Sunday, May 31, 2009
Necessity is the mother of "re-invention" and the Paper Dolls are reinventing themselves. After a change in program distributors the Paper Dolls were faced with the unique challenge of finding another online
distribution channel. In an effort to broaden their listening audience they struck stiletto heaven when they discovered Blog Talk Radio.
"Blog Talk Radio has enabled us to reach a larger audience and also provide us with the technical support that the program was lacking. Admittedly technologically challenged, creator and co-host Dannyell Mitchell was, "thrilled that we found a distribution channel that provided a means for our listeners to revisit their favorite shows, link shows to itunes, and provide LIVE call-ins."
The Paper Dolls radio show is insightful, funny and showcases educated women in a positive and respectful light. “It lets listeners know that while we are serious about our careers and home lives, we also
love to have fun”, said T. Strong who’s company also serves as the Marketing firm for Paper Dolls Media. Each of the four hosts of Paper Dolls are successful women in their own right and hope that the show will
continue to provide support, advice and above all, entertainment while touching the lives of each of their listeners in a optimistic, positive manner.
Paper Dolls returns for their 3rd Season of exciting new shows on Wednesday, June 3rd at 10pm on Blog Talk Radio.
*About the show:*
Predicated on their fifteen-year friendship, Paper Dolls is centered around the lives and viewpoints of creator Dannyell Mitchell and her partners in crime T. Strong, Shannon G., and Atheia Burke with discussions on men, money, sex, power and everything in between – all from a female perspective.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009
Reaffirming its commitment to providing guests exclusive content at a great value, Target is partnering with three time GRAMMY® award winning group The Black Eyed Peas on their new collection The E.N.D, which stands for "The Energy Never Dies." A deluxe version of the album, available only at Target and Target.com, includes four exclusive songs, six exclusive remixed hits and exclusive video content. The special collection will be available at all Target stores nationwide and Target.com beginning June 9.
"Working with Target to provide this deluxe version of our new album has allowed us to do something special for our fans after years of support," said will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. "We were really excited to get back into the studio to record the new songs, plus remix some of our favorite tunes for Target, and hope everyone enjoys this exclusive version. Remember The Energy Never Dies and this is only the beginning."
From Prince and Christina Aguilera to Carrie Underwood and John Legend, Target is dedicated to collaborating with unique and innovative artists in an effort to bring exclusive and diverse collections to its guests. Since their breakthrough album Elephunk in 2003, The Black Eyed Peas have become international superstars with worldwide sales of over 26 million units. The group earned GRAMMY® awards for hits singles "Let's Get it Started," "Don't Phunk with My Heart" and "My Humps." This will be the group's first studio album since 2005 and they plan to tour this summer.
"We are excited to add The Black Eyed Peas to a tremendous line up of music's biggest and brightest stars who have partnered exclusively with Target," said Mark Schindele, senior vice president, merchandising, Target. "Offering the deluxe version of The E.N.D. provides our guests with special content that can only be found at Target."
In Stores June 30th
Album to Feature Some of the Summer’s Hottest Tracks by Sean Paul, Mavado, Estelle, Elephant Man, T.O.K., Beres Hammond and Jazmine Sullivan
New York, NY May 27, 2009 – VP Records is set to release the long-awaited and latest installment of Reggae Gold on June 30th, 2008. The compilation is Reggae’s most highly-anticipated release of the year and will be part of the definitive collection from the genre this summer.
Reggae Gold 2009 compilation features a varied assortment of top reggae artists and hits including Estelle featuring Sean Paul on the international smash “Come Over”, as well as tracks by Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, T.O.K. and Serani’s massive radio hit, “Playing Games”. The JTB (Jamaican Tourist Board) and VP Records have partnered to re-create the iconic “Welcome to Jamaica” image for the album cover. In cooperation with JTI (Jamaica Trade and Invest), JTB and Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery, VP Records will launch an extensive marketing campaign around the release of Reggae Gold 2009 that extends until the end of the year. All details of the campaign’s phases will be announced on www.myspace.com/reggaegold and www.vprecords.com.
For the past 16 years, VP Records has been at the forefront of reggae music with their Reggae Gold series. Since it’s inception this collection has featured the biggest songs of the year in reggae/dancehall but has also included music from international artists and crossover recording acts. Reggae Gold has featured superstars such as Beenie Man, Buju Banton, and Lady Saw. Reggae Gold is renowned for featuring dancehall and reggae hits, as well as tracks from up and comers which on this offering includes Laden, Jah Vinci and Prodigal Son.
Tracklisting for Reggae Gold 2009:
“Come Over” – Estelle featuring Sean Paul
“Need U Bad” – Jazmine Sullivan
“Love Is Wicked” – Brick & Lace
“Playing Games” - Serani
“So Special” – Mavado
“Nuh Linga” – Elephant Man
“Watch Your Friends” – Jah Vinci
“Protected” – Chino featuring Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor
“See You Again” – Beres Hammond
“Blessings” – Etana & Alborosie
“Start A New” – Tarrus Riley
“Far Away” – Queen Ifrica
“Head Cyaan Hot So” – Prodigal Son
“Praise and Worship” – Busy Signal
“Money Over War” - Laden
“Dance and Sweep” – Elephant Man
“Couple Up” – T.O.K.
