from women's soccer great Mia Hamm

* two tickets to the "X Men 3" movie premiere

"The auction's success thus far shows us that there is no limit to the public's generosity when it comes to helping those in need," says Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. "Now we have an entirely new group of great items and experiences from leading actors, musicians and athletes that we hope will generate even more money for Habitat for Humanity."

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. To learn more, visit

About Kompolt

Kompolt was retained to manage the Coldwell Banker(R) "Housewarming for Habitat for Humanity" Celebrity Charity Auction. Kompolt is the highly regarded "go-to" online auction agency for creating successful, high value, and high profile promotional and charity auctions for top brand companies and nonprofits. For more information, go to

About Coldwell Banker(R)

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker(R) organization has been a premier provider of full-service real estate. In 2005, Franchise Times magazine's prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate and number nine among all franchisors. The Coldwell Banker System has approximately 4,000 residential and commercial real estate offices and 126,400 Sales Associates in 30 countries and territories. The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new homes and luxury properties through its Coldwell Banker Previews International(R) division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge(R) Service Program and award-winning Web site, Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country and the Coldwell Banker Commercial(R) network is an industry leader in providing commercial real estate solutions that serve the needs of tenants, landlords, sellers and buyers in the leasing, acquisition, disposition and management of all property types. Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation is a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD) . Coldwell Banker(R) is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation. Each office is independently owned and operated except for offices owned and operated by NRT Incorporated.

Source: Coldwell Banker

CONTACT: David Siroty of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation,
+1-973-496-7199,; or Catherine Sullivan of Publicis
Dialog, +1-212-279-6345,

Web site:

Band Weblogs is Accepting Music Videos For Download

Musicians can promote music on Band Weblogs by submitting band blogs, links to their music videos, mp3s, podcasts, band press and more.

(PRWEB) March 1, 2006 -- Band Weblogs is accepting music videos for download. Bands can now include music video links and images when submitting Guest Music Blogger entries in the Band Weblogs Community.

Created in January 2005 by Jenny May, the singer and co-songwriter for the Oxford, England based band The Babylon Cowboys, Band Weblogs is a directory of blog links which gives musicians and creative music writers an opportunity to share opinions, views, daily lives and most importantly, their music with the world of blog readers. Band Weblogs also includes podcasts, band links, entertainment & music news headlines, music and art shops, travel and more.

For those who enjoy music and reading biographies, Band Weblogs has all of that in one place. By reading musicians blogs, this is an easily accessible way for fans to get to know either their favorite musician through their own words or learning about a musician that they may never have heard of before logging onto Band Weblogs.

Musicians and music promoters can sign up as members for free in the Band Weblogs Community and contribute Guest Music Blogger entries by submitting band press, reviews, links to mp3s, music videos, podcasts and more. Guest Music Blogging is another way for musicians to promote their music and websites through creative writing.

Band Weblogs even has a voice and has been 'brought to life' with it's own podcast, Band Weblogs Podcast Show starring Jenny May and Dave Tommo from Band Weblogs and The Babylon Cowboys. The show features independent music, unsigned bands and chat about music, sports, competitions and surprise guests.

Band Weblogs Podcast Show is currently accepting independent and podsafe music for the show. To send in music suggestions go to Band Weblogs for additional contact information:

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Band Weblogs
01865 421948

UrbanWorld Wireless Teams Up With Jamster!

New 'Street Beatz' Category Created Exclusively for Deejays, Producers and Unsigned Artists!

LOS ANGELES, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- UrbanWorld Wireless, the premier leader of original mobile content, continues its mission to link urban content with wireless technology through its impressive artist roster that includes the hottest names in music, sports, comedy, film and more. Now the company has created a new ringtone category made exclusively for deejays, high profile producers and the hottest unsigned artists, called "Street Beatz."

The role of the deejay has completely evolved from the 70s to today, making this new category extremely important. Initially the deejay was responsible for spinning records at parties, but today deejays are changing urban culture. The role of the deejay has gone from block parties to the creation of mixtapes, hosting their own radio shows, variety television shows, to ultimately having their own record deals. "Although the industry is focused on ringtones by hip-hop artists, comedians, Hollywood celebrities and sports figures, we recognize the deejay to be just as influential," says Mike Johns, UrbanWorld CEO. "This new category will extend the impact of the deejay and transcend the energy of the party to the wireless world, much like other ringtones do."

Jamster!, a worldwide leading mobile entertainment portal, is the first to introduce the new category. "UrbanWorld is fulfilling a significant need with this new category and we are excited to be the first leading the industry in its implementation," says Randall Paul, Senior Licensing Manager for Jamster! International. "Street Beatz" are accessible at by entering "Street Beatz" in the search feature of the website.

The category features the hottest deejays in the country, many of whom are on UrbanWorld's elite roster, representing the sounds of both coasts and the "Dirty South." UrbanWorld's deejay roster includes:

* The World Famous DJ Kid Capri is a true hip-hop veteran credited with
several "firsts" -- the first deejay to appear on television, the first
deejay to produce ringtones and most recently, he announced his first
mobile game, "Kid Capri presents Hip-Hop 101," making him the first
deejay to have a mobile game. His new record label, NO KID'N RECORDS,
will launch his first Hip-Hop artist, Budda in 2006.

* Spinderella, the First Lady of UrbanWorld, got her start as the deejay
for female rap group Salt & Pepa. She was recognized at the 2005 VH1
Hip-Hop Honors, along with Salt & Pepa for their numerous contributions
to hip-hop music. For the last two years, Spin took over the airwaves
during afternoon drive on 100.3 the Beat in Los Angeles along with
co-host A-One. In addition to deejaying the hottest private parties
and industry events, Spin can be heard on her nationally syndicated
radio show "The Back Spin."

* DJ Whookid is the official deejay for G-Unit, home to platinum rap
artist 50 Cent. His popular "G-Unit Radio" radio shows on New York's
Hot 97 and Sirius Satellite Radio's SHADE 45 have spread around the
globe, from Europe to Japan and beyond. DJ Whookid has spanned
hip-hop's full spectrum of talent, working with platinum artists Busta
Rhymes, Twista, Li'l Flip, and others.