“Leave If You Want To Leave” – I Wayne
BONUS I-TUNES ALBUM TRACKS:
“So Blessed” - Mavado
“Stay Close” – Wayne Wonder
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
HIPHOP PIONEER GRANDMASTERFLASH TO BE HONORED AT THE PRESTIGIOUS URBAN MUSIC AWARDS IN NEW YORK CITY
C.E.O of Invincible Group & Founder of the Urban Music Awards Jordan Kensington commented “Flash is an absolute legend and he remains an inspiration to the hip hop culture all together by flying the flag from its inception to the success it has become today. The Urban Music Awards fans across countries even as far as Japan, Africa, United Kingdom, Dubai, Caribbean, and throughout America have voted Flash to receive this people’s choice award which goes to show how much of an impact Grandmasterflash has made worldwide”
Nominees were announced last week with an international press conference which took place simultaneously in over 7 countries. Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Bobby Valentino, M.I.A, Day 26, The Dream, Estelle, Kat de Luna, Akon, Kanye West, Keri Hilson, Ghetts, Kid Cudi, Tinchy Stryder, Neyo, Eminem, spear head nominations
The UMA’s will be held on the 17th of July 2009 in New York City and will be attended by more than Artists, DJs, producers, promoters, record labels executives, celebrities from the world of music, radio, TV, sports and music fans from across the country. True to tradition, the public will rule and stars will rejoice with them.
Akon & Bobby Valentino grab triple nominations this year whilst Neyo , J. Holiday, The Dream, Keri Hilson, Musiq Soulchild, Jazmine Sullivan and previous UMA winner Estelle bag double nominations.
On receiving the UMA Living Legend award 2009, Grandmasterflash said “I am honored to receive this award and I can’t wait to attend the awards show in July. The Urban Music Awards is different from all other awards shows because it represents the whole world. Our music is mainstream and we have to connect with our fans from all around the world to build an even bigger community so thank you to all my fans worldwide and the UMA for this opportunity”.
Grandmasterflash who was originally born in Barbados also joins fellow Barbados superstar, Rihanna who leads the pack with a phenomenal comeback. The singer is up for four awards – Artist of the Year, Best R&B Act, Best Female Act and Best Music Video for single ‘Rehab’.
"Chicago Picasso" contains 20 original tracks by Naledge featuring appearances by Bun B, Chip Tha Ripper, Jay Electronica, Mickey Factz, Mick Luter, Rhymefest, Carlita Durand, Curren$y, J Ivy, Russoul, Doe Boy, GLC & Fooch.
Naledge explains "the point of the mixtape was to open the vault and let the fans in on the wealth of solo material that I have recorded. I look at this mixtape more as a collection of art that I have made over time. Each song is its own original statement and with the help of Timbuck2 and RTC we have made the thoughts behind each of the songs more cohesive."
Naledge goes on to describe collaborations on the Mix CD that truly hit home; "I have worked with some of the most creative people in my city, many of which I have known since childhood and that made this project all that more personal. That includes visual artists, poets, singers and emcees. People included in this proect who aren't from Chicago were either from my time living in St. Louis, or they were people I met recording Kidz In The Hall's "In Crowd" in New York City."
Production on the album includes music by: Double-O, Tha Bizness, Picnic Tyme, Sa Ra Creative Partners, FDNY, Xcel, Analogic, Black Spade, SC, MStacks, Nez & Rio.
Chicago Picasso, with its blended transitions from song to song, flows effortlessly. Naledge proclaims "I wouldn't call this a mixtape so much as an exhibit...hence the name Chicago Picasso. The same way Pablo Picasso created a commissioned statue that has sat downtown in Chicago for years of interpretation; I want this mixtape to float the same way."
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Tracklisting and Credits for Naledge’s “Chicago Picasso”:
1) “Intro/Some Shit That I Wrote” with DJ Timbuck2
2) “In My Own World” f/ Fooch & Mick Luter (produced by Picnic Tyme)
3) “Standing On Sofas” f/ Chip Tha Ripper (produced by FDNY)
4) “Focus” f/ Rhymefest (produced by Xcel)
5) “Southside Sh*t” f/ Fooch & GLC (produced by Analogic)
6) “Cleveland Freestyle” (produced by Double-O)
7) “Lovin' My Life” (produced by Black Spade)
8) “Cool Relax” f/ Jay Electronica (produced by Double-O)
9) “Viva El Fantastico” f/ Mickey Factz (produced by Nez & Rio)
10) “Round and Round” (produced by Picnictyme)
11) “It Is What It Is” Part 1 (produced by Ammo)
12) “The Beat Goes On” f/ Carlita Durand (produced by Black Spade)
13) “Blessed By God” f/ A. Pinks (Produced by Analogic)
14) “I Don't Even Know You” Freestyle (produced by SC)
15) “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” (produced by Nez and Rio)
16) “Star Struck” f/ Rus Soul (produced by Sa-Ra Creative Partners)
17) “Crazy” (produced by Tha Bizness)
18) “Brother's Keeper” f/ Vic Spencer
19) “Futuristic Sh*t” f/ Vandylism (produced by Nez & Rio)
20) “Look At Them Hips” (remix) f/ Doe Boy, Bun B, & Curren$y (produced by MStacks)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Model / Entertainment Personality Christina Mendez to Debut Monthly Entertainment Section in Gemini Magazine
Starting in June 2009, readers will be entertained and informed with the witty but no holds barred commentary of Christina Mendez which will include (but not limited to):
* "Ask Christina" (where readers can ask the advice from Christina)
* Red Carpet Coverage
* Looks for less
* Travel Ideas
* Beauty Budget Tips
* Entertainment Picks which will include (movies, tv, music, books)
"Christina is definitely a woman on the go from modeling, attending red carpet events, traveling, raising money for charity; it was definitely a no brainer to incorporate Christina with Gemini Magazine, Sommer Johnson, founder and editor-in-chief-of Gemini Magazine.
To submit questions for "Ask Christina", product/book review consideration, or red carpet coverage please email: email@example.com
About Gemini Magazine
Frustrated with the portrayal of the full figured woman in the media, Sommer Johnson decided to take matters into her own hands. In January 2009 Gemini Magazine launched online, giving full figured women across the globe a publication they could call their own. Gemini Magazine is the electronic and print publication dedicated to the curvy woman. The revolution has begun one cover, one article, one beautiful plus size woman at a time."
About Christina Mendez
Christina Mendez has graced the pages of Glamour, All You, Latina Magazine and Urban runway for BET's Rip the Runway, Art of Curves, and Lane Bryant's In-Store Fashion Show in NYC. She has also become one of the first real-size, Hispanic Urban models to work as a featured model for brands such as Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms, Rocawear, Dereon and more. Besides appearing in various magazines and runway shows, Christina has been featured in national television segments including The Rachel Ray Show, Fox News, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, BET News, Lifetime's "Matched in Manhattan" with Matt Titus, New York local favorites Good Day New York , CW 11 and others.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
INTERNATIONAL POET LAUREATE RENE REYES TO PERFORM IN LOS ANGELES
Philanthropist Will Also Highlight The Watch Owl Organization During Performance
International Poet Laureate Rene Reyes
Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) - International Poet Laureate and Spoken Word Artist, Rene Reyes is performing live at the Watts Health Foundation on Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9:30am.
Rene Reyes, who is known internationally for her savvy business skills, rich, encouraging poetry and well-earned reputation as a philanthropist and humanitarian, is CEO/Co-owner of The Watch Owl Corporation, USA. Along with CFO/Co-owner, Byron "BJ" Jackson, Ms. Reyes has built a solid structured presence with the Watch Owl throughout our communities. Per CFO Byron Jackson, "The Watch Owl is a very necessary and thriving business throughout all areas of Southern California, providing personal assistance, care and services to elderly and disabled persons."
In addition to witnessing a rare public performance in the USA by the phenomenal Rene Reyes, patrons will have the opportunity to learn more about The Watch Owl, receive informational gift bags and also sign up on the spot for the great services provided by The Watch Owl Corporation in Southern California.
The most beautiful part about The Watch Owl is that they are a corporation also bringing over 200 new jobs to the Southern California area, and in today's economy that's a welcomed bonus well received by all!
ABOUT THE WATCH OWL
The Watch Owl is an organization created specifically to be available 24 hours, 7 days per week for the personal assistance, safety and security of all senior and disabled persons in Southern California. Family can travel abroad or take care of local needs with ease because The Watch Owl is always looking out for your loved ones and the most ethical, safest and trustworthy services will be provided; guaranteed to all members signed up in our spectacular program.
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On May 19, 2009, legendary emcee Guru (GangStarr, Jazzmatazz) and producer Solar will release their latest collaboration Guru 8.0 Lost & Found(7 Grand Records).“Solar and I have produced three classic albums (Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures, Jazzmatazz Vol. 4 and The Timebomb / Back To The Future). It was necessary for us to follow-up with another classic to keep real hip-hop alive. It’s been lost and needs to find its way. Here at 7 Grand, real hip-hop can still be found. We are keeping it very much alive!" exclaims legendary emcee Guru. "Our new album, Guru 8.0 Lost & Found, produced by Solar is like your GPS navigating you towards a higher place."” Solar adds, “8.0 represents that next level of growth; the next evolution of intelligent hip-hop.Lyrically and production-wise, it’s on another level.”
When it comes to taking hip-hop to the next level, Guru and Solar should know! After selling over 3.5 million records, releasing over 13 albums collectively worldwide as the front man for the revered Gangstarr, Guru, become the first artist to fuse hip-hop with live jazz, influencing the creation of Acid-Jazz and Neo-Soul sub-genres. An accomplished producer himself, Solar’s production discography includes the creation of tracks for Grammy Award winning artist and nominees like Damien Marley, Common, Caron Wheeler, David Sanborn, Dionne Farris, Angie Stone, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, Styles P, Slum Village, Blackalicious, Zion I, Aceyalone, and The legendary B- Real.
While Jazzmatazz fans are used to a number of outside collaborations on Guru and Solar’s previous works, Guru’s 8.0 Lost and Found, keeps it all in the 7 Grand family featuring artists from its roster: K. Born, Highpower, and Doo Wop with the exception of UK Soul Singer, Omar, who experiments vocally with the vocoder on “Ride.” The production on Guru 8.0 Lost and Found ranges greatly as Solar put his unique twist on a variety of styles from the classic hip-hop feel “Best Of My Years” to “Fast Lane,” a southern hip-hop inspired track that showcases Solar’s ability to rework southern bounce into his own playful creation. Usually behind the production console, Solar makes his first ever appearance as an emcee on “After Time,” an experience that the native New Yorker (not to be confused with Parisian MC Solaar) calls a “natural evolution.” Stretching sonically even further is “Divine Rule,” a throwback to hip-hop’s early beginnings when emcees used to rhyme over disco breaks. Guru speeds his flow up a notch for this song, proving he can still go toe to toe, flow to flow with anybody in the game.