* Fatman Scoop, hip-hop artist and producer, was featured on two hit
songs in 2005, "Its Like That" for Mariah Carey and "Lose Control" for
Missy Elliott. The Missy Elliott track, featuring platinum selling
artist Ciara, earned him two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Song and
Best Short Form Music Video. Currently Fatman Scoop dominates the
airways as a host on New York's popular Hot 97.

* DJ Clue is considered the Godfather of mixtapes and has been
influential in breaking the careers of numerous artists, including
platinum recording artist Fabolous, Joe Budden and DJ Envy. His first
mixtape, The Professional: Part I, was the first mixtape to sell over
one million copies. DJ Clue has his own show on the popular New York
Hot 97 and is also one of the hottest club deejays, hyping parties all
over the world.

* DJ Kay Slay aka "The Drama King" has worked with many platinum artists
including 50 Cent and Eminem. He's received numerous awards, most
recently at the 2005 Mixtape Awards. Through his connections in the
music industry, he brokered a major label deal with Sony for his
Streetsweepers mixtape series. He hosts shows on New York's Hot 97 and
Sirius Satellite Radio's SHADE 45.

In recognizing DJ Kay Slay's creative genius of discovering new talent, UrbanWorld has him heavily involved in bringing new talent to the company. Most recently, he played an integral role in UrbanWorld signing Papoose, the first unsigned artist to get a ringtone deal. This amazing rapper banged out 10 official solo mixtapes in 2005 packed with freestyles, cameos and remixes. Buzzing harder than any other underground artist in the mixtape circle, Papoose was a natural for the "Best Underground Artist on a Mixtape" Award at Justo's Annual Mixtape Awards. "Eminem and 50 Cent both came from the mixtape and the next rapper in the era is Papoose," says DJ Kay Slay. "I'm excited to help UrbanWorld maintain its ear to the streets and bring in new talent!"

About UrbanWorld Wireless:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, UrbanWorld Wireless is the first wireless company dedicated to serving the Urban Youth Market. Anchored on the web, the company develops, promotes and distributes mobile content. The company has had several of its "Made From Scratch" ringtones featured on Cingular's "Best of" lists for 2004 and 2005 and now boasts more than 1.2 million ringtones sold. The company's roster includes David Banner, G-Unit deejay, DJ Whookid, and 3-6 Mafia, among others. UWW is a leader in mobile marketing solutions. Clients include Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Chingy, Ja Rule and the Beastie Boys. UWW is at the forefront of integrating wireless technology and the hip-hop lifestyle. More information is available at

Source: UrbanWorld Wireless

CONTACT: Danielle Gibbs of The Danielle Vincent Agency, +1-310-402-0500,
or cell, +1-513-225-7575, for UrbanWorld Wireless

Web site:

Tre Wheelz Keep on Turning: Multi-Talented Hip-Hop Artist and Songwriter Taps into Gospel, Jazz and R&B on ``Story to Tell''

His Upcoming Debut for Qwilite Entertainment

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2006--Following up on the hot initial response to its first two artists Hyphen-One and Ranjini, Qwilite Entertainment -- the cutting edge new label launched by famed songwriter and producer Quincy Patrick (Babyface, Usher, Luther Vandross, The Temptations) -- heads into urban overdrive with the emergence of New Jersey based, multi-talented hip-hop/rap artist and songwriter Tre Wheelz.

Wheelz, whose professional moniker is a clever reworking of his birth name Tracy Williams, recently shot a video and did the final mixes for "All You Need," the romantic, old school vibin' first single from his eagerly anticipated label debut "Story To Tell." The track is set to drop to urban and alternative radio any minute, with the 15-track album to follow in the spring. Radio is already all over "Music Box," the hit pop single he worked on for his labelmate, the exotic R&B/pop singer Ranjini.

"I think people love to categorize artists like myself as just rappers, but I'm really about creating something fresh in the hip-hop world and music industry in general because I don't just write rap songs," he says. "I write all kinds of tunes, from gospel to jazz to R&B."

"Story To Tell" includes songs where Wheelz addresses hot button topics such as religion and world issues as well, in addition to people he knows who have been in prison a long time. Perhaps the most heartfelt joint is the title cut, in which he talks about his new responsibilities and wanting to take care of his two-year-old daughter Kazori.

"I was just trying to put my demo together when a producer I knew named Earl "Uug" Walker heard about Quincy Patrick starting up his new label. Earl told Quincy about me, and Quincy said he was impressed with some early stuff, but told me to keep developing my craft and let him hear more as I kept recording. After I did another ten or twelve tracks, Q was feeling them, and signed me to Qwilite in August, 2005.

"I think he liked my music because it wasn't the typical shoot 'em up hip-hop," Wheelz says.

Luck Media & Marketing, Inc.
Guy McCain, 310-860-9170

Capcom(R) and INgrooves Strike Music Licensing & Soundtrack Deal

Music, Pictures, Graphics and Online Soundtrack Album All Part of the Deal for Final Fight: Streetwise(TM)

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital record company INgrooves today announced it has licensed 28 hip-hop and electronic songs from its catalogue to video game publisher Capcom(R) for Final Fight: Streetwise(TM) and will produce and digitally publish the game soundtrack. Set within Capcom's Final Fight universe, Final Fight: Streetwise calls for players to use their street smarts and powerful fighting skills to survive the back alleys of Metro City. Available for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft(R), Final Fight: Streetwise will contain classic Capcom fighting action, expansive 3D environments, and diverse gameplay. The soundtrack is set to be released on February 28th and will only be available through online music stores like iTunes and Rhapsody.

This project showcases the full range of services and expertise that INgrooves can bring to a project on behalf of game publishers. With access to a large catalogue of current hits in urban, electronic, rock and world music genres, INgrooves can provide publishers with great content and access to the online and mobile markets that increases the promotion for a game release.

INgrooves roster of popular and up-and-coming urban artists perfectly complements Final Fight: Streetwise's urban setting and intense action. Furthermore, the inclusion of artist pictures, album graphics and song descriptions will make the music experience all the more interactive for players. "Our collaboration with INgrooves has been invaluable as their extensive music library truly captured the raw intensity and tone of Final Fight: Streetwise," said Tom Sekine, chief operating officer, Capcom Studio 8. "The quality and diversity of music combined with their marketing support of the game has made them an ideal licensed soundtrack partner."