While 8.0 experiments with everything from straight ahead hip-hop to disco and southern bounce, Guru is quick to point out that 8.0 isn’t another edition of the Jazzmatazz series. “This is not hip-hop jazz,” explains Guru. “This is straight-up hip-hop elevated to a higher plateau, so it shouldn’t be compared to the Jazzmatazz series. The jazzier side is a part of who I am as an entertainer, but doesn’t define who I am as an artist or as a lyricist.”
Together as business partners and co-founders of their own imprint, 7 Grand Records, Guru and Solar are creating a new blueprint for independent labels while elevating the art-form to a higher plateau. Their latest accomplishment, Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, is the Map quest that that lovers of real hip-hop have been searching for to find their way. So if looking for hip-hop’s new coordinates, turn off your radio, pop in Guru 8.0 Lost and Found, and you will find your way indeed.
www.myspace.com/guru7grand | www.myspace.com/solar7grand
www.gurusjazzmatazz.net | www.7grandweshare.com
As a founding member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Bizzy Bone has been awarded numerous awards (ASCAP, Soul Train, American Music Award, NAACP, etc) and a Grammy Award in 1999 for the smash hit “Tha Crossroads” from Bone Thugs E 1999 Eternal LP which has since been certified 4X Platinum. Though Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has carved out a niche as one of Hip-Hop’s top selling groups (they have sold over 25 million LP’s worldwide in their storied career), Bizzy has also gone onto launch a very successful solo career as well. His latest CD is due out this summer on Sumerian Records.
Likewise, Cypress Hill has sold over 18 Million LP’s worldwide over the course of their almost two decade long run as one of Hip-Hop’s trailblazing and top selling groups, replete with monster singles and their popular multi-lingual, rap/rock mashup’s that have rocked music festivals (Woodstock, Lollapolooza, Smokin Grooves, Rock The Bells, etc) and fans of all genres worldwide. Most recent, B-Real released his solo-debut, Smoke N Mirrors (2009 Duck Down Records) which is powered by the smash single “Fire” featuring Damian Marley.
Bizzy Bone & B-Real “Unite The Mic” Tour Dates:
Fri 6/5- Anaheim, CA- The Grove of Anaheim
Sat 6/6- San Diego, CA- Brick By Brick
Sun 6-7- Bakersfield, CA- Stramler Park (Outdoors)
Tues 6/9- Seattle, WA- Studio Seven
Wed 6/10- Spokane, WA- Knitting Factory
Thu 6/11- Missoula, MT- Wilma Theater
Fri 6/12- Boise, ID- Knitting Factory
Sat 6/13- Salt Lake City, UT- Murray Theatre
Sun 6/14- Boulder, CO- Fox Theatre
Mon 6/15- Edgewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Wed 6/17- Tulsa, OK- Flytrap
Fri 6/19- San Antonio, TX- White Rabbit
Sat 6/20- Dallas, TX- The Max
Sun 6/21- Lubbock, TX- Cactus Courtyard
Mon 6/22- Albuquerque, NM- Sunshine Theater
Sat 7/25- Scottsdale, AZ- Venue of Scottsdale
Fri 9/4 – Hollywood, CA – Key Club
Written, produced and recorded in a Las Vegas studio – in just two weeks - by the Grammy Award-winning team of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, whose credits include #1 hits for Rihanna (“Umbrella”), Mariah Carey (“Touch My Body”), J. Holiday (“The Bed,” “Suffocate”), and Beyoncé (“Single Ladies”), How To Be A Lady brings an ultra-catchy mix of electronic R&B, dirty funk and Prince-inspired sex jams. On steamy tracks like “We F*ck You” and “Freaky Freaky,” the girls let their hair all the way down, but the bass-and-synth-driven single “So Good,” the old-school romp “Friend & Lover” and party-starting “Drink In My Cup,” show different sides of Electrik Red’s musical personality: Seductive. Coy. Charming. Wild.
Sweet and spicy Electrik Red – New Yorkers Binkie (Kyndra Reevey) and Lesley Lewis, and Toronto friends Sarah Rosete and Naomi Allen – have been together since 2004, when Naomi joined the fold. Prior to that, Binkie and Lesley (graduates of Manhattan’s LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts) were regulars on the school dance circuit. They met Sarah as dancers in the 2001 video for Mary J. Blige’s “Family Affair.” The four worked together as backup dancers for Mariah Carey, Usher and Ciara.
The quartet cut their first demo in 2005. “After five years of dancing in every thing from Miller Lite commercials to BET Specials” (as Blender reported), they finally had their chance to audition for Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. Papers were signed the very next day, and Electrik Red traveled to Las Vegas, where they recorded their debut album in a fast two weeks with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. Brassy and risky, aggressive and forthright, the four beauties are ready to roll. “”We hope [we inspire] other women to just go for it,” Naomi summed up in the pages of XXL.
Check out http://electrikredmusic.com for more on Def Jam’s newest stars Electrik Red.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
2008 was an exceptional year for the Jacka that included a #1 single on Bay Area radio stations and an Ozone Award. This was just a preview of what was to come in 2009, the Jacka is ready to take over the nation with his biggest release to date. Tear Gas is being dubbed this year's blockbuster album, featuring a host of Hip Hop favorites from coast to coast. Appearances include Freeway, Paul Wall, Cormega, E-40, Devin the Dude, and Mistah F.A.B. - with Production from 12 different producers including RobLo, Traxamillion, and Bedrock to create a feel all his own. The first single “Glamorous Lifestyle,” with it's commanding horns, Jacka's signature melodic flow and cult favorite Andre Nickatina is nothing short of stellar. Other highlighted tracks include the album's opener, “Summer,” the Mistah F.A.B assisted "Callin' Me Back" and “They Don't Know” featuring Freeway.