Robb McDaniels, INgrooves' CEO, said, "We absolutely loved working with Capcom on Final Fight: Streetwise. Their whole team was extremely creative and sought to incorporate innovative online and mobile marketing ideas wherever possible. This project exhibited the potential synergies between video game publishers and digital record companies."

INgrooves has a great deal of experience within the interactive entertainment and video game markets and is represented in the game industry by Flashman Studios. The company has worked with some of the world's largest publishers on a number of high profile projects, including Namco (Namco Museum), Electronic Arts (Cricket 2005, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2006) and Arush Entertainment (Playboy: The Mansion). INgrooves makes it simple for video game publishers and others to work with a major digital record company and create innovative, unique soundtracks for their titles.

About INgrooves

INgrooves is a digital media publisher and technology company that provides distribution, marketing, and licensing services through its INgrooves(TM), INgrooves Mobile Music(TM), and Digital Music Access(TM) brands. As the digital representative for frontline releases from artists and labels like Nappy Roots, The Crystal Method, Thievery Corporation and Chocolate Industries, INgrooves increases the exposure and earnings potential of its artists and label partners. INgrooves distributes audio and video content to over 100 internet and 75 mobile stores worldwide using its patent- pending technology platform. Artists and independent labels seeking worldwide marketing and licensing services rely on INgrooves to get their music into TV, films, video games and other branding programs. For more information, check out

About Flashman Studios

Founded in 2005 by Brad Young, Flashman Studios is a full service agency for developers, intellectual property owners, publishers and game services companies working within the interactive entertainment industry. With offices in San Francisco and Vancouver, Flashman works closely with each client, providing the value-added services and creative approach each company requires to maximize their business opportunities and create a prosperous and viable long-term future.

About Capcom

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world renowned franchises including Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, Devil May Cry and the Onimusha series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. More information about Capcom and its products can be found on the company's web site at

NOTE: Capcom, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimusha, Devil May Cry and Breath of Fire are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and the Xbox Logos are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries and are used under license from Microsoft. All rights reserved.

Source: INgrooves

CONTACT: Bill Schlueter of LaunchPad PR, +1-310-397-4321, mobile,
+1-310-913-2949, or, for INgrooves; or Adam Hiles of
INgrooves, +1-415-896-2100, or; or Arne Cual-Pedroso of
CAPCOM, +1-408-774-0500, or

Web site:

Racial/Geographic Diversity Key to Unlocking $500 Billion Purchasing Power of Urban Youth

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Conclusively showing that marketers need to view "urban" as a state of mind rather than a geographic place, a new report, The U.S. Urban Youth Market: Tapping the Power of the Trendsetting Hip-Hop Culture and Lifestyle, delves into the world of the 24 million 15- to 29-year-olds who connect with hip-hop music, affiliate with hip-hop culture, and pack a robust purchasing power of $500 billion.

According to Packaged Facts, a division of, hip-hop consumers living outside the 100 largest metropolitan areas in relatively small cities, towns, and rural areas generally reflect the same attitudes and values expressed by their large metropolitan-dwelling counterparts, responding equally to the power of hip-hop cultural trends.

And setting trends is what hip-hop-loving, urban youth do best as they exude a lust for anything new, with strong affiliations for the latest hand- held devices and internet technology, drinks and snacks, and personal care items.

Easily crossing racial lines, the hip-hop cultural experience is significantly preferred by females -- 58.8% vs. 41.2% males -- and hip-hop continues to hold the most weight with 15- to 17-year-olds, with nearly half (48.8%) of those in this age group being hip-hop fans.

"For perhaps the first time since the beginning of the hip-hop culture, we've been able to provide an empirical definition of what this market truly is," said Don Montuori, the publisher of Packaged Facts. "We finally have the hard data showing the difference in core values between young people who affiliate with hip-hop and those who don't, and the eye-opening differences span a wide range of areas from shopping behavior and purchasing decisions, to attitudes towards cars, media usage and fashion."

The U.S. Urban Youth Market's innovative research methodology brings to life the essence of the hip-hop consumer, providing groundbreaking data on a vast range of consumer goods, attitudes and behaviors that not only define, but are defined by this unique consumer group. Priced at $3,500, this report can be purchased directly from Packaged Facts by clicking: It is also available at

About Packaged Facts

Packaged Facts, a division of, publishes research reports on a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, foods and beverages, and demographics. For more information visit, or contact Tom Ehart at 240-747-3014, or

Source: Packaged Facts

CONTACT: Tom Ehart,, +1-240-747-3014,, for Packaged Facts

Web site:


Fat Joe And Lil Jon To Host MTV's Pimp My Ride International

Hip Hop Heavyweights Set To Burn Rubber Throughout Europe When Pimp My Ride International Premieres This Autumn

London 28 February 2006: Rap star Xzibit ignited the trend in the US and now MTV International has secured a double-whammy by announcing its craziest collaboration yet! Latino rap sensation Fat Joe will take the driving seat alongside King of Crunk Lil Jon when the hotly anticipated Pimp My Ride International hits MTV screens in autumn of this year. This collaboration promises to be more dynamic than The Dukes Of Hazzard and more unpredictable than Starsky and Hutch!

Continuing on from the legacy of the US founding father show, Pimp My Ride International will feature the extraordinary transformation of tin can motors into greased-lightening styled mean machines and babe magnets!

Recognised as a big force amongst the hip-hop fraternity, Fat Joe has made his mark on the worlds of music, film, clothing and urban culture. Hailing from the South Bronx in New York, Fat Joe released his debut album Represent in 1993 on Relativity Records. In the last few years, Fat Joe has been catapulted to the top of the hip-hop elite, collaborating with R&B stars R. Kelly, Nelly, J Lo and Ashanti. His commanding presence will no doubt steer Pimp My Ride International into pole position throughout Europe.

Lil Jon is one of music's hottest producers and artists. Atlanta's "King Of Crunk" brought his high energy brand of hip-hop to the masses with hits like "Get Low" and "Lovers and Friends." His tracks get any club CRUNK and his albums for BME/TVT Records have sold more than 6 million units worldwide. As a producer he has created hits for Usher and Ciara and revolutionized the sound of hip-hop. His energy and enthusiasm will be the perfect fuel to fire the engine of the Pimp My Ride machine.

MTV will be teaming up with All Stoff Garage to bring all pimpees automobile dreams come true! All Stoff, established in 1988 in a small workshop in Alkmaar, Holland have built up their empire from scratch. Their reputation for remarkable designing talent has led to international recognition with their client base stretching far and wide and winning awards from as far a field as the United States and the Middle East.

Prospective pimpees should apply via the website Hard copy applications with photos can be sent to Pimp My Ride International, PO Box 1381, London NW1 8XT. Entries close at the end of April.

For further information, please contact:

Syreeta Clarke
MTV Networks International (London)
+44 (0) 207 478 6427

Suzi Lancaster
MTV Networks International (London)
+44 (0) 20 7478 6716

About MTV Networks International
MTV Networks International includes the premier multimedia entertainment brands MTV: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon, TMF (The Music Factory), VIVA, Paramount Comedy, Game One and FLUX seen in 429.1 million households in 169 countries and 22 languages via 109 locally programmed and operated TV channels and 94 Web sites. The company's diverse holdings also include interests in television syndication, digital media, publishing, home video, radio, recorded music, licensing & merchandising and two feature film divisions, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. MTV Networks is a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Hierocast Episode IV: Hidden Gems

Domino Sheds New Light On Hiero's Slept-On and Underrated Tracks

(Brooklyn, NY- February 28, 2006) Hiero Imperium CEO and producer
extraordinaire Domino hosts the latest edition of the Hieroglyphics'
Podcast. Domino takes listeners on a tour of tracks that he feels have
overlooked and merit another listen. The 6 tracks span a decade and
Hiero stalwarts Opio, Pep Love, O.C., Encore, Casual, and the

For those unfamiliar with the Hierocast, the format is much more
"behind-the-music" than frenzied mixtape. Domino's commentary gives the
songs context that listeners can't get anywhere else by providing the
background stories and underlying concepts of the tracks. Speaking
about the
Hieroglyphics' track "Shout It Out", Domino explains, " The vibe of
song is what Hieroglyphics is all about. It was originally recorded for
Full Circle album, but didn't make the album. Now when I listen to it
wonder why it didn't make it. " Domino introduces O.C.'s track
by saying, " One of the things I respect O.C. for is that he has always
able to make songs that have depth and are reflective. O.C. is a true

Hiero Imperium Records is an artist owned and run label based in
California. Hiero's artists have sold over 1 million units and the
label was
one of the first record companies (indie or major) to embrace
technology as
a new way to connect with fans and disseminate music.

Track listing:
Opio featuring Planet Asia - "Grassy Knoll" from the album
Hieroglyphics - "Shout It Out" from the Full Circle Tour DVD
O.C. - "Emotions" from the album Smoke and Mirrors
Encore - "The Schizm" from the album Layover
Hieroglyphics featuring Pep Love - "After Dark" from the album Third
Casual - "Styles" from the album Casual Presents: Smash Rockwell

The podcast can be downloaded from the following sources:

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Link to MP3 version:

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Contact: Gavin Rhodes
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Apple Announces iPod Hi-Fi

High-Fidelity Speaker System for iPod Redefines the Home Stereo System

CUPERTINO, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Apple(R) today announced iPod(R) Hi-Fi, an all-new high-fidelity speaker system that works seamlessly with the iPod to redefine the home stereo system. iPod Hi-Fi delivers breathtaking acoustic performance and room-filling sound unlike any other speaker system designed for the iPod in an innovative, all-in-one design that can be powered from a wall socket or by six D-cell batteries. iPod Hi-Fi is easily controlled by the Apple Remote for an amazing stereo experience in any room in the house.

"Apple is reinventing the home stereo with the new iPod Hi-Fi, the first iPod accessory that adds true high-fidelity sound quality to the iPod," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "iPod Hi-Fi's unrivaled acoustic performance and stunning design is at home in any room in the house."

iPod Hi-Fi has been designed and engineered by Apple to deliver unrivaled sound quality, realistic sound imaging and optimal audio performance. Its clean, all-in-one design features a unique isolated enclosure system that includes two custom designed wide-range speakers and a tuned, ported bass system, minimizing vibration while maximizing sound quality and allowing users to listen to their favorite music as it was intended with amazing sound clarity and rich, deep bass. iPod Hi-Fi features handles to easily transport your stereo anywhere, a removable front grille with precision-mounting clips, touch-sensitive volume control buttons, the Apple Remote for easy song and volume control from anywhere in the room, a universal power supply incorporated into the all-in-one design so there's no bulky power brick to weigh it down, and the ability to power iPod Hi-Fi from six D-cell batteries for true portability.

Featuring seamless integration with all iPods with a dock connector, iPod Hi-Fi automatically recharges your iPod while docked and displays features of iPod that maximize the iPod Hi-Fi experience such as Tone Control, Large Album Art mode and volume mirroring.* iPod Hi-Fi includes a dual-purpose 3.5-mm auxiliary input that accepts either analog or digital signals for easy connection to a wide range of audio sources. iPod Hi-Fi is compact and can be powered by AC or six D-cell batteries, providing more flexibility than any traditional home stereo and is perfect for use not only at home, but just about anywhere you go without compromising sound quality.

Apple today also announced new luxurious leather cases designed specifically for the fifth generation iPod and iPod nano models. The Leather Case for iPod is made with fine, hand-crafted Italian leather and features a soft and durable interior lining for a secure fit, making it the perfect carrying case for iPod or iPod nano.

Pricing & Availability

iPod Hi-Fi includes the Apple Remote, a removable grille, an AC power cord and 10 Universal Dock adapters, and is available for $349 (US). The Leather Case for iPod is available in 30GB and 60GB models as well as an iPod nano model, each for $99 (US). iPod Hi-Fi and all models of the Leather Case for iPod are available through the Apple Store(R) (, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

*Tone Control and Large Album Art features available with iPod nano and fifth generation iPod.