The hype surrounding this project has created a lane to put the Jacka at the top of the industry spotlight. XXL.com joins in on the Jacka excitement, “He's ambitious on his tracks and brings you into his world to make you feel his mood just like 50 in his heyday". - Infamous O. Will Bronson, VP of A&R-SMC Recordings, chimes in, "Jacka is one of the most important artists to our region right now. The anticipation for Tear Gas is three years in the making and if I can say one thing to those who have been waiting- the hype is real. He delivered the album you've been waiting for".
Jacka agrees, "It's my best work so far… For hella different reasons. If you're into good music and like to tune all the way in, Tear Gas is one of the dopest, if not THE dopest shit to come out".
As the West Coast eagerly awaits this release, the chaos has already caused industry warnings - it's about to blow.
“Glamorous Lifestyle,” the first single off the album, will be available for download and ringtones May 3rd. Please find the single and album cover attached.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Fans should tune in for an exclusive surprise MySpace Music announcement they won't want to miss and visit http://www.myspace.com/music that evening for additional details.
"It was a thrill to work with Stewie," said Eminem about the youngest member of the Griffin clan. "I'm a big fan of talking babies and their humor."
On working with Eminem, Stewie said "I was just about to meet him, but after I shook hands with his stylist, his assistant, his lawyer, his bodyguard, his other bodyguard, his photographer, his manager, his hanger-on, his flower girl, his driver, his videographer, his notary, his historian, his her-storian, his texter and his own greased-up deaf guy, I got the swine flu."
On the season finale of FAMILY GUY airing Sunday, May 17 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), Peter has his palm read by a psychic who reveals that he had a fascinating past life in the 17th century as Griffin Peterson, a dignified gentleman from the newly founded colony of Quahog who vied for the love of Lady Redbush. It was a time of great love and adventure where King Stewart reigned supreme, the smartest dog in the room was the court jester, army lieutenants were merely boys and even old England loved "How I Met Your Mother" (Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor and Jason Segel guest-voice).
Eminem's fifth full-length album, "Relapse," is set to be released on May 19. The album's debut single, "Crack a Bottle," was released in February and set a first week record for digital sales at the time, while the first official single and video, "We Made You," debuted in April. To date, Eminem has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. His previous studio album, "Encore," reached No. 1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. The Grammy-nominated disc was certified quadruple-platinum, generated four Top 40 Hot 100 hits and has sold more than 11 million copies. In October 2008, Eminem published "Eminem: The Way I Am," a compilation of thoughts, stories and memorabilia that entered The New York Times Best-Seller List at No. 11.
FAMILY GUY is a 20th Century Fox Television production. Seth MacFarlane is creator/executive producer, Mark Hentemann and Steve Callaghan are executive producers/show-runners and David A. Goodman, Chris Sheridan and Danny Smith are executive producers.
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Raekwon, whose 1995 platinum classic Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was universally hailed as a rap classic and has sold more than 1.1 million units in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan, has signed a distribution deal with EMI Label Services for his ICEH20 Records label to release Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 in the US and Canada later this summer. EMI Label Services will also provide Raekwon with additional radio promotion support and licensing and synchronization services.
“The wait is finally over,” Raekwon says. “Words cannot describe how extremely happy I am to work with EMI Music to put out my album.”
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 buzz single and video “The New Wu” features fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and Ghostface Killah and is getting mixshow airplay at radio stations across the country, including Hot 97 in New York. The album features a spectacular line-up of guest appearances and producers: The RZA, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, The Wu-Tang Clan, Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, Bun B and The Game, among others.
"We are thrilled to have a chance to work with the legendary Raekwon,” said Dominic Pandiscia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMI Label Services. “He has had a massive impact on the history of Hip Hop and Urban music overall. Everyone at EMI is excited to be working on this record and continuing his legacy.”
Rap fans were mesmerized by Raekwon’s distinctive brand of street slanguistics when he emerged as a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. The Staten Island, New York rap group’s debut album, 1993’s Enter The Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers), was a landmark collection that introduced the group’s signature blend of kung-fu inspired reality rap. Raekwon established himself as a solo star in 1995 with the release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. The mafia minded album, which peaked at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart, unfolded like a cinematic crime caper, with such imaginative songs as “Criminology,” “Incarcerated Scarfaces” and “Ice Cream” propelling the album to platinum status.
Raekwon’s second album, 1999’s Immobilarity, was certified gold. To date, Raekwon has career sales of more than 1.6 million units in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Now, with the impending release of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2, Raekwon is ready to release his second masterpiece. “It’s been a long time coming,” he says, “and I’ve put my blood, sweat and tears into making this classic album for my fans.”
About EMI Music
EMI Music is one of the world's leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Its EMI Music Services unit provides EMI’s roster of artists - as well as independent labels and artists - with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Big Cat Records Releases Gucci Mane's 1st All New Music LP In 2 Years - Murder Was The Case In Stores May 12th
Armed to the teeth with hot producers, amazing singers, chart topping rappers, and an undeniable success formula, Big Cat Records is now poised to put the death squeeze on 2009 with "Murder Was the Case", Gucci's first all new material LP in two years. The latest project contains 14 blazing tracks and promises to be his best album yet. "Gucci Mane is at the height of his career," proclaims LP Co-Executive Producer and Big Cat Records President Melvin "Mel Man" Breeden. "We are pleased to be instrumental in bringing his best work to date to his loyal fans!"