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

(C) 2006 Apple Computer, Inc. All rights reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS, Macintosh, iPod and Apple Store are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Edgar Allen Floe: New Mix-CD Floe Almighty

Atlanta, GA-- Shaman Work Recordings presents Floe Almighty, 12 hot tracks of original and exclusive material by the Justus Leagues own Edgar Allen Floe. This prelude to the much anticipated Streetwise LP features all-star production by 9th Wonder, (Little Brother, Destinys Child, Jay-Z), Khrysis (Boot Camp Click, Masta Ace, Sean Price, Ness) and Slicemysta (EA Floes alter ego). Influenced by artists as diverse as Rakim to Common, the album expresses the diversity and range of his musical talents.

Coming off the well-received (XXL, Okayplayer,, etc.) True Links EP, this straightforward wordsmith continues to flex his lyrical muscles and add heat to the Justus League (Little Brother, Cesar Comanche, L.E.G.A.C.Y.) and Shaman Work catalogues. EA Floes superior skills backed by dope tracks make Floe Almighty a must have to tide fans over until Floes Streetwise LP is completed.

Floe Almighty will be available in stores Tuesday March 14th.

E.A. Floe will soon be recognized as one of the most fierce and distinct voices in the world of hip-hop. - Chris Craft / CEO Shaman Work Recordings
Track listing and credits for Edgar Allen Floes Floe Almighty:

1.) Skyward (produced by 9th Wonder)
2.) Floe Freestyle (produced by Slicemysta)
3.) Craftmatic (produced by Khrysis)
4.) Livelyhood Remix (produced by Slicemysta)
5.) Floe Almighty (produced by 9th Wonder)
6.) Nightwatch f/Mal Demolish (produced by Son Of Yorel)
7.) The Torch(produced by 9th Wonder)
8.) Hostility f/Cazmere (produced by Slicemysta)
9.) One And One Remix f/Diablo Archer (produced by Slicemysta)
10.) Changes (Mood Swing)(produced by Slicemysta)
11.) Floe Shout Outs (produced by Slicemysta)
12) The Righteous Way To Go (produced by 9th Wonder)

To obtain a press copy of Edgar Allen Floes Floe Almighty for review or interview purposes, please contact:

Matt Conaway@ Movement Marketing
Business #: 410-360-5957
Cell #: 410-903-7568
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MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway Heads Back To His Hometown To Bring National Attention to Bay Area Superstars at the Frontline of Hip Hop Today

After visits to hip-hop's Southern capitals, MTV News' My Block series heads West, descending on one of the country's most prolific and prodigious rap scenes the Bay Area. Encompassing the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Vallejo, the "Yay Area" has long had its own unique way of doing things: from its animated artists and legendary rap icons to the ingenious brand of cultivated slang to its distinctive balance between creative backpack rap and savvy hustler music. My Block: The Bay premieres on Monday, March 5 at 2PM on MTV2 and March 16 at 7PM on MTV.

My Block: The Bay is a homecoming for MTV News Correspondent Sway Calloway who opens the show literally from the East Oakland block where he grew up, taking viewers through the Bay Area's rich social and musical history, from the Black Panthers to 2Pac, from the lyrical mastery of the Hieroglyphics to the hip-hop pop of MC Hammer, with special cameos by both. My Block looks at the artists and subcultures that are defining the Yay right now, showcasing the next generation and evolution of the hip-hop scene, the Hyphy movement, Northern Californias Crunk.

Featured segments

My Block viewers are introduced to the vibe of the Bay Area hip-hop scene it's aesthetics, language, community and style through its veteran star E-40, whose recent hit "Tell Me When To Go" is destined to be the new Hyphy anthem. He breaks down the attitude that has created the Hyphy movement, why the Bay has such a unique influence on hip-hop history, and how all rap roads run through E-40.

Keak Da Sneak and The Hyphy Test
Keak Da Sneak (also featured on E-40's "Tell Me When To Go"), breaks down the Hyphy movement for Sway, showing us the language, dances and culture surrounding Hyphy. Keak, one of the new stars of the Bay, also shows Sway the Hyphy test that he gives all his new tunes all you need is a car, a stereo and a crowd.

Mistah FAB and the Thizz Movement
The other movement happening in the Bay, an off-shoot of Hyphy, is Thizz, and its breakout star is Mistah FAB. Fab tells Sway what Thizz is, why people in the Bay need to "ride the short yellow bus" and what the "Nation of Thizzlam" is. He shows how people "go dumb" in their cars and explains why the entire Thizz movement pays homage to fallen Bay hero Mac Dre aka Thizzelle Washington.

Too Short and the Town
Too Short is the original, dirty-mouthed "P.I.M.P.", who mixed clever rhymes and a bold persona to create the template of the street-savvy, thug rapper. An Atlanta resident now, Too Short returns to Oakland to drive Sway around the city's backstreets - in a classic, pimped out Oakland-style convertible and to talk about the Bay's vibe, past and present. Short takes viewers to a spot where an impromptu bike "Sideshow" breaks out, illustrating the biker culture of the Bay.

San Fran Stars
On the other side of the Bay, in San Francisco, My Block checks in with its local stars, JT The Bigga Figga and San Quinn. They explain how 'hoods exist right in the middle of the city, just three blocks from City Hall, and how that dichotomy plays into the music they make.

New Artists Spotlights Turf Talk and Zion I
Turf Talk, who was featured on The Federation's Hyphy song, signed to E-40's label (Sic Wid It Records) and is one of the big emerging stars out of the Bay Area. He takes us to his hood in Vallejo, CA to show us how he got put on and talk about his unique lyrical flow. Zion I, the rap/DJ crew that mixes conscious-raps, old-school energy and new-school beats, is the favorite group of artists like Talib Kweli, The Roots and Mos Def.

Ladies of Soul
Contrasting all the braggadocio of Bay Area hip-hop, there is a soulful current that runs through the Bay Area. Keyshia Cole takes us back to her block and talks about how she got her start and the part of the Bay 'hoods that still lives inside of her. Also featured is Goapale, a new artist from the Bay who is often compared to Alicia Keys, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.

Log on for more from the exciting Bay scene at Also on air, 10 spot drop, which introduces viewers to new music during the networks primetime programming, will feature tracks from E-40s next album and the video for the breakthrough hit Tell Me When To Go starting March 16 on MTV.


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Dave French, MTV/MTV2/mtvU, Ph: 310.752.8110, Email:

"It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" will be the first rap song ever performed at the Oscars!!!

Beverly Hills, CA (February 27, 2006) Jordon "Juicy J" Houston, Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard and Darnell Crunchy Black Carlton of the legendary Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia will perform at the 78th Academy Awards.

Beauregard and Houston, who are nominated for writing the music and lyrics for "Its Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow," will perform their nominated song with group mate Darnell Crunchy Black Carlton and Taraji Henson, the actress who sang the hook in the film. Cedric "Frayser Boy" Coleman, who is nominated with Beauregard and Houston, will also perform. The song will be the first rap song ever performed on the telecast in the history of the Academy Awards.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2005 will be presented on Sunday, March 5, 2006, at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PST. A one-hour red carpet arrivals show will precede the telecast at 4 p.m. Information about the 78th Annual Academy Awards can be accessed on line at

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Navarre's FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Rights to Afro Samurai

Unique, Dramatic Mini-Series to Premiere on Spike TV in 2006 With DVD Expected in Early 2007

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR) , and a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies, has acquired home video, master toy and merchandising rights to Afro Samurai, an animated mini-series that will premiere on Spike TV in 2006. Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson is set to voice and co-produce the mini-series.

Afro Samurai is based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki and is planned for release at the end of 2006 on Spike TV. Following the North American debut, the mini-series is scheduled for broadcast release in Japan. Afro Samurai is a fusion of animation, science fiction and hip-hop that GONZO, producer of the series and a division of GDH, is using to create the next evolution in entertainment.

"Afro Samurai has a fascinating story line and will undoubtedly have GONZO's stunning animation. High impact titles like this emphasize FUNimation's 'quality over quantity' strategy," says Gen Fukunaga, president and CEO of FUNimation Entertainment. "This is truly a unique project with an impressive team. GONZO is on board as series producer, Samuel L. Jackson is the voice of the lead character and also serving as co-producer, Spike TV is set to telecast the five-part mini-series, and NAMCO is creating the video game."

"Afro Samurai will combine animation, story and music to create an entertainment experience that will captivate audiences around the world," says Arthur Smith, president of GDH's international division. "Afro Samurai will change the way people think about animation and we look forward to working with FUNimation on the brand and bringing this never-before-seen experience to DVD."

The tale of Afro Samurai takes place in a unique world that is part ancient Japan and part futuristic science fiction fantasy. Samuel L. Jackson stars as "Afro" the solitary samurai on a quest to avenge the wrongful death of his father. It is a story of bloody hardship and pain. Afro sheds no tears and knows no love. Forever chased by powerful enemies in a lawless technology- speckled dystopia, he evades bullets and blade to reach his final prey: a man who will not die.

Interested fans and media can check for all the latest news and information on this evolution in entertainment.

About Navarre Corporation

Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR) is a publisher and distributor of a broad range of home entertainment and multimedia products, including PC software, CD audio, DVD and VHS video, video games and accessories. Since its founding in 1983, the company has established distribution relationships with customers across a wide spectrum of retail channels which includes mass merchants, discount, wholesale club, office and music superstores, military and e-tailers nationwide. The company currently provides its products to over 18,000 retail and distribution center locations throughout the United States and Canada. Navarre has recently expanded its business to include the licensing and publishing of home entertainment and multimedia content, primarily through the acquisitions of Encore Software, Inc., BCI Eclipse Company, LLC, FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and The FUNimation Store, Ltd. For more information, please visit the company's web site at .

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation(R) Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ:NAVR) , is a brand management company and one of the nation's leading independent home video entertainment companies. The company's most recent initiative is the FUNimation Channel(SM), a new, 24-hour digital network featuring programming from the top anime brands in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For images, or more information on FUNimation Entertainment, the FUNimation Channel, or any of FUNimation's properties, contact Jeff Dronen at 817-788-0627, ext. 251 or

About GDH K.K.

GDH (Security code: TSE Mothers 3755) is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000. The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults including the famous GONZO animation brand and for kids and family under the recently launched Gonzo Films and Gonzino brands. GDH is a world leader in content development that actively targets both domestic and international audiences with Japan's trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GDH controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GDH group companies include GONZO K.K., G-creators K.K., Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., GONZO Rosso Online K.K., GDH Capital K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in more than 89 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with 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.

Source: Navarre Corporation

CONTACT: Jeff Dronen, Public Relations Manager, of FUNimation
Entertainment, +1-817-788-0627, ext. 251,

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Honeywell and NASA Launch 2006 Spring Tour of FMA Live!

Award-Winning Hip Hop Science Education Program to Reach 20,000 Students During 14-Week Tour

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the 2006 spring tour of their award-winning FMA Live! science education program today at Vista View Middle School in Fountain Valley, California. The innovative, traveling hip hop science concert will reach nearly 20,000 students in 45 schools during its 14-week, 27-city tour across the Unites States.

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Named for Sir Isaac Newton's second law of motion (force = mass x acceleration) FMA Live! uses professional actors, original songs, music videos and interactive science demonstrations to teach middle school students Newton's three laws of motion and universal law of gravity. Created by Honeywell and NASA in 2004, FMA Live! has already traveled 23,000 miles, covering 32 U.S. states to reach more than 73,000 students in 153 schools.

"FMA Live! continues to inspire students to pursue technology-related careers," said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Honeywell is committed to providing students and teachers with programs and experiences that bring science to life in memorable, life-changing ways."

Research shows that fewer people are pursuing science, math and engineering careers while employment opportunities in these fields will increase three times faster than all other occupations. FMA Live! addresses key learning objectives identified by the National Science Education Standards to increase student interest and participation in the sciences.

"Through programs like FMA Live!, NASA and Honeywell are improving the public's understanding and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Jim Stofan, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Education Programs, NASA Headquarters. "This is one of the ways NASA works to engage and inspire the next generation of explorers."