Gucci Mane's hit single "Stoopid" has already swept the airwaves with over 700 spins and #70 debut on Billboard's "Rap Singles". Despite Gucci's untimely incarceration, Big Cat kept it moving by launching an animated music video for "Stoopid" in response to the overwhelming demand/success of the single. According to Celebrity Publicist Trea Davenport (treaday.com). "The anthem soaked CD also contains head-banging tracks like, "Runnin-Back Gittin Fat", which could potentially equal "Stoopid" in fame. With sizzling hot producers like; Zaytoven, DJ Speedy, Melman, and the Produsirz, Murder Was the Case will keep trunks rattling".
Even with Gucci Mane's legal woes and controversial past statements made against Big Cat Records, the label continues to put the business before the beef and put out hit after hit after. Trap House, Hard to Kill, Trap-A-Thon, and Hood Classics have all been released on Big Cat Records, and have all been extremely successful. Thanks to the unstoppable hustle of Big Cat Records and the creativity of the urban storyteller himself, Gucci Mane has become a household name, with his catchy lyrics, addictive chants and soaring record sales.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts Offers Aspiring Filmmakers Chance To Work With Spike Lee, Premier in Cannes, and Win $12,000 - Enter MOFILM Contest
"Giving aspiring creative individuals this type of opportunity to tell their story truly resonates with me," said Spike Lee. "It's such a unique collaboration of your everyday consumer along with major worldwide brands and focuses purely around what the individual would like to celebrate about these brands."
"Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is a brand for passionate travelers, who may be visiting for business or for pleasure, but whenever and wherever they travel, our guests delight in the discovery process. They want to know what's out there, what's new, what's local, what's not typically their everyday routine," said Tina Edmundson, senior vice president, lifestyle brands and Renaissance operations. "This is why we are excited about being a part of the MOFILM project and to discover these new and emerging filmmakers with the passion to tell the Renaissance story."
Among the submitted videos, Renaissance will award prizes to the top three winners with the first place winner receiving a 7 day/6 night trip to a major film festival of their choice over the next year in
Paris, New York, London, Hollywood, Toronto, Miami or Sydney. The first place winner will also join Spike Lee at the Cannes Lions 2009 Advertising Festival held in the South of France the 21-27 of June where they will compete against the top films selected by the eleven other top brands participating in the MOFILM competition for the chance to win a festival grand prize of $12,000 and an apprenticeship with Spike Lee on his next film or ad project.
The MOFILM U12 competition brings together 12 of the world's leading brands to offer creative's all over the world the chance to develop branded communication via video in a competition designed to showcase global talent. Not only does the competition allow everyday individuals a unique opportunity to let their voices be heard, but also the chance to obtain visibility in front of top brands and an estimated 10 million video, internet and mobile viewers worldwide.
If you want to join the conversation about Renaissance Hotels & Resorts and MOFILM, tweet us at www.twitter.com/MOFILMrenhotels where you can learn more about our brand.
Visit www.mofilm.com for complete guidelines and information.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts is a luxury hotel chain with 140 properties in 28 countries that speaks to travelers in search of authentic local discoveries whether their trip is for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels & Resorts has recently welcomed three new gems to its global collection -- The ultra modern Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe Hotel, the beautifully restored historic Eden Roc, a Renaissance Beach Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida and the chic Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in Manhattan. These properties add to a collection already defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, the Blackstone Renaissance Hotel in Chicago the Shelbourne Dublin Renaissance and Renaissance Beijing.
This year Brooklyn Bodega and F.O.K.U.S. reunite to produce, Brooklyn Hip Hop Family Day. On June 20th, 2009, babies, toddlers, young teens and families are encouraged to head down to beautiful Empire Fulton Ferry State Park for an afternoon of Hip-Hop, community building, and fun.
Family Day will take the main stage from 12 p.m to 4 p.m. From 4p.m. to 8p.m. Family Day will move to the North Lawn of Empire Fulton Ferry State Park while the main performances round out the day.
Children, families, teenagers, and kids are all welcome all day to this all ages event.
Family Day will feature music, performances, demonstrations, and seminars from a host of organizations including Black Girls Rock, Metropolitan Hospital, The Beacon Program, The League of Young Voters, CityYear, Brooklyn Crescents Youth Lacrosse Team, and SohNup Industries NYC to name a few. More organizations will be confirmed as the event approaches.
The mission of Family Day is to provide positive and inspiring programming for an often forgotten demographic, what organizers call Hip-Hop Families.
Wes Jackson, Festival Executive Director and President of Brooklyn Bodega, "Now that Hip-Hop is over thirty years old there are Moms and Dads who grew up on Rakim and Slick Rick. 'My Melody' and 'Children's Story' are our classics. We were the original B-Boys and B-Girls. Now we are homeowners, car owners, taxpayers, business owners, and parents. We grew up with Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder as our soundtrack. Now, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and Mary J. Blige are the songs my kids hear around the house. We are a Hip-Hop Family. What is happening to Hip-Hop now is what happened to Rock-N-Roll in the 80's. As the baby boomers aged, so did Rock N Roll culture and business. The same maturation is happening in Hip-Hop. Brooklyn Bodega, Family Day and the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, as a whole, is about ushering this new era. Family Day is our direct appeal to this growing segment of the Hip-Hop population."