During each FMA Live! performance, students, teachers and school administrators interact with three professional actors on stage in front of a live audience to experience Newton's laws firsthand. A large Velcro wall is used to demonstrate inertia, go-carts driven across the stage illustrate action and reaction, and 'extreme' wrestling and a huge soccer ball show that force is determined by mass multiplied by acceleration. All three of Newton's laws are exemplified simultaneously when a futuristic hover chair collides with a gigantic cream pie. Feedback from educators and participants has been overwhelmingly positive.

"FMA Live! is the best teaching performance I've ever seen," said Judy Austin, Principal, Greenbelt Middle School. "Not only is it entertaining but students learn Newton's laws with memorable effect."

FMA Live! will perform in the following cities during the 9,000 mile spring tour: Los Angeles, California; Phoenix, Arizona; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Albuquerque and Las Cruces, New Mexico; Dallas, Houston and Orange, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Anniston, Alabama; Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri; Olathe and Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2005, FMA Live! was awarded a gold SABRE award and recognized as the best community relations program worldwide by The Holmes Group. The entire program, including the 18-wheel truck, tour bus and 10-person street team, is fully funded by Honeywell.

FMA Live! is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's community outreach initiative which focuses on three areas of vital importance: Family Safety and Security; Housing and Shelter; and Science and Math Education. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in its communities. Honeywell also partners with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for the abduction prevention program, Got 2B Safe!; and Rebuilding Together on home revitalization projects for low-income homeowners.

Honeywell International is a $28 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit

Jim O'Leary

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Source: Honeywell

CONTACT: Jim O'Leary of Honeywell, +1-973-455-6684,

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Jeff Chang's "We Still Can't Stop" Tour is on for 2006!

To celebrate the paperback publication of the award-winning Can't Stop
Won't Stop, your favorite keyboard saviour will be roaming the country
in search of great conversations, big slumpers, and satisfying curries.
We're telling you when to go.

For the whole roti, check

February 28, 2006, 7:30PM
TALK & READING WITH KEVIN COVAL (Author of "Slingshots") :: 826 Chicago

March 2, 2006, 6:00PM
LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING :: Tufts University
Asian American Diversity Lecture 2006

March 9, 2006
TALK & RECEPTION :: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration

March 10, 2006, 4:00PM
PANEL :: University of Michigan
"Hip-Hop 101"

March 11, 2006, 12:00PM
DISCUSSION :: Boggs Center/Detroit Summer (Detroit, MI)
Artist-Activist Dialogues

March 16, 2006
TALK WITH STACEYANN CHIN (Of "Def Poetry Slam on Broadway" fame) ::
UCLA Armand Hammer Museum
Hammer Conversations

March 22, 2006, 6:00PM
TALK WITH TOURE (Author of "Never Drank The Kool-Aid") & BOOKSIGNING ::
Hue-Man Bookstore (Harlem, NY)

March 23, 2006, 7:00PM
York, NY)

March 25, 2006, 7:00PM
TALK & BOOK SIGNING :: Haymarket Forum at Galapagos Art Space
(Williamsburg, NY)

March 28, 2006, 7:00PM
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: University Bookstore (Seattle, WA)

March 29, 2006, 7:30PM
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: Powell's City of Books (Portland, OR)

April 6, 2006, 7:30PM
LECTURE :: Carleton College (Minnesota)
Multicultural Speakers Series

April 29, 2006
TALK WITH TOURE & BOOKSIGNING :: Los Angeles Times Book Festival

May 18, 2006, 7:30PM
LECTURE :: Ohio University (Athens, OH)
Multicultural Speakers Series

Spread the word, fall through & bring a friend!

Alabama Artists Dominate Atlanta's Hottest Producers Battle

The My Beats Are the Illest producers battle brings the best producers along the east coast to battle for bragging rights, street credibility, and a cash prize. Masterminded by Tyrik of World Premiere, and Hotep of Skinnymen Productions, this battle proves to be tough and entertaining battle for battle. It's held the last Thursday of every month, and consists of three rounds of sonic battle. This battles organizers equate this event to the 8 Mile for producers.

Like Hip-Hop itself, fashion, and all things considered cool, the producers battle was originally dominated by producers from Northern areas. However, in January, Sam Addams from Woodshed Studios in Tuscaloosa, Alabama proved that his beats were definitely the illest. Continuing what producer Sam Addams calls the takeover, his protg, M16, also from Woodshed Studios in Tuscaloosa, won the producers battle for February.

Sam Addams says, "Man! It feels damn good to finally get some respect. People just assume for some reason that if youre from Alabama, you're slow, and that you can't be a part of Hip-Hop. Like everybody else in our generation, we love Hip-Hop, and embrace the culture. You can believe that we're going to make our mark, and go down in Hip-Hop history. Our main goal right now is to put Alabama on the map."

M16 and Sam Addams both say they won't enter the battle again, because they are now saving those good beats to sell and not display. They admit there is yet another producer coming from their studio to enter the battle next month. Who it is remains a mystery. They are both working and negotiating with well known artists and record labels, and looking forward to working with more artists in the near future.

Contact: Troya Sampson
Phone: (404) 394-5092


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3rd Annual Urban Gospel Industry Awards Nominations Now Open

Beginning February 15th, gospel enthusiasts and fans were invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Urban Gospel Industry (UGI) Awards nominations process.

Oakland CA (PRWEB) February 26, 2006 -- Beginning February 15th, gospel enthusiasts and fans were invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Urban Gospel Industry (UGI) Awards nominations process.

With categories ranging from contemporary gospel to holy hip hop, and from comedy to inspirational jazz, the UGI Awards are set to honor the best in the industry for the third year in a row.

While qualified industry personnel had first dibs on nominating their favorites, the UGI Awards is setup to be a true peoples choice awards. The general gospel music loving public now has a chance to let their Voice be heard on who they deem as the best and the brightest.

The official nomination ballot can be accessed at (only 1 vote per household). At the close of nominations on April 15th, the top 5 vote getters in each category will be official nominees and will appear on the final ballot. Deciding votes will be cast by members of the sponsoring organization, the Urban Gospel Alliance. Official nominees will be announced May 15th, 2006, to coincide with the Bobby Jones International Gospel Industry Retreat.