Organizations interested in participating should contact John Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit www.brooklynbodega.com.
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival and Brooklyn Hip-Hop Family Day will take place June 20th, from 12 noon - 8 p.m at Empire Fulton Ferry State Park located at the corner of Plymouth and Main Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Performances on the Main Stage will include Pharoahe Monch, Styles P, Smif N Wessun, a live mixtape produced by J Period, the winner of the 'Show and Prove' competition and more. This year's Festival will also, for the first time, feature a second stage for local and up and coming artists.
Brooklyn Bodega is also in the midst of organizing several lead up events including a photo exhibit documenting and celebrating the first four years of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, a kickoff party, and the Official After Party at Southpaw.
Brooklyn Bodega are the creators and producers of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. They are a collective of cultural programmers, marketing professionals, writers, designers and academics dedicated to the celebration and preservation of Hip-Hop culture. Their daily musings can be found at www.brooklynbodega.com.
About F.O.K.U.S. F.O.K.U.S. is an organization with the mission of creating a diverse community using the arts as the common medium. We believe the arts enable people to rise above barriers in society and our events unite diverse audiences with various art forms. F.O.K.U.S. aims to bring together art forms, both "traditional" and "non-traditional", to support the concept that we need to expand our definition of what is considered art because art surrounds us as it is part of life.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
WAXPLOITATION SET TO RELEASE CAUSES 2 WITH DEVENDRA BANHART, GNARLS BARKLEY, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, MY MORNING JACKET
The video for Causes 2 can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/waxploitation and a Causes MySpace page has been created at http://www.myspace.com/causes.
The album includes rare and exclusive songs from some of the most compelling artists in the indie and alternative worlds: Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Decemberists, Devendra Banhart, Diplo, Federico Aubele, Gnarls Barkley, LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Matthew Dear, Mum, Neon Neon, Richard Swift, RJD2, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, as well as a contribution from Adult Swim's Tim & Eric.
"It's easy for fatigue to set in when a crisis goes on for a number of years, but no one has given up hope that things can change for the better in Darfur" says Waxploitation founder Jeff Antebi, who executive produced the album. "There are untold numbers of people committed to changing the outcome. It takes humanitarian assistance, tenacity and political will."
Causes 1 was released in 2007 to great acclaim. The album, which hit #35 on the iTunes Album Chart and reached #46 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, includes contributions from Animal Collective, The Black Keys, Bright Eyes, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure, The Shins, Spoon and Teargas & Plateglass to name a few.
Stream Causes 2 in its entirety here: http://www.musicallies.com/causes2/album/index.html
black moth super rainbow - happy melted city
the decemberists - after the bombs (live version)
devendra banhart - white reggae troll
diplo - wassup wassup (exclusive samim remix)
federico aubele - luna y sol
gnarls barkley - mystery man
lcd soundsystem - starry eyes original (causes exclusive)
matthew dear - when she don't need me (causes exclusive)
mum - asleep in a hiding place
my morning jacket - highly suspicious (exclusive vhs or beta dee jays remix)
neon neon - i lust u feat. cate le bon (dj eli escobar remix)
richard swift - wastin' m'time
rjd2 - wherever
sharon jones & dap-kings - it hurts to be alone
tim & eric - petite feet (exclusive devlin & ghostdad remix feat. sylvia gordon)
About Waxploitation Artists:
Waxploitation was founded over a decade ago as a home for innovative artists. Waxploitation's roster includes Grammy Award winning artist and producer Danger Mouse, Grammy Award winning artist Gnarls Barkley, as well as innovators like Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dangerdoom, Teargas & Plateglass, Tobacco and Tweaker.
About Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF):
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 60 countries and was the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
About Human Rights Watch:
Human Rights Watch is one of the world's leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, it gives voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Its rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.
About Oxfam America:
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are an affiliate of Oxfam
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Friday, May 01, 2009
Already shaping up as the female anthem of 2009 is the album’s lead single, “Not Anymore.” Written and co-produced by Grammy Award-winning artist Ne-Yo, the track pulsates with empowering determination as LeToya’s soulful voice reaches out to females who are “fed up” with straying boyfriends. “That drama … I don’t want it anymore,” she declares. “I dried my eyes and realize/I deserve somebody who treats me right.”
Out the box, “Not Anymore” finished No.1 Most Added at Media Base. Among the 42 urban stations that have added the song include such powerhouses as, WJLB/Detroit, KBXX/ Houston, KBFB/Dallas, WPEG/Charlotte, WWPR/New York and WOWI/Norfolk.
Showcasing a more powerful LeToya, “Not Anymore” is a fitting next chapter in Letoya’s evolving career. A founding member of the multi-platinum group Destiny’s Child, LeToya forged her solo status in 2006 with the emotional ballad “Torn.” The No. 1 urban mainstream hit about the travails of a strained relationship spent a record-breaking 24 days at No. 1 as the most requested video on BET’s “106 & Park.”
It also paved the way to gold- and platinum-certified success for the singer’s self-titled debut album. Featuring production by Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri, the set bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. LeToya went on to garner accolades as Top Songwriter of 2006 by ASCAP and one of AOL’s best new artists that same year.
The video for “Not Anymore’ was shot in Los Angeles under the direction of Bryan Barber. In addition to Ne-Yo, “Lady Love” boasts production contributions by (Tank, Oak, Bei-Maejor, Neff-U). LeToya also makes cameo appearances on albums by two of her label-mates: “Somebody Else” from Avant’s recently released self-titled album and “Love Rollercoaster” from MIMS’ upcoming sophomore set “Guilt.”
Born and raised in Houston, LeToya (née Luckett) sang her first solo in church at the tender age of five. After meeting Beyoncé Knowles in elementary school, the pair later joined forces as members of Destiny’s Child. During LeToya’s seven-year stint, she co-wrote two of the group’s gold singles, “Bills Bills Bills” and “Say My Name,” and appeared on the group’s breakthrough album, “The Writing’s on the Wall.”
Not only is she a talented singer, LeToya’s also a successful entrepreneur. She owns and operates two upscale women’s boutiques called Lady Elle. Now in its sixth year, the clothing store is located in Houston’s Uptown Park shopping center.
This summer, Luckett will co-star in her first feature film debut; The Preacher’s Kid and is set to begin pre-production on a comedy from Lionsgate Films.
Pearson, says, "I am excited to move to Chicago and to join the Christ Universal Temple family. We will make it a world class institution and take the ministry to new heights and assist people in living their best lives with a practical religious doctrine."
Pearson has had a 30-year career in the ministry. He is a graduate of the Oral Roberts University and was mentored by Oral Roberts. He is a fourth generation Pentecostal minister and has been a traveling Evangelist. Living in Tulsa, Oklahoma he has had one of the largest churches in the city. He was the host of the religious conference AZUSA which attracted 50,000 people in attendance. His was the most watched television program on Trinity Broadcasting Network.
He was pastor of the New Dimension Church and saw his membership fall from 5,000 to 1,000. He has been controversial. While watching a television news program depicting the wretched condition of people dying in Rwanda he reevaluated his traditional fundamental religious doctrine of the Pentecostal church. He challenged his religion and changed his life in doing so. He embraced what he labeled "universal reconciliation" and wrote a book entitled, The Gospel of Inclusion. He embraced a New Thought philosophy.
His new found beliefs caused the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops to conclude that he was a "heretic," He lost his church, his following and his popularity.
His story has been featured on Chicago Public Radio's This American Life, Dateline, Nightline and he has been the subject of an CNN story and a BET special. His "Gospel of Inclusion" message has attracted diverse ministries and welcomes all people.
His preaching style is widely acclaimed, and he is one of the most profound in contemporary religious circles.
Pearson moves to Chicago in June. He is also an award-winning Gospel vocalist. He is married and has two children.
Along with 7 tracks of his own, including the first single “Beatin’ Down Da Block,” The New South is set to represent hip hop from every major U.S. region, along with some other International surprises.
To hear “Beatin’ Down Da Block,” by Bubba Sparxxx featuring and produced by Dirt Reynolds, please click here:
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“She Got Me Like (Ah S***),” the Bubba Sparxxx track feat. Ray J, got 1.8 million online video views its first weekend online, and can be heard here:
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Highlights from the new compilation include bangers from J. Money, one of the hottest artists in the clubs in Atlanta (“First Name Last Name,” currently exploding at WHTA / WVEE), and Kenny Knox , the in demand street artist from St. Louis (“Git Ghetto,” which has been getting regular airplay on WHHL).
Additional tracks on The New South represent the ‘hoods all across the U.S, including the infectious track “Up To No Good” by hot new artist 6’6” 240 feat. Playboy, the underground Atlanta smash “Dump Dat,” by Tight, “Bo Fum” by Hustle Boy feat. Jim Jones, “Caramel Sunday” by Dallas native Dorrough and “Against Da Wall,” a new track by Fatigue (who won B.E.T.’s Freestyle Friday competition).
Producers like the Super Daves, Chason Dreamz, Basement Beats, DJ Monstalung, 95, Aktual, Poli Paul and Shuko are also on board with crazy new beats.
Sparxxx says, "I know everybody thinks I've just been out getting’ that show money for the past 2 years, and they are right about that. But I've been keepin’ my ear to the streets as I'm hittin’ these cities and connecting with who's hot. Everybody on board for this project has been on the grind for a minute. Me and Greg Street have been talkin about giving independent artists a chance to shine in a major way and this project accomplishes that. This is only the beginning- Street and Bubba gonna keep these comin’. If you got hot music, holla at us. We getting’ Volume 2 ready now."
Bubba first hit the scene in 2001 with his Gold certified album, Dark Days, Bright Nights (which yielded the monster hit “Ugly”), Sparxxx followed up with his genre-bending Deliverance, an album that took many fans by surprise and earned the rapper much critical acclaim for being well ahead of his time thanks to its ground-breaking sound. Bubba’s last album The Charm (released in 2006) spawned the massive hit “Ms. New Booty” which became one of the biggest Ringtones of all time and hit well over 12,000 spins per week at Radio and peaked at #1 at Rap Radio and #7 on Top 40 radio.
Together, Sparxxx’ 3 albums have collectively sold over 1.3 million albums in the U.S. alone. When Sparxxx is on the road, he is checking out what’s bumping in Georgia; what’s banging in the Lou; finding the flow from Florida. With his help, along with New South Entertainment, they have been gathering the hits from East to West! More info will follow, please book mark www.myspace.com/bubbasparxxx for all the latest announcements.
Bubba is also hard at work on The Impolite Gentleman, his fourth full length album to be released later in 2009 through New South Entertainment/E1 Music.
For more information, go to: www.kochrecords.com or www.myspace.com/bubbasparxxx.