Partnering again with the Edwin & Walter Hawkins Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference, the UGI Awards are set for Houston, TX on June 28, 2006. The weeklong conference will include panels and workshops geared toward the urban gospel industry and ministry, while giving attendees opportunities to participate in many mainstream gospel events. For the latest information, visit

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Curtis Jemany
Urban Gospel Alliance

'Krump Kings' Perform at the 78th Annual Academy Awards

Dance Pioneers, Krump Kings, Will Perform Alongside Academy Award Nominated, Three 6 Mafia, for Performance of 'Hard Out Here ... '

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest evolution in "urban" dance will be seen across America at the 78th Annual Academy Awards on March 5, 2006. Krump Kings dancers, Tight Eyez, Young and General were chosen to be among some of the performers for Three 6 Mafia's presentation of their Oscar nominated song, "Hard Out Here ... " from the feature film "Hustle & Flow."

The Krump Kings, along with additional dancers will be including a positive and uplifting message to highlight their performance.

This is the second time in Oscar history that a hip-hop artist has performed during the award ceremony. With the participation of the Krump Kings, this will be a performance more original and exhilarating then ever before.

The Krump Kings' first national appearance was featured in the film "Rize" directed by David LaChapelle. Since their debut, the group has performed throughout the country and Europe; giving seminars and workshops on the "Krump" style of dance. The Krump Kings have also released several instructional videos through their distribution deal with Ardustry Home Entertainment. The latest DVD releases are "KRUMP 1.0," "KRUMP 2.0" and "BREAKIN VS. KRUMPIN." In addition to the video releases the Krump Kings have also recently released two new CD's titled, "Krumpology" and "Rude Awakening."

The Krump Kings represent an uplifting movement and set an example of what can be accomplished when young adults and youth collectively gather together to make a difference for their generation and the generations to follow. To get more information regarding Krump Kings, upcoming events, booking or retail enter the world of the "Krump" by visiting

The 78th Annual Academy Awards will be held on March 5, 2006 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA. with a live telecast on ABC at 5PM PT/ 8PM ET.

Source: Krump Kings Inc.

CONTACT: Ashley Jackson of Krump Kings Inc., +1-323-349-4999,

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Special Interactive Bonus Track on Innovative Release Will Allow Fans To Make Their Own Demo-Track

Chino XLs upcoming release, Poison Pen, has been now scheduled for release on March 21. The album will not only show off the skills of one of the most highly regarded MC's in the business, but it will give a chance to undiscovered MC's to have a chance to be heard. The Activate label & Foundation Chi is releasing Poison Pen and searching for the best new hot MC. Chino XL, will choose the winner from submissions.
The highly anticipated album contains 16 tracks, 4 secret bonus tracks, an enhanced music video playable on computers, and a special link to Chinos lyrics. Packaged in a Special Silver Metallic foil cover, and includes a second DJ Mix disc of the album with commentary by Chino XL (with LA Radio DJ Power 106 FM/Beat Junkies - DJ Mr. Choc) is autographed by Chino XL in the Limited initial edition.
The 3rd Bonus track is an accappella track of Chinos vocals on the track All I Wanna Do(Bout Nuthin), so listeners can hear every nuance of the Wordsmiths often studied lyrics. The 4th and final bonus track on the CD is the interactive mix of the contest track, with Chinos verses taken off.
Fans can write and add their own verses to the track and submit them to the label (address & details in the CD package) within 90 days of the March 21 street date to the label.
The chosen MC will get their own song released. The Winner will be announced at the Pro-Am B-Boy Finals in Las Vegas.
Additional guests on Chinos Poison Pen include Wu Tang family member Killah Priest, Psycho Les of The Beatnuts, and Eminems hype man/D-12 leader Proof, among others. Album in stores, on I-Tunes, and available by mail order through Activates e-commerce site, on March 21st.

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Def Press Public Relations

New Podbop Music Service Uses EVDB Events & Venues Database to Power Live Music Search by City

1st Place Mashup Camp Winner Mixes EVDB Concert Information with Music Podcasts

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- EVDB, Inc., a provider of event and venue aggregation and search technology for online applications, announced today that its EVDB Events and Venues Database is powering the live music search function of Podbop, a new service that combines concert information with podcasts allowing music fans to test-drive unfamiliar bands before buying concert tickets.

Podbop, available at , won the first-place Best Mashup Award at Mashup Camp in California this week for the best application combining multiple web services. The site was created by Taylor McKnight and Daniel Westermann-Clark.

Podbop is using EVDB's technology to enable users to search for live concerts by city. Search results are drawn from the EVDB database, a collaborative web services platform for aggregating, searching, indexing and publishing millions of events, venues, calendars and related information worldwide. The database was integrated into Podbop using the EVDB Web Services Application Programming Interface (API).

Users interested in learning about bands coming to their area can download free MP3s directly from Podbop, eliminating the need to track down websites and MP3s for each performer. The site also allows users to sign up for an RSS feed that will deliver automatic MP3 downloads when a band on the system is due to perform in their town. Independent labels including Saddle Creek, Sub Pop and Vagrant are already providing free downloads of more than 2,300 songs by 1,500 artists.

"Podbop is just one example of the tools and applications that can be built with our EVDB API, and industry watchers are saying that it's the most interesting mashup yet," said Brian Dear, founder and CEO of EVDB, Inc. "This is the tip of the iceberg in the mashup movement and the transition to the Web 2.0 era, and the Mashup Award proves that our platform has legs."

About EVDB

EVDB, Inc. is a provider of search engine and web services technology for event and venue data worldwide. The company operates, a website that enables people to discover, contribute and share events of all kinds around the globe, and makes its EVDB API available to developers for building tools and applications that interact with the EVDB database. The San Diego- based firm was founded by Brian Dear, an experienced Internet entrepreneur, and is backed by investors including Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Omidyar Network. For more information, visit .

Source: EVDB, Inc.

CONTACT: Lisa Kornblatt for EVDB, Inc., +1-847-415-9330,

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